Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I've been busy

Not that you would know since I haven't updated the blog in a while. Mostly because I'm working on projects, sleeping or researching more projects to start. Plus last Friday was my birthday & we took a fun little overnight trip to San Francisco. I decided I wanted to go to the California Academy of Science. I also decided I wanted a mini break from the girls to spent some time alone with my hubby so I invited Grandma along. I'm kinda a genius like that.

Our favorite part is the 4 story indoor living rainforest but man is it hot & humid in there. Hence my fabulous hair in these pics.

Thanks Grandma for joining in the fun! And carrying that heavy little girl.
So I lost my sewing mojo for about a month and it really just started to re-emerge this afternoon. I finally got some of my little cousin's Christmas present finished. Her American Girl doll is in need of a new wardrobe. & a sleeping bag. I made a t-shirt, layered skirt, casual dress and a party dress (not pictured) so far. I'm still planning on making a nightgown & panties, a pea coat, a corduroy jumper and a pair of fleece pants. We will see how much really gets done. I have the jumper cut and the fabric for the nightgown sitting out but the pea coat & pants might have to wait.
 We've also done a little bit of holiday baking. We have to test out all of the recipes before we make a double batch and pass them out. Luckily I have 2 very reliable tasters.
We haven't really been keeping up with MTMs but every once in a while I'll throw together a little something for the girls. I call this one "Let's dip everything in peanut butter & sprinkles." Even the celery was dipped and nibbled.
I've also rearranged my house, built a compost bin, decorated our Christmas tree, organized the garage, built a shelf, refinished a dresser for Mina, made advent trees for the girls, cleaned out the girls' clothes, chopped down a loquat tree (mostly, the hubby took out the stump and roots today), trimmed the out of control fig tree, raked a ton of leaves, made mini chalkboard "invitations" for my tree killing kiddos, made orange vinegar for cleaning, made my own hand soap, deodorant & laundry detergent and starting growing a new little celery plant from the root(?) of the store bought one.(Yes, I'm going super green & I love it!) And I haven't had time to photograph any of those things.

And since I've been so busy, I've been sore lately. So I treated myself to a pepperminty soak & a couple pages of Raising Chickens the other day.
It was so relaxing.
For about 5 minutes, until Mina found me. Next time I'll remember to lock the bathroom door.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the 5 & Under Crowd

1. Clif Kidz Twisted Fruit
2. Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
4. Character Band-Aid
5. Glow sticks
6. Little Flashlight
7. Character socks (my girls go nuts for socks)
8. Stickers
9. Toothbrush and/or toothpaste
10. Playskool Wheel Pals
11. Dark chocolate covered raisins
12. Bubble bath
13. Coloring books
14. Soap crayons or bath crayons


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