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Archive for July, 2012

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Olympics Party Featured on Lil Sugar

Happy Friday and Happy Olympics! And a big thanks to Lil Sugar for featuring Livi’s Birthday of Champions Olympic party!

Have a great weekend, everyone! Here’s hoping there’s an obstacle course and cake in your near future…

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Sandman or Snowcastle?

Snowmen are to winter as sandcastles are to summer, right? Unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, where winter falls in July. Check out the fun post at The Crafts Department, who is celebrating a Christmas in July theme this week on their blog.

(image via The Crafts Department/Coastal Living)

(image via The Crafts Department)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

London Calling: Gearing up for the Summer Olympics!

Everyone looks forward to the weekend, but if you’re an Olympics fan like me, then you’re REALLY excited this week. I have watched the Olympics my entire life, each one marking a unique moment or chapter in my life. In 1974, as a four year old, I kicked off a lifetime obsession by creating drawings for every sport I watched on television. When I was eight and 12, I remember marathon sessions on the couch, combined with outdoor sporting “events” in the backyard.

Fast forward to 2002 when I was living in LA and entered a lottery to run in the winter Olympics torch relay. I had the amazing good fortune to be selected as a support runner, who would run alongside the torchbearer. I showed up early that morning to discover I would be running with actor, Chris O’Donnell (only in LA, right?!), who graciously handed the torch to me to carry for a beautiful minute; thanks for that, Chris!) And to top it all off, I went to Salt Lake City for a spectator’s dream weekend.

Just two years later brought significant change of another sort… motherhood. 2004 marked Livi’s birth (of course it was an Olympic year!) I remember nursing on the couch and pacing in front of the television, not quite sure what to do with the colicky infant in my arms, but feeling some small measure of comfort in watching the Games.

Fours years later, I had a four year old who was content to watch some of the Games with Mama, even if she didn’t fully grasp all the ins and outs.

Today, I’m ready for another Games, but also to watch them as part of a new chapter, with my eight year old sidekick. What will be different? Over the past couple of years, Livi has been playing sports year round and trying out all that we can fit into our schedule. Now that she is deep into learning the rules and thrills of every sport, she’ll be watching with an entirely new focus. There will be lots of couch conversation surrounding athletes, plays and procedures. She’ll see how the world’s best play her own sports and she’ll learn about some sports that have yet to cross her radar. And we’ll use the opportunity to dive into some geography lessons. But more than anything, I’ll enjoy sitting at her side and putting life on pause, before the summer comes to a close, before a new school year starts and before we enter yet another chapter in this book called Life, which reads way too fast.

Let the Games begin!

(image courtesy

Hosting an Olympics party for kids? Check out the Birthday of Champions event I hosted a couple of years ago!

Are your kids interested in reading more about the Olympics? Check out the Time for Kids website. Here you’ll find flags and at-a-glance facts for many of the countries that will be participating.

Fun printables for the kids:

(image courtesy Tinyme)

Make gold medal cookies here!

Make a craft Olympic torch here!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

A 5k Like No Other

After 25 years of running 5ks, I’m proud to say I participated in one this weekend which didn’t involve wearing a watch, nor was there a time clock at the finish. I even walked half of it (gasp!) The family signed up for the Color Me Rad 5k for the pure experience of being covered in color! It was also a milestone for the family, since it was Livi’s first 5k.

Race organizers encourage you to wear white so that you start with a clean palette, which is covered in a multitude of colors by the time you cross the finish line. Some colors are sprayed on by gleeful race organizers, while others are in powder form and thrown on you by the handful. I think I know the first question you may have about this… what in the heck is this rainbow dust made out of anyway? Turns out it’s a non-toxic corn starch which they say will “change your color and your demeanor, but never your level of wellness.”

The best part actually occurs after the race, when they have a countdown to a color bomb, when everyone throws a packet of colored powder into the air! Check out the video at Color Me Rad 5k to get a good look at this! You’ll also find a complete schedule of event locations all over the US and Canada.

This is one surefire way to brighten your day!

Can’t find your hometown? There’s another color run here.

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Setting Sail with Veggie Boats

Looking for something creative to do with all that lovely summer produce? These veggie boats from Oh Happy Day would be cute for a summer party or as a simple yet strategic way to get youngsters to eat more veggies!

(image courtesy Oh Happy Day)

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Documenting a Summer with Kids

Summer is fleeting; don’t miss these great photo opportunities with your kids!

(image courtesy Flickr user Josh Pesavento via Lil Sugar)

Monday, July 16th, 2012

A Festive Balloon Homecoming

Last week we celebrated the homecoming of my brother-in-law and his girlfriend, who moved back to Cincinnati after a few years in Seattle.

To get them excited about all of the new things going on here, Livi and I printed out alphabet notecards (one for each letter) that listed fun things to do and see. Livi decorated the outside of the envelopes and then we taped each one to a balloon and streamer. 26 balloons for 26 surprise lists!

The best part I had anticipated was hearing them get excited about new things and things from the past they had forgotten about. But the best part I couldn’t have anticipated? When they mentioned they couldn’t remember the last time anyone had given them balloons! Is there someone in your life who deserves to be treated like a king (or kid) for the day?

Welcome home Shawn and Grace!

p.s. This would also be a fun idea for a birthday, anniversary or graduation, listing past memories, wishes for the future or personal qualities!

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Vacation Time-Lapse

Love this image created by taking 7 pictures at the same location over the course of a day, then splicing them together. A great idea for a beautiful vacation spot or your favorite spot at home! Found here on Pinterest.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The Kid Made Modern Collection at Target

Kid Made Modern started with the 2009 publication of the book KID MADE MODERN by Todd Oldham, as a response to the diminishing art programs in schools. Since then, the company has expanded to include art supplies and activity kits that are now available at Target stores and at

We’ve already enjoyed a few of their products at our house, including the crazy crayons, pattern tape and my favorite, the crayon gem. Next on our list (as soon as the item is back in stock at our local Target): the Charley Harper wooden bird figures. Check it out!

(images courtesy Kid Made Modern)

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Lego Street Art

Who says Legos are just for kids? Check out this fun masterpiece by German graffiti artist, Martin Heuwold, who painted a bridge to look like it was made from LEGO bricks. Heuwold spent four weeks creating the “bridge of bricks”. I’d love to see the looks on people’s faces when they first see it!

(images courtesy Megx)