Five on Friday; Spark of Loves this Week

April 24, 2015

It's Friday!  YAY!  I have so much stuff to do this weekend and last weekend I got busy cleaning up our yard that I forgot to post a Five on Friday, so I have a lot to talk about this Friday.  We had our gazebo put out and the top, as we were cleaning it off, snapped one of the joints in half.  :(  We had a worker of Jeff's take it home, so here's hoping it can get welded back to good condition so we can put it up after the rain stops here.  This weekend, I have a ton of things to do to catch up on, that's we've put off because of being sick.  But before that, here's the five things that made my week awesome!

1.  This Saying.
Because I've been in the process of planning a Halloween party, with a few others from home.  When I was a kid, growing up in Crystal Springs, Arkansas, we had small Halloween parties down by Lake Quachita.  For anyone from Arkansas, Lake Quachita is a beautiful lake to boat, sail, or even float on.  The Halloween parties in the Crystal Springs area were such a treat for the kids in the area and I miss them dearly.  I decided to get them going again and I hope for a wonderful turn out this October.  Some girls from home and I created a Pinterest board to pin all of our ideas.  You can check it out here and also check out our group page here.  

1.  This Starz Program.

Because I've been watching it and stopped reading the books altogether.  Two of the books, if you follow the SNS Reading List, have made the list before.  The show on Starz is called Outlander and the books became boring compared to the TV show (in my opinion).  There's a lot of things in it that I don't really agree with, but the story line is finally going in the right direction. The print above can be purchased from Avocado Grove Designs for $15.

3.  These Baseball Shirts.

Because we've been on a hunt for some great practice shirts for Skylar's baseball team.  Jeff became his baseball coach two weeks ago and now we are set for team jerseys, we just want to get some good quality shirts for practices.  We know we want to put the kid's names on the back, it's just a matter of finding the right design and layout.  My dad is sponsoring his team this year for the practice shirts, so stay tuned for updates on those.  We are on the right path and will share the result soon!

4.  These Tulips.

Because they always seem to know just when to make an appearance.

5.  This Thought.


Since today is National Arbor Day, I thought I would post a couple things of "tree" interest.

If you want to join this linkup each week, visit Carolina Charm and add your Five on Friday to the list.  This linkup happens once a week on Friday and is a great way to share what five things made your week amazing!

Have a great weekend!

Road Trip: A weekend coastal getaway

April 13, 2015

For the past two weekends we have taken off to the coast.  It has been pretty calm weather over there lately, so we took advantage of a drive to get our feet wet.  Here's a few pictures from our little trek over to the Pacific Ocean.
The American flag standing tall at Salem, Oregon.

A beautiful view of Mt. Hood.

It was such a clear day I couldn't stop taking shots of the mountain.  So pretty, and the best part is, I get to see this almost daily.  It's amazing!

Mount Saint Helens was visible too.

The sun setting over the ocean was a beautiful sight too.

Beach love.  This wasn't ours, but it caught our attention because it was so big.  Whoever drew this heart into the sand meant business.  Too bad it was washed away a short time later by the tide coming in.  :(

The dogs loved running on the sandy beach.

I did find some awesome treasures before the tide did come up.

And we can't forget that Skylar did the "Truffle Shuffle" in front of the "Goonies" house when we drove through Astoria, Oregon!

Overall it was a great road trip two weekends in a row!

Five on Friday; Spark of Loves this Week

April 11, 2015

It's another Friday and I am so glad this the weekend.  Of course, my allergies have been wrecking havoc on my sinuses the last two days, but some rest and relaxation is much needed.  Looking forward to the next two days of doing nothing, but before that, here are the top five things that made my week amazing!

1.  This Poe reference

Because April is National Poetry Month and one of my favorite poets is Edgar Allen Poe and one of his all-time favorite poems is 'The Raven.'  And the Queen reference makes me laugh.

2.  This feature

Because my spring article for Examiner was featured on the main page for green writers.  I couldn't be more thrilled.  You can read my article here.  If you aren't a fan of my Facebook page for my Examiner articles, I'd love to have you like the page here.

3.  This "Box."

Because it was a nice surprise from Birchbox.  I receive their monthly shipments, as does Jeff with the Man Box, and we love them!  We've found so many great new products through their monthly boxes.  You can get your subscription going too for next month by visiting here and using my invitation code.  You'll love it!

