Aug 20, 2014

MAKE THESE FOR LABOR DAY | DIY RIBBON BROOCHES




ITS DIY WEDNESDAY!! 
I just made that up:-/ 
No but really, I saw these in a magazine., and decided to give it a whirl. something cute to add some flavor for Labor Day. I think they turned out pretty dog gone cute? So much so that  I got a little carried away…




These were super easy to make. Just cut a length of ribbon, make about 5 or six flat knots and then tuck the ends into the last knot on opposite side and secure with glue. Add these little pins on the back with a little hot glue as well. You could also use a safety pin.


What You Need:
Gross Grain Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun
Nickel Pin Backs (available at craft stores)          

              


I think I'm going to make one for all of my guests. Little favors, so that everyone looks festive? Let me know if you want one.. I've got extras:-)

xxB

Aug 18, 2014

SO LONG SUMMER… YOU WERE AWESOME.

Its so funny, we started the summer super excited and Gung Ho, but these last two weeks seemed to drag on FOREVER. All of our pals had already headed back to school and I was SO ready for school to start for us too - it seemed that summer would NEVER END. And now that it has, as I look back at the photos and memories I captured these past two months... seems like it flew by. SO AWESOME.  I miss it already.

I dropped them both off at school today finally. Little h started a half-day preschool (2 day/week). And as much as I couldn't wait to finally have a few hours to myself.. it was surely bitter sweet. The littlest, getting so independent.  When I went back to peep in through the window he was checking out all the "stations" all on his own, not a tear in sight - I think I may have cried even longer than he did (I just needed to release the anxiety I suppose)??!!

And my sweet girl. SO SMART. Sometimes I get in bed with her after she's gone to sleep and just stroke her hair, and pray for her, and smile at what an awesome little lady she's becoming.  I remember looking at her baby chubs and wondering what she'd be like. FIRST GRADE. She got in the car after school and said, "Mommy, IT WAS GREAT." And I could exhale...

Watching (and helping them grow up) so fast is equally exhilarating and terrifying. I often want to pinch myself, it seems so surreal to be a part of it all..

Feeling thankful.

xxB

Aug 15, 2014

FRIDAY CRAFTERNOON | SUPER SIZE IT.


Winding down the dog days of summer over here. Here's a little art project that we've been "perfecting all week."




If you haven't heard I've become a bit of a doodler. So it was super easy and fun for me to sketch this over sized doodle for the kids to get creative with.

I just rolled out a couple of rows of this Ikea MALA paper (roll) and secured it with painters tape. Munchkin said she wanted to play fairies so fairy wings and rainbows, h on his scooter, mushrooms, butterflies and voila less (TV) screen time - WOOT. Perfect for a rainy afternoon (or longer)..

If you aren't an artist like me (heh) you could also have the kids do a drawing with a black marker on 8x10 paper (or use a favorite coloring book page) take to a copy store like Staples or Office Depot and have them enlarge (three by four or so) and print. Even large (black and white) prints only run between $5 and $10. 

What do you think? Any suggestions for a rainy afternoon easy peasy craft?
xxB


p.s. I've been toying with the idea of letting the munchkin wear her hair out of the ponytails/poufs. She's dying to do it. I've been telling her when she gets a bit older… I can't believe how much taller she's gotten even just over the summer.  She's such  big girl already. 1st Grade!!

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Aug 13, 2014

ONE LAST SUMMER SALAD | COOL AND CRUNCHY MELON SALAD

I will admit, I haven't lost any weight this summer. In fact I think I've gained a pound or two. In all my efforts to snack healthy during the day.. It all comes down to the Ben and Jerry's at bed time..  I also made the mistake of not doing summer camps with the kiddos which made tons of time to cross things off our summer bucket list, but also tons of time for impromptu ice cream and froyo stops..

But enough of my whining.. I"m hoping like heck that once school starts (less than a week to go -WOOT) the routine will get me back on track - fingers crossed.. In the mean time I wanted to share the recipe for this delicious salad.


The watermelon has been on sale as of late, so we've been stocking up. And I LOVE these crunchy english cucumbers.. the seeds are nearly non existent. A little olive oil, salt, pepper, and drizzle of lemon or lime juice is a super easy (and my favorite) way to dress a salad.




