Red Headed House Sparrow

“Excuse me” … said our resident red headed house sparrow when the feeder was empty!

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February 16, 2015 – Nikon D90 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens

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Tuesday Giveaway Linky

Welcome to Tuesday Giveaway Linky with Simple Sojourns and A Frugal Friend. Link up your giveaways!

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Debra’s Giveaway:

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Go Gargle and $20 CVS GC Ends 3/6

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Simply Juice Prize Pack including $50 GC Ends 3/7

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This Week on Pinterest

I’m over the top excited about what I found this week on Pinterest. We’ve begun a new chapter in our lives that will bring about many changes. This week I found answers, activities, pretty things and good food. All on Pinterest!

Enjoy!

 Video credit: The Alzheimer’s Site

My mother had Alzheimer’s. As she went through the different debilitating stages of the disease there was much confusion not only for mom but for our family as well. This short three-minute video is brilliant. It explains Alzheimer’s in a way that can be more easily understood.

Coconut Oil Exfoliate

 Image Credit: Perfect Vacation

I’m a big fan of coconut oil for many reasons. We use it mostly while cooking and baking, but I’m over the top excited about making this Coconut Oil Exfoliate. The benefits are exciting. And it’s virtually scent-free!

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We’ve found when we have our grandchildren turn off all electronic devices (including the TV), our home becomes a place of magical and imaginative play. It. Is. Fabulous! Our two youngest grandchildren, who at times tend to disagree, get along as the best of friends. They can play together for hours on end when left to their imaginations. And that’s what Lisa’s 50 Fun Things For Kids To Do is all about. It’s a whole lot of family fun, too!

How to care for Orchids

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NY (aka David) has the greenest thumb ever. He nurtures and loves our house plants and gardens. In return they thrive beautifully. In particular we love orchids. Their simplicity is gorgeous. They can, however, be temperamental. When I found the How to Care for Orchids article on Pinterest, we found elusive answers. 

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I adore Palazzo Pants. It’s that simple.French Country Home

 Image credit: Elle Masion

I would move to this Dreamy French Countryside House in a heart beat. Tomorrow. Today! The inside is gorgeous (although a bit fancy for me), but I would spend my time wandering the grounds, feeding the wildlife and digging about in the soil. This is what dreams are made of!

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Our grandchildren are book worms. They love Love LOVE to read. I know Cody is going to love Liza’s Printable Big Hero 6 Baymax Bookmark

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Are you a Pinterest lookie-loo, or do you actually make the recipes you find? I’m here to tell you that Elle’s Crusty Parmesan Herb Zucchini Bites are absolutely delicious! We made them last week and loved them. This recipe is perfect for this (me) vegetarian!

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I love to decorate our home for holidays. One of the simple things I do is frame colorful inspirational printables and place them throughout the house. I’m loving Dawn’s “Signs of Spring” Free Printables

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Image credit: A Growing Obsession

With the water shortage in California, we’ve been thinking about alternatives to our front lawn. I can’t tell you the last time the grandkids played on the grass or when we laid out front watching the clouds float by. Those are backyard activities. I’m seriously thinking of removing the front lawn and designing a large drought resistant garden. I was more than a little inspired with the Drive by Agave Garden that Denise found in Long Beach, California. I love it!!

Spalding Garden Calendar

Image credit: Bakker Spalding Garden Company

Quite simply, the Spalding Gardening Calendar from Gareth Richards can be the best friend of anyone who loves to dig about in the dirt! Plain and simple, with a very few adaptions to your area. *wink*

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Warby Parker Basso Collection

Introducing … the Warby Parker Basso Collection!

Inspired by low-relief sculptures (or basso-relievo if you speak Italiano), the Basso Collection features an elevated “step” design.

This overlaid look is featured on three of Warby Parker‘s frames: the Duckworth, Percey, and Winston. TheBasso Collection also features oceanic hues just in time for Spring! 

And as always, for every pair sold, Warby Parker distributes a pair to someone in need.

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

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Lingyin Temple

A few years back we traveled to Hangzhou, China and the Lingyin Temple (Temple of Soul’s Retreat). This is one of my very favorite photos of the entire holiday. I love the colors of the vacant boat and the fish against the seemingly gray of the stream and mountain. I see a story in this capture.

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 November 25, 2011 – Nikon D90 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens

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Tuesday Giveaway Linky

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Our Giveaway:LOVE Target Gift Card

 $25 Target Gift Certificate Ends 2/27

Debra’s Giveaway:

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Strawberry Shortcake Snowberry Days DVD Ends 2/26

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iD Tech Mini Summer Camps

We have partnered with ‘iD Tech Mini’ through ‘US Family Guide’ for this sponsored review. All images have been provided by iD Tech Mini.

Our kids and grandkids have been attending different types of camps at various times over the past 30 years. From Scout and sports camps to dance and engineering camps, the kids have learned and grown in ways that weren’t always possible at home. Right now we’re excited about planning summer camps for our grandkids. We’ve discovered the options with iD Tech Mini Summer Camps are awesome! And the UC Irvine Campus is just ‘over the hill’ from us.

