A while back, I made some message eggs. These are really a fun and unique way to deliver a message to someone.
The process is somewhat simple. You need a hole in both ends of the egg. One will be slightly larger, as this is where the tiny rolled slip of paper will enter the egg. Once you have made the holes, blow out the contents of the eggs. You can blow them into a bowl or down the sink; the choice is yours.
This is a really good way to get the kids to be quiet, even if it’s for a few minutes. I mean, why not put all that hot air to work? Ok, I know that sounds horrible. My daughter is at the stage that silence is a sin. I look forward to bedtime, A LOT lately! I suppose technically you could even make a mini-science lesson out of this project.
Once the yolk and egg white have been removed, gently run water through the egg to wash out any remaining egg. Then let dry at least 24 hours.
Now you’re ready to paint. I found using wooden food skewers work inserted into the egg works really well. You can put either end of the skewer over a small bowl without the egg coming into contact with anything. This is great for allowing the paint to dry.
There are a variety of ways to get the paint on the eggs. I’ll let you experiment and have fun with that. No two people will paint the same way anyhow. Plus that’s a really fun part of this process. Let your creativity shine through. Once painted, I let the eggs dry. I keep mine on the skewer during the drying process. I try to let them dry overnight, if possible.
I admit, I’m not the most talented painter. I stick to easy designs but I try to differentiate them a bit. The only real limitation is your imagination. This is another area that kids can join in the creative fun. Let their minds wander and see what they come up with.
I had a lot of fun making these. These would be great for Easter, to announce a pregnancy, perhaps surprising a sports fan with an egg colored in the team colors and the note announcing tickets to a game. No matter what the purpose you choose, painted eggs truly make an eggcelent way to communicate a surprise!
A less-known tidbit about me is that I am a certified wedding planner. I really would like to pursue this as a full-time career one day. Right now, I offer some planning solutions and have planned and executed a few weddings for friends.
Part of my certification was to plan a themed wedding. We were given some parameters and the following was the outcome of the assignment. One day I hope to make this particular themed-wedding a reality.
Wedding Theme: Casablanca
Wedding can take place outside; reception inside
Facility has a fireplace, stage with a piano, tables/chairs for reception on-site, dance floor, full kitchen and raised area for buffet.
Groom’s Attire: white jacket tuxedo with black pants
Bride’s Attire: vintage-style wedding dress
Music: Piano player and singer
It’s not the typical wedding. In addition to the couple dressing up, the guests also will have the option to dress in zoot suites, pinstripes, feather boas or similar 1940s attire.
The outside has an arch that can be decorated and rental chairs placed outside for the ceremony.
This venue has a stage, setting up a screen and playing the movie Casablanca during the cocktail hour would be relatively simple. Perhaps serving popcorn and/or nuts during the cocktail hour would be a nice accompaniment to the movie.
Martinis could be the signature drink for the evening. Beer and wine would be served for those who aren’t martini fans.
Waitstaff could be dressed in tuxedos and wear fez hats to bring in the Moroccan feel as that’s where Casablanca is located.
Everyone knows Humphrey Bogart smoked cigars in the movie, so there needs to be a smoking option, which this venue allows. Maybe purchase a box or two of cigars to be placed on the bar.
Favors could be candy cigarettes.
That’s a quick snapshot of my Casablanca-themed wedding (created in February 2010). This presentation earned me an “A” for the assignment. The venue I chose is a local venue that could accommodate this theme.
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“We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate’.” (Allen West)
I originally was going to post a true sleeping quote as I am lacking in that today. However, in my quest for today’s quote, I found this and my Army-mom heart swelled a bit, I nodded in agreement and the today’s quote was selected.
My precocious 9 – year old is at it again. Recently, she has dubbed me, “the fun sponge”.
If I have to say no, “ruin” play time with school, say anything remotely intelligent, she breaks out the “fun sponge” name.
According to my precious babe, I suck the life out of the fun. Wow! Ok, I can own that. After all, my job is to make sure what needs getting done, gets done.
Last night, she upgraded me to the official, “Sponge Mom” title. It’s too close to the irritating, little yellow sponge cartoon, that makes me wanna to be tortured with hearing nails on a chalkboard, than hear his laugh, but I got this.
I cannot share that fact with my daughter. I just smile, let her know she is still to do as instructed because life isn’t fun all the time. I know, such a meanie by making her responsible.
Oh, her teenage years are going to be fun. She won’t think so, but I certainly will. She hasn’t seen nothing yet.
A little over a year ago, I stumbled across a page on Facebook called “Love Thy Bully“. Joe had started the page and he was seeking Admins help to run this fun and informative bully-centered page. It’s a positive page that promotes awareness of all the “bully” breeds.
I am a pit bull owner. I have a pit mix named Smokey and I took him in around the time I “met” Joe. I already had one dog, but Smokey needed a home and my latest foster had just gone to a new home. Timing is everything after all. I eventually had to resigned my position as a Facebook Admin because some personal issues were dominating my every waking moment. Yet, I believe in the work Joe, his team and so many of us pit bull owners do in correcting an exaggerated stereotype of a some fantastic dogs.
