Project 52 2014 with My Four Hens

Two years ago mum did a project 52 with a wonderful photographer, Sarah Cornish of My 4 Hens photography.  She truly inspires mum with her words and photographs.  Last year mum tried a different P52 and failed.  Now you can blame this on her lack of motivation, or how busy she was with her life…. but deep down you can totally blame it on the lack of connection within the other project.  This isn’t saying those involved in the failed P52 are not wonderful people, they are, but there was no personal connection there.  It is hard to explain unless you just jump right in and experience the personal connection of M4H yourself!

Now mum is not a woman of many words.  So I will try to explain her vision of the theme… however feel free to ask questions if you need further explanation.  Also remember she got behind a few weeks so some of these are not truly with the week of the theme, they may have happened before/after, but what matters in the end is the completion of the project and if she falls off the wagon, to jump back on and catch up!!  So far so good!  Check back from time to time when she adds new photos for the week!

Week 14 | Radiate

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Spring.  In all her glory!  A fresh rain, A fresh flower, Radiates Spring.

Week 13 | Vast

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The ocean.  The world.

 

Week 12 | Blue

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Ocean meets Sky.

 

Week 11 | Patterns

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Nature is all patterns.

 

Week 10 | Soft

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Here I am!  On Mums blog.  I’m soft here, in more ways then one!

 

Week 9 | Color Blind

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Here is Sean, a child, so innocent to the ways of separation based on color.  So lucky, to be blind.

 

Week 8 | Bright

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doh! here I am again!  Bright Light, soft and calm.

Week 7 | Focused

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Mum has not been shooting this year for others, however she had some baby plans to complete, focused to make these sessions amazing here she is practicing with Isabelle.

Week 6 | Paradise 

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Bacon.  Need I say more?

Week 5 | Noise

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Winter Noise.

Week 4 | Joy

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Backstory: I live in Florida. Yesterday we saw this funny white stuff falling from the sky. Much to my surprise I jumped and loudly yelled “Snow!!!” The kids were in school, so I grabbed the camera and tried to capture this rare sight, only to catch “SLEET” coming down. I put on my macro filters and snapped this little guy. I think he looks like a turtle, an ice turtle, but many think frog! It was really a joyous time, seeing snow in Florida!

Week 3 | Inside

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Its been very cold here lately.  What to do? Bake a cake INSIDE of course, for breakfast!

Week 2 | Imperfect

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We are all perfectly Imperfect. Power of Prayer.

Week 1 | Reflection

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Looking back at the previous year, reflecting on all our blessings.

 

 

“Chips” and Dip: 200 calorie snack!

A few days ago mum was watching Rachel Ray and the segment was about swapping typical snacks out for more healthy choices.
One of the things they offered was for potato chips and the french onion dip.  A typical serving of chips and dip is about 500 calories!  But lets face it, eating a serving of chips is a JOKE!
Get real, people grab a few handfuls of chips and I’d guess double the serving size of dip, so if we get real about this a snack of chips and dip is well over 1000 calories!  YIKES!

Rachel Ray showed a low calories swap using sweet potatoes and non fat greek yogurt!  AMAZING!

One average size sweet potato has about 110 calories, and a small cup of nonfat greek yogurt has about 100.

Directions!

Preheat your oven to 450.

Cut up the sweet potatoes in thin strips or slices.  The thinner you slice them the more chip like they will be.  Mum said she sort of likes them like fries so she leaves them a little thick.  Spray them with cooking spray. Mum put a little kosher sea salt on her potatoes.  This is optional.

Sweet Potato, cooking spray, kosher salt

Sweet Potato, cooking spray, kosher salt

Cook in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes.
Rachel Ray recommended putting them on a wire baking sheet so they crisp on both sides.  If you don’t have a wire rack you can just turn them halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile make your “onion dip”  All Mum did was add a few dashes of onion powder and garlic powder.  She also cut up a few green onions and added it to the yogurt.

Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip

Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip


When your chips are finished cooking, pull them out and enjoy!  The dip really has the same flavor as the higher calorie onion dips.  You could use this with so many things!

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Do you have a low calorie swap snack?  If so, Mum would love to hear about it.  She’s  a HUGE snacker and is in need of these easy, quick, and most of all tasty go to snacks.

xoxo


 

January Project Life

Mums on a roll with her Project Life!  She’s actually right on schedule and keeping up.  WOW!  I wanted to share her weekly review for the month of January.

Week 1:

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This first week of the year, Mum and the kids went to visit Papa and Debra in Isle of Palms, SC.  They live near the beach, and while it is too cold to go into the ocean, we did get to do a few fun things!  Papa’s house has a room under neath with a foosball table. The boys spent a lot of time down there, playing the game and on their computers.  The great thing about where they live is there are several outdoor pools but get this, they are heated!!  So even when its 30 degrees outside, the water is nice and warm.  The kids had a great time swimming in the cold!!

This was also the week of the new year.  The club house put on a little party for the children, they played games such as tug of war, face the cookie, and Pool Bingo!  They ended the day with a ballon drop and stomp.

