Thursday, April 19, 2018

FREE Class on Deck & Patio Staining

Spring time is upon us and it is time to spruce up our home's exterior. Perhaps your deck needs to be brought back to life but you aren't sure just what products to use and how to do it, then you certainly need to check out this FREE CLASS at Home Depot about Deck and Patio staining this weekend!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

End of the Year Teacher Gift - Personalized Beach Bags

This was last year's end of the year teacher gift for my kids teachers. I used my Silhouette machine to make iron on letters for their names to make personalized Beach Bags. We filled the bags with a wet/dry bag, sunglasses, lotion and bottles of water with drink mixes. I thought this was a fun end of the year gift to give them to help them get ready for summer.

Monday, April 16, 2018

DIY Basketball Coach Personalized T-shirt

Remember how I mentioned one of the things I really liked about using the silhouette machine was that I could personalized things and this is a perfect example.
This was something my daughter's basketball coach had said several times during practice and she commented she was going to make him a shirt that said this. He didn't think she was serious but at their end of the season basketball party she presented him with this.
Again I had used the tinsel font that I bought from the silhouette design store and this basketball is also an image I purchased from there as well.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ladies Night Out Idea!! FREE Class on Making a Modern Wall Planter

Get some friends together for this Do-It-Herself FREE class at Home Depot to Build this Modern Wall Planter. The class is in one week, on April 19th, so you have a week to gather your squad. They will have the supplies for sale and show you step by step how to create this project. SIGN UP TODAY!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Mammoth Dig Site in Hot Springs, SD

This is the man of the dig site in Hot Springs South Dakota. It is an active archaeological dig site. There was no digging going on when we were there because it was a weekend and the digging is done by professionals who volunteer their time to do that.
Of course because this is the mammoth dig site most of the bones that have been found here are of different mammoths but they have found other Bones from other animals as well.
We had never been to any type of archaeological dig site before so this was our first experience. Someday I hope that we can go to an archaeological dig site for some type of dinosaur.
This top picture is of a tooth of a mammoth. Their teeth are Mashers.

They have but this dig site is only partially been excavated and they anticipate in finding many many more.

Here is one skeleton that is relatively complete that they are still working on digging out.
Here you can see one of the most complete Mammoth skulls that they have found at this dig site.

Here is a picture of my son who is about 54 in and if you look at the top of the pole there are so scratch marks those are the scratch marks that the bear that lived during that time would have made. The skeleton of that bear is and the picture below.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Week Gifts

Since it is Teacher Appreciation Week in a month, I thought I would share some of the things that we did last year.

I tried to remember each one of their teachers at least once during the week and often more than that, especially their main teachers.

I hope this helps give you some ideas and you show your appreciation to the teachers and your kids lives in some way or other, even an email or note of thank you is very appreciated.

Monday, April 9, 2018

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DIY 4-H T-shirt with the Silhouette Machine

We joined 4-H a little over a year ago and the kids got new 4-H shirts when we signed up this year but they we're gray and not the bright green I associate with 4-H.
Then incomes Mom with her silhouette machine and once I found a store that sold the color green t-shirt I wanted I bought a couple and made each of my kids one. Now they will have one more option to wear when they are doing different 4-H events and want to show off their enthusiasm for 4-H.

Friday, April 6, 2018

FREE Class on Spring Lawn Prep

Is it your goal to learn more about having a well cared for lawn. Well, it starts in the spring with some preparation. Attend this FREE CLASS at Home Depot and learn what you need to know about seeding, fertilizing, water conservation and insect control. This class is NEXT weekend.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Devil's Lake State Park

Isn't the view from near the top amazing?

I'm not going to kid you this was no easy hiking to get to this spot. There was an easier route, which we took down, but it went through the woods and I really wanted to be overlooking Devil's Lake as much as the road took us.

Devil's Lake state park is in Baraboo Wisconsin which is near Wisconsin Dells. We met some family in Wisconsin Dells for the weekend but we left earlier so that we could do additional things besides water parks.

Hiking on this was a bit much for some of us and we should have brought along a lot more water than we did. Actually, it was the adults who remember to grab water bottles and the kids did not. We had severely underestimated the intensity of the hiking.

And is definitely worth checking out the state park if you are in the Wisconsin Dells area and want to get away from all the hubbub of water parks and shopping and tourist attractions.

Monday, April 2, 2018


 I made this top as a fun sleeping shirt for my daughter. I used the impact font on the silhouette software, which it comes pre-loaded with. No need to purchase a new font if you like this one.

The other thing I didn't purchase was new heat transfer vinyl for this one. I had saved scraps and cut out each word individually.

This T-shirt pretty much sums up how some days feel to her. LOL.

