Books and reading are a shared passion for my daughter and me, so we’ve been preparing for the start of this new chapter by reading stories about school. It’s been a great way to help her know what to expect, familiarize her with the rhythm of a school day, and talk about what she is looking forward to and what she may be nervous about.
I studied and worked in the sciences for over a decade, but also consider myself a writer and artist so I was thrilled when I discovered several nonfiction children’s book series that marry art and science together in a beautiful way. These are the books I wish I had when I was growing up: stunning images, thoughtfully designed, interesting and awe-inspiring— just like nature.
With some intentionality, Easter baskets are great way to refresh your kid’s playthings and activities while also filling in those practical items they’ll need for spring and summer. I find that sticking to a few specific themes or categories when putting together Easter baskets for kids helps to simplify shopping and keep things affordable. Here are three themed Easter basket ideas with gift suggestions for each!
There’s something glorious that happens every day in the early afternoon: I work on writing in my room with a cup of tea while my daughter, immersed in her imagination, works on a self-directed craft project building her stuffed owl a swing from construction paper: this is the magic of quiet time.
In my family, we celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus; while the significance and focus of Advent have remained the same for us, the way we’ve used Advent calendars and celebrated this season has varied. Some years we had time for daily holiday crafts and baking, while other seasons of life we kept it simple with a five-minute Bible reading and hanging up a premade ornament each night. If you are celebrating Advent this year, I want to encourage you that Advent traditions with kids doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming to be fun and meaningful. Here are 13 Advent calendar ideas that you can enjoy with your kids this Christmas season.
I moved to Los Angeles a few days after my eighteenth birthday eager to explore this star-studded city where everything felt new and exciting. More than 15 years later, I’ve settled into L.A. as a local but still feel like a tourist at times (in a good way!)— there’s always something new to discover in the City of Angels!