Saturday, April 19, 2014

DIY: Up-cycled Easter Flowers


After all the eggs are hard boiled and ready to by 
dyed for Easter, what do you do with all the left over
egg cartons?

Well if you are me, you actually have a stash 
of egg cartons ready to be up cycled into something crafty.

While perusing Pinterest
I found thins great DIY from Homemade Serenity!
Now here's a lady that's on my 
"this could be useful for crafting" hoarding wave length.


Instead of following her explicit directions to make a 
wreath, the boy and I decided 
to make a little something pretty 
for his sweet little neighbor girl friend, Lily.


I am just loving seeing all the detail that he took the time
to put into these cute flowers.
It was also really cute listening to him talk about
how important it is to give girls flowers.
My little gentleman in training! 



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jackie + Eric's Library Wedding



Jackie + Eric's love story is one of my favorite kinds.
These two have loved each other from first sight.
I just so happens that there "first sight" glance
happened all of 17 years ago. 

Their beautiful wedding took place
at the Spanish River Library in Boca Raton, FL.
They were surrounded with love 
from their beautiful kids, family, and friends 
that have watched their love blossom over the years.



Their red and turquoise color scheme mixed 
with vintage flare and stacks of books 
made of for an exciting yet classic wedding.








You couldn't ask for a couple more in love.
From the way that they cared about each other before the wedding
to the way that Eric looked at Jackie, it was evident 
that these two are and forever will be madly in love! 




Here's to a lifetime of happiness!















Friday, April 11, 2014

Couscous Primavera Recipe



Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked couscous
1 6oz package of Athenos Feta
1/4 cup EVOO
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
5 sweet peppers
2 large carrots
4 radishes
handful of fresh parsley
handful of fresh thyme
salt and peper to taste

Step 1
Cook the couscous as the package directs.
When it's cooked toss in a large bowl with the feta.
Put in the refrigerator to cool.

Step 2
In a separate small bowl, whisk together the
oil, vinegar, parsley, and thyme.
Pour over the cooled cheese and couscous mixture.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3
Run all your veggies through a food processor,
or finely chop, and toss into the cold salad.
Let it sit for a few hours in the fridge so that all the flavors 
can get to know each other.
Serve over spinach or all by itself! 
Enjoy!



Monday, April 7, 2014

Everything's Popping Up Spring!

(click on the picture above to be taken to my 
spring inspired treasury list on easy!)

Being a FL Girl, I never really understood why people got 
so dang excited about spring.
To me it was just always that non-season in-between 
hot and hotter.  

Since surviving the back half of my first 
Colorado winter…I get it.
There is a lot of excitement that surrounds 
the first leaves coming onto the trees,
new blooms of bulbs and flowers, 
the birds chirp chirping away,
and the return on the "short sleeve".

So in honor of things starting to look a little more like spring 
around here I put together a little list of all the 
things I'm crushing on for spring! 

Enjoy!




Thursday, March 27, 2014

DIY: Organic Moisturizing Hair Mask

For 30 years I've dealt with the
humidity frizzy poof that was my head of hair.
Since moving out west I've come to quickly find a
whole new hair trouble….


Wintery Dry Hair.

Ends that are dry and fried beyond belief,
dry itchy scalp,
and fragile strands that want to give up and break.

After a quick trip to the pantry and then the medicine cabinet,
I present to you a very easy 
DIY Organic Moisturizing Hair Mask

Ingredients:


1.5 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
1.5 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey
5 drops Peppermint Oil
5 drops Vitamin E Oil

Step 1:


In a small sauce pan mix all four ingredients and stir together over low heat.
You may need to vary the amount of honey and coconut oil that you use.  
I have very thick shoulder length hair.

Step 2:


Transfer to a bowl.
Separate your hair into small easily workable sections.

Step 3:


With you bare hands apply the warm mixture to the sections of hair 
focusing on the ends. 
Warning: the mixture may be hot! 
Wrap your hair up onto your head and wait about 40 mins before washing out


Tips:

Why bare hands?  
Soak up some of that added moisture on those dry hands.

Why is this so messy?
Working with oil and honey can be a giant sticky mess! 
Make sure that you wrap a towel over your shoulders so that you don't ruin your clothes.
I also applied in the tub so that anything that dripped didn't make an even bigger mess.

