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Monday, July 25, 2016

10 Free Printable Coloring Sheets to beat the Summer Heat.

Summer here is at full force. The temperatures have been close to triple digits and the feels like has been in triple digits for a while. This means slowing down and less time outside. On the other hand, we have been trying to find stuff to do inside.

Down here in Southwest Arkansas, there is the library, two local museums and not much else. After a couple of trips to the museums, Glitter Bug has tired of them. Instead we have been lots of coloring to beat the heat and boredom. Glitter Bug prefers the adult coloring pages because of the challenge for her.

We want to share some of our favorite free printable coloring pages.

















What are you doing this summer to beat the heat?

Until we next meet,





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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Goodies.

Summer is here and  it has come on strong. This past week we have seen very hot to almost bareable for me. However, the vegetable game is strong this year.

We have the luck of being able to go to two different farmer's markets. Normally I would be growing my own vegetables bu a storm washed all my plants out of my raised beds. Now we go to our local farmer's markets on Tuesday and Saturday.  We have made friends with a couple of the local farmers which allows Glitter Bug to see where our food comes from. This has also allowed me to do some canning.

Yesterday was the first time I canned without my Hubby's help. I have to say it was a lot of hard work and heat. Glitter Bug did help by packing the slices in, moving jars and putting in the crisper stuff. She also pulled a couple of the jars out of the canner. This made canning pickles much more fun and exciting for her. Here is some of our work.




As you can see we had lots of fun. I am looking forward to canning pasta sauce with Glitter Bug soon. What do you enjoy about summer?

Until we next meet,

A



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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Not so amusing wake up call.

Last week was full of excitement for our trip to a local amusement park. I have never been and Glitter Bug could not wait to go. We picked up her cousin and off we went. The excitement in the truck was catching and continued the whole ride.

After entering the park, we hatched our plan of what rides to ride. The first couple of rides were the water rides of course. With a nine year old water rides are a must. The next rid had Glitter Bug waiting because it goes upside down. Hubby, cousin and I got ready to ride. Did I mention I HATE rides?! So here we are sitting waiting for everyone to board.  As the ride fills up the bar lowers to keep us from falling out. It is a snug fit. As the ride attendant came by he said I have to lower the bar more. Okay, now it is tight. It clicked and I thought okay let's get this ride over.  Then the attendant comes back and says the ride still says it is not locked. Again he pushed down and now the bar is making it hard to breath. At this point I am thinking this ride is about to start. Nope, instead the attendant came back to let me know the bar is not locked in place. I told him to just let me off.

Mortified I am too fat to ride, I climb down to wait with my daughter. I had to do the walk of shame in front of a FULL ride. How did this happen? Don't get me wrong I know weight has been put on but surely not enough to keep me from riding a ride. This felt like the lowest point of my life.

I have spent the last week in a funk about this. Question how I did this. Why I did this. I could blame stress, lifestyle etc, but really I did this. Now it is up to me to make changes to remove this weight. Small steps  are happening in our house. More fruits (tomatoes and clementines), fresh veggies and smaller meals. Lots of walking and pick up running again. You can follow my journey on Instagram with the hashtag; #getfitalicia. Also feel free to encourage when you can or want to.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

How we are doing gardening this year.

This year has been another wet year here in Southwest Arkansas. This means for us our yard/garden has standing water. Every time the water dries up enough to till for the garden, more rain makes it's way to our little part of the world. Don't get me wrong, I love having the rain but it does make having a huge garden hard. Since we do look forward to eating fresh veggies out of our garden, we had to find a different way to make this happen. After much thought, looking on pinterest, and research the decision was made to do raised beds this year. Yes last year we had one raised bed (cinder blocks) but it was just not big enough and the extra soil I bought was not good for growing all we planted.  This year we are using these.

I like to call them my tomato bed and my squash bed. As you can tell I didn't following planting instructions. (Sorry Jessica. But do go check out her post about gardening.) I wanted to make sure we planted enough for Glitter Bug to participate in the farmer's market and still get our share of fresh veggies. 

So these beds started as four 2x12x12 boards. Hubby and talked about it and figured 2 feet wide would allow plants room and still allow me to reach anywhere in the beds with ease. Hubby measured and cut 2 feet off each of the boards to make the ends. and screwed them together.  The moving to the backyard was fun. (Thank goodness Hubby keeps things. He had a pair of wheels we used to roll them to their place.) 

