Thursday, May 31, 2012

What Cha Wanna do Today - this Summer?

Tomorrow is the last day of school!
Then summer vacation here we come!

Check out Tiffany's gift idea at Raising Lemons to give your child on the last day of school.  Also, I like the way she and her family wrote their list for summer.

Here's Wonder Boy's Not Bummer Summer List for Thrill Points.
Use it for a springboard for your children this summer. If you don't have kids make up a list for yourself.

Wonder Boy's Not Bummer Summer List

Camp out with Daddy              20 points

Catch a Fish with Daddy         25 points

Attend a junior chef school conducted by Mommie & prepare dinner for Mommie & Daddy by summer's end           20 points

Star Wars Day                        20 points 

Extreme Lego building contest check it out                                            15 points 
Complete Dick and Jane etiquette school conducted by Mommie             20 points
Children's Car wash                10 points

 Skim board                           10 points

Kayak with Daddy                 10 points

Water PiƱata                        5 points
Read - each book worth       5 points

Build a tee pee in the yard    10 points

Catch fireflies in a jar....and...set them free again                            5 points

I may post my list at a later date.

Would love for you to email me your ideas and what your family is doing this summer.

Please come back to check our progress and for fun other ideas.

Wishing you a Phineas and Ferb - Judy Moody and Stink Not Bummer Summer!!! 

Candace Mommie, Southern Cal Boy, and Wonder Boy

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Teacher's Gifts - Easy Peasy

Two years ago I made this for Wonder Boy's teacher. Took a galvanized bucket from the thrifty section at Target, also these pails are available at Lowe's Hardware in the paint department, and covered it with scrapbook paper using Modge Podge. Also, glued ribbon around top of paper. When that dried I painted Modge Podge on to paper and sprinkled with iridescent clear or what I call mother of pearl glitter - this is what I will always refer to as sugar dusting. After that's dried glue a scrapbook bird or whatever you like to the bucket. This figure should be somewhat sturdy. You could use a silk or fabric flower, a collection of various buttons, etc.

Next fill it with various supplies with a note attached with the  explanation. For example:

Sponge - to soak up the overflow when your brain is too full

Candle - to light a small mind

Modeling Clay - for being a great model

Smarties Candy - to help stay smart

Highlighter Pen - for being a big highlight of my life

Glue - for holding everything together

Bubbles - to keep a bubbly personality

Cup - when yours is overflowing

Marbles - to replace those lost from time to time

Crayon - to color your day

Hanger - to hang in there - summer is almost here!
 - used a small sock hanger for this.

Included here are various links for some of the same and similar items at Tip Junkie (scroll down once you click on the link), Budget 101, and Emma's Paperie (this site is beautiful!) You may find you already have enough items at home to complete a similar gift. 

In the following photo the items are covered with tissue paper in our bucket.  The cup is in the bucket and some items are inside of it and therefore all the tissue paper. Didn't know I was going to be blogging about it in the future.

Here are tags for a list of different items in a PDF you can print from My Mind's Eye.

Also, check out Tamara's detailed Teacher Appreciation project over at My Mind's Eye Blog. After you click on the link and scroll a little ways down to see it. Impressive.

Wonder Boy's teacher loved the one I made so if you don't have the time or resources to print all the great tags, the teacher won't mind. Save it for next year, or their birthday, or for a beginning school gift.

Above is the white ceramic cup Wonder Boy decorated with Elmer's paint pens. He was in First Grade and wrote "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine" and drew on it.

For this project you will need Elmer's paint pens, a ceramic white cup available at Wal-Mart or Target, and an oven. Decorate the cup with the pens. Bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for 35 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the the oven and cup cool completely before removing. Cup should cure for 48 hours before using. Include a note with your gift that explains cup should be hand washed only.

Hope this inspires you to thank your child's teacher in a special way and you enjoy the other links.

Just remember, it truly is the thought that counts.

Please come back again.

Candace Mommie

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

4 More Days of School !!!

After a long year of academic hard work their finally here - the last 4 days of school!

And boy are we excited or what?


Four fun days packed with an ice cream party to celebrate the class learning their multiplication facts, Field Day, presenting of the class gift to the teacher, Awards Day, and the class party.

So hang on! Hope your week is great and if you have children in school you are able to share in this special time. 

Our school depends a lot on parent volunteers.
Our faculty, staff, parents and students plan to celebrate a great year of learning this week where we believe our school is the best!!! because everyone works together to make it so.

Make your child's teacher's day by saying "thank you" with a simple handwritten note or small gift.

