Yearly Archives: 2011

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Scavenger Hunt for Kids

We started this tradition back in 2008. We have a lake Christmas the first weekend of Christmas break. Our tradition is simple really…eat lots of yummy appetizers, watch some Christmas movies, play some games…and have a scavenger hunt. I thought I would share the scavenger hunt with you…because it may be something you would like to do with your kids when they are out of school. I used some riddles online…which makes it super easy to put together. A prize at the end makes it exciting!

 Putter was trying to help with the riddles…no help at all….
Some were not so obvious….think Emily think…
Why does she look 17 to me in this picture….I swear she was 4 yesterday…
 I just love the cooperation…doesn’t happen everyday ya know…

Some of the sources I used for riddles…
Riddles

Ehow

Ask

Here is the hunt that I made….and the answers :)

1.               You use it between your head and your toes, the more it works the thinner it grows  (soap)
2.               I have four legs and a head, but I don’t walk.  (a bed)
3.               Stiff is my spine and my body is pale, but I’m always ready to tell a tale  (a book)
4.               This thing runs but cannot walk, sometimes sings but never talks. Lacks arms, has hands; lacks a head but has a face (a clock)
5.               Sometimes it’s fun to just relax
alone amidst the bubbles,
But share this tub with friends and kin
to soothe away their troubles.  (a hot tub)
6.               What has a ring, but no finger?  (a phone)
7.               I get bigger when I eat, but die weaker when I drink…(hint, Emily and Daddy built me)  ( a firepit)
8.               People climb me, cut me and burn me, they show me no respect! My rings are not of gold, but they do tell my age…  (a tree)
9.               You walk to the boat , using this way…but be sure to wear shoes that help you to stay!  (our path to the boat)
10.         We look to pretty in spring and in summer…we are big and green and sit by the windows. (window boxes)
11.         I get used all the time in the summer…I wash and dry all those bathing suits so they are nice and clean. (washer)
12.         Flush….maybe someday.  (rough in bath in our basement)
13.         I know you have gotten thirsty from this hunt…if you find you way to me I will help you out of that rut. (fridge)
14.         Here is your last clue….for you to find your treasure…make your way to where we always eat dinner!  (our outside bar)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Perspective

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”
  ~Henry Miller
 F/7.1  ISO 3200 Shutter is at 1/8
Seriously, this is how I took it. (this is a different picture…but same set up) 
 See what you can put on your knee and shoot pictures of…
bet you see something you haven’t seen before….
The bokeh effect with the lights is achieved with a narrow apeture. The focus is pointed on the pinecone to allow the background to blur and the lights bubble and glow :)

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Rice Krispie Wreaths

I normally shy away from the recipes that call for shaping rice krispie treats. It is most times a guaranteed mess…no matter how much butter you load on your hands. This recipe is holiday inspired and not nearly as messy as you may think. I made these for my friends annual cookie exchange. Doubling the recipe on the box yields 48 wreaths. No bake…which a time saver too!

I doubled the recipe…when the marshmallows were all melted I added in several drops of green food color and combine well.
Pour out onto 2 pieces of buttered wax paper. Pat down into the shape of a rectangle. The goal is to cut 24 squares out of each rectangle.
Take the square and shape into a circle. Place 3 red hots on for “berries”.
Do you have an annual cookie exchange every year??
What is your favorite cookie to make at the holidays?

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

A winter front porch….

Some great winterscapes…brought to you by  Balsamhill

How to Decorate Your Front Porch to Make a Statement this Winter

Creating an inviting front porch during winter can be quite a challenge. We all know how difficult it can be to differentiate our Holiday décor from a winter theme after the Christmas season is over. As a result, we frequently see Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and brightly colored lights strung about front porches throughout the entire winter. Don’t get baffled. Let our Balsam experts share straightforward tips with you to make your front porch appealing and impressive this winter.

Define your Area. First of all, clear up your porch by taking away your obviously “for Christmas only ornaments.” To make your winter decorating simpler, start by leaving the whites and other neutral-colored stuff in your area. In decorating, focus on classic winter colors, flowers, and motifs. Winter decorating is all about achieving a warm, cozy space.

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Extending the use of Christmas Ornaments. Admittedly, there are recyclable Christmas ornaments you may not get rid of in the meantime. For instance, you may leave your holiday evergreen garlands and ornamental front door Holiday wreath to the scene and transform them to eye-catching winter statement by perking them up with artificial snowflakes, pine cones, and berries. Artificial Christmas trees may also be transformed into a winter tree by spray painting with white or silver or showering with faux snowflakes.

The Color of Winter. Winter is basically white. Bolder colors like reddish-purple, browns, deep blue, and elegant black are spectacular winter colors which insert the warm feel.

Cozy up with Textural Appeal. Wooden furniture in white or auburn may be done up for a cozy look by bringing in throws, quilts, and area rugs or carpet in warm winter colors.

A Flash of Metallics. Put in some glitz of silver, gold, or bronze to add regality in your area. Stylish metallic decorative pieces and other décor, look dazzling against warm maroon, red or chocolate brown background. For instance, a silver vase or jar on top of a burgundy table runner presents a stunning winter accent.

Adorn your porch with Winter-Ready Textiles

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Winter is characterized by long cold nights. Bring in a touch of thicker, heavier, more luxurious textiles like “wool” into your space to add warmth. Plain purple velvet properly laid on a white or black couch, can make for a dramatic focal point in porch.

Add-ons. When tastefully done, integrating smart winter flags or banners may result to an alluring complete look. Employ artificial pine trees, sleds, ice skates, snowman, and berries to append visual charm to your winter porch.

Porch Lights. Seldom overlooked, your lighting plays a major role in porch decorating. This is especially important in winter where nighttime is longest. Make sure that your lights are clean to achieve the optimum illumination of your winter porch. They can be a traditional highlight, a fascinating accessory, or simply a utilitarian fixture. Electric rope lights and electric candles may also be used for that glittery night look.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Tree Talk

This “sweet” exchange….in front of our Christmas tree…..
“Emily, you said that there wasn’t any ice cream left, but you have half a bowl full…., and you barely left any for me…”
“Conner, there wasn’t enough for two bowls, so I just told you that it was gone. It was gone after I already took my scoops. Get it.”
“Emily, do you think that is lying? Because I think that is lying. Just saying. It’s lying.”
“And LOOK, Putter agrees with me. Good Putter, take some of Emily’s stolen ice cream. Good boy.”
Then there is me….shooting pictures…listening to the debate of the ice cream thief. Snapping away…I turn towards the tree….and I remember….
when they couldn’t talk.
Amen.
Merry Christmas.
I love my tree. And all the fun it brings.

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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