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Nature Scavenger Hunt

Our apartment building is right across the parking lot from a huge wooded area full of running trails and a stream.  I have not taken full advantage of having this great place literally right outside our door this summer.  So I decided it was high time to get out there and explore.  But I wanted to explore with a purpose so I did a little searching on Pinterest.  I found the perfect thing…

Camping Scavenger Hunt for the Kids via The Creative Homemaker

 

She has great a free download of a bingo type list of stuff you can find out and about at a camp ground.  We weren’t at a camp ground, but it was still just the thing.  So I printed one out, grabbed a little tote bag and told Abbi we were going on an adventure.

She was really excited about it and once she was properly attired (proper attire for my 4 year old girly girl is her tutu, crown and teal stretch pants) we headed on out.  Isn’t she adorable?

Abbi loved being able to find things without my help, except for the bug.  She made this really petite little scream and ran away when she picked up a piece of bark that had some beetles crawling around under it.  I may have giggled at her – but there was no way I was going to go pick that piece of bark myself :).

Within about 20 minutes she had found everything on the list.  Abbi was one happy, dirty little girl all ready for a bath.

Have you ever done a nature scavenger hunt before?

 

 

 

Bubble Wrap Hopscotch

I finally got around to unpacking all my nick-nacks last week (it only took 6 months).  When I saw all that bubble wrap laying on the floor I knew there had to be something fun to do with it, besides just popping it of course.  Then I remembered one of the very first things I pinned on Pinterest…

Bubble Wrap Hopscotch via GiversLog

What a great idea, right!

 

So, I cut up the bubble wrap into squares, wrote the numbers on the back with a Sharpie and laid them out down the hall.  Since Abbi’s feet are so little she got to hop up and down the board before they were all popped.  But here’s a tip we discovered early on – wear socks.  Sweaty little kid feet have a way of picking up and taking the squares with them with every jump :).

Do you do anything fun with bubble wrap or do you just give in and pop it the normal way?

Band Aid & Neosporin Back to School:Sponsored Giveaway

Guess what?  Band Aid and Neosporin want to give one lucky reader of my other blog, So You Think You’re Crafty, a gift to help with those inevitable cuts and scraps that come along with every new school year.

That right there is a first aid kit valued at $40 to help beef up your current supply.  And there is some pretty  cool stuff in there.

Click here to see what you would get if you were to win and the full details of how to enter.

2 Weeks of Meals in 45 Minutes

So the other day on Facebook I saw a status update from a friend that made me do a double take.  She said that she had made 18 meals for under $100 and in about an hour.

Guys, it was totally legit! I’ve had a few other friends do the same thing right before they have a baby to make meal times easy after the little one arrives. I decided to give it a try too.  I just followed the recipes and advice given in the link from that Facebook status. And now I’m passing it on to you.

Frozen Crock Pot Meals! by Freebies 2 Deals

I didn’t buy anything on sale but I still got 12 meals for about $120 bucks. And they were all assembled during the time it took Abbi to watch one episode of Diego.  I’d say that’s pretty good.

I did one thing differently than the Freebies 2 Deals post did though.  I split each recipe into 2 separate crock bags and zip locks. I knew that each recipe would be enough for two meals for our family. Instead of having left-overs forcing us to eat the same thing twice within a week I split them so we could spread them out a little.

crock pot meals

Doesn’t that picture just bring peace to your soul?  Nothing better than seeing dinner taken care of for the next two weeks :)

Have you ever made multiple meals at once to save time/money?

A Board to Keep my Life on Track

I like lists.  And notes. And piles.  It’s a good system: make a list or write a note, put it in a pile.  Done.  Organized just like I like it.  But there is a problem with this system.  You’re shocked, right? It seems like a perfect plan.  But…

A lot of the lists and notes I have I need to refer back to frequently.  That creates a lot of paper shuffling and the danger of paper cuts.  I finally decided something needed to be done.  So I got right to work on a bulletin board for above my desk.

It’s not a huge change.  I was going to make it all cutesy and stuff, but I kinda got lazy.  I’m sure I’ll be adding more stuff to make it look a little bit more “me,” but it serves the purpose for now. Especially for a project that only took 5 minutes from before picture to after picture.

What’s your favorite 5 minute project?

Relax…It’s Only a Girls Room

Remember when I went to New York for BlogHer ’12 a few weeks ago?  While I was there, I attended an event sponsored by Carpet One. It was such a fun night!  I’m going to apologize in advance for not having any photos of the night.  I was so busy that I totally spaced taking any.  What kind of a blogger am I?

Carpet One wanted to show us their new line of stain resistant carpets by Relax…it’s Lees®.  And what better way than cocktails (or mock-tails in my case) and mini pedicures!  At the bar, the bar tender would mix up the drinks pour some in our glasses, then dump the rest right on the carpet.  And we’re talking drinks containing orange juice, Kool-Aid and pomegranate juice.  They weren’t messing around.

These carpets are amazing guys.  The spill didn’t even soak in!  She just wiped it up with water and a clean rag.  Water!  And a Rag!  That’s it! It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. If we weren’t renting I’d run out right now and carpet the house in this stuff. It’s their new EverTex™ technology.  The fiber itself is stain resistant, not just a coating that will wear off like most carpets, so you’ll be worry free for a long time. And it’s so soft and plush.  It really is great.

So after I learned about this carpet and realized the benefits that could be gained from having it in a house with a 4 year old that has no concept of food staying at the table no matter how many times I tell her, I decided to put together a little mood board for her room using the new Lees EverTex™ carpet as the starting point.

Our bedrooms are the only rooms in our small apartment that I haven’t gotten around to decorating yet. I figure it’s high time I start on Abbi’s.  Especially since it probably won’t get done until Spring if I don’t start soon; there’s a good amount of furniture painting that needs to be done and I have to do that outside while the weather is still good.

1 – Curtains – I love the neutral gray-ish dots.
2 – Striped Bedding – This bedding from Lands End is a little pricey for me so I’m going to work on a knock-off to achieve the same look.  I love that it’s girly without being too princessy.
3 – Paint Chip Chandelier – I love the look of this and it’s so easy!  I could even have Abbi help me punch out the paint chip circles.
4 – Expedit Shelving – The people that lived in our last apartment before us left a black one of these behind.  I gladly accepted, but I’m going to put a shiny new coal of white paint on it.
5 – Dorna Boxes – I currently have the white one (which may not be available anymore??) in the expedit.  I’m going to cut out some little pictures on my Silhouette to put on the front of them for labels so that Abbi will know better where to put things away.
6 – Jenny Lind Bed – I found on of these at the thrift store for $20 last summer.  I know, right?!  Even though it’s a nasty burnt orange color I snatched that right up.  I was going to paint it pink, but I’m leaning towards a nice clean white now.
7 –  Table Lamp – I already have a lamp very similar to this one only reversed; it has a pink base and white shade.  It’s lacking the ruffles though.  But that is a very easy fix.
8 – Time of Your Life carpeting in Mojito by Relax…It’s Lees® – Like I mentioned before, we’re renting so I can’t put this in the whole room.  An area rug will just have to do for now.

I can’t wait to get going on it (so be looking for a bunch of these projects in the next few weeks)!

Have you guys found a carpet that can withstand the wear and tear of kids? 

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I did, however, receive a super cool sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

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