Project Snapshot Week 65

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The goal of this post is to capture a memory from the past week, either with a camera, words, or both.  Time passes in the blink of an eye and this will create a collection of treasured memories from throughout the year.

My Snapshot(s)

Guess what I'll be up to today?

It was time for our strawberry picking weekend and once again, we came home with 16 pounds of berries!  You will find me in the kitchen the rest of this week, making my favorite sweet and savory dishes from last year's juicy haul, as well as some new creations that I'm excited to share with you here soon.


A little daddy‐daughter berry sharing before sampling the goods:

Note that we were dressed much more appropriately this year, in our drab yard work clothes that also kept us protected from the sun's rays
This was one of those occasions where G and I really noticed the difference a year can make.  As soon as we got out of the car, Gv found a discarded berry on the ground and dropped it into her bucket, then took off down the closest row to pick every berry she encountered.

"Red berries only" we quickly instructed, but that didn't stop her from plunking mushy overripe berry after overripe berry into the bucket I was using to collect only the most exquisite berry specimens in.  My task turned to that of "bucket‐weeder" before Gv thankfully grew weary of picking the berries herself and instead plopped down onto a nearby mound to just gorge herself on all that bright red sweetness:




 Heading back to the car with bellies full of berries
We almost didn't even make it out to the strawberry fields this yearit's been far too hot already and we're not big fans of the sun (I know, we chose the wrong place to live, right?), but a freak cool (as in upper‐70s) front unexpectedly came through this weekend and we just had to get outside to take advantage of the beautiful day!


What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear about it!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

Clever Clothes Organization: A better way to dress your drawers


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Do you get frustrated at all the wasted space in your clothes drawers?  Would you like to be able to see all of your options at a glance, while at the same time keeping everything wrinkle‐free?

That was how I felt recently when Gv grew out of all of the clothes she'd been wearing and we had to make a visit our hand‐me‐down stash to find some new things that fit.  The good news was that we were blessed to discover about a zillion things in her new size!

The bad news was that I couldn't get them all to fit in her clothes drawers.

A problem I was glad to have, but I still needed to figure out what to do with all those clothes and our limited space.  I'd always folded and stacked things in drawers, even putting the items into ROYGBIV order so that I'd have an idea of how far down to shuffle through the stack when I was looking for something particular to wear.  It wasn't an ideal system, but I'd never really had a problem with it for my clothes.

But Gv's things didn't seem to fit inside the drawer quite as easily as mine did.  Since her clothes were so much smaller, I needed to create more stacks inside the drawers and this was a huge pain when I had to pull the drawer almost all the way out just to find something in a back stack.  Plus, her clothes didn't fall into simple color categories, and the fact that she grows out of things so quickly means that I don't have all of her options memorized like I do mine.

So I started brainstorming solutions to my problem, and I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of this trick before ‐ I would roll her clothes up and stand them on their ends!

I've used this method to pack for trips for years and years ‐ not only to save space and be able to see all of my choices at once, but because this trick keeps the wrinkles out of everything at the same time (even when shoved in a backpack for a couple of weeks!)

So, I first tackled Gv's pajama drawer:

Pajamas


What I love most about this drawer is that all the tops and bottoms are matched up together, so I can reach into the drawer in the dark, grab a roll, and get her ready for bed quickly.

I fold both the pants and tops in half lengthwise, match up the top parts (collars and waistbands) and then roll them both together.  If the pajama bottoms are ankle‐length, I roll the set up with the pants on the outside.  If the bottoms are shorts, I roll it all up with the pajama top on the outside.  The nightgowns just get folded in half lengthwise and rolled.

Pants    


I just fold Gv's pants in half lengthwise and then roll them up, then I arrange them a bit in the drawer.  I've got a column and a half of jeans on the right, two columns of sweatpants and other cold‐weather pants on the left, and then thinner pants and leggings in the middle.

Tops 


  
Gv still has quite a few onesies, so I stood those up in the middle.  On the left are her short‐sleeved shirts and on the right, her long‐sleeved shirts, with the warmest in the back (not a lot of chances to wear those around these parts!)  Because she doesn't have too many shirts, I just folded them in half lengthwise, rolled them, and laid them flat instead of standing them on their ends.

Shorts and Skirts



Lots of bare‐legged options for this Sunshine State gal!  This drawer usually holds even more shorts than this, but since our temperatures are already hovering close to 90 these days, the others are all in the hamper waiting to be washed.  But they all fit.  Shorts roll up incredibly small, so there's plenty of room.

I decided not to put the skirts on their ends so that it would be easy to tell the difference between those and the shorts.

So there you have it, a crazy amount of toddler clothes stored in just four skinny lingerie‐sized drawers.  The only things I have hanging in the closet are her dresses.

And this storage idea doesn't just work for children's clothes, either.  Until recently, I had all of my T‐shirts rolled in a drawer like this, too, but then I weeded out all my stuff and had room to hang those up in my closet.  I have quite a few shorts and they're rolled up like this in a drawer, but they share space with my unmentionables, so I'll spare you that photo.

