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Monday, January 30, 2012

Frame for Disney Pic

I took a darling picture of my girls with nautical Mickey Mouse.  I  ordered this adorable frame for the picture.  I think it's perfect!!  I can't wait to receive it.  This is my third purchase from this etsy shop.  The frames are FANTASTIC!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Disneyland!

We just got back from a little trip to Disneyland and California Adventure. We had a wonderful time! Has anyone else noticed how aggressive the birds are in amusement parks?? A few years ago at Sea World, I had a sea gull snatch a churro right out of my hand. This week at Disneyland I had three different sparrows fly directly into the back of my head. It reminds me of this!  They just kept doing it to me.  Nobody else! Weird. :)

We had this yummy lemon cupcake!  Can you see the silver glitter on it?  I am thinking we need an annual pass to Disneyland.  I want to go back NOW!
This is Mr. Potato head in front of the Toy Story Mania ride.  We LOVE that ride!  We found out the ride is full of Easter eggs.  One is a red fox.  I hit it, thank you very much. ;)
My girls enjoyed a little pin trading.  We bought this one, and my daughter wasn't about to trade it.  It was her favorite.  We had a great time at the Princess breakfast in Ariels Grotto.  My girls met Snow White,Ariel,Sleeping Beauty and Belle.  Belle danced with my daughter and she was thrilled.  Meeting all of the characters was completely wonderful.  Check out Jessie's autograph....
Don't you love her cowgirl hat J?   We missed getting pictures with Buzz.  So I grabbed a picture of him walking off.  It was just way too much fun!  We can't wait to go back again.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

When I started reading this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it.  A couple of chapters in I started to enjoy it.   Kids will love,love it!  I am starting the second book in the series today.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Gingham Coin Purse

It had to be done!  My change can't be scattered all over my purse!  I neeeeeeeded this! ;)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Farm

There isn't much rural action around Vegas.  Tonight I was driving around while Kate was at Activity Days trying to get Hal to fall asleep.  I drove past Gilcrease Orchards.  I haven't been over there  in about 6 years.   This tiny taste of rural in the middle of a whole lot of city  made me happy.  I had to pull over and take a few pictures.






















Frozen Oatmeal

I LOVE this oatmeal!  I grabbed a bag of it at Costco Saturday and we are all in love.  I love that you don't add water, just dump the contents in a bowl and microwave 5 minutes.  I love the big apple chunks.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valentine Vignette and Heart Pom Pom Wreath

I finally got my heart wreath done!  Michaels failed me.  Every time I called/stopped by, they never had heart wreaths.  Some employees said they were getting some any day, others said they weren't going to carry them.  So, whatever I ended up getting my styrofoam wreath at Hobby Lobby.  I am happy with how my wreath turned out.  After making my pom poms.   I hot glued them on to the wreath.  It took about 15 minutes to assemble.  The most time consuming part was making the pom poms, and that was easy and fun!  I am going pom pom crazy.  I may need to make one for St. Patricks day too! :)

This is the twelve inch styrofoam heart from Hobby Lobby.

Tips on Pom Pom Wreath:

When I make another one, I will use better quality yarn.  Mine was the cheapest and frayed easily.
I will also use sharper scissors.(it will help the yarn fray less)
I will trim my pom poms better and make them more even. I started doing this toward the end, and it makes such a difference.
Make sure to tie the yarn around your bundle TIGHT and right in the middle.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy Music



I'm always so delighted to find new music. I love anything recommended by The Farm Chicks. I was so happy to find the playlist from the 2010 Farm Chicks Show! The above video is one of the songs from the playlist.    It's very fun, I LOVE it!

Goodnight Ipad

Yesterday my brother and his family came over.  At one point there were seven of us sitting in the front room.  Every single one of us had either an iPad,iPhone,or iPod touch in our hands. It is a whole new world isn't it?

I remember when the first VCR came out.  We were EXCITED.  Of course it was a few years before we owned such an awesome machine.  Friday nights we went to the video store and rented the VCR and VHS tapes.  We were SO beyond thrilled when my parents came home with the cumbersome VCR.  The remote had a long cord, that stretched from the remote to the VCR.   As I watch my children watch movies any time, any place in the palm of their hands I am amazed.

