Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday 5

~5 things from the week~

Logic would suggest that since this is the last full week of school, I'd be in full swing stocking up on groceries and finishing last minute projects before my two associates are back with me for the summer. However, all logic has been thrown out the window because I've spent everyday this week helping out the kids and school in some fashion. It's been a busy week and I'm happy that it's finally the weekend! 

Vance laid a very thick and strategic guilt trip on Justin awhile back because he's never chaperoned a field trip and this was the very last one before leaving elementary school. Justin caved, of course, and Vance was so excited to have his dad be there. Even better, this trip was an "all school" field trip, which magnified the chaos of a zoo field trip by 10. I went with Vaughn's class, so we all brown bagged it that day. 
Fun fact! All kids look the same from behind while wearing ponchos! Making sure you had your assigned kiddos was a challenge because so. Also challenging? Taking little ponchos on and off for bathroom breaks. All in all, we made the best of it and had a pretty good day at the zoo.

Next up was 5th grade fun day! The 5th graders enjoyed a day of games, swimming, and fun food and snacks. I was busy serving food and popsicles and didn't get any good pictures of the other stuff. That same night was the 5th Grade Farewell ceremony, which had a Hollywood theme. Their pictures that went along with their stars were hilarious! Glad they were all good sports and had fun with it!

Vance was rewarded with a phone for being an upstanding citizen and ever since, it's been like this:

I kid, I kid. (Kind of!) They're great buddies and it makes me a bit sad to think the next time they'll be in the same school again, Vaughn will be a freshman in high school and Vance will be a senior. I prefer all my birdies to be in the same nest, so it will take some getting used to.

Can't believe there's a middle schooler in the house! 

Here's to the weekend! Cheers!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Quick and Easy DIY: Hanging Planter

Have a corner that needs something? Follow these steps for an easy hanging planter!

I picked up a few of these for Vaughn and her friends to paint at Target. ($4 each and I think it's intended purpose is a pencil holder. There were a lot of fun shapes to pick from.)

Drill a few holes around the top and then spray paint it. (The one I started with was already painted. I wasn't digging the blues, so after drilling the holes, I spray painted it all white. Definitely drill before painting though.)

Cut lengths of garden twine and tie knots in the end after feeding it through the holes. Tie all three strands into a knot at the top for hanging.

Drop in your plant and you're ready to hang. 

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday 5

~5 things from the week~

I whipped up some quick personalized towels for part of a gift for Vaughn's awesome Girl Scout leaders, using my tutorial from years ago.  

Vaughn's thoughtful teacher gave me some garden goodies as a thank you for helping out in her classroom this year. We're trying our hand at veggies again this year, but I have a feeling the woodland creatures are getting ready for a 3 month buffet.

I never go to the actual post office, so I order stamps online and love the selection. This round I went with Janis, Maya, and artist Martin Ramirez. (While I was aware of his work, I never knew he spent the majority of his adult life in a mental institution and suffered from schizophrenia.) Fun fact for the day!

The kid's school did a mini-relay for life this week to raise money and honor those affected by cancer.    It was a nice shift this year to donate an equal number for those we have lost to cancer too soon and for those who have survivors. Public Service reminder to get your parts checked and wear sunscreen!  

Our town is having an air show this weekend and the past couple of days have sounded like a war zone while the Blue Angels practice. It's amazing how loud they are!

 If you're an Anthony Bourdain fan, here's an interview he did with Bon Appetit. It's a fun, quick read about the rules he follows for eating food when on the road. 

Cheers to the weekend! Hope everyone has a good one! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Kitchens that Suit your Personality

LOVE this accent wall (also love in livingroom, on either side of the fireplace...if we have a very high ceiling:
(This pin led to a bogus page. Would love to give credit - let me know if you know where this kitchen is from!)

Have a few minutes to spare today?

1. Take this (shortened) Myers-Briggs personality test.

2. Then go here to see what type of kitchen best suits your personality type.

I fall between INFJ and ISFJ and if you mix together those kitchens, I think it's pretty spot on, gauging from what's currently filling my Pinterest Kitchen board.

Happy Wednesday! We're almost there!

Friday, May 06, 2016

Friday 5: Vaughn turns 8!

~5 things from the week~

This week has been all about Vaughn. She decided she was finally ready to get earrings, so we kicked off last weekend with a good old fashioned piercing. (Not really. There were no ice cubes, needles, or potatoes in sight. Just 2 quick ladies with earring guns.) Zero tears were shed and about a 27 selfies were taken at dinner afterwards. 

She has decided to hang up her soccer cleats for now, and Sunday was her last soccer game. She was only a little big excited about that. 

Her birthday was Tuesday and she requested a dinner of buttered noodles and green beans. She's easy to please!

Cake! She requested a chocolate cake with an ocean theme and I had big ideas that gave away to a time crunch and things not going as planned. I swiped everything, which gave it an ombre effect, and it didn't turn out half bad! 

Still can't believe she's 8!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and a happy Mother's Day!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday 5

~5 things from the week~

This week has been non-stop and my camera roll proves just how scatter brained I am when things get busy and all my irons are in the fire. 

I need shoes. I can't decide. Text pic to sister. "Help!"

Vance needs new shirts. Can't remember size. Take pic so I'll remember.

Oh, look! Cute little duckies that wandered into our yard!

Focus, Charisa! Vaughn needs a new desk chair. Can't be any higher than this. 

Damn. Should've gotten to Vance's concert earlier. Can hardly see him. Hope we get out of here on time so that we're not late to Vaughn's softball game. 

And so on and so on. The kids have started the countdown to the end of the school year (less than a month!) and I'm going full speed to get stuff done before I have my associates back with me all day. Err day. 

Just one more thing! Vance asked me to make this for his room, so I did, and if your ball player needs one, I put them up for sale on my Etsy site. Check it out!

Have a great weekend! Cheers!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday 5

~5 things from the week~

You need these Powerberries from Trader Joe's.

I need these cute and comfy shorts from Athleta.

Genius! The kids and I love to play Yahtzee and now we can take it to the yard.
Yardzee, Lawn Dice, Yard Yahtzee, Yard Yatzee, Yard Games, Yard Dice, Giant Yahtzee, Lawn Yahtzee, Lawn Games, Outdoor Games

Was sad to hear about Prince and wanted to share this story about him. (Towards the end, gotta wait for it.)

Last Saturday was our school's annual father daughter dance, a night that Vaughn and many girls look forward to. Unfortunately, this year, a tragic accident occurred and the unthinkable happened to a little girl who was crossing the street to get to the dance while holding her father's hand. Needless to say, it's been a hard week for our school and community. This heartbreaking incident is yet another reminder to cherish what's really important in life and to enjoy each and every day.

"We are only given today and never promised tomorrow. So make sure you tell the people who are special in your life, that you love them."

Cheers, friends. 


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