Some outtakes from our recent sledding adventure on our local hill.
Even after a couple of years of practice Photo Ninja In Training, I am often reminded:  I still have a lot to learn.

But sometimes, mistakes can be rather magical too.


I have no idea what happened from a technical aspect.  It seems like two shots merged together.    But I rather like the ghostly affect.   Like my kids are playing with ghost children of the past.   And the puffs of their breath in the cold air:  awesome.

Other times, you just plain wipeout.
And that is half the fun.




And she's up!
She's okay - right ZooZoo?




This is going to be the fastest post ever written.
Although, it almost was not.

You see I went to the store to get the supplies for our Sparks Valentines Party tonight, and imagine my surprise that the aisle was filled with colourful candies indeed.
But not of the hearts and cupid variety.

This.


Now don't get me wrong, that's GOOD candy, and imma eat that sh*t.
Just in another month or so.

Gosh, I am rushed enough Dear Consumerism!  

Right now, I needed this:


That is the Love Chex Mix I will be bringing to the party.
Because.. there is No Time to Bake people!!

All you need is the following mixed together in a big bowl, and big serving spoon to scoop it out.  Because hands are nasty people.  Don't do that.

Chex cereal mix
yogurt covered raisins  (the strawberry cherry is best if you can find)
Cocoa Teddy Grahams or Goldfish
one large bag of M&Ms  (Valentines, which as we know, MY store did not have)
Conversation hearts
White Chocolate covered pretzels (which I will be adding later because they can melt)

So. Easy.
So. Good.

Now, the reason I am so pressed for time today that this post will probably be coming to you later this Monday night.
The Conversation Heart BINGO Game.
Oh.My.Word.
It seemed so much fun!!!    But it was not fun to put together.

Here's what you will need:

the special BINGO cards


The special cinnamon heart markers


The BINGO call markers (conversation hearts)


How To Play:

From your big bucket of hearts write the phrases onto the Bingo cards.  Each time you print a candy phrase, write the corresponding letter on the back with a Sharpie pen.  Then place that candy in a new bucket -- this will be your "Draw" bucket.   You will need one heart per saying per letter.
Example:  If you use Only You under the B and under the G: you will need two Only You candies in your draw bucket:  one with a B on the back, and the other with a G.

Make more cards by switching the sayings around under each letter.
Make enough cards for each player.

 You will need to designate a caller to pick the conversation hearts out of the bag and call out the sayings with the letter. Each player gets a card and a handful of cinnamon hearts. As the caller calls out the spots on the card, a player covers the spot with a cinnamon heart.

When a player gets 5 in a row,(up, down or across), they yell BINGO. The first person to yell Bingo! wins a prize.

You know that no two cards can be the same, right?

Yeah, that's the not fun part of making 12 Bingo Cards.
Hopefully my Sparks and their parents will enjoy this game, because I will bust a blood vessel if someone doesn't play it --- after the 3 hours it took to make.

SOMEONE is playing this Bingo game with me if I have to wander the streets looking for willing players.

That's just how much love I got, y'all.

Time out for Mom




Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Show me Love.  Now is your chance to get all lovey-dovey.  
Share a craft, share a poem, share a date night idea. 

*Yawn*

Yep, that's the exciting start to this post.
It's been a busy weekend full of so much work I though I'd collapse, and so much goodness I thought.... well, that I would collapse.
From Happy Thoughts.

Can life be two extremes?
Yes; yes it can.



I was stressed.  And frustrated.
I was even angry at times.
I was scrambling chicken with no head.
There was so much to do.
And then, there were the giggles of 26 little Girl Guides all snuggled in their sleeping bags shining their flashlights on the walls and ceilings of an old church building (yes, the aforementioned Bat Cave, again) and singing campfire songs.

And no bats flew.
But Joy did.

There was a pinata.    Candy is always a good thing.
There were songs and games and crying in the night, but brave little girls wanted to see it through.
And I beamed with pride at their resolve.

However, it was busy!!  My hands and feet never seemed to stop and OMG all the crafts.   I was in glue gun and beading hell people.  I didn't know what I was doing.

And this was just the hours of 6 pm Friday to 1:30 pm Saturday.
I haven't even got to Sunday yet. 

But somewhere in the middle, between that place of busy hands and making plans;  Heart showed up too.
And a lot of Faith.
A little glitter pixie dust probably too.   

I figure that's the secret.   That's where you find the One Good Thing.    No matter what comes your way; you gotta look with your Heart; and not your eyes.

I hate the planning and the organization and I make a terrible pancake.
But I rock the Candy Sushi and Aboriginal Dot Art.

And when little girls are crying because they don't want to go home.  Even as tired and played out as they are.
You know you did good.
You gave them that safe place; to find themselves.
A child that walked through a door, shoulders drooped and head low, and maybe even clinging to her mama not 18 hours previously; leaves with a bag full of crafts and stories and Memories for a lifetime.  
She can do this!
I didn't go home with a bag of crafts myself.
But I did learn that I don't have to fret and worry so much.  I can do this too.
In that middle place between your heart and your hands; I found myself too.

But.... I am gonna take a big nap soon.
Y'all can enjoy some Candy Sushi while I snooze.

How To: 
Gather all the candy you will be using and have it handy.  Make your Rice Krispies as per package instructions and press into a large cookie sheet, or shallow pan.   They should be warm and pliable.   Cut the dessert into long strips, about 1.5 - 2 inches wide.   We used Fruit Roll Ups to represent the seaweed, and laid it along the rice dessert.   It also worked great to hold the other candy in place.  Once you have placed all your "fillings," roll up the dessert and press it slightly so it will hold together.   Cool for about 5 minutes in fridge before eating.  Chopsticks optional; but a lot more fun.






Where did you find One Good Thing?



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#OneGoodThing is the amazing idea of a weekly link up celebrating the beauty and good that we take the time to notice, hosted by Suzi from Boca Frau.   Myself and Claudia from ImagesbyCW will be joining her each week on Mondays.   I hope you will join us here each week, or daily on your Instagram/Twitter//Facebook with a photo, a poem, a story, an inspiring quote: whatever good you find in your day - we want to share it with you.


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