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Harvest Fair

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

This past Sunday, September 25, was the Annual Harvest Fair over at Johnson Farm on Bainbridge Island. Every year the Friends of the Farms work hard to organize this fabulous family friendly event.

Each year, my husband is honored to be one of the Pie Judges, and the girls and I come along to enjoy the fair!

This time, when we awakened on Sunday morning to see the rain teaming down, we were a little disappointed. We all bundled up in rain gear and trudged out to the grounds. When we got there, the rain stopped and we saw this:

It turned out to be one of the nicest Fall days complete with sun and a rainbow.

There were, also, animals…

And Produce. Both grown…

Beautiful Strawberries grown by Sol Farm.

…and made!

And then there were the pies. Oh the pies!

And those who judge the pies.

Add some spectacular music and the whole experience was complete!

Cat Loves Crow was one of the many bands that played and created a lively fair atmosphere.

So if you haven’t ever had the chance to attend this wonderful community event, I highly recommend marking your calendars for next year!

In the meantime, you can check out more photos of this day over at Falafel and the Bee.

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Summer in Full Swing

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

This Summer, my family has discovered an extraordinary activity where you drive for miles with all your stuff and then sleep under the stars!  I know camping isn’t a new idea, but it is to us. I know you all must be shocked being that we live in the camping capital of the world (or maybe it just seems like that).

I have no excuse really. Other than I just never did it. My husband and i grew up in Urban NJ very close to NY and camping wasnt a priority in either of our families.

That has all changed! We are hooked. Our girls too.

What a fantastic experience for us all.

We camped at Sol Duc Falls in the Olympic Mountains and it was beautiful! *sigh* If you have never been, it is so worth it!

We were all squished in our 2 person tent, but had a blast eating outside and hiking and even just listening to the quiet.

I know we will do so much more of this before the Summer is over!

You can see more images and read a bit more about it here.

What new things will you try this Summer?

Do you have any favorite places to camp in WA?

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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The YOU Year?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I mean the NEW year.

I mean, really… let’s not kid ourselves… Once one has children, there is very little YOU left.

Right?

Or a lot.

Pregnancy might do that to a girl.

But I digress.

In 2011 I don’t feel particularly motivated to make it a YOU/ME year. I do need some “me time”, but I think my life needs more positive “we time”.

Less frantic moments with my kids, more permission to enjoy time with friends… maybe date my husband other than throwing on Netfilx while we sit snuggling our laptops.

I think this needs to be a WE year.

In fact, I started a We-little project that has been stirring in my heart for a few weeks now. I just need my people. I long for time to grow with others, learn from others… to laugh, to inspire and to be inspired.

I don’t need to be with others all the time. In fact, I cannot do that. People make me crazy… however, over the last couple of years I have busied my way out of people time. I need time with my people. Connecting with my people. My little people, my family people, my friend people…

mother and daughter

Happy WE Year!

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Yeah, don’t worry. I won’t be yelling that across the school parking lot. I promise.

- Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.


For the Love of Harry Potter

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m a Harry Potter fan.

Feel free to admit this along with me (if you are ,of course). It’s liberating.

I do have a daughter that shares my affection for the books as well as the movies. We have read the books 5 times each and seen the movies…well I lost count, really. We love them all so much.

Many a party and Halloween were spent in Hogwarts attire. We even have made our own wands from this great tutorial. So much fun!

I find that sharing this passion is a wonderful common link between my almost 11 year old and me. Something that we can share. Something that brings us together. I think as she is getting to that awkward age, it is detrimental to our relationship to continue sharing something. Anything. But literature is a bonus.

Today we saw the first part of the last Harry Potter film. It was great! I took my daughter and her friend to the Kingston Firehouse Theater. If you have never been, I can recommend it to you now. The seats are comfortable, it wasn’t extremely crowded, and it’s local! We actually showed up an hour before, expecting it to be sold out, but were pleasantly surprised to find out there wasn’t any danger of not getting in. Fantastic!

The last 6 films were on and off in my book as far as accurate depictions of what J.K. Rowling wrote. The last movie (Half-Blood Prince) was entertaining but disappointed me in a way because they cut so much of the book out- and then made up a few scenes that were never in there, for good measure. Grrrrrr.

After seeing the Deathly Hallows, the girls and I had a discussion about how it was and if it felt true to the book. All three of us agreed they did a good job.

Although it was definitely one of the darker films (and there were several people there with kids under 5 in the theater~ don’t get me started), it was well done.

So if you’re looking for something to do, and are old enough to do it (it is rated PG-13 for good reason), I can highly recommend cozying down with this movie in our own community’s little gem of a theater and some Harry Potter excitement!


I Got Pampered…

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Head on over to Oh Happy Days to get all the details of my experience at the fabulous new Gene Juarez Salon that just opened in ‘hood!

Ahhh…beauty!

-Stacey is a mom of two and a wife of one who likes her family (good thing), traveling, reading celebrity gossip (I’m not ashamed), and cooking. You can read more about her and the crew at her blog Oh Happy Days.

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It Takes a Village

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Our internet communities have become just as important as our geographic ones these days. People can reach across continents in a split second and touch each other with their words or images.

I often find myself searching for inspiration on the world wide web, after the children go to bed. It is my time to connect with people and refresh my creativity. The other night, while reading a Blog I frequent, I came across a call for help. For action. For Love.

Dana over at MADE wrote about her involvement with the Craft Hope
Pillowcase project. It is a wonderful cause benefiting
children with cancer.

Being a Mom, and someone who sews, I couldn’t just sit this one out. I am working on putting a package together to donate to ConKerr Cancer. This group distributes fun, happy pillowcases to terminally ill children. They have made a huge difference in the lives of so many already. To bring a smile and some small happiness to a family going through something so heart-wrenching, is one of the most important and integral parts of being human. To show compassion. We are nothing without it.

