Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Favorites #11 // Mountains + a Mountain Keychain Giveaway

I love the mountains, its peaceful and quite and just breathe taking. I'm lucky enough to live in Colorado, near the Rockies. Today's Friday favorites is dedicated all to the mountains.

To make this even sweeter, I'm giving away one of my Hand stamped mountain keychains!! Giveaway comes from my Etsy shop yourcharmedlife, you can find this same keychain in my shop here. I reduced the price from 28$ to 20$ for 7 days only, if you want it now! Giveaway is open to USA only, runs 7 days, will email winner, please respond within 2 days or moves to next person

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trail Walking

We spend allot of the summer, just walking trails outside. Its a way for me to de-stress and connect with nature. To get away from it all and just enjoy the beautiful sights. We are lucky enough to live across the street from a state park and its a nice one. We get a seasonal pass and camp here yearly as well as enjoy it at other times. Here are some pictures from this day, Caleb brought his bug sucker and collected all Roley Polly's

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DIY Summer Sensory Play Tub

I have done this several times through out Caleb's life, starting him quite young. I make sensory tub's filled with water beads. They feel fantastic on your hands and fingers, they are tiny beads that soak up water and become larger. Super easy to do. Here is how I did his Summer bin:

Use a tub to hold the beads and water
I purchase these beads here on amazon for only 1.77 a package, I used two packages for this tub and bought a few extras for next time
Open the packed and empty in tub, read the directions of how much water to use.
Usually takes around 1 hour to bloat up
I then purchased these summer play animals here on amazon as well

That's it, simple and fun play. I don't believe these beads are toxic, as I originally got the idea from other Pinners on Pinterest. They may be a choking hazard for younger ones and you should keep a eye on them when playing with these. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

First Day Of Summer & Last Day Of School

Was actually yesterday, but hey! Its finally here! We have been waiting awhile for this, flip flops, pools, camping, trails, summer camps..Its all fun for us. Caleb is out of school and we are staying very busy and enjoying this time off. I am a little late sharing his last day of second grade pictures, but here they are anyways. I special ordered him a autograph shirt, so get got all his class mates signatures on his back. Found the shirt on Etsy here

My sons second grade teacher, she was one of the best of the best! He cried many days up to this day, hes going to miss not being in her class!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Grave Stone Rubbings

I have a fond memory when I was younger and in middle grade school, we had a art teacher that would take us on a regular basis across the street to a very old cemetery and it was there we would do "Grave Stone Rubbings". Its something that both moved me artistically and something that saddened me at the same time. This grave had many old and crumbling graves, that were no longer legible. It was a cemetery with tons of rich history. 

Many years later, I decided that I would like to teach my son about this art. I collected all the supplies needed, if interested in trying yourself you will need:
Rubbing Wax 
Rubbing Paper, we used Easel Paper from Hobby Lobby
Tape, Scissors
I got my supplies from this site gravestonerubbing

After we gathered all the supplies needed we went to one of Aurora/Denver's nicest/largest cemeteries. It was huge. I had no clue and we walked for quite some time looking at all the graves. Nothing like I first experienced when I was 11 years old. These graves were all well taken care of and on beautiful grounds. We did find a few graves that literally made you stop in your tracks and wonder, wow who's was that? A grave stone the size of a brick just leaning against a old willow tree, a grave stone that was 80% sunken under the ground, a gravestone that was sideways in a tree.

For the rubbings, all you have to do is find a gravestone that you like, a neat texture or for us we liked ones that were very old. We found some in the early 1800's. Cut out a piece of paper to cover the front of the stone, tape it in place. Rub your wax disk back an forth to bring out the image. Please be respectful of the stones and area. Leave no traces that you were there. I called ahead and got permission from the cemetery before hand as well. 

My son doing a rubbing, 8 yrs old

Friday, June 12, 2015

Botanical Garden, Denver

Things are just starting to bloom, we have been getting some serious rain around here. Weeks on end. So when we get one day of sunlight its be taken advantage of. This day I went to the Denver botanical gardens, one of my favorite places to relax and enjoy the colorful beauty.
One of my favorite things was the area for Lilacs, they are my favorite flower. They smell Divine. What is your favorite flower?
I had so many good shots this time that I decided to get several made into 5x7 prints and hang them in my room!!

All pictures were taken by me, please don't use. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

I had to share, this one was really really good and was impressed at the flavors in this. Plus its a great way to get in some major food groups into one dish. My 8 year old son loved it as well, so its a keeper. The best part is how easy it is too cook, love my slow cooker

  • 1.5 pounds flank steak, thinly sliced and chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ⅔ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch + 4 tablespoons cold water
  1. Grease the inside of a slow cooker. Add steak, beef froth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and chili flakes. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low 4-5 hours.
  2. minutes before serving, uncover the slow cooker. In a small bowl whisk corn starch and water until dissolved. Add to slow cooker and stir. Cover and allow to cook another 20-25 minutes.
  3. Just before serving, place broccoli in a large tupperware, fill with ½ inch of water, and place the lid on in an off-set manner so that the container can vent. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Drain, stir broccoli into slow cooker, and serve.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Denver Comic Con

Denver Comic Con was so fun!!
Not sure what was best? Seeing all the people dress up in some pretty amazing costumes or the fact that I got "Hershels" autograph and picture! I am a huge walking dead fan and was over the moon that I got to meet him and my son got a knuckle bump from him. Also got the writer of the book "World War Z" autograph. Then Caleb got the artists of one of his favorite shows "Adventure Time & Clarence" Autograph. It was super super packed and during peak times very hard to move with the crowd. Over all had a great time and got some priceless pieces and would do it again