• How To Make A Winter Wreath

    As I mentioned in my post about the fall wreath that I created, I really enjoy making things with my hands. And, after kicking off my craft-making comeback with that fun project, I was determined to make a winter wreath, too! Take a peek at the below instructions if you’d like to make a similar one for your home. Supplies ▪ Glue gun ▪ Gorilla Glue sticks–This was my first time using Gorilla glue sticks and it won’t be my last. (See notes at the end of the post to see why I used this glue instead of the standard glue sticks.) ▪ Silicone Finger Guards–I’ve gotten hot glue on…

  • How To Make A Fall Wreath

    Thanks to my mom–who paints walls AND canvases, as well as creates window decor–I’ve always liked making beautiful things (and making things beautiful). Over the years, I’ve made gift baskets, floral arrangements, Christmas ornaments and Christmas wreaths. I once even made two velvety, gold-painted royal thrones and a standing rose bush for a school play, but that was a huge project that I’m fairly certain will only be revisited through photos and our memories! However, for various reasons, I haven’t done this during the past few years. But, I think that’s about to change. And, I kicked off my craft-making comeback this week by creating a colorful fall door wreath!…

  • Concerts Can Keep You in Tune With Your Kids

    My husband and I love listening to music and have exposed our children to our favorite genres since they were very young. Because of this, their musical interests are quite varied. In fact, it would not be unusual for us to listen to urban contemporary gospel, pop, jazz, and classical music all on the same day. And, since they’ve been performing in musicals for the past four years, we also like listening to show tunes together. Our willingness to support and foster our children’s appreciation for such a significant part of American culture is one of the reasons we did something when they were only seven and four years old…

  • The Windy City Could Be Your Kind of Vacation Town

    Chicago has more than 40 fascinating museums, multiple interactive children’s museums, vibrant ethnic communities, and countless other noteworthy places to explore, so finding something to do when you’re in town is easy. Does someone in your family like learning about the solar system or have an interest in finding out more about ancient and current cultures from around the world? Or, are you raising a future artist? Either way, the Windy City is an ideal backdrop for a family vacation (and staycations, too). Read on to learn about some of the places our family has enjoyed visiting over the years. The Adler Planetarium is known for its interactive exhibits for…

  • Tricks for Easing New-School Jitters

    I always become reflective when school starts back because I remember how shy and anxious and shy I felt when I was younger and a new school year was about to begin. I’d look forward to more advanced class work–and to wearing the new outfits my parents bought for me. But, I’d also spend a great deal of time worrying I’d do or say something to get the attention of the two girls that bullied me for a few years. However, since the house my parents bought right before I started high school was in a different school district, I started high school feeling like the proverbial new kid on…