Something for Your Inner Hippy!

I have new items in my shop. Go check them out! You might find something you like or a gift for a friend.

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Go shopping!

Did you grow up in the 60’s or just remember hearing what it was like? Check out these fun facts or should I say insane things that were actually acceptable back then?

 

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29th Annual Art Car Parade

We went to the Art Car Parade this past weekend. There’s always lots of cool cars to see. This year the route went down Smith street in downtown Houston. In my opinion, it turned out to be a great location and the weather was perfect!

Here are some photos.

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Want to know more about all the events leading up to the parade and after? Check out their website.

Want to see more pictures from this past weekend on Chron.com?  Did you know that the Art Car Parade was born in April 1988 with a 40 car parade seen by and estimated 2,000?  It has grown since then. Today it has 200+ vehicles and is seen by 250,000+ spectators. Crazy!

Still want to see more art car images? Check these out from Pinterest.

 

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USS Lexington

We had a great time camping overnight with the Boyscouts on a World War II vintage Essex class aircraft carrier called the USS Lexington! A little spooky at times, but there is great history there. In 1979, eight female officers became the first women stationed aboard a US Navy ship and in 1981 the first woman jet pilot to land on an aircraft carrier. These historic moments happened on the Lexington. Go check out the boat and everything it stands for, visit their museum.

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I didn’t get to take a picture, but one of my favorite parts of the boat was the lower decks. That’s where they had the dentist, church, medical, machine shop, post office and lots of other things. It was like a maze. I wasn’t sure if we would ever get out. LOL! They really make it look realistic and gives you an idea of how people lived on the boat back then.

Here is a little LEX trivia and some fun facts for you to think about.

 

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Inspiring Art and Writing

So, I created this awesome commemorative poster (at least I think it’s awesome)! It was designed with the intention of only printing a limited amount. This was for purchase and the proceeds went to providing scholarships for students wanting to pursue a degree in art or writing. It was a fun project to work on.

The poster was created with Illustrator and InDesign.

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Fun fact: Andy Warhol was a past winner

To find out more about the Scholastic Art & Writing program go to www.artandwriting.org

Check out this video that our fabulous media production team created for last years event.

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Spring Break Holiday 

We spent our Spring Break at the beach. It was very relaxing. There were tons of large sea shells, beautiful blooming flowers, swimming in the sea, jellyfish, hula hoop dancing, bonfires and fireworks. Life is always better by the water.

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You need to plan a beach trip right now.

This article says so!

Summer is here. See you at the beach!

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Fort William – Visit to Scotland

This year we decided to take our family trip to Scotland. My husband really wanted to see his family in England, but thought Scotland would be a good place for both of our families. He grew up visiting Scotland when he was younger, so he wanted to take the kids there so they could enjoy it as much as he did. Spending time with his parents and sister’s family was very refreshing. Our whole trip to Scotland was amazing! Beautiful landscapes everywhere. I would love to go back and visit one day. Our days were filled with adventures, castles, hiking, lots of eating, playing games, interesting late night conversations and drinking Scotch whiskey every night. Lagavulin is my new favorite. 🙂

Here are some photos we took when we were out there. Enjoy!

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Did you know that the highest point in Scotland is the mountain peak of Ben Nevis. It’s actually the highest peak in the UK at 4,418 ft. Check out this short video of someone climbing Ben Nevis.  Pretty cool!

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Bison Burgers

 In the mood to try something new this weekend? Try this recipe. Yum! I have only showed you the ingredients. It’s up to you what quantity you choose. With a pound of meat, it should serve 3 people.

Ingredients:

• 1lb Bison (little or no spice- I usually just add a dash of salt and pepper)
• tomato
• goat cheese
• avocado
• bacon
• lettuce
• caramelized purple onion
• hamburger buns
• sweet potato and/or russet potatoes

Slice and dice all ingredients and place on separately as much as you like.

Did you know a bison and buffalo are two different animals? The American bison only lives in North America and the two main buffalo species live in Africa and Asia. What is the difference between a bison and buffalo?  Find it here.

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Queen of the Night!

Woah! Our cactus is in full bloom. Such a beautiful sight even though it lives a short life. I’m enjoying every moment of it. I love this time of year! There are flowers everywhere, bees buzzing, the grass is greener, birds singing, butterflies soaring, frogs croaking and the sun is shining. All things coming to life. Today is a good day! Stop and smell the cacti. 😉


    

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who come alive.” -H. Thurman

Check out this cool time lapse video of other cacti.

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Free Spirit Sundays!

