Melissa Roy

64 Flips | 3 Magazines | 65 Likes | 10 Following | 25 Followers | @BeyondMommying | Writer at BeyondMommying.com and homeschooling, ballerina mama to four.

5 Changes I Made for a Less Stressful Life

When I found out I was expecting my fourth baby and I was unexpectedly overcome by morning sickness, I quickly learned I needed to find ways to …

Parenting

Have Courage and Be Kind: Lessons from Cinderella

I finally made it to see <i>Cinderella</i> with my girls after a major mommy fail in which I misread the start time and we showed up a half hour late and …

Parenting

There’s No Wading Into Motherhood

I sat alone in the quiet hallway of the radiology department of the hospital. It was Monday after Easter and my husband was in one of the rooms with …

Parenting

Stop Saying You're Homeschooling Your Preschooler

<i>By Melissa Roy of Beyond Mommying</i><p>We began homeschooling after a year of part-time preschool abroad, a year of pre-K and a year of kindergarten at our …

Parenting

The Day My Children Broke Me

I could feel it building over over the past week. The running around and being too wild. The intentional hurting and screaming at each other. The not …

Parenting

A Curriculum Unit on France

Last week we dove head first into our European Learning Adventure, starting with France (per Honeybun’s request..she thinks she’s French because she …

France

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Part of our St. Patrick’s Day party plan this weekend was crafts for the kids. Unfortunately we didn’t get to do much crafting between swimming and …

Turkey Time!

Honeybun just had her first “family homework” assignment: to make a turkey. She had to plan what she wanted to do and construct her own turkey. At …

Handmade Santa Ornament

The girls and I have always liked making homemade Christmas crafts to share with the family. This year a friend posted a Handprint Santa ornament …

Valentine's Day Crafts

In addition to the delicious Valentine’s Day Goodies we had at our Valentine’s party yesterday, I also got Sugarplum back in her Halloween costume …

An Easter Craft a Day: #1

Sugarplum and I had so much fun at our Valentine’s Party doing crafts with friends and enjoying yummy treats and the whole family enjoyed our St. …

An Easter Craft a Day: #2

Yesterday Sugarplum made coffee filter butterflies. This craft is so easy, it’s ridiculous!<p>Supplies needed: Coffee filter, watercolors, pipecleaner, …

Kids' Spring Lamb Handprint Craft

I love doing handprint crafts my kids, especially for the holidays. It’s a great way to decorate our house for each holiday but it also gives us …

A Mother's Day HANDmade Bouquet

This Handprint Lily Craft is the perfect Mother’s Day craft and gift from the kids. It looks complicated and does take a little time, but I’m …

Family Pottery Painting Fun

For Sugarplum’s first father’s day, we went with a friend to a pottery painting studio in Dublin. We painted a platter for hubby which has been …

Handmade Farewell Flowers

My Mommy and my Mommy-in-law both lost their own mommies this summer. My girls were very saddened and made them cards which, in our true family …

Kids Pumpkin Decorating Project

Looking for an easy Halloween project for the kids? Something quick, easy, mess free? I’ve got the perfect kids pumpkin decorating project!<p>This …

More Hand Turkeys

The girls’ cute little hand turkeys from our first Thanksgiving in Ireland are still some of my favorite kid-made treasures.<p>This year I decided to …

Building Books

Last week I had a genius idea: have Honeybun make a book! I know, not that ingenious but one of the 1st grade Common Core standards for Language Arts …

Homemade Gingerbread Houses: Tips for Decorating Gingerbread Houses as a Family

Decorating gingerbread houses has become a tradition in our family. It’s something my mommy-in-law introduced our first Christmas in Ireland (after …

Handprint and Footprint Crafts

I’ve become a little obsessed with art projects that involve using my little ones’ hand and foot prints. Maybe it’s because they’re growing so fast …

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Snowmen

On a whim this morning I decided to give the girls a special treat, and a special friend to go in it.<p>We made these adorable marshmallow snowmen to …

Dessert

Snowflake Crafts in the Sun

My Instagram account has made no secret of how we are enjoying wintertime and while most of the country is entrenched in a cold spell, we are here in …

Crafting

Valentine's Crafts for Kids

Last year Sugarplum and I had a fantastic Valentine’s party with yummy snacks and fun toddler crafts. We decided to try again this year with a new …

Crafting

A Whole Family of Bunny Crafts

Nothing says Easter more than cute little bunnies everywhere and spring crafting is one of my favorite things!<p>Here are four quick and easy bunny …

Crafting

Pinterest UnPerfect

I’ve really been trying to up my Pinterest game lately. I’ve been working on my photography and making graphics which are appealing to the Pinterest …

Crafting

How to Talk to Children About their Art

If your kids are anything like mine, you’re probably constantly bombarded with pictures and drawings and pieces or art work that they painstakingly …

Kids

Under the Sea Art Projects

This is a bulletin board I made with m toddler class just before I quit working when I was pregnant with Honeybun. It was one of my favorite …

Seafloor

Easy Art at Home with Young Children

I’ll admit I don’t do arts and crafts at home with my kids as much as I really should. But I do keep a good stash of supplies around and I recommend …

Crafting

Mommy Belly Painting

When I was pregnant with Sugarplum, I had another friend pregnant with her second as well. Her eldest is now in middle school but I vividly remember …

Middle School