New Year’s Goal: Create a Family Motto

family motto

I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions. But a while back, I read an article on a family who had created its own family motto and the idea really struck a chord with me.

So, what better time than the new year to create ours?

A family motto needs to be a phrase, or a few sentences, that speaks to each person in the family.

It should be inspiring. And simple.

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Parenting with Monthly Intentions

Monthly Intentions

Set resolution. Break resolution. Does this sound familiar?

Instead of a New Year’s Resolution, where I break said resolution after two weeks and feel like a failure with a capital F, I chose a word to describe my monthly intentions in 2018…and then tried my darndest to put it into action!

By setting an intention monthly, I could focus on one thing for 30 days rather than an entire year. The intentions I chose were to make me a better parent and by the same token, a better person.

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Giving Through Books = Gratitude, Laughter and Smiles

Giving Through Books

The old adage, “Giving is better than receiving” rings true for us at MarbleSpark.

There are many ways to give to others, but giving through books is our favorite. A book can spark a child’s imagination and is a gift that can be opened again and again.

Through our literacy initiative, Project OpenBook, we donated 1,000 copies of our kids poetry book, The Yeti in My Freezer, to deserving kids last week. It was a week chock-full of gratitude, laughter and smiles.

Yeti books

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The 12 Days of Christmas Break

christmas break

We’re not traveling this year for Christmas break, which means we will have A LOT of time to get creative with activities to keep the kids busy.

At dinner last night, we were brainstorming ideas and my 8-year-old, who was looking at our collection of hand-painted ornaments based on the “12 Days of Christmas,” became obsessed with the song.

“What is a bear tree? Or is it a bare tree?” she wondered, and we all giggled.

Anywho, now we’re all obsessed with the song.

Apparently, we’re not the only ones.

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Why YOU Love Our Custom Children’s Books

custom children's books

Custom children’s books make the perfect Christmas gifts for little ones. Why?

For one, they are forever gifts that kids can cherish for a lifetime, alongside family photo albums and baby books.

They also promote family time—and snuggle time!

But most of all, kids love to go on the adventures that they find in books.  They are inspired by the vibrant artwork, in love with the silly characters and find unbridled joy when they see their own names throughout the personalized story.

But don’t just take it from us. We love to hear why YOU love our custom children’s books!

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Giving Tuesday: Spreading the Love of Reading

Love of Reading

Giving Tuesday encourages a global day of charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season. It’s a great way to focus on helping others, whether that be through your time, donations, goods or your voice!

At MarbleSpark, we are big believers in giving back and wanted to find a special way to celebrate this day.

What better way than to share our love of reading with others!  More…

Entrepreneurship: There’s No Such Thing As a Bad Idea

Entrepreneurship

Have you ever had an idea and dreamed about making it into a business? Or wanted to turn your passion into making a change in the world?

Today is National Entrepreneurs Day. It’s a day where we honor those who have built something from nothing. Those who have identified a need — any need — and filled it.

Dictionary.com defines entrepreneurship as “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.”

But we like to think of an entrepreneur as more than business, it’s a person who is called to change and create. He or she wants to do something good in the world.

If you know the MarbleSpark story, then you know entrepreneurship kinda fell into our lap. We didn’t set out to create a personalized children’s book company. But that’s exactly what happened. More…

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids, Ages 0-6

Christmas gift ideas for kids

Are you stumped on Christmas gift ideas for kids in the 0-to-6 age group?

If so, we’re here to help!

The holiday season is such a magical time for these youngest family members. But choosing the perfect gift can sometimes be a challenge.

You want something that is going to stand out from everything else in the overstuffed toy room and not just get tossed aside once the holidays are over.

Here, we’ve put together our short list of kids gift ideas that we think will inspire creativity, learning and the magic of the Christmas season.

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How To Create Blessing Bags

Blessing bags

In our recent post, Teaching Kids Gratitude, we wrote about ideas to get kids involved in practicing gratitude.

One of our favorite ways is through volunteering as a family. With younger kids, volunteer options can be a bit limited so when a friend mentioned their family had made blessing bags to give away to those in need, we wanted to learn more. More…

Teaching Our Kids Gratitude

Teaching Kids Gratitude

Have we become so busy with sports activities and mommy-and-me classes that we’ve somehow lost sight of one of life’s most important lessons—teaching our kids gratitude?

I recently asked myself this question when we were out to dinner and my daughter asked for ketchup from the waiter. After she got it, she chowed down without a “Thank you.”

For some reason that hit me hard. I was slightly embarrassed, but more than that, it was a wake-up call. More…