Hula Hooping

Today was a fun day enjoying this beautiful weather. Summer time is upon us! Get outside before it starts getting too hot. Lets refresh the mind, the body and the soul. Breath, flow and glow. 

Did you know that you can burn up to 400 calories per hour hula hooping. If you use your arms and legs then you can burn as high as 600 calories per hour. Don’t have a hoop yet and want to try it out? Go to Hoopnotica and get yourself a beginner hoop. They also have DVD’s to help teach you how to hoop. If you follow my link here, you can get 15% off. Happy Hooping!

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Say what? Healthy crust?

 

Im always on the lookout for ways to incorporate healthy foods into our meals. Our family loves pizza and we usually eat it once a week. Most of the time on Mondays. No one wants to cook after the weekend and who doesn’t love pizza anyway. I haven’t met that person yet. So, I found this recipe for cauliflower pizza crust. I’m no good at baking anything. When it comes to using flour in a recipe, it never turns out right. I found this recipe and thought this was a great idea and tried it. Low and behold, it was a huge success. Everyone loved it! It was soft on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside. A perfect combination. If you want to try something new here is my recipe.

Pizza crust combination:

Turn oven on 400 degrees

• 1 cauliflower head
(either graded or processed – then cooked in the microwave for 8 minutes – let it cool down)
• a dash of salt and pepper
• a sprinkle of cilantro, chopped up spinach leaves or chopped fresh basil
• add 1 egg,

Mix all ingredients above, then bake crust for 10 minutes.

• Add a layer of barbecue sauce of your choice first
• 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup buffalo cheese, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
(you can use any cheese’s you have on hand – just make sure you include Parmesan)
• Big handful of tomatoes, chopped
• Red Onion, sliced
• Your choice of meat (I like to use shredded chicken or pork)

Cook for 15-20 minutes

Serves 3

Did you know that a cauliflower is grown from a seed?  Well, now you do. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that may help prevent cancer and is a good source of vitamin C. The orange cauliflower is suppose to be the most tasty. It’s suppose to be a little sweeter than the white kind. Purple cauliflower is suppose to be much better for you then white cauliflower. Not sure about the green one. Have you tried any of the these? Also, if you cook it for 30 minutes or more it decreases the health benefits by 75%. Go make your own cauliflower dish and tell me how it comes out.

What is one of your favorite healthy dishes to make?

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Beach Wedding Weekend

If I had to describe Kristi and Jesse’s wedding at the beach this past weekend, I would say it was PERFECTION! We went Friday to get everything ready for Saturday. The weather forcast predicted heavy rains. It didn’t just rain, it poured down like we were in the eye of a hurricane. Then hail started falling from the sky, as large as a quarter. The lights turned out and didn’t come back on until the next morning. The kids loved it because we brought out the candles and the flashlights. Luckily that was enough rain for one night, the next day there was no rain. Instead the weather brought us a double rainbow. It was amazing and just at the right time too. It came out right after the ceremony also bringing with it a blue, purple, fiery red sunset. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was very special.

Check out some of these great photos! The bride and groom were a gorgeous and handsome couple.

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Extraterrestrial Sounds!

It’s a Sunday afternoon and we are hanging out at home. All of a sudden, out of nowhere my son puts his finger around the rim of my empty glass. I’m like wait, what?? Don’t touch my glass! I was drinking out of that. Then all of a sudden it makes this sound. I was intrigued so we started to get more glasses out from the cupboard to see what sound they made. Each of them were a different frequency. I think we played around with all the glasses for about 45 minutes. It was fun!  See what we came up with or should I say what my son came up with.  🙂

Check this out! TURN UP THE SOUND.

Did you know you could make the glass shatter too?

You can also use the sound to control fire.

And check this video out if you want to see sand and sound. Very cool resonance experiment!

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Forbidden Island and King of Tokyo

My brother had this grand idea to have a family game night. It turned out to be loads of fun! I used my brain more than I had planned. We played a few games, but my favorite was King of Tokyo. I enjoyed it so much that we ended buying the other version called King of New York. LOL! I’m still waiting for my brother to come over so we can play that one together.

We are also into Scrabble right now. Did you know, there are 13 words in the official Scrabble dictionary that are impossible to play even using both blank tiles, including KNICKKNACK, PIZZAZZ, and SENSELESSNESSES. Try it!  Also, did you know the name Jenga is based on the Swahili word meaning “to build.” No wonder!

What are some of your favorite games to play?

If you’re looking for a new game yourself, check out King of Tokyo on Amazon.

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Magical Moments!

