Sunday, March 30, 2014

His Very Own Lost World

I keep catching myself scrolling (and adoring) all of the little fairy gardens on Pinterest.  Does anyone else do this?  What ever happened to fairies?  When I was little, I couldn't go anywhere near a forest or garden without them turning into magical places, full of buzzy little beings.  For some reason, I keep dismissing the idea of making a garden of my own.  I don't have a daughter to appreciate it.  But then I realized that I was crazy and asked Camden what he thinks, boys love fairy gardens too.  So, when I showed him some fairy garden options, the first thing that popped out of his mouth was, "I can put some dinosaurs in that!"  Well OF COURSE YOU would put dinosaurs that -that makes PERFECT sense!  Why didn't I think of this sooner.  Really, sometimes it takes a four year old to put -things that I think about way too much- into perspective.  So, long story short, we decided to call ours  I mean his garden The Lost World.  And you can't tell it in the picture, but that little birdhouse is jam packed with little dinosaurs.  Seriously, I can't get them out.  It truly is a Lost Dinosaur City.

So that you don't find yourself wandering around the Garden Center aimlessly, here is a list of supplies:

Pebbles -on hand
Dirt -on hand
Small Pond Liner -$12 at Lowes
Tiny Plants -$2 a piece
Small Clear Plant Saucer -$1 at Lowes
Some type of Bird House/Dinosaur Hut -$2 at Goodwill

Stay Magical,


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Beep! Beep! and Merry Christmas!

From the Family That Plays Together!

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Manly Father's Day

"Oh boy! another handmade card/tie/stepping stone!!!" will not be the words uttered out of MY Man's mouth this year.  If you don't want to file yet another craft away for Dad, I suggest you read the following:

The Family That Plays Together 
Brings You :
 The Ultimate Guide to 
A Manly Father's Day

This is not my husband.  This is Alex, he won the Art of Manliness Contest

Totally Manly Suggestion #1: 
A Play Date

Get together with your girlfriend wives and get rid of send the boys off:

Arrange for them to go camping 
Sometimes a man needs to go into the woods and build a fire, and sit around it, and stare.  He needs plenty of wood to add to the fire so that it lasts the entire trip, so make sure to send him with a large and unreasonable ax/saw/chainsaw, whatever his fancy.  He needs another man around him so they can sit there and not speak to each other.  He needs to get the not-speaking out of his system.

Arrange for him to go hunting or fishing
Sometimes a man just needs to kill something.   Killing that spider last month, unless it was a tarantula, just didn't cut it.  And unless you were fortunate enough to have a large poisonous snake or a wild hog come into your yard, his protection instincts have not been honed properly.

Ball Games
Sometimes a man needs to sit on the sidelines and yell at other men, and tell those other men how much they suck at life.

Some times a man needs to hit something other than the trashcan on the curb, with the car.

Because there is are only a limited amount of times you can watch your husband get completely annihilated at a Jimmy Buffett concert with his friends.  Make sure to get him a taxi and a hotel.  You don't want to smell him after that mess.

If he doesn't have any friends living near by and you are SUPER cool to be around, go with himUse great discretion in that decision.  Most Mom's super cool radars are pretty far off since they birthed children.  Not yours of course, but most others.

Maybe you can't arrange for any of the above. Maybe you just tell him "Hey, I'm going take the kids to grandma's/shopping/cross country.  I went ahead and called in a timed delivery meat pizza, hot wings, and a bucket of chicken, all dark meat.  Cold beer is already on ice. Oh, and I don't mind if you build a hobo fire in the back yard.  And make sure to play music, that only you like, really loud so that the neighbors will think we are rednecks".

Totally Manly Suggestion #2: 
Manly Gifts

Oh, these are gooood.  If you are going to spend the money, why not spend it on  a gift that will last for months?

Beer of the Month Club
Bacon of the Month Club
Steak of the Month
Exotic Meats of the Month
Beef Jerky of the Month

And NEVER underestimate the power of a gift that comes in a crate!   Crow bar included.

