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Monday, April 29, 2013

free giveaway: mother's day movies - CLOSED


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED......


And you were worried you were going to underwhelm Mom with your gift this year.....

How about 100 movies? Yup, you read that right! I'm giving away 100 movies including all 22 of Warner Bros. Library’s Best Picture™ winners on 55 discs presented in book style premium packaging. Plus two all-new documentaries: Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot and The Warner Bros. Lot Tour. With hours of commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more on select films. Also includes a limited edition 27” x 40” poster, plus a postcard series of Warner Bros. movie posters designed by legendary Bill Gold.

Read more about the movies here. 

Retail value = $597.92

To enter: One entry per person. Winner must have a U.S. mailing address. No P.O. boxes please.

1. You must become a follower of my blog (I will check and verify the winner to see that they've done this)
2. Fill out the Perfect Mother's Day Fill-in-the-Blank Sheet and submit it into your comments section. 

You must complete steps one and two to be eligible for the prize. This contest will close on May 12th at 11:59 PM ET and I will announce a winner on May 13th. I MUST receive the winner's address by the end of May 14th to win. 

Here is the Perfect Mother's Day Fill in the Blank Sheet. Simply click on the sheet below to download, fill out your own and then copy and paste to my comments sections! 




And while you're at it, check out the Mother's Day Blog App!! The Guess the Scene game is so fun!





A special shout out to Warner Bros. for supplying the winning materials! 


Friday, April 26, 2013

green thumbs

Doodle wanted to do some gardening the other day so I whipped out my drawer full of long forgotten seeds. 



He had fun eating a sample of each seed before planting it. 



He wondered how long it would take for the pumpkin pie to sprout. Wouldn't a garden full of pie be nice!




now, we wait...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Les Miz Birthday

Last month we celebrated Doodle's 4th birthday. I already shared our Carnival-themed birthday party, but what I failed to share was the Les Miserables extravaganza that took place on his actual birthday eve. 

To read about my kids' obsession with this musical, click here. 

I made a French flag cake:



There was pizza and pasta galore (more Italian than French, but that's what the kid wanted.)



Kale and cabbage salad for non pizza goers:


Those of you familiar with the musical might remember that Jean Val Jean's prison number is 24601. Doodle got it right away. 


He was a happy boy!



The kids hopped up on the table waving paper flags for their rendition of "Do You Hear the People Sing?"


He received the 1200+ page Victor Hugo novel which will make a very good doorstop:


Grandma came in from Las Vegas!


Doodle was vehement about us NOT singing the traditional "Happy Birthday" song to him. Instead, he asked for  a Les Miz medley of all his favorite songs.


This weekend, we're taking the kids to see a local high school production of Les Miz. Sure, Javert might be going through puberty, but I'm sure it will be entertaining, to say the least. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

what I ate #14

There been a lot of good eats happening over here! Just wanted to share my two favorite form the last week!

The first is a beluga lentil and asparagus dish in a basil and mint pistou. This recipe came from The Sprouted Kitchen. Easy and delicious! 


And the second one comes from The Kitchn  - a roasted fennel and citrus salad over cous cous. But it was originally inspired by and was originally inspired by the beautiful cookbook, Jerusalem, by Yotam Since I'm not eating cous cous these days, I replaced it with protein packed quinoa. Look how gorgeous it is when you throw a bunch of fresh parsley down!



Happy Monday and wishing you a week of good eats!

Friday, April 19, 2013

birthday t-shirt

We're past birthday season over here, but I purchased this Batman fabric a few months ago and I knew the boys would love it. I surprised them over the weekend and made them some simple t-shirts with their age on the front. I told them I'd add a  .5 when they hit the halfway mark. 



Birthday t-shirt

materials needed:
plain t-shirt
fabric



Simply cut out the number of the age of your child. I did this freehand, but if you're a stickler or unsure of your freehand cutting skills, you could use a stencil. 

