Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thrifty: At-Home Pedicures

Sometimes I just get that feeling that I want my feet pampered and think about how nice a pedicure would be! And, they are! But when I'm trying to be frugal and thrifty, there is a great option to do sort of a mini pedicure at home.

We did this at my mom's this summer and then Rachel and I had a repeat this weekend - it was so nice!

Rachel asked me to describe a "real" pedicure to her and it made me realize how many of those things we can do at home. For our version, we trimmed nails, filed, did Satin Hands on our feet and then polished nails. It was fun and girly and didn't cost a penny!

What is your favorite way to enjoy thrifty fun at home?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Slow Day

Art Project Links:
Star Wars Characters
Fall Girl, Trees and Woodland Critters

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness {this sounds strange and I wasn't sure at first, but it is a great read and we can't wait to read the rest of the series!}

*Affiliate links for books above. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

PB Trail Mix

For a few years in a row, I bought some trail mix like this from Wal-Mart when we went camping. As per usual in our family, it became a tradition! This summer I couldn't find it - so made my own. We made it again as a just-in-case item for hurricane preparations this past week {we didn't evacuate} and I thought it would be fun to share the recipe here!

Peanut Butter Trail Mix
one bag pretzels
one jar dry roasted peanuts
one bag peanut butter chips {on the baking aisle}
one bag Reese's Pieces

Dump into a large bowl or gallon Ziploc and shake to mix. It will fill the Ziploc depending on how many pretzels you add.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Bonus Home + Slow Time

Well, what a week it was! All the hurricane news was a little dizzy-ing to say the least. A mandatory evacuation was called for our home and then recalled and then the storm turned further south and I made an evacuation list. In the end, we stayed home. We got some breeze and a little rain, I am thankful but still it is hard knowing it did hit communities and did affect families elsewhere.

With all of this, every single activity we are in was cancelled. CC, Football, ballet, all of it. I wasn't sad about that part and so enjoyed the lighter load at home and the room in our schedule to enjoy lots of extra slow.

I cut the last of the blue hydrangeas in my yard, all the others are crispy or fallish looking - these three just needed to come inside and cheer us up!

Speaking of the yard, we have been planting a few seeds in the garden. I found current {not outdated} seed packets at the thrift store for a dime recently and wondered if doing a Fall garden might be the answer to my summer gardening struggles: heat + bugs. So far, things are coming right up and we are enjoying it! Here you can see green beans, broccoli and a little bit of lettuce popping up.

Still speaking of the yard, we had school outside on Friday which was glorious! It has been much too hot to consider this but with the storm on the coast, it sent some lovely breezes our way for the morning and it was lovely. I'm grateful my kids took the initiative to step outside and suggest it!

It feels like ages ago that I made this puppet theater, which has spurts of popularity. This week was one of them and it came out several times with great fun performed for my enjoyment! They also pulled out the Usborne puppet theater book and propped it up on a ladder just behind this cloth theater - we had a lovely performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Let's see - I began the tedious process of putting together my next blog book - I'm up to the year 2015. I usually do this in the summer but this year I refinished the table and chairs which took up all my extra time. We'll see how long it takes me to finish but at least I started!

Also, I'm working on my next book! And close to being able to order copies of Slow Lane again - stay tuned.

Along the lines of writing, I am in an amazing writing group for one year via Writing With Grace - if you have a dream to write, check out Ann's memoir class which is open for registration now!

We had our first monthly group call this last week and it was everything I hoped for and more. So encouraging and affirming!

My computer did not recognize my ear buds - is there some easy step I'm missing here?

We've also had a large number of Lego creations around here. What have you been up to lately?