Outside The Box Creation

  • Mary Cassatt's painting, Maternal Caress

    Mom & Mary Cassatt & You

    During this week of International Women’s Day, and always, let’s try to remember to pay tribute to all of the women who came before us. In the art world, women and people of color have struggled for generations to gain recognition and even a fair chance for an education. By being a strong woman and …

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  • How Young to Start Exposing Children to Art

    How Young Should You Start Exposing Your Child to Art?

    For many, parenting is the hardest job we’ll ever have to do. From diaper changings to late night crying, parents are on the front lines when it comes to encouraging and fostering their son or daughter’s early childhood development. There are many blogs and opinions out there when it comes to how young you should …

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  • 5 Ways to Stimulate Creativity Throughout Your Day

    5 Ways to Stimulate Creativity Throughout Your Day

    When it comes to the topic of creativity, many people have differing ideas about what it is and how it  shows up in day to day life. According to Creativity at Work, “an international consortium of  creativity and innovation experts, design thinkers, and arts-based learning practitioners,” creativity is defined as “the act of turning new …

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  • A Craft a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

    A Craft a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

    You’ve probably heard the popular saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, you might be surprised to hear that art has just as many health benefits as apples. Perhaps, at this point, you are thinking that art isn’t your “thing.” Maybe you are starting to have flashbacks to when you once tried …

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  • Would You Rather Talk Politics or Do Art Over the Holidays?

    The holidays can be a joyous time to get together with friends and family. However, for many, the holidays also bring feelings of stress and conflict. If you are stressed thinking about this upcoming holiday season, you are not alone. According to a 2015 study conducted by Healthline.com, a leading consumer health information source, about …

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  • As the days get shorter, get more colorful!

    If you’re like me, you dread falling back (well, & winter.) Even though I know there are still the same number of hours in every day, going to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark activates some inner homing instinct that shouts in my brain “Don’t go anywhere else, go directly home, put …

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  • Child looking out airplane window

    Tips to EaseTravel With Kids at the Holidays

    As the holidays approach, many of you who have young children are probably dreading airline and/or car travel! Here are some of my time-tested tips & tricks from a mom of 3: Model Magic Clay is great to bring: it doesn’t smell and doesn’t crumble and provides engaging sensory stimulation. Silly Putty is also really …

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  • Kids Art on a Clothesline

    What To Do With Your Child’s Artwork

    One of the things I always dreaded about the school year was the inevitable onslaught of paper! You want to save every project your child makes at school & at home but what to do with it all? Here are some creative ways to preserve these precious memories: Shutterfly & Snapfish are two we have used. …

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  • 5 Fresh Ideas for Creative Dog Days of Summer

    Want some fresh ideas for outdoor creative fun in the sun? We are definitely in the dog days of summer. Here are 4 fresh ideas for those lazy, hazy days outside: Back to the basics with sidewalk chalk. Good old fashioned sticks of sidewalk chalk can be lots of fun for kids. You don’t need …

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  • Easing the Transition to Summer Vacation!

    When my kids were in elementary school, the first few days of summer vacation were always horrible: lots of bickering & obstinate behavior! It finally dawned on me: they were struggling with the transition from school to the unstructured days of summer! Transitions are tough for kids, especially those who have ADD/ADHD tendencies. Although they …

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