11.17.2014

Our Favorite Board Games

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We are big on games in this family! Here is a list of some of our favorite board and card games-

UNO- Shane was called "The Uno Man" for quite some time because all he wanted to do was play UNO. This game is easy for the little ones to understand, plus it helps them learn colors and numbers! The skip and reverse cards have been known to cause a fight or two but revenge is sweet!

Yahtzee- A personal favorite of mine. This game is good because you're basically playing against yourself. It's fun for toddlers because they get to roll the dice. Marianne is usually on someone's team when we play or I'll keep score for her.

Sequence for Kids- All my kids have loved this game as toddlers! I consider it a must have.

Memory- Again, a must have game!  My kids all started playing this around 2-3 years old. Last Christmas we got this one and Shane and Marianne love it!

Blokus- This game is a blast! If you love Tetrus then you need this game. It isn't for toddlers, maybe 5 years and up depending on your child. Shane loves it and he's 6. Max ALWAYS wins.

Spot It Junior- We recently got this and it's a fun, quick, easy to learn game.

Othello- Great 2 person game!

Connect Four- Another fun one that is pretty much all ages.

Old Maid- A classic and a family favorite!

Klackers- A great party game! Even more fun when you start placing bets!
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Games that require reading, writing, spelling or are just for older kids/adults.

The Enchanted Forest- For older kids. It can go on for quite a while so a longer attention span is necessary to play.

Scrabble- My all time favorite game.

Apples To Apples Junior- Once your child can read, this game is a hit! Fun for kids and parents! I hear the adult version is awesome too.

Scattergories- This game is addicting! We always say, "just one more round" about 5 times before we actually stop playing.

Oh gosh! I just remembered Battleship and Clue!

Then there always card games like War, Crazy Eights, Go Fish, Spades, Spite and Malice...

You may be surprised but there are actually a couple games I refuse to play or rarely play. Sorry- you want your kids to fight? Have them play Sorry. Monopoly- The never ending game. Too long, too many pieces. 

What did I leave out? Please share your favorites!

♥ anne

11.12.2014

Beginner Knitter

I picked up the knitting needles again this week. As I've said before, this time of year is by far my most creative. It must be the change in weather that does it because it happens annually. Anyway, I have crocheted for many years and took to it pretty quickly but knitting has proved to be much more of a challenge for me. Last year about this time I tried to knit a baby blanket for Marianne's doll and it came out pretty hilarious. There were holes and it took on a wavy shape from accidental increased and decreased stitches. It was frustrating, so I let go of my knitting dreams and promptly put my needles away in the craft closet. That is until I saw this pin on Pinterest. It said it was for beginners so I gave it a try.
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It came out much better than I could have hoped it would. There are many mistakes (which aren't that visible in the pictures) but I have at least proven to myself that I can indeed knit. I had to take my own advice during the process. The advice which always annoys my kids when I give it to them- "You can't expect to be a master at something you've never done. Everything takes practice". So, if you're a beginner like me, I think this hat/hood is a really good starter project. You can find the pattern here.

♥ anne

11.08.2014

Greeting Cards

I'm putting all the stamps I've carved to good use and am now selling greeting cards! Each 100% recycled card is stamped with a hand carved stamp made my me! I have four designs available-
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If you have been following me for a long time, you may remember my first attempt at Christmas cards five years ago (here). My watercolor VW bus was my favorite and I decided to resurrect it by carving it into a stamp.
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I also have new wall hangings available and of course, vintage clothes! Come check it all out HERE :)

♥ anne

11.06.2014

Here And Now

Nothing too exciting is happening here, just regular life. Maggie is getting around a lot! No crawling yet but she's getting into everything none the less.
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My buddy the vacuum. We spend a lot of time together. He likes dust, crumbs and a good cob web.
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Homework, Halloween candy and Spongebob.
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Dried goods. The easiest way to save money on your grocery bill!
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It's getting dark early now which has been throwing me off this week. Last night we ate dinner at 5:30. I thought it was much later when I started, turns out it was only 4:30! Guess I should pay attention to the time when I start cooking :)
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Hope you're having a good week!

♥ anne

11.03.2014

A couple weeks ago Ashley came over and shot a video of me featuring my macrame and wall hangings. It turned out so nice! To watch the video and read a short interview, head over to The Ma Books and check it out!
And if you're in the Southern California area and are looking for an amazing photographer, do yourself a favor and get in touch with Ashley (her website is right here). You will not be disappointed!

♥ anne

11.02.2014

Halloween

We had a great Halloween filled with candy, friends and fun! I didn't take too many pictures but do have a few to share. Alex made her cape for her costume which came out SO good! It was a no sew DIY and she did an awesome job. Marianne's Tinker Bell costume was one I made back in the day for Alex. As you can see it was still a little big on her but she didn't notice.
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I tried to find a photo of Alex wearing the costume but finally had to give up. I did find one from that year though when Max was Captain Hook. I was very proud of that costume! I also found a baby Max photo from his first Halloween.
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Ruben and I came up with our costumes last minute. I decided to be a nerd and he decided to be my nerd sister. Once he put his wig on he resembled Fred Armisen from Portlandia so we kinda went with it :)
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Earlier in the day Alex's school had their annual All Saints Day Celebration. That morning I decided Marianne HAD to dress up so I whipped up this St. Therese costume. I used a bunch of different things from our Halloween box to make it and it turned out so much better than I could have hoped it would!
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Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of Max because he went to a friend's house right after school. I spent a lot of time on his costume and he was super stoked on it. He went to a comic book convention on Saturday which was the main reason he wanted to dress up. He was Delsin from Infamous (a video game).

There you have it! I hope your Halloween was just as fun!

♥ anne

10.28.2014

The Bee & the Fox

My friend Ashley has a new etsy shop called The Bee & The Fox where she's selling her adorable kids t shirts. Shane and Marianne were part of a photo shoot she did and the photos are too sweet not to share. Here are a few of my favorites.
You can check out her shop here!
All photos by Ashley Jennet

♥ anne