Making Dress Up Time Fun With Your Children

Recently I was asked to take a look at a few classes from an amazing website called Craftsy. I am excited to share those classes with you here over the next year. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I heard of Craftsy. I didn’t expect to find such an extraordinary resource. But it is really an invaluable wealth of information.

Click here to see the class I took with Craftsy and enter to win your very own class!

Children Love Playing Dress-up

Children LOVE playing dress up! But how many of us moms are either unsure of how to make dress up time fun for our child or we feel like we aren’t so good in the creativity department? I can definitely identify with the latter. Children need to use their imaginations. With digital technology options all round, it’s easy to miss the personal face-to-face playtime our children desperately need.  IPads, video games, and T.V. can be tempting defaults for busy (and creatively challenged) parents. If you are feeling like you just don’t know where to start when it comes to creating these fun times with your child, The Costume Box is a fantastic resource to help spark the creativity. Anne Weil shares how to create a Costume Box. She teaches how to put together an adorable princess outfit for your girl with a tutu skirt, crowns, wands and wings. For the boys she instructs on how to put together an outfit for a prince or king including capes, a chest plate, a sword and more. I love how Anne Weil gets you off to a solid start on creating costumes that your child will enjoy for years.

One class participant commented, “I was hesitant to purchase this class but boy am I glad I did… It’s less than 3 minutes in and I’m ready to wake the kids up, dress up and have an adventure! Thank you for your inspiration. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this class and to all the fun adventures my kids will be sure to have. You seem like a totally awesome mom, thanks for sharing with all of us!”

Children Love Playing Dress Up

Craftsy’s, The Costume Box: Dress-Up for Holiday & Everyday is truly a class for every mom!

Like I have said over and over again, one of the best things about taking the class online, besides the valuable information, was the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I needed to. When the kids were in bed, or when I had a few minutes during the day to spare, I would sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It was so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

Today we are giving away The Costume Box: Dress Up for Holiday & Everyday class away to one of you!!!

Click and Enter to win below!!

If you are ready to check out Craftsy —->> enter to win your very own The Costume Box: Dress Up for Holiday & Everyday class by clicking here.

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

How to Make the Perfect Buttercream Frosting {with a modern twist}

Recently I was asked to take a look at a few classes from an amazing website called Craftsy. I am excited to share those classes with you here over the next year. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I heard of Craftsy. I didn’t expect to find such an extraordinary resource. But it is really an invaluable wealth of information.

Click here to take this class with Craftsy for FREE!

Modern Buttercream

Craftsy’s, Modern Buttercream class is such a great tool to use as you expand your knowledge of cooking. As moms, we cook every.single.day (or at least almost every day)!  Maybe you are the “chef” of your child’s birthday party, or volunteer “gourmet baker” for your child’s class or sports team. Regardless of the occasion, you know as well as I do, we need all the cooking tips we can get our hands on!

Joshua John Russell put together this class in such a simple way that it is easy to follow and learn how to make the perfect and delicious modern buttercream frosting. Who doesn’t love frosting?! He also gives great tips on how to prepare the cake for decorating (crumbs in the frosting anyone?!) and he shows a few fun ways to decorate the cake after it is frosted. If you have ever dreamed of being able to make a layered cake, this is the class for you. In practical fashion, this class will walk you step by step toward your next tasty treat!

One of the best things about taking the class online, besides the valuable information, was the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I needed to. When the kids were in bed, or when I had a few minutes during the day to spare, I would sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It was so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

Today you can take Craftsy’s Modern Buttercream class for FREE! I encourage you to include your older child/children in on this activity. It will definitely be valuable instruction that they will surely use time and time again.

If you are ready to check out Craftsy you can click here to take Modern Buttercream for FREE!!

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

From Drab to Fab: Learn How to Re-purpose Your Own Furniture

Recently I was asked to take a look at a few classes from an amazing website called Craftsy. I am excited to share those classes with you here over the next year. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I heard of Craftsy. I didn’t expect to find such an extraordinary resource. But it is really an invaluable wealth of information.

