Saturday, August 16, 2014

Art, More Art & Robin Williams

This week's blog is a hodge podge of a few things I wanted to mention...

First off, be sure to SAVE THE DATE for the upcoming Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival at Crown Center. This year it will be held September 6-7. I'll be re-creating a painting by famed local artist Thomas Hart Benton.

Secondly, Henry likes to have me color with him sometimes. We collaborated on this picture (below, left) the other day, and I was amused, a few days later, to see it was interestingly similar to a Kandinsky (below, right) that's in the Nelson-Atkins. Neat, ey?

Thirdly, I'm saddened by the death of Robin Williams. He was a delight to watch, and I'm grateful for the joy and laughter he brought with him. He'll be missed.

Related posts:
Event Pics: 2011 Chalk & Walk Festival
Event Pics: Chalk & Walk Festival (2012)
Event Pics: 6th Annual Chalk Walk in the Historic Northeast
2013 KC Chalk & Walk Festival (Event Pics)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fantastic Summer Reading

Thanks to a toddler who prefers self-directed play, I've been able to read quite a lot of books this summer! Most of them, of course, are YA fantasy, cause it's my favorite genre. Here are some of the awesome books I've read and a bit about them.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City
The first two in a series by Ransom Riggs, these books are full of suspense, mystery, magic, and horror. The protagonist learns, after his grandfather's death, that the strange stories he told him weren't make-believe after-all. The discovery a race of 'peculiar' humans who have been living in hiding from everyone else takes him away from everything he knows - including his own era in history.

The Diviners
A thick novel set in 1920's New York City, where dark magic is awakening and people with special abilities (most of which are secrets) are the only hope for humanity's salvation. The novel follows a multitude of characters - from chorus girls and bookies to museum curators and flappers -  their interactions, secrets, and clashes. This is the first in a series and I can't wait until more books are published!

Doll Bones
A horror story as a coming-of-age story for 3 teens who are realizing that they're too old for the same old games they've been playing together. Their friendship is about to fall apart when they discover a doll, haunted by the ghost of her owner, and travel to her grave to put her to rest, despite all the challenges they meet along the way.

After: 19 Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia
This collection of stories focused on the teen experience of possible future horror, and I liked ALL of them... except for 2 that were written in "dialect." The stories were inventive and not quite like other end-of-the-world stories I've read before. I really enjoyed the variety.

Discordia: The 11th Dimension
This novel follows a teen who's obsessed with a RPG game, and who is magically transported to the dimensional world that it was based on. He has to quest to find his way home, and on the way he learns that he is more of a hero than he knew. Plus, he has a soul-bonded bunny as a pet, which is incredibly adorable.

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
This is an adorable story about a squirrel who dies after being sucked into a vacuum cleaner, is brought back to life by Flora, a young girl, who performs CPR on him, and through that gains new mental and physical abilities. He becomes a super hero squirrel! Flora must help protect him from her mother - his evil nemesis - who thinks he should be put in a bag and hit repeatedly with a shovel. Hijinks ensue.

What have you been reading this summer?

And just FYI - Henry had his first salon haircut this week. Check out Little Henry's Big Adventures to see pics!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

What's In My Purse

I was catching up on one of my favorite fashion bloggers and she did a post about what was in her bag. It seemed fun so I'm copy-catting it. So, without further ado, here's what's in my purse:

1. Lotions - I've got the one store-bought lotion that I got last winter and haven't used up yet, and then I also have the small container of coconut oil as well.

2. The hand sanitizer I made.

3. Gum - The one on the left I bought when I wanted/needed gum and it was the only mint one the store I was in had. The one on the right is the type I prefer.

4. Car key with Chinese warrior key chain - How weird is it that I own a car now? (A hand-me-down from my parents.) The key chain is from my younger sister. She bought it in Xian when she worked & lived there.

