My First Fairy Garden

1 fairy gardenIn my garden I have so many different types of plants but I felt I needed something else to enhance the look of my flower bed. There is a lot of greenery but I felt I needed something else that was not a plant. I wanted something with that would add year round color in my flower bed, as well as something that did not need1 fairy garden 3 any additional water. I decided to make a fairy garden. I really like Tinkerbell and all her fairy friends so I ordered them.

I had some flowers that I planted in a large pot and I 1 fairy garden 4had just enough room for a small fairy garden within it. I started with Rosetta a garden fairy. I made her house out of a water bottle. I cut the top to look like a flower and added a popsicle stick door. I also made a bench and a pergola out of popsicle sticks and toothpicks. One thing that was nice about adding Rosetta’s garden to this flower pot is I didn’t have to add more flowers.

1 fairy garden 2This project was simple and fun. I started in the flower pot but I will be doing about five others in the future. I have one more flower pot just like this one and I will be adding some fairies to my flower bed.  I already have the fairies. I am in the process of designing each ones area and need to start building their houses. I can’t wait to see how the others turn out.
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Trip to Bass Lake

Bass LakeIt doesn’t matter if a trip is several weeks long or just a day trip we long checking things out. We could go to the same place a million times and always a new adventure. We recently spend a few days at Bass Lake, a place we have been countless times. It is so beautiful and it is even more beautiful because the lake is full. Bass Lake has been extremely low for the past several years but after getting a good amount of rain this last winter the docks are back in the water. This year is going to be a great year for boating, kayaking and just spending time at the lake. We spent sometime playing in the water and watching all the birds go by. On our trip to Bass Lake, we got to see enjoyed seeing some wildlife and spending a little time on the water.eagle 1

When we arrived at the lake and we were walking down to the beach we saw the coolest thing. A bold eagle flew by with a eagle 2large mouth bass in his talons I wish I was able to get my camera out faster so I could have a picture of it. The sight of the bold eagle was like something seen in a movie or a picture in a magazine. A few minutes after the bold eagle flew off, another eagle flew over and landed in the tree right next to us. The kids and I were jumping up and down yelling at my husband, “LOOK!!!!” I think this eagle is a Golden Eagle but I am not sure on that. I am definitely not a bird expert.Bass Lake Lady Bug

While the one eagle sat in the tree, our kids played in the water. I don’t know what it is about water but it seems to entertain kids for a long time. The kids like splashing in the water and throwing rocks into the lake. This is a free activity that we can do with the kids and it is a guarantee my kids to have a great time. Our kids always have so much fun playing in the water they are never ready to leave.

Bass Lake MayaA few days after the eagle sighting we went back to Bass Lake to go kayaking. I was hoping to see the eagles again but no luck. This was our first kayaking trip of the season and have many more trip planned for the summer. My kids love being out on the water and our dog even goes too. The kids loving looking into the water for fish, being splashed by the waves, and going exploring. The water was so nice and the weather was perfect. The sky was so blue and there was a nice breeze. As the water level is higher than previous years it was like kayaking in a different lake. We could see streams flowing into the lake that we had never seen before.

The eagle sighting was so exciting and made the trip that much more memorable. Going toBass Lake Creek Bass Lake was a last minute decision and if we hadn’t gone we would have never seen it. The only way to see these awesome sights is by getting outside. We are planning on going back to see if we can see the eagle again and next time I will have my camera ready. We love kayaking. We move through the water slower and can take in all the lake has to offer. We can feel the water, stop and see the bird, and kayak into a little cove we could have never gotten to with a boat. I am excited to back to Bass Lake later on this year and see what we can find.

 

New Growth in my Garden

I have so many plants growing in my garden and it is so exciting when the plants are thriving. I love to see the different flowers that are produced and I especially loving seeing the flowers on the veggie plants. I have many different types of plants growing but right now I have two types of vegetable plants that are blooming right now. One is my zucchini and the other is my green beans both of which have beautiful flowers on them.