I have worked in pit bull rescue. I have been a pit bull foster mom. I see dogs as individuals and with their own personalities. I don’t believe in breed specific legislation (BSL). That is legally banning dogs from certain communities based on their appearance. Funny, seems some people have forgotten how well that didn’t work when they tried that with certain people using their skin color.
While I am not stating there have never been attacks by pit bull breeds, I am realistic enough to know that the media is public enemy #1 against these dogs (imo). They will run a pit bull attack story 200 times more than any other breed attack; if they even mention any other attacks. While you will find bully bashers citing how there are more pit bull attacks, you won’t here them state how many more pit bulls there are in that particular area in comparison to other breeds. That results in number skewing for their own agenda. That’s not reporting facts. The media is no better than yellow journalists when it comes to any pit related story.
Here’s a fun one for you: Myth vs Fact: Myth: Pit bulls have locking jaws. That’s FALSE!!! In fact, a German Shepherd and a Rottweiler have stronger bit pressures than a pit bull.
I encourage you to visit Love Thy Bully if you have Facebook. If I’m not mistaken, you can also find them on Twitter and Tumbler. I don’t really use either of those other than to promote my blog, but it Tweet and Tumble, go for it. In addition to the cutest bully pics, there is information on education, awareness, ending BSL and the like.
I have comments set to approve and this particular post will not be an avenue to bash any bully breeds. Staying with the positive energy Love Thy Bully provides, please only comment if you can share good information. If you leave them a comment, let them know “Smokey’s mom” sent ya.
Every Sunday evening, I find myself with a few hours to spare while my husband and daughter go out visiting with her Godfather. I’ve decided to start walking again.
I download a few more songs onto my phone, grabbed the ear buds and out the door I went. My goal was 2-3 miles. I should note, music plays a huge part in my life. I attach very easily to songs and I song obsess (where I listen over and over to certain songs). I also am very familiar with certain music videos.
As I begin walking, it’s hard not to want to dance as the music flows through the tiny ear buds into my awaiting ears. Sometimes I have a hard time just walking straight as the beat moves me. The drivers of the cars zooming past me must be shaking their heads as I walk up the street.
Every so often, I smile breaks out across my face. My head will sway back and forth as I lip-sync to one of my selected musical gems. I am exercising AND smiling about it? No, I’m not insane. I’m just embracing the moment. I want to be healthier. I want the next 40 pounds I lose to be because of my hard work. I’m tired of answering the question, “how did you lose so much weight” with “because I got sick”.
The artists who kept my motivation on this particular walk was Brantley Gilbert, Bruno Mars, Pink, Billy Joel, Fun, Pistol Annies, Florida Georgia Line, and Jessie J. The play list changes weekly.
About halfway through my walk, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars started playing. I think I’ve watched this video probably 50+ times (at least). I had the worst time not starting the flash dance moves in the video. I really had to resist the urge to do the Pony or kick out my legs and clap my hands during the walk (video references). The cars were passing me at a good clip, so I resigned to bopping my head and smiling like a teenager who was just asked out by her high school crush.
When all was said and done, I had covered 3 miles in 64 minutes. Considering it’s been years since I had been walking consistently, I’m happy with that time. The goal is to cut that time in half. When I meet that goal, it will be time to try running again.
Over the last couple of years, I have been removing chemicals from my life, my home and my food. It’s a lengthy process and one many people balk at. They either think making your own products is time consuming or they cannot get past the commercialism that has surrounded their entire existence and they think purchasing pre-made items is the only option.
I beg to differ.
While I can’t remove 100% of chemicals from my life (I’ll never stop dying my hair – grey is not an option lol), I can do my part to minimize some of them; esp. what I ingest or what goes on my body.
That being said, I discovered an AMAZING DIY (Do It Yourself) deodorant that is more effective than anything I’ve tried previously. Believe me, I’m all about testing out recipes before passing them along to friends and now my followers.
I made this recipe a couple months ago. It really lasts quite awhile and is easy to use. I will caution, should you choose to add an essential oil, please remember you should store your finished product in a glass container, as essential oils can pull from the plastic it’s held in.
I haven’t purchased deodorant in the last couple of years. Yup, I’ve been making it myself for that long and thanks to this deodorant recipe, I have found my favorite! It’s really quite simple; only 3 ingredients. You just need coconut oil, baking soda and arrow root powder (found in the spice aisle). Oddly enough, I use arrow root powder in gluten-free cooking, so I had plenty on hand to try this.
I admit, I was a bit skeptical, but I made up a batch, used it right before I took my daughter hiking and it worked like a charm! I simply store mine in a Pampered Chef glass mini measuring bowl with a plastic lid. I use my fingers to apply. Not a big deal. I’m at the sink and just wash my hands. Not to mention, I’m being green by using dishes and not having to throw a container away every so often.
So there you have it. Give it a try. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised and odor free!
“It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses. ” (Colette)