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salty strawberry campfire s'more

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I think this summer is the perfect summer to get creative with our s'more making skills. I have put together this series of six new options, so that you can find a new favorite campfire s'more!

Salty Strawberry



Ingredients:
two classic graham crackers
chocolate (I think milk works best with this one)
sea salt
one sliced strawberry

The trick to this one is acting extra salty while you are roasting your marshmallow. Make sure to instruct everyone on how to create the perfect glow, and don't stop explaining every move that you make. Basically act like a professor, people will love it! Next, put the chocolate on one of the grahams and sprinkle with a little sea salt. Then place the strawberry on top of that and the cooked marshmallow on top of that (with the second graham to complete). Then continue to critique everyone else's sandwiches making sure to conclude that yours is the best. Ha! Just kidding. Play nice.


sprinklers for two - matilda

Monday, July 21, 2014



Sprinklers were always a favorite summer activity of mine. I can remember begging my mom to let me. Bribing my brothers with coins to join me. And wearing my swimsuit all day. Life just seemed like it couldn't get any better than cooling off with a burst of cold water and then laying in the sun.

So it felt like Christmas morning when I set up the sprinkler for the first time this year. I knew Matilda would love it. And she did. First, being in a swimsuit (without a diaper) exhilarated her. She ran around as fast as she could like a weight had been lifted. When I turned the water on, she squealed with excitement and belly laughed at the idea of it. She held her hand out for a feel, and then ran straight into the water. Her laughter is the best. Her joy is the best. It will never get old. And it always brings me to tears. 

Our summer afternoons have been filled with sprinkler fun and I cherish every second of it!

bringing the beach home (part three)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

When we were 25, we put everything we owned in storage, packed one bag each, and headed Down Under for a year. Of course, we came back with a whole lot more - our son Parker. When we first moved back, we filled his room with photos of where his life started. But as we have moved from place to place over the last few years, those pictures have been scattered around, packed away, and tucked in corners. This three part mini-series is a glimpse at how I am attempting to bring the beach back home in Parker's room.



This is the last project in this series, and of course, Parker's favorite. While painting over the weekend, I was happy to see a fish on the canvas. I asked Parker what he was painting and he said "nothing at all." That is until I pointed out the resemblance of a fish. So with the help of the Cricut Explore, I was able to overlay a vinyl fish, instantly transforming a simple pink blob into a cute fish perfect for his room.

I chose a fish from the Cricut Design Space, placed a scrap piece of vinyl onto a mat, turned the dial to vinyl, and pressed go. Once the image was cut, I used transfer tape to place it nicely onto the painting.

Don't forget that you have a chance to win one of 50 machines! All you need to do is upload a photo of any project that you have made (it does not need to be made with a Cricut product - it can be anything as long as you made it) with the #cricut and #imadeit to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and you will automatically be entered to win. Check out the official rules right here. And if you want, go ahead and tag me (@cloudydaygray), so I can play along with the fun!



I made this project as an entry into the Cricut Design Star challenge. Cricut has asked a number of bloggers to enter projects with specific themes as a fun way to test out the Cricut Explore. I am also now an official affiliate blogger for Cricut, so any purchases made through a link from this site, will result in a percentage going into my pocket. Always, thank you for your support.

bringing home the beach (part two)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

When we were 25, we put everything we owned in storage, packed one bag each, and headed Down Under for a year. Of course, we came back with a whole lot more - our son Parker. When we first moved back, we filled his room with photos of where his life started. But as we have moved from place to place over the last few years, those pictures have been scattered around, packed away, and tucked in corners. This three part mini-series is a glimpse at how I am attempting to bring the beach back home in Parker's room.



Coogee Beach was near our apartment in Sydney. We made trips there often, even once when Parker was just a few weeks old. This beach bag or toy bin, will be a fun reminder of our days at the beach.

After uploading the text and image to the Cricut Design Space, I loaded some permanent vinyl onto the cutting mat, set the dial to vinyl, and pressed GO on my Cricut Explore. Once the image was cut, I used transfer tape to move it onto the bag.

Don't forget that you have a chance to win one of 50 machines! All you need to do is upload a photo of any project that you have made (it does not need to be made with a Cricut product - it can be anything as long as you made it) with the #cricut and #imadeit to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and you will automatically be entered to win. Check out the official rules right here. And if you want, go ahead and tag me (@cloudydaygray), so I can play along with the fun!



I made this project as an entry into the Cricut Design Star challenge. Cricut has asked a number of bloggers to enter projects with specific themes as a fun way to test out the Cricut Explore. I am also now an official affiliate blogger for Cricut, so any purchases made through a link from this site, will result in a percentage going into my pocket. Always, thank you for your support.

bringing the beach home (part one)

Friday, July 18, 2014

When we were 25, we put everything we owned in storage, packed one bag each, and headed Down Under for a year. Of course, we came back with a whole lot more - our son Parker. When we first moved back, we filled his room with photos of where his life started. But as we have moved from place to place over the last few years, those pictures have been scattered around, packed away, and tucked in corners. This three part mini-series is a glimpse at how I am attempting to bring the beach back home in Parker's room.



First up is a landscape photograph tuned into an art poster. Landscapes can evoke memories from a special time, yet I find myself replacing them with pictures of my children. Cutting a meaningful quote out of a landscape photo is one way to add interest and a pop of unexpected color.

After finding a quote that fit what the photo represented to me, I uploaded it to the Cricut Design Space, set the dial to poster board, loaded my mat, and pressed go. Once the Cricut Explore was finished doing its thing, I glued the photo onto a brightly color piece of cardstock and finished with a frame.

It is always easy to go from inspiration to creation in a few simple clicks with the Cricut Explore. And lucky you, Cricut is giving away 50 machines! If you want to win one, all you need to do is upload a photo of any project that you have made (it does not need to be made with a Cricut product - it can be anything as long as you made it) with the #cricut and #imadeit to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and you will automatically be entered to win. Check out the official rules right here. And if you want, go ahead and tag me (@cloudydaygray), so I can play along with the fun!



I made this project as an entry into the Cricut Design Star challenge. Cricut has asked a number of bloggers to enter projects with specific themes as a fun way to test out the Cricut Explore. I am also now an official affiliate blogger for Cricut, so any purchases made through a link from this site, will result in a percentage going into my pocket. Always, thank you for your support.

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