Sunday, March 20, 2011

2011 Memory Jar


I've been meaning to make this for awhile! I saw this idea back in January on a blog and thought it was genius! Can't find the original post, but this family sets a jar in the entryway, a new one each year. They add little mementos from the year: movie tickets, receipts, drawings, etc. Then they are all lined up on a bookshelf and it's easy and fun to go down a trip from memory lane.

I bought this jar back in January but it was in Dennis's car and I kept forgetting to take it out when he was home.

I found the best family shot from this year that I could find and used Picnik to add the year.

So far we just have my medal from the half-marathon I jogged earlier in the year. I'm excited to see what other treasures we will add!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Silly Faces

Elyse and I decided to have a silly face photo session in the back yard today. Here are some of our shots...






And this girl was a great audience to laugh at some of our silliness!



Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Skirt

This is my new favorite blog!


She has so many cute ideas and tutorials!

I saw this one and had to give it a try.

I found this XL shirt at Old Navy for only $4.


And in the second half on nap (that's pretty quick, folks) it turned in to this!!

It looks even cuter without the pants underneath but someone refused to take them off.

I think I had to bribe her with candy to take this picture.

Can you tell she's excited?!

Perfect for a little bike ride around the neighborhood!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Backyard Adventures



The backyard might seem like a friendly place but there is a lot to watch out for...

There's a three year old with a hose...
A girl with a giant ball...
And this scary creature!
Will the seedlings survive?!

(look close, they're there!)

Will these chairs ever be painted?!

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Feeling Creative

In addition to all our time spent just hanging out, playing with Legos and reading Henry and Mudge books, we had to spend some time working on projects when my mom was here last week.

I had a list of things I wanted to do while she was here and luckily, we got them all done.

Re-covered floor pillows (including a hidden zipper which I guess is hard to do but will be perfect to throw the covers in the washer if a little girl ever spills her juice on these) all done by her...
These silhouettes of the girls. I've been wanting to do these for awhile but wasn't quite sure how to do it. My neighbor did some of her boys and inspired me to just go for it. I love how they turned out!
And when we visited this shop, I saw a girl come in with some wreaths like this. I knew I could make one. Super simple and I like how it came out!
Including this little flower
It was super easy to make. Instructions here. I want to make more of these flowers. Maybe for some little girl hair clippies.

And with all the creative juices flowing, these girls had to work on their art.

Gardening

Another benefit of living in So. Cal....Gardening in February!

When my mom was here last week she helped us put some seeds and plants in the ground.

Elyse planted beans....


And Madelyn gathered hand-full after hand-full after hand-full of dirt, walking back and forth...
...to the toy kitchen's sink, full of water from the rain earlier in the week. It was lovely.

Here is a super blurry picture of the finished product.

We have tomato, red pepper, jalapenos, basil, cilantro and chive plants and bean, spinach, zucchini, melon and flower seeds.

Hopefully we can keep them all alive and have a great harvest this summer. I'll keep you updated! :)





Homemade deodorant

About six months ago, I found this recipe for homemade deodorant. I've been using my batch since then and I don't think I'll ever go back to the store bought stuff.

It works! I haven't been stinky or sweaty (if you have been around me and disagree with the stinky part, please feel free to leave an anonymous comment!)

This stuff feels great and smells yummy (unless you hate coconut...sorry mom!)

The only slight issue is that it is made with coconut oil which has a melting point of around 76 degrees. So sometimes it gets a bit soft in the summer upstairs in a house that does not have AC.

I've left out the essential oils simply because I couldn't find grapefruit oil at my store.

Here's what it looks like before mixing...

And after...
It's fairly inexpensive, all natural and it works.