Salt dough ornaments

Salt dough ornaments

After years of working with children in the kitchen it is fun to share my experience with my girls at home in our own kitchen. It is crazy how I can have so much patience at YCA but find myself having to take a breath and consciously wait with my own girls. I have to remind myself to apply the same principals at home as I do at work which is to let the kids jump and work 100% hands on without trying to intervene or correct too much. Even if that means flour flies everywhere and dough is smashed into the granite. Everything can be cleaned and at the end of the day it's worth it if it means they are being empowered to explore and create in the kitchen. So for our project today, the girls are sharing how to make salt dough ornaments. 

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Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy

Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy

It's Thursday... that means 1 more day until the weekend. Back in college, Thursday was our Friday night but now Thursday is still Thursday and for me, it is the toughest night of the week because my husband is at work pretty late. I threw together a quick blog post with one of my favorite slow cooker recipes so you can recreate it at home. What is your favorite slow cooker dish?

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Elf on the Shelf Advent Book Activities

Elf on the Shelf Advent Book Activities

It is crazy to think that I am creating traditions and memories that my girls will (hopefully) have for the rest of their lives. I decided to start the Elf on a Shelf tradition a few years ago when my daughter was 2 and at that time would move the Elf every few days without any disappointment. Now that my daughter is 4, #*it got real- the Elf must move. I have decided to add a book a day to the elf tradition. Today I'm sharing book ideas for the month, along with a festive snack to help with your Elf success.

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Meatloaf Cupcakes

Meatloaf Cupcakes

Sometimes the hardest part of making dinner is deciding what to make. I host a freezer's meals workshop with the intention of taking the struggle out of meal planning and prep. This meal is a great weeknight bite that will not take hours to make. You can prep the meatloaf at nap time or when you have 10 minutes free and then pop it in the oven before dinner. Today I'm sharing my favorite childhood recipe, my mama's meatloaf.

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Gift Guide 2016: Mindful Gifts for Kids

Gift Guide 2016: Mindful Gifts for Kids

Sometimes it hard to figure out what to give as gifts. If you're anything like me you overthink & overanalyze until you give up, run out of time, & quickly scramble to find something you think the recipient will like. This year, I am planing ahead, being mindful and trying to find the perfect gift for each person in my life. I put together a gift guide for kids that will not fill your home with clutter but rather with gifts created by hand from local artisans as well as a few fun experiences that will create lasting memories.

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