Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tips for camping with kids



First of all, I don't want to set myself up as a major authority because I skipped out on camping for almost a good 10 years so that I didn't have to pee in a tree while pregnant or watch my crawling baby head straight for a pile of animal poo or a fire or something :).  My youngest will be 4 in a few weeks.  Everyone in our family now walks, eats "real" food and toilets in the potty.  I saw my strong and amazing friends take their families camping during times when that wasn't the case and they have my utmost respect.

Last year we started our journey back into enjoying the great outdoors and I'm really loving it.  But I thought I'd better give that "baby years" disclaimer first.  Oh, and also that I don't really sleep or pee on the ground much more either...




Tips for Camping with Kids


  1. Bring a lot of food.
  2. Make it GOOD food.  When you are away from distractions you can focus on the simple things in life and excellent eats is one of those things.  Now is a good time to gather some fabulous dutch oven recipes.
  3. Bring toys, but make sure they are dirt-worthy toys you are not afraid to lose.  One of the favorite things we keep in the camper is some dump trucks for my youngest to dig through dirt and rocks with at the camp site.  We also keep our "beach bag" full of sand digging/sculpting/shaping toys for when we camp near a lake or reservoir.
  4. Bring an extra pair of underwear for everyone.
  5. Bring a cold weather outfit and hot weather outfit for each person regardless of planned activities or weather.
  6. Bring lots of blankets.  Even if it's hot they can be thrown down on the sand for a beach blanket or used as a mega-towel to sop up HeckKnowsWhat.  Hey, you're camping with KIDS, need I remind you???
  7. But back to the point about blankets, its always nice to have something to throw on or around a kid when they start freaking out that it's getting colder during the night.
  8. For back up (because I am a big fan of relying on boredom and the great outdoors to fuel exercise and creativity) bring some card or board games and/or electronics in case the weather turns bad and you either need to wait it out or it's just a cold time of day.  Pro-tip:  don't mention or show you have them unless that eventuality takes place.
  9. Kids (and me!) need dirt and nature for their immune systems and psychological health.  
Happy Camping!

The picture which showcases the time I broke my own rule and stayed in this tent at around 30 weeks pregnant when searching for an apartment in Omaha.  I well remember the 3 AM outhouse runs (getting up, dressing my big belly, etc.)  Have I mentioned I love having a toilet now???  Oh, and weren't my baby girls adorable?  :)




Monday, September 8, 2014

Time for Pumpkin Everything!




It's that time of year again!  Weeeee.....

Last year, I thought it was quite fun to cover my pumpkin in decorative duct tape.  I couldn't believe how well it preserved for several months of outdoor weather.  When the fall decorating season was over I brought it in, baked it up, and had plenty of pumpkin for making cold weather treats.  Since more and more people are ending up here for fall recipes I thought I'd share my favorites:

You could try the pancakes (RECIPE HERE):


Or some super tasty warm muffins.

These things are so good, its hard to tell how full of fiber and good stuff they are.



And for more...what better Pinterest search than all things PUMPKIN????

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 Evolution of my Haircolor

A little bit of THIS.


A little bit of THAT.


A little growing it out...


A whole lotta THAT.


Add, a whole bunch more shampoos...


Some growth, and some attempts at re-dyeing it blonde.


Giving up, and going back to the roots with THIS.


Didn't feel like myself so I tried the first one again...


And the second....


And tried a CRAZY style today while plotting what to attempt next!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reasons to love Nebraska {the Holy Family shrine}


I've been daydreaming for a few years about camping near this gorgeous Nebraska spot so that I can take pictures at dawn or sunset.


Turns out that's already been done...by photographers with much more talent :).


And probably something fancier than my cellphone.





I love the mountains and farmland of my home, but I have much I've grown to love across the prairies of this country too.



On its website, it states the purpose of this shrine is for seekers to have a place to connect with the holy spirit.  Even just driving by has done that for me.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rustic Christmas Inspiration


As someone who has sold a lot of Christmas tree skirts in my sewing years, I can't believe I'm saying this...but I am:



Try a bucket!


Seriously cute, right?


On a sled is even cuter.

But if you insist, here's some fun twists on the burlap skirt fad:






If you're over that, just throw down an old quilt.  It feels pretty warm and homey to me.


If you like to  make ornaments these couldn't be more simple.  Just remember to leave a little opening for the stuffing and stitch your hanger on in the first stitching.  I got a whole roll of this rope for the hangers at walmart for $10.  I bet they still have some.



 And if ya don't want to sew, tie knots!




 My other favorite rustic Christmas decorations include dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks.  Tie a piece of rafia through them and you can hang just like an ornament.  The smell is one of the best parts.

Sure, it takes a little more time to prepare homespun items like this, but it is a relaxing way to spend cold weather time, and saves a lot of money!




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