DIY Simple Holiday Vases

December 4, 2014

It was fun to create these easy and inexpensive vases for our Thanksgiving table this year. Only took a few minutes and the kids enjoyed glazing the cans and arranging the flowers.

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Tin Cans (soup, beans etc), labels removed
Festive Cardstock (I’m a fan of the 12″x12″ pads available at Michaels)
Glue Stick
Mod Podge
Paint sponge


  1. Soak empty tin cans to easily remove labels.
  2. Choose cardstock and cut to height of can, just under the lip.
  3. Glue back of paper and wrap around the can.
  4. Cover with a couple of thin coats of Mod Podge and let dry.
  5. Fill with flowers.


I’m looking forward to making some winter-themed ones for the holidays. They can be used for more than just flower vases, too. Pen/pencil holders, dish brush container, craft containers. So many possibilities!


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Goodbye, Sweet Summer

September 14, 2014

I love this time of year. My two favorite seasons collide. Overlap and trade places for a couple of weeks. Hot afternoons telling me that summer hasn’t closed up shop, but a chill in the morning reminding that sweater weather is near. Almost time to pass the baton and put out the welcome mat for those muddy boots.

Hello to soccer practice and early mornings, packing lunches and a chill in the air. But not before paying homage to the spectacular summer that was…

Lemonade stands, mastering the two wheeler, skateboards + slip n’slides, face painting + festivals, morning runs + mountain hiking, cousin time, road trips, backyard projects + bbqs, hot tubs + hammocks, ice cream + more ice cream, float trips + friends, swimming holes + s’mores, gardening + golfing, Bosley boy + beach trips, fire pits + forgoing work…


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Even I couldn’t help catching Frozen Fever planning Hadley’s 6th birthday. With the soundtrack on constant rotation combined with Hadley’s contagious excitement when the party wrapped up I just wanted to give Olaf an endless supply of Warm Hugs. On a recent balmy Sunday afternoon our house transformed into the Kingdom of Arendelle: Frozen_Birthday_Party01 Frozen_Birthday_Party02 Frozen_Birthday_Party03 Frozen_Birthday_Party04 Frozen_Birthday_Party16

Pin the Nose on Olaf Party Game:

Thanks to Jason’s mad freehanding skills he cut out Olaf using simple foam sheets from the craft store. Frozen_Birthday_Party09

Photo Booth:

I put together a pop-up photo booth and found some downloadable props on etsy. I had the print shop down the street adhere them to chip board and the kids loved hamming it up in character. Frozen_Birthday_Party06 Frozen_Birthday_Party05 With my instant Polaroid everyone took home a pic or two.  Frozen_Birthday_Party07 Frozen_Birthday_Party08

Frozen Themed Scavenger Hunt:

It’s become a tradition to include a scavenger hunt at our birthday parties and Hadley had fun helping put together the clues and prizes. We started at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post {and Sauna!} where they collected shopping bags and received their first clue.
Download all clues here Frozen_Birthday_Party10  Frozen_Birthday_Party12 Handing out “Olaf Noses” in the gardenFrozen_Birthday_Party13 The “Love Experts”Frozen_Birthday_Party14 Frozen_Birthday_Party15  Frozen_Birthday_Party17

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The cake {ice cream, of course}:  Frozen_Birthday_Party20 Lots of Warm Hugs for Olaf!Frozen_Birthday_Party21 Happy Birthday Miss Hadley! Some people are worth melting for.Frozen_Birthday_Party11 Menu:
Sven’s Antlers {pretzels}
Olaf Noses {baby carrots} with greek yogurt dipping sauce
Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches
Kristoff’s Ice Blocks {blue raspberry finger Jello}. A Pinterest fail but I set them out anyway
Frozen Grapes {forgot how tasty these are on hot days}
Melted Snowman {ice water}

Arendelle Printable Banner
Frozen Printable Bookmarks
Snowball Playdough Recipe
Frozen Character Props
Frozen Printable Tags


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When we moved back in to our home after the remodel I was so happy to have my own private studio, no longer squeezed in a nook off the kitchen.  My own sanctuary where I can close the door and create. A peek at the space where I spend my days: Free Wall Art: A […]

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We recently took a trip to LA to visit our new nephew. After spending a few days in Santa Monica we packed up, said our goodbyes and started heading to the airport. But we had a secret. We were headed to The Happiest Place On Earth. They never saw it coming:

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Introducing the New Addition

April 17, 2014

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Spring Break in Sisters

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Thanks to generous family friends, we relaxed for a week at their central Oregon abode while they flew south for warmer weather. Our little family of four, with others joining us mid-week. We enjoyed: wide open spaces | skateboard rides | ski day | family game night | giant jigsaw puzzles (never started, but with […]

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