Bake Up Some Fun For National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day.

It has a whole new meaning with Piper in our family.  Did you know that Colorado has the most amazing resources for dogs, everywhere.  The shop owners keep bowls outside for the dogs to stay hydrated with fresh water which I think is so kind.  Here are a two of our favorite dog spots near our new home in Aurora.

Cherry Creek State Park’s Off Leash Dog Park is amazing!  Check out these pictures.In Golden, CO there is an awesome pet store that we drive just to visit and shop.  It is the Green Paw and Spa.  We even gave Piper a bath there one time in their DIY bath facility.

Here is a fun treat you can bake to celebate this day!



 You will need these ingredients:



  • 1 Cup Oats (Quaker Oats)
  • 1/3 Cup Butter (Land O Lakes)
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 2 Cubes Beef Bouillon
  • 1 Cup Cornmeal
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mild Cheese
  • 2 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flower (King Arthur)
  • 2 Eggs Beaten


Here is what to do:


Mix the cornmeal, milk, cheese and beaten eggs in a large bowl and set aside.  Mix the oats, butter, water and bouillon cubes in a pan and heat until boiling then add to big bowl and mix.  Add the flour until mixture is stiff enough to form a ball.Press mixture onto a floured counter top (about ¼ inch thick or so) and cut shapes with cookie cutters.Cook on greased cookie sheets at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes until hardened.  This is the first time that nobody in my family wanted to eat the last bit of dough or lick the beaters.  I think it was the meat smell!

And now a little fun fact fun.  “Dog Day has been supported by such high profile individuals as former US President George W Bush whose own dog, Barney the Scottish terrier has his own website and has even starred in a series of short films.

Happy National Dog Day,




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Mondays Are FUN Days When They Start with a Doodle

I love Mondays.  Mondays are FUN days for me.  It probably helps that what I do throughout the work week is inspiring, creative and always changing.  I get to make stuff, bake stuff, shop and create then share.  I LOVE it.  Lots of days I begin by doodling to get my mind clear and gain focus.  I thought I would share today’s doodle.  It is me as a ‘Me and My Peeps’ character!

I keep my supplies organized.  This is a key to creative people being successful I think.

I started with a sketchy doodle on watercolor paper.

Then I added my favorite colors with these amazing dual tip brushes from Tombow.

I added my list of things I get to do today (notice I did not say things I “NEED’ to do).  I checked off the most important one first by coloring in its heart bright red.  It makes the biggest difference of all and I admit, I have to remind myself that I love ME pretty regularly.

Have a great week!  Do what you love.  Love what you do.  OR, I would recommend doing something else.



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My PINK Door Desktop

When we moved away from Iowa, I had a couple of really old doors with the super cool keyholes in them.  I was saving them for the day to come when I could turn them into something magnificent.  Recently I got challenged to create a project using Krylon spray paint and the light bulb in the creative part of my brain lit up!  I used Krylon Dual Paint and Primer in the color Watermelon to create this awesome desktop from an old door.

I first removed the hardware and then painted the door.

I thought it looked pretty just drying in my front yard!

When it was totally dry from two even coats, I put the hardware back on and moved it inside.  The legs are actually table ends from Ikea costing only $10 each which makes this project not only fabulous but also ultra thrifty.

I really LOVE the way the hardware looks when the door is serving as a horizontal desktop!

I have another door and a can of Mandarin (orange).  I am making another one because being creative often requires lots of space!

If you love to spray paint and create your own DIY projects, you can enter a fabulous contest using Krylon here.  Check out these awesome prizes!

One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive the following:

$500 cash prize*

*Winner will receive an IRS 1099 form to complete and is responsible for all related taxes.

  • One (1) Second Prize Winner will receive the following:  $300 cash prize
  • One (1) Third Prize Winner will receive the following:  $200 cash prize
  • One (1) Fourth Prize Winner will receive the following:  $100 cash prize
  • One (1) Fifth Prize Winner will receive the following:  $100 cash prize
  • Twelve (12) participants will be selected by guest judges and receive:  A set of Krylon® spray paints (MSRP $70)
The deadline to enter is September 8th at midnight!  So, get off the internet and go get your paint on.





