Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fog = a happy photographer.



It was cold and damp, I woke up and peered out the kitchen window and noticed you could not see 10 feet in front of you. There was a thick wet fog around everything. My first immediate thought, "I gotta get some pictures". So that's what I did, I set off with camera in hand and went to my favorite local state park across the street and started taking pictures. It was quite, with birds singing in the back ground. Kinda Erie, but I liked it. So much that I just parked my car and walked around listening to nature and water, its brings peace to me. I'm thankful for those moments I get alone, comfortable in my own skin and just thankful to be alive.











Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DIY Composter




My son and I 'rented' a plot of land for gardening and spent a few hours last week tiling up the land and building a border. Our plot measures around 10x12 and is plenty big enough for our needs, we are so excited. Over the last few years we have always lived in apartments and condos, with no land to plant our own garden. So I did a internet search and found a local Highschool that rents out these garden plots for families. Its a new garden and so much work needs to be done, but we believe it will all pull together.


I have been educating myself on how to garden and what should be done for soils that have not yet been planted in, with more clay then not and found so many helpful tips and ideas on Pinterest. The site is loaded with fantastic information. I feel a little more confident doing this. One of the main things that sites kept pushing and saying was to use your own "compost" for your garden and that homemade compost is like Gold to gardens. So I decided to tackle the project of a DIY Composter.

We needed one that was condo friendly, one that could easily sit on the front deck. After reading around a little it was suggested to use a metal trash can to help keep rodents out and from chewing to get to the goodies inside. I found ours at Walmart for 14$. I was doing a online search for the prices of composts and they are very pricey, doing it yourself saves you hundreds of dollars.

Here is what you'll need:
Metal trash bin or a plastic storage tub, we used metal to keep critters out
bungee cord to tie that lid down so no critters can get in
2 bricks
drip pan, we used the cheap foil pans at walmart
drill & bit to punch holes through metal

How too:
I started off by drilling holes through the metal, this took a rather large bit to accomplish. I had Caleb's grandpa do this step for me and I helped hold the can down. You basically just want to scatter holes all around the sides, top and bottom so the soil can breathe.
Then your going to sit the can on top of two bricks so air can freely move under
Then add your first layer of leaves/hay/Brown material to the bottom and then add in some soil/dirt to the top of that. This dirt doesn't have to be special because its going to be re-worked with the composting process. Once you have the tow added you can start adding in your kitchen scraps to the top, anything green leafy, eggs shells, peels etc. There are some good lists out there that let you know what is good and not for composting.



Once you add in the scraps give it all a good stir and mix it all together and mist the top of the soil with water to activate the process and put the lid back on. Let it do its thing, you will have some good compost in 4 weeks. I plan on taking ours to our Garden and sifting into the soil for our fall planting.




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DIY Earth Day Suncatchers


Earth Day is tomorrow, so in celebration of loving our mother Earth I found a really cool craft here on Pinterest that you make World Shaped Suncatchers out of tissue paper and contact paper! My son and I had so much fun doing this and its really simple
What You’ll Need:
  • 1 sheet blue or green construction paper
  • Clear contact paper
  • Blue and green tissue paper
  • Hole punch
  • String or raffia
  • Large container lid



Instructions:
Use the bottom of a large container lid as a template for your circle.  Trace a large circle onto your construction paper. Cut out the circle from the construction paper and then cut out an inner circle so there is about a ½ inch ring remaining. Using the same circle template, trace and then cut 2 circles from the clear contact paper. Peel the paper off of the first circle of contact paper and place on a table, sticky side up. Carefully place the construction paper ring on top. Cut blue and green tissue paper into small squares and then arrange on the sticky contact paper to create a “globe” design. Once you are happy with your design, remove the paper from the second piece of contact paper and place it, sticky side down, on top of the tissue paper.  Trim excess contact paper. Punch a hole in the top of the globe and tie a loop with string so the globe can hang.







Monday, April 20, 2015

Mothers Day // Group Giveaway!!


