Kids Art Center and a Little Redemption

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The older I get the more I'm realizing that I just have to come to terms with the things that I will never be good at. Walking through a room without bumping into something Monopoly  Cartwheels And drawing I'm pretty much permanently stuck at a 1st grade level when it comes to my artistic abilities. Actually, that might be stretching it a … [Read more...]

A Mom Fail and a Button Shamrock Shirt

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  Last Friday was like every other day. We raced around getting ready for school, packing lunches and guzzling coffee (me), being completely silly and taking forever to get dressed (them) and just going about our normal routine. But as soon as we pulled into the school parking lot I realized something was wrong. I saw these kids getting out … [Read more...]

Recycled Paper Bag Hearts


Angelina from JoJo and Eloise is back with us today sharing a simple, sweet and easy craft as part of our ongoing Take 5: 5 Minute Crafts Series! Hello Picket Fence Family, this is Angelina from JoJo and Eloise. It is always such a pleasure to stop in and visit with you. With Valentines quickly approaching ( which I SERIOUSLY can't believe ) I … [Read more...]

5 Minute Valentine Craft and Free Printable

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We're so excited to be welcoming back our fabulous contributor Julie who's sharing an easy-peasy craft with us today as part of our ongoing Take 5: 5 Minute Crafts series! … [Read more...]

Take Five: DIY Poppers for Valentines Day

DIY poppers for Valentine's Day

  I miss those days.  When they came home with a list of classmates and we headed to the store to carefully pick out the perfect pack of Valentines for their classes.   We've had Hello Kitty, and Princesses.  We've had Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Super Heroes. It was pre-Pinterest so I never had a chance to make all … [Read more...]

Feathered Owl Pumpkin ~ It’s a Hoot!

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Pessimists, Debbie Downers, Naysayers, Glass half-empty-ists, Party Poopers.... We've all been there right? Working away on a project that you are absolutely POSITIVE will turn out so adorable and then someone comes along and just rains on your parade. They see a feathered covered pumpkin sitting on the kitchen table and tell you it kinda … [Read more...]

Hosting a Detective Birthday Party Picnic

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One of my favorite things about having an 8 year old is how her interests and tastes have begun to influence mine.  She’s reading cool classic Nancy Drew books (which I never read as a kid), introducing me to music that I totally love, and her favorite colors inspired a room re-do in our house. She has also developed a pretty clear vision for … [Read more...]

Summer treat…all natural fruit popsicle ideas!

All Natural Fruit Popsicle Recipes!

Hello Picket Fencers this is Angelina from JoJo and Eloise. I am so excited to be here again sharing some Summer Fun with you. Summer was always my favorite time of year when I was a kid, as I am sure I am not alone in this. It meant time away from school, family vacations, staying up late and sleeping in. All of which I would LOVE to do on a … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Birthday Party and Being 6…


Do you remember being 6 years old? Do you remember having a vivid imagination and talking to your stuffed animals and just hearing them "talk" back to you? Do you remember rotating out who got to sleep next to you each night because you didn't want anyone to feel left out? Do you remember being 6 in the summertime? Running through the sprinklers … [Read more...]

Creativity, Imagination and kiwi crates

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Do you remember when you were a kid and a box was delivered to your house? There was always that chance...that small chance...that there was something exciting inside. And then you glanced at the label and saw that it was addressed to you! Frankly, I'm still a kid at heart because every time I get a box delivered to my doorstep I'm giddy with the … [Read more...]