A Word Rock Picnic to Spread Some H.A.P.P.Y

While playing around in Instagram the other day, I came across Word Rocks Project (word_rocks_project) and was totally inspired.  I decided to create a few of my own so I gathered my paints and found a perfect rock.

The Tulip Slick paints are PERFECT for this.  They make writing words super crazy easy and the results are colorful and happy.

I used some Tulip Puffy Paint too.  The tips are great and the color selection I had on hand was fab.  Then we took the rocks on the road, picnic style.

It was windy so we used the rocks to hold our place setting down.  Super cute, don’t you think.  I am planning to make rocks with names like this for a table setting in the near future.  :)

We left a few rocks scattered to spread some happy cheer.  I hope they create some joy for their lucky finders.

This one is my favorite.  Life is all about what we create.

Of course, love always wins!

Happy Everything,

Laura

 

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10 Tips to a Successful Family Picnic (Even with Teens and Tweens)

Going on a family picnic, when planned, can be an excellent time to bond and create deeper relationships.  Here are 10 tips to a successful family picnic based on our adventure in Golden Colorado last weekend.

1.  Pick a great spot.  Find a place that won’t have everyone packed in the car together for too long, has shade and plenty of space to run around.  Make sure the place you go has bathrooms and a place to set up your table.  It is a bonus of your place has a natural water source (lake, stream, creek) for water play.  We went to the park in Golden beside the river.

2.   Pack the right foods.  Create a picnic packing station so everyone can be responsible for packing their own sandwiches with the meats and condiments that they like.  Have them put them in bags with their names on them, adding their choice of fruit and chips.  We packed in large Ziploc bags that could be reused with our tie-dye fun.

3.  Bring lots of drinks.  Hydrate!  Pack water and sports drinks.  Avoid sodas and high sugar content crud.

4.  Bring a game that everyone can play together.  Bocce is a great choice.  You can change up teams and everyone has a chance to be a winner.  I was amazed at how much fun everyone had doing this.

5.  Pack extra outdoor fun toys like kites, sports balls and bubbles.  Our kids all love to run around and throw things!  Dylan brought his hammock and it created tons of happy time.

6.  Leave technology at home or in the car!

7.  Bring a family craft project.  Tie dye works great and everyone ends up with a great wearable result to remember the day.  Tulip One Step Tie Dye kits are PERFECT for this.  All you need to add is water from a water bottle.  You can use your lunch ziplocs to bring the projects home in.  We made t-shirts.

8.  Create a fun table.  I packed a piece of waterproof fabric from Ikea and drew on everyone’s plate ahead of time.  This allowed me to place kids where I wanted them at the table which can be helpful.

9.  FIRST AID – pack the kit.  We needed it.  Dylan cut his thumb down deep and we were thankful we had it for sure.

10.  Leave while everyone is still happy.  Once the tiredness and grumpies set it, your awesome time could go downhill fast!

Happy Celebrating Family,

Laura

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Create a Happy Hello Rainbow Cloud Hanger

How stinkin’ adorable is this happy hello rainbow cloud hanger.

To create this fabulous decorative cloud, you will need:

The first step is to fold your felt in half and cut two clouds exactly the same (a front and back if you will).  Then add a thick line of the tacky glue around the entire edge.

Next, place your small piece of ribbon where you want the top to be as the hanger.  Then add about 3 feet or so of curling ribbon in all colors at the bottom of the cloud as shown here.

Press down on the glue all the way around to be sure it seals the cloud shut and holds the ribbon in.  Use Tulip Puffy Paint to add your words.  I wrote ‘hello’ but it fun to put a name here too and create a door hanger.  J made hers say ‘Come In’ on one side and ‘Alone Time’ on the other.

I added my cloud to my studio decor and a reminder of happy bright and cheery thinking.

Happy Happy Happy,

Laura

 

 

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The Hundred Foot Journey and World Market’s Culinary Trip to Paris Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes

I am so excited about the opening of ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ in US theaters on August 8th.   It is based on the best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais and starring Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren.  I have watched the trailer over and over and am so inspired by the plot, the setting, the music and the characters.  I already have a favorite line (really two) from just that little part.  Here it is…

“Why change a recipe that is 200 years old?”   followed by… “Maybe 200 years is enough.”

A brief overview of the movie is as follows… In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) gets wind of it.

I have researched the amazing chefs and their recipes that are available through World Market.  Ryan Scott (Restauranteur and Host of Food Rush) has developed exclusive French recipes.  I LOVE French food!  My favorite of these is the Berry-Ricotta Layer Cake for sure!  I could almost eat the photograph!

You can also find his recipes for Chicken Roulade Provencale with Whole-Grain Mustard Bearnaise and Orange-Chocolate Almond-Nougat Truffle there.

