Diet Coke Mentos Experiment

My 4-year old and our neighbor enjoyed witnessing this explosive soda and Minty Mentos experiment. Have you tried it? It doen’t require a huge set-up, and the show is pretty awesome. I have to warn you that the explosion itself goes by quickly, so you might want to have an arsenal of soda containers on hand so you can conduct multiple experiments.

diet coke and mentos explosion

Ingredients for Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment

  • Diet Coke
  • Minty Mentos
Hee hee — pretty obvious, huh?

mentos and diet coke

Take the Mentos out of the wrapper.

mentos and diet coke experiment

Almost as soon as the Mentos hit the soda, the explosion begins, so f you’d like to try dropping more than one into the Soda bottle, make a paper tube and fill it with all your Mentos.

filling mentos into a tube

Take it outside. open the bottle, drop in one (or multiple) Mentos, and then step back!

kids mentos and diet coke

The explosion happened so fast that I was unable to capture it with my camera, so you’ll have to try this experiment for yourself and see how it works.

Experiment ideas

  • Try this with other types of soda. I read that diet soda is recommended because it’s less sticky than regular soda, but regular soda should work too. Compare the results of regular and Diet Coke.
  • The carbonation is what’s supposed to trigger the reaction: try this experiment with carbonated water. What happens?
  • Compare the results of fruit-flavored and mint-flavored Mentos.
  • What happens when you add other ingredients to the soda: salt, rock salt, sugar, baking soda, peanuts.

soda science experiment

The Science Bit

According to Wikipedia, “the numerous small pores on the candy’s surface catalyze the release of carbon dioxide(CO2) gas from the soda, resulting in the rapid expulsion of copious quantities of foam”

Taking this 100 Steps Further…

Eepybird.com (Entertainment for the Curious Mind) shared that  the exploding Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment was first introduced by University of Chicago chemistry professor, Lee Marek. The Eepybirds later recreated this experiment in a spectacular multi-bottle show on David Letterman.

 Your Turn!

So, are you ready to run out and pick up some soda and Mentos? Have you tried this experiment? What did your kids think about it?

Make Your Own Birthday Cake

kids diy make and bake birthday cake

If you know a little bit about me and my parenting philosophy, you’ll know that I welcome opportunities to get my children into DIY mode. The only way they’re going to learn how to do something is by getting involved, so I may give them a few pointers and then I’ll step back and let them take the lead.

My youngest, R, who I sometimes refer to here as Baby Rainbow, is no longer a baby. Sniff. She just turned two! When we’d ask her what she wanted for her birthday, her response was consistently “vanilla cake.”

Not only do I also drool over vanilla cake, but this simple request made for a totally low-key, low-stress birthday that I look forward to repeating again with future birthdays.

Baking Cakes

To get started, my 4-year old, N, and I mixed up one box of vanilla cake mix from Trader Joes. It doesn’t get easier than that, and the ingredients are actually fairly healthy.

We pulled out our rotary hand mixer/egg beater, which my daughter uses any chance she can get. Not only is it fun for kids to use, but it gets them involved in the kitchen and it does wonders for developing hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

kids use rotary mixer

 

After she mixed the batter up, we divided it into two 9-inch cake pans and cooked as directed on the box.

Meanwhile, we mixed a batch of our favorite frosting: Buttercream Frosting. Oh-my-goodness. If you’ve never made it before, it’s not only easy, but it’s also highly addictive. Yum.

My kids are always promised a beater to lick at the end of baking, which helps keep hands out of the bowl while we’re assembling.

Once the cakes cooked and cooled, we popped them out of the pans and started in on our grand assembly plan.

