How Adults Can Get in a Mindfulness Break {GIVEAWAY}

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Greetings again! This is the second time Katelyn let me create a guest blog post on her amazing site. My previous post was over Veterans Day, where I remarked on the incredible (and necessary) support that families can provide to those who serve our military. Much credit is due to those who aren’t called to fight, but who bear the greater burden of support. I’m writing this post as a follow-up to one Katelyn wrote a few months ago about enjoying coloring books as a family. She wrote that post fresh off a trip to my house in Alabama, where I had several early pages of my adult coloring book completed. We had a great time coloring ...

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The Colorful Craze Totally Worth Jumping on as a Family

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Great advice for getting your kids into adult coloring books and without scribbling all over them!

I love art. I grew up drawing and coloring. I won contests and scholarships through grade school, high school, and college where I majored in Visual Arts. It's no surprise that with my children I encourage them to express themselves artistically.  I am curious to discover if my kids have any natural talent in art too. With my twins it was apparent very early on that my daughter Lisa had very good fine motor skills as she wielded a pencil early and well. With that came adorable first drawings to the very detailed drawings of people and animals today.  The girl can draw. My daughter Alison was not refined in using her hands until ...

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God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum – Explore God’s Word and World

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This is such an awesome At-Home Preschool curriculum!! I will be doing this with my preschoolers starting this fall! #homeschooling

My affiliate links are used in this post. I have personally purchased this item and intend to use it! Opinions are my own. It is Back to School time for a lot people, if your child isn't already in school! I still can't believe that my friends' kids back in Indianapolis are already in school. Most started July 30! That's crazy to me because it is still very much summer! I grew up in Wisconsin where we didn't go back to school until after Labor Day. I love summer and think it's important for kids. But, I digress. This post is about what I will be doing with my twin preschoolers this coming school year. We are again planning on ...

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The Truth about How to Get Crayon off the Walls – 11 Popular Removal Methods Tested

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A comparison of 11 popular methods of removing crayon marks from walls! So glad I found this! | whatsupfagans.com

You love your kids' artistic streaks but not if it means you need to remove crayon marks from walls. Unfortunately for me, my twin daughters went on a giant wall coloring binge with crayons. To make it even better than used an ugly brown and black crayon they snuck upstairs to their bedroom, instead of nice light yellow or cream color. In the past I have successfully removed crayon from walls using a Magic Eraser. And they work, but I found the process tedious, and it often removes the paint as well as the crayon markings, dripping white paint down my arm and onto my clothes and carpeted floor. No thank you!  I prefered ...

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Indiana State Museum’s 11th Annual Indiana Art Fair Preview Night #INArtFair

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Check out the 11th Annual Indiana Art Fair at the Indiana State Museum on Valentine's Day for a Preview Night! #INArtFair

In exchange for writing this post, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the Preview Night. All opinions are 100% my own. I majored in Visual Arts: Studio Arts at Brigham Young University. I took several art history classes, art education classes, and studio art classes that had me using all sorts of new mediums. I am a fine artist drawer, with charcoal and graphite as my mediums of choice. I do however enjoy working in oil paints as well, though I am not as strong or confident in it. But, one thing is for sure, I enjoy looking at all types of art! That's why I am excited about the Indiana State Museum's upcoming 11th Annual ...

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Letter P Activities for Preschool

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Letter P Activities for Preschool - A lesson plan for the letter P, snack ideas, and much more! whatsupfagans.com

The letter P is such a great letter to teach a preschool lesson on! So many words start with P! I had so many great theme ideas, but ended up (loosely) choosing P is for Plants for my children's group preschool lesson plan. Unfortunately, my great ideas for making our own little green houses or otherwise "planting" a seed didn't happen due to my poor planning.  But, we did still have a fun and easy lesson this past week, doing lots of letter P activities for preschool. *My personal affiliate links are used in this post.* Introducing the Letter P Like we always do when we start lessons I teach, we started with a prayer. I then ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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Kids getting ready to go trick or treating

Sorry I didn't put one up last week! The previous two weeks I had so many other posts going up, I just didn't have the time or energy to put together a What's up Fagans? Friday post. But, here it is for this week! 1. My son is pulling up on everything! It's his very favorite thing to do.  He can pull up on the ottoman, his walker, boxes, stools, chairs, crib, TV stand, and more. He wants to be standing up! He can climb up a stair or two. He's a full on crawler and  is getting faster and faster. Oh, and he's still only 7 months old! 2. Michael has been pretty sick lately however. We've missed two Sundays of church in a row due to ...

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Things to consider when choosing a family photographer

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Family Photographer - Cost, Quality, Prints or Images,

I love family pictures. And I love Christmas cards! So, with Christmas coming up and family picture season upon us, I'd like to share some things to consider when choosing a family photographer, because I want you to get amazing family photos!  A great photographer can make your family look amazing.  As an artist, I have a sense of what makes a great photograph, and what to look for in a family photographer. The cost of family photos: DIY, hire a friend, or pay for a professional? I'm going to go ahead and address cost first. Everyone loves a great deal, and you don't want to spend a fortune for some family pictures. But, you ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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1. Josh didn't have school on Monday due to Labor Day!  He only had one day of class this week, but had his first quiz and spent a lot of time working on it, and then was given his next quiz.  Oh, and he totally went biking five days this past week.  I think he's looking much slimmer!  He's lost 40+ lbs so far! And his calves look super sexy from all that biking he's been doing!  He's pretty much a stud.  And I love him. 2. On Monday, we hung out with our friends and cooked out in the backyard, played ladder ball, croquet, and talked.  It was a beautiful evening.  It would have been perfect except their bug spray seemed to have ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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Baby Walker

1. Josh and I went on a "date" (with kids) to the bookstore this weekend.  It was a ton of fun and was part of our "Year of Dates" that I gave Josh as a gift for Christmas.  We're playing a bit of catch-up on some of the months, but hope to get caught up soon so we can share them all with you.  We repeated that date today at the bookstore, but made a new list of things to look for.  It was fun again! 2. I ran 3.57 miles (well, really I ran about a little over 3 miles straight, my first real 5k since my 5k race) on Saturday and was so proud of myself!  And then this week I didn't run at all.  Fail.  I blame it on the heat and the ...

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Homemade DIY Toddler Fairy Wings

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How to make homemade DIY Toddler Fairy Wings using things I already have around the house.

For my girls' third birthday, they were given sparkly fairy wings.  Unfortunately the wire and nylon didn't hold up to well my rough three year olds and were soon broken, with holes in the nylon wings, and wire poking out.  So, shortly after their third birthday, their fairy wings were in the trash. So, about a month ago, my daughters were asking if we could go get some new fairy wings.  But, instead of running to a store where they could buy another pair just like the ones they used to have, which would undoubtedly not last very long, and cost us money, I decided we would make our very own fairy wings with what we already had ...

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A Year of Dates – Month One Date Nights

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Date Night in and out each month

For Christmas this year I gave my husband Josh "A Year of Dating" - 24 date nights, 12 out and 12 in, two for each month of the year. One of my friends did that for her husband and he apparently loved it.  While I set mine up differently than she did and have different dates planned, she was a great help in putting it all together - Thanks Erin! I looked around the internet for some great ideas on how to present it, and ended up doing something similar to this idea found over at Find Joy in the Journey. I didn't have a cute basket to put mine in, and I don't actually have anything in the envelopes (yet), but I liked the ...

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