Build Outside – Miniatures

Every summer we go camping and spend days, weeks and even months outside playing in nature. And every summer my girls and their friends build outdoor habitats for the magical, mysterious creatures known as fairies.


We encourage  magic and mystery with the kids while they are in their natural surroundings. Imaginative play through constructing outdoor fairy houses from natural materials such as bark, sticks, stones, flowers, grasses, acorns and pine cones; along with small pieces of trash they find around the camp site like bottle caps, broken sunglasses, pieces of plastic. We use this collection time to have conversations with our mini architects to talk about preserving nature and not littering. We talk about how harmful it is to birds and water life when people don’t properly dispose of their garbage.



When  building a fairy house think about all of the possibilities: such as creating a pebble path, making a fence out of sticks, a walnut-shell bathtub,  leaf hammock, a bark bed or a stone table.



You can do this in your own back yard, at a playground or even in a container filled with dirt on a balcony of an apartment. You need only to get outside, take a walk, carry a bag or a bucket and collect things. Bring back the found goodies to the place you will construct and begin the process to create a welcoming home for fairies.

Want more ideas? Check out these books – they are some of our favorites:


Fairy House: How to Make Amazing Fairy Furniture, Miniatures, and More from Natural Materials

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get kids outdoors

This week at Laboratory5 Inc. are kicking off a summer long series inspired by our love of STEAM and nature. We will focus on all kinds of ways to get kids out of the house and off of their tech this summer. It can be hard for working parents to take kids out so we are going to give examples of quick walks, small container planting, and ‘gulp’ . . .  unsupervised play.

Want to get started with planning to keep you kids from getting Nature-Deficit Disorder this summer? Start here and read Richard Louv‘s book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder


From the book:

“I like to play indoors better ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are,” reports a fourth-grader. Never before in history have children been so plugged in-and so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking new work, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation-he calls it nature deficit-to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as rises in obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder (Add), and depression. Some startling facts: By the 1990s the radius around the home where children were allowed to roam on their own had shrunk to a ninth of what it had been in 1970. Today, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community. The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years, and recent studies show that too much computer use spells trouble for the developing mind. Nature-deficit disorder is not a medical condition; it is a description of the human costs of alienation from nature. This alienation damages children and shapes adults, families, and communities. There are solutions, though, and they’re right in our own backyards. Last child in the Woods is the first book to bring together cutting-edge research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development-physical, emotional, and spiritual. What’s more, nature is a potent therapy for depression, obesity, and Add. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Even creativity is stimulated by childhood experiences in nature.

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Let’s make this the summer of outdoor play and exploration. We need more scientists and engineers and artists who are inspired by nature. The Children and Nature Movement is forming  – Want to know more about how you can get involved? Click HERE

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90 Day Company Cleanse: Week 5

Over the past four weeks we have challenged you with the tedious task of giving your company a “cleanse.” For those of you who have made it this far perhaps you now have a clearer picture of your strengths and weaknesses as a business owner. Some of you may have found that you are extremely organized but maybe lacking the passion or fire you once had for your company. While others of you may have realized that even though your business is successful and you are motivated, you lack decent time management and organization skills. Well whatever the case may be, this week we want to you to take this time to focus on you as a business owner by relaxing with a good book. Break out your kindle or favorite book and make time to read this week.  Not sure what to read? Well here are five of our top picks for business owners like you!

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  1. The Little Spark: 30 Ways To Ignite Your Creativity by Carrie Bloomston 

    Boost creativity and innovation by following these 30 different tips and exercised designed to ignite your inner creative. Its one of our favorite books around here and a great read when you need a little pick me up. For more info visit the following link: Spark Your Creativity

  2. 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class by Steve Siebold: 

    Learn how to change the way you think and react. This book is a great read for those interested in improving your attitude, business, or life. There are some great tips in here that will help you build mental toughness and prepare you for some of the toughest adversities you will face. For more info or to purchase the book click here:

