Valentine’s Day craft

We are excited to share with you some fun crafts over the next few months from some wonderful moms that are getting unplugged with their kiddos.  Traci Ling has shared with us a simple mailbox to make with your little ones to hold the valentines they received at school!


“We made special boxes to hold all of the Valentines they receive at their party!  We figured we would just cover a shoe box with wrapping paper and stickers, but we found these really cute stick-on decorations {hearts and unicorn} and we made even cooler boxes! (stickers came from Target)  We wrapped the boxes with paper and cut a hole in the top, then started decorating!  The legs of the unicorn are little white cylinders but you could use paper towel or toilet paper rolls cut to size and colored.  It was so much fun and a simple activity!  I’m not a crafty mommy but I am happy to buy a few little things that help my kids get creative.”


Unplugged experience through photography


As part of a new endeavor on Childhood Unplugged we are bringing you ways to unplug with your children – from DIY projects to adventures to classes and more.  We are starting off by sharing with you a wonderful new class taught by Michelle Gardella at The DEFINE School. This class teaches you to include family in your creative process as a means for greater fulfillment.  We are sharing with you a short interview with Michelle about this new gem!

Carolyn: What called you to create this new and totally unique class?

Michelle: When I teach it is because I have a burning question that I need to explore. I never teach because I have answers, it’s always from a place of curiosity and discovery. For Family Tapestry, I set out to see if there was an alternative way of being a Mother Artist, different from what I’ve already seen. I don’t want someone to tell me how to balance my schedule, or hire a new office manager. I wanted to go deeper and really see if it’s possible to include my loved ones in my creative life.

Carolyn: It sounds like you have felt divided at times in the past. Would you say this class helped with that?

Michelle: Oh, for sure. In the past there were times when I felt like I was compartmentalized. Mother. Wife. Daughter. Artist. Teacher. and on and on, all in these separate boxes. It was stressful and I honestly went to bed most nights feeling guilty for neglecting at least one of my roles. When I stepped back and started intentionally finding ways to blend and cross-pollinate my worlds, magic happened and I was super excited to share with others what I had experienced. Now, if I am taking a pottery class, I come home and teach my children and husband what I have learned. If my son is taking an art class at school, we all do the homework. And when it comes to photography, my children feel empowered to pick up one of our family cameras at any time and capture life as they see it.

Carolyn: One last thing. Can you give an example of a homework assignment?

Michelle: Sure! For one assignment, the youngest takes a photo of the oldest, undirected. In my case, my daughter photographed her Grandfather. What was fascinating, is she went right for his hands. She kept asking him to hold his hands still. I know I will treasure that image of my Dad’s hands forever, in ways that I cannot even find words for.

Registration opens on Monday February 9th at 12 PM EST at The DEFINE School.




Weekly Instagram hashtag #CU_motion

This weeks hashtag challenge is going to be motion! We want you to get out and ride bikes, have dance offs (bonus points if mom joins in) twirl or jump on a bed. This image was tagged by one of my very fave IGers (@jenannro) who has a way with motion in her pictures. Remember this is the time when blurry shots can work and really show movement in a still frame. I hope you guys have a little fun with this one and tag your motion shots to #CU_motion. Thanks guys! | featured by@jennaleephoto shot belongs to @jenannro

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Weekly Instagram hashtag #CU_reading

Here to announce our new weekly tag!! We created these tags to encourage you to go out and do something unplugged with your kids. This week our tag is #CU_reading inspired by what I eat, sleep and breath… My Bedtime Story Series. I adore these brothers and their reading selection from the McEvoy bedtime story. So please capture moments of your little ones reading, or you reading to them! Only post NEW pics and we will be featuring them throughout the week. Can’t wait to see what you do… Happy reading!  @audreyblake_

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Announcing new weekly hashtags on Instagram

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT- here at childhood unplugged our mission is to encourage our children to get back to the art of play and imagination. With that in mind we are adding a weekly hashtag to encourage you and your children to do something unplugged… this week dress up and play! So use the tag#CU_dressup for any NEW images you take this week of your children in costume! Also keep tagging#childhoodunplugged with all your beautiful unplugged moments. Beautiful image by@jamiescottphoto | featured by @carolyn_mara