MAR
18
2015

We’re on Spring Break! YAY!

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Hi everyone! We've been on spring break this week, so I’m taking the rest of the week off of blogging too! We don’t always take a spring break, but this year allowed for it, and everyone agreed that we needed a break before we finish off our year. So I made an executive decision and gave everyone a much needed break! Also I had it already scheduled in my plan for the year, so we’ll still finish in time for summer break. Since my husband didn't have the luxury of taking a week off, we stayed home, but still did a lot of fun activities this week! Here's our schedule for the week: Monday: Denver Museum of Nature & Science - Silk Road exhibit, space odyssey, gems & minerals. Tuesday: Movie Day! We saw the new Cinderella movie, it was really cute! Wednesday: Planned a zoo trip, but weather foiled our plans. So we ended up going to Casa Bonita for some indoor excitement with my mom and niece. Thursday: TBA we're still debating on what to do for our last day. If the … [Read more...]

MAR
16
2015

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Who was this man that now encourages us play bagpipes, eat corned beef, and what’s with all of the people sporting green? St. Patrick of Ireland was a 5th- century Christian missionary in Ireland. When he was about 16 years old, he was captured by Irish pirates and taken as a slave to Ireland.  He lived there for about six years before escaping and returning to his family in Britain. After years of training and study, he returned to Ireland serving as an ordained bishop, and later became revered as the patron saint of Ireland. March 17th, thought to be the date of his death, is the day we now celebrate St. Patrick’s work, as well as Ireland itself. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City on March 17, 1726. Irish Americans celebrated the day with a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage, a parade, bagpipes and drums. Over the years many Irish immigrants fled to America in the wake of the Great Potato Famine, and the … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2015

March 2015 Holidays & Fun Days

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Welcome to the monthly holiday’s and fun days post everyone! It’s March. And for me, that means that I have serious spring fever…it also means that I’m looking out the window and seeing about a foot of snow. Normally I love the snow. But why can’t it come down like this when it’s actually Christmas time? I mean by March I’m ready for warm weather, and I’m definitely ready to get outside and get some exercise! I feel like we’ve been stuck inside for months now and I’m getting cabin fever! But no worries, I’ve got a bunch of fun days to celebrate this month, and knowing Colorado, it’ll be sunny and 70 tomorrow. Better get out the flip-flops just in case. What’s March like where you live? Holidays: Irish American Month National Craft Month March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Fun Days: March 1 National Pig Day – Oh my goodness! Tinker Bell LOVES pigs! And she’ll be thrilled to know that there’s actually a day dedicated to pigs! Take a couple of minutes to learn all about … [Read more...]

FEB
10
2015

DIY Valentine Candy Jar Gift

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Hi everyone! Well, I can’t believe it’s February already, and that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This year I wanted to do some fun activities with my kiddos, as well as create some great DIY Valentine’s gifts for friends and family!   Today we’re going to be making these super cute little DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Jars. What you need: Candy of your choice Small empty jars (I used some tiny jam jars, but you can use anything you have on hand. Baby food jars are great for this!) Some fabric scraps (preferably Valentine colors) Optional: Washi Tape and labels   Not only are they super cute, but they’re also easy and fairly inexpensive to make!     Directions: First you’ll want to fill your jar with your favorite candy. Or better yet, the favorite candy of your intended recipient.     Next cut out a piece of scrap fabric to about 5”x5”. It doesn’t have to be a specific valentine print, recycle what you have … [Read more...]

FEB
01
2015

February 2015 Holidays & Fun Days!

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Hello and welcome back! Looking for some fun educational opportunities for February? Look no further, today I’m sharing my monthly holidays & fun days post!   Everyone knows that this month is the month for love! But I’m going to warn you ahead of time, it seems February is also riddled with sweet treats, candy, pies, and other cavity causing days. Just a heads up. I also have some great recipes and crafts coming up for you next week, so make sure to stick around. But today we’re taking a look at what is going on this month, so let’s get on with it shall we!   Holidays: February 2 Ground Hog Day – The day the groundhog decides how much winter we’ll have left. If he sees his shadow that means we have six more weeks of winter. No shadow? Spring is just around the corner! February 14 Valentine's Day – The day we celebrate our loved ones with cards, candy, and special dinners! February 16 President's Day (Third Monday of month) - Today we honor all of the … [Read more...]

