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How to Actually Pay Attention to Your Family

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” -Simone Weil So twenty-one days ago, I posted this family photo on Instagram where we’re smiling radiantly near a sparkling lake at dusk. And I look really pretty. And Violet is making a sweet, silly face. And Jacob is lookin’ the

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My New Favorite Craft: Knit and Crochet Toys

It’s been a quiet December on the blog-front, because… well… when you’re a parent, Christmas is a lot of WORK! I mean, of course I enjoyed it! (I don’t want to sound like I’m in a huff. LOL). It’s a privilege to impart that Christmas magic to my daughter! To

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How My Mom Modeled Joyful Homemaking

K, raise your hand if you have ever known someone who *liked* to do laundry. Anyone? Any takers? …*crickets chirping, as NO ONE raises a hand* … …Well, I HAVE. YUP! Ding-ding-ding! It’s… My Mom!!! Haha, I’m being dramatic. I actually love that my Mom likes doing laundry. In fact,

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Community Is Queen: Free Printables

I was inspired to draw this illustration as a tribute to all the wonderful friendships I’ve made through Swift and Bloom! So I’d like to share this with everyone, with love and gratitude. You are welcome to use these files below as a DIY art print and a DIY notecard!

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How to Do Self-Care When You’re Overwhelmed

I spend a LOT of energy on self-care. I have daily self-care rituals, I read self-care articles, I share self-care tips on Instagram, Heck, this whole blog is a form a self-care! But you know what? I still have nights when I find myself completely overwhelmed, burnt out, weepy, irritable…

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Zinnia Seed Sun-Catchers

Last week, Violet and I saved our zinnia seeds together! We simply pulled the seeds out of our dried flowers, and scooped them into our homemade seed packets. I must say, it was sooo satisfying to use seed packets that I designed and printed myself. Not only did it make

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What’s on Violet’s Toyshelf: 12-15 Months (Part One)

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know that I have a background in Early Childhood Education. And I absolutely LOVE creating play materials for my daughter! We do extra activities, too. Like sensory bins, art activities, cooking, exploring nature… But honestly, I see those things as

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