Thursday, May 27, 2010

What We Are Up To

Some of what we've been up to...
baseball (both with real bats and balls and gloves as well as imaginary),
 playing chess and other fun games,

eating lots of fresh fruit (Penelope seems to be living on blueberries alone!)
and gardening.
Yesterday we made our Summer 2010 poster. We're ready with lots of fun things to do and places to go.  Today we were able to check off several things...Slip and Slide, reading, laughing, game of tag, playing games, and Legos.  Of course many of these will be done repeatedly this summer.  :) 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Window Box How-to

 Have you ever wanted to add a window box under your windows?  I have! They look so gorgeous overflowing with flowers. 

I saw a link over on Just A Girl for a place called Hooks and Lattice and fell in love. I even ordered a free catalog to peruse.  Oh my, they are pricey!  Then, I found this little tutorial over on How Does She.  She even gives the prices of the materials needed...the entire project was under $5!  Now, that I can afford and it looks like a simple enough project to start and complete.  Check it out and add instant curb appeal.
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Fun New Blogs

I've found some fun new (to me) blogs that I just have to share!  I love it when I stumble upon new inspiration, great pictures, wonderful tutorials, new stories.  It's like making new friends :)

So, first up is Noodlehead.  I've read her blog a handful of times in the past couple of weeks and I'm really enjoying it. This week she's been posting about sprucing up your kitchen.  Tonight (children willing) I'm going to make the pretty dish towels/mats.  I've got a couple of towels that are begging to be cut up and made pretty again.
Next, is Fly Through Our Window. Great photography, tutorials, stories. Real life :)
Also, A Pretty Cool Life is a fun read with plenty of eye candy too.  She's got a Flickr group as well as an Etsy shop that's definitely worth checking out.
Lastly, 33 Shades of Green...what can I say? She's got crafting, cooking, and designing all in one place. 
Wait, one more~Little Bit Funky~I've read SO MANY pages here, but must remember to turn the volume down when I'm reading at night.  She's got a heading at the top of her blog called 20 Minute Crafter.  Seriously 20 minute crafts. So perfect for those of us working during nap time, late at night, or in between everything else going on in life. 
Take some time and have fun reading and being craftily inspired!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Extra Practice Never Hurt

My guys do a pretty decent job when it comes to brushing and flossing their teeth. I'm proud to say that there are no cavities so far in their little mouths.  Sometimes, however, this twice-a-day routine can get dull.  And a hot summer is just about here (tomorrow at 10:30 it officially starts for us!)  I need some fun activities for all 3 kiddos.  I came across this awesome idea (some people are just pure creative genius!) and I know we'll be doing this one for sure.
Don't forget to brush and floss when this fun time is done :)

Popcorn Lollipops

We go through a lot of popcorn here.  It's a quick, healthy, and gluten free snack.  So, as soon as I saw these over at Brown Paper Packages, I just knew I have to make them.  I mean, just look  at them
Need a close-up without the wrapper?

I thought so. :)
I checked out the recipe, and at first it looks good, but then I saw the Jello part.  A couple of nights ago a good friend shared a little tid-bit about Jello and gelatin.  Now I'm not so sure I want to eat that stuff.  (That and since I don't have a box to check, I'm not 100% sure it's gluten free.)  So, I think I'll make these cute treats more like Rice Krispie treats, but with popcorn and no color...unless I dye the marshmallows.  Hmmmm :)  Enjoy!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fancify My T-shirts

I'm a T-shirt wearer, but I've been wanting to look more dressed up, pulled together, cleaner, and fancier, so I've found some fairly easy ways to fancify my T-shirt wardrobe.  Here are a few of ideas:

And these last ones...not T-shirts, but fit the bill of getting a little dressy :)

Most are knock-offs of some pricey T-shirts at places like Target, J-Crew, Anthropolgie, and others.All of these ideas are already tutorials, so they're that much easier :)
Photo credits: Ribbon Flower, Ruffle Shirt, Center Ruffle, Dressy Tunic, and Alice Dress.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cappuccino Cinnamon Rolls

 I would LOVE to make these yummy Cappuccino Cinnamon Rolls. Just the name alone got me hooked, then I saw the pictures.  Oh my! I've got to clean my kitchen so I can get some baking going. :)


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