Easter 2012

Calley The Eco Chic

Did your Easter look anything like this? Despite what this picture may show we actually had a very blessed Easter Sunday.  We spent the first few hours with our church family followed by an afternoon with family and friends.  Yes, there were tears shed at the egg hunt but she's three and cries over everything!  Today we cried because "they are taking all the eggs!"  I hope that you and your family enjoyed your day. ... [ Read More ]

5 Family Friendly Activities for Earth Hour

5 Family Friendly Activities for Earth Hour

Yesterday I talked about how Earth Hour is a global event on March 31st and how it can be used to help teach your children how to be good environmental stewards.  It's also a great time to build stronger family bonds.  Here are some activities you can do with or without the kids. 5 Family Friendly Activities for Earth Hour Make a statement in your neighborhood by lighting luminaries in your driveway or year.  Have fun with the layout and spell out Earth Hour or the 60+ logo with candles or luminaries.  How many of your neighbors will ask what you are doing? Have a fondue party by candlelight.  Invite your friends and your child's friends over for a fun party in the dark.  Serve fresh (local if possible) fruits and vegetables with a cheese fondue or create a fun fondue dessert with marshmallows, strawberries, sprinkles, and graham crackers. Family game night!  Pick a few of your favorite board games and play them by candlelight.  Candy Land is a great beginners game for ... [ Read More ]

Earth Hour 2012 – A Global Event

Looking back over my blog I just realized that my family has participated in Earth Hour since 2008 when I first heard about the event.  Every March organizers around the globe turn off their lights for one hour to unite people to protect the planet.  With the help of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) this annual event now reaches more than 5 million supports around the world. When is Earth Hour?  March 31st at 8:30pm - 9:30pm local time. What is Earth Hour?  For one hour on one day can you commit to turning off the lights and electronics in your home (or wherever you happen to be at the time)?  Around the world momuments like the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, and London Bridge turn off the lights for an entire hour.  These are lights that are typically on for 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.  Combine that with the efforts of cities, companies, and families and the impact of that one hour is massive!  It's the ultimate representation that if everyone made ... [ Read More ]

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving friends!  I hope and pray that you all have a fabulous day with family and friends. Me?  I'll have a quiet day with my kids while my husband works in the morning.  Then we'll have a quiet Thanksgiving dinner with just the 4 of us.  No huge meal plans, no fancy table settings, no friends or extended family - just the 4 of us!  I may not even clean my house for dinner and try to enjoy the day playing with my kids.  The weather is so gorgeous still in Florida that I'm sure we'll be outside most of the day. Tonight I made the first part of our little Thanksgiving meal, my dads Frozen Cranberry Salad (a yummy dessert). Ingredients: Container of sour cream (Small or large depends on how many you are feeding) Whole cranberry sauce - 1 can Crushed pineapples, drained - 1 can Mini-marshmallows - about 1-2 cups (again depending on how many you are feeding) Handful of chopped pecans Directions: In a freezer safe dish or pan mix all of the ... [ Read More ]

Wordless Wednesday – Halloween (in Real Life)


These are my babies!  OK, only the two on the left are my real kids (worker man and China doll).  The others are my best friends' children...but I call them my own!  The first time we took this photo there were only 3 of them and they were only 3 yrs old! In an effort to stay eco-friendly both of my kids got to pick their costume from their large stash of dress up clothes.  This is what he choose.  He collected candy in his box. My 'real life' friends!  We've been friends for 5-6 years since I moved to the area.  I love my gals!  (I'm the one in the white shirt - my son called me an eco-witch.)  My 'costume' (if you can call it that) was stolen from my kids dress up box.  I'm wearing his Darth Vadar cape, her witch hat, and you can't see it but I have a green extension in (stolen from the Rockin' Green gals at the ABC Expo.) So there you have it, a glimpse into my real life outside of my computer.  This is where I try to keep myself grounded and remind myself about what really ... [ Read More ]

September in Florida

Front Flip?