They returned home for the last part of the week and it was filled with much relaxing, along with a few dental appointments.

Week 2:

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This week was a blast!!!  It started out with Isabelle and Mum making cake pops!  How fun!!
Grandma came down and I got to meet her.  The kids were super excited to spend the week with Grandma.  Mum and Dad went on a mini vacation to New Orleans.  While they were gone, the Grandma put together a little neighborhood pizza party.  She also taught Isabelle a little song that also uses hands. LOVE!  Mum and Dad visited New Orleans and stayed in a house mansion on Bourbon Street called The Lafitte Guest House.  It was absolutely beautiful!  Each room was decorated with period furniture.  They visited many places, took tours, ate beignets, drank chicory root coffee, tried alligator, did a little gambling, and of course drank a little!  It is a great place to visit and Mum says she recommends every one go there and experience the city at least once!
Grandma and Mum also got to out for dinner and a few drinks.

Week 3:

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This week started with their last day in New Orleans.  They ate some lunch at the Acme Oyster House and took the street car up and down New Orlenas. On the drive back they drove across the great river, they saw an amazing sunset!!  When Mum and Dad arrived home, they put the kids to bed and then went to see a movie.  It was called “HER” and the movie was about an advanced operating system (like windows….) that actually experiences life and learns from you.  In the movie people started “dating” their computers because the operating system actually learned how to experience life and it begins to develop a personality.
Mum and Grandma also saw a movie called August of Osage County.  It was about a dysfunctional family, but it was very wild….  On Grandma’s last night, we went to get some yogurt at 32 degrees.
Grandma had to go back to Virginia, but her flight was delayed allowing her and Mum to go out for lunch at Olive Garden.
Isabelle had ballet…
This week also was a themed week for Isabelle and Roy.  On Friday, they had inside out day and Isabelle wore her shirt and pants inside out.  She really got a kick out of that!
The weather was still unseasonable cold for Florida.  Roy had a day of soccer games over in Perdio Key.
What a great week!

Week 4:

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This week Mum had work and JURY DUTY!  It was a great experience, Mum was not chosen to sit on the jury but she was a jury select and got to go through the process of the lawyers and judge asking questions to the jury.
Mum cooked some potato soup.
The boys spent the night out and Isabelle and Mum rented a few movies, one being Snow Queen, and spent the evening inside.
Another very cold week for Pensacola! This week it actually started raining frozen rain!  Mum took out her macro filters and caught one tiny piece of hail in the shape of a frog!  How cool!
Sean also cracked a tooth and we spend a few hours in the dental office getting that repaired.

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SNOW DAYS IN FLORIDA!!!!  For the first time, the kids got off school for a snow day!!!  This was wonderful!  Isabelle has never seen snow before.  Now to be technical we did not get any snow, more like ice.  Everything was covered!
The kids were out of school for 3 days from this winter storm.

Mum also started experimenting with more embellishments on her project life pages, so stay tuned to see these come to life over the next few weeks!!

Wood Veneer Embellishment

Wood Veneer Embellishment

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Mum saw this pin….. yea we know what happens next right? haha  What starts out with good intentions usually ends in a complete failure, a PinterestFAIL, if you will.

Well, this one turned out great and was so super easy she said this will definitely be made several times over again.

All you do is get some canned cinnamon rolls and pop them in the waffle maker!  The great thing about making them this way is that you can do 1 or 2 at a time and save the rest of the can, lets say if you are craving a snack but don’t feel like cranking up the oven to make just ONE cinnamon roll.  Another awesome thing is that you don’t NEED your oven, so in the summer here in Florida where it can be 90+ already by 8am, this would be a great way to keep the home cool and still enjoy cinnamon rolls!  So exciting!

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Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Project Life Cover Page

Long time no see!  Mums doing this thing called Project Life and has been really on a roll.

Project Life is basically a 3 part scrapbooking system that involves an album, page dividers, and cards.  You can see the options here.

She likes to look at others project life blogs, so I decided to share hers here.  She told me she wants to keep it simple.  That is the key to finishing and completing the album, she told me.  She’s never scrapbooked a day in her life before so when she started this crazy book I just sat back and laughed.  I didn’t want to blog about it fresh out of the gate because I thought she’d give up and that would be that.  Another craft project pushed in the corner.  Well its almost 6 weeks in now and she’s still going strong so I thought I’d share a little bit of her book.
Mum decided on the “Seafoam” album

Project Life Seafoam Album

Project Life Seafoam Album

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Project Life Seafoam Album

Lets start with the cover page.  In project life, its set up to do 2 page, 12*12 spreads.  The cover page is ONE spread and basically is like the title page to your book.  Each “core kit” comes with a suggested layout which mum started with, but then as she searched Pinterest more and more she found some cute printable layouts for 2014 and went that direction instead.  Her page is a mix of printable cards and the project life core kit cards.  Again she chose the Seafoam edition core kit to match her album.

