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Parenting Test

Parenting Test

I found this on the internet and just had to share.


How to Know Whether or Not You Are Ready to Have a Kid

(Posted by the UC Berkeley Parents Network)


Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Now rub your hands in the wet flower bed and rub on the walls.

Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer

Obtain a 55-gallon box of Legos. (If Legos are not available, you may substitute roofing tacks or broken bottles.) Have a friend spread them out all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream (this will wake a child at night).


Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop at the grocery store. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.


Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff into a small net bag making sure all arms stay inside.


Obtain a large plastic jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a stout cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal (such as Fruit Loops or Cheerios) into the mouth of the jug while pretending to be an airplane. Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.


Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8 to 12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 8:00 pm begin to waltz with the bag until 9:00 pm. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00 pm. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing these, too, until 4:00 am. Set alarm for 5:00 am. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.


Obtain large bean-bag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it there for 9 months. Now remove 10% of the beans.

Purchase a newspaper. Go home and read it quietly for the last time.


Find a couple who already have a small child. Lecture them on how they can improve their child’s discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet training, and table manners. Suggest many ways they can improve. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their children to run wild.

Enjoy this experience. It will be the last time you will have all the answers.


Congratulations to all of you who made it through another week raising kids. High fives!

xo Bar

{my favorite photo ever is the one above of my husband who is just about the best daddy in the world. parenting with him makes me laugh until i cry}


A Year of Making

A Year of Making

It’s been one whole year of making from Art Bar on Small for Big! Today I am featuring a round-up of some of my faves. It is also a goodbye for me as I will be leaving my contributor position to focus on some exciting things happening here at home. Mari has been so generous and kind to give me this amazing chance to share my projects and crafts with a bigger audience. As a new blogger, she showed me the ropes and helped me find my voice. I will be forever grateful to her and her readers!!


On another note, my hashtag project on instagram has been SO FUN!! Thank you all for participating. It’s awesome to see all of the stuff you guys are making. Bravo to you!! Above are some that I wanted to share with you. Keep tagging your photos with #makeit2014 as I will continue to share your handmade goodness!

row one: @mericherryla, @schaeresteipapier, @bmarcogliese

row two: @willowdaygram, @alldayalldamnday, @jesscornman

row three: @jesscornman, @mericherryla, @cdouglas9

row four: @willowdaygram, @giddyja, @simplybike

Love This {five}

And finally, another installment of the things I am loving on the interweb these days….

Love This {five}

1. Two women went on a canoe ride to the island. What they saw on the way back was unimaginable….and hints at universal principles yet to be understood.

2. A quick tutorial on drawing your hand in 3-D. The kids will love this!

3. Essential oils are what I’m buying for my one child who tends to be anxious and a worrier. I am so excited to try these!

4. Going on a road trip soon with your kids? This simple yet brilliant road trip game with keep them from fighting the whole way!

5. This article about toys made me both long to do what this mom did, and gasp at what this mom did. What do you think?

6. I want to buy this star light for my son’s room…i love this company!

7. Love, LOVE this dad. Read about his brilliant and creative way to stay connected to his 5-year old son while traveling.

8. A 13-yr old girl gives a heart-rending answer to Matt Damon about what she will do with her free time, now that her village has access to fresh water. Makes you think.

9. This 4-yr old has become an internet phenom overnight. She designs and makes dresses out of paper. I love her! If you haven’t already seen this, you might be living under a rock.

10. And lastly, these 100 calorie double fudge muffins literally look like heaven! Made with bananas and 1/4 cup sugar which you could replace with natural sweetener…they are healthy, too!

Have a great week!

xo, Bar


Make Mornings Better {through patience + planning}

Make Mornings Better {through patience + planning}

I have three kids ranging from age 7 to 14. Their schools all start at different times, which makes my mornings very long (sigh). They also have three distinct personalities that come with their own morning challenges. One is sleepy and moody, not a morning person. One is up early but defiant and stubborn, needs to do things when he is ready. And one is punctual and on top of it all, making my job harder because she leaves first and I am not always ready or awake myself which causes her to shout. If there is one thing I hate, it’s shouting. Especially in the morning.

