I know you may not want to hear this yet…so feel free to cover your ears and sing a song like a school kid…but the holidays are quickly approaching. If you are like me, that means shipping gifts to family and friends. About this time of year, I try to look for what I want to make and get a bunch of gift ideas going. I’m not always successful at planning ahead, but I try. This year, I thought why not share my searching with you guys as well…maybe you need to plan ahead and ship gifts as well. If so, I’ve got over 20 fantastic gift ideas for you today that are shippable.
Now I realized that some of these gift ideas are glass and that some people are not comfortable calling those kinds of gifts shippable. Almost all of the glass gift ideas I’ve included are things I’ve made and shipped. So, I personally know they will ship and if packaged well, they will arrive just fine.
I tried to put together ideas that were for a wide range of people and budgets, from small ideas to bigger ideas. Hopefully, you can find something that will be the perfect gift for that special someone this year. So let’s see what ideas I love… View full post »
How many animal lovers do I have that read my blog? We are running a regular zoo here at my house. Lol! We love animals! What kind of thought do you put into your pet food? I think that a lot of people don’t give it much thought….kind of like a lot of people don’t think about what they are putting in their bodies as well, but that is another topic for another day. Today, I wanted to chat about pet food and our experience.
For about 12 years now, I’ve incessantly read labels on the food we buy for us. Probably about 8-10 years ago, I started reading labels on the pet food we would purchase. I have to say both can be quite scary propositions. I try to stick with labels that are ingredients I know and recognize. View full post »
If you have tuned in for all the other posts about our summer 2015 family road trip, then you may be sad to see that this is the last post in this series. While I’m sad to finally be writing about the last of our journey, I don’t think the three of us were sad to see the end of our road trip. While we had a great time, it was about this point that we were realizing that this trip was a week too long. We were tired and tired of driving, despite still finding fun along the way.
This week, we covered a lot of ground and managed to find some fun despite being tired…so very tired. We also became hotel snobs at this point. We had two bad hotel experiences along our journey. One happened at one of the hotels in the week I wrote about in the last road trip post and the other happened this week. I became much pickier about our hotels at this point, not that I had been selecting bad or bad quality hotels, but after this long on the road and two bad experiences, we all really began to care.
Funny how that happens. When you are exhausted and traveling for 5.5 weeks, you begin to really care where you lay your head at the end of the day. No youth hostel style major chain hotels…seriously this one hotel we checked into was a major chain and they gave us a room they had already given someone else. Then it took 30 minutes and lots of walking, with all our stuff and 2 tired kids dragging behind me, to find us another room…on top of the fact that the hotel was designed and felt like a cheap youth hostel. Not a good experience. They thought free breakfast would fix it for me, not so much, I’ll take my money back instead. Thank you very much.
The other bad experience was another major chain hotel. We are members of their reward program…high up members because of our travel and how much my husband travels. We arrived to find out that we were chosen as their guest of the day! We thought that was really cool….until we found out what it meant. The lady told us they had given us a “complimentary upgrade.” Now normally I’m all about the free upgrade, but, in this case, they had upgraded us from a room with 2 beds to a room with 1 bed…for 3 people. Can someone explain how that is an upgrade? Oh, and they were totally sold out for that night so no chance of getting our room, the one I booked, back. The roll away bed and the couch in the room had mattresses that were literally falling apart. Yep, after that we became hotel snobs. I think you would too! lol! I got my money back for that night as well. Don’t mess with a mom taking a 7,000-mile road trip with her two kids. 😉
Anyway, let me show you all the sights we saw in our last few days on the road. View full post »
I haven’t made very many Halloween crafts this year. I’ve made so many in other years, I didn’t really need anything this year. I’m also giving myself a little bit of a break as we adjust to the new school year and all the changes we have made this year. I still love looking and finding pretty things that would look great in my home or would be fun to make with my girls.
Today, I’ve got 20 fantastic Halloween crafts. Most of them are for your home and things you can easily make. A few of them are things that would look adorable around the home and be things you could make with the kids. Even if you don’t plan to make anything for your home this year, you can have some fun looking and enjoy the beautiful things other have made. I found some great ideas! So cute! View full post »
As you may have noticed, if you have walked into a store recently, Halloween is coming. At my house, we find Halloween crafts to be fun. So, I came up with a cute ghost craft that my youngest daughter, Pumpkin, and I made together. Not only were they a fun upcycle craft, but they will help light up our porch on Halloween night. Love it!