Cake Recipes

My 2-year old’s request: Vanilla Cake

My 4-year old’s plan: Two-tiered vanilla cake with vanilla frosting and strawberries in the middle layers. The top will be covered with sprinkles, Happy Birthday letters, a “2” birthday candle, and fairy cupcake toppers (basically, everything we had in the cabinet).

frosting cake with children

Decorating Step 1: The kids used butter knives to cover the bottom layer with raspberry jam (this was my suggestion, and they did not protest). Then we added a thick layer of vanilla frosting.

kids decorate cake

Frosting for Cake

Decorating Step 2: My 4-year old thinly sliced the strawberries and the kids layered them on the cake.

frosting cake with kids

We placed the second cake on top of the strawberry layer, and then covered the whole thing with frosting. When you’re working with children, it helps to value the process over the product. You can’t worry too much about how the cake is going to look. It’s a bonus, of course, if it looks amazing, but the important thing is that they have take pride in make something amazing happen.

cakes

We started gussying the cake up and R requested jelly beans. There were only six left in the box, and she eagerly plunked them into a corner of the cake. This ended up being her piece!

kids bake in the kitchen

And when we were done, they got the frosting bowl as a bonus.

Experiments

For more of our kid-led cooking experiments: How to Invent a Recipe with Kids, Cooking with Toddlers, Cooking with Kids (exploring butter and rosemary)

Also, one of my friends and favorite bloggers, Jean Van’t Hul of The Artful Parent recently wrote about a birthday cake her daughter made: A Kid Made Birthday Cake. I think my kids would feel right at home in her house!

DO YOU LIKE TO COOK WITH YOUR CHILD? WHAT ARE YOU FAVORITE COOKING-WITH-KIDS RECIPES?

 

Make a Music Basket to Encourage Rhythm and Movement

diy music kit for kids

Do you enjoy having music in your home? Do you have an instrument kit for your child to explore?

If you do, I’d love to hear about what’s inside your kit. And if this is new-to-you, pull up a chair and let’s talk music!

When my older child was just a few months old she got her first instruments — a few bean and bell-filled rattles. I suppose that they’re more noisemakers than musical instruments, but at a young age children love to explore the cause and effect of moving or pushing an instrument and hearing the noise it makes.

Empowering!

Our kit has grown organically over the years, and just about any noise-making tool can go into it. I’ve weeded a lot of things out for the sake of saving space, and have kept a lot of our favorites.

 

 

 

 

What goes into the Noise-making Basket?

  • Egg shakers like these by Meini
  • Animal Sound Makers like these
  • Gourd Maracas like these Axatse African Shakers 
  • Bell Shaker. These are good for babies to shake, and these Wrist Bells  encourage kids to get up and move. My older daughter fell in love with these when she was two and a half.
  • Cowbell like this one. Just because our friends gave us one, and it sounds cool.
  • Harmonica like this one.
  • DIY baby bottle rattle: Fill an old baby bottle with coins and tightly secure it with a flat bottle lid. Gluing the lid shut is suggested if you think your baby could open the lid. The Crafting Chicks made these shakers with beans. So cute!
  • Silk scarves to dance and twirl around. Ours are from my collection, and you can find a selection of beautiful scarves at Sarah’s Silks.
  • Slide Whistles like these are fun, and teach the child how to control the sound of an instrument.
  • All-in-one kit. If you want a one-stop-shop, this ready made kit is reasonably prices and looks like it has it all: Rhythm Band Rockin’ Rhythm Bag

diy music kit

How We Use Our Music Kit

  1. Clear Space. I usually start by clearing some space, just in case anyone is inclined to dance. In my house, the dancing doesn’t happen right away, but it’s almost inevitable.
  2. Turn on Music. Then I’ll turn on some music. We listen to a lot of children’s music and my kids have their favorites, so this is usually where we begin. I’ve tried introducing them to my music (and still do on occasion), but this is usually a sure way to kill their will to participate. Maybe if I had been better about diversifying the music from the get-go.
  3. Pull out the kit. I pull out our music basket and gently shake it out onto the rug. Then I have to get silly.
  4. Dance around the room. I’ll pick up one or two scarves or a few maracas and dance around the room, waving the scarves or shaking the maracas to the music. They love this. This doesn’t require any special skills or talent (trust me — I’m a talentless expert at silly making with music).
  5. Have some costumes ready. My girls often race to put on dance costumes at this point. Maybe it’s just them, but it wouldn’t hurt to have some dance-worthy costumes ready just in case.

kids dance to music

More Music and Movement Resources

Get up and Dance with Your Baby, from Christie at Mama OT. If you didn’t already guess, Christie is an pediatric occupational therapist, so she really knows what she’s talking about.

