April 15, 2015

Skate Park


The weather is starting to turn to Spring, things are blooming and the birds are chirping. We have had some beautiful weather here in Colorado, however forecast says snow on the way. So we have been getting out of the house slowly a little more with each new day of Spring, this time we decided to go to a local skate park. There are many ramps, rails and pools. Caleb got to bring his scooter and practice in the smaller dips and play around a little. We packed a lunch and made a day of it, loved getting our first Sunburn of the season.








April 9, 2015

Hand Stamped Airplane Keychain Giveaway


Another fantastic, giveaway from my shop Yourcharmedlife Inc.!!
I specialize in hand stamped personalized jewelry and accessories, come take a peek

Today's giveaway is open to USA only
Its a copper Hand stamped keychain that says "Come fly with me"
Ends in 7 days
Winner has 3 days to respond to my email, then its passed to next person
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April 8, 2015

Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup


I have made many a soups in my day and I'm constantly on the hunt for new ones to add to the rotation, I swear by soups. They are a healthy way of getting vegetables into your diet. Its a wonderful way to loose weight and I believe there are healing properties in foods. With that said, this is one of my all time favorite soups and we have made it many times, it my first time sharing with you all! 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, cut into 1-inch pieces, and washed well
  • 3 celery stalks, cut on the bias into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 pinches of red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 5 1/4 cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 small (1 to 1 1/2 pounds) butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes (about 12 ounces), cut into cubes
  • 1 head escarole, cut into 1-inch-thick ribbons
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh dill 

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook leeks, celery, carrots, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon salt, stirring occasionally, until leeks are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add stock and water, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add squash and potatoes. Return to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in escarole and chickpeas, and return to a boil. Stir in lemon juice and herbs. Season with salt and pepper.  
Source found here






April 6, 2015

Our Easter Weekend


What a busy last week, with all these Easter crafts! Was fun, anything glue and glitter and you can count me in. We had a great Easter, went to church in the morning and then had a fantastic spiral ham for dinner. Most of the Easter was spent with just my son and I, all my family lives in another state. How was your Easter? 

 Easter bunny basket on left
Seeds from me
Easter basket from Grandma
and can you believe this kid got another basket later in the day?


 I dyed some pancakes for his Easter breakfast

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I took him the day before Easter to the children's Museum







April 4, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt 2015


Last minute decision to find a Easter egg hunt, we found the best one yet! It was a city over, not that far and it was packed full of people. Split into three age groups, over 8,000 eggs per group. They also had kids tattoo station, animal balloons, drinks, snacks, prizes and it was all FREE. <<< I like that word. We lined up 45 minutes ahead of time, to make sure he was in the beginning on the madness and a good scope of the land. Yes i just said that. We take hunts very serious. Pep talks for days. Caleb did great, had over 20 eggs with two prize tickets to pick out larger toys.






DIY Tattoo Easter Eggs


I had seen several people on Pinterest that were decorating their eggs with tattoos and thought hey I can do that! Its really really easy and so fun. I got my tattoos 40% off at Hobby Lobby. Just cut the shapes out and press down with a damp towel until it peels off and then smooth out the image. I choose to dye my eggs a light Blue and then used Normal Brown eggs.









April 3, 2015

Easter Cross Printable for Water Colors


Double post, I have so many fun Easter crafts and things to share with you all. This one I found the printable here. I sat with my kiddo and colored a few myself, we printed on heavy card stock paper and out lined the image in black crayon so that the ink doesn't smear.

Free Easter Printables


I was on a quest to decorate the house on a budget and found some really awesome free printable's here and here, printed them both out on heavy card stock. I found the Distressed Yellow frames at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, paid under 25$ for both. They also have some other really cute Easter decorations 50% right now, week of Easter they go down in prices on everything. Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!





I also wanted to share something I bought for my 8 year old son Caleb, I was in a deep discussion with him the other day as were coloring the eggs for the Easter egg tree and we were discussing the true meaning of Easter. For us , its the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. So my son started showing a very strong interest about learning about Jesus and why he died on the cross. He picked up his bible and buried himself in it for days.  I had remembered seeing something on Pinterest called "Resurrection Eggs" and found them on Amazon here and bought them. Each egg has a Religious figurine inside symbolizing parts of Jesus Journey and a story from a pamphlet book. He LOVES these and I do as well, its a wonderful teaching tool 




April 2, 2015

Hand Stamped Arrowhead Bracelet GIVEAWAY



This months giveaway is for a hand stamped aluminum cuff with images of arrow heads on it. Earthy, light weight and beautiful. This is from my shop here

This Giveaway has easy entrie via the rafflecopter form below
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USA only
If prize is not claimed in 3 days will move to next person
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Graduations and Teacher appreciation gifts are coming up for end of the school year, gift something handmade and personalized for a one of a kind unique gift!

There is a current sale running in my shop, 10% off your total with coupon code "congrats"

Below are just a few of the things I am offering for Grads & teachers, place your order now as I'm 2-3 weeks into orders!

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