Lately I’ve been avoiding the laundry and had my nose in a book instead. Smells better than dirty socks anyway. It’s bad though because I stay up way too late when I should be sleeping.
Last week, I snagged a couple books at Walmart. The selection is bleak so these aren’t my top choices but I wasn’t patient enough to wait. I read All The Bright Places which is YA so a good, quick read. I also read Everything I Never Told You. It’s not my favorite but I enjoyed her writing and it was interesting to see another family’s dynamic. And also, Paper Towns, which I honestly wouldn’t even recommend. I read it because I absolutely loved The Fault in Our Stars and I know there’s a movie coming out. I liked it at the beginning but I skimmed the last 1/3 of it. I started Yes, Please and am enjoying it but just pick it up here and there. I am reading The Book Thief right now and started a couple more listed below. What would you recommend?
*I’ll Give You the Sun
*We Are All Called To Rise
*These Is My Words
All The Light I Cannot See
(finish) The Book Thief
The Girl on the Train
Eleanor & Park
We Were Liars
Glitter and Glue
Share your favorites or thoughts about any of these books. I would love to hear!
If you need an easy fun treat for summer this is one for you! My kids are obsessed.
Don’t forget some Dear Lizzy wooden spoons! (on sale at Scrapbook.com)
And also added some Dear Lizzy Thickers… Just had a genius idea. Edible thickers. haha! Craft and a treat in one. No one uses the Q’s or X’s anyway.
Cut lemons in half and then I used a grapefruit spoon to empty out the lemon.
First, to make the yummy frozen yogurt you need a really good blender. I have the Ninja and love it! I use it so much! You’re going to use it to blend ingredients to make Frozen Yogurt. I honestly don’t even measure when I am making spinach smoothies or fruit smoothies. But here’s a start for a recipe:
1 1/2 cups of plain Greek yogurt
2 cups of frozen strawberries
1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
1 frozen banana
I did 1/2 a lemon since I had a ton laying around after gutting the lemons
Agave to taste maybe about 4 T
We throw in some blueberries and spinach too but in this case I wanted them to be pink.
Next, spoon into the emptied lemons and then add them to a cake pan and put in freezer making sure they are not tipping over until they are frozen.
They sell something similar at Costco but this is cheaper since I have most of the ingredients on hand and it’s healthier!
If you like this, you might also like the Bow Ice Cream cones + Nice Cream post! XO
“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.” Mary Oliver
Something I learned about myself from our trip is that I love the beach even when it’s cold.
Even when I am huddled under a towel and wearing a sweatshirt I still love it. Even when the water is freezing cold you scream if you aren’t paying attention and suddenly a larger wave rolls in and splashes your legs. Even when it’s raining and crazy dark clouds are hovering. Especially when my kids run to me and cuddle under my blanket with their hair still dripping and salty taste when I kiss their cheeks.
We had some really good days and some good hours on days but, honestly, the clouds never stopped the kids. They were out there digging to China in the sand and building castles over and over while Myles came and tore them down. Splashing and getting in the water not even flinching even though it was freezing!
Sitting there with nothing in sight in the sea or above or heads… feeing so small. It opens my mind and clears my thoughts then fills it with all the things overflowing from my heart. The things that matter.
With the colder weather came some amazing waves though. One morning we woke up to photographers, all along the usually empty sand, filming and photographing surfers catching some “mighty sick wake.” Usually it’s just us out there and we walk to the Pier and see if we can spot any sea life.
If the day was nice we’d hang out until the dark clouds kicked us out and then we ran off to Disneyland for the night! (Some instagrams from the trip.)
It might seem a bit repetitive and tiresome to visit the same place year after year, even twice last year, since Avery was one. But, to me, it’s quite the opposite. Going back to Newport is exciting and strings each trip’s memories together, easily accessible to remember the magic from before.
Eating a Balboa Bar covered in sprinkles or riding bikes to the end of the boardwalk where the sidewalk literally ends and walking to the pier every morning after dad makes pancakes are a must. Of course these kids have their not-so-great moments and I would remind them of the theme I set for our trip about ten miles after leaving our driveway–Be Grateful & Kind (you little stinker). But sometimes the monsters in them just want to be heard. ; ) They were pretty wonderful overall. I just feel that inner struggle of frustration when they are being tricky VS trying to enjoy every moment before they grow up. I hope I am doing it right. I hope my future self looks back and says, “You did it! You enjoyed every bit you could while they were young.” Because I really want to. I am trying to. And that’s exactly why we go there. To run away from things that distract from those sweet faces.
One night we went to Balboa Island for the typical Ferris Wheel ride and frozen banana treat. Oh, and don’t forget cotton candy. While we were strolling around trying to keep the kids together, which is similar to herding cats, a family asked us to take their picture. Then they offered to take ours. At first we said no thanks but we rarely get a photo of all of us together. So the next thing I know we are scurrying together, lining up against the wall where we were standing and just like that, in one quick snap, this square holds my whole heart.
Ann-Marie always comes up with such unique uses for Dear Lizzy products! I love how she attached the plastic bows as part of her daughter’s decor! These bows even have a darling glitter to them and are one of my favorite new products!
One of the best parts about having a baby is being able to build a wardrobe of impossibly cute mini clothes. I mean, who can resist a tiny faux fur vest on an eight month old?! In order to really maximize my daughter’s wardrobe, I like to display some of my favorite pieces on the wall using red and pink plastic bows
from Fine & Dandy
To secure them to the wall without having to nail a hole, I use a few small strips of super sticky red tape. Then, I tuck the hanger into the folds of the bow and enjoy my favorite baby clothes long after they’ve been outgrown!
Dear Lizzy products are now available at Scrapbook.com
so don’t miss out on some packaged happiness!
I know I mentioned that I love the Bow/Prize Ribbon Die set already but I have to say it again… I love it! This is a look at the prize ribbon die in action as a garland and on a card. It comes with a cute HOORAY flag to layer with.
A prize ribbon garland would be so fun at a birthday, graduation or other celebratory occasion.
Layer some fringe behind it and add some honeycombs on the ends and you’ll be set.
You know how sometimes you don’t know how to finish the ends of a garland? Use coordinating paper and the bow from the die set to add a darling touch to each end.