If you like classical music, Prekinders.com shares this great list of classical music that kids will love.

Debbie Clement’s whole site, Rainbows within Reach, is full of music-related ideas.

Angelique Felix shares eight musical games you can play with children.

DIY Parade in a box from Bugaboo, Mini, Mr. and Me

Take the merriment outside and make your own Banging Wall like Soule Mama’s, this gorgeous music wall from Sue Nierman on PreK + K and Sharing. or this music tree from Filth Wizardry.

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Nature Table: Where Art, Stories, Memories, and Peace Unfold

make your own spiritual nature table

Today I’d like to introduce you to Rashmie Jaaju, the mama behind the creative learning blog, Mommy Labs. I’ve known Rashmie since I started blogging and always appreciate her sincerity, mindful approach to parenting, and the passion she brings to raising a creative child. Furthermore, Rashmie lives in New Delhi, India, and I hope you’ll enjoy peeking into Rashmie’s colorful corner of the world as much as I do.

Welcome, Rashmie!


Hello friends, I’m elated to write for Tinkerlab today and be able to connect with all you wonderful, creative people. Rachelle is a long-time blogger friend and she’s an inspiration to me for the passion, creativity and focus she puts into her blog; as well as for the person and the mother that she is to her adorable kids.

I’d like to share with you all my Nature/Spiritual table. Actually, it’s not just a table but a part of our home that’s now synonymous with quiet time, peaceful vibes, nature inspiration and a place to get together as a family for a few moments of prayer and connection with the higher self.

 

How Our Nature Table Started

I’ve always loved collecting ‘finds’ from nature – fallen leaves, river stones, pine cones, drift wood, sea shells, feathers. I have dozens of boxes stuffed with these things; plus piles of books that hold leaves, flowers and petals within their pages.

It struck to me one day that keeping these natural elements in closed boxes and books is not serving the purpose. I’d much rather want to keep these beauties in front of my eyes so that my family and I can connect with nature inside our home, and also recollect the stories associated with them – the stories from trips, nature walks, beaches, treks…

So, in that whimsical, uplifting moment, I started this nature table.

All it took was a quick refurbishing of an old wooden table that I’d used for different purpose at different points in time. From being a pedestal for the refrigerator to a book shelf to a low dining table, this table has served various needs.

We scrubbed, painted and polished the table and found a clutter-free, well-lit, cozy space for it in the study room. There’s a big window right above the table and a door next to it that leads to a balcony overseeing vast open green land, so there’s ample sunlight and fresh air.

Nature Table for Spirituality and Meditation

The Table as a Natural Canvas

It’s been almost an year now and I’ve redecorated this space every two months or so introducing flavors from every season, a festival like Holi or Diwali, or family events (birthday, travel, anniversary). See some pictures of the nature table from winter 2012. And then, there’s always something to add after a nature walk in the near by park or in the neighbourhood.

Recently, we went on a trip to the Himalayan region in India (it’s called Himachal Pradesh) and we collected tons of things from the treks we took there. These have now become part of the nature table.

Interestingly, the nature table has become an artful corner in our home. It’s almost like a canvas for me and my daughter – Pari – who’s 6.5. She rejoices in laying out leaves, pebbles, feathers, pine cones on this square space. We love lighting aromatic candles and incense here. It also gives her a sense of ownership since she actively takes part in decorating this corner of the house…

Kids Connecting with nature in home with nature table

Spiritual Corner

My family sits in front of the nature table almost every day and we recite a Buddhist mantra (though we’re not Buddhist) and Sanskrit Shlokas, including a Gayatri Mantra. We play the Tibetan Singing Bowl. Read more about the meaning behind the singing bowl over here. You may also read on the same page about the Buddhist mantra – Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo.

