• how to make cinnamon honey butter {easy recipe}
  • how to sew girls’  skinny jeans from a leggings pattern
  • how to sew with stretch denim & a sewing giveaway
  • what does my child need to know before kindergarten?
  • hipster Easter eggs

how to make cinnamon honey butter {easy recipe}

this cinnamon honey butter is so good and so easy to make! perfect on rolls, toast, even sweet potatoes!

I was pretty stoked a few years ago when our town got a Costco. Not only can we now shop there and spend way more money than we’d planned to every time we go, we can also wander around during lunchtime, eating up samples to our hearts’ content. Go Costco. Anyway, lately they’ve been sampling […]

how to sew girls’ skinny jeans from a leggings pattern

Easy to follow sewing tutorial teaches you how to make skinny jeans for a little girl using any leggings tutorial.

I gotta say, it’s pretty satisfying to make a pair of jeans. From scratch. All by yourself. Right now, I’m very satisfied with myself. Of course, I cheated. I don’t really have the patience to make an ACTUAL pair of jeans, so I basically made souped-up leggings instead. Souped-up leggings that LOOK like jeans, without […]

how to sew with stretch denim & a sewing giveaway


Denim has come a long way in the past 20 years. Remember when it was thick and stiff with very little give and it took forever to “break in” a pair of jeans? It was pretty darn hard to sew on, too. But now that we have the magic of stretch denim, most denim is […]

what does my child need to know before kindergarten?

free printable kindergarten readiness checklist - what does my child need to know before kindergarten?

If you have a child heading to kindergarten soon, you may wonder if he or she is ready. Does he know all the things the teacher will expect him to? She can’t read yet – will she be behind all the other kids? Is he ready to be away from home for a half or […]

hipster Easter eggs


There are probably about a zillion different ways to decorate or dye eggs floating around the internet (yes, an actual zillion). So you really might not need one more idea, but we discovered this printable tattoo technique last year and my kids loved it (check out the LEGO eggs we made). So I’m back with one more tattoo’d […]

20 fun origami tutorials for adults and kids

20 cool origami tutorials - great for adults or kids!

Origami is kind of like magic. You turn flat, boring paper into a three dimensional object using nothing but simple folds – it’s really pretty amazing. Kids love origami, and it’s a great way to keep them from going crazy on rainy days when they’re stuck inside. Origami can be a calming activity for adults, too. I […]

should you buy or build your next home? the pros and cons

pros and cons of building a new house vs buying an existing home

A few years ago my husband and I started talking about selling our house because it getting too small for our family of seven, so we started looking at bigger homes that were available in our area and price range. I got discouraged pretty quickly. We’d replaced all the flooring in our home, painted every wall, re-landscaped much […]

mini donut bunny rabbits: easy easter craft for kids

cute mini donut bunnies! fun and easy Easter craft and treat for kids. 2 ingredient bunny rabbits.

Things have changed around here in the past few years. I used to do crafts and activities with my kids out of a need to fill up a few more minutes in each very long day. Back when I had three at home all day it seemed like it took an amazing amount of “activities” […]