If you love Indian food, Aarti Sequeira (Author & Host of Aarti Party) is sharing some recipes too.  You can find out how to create these fabulous gourmet creations on the website too: Channa Masala Hummus, Masala Moules Frites and Chai Coconut Ice Cream with Curry-Chocolate & Ginger Snap Ripple!

When asked to list my hobbies; cooking, theater and shopping are always in the top five.  This exciting Gourmet Giveaway Sweepstakes from World Market and inspired by the film The Hundred-Foot Journey is one that I can get behind heart and soul (and stomach too if you will…).  The Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes runs Friday, July 18  – Friday, August 15th .   You can enter HERE and you could win one of these awesome Culinary Trip to Paris prizes inspired by the film THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY!

  • Grand Prize:
  • A trip for 2 to Paris courtesy of Delta Vacations ®
  • Dinner at the Eiffel Tower and Cruise
  • City excursions
  • One day private cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu Paris
  • $1,000 World Market gift card
  • Plus, 3 First Prizes: $500 World Market gift cards

***Sweepstakes ends August, 15th, 2014

Best of LUCK!  Winning this opportunity would truly be amazing.  I hope it is you!

Cheers,

Laura

I love shopping at World Market and truly cannot wait to see this movie.  Note though, this post is being sponsored.  I love my readers but trips to Paris are beyond what I can prize up and truth be known, I just love to share what I love.  Thank you World Market for being awesome and creating amazing partnerships like you do!

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Interactive Rainbow Craft Table Cover

YAY for Craft Lightning – Crafts and Projects that can be done in less than 30 minutes!  I am excited to be sharing as part of the the camp theme this fabulous way to create a crafty clean space.

Crafting with kids is OH.SO.Much.FUN!  Some crafts get messy and sticky and could damage a table surface.  Here is a super quick, fun and interactive way to protect your furniture, with a bright rainbow theme…perfect for parties, camps or scouting meetings.

You will need a roll of  brown paper.  This can be found in the hardware store at a very inexpensive price and it lasts forever.  You will also need white Puffy Paint and crayons.

Cover your tables completely then go around and paint two puffy paint clouds in each crafting station.  This is also a great way to divide space and set up supplies.  Be sure to leave a little time for the paint to dry before the kids get to the table.

Add crayons to the table in the colors of the rainbow.  I added some fun Kunin felt under my crayon cups to brighten it up and exaggerate the rainbow theme.  It worked great because felt was part of one of our crafts and it actually got used.  SCORE!  The kids will LOVE finishing the decor of the cover.

When the kids got up from the table to head outdoors for activities and games, I cut their rainbows apart and stapled them to recycled grocery bags.  These were used to hold all of their creations so they could safely get them home to decorate their rooms and add to their fashionable wardrobes.

Happy Creating QUICK and FUN Projects with children – CRAFT LIGHTNING KID STYLE!

Love,

Laura

 

 

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Insectival – A Carnival for Insects at Butterfly Pavilion

We LOVE living in Denver and having a great time exploring and finding fun things to do as a family!  Last weekend my family had the honor of being guests at Butterfly Pavilion’s Insectival, celebrating their 19th anniversary.  The first thing I want to share is HOLY INSECTS we had a magnificent time.  This was not your average carnival.  It was a hand on, insect interactive family blast of a day.

We started out by holding Ruby, a tarantula, and petting horseshoe crabs.

Of course my super fun husband was entertained by the costumed bug and had a great time being his happy silly self.

The teenagers in our blending family enjoyed the activities as much as the littler kids.  I think everyone’s highlight of the adventure was capture and releasing crayfish in the stream.

I was amazed and in awe of the many species of butterflies in the pavilion and thrilled to witness J and Z having so much fun with photography.

I am pretty sure that photography classes are in our near future.  Check out their photographs!

Butterfly Pavilion has through the entire experience for families through from “a to z”!  Every showcase of species of insects is entertaining and educational.  There is so much to learn and understand about how these little critters make our world a better place.  They have amazing little jobs that make our planet work.   If you like butterflies and puzzles, here is a little wordsearch that I put together for some downloadable fun!  You can download it here or by clicking on it below.

I am also giving away 4 passes to Butterfly Pavilion AND the Butterfly Guide and Plant Guide to go with them.  If you are interested in winning this awesome adventure prize, you can enter here!

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Good Luck and Happy Insects to All,

Laura

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iLoveToCreate and Laura Kelly Happy Rainbow Bathroom Contest

In the past week or so I have shared several projects that together created a happy rainbow bathroom for Z, using TONS of awesome products from iLoveToCreate and some of my buttons from Buttons Galore.  Check it out!

And here it is all together!

Here are the links to read about each project and how I created it as part of the room!

I am excited to be giving this amazing craft stash to one lucky winner valued at more than $100 worth of awesomenss!  You can enter below.

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Good luck and happy crafting!

Cheers,

Laura

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