Monthly Archives: June 2013

199 Pinterest Followers…and counting?

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*This give away is now closed. To see who won, click here*

Okay folks, here’s the deal. As of right now…9:49 pm Mountain Time…I have 199 followers on Pinterest. When I reach 250 followers, I’m sending one of you lucky blog readers a custom made necklace by yours truly. Now, I haven’t talked much {or at all} about making jewelry, but I do that sometimes. I used to have an Etsy shop. {Well, I guess technically I still have one, but I’ve just let my listings expire lately.} Here’s one of my personal favorites:

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If you’d like to see some more of what I’ve made, you can check some stuff out here on my Pinterest board or browse through the sold listings here in my empty Etsy shop.

What do you need to do to get in on this? Three things. Three entries. Unlimited awesomeness.

First chance: Follow me on Pinterest and then come back here and and tell me in the comments that you did and what your Pinterest name is.
Second chance: Leave a comment on this post with three words describing a necklace you would want me to make for you.
Third chance: Share your favorite post from this blog on Facebook and come back to tell me you did and which post it was in the comments.

Easy as that! The winner will get a necklace made with my interpretation of their three words, so choose wisely!
The give away will be open until I reach 250 Pinterest followers, so spread the word!

Happy Campers

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*If you’re here from Pinterest to see my camping checklist, check out my giveaway going on now and get in on the action!*

I am in the midst of preparing for a family camping trip to the Grand Canyon we’ll be taking later this summer. My family did a lot of camping growing up and I remember it as always being so much fun. I still enjoy camping an awful lot, but you know what? It’s a whole different beast when you’re the adult in charge of planning, packing, feeding, and keeping everyone alive for 4-5 days in the dirt!

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We’ve been on a few camping trips with our kids before, but I’m determined to make this one as low-stress as possible, especially since it will include a looooooooooooong drive before and after as well!

To that end, I’ve been searching out some tips and tricks for making our little roughing it stint a little less rough for mom {that’s me}. You can find links to a lot of good ideas, recipes, etc. here on my camping board.

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One thing that I haven’t used before but really want this year is an extensive packing list. I found a few different ones, but not one that fit just right, so I plunged through the lists buffet style, picking and choosing what looks pleasing to my palate and came up with my own list. My intention is to get a few big plastic tubs and fill them with our camping stuff by category and then just leave that stuff in there, making packing for future trips as easy as 1-2-3. And since I’m feeling ever so generous today, I turned it into a pdf to share with all of you! Don’t you feel lucky?

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My list includes a kitchen tub (no food!), a general camping stuff tub, a keeping kids busy tub, personal bags, and all the other big stuff/equipment that you can’t fit into a tub. As should be pretty obvious from the size of the thing, this list is for car camping trips rather than backpacking trips. I mean, if the length of the thing didn’t give it away, the amount of clothing required for a 3 year old ought to.

Now that the list is made, all I have to do is make sure I’ve got it all and can fit it into the car. That’s the easy part, right? Right?!

Oh yeah, and figure out what to feed people…

PS – Check out my new post for some tips and tricks to make camping with kids more fun for everyone!

Dust Free, Folks!

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Back when I posted about my new humongo chalkboard and the dust I loathed so much, I had a friend tell me about the existence of something amazing – chalkboard markers! {Thanks Lindsey!} She warned me that they are a bit spendy, but totally worth it. Well, I finally got around to buying some {with a 40% off coupon from Michael’s} and let me tell you: they’re great! Here’s what I bought:

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No more dust! AND a lot more control with the way I want things to look! Hooray! That little pack of 4 up there normally cost $11-$12, so definitely more than the 99 cent pack of chalk. After using them, though, I have to agree with my friend – totally worth it if you can use a coupon. They work a bit like a paint pen – you shake it up and then press the tip down a little to get it flowing. It wipes off with a wet cloth. Easy peasy puddin’ pie.

Here’s a little glimpse of how my first go with them on the chalkboard turned out:

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{We love us some Roald Dahl at our house. When my 7 and 9 year olds saw what I was writing on the board, they immediately said “I know where that’s from! That’s from The Twits!” and continued on with the jist of the rest of it: “even if you have a big stubby nose or poke out teeth…” I love those little readers!} Anyway………back to the matter at hand.┬áSo much more crisp, don’t you think?

If you’d like to see what else I’ve put up on our wall to brainwash the little minds in our house, I’ve created a new page up at the top called “On the Chalkboard” where I share pictures of all of the things I put on the chalkboard. Hence the name. So from now on, I won’t be sharing them here in individual posts unless I’m feeling super warm fuzzy about them. ;) {There’s also a new page up there with links to all of the Wanderlust Wednesday posts in one place.}

So take a peek at the pages and then go on with your life letting sunbeams shine out of your face!

Real Life Trumps Blogging

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It’s possible you’ve noticed already (seeing as how it’s been over a month since my last post and it’s not the first time that’s happened), but for me, blogging takes a back seat to life. And let me tell you, at the end of the school year around here, life is all we have time for. And over the summer? Yeah, we try to live it up then to. So while I may not be around much this summer, I’ll be doing stuff. And I may even blog some of that stuff. But I make no promises.

As for the past couple of months, we’ve been busy with Batman’s first season of soccer:
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Filling up the garage with thrift store things to refinish so I have to park in the driveway:
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Helping with Grandma’s annual “Harry Potter Camp”:
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Paying people to leave big holes in our bathroom floor:
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Celebrating the last day of school:
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The Princess’ first year doing track club…

And crying over the fact that my camera whacked out and deleted ALL of my pictures of the Princess at her first track meet.