So, this nature table is a spiritual corner rather than a religious place of worship. It helps us fill our cup of peace and quiet. 🙂

Buddha Nature Table

Even our guests – kids and adults alike – are immediately drawn to it. The moment my 2-year old niece, Sarah, enters our home, she heads for this corner. The gemstones, pebbles, feathers, copper bells, shells – she can engage herself with all these for an hour at least…!

nature art spirituality for children

Keeper of Memories

Above all else, as I look at each of the natural elements placed on this table, I can’t help but reminisce about the moments we found these pieces. The stories come alive through the mind’s eye. The drift wood for example – it came floating on the waves of the river Sutlej when Pari was playing along the bank. This river is on a volcanic bed, which gives the water a unique characteristic that’s also said to heal and alleviate joint aches. The water on the surface is chilling cold but thrust your toes just an inch deep and you’ll feel the heat instantly!

Every inch of the nature table tells a story. I’d say it’s a keeper of memories….!

nature table waldorf spiritual connection for kids

A Place to Reflect

This room is also where I sit everyday to write – be it for my blog or in my journal. There’s an aura to this space that makes me reflect and put them into words. As such, nature is the source of sustenance for my soul. And, art!

Do you have a spot in your home that’s dedicated to nature or spirituality? What helps you connect with your inner self? I would love to hear your story.


Rashmie writes about creative and natural learning for children at Mommy Labs. She takes inspiration from art, travel, books, photography and most essentially – the spiritual energy of nature to nurture a sense of wonder in young souls.

Crushed Flower Experiment

Now that summer is coming to an end (sniff — I’m kind of in denial — you?), it’s a good time to harvest some of your last blooms for some flower-painting experiments.

Crushed flower experiment

We took a walk around the neighborhood and picked some weeds from wild roadside gardens, and also selected a handful of flowers and leaves from our own yard.

Materials

For this project you’ll need: assorted flowers and leaves and paper

The experiment lies in testing the flowers to see what colors actually emerge from them as they’re crushed and smeared onto paper. We were surprised by the blue hydrangea’s brownish-green hue, but also got some more predictable amazingly brilliant yellows and purples from our roses and dandelions.

Crushed Flower Experiment

More Artsy Science Experiments

If you’re interested in more experiments that lie at the intersection of art and science, you might also enjoy Invisible Ink: A Citrus Painting Experiment and the Egg Geodes Science Experiment.

More Flower Projects

For more with flowers, you’ll have a lot of fun Pounding them into Flower Bookmarks or maybe you want to learn how to press flowers. Zina at Let’s Lasso the Moon has a lovely idea for turning a huge sunflower harvest into back-to-school teacher gifts. And, there are over SIXTY amazing ideas in the Tinkerlab Flower Creative Challenge that will keep you busy with all your harvested flowers.

And similarly, here are some ideas for making vegetable-based egg dyes.

What are your favorite ways to use, preserve, and harvest your end-of-summer flowers?

Toddler Watercolor Painting, Keeping it Neat

I’m not afraid of messes, but I’m also not looking for them. Are you with me? So when my almost 2-year old said that she wanted to paint, I was ready with my spill-management toolbox: an ice cube tray and a wooden serving tray.

In case you’re wondering how the wooden tray is paint-free (I’d wonder about that), it’s seen better days and was just treated to a new paint job with a few quick strokes of acrylic paint.

clean painting toddlers preschoolers

After I squeezed a few tablespoons of Colorations Liquid Watercolor Paint (one of my favorite supplies, affiliate) into the ice cube tray, I invited R to pick a brush (she likes the fat ones), and painting was underway in less than five minutes.

Sometimes I’ll add a bowl of water for rinsing brushes between colors, and a dry rag for absorbing excess water, but this was a simple, no frills kind of project.

clean and tidy painting with toddlers and preschoolers

Clean-up was a snap. The brush and ice cube tray got a quick rinse in the sink — watercolors clean up super fast. And the tray was stored away. I also like to keep a pack of baby wipes and a damp rag near the art table for hands and spills. This happened to be a neat, mess-free day. Maybe we had some good karma coming our way?

Do you have any tricks for neat and tidy painting?

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More Art Projects for Toddlers

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For more toddler art projects, you may enjoy the easy-to-set-up activities that use mainly everyday materials in 12 Simple Art Projects for Toddlers.