Last year, I made a chart of sorts for my one that just cannot get her body moving in the morning. It wasn’t really a chart as much as a way for her to visually see what she needed to do. This totally worked for us. It helped her understand and grasp the fact that the mornings were hers to own (or hers to ruin). By taking me out of the equation, she actually did everything she needed to do because she was in control. We had this chart up for no more than two weeks and then it wasn’t needed anymore. Why it took me 4 years to figure this out is a mystery.

DIY good morning chart ~ teach kids to own their day |

Make your own Good Morning chart:

shoe box lid / scissors / piece of cardboard / white glue / markers or paint / photos of your child doing the things that need to get done

I simply cut a shoebox lid in half and glued it to a piece of cardboard. I decorated it for her because she was honestly not into this idea at all. She thought it was “babyish”. But I convinced her by telling her that it would make mommy not have to talk to her at all! She liked that idea. We took photos of her in the midst of her morning tasks. All she had to do was move the photos from one pocket to another. She still is slow to get up, but she knows what to do and that if she doesn’t do it, I will have to speak to her (are you getting the picture that she is not a morning person?).

Here are some tips that might help you with your morning routine…the goal being less shouting, smoother transitions, and an overall kinder & gentler start to the day. These tips hinge on the fact that you wake up before them and get yourself ready, or as ready as you can. It will be virtually impossible to use many of these tools if you are running around like crazy yourself (I know this through experience)!

The slow-moving child: This child is not a morning person. Look out!

1. This may seem obvious, but wake them up way before they need to be ready. I start waking mine one hour before she has to leave. It takes about three or four trips to her room, but by the time she starts moving we still have 40 minutes.

2. Get them a digital clock. This way you can tell them that they have until 7:15 to get themselves up (of course we say 7:15 but we know that they really have until 7:25)

3. Lower your expectations and be patient. This child needs a long transition from sleep to wake. Respecting this will help both of you.

4. Do not rush them. Which goes back to my first point…give them plenty of time to wake.

5. Have them do as much as they can the night before. Usually, if they are not a morning person they are a night owl. Have them lay out their clothes with their choice of shoes, pack their backpacks with their homework, and even put out their own placemat and bowl for their breakfast in the morning. The more they practice this (it may take years, have heart), the more they will begin to own it. Once it’s theirs, they will miraculously do it all without help! Trust me, this does happen…but takes practice and patience.

The worrier child: This child is full of “what-ifs”. What if I did my home work wrong? What if it snows when I’m in school? What if I feel sick?

1. Talk about their tomorrow the night before. Simply say “Let’s talk about your routine tomorrow”. You can start with waking up, all the way to getting on the bus. Let them lead, this way questions will arise that you can work on together. Don’t bring up anything they haven’t mentioned!! You don’t want to add to their anxiety. This exercise is meant to prepare them for tomorrow. You are not only giving them one-on-one time with you, you are getting to know how their mind works and helping them learn that they can solve problems. It’s a nice time to reassure them that you guys are a team.

2. Listen to their needs. They may not always be convenient or plausible, but they are worthy. Sometimes they may want to be driven to school. If this is doable for you, then consider this as an option. You may feel like sometimes you are indulging them, and there certainly is a fine line between coddling and respecting their needs, but the more you let them feel that they have choices in their life, the more their confidence will grow.

3. Model making mistakes. Let them see you mess-up and teach them that you have to sometimes let things go, or find creative solutions. And things will be ok! I make many mistakes. I once forgot to get dressed and drove my son to school. I still had my PJs on and hair twisted on top of my head. I literally did not want to be seen. But instead I just said “whatever! nobody will look anyway”. He thought is was hilarious and we had a private joke about it. My kids say “remember that time…” quite a bit. I am constantly messing up.

4. Don’t use sarcasm, but do use humor. Sarcasm isn’t a good idea with any type of kid, but for the worrier who is already sensitive, it can make them feel worse. Do try and lighten and loosen up their body by cracking jokes and being silly. My son loves when I do stupid voices. Laughing is good medicine!

5. Use large motor muscles. A little expenditure of energy can create a calm feeling. Have them do some jumping jacks, push ups, burpees!

6. Deep breaths (for both of you) is the key to staying calm. And have patience.

The defiant child: This child will engage in power struggles if you let them.

