Saturday, August 22, 2015

Very Unhelpful Tips for Visiting Fort Mott State Park

1. Let's start with the most important- Don't be five minutes late to the ferry to Pea Patch Island. (!!!)
2. Two hours is way too long to wait for the next ferry, even with really cool play grounds. 
3. Pack a lunch, or stop for sandwiches and eat them at the shady picnic area!
4. If you do miss said Ferry to Pea Patch Island, return the following week and try again.

Will update soon, and give much more exciting and insightful tips about visiting Fort Mott.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Birthday Party for a New Tooth

Today was a big day. The little man lost his first tooth, proving that he is indeed getting to be a big kid and bringing a tear to my eye. Last week he asked for a WWE wrestling poster for his room. This week it's teeth. I shudder to think what could be coming next...Thankfully he still enjoys doing silly things like throwing birthday parties for new grown-up teeth being born and making crafts and cakes with his Momma. For now. 
We started by making candles. These particular beeswax candles were easy for the kids to roll themselves and were quick to make. Just place a piece of wick along the edge of the beeswax sheet and roll until it creates a tight taper candle. Similar kits can be found on Etsy here with everything you need for under $10. These candles will be great for many birthdays to come! 
(or tooth birthday parties, if the kids want an encore)
To go with the candles, I chose to borrow this recipe for healthier banana cake with greek yogurt and cream cheese icing. I liked it! Make sure you don't over mix the batter. I just made sure the ingredients were barely combined and then stopped mixing. Have I mentioned I'm a chronic over-mixer before? It's a bit of a problem. So just don't treat them like brownies, ok? You'll be fine. The icing was awesome, my only addition was to add some vanilla beans-- basically because I had them on hand. I order mine online here because they aren't always available at my grocery store.
So, for the record, we don't always bake cakes and make candles for occasions like lost teeth. But with a free day ahead of us and school starting soon it was the perfect way to spend a morning together. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

This Week in Projects/Recipes/Getaways

This week we were busy creating. I went through a little bit of a slump on the creative end for the beginning of summer because of the busyness of day trips, but we're back in full force now with our projects! 

This week we made sunflowers for the windows and some seashell necklaces from our trip to the beach. Now that Zion's three years old, shes really into beading and creating jewelry which is a passion we both share :) I can see the sunflower windows being a really cool way to add color to a classroom as well!

I also rearranged some furniture this week and brought up a few of my old, unused decorations from storage. The house just needed a little mid-summer freshening-up.

Speaking of mid-summer freshening up, Andrew and I enjoyed a weekend away together. Lots of nice meals out to eat, a few days on the beach, and a beautiful sunset enjoyed from the top of a lifeguard stand in Cape May. It was so nice to relax and enjoy the quiet together while celebrating our anniversary, and chit chatting and sleeping. It was good to sleep. 

On the food front, we've been continuing to keep things light and low-carb this summer- lots of yogurt/fruit/granola breakfasts. (See picture below of my granola, just out of the oven. I followed the recipe from the blog but added in a cup of quinoa in place of one cup of the oats for extra protein.) We've also been eating lots of fish, chicken, and beef with vegetables for dinner.

Here are a few quick snap shots of what we've been up to! 
Quite a few are cell phone pictures because with three kids carrying a camera isn't always an option :D

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