Sunday, November 30, 2014

Broncos Toes - 13

Alright team that was too close of a game *_* Following last week I stayed away from having too much white and used it only as an accent color and color blocked using the team's colors. It is funny how I ended up still alternating with the same colors as last week. The color combinations are as followed :: the orange combo is two coats of Pure Ice # 1029 'Drive Me Crazy' and the third coat is Sinful Colors # 853 Cloud 9 and the blue combo is one coat of Pure Ice # 1094 'Teal Appeal' and a light coat of NYC # 140 'Empire State Blue'. I also did the above combos on the big toes .. I started with swiping the nail with the orange then taping it off and swiped the blue ~ I did wait about a day before I added the center dot using the Apple Barrel # 20503 White. I was going to dot the four corners but I ended up just doing the center instead.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Savannah!

Happy 2nd birthday to our grand-princess .. I wonder what adventurous things you will learn this year? Tons of hugs and kisses from Gran xoxoxoxoxo

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Broncos Toes - 12

I was so unhappy with last week's game that this week I wasn't inspired to put any effort into my nail art. I was just going to alternating colors and leave it at that but I thought well maybe if I put some extra effort so will the team (because I have that kind of power LOL) and with that I did a small but cute design on the main toe. I did the shimmer overcoat again this week .. it just seems to lighten up the color and I like the combination better than the either color alone. The orange combo is two coats of Pure Ice # 1029 'Drive Me Crazy' and the third coat is Sinful Colors # 853 Cloud 9. The blue combo is one coat of Pure Ice # 1094 'Teal Appeal' and a light coat of NYC # 140 'Empire State Blue'. I also did the above combos on the big toes .. I started with swiping 1/2 the nail with orange then taping it off-centered and swiped the blue ~ I did wait about a day before I added the dots. The dots are super easy .. I used my trusty bobby pin (which I have one specifically for nail art and I keep it with my polishes) and the Apple Barrel # 20503 White and just dotted 5 small dots along the line. I am really liking this design .. I have to remember it for the holidays. Let's go team!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Broncos Toes - 11

This week's design was so much fun to do. I was just going to design the big and middle toes only but Oldest Princess suggested that I polish the baby one too and to also do both feet the same rather than alternating like I have been lately. So that is what I did. Look how cute .. I'm going to be sad when I wipe this design off. For this look I used the main 5 colors (2 blues, 2 oranges and the white craft paint) and my trusty Scotch tape. I started with two coats of Pure Ice # 1029 'Drive Me Crazy' and waited until it dried then did the third coat with Sinful Colors # 853 'Cloud 9'. This added some really cool shimmer and lightens up the color just a bit. When the orange dried I taped off using the corner of the tape in an angle and did two quick coats of Pure Ice # 1094 'Teal Appeal' and a light coat of NYC # 140 'Empire State Blue' for that extra shimmer. I think the holiday season has gotten me shimmer crazy. LOL The blue toes is just a repeat of above. The white/orange combo is just the Apple Barrel # 20503 'White' tapped off the top and did a good coat of Pure Ice # 1029 'Drive Me Crazy' and waited for just a few minutes and then lightly went over the orange with Sinful Colors # 853 'Cloud 9' . Remember to take the tape off slowly and immediately .. you don't want to the polish to dry or you will be removing more than what you are wanted. I waited the next day to do the top coat just to make sure everything is thoroughly dried. Okay guys let's show those Rams how things are done!!!  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Shabbat Shalom

Keep on, then seeking first the kingdom and his righteousness,
 and all these (other) things will be added to you. 
Matthew 6:33

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Top 5 Books For Kiddos I Recommend

Since one of my past posts were on kids' books .. I thought I would hop in my time machine and share with you some of my favorite ones from when my kids were tots. Which are now being read to the Gran-Angels .. that is when they sit still long enough to hear a story.

Top on my list is I Know A Place by Karen Ackerman. This child's view of her favorite place is explained by simple limericks and wonderful illustrations. She walks you thru her day from being woken up by the call 'rise and shine lazybones' to dinner time 'where the plates might be chipped or cracked but there's never been an empty one' and she 'know it by heart .. by the number and by the street .. home'. This beautiful story will remind you and your wee ones what is important in life and it isn't the latest clothes or I-phone *gasp* or anything that is considered materialistic. It is the simple pleasure of being raised by people who love you and expresses that love in little moments through-out the day. This book always stood out to me because the forward is dedicated to little Lisa Steinberg .. a victim of domestic abuse; which is why all the creaks in the house are friendly and there is nothing to ever fear.