4.  This Easter fun.

We made Easter egg garland with Washi Tape and hung it over the fireplace.

We did our annual Easter Egg Baseball Game, but had to call it early on account of the lightning that seemed to suddenly roll in out of nowhere. 

We also enjoyed this bunny rabbit and chicks petit fours from The Swiss Colony.  How cute are these?  They were almost too cute to eat.

5.  These Aprons

Because they are listings at The Peppermint Bee Farm.  They are listed for $15 and are hand painted.  Check them out here!

You can join in on this link up every week on Friday, by visiting North Carolina Charm and letting everyone know what five things made your week awesome!

My month through Instagram-March 2015

April 10, 2015

Haha, yes! That's why we major in English instead.

Today in the Red Snail classroom we did some awesome Dr. Suess crafts and celebrated Read Across America Day. We also started a new book: Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper. How did you spend Dr. Suess' birthday and RAAD? 

Always excited when my Honest Company order arrives. If you haven't tried The Honest Company Bundles, give them a shot for free!  You won't regret the switch!

Look what came today! Eeeeep! So excited to dig into this book!

You guys, this book is packed with 437 pages of 1,000+ ideas for your home. It has everything from kitchen ideas, to work space, and even ideas for your gym. Grab a copy! (

Friday night sparring.   Thank goodness he remembered his "cup" this time.

Natural Grocers in Corvallis, Oregon representing the Spa City. 

Been looking at land outside of the city today. This pretty piece is off of Brewster Road and has the most amazing views all around. I could see a wrap-around porch working out quite well here. :)

If you haven't tried this, I highly recommend it. It's certified organic, high in fiber, a good source of whole grains, and the best part, no GMOs. Oh, and it's delicious and filling! If you aren't familiar with hemp products, give them a try. They're a great addition to your diet.

A little glimpse at what was made at the last Brit + Co Co-Op. If you missed this one, you can grab the kits for yourself at
And pick up Brit's new book at

Check out the Lucky Shamrock Necklace in the shop now. This four leaf clover just might bring you the luck you need this St. Patrick's Day. The clover sits perfectly inside the glass frame and the chain hangs 18-inches from the neck. This piece can be customized for different colors.

A little fermentation happening right now in our airing cupboard. Giving a shot at homemade hard cider. Exciting!

Oh, don't mind us, it's just a normal, little toy box battle going on.

**Happy Pi Day!** 
Be sure to eat some pie at 3:14 to celebrate math and Einstein!

Every time I go to put on my shoes to go run, this always scares the daylights out of me. It looks like a smashed bug in the bottom of my shoe and startles me. Ha! 

Beautiful shots around the Oregon State University campus. The cherry blossoms are on full display.

A little weekend shell hunting trip was a success.

Our annual St. Patrick's Day rainbow window finally saw some sunshine today. It looked beautiful! Happy St. Patty's Day from The Peppermint Bee and the Red Snail Classroom in Oregon!

The rain today gave us a little rainbow action for St. Patrick's Day. Perfect timing. Sometimes the rain is okay.

Sometimes graffiti makes me smile. TGIF!

The very best kind of people!

An afternoon at the daffodil farm. Picked us about 100 stems for the dining room table. 

Our #Earth cookies to help celebrate #EarthHour. We have about 40 minutes until it's lights out here. Hope you'll join us and help fight against #ClimateChange.

Follow my live tweets on Twitter at Twitter handle, @sh3lly.

West Coast! Here we go! Shut those lights out and unplug those devices!

Facts about #EarthHour.
1. Earth Hour is the largest global grassroots movement in support of the environment.
2. Earth Hour is in its ninth year; Major landmarks go dark for Earth Hour including the Great Pyramids.
3. It was born in Sydney, Australia and is now honored worldwide.

Five minutes until #EarthHour 2015 comes to a close on the west coast. Alaska and Hawaii, you're up next!

Our lights are still out here on the west coast for#EarthHour. So what better time than to light some sparklers!

(Your life matters. Your thoughts matter. Showing kindness, love, and respect in a world where there isn't much, means more to some than you know. Take and make time for people that make your world better. Cutting out the negative and focusing fully on the positive will make you see the world in a different light. Putting effort into those that put effort into you is the first step. Love is actually all around you, open your eyes and look. )