• Start an art journal with easy art prompts! Great for children and grown-ups who want to tap into their creative energy.

    Starting an Art Journal

    Today I bring out my art journal, an old friend who needed some attention. I’ve started a thousand journals in my lifetime. When I was young, I called them diaries. I had many. The ones with locks were the most coveted. I would write feverishly in a new diary for the first six to eight pages. After …

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  • Draw a Friend // Portraits by Kids for the Classroom

    I am a picture book lover and collector, and my favorite ones are about friendship. When my children were little and September came around, there were certain books I would always pull out and read with them prior to the first day or school and throughout those first few weeks. These books were like old …

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  • Five New Picture Books to Inspire Young Artists

    This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support! I am so excited today because I get to introduce you to Megan of Chickadee Lit! Megan is all about picture books, a world that I miss so much now that my kids are older. I absolutely love Megan’s Instagram feed because it brings me back to …

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  • The Book That Shaped My Parenting

    Today I want to share with you a book that I have read, re-read, dog-eared and scribbled side notes in for the past 10 years or longer. I am not getting paid for this post, it’s not a review. I just wanted to share a philosophy that has been my north star through almost all …

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  • The Artful Year // Author Interview with Jean Van’t Hul

    Today I am interviewing the talented, prolific, and beautiful mother/blogger/author Jean Van’t Hul. Her blog The Artful Parent is one of my go-to blogs for art, creativity, parenting and just…reading! I love everything she writes about. The childhood wonder and connections that she creates for her girls and then shares with us is really quite …

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  • Happy Handmade E-book by Molly Moo (Art Bar as contributor)

    Happy Handmade // Collaborative E-book

    I am very excited to share this awesome new craft E-book collaborative put together by the famous Michelle of Molly Moo! I feel so honored to be part of such a diverse and talented group of maker mamas. I just keep looking through the pages of this beautiful book and can’t believe how lucky I am to be a contributor to something …

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  • Sensory Art Play with Easy Dough

    My friend Asia from Fun at Home with Kids has a new book! It’s called 150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids and it’s literally awesome. There are recipes for everything under the sun, from flubber to slime, moon sand to fizzy slush. There are also sections on homemade paints, small worlds, and DIY toys. If …

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  • Making Art with Bubbles

    A few weeks ago I received a surprise package ~ the new book by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller! These two ladies have an incredibly successful blog that you should follow immediately called Kids Activities Blog. They sent me a free copy, just because they like me I think. I immediately opened it and started folding down …

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  • Best Easter Bunny Story

    We love this book, it is one of our favorites of all time in this house. Have you heard of this great tale? It’s called The Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes and it is a gem in every way. It is about a busy mother of 21 babies who has always dreamed, since she …

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  • Oliver Jeffers // Picture Book Maker

    As if there weren’t enough reasons to love Oliver Jeffers (author + illustrator of some of our favorite books of all time), I have just discovered THIS. It’s a fascinating 3 minute movie on how he comes up with his book ideas. This is one creative (and cute) Irishman. In college, I spent a semester …

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