Today I woke up and our hot water pipes on the 1st floor were frozen.  Though we don’t live in an old house, for some reason these kitchen pipes will freeze if below a certain temp.  I always forget that happens until it does.

The first time it happened I think both pipes froze and we called a plumber.  They wanted about $400 to come out and unfreeze them.



When it happens, I do this instead.




Anyways, whenever I hear or see something about Goldi Blox, I think I would have loved that toy as a kid.





In My Light

In my light I am smart.  I am passionate.  I have compassion.  I am unapologetic.

I am strong.

I am misunderstood.

But I don’t need to be understood, my light knows.

It guides me to myself. To Authenticity. To me.

In my light I am able to see me, be me, know me, scream me.

Sometimes my light finds its way with others.

Other times it just wants to be alone.

My light is for me to define in all shades of bright, dim and dark.

It knows all and never fails, and when I am in it, I am me.



This post from Fierce and Powerful inspired me to write this.

Find your light.

Walk like an Egyptian….Party!

Parties have been sort of easy to pull off in recent years.   Once I realized how to farm them out, we did.  We ran the circuit of indoor bounce houses, bowling and laser tag locations.     This year Braden said he wanted to have a home movie night party.  I told him to let me know what the theme was going to be and after a few days passed, he said wanted an Egyptian themed party honoring the first female pharaoh Hatsheput.

Oooooookay then and how do you even spell that?


By the time I got all that information together I realized that I had to get the invites out that day.

I didn’t have time to do anything really unique with these other than use my mad Word skills and send out by email.


You know what you don’t get at a party store?

Egyptian themed decorations.

 I knew that I needed a focal point and decided on a large painting as a backdrop.

 I found this picture and decided I could take elements from it.

Egypt scene

Food buffet bars are really popular on Pinterest right now.  I went with a popcorn bar for the party.

popcorn bar

There were 3 types of popcorn plus toppings to choose from.


popcorn bar bowls

As for the table, thank all the Egypt mummies that we saved this playmobil set that he got years ago.

I used burlap as the tablecloth.  Being wrinkled made it sort of look like sand.

whole table view




takehome bags




As for the cake, I started out wanting to do a king tut cake.  Then I thought I’d do a pyramid cake.

Honestly, when it came down to it, I sort of ran out of time and ended up dialing it in with a Nile river cake.

Not my best work but you know what?  That’s ok too.

I really had a fun time with this theme.   My other son has a June birthday.  I’m rooting for a carnival party……I guess we’ll see!