Kool-Aid Painting


Packets of Kool-aid (one packet of whichever colors you want)





I taped my table:


Mixed up a single packet Kool-aid with a cup of water – this gave me enough to fill up a single cup of the two muffin tins I was using for the amount of kids who were in attendance. ONE cup of water = TWO cups of a regular muffin pan


This is what the colors looked like on paper:


Because I didn’t have blue or green, I mixed up food coloring and water to create BLUE and GREEN.


The after math!

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The house smelled lovely. The table wasn’t stained. The kids had fun making a mess and creating ART! 🙂

Kickboxing Geishas – by Veronica Chambers

Been doing a lot of reading lately. This is one book I’ve been enthralled with.

It’s called Kickboxing Geishas – it’s about women and their changing roles in Japan. I never really thought about women in Japan really. I don’t have a love of anime or anything overtly Japanese (aside from sushi) so this was a whim book.

I found this while cruising around on Goodreads and added it to my list. I’m about halfway through and I like it. It’s given me some food for thought about role-models and forging my own path.


10 books…

I was challenged on Facebook to list 10 books that have impacted me in some way… So here you go, in no particular order.

1. The Giver – by Lois Lowry
2. The Crystal Singer (series) – by Anne McCaffrey
3. The Dresden Files (series) – by Jim Butcher
4. Red Rising (soon to be trilogy!) – by Pierce Brown
5. Gentleman Bastard (series) – by Scott Lynch
6. The Giving Tree – by Shel Silverstein
7. Garden Spells – by Sarah Addison Allen
8. Pride and Prejudice – by Jane Austen
9. The Art of Racing in the Rain – by Garth Stein
10. Written in Red (The Others series) – by Anne Bishop

And I’m cheating because I can’t just pick 10!
11. The Great Gatsby – by F. Scott Fitzgerald
12. Gone with the Wind – by Margaret Mitchell

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Can I give a book six stars?

I want to.

Goodreads suggested this to me as a potential book to read.

This was fantastic! I am in awe of how well written and thought out this was. I love the hero, Darrow, and how flawed he was. He seemed a real person with his mistakes and his anger. He wasn’t perfect, a great strategist, a brilliant intellect, or made mistakes that ended up being the correct choices. He was flawed in every wonderful, horrible sense of the word.

Thank you Pierce Brown for creating this book. Thank you Goodreads for promoting it and suggesting it. I loved every bloodydamn page. I dreamt the words. I hated and loved turning every page. I did not want to put it down to attend my children, make dinner or sleep. I was barely into this book before I wanted everyone I knew to read it. It’s touted as similar to The Hunger Games or Ender’s Game, but I think it far surpasses.

I wait for more from this amazing and talented author. I hope he is prolific with his ideas and writing. I send many, many Muses his way.

If you’re looking for a terrific book to read, I HIGHLY recommend this one. Try it out, let me know what you think!

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More graph crochet blankets

I thought I should include some pictures of some other blankets I have made using a graph to put in the picture which going along.

Arranged by order: The blue and red pirate was my first, then the blue kitty, the tan kitty, the Snoopy, and lastly the skull and crossbones.

I have made a couple more, but I don’t have pictures of them that don’t have someone else’s children in them. I’m sorry my lovely audience, you’ll have to imagine them. 🙂

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The Wedding Bees by Sarah-Kate Lynch



If you haven’t read Sarah-Kate Lynch, you need to. She is fantastic.She has written one of my favorite books Blessed are the Cheesemakers and I recently checked this one out of the library. It was wonderful.

I still love her Cheesemakers more, but this was a lovely read. Made me want to eat local honey to see if I could taste what Ms. Lynch tasted.


My newest crochet project

I love to crochet.

I got started making blankets for a charity group called Project Linus about 13+ years ago, and haven’t stopped since.

I’ve recently gotten into a type of crochet where you can actually work an image into the blanket. It’s called by several names: tapestry crochet, picture crochet, picture afghans.

Well whatever you call it, I love making them! Here’s what I’m currently working on…  This one is for a friend.

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I can’t wait to see it when it’s done!



Hello World!

My name is Natalie and I have a variety of interests that I am passionate about enough to blog weekly about. Hopefully, I keep it interesting enough for others to be inspired to check out my rambling. Here’s a bit about me:

I am currently a stay-at-home mama to two little minions – a gorgeous daughter P (age 2.5 years) and a beautiful son B (age 9.5 months). They will probably feature a lot in my dealings as they are my world. I’m happily married to a loving husband, Jason, who helps keep everything running smoothly.

I read a lot. I hope by telling you what I’m reading inspires you to pick up a book and read, or I can recommend to you a new favorite.

I crochet a lot. I love making pictures within a blanket (as I mostly focus on blankets) and I’ll show you where I get my inspiration from.

I watch movies a lot. Usually this happens when a child is sleeping on me and I’m crocheting.

I’m starting to get into the wonderful world of essential oils – the doTERRA line, personally. I want to share my experiences with you and maybe convince you to try them out yourself in your life

I wish to share whatever thing I’m passionate about with you, the world.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.