It's hard to believe that it's actually September but today it finally felt like it!  We had a high of 83 degrees which for Florida feels like HEAVEN!  During the summer months we don't spend much time outdoors unless we are surrounded by water (pool, beach, anything wet will do).  Here is how we spent our evening tonight after dinner. How did you spend your evening?  Did you have nice weather? P.S. What's missing in these photos?  (Besides daddy - he was hanging out with us too.) ... [ Read More ]

A Day in Pictures – BlogHer ’11

View from Hotel

It's way too early for iPhone photos but here are my best friend and I on the plane at 6am ET. View from our room at BlogHer '11.  Marriott Marquis & Marina - San Diego The packages that arrived from our #HauteGreen Sponsors The fish taco restaurant that it took us an hour to reach on public transportation because our stop was closed for construction. The shrimp and tuna tacos were worth the trip! Did you know I love baseball?  Enjoying  a Padres (v Dodgers) game with my hubby! I'm only awake because of the Starbucks I had before we got there but this is us after a day of traveling. The Gaslamp District - across from the Convention Center & Hotel. And that is how we spent day 1 (arrival day) in San Diego for BlogHer.  I'm sure I won't see my hubby much after this afternoon once I find all my blogger friends so it was nice to have a day with him and our friends before the madness begins.  I got a pretty good amount of sleep but I still woke up at 6am PST so ... [ Read More ]

The Game of LIFE

Game of LIFE

Want to know something funny?  I've never played the board game LIFE. We were a Monopoly family growing up and my brother and I never got LIFE.  This week while at camp my son played LIFE and pestered me all week that he needed this game.  My frugal mind said that we'd wait until right before Christmas when you can find it for $5 in the stores but he REALLY wanted this game.  So we shelled out 'almost' full retail price this weekend for him - dang that hurt!  Anyways to get to the point on my post I played LIFE for the first time last night. The Game of LIFE as played by an 8 year old After about 20 minutes reading over the rules (yes, I'm that dork - didn't want to miss anything) my son and I started playing LIFE.  At 8 years old he's lived enough LIFE himself that I thought it would be fun to see what choices he made for his own LIFE.  I won the opening spin and chose to take the same path that I took in my own LIFE and went to college.  He didn't even hesitate and chose the ... [ Read More ]

Tiny Prints & Christmas Cards


Every year our family gathers together to take some photos that we'll use on our Christmas cards.  I'm usually a last minute person and don't get them done until long after Thanksgiving has past.  This year I was provided an opportunity to use tiny prints to order our Christmas cards as part of a blog partnership.  I've seen their ad in magazines and drooled over their stylish cards for years but like I said I usually run out of time.  With a little incentive from tiny prints I dressed my kids up in their Sunday best and after church one Sunday we stayed on the grounds and took some photos. I like to pretend that I have some photography skills and I usually end up with a few photos that look really nice.  Out of about 50 pictures I found a few that I loved and decided to play around with PhotoShop.  I'm still learning that too.  Finally I sat down one evening and started looking through the thousands (yes, really - over 2,000 designs) of card styles that tiny prints offers.  I ... [ Read More ]

What Matters Most to You?


I'm really trying this year to not get carried away with all the commercialism of the season.  I've realized this year that my son takes a lot of things for granted because he's never 'needed' anything that he hasn't gotten.  It's not an easy thing but we're working on giving from the heart.  I mentioned a few days ago how I am trying to give my son something from the heart each day for Advent.  Special time with me is something that I'm sure he will remember and value when he is older.  So far we've made rice crispy treats together, we've decorated our tree together, and a few other things.  Tonight I treated my kids to another special family night. The weather in FL was fabulous so I decided to pick up McDonald's and take the kids to the beach after school.  I had forgotten how early the sunsets this time of year so we only had 20 minutes before we were asked to leave the park (we went to our favorite State Park beach) because it was closing.  It was ok though, the weather on ... [ Read More ]