Thursday, August 28, 2014

34/52- A Photo Challenge

Found this whimsical beauty and fell in love. 
Name that mystery flower so I can plant some in my yard!

One of Kaira's weekend requests was to make a cup-and-string-phone. She was so psyched to gab and giggle with her dad across the yard…until her sister (literally) got on the line.

Layna loves art— so much so that she insisted on doing a little sketching before we hit the pool. Her pieces make me smile, even though this character looked a lil' frowny to me. 

It's a wonder that Kaine lays in the grass at all since, lately, he's been dropping bombs all over our hang space. Why the brother can't hit the woods like usual is beyond me. Really now.

Sending out extra love, BBQ-sauce and cheersin' for a wonderful holiday weekend, peeps! Let's celebrate!
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

33/52- A Photo Challenge

We spent last weekend on the river in East Branch, NY. 
While wading in the waters, we saw this.
First true sign that my favorite season is a'comin'—and hoowah, I can't wait!

Watching Kaira explore the river made my heart so happy. She's an awesome adventurer…ALL the time.

After a day of canoeing, fishing, swimming and romping, Layna saved room for some mild toad-ing as well. These two shared some moments before Toadie hopped down river. 

And this guy…
retrieving sticks from the river, he couldn't have been more blissful.
He, too, swam, canoed (yes, really!), frolicked and got completely into the scene. 
A successful dog-cation, indeed. 

And there you have it. 
Summer '14 wraps up for us this weekend as Kaira starts kindergarten on Monday. 
Who can believe it?
Man. 
Let's do this!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bio Bidet GIVEAWAY and Coupon Code!

In previous post, Toilet Talk, I went there and told you about the remote-controlled toilet seat that revolutionized the bathroom experience for our family and friends.

*We purchased our seat at standard cost, receive no commission from Bio Bidet sales and were not gifted any products for posts. This is simply a company and product we would absolutely recommend.
Our family members rock the BB-1000 Supreme Advanced 
For real though. Friends come over and sneak upstairs to use THE toilet.
Because it's the raddest.

When sitting pretty…
our BB-1000 seat, with its built-in warmer, is never cold…even in the dead of winter,
we get the cleanest nethers in town
and all biz is wrapped up with a nice, warm air-dry-hurrah!
BB-1000

It's bonkers, but really kind of wonderful—a party in the can!
On vacation, Bio Bidet peeps miss their thrones at home.

Wanna check it out?

The Bio Bidet team is generously offering up a simple starter bidet attachment system for one lucky Hearth reader!

Get into the squeaky clean scene with the ($49.00 value that fits ALL toilets) Simplet BBC-70.
WIN this Simplet BBC-70!
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Here's to having a happy go-time!
BBC-70 Simplet Basic Natural Water Bidet
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Flush those fears and fret not.

When entering, your email address is kept hidden (only necessary for me to contact winner). You don't have to post your real name in the comment list, so here's a chance to get creative. Maybe Johnny Onaspot or Lou Ready will win this prize. 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

32/52- A Photo Challenge

Rainbow over the fields—
Have I mentioned how I feel about living here?

Forts rule. 
Just watch out for architect trolls.

Not so much into construction, Layna preferred an afternoon of pampering and pedis.
With plentiful sparkles.

Then, there was this steak dinner…
and leftovers for Kaine.
A little sketchy getting this shot, but I think I captured the essence of the moment, don't you?

As summer winds down, we're all fixin' to make our final days of freedom really memorable. Whoo doggy, do we have some AWESOME in the works! Bring. It. On!
Sending you happy energy for a wonderfully wacky weekend! 
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

10 Art Essentials to Spark Your Child's Creativity

I always loved art, and I CHALK that up to having wonderful experiences with inspiring art teachers in early childhood. 

Hoping to inspire my own children's creativity, I've collected these essentials to encourage artistic exploration and expression.

1. Crayons
Big ones. Small ones. Gem-colored. Rainbow-colored. 
Every kid needs 'em— the go-to for beginner art. 
crayons

2. Colored pencils
I keep these in my purse, in the car and in our travel bags.
Colored pencils won't melt like crayons can, so they're ideal for portable art ops!
colored pencils

3. Markers
For bolder colors, cleaner strokes and card making, markers make kids' art POP.
kid art

Because they're not always as 'washable' as companies claim, we set these aside for specific use, but marker designs stand out and are wonderful for creative expression.

We also love window markers for gorgeous, stained-glass-like designs.

4. Watercolor paints, glitter glue and Mod Podge
Watercolors are a FAVORITE around here. Kids can experiment with layering, brush stroke variation, blending, color-mixing, splattering and color-gradation. Get the appropriate paper and have your kiddos make gorgeous designs to frame throughout the house!

Mix media by adding glitter glue on top of watercolor designs. Extra jazz!

Mod Podge is great for adding sheen to art and for making magnets! We cut out photos, glue them to magnet paper and seal with a coat of Mod Podge. Fun for making gifts and magnets for your own fridge!

5. Stamps and ink pads
Stamping is so much fun! Get some rhythm goin' while stamping designs, patterns, borders, and scenes. These make excellent add-ons to homemade cards, drawings and paintings. 
art for kids
Don't underestimate your own hands as tools. Use ink pads and fingerprints to create original designs as well! 
art for kids

6. Art kits
When I was younger, I was gifted art kits that are still kickin' it today! Loaded with colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, paints, brushes, pencils, sharpeners, erasers and even a palatte, these kits have it ALL.

