Monday, September 30, 2013

yogurt with pomogranates

In an attempt to cut my sugar intake, I stopped buying flavored yogurt.
I buy plain yogurt and to that I sprinkle some brown sugar, a squirt of lemon juice, and add seasonal fruits or granola to it. The kids love it too!

We added pomogranates to ours over the weekend, and it was yummy with the right amount of texture!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DIY Paper bag hat

 I made this newsboy hat for Jaxon out of a paper bag for "Crazy Hat Day". I always wanted to understand the construction of a hat, so this was a great experiment for me. I guess I could've sewn this out of fabric, but it just didn't sound as fun as making it out of paper! Here's how I made this.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Road trip ( Part 4 )

After checking out the amazing farmers market at Marin Country Mart, we planned to take a hike to Point Bonita Lighthouse. It was a nice 30 minutes drive or so from where we were at.

Friday, September 20, 2013

birthday favor idea for boys

Jaxon's birthday is tomorrow and he will be 6 years old. However, he will be celebrating with classmates today at school. I wanted to make something gender neutral that all the kids can enjoy! Who doesn't like furry fuzzy things at this age right? I made these monster pencils.

You can purchase 'craft fur' from Michaels for $1.99 and the googly eyes too. I was able to get 8 out of one sheet of fur. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the fur to the pencil.

I used No. 2 pencils that came in silver. Score! You can buy them at Target and they come 10 a pack. I paid about $2.50 or so? I forget the exact price.

I used lollipop treat bags for the packaging. Also from Michaels. Instead of using the twisty ties they come with, I jazzed it up with washi tape for closure. I printed out little tags on cardstock and attached them to the tape.

I found these cool 'glow in the dark' mustaches that came 6 to a pack at Target in the $1.00 section.
I decided to repackage them 2 to a person, and I printed my own packaging.

I slid them into clear bags and closed off with washi tape.
I hope the kiddies have fun with these!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Handmade mini dream catcher

We came home the other day, and were delighted to see this mini dream catcher placed at our entrance gate with a handwritten note. It was a gift from our neighbor Sally, a long time resident of the canyon who lives off the land. This dream catcher is so beautiful in person! She meticulously twisted branches to make the circle and the woven string is a delicate mauve color. The feather on the end sways with the slightest movement of air. There is nothing more I value than a handmade gift. Truly made from the heart. I want so badly to thank her, however, since she lives off the land the trick is to locate her first! I plan to give her a big hug when I see her!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Roadtrip (Part 3)

 Have you ever been to the Marin Country Mart Farmer's Market held every Saturday morning in Larkspur, California? If you live in the Bay Area, I highly recommend it. This is the best farmer's market I have ever been to. Everything is truly locally grown, and every single thing we had was delicious!

We came here mainly to buy fruits and indulge in some breakfast and to also buy lunch for our after hike picnic. We were going to hike up to  Point Bonitas Lighthouse later that day.
Rustic Bakery stand
We grabbed croissants from Rustic Bakery  and they were to die for! I would say the best croissants I've had in my life! I was in heaven. My kids devoured the ham and cheese croissant too. I also had bites of their homemade bread pudding my father-in-law purchased, and it was oh so yummy! They even served coffee from Stumptown Roasters originally from Portland, Oregon. What a great compliments to our pastries!

We also nibbled on fresh fruits and tomatoes too and they were so so sweet! The juices from Pressed Juicery had the best combinations, such as watermelon mint lime.  They tout 5 pounds of produce in every 16-ounce bottle! No wonder I felt so rejuvenated! My mother-in-law got the meyer lemon yogurt from St. Benoit Creamery which makes French-style yogurt from organic milk. Their yogurts are served in the cutest old-fashioned style glass containers.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Roadtrip (Part 2)

 We started off the second morning with the much anticipated Heath Ceramics tour
in Sausalito, California.
This was my thing, so I was very excited!
My daughter Maya took this photo....

Ooh shoes !

Oooh! I want these !

Wave shoes designed by Marita Design in Finland.
You can purchase them here: Marita Design shop