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Welcome to The Creative Mama

Hello! Welcome to the The Creative Mama… a collaborative blog that inspires mothers to use their creativity to enrich each day.

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TCM’s Top Ten Posts of All Time

The NICU Series, You Are Not Alone

Postpartum Depression, There is Hope

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In the Kitchen, recipes

Matters of the Heart

Taking Care of You

For six years thoughtful, talented artists and writers have contributed to The Creative Mama making it a rich resource of ideas for your home, family, and self care.  Thank you to each woman who has shared her heart here.

And most of all… a sincere thank you to The Creative Mama’s faithful readers. You are loved.  It has been a joy to meet you, to admire your artistic gifts, and to learn of all the good that you add to this beautiful world. May you continue to find encouragement in the pages of The Creative Mama and cherish the time you’ve spent with her.  We will too.

Much love,

The Creative Mama Team

How to Use a Selfie Stick

Have you heard of a selfie stick?  Up until a few months ago, I hadn’t really either.  It’s this great, version of a monopod that can be connected to your phone to snap group shots, taking the usual selfie shot to a whole new level.

So what exactly is a selfie stick?

A selfie stick is designed to be held at arm’s length to fit the photographer into the frame.  They can be connected to your phone using Bluetooth technology, a timer app or a cord to trigger the shutter.

Who makes them?

All it takes is a quick Google search to find these popular photography accessories.  Your choices can include connecting the stick to the Bluetooth on your phone, using a small cord to connect to the remote or a simple monopod using a timer app.  It all comes down to the bells and whistles you’re looking for, and your budget.  Here are a few that came up in my own research…


Noot (this is the one I ended up choosing)


How can you use them?

This is the great part!  As a mom, it’s long been a challenge to get ourselves into pictures.  This is a great solution.  The selfie stick can be extended to varying lengths to include you, your family and the scenery behind you.  I know I have big plans for ours when it comes to vacations.  Most collapse to about 12 inches making them easy to tuck away in a bag or keep in the car when for when you’re out and about.

While, at first, I found myself a little self conscious using the device, it was quickly outweighed by the fun.  We’ve been documenting all kinds of adventures. Have you ever used a selfie stick? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks to using this fun, new photography accessory!   

 This article was written by Alison Bickel.

Pecan Cranberry Granola Bars

We’re in the kitchen today making a healthy snack. Granola bars! I don’t even want to know what I’ve spent on granola bars at the store. But, let’s just say that my kiddos have one just about every day for a snack. And here’s the thing. They are so simple to make. You probably already have all of the ingredients you need! Today we’re making pecan cranberry granola bars.

Here’s our cast of ingredients. Ok, I take back what I just said… you probably don’t have wheat germ in your pantry. That’s the one thing I did have to go to the store to pick up. *wink

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, salt, wheat germ, cinnamon, chopped pecans and cranberries.

You don’t want to chop your pecans too fine. Small little bits is fine.

Once you have your dry ingredients in your bowl, enlist the use of your kitchen helper to mix it all together.

In a separate bowl, mix together the honey, egg, canola oil and vanilla. If you have local honey, that’s even better!

Make a well in your dry ingredients, and pour in your wet ingredients.

Stir together until the wet ingredients are incorporated throughout.

Spray the bottom of a 9×13 dish. Flatten down the granola into an even layer.

I didn’t go quite to the edge of my dish. I wanted my bars to be a little thicker, and hopefully to stay more chewy.

Bake for 30 minutes, and then let cool for about 10 minutes before cutting. You want to cut them when they’re still warm so that it will be easier.

After cutting, let them cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Now, how easy was that? And, they’re delicious! You can change it up by adding almonds or different kinds of dried fruit. Here’s the printable. Enjoy!

This article was written by Jenn Rutledge.

Pecan Cranberry Granola Bars
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  1. 2 C old fashioned oats
  2. 1/2 C light brown sugar
  3. 1/2 C wheat germ
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 C all purpose flour
  6. 1 C cranberries (or other dried fruit)
  7. 1/2 C chopped pecans
  8. 3/4 tsp salt
  9. 1/2 C honey
  10. 1 egg, beaten
  11. 1/2 C canola oil
  12. 2 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.
  4. Make a well in your dry ingredients, and add the wet ingredients. Mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Spray the bottom of a 9x13 dish and evenly spread the granola. The thicker they are, the chewier they will be.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Let cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into bars (they should still be warm).
  8. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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