Snacking on the Go – An Unexpected Flavorful Surprise

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Lately, snacking on the go has been at an all time high between sporting events, working, traveling, and my recent foot surgery.  I've upped my snacking slightly out of a bit of necessity and convenience. Why am I snacking so much? My 'always painting, always multi tasking, always creating, always driving' persona has had to take a step back slightly to heal from my foot surgery, so 'slowing down' is an unfamiliar and unexpected territory for myself, my family, and for those who know me.  Surprisingly, slowing down has been refreshing (aside from post-operative pain) to settle … [Read more...]

Top 5 Kid Places to visit in Albuquerque + Bucket List item

Places to visit in Albuquerque are in abundance and fun for the whole family.  I have included 5 of my top picks ... plus a bonus at the end! When we lived there, the boys were little and our days could easily be filled with things to do with kids. The Albuquerque Convention & Visitor's Bureau is a great resource when planning your trip to New Mexico. Sandia Peak Tram The Sandia Peak Tram is celebrating 50 years! The tram has served over 11 million people during those 50 years, including the likes of Australian, Hugh Jackman (whom we missed by a week!! Bummer!), Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others.  During the tram ride up the mountain, the attendant shares facts about Albuquerque as … [Read more...]

DIY Santa Gnome Tutorial – 1 Hour Craft perfect for a kid craft

A perfect holiday craft for kids! This Santa Gnome is a 1 hour craft! This cute little Santa Gnome will be different every time you make him.  You can make a whole village of these little santas.  Make them for your home or give them as gifts … I’m thinking teacher gifts! To make the Santa Gnome, you’ll need: Rice or Poly Pellets Red felt Beige jersey cotton Jersey cotton (for body) Faux fur Cotton Batting Thread and needle Let’s assemble him!   I think he needs a name … Let’s name him ‘Walter’ To make the body, cut cotton fabric 7″ x 12″. Fold in half lengthwise and sew each side using a 1/2″ seam allowance. At the bottom, fold the corner flat and out, measure 1.5″, and … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Balls – YUMMY!

I make Peanut Butter Balls every year {would make it more, but my girlish figure would explode}.  Actually, I make them a couple times during the holidays now.  A certain little person loves to eat Peanut Butter Balls as much as I do apparently.  They just don't last in our house anymore. They are so delicious!! I got this Peanut Butter Ball recipe from one of the gals I worked with years ago when I was nursing in British Columbia.  And boy, I'm so glad I did!! These are wonderful treats to make for cookie exchanges or for teacher treats.  I mean, who doesn't like Peanut Butter Balls coated in fluffy coconut? (other than those who are allergic to PB of course) In saying that, this is … [Read more...]

Kids DIY Christmas Tree Project – Use your scrap wood and paint!

DIY Colorful Christmas Trees We have had so many compliments on our DIY trees!!  You can totally as well!!! This project is a cool fun DIY family project that you can do with your children.   Use up a bunch your scrap wood and any paint that you want to use up.  The best part is that you can store these trees away easily in a small stack for the next years to come. You'll need... Scrap pieces of wood of various lengths and widths A thin piece of wood for the back Various paints and decorations (if you choose to decorate) Wood Screws Drill Make the DIY Christmas Trees... Lay out the wood and make some cuts if needed to get the tiered effect. You can either spray paint or … [Read more...]

Chameleons – What you need

The Sharing Kid shares his Chameleon buying experience with you.  He talks about what you need to care for your chameleon and some great information about these great little reptiles! The Sharing Kid has done months of research on what chameleons need. He researched what kind of cage, the food (crickets coated in Calcium D3), the plants for the cage, and so much more.  If you'd like to learn more about chameleons, you can also visit lllreptile.com where they have a ton of great information about chameleons and other reptiles.  He loves this site and refers to it a lot. We thought we could share some chameleon items that you can purchase from Amazon to help you get an idea of what you … [Read more...]

Great DIY Gift Idea + Giveaway Valued at $900

Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Decorate series. I am sharing a Santa Gnome Tutorial, these are quick to whip up for holiday gift giving. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas…….. Plus I get to be part of an amazing sewing giveaway too. See Below… This is one is sew AMAZING! She is a gem and her name is Rachel. One lucky winner will receive this beautiful… Baby Lock Sewing Machine ($799 Value) and $100 Worth of Fabric from Riley Blake Designs. Ready to take your sewing to the next level? The Baby Lock Rachel is the star of any sewing class, and … [Read more...]