5. Cell phone

6. Coin purse I use as a wallet.

7. Heart-shaped mirror that says "Daughter" - a birthday present from my mom.

8. Lip stuff - 2 lip glosses in my favorite colors and 2 lip balms (only one lives in my purse, the other one I have with me when I'm at home; the one in my purse is in case I forget to take the other one with me).

9. Pad of paper and pen for taking notes or writing down directions.

And then after I took that photo, I realized I didn't have my Stress Away essential oil in the picture cause I'd forgotten to put it back in my purse the other day. So here it is:

And there you have it! That's what's in my purse.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

DIY Eye Makeup Remover

I'm so excited! I finally found a DIY eye makeup remover recipe that sounds awesome! I found this on Whole New Mom and I'm excited to make up a batch and test it out. (Her post also talks about several other recipes she tried and hated, if you're interested in checking that out.)

The recipe is simple:
2 Tbsp witch hazel
2 Tbsp jojoba or almond oil
2 Tbsp water (filtered is suggested)

Mix the ingredients together and use a cotton ball to apply to the eye area.

This has a shelf life of 6 months, but you can extend that by storing it in the fridge.

Related posts:
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

DIY Personal Care Products

Thanks to some of my fellow Young Living members who recently had a DIY class, I now know how to make my own deodorant, bug spray, and hand sanitizer! It was fun and easy, and I thought I'd share the recipes with you, too. (These are all made with Young Living essential oils because they're the best IMO).

2 Tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch
2 Tbsp baking soda
2/3 cup coconut oil
5-7 drops of essential oil (your choice)

Mix the ingredients together and store in a glass container.

Bug Spray
8 oz. water
10 drops peppermint oil
10 drops purification oil (a YL blend)
10 drops lemongrass oil (optional)

Put the water in a metal spray bottle and add the oil. Shake before using.

Hand Sanitizer
2 oz. aloe vera gel
1 oz. witch hazel (or rubbing alcohol)
5-7 drops of Thieves oil blend or lemon oil

Combine ingredients in 3 oz. bottle and shake well.

Let me know if you try making any of these and how you like them :)

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Henry Being Cute / Ender Books / 4th of July

Well, I kept putting off blogging last week and then forgot about it. So to make up for it, here's a cute video of Henry playing with a balloon:


Remember, if you want to know more about what Henry's up to, check out Little Henry's Big Adventures on FB.

I went to the library Tuesday (I hadn't been in quite a while) and I was stoked to found a new-to-me Orson Scott Card book in the Ender universe, called Shadows in Flight. After my initial excitement wore off, I realized it said "sequel to Shadow of the Giant" and though I've read several OSC books "shadow" in the title, I was pretty sure that wasn't one of them. So I looked up the books in the series and there have been 2 other books that I haven't read in the Ender universe! I went ahead and read Shadows in Flight, and loved it, of course, but now I'm going to re-read ALL THE ENDER BOOKS since missing 2 in the series is as good a reason as any to do so. :)

I hope everyone state-side had a safe 4th of July. I swear every year the explosions get more and more loud and obnoxious. Maybe I'm just getting old. Anyway, I'm too much of a contentious objector to get all YAY AMERICA, so the 4th doesn't excite me much, except that it's the same date Matt and I celebrate our anniversary of becoming a couple. 7 years this year! I'm so grateful for him and for the way our relationship has blossomed and grown.

Related posts:
Little Henry's Big Adventures
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Event Pics: "The Art of Discovery" at Johnson County Library

I meant to post this Monday, but I've had a busy week so you get it today instead!

"The Art Of Discovery" Steampunk Art Exhibit opened up last Saturday. I loved seeing all the pieces contributed and it was great to be part of it! Here's some images of the exhibit as well as several of the artists involved (in costume!):

Me with my piece. I opted for a 20s era style instead of the Victorian-esque look.

The exhibit will be up at the Johnson County Library until it is moved to the Blue Valley Library starting July 19, and the Shawnee Library starting August 9. You can see it any time during regular library hours. There are also steampunk-related workshops being offered.

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