It snowed last night. The kids woke up, threw on their snow clothes, and anxiously ran outside to bask in the first snow of the season! I knew that when they came in stomping their boots, with their little snow-kissed cheeks, they would “need” hot cocoa. So, I dragged out my favorite recipe from last year, dusted it off and started cooking! I hope your snow laden crew will enjoy this as much as mine does.
As I wrote in a previous post, Slip-not headbands began as a way for my daughter and I to wear headbands that don’t slide off our fine hair or give us headaches. I began selling them to others that had the same issues. Recently, larger groups of people have been discovering my product!
One of my clients is always telling her friends about my headbands, so she took some of my stock to her dance studio. The dancers and their moms fell in love with a headband that will keep their hair off their face in the midst of a strenuous dance class.
I love My husband’s grandparents. I met Ryan when I was 18. That same year my grandma died, and my grandfather followed his bride 5 years later. Ryan’s grandparents have treated me like I’m their own granddaughter.
His family is very close. Each Fourth of July the entire extended family camps together. Over Christmas, we rent a lodge so that all 25-30 people can be together for a few days. Grandma quilts and chats away with everyone while grandpa sits in the chair out of the way and just looks at his family and smiles.
One of the things that our family is very involved in is classical education. We were introduced to the concept through an informational meeting for Classical Conversations over 5 years ago. We began when my oldest was in kindergarten at a local campus and have loved it! My first year I just drank it all in. My second and third years, I substitute tutored and the last 2 years I have been able to tutor my own class, and train the tutors at the CC Practicums.
One of the things I love about tutoring is the ability to give kids the tools they need to really master the information they memorize on a weekly basis. I try to memorize it right along with them, so I think up tips that help me and share them with my students. Today it crossed my mind that maybe I could share them on my blog as well. A lot of them are corny, but they help me immensely! I’m hopeful that there are moms and tutors that would benefit from some of my crazy ideas. Continue reading
Years ago, my friend and I tried a soup from Rachael Ray’s talk show that we didn’t know would turn into a family hit. Sadly, I forgot about this recipe for a long time. But then I was walking through Costco at dinner time and my kids were wolfing down free samples while I was racking my brain to figure out how I could make a super fast dinner when I got home. I did not want to fall into the $1.50 hot dog or $1.99 pizza temptation that was going to hit me when I checked out. Then, before me was a piping hot, juicy rotisserie chicken and I remembered this recipe! It couldn’t be easier, and 20 minutes after I unpacked the car, we were sitting down to this deliciousness…
I’m a headband designer and love to solve the problems of headband headaches, and the age old issue of those suckers sliding off my super fine hair! I wrote in a previous post about my classic line of headbands. I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce you to my non-slip elastic line. They are super skinny and I forget I even have them on because they’re so comfy! While they stretch all the way around, they are still adjustable. So they will grow with your girls, loosen up to prevent headaches, and best of all, be shared between mother and daughter! In addition to that, most of the flowers I make are detachable, so you can use one headband in each color (khaki, black, white, hot pink, light pink, red) and just change out the flowers for tons of different looks.
Well, I finished my first chalk paint project, so I feel ready to tackle the kitchen! Our cabinets are pretty dated, but still solid. We felt like painting might make a huge bang for the buck.
If I’m being honest here, I have a really hard time waiting and often jump the gun on things. Impulsively, I didn’t want to actually clean my kitchen and take a before picture. I just started taking doors off cabinets while my sink was still full of dishes and the countertops were not so picture perfect. Soooo….this picture is a couple years old. But besides the new dishwasher, everything looks pretty much the same!
I adore a sweet snack. I’ve been in love with savory roasted chick peas for quite some time. Toss them in olive oil, some garlic powder and salt, pop them in the oven till they start to split open. Yum. Not everyone in my family is a fan, but I have to say that they reacted much more favorably to these sweet treats! I found the recipe here and knew that they needed to be my next fall guiltless snack. Continue reading
My mom made the sweetest button snake for my son. The thing that makes me sad is that some toys are outgrown more quickly than others. This was one that did not seem interesting to him after he had done it a few times. But I figured that maybe, because he was a preschooler now, I just needed to make it new and more age appropriate. So I found a dice and we began taking turns. One of us would roll the dice, count the dots, and choose that many squares to put on. Sometime we chose any old color, sometimes they all had to be the same color. It was super simple, but hearing “Mommy this is fun!” is so fulfilling that I’m vowing to look at all his too little toys in a new light. So do you have a button snake that’s been taking a back seat? Give it some new life with a dice!
Do you know I own a headband design company? When my daughter was 3, she was playing soccer and it drove me crazy that she would stand in the middle of the field and readjust her headband because it kept sliding back due to her baby fine hair. The problem I had with headbands was threefold — they either dig in behind my ears (ouch!), or if they go all the way around, they slide off my super fine hair or get too tight halfway through the day and give me a raging headache. I wanted to find a way to solve these issues and let my daughter and I still get the headband style without the problems. That’s when Slip-not designs was born.