Hiking: Franklin Canyon Park

7 Jun

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On a beautiful and warm Saturday morning, we took a family trip to Franklin Canyon Park to go hiking. This park in tucked away in the Hollywood Hills and is a hidden jem! With about 13 miles of hiking trails, this place has it all! You can picnic, take an easy walk around Heavenly Pond, bird watch, sit and paint, take photographs, hike, or find a spot to sit and read a book.

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If this place looks somewhat familiar… you may recognize it from the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show. I grew up watching that show with my dad. Our favorite episode is Aunt Bea’s kerosene cucumbers!

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While we hiked, I took tons of pictures! You wouldn’t guess that I was just a few minutes from bustling Beverly Hills! If you plan on visiting, take lots of water! Enjoy!!

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Diaper “Golf Bag”

6 Jun

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For my best friend’s baby shower, I told her I’d make her a golf bag out of diapers. I had seen some online to order, but I wanted hers to match the color scheme she selected. Also, I love making anything because it’s much more special.

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I started with an idea and sketched out a plan. Once I came up with this, I made my list and hit the stores. I shopped at Joann’s, Michael’s and Walmart.

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First step was to drill a pilot hole through the center of the large dowel.

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Next, I took 2- 8″ cardboard cake rounds and drilled the screw with washer through the bottom.

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Now that I had the base, I could get the fun part started!

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I rolled up the diapers around the base until I got to the edge. I used a couple different diaper brands, Huggies inside, Pampers outside. I like the Pampers size 1 on the outside since they are plain white and soft.

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Keep stacking until you reach the top! I tied a thick satin ribbon and then a smaller grosgrain ribbon for contrast of color and texture. I left a little bit of length so that I could tie the “handle” on the back.

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I used thinner dowel for the “golf clubs” with socks for the tops. I stuffed the matching sock inside to maintain the shape.

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The wheels are rolled up washcloths. I used gift wrap ribbon to thread around and create that wheel look.

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Around the top, I added a wash towel and pacifiers with ribbon.

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On the other side, I tied up a onesie to make a little sack. Inside, I added baby shampoo, baby powder, baby lotion, etc.

Overall, I love the way it turned out.

Daddy’s Little Caddy Baby Shower

5 Jun

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I’ve been kind of busy and haven’t had the chance to post final baby shower photos! The event was beautiful and everyone had a great time! Mommy-to-be was gorgeous and glowing! I am so happy that I got to be a part of the event and help out. It took a small army of helpers to pull it off and everything came together like a perfect puzzle.

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I made these vanilla cake pops with white candy coating. Wilton’s golf ball candy mold was the perfect size for the pops. I love that the impressions came out so well. As for the stand, I made that as well! You can see the details for that project here.

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I got so many compliments on the diaper golf bag. I love the way it came together and actually looks like a golf bag! It looked HUGE sitting on my kitchen table, but it was the perfect size for the centerpiece of the large dining room. My diaper golf bag “tutorial” to come…

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I was so excited to see how the table linens and everything were going to look with all the other decorations. I didn’t know what the table linens or flowers were going to be until I got to the house. I guess all great minds think alike, everything matched perfectly!

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The flowers were purchased from the Flower Mart in Downtown LA. We arranged cut and arranged them in the morning and added the flags once we put them on the tables. I like the pebbles at the bottom of the vase and the addition of the golf balls… it’s the perfect kind of water hazard!

The shower was a success!! It was slam dunk! Hole-in-One! Touchdown and all that Jazz!

Watching the garden grow…

4 Jun

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My garden update!! Remember when we started composting? Remember when we got this garden going? If not, it’s okay! You can see the progress we’ve made here.

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We have Mr Stripey heirloom tomatoes and raspberries in our barrels. The raspberries have been growing for a year. Next year we should finally have fruit! It’s a long process, but worth the wait!

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So far, our garden is looking pretty good. We have baby carrots, sweet Italian squash, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, jalapenos, peppers, cantaloupe and more. Most have started flowering and we have been eating our squash. I’m most excited for the Brussels sprouts, they look so cool growing on the stalk!

Where the birds sleep

3 Jun

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To keep the kids quiet, for about an hour, we completed this little project. The kids picked out these bird houses from Joann’s for $1 each. The kids painted them with watercolor paints. While watercolor paint will fade in the sun, that just means the kids can touch them up over and over again! They have fun layering new colors and designs.

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The great thing about these little wood houses, they are small and come in various styles. Buy a few and keep them on hand for a rainy day or in case you need a quiet hour to yourself!

Go Kings Go!!

2 Jun

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Let’s win game two!!

Sea Salt Ice Cream Cake

20 May

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Okay, maybe I lied…There isn’t really any cake involved.  It’s technically just graham crackers.  But its shaped like a cake, I guess.

At any rate, this is good.  Like really really good.  But this story begins in Portland, OR.  While visiting the infamous Miss Summer, we took a detour on the way to the airport and had some delicious ice cream at Salt & Straw.  Inspired by their Sea Salt Ice cream with Caramel Ribbons, I came home and hunted around Pinterest for a Sea Salt Ice Cream recipe.  I found this one…I mean three ingredients.  Doesn’t get any easier.

I made the ice cream as directed and let it firm up in the freezer for about an hour and a half.  I lined a loaf pan with plastic wrap while I waited….and waited…

When you can’t wait anymore, throw down a layer of graham crackers–break them as needed to make sure you get full coverage.  Top that with a layer of ice cream (which is still pretty soft at this point) and then squeeze some caramel sauce on top of that.  Sorry, I’m not sure how much.  I just kept going until everything was good and covered.  Then you layer–like a lasagna.

Graham, ice cream, caramel, graham, ice cream, caramel, graham, ice cream.

Put it all back in the freezer to completely harden, probably overnight.  Slice and serve.

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These two pieces that I photographed for you are literally the last two.  This “cake” went fast.  Next time I may consider doubling everything!

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