Old Bear by Jane Hissey sparked the 'never boxing up any doll' phase with my kids which lasted until .. well actually now thinking about it I believe all their stuffies are out and not boxed. This quaint story is about Old Bear who is boxed in the attic until his fellow stuff animal friends, who never forgot about him, came to rescue him and bring him back into the play room with them. It is a sweet and soulful story that will touch your child's soft heart.

Now lets move out of Bummer-ville and land solely in Happy-land with an all time favorite If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. This super cute story is about what would happen if .. well .. you give a mouse a cookie. And let the chaos begin ..  First, he will ask for a glass of milk and then he might ask for a straw .. this just goes on and on leaving the little boy's house in utter disarray. This little life lesson book, along with If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake, shows how the simplest acts can snowball out of hand and quite quickly. This little book is still referenced in our home to this day .. it explains those days when you started to do your dishes but first you unloaded your dishwasher .. and when you opened your cabinet you noticed how dusty it was so you took out your dishes and started to wipe down the shelves .. next thing you know all your dishes are all over your kitchen and the job that should have taken 5 minutes took 5 hours .. yea I am not fond of those days.

Fourth is Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall. The first time I saw this book was on Reading Rainbow .. gosh I love that show (yes love as in present tense just because it's not televised doesn't change my feelings). This story is about a man that packs up a cart full of items that the family made through out the year and takes it to town to sell including his cart and beloved ox. In turn he purchases a few items for his family and returns home where the cycle and rhythm of the seasons governs this simple and self-sufficient life. It is such a beautiful reminder that everyone in the family can contribute and have purpose within the family. I will even admit .. that even when the kids were 'too old' for this book I checked it out anyhow simply because I adore the story.

Last but not least is Owen by Kevin Henkes .. this adorable story is about Owen and his yellow Fuzzy (blankie) and Owen takes his Fuzzy everywhere but Owen's next door neighbor thinks he is too old to be carrying a blanket and gives unwarranted advise to help break him from such a 'horrible' habit. After much thought Owen's mother came up with a genius idea as to how Owen can keep his Fuzzy and not break her child's heart as she gets him prepared for his first day of school.  *spoiler*  Owen's mother cuts his Fuzzy into handkerchief size squares .. this way Owen will always have his Fuzzy.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Books For Baby

I am a strong believer in reading to your kids. Not solely for the purpose of learning to read but for the quiet time spent together before they close their tiny eyes and drift off to Slumberland. But all the cute story books we had all went to live with our eldest daughter and now I am solely left with boys books .. The Other Side of the Mountain and tons of Hardy Boys Mysteries. Which are fine but I was needing something for the younger child .. with shorter stories and tons of pictures. A few weeks ago Husband and myself found ourselves at a new thrift store that opened by us. And boy I am glad I did .. the whole store was 50% off!! The first place I go when I walk into any thrift store is the book section. I wasn't able to find anything I liked for myself but I did find a few finds for our 'Lil Bug-a-Boo'. All were in great shape and for all 6 books came out to $5 .. what a bargain!!

I remember reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin to my little ones. It is a hard book and with a simple and repetitive pattern but it is the visual from illustrator Eric Carle that captures the imagination. Grandbaby and I read this book in front of the goldfish tank and when we stopped on the goldfish page .. she slammed her hand down and stared at the fish and looked at the picture. No joke! 7 months old and she was putting together that somehow the item in the book looked like the animals in the tank .. she is so brilliant. I know .. I know everyone thinks their offspring or grand-offspring is brilliant but I think my grandbabies are.

Now the next book Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo was more for me than her .. I mean just look at Chris Van Dusen's illustrations. It is so adorable. I just couldn't resist getting it and at $.50 it was coming home with me. It is a story about a pig named Mercy Watson who is loved by Mr. and Mrs. Watson and every Saturday they have a ritual that after a large special lunch Mr. Watson takes Mercy on a car ride in his pink Cadillac and what happens is just some good old fashion follies.

One of my favorite kids show is Little Bear .. I still like to watch it. So when I spotted Little Bear's Friend by Else Holmelund Minarik in perfect condition .. well it was a no brainer. The illustrations by Maurice Sendak are simple and timeless. This particular book has 4 short stories which are perfect for long days when everyone is tired but you are trying to keep the bedtime ritual of reading a story a night. It is a sweet and lovely book to have.

