Monday, May 19, 2014

Something New

Exotic- different....
My husband just returned from a week in San Diego and sent us photos of these creatures.  Flamingos aren't common up here in Vermont.  In fact, as you may guess, we have none.

So, seeing photos of them is fun.  To folks in San Diego, it might evoke the same response as seeing a photo of a moose.

In your day to day living, throw in something new, something different- a book, an activity, a photo, a food.

Spice things up!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

CRAFTY THURSDAY: Some Great Spring Crafts

These ideas come from last year's posts.  We did them all and had such fun.  I hope you enjoy them, too!

Build a Backyard Playground:

Make a Magical Signpost:

Add Mini Birdhouses to your Garden:

Make a Toad House:

If you do one each week, you will have a month's worth of fun projects with your children, and a more magical, whimsical outside to play in!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

All You Need....

For some instant discovery fun, grab some things you already have and use them differently.
We grabbed a small tupperware container, some plastic dinosaurs, Angry Birds pieces, dirt, and digging tools....

and water, definitely water!  Don't be afraid to try something new and let your children explore new things and get dirty!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TUESDAY BLAHS LIST: Warm Weather Means...

new babies are everywhere!

I am not complaining.  Really.  The windows are, finally, open.  The grass is turning green, and our tallest mountain peaks are nearly devoid of snow.  There are certain things that come with the warmer weather, that I forget about every year- things, perhaps, not quite so wonderful.  I thought I would share them with you.

1. mosquitoes (not out yet- but any day now, they will require that I slather on not only sunscreen, but repellent so that my children and me do not get eaten alive.

2. Black flies (due to arrive in the next week or so)- see #1.

3. Removing snow tires- this in and of itself is not too tedious.  Unless, you have forgotten that you need two new tires and have to reschedule your appointment (again) for two weeks in the future (read "June") because the garage is so booked up.  And then you realize your husband's car needs 4 new tires.  And have to go through it all again.

4. Cleaning the screens and figuring out what goes where.  Every year, I tell myself to write on each one so I know where to put it.  Each year, I forget.  Then comes the mystery puzzle- and, inevitably, one broken screen which I have shoved into a frame where it, clearly, does not belong.

5. Remembering where you stashed all the summer stuff- picnic basket, punk sticks, swim things, flower pots, etc.  And only after buying new things do you find them...

Other than these little annoyances, Spring is fabulous.  The frogs are chirping, the birds are building nests, and nature is waking up all over the place.  Maybe this year, I'll start writing these things down!


Monday, May 12, 2014


When you look back, what do you see?  What do you want to see?
Take a moment today and consciously do something, say something, that will make your reflections beautiful...