When these kits come out, art explosions occur and they're AWESOME every time.

7. A variety of paper
Construction paper is a must for all wee ones, but as art exploration expands, so should your paper arsenal.
art for kids
We keep sketch pads, tracing, scratch art, oak tag, border, construction and watercolor paper around to be prepared for wherever the creative road leads.

8. Box kits
Box kits make wonderful gifts and are perfect for sparking creative ideas.

I love that everything you need is included in one box, so there's no scrambling to grab materials. Bring these on vacation, over to grandma's, outside on the deck, or out to the park for portable experimentation and exploration.
art for kids

9. Chalk
We actually keep a box of colored chalk in our car for art sessions on-the-go. So much fun for making impromptu hop-scotch, maps, body tracings, etc. when you want to get creative outside. 
We draw on our deck, create faces on our trees, adorn the pillars on our house, write messages to visitors. The rain washes away all traces and the rewards are plentiful! Get tons of different kinds to experiment—large, small, skinny and glitter chalk!

10. Clay
Whether with Play-Doh or actual clay, molding and manipulation are incredible activities for shaping the mind.

Find interesting tools to press into your material to create any and everything you can dream up!
art for kids
"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known."- Oscar Wilde

I never want to lose the passion to create, and nothing makes me more proud than to watch my children express themselves through art. 

Let's give them all the tools they need. 

What are your favorite art essentials? Send us new ideas if we're missing anything!

P.S. Congratulations to Miz Vikick, #79 in the comment list and the winner of the Sport-Brella recliner chair. Put your feet up and enjoy, friend! 
If yore still craving some Sport-Brella sweetness for the season, don't forget to hit up our coupon code and ROCK 30% off any product!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

31/52- A Photo Challenge

To break in the telephoto lens' first Hawk Mountain summit, I did some mountaintop spying. 

After scoping out the surrounding wood and farmlands, I found a property that piqued my interest…big time. Looked over my shoulder and told Lee I'd just found our future home.

Pfffft...

Wanna live there? It's still on the market (check it out here) for a cool 11.9 million dollars. If you buy it, invite me over for a swim. Please.

With sliding doors all nose-printed up (thanks, Kaine-dog), I let the girls have at 'em with window crayons. Kai's pictures make me so happy that I've decided to not wash my windows for awhile. 

Any excuse to avoid housework… art is art. 

We did a lot of outdoors-ing last weekend. At this gorgeous pond, Boop debated whether or not she'd follow her older sister's lead across a thin stone bridge. 

What do YOU think she decided?
Yeah. That. 
Beast found out that we're planning to bring him along for a DOG-cation. We've been feeling guilty about leaving him when we've gone gallivanting this summer, so we booked a full-family trip where he'll be able to romp in the river, howl at the moon and sunbathe on the dock. 

I swear he cried with excitement when we told him.

He's gonna be a really really happy dog. 
Now bring on the town fair, and save me a seat on the swings!

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XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sport-Brella Recliner Chair GIVEAWAY and Coupon Code!

You knew it was coming…

The Sport-Brella team is hooking up another giveaway that's sure to make your outdoors-ing the RADDEST!
So comfy, kickin' it with your feet up. Chair back is adjustable AND there's a BOTTLE OPENER attached to the lower pocket. Heyo!
After discovering our admiration for their innovative sun/weather shelter design, a cool company rep sent us a Sport-Brella Recliner Chair (a $59.99 value!) to review.

Aaaaaand it's the bomb…the ultimate chair for completely kickin' it.

Now you've got up to FOUR chances to win one for yourself.
Protect your phone or wallet from the elements in this side pocket. Easily add headphones with the portal design, and keep your drink secure in the deep cup holder.
The portable Sport-Brella Recliner Chair features an adjustable, flip-up shade umbrella, a built-in cooler, bottle opener, cup holder and handheld device pocket with cord portal.

I'm never camping, beaching, or sidelining without toting this bad boy along again!
So go GET it!
Enter to win this chair that's designed for outdoor chillin'—pop your feet up, kick back and relax in style.

Built-in cooler easily keeps two beverages nice and chilly!
As if these giveaways aren't rad enough, hit up the Sport-Brella homesite and get to chillin' out, maxin' and relaxin' right away. 

From now until the end of the month, Hearth readers can enter coupon code August30 at checkout to nab 30% off anything on the site, except Versa-Brella. 

Even if you didn't luck out on one of these giveaways, you can still SCORE some Sport-Brella sweetness!
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Bottoms (and feet) up, party people!
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours- Cally

CONGRATS to Beer On My Shirt, #19 in the comment list and the winner of the Sport-Brella sun and weather shelter! We're sure that your family is going to love this! Way to SNAG it! Booyah!

*Recliner giveaway is open to ALL From My Hearth to Yours readers until Tues, Aug 12th 2014 at 9p.m. EST. Winner will be announced on Wed, Aug 13th. If prize is unclaimed after 72 hours, the next number in the randomizer list will be declared the winner.  Free shipping in USA only.

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