Frozen Birthday Lunch (muffin tin meal)

My little Ellie had a birthday and like many little girls, is loving everything "Frozen" right now.  I love how a muffin tin pan can make something extra special and they are so easy!  I knew it would be the perfect thing for a special lunch on her birthday.

Here's what was in her Frozen-themed Birthday Lunch:

Pretzels and carrots for Olaf, yogurt for snow, hot chocolate because Olaf wanted some, marshmallows for snow balls, heart-cut bread with cream cheese because love conquers all.

She loved it!

It really is the "little" things, isn't it? :)

Gingerbread Activities: Playdough

Hi Friends! Long time, no blogging.  But we have had so much fun with our gingerbread playdough that I wanted to pop in and say hi and share this fun {little project} with you.  

These photos were actually taken last year, not long after baby M was born.  He's one now!  It's been a big year for us with a lot of change and a cross country move too!

We had so much fun with our Gingerbread playdough last year, that I made it again this year.  It's a hit again, of course!

Here's the recipe for this yummy smelling playdough: 
(but don't eat it-it doesn't taste good!)

Gingerbread Playdough
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp orange extract {optional}
  1. In a medium saucepan whisk together dry ingredients. Next mix in the water, oil, and orange extract and stir until a thick batter is formed. Cook the mixture over low/medium heat until a thick dough forms. Turn out onto parchment paper and knead until smooth. Makes about 2 cups of dough.

I love having a dollar store cookie sheet (or two!) on hand.  They are the perfect size for little ones and they loved putting their gingerbread "cookies" out on them.

My kids even started a "bakery" to sell their "cookies" and we had all kinds of math fun figuring out what the cost and what the change should be.  Playing is a great way to learn :)


P.S. If you want the secret to EASY gingerbread houses, click here!

Favorite Conference Inspirational Quotes

I'm a quote girl.  I'm also a visual person.  So I love having quotes up to remind me of what I want to be focusing on.

I just printed some new ones from General Conference and wanted to share them here for anyone else who likes great words visualized:

The first 6 quotes are from this site: thisisnick.





I love the quotes over at MckenzieSmith too!

You can find more printable quotes at 30 handmade days.

LDS General Conference Printable Quotes

You can find this one here

There is also a lot of fun to see and print over at

I hope you enjoy these inspirational words too!

Moved In: A Family of Violins

Well, I have good news: we survived our cross-country move and are all moved in!  So I wanted to check-in and share a little project.

I won't dwell on our move because it wasn't a little project at all.  It was a big one.

But, I am loving the music room in our new house.  I found this fun piece of wood on the side of the road and instantly loved it and knew I had to do something fun with it.  I measured it and knew it would be perfect for our violins to hang on.

Jay, Kay and Ellie all play the violin.  (The full-sized violin is mine.)  Little fingers take forever to get their violins out of the case, get the shoulder rest on, bow out, and ready to play.  And then putting them away takes that time all over again.  So "this little project" is saving me over an hour a day!

Our violins are supposed to be stored away from an outside wall.  So this wood with some spacers behind it became the perfect way to save time, store them properly, and it's so fun to see all the pretty violins too!

I attached these String Swings to the wood that holds the violins.  I love that they hold the violins safely and are easy for the kids to use.

It feels nice to get something accomplished, other than packing and unpacking!


Busy: An Update


Well friends, it's been awhile...


But if you had this little guy to distract you, you may not be blogging much either!  

I have a friend who exercises everyday.  She has 8 children.  I asked her what her secret is.  She told me it's her "one thing."  She said it's the one thing that she does everyday.  It's at the top of her list.  She may not shower, she may not cook dinner, but she makes time for her "one thing."  Now, I'm sure she had other things at the top of her list too, like her family.  But I've been thinking about that.

There are only so many "one things" you can have; only so many minutes to wiggle them into.
And ever since Baby M made his appearance, he has been my "one thing" that took the place of writing and sharing here as much as I used to.  It's ok.  It's the "season"we are in.  He's been my hardest baby.  And that's ok.  He's my "little project" right now.

The other "one thing" that has been swallowing up my extra minutes is that we are moving.  Across the country.  It takes an bucketload of time to have your house on the market, look for another house, research the new area, etc.

It's hard to look around at all the "little projects" I made just for our home that won't be apart of our future.  But it's also exciting to think about the future projects in the works.  


Sometime I need to take the time to go back and share the photos of fun "little projects" we have been up to over the last little while.  Here's a sample for today, along with a hope that I can fill in the details soon...

We made Violet Jelly: from violets growing in our own front yard!
It's so pretty!


I've been teaching an Irish Step Dance class for Kay and Ellie and friends.  It has been a blast!


I would love to share more about teaching a 3-year-old music.  I start my children on the violin and piano at age three (at the latest).  Ellie recently graduated from her macaroni box to her real violin!


Outdoors with kids: My little Jay has all kinds of secrets for having fun and learning in the outdoors.  He's always teaching me about the amazing creations we've been given.  Sometime I'll share our favorite field guides and apps that help us explore and learn in the outdoors.


And how to catch and hold butterflies!


Traveling cross country with four little ones: we're doing it twice this summer!


I just got home from a house hunting trip.  Baby M went along and I learned that I will never fly with a baby again without my baby backpack!  I have a baby Ergo carrier and it made life so much easier!  Can you tell Baby M has 2 older sisters?

We put our first offer on "our" house today.  Crossing our fingers and lots of prayers!
Things are going to be busy around here with lots of "little moving projects."  I'll try to pop in now and then.  Thanks for hanging in here with me :)

In the meantime, there's lots of fun little projects in the archive, like:

Top 10 Tips for your Beach Trip

I've been making baby food again

My Favorite Granola that I make every week

A Favorite Treat: Blueberry Lemonade

Watermelon Stamping

How to write a message with the Sun

and more!

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