Big and Little Kids Love Fairy Houses

The fairy house/terrarium type thing my older kids made featured in my spring home tour a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to come back and do a separate post about it (and the one Abe made later) because it was such a surprisingly big hit with all of them, and it’s not terribly often these days that I … Continue reading

Abe’s Vintage Fisher Price Little People Collection and Wishlist

When I was a kid, Fisher Price Little People were, hands down, my very favorite toys for a very long time. My mom was (and is) an excellent garage saler, so we had a huge collection of the stuff. My brother and I would dump all the accessories into a big pile in the floor and then take turns choosing … Continue reading

A Blue’s Clues Party in a Post-Blue’s Clues World, or: Abe is THREE!

Back to the den next, but I wanted to take a minute (or, you know, 1000 words and a million pictures, whichever comes first), to talk about the crazy thing that happened here over the weekend: my BABY turned THREE! You’re probably having a hard time believing this, because he was just born about a week ago and because he’s … Continue reading

DIY No-sew Canvas Play Tent: Abe’s National Parks Room

post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! You know, I don’t think I ever put it together before that we’ll be finishing Abe’s National Parks room (knock wood) the same year as the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. We’re real good at planning that way. Back when I put together the mood board for Abe’s room, … Continue reading

Hiking With Toddlers (and Older Kids) Plus Filtered Water EVERYWHERE!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Brita, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BritaOnTheGo”   I’ve mentioned before that we’ve been making it a priority to take Abe on a lot of hikes and walks these days, partially to toughen him up for our big road trip … Continue reading

Kid Projects Board on Hometalk

Kid projects are some of our very favorite projects to work on. Like Abe’s outdoor play kitchen: And his play tent: And Milo and Gus’s lego table: And the sand and water tables: And our biggest kid project of all, the swingset:       I’ve put together a round up of DIYs for kids over on Hometalk (like, to … Continue reading

Abraham Barry is TWO! (at the ZOO)

Abe turned two on Saturday. I’d say some stuff here about how sad it is that I don’t have any babies anymore, except he is TOTALLY STILL A BABY AND ALWAYS WILL BE. I thought maybe I could get away with one Abe is two now post, but then, predictably, there were a lot of pictures. So I’m dumping all … Continue reading

20 Gift Ideas for the Discerning Teen

    *post contains affiliate links I almost said Gift Ideas for the Difficult teen up there, but I decided that wasn’t really fair. It’s not Ari’s fault he has such good taste that he doesn’t like most things. Last year the only post like this I did was for older babies/young toddlers, but this year I decided to take … Continue reading

Cone Tree Advent Calendar

I don’t usually post on weekends, but I was determined to have this year’s Advent calendar post up before December 1. And it’s a really simple one, so if you just happen to reading this on November 30 and you also happen to be looking for an Advent calendar to make, you could easily knock this one out before tomorrow … Continue reading

Our 2014 Christmas Card

One afternoon last week, I looked out the window, saw that the light looked decent for picture taking, noted that it was nearly halfway through November, and ran upstairs to grab clean blue shirts for all the kids. Milo and Gus had a friend over, so we left the poor kid inside eating nachos while I herded everyone outside to … Continue reading