INGREDIENTS
- 1/2 cup watermelon cubes or balls (I scooped these out with a round measuring (table) spoon.
- handful of grapes
- 1/2 cup sliced (English) cucumber
- 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
- salt and pepper
- basil leaves

PREPARATION
Combine fruit and cucumbers. Drizzle with olive oil and (lime) juice. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Garnish with basil leaves.

I bet this would be so good with mint (instead of basil) and a little feta..

xxB

Aug 11, 2014

ONE NIGHT STAND...

Well what I really mean is MY night stand.  I'm afraid its been taken over by children's books, and sippy cups and random odds and ends. And I'd like to take it back. What' I'd really like is something like this:


Wishful thinking? I really want a nice and neat space with a lamp and my books so I can read (more that just my iPhone) in bed. A cute dish to throw my hair pins and ear rings in before I turn in for the night. And a dash of ambiance.. I should probably start by removing the three loads of clean laundry staring at me on the other side of the room.. but I digress..







So inspired by these looks. After scouring Pinterest, I've come up with this mix for the perfectly stocked  and styled night stand:

CLOCK I suppose I could look at my phone for the time, but what night stand is complete without a clock?

PHOTO/ART A memento from a family trip or a pic of the kiddos.

LAMP/LIGHTING I'm partial to something like this.

VASE/FLOWERS/FOLIAGE This is a nice to have, in all honesty it would probably get knocked over, so it would need be something small and not glass (at least until they get a bit older and less rambuncious). A small potted plant would do nicely.

BOOKS  Just the one or two I'm currently reading. The rest go on the book shelf.

CANDLE To keep inside the drawer for when I'm in need of some ambiance:-)

BASKET/STORAGE For the floor next to the night stand. For the kids bed time books and toys that end up in the room during our pre bed time snugglefest.

Too much? Did I miss anything? 

xxB
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Aug 6, 2014

I'M OBSESSED.


I'm obsessed. With this little doodle (and Kraft paper).


I'm obviously a novice, but I've started drawing her little stick figure on everything. It all started with me making a bit of stationery for the munchkin to write to her friends and out of town family over the summer and now - Birthday Cards, Thank You cards…  and now this To Do List. I went back and forth a bit on whether or not I was scarring my almost six year old by burdening her with such organizational aspirations… But I just couldn't help me self.. 

Kind of a "first draft" - Next go around I'll put these in order. Munchkin is obsessed with knowing what the date is. Probably due to her impending birthday in a few weeks. 

Somebunny's turning six - WOOT. 

So I help her spell the month and she get's to it (after breakfast in our pajama's). I'm hoping this will help keep some sanity (for both of us), especially once the hustle and bustle of school starts. 

My favorite item is "Play with Avery. They are about 3 1/2 years apart in age and I really want them to be close so I try really hard to make sure to encourage them to spend time together (If she reads to him she get's to cross off two items at once) playing and such. He's only two so his attention span can be quite maddening to her and me, but she's learning patience and compassion (and teaching me a thing or two)...

I'm thinking of having these serve triple duty:

1. 5 completed slips at the end of the week gets $5 allowance.
2. Coloring Sheet/Tool to teach responsiblility, and foster a sense of accomplishment.
3. One completed slip gets an hour and a half of "screen time".
** I'm also hoping she'll be so busy reading and playing that we won't have much time (or desire) for screen time.. I'll let you know how that turns out:-)

I realize that most of these things she should be doing anyway (without some 'award' tied to it), and I'm sure the list will evolve over time. 

 Some other doodles:
a birthday card for grand mommy, a thank you card for invitation to lunch.

Anyway, just wanted to share.

Are you doing an allowance? Are routine's helpful for you and your littles or does being a bit more laid back work for you? 

Just being nosy:-)

xxB

Jul 29, 2014

LIVE BY THE SPIRIT



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I keep thinking today is Monday?!

Somehow we ended up at the Magic Kingdom over the weekend - Hopped in the car last week to go and visit family in Florida (and returned yesterday).. hence the interruption in writing.. I think I'm going to stop apologizing for taking breaks in blogging… Maybe.

At any rate, over the last few weeks I've challenged myself to find quiet time every day. I read this scripture this morning and it resonated with me. I thought I'd share just in case you were searching for some good Words to hold on to this week.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kinds, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galations 5:22-23

Cant go wrong with that right?

Hope your week is going well...

xxB

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