Happy Halloween!

>> Monday, October 31, 2011

It's here! Halloween is here! Here are a couple of fun videos to keep us in the Halloween groove.

Thoughtful Thursday: Halloween edition

Fingers crossed I find the last detail of YS2's costume today so I can share a pic with you tomorrow.

Have fun, be safe -- Happy Halloween!


Half a Minute of Sweetness from a 2 Year Old

>> Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Saturday! Hope your weekend is going good so far. Thought I'd share a cute little video of YS2 with you today. I try to not inundate you with a lot of pics and videos of my sweet angel here on my blog, although, I probably do more than my fair share of pics...but it has been awhile since I've posted a video of YS2 in action and this one is just too cute (IMO) to not share. This was taken recently by hubby of YS2 being a little scared -- he got himself in a predicament and needed help. My fave is at 0:04. So sweet I wanted to rescue him myself. It's also funny how quickly the energy shifts -- so two.

Hope you enjoy!



>> Friday, October 28, 2011

So I've been thinking lately about my future castle home. Lots of land, a wraparound porch...but the first thing I think (daydream) about is the kitchen. Who doesn't right? I may not be a stellar chef but I do like being in the kitchen, just not doing dishes. Anyways...

My kitchen would be kickin'! The Kickin Kitchen. I have always wanted my kitchen to have a built-in space, like a cubby-hole, for my dehydrator. Is that weird? Nah. There'd be lots of counter space, cupboards, and drawers; a huge walk-in pantry, an extra-large refrigerator (there’s never enough room as it is it seems) and a cozy breakfast nook.

Maybe even something like this wood bar counter?


I do want a counter bar of some sort, which means, I'd need some barstools from here. The kitchen seems to be the heart of the home so a bar and barstools would be ideal. I love it when everyone hangs out in the kitchen -- usually watching you (or whoever) cook or wash dishes.

Not sure what my ultimate style would be but I have a few in mind...

Of course, with the barstools I’d conveniently place my new juicer front and center. Belly up to the juice bar guys!

More on my new juicer coming up soon. I’m off to dream a bit more of my future kickin kitchen.

What’s in your dream kitchen?


Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.
--Shakespeare, "Macbeth"

From ghoulish and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
--Scottish saying

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
--Shakespeare, "Macbeth"

Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.
--Mason Cooley

What fearful shapes and shadows beset his path, amidst the dim and ghastly glare of a snowy night! With what wistful look did he eye every trembling ray of light streaming across the waste fields from some distant window! How often was he appalled by some shrub covered with snow, which, like a sheeted spectre, beset his very path! How often did he shrink with curdling awe at the sound of his own steps on the frosty crust beneath his feet; and dread to look over his shoulder, lest he should behold some uncouth being tramping close behind him! and how often was he thrown into complete dismay by some rushing blast, howling among the trees, in the idea that it was the Galloping Hessian on one of his nightly scourings!
--Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleep Hollow"


Winner: Tropical Traditions shredded coconut

>> Friday, October 21, 2011

Good morning and happy Friday to you!

Thank you to all who entered my giveaway for the Tropical Traditions shredded coconut. Three and a half pounds worth of yumminess!

Let's get to announcing the winner, who was selected randomly...

#139     Debra F

Congrats Debra! I just emailed you -- please respond within 48 hours with your shipping info.

Thanks to Tropical Traditions for sponsoring this giveaway.

Be sure to check back here in the week or so for another giveaway. Yay!

Enjoy your weekend!


Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, October 20, 2011

“People always ask me, ‘You have so much confidence. Where did that come from?’ It came from me. One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl … It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see. Your body is your temple, it’s your home, and you must decorate it.” --Gabourey Sidibe


Quick Weekend Recap and a Guest Post

>> Monday, October 17, 2011

Hello Friends! Hope you had a great weekend -- I did! YS2 and I worked on some Halloween decorations while papa was busy at the community garden for their big fall work party, which was a huge success I might add. I think Mr. Yardsnacker fits into his presidential role quite well and the garden has really taken shape with improvements and unity. Anyway,YS2 loved the decorations so much that some are now looking a bit "loved" --hee hee! We had fun making pumpkins and bats and ghosts and other fun things.

Let's get to today's post which is brought to you by guest blogger, Lauren Bailey:

5 Eco-Conscious Children's Books: Get Your Kid to Go Green and Eat Healthy
Confession: My family was not always the most eco-friendly. In fact, we've only recently started eating organically and doing our part to sustain the environment. The transition to living a healthier and greener lifestyle was "different," but relatively easy for my husband and me. But for my kids? Not so much. Not until I introduced the concept in a fun way—through children's books. There are tons of great children's books available that are especially written to serve as a "primer" to eco-living and to get your child thinking about the importance of eating healthy. While your local librarian can help you locate books targeted towards your children's specific age group, the ones listed below are a few that worked their magic on my children—ages preschool to 10-years-old.

