Easy Peasy Halloween Sugar Cookies

Decorating sugar cookies was always a fun holiday family tradition growing up and I especially loved making Halloween sugar cookies (my birthday is just before Halloween and it is one of my favorite holidays!) I loved to decorate them. All of my siblings were long gone while I was painstakingly lining up sprinkles in a pattern or something equally time-intensive. Read More…

Crustless Quiche, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, and Other Recipes for Pi Day

Tomorrow is 3/14, Pi Day. You know Pi, the mathematical equation for getting the circumference of a circle or 3.14. Anyway, my husband and I are just nerdy enough to celebrate it. That, or I just like reasons to celebrate. You might wonder how to celebrate Pi Day, well you do it by eating pies. Pretty simple. There are so Read More…

Having Active Kids Indoors

  I don’t know about other kids but my daughter is not happy without being physically active during the day. She gets grumpy and jittery and it’s frustrating for all of us. Unfortunately we live in the land of eternal winter (at least that’s what it feels like to me) so on days we can’t get outside we have to Read More…

Valentine’s Pillows

I may have mentioned this before but I don’t change my decor much for holidays. I have friends who change their whole living room depending on the season but that is not me. This year though I have felt like January and February is so doldrums sometimes that maybe a little bit of love wouldn’t be bad for Valentine’s Day. Read More…

Emily?

You may have noticed that under some of the recent posts on this blog it says they were posted by an Emily Hayes. In case you wondered, I am Emily. Looking for a picture of me I realized that most of my recent pictures were taken by my three year old daughter, you can probably infer a few things about Read More…

Etsy Explained

Since the majority of my jewelry business right now is on Etsy I thought you might like a little insight into how Etsy works. If you are going to use Etsy as a buyer or seller the original sign up is the same. It’s pretty simple sign up, give an email and come up with a password. The Absolute Basics Read More…

How I Got Started Making Jewelry

 I have loved using my hands since I was a little girl. For Christmas I didn’t ask for dolls but for anything and everything crafty (that and books, I’m kind of a nerd). My first experience with beads came in the form of a native American bead loom, similar to this one, that my grandfather got me in grade school Read More…

N is for Nike

My husband Jason has been working for Nike for over 6 months and we had yet to visit him. Jason Lester, sponsored by Nike did a run across America ended at the world headquarters with a big party to celebrate and all family and friends were invited to go. So we decided to head on over. The boys were decked Read More…

M is for Marbles and M&M’s

Every other Wednesday we have some friends over to do some fun crafts and play. This one was an easy one. I didn’t get any pictures of them doing it, too busy helping, but it’s so simple. Put a piece of paper in a box (or you could use a pan, just something with high sides) put drops of paint Read More…

S is for Sun, Slide and Strawberries

The sun finally decided to make an appearance so for S day we made sun pictures which were really easy. Just took a piece of construction paper and found some leaves and other items from the yard and left them in the sun for a few hours. Afterwards they left a ‘shadow’. Very easy and very cool. After that we Read More…

D is for Dogs, doughnuts and Dinosaurs

For our ‘D’ day I had arranged with our cousin to drop off their dog PJ for the day. Not living in a house with animals (I don’t count fish) they were given instructions on what they needed to do to take care of him, when to feed him, to take him on a walk. They were pretty excited the Read More…

K is for Krazy Rocks, Wild Kratts and Ketchup

We got to together with some of our favorite people and made ‘krazy’ rocks. I’ve been wanting to do them with the boys for a while so I kind of stretched what I was doing to fit with the k theme, but they don’t know the difference. We did monster rocks so we went outside to find some good ones Read More…

B is for Books, Berries and Blocks

For ‘B’ day we kept it pretty laid back and it fit perfectly into our day. We went to our regular library story time and got a ton of books (which we later read, marathon style) some were even books about the letter b and some for the letter d which was later that week. They were totally digging it Read More…