Stars & stripes

Hope everyone is enjoying their Fourth of July… Fireworks, desserts, family and friends. I cannot wait to see Tommy’s face tonight since he is older now and can truly enjoy this holiday. I made a couple of wood flags from pallet wood, sanded, painted and lightly distressed. On a side note, I wanted to share … Continue reading

Happy new year…

Happy new year…

We had a very special holiday season. One morning in between baseball games, Tommy and I stopped for coffee & juice at a nearby mall. Most of the shops were just setting up as it was still early in the day. We were blessed to catch Santa himself and Mrs. Claus pull up in their SUV (red of … Continue reading

Creating art

Every week or so, since before Tommy was even born, I have received an email from Baby Center. Have you been on this site? It has a ton of info to help keep you up to date on your child’s development… The other day I read an excerpt called “Your 30 month old: Creating art.” Around 2 and … Continue reading

Sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds

Hope everyone had a fabulous time trick or treating. Tommy was so happy to run up and down the pathways with family and friends, filling up his treat bag! This year we made sure to carve pumpkins and take the time to bake the seeds. I just love baked pumpkin seeds, and decided to make them two ways… … Continue reading

Simple fall DIYs

We have been feeling crafty lately… picking up pinecones and sticks during our trips to the park or on a walk, with the hopes of making SOMETHING. With so many holidays approaching, it is a lot of fun creating simple decorations for Halloween, fall and yes… even Christmas. DIY book page pumpkins with cinnamon stick stems Loving … Continue reading

Candy corn lantern

Candy corn lantern

The month of October is full of sweet memories for me. The beginning of fall brings pumpkin spiced everything… the candles and lattes being my favorite, a change in seasons, and a promise of one candy-filled, spooky holiday for the little ones to enjoy! Here is a project with all things fall/ Halloween in mind… … Continue reading

Banana bread

Banana bread

Here is a banana bread recipe I have wanted to share, more cake-like than bread, a perfect way to use ripe bananas. Add in chocolate chips or chopped nuts of your choice… Baking feels more enjoyable in the fall, with the weather finally on the cool side. Sipping a chai pumpkin latte while trying a new fall … Continue reading

Last moments of summer

Summer has been fun and I cannot believe it is coming to an end… we have played on the beach, vacationed along the coast and celebrated on an island (Coronado island, San Diego). Baseball and soccer have continued, becoming more competitive with every season. Tommy rode his first ride at an amusement park! My niece … Continue reading

Coffee Cart

Coffee Cart

I’ve been thinking for a while about creating a “coffee cart” space. I love the notion of having a special place for all things coffee (and tea!). The cart itself is a wooden 3 drawer chest from Ikea, painted and distressed. Maybe replacing the knobs with glass ones, or removing the bottom two drawers and making … Continue reading

Mint infused iced coffee

Mint infused iced coffee

I have been chasing my little kolohe around our home, trying to keep cool and keep up. A 2 year old boy is like a tiny, compact bundle of energy. He is, at times, literally climbing the walls. He is a lot of fun… This iced coffee is full of flavor and will serve you up … Continue reading