National Zoo Trip

 - by Ty

bluefrog

 

I finally had a chance to visit the National Zoo this year. I took some pictures of some very cool animals. However, my son and I didn’t get to view the entire park. That place was huge!  We will definitely have to go back on a second trip and bypass the animals we already seen from our first trip.  I am only an amateur photographer so please bare with me. The flash creates light from the tanks glass. It was very hard to get a clear shot. This is just one of the many pictures I took.  It is a tank with poisonous dart frogs. Unfortunately I only got a shot with just one sitting on a rock. But they are very pretty to look at. Remember just look!

 

Facts About Dart Frogs:

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/poison-frog/

Accomplished My Goal !

 - by Ty



blanket

When I started back crocheting I was happy to make preemie hats. But my real goal was to make a baby blanket. I started out and completed a small blanket and that was a success. It was 15″ x 25″. I gave it to one of my friends for there son. They seem to like it very much.   I had a lot of trouble when it came to the larger blankets. The sides of the blanket kept spreading out and became uneven. For some reason I couldn’t keep the sides aligned straight. I finally reached success! This blanket is proof of that. The sides are smooth and straight. I am so motivated to make more blankets now. It took me about a day and a half to finish it. Considering the size, that is not long at all. The final size for this blanket is 35″ x 38″. I think the standard size is 38″ x 38″, so I am a few inches off. I wanted both sides of the pink to be exactly four inches on both sides. Just to keep the symmetry. I didn’t use a pattern. To achieve this look just use a 5mm crochet hook, four different colors or more of medium #4 yarn.

blanket

I was determined to figure out how to make this blanket. I kept looking on different website to get the dimensions I needed.  I finally was able to find a size I was willing to try. I had tried on my own two previous times. So I guess third times a charm.  With enough practice you can achieve any goals you have set for yourself. Don’t give up!

 


Mini Hand Bag

 - by Ty

 

Mini Handbag

 

I have been  practicing crocheting squares for a few weeks now. I still have to work on the last row, to keep it from curving and fanning out. This hand bag was a result of from one of the squares that didn’t turn out great.  I even took the opportunity to practice on a pom pom.  It looks fairly good considering it was not supposed to become a little purse.  And my niece is non the wiser. She absolutely loved the bag.  She had it on and played with it as soon as I gave it to her. I also gave her a few hats for her large barbie heads. The hats I made were to big for a baby but to small for my niece. So I told her she could use them to play with her dolls. Again another winner. So please never throw away your mistake crafts that you make.  Just think of some other way to use them.

Wine Bottle Cozy

 - by Ty

 

wine cozy

 

It is taking me a while to get the flow of crocheting again. I made a few preemie hats and now I can not seem to make another hat yet. I keep practicing to see where I made my mistakes. But no luck doing that. My last attempt for making the hat resulted in a pink wine bottle cozy. The problem maybe in my decrease method. I am going to wait until I go back to my sons teacher to find out what I need to do different. I would tell you how to make a bottle cozy only if I remembered what I did.  This little set back will not discourage me at all. I will figure this pattern out eventually. Even though it looks very well made, this project was a complete mistake. Meanwhile,I will have plenty of wine bottle cozies and other miscellaneous pieces that will need to find a home.

Crochet Fun

 - by Ty

 

pom pom

 

 

 

I used to crochet when I was a little girl. Since I didn’t do it everyday, I completely forgot how to. Thankfully  my sons 4th grade language arts teacher showed me again.  I was so excited to find out she has a crochet club that helps kids make preemie hats for Johns Hopkins Hospital. I wanted to help and contribute as well. So since I haven’t learned how to crochet as of yet. I provided the club with some spools of yarn; to show my support.  But that wasn’t enough so later on in the week, the teacher showed me how to get started.   I started on the hat, and two weeks later I was finished. Not working on it everyday set me back and took me longer than expected. I just recently made another hat and LOVE the results. You can be so creative when making these hats. Rims can be placed to make it a two tone color. Pom Poms can be added at the top to give it detail.  Whatever style you choose make sure to use lots of color!

 

I am so excited that I picked this craft back up again. In order for my skill not to slip away again. I will have  challenge myself to work on crocheting at least once a week.   These preemie hats are fun and easy to make. Practicing to make them improves my skill each time. Meanwhile, I will  look for new projects for beginners and strive to make more items that can be donated to help families and children in need.  After all that is my ultimate goal in life.

Perfect Gloss

 - by Ty

 

mark.

Snow Peach lip gloss

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies ! I have found the perfect lip gloss. It is not sticky or gooey. It comes in some amazing flavors that taste great. There called “Juice Gems” by mark. This lip gloss will keep your lips moisturized and shiny. They can be used over your best lipstick to give you a high shine look. I have tried just about all of them. For the summer months my favorite is snow peach. Juice Gems are a summer must have. They will give you that instant glam look. Use this gloss with a tinted moisturizer and waterproof mascara to give yourself a beach beauty look. I had to get the word out because, I know you are looking for a great gloss that’s not too expensive.  Once you try one flavor you’ll want to grab them all.