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DIY Felt Board with Free Patterns

Several months ago I created this project for the blog over at Kunin Group, the manufacturer of awesome and amazing felt!  With school kicking back in for a new year, I think it is a great time to share it here too!

You can get the full tutorial and patterns HERE.

Happy Creating Fun with Felt,



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Getting My Freshman Ready for College, Five Lessons I Have Learned

Oh my, what a week!  My son is officially an ECU Pirate and the lessons I learned this week as I moved him into a dorm, AWAY FROM HOME, for the first time are ones I want to share.  Yes, they are in order.

ONE:  Being a mom is gift!  The joy in taking Dylan to college flooded me with memories of eighteen years of creating a fabulous relationship with my amazing son.

TWO:  Love is the answer.  Loving Dylan unconditionally for 18 years as he learned, grew and made mistakes is the best thing I have done in my life.  There were days (and weeks) when I questioned his judgement and decisions but supported him anyway and just chose LOVE over all of the other feeling that I had happening.  Observing his kindness towards so many new people on the campus and hearing the words he uses to communicate make my heart so proud.

THREE:  Knowing my children’s friends makes me a better parent.  Getting to know and spending time with Dylan AND HIS FRIENDS throughout his childhood was really smart.  I know him better because I know his friends.  They have shared and trusted me with their feeling and stories and now at ECU, there they are in the dorm across the street.  We all hang out on social media together so I am getting glimpses at Dylan’s first hours and days in college in a mutual environment.  I know they have means of communicating that do not include me and for that I am thankful.  I don’t want to know it all.  Of that I am sure.

FOUR:  School was not all about getting good grades.  I am so thankful that Dylan spent time doing so many other things besides studying.  His job at the ice cream shop taught him to be responsible, to be on time and how to work with others. His many hours spent long boarding and filming videos taught him about the value of a shared hobby with friends and created memories that will last forever.  I am so thankful that I supported his hobbies now and did not nag about school.  He made it without me being a downer.

FIVE: I don’t need to control my children’s every move.  Who knew, teenage boys can decorate.  He had his own ideas for his dorm and when I let go of my desire to control how it would look, he could totally handle it.  I love that he worked things all out with his new roommate with such grace and ease.  He knew what he wanted to pack and I trusted him to take what he would need.  He did amazing.

I am at the airport heading back to Colorado today.  I know that he is ready! I am proud of him and equally proud of myself.  Cheers to both of us as we move forward into this new stage of relationship!




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Empowering Kids For Back to School Lunch Packing

Kids are capable of so much more than we give them credit for so much of the time.  Over the past few years of eating lunch with the girls and their friends at school, I have come to realize that what gets packed and what they eat are often not the same thing.  We decided to put the packing into their hands so they would eat what they take, with a little guidance of course.

I made the list of what goes in the box and put it on the door of the fridge.

Then I filled the snack basket with choices that are acceptable by our parenting standards (and a drawer in the fridge with string cheese that also counts here as well as fresh veggie slices and cut up fruits).

We keep the fruit basket filled so that makes that easy.  They can pack more than one fruit and/or veggie.

As for the sandwich, we have lunch meats, cheeses and the old standby, PB&J.  We keep the condiments on the low shelf inside the drawer so they can reach them and find them easily.

And last we have a great drawer filled with fun napkins, straws, plastic utensils and leftover party stuff for them to choose from.

We are available to assist but on day one (today), the girls did GREAT!  They were totally empowered and excited to have packed their own lunches.  YAY!  They each earned one more check for their lists which means more allowance.  Double YAY!

Happy New School Year,


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FREE Back to School Printables

It is that time. It is here. We are going BACK TO SCHOOL!!! Here are three fun printables that you can use with your kid at home or in a classroom environment.

You can download the printables right here by clicking on the picture of what you want!

ABC 123 – All About Me

Back to School Word Search

Back to School Questions

Have a fabulously successful year!



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