Well, guys, it’s April. April 4th to be completely exact. When I opted to swap to a magazine format my first issue was due out over a month ago. There is no issue released. My second issue was planned for next month and it’s not ready. Here’s the thing guys, this website has brought me more happiness, and tears, and stress, and fun in the last two years than I every thought possible. I’ve constantly tried to grow it and change it and treat it like a business and honestly it has been stressing me out, SO MUCH. You can’t even imagine. For one itRead More →

Plastic Canvas Garland made from a kit

I’m not sure if I mentioned over the summer what our school year would be like. In June we (my son and I) attended an open house for a new homeschool center. It was a dream come true, the same idea I have been wanting to build for years. I jumped on board the same day as a founder and facilitator. So in September, we opened for the school year and my son and I spend Monday and Tuesday with about 20+ kids and 3 other facilitators doing all kinds of fun stuff! This post contains affiliate links. If you follow them and make aRead More →

Great summer reads for boys, books suggestions right off of an 11 year old's summer reading stack!

Hey! Are you enjoying your summer so far!?!?! I feel like ours has been a whirlwind, and is rushing away from us. I’m already starting to buy school supplies and pick the curriculum for next year.  We won’t be starting until after Labor Day, so we still have plenty of time left, but I bet it’ll pass too fast. Before summer completely gets away from us I wanted to show you what is on my Son’s summer reading stack! Some of these are new releases that we chose to review (they were sent to us free in exchange) some are just things my son hasRead More →

Getting ready to make truffles with historically accurate chocolate!

Today is an amazing combo in that it’s summer, which is the perfect time for a trip, and that it is Chocolate Day. So I’m going to tell you how to enjoy a trip, get some amazing chocolate, and even turn it into a fun and easy history learning experience! (Interestingly enough there are actually 4 Chocolate Days a year, but that’s just an ADHD inspired tidbit.) We actually do a lot of tours and trips, mostly because we live close to so many, but also because my approach to history is that it is better to see and do than to read and quote. It’s oneRead More →

While the world constantly pushes for perfection I want people to know they are not alone! It's okay to be a mess! It's okay to be Type-B.

If you read my post yesterday maybe it resonated with you, but maybe not because you need to relax, maybe you’re like me and are probably TOO relaxed. Maybe you were saying “Alicia, I’m TOO Relaxed- Just Like You!” Well, that is the other part of what I try to do here! Photo by chaithanya krishnan on Unsplash Here’s what I’m hoping people get from my website: Type A People- Learn to relax a bit and follow some of my fun and easy tips for crafts and family fun. See that I do these things and we survive! We even thrive! The mess is worth it! Other Type B People-Read More →

Guys, just relax and have fun, you only get one life and time with your kids if brief.

I know the “Type A” idea, I’m not it, I don’t entirely understand it, but I know it. If you’re not Type A, are you Type B? Is the opposite Type Z?? Featured Photo is by Daniel Spase on Unsplash One thing I’m hoping to do with this website is to rub off a little of my extreme Type B/Z onto other people, especially parents. I want people to relax. In 2 years, 10 years, 20 years, will you say “We always had a lot of fun, because our house was spotless and I had a detailed schedule?” Probably not. Days with our babies are slim you guys.Read More →

We're trying out a new science book that just hit the market and having fun making slime!!

Recently I was contacted by Storey Publishing to ask if I would like to review their new book, Mason Jar Science. I love messy, fun science experiments, and I have racks of mason jars, so I said yes. They sent me a review copy and we got to work checking it out recently and are loving it! Of course, my son overlooked all the experiments except the slime. It HAD to be the slime that we did first. Other experiments I noticed and were excited about included making alum geodes, terrariums, cloud in a jar, play clay, and several more. If you have kids youRead More →

A family favorite, an easy way to feed the family on busy days, or when it is just to hot to cook!

It can be so hard to feed the family in the hot summer months. Sometimes it’s just too hot to cook, sometimes one person goes off with a friend and you have no idea if they will be home for dinner or not, sometimes an extra friend is at the table, and sometimes it’s just to fun outside to come in and cook! There are so many situations that occur in the summer that can make it tricky to eat, especially together. We are adamant family dinner people. We eat dinner together about 355 days a year, those 10 that we don’t usually are in theRead More →

Photo recipe for 8 perfect summer popsicles, including these watermelon beauties!

[ReviewDisclaimer]   Recently I got this YUMMY looking infographic for perfect summer popsicles from Readers.com. I’ll be honest, whether I make popsicles or buy them depends very much on the day. I do both and feel no qualms either way.   Sometimes it’s fun to make some popsicles, but sometimes making your own is just too much. Sometimes it’s just too hot and they disappear faster than you can make them and it’s exhausting. Sometimes it’s fun to be in the kitchen and then enjoy your work later. If it’s a make your own kind of day I’ll be trying some of these recipes. AlthoughRead More →

From a water bottle to a recipe a list of six things that I am just loving this week!

I wanted to share a little sneak peek into my life with a feature about 6 things I’m loving this week. In no particular order here are six things I am just loving right now and why. There are three things I want you to take away from this list. 1. I just love these things. 2. The simple things in life can be amazing, and by appreciating them you will probably be a happier person. 3. The fact that two of these items, and my phone case (not shown) all match was completely coincidental. [ReviewDisclaimer] Julie Nutting Stamps- I have  BIG crafty reveal comingRead More →

Picnics are the ultimate in family fun! Relax and enjoy one!

I want to start encouraging my readers to relax, enjoy themselves, and stress a little less. Try some hobbies you’ve always wanted. Experiment. Be free. So to do that I’m going to start a series of posts with fun things to do! The could be anything from interesting videos to crafts to art to fun challenges and everything in between. Just a way to encourage you to try fun things, relax and enjoy life more.  SO here is your list of fun things to try this week! Since the weekend is about the begin and school is almost out it’s a great time to getRead More →

How to use "Woodchips" of time to enjoy hobbies -- My Workbasket

I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned (probably many times) that I grew up in a crafty family, or at least surrounded by crafty females. I remember at a young age reading a story in a craft magazine that has really stuck with me. Keeping in mind that I may not have even been double digits when I read this that really means something. I’m fairly sure it was an old issue of Nutshell News, a miniatures magazine from many years ago, but I could be mistaken. It’s about finding time for hobbies, and I found it very insightful. I’ve told this story many times overRead More →

A fun list of what's in my book basket for May 2018- From My Workbasket

I don’t tend to read as much as I used to. Truth be told like many aspects of my life I go through spurts. Sometimes for weeks or months on end, I will read a book a day, and then for months or even a year, I only flip through a few. I always HAVE a ton of books though and do like to create a little reading pile.  Recently I got this basket at the thrift store with the intention of using it when we go to the park but instead it ended up as being my reading stash. So, let me show youRead More →

The four ingredients needed to make your own laundry soap. -- My Workbasket

I’ve been making our laundry soap for years. YEARRRSSSSS. I remember once my son saw laundry soap at the store and didn’t know what it was, and it blew his mind that people buy it. He’s been helping make it pretty much his entire life. I finally needed a new batch and wanted to show you how to make laundry soap! Things to Know: About $20 can make a lot of soap Ask at your local bakery (even the one in your grocery store) for a five-gallon bucket. The use them for frosting, and usually empties are free. Make sure it has a lid! IfRead More →