Allison Leland

I am a wife and mommy to two sweet girls ages 4 and 10 months. I work from home part-time as an art teacher for a local online school. As a Cincinnati native I love this city and am so thankful to be raising my family here. I love getting creative with my four year old and letting her run wild with paint and lots of other art supplies. I am passionate about encouraging creativity and art making at any age. When I am not crafting or having adventures with my little girls, I love organizing, decorating, shopping for a bargain, exploring new places for family fun around the city, cooking, and searching for local restaurants with great food. I also run an Etsy shop, be tees. by AJB (, with my sister selling screen printed baby and toddler apparel.

Overcoming Entitlement

As a middle school teacher and mom in 2016, I see entitlement. We seem to live in an age of instant gratification and always needing the latest and greatest technology, clothes, toys, etc. Of...

The First Two Weeks

There is nothing quite like a newborn. A tiny perfect little human that is so new and fresh - not to mention that newborn baby smell. While newborn babies might just be one of...

Find It at The Cincinnati Zoo {with Printable}

It's almost time to welcome the hippos! Now is a great time to plan a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden! We are so fortunate to have one of the top zoos in...

The Gift of Relationship

My mom. She made it look easy. As a brand new mom of two, I know that it is anything but easy. In fact, while I was on maternity leave with my oldest daughter...

Surviving Middle School: Perspectives from a Teacher and Mom

Middle School. These two words often elicit a cringe, a shudder, maybe even an eye roll. Whether this response is caused by remembering our own middle school years or thinking about our own children...

Art Books for Kids

**All images courtesy of** This is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the wonderful art books available for kids. These are however, a few of my very favorites. Inspiring Creativity Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg The tactile...

Tales of an Emergency C-Section

I’ll admit, I was geared up to do a natural birth, not a home birth, but one without meds. My husband and I took a class and although I really did not “study” up...

Creating Authentic Art Experiences with Young Kids

As an art teacher and mama I am passionate about introducing kids to art at a young age. I am not talking about craft projects here (although those have merit for other reasons), I...