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10 Awesome Picture Books About Birthdays

10 Awesome Picture Books About Birthdays

This week, my youngest daughter turns two. We’re having lots of fun talking about birthdays, watching her first birthday video and planning her party, but this time is so bittersweet for me. I love birthdays and all of the celebrations that go with them, but […]

How I Simplified Birthday Party Decorations

How I Simplified Birthday Party Decorations

About two months after I had my first daughter, I began planning her first birthday party. I perused Pinterest like a mad woman and excitedly began preparing my DIY decorations months in advance. I meticulously mulled over every detail, insisting that even the beer we […]

24 Valentine’s Day Books for Your Little Love

24 Valentine’s Day Books for Your Little Love

I love pulling out holiday-themed books and getting the kids excited about upcoming celebrations. I display them in our playroom (on these spice racks from Ikea) and on my daughter’s bookshelves and we read them over and over again until the special day has come […]

How to Make Cloud Dough–Valentine’s Day Style!

How to Make Cloud Dough–Valentine’s Day Style!

Sensory bins offer your child the opportunity to explore and learn using their senses. A quick search online will yield hundreds of different ideas for bins ranging from water and ice, to beans, to homemade doughs that fizz. Basically, anything that your child can scoop, […]

Super Simple DIY Valentines

Super Simple DIY Valentines

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and here at Kids Make Mess, we are busily using up all the pink, red and white paint and crafting with hearts, hearts and more hearts. Having just started school this year, my older daughter is thrilled to […]

How We Set Up An Art Studio for Our Kids

How We Set Up An Art Studio for Our Kids

Moving is hard. Especially for someone like me, who is a self-proclaimed home-body. And especially when you have children.   When my husband got a contract teaching job in a small town over an hour and a half away from home, I knew that a […]

This is Kids Make Mess

This is Kids Make Mess

Today I was painting with my two year old. We were using watercolours and were sitting side-by-side in silence, completely engaged in our own thoughts. I’m not sure what she was thinking, but I imagine it probably had to do with how exciting it was […]