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Tinkering Spaces: Interview with Emilie Brehm

Today I’m joined by Emilie Brehm of Normalish, who is sharing her inspiring natural homeschool art studio and maker spaces with us. This interview is part of Tinkering Spaces, an informative series of interviews that center on designing kid-friendly creativity spaces. If you’re scratching your head because you can’t figure out where to put your children’s art materials, hatching a plan to turn your laundry room into an art room,  or shifting furniture to make room for a new easel, these interviews are sure to give you food for thought.


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Rachelle: Welcome Emilie! I’m so glad that I learned about your creative home through Instagram. Can you tell me a little bit about your background, and how it’s inspired you as a parent?

Emilie: Since I was a young child, I’ve been interested in the visual arts.  My bachelor’s degree is in Apparel Merchandising and Design — and all of my favorite classes were the creative ones.  I loved the electives I took in calligraphy, children’s literature, and interior design.  I had a hard time settling on a major — there were so many possibilities!  One thing I knew was that I wasn’t inspired by the prospects of traditional career paths.  After graduation, I took a couple of extra semesters of “undecided” graduate school — not ready to leave the inspiring environment of academia.  Eventually I decided that my “calling” was parenthood.  It took years to conceive our oldest, so the prospect of a life of creative parenting was long-awaited.  Now, many years later, we’re expecting baby number three this fall — and although this “career” choice has been full of surprises, ups and downs, I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

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Rachelle: Will you tell us about the family who lives in this space?  

Emilie: My husband and I live here with our two homeschooled sons (ages 7 and 3).  We’ll soon welcome a new family member — we’re expecting our third son, due in October.

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Rachelle: I was initially drawn to all the warm wood and natural elements in your home. How would you describe your space? And have you had to make any changes to the space since you’ve had children?  

Emilie: When we first saw this home about a year before our oldest was born, we thought it felt like a perfect “family home.”  We bought it, hoping to start our family here.  A month after moving in, we found out we were expecting our oldest.  So we were able to start making changes to create our family nest right from the start.  It’s a warm, quirky home, approaching 100 years old.  It sits on a large lot with plenty of room for little ones to run and explore.

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Rachelle: Is there an underlying philosophy to your parenting and/or playful spaces?

Emilie: I’d say my philosophy is pretty eclectic — and constantly being tweaked as our family grows.  I’m definitely inspired by the Waldorf pedagogy, especially the use of natural materials, the emphasis on the arts, and delayed academics.  I place a lot of importance on outdoor play/nature exploration, open-ended playthings, unscheduled time, minimal use of screens/electronic media, children’s literature (our house is full of books!), and letting kids stay “little” (vs. the societal push to grow up so fast).  I’m influenced by attachment parenting, especially for the early years.  We’ve embarked on a homeschooling journey with our 7-year-old, which is currently inspired by unschooling.  How’s that for eclectic?  🙂

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Rachelle: That IS eclectic, and it fits perfectly with everything I see in your home. If you had to be selective, what are three things that you love the most about your space?

Emilie:

  1. The natural light.
  2. The two sunrooms, both used as creating spaces.  One adjacent to the living room is the kids’ playroom, which houses their art table.  One adjacent to the master bedroom is “mama space,” with my sewing machine, fabric stash, etc.  Both are bright, inspiring rooms.
  3. Our wabi-sabi yard, perfectly imperfect and wild.  Tons of creative play happens here.

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Rachelle: It’s clear that “creating” sits front and center in your home. Do you have any tips for those of us who want to make our homes havens for making?

Emilie: I think a big step is a mental one — to relax into it and let go (I am definitely still working on this!).  Expect the messes (and try to embrace them!), but let go of other expectations and be flexible.  Keep appropriate materials accessible at all times so the kids can dive right in when inspiration strikes (stored right on our art table, we have: white paper, colored pencils, washable markers, crayons, scissors, glue, string, and tape).  If possible, a dedicated art table is great so projects and materials can be left out and revisited later — and no worries about damaging the surface.  I like an adult-size table so there is plenty of space for spreading out as well as room for parent-child collaboration (ours is a thrifted, vintage, wood dining table).   Give kids plenty of unscheduled time so they have opportunities to find themselves insprired!

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Rachelle: Your backyard play scape looks like a childhood oasis. Can you tell us about your “stump park” and how your yard came together?