Totally Manly Suggestion #3:
Manual Labor 

Wash and Detail his Vehicle (or arrange for someone else to)
Yard Work
Massage him
Organize his tools (be careful, he may have a system in place)

 This is a cool idea on how to keep tools organized
(Pink will not be tolerated though)

Totally Manly Suggestion #4:
Educate Him On the Ways of Manly

Good Reads:

All of the above books can be found at

Totally Manly Suggestion #5:
The Ultimate Experience 
AKA: Man Camp

Performance driving, Grand Prix road racing, formula car racing, cart drifting, and anti kidnapping courses.  These classes really do exist at:

Send him to BBQ Camp hosted by Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbeque Bible, Primal Grill, and Barbeque University.

After completing the 3-28 day course at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, he'll be ready for anything.

Surfing and Kiteboarding.  Gnarly.

ATV, Jeep, Hummer, Snowmobile, Water Rafting, Zip Line and Mountain bike Tours!

I hope you can handle all of the Manliness that just took place.  
Here are some cupcakes to look at.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pajama Run

There is this article I read over at Motherhood Your Way a while ago that I have been keeping stored in the back of my mind.  It's called:  5 Secrets to Being a Super Fun Mom.  I re-read it often when I find myself in a spontaneity rut.
My favorite is #2 on the list:

2. Be Spontaneous (written by Kat from Inspired to Action )

One of our favorite things to do with the kids is something we call a Pajama Run.
We put the kids to bed just like every other night and then after about 5-10 minutes, we run in yelling “Pajama Run! Get in the car! Hurry! Go! Go!”
Then we take them to get ice cream at a drive in restaurant like Sonic.
Getting ice cream is normal. Getting ice cream in your pj’s after bedtime? Awesome.

(Note: If you do this with your kids, you might want save the yelling and screaming until the second time you do it. Don’t want to freak them out. Also, we have a rule that if they ask for a PJ Run, we automatically can’t do one. This is key as it spares you from daily begging.)

Sonic is now offering the After Moon Delight deal all summer.  After 8 pm you get 1/2 off all ice cream shakes.

Perfect!  Bedtime for little man is 8 pm.  aaandd he happens to enjoy milkshakes. aaandd this would be a good excuse for me to get in on that action.  I believe the stars have aligned.

I don't know how we will pull off the pajama thing seeing as my boy likes to sleep free-willy-nilly. 

Maybe we'll just shout out "Diego Pull-Ups Run! Get in the car!"


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Things That Go CHOMP!

I picked up this set of scrapbooking scissors years ago.  At least I think these are for scrapbooking, all I've ever seen are teeth -how these would make some great creature teeth. 

I let the toddler practice a little hand-eye coordination on white paper while 
I cut out some creatures on colored paper. 
We then glued the teeth onto the animals.
What goes CHOMP!?  

This is what we came up with:

 Cranky Crocodiles

Snappy Sharks

Toothy Tyrannosaurs

and Mouthy Monsters


According to Camden Flamingos go CHOMP too.  That's Silly.

We glued the little 6x6 creature squares onto 18x24 poster board and here you go: 
 CHOMP! Wall Art

Remember to brush your teeth,


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rainy Morning

 Don't you wish you could play with your Lite-Brite, in your play hut, 
with your best bear bud, in the nude on a rainy day, today?


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chalk Paint

 It is Glor-eee-ous outside today!  Unfortunately little man is feeling pretty yuck today.  I wanted to uplift him with some fresh air. Keeping him cooped up in a dark house adds bored & cranky to the sick & overtired duo of destruction.  I thought it was time for us to jump on the chalk paint band wagon and let him plop down and create. Worked like a charm.

 This was too easy.  Most likely you have all of the makings on hand.  
I used 2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch and 4 Tablespoons of Water for each of the colors we wanted.  You can use food coloring drops or gel, just mix it until it looks good.  This was enough paint to last one kid (and one adult) for 1 1/2 hours. 

 Cranky + Chalk = Cute

The gifting possibilities are endless! Can you imagine adding these to this year's Easter basket?  Or maybe use them for an affordable Birthday present - just jar them up, tie a few sponge brushes on with a cute bow and BAM a cute gift for under 5 bucks!  I knew those old baby food jars would come in handy.  No need to nominate me for the next episode of Hoarders, Thank-You-Very-Much!



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