3 Easy and 1 Hard Way to a Peaceful Holiday Season

I heard the crash at 6:00 in the morning and bolted out of bed. The Christmas tree had slammed to the ground in a spectacular mess of broken ornaments and pine needles. The 4 and 6-year-old culprits were crying and wringing their little hands. “I was just DECORATING,” wailed our son. I sighed and put […]

A Gift is Something You Make: 3 Easy Presents

The greatest gifts cost next to nothing, are infused with love, and require only a little hands-on time. Save an afternoon for your family to create the best kind of gifts–the ones made and given straight from the heart. Clothespin Vase What you will need: I package of peg clothespins Duct tape Large tuna can […]

Thank You: Simple Words That Can Change a Life

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart Every day love arrives in the mail in the shape of a poem, a hand knitted cap, a pink granite stone, a story of summer apples or rescued boats. Even though it has been 7 weeks […]

The Best of Mudpie Mama Posts 2013

  You are a free-ranging group with wide interests!  You enjoy making homemade Valentines  over store-bought cards.  You are looking for ways to get your kids outdoors even in the heart of winter, and you are asking the right questions when it comes to parenting.  When reviewing Mudpie Mamas for the most popular posts, we […]

Satchet Stones

This versatile modeling compound is easy to work with, and holds the whole spices firmly when dry if you choose to use them. The stones make a lovely gift to scent drawers and rooms. What you will need: 2 cups baking soda 1 cup cornstarch 1-1/2 cups cold water essential or perfume oil Whole cloves, […]

Non-Toys Are the Best Gifts for Kids

Toys can charm, seduce and placate a child. They can also accumulate in closets like breeding gerbils. Kids are greedy for them. They will plead and demand and beg for them, but over the years I have found after the first flush of acquisition fades, all that remained was a largely ignored, multiplying inventory. When […]

Simple Homemade Christmas Advent Calendar

Last Christmas, I came up with this project as a simple, candy-free way for two year old Finn to have an advent calendar on the lead-up to Christmas. I used brown paper bags, filled each one with an ornament and then clothes-pinned all the bags to a clothes line running across our ‘mantle’. I then […]

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