Hi! I’m MaryAnne, the mama behind the mama smiles, and I'm thrilled to be able to write a guest post for While He Was Napping. My husband Mike and I live in Massachusetts with our three fantastic kids: Emma (5), Johnny, (3), and Lily (1). I blog about things we enjoy: playing outside, making crafts, science experiments, and great books. I focus on activities for kids that don’t require expensive materials, and that can be completed with minimal preparation and clean-up. Besides day-to-day activities, my blog has several free downloads, including felt food patterns, felt board dress-up templates, and a pattern for a little stuffed monster you can make out of muslin (or a similar fabric), decorate with washable markers, wash, and decorate again (and again, and again!)I also love to sew clothes for my kids, when I get the chance. Emma's coat in the above picture (far right) is the thing I made that gets admired most when we're out and about; she also LOVES to wear it! I also made the pants Lily (far left) is wearing. All three of my kids are very sensitive to textures, so we sew with a lot of soft cotton, adding fleece in the wintertime to keep them warm!I run a “Learning Laboratory” linky every Monday showcasing something we learned because we wanted to (as opposed to “had to”). Sometimes I write about things my kids learned, and sometimes it's about things I try, like drafting my first pattern, and even dealing with ice dams this past winter. I love seeing posts from other blogs, and any post (new or old) is fine to link up!also run a “Monthly Goals” linky to help keep myself accountable for goals I set each month! I’ve picked health, peace, education, gratitude, and generosity as over-arching themes I’m trying to meet in bits and pieces each month of 2011.
I started blogging on a whim at the end of October, 2008, and I'm so glad I did! I get so many wonderful ideas from other bloggers, and I've enjoyed connecting with people with similar interests from around the world. Drop by and say hi - I'd love to "meet" you!
Today’s I have a very awesome lady to introduce you to. She has all kinds of cool stuff, from kid’s projects to sewing to parenting and family life. For a great one-stop shop, check out MaryAnne at Mama Smiles. MaryAnne is here today to share a little bit about herself and her awesome blog. Take it away, MaryAnne!