Monday, April 30, 2012

Sing a Song



I'm not going to try and pretend I can sing, there's 7 billion that I'd rather hear. This definitely hits the right note when it comes to how many of us judge ourselves hard than we would our neighbors but I can't help myself when it comes to my favorite Sesame Street song from the 1970's, so you just might catch me happily singing in the car sounding quite awful.

Sesame Street: We All Sing the Same Song



via You Tube





That's us 3 years ago sitting on the steps of our favorite address.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Snap: Spring Session


It is simply perfect outside for another photo shoot later today with two adorable little sisters,  nothing like having a reason to have fun playing in the sun and sand.









Love those pink boots!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happiness



I'm starting the weekend off running thinking about this quote I found over at Gretchen's blog The Happiness Project:


Andy Warhol wrote, “Either once only, or every day. If you do something once it’s exciting, and if you do it every day it’s exciting. But if you do it, say, twice or just almost every day, it’s not good any more.

I really need to ponder this for a while, there's a deeper meaning I haven't yet discovered.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Food Fridays: Chocolate Chip Cookies Revised



I thought I'd never see they day that I revise my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe that I worked over 3 years on recipe but it happened, in a moment of complete cookie craving I made a batch knowing that there wasn't any white sugar in the house or enough eggs, so I improvised with what I had and the kiddos can't stop asking for them, today was batch #3 with my new recipe and they were soft and chewy, ooey and gooey bites of perfection.

If you notice in my recipe I'm not too picking on putting the ingredients in any particular order, as long as you cream the butter and sugars together  first in the electric mixer, all the remaining ingredients can be added in any order or all at the same time. I add my egg in last, mostly because I like to eat taste test the raw dough first before add it. I also didn't put salt on the recipe card, it's already in the butter but I do like to add 1/2 teaspoon to them sometimes but it's not necessary unless you prefer a saltier cookie and you can also decrease the amount of cinnamon in the recipe 1/2 tablespoon if you not a huge cinnamon fan like myself.

This is a must try, I don't know how I'm going to control myself from making another batch right now!

~K

Thursday, April 26, 2012

PROUD



It seems like every time I turn on the news or flip trough the internet there's just so much banter over the state of this country from politics, to the pro Obama noObama supporters, the economy, gas prices, crime, poverty, the deficit, you name it the US would seem to be on the verge of despair and utter chaos, then I'm reminded from moments like these that no matter how hard it's for us right now and no matter how much harder it may get we as Americans have a better life than so many on this Earth.




This was a big moment for Zen to carry the flag and lead the Children's Parade as the orchestra played, you just can't put a price tag or label on that. So good economy or bad we will walk proud.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wordless/ful Wednesdays: Diamonds are Forever


I was nervous, she wasn't, it was my suggestion, but her idea, she's 11, I was 5, her sister was 18 months, so what's the big deal you might ask? 
I thought she's perfect just they way she was without getting her ears pierced but we
she did it and it's official! 
The start into preteendom has begun.


So it was well documented down to every detail so I could remember just when it happened when my baby girl became okay with not being my baby girl anymore. 




She had to peak into every mirror in the store, I was ready to see seven dwarfs or the evil witch appear with an apple 'cause quite frankly she maybe the fairest one this side of Dixie!


Did I mention how nervous her little brother was, he waited outside until after she got her ears done. We looked around the store for a bit it was like stepping into 1986 all over again and there was nothing I care to repeat about my wardrobe or hair back then. Mock turtlenecks I do not miss you.











Luna had a smile on her face the whole time, she especially enjoy shopping for earrings even if it will be 6 months before she can change them and just in time for her birthday! 

So I think that was a hint to myself or the grandparents.




Wordish(less) Wednesday's Link Up's:
 Angie’s Seven Clown Circus

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DIY: Fabric Signs




We got these awesome old school lockers a few weeks ago to hold supplies in our school/craft room (featured here) and since they're metal I have basically used my weight in magnets adorning them. I'm a label maker, literally everything in our house is labeled, every cabinet , shelf and drawer thanks to my organization idol Martha! So this project started after picking up a $1 pack of 4 magnetic clips from Target and using some of the fabric scraps from my camera bag insert tutorial and cardboard cereal box from the awesome marshmallow rice krispie eggs from Easter, it's turned out to be a really easy project and I just love how they turned out.



What you'll need:

a ruler
cardboard
scrap material
stamping kit
regular scissors
pinking scissors(zip zag)
sewing machine


First measure out how big you want your overall sign to be and cut the first piece of cardboard to that measurement. Now cut your material a 1/2 inch wider on all sides with the straight scissors. Then stitch the cardboard and material together, it's easier if the cardboard side faces up when stitching.

Next you will need to measure how big you would like the inside area of the sign where you'll be stamping, I made mine so there was a 1 inch fabric border around it. Cut the cardboard to size, now place that in the center of the fabric covered cardboard piece and stitch both pieces together. Then trim the fabric edges with the pinking scissors.

Finally use letter stamps to create your custom fabric sign (I used the Martha Stewarts acrylic stamping kit).



This project has many different uses, it would be great in a table setting or party!




-Kate




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Monday, April 23, 2012

Dog Day Afternoon




Even on lazy day afternoons we still have to walk the dog.

So many photos to edit and thumb through from our weekend festivities, it was nice to relax and let it all go for a day. I really shouldn't complain but sometimes it tough being a photographer and all you want is to be able to leave your work at the office, at the same time it's impossible to sit back and 4 adorable kids do some pretty amazing things and think that I could let even one moment go by without capturing it,  nope it's in my blood, sorry kiddos you'll thank me when you're older and I have grandkids.

