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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Crafting with Exceptional Kids

Part of my New Years #thive2016 resolution is ensuring the whole family thrives. So over the weekend I thought we should do a typical family activity. We should make a craft. But special needs crafting ideas are hard to come by. Not only do both my kids like to make things, Allie gets to work on some of those “therapy skills” when she’s doing crafts at school. Why not do one at home? I found an easy craft over at The Inspired Home and rounded up all the supplies. This isn’t something we’ve done at home much so I had no idea…

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Just in the St. Nick of time

Wow! Everything seems to get done at the last minute around here lately. But I’m happy to say that BOTH kids will have an advent calendar this year. I squeezed out an extra day, as the boy is visiting grandparents tonight, so although it’s not hung, it’s ready to go. I got the idea from Lindsay over at Little House Blog a few years ago here and have enjoyed filling it ever since. Here it is handing last winter. I needed to make one for Obi so I went back to Little House Blog and used this free printable to…

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Adventures in Advent 1: Adapting

So my Sis (STOP READING NOW SIS) is embracing a sugar free life. But we’re both big fans of advent and this year, the Starbucks advent calendar. But what’s the fun in opening a calendar when you can’t enjoy the spoils? So I took it up on myself to adapt the calendar to include non-food trinkets. I tried to do this on a tight budget as the calendar itself is a little spendy. So cool though…the tins are sitting on a magnetic chalk board with a simple wooden frame. Nice! You should reveal a caramel each day…but instead my sis…

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Giveaway: 100 Facebook Fan “Stampendous” Celebration

I’m so thrilled to be closing in on my first Facebook Fan goal that I’m hosting my very first giveaway. I’m10 fans from 100 and what better way to celebrate than with an awesome little prize, just in time for the holiday season. Wonderful Lindsay at The Penny Paper Co. who also happens blog about all things design/ style/ parenting/ awesome over at Little House Blog has kindly donated a custom stamp to giveaway + shipping to the winner! I happen to be a huge fan of the shop and love, love her stamps in particular. The winner might choose…

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Last thing I made was a person

I’m feeling the need for a little creative project. I’ve been in survival mode – feed the family and myself, make sure all are alive at the end of the day and have clean clothes to wear the next, work, sleep if possible, shower if the gods are looking favourably upon me. That’s it. Maybe a little bit of housekeeping but not enough for it to be a category (ick!)… But I feel like making something just for the H E Double Hockey Stick (hell) of it. Who knows? It’s almost September. Maybe this can be my Christmas craft. With…

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Nursery story Part 1: Shame on me

nursery before picture

This is one of those moments where you do something totally embarrassing to try and use the moment to shame yourself into finishing something. As you are aware, baby girl made her early appearance in late Dec of 2012. As she wasn’t due till the end of January, I figured we had all of that month to complete her room. Yeah, that was a super bad idea. So then she came along and everything baby – all the hand me downs and rescued from the garage items, and pulled out of various storage items and anything else that was hanging…

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Knit Wit

penguin with knitted scarf mommydo

From time to time, I get a clever idea. This particular idea came to me on a shopping trip to Buffalo when I was searching for an infinity scarf. Why? Why would I pay good money for a scarf when I could make one for my own self? I should know better… But I hauled out my knitting needles nonetheless. Which, in reality meant heading to the Purple Purl, buying new needles, wool, a pattern and everything else I needed. Sadly, the “pattern” was the neck of a sweater I adapted. Um, which I’ve never done before. And the needles…

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Home Sweat Home

My house makes me a little sweaty. No, not because it’s hot. Because it’s the place money goes  – never to be seen from again. We’ve had a *little* trouble. And by *little* I mean a heap load of trouble. In fact, the basement is a little damp right now… Some of the issues have included: Knob and Tube wiring – YAY!                   Tree roots in the pipes – Super!                   And a wet basement – Awesome!              …

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Bringing Home Baby

As you’ll get to know, my Pinterest obsession is a on the verge of being a problem. This is best illustrated by the fact that it has turned me into someone who believes they are crafty. It is more likely that I am someone who appreciated crafty and loves gorgeous photographs. Anyway, this past fall it came to my attention that I cannot be truly crafty without a sewing machine. Husband rolled his eyes in a “here we go again” kind of way but my Mom wholly supported this position. And for Christmas, she hooked me up. Now you need…

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