Saturday, December 15, 2012

Find My Blog Over At Wordpress now!

After a few years blogging on Blogger, I decided to take the leap and start blogging on my own self-hosted Wordpress blog.  So I'm still around, just now at www.cuddlebugkids.com.  Please come visit!!!  I haven't been able to figure out a way to contact all of my peeps from here to let you know so I'm hoping you'll check back here! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How To Pick the Right Pre-school For YOUR Child

 


It's been just over a year now since we moved our family and life from Fredericksburg to the hills of the blue ridge mountains just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.  I never imagined a life outside of my dear Fredericksburg church family and friends.  And yet...here I am...living, learning, putting down roots, and growing...

I was musing this morning on the drive to my daughter's pre-school about the value of soil.  Why am I driving my daughter 25 minutes out into the mountains to go to pre-school?  Why not drive 20 minutes into town where my errands will likely take me most days?  Why?  Because of the value of the soil.  You see, this pre-school has the soil that I think my daughter will thrive in.  The teachers are warm and loving and genuinely love their job of caring for and teaching the little ones in their class.  The classroom has age appropriate centers with the daily schedule being clearly communicated verbally and through a visual schedule for all the kids to reference.  The room is full of opportunities but not overwhelming.  This is the right soil for my daughter.  Our lovely sweet pea who has been "too quiet" for her age has started to grow in ways we could not have imagined. 

So what about your child?  What makes the soil right for them?  I think this question is often forgotten in the rush to simply find somewhere.  I recently spoke to a Mom who saw racial diversity as the most important element in choosing her child's pre-school.  It is beautiful and fascinating to me how God has created each of us so uniquely and called our families as unique entities as well.  I'm curious about you.  What do you consider the most important elements for picking the right soil for your child's pre-school experience?

Photo Credit: mjtmail (tiggy) on Flickr Creative Commons

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Life in Spoons



Ahhhh...life and energy is a limited resource.  I find myself hating this fact on a regular basis.  I don't like the word hate but all I can say is that in this case,  HATE is the word.  I want to do so much more than my energy and capacity allow.  I find myself throughout the day making choices on what I should do in order to still have energy for what is to come.  So when I read this great description from a lady with Lupus on how she explains her life and limited capacity with spoons, I decided I had to break my blog silence (which is really due to my limited spoons) and share.  No, I don't have Lupus but I do have an unusual mixture of health issues that slow me down significantly and some days I crave a name to explain why I feel so exhausted.  Hope this spoons story is a blessing to someone else out there! 

Photo credit: Tropic~7 on Flickr Creative Commons

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Life is Busy!



Thought I'd just drop a quick line here on the blog to let you know life has not stalled out at Cuddle Bug Kids!  It's actually been super busy between Easter sales, looking into local venues to sell, and trying to keep a steady stream of new patterns coming.  I'm working on a new website design as well and think I'll be moving my blog over to the website in the not too distant future...we'll see.  In the meantime, my blog writing time has been occupied figuring out how to design and code it.  If you happen to be a Facebook person, I've decided to try to start more of a conversation on my Cuddle Bug Kids page about my designs, ideas you all might have for future designs, etc.  So if you aren't already, would you consider being my friend?  Just look up Cuddle Bug Kids and you can find my page! 

Photo Credit: jsklz on Flickr Creative Commons

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Craftsanity Interview and Easter Patterns!



I've been anxious to share with you all about a fun opportunity I had this Spring!  Craftsanity magazine interviewed me about my Cuddle Bug Kids business and published two new patterns!  Flopsy Senior and Tweet the Felted Chick just returned from their photo shoot and enjoyed the warmth of the front porch yesterday.  You can pick up your print or PDF copy of the magazine over at Craftsanity.  I've given Jennifer exclusive rights to the bunny basket pattern for the next 3 months so if you're in love, you'll have to get the magazine.  I promise you won't be disappointed.  I love her interviews, patterns, and introductions to new crafts.  These are magazines worth keeping!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Musing on Inspiration... Children's books




I started thinking the other day about how I get my ideas.  I so frequently hear people say to me, "How do you do it?  How do you come up with all your ideas?"  I usually answer something very profound like, "Um...I don't know...they just come to me."  But I've been reading a great book by Twyla Tharp called The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use it for Life.  She talks about how we can intentionally cultivate creativity and push ourselves to create more and better ideas.  The book has gotten me thinking about my idea process and realizing that while the "Um.." answer allows the idea stage to maintain a sense of mystery, it's really not that profound.  I look and listen to everything around me and I expose myself to art, books, movies, Etsy Treasuries and these days lovely Pinterest photos!  (I prefer to muse on ideas outside of my own area of design since it seems to better fuel my design and doesn't have me worrying that I might copy someone else.)  And, I pray.  I ask God to give me ideas for designs.  I guess that is where the profound part comes in...God somehow fills me with ideas!

I was reminded this week of my daughter's winter "pixie" hat this year.  Want to know what inspired it?  The little boy in Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keates!



Here's a picture of the book and you can see where my idea came from!  I'm working on a design right now (which has taken weeks...it's not coming easily!) that is also inspired by a storybook.  So, yes my friends I once again am confessing that my brain is always designing...even when I'm reading kids books!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Asperger's Syndrome Story on This American Life



So, I must admit I'm a This American Life addict.  I love 85% of the stories they share.  I look forward to their releasing the new podcast each week and it actually can make me smile to get a new one.  So I wanted to share right away with you all that the second part this week's show #458 (Play the Part: 2-17-12) is about a married couple sharing about their experience learning that the husband has Asperger's Syndrome.  They then explain the process in which he studied and learned about how to act appropriately in all sorts of different social settings.  The husband Dave Finch has written a book about this experience which I've just downloaded to my Kindle called the Journal of Best Practices.  I absolutely love reading the insights of adult with Asperger's.  I'll share more with you once I'm in to the book.  In the meantime, I highly recommend the episode!  Here's the link as well to an essay he wrote for the New York Times.

Graphic Image: from This American Life's Website