  3. Organizing for Your Brain Type: Finding Your Own Solution to Managing Time, Paper, and Stuff

    Still struggling with getting things organized? Well this book makes it super easy by offering different solutions based on the way you think. Create a time management and organizational system that feels natural for you. More info or if you want to purchase visit:

  4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain: 

    Being a great leader doesn’t mean you have to be loud, learn how to use what some may considered a weakness to your advantage. For more info: Talking/dp/0307352153/ref=wl_mb_wl_huc_mrai_25_dp

  5. The Power of Visual Storytelling: How to Use Visuals, Videos, and Social Media to Market Your Brand (Paperback) By Ekaterina Walter, Jessica Giglio

    Having trouble navigating the waters of today’s online world? Here is a great book that explains how, why, and what you need to do to successfully market your brand online and visually. They use some great examples of how other companies and some big brand names were able make them selves stand out.  For more info on this book check out:

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Why Don’t We Win Our Wars Anymore

ASU’s Center on the Future of War presents

 Thomas Ricks

 “Why Don’t We Win Our Wars Anymore?

Some Answers to the Question that the U.S. Military Doesn’t Want to Address”


On February 3, Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War presents a talk by Thomas Ricks, “Why Don’t We Win Our Wars Anymore: Some Answers to the Question that the U.S. Military Doesn’t Want to Address.”  The event will be held at the First Amendment Forum at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication located at 555 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ


February 3, 2015 – 7:00 pm

 First Amendment Forum

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

555 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Thomas Ricks is Senior Advisor on National Security at New America where he also part of the Future of War team. He is a multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has covered the U.S. military and national security as a staff reporter for 8 years at the Washington Post and 17 years at the Wall Street Journal.  He is the author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003-05, which was a number one New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 and of  The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-08, published in 2009. He is a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, for which he writes the blog “The Best Defense,” which was named the best blog of the year by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2010.

Following the talk, Ricks will be signing books, with the support of Changing Hands Bookstore.

 To RSVP or for more information, please email us

Have A Carefree Christmas


This weekend have some fun with the family. Here are a couple of options around the Valley.

The town of Carefree is hosting its 7th annual Carefree Christmas Festival, from December 12- 14. The festival features 25 tons of real snow for kids to play in, and a light parade with firework finale Saturday night. All events this weekend are FREE so stop by the town of Carefree this weekend. Sunday is pet day, so bring your furry friends to0!

Carefree Christmas Festival

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 12 -13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday December 14

Carefree Desert Gardens at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy Street

For Festival information, call 480-488-2051.


_H204267Visit the Mesa Arts Festival. Its a FREE event featuring art from hundreds of local, regional, and national artists, there are even some great activities for kids to do.  So if you have nothing planned, why not grab the kids and head over to Mesa for some holiday fun.

Mesa Arts Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14.

Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.

Admission and Parking: Free.

Details: 480-644-6627, Mesa Arts Center


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Special Event- Ignite Your Creativity

blog Come meet The Little Spark author Carrie Bloomston tonight at Changing Hands Bookstore.

This is a great gift for artists, art lovers, girl friends who get together, self help fans and lovers of all things local!

If you order the book now from Changing Hands you’ll receive two free tickets to meet Carrie Bloomston in person at the Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix on Tuesday December 2nd, at 7pm (Details below) and get your copy autographed by the author.

Local artist and author Carrie Bloomston interviewed a dozen local creatives who are featured in this book! Artists, writers, chefs, photographers, musicians and other creatives. It is a celebration of all things local and it’s available now!

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Event: December 2nd, 2014 at 7 pm

Changing Hands Book Store, Phoenix Location

300 West Camelback Road Phoenix, Arizona 85013 United States


  • TICKET (admits two) is free when you purchase The Little Spark from Changing Hands Bookstore.
  • Letter groups (printed on top of ticket) will be called at 6pm to fill seats and designated standing room. If available, seating and standing room opens to those without tickets at 6:45pm.
  • Space cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals.
  • Booksigning line forms by assigned letter group after the presentation. Those without tickets may get their books signed after ticket-holders, if time allows.
  • Event details may be subject to unannounced changes.


Happy Holiday Shopping – Locally!

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