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Do Curlformers Work?
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Do Curlformers Work?

Mar 1, 2015 by

Faced with the mandated ‘curl your daughter’s hair’ for their theatre performances coming up…. I went on a research binge.  I hadn’t had much luck with curling irons or those velcro rollers in the past.  After many youtube videos and emailing some friends the methods were various – bendy noodle things, more expensive curling irons (without the ‘thing’ that holds the curl in –...

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Happy & Friendly Halloween
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Of all the holiday traditions during the year, I’ll admit that Halloween is at the bottom of my list of favorites.  I loved it as a kid – and our own kids love it today – carving the pumpkins, the dressing up, the candy, walking around in the dark with flashlights…. Until becoming an adult – or perhaps it’s just the day and age...

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First Day of School 2014-2015
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Today, Pebbles enters Grade 5 and BamBam Kindergarten! We like to start first week of August when the other kids in the area start school. I know we don’t have to but there’s something about seeing the yellow school bus drive by our window every morning that pushes us into action. 😉  We celebrated with...

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Key Lime Pie
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Key Lime Pie

Jul 30, 2014 by

My hubby LOVES Key Lime Pie so for his birthday I made him one.  Our recipe of choice is from Martha Stewart with a minor adaptation. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups graham-cracker crumbs (crushed crackers via food processor OR rolling pin over a ziploc bag) 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled 5 tablespoons brown sugar (never white!) 1/2 cup freshly squeezed key-lime juice (best...

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July 4th, 2014
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July 4th, 2014

Jul 5, 2014 by

Some of our favorite July 4th activities are pretty run of the mill…. but we like them.  Dressing in red-white-blue… looking for kitschy crafts, BBQing burgers, making fancy desserts… and of course our little street side fireworks.  In the AZ heat… the last thing I want to do is drag the family to a parade.  There are fireworks here at Tempe Town Lake (funny...

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fashion party
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fashion party

May 16, 2014 by

For Pebbles’ 9th birthday party last year she chose to have a FASHION PARTY and sleepover. We had a ton of fun coming up with crafts for the girls to make along with creating a photo shoot complete with keepsake magazine cover. Decor was hot pink and black – streamers, balloons, tablecloths, bowls etc.  Invitations were designed by me and emailed out.  Signs and...

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an impromptu Passover Seder
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For the very first time ever, I decided that we would attempt to pull of a Passover Seder dinner this year.  Didn’t know much about it.  Didn’t plan it. Was just on my heart to try it out!  I knew that while it’s a prominent annual Jewish holiday – I also know that many Christians do observe it as well.  After all…. Jesus celebrated it...

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yummiest banana bread
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yummiest banana bread

Dec 22, 2013 by

We have made this MULTIPLE times…. this is a decadent, moist and light textured banana bread. Stay away if you’re trying to eat healthy. 😉  This is a very very slight adaptation from a recipe we found online called “Prize Winning Banana Bread” at GroupRecipes.com. Pebbles has made this 100% on her own as it’s really easy.  We count this as “home economics.” 😉...

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igneous rock is delicious !
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In science this week (R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey – Earth & Space) we read about igneous rock – and one of the labs included the making of our own – chocolate marshmallow fudge ! The chocolate chips and marshmallows represent rocks and minerals that are pulled into the molten mantle.  The heat within the mantle melts these and turns into magma. Magma if it moves...

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Pumpkin Pie Dessert Squares
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Don’t like pumpkin pie? Get ready for a surprise. I live in a family that is 50/50 on pumpkin pie. Hubby and Pebbles L O V E anything pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggnog while BamBam and I really either don’t like it much – or at all – or MAYBE with whip cream of ice cream will be tolerable. Let me just say, that BamBam...

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Happy Thanksgiving!
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 28, 2013 by

Here’s a fun easy paper craft project for the kids:  feathers of thankfulness. Just cut a large circle out of brown paper.  Glue a second small circle of the same brown paper and glue on top. Cut out a triangle for a beak out of yelow or orange paper or craft foam. Draw cute eyes and outline the head. Cut out multiple feather shapes...

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George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
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Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be...

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review: My Book of Thanks
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A 25 Day Gratitude Journal for Kids – by Heather Bowen Heather Bowen, of Upside Down Homeschooling,  has lovingly created this ADORABLE journal to inspire children to express what they are most grateful for during our Thanksgiving Season. There are two different age brackets for the journal, although I would purchase according to your own child’s handwriting ability – size of their letters, do...

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Christmas Countdown Planner by Jill Craft
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Jill asks us “have you missed the joy of the Christmas season since you were a child due to stress, impulse spending and disorganization?” AB-SO-LUTE-LY. Christmas is without a doubt our most cherished family time together – and one we look forward to all year long.  But I’m not going to mince words, come early November I do start to get a little panicked:...

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meringue cookies
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meringue cookies

Jul 16, 2013 by

Since we had so much fun making lemon pudding with the fluffy egg whites – Pebbles and I tried making meringue cookies for the first time! Two types – vanilla and strawberry.  This is a hybrid recipe between her kids baking book from the library and searching online for adding Torani syrup.  Not only did we have both strawberry or raspberry Torani in the...

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4th of July firecrackers
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We had a quiet family Independence Day – made yummy burgers and ate red-white-blue cupcakes and waited for night to fall.  Bought a box of simple firecrackers and sparklers for the kids. Chad did some time exposures on them for fun! BamBam was a bit scared of them and kept running to hide behind me – but finally warmed up and had a great...

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Auntie Ivy’s Lemon Pudding
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Pebbles was doing FaceTime with her Grandparents in Vancouver, BC today and watched Grandma make my Auntie Ivy’s Lemon Pudding from start to finish. She was inspired and asked if we had all the ingredients – with our frozen Meyer lemons that we picked from our trees back in January – we were ready !!  I also wanted to make it out of nostalgia...

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Ken Davis: Fully Alive
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Ken Davis: Fully Alive

Jul 13, 2013 by

Had to share this video with you!  Ken Davis: Fully Alive isn’t just another comedy of someone poking fun at their own life…. it reveals our own life in the process.   Are we living our lives by routine letting the days slip by? Do we pass up opportunity to stick with the comfy? What does it feel like to have a soul that’s fired...

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patriotic sandwiches
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patriotic sandwiches

Jul 5, 2013 by

Digging through our cookie cutters for a fun way to cut our simple sandwiches for lunch that was festive — but easy — since we spent a while making the July 4th yogurt pops. I found, what I thought to be quite old…. “patriotic cookie cutters!”  They were given to us by my mother-in-law, who deals in antiques and likes to collect fun items....

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july 4th yogurt pops
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july 4th yogurt pops

Jul 5, 2013 by

We love to make fun food for special holidays.   We found a pinterest link to someone who made 3-color white chocolate pudding pops – but we didn’t have any pudding! Isn’t of giving up…. we did have yogurt – plain Greek and a tiny bit of leftover Yoplait Vanilla yogurt. The Greek yogurt was a beautiful thicker white actually but less sweet of course...

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