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How to make the Perfect end-of-the-year (or anytime) Teacher Present! It’s small, cute (adorable, actually) and includes EVERY Child’s Favorite Thing about their school year. Each kid has a page with their photo, info and drawing. I have made this for my kids’ teachers the last 8 years and it’s always a big hit! (=

How To Make the Perfect Teacher Gift – “What I Like About School…” books made by the kids in class

For the past 8 years I have been creating the PERFECT end-of-the-year Teacher Gift with my kids’ classes. I know, I know… nothing is perfect you say…. But, this present is pretty close! The teachers really love it! And why wouldn’t they? It’s adorable, it takes up very little
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Shena Leonard - sweet mom duplo Lego engineering. (=

Sweet Duplo Lego Engineering

I was going through some old pics and came across this one from long ago when the kiddos still used Duplo-sized Legos. I was (and still am) impressed by their engineering skills at such a young age — not to mention, it’s just plain sweet! (=
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Shena Leonard Homemade Vanilla

Homemade Vanilla Extract, and a Lesson in Patience (=

The kiddo and I are making homemade Vanilla Extract. (= Super simple recipe: Add 25 whole vanilla beans (cut into 1/2″ pieces) to a bottle of vodka. Put an adorable label on it. Shake once a day for 2-3 months and it’ll be ready.   It’s a lesson in
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No Mess Indoor Snow Play

No Mess Indoor Snow Play

Flashback to our old trick for when it was too cold to go outside, but our kiddos really wanted to play in the snow… Just fill the tub with snow (we used 5 gallon buckets to transport) and let the kids play in it. Then when it melts it goes right down the drain, so
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Bowtruckle for Character Day at school 

Cabot(10) is going to be Newt Scamander for Character Day at school. There’s not a lot of Newt costume stuff available at a day’s notice — but, we were able to make a quick Bowtruckle from pipe cleaners and sharpies that we found around the house. (=
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Reindeer IPad Art

The Ipad can never replace the control you get with an actual pencil, but it’s fun to play with nonetheless. (=
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How we make our Reading Pillows

I gotten a lot of questions about how we do our pillows, so I thought I’d share our process & some in-progress pics. (= First I sketch out a rough pattern design of the character on large paper. Then the kids & I search through the fabric supply in my mom’s
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Birthday card for the cousin 

Cabot(9) was in charge of his cousin’s birthday card. It turned into framed art -very cute! (= We used the IKEA plastic frames, safe for kids’ rooms. (=
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Soggy Sidewalk Chalk is Awesome!

My friend’s kiddos left their sidewalk chalk out in the rain and it created this cool, soggy chalk/paint that looks awesome! She said it was easy to work with too — I love when accidents create amazing art & art supplies! (= I have another friend whose daughter
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I was going through scans from some of the Family Cookbook art we've done, and I came across this painting we did to use with a Buttercream Frosting recipe. Since it also happens to be a friend's birthday today, I decided to turn it into a fun Happy Birthday image to post on Facebook. (=

Happy Birthday!

I was going through scans from some of the Family Cookbook art we’ve done, and I came across this painting I did to use with a Buttercream Frosting recipe. Since it also happens to be a friend’s birthday today, I decided to turn it into a fun Happy Birthday image to
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