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After all, it’s never too early to dream BIG! Kids ages 6 to 9 will have a blast at iD Tech Mini. Half day options and mini prices let aspiring innovators try multiple courses and discover a love for tech. With an emphasis on creativity, exploration, and friendship, this brand new summer camp experience offers nurturing, personalized instruction and lots of project-based discovery. Campers learn hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills, along with engineering principles, spatial reasoning, programming concepts, and problem-solving skills. At the iD Tech Mini Maker Station, kids can explore hands-on toys and technologies that go beyond the core curriculum. Campers make new friends and gain experience with Minecraft, coding, Photoshop, robotics, and more. Courses include: Junior/Master Programmer, Junior/Master Robotics Engineer, Junior/Master Minecraft Game Designer, Junior/Master Adobe Photoshop Designer. Mini ages. Mini price. Mini commute. HUGE fun!

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Locations include University High School, Caltech, and select campuses nationwide. The location page on the iD Tech Mini website is user friendly and easy to use. I consider that a major plus!

Even though our oldest grandson, Austin, is involved in high school wrestling and will be attending sports camp, he recently expressed a desire to study photo journalism as a career. We’re thinking the Web Design & Photography camp would be fun and beneficial for him. Our grandson, Cody, is our imaginative gamer. He would love, absolutely love, the Game Design & Development camp.

How about you? Do you know of a child who would love to attend an iD Tech Mini camp? We have an awesome discount code to help make dreams come true!!

Save $15 with promo code OCMINI2015 when you pay in full during registration by Feb 28th.

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You are Extraordinary

Has anyone ever told you that you are extraordinary? That you are destined for remarkable things? That there is a spark of greatness in you? They should have!

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This week on Pinterest

Next week we’ll finish serving as Church Service Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at our local LDS Bishops’ Storehouse/Home Storage Center. We’ve been volunteering there three days a week for the past 18 months as managers of the Home Storage Center and assistant managers of the Bishops’ Storehouse. Our lives revolved around the wonderfully uplifting service we were blessed to take part in. But now we’re entering a new chapter. It’s bittersweet to be leaving but we’re excited about what the future has in store. For that reason I’m excited about what I found this week on Pinterest! 

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Image credit: Nicole Lee

In May I’ll be attending Bloggy Boot Camp. I’m over the top excited about attending a conference not far from where I live. Even though I won’t be traveling very far this time, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect travel rolling laptop case for quite some time. I think I’ve finally found it with the Nicole Lee ‘Cheri’ rolling laptop tote. It seems perfect!

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The weather has already started to warm up in Southern California. It’s time to think about refreshing and healthy treats like Kelly’s easy peach frozen yogurt recipe. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water!

Shopping List

 Image credit: Just a Girl and Her Blog

If you know me at all, you know that I loathe shopping. Shopping of any kind. Even going to the market for groceries. So I’m mighty impressed with Abby’s Organized Shopping List. It can help make my trips to the market enjoyable right down to the menu planning.

Simple Wrap Around Porch

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There’s something about a good porch that can melt my heart. I love our porch. The stone bench and the red doors but who doesn’t dream of a gorgeous wrap around porch?

Orange You Glad It's Friday

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I can think of so many family members, friends (and perhaps a stranger or two!) that I want to gift with Heather’s delight Orange You Glad It’s Friday? gift. How about you? Do you know anyone who would enjoy a sweet gift of oranges?

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When I was younger, I wore 4 & 5 inch heels and platform shoes. Even my sneakers had platforms! Nowadays I only wear heels with an inch or two height, and that’s only on Sundays or dress up days. Ha! I’m all about comfort … and shoes I won’t fall over in! My all time favorite brand is FitFlop. They have great arch support and even add an inch to my five foot frame. I wear FitFlop sandals around the house, but I’m thinking this is the weekend to slip my feet into a cozy pair of Cuddler SnugMoc Slippers. Warm, comfortable and cute. What more could a girl want?

Raspberry Cheesecake in a Mason Jar

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NY (aka David) and I love to entertain. While we haven’t had the time as of late, we already have plans for a few dinner parties in the future. I love Elise’s Raspberry Cheesecake in Mason Jars recipe. Delectable, easy and fun to serve. And you get your mason jar back! Shhh… I didn’t really say that, did I?

Stitching the Places I've been

Image credit: A Beautiful Mess

We love to travel. And we have photos to document where we’ve been. But I love the idea of Stitching the Places I’ve been on a map. This would be a great project for children, too. The kit is available through A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail.

Drought Tolerant Blanket Flower Perennials

Image credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Along the far edge of our driveway is a small strip of lawn that never looks like it’s enjoying life. The sprinklers don’t seem to give it as much water as it needs. I’m thinking the entire strip would look lovely covered with drought resistant Blanket Flowers. It’s the perfect solution!

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Watching the Sunset

We love a good sky. “Good Sky!” is a phrase you can hear often at our house. Watching the sunset with our grandchildren is one precious moment in time.

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January 9, 2015 – Nikon D90 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens

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