Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pirate Treasure Hunt

To kick off the summer, I put together a pirate treasure hunt for my kids and some of their cousins.  It started with the surprise delivery of their invitation that morning...a message in a bottle.

My husband and I burned the edges, rolled them up, tied them with a string, slipped them into the bottle, and then corked the top.

I also got them pirate bandannas in their favorite colors.

And then they were off!


Such a fun way to start the summer!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer School

I have big plans this summer, oh yes I do! I'm one of those moms that LOVES having her kids home. Sidenote: I'm also one of those moms that didn't necessarily love the newborn stage. *Gasp*. I know, it sounds evil. But until you have a baby that never sleeps and takes up screaming as hobby on day three of life, don't judge! Especially if said baby is your first and taints your view of newborns forever. :) Anyways, where was I going with this? Oh yes, I loved my newborns, but let's face it, I was excited when they could crawl, walk, eat table foods, and be somewhat independent. While others bask in babyhood, I really feel like childhood is my domain. So, back to my post...
For the first time, I'm doing a summer school of sorts with my kids!!!! (Can you tell I'm a little excited about this?)
I want there to be lots of unstructured outside play, but I think all kids need some structure, and I'm excited to be more hands-on with their learning and activities this summer.
I plan on covering lots of different subjects. Practical things like first aid and cooking, but also lots of things that foster imagination and creativity. One of the things I'm most excited about is introducing my kids to art. I ordered this book off of Amazon, and I couldn't be more excited:

It introduces kids to artists and their work, and then has ideas for art projects to try at home.  I think it's going to be a great place to start.
I also have lots of other fun ideas up my sleeve, including a magic mail bag that magically shows up every morning to deliver the supplies for that day's adventure, a spy school, a chef birthday party for my seven year old, lots of hiking, backyard camping, and tons more.  Stay tuned!
I'll try to keep the blog updated with our activities, but sometimes I get so caught up in enjoying our projects, that I forget to document them.  I'll work very hard to be better!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lemon Dropp at Pebbles in My Pocket!

Hi Everyone! A little over two months ago, Pebbles in My Pocket contacted me, and asked me if I would be interested in selling my prints in their Orem store. I was floored...and so excited...and I said yes, yes, yes!!! So, you can now find my prints in their Orem store - 1132 S State.

I'm so happy that they contacted me, not only because it gives me the chance to grow my business, but because their store rocks. I remember walking into their store about seven years ago, right after Matthew was born, because now that I was a mom, I wanted to start scrapbooking. It was a great little store, but then we moved to Davis County and I never set foot in it again...until last month. And let me tell you, the store has completely changed, and I'm in love!

In the last seven years, they've expanded, and completely changed things up.
In addition to their awesome selection of paper and scrapbook goods, they have a large area that you can come, sit, and scrap. They also have a boutique section where they sell goods from local artisans (that's where Lemon Dropp can be found). But that's not all. They also sell the cutest party goods - vintage style paper straws, pretty cupcake liners, bright and unique balloons...just to name a few. Don't even get me started on their selection of ribbons and trims. Giant ric-rac in a rainbow of colors? Check. Vintage style pompom trims? Oh yes. Lovely ribbons and lace? YES!! They sell trims that I've only ever seen online, right in their store! They also offer a variety of craft kits - paper roses, fabric flower embellishments and headbands, cookie tubes, gift boxes....cute, cute, cute. It makes me wish I lived closer to Orem!

So, if you live nearby, you should really check them out, you won't be disappointed. And, if you don't live in Utah County, they have an online store. They also have a blog with tons of fun, fresh ideas. You should really check them out HERE and HERE.

But that's not the only exciting news I have to share...Husband has a job! He graduated from BYU with an MBA last April, and we've been searching for a job ever since. After more interviews than I can count, several fly-backs, a lot of no's and more ups and downs than the rides at Magic Mountain, we are employed at a great company...on a trial basis...but it's paid and it's a step in the right direction. Yay!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Exciting News!

Some completely amazing and exciting things have been happening around here! The problem is, I've been so busy with said exciting things, that I haven't had time to blog about it. Stay tuned, and I will spill the beans :)

In the meantime, Spring has finally come to Utah! Enjoy!!