7.29.2014

Tutorial Tuesday!

Goodbye Ants:


15 Campfire Recipes:


Easy Way to Shuck Corn:


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7.27.2014

Box Hockey!



Have your kids reached that part of summer vacation where everything is "boring" and "there's nothing to do?" We saw this homemade game at a graduation party this summer and I snapped a photo so I could figure out how to construct one for our house.

One quick trip to Lowe's and about $25 later, we had a solution that worked with standard wood sizes for minimal cutting.


Let's build a Box Hockey Court!

Supplies:

1 sheet of plywood (we used 1/2 inch)
4 2x4 boards
Wood screws
Drill
Jig Saw
2 wooden broom handles
1 hockey puck

 

Instructions:

The long sides of the game will use the 2x4 boards as-is, the short sides will be 4 ft long so you will need to cut one board in half, and the remaining center board will need to measure 44 1/2 inches.

Mark your goal notches on the short boards - 2 notches in the center board (equidistant from the center), and one centered notch for each end "goal".  The notches should measure about 2x4 inches.

Cut out notches using your jig saw.

Construct your simple frame using the 2x4's and wood screws, making sure to locate the notches at the bottom. 

Attach the bottom of the frame to the plywood with wood screws.

....Flip it and Play it!

How to Play Box Hockey

1. Place hockey puck on top of the center board. Each player's goal will be to their right, and they will attempt to score on their opponent to the left.

2. Players begin by tapping their sticks down on their sides, then tap them together in the center, 1, 2, 3!

3.  After the third tap, players try to be the first one to knock the puck off the center board and toward their opponent's goal.

4. Scramble to shoot the puck through your opponent's goal to score.



7.22.2014

Tutorial Tuesday!

How I Kicked My Coffee Creamer Addiction:





Lime Brownies:


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7.18.2014

Juniper Family Portrait

We took the boys to Universal Studios in June and posed for our annual Family Portrait. 

Want to see?


Ahhh, good times...

7.15.2014

Tutorial Tuesday!

Brown Bag Utensil Holder:



30 Summer Lunches for Kids:


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7.11.2014

Coconut Oil Lip Balm



Our birthday crafty activity this year was making homemade Coconut Oil Lip Balm!  Here we go...
 











DIY Coconut Oil Lip Balm
Adapted from Intructables.com
Supplies:
  • containers for lip balm - we bought cheap lip balm at the Dollar Tree and emptied and cleaned them for refilling.
  • glass measuring cup
  • small grater
  • yellow beeswax
  • coconut oil
  • vitamin E oil
  • measuring spoons
  • pan for water bath for melting
  • glass ramekin
Recipe:
  • 2 parts coconut oil
  • 1 part beeswax
  • a few drops of vitamin E
Directions:

Grate the beeswax then measure and add wax, coconut oil, and vitamin E to a glass ramekin.

Set the ramekin into a shallow pan of boiling water and stir to melt.

Once melted, pour into your container and let set up  (speed the setting up by placing into the fridge).



7.08.2014

Tutorial Tuesday!

Shabby Chic Dining Table DIY:


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7.06.2014

Soul Sisters' Birthday Party

The Soul Sisters gathered for all the spring birthdays last week and, as usual, it was chock full of hoots and giggles, good food, amazing gifts, and a fun craft.


We met for lunch at Marzipan's house (her new blog is eat. live. think) and dined on Greek salads topped with grilled chicken and tender homemade flat bread in her beautiful garden. 

She served us delicate raspberry pavlova on antique china plates for dessert:


The girls went all out for this year as we were gifted homemade limoncello with tiny crystal glasses (found at Goodwill!), leather luggage tags, a big tray of homemade chicken enchiladas, and a hand sewn yoga mat strap

After lunch, we worked on a craft that I will share on Friday - Coconut Oil Lip Balm!



7.01.2014

Tutorial Tuesday!

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint:


Coconut Oil Lotion:




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