I first learned about My Kids’ Adventures while listening to a podcast interview with Michael Stelzner on my friend Jared Easley’s Starve the Doubts podcast.

Here is a snippet of Michael’s bio from My Kids’ Adventures:

Michael Stelzner is a busy dad of three girls and the founder of My Kids’ Adventures.  He also founded Social Media Examiner, authored the books Launch and Writing White Papers and is the man behind large events such as Social Media Marketing World. He also hosts the Social Media Marketing podcast.”

Not only is Michael a busy executive, but most importantly he is a dad who realized he was missing out on precious time with his kids.  I saw this video he created and it really touched my heart.  Being a busy executive myself, I can really identify with the struggles of balancing work and family.

Fine Art Mom was born from my wish to spend more time connecting with my daughter being creative and having fun.  My Kids’ Adventures was created to offer parents easy recipes for fun and adventure with their kids.

Introducing My Kids’ Adventures from Mike Stelzner on Vimeo.

When I was listening to Michael on that podcast, I thought of how wonderful it would be to contribute to such an inspiring resource.  My wheels started turning.  Since I’m a newbie to the world of blogging, the thought of even considering submitting to be a contributor was daunting.

My daughter and I had just finished a printmaking project for Thanksgiving.  We had so much fun learning how to create prints and it was easier than I had imagined.  I know that some parents who may not consider themselves artistic might shy away from such a project without someone showing them step by step how easy and fun it can be.

I saw My Kids’ Adventures was looking for New Year’s and Valentine’s Day ideas as 2013 was coming to a close.  I thought it would be fun to use our printmaking skills to create handmade valentines and my article idea was born.

In my world – self doubts started to enter my thoughts – “I’m not a writer”, “would anyone be interested?”, “what if they say no”, “what if it’s not good”, you see the direction this was going.  Well as my friend Jared would say – STARVE THE DOUBTS, and I did.  I got up the nerve to fill out their submission form with my idea and I hit submit!

The worst that could happen was they would say no, and that’s never stopped me before, so I patiently waited.  I was honored to receive the email that said; “We’re happy to let you know that we’d like to consider you for publication to MyKidsAdventures.com on the topic: Handmade Valentines“.

Maisie and I excitedly created our step by step article and off it went.  I was through the roof with excitement to find out my article had been approved and scheduled to be published.  My article was published on January 30th, 2014.  Here’s a link and screenshot.

How Your Kids Can Make Valentine’s Day Cards That Are Sure To Stand Out

I’m so happy to make this first big jump by contributing to this fantastic blog for parents.  Thank you Michael Stelzner for following your heart and creating something for everyone to enjoy.

A special thank you also to Jared Easley for his inspiring podcast.

As my daughter would say…

Be Creative!

 

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