Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ice Cream Sandwich Molds

Cute ice cream sandwiches the kids can make themselves???

I love it!!

These molds are in pig, cow and chicken shapes... what adorable sandwiches.

$12 for the set at Amazon. Click here for more information.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Spoon Flower

If I was a quilter...

I would love this website!!!

At this site, you can turn your creative vision into a fabric reality. Upload a JPEG of your vision to the spoonflower website and your custom-printed cotton fabric will arrive in a couple of weeks!

$18 per yard.

I'm going on-line, right now, to look for some quilting classes.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

99 Days

... until Christmas!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Backseat Drawing

I found this game online the other day (click here) and am convinced that my kids will LOVE this!

One player instructs another player to draw something, using only basic clues. The cluegiver cannot reveal what is being drawn. Everyone has to guess what the object is before time runs out!

In the regular version... the cards with the items to be drawn are just listed. In the junior version, the cards have simple drawings of things that look pretty easy to explain!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Check out this free video that I made at!! How fun!!!

Tree Houses

This is the Serendipitree. It is in Oregon and is one of many tree houses available for nightly rentals. The Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort is a bed and breakfast, where a yummy breakfast is provided each morning to all the guests! The tree houses sleep from 2 to 5 guests, so larger families (like mine) would have to rent two tree houses. Note: there is a tree house, called the Cavaltree, that sleeps up to 7! Nightly rates start at $120 for the smaller tree houses... which is very reasonable!!
The treesort offers craft classes, tree house construction classes, horseback riding, and zip lines!!
Click here for more information.

Friday, September 11, 2009

We Remember

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tyke Lights

I live with some little girls that would absolutely go nuts for these! These are heat-free lights are made of durable plastic and are perfect to light the way for little ones. My girls would love these for reading at night for a bit before they go to bed. There are three settings for the lights... high, low and a fifteen minute dimmer!!!
$13 each. Click here for more information!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Nature Valley Nut Clusters

I received the best 'care package' ever a couple of weeks ago from MyBlogSpark... it contained the new product line from Nature Valley. Four packages of their new Nut Clusters... all four flavors.

Nature Valley Honey Roasted Peanut Nut
Nature Valley Nut Lovers Nut Cluster
Nature Valley Roasted Almond Nut Cluster
Nature Valley Roasted Cashew Nut Cluster

My favorite flavor was... oh... I really loved the Honey Roasted Peanut, but wait... the Roasted Almond was AMAZING. I know... my favorite was the Nut Lovers because it had peanuts, cashews AND pecans!!!! My 16 year-old son 'lifted' my package of the Roasted Cashew... handed me the empty package at the end of the afternoon and said... "Great find Mom!! I love these!!" So, off to the store I went to find another package of Roasted Cashew Nut Clusters... Let me tell you this... my son was right on!! They were delicious! Seriously, it would be nearly impossible to pick a favorite - they were all very delicious!!

I love the sweet and salty... the texture, the generous amount of nuts in each cluster, the convenience of the resealable package and the price! I have found coupons on the Nature Valley website... and right now, if you sign up for the Nature Valley e-newsletter you will receive a free bag!! (Offer expires 10-15-2009 and supply is limited... so hurry if you are interested) Click here to go to the Nature Valley website.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


When I was a teenager, I worked at a movie theater. (Loved that job, for the record!) It always amused me when people would order extra large popcorn with extra butter, a milk duds, red vines and a diet coke! Ok... seriously... just enjoy the real sugar in a real coke. But, I now know that people can just really prefer diet coke. But still... I appreciated the irony!

It is 25 years later and I still appreciate irony.

Take for example my experience at Sprouts today. (Sprouts is a grocery store with a heavy emphasis on organic, healthy foods... lots of fruits and vegetables, and a very large organic selection!)

I was standing in line to pay and overhead the following conversation...

Lady #1: ... today is the first day back to shopping... I've been recovering from surgery.
Lady #2: Oh man... is everything ok?

Lady #1: Well, I had to have my boob job fixed... one of the sacs was leaking. It was painful, but I'm doing a ton better.
Lady #2: Did you have the sac removed?
ME: THUNK!!!!! that is the sound of me hitting my head on the credit card machine. 'Cuz clearly NOTHING had been removed... if you know what I mean!
Lady #1: Oh no. He just fixed it. Left everything there!
Lady #2: Well... you look great! You are just beautiful!
Lady #1: Thanks! I also had my lips done this summer and LOVE them!

Note: I'm paraphrasing a bit.
It was a difficult conversation to listen to...
these ladies had JUST met... standing in line at the store!!!

Now... to the ironic part!! I bought some raw trail mix. No salt, no sugar, no preservatives. At check out, I asked the cashier if she had ever tried it. She said no. I indicated I was a little nervous because I usually buy salted... but wanted to try raw.

The lady behind me... Lady #1 said... "oh... you'll be so much happier with the organic stuff! When they start adding all the chemicals and crap it just ruins the natural product!!!

It took me several minutes to pull it together enough to trust myself to speak! I love irony!!!

True story!!! I promise!