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A home for Sparkle audio stories, crafts, recipes, and kind words!

friday's kind words
October 11, 2019
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friday's kind words

"Thank you for this message, Lisabeth. I know I'm a great mama but I often find myself wishing it was as easy for me as it is for Martin and Sylvia's parents. They really have it together. Your message is a much-needed reminder that they are just imaginary people. Although they set a great example, going our own way is good too. ~ Leslie

sparkle kitchen: lavender and sweet orange sleepy spray
October 9, 2019
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sparkle kitchen: lavender and sweet orange sleepy spray

For anyone even remotely aware of herbal remedies, using lavender as a sleep aid is a no-brainer, but the addition of sweet orange oil makes this blend particularly lovely for children. Most other citrus scents can be overstimulating, but sweet orange is relaxing and soothing.

the wonder of halloween
October 8, 2019
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the wonder of halloween

David talks about why children actually want to dress in gory costumes of monsters, the undead and the maimed: they are still looking for wonder!

Helping Children with Fear at Halloween
October 8, 2019
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Helping Children with Fear at Halloween

We have found that stories are the most effective and enduring way to help children process — and then release — these images so they can enjoy all the magic and fun the season has to offer. Here are two stories that we think might help.

Storybox Playlist: Stories for Being with Fear
October 7, 2019
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Storybox Playlist: Stories for Being with Fear

The stories in this playlist are all about being with fear, knowing where it comes from, and steps for managing it in a healthy, healing way. We hope these stories help anyone in your family who is feeling fear right now.

SparkleCast Episode 3 – Managing Anxiety with Renee Jain
October 7, 2019
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SparkleCast Episode 3 – Managing Anxiety with Renee Jain

In this episode of SparkleCast, Renee, David, and Rebecca discuss how storytelling can not only change perspectives but also help children face fears, dismantle panic and undo patterns of anxiety.

friday's kind words
October 4, 2019
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friday's kind words

"Oh man, thank you so much for this explanation!Without realizing it, I was judging myself for not being as good of a mom as Martin & Sylvia‘s mom. Sometimes I am, but sometimes I’m definitely not. She ALWAYS has the ideal response to things!" ~ Patterson

Storybox Playlist: Stories for When Parenting Feels Hard
September 30, 2019
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Storybox Playlist: Stories for When Parenting Feels Hard

In this playlist, we want to share stories of our Sparkle character parents and some of their hard days. Although these parents sometimes seem to dance their way through life, it's not all sunshine and rainbows for them.

friday's kind words
September 27, 2019
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friday's kind words

"Thought maybe you’d enjoy these pics from my daughter’s birthday, inspired by the Windward Ho! series. We love Sparkle Stories and could never be able to express in words all the gifts these stories have brought into our lives. Thank you!" ~ Jen

The Strengths of the Windward Pirate Girls
September 26, 2019
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The Strengths of the Windward Pirate Girls

When we first started visioning the Windward Ho! series, we discussed in depth the importance of telling stories about strong girls. And not just strong in one way – but strong in a wide variety of ways. We want the girls of our world to know that they can be confident and kind, thoughtful and analytical, spirited and gentle.

Meet Fiona!
September 25, 2019
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Meet Fiona!

Meet Fiona the Windward's newest and most mysterious shipmate.

The First Sparkle Coloring Book! Windward Ho edition!
September 24, 2019
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The First Sparkle Coloring Book! Windward Ho edition!

Today we are so excited to release a project that's been a long time in the making: the Windward Ho! coloring book. Our awesome team members Jenny and Susan have created a fantastic PDF downloadable coloring book filled with all your favorite Windward Ho! characters.

Storybox Playlist: Stories from the Windward
September 23, 2019
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Storybox Playlist: Stories from the Windward

This week we are presenting a fresh set of Windward Ho! stories and looking for Fiona, the lost shipmate. You'll get to know her a bit more in tomorrow's blog post, but for now, come explore the five books of the Windward Ho! collection.

friday's kind words
September 20, 2019
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friday's kind words

Thanks so much for an amazing, screen-free, gentle product. ~Kristen

Martin & Sylvia Paper Dolls!
September 18, 2019
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Martin & Sylvia Paper Dolls!

Today we are excited to announce the release of the Martin & Sylvia printable paper dolls.

sparkle kitchen: Breakfast with Martin & Sylvia
September 18, 2019
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sparkle kitchen: Breakfast with Martin & Sylvia

This week we've been highlighting the Martin & Sylvia series and today I present you with four beautiful and "so so so good" breakfast recipes taken from the Martin & Sylvia stories. All of these recipes are very healthy and easy to make. So come have breakfast with our favorite brother and sister duo.

Meet Martin & Sylvia!
September 17, 2019
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Meet Martin & Sylvia!

We've gathered some fun facts about Martin and Sylvia to help your get to know them a little better.

Storybox Playlist: The Very Best of Martin & Sylvia
September 16, 2019
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Storybox Playlist: The Very Best of Martin & Sylvia

This week we've put together a double playlist, one featuring Martin and the other Sylvia. Most stories have both brother and sister in them, but the playlists below specifically feature either Martin or Sylvia as the main character.

friday's kind words
September 13, 2019
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friday's kind words

I absolutely LOVE Sparkle Stories for my son. We started listening when he was 4½. His favorite series is Junkyard Tales ~Lisa

sparkle crafts: paper animal ears
September 12, 2019
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sparkle crafts: paper animal ears

There was a time when the wearing of paper animal ears was a very, very popular activity at our house.

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