Friday, July 31, 2015

Those Who Matter......

This picture was taken of the Harbor Seals in Newport, Oregon. I just thought they looked so beautiful lying together bathing in the sun with each other.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FREE Lowe's Build and Grow: Hulk's Tank

This, Hulk's Tank, is the FIFTH Avengers Lowe's Build and Grow. These have been quite popular! Even if your child hasn't done the previous ones, you can't pass this one up. It's the Hulk! There will be one more left to complete the set of 6. The last one will be the Thor's Chariot!

This Lowe's Build and Grow will be at 10am on Saturday, August 8th.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Science Museum of Minnesota

We've shared other visits to the Science Museum of Minnesota with you, but right now they have the Space exhibit there. We were there when it opened in the spring and plan to get another visit to the Science Museum in during the summer.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Outside Foot Painting - Crazy Messy Fun

Remember the Messy Twister we did a while back, well, we had some more messy fun. The outdoors is great for messy projects because you can just wash it away.

I got out 4 different baking sheet pans and put washable tempera paint on them. FYI - even though tempera paint says it is washable I do not recommend letting kids wear their nice clothes because it has been known to set in a bit and leave a stain.

We held down big sheets of paper with some rocks from the landscaping.

Then I let the kids have at it creating sunflowers with their feet. Of course they are kids and these ones don't mind getting messy, so they started using their hands as well. Before I know it my daughter was done with her picture and started getting her hands and feet full of paint to do cartwheels in the driveway so she could see the prints it makes (cartwheels seems to be her preferred mode of transportation these days.)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Low Carb Creamed Spinach

Lots of creamed spinach recipes call for making a white sauce that uses wheat flour, but you don't need that to make creamed spinach. Let's keep it simple and quick to make!

Low Carb Creamed Spinach

1 10-oz bag of steamable spinach
2 garlic cloves
2 oz. cream cheese
3 T milk
salt & pepper (to taste)


  • Cook spinach in microwave according to package
  • While spinach is cooking, saute cloves in a little oil in a small frying pan until lightly browned
  • Add cream cheese and milk to the pan and cook over medium heat until all cream cheese is melted and mixture is smooth
  • Stir in spinach
  • Enjoy!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pottery Leaf Tea Cozy

I am so in love with these tea cozies. They aren't for me :( But I may just have to make some for me. I made these for a gift with a matching tea box. I made these by slab rolling out my clay and putting in a maple leaf print. Then I shaped the piece so that it was not longer flag and was curved in the center to place a spoon and tea bag and also have the edges curve down. I also cut out and shaped around the edges of the piece so that it was just a leaf.

#ad Review: Mini Wired Selfie Stick for iPhone & Android

My Thoughts: I had never thought I would buy a selfie stick but then I realized this would work out very nicely to try to get in our whole family in a selfie picture when we are on vacation. I don't like asking strangers to take pictures of our family only to see that they took a blurry picture and have to ask them to take it again. This way I won't have to bother other people and I can snap as many pictures of is as I want. This is my first selfie stick, so I can't compare it to a bluetooth one, but I do like I can just plug it in and open the app and get started. I have a Samsung Galaxy 3 and I was not able to just plug it in and go. I had to download the app Camera360, which is free to download, and use that to take a picture. I like using the app for this because it gives you the option to create an account and store your photos in the cloud instead of taking up space on your camera.

Disclaimer: I received this product for a discount to do this review. No monetary compensation was received. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own