Art Smart: From Trash to Tulips

Searching for new art projects for your little ones? 
Just look around. Raw materials are at arm’s length. Text and Photography By Ann St. Martin Stout Replacing an empty toilet paper roll is not a creative task, but that little brown tube has lots of artistic potential. In this project, empty paper towel or toilet […]

Art Smart: Your Own Summer Art Studio

By Annie Ballin Ahh…the lazy days of summer shouldn’t equate to lazy children! During the summer kids have the time to use their imaginations freely. Don’t let television dominate their waking hours, and scrap the idea of endless hours with Nintendos or Xboxes. Instead, give up a little space for a summer art studio. During […]

Make it: Lotion Bars

What’s a lotion bar? It’s lotion, but in a molded shape, that melts on contact with your skin. Ingredients: 1 ounce beeswax 1 ounce cocoa butter 1 ounce coconut oil 1 ounce Shea butter 1 teaspoon essential oil (vanilla and peppermint) Directions: Melt beeswax first (takes the longest). Add other ingredients; Shea butter last (doesn’t […]

Shower Bombs for Cold Season

Got a head cold? Just throw one of these bombs in your shower and it will help clear out clogged sinuses. Ingredients: One jar of Vicks vapor rub (or generic brand) ½ cup baking soda ½ cup cornstarch Glitter (optional) Directions: Mix all three ingredients together. It will take a bit of stirring to make […]

Make It: Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Ingredients 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup raw sugar 1/4 cup almond oil (or olive oil or coconut oil) 3 to 4 drops grapefruit essential oil Directions Mix the sugars together. Slowly add the oil until you reach the consistency you like. (If you like your scrubs more oily, add more oil.) Then add grapefruit essential oil, or […]

Eat: Maple Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

By Melanie Wanders Maple sugaring season is one of our favorite times of the year here in the Upper Valley. After our annual visit to Tompo Farm in Lebanon, N.H., to watch the laborious sugaring process from tapping the trees to cooking down the sap into the sweet, amber syrup, our family looks forward to […]