1. Don’t be controlling. If they want to wear their black hoodie for the 4th day in a row, what’s the big deal. If you want to talk to them about how it’s gross and how you’ve spent hundreds of dollars on other clothes, save that talk for the evening. You do want to have a voice and a say in your child’s choice making, but don’t do it in the morning.

2. Be extremely patient. More than any other personality, this one will make you want to scream. How can they possibly decide one minute before the bus comes that they don’t want to wear their coat? Let me say from experience, here is how that will go if you demand they put their coat back on: “Fine, if I wear my coat then I’m not going to school. ” This is not a road you want to take when the bus is waiting at your house. Here’s a better option: “Ok, well put it in your backpack in case you get cold”. I know, it feels like you have lost. But really, you have won. He is on the bus!

3. Their battles are usually never about the thing that they are battling you over. Let them “win” but make sure to revisit the battle later in the day when emotions aren’t so high. As in the case of the coat vs. school fiasco, it turned out that all the boys in his class weren’t wearing coats anymore. Wearing a coat wasn’t “cool”. It took him one week of putting it in his backpack for him to start wearing it on the bus again. He said that he was wearing his coat again because he was being smart. A ha! I won after all.

4. No yelling. Ever. At least not in the morning. But really, try to yell at the defiant child as little as possible. It will only show them that you have lost control of your emotions, and that will be all they need to dig their heels in even deeper.

5. Deep breaths!! And don’t forget to pamper yourself a little. Whether it’s a morning run, or a giant brownie, knowing that a “reward” is waiting for you at the end just makes things better.

The moody child: This one will bite your head off, then give you hugs right after.

1. Plan ahead. Making sure everything is in order the night before will help with the lashing out the next morning.

2. Know their triggers. Sometimes it’s like walking on eggshells with these ones. But over the years you get to know them and what sets them off. Usually, for us, it’s their siblings! Which is a bummer because I can’t get rid of her brother. In our house, the little guy is not allowed to talk to his sister in the morning. Not one word. Of course that doesn’t always happen, so sometimes there is screaming. That’s when you take deep breaths and think of your reward.

3. Get out of their way. Mostly moody people are their own worst enemies. There’s nothing you’ve done, it’s just who they are. As moms, we can only hand them what they need and step out of their path.

4. Don’t take anything personally! And tell them you love them before they slam the door to leave. If yours is like mine, she’ll usually feel bad about her behavior and will run back to give you a hug.

5. Humor doesn’t work. Like I said….just say as little as possible and focus on the beautiful moment after they leave. If you feel like you need to teach them to be nicer and less moody, save that talk for the evening. Remember… our goal is a peaceful morning.

The perfectionist child: This child needs everything to be exactly they way they want it to be. Very little flexibility.

1. Expect crying, and try to not say things like “oh my God, please don’t cry”. This will make them cry more.

2. Make sure they have all of their ducks in a row the night before. Outfit picked (with shoes…shoes are very important because believe me, there is lots of crying in the morning when there are just no shoes to go with the outfit), backpack all set with completed homework, hairstyle picked out. Whatever needs to get done in the morning, do it at night.

3. Show them how you aren’t perfect, but you’re still happy and life is good. This may not be appropriate in the morning rush, but make a point to model un-perfectionist behavior and to have talks when it’s the right moment. In time, they will get to know who they are and start to realize that being average is just fine. Maybe not all the time, but occasionally. What a relief!

4. Button your mouth. Keep all opinions to yourself in the morning. Just tell them they look amazing, give them hugs and kisses.

The older child: This child is in 7th grade or above.

1. Do they really need us anymore? I certainly have many friends who do not get up with their teens. Their kids make their own lunches and see themselves out the door. I think this is awesome!! I’m completely for it if you have the kind of child who loves his/her independence. My oldest is not quite there yet, so I still wake to pack her lunch and give her a kiss goodbye. She kind of still needs that attention.

2. Work towards independence. Again, every child is different. Some are more coachable, some will let you do everything for them until they are 50 years old. But every child needs to leave the nest at 18 so helping them do things for themselves is good parenting. The more confident they feel in taking care of themselves, the better for both of you!

