Family Time

Artillery Shot 1 | Fireworks
I love Independence Day. I have fond memories of playing with fireworks with my cousins and the neighborhood kids when we were little. There was a little park in Long Beach, where we went to every year, it sat on a cliff above the beach off Pacific Coast Highway. Our family and friends would gather together and make a day of it. We would head out to the park in the afternoon to try to snag a great spot to hang out until the firework show started. Fun memories!

I remember loving the sparklers with the paper handles that were shaped like a gun. I don’t remember the last time I saw one of those! I used to be so excited and couldn’t wait until it got dark so we could play with all the fun fireworks and watch the beautiful shows. These days, I can barely keep my eyes open. Nine o’clock starts ticking closer and my internal clock tells me it’s bedtime and wonders why I’m still up.

Monks playing with a sparkler.
Dana and Squish
Little solo cup to protect little hands.
Both the kiddos hated the noise of the firecrackers. I did too, too loud and too close. The noise of the artillery shells didn’t bother me quite as much. To this day, sparklers still remain my favorite.

Sparkle | Summer | Independence Day
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-XOXO Lysa


Crowe’s Nest Farm

Last weekend I asked Monk what she wanted to do for Mother’s Day. Her options were go explore a cavern, hang out at a farm, or go on a glass-bottom boat ride. She picked hanging out at a farm so, we decided to go and check out Crowe’s Nest Farm in Manor (pronounced May-ner).

Crowe's Nest Farm-Red Barn

Horned Owls
They had a bunch of animals and lots and lots of different gardens to explore.

Fairy Tea Time
Charlotte's Web
We all had a great time. We called and made reservations for the 11 o’clock tour. We spent a few hours exploring the farm and were the last ones to leave that day. The weather was perfect. Usually by May the temperature is in the high 90’s, so far it’s been a really mild spring. I hope the weather sticks around for a while longer.

For more information:  Crowe’s Nest Farm

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-XOXO Lysa



Harker Heights, Texas


Metallica | Master of Puppets
Boy does this take me back. I got to see them twice way back in the days.
Once in ’99 and the second time in ’04.
Fun times and fun memories.

The prompt for today was “Metallic”.
My entry for The Idea Room’s Photo-A-Day May 2014.


Monkey & Squish | Nutella Brownies
I saw the Nutella Brownie recipe floating around Pinterest for a while now. It’s a three ingredient recipe (nutella, flour, and eggs) found on instructables. I made it once before and found that it needed a little something more, so this time around I added some Ghirardelli chocolate chips and a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. I also lightly dusted the top with confectioner’s sugar. It turned out soooo good.

My entry for The Idea Room’s Photo-A-Day May 2014.

Egg Hunt and Family Time

We’re not religious people. Religious holidays, for us is a time to celebrate each other and enjoy and appreciate one another. The four of us headed over to Dana’s parents to spend some time with them and enjoy a yummy dinner together. We picked up a small bag of candy to fill a handful of eggs that I kept from previous Easter Egg Hunts. Monkey loves the egg hunts. She looks forward to it every year. This is the first year Squish got to enjoy hunting eggs, since last year he was much too little. Along with the filled eggs we also picked up a few boxes of confetti eggs. Confetti eggs are real eggshells that have been dyed and filled with paper confetti. They were a big hit with the kiddos.

Monkey & Squish | Confetti Egg
Monkey & Squish | Confetti Egg
Monkey & Squish | Egg Hunt
Great food and quality family time. I couldn’t ask for more.
Monk got to eat a bunch of candy, which is a rare treat for her. We usually keep the house stocked with organic lollipops but only on rare occasions do we pick up candy for the kids.

