Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection Review & Giveaway


As you can probably guess, my daughter and I are fan of the books written Elsa Takaoka and illustrated by Catherine Toennisson.  Their new book Yumi’s Extraordinary Collection will fit right into our collection.  A beautiful story about a unique young girl trying to fit in with her family and the connections she builds with her grandma.  And of course the endearing and happy illustrations from Catherine. Read on to find out more about the book and stay to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of the book from the author plus some really cute Japanese stationary items.

*Disclosure: I received a free pdf copy of the book in order to facilitate this review but as always I only review books that I feel will be a good fit with my readers, my children or myself. You can read my full Disclosure Policy Here.*


How to Etch on Metal with Your Silhouette Curio Machine

How to Etch on Metal with Your Silhouette Curio Machine

Since I first received my Silhouette portrait machine I have been loving everything that I can learn and do with it.  For Christmas I extended my Silhouette family to include the Silhouette Curio machine and the Mint stamp maker (still learning that one).  Today, I thought I would quickly share with you how I have learned  how to etch on metal with my Silhouette curio machine and some tricks I use to keep the metal pieces from moving. (more…)

Easy to Make Doodle Cake Crayons


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I wrote a post a few years ago now about Broken Crayons and how I was feeling at the time about the monotony of motherhood. I didn’t throw those broken crayons away I have keep them. They have sat in our craft corner year after year just waiting to become something more. It is a dilemma for me as I struggle to simplify my life and not hang on to things and also not just throw things into the landfill. The former I need to do for my own mental health and the latter for the earth. Enter in the Doodle cake crayons box from Alex Toys. *This is not a sponsored post* I found the box one day while shopping at Winners and thought that is the perfect idea to solve my broken crayons dilemma.


5 Tips to Help You Declutter Your Master Closet

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Hi if you are new here, I’m on a quest to simplify my home this year, organize it and find some order within the chaos. Perhaps that is why you have also find this post.  Here is where I’m at. I moved into my house 12 years ago, of course, the same year my husband and I got married.  Prior to that I had always lived with a roommate.  Well, I guess technically my husband is still like a roommate of sorts plus the three kids we added.  And as you can imagine we have amassed a lot of stuff.  After 12 years in my house with adding the addition of the 3 children and husband most of the time I’m just trying to survive through a daily routine of activity.  This has left many areas of my house in disarray and as result has left me mentally the way. (more…)

St. Patrick’s Day Books For Kids Plus Free Printable


Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day I have the pleasure of sharing with you two new books to add to your kids collection.  My kids are fascinated with the mischievous leprechaun who has turned out toilet and milk green.  Have your kids devised elaborate plans to catch him?  If they have they will enjoy the new book by Adam Wallace How to Catch a Leprechaun.  If you have a Curious George fan in the house then this board book titled Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George will teach them about different aspects about the Irish and some of the common symbols associated with St. Patrick’s Day.