Friday, March 30, 2018

4 FREE Concerts at the Landmark Center

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There will be 4 FREE Courtroom Concerts presented by the Shubert Club in April. All of thee concerts are at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, MN and are at noon on Thursdays. For more information and to see the full concert lineup, check out the Courtroom Concerts.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

FREE Kids Class to Build a Birdhouse

Get signed up now before spaces are filled so your child(ren) can build a Birdhouse at this FREE CLASS at Home Depot next weekend!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Devil's Tower in Wyoming

At the end of our road trip this fall we did individual surveys to see what two places each one of us like the best. Devil's Tower in Wyoming was the number one place for all four of us which wasn't too much of a surprise because we had a lot of fun hiking around and exploring there.

The top picture is of Devil's Tower before we reached it. I thought that this image I was seen from the side of the road look like a postcard.
This next picture is of a picture of the legend, or one of many different Legends, of how Devil's Tower was formed.

Next we have a couple of pictures closer, when we were at the National Monument site. Devils Tower is a national monument and your national parks pass Works to get you in here as well.
We had the most incredible looking Sky while we were there to take pictures. I felt lucky that we had such blue skies with wisps of clouds. It really helped add to the contrast between the rocks and the sky.
Trying to take our own family photo at Devil's Tower. Again we had asked someone to take a picture and they took two, one of had all of us in it but didn't have all of Devils Tower which defeated the purpose and the other picture was out of focus.

A zoomed-in picture to see what the crevices look like in Devils Tower.

A couple of pictures of the kids hiking among the rocks and between the rocks at Devil's Tower. At one point we had to hurry them along because we needed to get going before it got too dark so that we could see some other things on the way home in Spearfish Canyon. If I would have known they would wanted to spend so much time hiking on the Rocks I would have budgeted even more time there.
There were so many places to climb and rocks to go underneath to explore.
We were mesmerised by the prairie dogs that lived in their own village outside of Devil's Tower National Monument. They are quite fascinating to watch. We got our fill of watching them here and then when we made our way to Custer State Park we spend more time looking for other animals rather than the prairie dogs that were everywhere there too.

Monday, March 26, 2018

DIY "I FLY! What's Your Super Power?" Sweatshirt

 My daughter used to have a t-shirt with the same saying that has now been relegated to her cabin clothes. When she got that one I had purchased it as I didn't have the silhouette machine previously to make one.

But now I found a need to make it again for her. At school they are having a superhero day and at her age in elementary in elementary school, being the oldest grade, actually dressing up like a superhero is a little silly. This will be her take on the day.

Plus, she does swim butterfly stroke rather well and looks so strong when she swims Fly.

For the font I used a font called tinsel from the silhouette design store. I find that I would much rather spend money buying new fonts from there then trying to find clipart that I have to edit around the font. Font can be really tricky to work with and be very time-consuming if you don't have a pre-loaded font. Pictures are a different story and I will find clipart that I can download for free or purchase to use and sometimes buy them from the silhouette design store.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

FREE Class on Installing Tile Backsplash

This Weekend, Home Depot is going to teach you how to install a Tile Backsplash with this FREE class. Get registered today!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Where Did We Go Wednesday? Mount Rushmore

From our house to Mount Rushmore it is probably about A 7 hour drive straight through. Although we didn't drive straight through, we stayed over in Sioux Falls South Dakota on the first night and then made our way to Rapid City South Dakota.

Being one state over you would think we may have visited this prior to this but there is a lot of nothing to look at during that 7 hour drive the really interesting part of South Dakota doesn't happen until you are in the 60 miles on the western side of the state.

It seems that thanks to Facebook a lot of people are visiting Mount Rushmore. I am not sure if there is that many more visitors or I am just made more aware of it because people are posting their vacations on that social media outlet.

My kids had 3 days off from school before the weekend for a fall vacation and we were going to take advantage of five days in a row when it was pretty nice weather to make this road trip.

Usually the one complaint I have heard from people who make this road trip in the summer is that it is really hot and really busy, I guess that's two complaints. My Hope Was That by going in the fall we would be past the hot weather and it would not be very busy. Both of my assumptions were correct and we were very happy that we went during the fall. Although going during the fall there are some things that are not open that are only open during the summer but everything we wanted to see including Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Devil's Tower, and Custer State Park were all open. Plus there were several other things we saw as well.

Trying our best to get a family picture at Mount Rushmore. Someone did offer to take our picture but it seems every time someone does they can't seem to figure to get all of us in the picture and keep it in focus.

Below are some pictures that I zoomed in so that we could see greater detail on each of the president's faces.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Quick Microwave Low Carb Bread

I saw this on IG and had to try it out for myself, and when you are really craving bread or something you would want that needs bread this will do the trick. It's not the same, but it's a good quick substitute. It does have a bit of a spongy texture though.

Quick Microwave Low Carb Bread
1 1/2 T melted butter
1 egg
3 T almond flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions: Melt butter. Combine egg, almond flour and baking powder with melted butter. Cook in a microwave safe dish (I used an egg cooker, but a ramekin could work as well) and cook for 90 seconds. Remove from dish and allow to cool for a minute. Slice in half to make 2 slices. Serve as bread or toast, if desired.