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Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor living in the woods of Wisconsin with my husband, four children, two dogs, and two crazy cats.


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A Fairy Garden + ABCs of Summer

Grammy gave Lily a Fairy Garden starter kit in her Easter basket this year, and they spent a pleasant afternoon shopping for flowers and putting the garden together. It’s really just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Grammy picked up the kit at Gordman’s, but you can find one on Amazon or probably any [...]

Happy Weekend

Hello! Did you have a good week? We’re back from Andrew’s high school band trip to Walt Disney World and are settling into our regular routine. Funny how easy it is to slip into vacation mode and how hard it is to slip out of it!
I’m so happy we tagged along on the trip. The [...]

10 Fun Ways to Connect with Books

When I worked full-time as an editor for EMC Publishing’s literature and language arts series, one of my favorite tasks was coming up with activities to connect students to the texts in our books. The idea behind these activities was to make the novels, plays, stories, poems, essays, and even grammar lessons accessible to kids [...]

You Won’t See These Valentines on Pinterest

When I asked the younger kids what they wanted to make for their valentine holders, Lily said a panda, of course. Will thought for a moment then said, “How about a guy’s head with a really big mouth to put stuff in?” No problem.
So this is Will’s Not-Ready-for-Pinterest valentine holder. If I told you Will [...]

DIY: Kids’ Art Table Rescue

I’ve been eyeing the “kids art area” lately. It takes up a good chunk of real estate in this house filled with six people. And now that we have teenagers with homework and laptops, I started picturing a large, comfy chair to lounge in, maybe a cool IKEA desk with space for a printer and a [...]

Kids: Sick Day Tray

I’m sick. Usually, I can nip a cold in the bud by taking some NyQuil to knock myself out and get a good night’s sleep. But that didn’t do the trick this time. Nuts.
Thank goodness I can work in my pajamas! I promised myself that if I put in a few solid hours of work, I [...]

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 [...]

Lexie’s Popcorn Trick

by Lexie
Is there anything more satisfying then crunching down on a big bowl of popcorn after a long day at work (or in my case, school)? Plain, air-popped popcorn is not only yummy and fun, but it’s also a whole grain packed with fiber and essential nutrients. Unfortunately, movie theater popcorn has given the stuff [...]

Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse Necklaces

I’m so excited to share this Chinese New Year project with you because it features original artwork by Lexie! The girls and I sat down to brainstorm a fun way to celebrate the Year of the Horse and we came up with the idea of a necklace.
So while Lily and I dug through our art [...]

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