Emilie: “Stump park” is our name for our playscape constructed of large tree stumps.  We had a large backyard tree that had to be taken down due to illness.  It was a huge oak, over 150 years old, with a trunk diameter of around 5 feet.  In an effort to use natural materials and encourage open-ended play, we already had many smaller tree stumps in use in our yard — so we were inspired to come up with a way to make use of this huge trunk.  We were lucky to be working with a wonderful tree service and hatched a plan together.  They cut up the trunk and the pieces were arranged with their super-power forklift into a playscape.  This process was especially fun because our oldest son was able to get involved — and even help operate the forklift!  It is great for climbing, crawling through tunnels, and pretending.  We have added a slide, a tipi structure, and plan to embellish the playscape more in the future.

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In the other main play area of the yard, we have a wooden play kitchen with lots of thrifted pots and pans for mudpie making.  Although it makes for a messy yard, we allow the kids to source mudpie “ingredients” freely, including sandbox sand, dirt and mud dug from here and there, leaves plucked from plants, grass and weeds (no chemicals on this yard!), and water.  Also in the “sorry, neighbors!” category, we have a variety of metal pots mounted on a board as a musical “banging wall” (inspired by Soulemama), which is located near our “demolition site,” a old, stone/brick fireplace that the boys are allowed to hammer, excavate, disassemble, and tinker as they choose (with supervision and proper safety, of course!).

This summer, the boys have spent many hours in their “digging site,” a section of the yard where they’ve removed enough grass to make a delightful muddy hole.  This spot has been a creative haven!  It has been a swamp, ocean, special cleaning factory, network of streams, body painting area, mudbath, and more.  We also take our more traditional art materials out in the yard sometimes and have a dedicated outdoor art table for drawing and painting under the trees.

Rachelle: Your yard sounds like a child’s dream! What do you wish for your children to remember about their childhood?

Emilie: A world of possibility.  Their creative spirits fully ignited.  Books.  The love of learning, exploring, experimenting. The magic and mystery of fairies and other wee folk.  Their personal interests respected and nurtured.   Love.

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Rachelle: What five supplies are indispensable to you and your children at this moment?

Emilie:

1.  Colored pencils.  Our favorites are Ferby by LYRA.  They are high quality, smooth and vivid, and the triangular shape is great for little hands.
2.  Play-dough.  (we use both homemade and commercial)
3.  String.  Along with scissors, a spool of natural kitchen twine is very popular with both boys.
4.  Colored masking tape.
5.  Washable tempera paint.  We buy it by the gallon to accommodate our preschooler’s desire to squirt and mix.

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Rachelle: What inspires you?

Emilie: Nature.  My kids.  Finding beauty in everyday moments; photographing them often.  Fellow mama friends.  Books, blogs (including this one!), Instagram, Pinterest.

Rachelle: Is there anything else that you’d like to share?

Emilie: I’d like to thank you, Rachelle, for starting the “creative table” project — both here and on Instagram. (Search #creativetable on Instagram) I already loved taking photos of what’s happening at our art table — now I’m thrilled to have a special spot to share them, as well as to peek in on and find inspiration in what others are doing.  I use Instagram daily and welcome new IG friends — I am “emiliebrehm”over there.Thanks for having me here at Tinkerlab, Rachelle!

Rachelle: I know I already said this, but I love following your images on Instagram. Thank you so much for generously sharing your home with us, and for taking time to chat with me!

More Tinkering Spaces

You can check out the rest of the TinkerSpaces in this series here. 


Interview with Emilie BrehmEmilie Brehm of Normalish is a homeschooling mom of two sons, ages 7 and 3, with a third due to arrive in October.  After decades of interest in the arts and creative living, she found the ultimate inspiration in mothering.  Emilie holds a B.S. in Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production from Iowa State University.  In addition to daily creative parenting, she enjoys photography, lettering, and interior design.

Emilie has graciously offered to share one of her favorite art materials,  a set of 12 LYRA Ferby colored pencils, with one lucky reader. To enter for your chance to win the Ferby pencils (a $20 value), click on the Rafflecopter giveaway. This is open to U.S. addresses only.

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