 


I grew both the zucchini and the green bean from seeds and it is so rewarding to

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Zucchini

see them growing strong. The zucchini has the light orange colored flower and as I have a total of six zucchini plants. Two of the plants are flowering and more will be blooming soon. I am hoping to have zucchini to have a lot of zucchini grow, and I am excited to have my kids harvest whatever grows in my garden. My kids love to watch the plants grow and are always excited to help make dinner with what they have picked. They seem to be more likely to eat their veggies when they picked the veggie and prepared it.

 

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Green Bean

The green bean has the white with a little purple flower. It is so pretty and looks so delicate. Right now I have about seven green bean plants growing and several have flowers on them. I am a little nervous about these because in the past I have trouble with deer. The deer have eaten my green bean down to nothing in pervious years but this year I have found a deer repellent that seems to be working. So I am hoping to get some green beans this year. I would like to grow enough that I can freeze some for during the winter.

 

I love working in the garden. It calms me when I am stressed and it makes my smile when the plants grow beautifully. I try to spend as much time as I can in my garden I hope to expand my garden in years to come. Soon I will be sharing pictures of my snap peas, pumpkins, watermelons, and more. I hope you enjoy seeing what I have growing in my garden and I can’t wait to share in the future.

Blue Heron

There are so many adventures to be had in the yard and so many things to see. I love our yard and we go looking for different creatures all the time. Most of the time we find bugs, and lots of different types of birds. Most of the time we see the same thing but this morning we had a great surprise. We had a blue heron in our backyard. My kids were so excited to see it. I think this bird is so pretty and it was a great way to start our morning. It was nice to see an amazing creature enjoying my yard as much as I do.Blue Side view

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This was so exciting to see in our yard and I can’t wait to see what we will see next. My family and I love to see animals in the wild. It is so interesting to thing of our backyard as being part of the wild. Animals are not care about property lines or fences.

Blooming

I love spring, everything is blooming and growing. My yard is full of color and I wanted to share a picture of my roses that are blooming beautifully.

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I love the brightness of this rose and the plant is so green. I will share more pictures of my plants next week.

Switch and Plug Covers

My laundry room is full of signs and artwork that I have created but there was one spot on my walls that just didn’t look right. My switch and plug covers looked so boring in comparison to the rest of the room. I decided I needed to do something with them so I painted them. I had two Harry Potter themed ideas that I wanted to do on my switches but I had a plug cover that needed something as well. I knew I wanted a quote but I felt it needed to be a Harry Potter theme to match. I started looking for a quote to inspire me in some way. Here are the three covers I completed:Harry potter

1. Lumos/Nox: I like to make things that make me smile so I decided to make this cover. It is fun to have something that a fan of Harry Potter would understand but other people just think it is weird.

harry potter 22. “…one only remembers to turn on the light.” I love this quote. It is inspiring and Albus Dumbledore always seems to know what he is talking about. I like to surround myself with things that inspire me to keep being me and to let life get me down.

3. harry potter3“What’ Comin’ will come…” This a quote by Hagrid and I feel like it is so true to life. Life will present situations and there is no need to worry and it will be met as the situation progresses.

I really like my switch and plug covers. The hand writing is not the best but it was still fun to make. I think it looks better than the plain covers. I like having quotes to inspire me to life a positive life surrounding me. It is always fun to find something to inspire a happy life.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Mothers day

Today has been a wonderful day. I truly enjoy spending a me with my family and we spent a little time at one of my favorite places today…the hardware store. The boys got me some rock my garden and some plants.

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I love it when I bring home something to use in the yard. I have been slowly finishing up the front yard. I tend to purchase the plants or rock as it goes on sale. It was so awesome to be able to get a bunch of rock all at once.

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Once we got home the boys helped me put the rock down and plant a few of the plants. It is so fun for me to decorate our yard with my kids. We have a few more plants to plant this next week and I got some brick for some painting projects with them.

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This here is gift I made for my mom. Most of these plants are cuttings from my garden. I can’t wait to give it to her. 
I hope you all have a great day and happy mothers day. We will be watching the Lorax and have a nice Mother’s day dinner.

Monterey

Traveling is an amazing adventure to do with family. Discovering new things and seeing

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Thanks to my sister in law for taking this picture.

the unexpected is one of the best parts of going somewhere. I tent to travel with a plan but the unplanned things are the most exciting. The ocean is a great place to visit and Monterey is such a beautiful place. Monterey is a great place to see with kids.  Monterey Aquarium is always fun and Cannery Row has some good shopping but my kids like playing on the beach. Playing at the ocean, being in the sand, and seeing all the animals is just as fun for the my kids.