Next we had to fill them in with some kind of dirt. We chose top soil from Atwoods mostly because we are limited living in our small town but bonus because the top soil was on sale. I was glad it was because we ended up using 48 bags of top soil. Glitter Bug was even working hard dumping bags.

Here are what the final project looked like. A great part is since we didn't make a place for the raised beds. We just put plastic down and the ground being lumpy the water doesn't sit under the bed. Yay! 


 Our hands after getting all the dirt done. The family that gardens together has some of the best fun.


What do you have growing? Any plans for a garden? Please share in the comments. 

Until we next meet,


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

MAKE.. whatever happen

Let me first say Thank You for returning after the long break. It was a good break to recharge and renew. We made lots of memories.

The holiday season was the most laid back we have ever had. Truthfully I don't think there were more than 10 pictures taken. For me the best part was living in the moment and not through a lens trying to get the best shot to share.

2015 taught me to slow down, enjoy life, and make time for the small things. We never know how much we have with anyone. That lesson was the hardest my little family had to learn. We had to say goodbye to a wonderful man. I am grateful for every day spent with my father in law and being a part of his family.  2016 tried to take off on us and complicate but deep breaths, slowing down prevailed.

Speaking of this year, I have decided to participate in the one word focus. (Last year was potential.) I kind of bounced the idea of not picking a word and just see what the year brought. However the word "Make" kept popping up. Thoughts like "make more memeories," "make life happen," "make time," "make your dreams happen," "make crafts," "make chances happen." These thoughts would jump out in the quite time like washing dishes, folding clothes and driving to work. This year is going to hold lots of make and truthfuly,  I am ready for it all.

What is your word or focus for this year?

Until we next meet,
A

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Art, IDO3D and Glitter Bug

This post is compensated by IDO3D. The all fun and opinions are my own and Glitter Bug.

This past weekend I scored some great Mom points. When Glitter Bug (G.B.) and I got home from my parent's house there was a box waiting for us to arrive. (Hubby kept it safe for us.) When I told G.B. we received a box, she was excited to see what awaited.


I was a little wary of using 3D art. Honestly, I had never heard of products like these before. G.B. knew exactly what this was and had been planning on asking for this toy for Christmas. 

First thing I would suggest is to read the first couple of pages. They really helped ease us into this whole process. Our first art project was the butterfly.


On the fine lines, G.B. could squeeze the pen all by her self. The major set back she had was her hand cramped up because she was squeezing very hard. After a few minutes the ink in the pen warmed up which made using much easier.  

The drawing got to where she had to concentrate really hard to keep from getting the ink on her hands or clothes. Something we did noticed was the ink did leave a little bit of sticky on our hands but we didn't have any reaction to the ink. Warm water and a little bit of scrubbing and all the ink was gone. This was something I was concerned about after reading. However, there was no mess that didn't come up easy. 

Another issue we ran into was how long it took to cure. Some of it I am sure is our fault because of the amount of ink we were trying to cure. Another blogger said she and her kids cured as they went which helped but G.B. and I had to put ours into the sunlight to get it to cure. 

Before we had to put up the crafts up for the day, G.B. wanted to do one more 3D design.

Since G.B. already wears glasses and she thought this one would be fun. She said "I have to wear these to Christmas." She was so excited to share the IDO3D pen with her cousins over the Holidays. This is a great craft for children to do alone or together. It is also fun for adults. 





Thursday, August 27, 2015

My year of Potential update

The title kind of gives you an idea of what I want to share but there is more. My word for the year is Potential. And in some ways I have been living up to mine. This year I have done two 5Ks and didn't finish one. Not going to lie, not finishing made me feel all the goals set and passed were for nothing. Instead it meant I need to work harder and do better. However I didn't. The excuses started setting in. I am too tired. It's too hot. I have too much to do. My child's activities have me busy. I don't feel like doing anything. When it cools down I will get back on track. In reality, I didn't. I still am not. I got okay with the way things were. Go to work, come home, cook supper, watch tv, go to bed and do it all the next day. Any work I had done is gone. Today, I looked in the mirror and saw myself. (Yes I know we judge ourselves harder than anyone else.) I hated what I saw. There staring back at me was failure, grief, tiredness, all those excuses piling up, the face of someone I never want to see again. I cried. Cried for the loss of what I could have done but chose not to do. Cried because I did this to myself. Cried because I am sick of seeing myself this way.

Today I am taking on the word "Potential" again. I am the only one with the potential to change myself. I am the only one who can change the way I see myself. It is going to be a long road and I am sure I will fall but I can't fall if I never start.


Until we next meet,

A

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