My Favorite Go-To Relaxing Activity

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Since I was little jigsaw puzzles were my go to activity, I was an only child for many years, never having a partner to play board games,  puzzles were a way I could occupy my self during the long winter and rainy days. My shelves were stacked full of puzzles, I’d redo my jigsaw puzzles dozens of times in a day, even turning them upside down to make for more of a challenge.

 Fast forward to today and there are Jigsaw Puzzles at our fingertips, now I simply adjustable the time clock setting to give more of a challenging experience.

This is still my go-to activity, but I no longer have to camp-out at the dining room table, having the ability to take them on the go, I don’t stress out when it dinner time if my puzzle isn’t finished.

I especially like the ability to add more pieces and play up to 1024 puzzle pieces on our tablet and 400 puzzle pieces on the phone.

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Over 20,000 puzzles to choose from, you can customize the game-board by choosing from dozens of free backgrounds and if you’re like me and like listening to music while playing solo. RFU Jigsaw Puzzle App 06

Starting my mornings off with a walk to the bay,  watching the sunrise, listen to the pelicans and of course a Jigsaw Puzzle to get my mind going.

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Afternoons can be waiting for a client at the local coffee house or unwinding on the sofa with my favorite bunny.RFU Jigsaw Puzzle App 08

Jigsaw Puzzle is great for puzzler players of all ages and possibly an inquisitive bunny! Offering over 10,000 eye-catching HD puzzles, Jigsaw Puzzle is currently the most searched jigsaw puzzle app on the App Store, also available on Google Play as well as the Amazon Kindle Fire. RFU Jigsaw Puzzle App 01Why is it that Grocery store lines are so long? I usually skim though the latest magazines at the register to ward off boredom, but the Jigsaw Puzzle app is way more fulfilling and keeps my stress level down to finish off the day on a good note.

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Fall puzzles are currently available and so pretty! If you’re looking forward to the beautiful colors of the season as much as me, it will put you in the mood for warm apple cider and pumpkin pie!

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A great way to stimulate your brain and stay sharp!

 

Click the below to watch a short video showing us using the Jigsaw Puzzle App.

Youtube Video Here

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DIY: Pool Noodle Race Car Track

It’s Wednesday my favorite day of the week, when I was little it was the day my Dad took us for pizza when my Mom was at work, sometimes I still fell like a kid especially when were in the backyard holding matchbox derbies, we’re so excited to  show you our latest summer fun project, we actually it can be used all year round and is great indoors too!

Start your engines!

Now I saw this done with marbles, the noodle was a much small diameter, so when I saw the giant noodle on sale at the grocery store we snagged the last one!

My new obsession other than drilling holes in toys is matchbox cars, wait till I show you are flying ones!

But that will have to wait for another week since their just so so cool they deserve their own DIY post.

  1. Buy an extra large diameter foam pool noodle, I got mine 1/2 price at the super market ($1.50)
  2. cut the noodle in half with a serrated knife (one side than the other side or electric knife you can cut straight through both sides)
  3. once the noodle is in two pieces lay them on the ground side by side
  4. insert toothpicks where the two halves of the foam noodles touch each other
  5. use as many toothpicks as need to hold the noodle tracks tight together
  6. then with a need nose pliers clip the ends of the tooth picks flush to the noodle

 Now you’re ready to decorate your track

Using cardstock at toothpicks I created small flags for along the sides of the track

 Again with cardstock cut to size I stamped Start and Finish then I cut wooden or bamboo skewers down to size leaving the pointed end exposed (makes it easier to insert into the foam) I then used fast drying Aleene’s Tacky glue I glued the two pieces of cardstock together with the cut ends of the wooden skewers sandwiched in between and we were ready to race!

Finally just prop the track up on a chair, table, bed, pretty much anything, the higher the prop the faster the cars go.

 17 is my lucky number, guess who won?

I don’t bet on the races but it wouldn’t have hurt this time.

This DIY project rates low on the skill level scale, it was very easy and I came out looking like Super Mom!

Storelli facing soccer’s biggest issue Head-on!

Even a friendly game between sisters requires some protection, it’s all fun and games, so lets not get hurt!
This post is sponsored by Storelli, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Note: The Exoshield HeadGuard was specifically designed to provide protection against impact to the head and to reduce the incidence of cuts and bruises to covered areas. Although third-party testing confirms that the Exoshield HeadGuard significantly reduces the force of impact to covered areas, there is no conclusive data showing that the ExoShield HeadGuard prevents concussions, which can result from a combination of factors including, direct impact to the head.

We really love the Storelli ExoShield Head Guard, the girls can still wear their favorite hair styles while playing and protecting themselves.

Okay I think their friendly game just turned into a bunch of fun with no rules. Okay not quite a game of soccer but at least they’re protected!

But what a beautiful sunset we had as the fun ended and it was time to head back home to finish our Thanksgiving holiday.

Be sure to check out the Storelli Exosheild Head Guard video!

Still hanging in here!

Heading into week 4 without of belongings, I knew moving long distance was rough, we did it once before.
 I really had hoped using a moving company would make it easier.
 But instead it’s been almost a month and our stuff has yet to arrive. That’s 5 1/2 weeks or life has been in boxes.
On the flip side I’ve had plenty of time to work on the house, especially since we bought a fixer upper. Feels a bit like camping but with air conditioning and bathrooms.
Definitely a chance for us to figure out what things we really need in life. 
Our top must haves are:
Washing machine (clean clothes, please)
Pokemon cards (that’s if you’re a 10 year old boy)
Beds (across the board, we all miss them!)
and the refrigerator 
(though the kids are enjoy not having a freezer, just means we have to eat all the ice cream at once)
….10 more days to go!!! (I hope)

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Happy Sunday!Finally starting to feel like summer and having all four kiddos home makes me really happy.



Fun


5th grade class picnic and good ole game of tug-o-war.




Arts & Crafts

busy making the perfect 9 year old gift :Lego bracelets




Messy

homemade s’mores ice cream, reaching *sugar overload as I try and perfect the recipe.







Blessing

time together picking fresh strawberries




Effort




even though she only attended public school for the last 5 months her effort over the past years was recognized now onto middle school!



Scavenger Hunt Sunday

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Happy Sunday! It really is now that I’m finished painting our kitchen cabinets and can take a break from all the home renovations for the afternoon.


The Small Things

My girls really get into playing with their Lalaloopsy minis and using my phone to photograph them.


Illustration 

Stream had drawn these illustrations of chicks flying in for her great-uncles birthday, it’s too cute and the chicks are cut out of paint chip swatches.


Valentine

Just having a little fun with Luna’s long hair.


Work of Art

when my 12 year old makes a birthday card she goes all out, this creation took over 6 hours. 



Window Beauty
the snow is stuck to all the trees, it’s so beautiful to look out of from my kitchen window. The kitchen I’ve been remodeling for 3 weeks. I can’t wait to show the big reveil it turned out great but I’m exhausted after putting in 8 hour days with all the DIY projects.