Monkey & Squish | Lily
Monkey & Squish | Accessorize | Pearls, Chalcedony, and Quartz
I hope everyone enjoyed a fabulous day with the ones you love.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
-XOXO Lysa

Cameron Park Zoo

We had family visiting from Wisconsin, and one of the places they all wanted to check out was the zoo. We headed out to Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas. It’s one of my favorite here in Central Texas. I love the layout and the zoo is perfect size. Here are some of my favorite photos from our trip. I hope you enjoy!
Shaded Walkway | Cameron Park Zoo | Waco, Texas
Tipi | Cameron Park Zoo | Waco, Texas
Finding Nemo Tank | Cameron Park Zoo | Waco, Texas
Lionfish | Cameron Park Zoo | Waco, Texas
Albino Snake | Cameron Park Zoo | Waco, Texas
Sun Beam | Cameron Park Zoo | Waco, Texas
Rocking Chairs | Cameron Park Zoo | Waco, Texas
Family Photo | Cameron Park Zoo | Waco, Texas
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-XOXO Lysa


I’m not a big fan of self-portraits. Well, portraits of myself I should say. I’m super uber picky about photographs of me. Above is my self-portrait that I took last year (January 21, 2013) using my Nikon COOLPIX L110. Below is my newest and only one self-portrait since the one above was taken using my Canon Rebel T3i on April 12, 2014. Since I post so many photos of Dana and our kiddos, I thought it was only fair to share a couple of myself.

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-XOXO Lysa

Camping Fever

I’ve come down with a serious case of wanderlust.
It’s camping season here in Central Texas, and I’m totally bummed that we’re stuck at home. It looks like we might not be able to go camping this spring. I was planning on a camping trip for Dana’s birthday a few weeks ago but the Jeep died about a week before his birthday so that killed our trip. It was at the mechanics for a month and after being home for a few days it overheated and had to go back. Hopefully we’ll soon have it home for good!

Last Fall, the four of us camped at Krause Springs for a few days and we all had such a fabulous time.
You can see more pictures of us at the Springs here, or views of the amazing campgrounds here.
Since I’m stuck at home, I’ll share some of my favorite “Camping” images from my “Around the Campfire” Pinterest board. Enjoy!

Let's Go Camping Print | Katie Daisy
 General's Warning | Camping
First Night at White Pocket | Bill Church
Fuck Yeah, Camping
Roasting Marshmallows | Fuck Yeah, Camping
Only YOU can prevent forest fires.
Under the Stars
Lake View
Stargazing Print | Katie Daisy
Fancy Camp Food
Camp Rules
Killing Time
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-XOXO Lysa

It’s Feeling A Lot Like Spring

Spring weather is here and we’re out enjoying it as best we can.
I gathered up some chalk, paint and paper and headed outside to enjoy the nice warm sun.

Monkey and Squish | Hello Spring | Chalk
I decided to introduce Squish to paint, and outside was the perfect place to do it.
Squish likes to touch EVERYTHING.
He also likes to taste everything he touches.
If you look close, you’ll see that there’s a bit of peach/orange paint on his lips.
Monk loves painting but has never done it outside.
Well, at least not on paper.

Monkey and Squish | Painting outdoors
The excitement of painting outside wore off quickly.
Only to be replaced with the thrill of playing with water.
The kids are not allowed to play with water outside during the cold season.
So they were quite excited to see me set up the sprinkler for their enjoyment.

Monkey and Squish | Spring Weather and Sprinklers
Growing up in California, Autumn had always been my favorite season.
Here in Texas though, Spring is definitely the season I look forward to the most.

Monkey and Squish | Enjoying the warmth of Spring.
What is your favorite season?
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Party Snaps

Monkey & Squish | Party Snaps
Monkey & Squish | Party Snaps + Tools
Monkey & Squish | Party Snaps + Teaching & Sharing
Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Leftover party snaps from our New Years Eve stash.
I usually bring out a few boxes for the kiddos to play with on lazy days.
It was Monks’ idea to grab the stakes and try to pop the snaps with them.
Last photo shows Monk teaching Squish how to use the stakes with the snaps.