All in all, the most important ingredients to a smooth, yelling free morning are planning and patience. And it goes without saying that nobody is perfect. It’s through trial and many errors (and lots of reading) that I have found what works for my family. We have had completely bad years where I just weep and feel bad every day. That’s when I make changes, try new things, and talk to my kids. It’s never too late to turn over a new leaf! And alway include them in the process. Being open and honest about their strengths and weaknesses helps them discover who they are.

I’m sure you could add to this list so please share your tried & true tips for getting through the morning!!

xo, Bar

PS: It’s a tough job, mothering. You are doing great!!


A Quiet Moment

A Quiet Moment

From the author Katrina Kenison, this passage struck home with me.

“When I come to a stop myself, when I draw a circle of stillness around me, my children are drawn into that peaceful place. They visibly relax, as if my very calmness nourishes them. The impact of just a few minutes of quiet attention can be profound, changing the mood of an entire day, restoring equilibrium to a distressed child, and to a frazzled mother.

We might sit side by side and draw, or gather up a stack of favorite old picture books and read them, make strange creatures out of clay, or just cuddle on the couch and listen to music as darkness falls. These are the moments when my children reveal themselves to me, when conversation spirals up and out, from the here and now into the realm of spirit and imagination. There, in that place Tennyson calls the ‘quiet limit of the world,’ we connect with one another at a very deep soul level. My children know then that they have my full attention and, even more important, that there’s no other place I’d rather be at that moment.”

As my children grow older, it gets harder to find quiet moments (or to even find them). I think my solution is that I have to plan the moments rather than happen upon them. Not quite as spontaneous (which is the way I roll), but maybe even more necessary now than when they were little.

Here’s hoping we all can create a quiet moment with our children this weekend…I know I will try!

xo, Bar


Make + Share on Instagram // #makeit2014

Make + Share on Instagram // #makeit2014

Are you on Instagram yet? Well hurry up and get on already! I know you. You’re like, what, another social media thingy? But trust me, it’s bonkers how much fun and easy Instagram is. Here’s why I love it (and why you should join a.s.a.p!!):

1) How often do you have your good camera on you to take photos of everyday life happenings? Not very often, if you’re like anyone with kids. But I will bet that you do have your phone handy at all times. And you probably take photos on it but then say to yourself, well i’ll never see this photo again. You barely download those photos onto your computer (if ever). So they live in a black hole inside your phone. Am I right? Well, with Instagram you can easily share that photo of your husband vacuuming with your friends and family. It is such an enjoyable and simple way to keep up with the people you care about that are spread all over the world. I am a very visual person so I love seeing all the photos on my feed every day. And you don’t have to write anything at all, which is a beautiful thing. Just take the photo, choose a cool filter (or don’t) and hit share. It’s so easy!

2) As if there could be more to love… once you have a dozen or so photos that you have shared, you can make them into prints! Yes, I’m serious. There are several companies that do this, but I love using Printstagram. Their square photos have white borders and are printed on a really heavy, matte paper. Check out this post I did where I used my Printstagram photos and you can see how pretty they are.

3) And still more… Instagram makes you creative. For reals. If you think that you can’t take a good photo, well Instagram makes it so you can’t take a bad one. Also, once you start following others (especially certain bloggers who have beautiful streams of photos) you will learn their artsy ways. Soon, you will feel your creativity oozing out.

4) Lastly (for this post anyway), do you have tweens or teens who are on Instagram? My girls are on Instagram and it’s not only fun having them see my photos and comment on things that I did during the day that I would have only been able to tell them about — or maybe not even tell them about since hanging-out time gets shorter and shorter the older they get — but I get to see their photos, too. I know what they are doing at that sleepover, alright. It keeps me connected to them, but it also keeps my voice in their head without being too controlling. It teaches them to slow down, pause, and think (three virtually impossible things for teens). *See extra note at the bottom.

I will now hold while you grab your phone and download that free Instagram app. Here is a good beginner’s guide

Hmm hm hm, doo da da…..humming and waiting….

Ok, are you on? Go find your friends and start following them.