5. The Curious Garden, Peter Brown

This beautiful and vibrant illustrated book follows young Liam as he revitalizes a dying garden found in the middle of a dark and dirty metropolitan city. After Liam nurtures and tends to the garden, the garden starts to grow until it eventually floods the streets of the drab city, converting it into a lush green haven. It is the perfect example to show that even one small person can make a difference in the world. To make the experience more interactive and to help your child reduce his or her carbon footprint, this would be the perfect opportunity to plant your very own garden with your child like I did with mine.

4. Grandpa's Garden Lunch, Judith Caseley

While extremely simple—it's more of a picture book—it's a great way to get your kids to eat fresh fruits and veggies. This is because it tells the story of a young girl named Sarah who has a blast choosing vegetables from her grandparents' garden and then makes a delicious meal from her pickings. While planting your very own vegetable garden could be an excellent way to get your child to learn about healthier eating, another option is taking them to the farmers' market or even just the organic section of the grocery store so that he or she can help "pick" some wholesome ingredients for lunch.

3. George Saves the World by Lunchtime, Jo Readman

George is a pretend cape crusader who one day tells his grandfather that he want to actually save the world. Unsure how to complete his goal, George's grandfather gives him a list of realistic "villains" he can help defeat on a regular basis, such as pollution the landfill. Filled with realistic tips that your child can adopt, the book's main purpose is to teach children that even the smallest tasks such as recycling paper everyday and working to conserve energy can truly help save the planet. Take this time to introduce your child to home-recycling etc. if you wish.

2. Giggles the Green Bean Turns Stinkytown Into Greentown, Lauren Davis

This book, which is fairly new (published in 2010), is the first part of a five book series that teaches children about water and energy conservation, healthy eating habits and recycling—all through the eyes of Giggles the Green Bean. In this first book, Giggles starts off as a seedling that doesn't want to come out of the soil because above ground is a complete mess—there's pollution in the air, the trees are dying, and the sky is gray. With the help of his grandmother and a wise cabbage, Giggles learns five ways to make the environment clean and livable. The author, who is a working environmentalist, promises a portion of the proceeds will go to the U.S. Forest Service Plant-A-Tree Program.

1. The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

While this book is certainly the oldest in the bunch—it was published in 1971— it still has the most impact on small children. In this classic story Dr. Seuss is able to artistically demonstrate the ramifications of depleting an area of all of its resources. The animated version can be found here.

This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for best online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99@gmail.com.


Thanks Lauren! I hadn't heard of some of these books but now I have some gift ideas for YS2 come Christmas time.

Be sure to contact Lauren with any comments or questions you have or leave your comments below.


Nature Walks

>> Friday, October 14, 2011

Hello friends! I wanted to say thank you so much for the birthday wishes and the support and kind comments on my ups and downs post. I had a great birthday even though it started out a bit rough when we witnessed a single car crash. Fortunately, all persons will be okay (phew). I am making a little progress on my "get movin'" goals (baby steps, right?) -- more on that later but not in this post.

Now, onto today's post...

[warning: lots of pictures]

This post is long overdue but hey, why not relive some past moments anyway? The weather has turned so nature walks with YS2 (more like strolls with the occasional sprint when you've got a tot) aren’t as frequent in the evening but here’s a sampling of some of our walks from this summer and early fall…

let's go!
hot air balloon in the distance -- it actually appeared closer but the lens on my cell isn't that great. this eventually landed where we were. I would've taken pictures then but we were already in the car.

taking a break

that's a big leaf

as evidenced on his face, YS2 loves wild blackberries

sorry if you're seeing this more than once (I posted to twitter) but got to see a double rainbow the other day

this tree is appraised at $13,300 -- never seen that before
see the little birdie?
again, the moon was closer but my camera makes it seem farther away -- still a pretty moon-rise
a boy + water + rocks + dirt = happiness

he looks so small -- love

some randomness...

nature imitating nature: stuff (technical term) fallen from a tree -- looks like a dragonfly!
someone was busy lining these pinecones up (no, it wasn't us)
random to me -- the only flower around so I wondered if it was planted by a person or the wind
this wasn't really on our walk but it's still random -- that must've taken a long time to do! Can you imagine having to take it all off before it rains?
the end!
Thanks for joining us on our little adventure walks.


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