dino night glow terrariums


We have a million tiny toys that get stepped on and lost, most of them dinosaurs. For some rainy day weekend fun we painted rocks and the dines in glow in the dark paint and allowed to dry overnight.  There’s always and extra jam or sauce jar we can repurpose, and in this case one fish bowl. These could be wildly colorful or more muted depending… Read more »

thrift store frame upcycle


Summer is over for us, and perhaps the back to school schedule will allow me to create as regularly as I’d like again. Starting small meant visiting the thrift store for National Thrift Store Day and finding this new frame in a color I hated. But at $4.00 and in good condition I decided to spray paint it a neutral color and place a scrap… Read more »

easiest ever black bean enchiladas


I finally had to turn the oven on the other day to make dinner. I’ve avoided it whenever possible. But since it’s so hot I still prefer veggies and less meat for dinner most evenings. You could add ground beef to this recipe, or even sub the beef for beans, but we are black bean friendly around here. This is a simple but great recipe… Read more »

simple summer pasta salad


Things that I don’t like: hot ovens for lunch or dinner during summer, olives, and complaints about dinner being late.  That’s why this pasta salad will be my friend until late September as the temps soar. I don’t include olives because they aren’t a fave of mine or the kids, but when I am making for someone else who loves them they are a nice… Read more »

happy christmas in july and a charm bracelet giveaway


Every summer at camp we’d celebrate Christmas in July! So I am a bit traditional about honoring that each summer in some small way. This year I decided to make a few bracelets to take stock of my Christmas inventory and give one away, too! Christmas is both my favorite and most stressful holiday. But as I get older I have managed to concentrate on the joy… Read more »