Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Fall Wreath--So Easy a Child Could Do It!

I have a little girl who is swiftly turning into a little lady. She started second grade this week, but before she started we had to do one last craft together. I haven't done a wreath since this spring, and I don't know about you, but I'm itching to do some fall it was perfect for Lil Bit and me to work on a fall wreath together. Just a week or so ago, the afterschool teacher asked me if I knew how creative Lil Bit was. It made my heart happy and sad at the same time. Do we squelch little kids' creativity so early that Lil Bit is outstanding because she loves to make at 7 years old? I'm a firm believer that we are all creative. As Picasso once said, " All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." So just inviting my girl along with me as we create, and valuing her ideas and opinions during the process, is important to me as a parent as a creative person.

This is how we made the wreath:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Updates on the Living Room & Kitchen

Back at the beginning of summer I shared with you how I was working on my living room and kitchen. I'm excited to tell you that I've made some progress, and there are more projects in the works! You see, I believe in being real with my readers. I don't believe in showing a "before" post and then a day later showing the finished room. You all know I have 3 small children and work full time outside of the house. Honestly, I struggle most weeks to get the floor clean without a minor renovation project going on so completing something is a major undertaking in focus.

But part of the reason I started this blog was to be kept accountable by someone, anyone to actually complete projects. It doesn't matter if you actually get onto me if I miss my (self-imposed) deadlines. I picture my readers as silent, harsh taskmasters...even when you comment on my work and you're nice about it. It helps motivate me to know that you're waiting with baited breath to find out the next design that I come up with.

So if you really don't care...don't tell me, mmmkay?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Menu Planning Monday 2015-08-24

It's back to school time here! I am so excited for my oldest; she seemed to be comfortable when we took her to open house to meet her teacher. But back-to-school also means back to routine. I know that this summer I've been a little bit off my usual routine, but I'm looking forward to fall & more amazing stuff here at Architecture of a Mom. But now, it's time for another routine - meal planning!!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal Muffins

With school starting next week, we're all looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas to make the mornings go smoother. But I want my girls to have a breakfast that sticks with them all day. These peanut butter and chocolate baked oatmeal muffins are perfect--they are easy because they are prepped ahead of time, and they are super filling!


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