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Personalized Keepsake Glasses


As many of you know, I’ve been extra busy lately, not only with moving but also performing in a local production of Shrek the Musical. At the end of a show’s run, it’s customary for the cast to give gifts to the director, choreographer, music director, stage manager, and others who helped put everything together. We decided to give our production team bottles of “Once Upon a Vine” wine along with personalized glasses to commemorate the show. (more…)

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Mr. Jon and Friends: CD Review and Giveaway!

Hey, friends! Some of you may remember that awhile back {October 2012, in fact!} I shared with you about a really fun kids’ CD my friends Jon and Carrie made called Mr. Jon and Friends. It was full of fun, upbeat songs that kept the littles entertained without making parents want to beat their heads against a hard surface…in fact, I often found myself singing along even when LC wasn’t in the car! Since then, Jon and Carrie have expanded their own family; they now have a beautiful daughter as well as their cutie-pie son, and they also put in a lot of time and energy releasing a second children’s CD.

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About Erin Kerst

Hi, I'm Erin, Amy's best friend and right hand gal, and writer of "Crafty Chaos". In my past life, I worked in a science museum, performing large scale science shows and writing children's programs, but now I'm rocking the stay-at-home mom thing with my blonde army (three boys, aged 1, 3, and 4). Throw in 2 dogs and 2 cats, and it's truly chaotic (but I wouldn't have it any other way!)

Thinking Outside the Basket: Creative Easter Gift Ideas


Hey, friends! I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy the challenge of coming up with a not-so-normal Easter basket for Little Crafter. Since he’s not a fan of chocolate {I cannot explain this} in the first place, I already need to be a little more creative with what I use as fillers. But I also like giving him the treats in a container he can actually get some use out of…instead of something I have to store for 364 days a year. I also passionately hate Easter grass…so finding a clever alternative to the traditional basket works just fine for me.

Here is a quick and simple idea I came up with this year that I think he’s going to love…and keep reading, because I’ve got a bunch more ideas rounded up for you at the end of the post! (more…)

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Wooden Growth Chart


Recently as we started to pack {and pack and pack} and prepare to move to a new home, I realized that I had a problem. Over the past six years, I’ve been marking Little Crafter’s growth directly on the wall inside his closet. Yep. Artsy Mama fail, I know. It just didn’t occur to me when he was small to get or make a growth chart, and marking on the wall was easy. Trouble is, it’s not portable. I’m pretty certain the buyer of our house wouldn’t be too thrilled if I told her I was taking a wall with me. (more…)

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Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea & Nutty Pretzel Logs

This #teastraightup shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Snapple Straight Up Tea & Nutty Pretzel Logs

Friends, I don’t know about you, but I often find myself in need of a little afternoon “pick-me-up.” Most days, I’m good and ready for a break from my to-do list around 2:00, which is the perfect time for a Tea Break. Yes, friends, sometimes I do honestly drink something other than coffee. Especially as the weather warms up, I enjoy a big ol’ glass of Sweet Tea. And now, it’s available from Snapple! Their new Straight Up Tea combines a real brewed tea taste with the perfect level of sweetness for you to enjoy anytime.

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