Thursday, 23 April 2015

Product Launch - Reading Adventure Treasure Hunt


Today is the day I have my product launched and ready for purchase. I am very excited to introduce to you Reading Adventures! Reading Adventures consists of instructional flashcards instructing your child to complete an adventure. The first test adventure I have available is Reading Adventure Treasure Hunt, which is by far one of the best ways I have gotten my son excited to read. 

Your child will have a blast reading the cards and following directions to find their hidden treasure. The kit comes with everything you need, flashcards, instructions, prizes, and a treasure box. Everything is put together by my own two hands for your family to enjoy. 

Depending on how well received Reading Adventures Treasure Hunt is I have plans to add additional versions such as, The Artist Reading Adventure, The Baker Reading Adventure, Nature Reading Adventure, The Traveler Reading Adventure, and many more. Each adventure will include instructional flashcards, themed items (measuring cups, dry erase board, bug collector, etc.) as well as a nifty box to hold all their goodies. 

Please go and take a look at my new product page Reading Adventures

I currently ship to Canada & U.S. and will have your package ready to go within 2 days. If you have any questions or comments about the product please don't hesitate to ask. 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Keep Your Rooster, No More Crowing!



Roosters are certainly an interesting addition to any flock. I know from experience that chickens will live just fine without one and still lay beautiful eggs. But what are the benefits of keeping a rooster around? 
  • They protect the hens, no questions asked
  • Fertilize eggs so you can have chicks
  • Keeps the hens in check
  • Finds hens food
  • Look really cool
So what are the downsides of having a rooster?
  • They can be aggressive, depending on breed
  • You may not want fertilized eggs
  • Roosters can injure hens during mating
  • Having more then one rooster can cause severe fights
  • And last but not least they crow all the time
But wait, what if you chose a docile breed of rooster or raised him from a tiny chick. He would be a lot less aggressive. Fertilized eggs are the same as non fertilized if your going to eat them, there is no difference. You can remove the roosters spurs to eliminate some injury to your hens. And if you have one rooster there will be no rooster fights. Now about the crowing, did you know there is such a thing as a NO CROW Rooster Collar?


I had no idea this thing even existed until I was given the gift of chicks. I was thinking I would keep a rooster but I am not allowed a rooster here because they crow too much. So I stumbled on this creative product. If you are contemplating having a rooster with your flock but can't stand the crowing here is the answer. 

Visit http://nocrowroostercollars.com/collections/all for more information and to buy your own.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Last Minute Birthday Gift

Have you ever suddenly looked at the date and realized it was a family members birthday? This happened to me today and I was just on my way out the door. I could have very easily put some money in an envelope and been done with it, but I am not the kind of person who does things that simple.

Being my quirky self, and the fact that this birthday was for a tween girl I knew cash was a quick fix. But how to present it in a neat way?


Bingo! Stuff the bills in a balloon and attach to a pretty weight. It took less then five minutes and cost nothing more then the two five dollar bills I had given her. 



This could also fit in with an Alice in Wonderland themed party or gift if you were to fill the balloons with small items, coins, etc. and have a whole bunch for the birthday recipient or even the guests at a party. You could even invent new ways to get the gift out, such as writing sit on me, squeeze me, stomp on me, and many other fun and silly ways. 

So next time your in a rush or want a new creative way to deliver a gift just place something in a balloon and have a popping good time!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Alice In Wonderland Themed Garden


I have been super busy this past four weeks designing, building, and decorating my garden. I absolutely love the wonder, mystery, and true extraordinary foolishness of Alice in Wonderland. Everything about it makes me smile, I remember watching the 1950's version when I was a kid and still love it today and the new one that came out in 2010 is so amazing I knew I just had to use it as inspiration towards my garden. 

I am not quite finished yet but here is what I have done so far.


The signs were made using old plywood I had laying around when my chicken run and duck house were being made.

I found an old tea set at a thrift shop for less than $2 that I thought was perfect.




 I drew and painted this wonderful portrait of Cheshire Cat from the 1950's version of Alice in Wonderland. 


Everything you see I have made with my own two hands. The fence and arch were made using sticks, branches and logs that were in my side yard and some of it came from a dead tree I had to chop down in my backyard. I have a few more things I want to do yet, but so far I think it is wonderful. What do you think?


Monday, 13 April 2015

Ting - a - ling Cookies AKA Beaver Lodges


Last year I had written this post about one of my favorite no bake cookies. This weekend I was invited to a party and it was potluck but I never even thought about what an awesome idea it would have been to bring these cookies. It was a fishing themed party so you know what I could have done?!? Made these and a sign that says "Beaver Lodges"!

They are a no-bake drop cookie absolutely perfect for making any time of year and leaving the batch in your fridge to snack on as you please. Leaving them in the fridge keeps them from getting stale, and from melting. These cookies freeze wonderfully for months as long as they are tightly sealed. 3 simple and cheap ingredients and you can do it all in the microwave!

Ting a Ling Cookies
That's right all you need is chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and chow mein noodles! All you do is:
  •  Use a large microwavable bowl and dump in both bags of chocolate and butterscotch chips. Begin microwaving for 30 seconds, then take them out and stir do another 30 and take them out and stir again, continue doing this until all of your chips are melted, you need to do it this way so you don't burn them. 
  • When everything is melted dump in the entire bag of chow mein noodles. Fold everything together and make sure everything is well combined and all the noodles are coated. Take a tablespoon and begin dropping little stacks of noodles onto wax or parchment lined baking sheets and then place them in the fridge until they harden. 
  • Once they harden remove them from the sheets and place them in a large air tight container and store them in your fridge. 

Makes about 25-30 cookies depending how big you make them.