 

Driving along the coast is so pretty and there are so many places to take pictures. I just love driving along the water and the rock formations are so beautiful. One place that provides some great photo opportunities is Asilomar.  The weekend we were in Monterey it was very windy which made it hard for playing in the ocean and the sand but the kids did love climbing on the rocks and looking at the water. Next time I hope to be able to take a long walk on the beach and climb on as many rocks as we can find. 13087875_10209186687646956_4459743958798962845_n

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Even though it was very windy we were not going to let that stop our adventure. We drove along the ocean and found a small beach. This was the place to do the typical beach activity, look for seashells. The ocean looked so pretty and we found some awesome seashells. There were so many little seashells and pretty rocks to look at. The kids love to look for treasures in the sand so we will have to plan on coming back to this beach. Next time we are in Monterey we will be stopping here and bring a picnic to this little beach and spend more time looking for treasures.

13071815_10209197529437994_4386464560677847704_oWe planned to go for a walk but we were pleasantly surprised along the way. We went for a walk on the bike trail and as we went along the trail there was a section of beach that a fenced off. As we walked closer to the fence we saw why the beach was blocked. The seals had babies. There were mommies and their pups on the beach sunning themselves. My children stood there for a long time just taking it all in. The pups were so cute and it was amazing to watch. We got to see the seals go swimming, scoot around on the beach, and we even go to see a seal mom 13043724_10209197530958032_3678947214205853911_nprotect her baby from another baby seal. It was so interesting. It was as if the mom was telling the other baby to go away her little one did not want to play. My kids didn’t want to leave the seals when we did. They truly enjoyed seeing the animals in the wild.

The ocean is an amazing place and is a wonderful place to take a family. It is a natural playground with all the rocks to climb on, sand to play in, and animals can be seen all over the place. We are hoping to go back to the Monterey area within the next few months to hike around Point Lobos and there are some other areas near there that I would like to visit also. I think there will be many more trips to the Monterey area in our future.

 

Enjoy the Yard

I recently realized I spend most of my time working in the yard. Whether I am pulling weeds, raking leaves, or planting something, I don’t spend very much like me enjoying all my hard work. I have decided I need to make enjoying the yard more of a priority. What is the point in having a beautiful yard if you don’t take the time to it, right?

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This is my view for much of the morning this morning and I hope to make this view apart of my daily routine. My kids have loved it too because they have got to play in the dirt all morning. I truly loved my morning and tomorrow I will also be sipping on a cup of coffee while taking in the view.

Artwork in the Laundry Room

There are so many projects that I have going on around my house and the one that have almost completed is my laundry room. I have done several projects in my laundry room and a few weeks ago I shared some of the signs I have created. Now that the room is coming together nicely I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the artwork that I have drawn or painted. I also have some artwork my kids have created as well.

DSCN5940Many of my drawings are inspired from pictures I have taken. I love it when I see something that inspires a project and I love it when I know just where I want to put it. Animals are fun to draw because my children also enjoy looking that the pictures too.

As time goes on I will share many other pictures that I have drawn of animals but this owl is DSCN5941probably my favorite. The owl took me a few days to draw because of all the grey. I had to make the bird stand out against the background.

Doodle art is so much fun and just about everyone has doodled on a paper. Well this is one of mine that I haveDSCN5942 hung on the wall.This picture was largest doodle art that I have ever drawn and I painted it instead of using ink. I plan to do more of these for around our house in the future.

This last picture that I am going to show you today is some artwork done my kids. The kidsDSCN5944 had fun drawing the pictures and they also colored on the frame. I made the frame out of popsicle sticks. I love seeing the kids artwork it makes me smile.

Art is so much fun. It can really brighten up a room and can improve a rooms looks. If you like to draw or doodle then you can add art to your walls pretty inexpensively and if you have kids you can get art on a daily basis. All of this art is in my laundry room and I love seeing the pictures on my walls. It makes it so much easier to work on laundry when I have something nice to looks at.

 

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