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Make Your Own Birthday Party Invitations

This weekend, my family is going into party preparation mode. My eldest daughter will turn seven in the blink of an eye, and she's downright desperate to get the birthday invitations made and delivered to her friends. Is there a way to spin this task...

Expert Tips for Getting Kids Involved in the Kitchen

"You don't need to be an expert to cook," Elisabeth de Mariaffi tells Cabin Fever. Elisabeth is the author of Eat It Up!, a colourful and practical new cookbook for children, and she's just the person to reassure a harried and hopeful parent that...

The Art of Writing Santa Letters

'Tis the season when Cabin Fever begins receiving frantic phone calls from grandparents. "What do the kids want for gifts this year?" In fact, the unspoken question is: "What gifts do you want us to get the kids this year?" Or more specifically,...

Hope for Craft-Challenged Moms

Over the years I've written books and countless articles about keeping kids creatively occupied in the summer. This being the case, people naturally assume that I'm an arts-and-crafts diva -- you know, the kind of mom who saves Styrofoam meat...

Do you trust homemade trick or treats?

Yesterday I found myself watching a cooking show wherein the host was making homemade Halloween treats for impending trick or treaters. She was making some sort of popcorn ball treats, and they looked both tasty and creative. Making treats can also...

The best (unscary) Halloween movies for kids

When it comes to Halloween, television and film are no exception to trying to up the ante every year in terms of providing us with entertainment and thrills. Most of the time, this involves yet another installation of the Saw franchise, which is...

Keeping them busy: fun mosaic project

For the past few weeks, Ellie has been attending summer day camps - this week it is art camp. She and her best friends spend three hours each morning letting their creative juices flow. I haven't actually seen any of the art, but at the end of the...

SouleMama's book on pre-order

One of my favorite things about reading blogs is the whole behind-the-scenes aspect. It is so much fun to find a blogger and see them get a book deal and learn about the entire process of the book. I'm happy to say I've enjoyed reading reading Soule...

Why I love the dollar store

It's another lazy summer day and Ellie and her friends are bored again. Trying to keep a group of six-year-olds busy day after day is a challenge, but I have discovered an ally in my local dollar store. With a little imagination and even less cash,...

Afterdinner archeology

It was after dinner and the kids were in their pajamas, supposedly getting ready for bed. Instead, Jared was chasing Sara around the house, roaring at the top of his lungs. Sara came running into our room, terrified. Sara: I saw a diningsaur! I saw a...

Jif PB Sandwich contest - top ten finalists

Though I tried (and tried and tried), I was never all that great at craft time with my daughter unless it was held in the kitchen. Food art I can do, making a mobile out of paper plates and a ball of sting? Not so much. I suppose that is why I am so...

Blogging Baby Size Six: Six things toddlers are not

Toddlers are adorable. There is no way around this fact. Their over sized heads, soft, protruding bellies, chubby legs and open eyed wonder are an absolute joy to watch. However, there are a few times when the cuteness becomes a bit too much, reality...

Creative family arrangements bring creative family arguments

I was so pleased with myself for having achieved the ultimately desirable lifestyle: a high-profile, highly-creative, work-from-home job that pays enough to support my family; adorable, healthy children; a husband who loves me and who does the...

Mama Says Om: tap into your creative side

There's nothing like a community of artistic people -- which is exactly what the smart moms of Mama Says Om are trying to create.  The brainchild of Elaine (Wanna Be Hippie), Krystyn (SoliStella), Christina (MyTopography) and Kelly (Glimpse from...

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