We had such fun making the 4th of July decorative cans, that I was trying to think of a way to make a similar craft for Halloween. One day it popped into my head that we could make ghosts out of the cans and also punch holes in the cans so the cans would light up. Not only would that make the ghosts a bit more spooky, I also wanted them to light up because I’ve wanted to make some kind of cute lights for my porch for Halloween for a couple of years.
Ready for some Halloween crafty fun with your kids (or grandkids)? View full post »
I’m back today with another post about our epic family road trip. As you may remember, my two daughters and I went on a 7,000-mile journey to the Northwest together this summer and had a great time. We learned a few things along the way and saw so many amazing sites.
This week, I wanted to share our 5th week on the road with you. It contains my absolute favorite thing that we did…which we only did by accident!
One of the things we learned this year is that 5.5 weeks for a road trip is too long for us. Last year, our road trip was 4.5 weeks. We had about 2.5 to 3 weeks with family in 2 locations. This year, we had 3 times that we were in the same location for 3 or 4 nights. The rest of the time, we were on the move. It was just about 1 week too long for us. We would have preferred that our trip be about 4.5 weeks OR that we would have stayed in one place for a week a couple of times. It just feels nice to unpack and settle in and relax a bit versus a different hotel most nights.
Anyway, let me show you the things we found on our journey home from the west coast to the east coast. View full post »
Now that the school year is in full swing here, I’m back to trying to be creative with school lunches. Ugh! Do you feel the pain as well? My youngest daughter and I came up with the most adorable lunch ideas and I’ve got them for you today.
How about some adorable dog and cat bagel pizzas? They are simple and easy to make and total cuteness.
I was originally going to make a different bagel pizza lunch idea for you, but I didn’t plan quite right when I went grocery shopping. Thank goodness I’ve got a super creative 8-year-old. She had set up a pet party for us and she really wanted our lunch to be part of the pet party. Therefore, we took what we had and created dog and cat bagel pizzas.
They are perfect to fit in the lunch box…my middle schooler was totally bummed I didn’t make one for her for the following day’s lunch. Dumb mom…I thought a middle schooler would be totally embarrassed by a cat or dog bagel pizza. She took the time to tell me she isn’t like those kids who are embarrassed by things like that. Okie Dokie…next time I will make you a dog or cat bagel pizza.
Anywho…how about if I show you how to make these easy and cute dog and cat bagel pizzas. View full post »
Hey, guys! How’s the adjustment to the new school year going at your house? We are only one week in while I know many of you are weeks or over a month into your school year. With the beginning of the school year, I realized I hadn’t updated our chore charts in a really long time, so today I’ve got a couple of different printable chore charts for you. Don’t you love how I need something for my house and it works out all good for you, too!
In the past, I would just do a Pinterest or Google search for printable chore charts and find something I liked. Now that I have a designer who is making printables for me, I get to make things that match my style and my blog and give them away to you guys. It is a win, win for sure!
With a new school year and my girls being a bit older than the last time I did our chore charts, they definitely needed some updating. I have to say, it feels so good to have updated charts. I think the charts may be more for me than for my kids. It is like I wrote about years ago in my post about my parenting battle plan, I need help with the follow through. If there is a chart there that has the things the kids need to do, I am going to be way more likely to actually follow up and make sure they do what they are responsible for. More win-wins here today! Love that!
So let me show you the chart I came up with and how I use it at our house. View full post »
Hi! I’m back today with my latest Stitch Fix box and my Stitch Fix review.
While we were gone for a lot of the summer, I couldn’t get my usual Stitch Fixes. ::Sadness:: We got home on a Wednesday night and a fix arrived on Friday…I totally forgot that it was scheduled so closely together. Normally, I have those dates memorized, but this time it was a total surprise. I had managed, while on the road, to let my stylist know that I had found a cute new Betsey Johnson purse that I would love something styled around. She came through with something. Unfortunately, this box wasn’t necessarily a fun surprise. Boo! View full post »
You guys! I know for a lot of you, school has already started. For us, school starts next week. I am so not ready for back to school. Not only do we still need some supplies and clothes, but I just am not ready for the routine and the schedule and how much I don’t get to spend time with my oldest daughter when she is in school (my youngest daughter is still homeschooling).
Regardless of whether I am ready or not, tonight we have our back to school night and come Tuesday morning, school will be back in session. I have to make sure I get us ready for both the school and homeschool year. I learned a few things last year, that I plan to implement this year and I thought they would be helpful to you as well. View full post »