When they want to learn more about a subject or do a report all of the information is at their fingertips.  They laugh when I tell them, I had to haul my cookies to the library to do research.  Next I would come home and type my report on a typewriter.  I think this book is adorable and very fitting for this new generation. :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Opportunity/Attitude

Today life took a turn I didn't want it to.  I was WAY ticked off.  I was kicking up a big stink, and was annoyed all day.  I saw the above quote on Pinterest.  Yep, that is it.  I wanted the opportunity to be in a more attractive package.  Overalls haven't been my thing for many years now. ;)  I believe great opportunity awaits.  :) On The Farm Chicks FB page Serena posted the following song.  I love it!  Also I was one of the first eleven people to email Serena so I won this fun sticker!  Whoohoo! :)

Variant

I really enjoyed this.It was such a spine tingler. It grabbed my attention, lulled maybe a little, and then ended intensely. It has fun twists and turns. Can't wait for the sequel in Fall 2012!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Melanoma



My 4 year anniversary of being diagnosed with Melanoma is coming up next month. If I can make it to my 5 year mark without a recurrence they will consider me cured. I found this video on Pinterest. I bawled my eyes out watching it. It brought back emotions I haven't felt in a while.

 Hearing things like 10% survival rate if the cancer has spread. OR getting one sunburn before reaching the age of 18 more than doubles your chance of getting cancer. Don't even get me started on tanning beds.   Seeing the scars....  Mine is 9 inches long for one mole.

 Please be careful with your skin, and encourage those around you. Please wear sunscreen and check your moles for changes. I had a mole that bled on and off for two years and I did NOTHING about it. 

As a youth I tanned and never wore sunscreen.  My tumor was deep. I am only alive because the Lord spared me. I am so thankful to still be alive.

 I have used food as an emotional crutch.  I know that is just as dangerous as tanning.  For the past 2 weeks we have been eating healthy.  ZERO sugar, and tons of fruits and veggies.  We already feel better.  Our bodies will be kind to us, if we are kind to them. I remember asking the doctor if I was going to die.  He said he didn't know.  He said nobody has any guarantees.  He said take good care of your body and view each day as a gift, because it certainly is.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fingernail Day!

Today I put nail shields on the girls and I.  They are SO thrilled with them!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Injury

My husband likes poached eggs.  I have always been more of a scrambled/omlette/fried/boiled kind of a gal.  I don't really know how to do a poached egg.  Ryan has a whole big routine involving bowls of cold water, polking holes in yolks, placing plates on top of said bowls and then microwaving for EXACTLY 3 min and 15 seconds.

He hasn't had a poached egg for a while.  This morning I thought I would be a champ and whip some up for him.  I couldn't remember his little egg routine.  He was upstairs getting ready so I winged it.  BIG Mistake. BIG.HUGE!  Ryan came down and I announced that I made him eggs and trotted over to the micro.  I opened the door grabbed the plate perched precariously on top of the bowl.  The eggs EXPLODED spewing scalding hot water and egg all over me. I dropped the plate and it shattered at my feet.

  It would have been funny if it hadn't hurt so bad.  Okay, maybe it was a little funny, considering I was wearing glasses and they were completely covered in egg.  Not to mention my pajamas that were doused in hot water and egg bits.  Oi!   Ryan cleaned up the big old fat mess while I ran both arms and hands under cool water.

I have been quoting The Office  all day.   When offered a pain reliever (you know because I seemed a little fussy), I came back with "Ya I'm fussy, I'm sitting here with blooding stumps for arms." ;) The Injury is my favorite episose of The Office. It's always fun to channel Michael Scott.  I want to wrap my arms in bubble wrap!  Maybe tomorrow I will cook some bacon on the Foreman grill! Hopefully I won't endanger myself or others at breakfast tomorrow! :)  

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Milk Bottles and Crate

Mr. UPS just brought me these!  They were only 9.89!   They are now on my window sill.  I think a little flower in each bottle will be adorable.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Some stuff I'm Liking

Magnets of my Instagrams from Stickygram!
Fried pickles with Southwest Ranch from Buffalo Wild Wings.  Didn't think I would like them. Huh. Should have known anything fried=YUM!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Vintage Flour Sifters

After seeing this post, I knew I had to have these sifters.  One down, two to go. :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

My 365

Have you downloaded the My 365 app yet???  This is mine so far.  I love it, and it's free!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Clock

Santa brought me this, I LOVE it!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Spinach Shake

My husband and I are trying to eat better and get fit in the new year.  We are starting out with a spinach shake in the morning and eating more fruits and veggies during the day.

