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Sick is in the Air

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Tis the season of the cold and flu *cough* *sniff*

This year the sick bugs seem to be rampant! Maybe it’s just us, but having a Kindergartener, we all seem to catch whatever there is to catch…often.

There are so many methods of treating said germs. We usually stick to the basic rest and plenty of fluids and hot drinks/soups method. Along with the tried and true “cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough!” method.

Whenever there is a virus or cold in the house, my job seems to be to make the food and clean sanitize the entire area. Constantly.

What has worked for us (as far as containing the germs to just one person, or two) is a type of quarantine for the sicky. That person rests in their own bed and everything they come in contact with gets washed down.

A family of four can easily get stuck in the house for a month if a person a week gets sick. UGH.

Desperate times, people.

What do you do for colds and flus? What works for your family?

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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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What’s Up on the KitPen this weekend?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Looking for a few things to do with the family this hopefully sunny and warm weekend? Well, guess what?! There are some!

Saturday, June 4th

Did you know it’s National Trails Day? Well, now we both do! And the City of Poulsbo has Walking Ambassadors on tap to walk you around nine different routes. No pre-registration required! Read more at their site.

Also, Saturday, get your filthy (well, mine IS) car washed and help out the Bainbridge Island School District. Bainbridge Schools Foundation is hosting a car wash from 9am-3pm at the island’s Chevron station. Do good and look good for it!

Sunday, June 5th

Kitsap Mini Maker Faire is happening Sunday and will have all kinds of items made by knitters, welders, inventors, craftsmen, artists, you name it. Plus, a food booth, so who can beat that?! All the stuff I am totally unable to do and totally impressed by those who can!

Once you’ve checked out the Kitsap Maker Faire, save some energy (and $) to come to Bainbridge Schools Foundation Family Fun Fair from 1-5pm. They’ll have a dunk tank, cake walk, crafts for sale, putt putt golf and more, at Bainbridge’s high school.

So, there, you have no excuse not to have fun this weekend and tear yourself away from your yard for a few hours! Enjoy!!


To market, to market!

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

It may be 46 degrees and cloudy, but guess what? Farmers don’t care! Guess what started up again today—-

I checked out Bainbridge Island’s own market, running every Saturday morning now through summer (oh, summer, where are you?!). For the next few weeks, you may want to first shop for fleece at the market!

They even have wool felted soaps in every color–even soap may get cold!

Amazingly enough, there were loads of fresh greens,

and shallots

and even goose eggs (which I am here to tell you, are not a big zero, they are HUGE).

First day of market, everyone comes out, even a 2-day old baby.

Precious, right?

She was born on the island at the wonderful (and extremely hardworking) Port Madison Goat Farm where they make DElicious cheeses (I’m pretty sure they put that ice there; it didn’t just form on its own).
So bring the whole family to come check out the action at the Farmers Market.
You can’t help but feel the love.

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You can read more from Wendy at her blog, Let the dog in!, you can “like” her at facebook.com/letthedogin, and you can also tweet to her at twitter.com/letthedogin and to her dog at twitter.com/beccadog, who is an amazing speller. They’d love to hear from you!


Peter and the Wolf

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Today, I took my family to see a screening of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf put on by the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra. This was an amazing blend of onscreen classical music, live puppeteering, and audience engagement.

It warmed my heart to see a packed room (standing room only) with many eager children and adults of all ages waiting to enjoy this classic tale set to beautiful music.

The Kidimu supplied a craft for the children to do before the show started. They all got to make their very own puppets to take home. Fabulous way to direct all of that excited energy!

I actually know a few people in the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, but have not had the pleasure of hearing them perform, until now. They put on a wonderful show and were extremely professional. I really loved sharing this with my girls. Not only was it visually appealing, but our ears were open, taking in the story and lively music, as well.

There was a point where the puppets paraded through the audience so that everyone got to see them up close.

They also had all of the puppets and actors in the lobby afterward so that the kids could ask questions and touch the puppets.

It was a lovely way to spend a morning in our very own community.

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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 Rice Report — Mochi Festival Fun!

