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Monday, June 27, 2011


I'm enjoying the Creative Play themes that Candace at comes up with. This month's theme was gardening. So check out the story here.
Enjoy the pics.

mint, this has actually been growing in the garden, by itself
cause that's what weeds do, but we actually use it, so all is good

Green beans (hidden from view)

green beans

Look at all that cilantro

lettuce-it got bigger, but we have since ate it all

sugar snap peas

beefsteak tomato

more pepper


grape tomato


can't wait to see it change colors

more green beans

here are the green beans underneath the leaves

More pics of other plants/more recent additions coming soon.

By the way, that lettuce was delicious with our burgers.


Here are more pics as promised:


UPDATE 2: They have also started using a tool called the hula-ho which is very helpful for weeding. You can buy it here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Special Deal

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MYHABIT also features fast, free shipping and free returns shipping in the US, 360-degree video of the clothing on live models, and hundreds of popular and designer brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, TUMI, Rebecca Minkoff, Juicy Couture. 

Special Launch Promotion
$10 off Promotion Code: through September 1, customers can save $10 on their order by entering the code MYHABITX at checkout*. 

Go Ahead, click the banner, you know you want to. If you have something against clicking banners here's a link .
Don't forget to use the promotion code.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Beach Cupcakes

Beach cupcakes are fun to make and to eat. This is one version, but there are many candies you can use to make your own version.

You will need:
Vanilla wafers, or Graham Crackers
blue frosting-use your favorite recipe or buy it and dye it
white/yellow frosting
cupcakes-use your favorite recipe
little stripey ball candys or gumballs (or other spherical candy)
umbrella toothpicks
sour belts or fruit by the foot
optional-gummy fish

1. Bake cupcakes.

2. Your vanilla wafers,graham crackers or whatever cookies you used get crushed into crumbs. One method of achieving this is to put your chosen form of cookies into a ziploc bag, close it, then put it in another bag and close this one. Finally use a rolling pin to crush them into fine crumbs. Set aside.

3. Frost  1/2 the cupcakes yellow or white and the other half blue.

4. Cut the fruit roll up/sour belts into little rectangles, this will be your beach towel.

5. Place onto the yellow/white frosting

6. Place your spherical candy on the frosting near the water

7. Sprinkle the crumbs onto the yellow/white frosting around the objects

8. Insert Paper umbrella

Optional: cut off the head of gummy fish on a slant and stick them in the water.

The red sour belt is the beach towel and the yellow gumball is the beach ball

Monday, June 20, 2011

Eraser Stamps

How to make stamps out of erasers. (Parental assistance may be needed)

You will need:
pencil with the eraser moved from the metal holder
it's okay if it's squeezed 

no eraser

utility knife/razor comes in helpful sometimes

1. Draw your design onto a piece of paper, you can always trace off another image, if it will need to be reversed make sure you remember to reverse your image. Also make sure that your design will fit onto the eraser.

design in pencil

2.  Flip over your paper onto the eraser and rub it very hard, your image should be transferred over to the eraser.

image transferred

3. Decide if you want to have a positive or negative image.

4. Cut away all the areas you don't want to appear in your stamp.

5. Press onto ink pad and stamp away.

** You may want to use a razor for intricate spots.

Have Fun!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Graduation Cap Card

I've started summer sessions. I find it quite interesting that I often end up in classes I've said I'd never take out of a lack of interest. Yup, one of my classes doesn't actually interest me, but I'm taking it anyway and it's not an easy class. Here's a summary of the class that I took from the syllabus (skip all the italics or blue color if you're not actually interested in knowing the class that I'm not interested in). "This course offers an overview of the principles of psychopharmacology: what the body does to the drug (pharmacokinetics) and what the drug does to the body (pharmacodynamics). Course focus will be on experimental animal and clinical models that explore neurobehavioral implications of drug abuse, dependence and addiction, and effects of drugs on human perception, thought, emotion and consciousness.  Classes of psychoactive drugs to be discussed include CNS stimulants (cocaine, amphetamines, MDMA), CNS depressants (alcohol, barbiturates, opiates, benzodiazepines), and hallucinogens (LSD, PCP, ketamine, mescaline).  We will also examine therapeutic usefulness of drugs that treat symptoms of schizophrenia and affective disorders, as well as anxiety disorders and select neurological disorders." I'm writing a paper for this class and wondering why what can be said in one page has to be said in two. What happened to short and succinct? I know you're thinking exactly that about this long post.  I'm also taking a class in photography (film photography), it's not a hard class, but it requires me to travel around to different locations and take pictures. It also requires me to lock myself in a darkroom that fits one person. Now, can you say panic attack, or I want to scream because it's really pitch black in there and that's exactly what you want to do in there. Then you come out of the darkroom and follow about 20 something steps to develop your film as well as doing a bunch of clock watching. At the end of the whole process right before you hang it up to dry you experience a thrill upon seeing your pictures as negatives. Now it's graduation time, congrats to all grads out there. So I'm making this card (click the link to see where I stole the idea from). On to my version of the card.

Graduation Cap Card

You will need:
black poster board/oaktag
craft glue
glue gun
optional: stapler, gel pens that write on black paper

1. Fold over the oak tag and crease it, this will mark the line where you want to cut.

folded oak tag

The scissor is indicating the line where I cut

I've cut the oaktag

I decided to remove the sticker, this is optional.
Measure it around your head or just form it into a circle. You can either staple it or glue it together. You can trim any extra or glue it down.
glued together
the other side

Now take your leftover piece of oaktag and fold it over, you may need to trim it. Glue gun  it on.

Inside of the card

Finish it off with a tassel or make a tassel yourself out of yarn. I don't have tassel making materials in my house hence the lack of the tassel.

You can use gel pens to write on the card, or you can glue a piece of paper on it.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Flower Hands

Here's a quick and easy craft, assuming you can get kids to sit still for it.

You will need:
Construction Paper-all different colors
Hands to trace
Pencil, crayon-just something to trace with

For the Stem:
Dowels-you can have the kids color them green, green straws, pens-wrapped in floral tape, green pencils, green pipe cleaners

1. Trace all your kids hands on to different colors of construction paper and cut them out.

2. Using a round object, such as a pen, marker, dowel etc. roll the marker in the fingers causing the paper to roll out.

3. Form the hand into a cone shape, tape it together.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all your flowers.

5. Attach your flowers to your chosen form of stem.

* I think it would be better, if you wrapped it in floral tape because it would hide the tape job.

You can add leaves if you want.
You may also want to add the child's name and date somewhere on the handprint.

Place in chosen vase, container etc.

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