Ok, so here’s the real reason for this post. The reason I want you on Instagram is because I want to encourage you to MAKE. I adapted the quote above from the screenwriter Joss Whedon (hopefully he won’t be mad that I changed a few words), who summed it up so well. There are infinite ways to create, most of them using your two hands. Whether it’s gardening, writing, cooking, building, painting, knitting…. everyone has something that they like to do that’s creative. Today I am starting a new hashtag: #makeit2014. Use this hashtag on any of your photos where you are making something. My photos above range from making art, to making forts, to making a wall gallery, to making lemonade and smoothies. All of these things require creativity and you have that! I know you do.

So start making…or continue making…and be sure to tag your photos with #makeit2014. (If you really are new to Instagram, once you tag your photo with a hashtag, it gets put in a group with all other photos with that tag. It’s pretty cool! You can just click on the hashtag and it will bring you to a stream of similarly tagged photos, and potential people to follow!).

I will collect my faves and share them with you on Fridays every few weeks. I can’t wait to see what you are making! (Oh, and you can back tag your photos from the beginning of the year).

You can find me at @artbarblog. Make sure to say hello!

xo, Bar

*{A note about teaching social media responsibility: Ideally, I don’t think children should be on Instagram before they are 13. That’s just my personal opinion. Instagram can fuel their insecurity and hurt the feelings of others. They can get too caught up in how many “likes” they get so that it becomes a popularity contest. I forbid my daughters from taking group photos of friends because someone will always feel left out if they weren’t invited and see that photo on Instagram. I encourage my girls to be “artsy” with their photos instead. I like it as a creative tool, and as a way of keeping connected.}


Love Letters

Love Letters

This week my daughter and I had the privilege of inviting 20 girls from her class to our house to make Valentine’s Day cards for a very good cause. Here’s the scoop:, the largest non-profit in the US for young people and social change, has launched a campaign called Love Letters. Love Letters asks kids and teens to create Valentine’s Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression. These letters are then sent to Meals on Wheels all across the United States, and delivered to those seniors who are in need of some love and attention.

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with // Art Bar

We filled the tables with heaps of fun and colorful crafting materials. Some of the girls were using rubber cement for the first time (hard to believe)! They were so excited, their smiles were contagious. The girls fully embraced their task and enjoyed every moment. All the while, being completely aware of how much they would help another person with their thoughtful, handmade cards. I was so proud of them!!

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with // Art Bar

Here’s what we put out on our tables (all found on Amazon):

white card stock (folded in half) // construction paper in valentine colors // heart punches big and small // scissors // glitter glue // rubber cement // pom-poms // markers // chalkboard markers // paper muffin cups // fabric strips (cut from scraps) // washi tape asks that you follow these guidelines when making your cards:

~ Outside of the card should say Happy Valentine’s Day.

~ Inside the card, share three facts about yourself in order for the receiver of your beautiful cards to feel more of a connections with you. For example:

What state are you from?

What is your favorite hobby?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

~ You may sign the card, but do not use your last name or any specific details about where you live.

Love Letters is a program that asks teens to create handmade Valentine's cards to lift the spirits of older people across the US during a peak time of isolation ~ in partnership with // Art Bar

The deadline for sending cards is February 15th. Please, please consider making some cards with your kids this weekend. Click here for directions, guidelines and addresses of Meals on Wheels across the country.

Thank you, thank you! You guys are the best.

xo, Bar


A Love Quote

A Love Quote

I found this quote on Pinterest. Like many images on Pinterest, the source never led me to the original. I really wanted to print it out, so I made my own version. And I made this printable so you can print it out, too!

valentine's printable | art bar

This quote is so perfect because it reminds me to look for the magic in those that I love. We all get so bogged down with the day-to-day grind that we end up yelling, blaming and criticizing those that we adore, which is all wrong. Let’s print this out and hang it in our bathrooms (the place where we will surely read it every day) to help us look for the magic, and turn to love. ♡

Have a happy week!

xo, Bar


Siblings + Love This {four}

Siblings + Love This {four}

Spending time with my sister and brother this holiday, and watching my own kids (who have the same birth order as I did growing up) made me realize once again that sibling relationships are like no other. My kids, they fight a lot. All three have strong personalities…there is not one of them who is flexible or easy going. No wallflowers. We need earplugs in this house. But they love each other, too. They hold hands when we go for walks, they snuggle together in the mornings in one of their beds (usually the oldest’s), and they would fight for each other in an instant. I learn from them, and watching their relationships develop makes me appreciate my own siblings that much more. Our love is complicated, but our bond is simple.

