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MaryAnne K.
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Attended Stanford University School of Education
Lives in California
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Free Doll Crochet Pattern

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This little crocheted baby doll has been in my head for ages! I kept looking and looking for a pattern online, but google searches of “crochet baby doll pattern” didn’t turn up what I had in mind – so I finally decided it was time to make my first-ever crochet pattern. And I’m glad I did, …
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Helping Kids Cope with Business Trips

Parenting tips - how to help your kids cope with business trips. How to Prevent or reduce children's anxiety over having a parent gone.

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Mike travels quite a bit for work. We would love to have him home all the time, but we’re very grateful that he has a good job (especially in this economy!), and that he even gets to work in a field that he loves. I also know that the travel Mike does is nothing compared to what military families …
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DIY Peter Pan Doll

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I loved the story of Peter Pan as a child. I wasn’t a very adventurous child, and I think I was drawn the the idea of Wendy – who, clearly, was also a fairly unadventurous child typically – flying away on a grand adventure. I also quite agreed with Peter that children have all the fun, which is …
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Felt Monarch Butterfly Wings

Kids will love dressing up with butterfly wings made using this simple tutorial from +Chelsey Marashian !

#DIY   #dressup   #Halloween   #halloweencostumes   #felt  
These felt monarch butterfly wings are very simple to make and make a great Halloween costume or a cute addition to dress up play.
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Watching the 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

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We let the kids stay up past their bedtimes (very rare occurrence in our household) to see the Supermoon lunar eclipse. We joined a bunch of fellow nerds of all ages (an incredibly abundant species where we live; some we knew and more we didn’t know) on a nearby hill and admired a beautiful sunset. …
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How to Stop Tantrums Before They Start. This is amazing and actually WORKS!
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Important info here. 

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It is rare that I say there is something that applies to all children. I’m a pretty laid back parent and I am all about supporting moms and dads, even when their parenting styles differ from my own. But this is one I think is really important. These are things that I believe, apply to every...Read More »
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5 Ways to Build Play Skills with Infants + Toddlers

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DIY Hobby Horse

This DIY stick horse from +Red Ted Art will be perfect for all sorts of imaginative play!

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I have been pondering on how to make an easy Stick Horse (or Hobby Horse in some parts of the world) for a while. Ever since, we had the Sock Bunny visit, I have been wanting to make a Sock Stick Horse, and here we have it! I have made it for Red Ted this …
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Robot Finger Puppets

Adorable felt finger puppets from +Create in the Chaos 

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These robot felt finger puppets were so fun and easy to make. I love working with felt because it's simple to use - even if you don't really know what you're doing, you can make something that turns out looking pretty awesome!
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DIY Chunky Wooden Alphabet Magnets

Luxury alphabet magnets!

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Tired of losing those small, cheap plastic alphabet magnets? Do you find them unattractive on your refrigerator? Make these "cool", educational letter magnets!
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I love this collection already +MaryAnne K.. What a great start! I'm sure you have a gorgeous cover picture for this lovely collection. And hopefully you'll keep populating this collection so I can nominate them for the featured page ;)
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Felt Pumpkin Pie

Free felt food patterns - a cute pattern for pumpkin pie!

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One of Emma’s friends turned five this month. Her mama went to pastry school, so I thought this pumpkin pie would make a fun birthday present! I used this pattern from my collection of free felt food patterns, but made the edge of the pie slightly taller to make a more filling pie. =) Our pumpkin…
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Que buen patron y este pastel es mi favorito uuuufffff
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