Friday, February 5, 2016

T-Shirts with a Message #7

Oh, I love some T-shirts with some messages. A favorite hobby of mine is when shopping at Value Village or Goodwill to find interesting t-shirts with a message.  The message usually needs to make me laugh. I realize that is a very low bar to meet.




Can you believe they wanted $7.99 for "Hello, I'm DRUNK" shirt.  That is funny.

Monday, February 1, 2016

What is Saving Me

Modern Mrs. Darcy asked what is saving you at winter's mid point.  I thought I would link up- What is Saving Me. I am lucky to live in an area that doesn't get brutal winter weather but it is so dark here AND rainy. Below is what saving me during the dark winter months.

WALKING
Walking in the Fog
Hovander Park
My friend and I have been walking even if it is slightly rainy, damp, muddy, or dark.  The physical activity is great but also the companionship is lovely.   My friend is great listener.  I feel so much better after I walk both mentally and physically. I use a fit bit to track my progress.


KEEPING PENCILS BY FRONT DOOR


Nothing ruins a morning faster than having to search for something.  This year I eliminated the search for the writing utensil by having pencils by the front door.  Such an easy thing has been making getting kids out of the door a heck a lot easier. I am adverse to rough mornings. Who doesn't like a freshly sharpened pencil.

BIRD WATCHING (SERIOUSLY!)



Watching the birds from the kitchen window.  I guess I am turning into a bird watcher. I have a hummingbird feeder and it is fun to watch the hummingbirds.   I have joked that this has turned me into my parents. We also took time this January to go see the bald eagles. It has been fun to spot hawks, eagles and various other birds.



POST IT REMINDERS TAPED TO THE MICROWAVE


With 7th grade this year for one child, I have to deliver said child/trumpet player to school early for Jazz Band.  I struggle with being coherent in the morning. After a couple of missed practices,  I have been taping a reminder to my microwave above the stove. The note isn't pretty. However,  it has helped both of us remember to stay on task and get to "Jazz Band" with our "Jazz Hands".  (ha, ha)


What was saving me in 2015

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Last of January Linky Love


The above video is mesmerizing.  Definitely watch with volume.

Research: 3 Ways Yoga May Help Relieve ADHD in Children

Policing with Velvet Gloves - This is really interesting how the San Antonio Police are handling mental health crisis situations.

The Letter Your Teenager Can't Write

Saturday, January 30, 2016

What I learned in January

I am linking up with Chatting at the Sky - What I learned Linky

Getting Pooped on by a Bird is LUCKY




I guess the odds of winning the lottery and getting pooped on are the same.  Well I got pooped on by a seagull so I guess I need to buy that lottery ticket. Unfortunately it happened the day after the power ball drawing. That is my story and I am sticking to it. Fortunately, it was mainly on my jacket and luckily I wasn't wearing my nice wool jacket.

Stencil's Make Cool Shadow's



I broke out my stencils to make my homemade valentine's.  My hometown is Loveland, Colorado.  I don't live there anymore but I still re-mail from Loveland.  IT IS NOT TO LATE TO RE-MAIL- February 6th is the cutoff for out of state valentine's to be re-mailed from the City of Love - Loveland, CO.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Baking Experiments - Orange Rolls

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My family loves the canned orange rolls but ON A DARK STORMY morning I decided to make some from scratch, Hey, who is motivated to bake on a dark and stormy night but a dark and stormy morning is a total different matter.  That is my story and I am going with it.

I decided to give making orange rolls from scratch.  I used the recipe from Life As Mom's other blog Good Cheap Eats.  It did not disappoint.

I put my main servant, my kitchenaid mixer, to work. I love my bread maker but I decided to branch out.
My most reliable servant!

The result were these mac daddy (huge) orange rolls.

Life as Mom - Jessica aka Fishmom has written several cookbooks that are definitely my go to's.  I am especially a big fan of Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead & Freeze Cookbook.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Marine Park Playground

The playground structure in background is built to look similar lighthouse that was here originally
It has been forever since I have had a playground review.  My kids are teenagers but we had a chance to visit Blaine, Washington's newest playground - Marine Park Playground.  I thought it deserved a review.  This park is right along the waterfront with views of Vancouver and the Peace Arch Border Crossing.
Nice Size Climbing Rock
Ship complete with sails
This park contains two great play structures. One is a light house and the other is a giant sailing ship. There are lots of things to explore besides the slides and such - bells to ring, drums to play, rain sounds to make, optical illusions to see. This is a thoughtfully designed playground. There is a gang plank to the ship that is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. There are rest rooms nearby in the adjacent building and across the street at the marina.

Along with all the great hands on things for kids are picture panels of the waterfront with snippets of the history of Blaine's water front.

This is a great place to visit if

If you sat in the long wait at Peace Arch border crossing, this is a great place to get the wiggles out.

In the summer if you just took the Plover Ferry from Semiamhoo, this is a great place to bring your lunch and catch a later ferry back

You brought out of town guests to visit Peace Arch State Park.  There are only swings at the Peace Arch so after look at the arch venture over to this great kids park. Adults get their history and garden fun at Peace Arch and kids get their fun at Marine Park Playground. 

The Lighthouse Play Structure would be awesome to watch the sunset from.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Just Some More Linky Love


Want to go Ice Skating through a Forest in Canada?   This looks like a lot of fun.

Happy People Tend to Value Time Over Money - DUH

Washington Summer Road Trips - It is never too early to plan for summer vacation.

WATCH this Hometown - new HGTV program pilot is on tonight. What It Was Like to Film the Pilot for Hometown

IF you haven't been reading Victoria Elizabeth Barnes blog and her love for GIANT FANCY THINGS - You really have been missing out. I think we might be soul sisters.  Check out her latest post - Giant Fancy Things ... Cheaper than Therapy