Click here to see the class I took with Craftsy and enter to win your very own class!

Drab to Fab Furniture Upcycling

I LOVE LOVE LOVE vintage furniture, but most of the time it requires a little TLC. I have done my fair share of sanding and painting with a lot of mistakes along the way. But it is always such a rewarding experience to take a drab piece of furniture that you have owned for years, or a $5 flea market find, and give it all new life!! I would definitely say that I have struggled re-purposing things in the past simply because I didn’t know exactly what I was doing. I was winging it and sometimes that was obvious in the finished product :). I was excited when Craftsy asked me to take a look at their Drab to Fab: Furniture Upcycling class! First, because as I said before, I LOVE upcycling, but also because I could use a little help in this area (ahem).

To put it bluntly I was blown away by the amount of instruction included in this class. If you plan to do some re-purposing of furniture, whether you have never done it or you have done it for years, this class is truly amazing. It gives indepth instruction on all of the tools and techniques you can use for re-purposing furniture and sets you up for success. The instructor has years and years of experience in movie set art and mural art, as well as furniture re-purposing. After learning how to paint pots, tables, picture frames and a metal chair, you will be all set to take on whatever re-purposing surface awaits you!!

Drab to Fab Furniture Upcycling

Craftsy’s, Drab to Fab: Furniture Upcycling class is truly a class for the novice to the professional!  It was incredible!

Like I have said over and over again, one of the best things about taking the class online, besides the valuable information, was the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I needed to. When the kids were in bed, or when I had a few minutes during the day to spare, I would sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It was so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

Today we are giving away a Drab to Fab: Furniture Upcycling class away to one of you!!!

Click and Enter to win below!!

If you are ready to check out Craftsy —->> enter to win your very own Drab to Fab: Furniture Upcycling class by clicking here.

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

Cooking Fun for Kids {perfect pizza at home}

Recently I was asked to take a look at a few classes from an amazing website called Craftsy. I am excited to share those classes with you here over the next year. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I heard of Craftsy. I didn’t expect to find such an extraordinary resource. But it is really an invaluable wealth of information.

Click here to take this class with Craftsy for FREE!

Cooking Fun with Kids - Perfect Pizza at Home

There is one food that seems to be loved by everyone. Pizza. I love pizza and so do my kids. But not all pizza is created equal. Once you have tasted pizza from an Italian brick oven, or spent the time to make your own pizza at home, you will never go back to “fast food pizza”.  So I decided it was time to teach my daughter how to make the perfect pizza. She was so excited and we had so much fun! First, Bella (my ten-year-old daughter) and I spent time watching the class, learning how to make the perfect pizza and then we got to work in the kitchen! One of my favorite parts of the class was learning how to make the dough. In fact the instructor, Peter Reinhart, suggests that the most important part of the pizza is the crust! I couldn’t agree more! Mr. Reinhart shared a few of his favorite crust recipes and then demonstrated exactly how to make the perfect crust (not based on the recipe but based on the technique). That was actually my favorite part of the class. I loved learning some of the secrets to making the perfect dough ball (like using olive oil intermittently in the process) and then turning that into a beautiful crust. The instructor then went on to teach how to make the sauce and put the perfect toppings on. He even included instruction on how to make a delicious Focaccia Bread!

Besides the actual instruction, the biggest take away from this class for me personally was realizing how fun it is to include my children in on cooking classes. It was a great learning experience for both Bella and me, full of information that we will use for years to come. As I am learning ,my children can learn too….and we can have a great activity to enjoy together! Below is a picture of our finished product!

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Craftsy’s, Perfect Pizza at Home class was so good!  This class was so professionally done and easy to understand!

One of the best things about taking the class online, besides the valuable information, was the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I needed to. When the kids were in bed, or when I had a few minutes during the day to spare, I would sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It was so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

Today you can take Craftsy’s Perfect Pizza at Home class for FREE! I encourage you to include your older child/children in on this activity. It will definitely be valuable instruction that they will surely use time and time again.

If you are ready to check out Craftsy you can click here to take Perfect Pizza at Home for FREE!!

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

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