The only difference between doing this with adult‐sized instead of kid‐sized clothes is that you'll probably need to fold them in half lengthwise and then lengthwise again before rolling so that they aren't too tall to stand on their end and still get the drawer open and shut.  But it still totally works.

So, sushi‐roll your clothes and enjoy more organized drawers today!

How about you, do you get frustrated at all the wasted space in your clothes drawers?  Would you like to see all of your options at a glance, while at the same time keeping everything wrinkle‐free?  I'd love to hear - leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Banana Bread Bites

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Besides crackers, we've found that muffins are a pretty portable snack item that can also be fairly nutritious, if you make the right kind.

Even if we're not heading out the door for the day, pre‐made muffins provide a quick breakfast for us all ‐ we just grab a couple to scarf down along with our yogurt and we're satisfied until lunch!

Project Snapshot Week 64

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The goal of this post is to capture a memory from the past week, either with a camera, words, or both.  Time passes in the blink of an eye and this will create a collection of treasured memories from throughout the year.

My Snapshot(s)

Lots of outdoor family fun this weekend and all I can say is that if it's this hot already in March, how will we survive the summer?

Of course, we always do, but still.  Why does it have to be so sweltering?  Can't we at least get a day or two of spring once in a decade?

We enjoyed a picnic of some of our favorite Greek food at a great local park, then explored some amazing chalk art masterpieces at a nearby art festival:


Gv and G returning from a stroll in the park.  You can't tell from this photo, but they're climbing what's considered a mountain by Florida standards (it's actually a midden ‐ woo hoo for lunch on a garbage heap!).

I was so wrapped up in trying to capture Gv's excitement over this chalk scene that I missed the 3D photo point just a couple feet back.  It still looks pretty cool, though.

Will we attempt another outside adventure, or just give up on the thought until those two random cool days return next January?

Check back soon to find out!

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear about it!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

Easter Fun with Your Little Bunny

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This week while we were celebrating all things green and rainbows, I happened to glance at the calendar and realized that Easter was just around the corner.  That meant that Gv and I spent all our free time creating new decorations so we could get them up in time to enjoy around the house.

After having so much fun with so many of our Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's and St. Patrick's creations, I decided to repeat many of the art techniques we'd used before, as well as introducing a few new ones to the mix.

Great Graham Crackers

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As I said in this post, I've been making my own graham crackers for a while.  I'd been sick of using processed crumbs for graham cracker crusts in desserts like this or this and then when Gv came along, it seemed like the perfect portable snack to have on hand.  

I've never personally been too keen on eating the sweet little squares myself, but that was before I discovered the magical taste of this homemade version.

Project Snapshot Week 63

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The goal of this post is to capture a memory from the past week, either with a camera, words, or both.  Time passes in the blink of an eye and this will create a collection of treasured memories from throughout the year.

My Snapshot(s)

It was G's spring break this past week and we spent the time attempting to clean out his family home.  Not the most fun activity for us during his much‐needed teaching break, but it had to be done. Since the surroundings were not exactly child‐proofed, Gv and I spent most of our time hanging out in the car (thank you, Miami breezes!), so you can bet she had plenty of energy to run off at the neighborhood park when we finally took a break that first day down:

This was the tallest slide any of us had seen since G & I were children.  The height didn't deter Gv one bit!  She was up the ladder and racing down the green expanse in no time flat!

You can see by her expression that she thought her Daddy's neighborhood park was just grand!
 
What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear about it!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

Homemade Cheese Bits Crackers

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G loves CheezIts, so I've attempted several times to recreate them.  The problem is, I've never had a batch that really came close to the real thing.

Until this one.

15 Reasons to Love the Library!

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Did you know that March is National Reading Month?  I think it's mainly because Read Across America Day is held on March 2nd, which just happens to be the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  Not only that, but our friends across the pond enjoy their own celebration of reading this month with World Book Day(Have a child in school in the UK or Ireland and looking for costume ideas?  See what Gv and I did on her first Halloween, when we held our own little book character parade!) 

So with all these books being devoured and pages being flipped in homes all around the world, I figured it was time to make myself finally publish a post that I've had written for ages (almost since I started this blog last year) ‐ I'm going to give you 15 reasons to love the library!


Project Snapshot Week 62

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The goal of this post is to capture a memory from the past week, either with a camera, words, or both.  Time passes in the blink of an eye and this will create a collection of treasured memories from throughout the year.

My Snapshot(s)

We enjoyed a fun family morning at a Curious George bicycle safety event this past weekend.  Kids received free bike helmets (although Gv's head wasn't big enough for any they had) and snacks and books and crafts and other goodies and then got to ride their trikes and bikes along the park's trail for a safety check.

We almost adopted a dog, but somebody beat us to the punch. 

I think Gv's favorite part of the whole event was the bubbles: 

Classic Gv expression right here...do you see those eyebrows furrowed?  And that lip?

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear about it!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.