Here is my latest edition of Love This:

1. Last summer, we bought the box set of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air for all of our road trips. The kids laughed until they peed. Recently I found this clip from a British talk show featuring Will Smith. If you are a fan of the show, watch this! I love that Will Smith.

2. David Foster Wallace’s commencement address to the Kenyon class of 2005 is an “earth-shatteringly amazing speech that’ll change the way you think about adulthood”. It was made into this stunning video.

3. I will finally be teaching my 7-yr old how to tie his shoes. This is happening today!

4. This time-lapse movie of a homeless Veteran’s transformation opened all of our eyes to the struggles they endure, and how much they need our help. Watch with your kids.

5. My cousin, yoga instructor extraordinaire, sent me this article on why girls need yoga (not judging or comparing is one of many lessons learned).

6. I bought this mini poster for my daughter for Christmas. Love!

7. Read this incredible and inspiring story of a Chinese woman who saved and raised 30 abandoned babies she found while collecting rubbish. Amazing.

8. I love this one Dad’s bedtime story to his young daughter. Sick of having his daughter praised for her looks, he brilliantly began teaching her to love her body in a completely different way.

Enjoy the rest and relaxation of vacation…I’ll see you in the new year!!

xo Bar

{ps: the photo is of me and my brother and sister, winter 1975.}


Repurpose / Reuse / Retrash

Repurpose / Reuse / Retrash

What do all of the above have in common? They are all things that have been brilliantly repurposed! Or upcycled…reused…retrashed. Call it what you will, it is an idea as old as time. Although nowadays, the movement has a fresh face thanks to Pinterest!

As you know, I have a fondness for making things from what we have lying around the house. Many of my art projects on this blog are made from materials that everyone has at hand (click here to see them all). Part of it is that I dislike errands very much. Driving around to get this and that, it literally puts me in a bad mood. The other part is that it makes me feel bad to spend money on supplies when I have so much here. And thirdly, it just makes sense! Using what I have forces me to be creative, and it leaves me with a good feeling that I didn’t add to my garbage pile.

I hadn’t heard of the word “retrash” until recently, when I came across this Kickstarter campaign from Aussie Nathan Devine. He is funding his labor of love, a beautiful coffee table book named RETRASH. The idea spawned from his website. This book will feature artists from around the world who are inspiring change by working to reduce landfill waste and getting creative with what others view as trash. Check out his Kickstarter page and make a pledge if it moves you. I personally can’t wait to get my copy and share it with my kids (our most promising generation of recyclers)!

Above credits: globe pendants / hanger to TP holder / necktie zipper pouch / mouse beds from Altoid tins / yardstick boxes / tin cans for art supplies / egg carton sewing kit / bike sink / work shirt to little dress / tennis racquet mirrors / suitcase speakers / landfill-harmonic (you must click this link and see for yourself)

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

xo, Bar


Make Something + Love This {three}

Make Something + Love This {three}

It’s time for my monthly (ish) round-up of the things I’m loving these days:

Love This {three}

1. This post from comedian Kelly MacLean about surviving Whole Foods is hysterical {and true}.

2. We had toast for dinner, and it was brilliant.

3. Do your kids play sports? This is the best parenting advice {from the kids themselves}.

4. The hardest working people that we never thank enough.

5. Don’t call this 12-yr old concert pianist a prodigy. But do listen to this radio interview and get blown away.

6. Are you a hashtagger? After watching this Jimmy Fallon sketch, you might reconsider. #hilarious #neverhashtaggingagain #whoamikidding #yolo

7. A brilliant article on how to get your kids to listen to you. I know, there are hundreds of articles with this title. But trust me, this one not only makes perfect sense, the author gives us concrete solutions.

8. Cutest tissue boxes ever!

9. 25 creative ways to decorate pumpkins.

10. My oldest is a tap dancer, and we’ve watched this Fred Astaire routine countless times. He was such a brilliant dancer, and what makes this scene even more amazing is that is was filmed all in one take! Show this to the kids.

The photo above is from six years ago taken in our messy art room. I love it, though, because my middle daughter is there in the midst of all the supplies, finding inspiration. Here’s hoping you find inspiration somewhere, too.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Bar