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09 Mar 2017

A few years back, in the height of the duct tape crafting craze, I had a ton of requests for American Girl-sized doll clothes.   As a child, I vividly remember making clothes for my Barbie Doll. Although my family didn’t have a lot of money, I had very generous Grandparents.  As I was the only girl grandchild, my Grammy Maletsky loved shopping for me.

I’m always on the lookout for fun projects for teens and tweens.  It’s often difficult to find something that can grab their attention and pull them away from their phones.  Case in point, we did a 12 year old Overnight Hotel party this past weekend. Even though we had a ton of activities, from photo ops,to fortune telling, to spa & makeup treatments, they still ended up with their nose pressed to their phones, exchanging pictures on instagram…

Every Summer I have the pleasure of hosting a week long creativity camp for 8 to 10 boys. We’ve done Minecraft projectsPokemon Go, created our own water parks and even held egg funerals….it’s a blast.

jello painting from childcareland | sophie-world.com

Perhaps it’s because I've just spent 10 days with our 3 year old Godson, or just that I’m intrigued by the notion of “edible” art, but I love this post about painting with jello.  I agree, it sounds sticky, but as I’ve always said to folks who worry about mess – plop your kids in the bathtub, or weather permitting, head outdoors - and let them have at it.

Talia in her wedding tutu | sophie-world.com

My husband Scott and I are very blessed to have a little place in Mexico.  It’s really a second home, much more than a vacation spot. We’ve got friends, family, community…..a entire second life.