Don't waste your left overs!
I had just enough left over oily goodness to apply to my face and neck.
Coconut oil and honey makes a great face mask.
The oil softens and smooths your skin, while the honey heals and evens skin tone.
I just smeared it on and let it sit the entire time the hair mask was on.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Joys of Parenting: Learning from our Kids

  Today after a fantastic story time at our local library, the boy and I headed to the children's section for a little bit of play time.  Our library is just the coolest.  The children's section is surrounding with hollow trees for forting, and filled with super modern fancy toys for playing.
  At this point most of the moms and kids from story time had migrated for a few extra minutes of play, and the boy had made friends with another little kid about his age.  They played great together and were really having a great time, when I saw it from across the room….  The little boy open his mouth in a great big belly laugh, and it was right there glaring at me, front and center and all alone.  This poor little boy had no front teeth except for one lonely gold tooth.  I was so distracted by it that I almost missed the look on Ashyr's face.  He as floored and completely excited!
  "Dude! Do you have a gold tooth?" he said to the boy.
  "Yes."
  Ash just stared at him in amazement.  I got a sinking feeling in my gut that he was going to say something that would totally embarrass me or him or the kid.  Instead he asked, "Are you a Pirate?"  The little boy just looked at him sideways and then continued to play.  They continued to make their pretend laser guns that shot flowers as I sat and watched while reading my Colorado Parenting Magazine.
  The boys were playing great.  Keeping themselves in control, following my rules of not pointing their pretend guns at anyone, and really just being good little boys.  And that's when I heard the ridicule coming from the two hefty, sweat pant wearing,  scrunchi clad moms.  Back and forth they said to each other that they were "never going to let their little boys (who each appeared to be about a year old) play with guns.  There is no reason to make believe with guns." and they went on to say things about how "I should be ashamed that these boys played like that and the only reason to use a gun was to kill an animal." I was completely in shock that I was hearing all of this.
  The entire time they were speaking to each other about me as if I were not sitting right there in ear shot of them.  I bit my tongue (and text mean things about them to my bff).  I couldn't believe that these two shulmpadinka's were questioning my parenting.  I must also interject here that while my overly intelligent son played very nicely with his new friend and his pretend flower producing laser gun, one of these ladies kids got almost half way out the library door before someone brought the one year old back to his mother, and the other child stood and watched on while chewing on a book.  But my point is that I couldn't stop thinking judgmental things in a defense for their negative words.
  Meanwhile, back to my awesome kid….
  I decided to focus my attention back on Ashyr's positive actions and behaviors with his new snaggle toothed buddy.  At this point they had shaken hands and decided that they were new best library friends.  Ashyr then politely introduced himself, "I'm Ashyr, what's your name?"
  The little boy replied, "I'm Robert Paul."
  Shock came over Ash's face and he said "Man, with a name like Robert Paul, and teeth like those, I bet you would make one great Pirate."
  I died.
  And Capitan Robert Paul laughed.
  Then I learned a really important lesson about judgement from an almost 5 year old.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I'm Not Homesick...

…or some other lie I kept telling myself.


Feeling "homesick" is not an emotion that I have had much
experience with.

I remember as a kid my sisters getting homesick on long stays
with extended family.
I remember the other kids at sleep away camp crying the selves to sleep because
they missed their mommies.
Even as an adult I have seen my peers plagued with the old homesickness.
But myself, nope, never experienced it.

Over the past few months I've been trying to convince myself that this was true.
I can't be depressed or homesick, 
I love my new life here way too much.
It just doesn't make sense.
It was absolutely not and option for me.

But as the days got closer and closer for 
my quick trip back to Lake Worth, FL,
it became very clear to me.
I was feeling it.  That void.
dun dun duhhh 
I was homesick...
and in denial.

(As if the moping around and unexplainable tears were not a dead giveaway.)

I missed the familiarity of all of it.
Knowing where the good thrift stores are, knowing where 
to eat a good dinner with perfect strangers, 
spending hours just laughing and talking
with women who know me and accept me.
Slumber parties with crafts and Neil Diamond.
Breathing in the salt air.

I missed it all.

The only solution was to be immersed in it for 
a few days.

Now I am back to feeling like myself again.
Back in my home.  With my boys.
In Colorado.
Right where I belong.
But it's as if someone hit my reset button.

Thank you so much to my amazing host,
Kelly you sure know how to make me feel better.
And a big thanks to everyone that took time out of their busy lives to 
come and cure my homesickness.
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