Friday, November 30, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama.  A photo capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Papa and his girls, after his very first 12 hour night shift (plus commuting an hour each way) with his new job!  They missed him so and had a hard time letting him go to bed after our family breakfast!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thrifty Thursday

I am very excited to be a part of a BRAND NEW linky party!  My friend and neighbor, Lindsey of Apple of Mama's Eye blog, suggested we start a linky party!  We both love to create (sewing, crafting, cooking...) and we both LOVE to save $$ and live simply.  She created Thrifty Thursday and I am happy to be a part of it! 

Now here is the bittersweet part of this:  We have been neighbors (as in live about 1/8 mile from each other) for many years, in both our single and married lives, and she was even a childhood friend of The Hubs before my family moved to the neighborhood.. (YES The Hubs was pretty much "the boy next door" for me), AND we both have two year old little girls, AND we attend the same church and young mama's life group AND we planned to homeschool together.... She is MOVING. Soon. Sigh. Her hubby re-enlisted with the Army and they will soon be off on a new adventure.  Soooooo this linky is a way for the two of us to stay in touch and "hang out together" each week!

I didn't have time this week to make anything thrifty since we have had some big changes in our little family (I will blog soon about that!) So I am showing off my very first sewing project, from September 2011, with my yardsale sewing machine!!
~Sew Simple~
After one long, stressful, confusing evening of learning how to use my second hand Singer Simple sewing machine, I finally figured it out (thanks to some facebook friends who replied to my desperate post). It works like a dream. I have been coming up with new things I want to sew. A pillow case dress for Bunny has always been at the top of the list. I had two cute pillow cases that I bought at a yard sale. So I used them to learn. When she found out I had two matching ones, my 14 year old sister, Katie, begged me to make her and Bunny a matching shirt and dress. Katie is the only 14 year old I know who would want to match a toddler, and I lover her for that. So, after a trip to Joanne's Fabric, I spent a nap time and a late night figuring it all out. Finally around 11:00pm they were finished. It was really easy once you figure out what to do.


In Katie's awesomeness, she insisted they wear them to church to show them off.

The next day, I made another dress for Bunny.
 I couldn't find a pillowcase I liked, so I just sewed my own out some fabric I loved.
I used 1/2 a yard of fabric. This makes it big enough to last Bunny for at least a couple of years.

 I am pretty excited to finally know how to sew some. The Hubs picked out some camo fabric at the store and has been begging me to make Bunny a camo dress, so I guess that is next. I have decided that sewing will be part of Bunny's homeschooling when she is older. Katie is wanting me to teach her too. It is really a great skill to have and the savings can be remarkable. I spent about a grand total of less than $8 for all three pieces. Pretty cheap for such cute clothes!

On to the PARTY!!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wonderfull (Full of Wonder) Wednesday

Looking for the wonder in everyday life! 
I'd love for you to join me on this journey. 
If you find wonder along the way, please leave a link in the comments,
so others can share in your wonder.

It is a wonderfull thing to be a part of a local Birth Circle...
mamas (and a few papas) that help, teach, encourage, share and fellowship with one another!

Shared with these Linky Parties~
Happy Family Times
The Sunday Parenting Party

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Incredible Egg and Eco-Kids Tuesday Link-Up

I feel like we have been waiting forever for these chickens to start laying. And now, all of a sudden, we have a fridge shelf stacked full of pretty little brown eggs.

We sold our firsts today!

There are so many great things about eggs. I like mine scrambled with salt.

One thing about eggs, that not many people realize, is that the shells can also be useful. We use ours as supplements for our now laying chickens. It takes a lot out of a hen to produce egg after egg. We try to make sure to replenish her nutrients.

So after making a scrumptious breakfast, we lay out eggs shells on a baking sheet and bake them at 350* for 30 minutes.

Then we crush them up.

The idea is that we don't want the hens won't recognize them as eggs (otherwise, they might start eating eggs out of the nest boxes).

Then we toss the crushed shells in for the chickens.

