Thank YOU!

Happy New Year, friends! We are looking forward to an amazing 2013, and already we have BIG plans for the year ahead.

Thank you for such a great 2012!!! Thank you for all of your support, comments, and for the wonderful emails I have received. With 4.8 million page views, over 34,000 comments, and hundreds of thousands of pins, I am forever grateful to you.

Inner Child Fun

 A big thank you to our amazing sponsors, in particular, Melissa & Doug, Stonyfield, and Highlights for Children. Their generous sponsorship makes it possible for me to be home with my kids, and in turn share more craft and activity ideas with you!

A few of the things you can look forward to in 2013:

Inner Child Learning

1. Our NEW sister site, Inner Child Learning — Thanks to the lovely Joyce from Childhood Beckons and super talented contributors like: Val from Collecting the Moments, Melissa from Fireflies and Mud Pies, Aleacia from Dilly-Dali Art, and Angelique from The Magic of Play we have put together a wonderful collaborative blog filled with inspiring play-based learning activities. Be sure to check it out and subscribe to the feed because you won’t want to miss it!

2. Connect with Your Kids Community — If you are on G+, consider joining our brand NEW Connect with Your Kids Community where we’ll be discussing simple ways to savor the moments with your kids. Come join in the conversation — we would love to hear from you!!

3. Quick Craft Video Tutorials — Thanks to our partnership with PBS Digital Studios, we will continue to upload quick craft tutorials to our YouTube channel.

4. Activities, Crafts, and more — As always, we will be sharing plenty of crafts, activity ideas, and lots more!

Our Mission: To provide parents, grandparents, educators, and caregivers of young children with the inspiration and resources they need to better enjoy life with their kids.

What we will provide:
 — Permission to PLAY!
— Arts & crafts that foster creativity.
— Boredom busters that inspire the imagination.
— Learning activities to develop your child’s skills for school and beyond.
— Simple pleasures.
— A supportive community on our blog and Facebook page.

Our Values:
We will be WHOLESOME — Providing craft & activity ideas readers can trust.
We will be A SOURCE OF HAPPINESS — Like a virtual playdate on the internet.
We will be TRUTHFUL — Blogging with integrity and choosing brand partners who complement our mission with care.
We will be RESPECTFUL — Recognizing the needs of others and treating each reader with consideration.

From my family to all of you, best wishes for a wonderful New Year!!!


  1. Wow, you are one busy mom! I joined it all (Google Plus, YouTube and new blog subscription) and look forward to spending 2013 learning with you! Happy New Year!

  2. Looking forward to working with you on Inner Child Learning! 2013 is going to be amazing!! 🙂

  3. Very excited about Inner Child Learning! Good luck with your new ventures!

    • Thanks so much, Natalie! We have some wonderful things planned — can’t wait! And thank you for all of your support & lovely comments over the years. It’s always so nice to hear from you! 🙂

  4. Congrats on all of your success Valerie! I love your website and it’s a valuable resource. Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings for you 🙂