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Volunteering

I recently helped facilitate a 24 piece art collection for my son’s school. It took 5 of my Mon/Tuesdays to complete and I’m excited to say it came together fabulously! Better than I had imagined. The pieces were made to auction off in hopes of raising funds for a garden teacher position.

Last Saturday all but 3 pieces were sold (which may have sold by now), so it was a success.

Now I’m 5 weeks behind with my Averyboo summer planning so I better get back to work… here’s just a peak until I’m able to get the final art show photos:

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Kindergarten Drip Paintings

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5th Grade Radial Symmetry Flowers

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4th Grade Cooperative Painting

 

April 28, 2015 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

Food, A creative Outlet: Valentine’s Day

I made this yummy Valentine Breakfast for my family yesterday. Both my husband and I had to work, so breakfast was the only opportunity I had to do my stuff.

It was pretty easy… Use a large cookie cutter to make the heart-shaped bread, cook it up in your preferred french-toasty-way, layer with Nutella, whipped cream cheese, fresh strawberries (mix with a little sugar to make them juicy), drizzle the whole thing with agave nectar (or syrup), and top with whipping cream and a shake of cinnamon.

And remember to spray whip cream in your kids’ mouth too, just for fun 🙂

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February 16, 2015 at 12:16 am Leave a comment

Keeping Kids Busy – Shaving Cream

If you have a sliding glass door or a low window your child can reach from outside, then this activity may give you a few peaceful moments to yourself…

You will need:
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– A can of  99-cent-store shaving cream
NOTE: If your child is still putting everything in his or her mouth, you can substitute for canned whipped cream.
– A silicone spatula, a paint brush & any other tools that won’t scratch the glass
– Your kid outside in messy clothes

Averyboo Arts, Natalie Meza
If your child is strong enough, let them go ahead and spray cream onto the window. Remember, the point is to keep your child busy for a little bit, so don’t jump in to rescue them & spray out all the cream – that could cost you 10-15 minutes of free time…

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Let your child fiddle with the can for a while on their own. If your child is frustrated then of course, give them some help & spray a few globs around the window.

Averyboo Arts, Natalie Meza

Next, let your child have at it.
Don’t be afraid of the shaving cream… it will all wash off.
They can spread the cream with their hands or tools. They can pretend to paint, draw, cook, slay dragons, whatever they like. If you’re lucky, you’ll get at least 20 minutes out of this activity.

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When your child is all finished, give them a hose and tell them you need a fireman to help clean the window and, BAM, you’ve just squeezed another 10 minutes out of this activity.

Simple but fun. Enjoy.

 

June 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

5 Year Anniversary!

It has been 5 years since we opened our doors!

My little boy was only 2-1/2 when we acquired the space – now he’s EIGHT. I opened the business for he & I and Avery is still my biggest cheerleader. I am fortunate to have been able to build something creative for myself and the community that has allowed me to keep my child by my side & raise him in such an open environment.

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In the early days (before he went to school), Avery always had something creative to do.

It hasn’t been a piece of cake, mind you. Don’t know if I would “do it all again” knowing what I know now, but this is my path and more opportunities & growth await! Avery is learning so much through this process also.

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How LUCKY am I to have witnessed my child’s very first painting of our family?

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I used to have a little cot upstairs for Avery to nap on, but he preferred his club house (empty cabinet).

Averyboo ArtsI want to thank my son & my husband for their unwavering support; putting up with all the craziness. And to my Mom who takes care of the plants and my Dad, AKA “Mr. Pops” who provides a small music segment in Paint, Play & Music… Thanks to my super-cool instructors Ms. Tania & Ms. Kathryn who provide fun classes for our students and thanks to all our awesome MINI ARTISTS & PARENTS who attend class &/or help out during the week. Always remember that YOU are the artist™! Peace.

March 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

End of Summer Bucket List

Summer FunWhile some kids have already gone back to school, LBUSD still has a few short weeks before school starts. Here are 10 bucket list ideas we’re going to try to squeeze in before Summer ends!
♥ Ms. Natalie

(1) Camp in the back yard (ask a friend to sleep over too)

(2) Make a fort in the living room and have a movie night

(3) Bring a pizza to the park for picnic dinner & playtime

(4) Buy an all purpose tarp to create a giant slip-n-slide on the lawn.

(5) Make ice cream in a ziplock bag.

(6) Read a bedtime story under the stars.

(7) Go on a hike. We have found many easy family hikes on localhikes.com

(8) Travel to someplace new
This can be as inexpensive as going to a new park to spending the weekend in a new town. Exploring someplace new is always memorable!

(9) Ride our bikes to breakfast.
Ride to a local coffee joint and enjoy bagel & juice together (my son likes picking out his own from the case).

(10) Wish on a star…
Happy Summer!!!

August 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Food, A creative Outlet – Dough Boys

If you’ve never made Dough Boys, you have to try it! It’s really fun for the kids from start to finish. Warning: This will involve knives & fire so of course, please supervise and do what’s right for your comfort level as a parent.

First, you will need a branch around 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter and shave the bark off of one end. After a little instruction, I let my son whittle his own branch when he was 6 1/2 and he did really well. It was awesome how accomplished he felt!

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Next you need to gather your ingredients and get started…
Averyboo Arts(1) We made these while camping so I pre-packaged some cheese & sauce to make pizza dough boys for dinner…
(2) Then made marshmallow, chocolate dough boys for dessert. You can fill them with anything you like – be creative! You will need refrigerated biscuit dough to create the pocket.
(3) Take a single biscuit & stretch it out.
(4) Then wrap it around your stick, making sure it’s sealed all around. We find that it cooks more evenly throughout if the dough is stretched a bit thin.

Averyboo Arts(5) Oh yeah, and you will need a fire 🙂 This is great camp food! We’ve also made these over our BBQ in the backyard.
(6) Hold the dough boys over the flames, turning constantly. You want the biscuit to start puffing up first so that you know the inside is cooking. Then you can hold it closer to the flame to make it nice and golden.
(7) Let it cool down for a minute before removing from the stick, then fill it with your favorite ingredients. Hold the opening together to help keep the heat inside & melt your goodies.
(8) ENJOY!

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Oooey Gooey chocolate with vegan marshmallows. Yum!

July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Favorite Photo Friday: My Little Leprechaun

This is my silly little boy playing at the studio 3 years ago on St. Patty’s Day.
I recently celebrated my fourth year here & looking at this picture made me reflect on how great it was to have my son at my side while building this business from the ground up. It’s been challenging, but Avery & I have had so much fun together!

Averyboo Arts: Leprechaun Beard

Construction Paper Leprechaun Beard

March 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

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