Pulling Thistle, A Life Lesson

Sometimes in the lush, late summer lawn of life, you find yourself with a huge swath of thistles. Maybe it’s because your neighbor has let his thistle plants go to seed and the wind carries the seeds right through the chain link and onto your lawn. Or maybe the thistle has been there all along,… Continue reading Pulling Thistle, A Life Lesson

Fairy and Hero Names! What’s yours?

My name us Hope, but I just learned that My Fairy name is Tansy Berry of Thorn- how do I know? Pinterest. Ha! While pinning around I came across some really fun name generators- two “fairy” name generators and one “hero” name generator. Find them here and here and here, or check out the pics below!  I had been looking for a… Continue reading Fairy and Hero Names! What’s yours?

DIY Sunflower Garland Tutorial!

Are you ready for a new door decoration? I am- I’ve been looking at my 4th of July doornament for, uh… a lot longer than intended. The sunflowers have started blooming here!  A drive through the valley got me thinking- I want something bright and happy and full if late summer beauty.  While out getting… Continue reading DIY Sunflower Garland Tutorial!

The Summer Of Fairies (Part Deux)

The summer has been warm, beautiful and full of magic- at least as far as our little yard is concerned. We’ve learned that sprinklers and thunderstorms destroy oatmeal box fairy houses (our project from The Summer of Fairies Part 1.) We also discovered that fairies adore notes from children- especially thank you notes when trinkets… Continue reading The Summer Of Fairies (Part Deux)

Summer Mornings with Toads ~a way of being~ 

Summer mornings in my mother’s garden. The oasis she’s created in her a little corner of New Mexico brings all sorts of life to the cool shade and fresh waters. I have seen birds, squirrels, lizards,  spiders, bees, mice, hummingbirds, bunnies and toads among other creatures. We even found evidence of an owl. This morning… Continue reading Summer Mornings with Toads ~a way of being~ 

DIY Emeraldalicios Wand (children’s books, fun and summer play!)

Victoria Kann is the New York Times best selling author- artist of the children’s book series centered around Pinkalicious, a fun loving little girl who adores pink and is always hanging out with her brother, Peter. It’s pretty fun to say, isn’t it? Pinkalicious… Anyway, we have a well loved collection of her books including… Continue reading DIY Emeraldalicios Wand (children’s books, fun and summer play!)

DIY Blackout Window Covers (Summer Bedtime Hack)

This little summer bedtime hack is short, sweet and TOTALLY worth sharing. While I absolutely love these long days with the water play, flowers, sunshine and warm evenings in the backyard, I have also been struggling to get my girls to bed at a reasonable hour. Their bedroom windows face west, which makes for some… Continue reading DIY Blackout Window Covers (Summer Bedtime Hack)