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End of Summer Kite Flying

My boys kite flying on Labor Day weekend. We found that kite at Thrift Town for five bucks. Best. kite. EVER. Even though the wind was unsteady, once Chris got it in the air, it would fly for five minutes at a time. Finn was even able to keep it in the air fairly easily.

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Yes, yes I am. by sophiecls on Etsy

Yes, yes I am. by sophiecls on Etsy.


‘Yes, yes I am.’ by sophiecls

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Keep your kiddo entertained when you travel.

Purple and Pink Butterfly Print Crayon Wallet by sophiecls on Etsy.


Pink and Purple Crayon Wallet

Need something to keep your child busy at restaurants, on car trips or anywhere there’s a lot of waiting? My crayon wallets are the perfect size to tuck into your purse so you’ll always have something handy to entertain the kiddos.

My little Avatar: Halloween 2010

Finn as Aang the Avatar.


Simple Cupcake Crayons

Preschoolers seem to attract crayons. This has resulted in Finn having an OVERFLOWING shoebox of crayons.  I sorted through and removed all the stubs and short broken crayons to recycle into cupcake crayons.  Now he has a slightly less full shoebox of regular crayons and six slightly swirly cupcake crayons.

How to DIY:

  • Line a muffin pan with foil or a double thickness of cupcake liners. (Note: The wax will likely melt through, so you probably want to use a pan that you reserve for non-food projects.)
  • Remove all the paper from your crayons.
  • Break into smaller pieces if needed.  I just broke them as small as I could with my fingers.  Most pieces were about an inch long or smaller.
  • Sort the pieces into the lined cups.  I sorted by color, but you could also mix for super swirly crayons.
  • Fill the cups to the top but don’t overfill.
  • Melt in the oven at about 200-250 degrees F. I recommend setting a baking sheet under the muffin pan.  You really don’t want to have to scrape melted crayon off your oven.
  • Check about every 10-15 minutes.  I let them cook until there were just a few solid chunks in the middle. Then I gently swirled them with toothpicks to sink the chunks and blend the colors.
  • When they are sufficiently melted, turn off the oven.  You can carefully remove them at this point or let them cool in the oven.  I didn’t need my oven, so I let them cool in there overnight.
  • Once they’ve cooled completely you can remove the papers and color away. smile

Come see the newest ACT Power Up:Jenn Miller

Jenn Miller, Creator of Jemz and My Bragg Bag is the newest ACT Power Up member.
She offers
clothing, toys, blankets, bibs, burp cloths and more items for babies and nursing items and diaper bags for the moms in her shop, Jemz located here:

Jenn also makes custom military purses. You can find them in My Bragg Bag, located at Be sure to look for other Military related accessories and clothing coming soon to My Bragg Bag as well.

Visit Jemz and
My Bragg Bag soon. Jenn is offering free shipping on all orders over $30 through the end of August.

I’m not *that* crunchy.

Funny story.

So, I’m waaaaay behind on my laundry. (That’s not the funny part. More like a reminder of my constant state of affairs.) I had about a medium load’s worth of hand-washing to do in addition to the few loads of regular machine laundry. I decided I’d do the hand-washing in my tub rather than the sink, since there was so much. Once I had those soaking in soapy water, I went out to the laundry room to get a load going in the machine.

Apparently Finn thought washing clothes by hand looked like tons of fun. In the minute or so that it took me to load and start the washing machine, he had added about another loads worth of laundry to the tub. At this point, my washer and dryer are both full and running, so I was pretty much stuck washing it all by hand.

The washing wasn’t the hard part, though. Finding places to hang all the clothes to dry INSIDE since it’s raining and muddy was the real challenge.

Here’s a picture of my little helper. I intentionally left the red eyes. They seem appropriate for today. 😉

Have a great Tuesday!

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