Please check back tomorrow as I'll give you an idea for an easy teacher's gift.

 Enjoy the season you  are in.

Candace Mommie

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Thank you to all those who have fought to keep us free this Memorial Day.

Never forget.
Freedom is never free.
One Nation Under God
The one who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Jesus Paid It All
Isaiah 53:5

While you remember those who fought and served our country well this Memorial Day 2012 hope you enjoy the day with friends and family that make you happy. We will.

It starts out like this.

Moving in for a better taste.

That's better!

Oh yeah!

And it always ends the same
with a great big smile.

Happy Memorial Day!

Please visit again.

Candace Mommie

Friday, May 25, 2012

Flashback Friday!


Here are some sugar cookies I made and decorated for the Kindergarten
end of school party a couple of years back.

Used a basic sugar cookie recipe and basic Royal Icing recipe. Adapt the recipe with water a little at a time to achieve the consistency for spreading and piping. the icing.

If you have the luxury of time and can roll the cookie dough out and place the cut out cookies
on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment, pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour before baking, the cookies don't spread as much when baked. However, do not use the cold baking sheet. Slide the parchment paper with the cookies from the freezer on to a room temperature baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake as directed.

After cookies are baked and cooled, smooth on the Royal Icing. Sprinkle with the decorative sugar or sprinkles and pipe on the outline of the shell or whatever shape you use. Let dry completely before packaging.

Cookies, cookies, cookies.

Clean shirt boxes and extra trays are useful for transporting if you don't want to purchase paper bakery boxes.

Hope this makes you want to bake up some cookies.
Please visit again.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday Tip continued.

Take a container you love, this one came from ROSS and is made from recycled plastic but looks like stone. Searched high and low for this baby. Wondered how to avoid using lots of dirt making the pot heavy and unable to move easily once the flowers were potted. Didn't want to use Styrofoam peanuts, or newspaper as those get soggy and would need to clean them out at the end of the season.

So I decided to use the plastic items after they were washed and air dried (more or less). Put the milk jug, juice bottle, small soda bottle and mayonnaise jar in the pot.
No photos of putting the dirt in the pot because it was a day when I was going for volume of yard work and nothing else. 

 Filled the pot with some of the Miracle Gro potting soil for outdoor plants dirt and added the 6 inch pot of yellow petunias, 6 inch pot of purple calibrachoa, and 2 pots of bacopa. Moved them around until they were sitting well, however, quickly it was evident that the mayonnaise jar and small soda bottle were all that was needed for filler in the bottom of the pot.
So I took out the milk jug and the juice bottle. The roots needed room to grow.

The finished product.

Should add a new photo of this as we've had rain and it's been almost two weeks and the flowers are growing and doing great.

Hope this inspires you to plant a beautiful pot of flowers.
Enjoy your day and please visit again.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Helpful Tuesday Tip

Stay tuned to learn what


and this beautiful pot of flowers have in common.

Please check back tomorrow for the answer.

See you soon!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Happy Monday!

Didn't have any doubt I was a Groovy Girl did you?

Was not trying to startle you. This is me after Wonder Boy and one of his zany experiments. Don't worry. He promises it will wear off soon. Just sitting here in the garden. Wanted to share some flowers and plants with you today.
Fox glove and heirloom tiger lilies from a dear friend.
 (Photo a few years old. Rabbits and deer have devoured the tiger lilies the last two springs before they could bloom.)

Mock Orange

Heirloom mums grown from seed.

View in lower garden after Southern Cal boy washed the deck.
Thanks Honey!

Enjoy your day.
Check back in a few days.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Flashback Fridays

Welcome to my first Flashback Friday where I'll show photos from our past. This is where I'll end for the weekend and resume posts on Mondays.

Wonder Boy, Age 3
Everything is better with Coke! There he is enjoying a beautiful fall day on the sunny Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Up to his neck in sand. He loved it when his daddy would do this. He use to beg him.

Surfer boy, surfer boy.

Can you guess which beach it is? Email me your guess.

TGIF everybody. Have a great weekend and start thinking about summer if you haven't yet.

Please come back Monday.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Summer Ideas

Wonder Boy 2010

Summer vacation is fast approaching. Soon I will post our family's hit list of things we want to do this summer. And sharing photos of what we have done in year's past.

