Crafts, Family, Gift Ideas, Kids, Uncategorized

DIY-ing a “Broken” Ring & Designing a Custom Ring

Buying a Beautiful Ring & Breaking It The original ring compared to the setting with the corundum ruby. The setting after the stone fell out, and a picture of the "ruby" ring in the light. I bought a beautiful sterling silver ring from a store online because I am absolutely in love with green amethysts,… Continue reading DIY-ing a “Broken” Ring & Designing a Custom Ring

Art, Family, Gift Ideas, Kids

Taking a Panda Drawing, From Illustration, to Product, to Procreate Animation

My 1st attempt at animation with Procreate. My latest attempt at animation, using the group feature, is at the end of the tiktok video. I really enjoy turning the kid's drawings into digital art and animations. My niece drew the original panda drawing. You can see her picture in the video below, plus the animation… Continue reading Taking a Panda Drawing, From Illustration, to Product, to Procreate Animation

Art, Beauty, Crafts, Demos Tutorials, Family, Kids

Dyeing Sundresses Ombre – For My Flower Girl & Jr. Bridesmaid!

This is the story about how I ended up dyeing cotton-blend dresses in an ombre style for our wedding. Last summer Billy and I got married on the beach in a very small ceremony. We hadn't been sure what the wedding turnout would look like when we were planning our wedding in the midst of… Continue reading Dyeing Sundresses Ombre – For My Flower Girl & Jr. Bridesmaid!

Family, Halloween, Movies

Alien Earrings & Good Memories!

I love my new earrings but the way these are advertising had me laughing hysterically. Sellers go crazy with descriptive words and I keep wondering what happens if someone is nearsighted and can't tell that this isn't a T-Rex in the picture! Not cool sellers, not cool. Anyhow despite my issues with the description, I… Continue reading Alien Earrings & Good Memories!

Art, Career, Education, Family, Kids, Marketing

My Niece’s Frog Drawing Becomes a Coffee Cup

My niece is a talented young artist who has been featured at school for her art a few times already. Of course when I see anyone who has a passion for art I do my very best to help them develop their style, strengthen their skills, and find more ways to enjoy their wonderful hobby.… Continue reading My Niece’s Frog Drawing Becomes a Coffee Cup

Family, Food, Gardening

Tomato Season is the Best!

Garden fresh tomatoes are one of my favorite things about this season. When I was growing up my main chores were to do dishes, dust and vacuum, and water the garden. By the time I was a teenager the outside spigot was broken. So I carried 2 watering cans at a time from the kitchen… Continue reading Tomato Season is the Best!

Cleaning, Family, Household, Mom Life

Good Smells on Laundry Day!

WHOO! This year has been quite the whirlwind. I don't think of have written anything since May. I have a ton of pictures and things to write about but haven't had the time. That being said I wanted to post a low-stress blog about something I enjoy. I almost never use scented detergent because there… Continue reading Good Smells on Laundry Day!

Career, Education, Family, Health, Wisdom

ANOTHER Yoga Teacher?

Does the world really need another yoga teacher? In all honesty, probably not. Need is a strong word and since the yoga industry has exploded I don't feel like anyone is likely to be struggling to find a teacher. Still I had been looking at the requirements to become a Registered Yoga Teacher for several… Continue reading ANOTHER Yoga Teacher?

Family, Kids

Pogo Sticks, Learning to Jump, & Impressing My Kids

I'm not gonna lie, it's not easy to impress my kids these days. They are usually much more impressed by dad who builds things and fixes everything. Enter our 20 year old pogo stick which still works but isn't in any kind of condition for a person over 50 lbs. My son had found it… Continue reading Pogo Sticks, Learning to Jump, & Impressing My Kids

Books, Education, Family, Kids, Party, Shopping

The Kids Books I Can’t Live Without

Check out the Usborn books I thought were special enough I had to have them! So my Usborn party was supposed to close tonight at midnight which you will hear in my video but it's been extended. For how long you say? I didn't ask, so if you want to order sooner is better than… Continue reading The Kids Books I Can’t Live Without

Family, Kids

Backyard Ninja Course & More Fun Outdoor Activities!

My kids love American Ninja Warrior and so when I was looking at swing sets I searched ninja courses just to see if anything was available. Wow, has the selection grown from last year! This is the ninja slackline we ended up purchasing but the price of this item has gone up since then. We… Continue reading Backyard Ninja Course & More Fun Outdoor Activities!

Art, Crafts, Crochet, Demos Tutorials, Family, Gift Ideas, Kids

Do you Knit, Crochet, or Do All The Things?

I can't remember if I started crocheting or knitting on a loom first. I started my kids with loom knitting because they are still able to make a useable item even if they can't get the tension right. With the loom it's really hard to do stitches wrong so the kids are usually happy with… Continue reading Do you Knit, Crochet, or Do All The Things?

Family, Kids, Mental Health

How to Train a Puppy & Our Animal House!

There is a new dog in the neighborhood so roll-on over and make some room! No seriously, move over cause he isn't the smallest pup and he loves to snuggle. We did not decide to get a puppy just because corona was happening, although staying home more than we have in ages, did play a… Continue reading How to Train a Puppy & Our Animal House!

Family, Health, Mental Health, Wisdom

Easy Ways to Boost Mood, Stay Active, & Be Healthy in Long Winters

We all know we are supposed to practice self-care but what does that even mean when the days are cold and you don't feel like doing anything besides snuggling under a blanket watching your favorite TV show? If you also struggle to make healthy choices and keeping your body moving during the winter this post… Continue reading Easy Ways to Boost Mood, Stay Active, & Be Healthy in Long Winters

Chronic Conditions, Disability/Handicap, Family, Health, Mental Health

A House for Brother “Autism, Adulthood, & More Independence Through Tech”

How do I help my brother achieve his dreams but still be there to support him when he needs me? So we are smack dab in the middle of winter, and we are helping my autistic adult brother move into, what we are hoping, will be his forever home. Please understand that I have considered… Continue reading A House for Brother “Autism, Adulthood, & More Independence Through Tech”