Next is one that I purchased solely on the basis that it is a hard book with simple words. The Tall Book of Colors published by Playmore/Walman is a story of a boy and girl who go around trying on different colored glasses and whatever the color of the lens is becomes the color of the world around them .. except somehow their clothes and dog stay the same color. Not my favorite but again it is in mint condition and $.50 and it is age appropriate .. what else can I ask for.

The next two books I did spend a little bit more on .. $1.50 per book. GASP!! But they are two wonderful additions to any child's library. The first one is Classic Rhyme and Verse an Eric Kincaid Treasury .. which is simply a book of children nursery rhymes. Everything from the simple Little Miss Muffet to longer This is the House That Jack Built. The back of the book has poems/stories such as My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson to Past, Present, Future by Emily Bronte. The illustrations are timeless and captures the imagination perfectly.

Last but not least is Clement E. Moore's The Night Before Christmas illustrated by the wonderful Mary Engelbreit. We already have this story illustrated by someone else but I love Mary's imagination. And for $1.50 there was no way this little treasure wasn't coming home with me. The colors are bright and cheerful and captures the Christmas spirit thru a child's eye beautifully.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

There are soooooo many people from all generations that have sacrificed everything so that we can have the freedoms that we enjoy today and I want to take this time to say Thank You. Thank You to those who have served, Thank You to those who have past away, Thank You to those who are wounded, Thank You to those who are currently serving and Thank You to the kids who have just enlisted ... Thank You ... THANK YOU! You are all my heroes.

I personally enjoy going up to complete strangers who are Vets and thanking them directly. Yup .. I go up to someone whom I have never met, or might never meet again, who is wearing a Veteran's cap or a vest or any other kind of symbol and I go up to them and while I am shaking their hand I thank them for their service and the sacrifices they have made. The pride on their face is priceless and it only takes literally a few minutes. I believe that we find greater joy when we get accolades from strangers .. I guess we feel like the intention is purer than when we hear it from those that are closer. I wonder if my father had people go up to him and thank him. I hope he did.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Broncos Toes - 10

How funny that the sun on my feet makes them look so splotchy .. if I was a vain girl I would have definitely taken this picture again. But I'm not .. so I didn't. This week I broke up the look with a half color block on my middle toes which was free handed with the Apple Barrel '#20503White' .. I like to use the craft paint when I need a single coat because it isn't opaque. The big piggy is color blocked with the two main colors ..  Pure Ice 'Drive Me Crazy' and 'Teal Appeal' and with Sally Hansen Hard As Nails 'Hard To Get #110' as the center white strip (which I did first ..  then taped it off and used the orange .. repeated again but with the blue). Okay maybe with some extra extra extra team spirit we can pull ahead of the Raiders.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Shabbat Shalom

But as for me and my household,
we will serve Jehovah.
Joshua 24:15

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

One Simple Thing Can Change YOUR Life ..

If you really want change you need to do this one simple thing ... VOTE. I hear a lot .. 'it's just the two year elections it does mean much'. IF you really want change in your states education system or how your tax dollars are being spent or even bigger is who is representing you up in Capital Hill .. THIS IS THE ELECTION THAT MATTERS. Read up quickly on what is on the ballot and get out there and put your mind and voice on that ballot box. Nothing bothers me more than when someone complains about taxes in their state going up or how the police department has been cut back 25% or when the roads are full of potholes and they did nothing to do something about it. GET UP .. GET OUT .. MAKE A STAND.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Broncos Toes - 9

I only blame myself. Since Mr. and I have been crazy busy this weekend I didn't polish my toes until kickoff which means I didn't put out my team spirit vibe early enough and caused that disaster of a game. Also know that as soon as the game ended off came the polish. I don't want to carry that kind of bad vibe into next week's game and jinx it. LOL Okay enough fun. The weather this week was kinda nippy .. which means it was in the high 70s. So I have been baking and finishing holiday projects and this week my piggies reflect that with the snowflake-ish design. After letting the main color polish dry I used Apple Barrel #20503White and a thin artist brush I painted two Xs that crossed each other. After a few minutes I went back and with a bobby pin took the main color and placed a dot in the center. Since I was rushing my lines weren't straight - if I was taking my time I would have used tape to create neater lines. Maybe the team knew that I just didn't put my heart into it and hence neither did they. Next week will be a different story.