If anyone in Kitsap County would like to join me, leave a comment here with your email address and we can coordinate our efforts.

By using our internet community, we can make a difference in the world we live in!

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~Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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The Top Ten Reasons This Mom Loves Back-To-School Time

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

back to schoolBut first… when doing a “Top Ten”… does one go from 10 to 1 or from 1 to 10?

I’m gonna count backwards. That way, I can show off my mathiness.

10. The smell. There is this “smell”. It’s not the smell of Fall, but the smell of “Fall is on it’s way.” It’s like the smell of cookies, but nature-ier.

9. New shoes. For mom. I got myself a pair. You should copy me.

8. A sense of “peace is near”… I can do anything for 9 more days. Even be with my own children. I know, I’m a saint.

7. Sunflowers.

6. School lunch snacks in the pantry. This also sucks because I am not a good resister of temptation. *raises fist to curse the Hostess snack cake*

5. The end of guilt is near. At the end of every school year I am so intent… on making sure the kids do some form of school work for X many minutes everyday… and then they will bring world peace. Well, every year I seem to lower my own bar… and at this point a teeny little red ant prolly couldn’t limbo under my intentions. So… back to school means I won’t feel guilty for undoing the previous year’s education.

4. Peace and quiet. Gloray!

3. New backpacks and school supplies. I bought extra so I could have my own stash and feel like a teacher again. I skipped on the denim overall dress though. ;)

2. A break. I love my kids, but kids are work! And much of the summer I have stayed up very late at night to do my own work. Back-to-school means I may be able to get to bed before 1 a.m. and finish the bulk of my “work life” while they are busy with learning.

1. I love Fall. And my birthday is in the Fall. So… bring it, and by “it”, I mean PRESENTS.

But enough about ME… Why do YOU look forward to “back-to-school”?

- Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.


Is it That Time Already??

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

I just celebrated my Birthday yesterday. Growing up, I always knew when Summer was ending because it was Birthday time. I even got school supplies for presents. But that’s another story.

As a parent, I see the signs. Literally. Signs in stores for School supplies, Fall clothing,  and New Shoes with buckles. Even though the weather hasn’t changed, we know it’s coming.

I remember having very clear feelings when it came to this. But now, I find myself torn between wanting my kids around all the time and really needing that break.

Honestly, I am enjoying our loose schedule and free-spirited activities (not to forget all the great produce that comes with Summer). At the same time, I also enjoy the schedules and activities that happen in the Fall. See? Torn.

I understand why there are so many people who Home-school or Un-school. What freedom! Then again, would it mean as much if it weren’t ending? Like having Christmas every day. Not so much fun.

I’m feeling like an emotional yo-yo.

So here we are with *gasp* just a few more weeks before our Summer ends, and I am hanging on with one hand. We are eating as much corn as we can, and being outside soaking up that sun, and laughing with each other and friends. Sand in our toes and chlorine in our hair. Oh and Bubbles. Blowing lots of bubbles cause that is really one of the best things to do.

I am putting off buying supplies and clothing for a bit longer.

I suppose living in the moment is the best…for now.

What will you do to keep Summer a little longer?

Are you ready for School to begin?

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-Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Fireworks~meh.

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

The Fourth of July is upon us! Independence day. So that means fireworks.

Me and Fireworks have always had a Love/Hate relationship. Except not the Love part. They are Loud, Dangerous, and Stinky. So there. I said it.

It began many moons ago when I saw fireworks with my family. I was the kid with her fingers in her ears, wincing every time something exploded. I asked every few seconds if we could leave, and was holding my breath, waiting until it stopped. A special kind of torture really. It hasn’t changed.

Now, though, I get to calm my youngest down in the middle of the night when someone chooses to “celebrate” at 2:00 am with some rip roaring fireworks. Right. Outside. Our. Window. *blinking eyes*

I realize I am in the minority, but totally fit right in with most dogs. I met a woman yesterday who was driving to Canada with her dog, to avoid the noise because said dog was freaked out. Smart Lady.

The day after is always filled with strewn firecracker remnants, and stories of children losing limbs. UGH. There must be a better way to show our patriotism, no?

On the upside of the holiday, there is a general feeling of camaraderie with fellow countrymen (and women) and passion for this country in which we live. People march in parades and gather to share food and music and pride. Lovely.

I like that part.

So have a great, safe Independence Day today~however you choose to celebrate it!

I’ll be the one under the bed with the dogs.

Photo Credit: pdphoto.org


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-Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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Get Your Creative On

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Our life seems to be filled with creativity. There’s the simple act of getting supplies out that inspires us, as a family, to create. Pen, marker, paint, crayon, paper, glue. All good stuff.

Then there’s the creative solutions Mom’s come up with to life’s little problems. Like forgetting tomorrow was your day to be “Snack Mom”, and all that you have in the house is a can of red beans, a handful of Pirate Booty, and an apple.

There’s creatively answering your children’s questions
(no matter how many they seem to come up with). What does the Tooth fairy do with all of the teeth? Why do I have to wear underwear? What is the meaning of life? You know, the basics.

Being creative on a budget. For many of us, in this economic climate, this is a necessity. We stretch and use all of our resources to be creative and make it work. Re-purpose and recycle are everyday words for most of us, and take lots of vision and creativity to do.

Then there’s creative fashion. Like when you are going in to talk with your child’s teacher and notice your other child smeared something brown all over the bottom of your shirt. Creative placement of a brooch or pin or sweater comes in mighty handy in times like these. Not that I would know anything about that.

I try to encourage my children to express themselves through art, but more importantly, through living a creative life.

How do you get your Creative on?


-Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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