Friday, May 30, 2014

Poor boy part 3...

Part 1, 2
I am tempted to start a series on this blog called "poor boy" because this little guy really has no chance with a big sister like Scarlett.  She just wants someone to play with all day, every day, and Dominic is the only one there.  So when I walked into the bathroom the other day and found this:

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I was not surprised.  Dominic just pointed to color after color and Scarlett just kept painting the same nail over and over.  When I told her it was time to stop, she just looked at me and said, "I am just giving him everything he wants". Sweet, but I'm pretty sure I already let her go on longer than dad ever would.

Then this weekend, Scarlett found my old Christmas barbies and begged for me to open one for her and one for Dominic.  I refused to open one for Dominic until he literally ripped a hole into the side of one of the boxes, so I opened it anyway.  He spent about 5 minutes following his sister around the house, barbie in one hand and matching barbie brush in the other.  It was cute, but thankfully it only lasted a total of 10 minutes before he was totally bored with tiny brushes and even tinier shoes, and when Chris saw me taking pictures, he just shook his head and said "oh heck no".

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blueberry muffins...

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What do you do when you have to use 2 lbs of Costco blueberries before they go terribly moldy or your kids get a hold of them and eat them in one sitting?  Make them into breakfast...yes, that is exactly what we do in our house. And these muffins were really really great.  Sweet, fluffy and super moist. 

What you need:

For Muffins: 
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 egg
1/3 cup almond milk
3/4 - 1 cup blueberries

For topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, cut into slices
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 and prepare muffin cups with liners.
Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl.  Add coconut oil, egg and almond milk and stir until completely mixed.  Fold in blueberries to taste.

Fill muffin cups with the batter to the top.

Mix all ingredients for the topping, breaking up the butter with your hands until it is fully mixed with other ingredients.  Sprinkle a generous amount of topping on each muffin.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. 

Now go...enjoy them while they are hot!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Paper plate art frame...

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I fell in love with this craft because it truly turned into a multifaceted time waster.  What started as a simple "let's paint" project, turned into an hour long processes of "let's make a frame for my art".  I love when Scarlett uses her imagination and creativity without any prompting from me.  This entire project was Scarlett's idea from start to finish.  I was a pretty proud crafty mama hen. 

What you need:
Glue
Paper plate
Paper (construction or otherwise)
Paint, crayons, etc.
Scissors
String/ribbon (optional)

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Have your little draw/paint/glue/create a work of art on a blank piece paper.

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While they are creating their masterpiece, cut out the middle of a paper plate.  Once they are done with their first creation, pass them the outer rim of the paper plate (this will be our frame) and let decorate their frame. 

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When they are finished with the frame, use it as a template to cut your child's piece of art into a circle that we will glue onto the final frame.

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Using glue, place a couple of dots along the back side of the frame, center your art facing out and enjoy!

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Let it dry, punch a hole at the top, add a piece of ribbon or string and hang for the household to enjoy.

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And, if this craft didn't waste enough of your morning...you can make a mask out of the center, wrap a blanket around your shoulders and instant superhero.

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Really, what I am trying to say, is have fun, experiment with imagination and household items.  We love to find ways to use what we have and make them into something new. Enjoy!

I have also posted this craft on a new blog Hello Haven.  This project will now host my future exploration in craft and food fun.  I have joined two great friends and fellow moms in this endeavor and we hope to use this new site as a way to inspire those around us to see the beauty in every day.  Hope you will join us over there too!

Friday, May 23, 2014

You spin me right round...

Thank goodness Scarlett has Chris to take her on anything things that spins, drops, flies, swings, or rotates in any direction other than straight.

I lasted a whole 7 seconds on the teacups at Disneyland before literally curling into a ball to save myself from loosing my lunch.  And 7 seconds was 7 seconds too much.


So, when we walked up to a local carnival on mothers day, tickets in hand, I knew I would not be using any of them. The favorites of the day, the giant super slide and the tilt-a-whirl.  Seriously, the Tilt-A-Whirl?  I mean...is that even safe?  Apparently it was, because the two of them rode it over and over and over, while I stood on the side lines feeling sick just watching.

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