Spring is here! Beautiful things are happening on our end of the world. I love it! We were at the beach today and so far have found….spiderwebs in the sand dunes, blooming flowers all around us, and shells galore. Magical moments in the making. Today is the vernal equinox. This is where day and night are almost equal. 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. So, who’s going to try the art of egg balancing?

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Spring Break Madness

I was fortunate enough to have all of Spring Break off. So, the kids and I stayed busy. We had delicious breakfast outings (the chicken and waffles were fantastic!), 3D IMAX movie about tiny giants and foam party silliness at Discovery Green.

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What are some fun things that you like to do when you have a little free time?

If you are looking for more stuff to do in Houston check out Visit Houston.

 

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Beachlife

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This past weekend we went to the beach house in Freeport. My husband likes to call it Follets Island. Every time we go it continues to amaze me. No matter what the season, there’s always plenty to see and explore. It’s a lovely place when it’s hot or cold, dry or wet, windy or foggy. You can see in the photo it was pretty misty out. As you walked further into the distance, you became a little spec disappearing onto a blank white canvas.  I almost lost the boys twice. LOL! I felt safe with Boogie at my side. He is our loyal four legged family member, my protector. This was a peaceful day, walking along the beach picking up shells and firewood. We are all looking forward to visiting again very soon.

We love the beach. ❤

Did you know that there are over 200,000 nerve endings at the bottom of your feet? Well, walking barefoot stimulates them. That’s why it feels so good to go shoeless on the beach. I call that happy feet! See, I say that’s a good reason to go to the beach more often.

What do you like to do in your free time?

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The Brightest Lights in the House!

Green…red…yellow…flashing lights, Christmas trees, humongous wall murals, more bright lights and shrines to admire…oh my!shrine

We went to eat at Mi Tierra in San Antonio during our TSPRA conference. I really loved the atmosphere and the food. My co-workers not so much. LOL! I will definitely be back the next time I’m in town. If you are looking for something new and eclectic to see while in San Antonio, definitely give Mi Tierra a try.

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Liquid Sunshine!

Our tree has lemons! It’s a great time of year for me. I get to start making lemonade. Even though they are a year round fruit, February is when the lemons are at one of their peaks (ready for pickin’). Then again in August. Yum!

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Tip: If you only want to use a little bit of juice from your lemon and don’t want to cut open the whole thing (like me) this is what you do. Roll the lemon, stick a toothpick through it, squeeze out the juice, put the toothpick back through hole, refrigerate and save for later.

If you want to make perfect lemonade go here. 🙂

Happy juicing!

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RAW: Natural Born Artist

So, I received a call from someone who saw my cards on ETSY.  They asked me to be a RAW artist.  How cool is that?  I’m super excited to be a part of a community full of amazing local artists in different genres!

Check them out here.

If you want to support me and attend the event, go here and purchase a ticket for you and a friend.

Thanks and keep checking back for updates!

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I Heart Bingo!

What??? I never thought I would say that. LOL! I went the other night with some good friends. Had a great time and can’t wait to go back. The only person with gray hair was the man calling out the numbers.  😉

If your in Houston on a Thursday night and want something fun to do, go to the SBJST Lodge 88. You won’t be disappointed. Just make sure you get there early.

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The Cake Ball Explosion!

I made these cake balls for Super Bowl Sunday. They turned out better than expected and quick to make (with a little help from the kids).

Here is the recipe:

1 1/4 cups of cake flower, sifted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp butter, melted

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Mix all dry then wet ingredients together. Bake 6-7 minutes. Col 5 minutes Add glaze and top with sprinkles or anything else you like.

Vanilla glaze recipe:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Cake Ball

Cake Balls

If you were looking for healthy, oopsie!  This recipe is not that.  This is a special treat for a special occasion. 🙂

Share any cake pop ideas you have.  I’m always looking for new things to try.

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To Infinity and Beyond!

It’s that time of year for warm, fuzzy, cuddly things. It was cold and wet outside today sooo…… I decided to make my own scarf. I’m a big fan of bright neon and earthy color tones. It’s always tough finding the right balance. Here is my idea of what the rainbow should look like. 😊

What are your favorite colors?

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Wool Geodes

I’m always trying to find fun craft projects for my 7 year old to do. This one is a wool geode. Since he is into rocks, gems and crystal right now, I thought this was perfect. It turned out great!

What fun projects are you working on?

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The Flavor God is Upon Us!

I love these new spices! They are the perfect balance.
I also got the special edition one called ” Pizza”.
OMG! It makes everything taste like pizza.
Go order some for yourself.

http://www.flavorgod.com

Are you using special spices that you love?
If so, share them with us.

Flavor God Spices

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