Three Dollar Happiness

My new $3 house plant, thanks to a 75% off sale at a local nursery. I love it!DSC_0002Someone insisted on “hiding” behind the plant for this picture. I know, he’s practically invisible. DSC_0004

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A Craft for the Car

So what’s that cute, new, crafty item hanging from my glove compartment? A cup holder? Nope. A mini trash can!DSC_0027I never really let trash accumulate in my car, but my kids and I do still produce a surprising amount of car trash. It’s always kind of a pain to gather up loose wrappers, snack bags, empty Capri Suns, etc., to bring into the house to trash, so this makes that process way easier.DSC_0028 I can also move it out of the way easily when I actually have another adult riding in the car with me.DSC_0029And what’s it made from, other than fabric scraps from my stash? Yep, 2/3 of an empty 2 liter bottle, of course!DSC_0031 DSC_0032Oh, also, this is in no way my own, original idea. A friend of mine has one of these in her car, so I mostly just copied that design. I love it!

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A Great Swim Season

Ben’s Junior Dolphin season wraps up on Friday, and I’m already looking forward to next year. Ben has learned so much and had such a great experience. Go Dolphins!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Finishing up 25 meter freestyle…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlmost there… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe did it! (Finishing a full lap without stopping = one of the only times I ever see Ben let out a “Phew! I’m tired,” sigh.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn to backstroke… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo proud of his trophy… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Great job, Ben!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The Wolf Becomes a Bear

Ben had a great time at his Cub Scout Advancement Ceremony (and the pool party that followed) on Sunday. I’m so glad he had fun. He is now a proud new Bear Cub Scout. 7_27aa 7_27b 7_27c 7_27d 7_27e Cub Scout handshake, of course…7_27fThe proud, new Bears (minus a few who couldn’t make it). 7_27g


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Va Living Museum with Friends

I accidentally turned off my flash for this first picture. I’m normally not a fan of anything blurry, but I think this is actually a pretty accurate depiction of the speed at which these two travel…DSC_0001I love her detached Princess expression here, atop the…dinosaur. DSC_0007

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And…poof! A pouf!

I sewed up a really quick little pouf/ottoman/kid-sized-seat on Friday, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! I wanted to make the larger 24″ size, but I only had enough coordinating fabric scraps for the smaller 18″ size. Once it was done though, I was glad I made the smaller size. To keep it a no-cost project, I filled it with every last not-big-enough-to-sew fabric scrap I could find (I keep everything, for just such a purpose). That means it’s pretty heavy, but it’s also sturdy. I love sewing projects like this one – cute, functional, free, and really fast!pouf1 pouf2Not sure why, but this is what I got when I asked him to let me take a picture of him… pouf3

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Three Cheers for the Waterproof Camera

Amelia in goggles – not to see underwater (she’s not a fan of her face in the water yet), but, of course, because her big brother wears them.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpeaking of putting her face in the water, Amelia’s underwater pics, while still cute, will be much less odd once she’s not headless in each one, i.e. when she finally decides to fully submerge. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Big Brother…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Amelia is slowly outgrowing her floaty, both literally and her interest in it. She can touch the bottom in most of the shallow end, so it’s not nearly as imperative as it’s been for the last few summers. Perhaps we’ll have a little swimmer on our hands by next year. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe and I both love her new $3 thrift store swim suit by the way. It’s in perfect condition and fits great. I’m not a fan of thrifting an adult swimsuit, but for kids, I’m game.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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