Thursday, September 11, 2014

Raising Confident Girls + A Print

Today I'm over at Playful Learning discussing a few thoughts about raising confident girls. Head over there now to join in and to download this print!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Day 2014

We reached a huge milestone yesterday-first grade! First time bringing a real lunch. First time staying all day. Seven hours, three recesses, and more independence. We're both happy about it, maybe her more than me (how it should be, right?).

This brave girl is going to school five mornings a week for the first time. When I told her, she said, "EVERYDAY? When will I have time to play?" Unlike her sister, my dramatic, sensory girl would rather explore on her own all day than sit at a desk. Amen girl, amen...

Here's to new beginnings!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Magic Hour by the River.

There's nothing better on a hot summer evening than being near the water. The other night we piled into the car and headed to the river. I was completely content to observe (camera in hand) while my little family enjoyed throwing rocks, climbing trees, and watching the sun dip behind the hills.

Nature really is the best remedy, isn't it?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Picture Book Projects: Extra Yarn

Reading has always been a passion of mine, and it looks as if it will be for my children as well. Despite being displaced this summer (thanks to our remodel), we made sure to keep out a BIG bin of our favorite titles.

One of our faves is called "Extra Yarn," by Mac Barnett. After reading it for the umpteenth time the other day, my oldest daughter told me she would like to make something with yarn. I remembered these delightful little decorations from many years ago, and we decided to try our hand at making some "God's Eyes" for ourselves.

They turned out to be super easy for two six-year-olds to make and quick too! If you'd like to make a few of your own, follow me over to Playful Learning to get started...

We even made a short video! I hope it entices you to get on the floor and have some fun with your kiddos this week.

Make Something Today from Randi Edwards on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Red Tricycle Feature

From time to time, stuff from Swoon is featured around the web. Most of the time I forget to share, but this time I remembered! A while back, Addie's indoor picnic party was featured in a roundup on one of my favorite sites, Red Tricycle! I've often used this site in Seattle to find things to do with the kiddos around town. You can see there round up of cute picnic party ideas here. Thanks for the feature Red Tri!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Work in Progress.

Things have been very quiet around these parts lately, and I'd like to show you why....we've taken on the ultimate DIY this summer in the form of this 1970's jewel of a house.

I'm here to tell you that the renovation process is not made of disastrous before photos that magically bleed into beautiful afters in sleek fashion. The process is a dirty, sweaty mess, and it takes a lot of WORK to get from ugly to pretty (there's a metaphor about life in there somewhere).

I will be popping in from time to time over the next few weeks, but mostly you can find me in this half finished bathroom (or the unfinished living room, bedrooms, kitchen, or basement) workin' my buns off.

To keep up to date on our progress, meet me over on Instagram @swoonstudio. Those stunning after photos are sure to come soon!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Plan Happy Project

My friend Michelle, one half of the creative duo behind Twig Creative, is here to today to share an amazing way to build some fun into your summer! I really hope you decide to play along on with us on Instagram!
When summer was fast approaching, so was my anxiety. No more preschool break each week and no more structure that my four year old wild child thrives on. So, I knew something had to be done. We've tried lists and calendars and charts before and we've proven to be pretty bad at them, but I was determined to figure out a way to keep our sanity this Summer and not settle on constant screen time. I realized that putting in that extra effort of planning can result in a lot more happiness; for both me and my child.

This inspired Plan Happy Project. I created a simple chart listing each day with a picture representing that particular days activities. For example, our Tuesdays look a little like this: a t.v. representing cartoon time in the morning, a school book representing tracing pages, a grocery cart representing that it's our grocery day, a painting palette representing project time, and flowers representing outside time.

We made a list of projects that we would like to accomplish as well as a list of outings for our weekly Friday outing time. There are thousands of activities you can find on pinterest for occupying a child, but I wanted to keep it fairly simple. Yes, I want to plan ahead, but I don't want to create that insanity this whole plan was intended to avoid by putting too much stress on the steps to planning or purchasing supplies. We need projects that can be done in our home with mostly items we already have.

Some of those activities include:

Friendship Bracelets
Cloud Charts
Swimming Pool Bubbles
Finger Puppets
Letter Cookies
Homemade Popsicles
Painting Outdoors
Outdoor Movie
Sewing a pillow

We're early into the Summer, but giving my child something to look forward to each day keeps her excited and interested. As a Mom of two and a small business owner, life can get busy. Giving my child the responsibility to look at her calendar and then come to me with what our plan is helps keep us both happy and helps the rhythm and flow of our day stay smooth.

We hope you'll join us and share your ideas as well, using the hashtag #planhappyproject

Randi created a simple weekly calendar as well, for writing out your schedule or drawing pictures of your day. Click here to download and enjoy!

Thanks for joining us today Michelle!
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