JAN
04
2015

January 2015 Holidays & Fun Days!

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Happy New year everyone! I can’t even believe it’s 2015. When I was little we used to play make-believe-games centered around what it would be like when we hit the 2000’s. We thought there would be flying cars, teleporters, and other various back-to-the-future/Star Trek type advances. While we aren’t quite there yet, those things are on the horizon! But for now, all that’s on my horizon is a backyard full of snowy bliss, along with a few more very very cold winter months ahead! As I write this it’s about 5 degrees outside, we’ve already shoveled and are now keeping warm by the fire with a little hot apple cider and some good movies. The lake is almost frozen over and the ice shanties will be coming out soon. Along with all of the crazy ice fishers who dare to venture out into the middle of the lake with all of their gear. We walked out there last year just to check it out and I have to say it was a bit terrifying knowing that I was standing in the middle of a lake. I can’t imagine … [Read more...]

DEC
31
2014

Happy New Year 2015!

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Happy New Year! I know I say this every year, but I really just can’t believe 2014 is gone already! I think I lost track of time somewhere around August…which seems to happen every year…go figure… I suppose it could be because that’s when school starts, and it’s also my busiest blogging month as far as orders and emails from you all. Sports start back up, and it’s also the time of year that I’m knee-deep in working on our church women’s retreat. So for me, it all hits at once, then snowballs from there. And bam! Before I know it, another year has passed! I hope you all had a great year, and am praying for an even better one in 2015. For us, 2014 brought some not so great health news for our families, but we’re thankful that God is working and everyone is currently doing well.   What’s Happening? This year Strawberry Shortcake will turn 12, Turbo will turn 11, Tinker Bell will turn 9, and the Teeny Tot, who will be 7 this year, has agreed to stay 5 forever to … [Read more...]

DEC
23
2014

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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    Hello amazing readers! I’m so excited for the holidays, and even though we’re taking some time as a family to celebrate the birth of our Savior, I wanted to put up a fun post today to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and an amazing new year! I pray that you have a blessed time with friends and family this season and that you keep Jesus the center of all festivities! We’ve actually been sick last week, but thankfully everyone is well now and Christmas is ON! We’ll be heading up to my parents home tonight to celebrate with my family. Then tomorrow we’ll go over to celebrate with Jason’s family. We look forward to seeing everyone and spending time together, enjoying amazing food, fun presents, and great fellowship as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! I thought it would be fun to leave you all with a festive video so you can see what it’s like around our house this time of year. And stick around until the end for a special message from … [Read more...]

DEC
21
2014

Cookie in a Jar Recipe

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Good morning everyone! Looking for a last minute easy gift idea? Look no further! Today I have this adorable Holiday Cookie in a Jar recipe to share with you! These are not only super cute, but they’re also delicious! So read on to see how we made these lovely gifts for our friends and neighbors. I have to admit, I’ve seen this idea all over the place, but I’ve never made them myself! So I thought now would be a great time, and I have to say, these are seriously quick to put together, so if you’ve waited until the last minute and need something quick, but still awesome, this is for you! Of course we had to make a batch just to make sure they turned out good. Also so we could get pictures and all. I know, it’s a rough job, but someone had to do it. So let’s get started shall we? You will need: (Recipe is for 1 jar) 1 1/3 c. all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 c. rolled oats (I used instant and they worked just fine!) … [Read more...]

DEC
15
2014

DIY Reindeer Treats!

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Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work for you , click here to watch the Reindeer Treat tutorial!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Pretzels Red Hot candies or red m&ms Candy eyes (can substitute white chocolate chips and black frosting) 1 cup  chocolate chips Optional: White frosting (I used them to attach the eyes, but you can use chocolate too.) Directions: Set your Oreos out on a festive plate. Melt 1 c. chocolate chips in the microwave on 20 second intervals stirring in between until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the top of your Oreos and let harden in refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Once chocolate is hardened, melt another 1/2 cup or … [Read more...]