Sisters

I could never miss a rare moment like this EVER!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

My Earth Day Princesses





It's Earth Day and we celebrate BIG! 
This year was no exception, my favorite activity is making wildflower crowns to adorn my Earth loving princesses, so glad I brought the camera phone along to be able to capture such beauty.



Even Pepper is enjoys wearing her flowers.



spring photography challenge, kristi live and love out loud photo challenge, project alicia photo challenge, bumbles and light photo challenge,


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Soccer Superstar




Let me just start of by saying I love this boy for so many reasons and in the most simplest of moments I am reminded of them. 
Today he asked me to take photos of him playing soccer, he said I had too many good ones of his sister and he wanted some of him. This photo makes me laugh until it hurts and it emphasizes just what a great kid he really is, how he never takes anything to serious or lets thing bother him for more than a few minutes, he's so easy going and plays to the beat of his own drum especially out on the soccer field. We watch as he daydreams, he dances making moves like Jagger as we like to put it. I love watching him play and frustrating his coach, he is there to have fun whether he ever makes a goal or not and that puts a smile on my face not just on soccer Saturdays but everyday.





Inspired by Family Magazine

Day 1



Friday, April 20, 2012

DIY Earth Day Project: soda bottle bird feeder


In honor of celebrating Mother Earth the kiddos and I made a little something for our feathery friends.

Materials to make your re-purposed bird feeder:

  • one clean empty two liter plastic soda bottle with cap
  • one 2" long wood screw
  • 2 wire twist ties
  • a wood skewer or found wooden stick(must be straight enough to use for a perch)

Tools needed:
  • electric drill 
  • titanium drill bits ( I used sizes 3/16 for the cap & 7/64 for the perch)
  • scissors
  • screw driver
  • needle nose pliers

    To make the bird feeder start by removing the label from the 2 liter bottle, drill a hole in the side of the bottle about 2/3 of the way down, this will help you to get your scissors in the bottle to start cutting. I made one side a bit long to shield the birdseed from any rain.


    Once the bottle is cut, take your 3/16 drill bit and drill a hole in the cap then find your spot on a tree to place the bird feeder and simply screw the cap onto the tree. If you opt out of the next step to make a perch,  just twist the bottle onto the cap and fill with birdseed and your bird feeder in finished. If you would like a perch continue on with the DIY project.


    Since we wanted a perch for our bird feeder there were a few more steps before we were finished. Drill 2 sets of holes in the bottom of what will be the bottom of your feeder using the 7/64 drill bit, these will be where you secure the perch with the twist ties. Insert the ties through the holes then take your stick or skewer and secure it onto the feeder with the twist ties. Using the pliers twist ties tight and clip the perch to size if needed. Now you will need to screw  your bottle on to the cap, then fill with birdseed, your recycled, re-purposed Earth friendly bird feeder project is complete!

     
     Don'y worry if you don't have any birdseed on hand so I found some info online and we made our own out of leftover peanuts we caught during Mardi Gras, cornmeal the kiddos made by hand at Heritage Days and raw oats.

     Things you can use, if you are using recipes to make homemade wild bird food:

    • Raisins or Currants
    • Dates
    • Shelled peanuts
    • Apples
    • Oranges
    • Birdseed mix
    • Black oil sunflower seeds
    • Molds to shape your creations
    • String or yarn
    • Lard, shortening or rendered suet
    • Crunchy peanut butter
    • Molasses
    • Oatmeal
    • Stale bread, breadcrumbs or crackers
    • Cornmeal or cornbread mix
    • Cream of wheat
    • Graham crackers
    • Flour (whole wheat flour preferred)

     Hope you enjoyed!

    Happy Earth Day Weekend!

    ~Kate




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      Thursday, April 19, 2012

      My Little Flutterby

      .....and the Butterfly Catchers










      Dreaming of flight


      My "fly" photo submission in the Epiphanie Camera Bags + My Four Hens photo contest!http://bit.ly/junephotocontest

      Wednesday, April 18, 2012

      DIY: Pool Noodle Race Track






      It's Wednesday my favorite day of the week, when I was little it was the day my Dad took us for pizza when my Mom was at work, sometimes I still fell like a kid especially when were in the backyard holding matchbox derbies, we're so excited to  show you our latest summer fun project, we actually it can be used all year round and is great indoors too!

      Start your engines!




      Now I saw this done with marbles, the noodle was a much small diameter, so when I saw the giant noodle on sale at the grocery store we snagged the last one!

      My new obsession other than drilling holes in toys is matchbox cars, wait till I show you are flying ones!  
      But that will have to wait for another week since their just so so cool they deserve their own DIY post.


      1. Buy an extra large diameter foam pool noodle, I got mine 1/2 price at the super market ($1.50)
      2. cut the noodle in half with a serrated knife (one side than the other side or electric knife you can cut straight through both sides)
      3. once the noodle is in two pieces lay them on the ground side by side
      4. insert toothpicks where the two halves of the foam noodles touch each other
      5. use as many toothpicks as need to hold the noodle tracks tight together
      6. then with a need nose pliers clip the ends of the tooth picks flush to the noodle

       Now you're ready to decorate your track



      Using cardstock at toothpicks I created small flags for along the sides of the track




       Again with cardstock cut to size I stamped Start and Finish then I cut wooden or bamboo skewers down to size leaving the pointed end exposed (makes it easier to insert into the foam) I then used fast drying Aleene's Tacky glue I glued the two pieces of cardstock together with the cut ends of the wooden skewers sandwiched in between and we were ready to race!

      Finally just prop the track up on a chair, table, bed, pretty much anything, the higher the prop the faster the cars go.


       17 is my lucky number, guess who won?
      I don't bet on the races but it wouldn't have hurt this time.

      This DIY project rates low on the skill level scale, it was very easy and I came out looking like Super Mom!

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