Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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Make: Chinese Year of the Horse Printable Chopstick Covers

Last week we shared a Chinese Year of the Horse necklace DIY and today we have an easy project that would be fun for all ages. To make your Year of the Horse chopstick covers, all you have to do is print out the Year of the Horse Chopstick Holders pdf, color the horses, cut them out, […]


Frozen Fractals All Around (and some fun links)

Most of the family is skiing tonight, but Miss Lily and I stayed home to curl up and watch old Disney movies. It’s been a Disney kind of day. Don’t laugh, but earlier today I was working on a really difficult piece of writing, so I made a deal with myself: if I powered through, I […]


How to Have Fun When It’s -20 Degrees Outside

When the temperatures dip down into the minus 20s (that’s temperature, mind you, not wind chill), there’s only one thing to do: Boil water, throw it into the frozen air, and watch it freeze instantly.


Summer Fun / Le Petit Tennis Net

Lily took tennis lessons this summer through our local community education program and got thoroughly hooked on the game. The best part is that her fabulous teacher, Lindsay, introduced us to the “mini net.” Have you seen one of these? They’re lightweight, portable nets that you can set up anywhere.
Since we live in the boondocks […]


Les Miserables…Finally!

After what happened at Toy Story 3, I wasn’t about to watch Les Miserables in a theater with people. I kept putting off renting the movie because who goes around looking for reasons to cry? But Lexie finally said enough and tossed the DVD into our cart at the grocery store. Fine, I said, but […]


DIY: 5 Fun Halloween Ideas via Pinterest

There are so many great ideas out there on Pinterest, but as you probably know it can be a huge time-drainer. So I did the searching for you and found these five fantastic ideas to make your Halloween even more fun. I’ll keep pinning ideas, so be sure to check out my Halloween Inspiration board.
These […]


44 Fun Ideas for Easter Baskets

I asked a bunch of friends what their favorite Easter traditions were when they were kids, and nearly all of them said “Easter baskets.” Some had to search for their baskets because the Easter Bunny hid them, but others said the baskets were sitting out waiting prettily for them when they woke up Easter morning.
Around […]


Happy Weekend / Fun Links

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These party favors are some of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen. Imagine the possibilities for Valentine’s Day, baby showers, weddings, and birthday parties. Or just because.
Here are some more ideas for you to peruse this weekend:

This Fortune Balloon Garland might be fun for the Chinese New Year parties […]


Holiday Fun / Games for Groups

“Were there Uncles like in our house?” “There are always Uncles at Christmas. The same Uncles.”
—from A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
My favorite holidays are a combination of the old and the new. There are traditions I can’t imagine doing without, like the Advent Box and Grandma’s cornflake cookies. But at the same time […]


Fun Ideas for Thanksgiving (plus Day One of Holiday Planning: the Christmas Planner)

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Now that all the birthday parties and Halloween are over, I’m ready to start planning for Christmas. I tried to start Christmas planning on October 1st one year (as FlyLady recommends: see Cruising Through the Holidays), but all I did was make myself crazier for a longer period of […]

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