Black and white and red (& some other colors too) all over

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

1) Do you love art?
2) Do you love your kids?

If you answered yes to both questions (and by the way, if you didn't, you might be reading the wrong blog) then you'll love what I've been working on at YMC.

This week on The Art of Childhood, find out how to make really cool mixed media works of art inspired by hearts and stuff.

Read it here: Make Beautiful Watercolour Valentine Cards With Your Kids

Art from the Heart

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

This week on The Art of Childhood at YMC, I shared a lovely little art project you can do together with your kids.


Read it here: Art from the Heart: Paint Collaboratively with Your Kids

Expose Yourself!

By Andrea Mulder-Slater

Now that I have your attention, did you know that by repeatedly exposing yourself (and your kids) to art, you can actually become smart enough to solve even the most difficult mental math problems?

Actually, that's not true. But what is true is that spending time with art is important for more than your child's creative development.

This week on The Art of Childhood at YMC, I talk about why...

Read it here: 12 Ways to Expose Yourself (and Your Kids)... to Art!

What to do when your kids say, "I'm Bored"

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

If you've got kids, you've likely heard the phrase "I'm bored".

This week on The Art of Childhood at YMC, I talk about something that's worked well at our house...

Read it here:  Kids with Nothing to Do? Build a Boredom Bucket

I'm a Yummy Mummy (No, Really)

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

Last November I did something I had wanted to do for a long time.

I applied to be a writer for the Yummy Mummy Club (YMC).

For those who don't know,  YMC is an award-winning online publisher of authentic and relevant stories for women with kids.

YMC is about real-world parenting. It's a place "where moms spill it" and it is for that reason that I have been a faithful reader for many, many years.

So, I pitched the idea of me becoming their resident arts and crafts for kids blogger.

And then, something magical happened.

Erica Ehm, the creator and publisher of called me. She called me! For an interview. And within a few weeks, my blog - my very own blog - The Art of Childhood was born on YMC.

My first post was called, Get Dirty, Make Art and you can read it here: 

After that came the following posts...

An Amazing Creativity Machine You Probably Already Own 

How to Make Art When You Don't Know How to Make Art


Holiday Keepsake Creation: Kid-Craft DIY Ornaments

Santa's Helper Project: Reindeer Ornament Craft for Kids 

All Hands on Deck: 5 Holiday Fingerprint Paintings for Kids

Got Eggs? Make an Eggcellent Christmas Tree Craft


Make Some Noise! NYE Noisemakers and Hats for Kids to Make

And there's a LOT more to come!

I'm still pinching myself.

I'm ecstatic. Seriously. Look at me. I live for this s*#t.

So check me out at It'll be fun for both of us, I promise.

No, really.

2014 - a really short recap

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

And boom! Just like that it's 2015.

Meanwhile, if you were one of the many several few people who stopped in to peek at my blog in 2014, thank you. And, I'm sorry. Especially to those of you who live in France,  since I'm sure you weren't expecting to find me when you went searching for "animal jungle tube", "sloth ears" and "tim roth" on Google. Because instead, you found this...

The heart of the matter
I dedicate this post to hypochondriacs everywhere. Please hop on the anxiety bus and live vicariously through me. But watch your toes. No reason.

If you can't take the heat, bathe in bamboo juice
Never let them smell your sweat. Speaking of which, what's that stench? Oh, never mind.

Oh, crap
As I look back on 2014, I realize that animals and feces were a recurring theme in my writing. Here I tie those elements together, wrap them up and deliver them in one big package. You're welcome. Also, bears.

Mushrooms aren't the only things that get mixed up
This is not at all about what you think it's about. Then again, maybe it is.

He's a doctor and he plays one on tv (or the big screen, whichever).
Here's where I reveal which major motion picture star inspected my epidermis.

These run on sentences have been written for writers. And mothers.
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times... Writing is like waiting for a baby to fill its diaper.

A poem for Opa
A lot of you liked this ode to poultry, which I penned approximately 34 years ago. Too bad y'all didn't know me then. I think I may have been a hoot.

Click. Flick. Flush. Repeat.
Read all about how the flu caught me, kicked me in the back of the knee, cracked a walnut on my temple and knocked me flat on my back. This is riveting stuff.

Peep goes the weasel
Remember that time when I was stalked by a bloodthirsty ermine?

The crow caws at 5am
Of course this was my most read post of the year. I mean, it's about a deranged animal trying to get into my house. This is the shit that horror movies are made of. But don't take my word for it...

No, really.