Monday, July 27, 2015

Faux Stained Glass Windows

Trying something new, blogging from my phone....it's so fast and easy with the blogger app. 

This project was fun and I love the results! I cut out squares of tissue paper and used a glue stick to stick them to the window. Then I added electrical tape to outline each tissue paper piece and add extra lines. This window is super happy, especially in the early morning sun. 
 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I Turned 40! Woo Hoo! (and it's awesome!)









 I feel surprisingly young and chipper for such an old age :) Ha! 40 used to sound so old! Now it is just right. I am glad to be here. Happy and thankful for what has happened in my life and what is to come. God has been so kind to me and blessed me, but also allowed hard things to come too that have strengthened my faith.

My birthday was celebrated over the course of a week with The Cheesecake factory, Gigi's cupcakes, Tom + Chee, smoothies, and quality time with my hubby. Two of the kids were at camp and one with grandparents, and Dave had to work. So I cleaned and organized during the day and partied with Dave in the evenings. Then when the kids came home we had pink lemonade cake (my childhood favorite) and celebrated with them. TOO MUCH CAKE!!!! :-)




Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Bunch of Catch Up Pictures...(a birthday, v-day, st.p day, art, beach, snow, food)

 This was valentines day....Dave and I went out a few days before the day, so on the day we had a special meal with the kids. It was nice. I made everyone say nice things about each other and made us talk about good memories and stuff. :)

 Valentine day place setting...paper plates say tru luv...


 Gigi's cupcakes- yessssss.....except has anyone else noticed that the icing is not as sinfully high as it used to be?


 You know how we go to the beach each year for our church ladies' retreat...well this year was wonderfully exceptional.


 it was raining and then the rain stopped and the sun came out....


 We listened to Elyse Fitzpatrick on video...she talked about the idols of our heart and a lot more about the gospel and how amazing it is that God's grace is sufficient for us and how we seek for so much to fill voids when Jesus is all we need!


 Sadie needed a sling so she can always be with me....she just really doesn't like the sling.....:(


 We had a b-day party for our new 9 year old....


...it called for balloons and a rainbow ice cream cake. :)


 Art class has been seriously adorable. This one was an easy marbling project with glue and paint.



 When they draw! It blows me away...the cuteness.....


...back to valentines, Saw this recipe here and it was photogenic but also pretty tasty.


 and then she took pictures of her room from interesting angles...


 snow! We had snow!


 It was fun at first.............


 we also did household chores in leopard leggings.


 This art project was super fun: Weaving! Collage! Alphabet soup!




 Then there was St Patrick's Day and we like it because, green!



Oh! We had our church's first mission conference and it was awesome! We got to keep the Huffmans at our house and it was so much fun. Kim and I got artsy one day and this is what happened- abstracts!

 One more of the green.


 There have been some book highlights for me in the last few months.....this book is amazing and really practical. I love the focus on constant communication with your kids...I LOVE this book.........soooo good for pinpointing our struggles and how we carry those over into our parenting. Wow- we have had some good things happening in our family because of this book. 



And speaking of communicating with your kids - this book goes hand in hand with Age of Opportunity.  It's inspired me so much and helped me to intentionally talk to the kids more, really focusing on them and what is going on in their brains. The same rule applies to people in general, if you really focus on what they are saying and care about listening to them, they will talk even more and then - BAM- your relationship is stronger. (why do I not listen better? Huh?)

This week has been spring break here....so we have been trying to mix fun things with relaxing and a tiny dash of cleaning chores :) Roller skating, shopping, movies, and learning to clean a toilet...what's not to love about that?!

Thinking about what dessert to make for Easter, so I took a trip down Easter memory lane past posts. Sadie! She is so cute in those various baskets....

Just a little update from our house to yours :) Love and kisses from the Mincy fam....xo

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My New Wall!

This orange wall just used to be...orange! Now it is happier :) I got the idea here... add some brushstrokes and voila! New and pattern-ful! First I started by painting on white brushstrokes...but Dave and I agreed that it looked like we were trying to patch the wall..so I added smaller gray brushstrokes and then a tiny black line.






 It just makes me happy when I walk around the corner and bam! Fun! The best thing- it took about 15 minutes and a tiny bit of paint. Win-win. Here is where it all started......

 My friend had a baby and we decided to paint with the gray brush strokes for his little room. We were going to only do one wall, and ended up painting the whole room- it almost looks like wallpaper. 

This paint technique is very addicting. I have since done another wall in my house! I'll show you soon :-)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Whole30 Favorite Recipes

Dave and I did a whole23 (haha!). That means we cheated and quit at 23 days instead of 30 days. ((What is whole30...click here.)) At day 23 we decided to allow a few more things into our diet such as honey and chocolate and maybe regular store bought salad dressing. We are still eating a ton of fruit and veggies, meat and nuts...but adding in a few extras. I LOVE, LOVE how I feel while eating this way- tons of energy and never hungry.

The only drawbacks to the diet, for us, was the cost...[it is hard to get used to spending a full $50 more a week to make sure you have enough food to eat!] ...and the prep work. I was cooking from scratch every single meal! Eggs and meat and vegetables and soups and salad dressing...I had my food processor out all day! But, we have found some great recipes, and will definitely keep making them and incorporating as much whole30 as we can.

Here are our favorite recipes:

Sweet and Salty Crunchy Coconut (LOVE this!!!! Made for the Super Bowl)

Apple Butter (really good with pork chops, or pork sliced real thin and fried with ghee)

 Tangerine sauce (great on chicken and shrimp)

Spaghetti squash and meatballs in the crock pot (LOVE! So easy! I also added Italian seasoning to the meatballs and sauce)

Sweet Potato Fritters

Chili  (made for the super bowl)
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My Whole30 pinboard

It feels really good when you serve your family a meal that is 100% whole food, a ton of veggies, and no added preservatives....but it also feels good to add in a few cheats and to eat normal sometimes too. The worst feeling was going to our friends' house and not eating the pizza! I felt like such a heal! So a lot of healthy with a bit of normal will hopefully work for us.


A healthy little treat....chocolate peanut butter bars....Oh my goodness, these are good...I love almond flour and almond butter...the crust is made from almond flour. Very tasty and healthy.

I would love to hear if you've tried the whole30 way of life. Or Paleo?


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sweet Season













There's always a favorite art project/ornament...this year it is the pour paint ornaments. They were so fun and satisfying. Just get the clear glass balls, pop off the top and pour in some paint. Twist and turn the ball until all the glass is covered inside, then pour out excess paint. The strawberry was a very close second!

Art class in December is magical and I nearly freaked out when I saw the kids' snowglobes :-)

I hope you have a Wonderful Christmas :) We are amazed at God's kindness and Awesomeness. Lots to celebrate.