Wednesday, August 31, 2011

#628 - scenes from Hurricane Irene

We bought an almost 30 pound watermelon.  That's larger than my 15 month old and only a few pounds from my 3 year old.

We bought 3 cases of water and 36 rolls of toilet paper (we actually ran out of tp they day of the hurricane.)

Pepe and Oster braving the storm...Oster wanted to wear his winter jacket.
We lost our power for 25 hours, but no damage really.  My garden was a bit blown over.  
Yes, I know my garden looks like it's a late bloomer, but I planted in in July, so it's about 2-3 months behind most.  
Do you see the pumpkin growing?!  
Ok, it's really hard to spot, but it is in the lower right corner next to that yellow flower.
Hope you are all well and safe!  

Thursday, August 25, 2011

#627 - Best DC souvenir - big coins

If you are looking for a good souvenir to take home when you visit Washington DC, I highly recommend getting some large coins from the street vendors. 
They are about $3 each (you might be able to talk them down a little, but not much).  Oster has used them to sort coins.

And we use them to play "hide the quarter".  Have you ever played "hide the quarter"?  Basically, one person hides the coin in plain site and then everyone else tries to find it.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

#626 - 2 years later

It's amazing how much can change in 2 years!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

#625 - raspberries and trader joe's frozen yogurt


raspberries . . . probably one of my most favorite summer foods . . . reminds me of picking them in my grandparents garden when i was a kid . . . yum! 

so currently i'm loving organic raspberries from trader joes atop trader joe's plain non fat frozen yogurt pleasantly tart . . . delicious!
 top photo - me
bottom photo - here

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

#624 - dip dyeing coins

 Or more correctly, dip dyeing pennies.
I was going through our coin jar with the boys and decided it would be fun to clean some coins.  It's super easy and fun to watch.

Cleaning Pennies Recipe

1/4 cup vinegar (i used distilled white vinegar)
1 teaspoon salt (i used plain table salt)

Mix in a clear glass bowl.  Toss pennies in for 10-60 seconds (or longer). Rise with cold water.

And before I knew it I was half dyeing the coins.   I just held the half the coin in the "cleaning pennies solution" for about 30 seconds, pulled it out and washed it in cold tap water.

The boys were quickly over the excitement of dyeing coins (they were on to mixing up stuff in my cupboards - see below), but I was just getting started.  I was looking through my coins to find birth and anniversary years for my family, so that I could make "lucky us" keychain charms.
 Do you notice the different coin above?
I found my sister's birth year and put her name in vinyl letters on the coin.  ( I think you could make tape work).  I only dyed the coin for about 15-20 seconds because I didn't want the solution to get under the letters.

I'm so excited to try this again with initials, fun words, and cool designs.  And the awesome part is that I didn't deface the coins (at least I don't think it's defacing), because I was just cleaning them.

Let me know if you try this...I'd love to see pics!   I'm off to build a fort with Oster before he mixes up another popcorn kernel, balsamic vinegar, ginger, bouillon cube concoction.

ps, casi, this is in the mail (sorry to spoil the surprise on my blog and give away your age)

#623 - basil

Every now and then I like seeing what other people eat for lunch, so I thought I would share my sandwich I had for lunch the other day.

sesame seed ezekial bread
tomato - picked 10 minutes earlier
organic spinach
basil leaves - also picked 10 minutes earlier

The basil leaves were AMAZING!!!  Mom - you should totally try this with your basil.

Do you like basil?  How do you eat it?  What do you eat for lunch?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

#622 - wedding/birthday cake

When Pepe and I got married, we opted for a less tradition cake and bought a cake from Whole Foods.   People loved it!  In fact, there were no left over slices by the end of the evening.

So, every now and then, Pepe will buy me our "wedding cake" for my birthday or our anniversary.  It's delicious and I highly recommend Whole Foods "Fresh Fruit Cake".

the pic above is the cake Pepe bought for my birthday this year.

Monday, August 8, 2011

#621 - setting up the chess set

Pepe and Oster love chess!

In fact, they both got a chess set for my did that happen?

The other day I was cleaning and I walked into the living room and Oster had set up his chess set all by himself.  I'm not sure I even know where all those pieces go.  And he even knows the names of them...not me, he's teaching me.  Way to go O!

post edit- pepe said it is set up backwards (white is supposed to be on the 1 & 2 row and black on 8 & 9), so not perfect, but sure close.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

#620 - some favorite quotes

Here are a few quotes that I'm loving.  All of them via pinterest.

Are you on pinterest yet?  Careful, it's addicting.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

#619 - which shoes?

I just bought 3 pairs of dress shoes, but I really only need 1 pair.  
(I want all 3, but don't have the space/I feel guilty having too many shoes) 

Which do you like best?

1st pair - wool and patent leather gray flats from Wally World ($15)
2nd pair - black wedges from Target ($12.48 on sale)
3rd pair - black patent leather ballet flats ($12 on sale) - i think i like the red flats the best

And here are the obligatory "me wearing the shoes (with the tags still on) shots":

my thoughts:
comfort - gray #1, ballet flats #2, wedges #3
cuteness - wedges #1, gray #2, ballet #3
gray pros - a new color for me, comfy, flat
gray cons - dull (i think) and look like cold weather shoes
wedges pros - cute, make me tall
wedges cons - not sure if i'll get blisters, i'm taller than Pepe in them, my pointer toe is longer than my big toe :)
ballet pros - flat, comfy, shiny (would love the red ones!)
ballet cons - not sturdy, not the cutest

Now, if you are still reading this (are you?), let me know what you think.

Monday, August 1, 2011

#618 - school supplies

Didn't you love getting new school supplies every year when you were younger?  I got a few school supplies for Oster (and Parker) and they are in heaven!  They love playing "school".

And bonus, they were a steal of a deal:

Pencil Box - $0.97
Crayons - $0.40
Pink Erasers - $0.97
Colored Pencils - $0.97
Notebook - $0.20
Makers - $0.74
Sharpener - $0.97
Scissors $0.74

Total = $5.96
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