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    My name is Becca and I am a stay at home mom to two little balls of energy! I love photography, crafts, simple living, cooking, home decorating, and so much more! So come on in, take off your shoes, grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile!

On February 20th my baby turned four. We are in the middle of moving and after a relatively dry winter we are currently getting all the perception in the all the forms all at once so her big party has to wait until closer to the end of March. Instead we celebrated with a small family gathering. A few presents, some pizza, and some cake! She was thrilled. I can’t believe that she is four already, she still seems like such a wee little thing. Happy and sad at the same time, motherhood is such a complex jumble of emotions!



Before I was a parent and even as a parent of a young infant I remember seeing creative children’s Valentine’s Day cards. You know the ones – “You make my heart glow” attached to a glow stick or “You ‘blow’ me away” attached to some bubbles. I would look at those and get so excited to do something fun like that when my kids were in school. I mean, adorable crafts where I get to flex my creative muscles in a fun, themed way!? WHERE DO I SIGN UP!?

What everyone failed to tell me is that, by the time my child was old enough to get to hand out adorable punny valentines, I would be TOO DAMN tired to make the freaking things! It does NOT help that I have another child underfoot trying to “help” and wondering why she can’t have valentines too.

Exhaustion aside,  I rallied and decided to poked around on Pinterest. After an hour or two, and only getting side tracked a couple of times by recipes that promised to make my family worship me and a million and five things that I must make out of old wooden pallets, I found the perfect idea!

My kids LOVE kinetic sand so I just knew that this would be a hit. I wanted to make it my own though so I spent all day with ideas running in the back of my head on how to use the word sand in a valentine. I came up with two – “I love how you under’sand’ me” and “Let’s celebrate this Valentine’s Day “sand” in hand. The husband decided he liked the second one and so I ran with it.

I printed out 24 little cards. I painted and stamped a mildly uncooperative 5 year olds hand 24 times (and it only cost 1 homemade chocolate chip cookie and a broken plate). I cut out 24 hands. Filled 24 cups with 2 oz of sand using SCIENCE! ( Jonathan totally mocked me for breaking out my digital chemistry scale to weigh the sand but we all know he was just jealous!)

And so on and so forth and let’s just save time and say that if you are looking for a quick, cheap, easy and non-tedious Valentine’s Day craft idea then look somewhere else. By the time I got to cutting out my 9th handprint my hand was cramping like nobody’s business and I was whispering mild obscenities under my breath (you know, like you’re supposed to when you are making children’s v-day cards!)

Maybe they weren’t that bad to make and all in all I think they turned out pretty cute and only cost me half an arm and part of a leg (probably around $1 a pop). wsmisc-5wsmisc-8wsmisc-9wsmisc-10wsmisc-11wsmisc-12


  • Ana - February 11, 2015 - 1:00 pm
    • Rebecca - February 11, 2015 - 10:17 pm

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Today was Jake’s 100th day of school! I can’t believe it’s been a 100 days since he started kindergarten. It doesn’t seem like that much time has past since his first day!

He was so excited about it! He came home talking about it everyday for what felt like weeks! I’m very sad to say that he didn’t get to share his project with the class during the 100 days show and tell. I got a phone call right after lunch saying that Jake fell asleep during lunch and isn’t looking well. He has had a cough for weeks that keeps him up at night (and me up at night). He can’t sleep and it’s starting wear him down. We went to the doctor but they said there wasn’t much they could do. So I went and picked him up and he looked so pitiful. His teacher said that he could share on monday so let’s hope he can get some good sleep this weekend and rally! I feel so bad for him.

He did have fun creating his project. It’s a creeper made out of 100 squares. The kid LOVES mine craft!


Forgive me as I crawl out from the rock I feel like I have been living under this last month. It’s been a crazy month.

We sold our house (and I cried) so we are obviously in the process of moving. I never wanted to sell again but it’s crazy how emotionally invested you become. The cleaning, repairing and staging, the showings, the inspections, the appraisal. It all makes you feel like you are living in a fish bowl. One that is constantly being judged. It’s exhausting. And on top of that, even if you didn’t really want to sell you still feel bad with each passing day it’s on the market. Is my house not good enough? Blah, blah, blah…it’s ridiculous, really.

After a very slow 3 weeks of freezing weather where we had complete silence and one open house that netted two lookie loos we had a showing. The guy looked at it in the morning and 4 hours later we had an offer. That’s crazy fast compared to the last house we sold. Though this house is wonderful (I really do love it) and the last house was a nightmare. Selling a house is always stressful though, no matter how fast it goes, and I have this issue where I hold on to stress. So everything little thing adds up until I am buried under it. Because of this I try to limit my stress as much as possible but when you are selling a house you just can’t do that. One thing that I know for sure is that I am in need of a massive reset. I’m glad to be blogging again though, that seems normal. (And I did a little blog revamp to help me get back in the mood)

So enough with being a Debbie downer! We did it! We sold and we hope to close in the next 35 days or so. Here is the new house that we picked. It’s a little bit bigger than our current home and has a room we can use as an office (meaning I can maybe get some sleep even if Jonathan is up until 1 am doing work) and a dedicated play room which will be so nice for the kids. The kitchen is more my style and the master bath has a tub that I can soak in which will be wonderful for my back. There are also way more windows which will be lovely for actually being able to take photos inside.

All in all it’s a really cute house and I am happy with it.