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NEST + CREATE + NOURISH … cheers to a new year and a messy house

Happy New Year all! After a fabulous Christmas break filled with the messiest of activities and great times building memories with dear family and friends, it’s time to get back to some sort of order in every part of life. With that said, over the past few days I have heard of two families that have lost their homes to fires and I’m reminded of how grateful we are to have this warm and comfortable home, even if the mess and the clutter is a constant. This really isn’t a major, or even a minor, problem right? WE HAVE A HOME and I am counting this messy, unorganized home a blessing!



Above are a couple shots of disaster areas during and after creating. It may not seem like this helps the organization process but they actually USED supplies we have had for a really long time and spent hours creating with legos, cardboard, and hot glue.

I really do want to simplify our home but these recent events have given me a very different perspective on the method and maybe it will just have to be at a slower pace than I have planned. The kids have way too much fun making a mess of it and I really can’t blame them – messy projects are fun!

A few of our favorite activities over the break were baking treats for neighbors, teachers, friends, and family. Making ornaments and sibling gifts. Looking forward to the acts of kindness each day and simply enjoying family time together.

Below are photos from a super easy recipe for kids to help with. Gluten free Almond Orange Snowballs from Recipe Girl. We added in crushed peppermint for some of them and they were delicious.

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One of the ornaments the kids made using strips of colored paper.


The puppet house that the boys made for Emma



The soccer field James made for Jack with an oversized shoe box lid, paper, pipe cleaners, and netting from bags of fruit. Clearly he was proud of this!


Mind craft figures that Jack made for James using our legos.

Inspired by a gift (below) from Godfather/Uncle Dan, the boys had fun adding layers of armor to their legos + more creations with corks, bottle caps, and wooden beads.






So, instead of always feeling like I have to clean or organize more, I am going to try to embrace the mess just a little bit and be grateful for a house to contain it and the creative kids who live here.

If you would like to donate, even just $1, to the Family fire funds below I know they would be more than grateful for your generosity.

The McCarthy’s family fire fund

The Koehler family fire fund

Enjoy the beginning of a nourishing and peaceful new year and take a moment to read these Resolutions from Pope Francis that should be resolutions for a lifetime, not just for the year ahead.

HAPPY 2014!


CREATE … handmade gift kits | sewing + weaving for kids

I love the holiday season, but not all of the consumerism that goes along with it. Instead of all of the new gifts, maybe consider collecting materials for one of the ideas below. A kit with all of the pieces included for a project would be a great surprise for a child that enjoys weaving and sewing.  My boys are OBSESSED with the rainbow loom right now so I plan to add a few of the ideas below into the creative rotation.  So many ideas are floating around, so just find something your child has an interest in and then look for items you can recycle into a gift. Just look around your home and you might be surprised how many supplies could spark creativity in a child.


Tapestry Table by Kleas


Children’s weaving tutorial by Made by Joel


Embroidery hoop weaving loom by Living Crafts

happy creating!



NEST + CREATE … easter is just around the corner


Easter is the perfect time to incorporate some family crafting time.  Some of these projects would be great to create together.  Buy materials and place them in an easter basket with an image of the craft and enjoy making together with your child.

1. Bunny finger puppets from the Purl Bee
2. Bunny hand puppets from the Purl Bee
3. Crepe paper carrots from Martha Stewart crafts dept
4. Wooden eggs from Applenamos
5. DIY finger puppet kit from Kata Golda.  I just saw these on sale at

more crafting ideas
Egg cozy (via Bloesom Kids)
Easter bags from the Purl Bee

more giving ideas
Children’s Easter playset from the Brown Pearl
Ukranian egg dyeing kit from Magic Cabin
Beeswax eggs from Nova Natural. These would be great to decorate with colored beeswax sheets also available from Nova Natural

Enjoy the glorious weekend!