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-XOXO Lysa

T-Shirt Refashioned: Lace-y T-Shirt

I’ve been wanting a lace-y top for some time now. About a month ago we headed to the fabric section of our local big box store and picked up a yard of beautiful black lace fabric and a couple of plain t-shirts. I didn’t have a clue as to what I was going to do with my new stuff. I had a few things pinned on my Pinterest board(s) but I wasn’t quite sold on one exact style. This is what I ended up with:

Monkey & Squish | T-Shirt Refashioned: Lace-y T-shirt
I’ve had my sewing machines for about five years now, but I’ve only used it a handful of times. Majority of the things I’ve sewn has been dress-up clothes for Monk. In the end I do like how it turned out. I wished my thread was a bit darker so my stitches wouldn’t be so noticeable, but I do like that it’s still a t-shirt with a bit of fancy detail. I didn’t take any photos while I was doing this project because to be honest I expected this project to be a complete flop. Anyhow, I can’t wait to wear my new t-shirt out and about.

Have you re-fashioned anything lately? Are you a fan of lace?

Thanks so much for visiting my little blog!
-XOXO Lysa

Stuffed Jalapenos

Today I’m making my FAVORITE stuffed jalapeno recipe.
I posted the original recipe many many months ago, but I thought I’d share it again.
Today I substituted the sour cream with greek yogurt since I didn’t have any sour cream in the house.
Can I say, I think I love it with the greek yogurt?!?!

Monkey & Squish | Stuffed Jalapenos Recipe
I was stuffing these in my mouth faster than I could make them.
Store these in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
Anyhow follow the link for my original recipe.
Fresh Jalapenos Stuffed with Cream Cheese Filling

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-XOXO Lysa

Dreaming of Spring

Dreaming of Spring


After our amazing Valentines lunch, we were off to the Thinkery for a fun-filled day.
The Thinkery is the new Austin Children’s Museum. We visited the museum once before when it was still at its 2nd Street location a couple of years ago. Last October, I mentioned to Dana that I wanted to take the kiddos back there since it had been such a long time since we visited. I found out later that the 2nd Street location was closed and the Thinkery would open up in December. We made plans and finally got to visit the museum at its’ new location.

Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum | Austin, Texas
We all had an amazing time exploring the new location. Both my one and four-year old had a blast. I was so glad I purchased tickets online ahead of time. When we arrived at 1PM, there was about seven families in line waiting to buy tickets. With our printed tickets in hand we were able to walk right in.

Welcome | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
There were lots of fun exhibits for the kids to explore and a play structure for the kiddos to run around and get out some energy.

Thinkery Playground | Austin Children's Museum | Austin, Texas
Thinkery Playground | Austin Children's Museum | Austin, Texas
Innovators' Workshop | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Innovators' Workshop | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
One of my favorite exhibit was the Light Lab.

Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Since it was Valentines Day, I had to make a red heart with the giant-sized “Lite-Brite”.

Light Lab | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum | Red Heart
For both my kiddos, their favorite exhibit was the Currents Exhibit. I made sure to bring an extra set of clothes for them because these two cannot resist playing with water.

Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Currents Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Monk made two Valentines cards in the Kitchen Lab. She really enjoyed the splatter art project. You had to take strawberry puree and squirt it onto a piece of paper that was inside of a salad spinner. Spin the salad spinner and you end up with splatter art.

Kitchen Lab | Splatter Art | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Kitchen Lab | Splatter Art | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Kitchen Lab | Splatter Art | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Monkey and Squish also loved the farmer’s market in the Let’s Grow Exhibit. They enjoyed collecting eggs from the chicken coop, picking out veggies, weighing what they collected and pretending to cook.

Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum

Let's Grow Exhibit | Thinkery | Austin Children's Museum
We spent four hours there and only left because it was closing time. We all had a wonderful time and I look forward to visiting again soon.

The Thinkery
1830 Simond Ave
Austin, Texas 78723
CLOSED MONDAY (except for Baby Bloomers)
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Community Night Wednesday 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Visitors: $9
Ages 0-23 months: FREE

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-XOXO Lysa