I love mothers day, its a special time of the year to let your mother know just how much you love and appreciate her. My own mother is my best friend and don't know what I would do without her. This giveaway is going to be amazing!! Its from a amazing group on Facebook that I'm part of called handstampingcrazies, its a group of ladies {like myself} that all create handmade hand stamped personalized jewelry and accessories. I was able to put together this amazing giveaway with these ladies and their businesses for a huge mothers day giveaway.


Personalized jewelry makes for the perfect thoughtful gift for mothers, its something handmade with love and best part its personal and so much better then a store bought gift. Give a creative, unique beautiful gift this year. Or, TREAT YO SELF. We are all hard working mamas. 

Visit these shops below for some amazing mothers day gift  ideas.


There will be FOUR winners, each winner will win TWO hand stamped items pictured in the photo.

Each of the winners items will be random to them, you will not to get to pick which item you want

I will contact each shop with your email so they may reach out to you for personalized name details and shipping info

This giveaway will run for 7 days, if you do not answer the winning email sent to you in 48 hours the gifts will move to the next winner in line. You won't want to miss this emai

Giveaway is open to USA only

Have fun & Happy Mothers Day




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Skate Park


The weather is starting to turn to Spring, things are blooming and the birds are chirping. We have had some beautiful weather here in Colorado, however forecast says snow on the way. So we have been getting out of the house slowly a little more with each new day of Spring, this time we decided to go to a local skate park. There are many ramps, rails and pools. Caleb got to bring his scooter and practice in the smaller dips and play around a little. We packed a lunch and made a day of it, loved getting our first Sunburn of the season.








Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hand Stamped Airplane Keychain Giveaway


Another fantastic, giveaway from my shop Yourcharmedlife Inc.!!
I specialize in hand stamped personalized jewelry and accessories, come take a peek

Today's giveaway is open to USA only
Its a copper Hand stamped keychain that says "Come fly with me"
Ends in 7 days
Winner has 3 days to respond to my email, then its passed to next person
Have fun!


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup


I have made many a soups in my day and I'm constantly on the hunt for new ones to add to the rotation, I swear by soups. They are a healthy way of getting vegetables into your diet. Its a wonderful way to loose weight and I believe there are healing properties in foods. With that said, this is one of my all time favorite soups and we have made it many times, it my first time sharing with you all! 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, cut into 1-inch pieces, and washed well
  • 3 celery stalks, cut on the bias into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 pinches of red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 5 1/4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 small (1 to 1 1/2 pounds) butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes (about 12 ounces), cut into cubes
  • 1 head escarole, cut into 1-inch-thick ribbons
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh dill 

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook leeks, celery, carrots, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon salt, stirring occasionally, until leeks are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add stock and water, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add squash and potatoes. Return to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in escarole and chickpeas, and return to a boil. Stir in lemon juice and herbs. Season with salt and pepper.  
Source found here






Monday, April 6, 2015

Our Easter Weekend


What a busy last week, with all these Easter crafts! Was fun, anything glue and glitter and you can count me in. We had a great Easter, went to church in the morning and then had a fantastic spiral ham for dinner. Most of the Easter was spent with just my son and I, all my family lives in another state. How was your Easter? 

 Easter bunny basket on left
Seeds from me
Easter basket from Grandma
and can you believe this kid got another basket later in the day?


 I dyed some pancakes for his Easter breakfast

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I took him the day before Easter to the children's Museum







Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt 2015


Last minute decision to find a Easter egg hunt, we found the best one yet! It was a city over, not that far and it was packed full of people. Split into three age groups, over 8,000 eggs per group. They also had kids tattoo station, animal balloons, drinks, snacks, prizes and it was all FREE. <<< I like that word. We lined up 45 minutes ahead of time, to make sure he was in the beginning on the madness and a good scope of the land. Yes i just said that. We take hunts very serious. Pep talks for days. Caleb did great, had over 20 eggs with two prize tickets to pick out larger toys.