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

It’s a new year and that means it’s a new Mochi Festival here on Bainbridge Island this past weekend. Have you ever sampled mochi, a sweet rice ball with a tasty bean paste hiding inside?

The Sun article on the event is here with some great shots by Brad Camp in the photo gallery. I also have a little more info here on my own home page.

In case you didn’t make it (*gasp*!!), I’m sharing a few more photos of the rice pounding fun.

There was much shouting and swinging of mallets.

A lot of risk-taking maneuvers, but so far no one has lost any fingers.

Even shorter helpers were enlisted in the fun.

After the rice pounding, the white goo was moved inside, which was great on that chilly day!

Pieces get torn off, balled and shared.

Lots of little hands then wrapped those bean paste balls into their white coats.

There was plenty of fun and rice treats to go around!

As you can see, the Mochi Festival is a great family event here in Kitsap County. If you’ve never been, be sure to check it out next time!
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Wendy is a writer, improviser, wife, and mom of two daughters, one covered in fur and rolling in….um, never mind. She’d love for you to read more of her writings at Let the dog in! and tweet with 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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My Favorite Sign of Summer

Monday, July 19th, 2010

We have many signs of summer in this region of the country, longer daylight hours: less rain, noisy, bobnoxious kids home from school, and bright yellow Goldfinches at the feeders.

But this is my all-time favorite Sign of Summer:

And it’s right here on Bainbridge Island (although there are other, delicious places for U-Pick berries in the area, too).

When I see that sign, I know it invariably leads to this:

A bit of red heavenly goodness. Okay, maybe more than just a bit.

Mmmmmmmmmm.


What are your favorite things to do with these little bits of heaven? Do you have some other favorite sign of summer?

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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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Not So Taxing Travels…

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Since it is April 15th, aka Tax Day, I thought it only fitting to talk about taxes.  I’m not really the one that is responsible for the taxes in our home.  OK OK…I’m totally not the one who is responsible for the taxes in our home.  In fact, I don’t even think I know how to do the taxes.  However, I do know how to travel.  And traveling with kids has the possibility of being taxing.  How’s that for a tie in?  I’m smooth like butter.  Am I right or am I right?  All right, all right, all right…I’ll get on with it. 

I love to travel.  I think it is safe to say that my husband loves to travel as long as it doesn’t center around huge crowds and crazy lines.  And I am happy to say that we are raising two little girls who love to travel.  Granted they are not up to Jolie-Pitt Clan standards, but we’ve made our mark in a quite a few places.  It helps that both our families live out of state (Maine and Montana) and in order to see Grammy KK or Nana and Papa we have to hop a train, plane, or automobile.   As a family we have conquered New England, Chicago, parts of the Pacific Coast, Hawaii,  the I-90 corridor that stretches through Washington, Idaho, Montana, and beyond.  We have had blown-out diapers at 30,000 feet,  gone comando at O’Hare,  experienced crying jags that have lasted for miles and miles, and had more roadside potty stops than I care to remember.  But we have also had some wonderfully exciting, totally memorable times.   Through all this we have learned, as parents, a very important travel lesson….ANYTHING GOES!!  That would mean unlimited snacks, bribery, and hours of DVD movies.  ANYTHING GOES goes a long way in saving our sanity.  “What?  You want to watch Barbie and the Christmas Carol for the fifth time?  Be my guest!”  “What?  You want to eat 18 pounds of red licorice and then later puke it up in the Hawaiian bushes?  Knock yourself out!”  “What?  You want a brand new Leapster game just because we are packing the carry on?  Whatever your little heart desires sweetums!”  If it keeps ‘em quite and entertained, then it is cool with me.

Mind you, we do not use this philosophy in our every day life,  but we do when it comes to travel.  As a result, we are all happier for it.  Mama’s happy, Daddy’s happy, little one’s are happy, and fellow passengers are happy.  Happy, happy, happy.  We also never have to say, “We are never traveling again.  That was a nightmare!”  We have trained them well…or have they trained us?  ANYTHING GOES!!!

All packed up and ready for adventure…

What is your favorite “traveling with kids” trick?  I would love to add a few new ones to our arsenal!

-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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