Project Life Cover Page

Project Life Cover Page

After getting into this a little bit she decided she did want to add a little bit of flare to her album.  Start Small, she told me.  Simple wood veneer embellishments.  You see the people on the top left corner?  Those are little wood cut outs.  They are thin and lightweight.

Project Life Wood Veneer

Project Life Wood Veneer

She also thought it would be a good idea to include each child’s age on the cover page, so when looking back years from now the ages are obvious instead of having to count backwards to figure out how old each of the children were at the time…..

Sean, 12

Sean, 12

Roy, 9

Roy, 9

Isabelle, 6

Isabelle, 6

So basically that is it, her cover page.  I can’t wait to see if this sticks throughout the year!!  How exciting!!

Pre-Halloween Post

Yes, its that time a year!  Fall/Halloween!!  It is my first Halloween ever but I’m really digging this Holiday so far!  The family has decorated the yard, and even I was allowed out in the front yard to help a bit.  *gasp*  We have these two pumpkins which have been referred to as “perfect carving pumpkins” and these ghostly things hanging from the trees up front.

Inside the home is decorated as well.  We have a talking bowl, it is a head.  Very odd.  Another skull spits out M&M’s when you pull a little smaller bone on the side.

The kids have gotten various outfits, mum said I’m going to get one too she just can’t make up her mind.

Do you celebrate Halloween?  If so, how?

Spider Web in front of house

Spider Web in front of house

Spoooooooky man in tree!

Spoooooooky man in tree!

Home

Home

refection of mum in glass

refection of mum in glass

Me, between two pumpkins

Me, between two pumpkins

Scentsy Warmer

Scentsy Warmer

Skull candy bowl

Skull candy bowl

Skull M&M holder

Skull M&M holder

Foyer table

Foyer table

Sick Day. oh Joy! Tips for Treating a Child with a Cold or Flu

Today started really early when I was awaken from my cozy bed around 5am by the sounds of my Sissy crying.  Then she got sick.  Everywhere.  Then the oldest brother woke up, and also got sick.  It was a super fun morning for me, I don’t think my mom has even fed me yet, as she’s been busy washing, catching, and trying to prevent puke all morning.

Mom decided to keep both kids at home today.

When do you keep your children at home?  She found some helpful hints online and would like to share a list with you.

Fever of over 100 degrees
Vomiting
Symptoms which prevent normal actives such as:
excessive cough, headache, sore throat,

It looks like we will be staying home tomorrow as well as the guidelines for sending children back to school are 24 hours fever free WITHOUT the use of medications.

The first question that usually runs through any parents mind is, “Is this the flu or just a cold?”  There are a few ways to tell.  As always, please consult your doctor with any medical advice and/or questions, remember I’m just a dog……

According to WebMd, a cold usually starts with a mild sore throat that is bothersome for a few days, along with feeling tired or run down, but then goes away on its own.    A fever is not common with a cold, but a low grade temp is possible, especially in younger children.
The flu, however, comes on strong, with more severe symptoms then a cold, a high fever, intense headache, body aches, and chills.  With some flu strains vomiting and diarrhea can also occur, especially with the swine flu.   This can lead to dehydration, which is serious and may need to be seen by a doctor for IV fluids.   You may start to feel better after 2-5 days, but full recovery can take weeks.  Another side illness of the flu is pneumonia. This is a serious complication for the young, elderly, or those that are immune compromised.  If you notice the return of a fever after not having one for two or more days, and shortness of breath, this is a sign of pneumonia.

Here is a great flu vs cold chart!

How can you prevent cold and flu virus in your home?

#1 WASH THOSE PAWS!!  I MEAN HANDS!!!  WASH! WASH! WASH!  SOAP AND WATER!!!!
Proper hand washing lasts for at least 20 seconds, sing the A,B,C’s or Happy Birthday.  Make it FUN!  There are so many inexpensive soaps that make hand washing something kids love to do!!

#2  Teach your children to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough!
Sneeze into your sleeve!  or Tissues!!

#3  Please, don’t smoke around your children (or pets) Its just not nice.

#4  Follow up and after care!
After they feel better, remember to wash all clothing and sheets in hot water, sanitize all surfaces, and if possible air out the room.
Don’t forget to clean door knobs, toilet bowl handles and REMOTE CONTROLS!!

I hope this post was helpful!  Please share your tips in the comment section.  Sharing is caring, except in the case of cold and flu germs!  Keep those to yourself!  😉

So what do we do when we have a sick day?  well take photos of course!
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Stevie Review! Cain’s Dog House

I’ve been going to Cain’s Dog House my entire life so far.  Well except for once I went to Pet Smart and that was not a fun experience at all.  I’m so glad my mum found Cain’s.  They are super friendly there, they know me by name even before they are told.  They offer all kinds of services including boarding.  Their prices are very affordable and I’m happy to recommend Cain’s to anyone in the area.

I am not so sure I like the little bandana they give me but mum sure likes it, so I guess I’ll just go with it.  I love bath day!  I can’t wait until the next one!

Cain’s Dog House!  Two paws UP

Bath Day

Bath Day

Sheltie Steve