A healthy chicken lays healthy eggs.
I hope that we have many more eggs to come.

Welcome back to Eco-Kids Link-Up!  We had so many great posts shared last week! I enjoyed each and every one of them.  Here are a few of my favorites from last week!

My Bunny is a no nap two year old (she does sleep 12-14 hours at night) and by mid afternoon I am tired and looking for fun ways to keep her emtertained.  Kids Zone: Children at Play had a GREAT idea... tape!!

Another link I really liked was from Creative Chaos.  I use a salt block for a natural deodorant.  I shared my reasons why and all the details here... but this looks like a great homemade deodorant recipe.

Making Boys Men had a great Outdoor Play post!!  An ocean apart and yet our outdoor play pictures looks very much alike.. well not counting the cool castle looking structure in several of her pictures.

If you were featured please feel free to grab a button for your blog.  And please keep linking up great all your Eco-Kid ideas!

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Now on to the party!!!  I hope that you'll share some great family-friendly posts that are also friendly for the environment. Some ideas include:
  •  Nature Activities
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Crafts made with re-purposed or recycled materials
  • Sewing and DIY home projects
  • Science Experiments
  • Posts on environmental issues for kids or families
  • Non-toxic living
  • Homeopathic Remedies
Eco-Kids Tuesdays is co-hosted by Organic Aspirations and Like Mama~Like Daughter this means that anything you link-up shows up on both blogs!

Feel free to link up several of your posts.

There are only a few rules:

Please follow both co-hostess' blogs, and visit some of the other posts and give them some encouragement!  Please stick to posts and photos not giveaways or items for sale.

By linking up, you are agreeing that Organic Aspirations or Like Mama~Like Daughter can feature your photos next week with a link back to your site.  

Please link back to my site using this button (once I get it fixed !!) OR simply text linking within your post!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Nature is the Best Teacher

One nature walk + One curious child = A whole lot of learning going on!

Checking out the various animal prints in the mud.
  Deer and raccoon!

Examining the dew drops still on the plants in the shade!

 Every few feet, we have to stop and inspect something: various leaves, moss, ferns, nuts...

A big pile of dirt where "something" dug is always worthy of a closer look and lots of discussion.

How awesome that God gave us the natural world to learn about. And Nature to teach us.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Week Off

An Enchanted Childhood was closed this week. 
We were able to have some fun get-togethers with the cousins...

This little one thinks she is a big girl and sat herself up from a reclining position,
so the highchair now has the tray on the front!

Thursday, before the big family dinner, Nana and Pap took Bunny for a walk. 
The weather was gorgeous!

They walked up the road, across the field, and then back home on the Nature Path!

Where Bunny climbed Two Tree Mountain again..

and then slid down the Mud Slide!

Soon after the walk, Nana had dinner ready, and Little Squirrely couldn't keep her eyes off the food!
Next year, baby girl!

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Shared at:
Country Kids
Happy Family Times

Friday, November 23, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama.  A photo capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

  Pap (my dad) teaching Bunny to dip her sandwich in her soup!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Crafting Along With needle and thREAD

Ok, is she not just one of the stinking cutest babies ever, or what?!?!

I was scouring SouleMama's blog yesterday. If you have never read her blog, you should check it out. With every post I read, I fall more and more in love with her life... I always think "This could be me in a few years!" Everything she does inspires me... Well except for the Honey Bees... They kinda freak me out a little. I came across a post about an awesome little sweater vest that she knitted. Right away, I knew I Baby Squirrely needed one.

Not being a knitter and not really wanting to put the time into crocheting one, I yet again dug though my pile of thrifted wool sweaters, and set to work

I cut out a basic sweater vest shape.

I stitched up the sides and fake serged (zigzag stitched) around the edges.

Then I folded them over and hemmed them up to be a smooth finish.

 Seriously, one of the stinking cutest babies ever!

Oh hey, there is another one!

I am absolutely blessed and so incredibly thankful...

God is good... I love my life!

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