Thursday, October 27, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dallas Arboretum Photoshop Treatment

Last week, my moms group went to the Dallas Arboretum and there were quite a few people there!  Luckily, with the help of photoshop, I was able to capture and produce and amazing image in their tree arch :)  I absolutely love the results!



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rain Craft



After such a severe drought, God has blessed us with 2 days of rain.

In the celebration of it all, I worked with Noah on a rain craft and we discussed the rain, the clouds and the lightning.

What a great way to teach about the environment as well!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Forever I will hold you.....

I Heart has a weekly photo competition and this is the photo that I have chosen for this week.

This is a picture of Jonathan holding Amelia's little tenderly.

The theme for this week was "Raise Your Hands"

Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween....The Green Way

It’s October – My favorite time of year!  Coming off one of the hottest summers in Texas history, you better believe that the cooler temperatures (well – low 90′s) is a nice reprieve from the 70+ days of 100 degree temperatures.
Although we don’t get the nice change of colors in the leaves like other parts of the country do, but fall is definitely in the air and my decorations come out to spice up our home.
With fall comes one of my favorite holidays to decorate for … Halloween!!!
Here are some easy ways to be a little more green and eco-friendly during the Halloween season:
Upcycle – Go to your local thrift store to find great Halloween decorations instead of buying brand new ones at the store. Or…take part on October 8th in the National Costume Swap Day!
Be conscious – Do you know what is in that face makeup that you put on your kids each Halloween?  Some children’s face paints contain lead, a neurotoxin that can harm the brain at low doses, according to new product tests documented in a report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of nonprofit health and environmental groups. In the meantime, choose costumes without face paint or masks (which can also be toxic and may impede vision and breathing), or make your own face paint from natural products and ingredients. See for recipes (Campaign for Safe Cosmetics)
* Plant! – Create great curb appeal for trick or treaters by adding some beautiful mums planted in your front flower beds!  Cost is not an issue.  I just bought 2 plants for $2.98 each at WalMart!
* Create the indoor mood - Light soy candles around your home to create that eerie Halloween feeling!  Conventional candles actually emit toxic chemicals into the air for you and your little ones to breathe! Scary.
Ditch the plastic pumpkin!  Instead, use a reusable bag for this years trick or treating expedition!
* Save – When Halloween is over, don’t throw any of your decorations away….yes, this means down to the little black plastic spiders.  Save them for next year!
Have a great Halloween and be green in celebrating it!
A great resource for fun and eco-friendly activities for Halloween can be found on Kiwi Magazine’s website!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fall at the Arboretum

We visited the Dallas Arboretum this past week with our moms group.

We had a great time and took some great pictures!

(The little girl in the pictures other than Noah and Amelia is our friend Stella!)

*HOT* $5 Cinemark Gift Card

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Fall Planting

Today in Dallas the highs were in the mid 80s and we took full advantage of the cool morning temperature!

I found mums at Wal Mart in this beautiful burgundy color and had Noah help me plant them while Amelia took a 5 minute nap away from screaming!

Crying over spilt (breast) milk

What would you say if I told you that you had to throw away your precious breastmilk?

I had to!

Here is only one of 4 bottles of milk I had to pump and dump after having a CT scan.

Although the barium would not affect the baby, the IV contrast would.

48 hours - no breastfeeding - pump and dump.

Wow! That was difficult to do!

Who says you don't cry over spilt milk?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Alphabet Wall

How cool would this be for a kids room?  I found this in the office of our family practice physician.

Painted with Non-VOC paint - What a great teaching tool!