This morning I was drinking my smoothie and my 4 year old came up to me and said "Mommy why are you drinking barf???" Yummmmm that just made this even better! ;)  Wow, kids are dang funny and honest. :)

This shake is incredibly filling and delicious!  Give it a whirl.   I have  been drinking one around 5:30 am and have been good until 12:00 or so.


Blend the following in the blender:

1 scoop of vanilla whey protein(we bought ours at Costco), 
3 cups of spinach 
1⁄2 banana 
2 tbsp of organic peanut butter
3⁄4 cup of unsweetened almond milk 
2 cups of ice

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pom Poms!

In The Farm Chicks Christmas book there is a great tutorial for making pom poms. I have wanted to make them for quite some time, but have never gotten around to it. I finally made a few today. I am going to make a heart shaped pom pom wreath. I went to Michaels to buy the wreath but they won't have them in for another week. SO in the mean time, I will be making pom poms.  Let me preface this by saying, this is pretty easy, but takes practice(at least for me) I have noticed each time I make a pom pom it looks a little better.  Here is how to do it.
Wrap yarn around three fingers approximately 80 times.  This is for an average size pom pom.(leaning toward the big side) I think around 50 also makes an awesome pom pom and it's a little easier to work with because it isn't as thick.  Experiment and wrap more or less to change the size. Why yes, my fingers are turning purple in this picture, thanks for asking. ;) Be careful not to wrap too tight.  ;)
Carefully slide yarn off of your fingers, Tie a 5 inch piece of yarn around the center of the loops and tie securely with a double knot.  My first few times I didn't tie the string tight enough and some of my yarn fell out after I cut it, and it looked more like a bundle of yarn instead of a pom pom.  Be sure to tie it nice and tight, and right in the middle of the bundle.
Next get scissors and cut all of your loops open.
Then trim and fluff.
Ta Da!
Next week if the wreath forms are in, I will finish up my project and post! :)
Total randomness here, but a jar of sharpies makes my heart go pitty pat.  I can't stop buying them, and stuffing them in this jar. :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The "Hobby Shop"

 My grandma knew how to do everything. She cooked,sewed,canned,crocheted,made dolls,was good with numbers, was kind, and never gossiped. She once had a sugar factory beg her to come work as their general manager.  She turned them down because she was afraid it would hurt my grandpa's feelings to make more money than him.  They had a farm and so their income was sporadic.  I think men these days are happy if their wives make more than them. :)

Suffice it to say,  She was AWESOME!

She always let me help with projects. She called the local craft store "the hobby shop" isn't that just adorable?  (She also called EVERY kind of cereal cornflakes. :) We would go and buy yarn for various projects.  Over the years I have forgotten how to crochet.  Drat! How I wish I would have kept that skill up.

I haven't purchased yarn since those days with my grandma 30 years ago.  Today I went to  Michaels the hobby shop, and bought some for a little Valentine project I am working on.  I made sure to get the yarn with the heart on it, just like grandma did.  There was a little old lady looking at crochet hooks, and I SO wanted to hug her.  It's so sad not to have any grandparents left.  I always tell my girls to soak up their grandparents because they are gone much too soon.
In other news, I found these fun little frames at Michaels for 40 cents!  I am going to put vintage valentines in them, and use them for decor.

Monday, January 2, 2012

A Very Vintage Christmas

 I wanted to share a few of my fun vintage etsy finds.  I love cheery vintage canisters and cake keepers!

I can never resist vintage children's books!

I am obsessed with vintage cookbooks, and had to have this one!!
When I was a girl, I LOVED helping my grandma in the kitchen. My job was to chop nuts. My grandma had a nut chopper just like this one. I HAD to have it! My other job in the kitchen was to brush the top of the bread dough with grease. My grandmother had a little brush for the job. Once my 6 year old little self stopped greasing the bread and greased up my 4 year old brothers head(while the adults were out of the room). He sat so still for me. It's one of my favorite memories. :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A couple of Christmas gifts

This Christmas was my buy myself vintage crap off of etsy, and receive a bunch of Bath and Body Works stuff and gift cards year.  It was wonderful! :)  With my itunes cards I mostly downloaded books.  Two of my favorites have been Matched and Crossed.  Have you read them?  I think they are very fun.  They remind me a little bit of The Hunger Games.  Another favorite is this neato thing to hold my phone while it charges!  What were some of your favorite gifts?