Sunday, March 27, 2011

.mason jars.

Mason Jars have always caught my eye when we pass them in the stores, and I've always thought how fun it would be to make our own jelly and jams. Eric tells me how his Grandma used to always make her own with berries she would grow in her yard. I'm hoping that one day...when we have our own house...we, too, will be able to make jams and jellies, pickles, vinegars, etc from our own garden.

They come in an assortment of sizes and vintage one have different colors. I've discovered there are numerous alternative uses for these handy dandy little jars. The possibilities are endless. I finally bought a case of the wide mouth jars at WalMart...and a set of the little 2oz ones. I can't wait to figure out what I want to do with them. Here are a few things I've found scouring the internet the past couple of days for ideas.

Mason Jar Terrarium

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser via Country Living

craft organizer via numerous blogs...couldn't find the original post
Sewing Kit in a Jar
There are LOTS more that have me inspired, but the formatting is starting to go all wacky and I'm not too computer savvy regarding html. So...I'm off to find more uses for these jars that I just LOVE. If you see any at thrift stores or garage sales...pick them up and put them to good use! BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

.pjays and funny faces.

Kaiya got some new pajamas...and some new funny faces. 


Kaiya LOVES the water...or 'wawer' in her language.  After she woke up from her nap...sometime last week...we went outside to enjoy the beautiful Kauai weather.  I put some good old H20 in a bucket, with different paint brushes and she was all about it.  She painted the ground, Grandma's plants, a lantern in the garden, her hair, mommy's I said...she was all.about.water.painting.  SCORE!  This is definitely going to be an art project we will be doing again and again. 

Later that night after her bath, she decided she wanted to be like daddy and put on a chef apron.  She kept it on until it was bedtime. 

.luck of the irish.

Eventhough St. Patrick's Day was over a week ago...I took these pictures of some green things around the yard.  

And I also made some green colored ice cubes for the kids to paint with.  I don't think I have a picture of it, but on St. Patrick's Day I put Kaiya in the tub with these green cubes and she had a blast painting the tub and herself green!  The next day, Kaytin came over and used a couple of them to paint on paper. 

.nibble nibble nibble.

We've been trying to get Kaiya to expand her food choices beyond eggs, rice, mac n cheese, cookies, know, the typical food toddler's enjoy.  So I decided to try out Dr. Sear's Nibble Tray.  This is her first time trying it out.  Although she didn't necessarily eat everything on her plate, the different trays did spark her interest and she tried something from each section. 

And on a different note, since this picture was from like a month ago, Aunty Nel brought Asparagus to potluck dinner lastnight...and Kaiya willingly took the little skinny tree-like stalk and LIKED IT!!!  Score one for least for lastnight.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I'm sure we have all heard by now that a week ago Japan was struck by an 8.9 earthquake that resulted in an even more devastating tsunami.  If for some reason you have been hiding under a rock, or if you simply haven't seen the photos, here is a link to some before and after photos.  Japan Before and After  I've read that the tsunami shifted everything, not only just Japan.  Everything about it is simply heartbreaking. To make matters even worse, is Japan has a bunch of nuclear plants that are exploding resulting in radiation exposure.  The earthquake did result in a tsunami warning for Hawaii, and it did cause some damage to some of the islands, but nothing anywhere close to the destruction in Japan. 

If you haven't already, please please please donate to help Japan.  Reports are stating that over 10,000 people lost their lives.  A lot of people are still missing and a lot of people are left with nothing.  InterAction lists a number of organizations that are accepting donations for earthquake and tsunami relief.  Click here ---->>> Tsunami Relief


I finally got around to uploading pictures from the Canon.  I hate to say that I neglect that camera, because I LOVE it, but I do.  Ever since the iPhone came out with the Hipstamatic app...I've been hooked!  And if you know me, I would rather have the vintage look over the megapixel or whatever it is that affects the quality.  

If I had my way, I would only shoot film with my good ole Holga...or Polaroid Instax...or Fisheye...or Diana...or Lomo LC-A+. gets expensive with the film itself, developing, and the CD you have to get in order to upload them to the's even more if you love x-pro like I do.  I'm glad that I have the cameras, should digital ever die out (HA!), but I think I'm more glad that I will be able to share these cameras with Kaiya so she can play around with them.  But while they are, unfortunately, collecting dust in the corner of the room (one of the few things besides clothes and shoes that I did not want to put in storage!)...the Hipstamatic does the job of creating the same effect, only cheaper (i.e. FREE).

Anyway, here are a few pictures that were on the camera.
.the monster and her many faces.

My first (and possibly last) attempt at making pie pops.  Waaaaay too much crust, not enough filling!

My THIRTIETH birthday breakfast cooked by the hubby.  Oh so favorite...Eggs Benedict, with perfectly poached eggs!
Eric's dad brought some New Mexico green chile's back in September when he came for Kaiya's first birthday.  I decided to use some to make Green Chile Enchiladas.  With an egg to top it off.  I must give myself a pat on the back for this one.  No help from Eric, since he was working, and he thought it tasted pretty good, too.  :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

.so you think you can dance.

Check you the So You Think You Can Dance winner 2030!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

.hina matsuri 2011.

Kaiya got a special treat on Girl's Day, March 3, this year.  It was her second year celebrating, and if you remember from last year, she got a special Japanese doll.  She enjoyed her crunch, sweet rice balls that Walmart was selling especially for Girl's Day.

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