Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Make This: Pink Lemonade Slushie

My kids are always wanting something "fun" to drink so I whipped up these no brainers on Saturday night. 

All you need is pink lemonade, ice, and a blender. Pour the pink lemonade and ice into the blender and whiz around until the ice is chopped up. (I told you it was a no brainer.) Make sure to clink some bottles around in the fridge and to make some fuss so everyone thinks you are working harder than you really are. Create an illusion. 

To add to the fun, I jazzed it up with a fancy straw. I used some of the flowers that I found at Target's $1 Spot. Just peel the paper from the sticker part and stick it onto the straw. Easy as that. These straws would be perfect for any Spring or Summer get together. 

Hope you enjoy this fun little drink that makes me think of summer! (Summer? Are you there? We're ready for you!)


Monday, April 14, 2014

Last Week

Last week I was not here because I was everywhere else. I'm still unwinding and playing catch up from an insanely busy week and weekend so enjoy some pictures from the chaos. I have some fun posts in the works and I'm looking forward to sharing them soon. 

 Vaughn learned about chalk that's used for the bars. Everything is dusty now.

Keeping the kids busy on a school half-day with some Urban hiking and...

giant nose picking. 

Unscheduled doctor's appointment   

The much anticipated Father Daughter Dance

Happy Monday!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

The simple stuff is worth celebrating too. 

Here's to taking science fair projects to school and getting them out of the family room. 

Here's to Vance who knows how to take my April Fools jokes.

Here's to learning Adobe Illustrator and making silly things along the way. 
(Anyone remember this Kramer quote?)

Here's to 3rd grade violinists that play your wedding song.
(And enjoying the concert despite having the farthest seats possible from Vance.)

Here's to staying safe and no storm damage.
(Severe storms have been passing through for the past couple of days. The kids know when they hear the sirens to head to the basement, something I never remember doing as a kid.)  

What are you celebrating tonight?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

$1 Spot Crafting: Flowered Letter

While Beyonce's been drinkin', I've be thinkin' about what I could use these Target $1 Spot flowers for. 
Have you seen these cuties? I could not resist them and threw at least 5 packs into the cart without an ounce of hesitation. I may need a $1 Spot intervention soon. 

Yesterday, opportunity came knocking in the form of an ugly V that used to hang in Vaughn's room. It had been demoted to the top of her closet so I got it down, dusted it off, and knew it would be perfect for these little flowers.

To kick things off I gave it a really quick spray paint job. I wasn't going for full coverage, I just didn't want the painted lines to peek through where the new flowers overlap. 

Surprise! The flowers have stickers on the back which made this quick little project even quicker. 

I played with many layouts but in the end liked the monotony of the purple flowers. This project used 2 packs, minus 2 flowers, of the purple flowers which added up to a whopping $2.  

A perfect addition to Vaughn's wall of chaos. 


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Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating. 

Here's to mold...

and squishy eggs. What?
I'm knee deep in science fair projects and beyond thankful that I'm we are almost done. 

Here's to independence.
Vaughn demanded to type part of her paper that goes with her science fair project. It took 6 minutes alone to type the title of the book for her bibliography. I'm not exaggerating.  

Here's to accepting the fact that winter isn't done with us. 
Just need to let it go.

Speaking of letting it go…Here's to family singsongs. 
The Frozen soundtrack has been on continuous loop at the house, in the car, and in our heads for the entire week. I blame Vaughn but the rest of us are just as guilty. Someone is always singing it and we can't help but to join in. Can't get it out of our heads! 

What are you toasting to? 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Break. The Window to What Summer Break Will Look Like.

I always treat Spring Break like a test run for Summer Break. 

How do the kids handle multiple trips to the grocery store?

How do the kids get along together at the house?

How do the kids deal without having solid plans each day? 

How does one act while the other has a friend over?

How many times does one accidentally dump a pound of lunch meat on the floor? 

You know. Those types of everyday situations that may test your sanity over a long stretch of time.

Thus, Spring Break is always the time where I start planning for summer camps.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

How about you? Have you started planning for summer?

Because they say posts are better with pictures here's one from yesterday, our last day of break. Vance had his first baseball game and unfortunately the temps were somewhere around 30 degrees. Vaughn spent a fair chunk of time in Justin's arms and covered with a blanket. Our games have been cancelled for this week due to low temps. Baseball gods where are you? We need some weather!!!   

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating. 

 Here's to my buddies that have kept me busy this Spring Break week.
I keep reminding them to focus on the "break" part. They're all about the "spring" action.

Here's to silly doodles that help me air my frustrations.
This is me dealing with snow that's in next week's forecast.

Here's to using all the brushes.
Vaughn is a live out loud type of gal.  

Here's to the science fair projects currently living in the kitchen.
May they be over with soon. Because smells are starting to form. 

Here's to this sweet guy who can't handle the pressure of sneaking one piece of licorice into the movie theater. 
 I do his dirty work for him because he still holds my hand and calls me, "Mama". Vaughn? She wears her Ring Pop while walking in for all to see. Lucky to have these two.

What are you celebrating tonight?