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Original Stories from Our Partner, Restorative Storytelling

Original Stories from Our Partner, Restorative Storytelling

Have you ever wanted to tell your own original stories to your children? Listen in on these six stories written and recorded by students from the Restorative Storytelling program.

Storybox Playlist: Love Is in the Air!

Storybox Playlist: Love Is in the Air!

These audio stories for little ears show the many ways love can be experienced.

Sparkle Craft: A Special Valentine Tote

Sparkle Craft: A Special Valentine Tote

Add a little sparkle to Valentine’s Day this year with this easy-to-make gift bag.

Busy Hands, Calm Minds

Busy Hands, Calm Minds

Working with your hands can bring joy, a sense of calm, and a feeling of well-being.

Tips for a Year of Rest

Tips for a Year of Rest

This desire for rhythms of work and rest inspired the creation of Martin and Sylvia: Day of Rest. Through these stories, we have the gift of observing Martin and Sylvia’s family as they work through the process of setting apart one day each week to rest as a family.

Sparkle Kitchen: Lavender and Sweet Orange Sleepy Spray

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. Here's how to make it so your little one can catch more zzzzzzs.

Family Activity: Projects for Winter Break

Family Activity: Projects for Winter Break

These six winter crafts and activities will keep little hands and minds busy while they are out of school.

Sparkle Tip: Travel Playlist

Sparkle Tip: Travel Playlist

Make car rides more fun for your kids this winter in four easy steps.

Storybox: Best Playlist for Embracing the New Year

Storybox: Best Playlist for Embracing the New Year

Our New Year seven-story collection supports positive thinking, using your imagination, and seeing the year ahead as an adventure.

Storybox Playlist: Inspire Creativity

Storybox Playlist: Inspire Creativity

It’s time to create! Let these five stories help get your kids psyched about organizing, exploring, and finding activities that spark their imaginations.

9 Last-Minute Gifts You Can Make at Home

9 Last-Minute Gifts You Can Make at Home

If you're in need of a last-minute gift, these nine homemade presents are fun to make and guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone who receives them.

Sparkle Crafts: DIY Wooden Buildings

Sparkle Crafts: DIY Wooden Buildings

Perhaps you’d like to build a town, like Martin and Sylvia in "Our Own Town." Why not start with some handmade wooden buildings?

Celebrate Jólabókaflóðið with Modern Mrs. Darcy — plus Martin & Sylvia!

Celebrate Jólabókaflóðið with Modern Mrs. Darcy — plus Martin & Sylvia!

When Martin & Sylvia learn about an Icelandic Christmas tradition that involves books and chocolate, their creativity kicks in. We’ve teamed up with a special guest to bring you more about Jólabókaflóðið and how you may incorporate it into your own holiday festivities.

Celebrating Winter Solstice

Celebrating Winter Solstice

Winter solstice is a pretty big deal at Sparkle Stories and we want to share a few of our favorite ways to celebrate it.

Sparkle Kitchen: Blueberry Buccellati

Sparkle Kitchen: Blueberry Buccellati

Buccellati are a traditional Christmas cookie from Sicily. A made-from-scratch cousin of Fig Newtons, these cookies are filled with a paste of figs, nuts, and spices, then cut into interesting shapes to expose their jewel-like filling.

Sparkle Kitchen: 4 Get Cozy Winter Recipes

Sparkle Kitchen: 4 Get Cozy Winter Recipes

I love all things Scandinavian and that includes the idea of hygge — the art of being cozy. This week I wanted inspire you all to get cozy as we get ready for the Winter Solstice and Christmas.

10 Things to Remember for a Less Stressful Holiday Season

10 Things to Remember for a Less Stressful Holiday Season

This time of year can easily leave us feeling overextended and overstressed. But remember this: the holidays are for you, too! We've partnered with our friends Maren & Angela of Homeschool Unrefined to offer some practical tips and resources to help you and your family stay grounded. Read on for their suggestions!

Unhook Your Holidays

Unhook Your Holidays

What can you do to make the holidays feel special for others AND guilt-free for you?

Sparkle Crafts: Festive Holiday Crafts Round Up

Sparkle Crafts: Festive Holiday Crafts Round Up

One of my favorite parts of the winter holiday season is making decorations.

Create Your Very Own Scrap Basket Softies

Create Your Very Own Scrap Basket Softies

With a few fabric scraps and a little time at the sewing machine, you can make a whole stuffed menagerie!

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