In today’s show, Episode 13, we are speaking with not one, but two amazing and creative women.

Becky Pashia and Noelle Stoffel are incredibly talented, professional artists. Becky is the mom to three boys, ages 13, 15 and 22, and Noelle is a mom to two girls, ages six and nine.

We’re so excited to speak with both Becky and Noelle about the role creativity plays in not only the lives of children, but in the lives of us mamas, too.

They feel art can be a great example for life. They remind us that messes in art are good and that it’s important for you to take time for yourself to spend on your hobbies and relax. There’s not one specific or right way to nurture your creativity.

Becky and Noelle both stress the importance of being truly present in your child’s life and noticing the little things about them to help further their creativity and interests.

We also discuss whether or not they believe it’s too late for adults to learn to paint or be creative, why Becky feels frustration and boredom are critical components of creativity, and how becoming moms affected their creative lives.

Becky and Noelle inspire us to encourage our children to make gifts for family and friends instead of buying them and then take the time to give the gifts in creative ways, like a treasure hunt.

It’s because of this that Becky, in collaboration with Noelle, actually created two apps that help children learn how to do this virtually in hopes it will carry over into real life.

Both of the apps, One Present, Please and Pass a Present, are available in the App Store.

Becky and Noelle and are members of the Mindful Mama Movement Facebook group and will stop by to answer any questions you may have this week.

Join us in the group to get inspired!

Click here to get the full version of One Present, Please.

Visit Noelle’s website here. Visit Becky’s painting website here, Artichokes, and Rain Boot Media.

Click here to get the FREE version of One Present, Please (iPad only)

Click here to get Pass a Present app.


Quotes from the Show:

“I’m very interested in how the arts relate to kids and I think it just helps them in every way in their development – Noelle Stoffel

“They’re taught to stay in the lines too much.” – Noelle Stoffel

“Just watching them all the time, I think it’s making me remember too to be a child because I think, as an artist, to keep that child-like part of you is so important.” – Noelle Stoffel

“You have to force yourself as a parent, I think, to ask a lot of open ended questions.” – Becky Pashia

“It’s important to make my creative time. It’s my balance. It’s my sanity.” – Noelle Stoffel

“For me, I think creativity comes from boredom. I really do. I think it’s important that all kids are bored.” – Becky Pashia

“I always say, you have to create in the middle of your life; especially if you have children.” -Shannon Kinney-Duh

“I try to be really aware of what my kids need more than what they want.” – Becky Pashia

Thanks, mamas, for being part of our community and thanks to Becky and Noelle for sharing your amazing creative talent with us!  We love your creative ideas and your app!

Shannon & Ashley