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  • Friday Make and Do!
    The kids played outside sans clothes for the first time this year and got covered in mud from head to toe. It’s officially spring!  I’m looking forward to some gardening and maybe a hike and a picnic this weekend. The kids and I picked up some plants for a shade garden that I’m excited to try out. Here are a few other fun things to fill your weekend. I don’t know why, but I’ve suddenly gotten the urge to knit (where was that urge all winter?!). I’m starting this sweet cardigan in a pretty spring green for Viv. We’ve been cooking our…
  • Homemade, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Honey Sweetened!)
    We made this on Monday and it turned out SO yummy that we will definitely be making it again before next Saint Patrick’s Day! It has a pretty crazy secret ingredient:) I feel totally fine indulging in this ice cream because it doesn’t have anything bad in it and doesn’t put me into a sugar coma! Ours never got all that firm, maybe because of our crotchety old ice cream maker (anyone have any recommendations on one that makes the ice cream firm and not soupy?), so we had to pop it into the freezer for awhile to make it…
  • Best Bedtime Books
    These books are great anytime of day, but every book is best just before bed I think, particularly when snow is blowing outside and you’re tucked up warm and cozy inside. Here are some of our latest “Read it again!” books. Even after I stopped blogging for awhile, I was still sent a TON of books to review! Some of these new books came from the publishers, and others are new-to-us finds from the library. What are the current bedtime hits at your house? This one has to go at the top of the list; all four of us are…
  • Dress Making (and Buying)
    Remember how I cut out all those dress pieces and stored them in baggies until a rainy day?  Well, the rainy day kind of came and went… The trouble is, I got one rainy day, actually just a Saturday where Clay was out with the kids, but I need about half a day more to get the buttons on.  Oooh, buttons!  The bane of sewing!  It’s this little, simple thing, but for some reason, I never get around to sewing them on.  So now, Vivi’s practically grown out of these handmade dresses and I’m thinking, “the girl is going to…
  • Cuppow!
    Clay and I had this brilliant idea for a product.  Only, we didn’t have the time, resources or energy to develop it.  I said, “You know that now that we’ve thought of it, the idea will float around until it lands in someone else’s brain and they develop it…”  And I was okay with that, I just hoped it would happen quickly because I really wanted to use it!  And guess what?  It did. We can’t be the only people that drink out of Mason jars all the time, right?  Well, have you ever tried fitting a Mason jar into a cup…