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Monday, September 15, 2014

4 Year Old Fun--Fall Edition

Our local library.

 Before:

 After:
She has always loved to play with colorful scraps of fabric.

Sticker Exchange!  We mail stickers off to a child, and a chain mail letter is sent out to our friends.  (I'm about a week late with the mailing, but I'm still excited about it!)

Her current favorite is Glue+Glitter.  Yes, it is a gigantic mess. 
In order to contain said mess, I use a plastic table cloth under her work, and then this cool tray and Pampered Chef scraper with rubber edge to get it all off the table.  This table is imperfect, worn and old, and I intend to keep it this way.  It is kid friendly, which I love.

The first day we finally put on the heating.  The kids were laying next to the vent in the kitchen!  They love cold and cozy weather.

When you go to the grocery store, you should always wear your brother's dragon costume.

This afternoon's activity.  
My parents were cleaning out the garage and gifted us this cool Moon Sand.  I had to pull the sand table inside as it is about 52F.
What is it about Fall that makes me feel extra Crafty?? Anyone else with me?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Back to Regularly Scheduled Programming

Tate is about to begin his third day of school.  The first two days, I fought back tears for most of the day.  I went out with Soleil to distract myself from his absence, and yes, I know I'm a freak for feeling this way.  But I like my kid.


He is currently singing, broadway style, "Let's go to school!", a song he is making up as he goes along.  With dancing.

I do love the back to school feeling of fall, though.  I personally loved school, and who doesn't love pumpkin everything this time of year? I even have a new sweater on!  (Pink, cozy, flowy, made out of super soft sweatshirt material.)

His song has just transformed into the tune of "Let's Go to The Mall" by Robin Sparkles.  Just to be clear, he has never seen How I Met your Mother, but he has seen all of the associated music videos.  Because they are awesome.


My house is still not fully unpacked or cozy-fied, but I might have to craft a little today.  I found these three awesome books at our new library, and now all I want to do is make things:)



Sunday, August 17, 2014

The New York Baking Company Review

I was contacted by the The New York Baking Company to do a review of their product on my blog.  I was delighted!  As you probably know from the title of my blog, I love baking.  Funny enough, I love the process of baking even better than the eating of the things I make.  Baking is my therapy, and it just makes everything better in my world.  


They are so pretty!  The kids were thrilled to open up the package of colorful cups, and line them all up.  I have to be honest... I had to youtube a video to make sure that I could put the cups on top of a regular baking sheet.  Yes, they stayed upright, and nothing spilled out!
 I also wanted to bake some (pink!) cupcakes in the normal paper liners for comparison.
 Here is the finished product!
 Yummy!
The cupcakes in the silicone cups took a little longer to bake.  They peeled right out of the cups.   I didn't have any baking spray (the youtube tutorial suggested using it), but it didn't matter-- they peeled easily out.   As Tate pointed out, if you have the silicone cups, you don't have to throw them away, but get to use them over and over again!  Also, they washed right up.  They are dishwasher safe, so I just popped them into the top rack of the dishwasher.  

Now, since this is an honest review, I will also add that I prefer the paper liners when you are giving cupcakes away.  When we wanted to give a few to our neighbors, we didn't want to have to ask for the liner back.  I guess I could have peeled them out before frosting them, but really, I don't think my neighbor wants my hands on the outside of the cake when I hand it over.  

Lastly, here is Tate's review. 
video
We spent all afternoon making review videos, as little kids are funny.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Corners of My House and Random Blathering

I kind of stole the "Corners of My House" title from one of my favorite blogs, Soulemama.com.  She posts photos of her cozy spots in her home, and it always inspires me to feather my nest and make it look intentional and loved.  As we unpack the new house, COZY is my theme.  I plan on staying in this house for a long, long time, and cozy is very important to me.  We are still not finished, but here are a few shots:

 This is my dining room, and the big armoire will hold all of my crafting things.  Thanks, Marja, for the craft-in-the-dining room inspiration!  That chandelier has GOT to GO, by the way.

 The Princess Room.

 Inspiration for my bedroom.

Our Library.

And the random part of the post.  If you don't read regularly, this is where I chatter on about what I have been up to.  (That's basically most of this blog!)

Biggby's is a local coffee chain in our area, and I was much in need of caffeine one afternoon, on the way to the park.  Little did I know that they would give me the most gigantic iced coffee ever!  I put the leftovers in the fridge, and drank off of this thing for 3 days.  

Best benefit of living in the Lansing area?  I can pop in and see a sibling when I want.  (Isn't his puggle adorable?)

Hooked.  I mean, completely and utterly OBSESSED.  
(This is Game of Thrones, in case you don't know.   Must be viewed with red wine.)

Practicing up with new face paint techniques.   This was a study in flower petals, which I loved.  I love watching face painting and traditional acrylic painting tutorials for inspiration:)

Long story short, I helped out a new creperie to get their chalkboards finished.  Yes, they gave me a crepe as payment, which was DELISH.  I was happy to have a creative outlet amongst the unpacking.
Enjoy the end of summer.... it is fading away fast.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Embracing Michigan-Blueberry Picking!

I knew that when I moved to Michigan, (it being my forever home after moving a bazillion times), I planned on settling in, listening to the seasons, and doing what the locals do.  This time of year here is blueberry season!

My kids were hooked after about 5 minutes in.  Tate said "I now want to be a farmer... but without the farm house."  He doesn't even eat bluerries.  He does, however, love to run around free, along the rows, as the breeze blows.  (It was only about 70F, and such delightful weather.) 

They enjoyed it so much, we went twice this week!  I can't wait until apple season...



We picked with The Country Mill in Charlotte, MI.

This is just a portion of the 5 lbs of blueberries we picked in under an hour.  

Friday, July 25, 2014

NYC-Niagara Falls-Michigan


 Lady Liberty

 My Grandma's apartment building when she lived in NYC.

 A boy & his baguette.



 NYC Public Library.  In his element.

My sweet Bella, who drove in just to have brunch with us!

Books & Games--perfect for my kiddos.

  On to Canada...

  Finally to our destination.
 Our baby bamboo, from our dear friends, The Miravites, made the trip.  
It helped make our new house cozy.

"Slowly but surely" has been our unpacking motto. 
Our only "finished" room, aside from the purple paint that Tate is requesting we change. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Be Back Soon! Moving Again...

We have left Norfolk, headed to NYC, then to Niagara Falls, and then finally to Michigan.  It was torture by vacationing!! (Paul planned many, many stops with very little sitting time.  Or, as I like to call it "coffee with pinterest time".)

I will have photos later, as I sit surrounded by lots of boxes, and can barely get the kids fed at this point.  We have had a trip to the ER, a shower-pipe-poop-fountain explosion, and Paul has a cold flu thing that has knocked him out.

I am very excited to be at my forever home, but hey, I'm human and unable to keep up with it all.  Grateful for the very little things at the moment... xoxoxo