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Simple Joys: Playing with water beads

Simple Joys: Playing with water beads

Today was lovely. We are spoiled in San Diego. The sun beckoned us outside and embraced us until we were almost giddy.  Tigerlily quickly freed herself from cumbersome things like clothes and shoes.  Momo ran for the backyard.  Sunscreen slathered on in haste.  Cool crisp slices of asian pear piled onto a plate.  We were … Continue reading

Making a Family Bucket List

Making a Family Bucket List

Parenthood.  It has changed everything. Snot on my sweater goes unnoticed.  Hobbies gather dust in the closet.  Kissing away the boo-boos and wiping away tears become daily ritual.  Screams, laughter, tantrums, and toys crashing to the floor become the household white noise.  All my Facebook status updates are about my kids. Some people manage to continue their … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

I love traditions, but I don’t really have any. Now, with a little family of my own, I hope to start some.  Although life cycles through frequent changes and stages, family traditions can serve as sweet reminders of love’s constancy through time and across generations. So I’m starting with Thanksgiving.  I’ve asked friends for ideas.  I’ve searched … Continue reading

Cocoon

Cocoon

A while ago, I had found two caterpillars nibbling on my bell pepper plants.  They were tobacco hornworms, to be specific.  We put them in a large jar so the kids could watch them munch and grow.  Our first pets.  We named them Eenie and Meenie. Two things I learned immediately about caterpillars: 1. They … Continue reading

Homemade Christmas Cards for the Orphans

Homemade Christmas Cards for the Orphans

Have you heard of Orphan Sunday?  On Sunday, November 6, numerous events nationwide and across the world were held to advocate and lend voice to the needs of orphans.  These events were locally-led by churches or individuals, varying from sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, to shared meals and activities.  The purpose of … Continue reading

The First Pet

The First Pet

Recently, Smartypants and I randomly got on the topic of having a pet.  We used to have a dog before the kids.  She was a quirky but wonderful mixed lab, but getting on in age.  Her hip caused her great pain and she could barely go for much of a walk anymore.  We eventually made … Continue reading

Simple Monogram Art

I’ve been brainstorming ideas for an inexpensive way to make a big monogram for the kids’ bedroom.  Came across this fun idea for a monogram.  Lots of possibilities to incorporate fun color combinations.  I also liked the example of a button monogram in the post.  It’d be fun to personalize a version of the button … Continue reading

DIY Cleaning Recipes

I’m inspired.  25 DIY recipes for cleaning supplies to use around the home at Re-Nest.  They also have a great section on home design for families with kids, called Ohdeedoh.  Lots of fun ideas!

The Beginner Gardener

The Beginner Gardener

Before: Growing up, I used to think gardening was something old ladies did because it was easy on the muscles.  Fast forward to now.  I’ve been sore for 2 days after some light pruning of my front yard.  Obviously I’m not as fit as those old ladies. A few years ago, I fell in love … Continue reading