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Amy Thompson
3 Springtime Songs to Learn

3 Springtime Songs to Learn

There is something magical about singing with children. You don't have to have the voice of a professional singer and the simplest songs can add a beautiful rhythm to your days. It is amazing how happily my little ones help clean up, when I sing our sweeping fairies song as I sweep the floor. I am no singer, but they are enchanted every time! Here are a few songs from the Cedarwood Waldorf School that you might want to incorporate into your own springtime rhythm. You can find the audio tracks to learn the melodies, and plenty more songs in their original post!  Here's a song...

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Amy Thompson
Create Your Own Magical Fairy Garden!

Create Your Own Magical Fairy Garden!

Making your own fairy garden is simple when you have the right supplies! And of course, we have our Fairy House Kit if you want to make it extra inviting for fairy friends ;) When our kids used the Fairy House Kit they added quite a few elements from around our house and yard; it's an ever-evolving project that they like to add and remove bits and pieces from, and change it with the seasons. Our girls left it outside where it has weathered significantly (it is definitely not weather-proof), but that has given it a certain charm and "lived-in" look.  Consider incorporating these three elements to turn a...

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Amy Thompson
Meet Blue Otter Toys!

Meet Blue Otter Toys!

Meet the newest member of the Challenge & Fun family, Blue Otter Toys! At Blue Otter Toys you’ll find everything you’re used to seeing at Challenge & Fun and LOTS more! You'll find playsilks, furniture, books, playstands, craft kits, fairy houses and we're adding more every day! While you can continue to shop at Challenge & Fun, we encourage you to explore Blue Otter Toys where we have a wider range of products and exciting discounts and rewards for new customers!! Why Choose Blue Otter Toys? Creating Blue Otter Toys gives us the room to offer your family a wider selection of products that align with the...

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Amy Thompson
Five Sinless Sweets (No Refined Sugar, and SO tasty!)

Five Sinless Sweets (No Refined Sugar, and SO tasty!)

Five delicious treats that are practically healthy enough for breakfast! We've taste-tested and approved each one. While they certainly qualify as healthy, they definitely don't sacrifice anything in the flavor department! This lemon polenta cake is unusual, surprising and so tasty! It's the honey and lemon sauce that you pour over at the end that makes it so irresistible. A wonderful, sunshiney, springtime dessert, it looks lovely sprinkled with bright, yellow forsythia blooms (They're edible! Did you bring some inside to bloom early this year?).   My three-year old requested this maple cheesecake with blueberry sauce for her birthday. It satisfies even the most...

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