Then I simply sewed the number to the shirt using a zigzag stitch. 


Aren't you glad, as adults, we don't have to wear t-shirts with our age plastered all over the front?








Wednesday, April 17, 2013

homemade doughnuts

Doodle wanted to bake something over the weekend so I let him look through my Pinterest Baking page and he chose doughnuts!



I got the recipe for these baked, low fat, glazed doughnuts here at LaaLoosh


These were really easy to make and they tasted so good! Both of my kids loved them!

We only had green sprinkles in the house, so they were more like belated St. Patrick's Day Doughnuts.


And they looked oh so pretty on this dessert tray (Christmas gift from Mom! Thanks, Mom!)


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

my heart hurts


I wanted this to be a place to celebrate crafting and cooking – a lighthearted space where I could share things I love to do. But this Boston Marathon bombing is weighing too heavily on my heart to not address it.


Besides being a horrific  and tragic news story, it resonates with me and my relationships to marathons. I completed the L.A. marathon 10 years ago. But more importantly, I’ve cheered on my mom at 4 (maybe 5 or more?) marathons. And just a few weeks ago, the kids hopped on bikes and we went down a few blocks to cheer on a friend who was running the L.A. marathon. When you cheer someone on in a marathon, you don’t just cheer that one person on, you cheer for everyone. It feels more like a team sport than a race.

Yes it is a race, but more importantly, the marathon is a celebration of life and of the human spirit. People from all over the world gather together in this apolitical event that brings out the best. To take away the joy and beauty of this event is evil.

My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy. I am left wondering how I am supposed to parent in this crazy, mad world? Once again, I will squeeze my children a little tighter these days. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

train travel with kids

So I recently posted about our train trek to Santa Fe with the kids, but today, I wanted to focus on exactly what 18 hours of train travel means!

We hadn't done any travel by train as a family and while the days of my kids being obsessed with Thomas the Train are gone, they were still pretty excited about this adventure. 

The Union Station in Downtown L.A. is really awesome! I loved all the tile work. 

Our train was aptly named the Southwest Chief!


We departed at 6pm but arrived early to the station (it's not like an airport; you don't need to get there early) so we had some time to goof off in the atrium. 



Then it was time to find our platform! We felt like we were Harry Potter





We became close with this porter by the end of the journey!


We booked a family sleeper car for the ride, which included 4 beds. We did a lot of window gazing. 


Lots of drawing and card games. 



Lots of reading. Even though there was a snack car, I'm glad we brought tons of snacks. 

We went up to the dining car for dinner and breakfast (by lunch the next day we were tired of the dining car food, so we skipped it.)


They seat everyone 4 to a table, so if you're not a party of 4, you sit with strangers. I had a blast eavesdropping on the various conversations happening around me. 

Then back to the room to get ready for bed. The kids couldn't decide which bed to sleep on. I somehow ended up scrunched on a kid's bed for the night. 




And they eventually fell asleep on the biggest bed. 


The next morning we awoke to new scenery!




More snacks, more people watching, more games, more reading. Repeat, repeat, repeat.




We got out at Albuquerque to stretch our legs. 


There were a number of Amish passengers aboard. 



By the end of the journey, they had found even more things to do in our family room that we didn't know existed, like climb the walls. 


All in all, it was a great way for us to travel! Unlike a plane or car, there's tons of room to move around and I can't express how thrilling it was to be riding the rails through uninhabited areas. I would definitely recommend a sleeper car for longer travels and bring things to keep your kids busy! (we also brought a DVD player with headphones). Bring snacks and water. And next time I would give the kids a camera to document the journey on their own. Personally, I wouldn't opt for a trip tht exceeded 18 hours, but because we left at night, we had 4 hours up with the kids, 9 sleeping hours and then 5 hours the next day - so that really broke the trip up. I'm already researching our next adventure by train....I'm thinking Grand Canyon???