For now, check out Kelly and her 40 summer ideas at
Elizabeth II

So please come back.
We don't want you to miss the boat.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Caine's Arcade T-Shirt

I love Forbes contributor TJ McCue's article about Caine's Arcade. Mr. McCue details the 9 hidden factors that made Caine's arcade successful. Make sure you read the article. Anyone who hopes to have a business, no matter how large or small, can certainly benefit from what Caine teaches us outlined in the author's article.  Mr. McCue is spot on.

At the end of his article Mr. McCue says that Caine "took the empty storefronts of this tough economy and filled them with hope. Thanks Caine." That just puts a lump in my throat.

Thanks Caine. And thanks Mr. McCue. Thanks Forbes. But most of all thanks to Mr. Monroy for believing in his son Caine.

There are several other interesting articles you can find at about the phenomenon of Caine's arcade.

Hope you are inspired by this story and will share it with others.

Please come back again.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Caine's Arcade

Happy Tuesday!

Check out this incredible 11 minute video about a smart and industrious 9 year-old boy Caine Monroy from East LA. Caine's believing in his dreams, even if his classmates did not, had huge consequences.

Last week Southern Cal Boy shared this at school with the students for "boldness" the virtue of the month. The students in the classroom loved it. Four of them are now excited and are working on their own business.

Please visit Caine's website to view this awesome movie and get the rest of his story.

I hope it inspires you and yours to believe, dream, create, and just do it!!! and to plan for a Phineas and Ferb - Judy Moody and Stink - No Bummer Summer.

Would love for you to let me know what you think of Caine's Arcade.

Please come back soon!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekend Chores

Hope you had a wonderful, relaxing Mother's Day and your family made you Queen for the Day.

It was a busy day here. Church in the morning. My sister and my family took my mom and dad out for delicious lunch. Spent the afternoon visiting at home.

Saturday was a different story. Southern Cal boy spent half the day pressure washing our back deck.

The deck really needed cleaning as you can see.
Check back later for the after photos.

I pulled weeds, planted flowers , and trimmed.

This crepe myrtle needed thinning out so the air can circulate.
(photo taken after cutting began)

After it was thinned out.
The twinkle lights, it's just the way I roll. Oops, I cut one of the lights off! Need to fix that.

Come back soon.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Mommy - best job I have ever had. Least prepared. Most rewarding.

"God made you - and your children - unique and special .
Never forget how much you are loved. "
                          taken from What A Wonderful Life for Moms by Standard Publishing given to me this week from one of my dear mommy friends. Thanks sweetie.

From our family to yours
Hope you are all having a wonderful Mother's Day.

Candace Mommie

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day Flowers - Easy Last Minute Gifts

Here's another. The geranium came in the pink pot. I just added the bird. Perhaps you'd like a bow.

Happy little Flowers!

In case I don't get to post again until after Mother's Day hope you're loved ones are good to you this weekend. And thank you to all my special mommy friends that are always there for me - I think you know who you are - I love you guys and my life wouldn't be the same without you. You guys rock!

Happy Mother's Day!

Make a mommy happy and please visit again!

Mother's Day Flowers and Last Minute Gift Ideas (cont.)

Get your empty, clean Otis Spunkmeyer tub and turn it upside down.
Take a handy dandy screwdriver and add a little pressure and you've got drainage holes. The manufacturer of the tub actually put little dimples on the bottom of they tub - groovy.

Then take the top of the cookie tub and put it in open end up, inside the metal tub. Next put the cookie tub inside the metal tub on top of the cookie lid so the plant may drain when watered into to the top. That way so when it's watered it will not go into the bottom of the metal tub.

I took a six pack of begoinias shown in my first post about Mother's Day flowers, and popped the whole 6 pack in the tub. Did that without replanting them in the pot due to shortness of time. Filling the tub with potting soil and separating the begonias from the 6 pack to plant in the cookie tub would be smarter.

Forgive me for not showing the whole step by step thing, but I think you can handle it from here.

Since I placed the 6 pack in the tub I topped it off with the moss. Add the cardinal plant hanger, mini pinwheel, or anything you like and there you have it.

Just let your receipent know they need to either replant the flowers if left in the original container in the tub or somewhere else.

A cute little gift for your mom, a special friend, or year end teacher gift.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day Flowers (cont.) and Last Minute Gift Ideas

Target from the thrifty area
Item 1                                                                         
These would be great for table top soda bottle or can ice bucket. Could be used for a regular ice bucket if you use a liner.

     Item 2

Also from Target's thrifty area


Item 3
Finally, after 3 years of fundraisers, a new use for the dreaded Otis Spunkmeyer cookie tub.

 Item 4
My stash - probably Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc.

To see what these items have in common please come back later.

. . . to be continued.