Winter Holidays

By the Shore: Explore the Pacific Northwest Like a Local

“If you’re looking for a guide to all things Pacific Northwest that’s just about perfect, this is it…”  Kristine Morris in Forward Reviews Mama Nancy has been exploring the Pacific Northwest this past year from Vancouver, British Columbia right down the Salish Sea and into mid-Oregon hugging the shores and beaches, discovering the best off-the-beaten-track […]

10 Timeless Gifts for Kids

Two big plastic bins of Legos have survived in our home for 30 years, dozens of kids, and random household purges. They were one of the few ‘toys’ I gave the grandparents when they asked for the kids’ Christmas lists, given among the requests for binoculars, tool kits, and tractor inner tubes—now those are real […]

Easy Pressed Tin Gift Ornament

Pressed Tin Gift Ornament Add a lovely touch to your gifts with these easy pressed tin ornaments. What you will need: Disposable aluminum oven liner or pie pan Short knitting needle or pencil with a blunt end Cookie cutters Scissors Pile of newspaper Cut the rims off the liner or pie pan for a flat […]

Edible Art: Gorgeous Holiday Cookies

The trouble with doing kids’ projects on a Mudpie Mama deadline means the family may or may not be in the mood to participate, but I have no choice. I crack the whip, order them to the table where the project supplies are laid out and I command them to have fun and create something. […]

10 Simple Ways to Encourage Gratitude

                      I     It’s the season of thankfulness, and I have 10 SIMPLE ways to encourage gratitude in your family. This isn’t Pinterest people, these are simple ways to encourage gratitude without creative pain! 1. Ask a question around a meal, “What is one thing you […]

Thanksgiving Table Apple Votives

By Nancy Blakey These lovely votives enhance any table. Pulling your kids into help make them adds something extra to the day! What you will need: Apples Small sharp knife Spoon Votive candles Use the knife to cut a votive candle-sized circle. Have your kids use the spoon to scoop out the apple inside the […]

Infusing Autumn with Simmer Pots

By Rebecca LeMar The smells of each of the seasons stick with us and inspire us. Make a gift jar full of autumn scents to gift to your Thanksgiving guests or spread some love to your neighbors. Beyond scent inspiration, children will observe what sinks and floats, they’ll practice pouring, use chopping skills and experience […]

Let There Be Light! Easy Tin Can Lanterns

   This project was one of my family’s all time favorites.  Once used extensively in Colonial America, these lanterns provide a relatively safe way for your child to carry a candle (under adult supervision of course!). Let there be light! What you will need: empty clean tin cans hammer and nail towel for each can […]

Become a Citizen Scientist! The Great Backyard Bird Count

I first ran across of the concept of Citizen Science when I was recycle-printing on the back of my daughter’s college research paper. I flipped the paper over, the words caught my eye and I lowered myself to the chair to read about the importance of every day people contributing scientific data from their own […]

Three Easy Bird Feeders

It’s cold outside and our backyard birds are working hard to keep warm, and that means fuel! Next week we will post about your family’s role in Citizen Science and the Audubon’s Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count beginning on February 17th.  This week here are three easy bird feeders to help our feathered friends through […]

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