May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend, Spent at a Grave



Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend, what did you do?



Monday my Son and I went to one of Denver's largest grave yards and took 50 American flags with us and stuck them on US Military Graves. We usually do something every year to honor Memorial Day and this year I wanted to teach my son about what the true meaning of memorial day is. I am vey thankful for all the service men and women and for my freedom. There was a dedicated section of the grave for all Military soldiers, it was beautiful. Every grave had a flag and then we added ours. It was a beautiful day and felt like my son now understands it. It was really nice to have that moment of silence out there, I crouched down and got eye level with all those stones, puts things into perspective.


Thank you to everyone who has served our country & God bless you.











May 21, 2015

Snowing in May


One thing I can say about Colorado, is the weather is so un-predictable. One day it can be 75 degrees and the next 48 hours we are in a Winter snow storm. Then the next week it rains every day. This is what is happening to us, we are going through all seasons in one month. Mainly rain, but this month we also got quite a bit of snow. I figured this may be the last snow of the season and why not take my camera and go on a "adventure". My son and I, LIVE for random adventures on trail walks. Its a large part of our life, to stop everything and go explore.

So much of the country is experiencing flooding, we are feeling some of the effects and lots of places are being shut down. We are definitely wet, are you?






My finch feeder, is bringing in tons of beautifully colored finches. We have this one Golden Finch, we named "Highlighter". They are so pretty


May 15, 2015

Me {heart} You, Matching Hand Stamped Necklace // Giveaway



Time for another giveaway from my shop, yourcharmedlife
This is one is a set of two necklace, that say "You {heart} Me" 
This was hand stamped by me, hung on a copper ball chain, rustic 
puzzle piece charms. 

You can find this same necklace here, it is currently on sale for only 25$ normally its 35$!! 

This giveaway is open to the USA only
Ends in 7 days 
Winner will be contacted via email and given 3 days to respond back, if not respond it is moved to another person
Have fun!



May 12, 2015

Earth Day Pollution Project



So we did a few things for Earth day this year and this was one of them, I seen the idea posted a few times on Pinterest and so we did the same experiment. Caleb and I walked around our neighborhood and collected small trash {with gloves} and placed the trash in a tall glass jar filled with fresh clean clear water. After we placed the trash in we sealed the lid and placed it away for two weeks. When two weeks was over we took it out and was surprised at how nasty and cloudy the water had turned. It only took two weeks to pollute the water. Molds and other bacteria's were present. The moral of the story for my son was not to litter trash on top Mother Earth. Specially our water sources and oceans. If it only took 2 weeks to pollute our small glass jar imagine our ocean and what it would do to it on a larger scale. Scary huh? Take care of our Earth, don't litter. 









May 11, 2015

Rainy Days



Wow May came in with TONS of rain, its been raining almost every single day for the last two weeks. There are a few things we do love doing in the rain. One of these things is something my son came up with. He made a sign that said "The worm saving team", that's what we do when its raining. Worms like to crawl out of their home when its been raining for a long time. They do it in fear of drowning and wind up drowning in large puddles and steams anyways. Here where we live they are all over the ground everywhere! My son grabs a bucket and picks them up with sticks. Collects them and lets them go in a nice area with no water. Isn't he a good kid? I support it and walk around with him when he does it. This particular day we did it and we found a nice water stream and floated his handmade boat down it a few times. Something so simple and it makes a big impact on him. We plant on doing it again soon.





May 8, 2015

Friday Favorites #11 // Mothers Day Gifts




Are you finished shopping for Mothers Day? Sometimes its better late then never, this year kinda snuck up on us didn't it? I sent my mother her care package a week ago and received from my mother new knife sharpener, which was very much needed. I came up with a few things that I would have personally loved to have received from Mothers day. A collection of handmade goodies from Etsy. Enjoy and Happy Mothers Day to you.



This shop I spotted while browsing Etsy and I ADORE their whimsical sayings on their Shirts. I have Three on the way! Can't wait. 


For us Etsy mom's




They have more colors to choose from



I bought x2 towels from this shop and waiting on their arrival!




If you haven't gotten your mother anything, taking a look at my shop. I am 3 weeks into orders, however they have Etsy gift cards you can purchase and use in my shop! Or you can purchase a necklace and print the picture of it off and gift it to her and let her know its on the way! Just a thought! I offer Hand stamped personalized jewelry and they truly do make the perfect gifts for moms.





May 5, 2015

Loaded Baked Potato Soup


Its cold here in Colorado and wet, raining for days. No Sun in sight, this is May and its expected. So figured it would be perfect timing to share a very yummy soup with you all, it warms the belly and is very filling. Thick hearty goodness.

I found this one on one of my all time favorite foodie blogs damndelicious

Yield 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups milk, or more, as needed
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in potatoes and green onions.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Stir in cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper, to taste. If the soup is too thick, add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with green onion, cheese and bacon, if desired. 


April 28, 2015

Fog = a happy photographer.



It was cold and damp, I woke up and peered out the kitchen window and noticed you could not see 10 feet in front of you. There was a thick wet fog around everything. My first immediate thought, "I gotta get some pictures". So that's what I did, I set off with camera in hand and went to my favorite local state park across the street and started taking pictures. It was quite, with birds singing in the back ground. Kinda Erie, but I liked it. So much that I just parked my car and walked around listening to nature and water, its brings peace to me. I'm thankful for those moments I get alone, comfortable in my own skin and just thankful to be alive.