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Sweeten Up Your Veggies

 - by Ty

Cinnnamon spinach

Vegetables are not a lot of peoples favorite food group. I personally love vegetables in all of its forms. Sauteed, raw, steamed, grilled, and etc. For a lot of people they don’t like vegetables because they are not typically sweet.  Sweet foods like cakes and candies mostly appeal to our palettes.  For kids you can change this by adding a few simple ingredients. I have not tried this on a kid, but I think it will work. I have made this for my family from time to time, but my son already loves most vegetables except for a small few.  So this is only my creative side hoping these tips will help you to get your kids to eat their vegetables.

Try adding some of these spices to some of your veggie dishes. You could try adding  cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla extract to give the veggies a sweet taste without using sugar. Also ginger is a powerful seasoning that can make the veggies taste totally different. I have found that ground ginger is easier to work with rather than trying to zest the root. I have personally tried using  ginger and cinnamon in some of  my dishes. For example I made baked carrots with cinnamon and ginger. I used frozen cut carrots, smart balance spread, 1tsp.of ground ginger, 2tsp of ground cinnamon. Mixed all ingredients into a bowl, then place into baking dish and place into a 350 degree oven. You can add extra sprinkles of allspice after the dish has cooled and ready to serve.

A lot of the stores now are selling fruit and veggie trays with caramel and non-fat yogurt. This is more appealing to the little ones because it’s sweeter than ranch or blue cheese dressing. I suggest dressing up the vegetables they don’t know about is probably better than ones you know they won’t eat.  And when they inquire about what it is, just say it’s made with cinnamon and sugar.  Don’t give the formal name of the dish. Words like kale and brussel sprouts just do not sound appealing to young ears. When your dealing with kids the less information the better.

Another idea I had is to add the zest of a fruit to your vegetables.  You can start with the two basic ones like lemon and orange. It can be added to dishes like snap peas, spinach, and greens. I will have  to try this method out as well. Hope these tips and ideas help dinner time at your house go a lot smoother.

 

Free Play part II

 - by Ty

Every parents wants there child to have a good time and learn. I always take advantage of activities that are low cost or free. I find that children like things simple. They can get overloaded and over stimulated easily. I have came up with a couple  more FREE ideas to share !

Outside 

  • Nature Walks

Let you and your child/children take a small walk through your neighborhood, creek, or even community trails. There are so many types of species to look for anywhere you live.  Bring along your camera phone, camcorder, or any recording device to let them pretend the are explorers or biologist. Make sure to pack your Eco friendly water containers to stay hydrated. Also bring a first aid kit and small backpack for other basic essentials. This activity can be done with one child or many. You can even include friends, because this activity is totally free.

  • BYOB Lego Parties

Invite a small group of friends and family over. Have them bring a bag lunch and there favorite Lego’s. Give the children a room or space where they can spread out all of the pieces. This will give them hours of imagination play along with engineering and hand and eye coordination play.  This can also be done with K’Nex’s, Playmobile, or whatever building toys your kids are into at the time.

 

So Many Consoles

 - by Ty

 

 

PS3

 

In the gaming world there is no such thing as to many consoles. Each one has it’s own unique quality about it. I currently have a PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360. Now out of those three my favorite is the PS3. The controller is small and comfortable for my  hands. It not only has great games for this system.  The Netflix feature is a big plus in book.  But the ultimate feature for me is, I can use it to watch my Blu-Ray DVD’s. This will keep you from buying a Blu-Ray player. Plus keep you from switching back and forth between console and Blu-ray player.

The Nintendo Wii is cool, I like the Wii Fit add on feature. The hula hoop for Wii fit burns lots of calories(nods head). I am not that great with any of the balancing games. I have to work on those.  As for the Xbox 360 I am a partial fan. Only because Eliot plays the game Call of Duty Black Ops, and it’s very exciting to watch him play. I must say the controller for this console is not very easy to hold.  Even though this system has the Netflix’s feature as well my favorite console still remains the PS3.

AIM On Android

 - by Ty

 

AIM

 

I have a Motorola Android phone. I have lots of pro’s about this particular model. It’s just the right size, large keyboard and very durable. However, I have a few cons about some of the apps. For example, I downloaded the AIM app, so that I can text my instant messages. Which is very convenient for me.  But I quickly found out that this app drains the battery life of the phone.  Even if you do not have the app open, as long as it is running the battery will become drained very quickly. The phone was charged at 100% at 8 am. I had the app running from 8am till 2pm. By 2pm the phone was a about 10%charged.  And yes I was actively using the app from time to time.   I find this very annoying. Does anyone have any solutions for this small annoyance?