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Harker Heights, Texas
05-09-14

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I Am (Uplifting Them) Project.

I Am (Uplifting Them) is a project aimed to flood the internet with uplifting of children rather than shaming.

Dr. Seuss Quote

I am saddened by the amount of kid-shaming photos and stories I see all over the internet. My proposal is that we flood the world wide web with kid-positivity and uplifting stories and photos. So, grab a kid (preferably your own; if not get permission) and ask them to finish the sentence, ‘I am…’ Write down what they say (I guarantee it’ll be positive) snap a picture of them holding it and post it everywhere! Post them here as well and let’s see how many uplifting, positive things we can learn about our children!

I found out about this project while browsing my Reader late last night.
I read about it on A Magical Childhood.
What an awesome idea and of course I couldn’t wait until the kids wake up so we could participate.
This morning I asked Monk to look at the photos with me on the I Am. Facebook page so she could get a better understanding.

I Am (Uplifting Them) | "I love my family and everyone except the bad guys"
I asked Baelynne (Monkey-age 4) what would be on her sign if she was to have one and her response was:
“I love my family and everyone except the bad guys!”
For Myles (Squish-age 1) I wrote I am curious!

I Am (Uplifting Them) | I am curious!
I Am (Uplifting Them) | Monkey & Squish
So grab a kid (or two) and show the world how awesome they are!
Connect with I Am (Uplifting Them) Facebook | Twitter

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

“Snow” Day in Central Texas

Yaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!
We finally got some snow, well icy snow. It’s not the nice flaky stuff you find up north. It started snowing last night and we did go out there for a few minutes but it was just too cold. By the time we got outside again mid-morning everything was iced over, but we enjoyed playing in it nonetheless. There wasn’t much snow on the ground. We managed to scrounge up some that accumulated on the chairs outside to make this little miniature icy snow man.

Miniature Icy Snow Man
Here’s what I wore today to frolic around outside.
I layered my floral dress with a striped sweater, tights and a denim jacket and of course my Hunter Boots. My jacket + tights are from Target. I picked up my dress (She’s Cool) and sweater (Abercrombie & Fitch) from ThredUp. If you’re unfamiliar with the site, it’s an online consignment store. I’ve ordered from them about four times and have been very happy with all my purchases. They sell pre-owned, new and used clothes for women, juniors and children. I LOVE thrift shopping and ThredUp has an amazing selection.  If you purchase using this link you will receive $10 towards your first purchase.

Striped Sweater | Floral Dress | Polka Dot Denim Jacket | Navy Tights | Brick Red Hunter Boots | Winter Fashion
Baelynne (Monkey) and I jumping in the snow.

Winter Fashion | Jumping in the snow.
Dana tossing Myles (Squish) in the air.

Myles (Squish) & Daddy
Our little family had a great time and hopefully we’ll have a few more snow days before spring arrives.
I hope you are staying warm and cozy during this crazy weather.
Thanks for stopping by.
-XOXO Lysa

Little Free Library

Trivial Pursuit: Book Lovers Edition Game PieceA while back I came across an article that introduced me to the Little Free Library.
I was instantly in LOVE with the idea. Both Monkey and Squish love books.
We have a few bookshelves that are overflowing with all kinds of books.
On a recent trip to our favorite local park a few days ago, I noticed two boxes in between the playground and the community garden, right off the walking trail. I instantly recognized the two boxes and exclaimed to Dana very excitedly “Ohhh yay! Little Free Library!” Dana had no idea what I was talking about, or why I was so excited.
Little Free LibraryIn simple terms, Little Free Library is a book exchange.
You are welcomed to take a book, leave a book or do both.

We ended up taking two books from the shorter box. The taller box seemed to be filled with books for older readers and the shorter one was geared towards our younger readers. I chose one book and Monkey chose another. I explained to Monkey that since we were taking a couple of books, when we get home she would have to choose a few books she is willing to part with so we can put it in the little box the next time we go back to the park. Monk was so excited about her new books she asked me to read them to her right then and there, I told her we would read them as soon as we got home (which we did). I saw many families go up to the Little Free Library after we checked it out. They opened the box and looked at the books but we were the only ones that picked out a couple of  books to take home.

Little Free Library
Little Free Library
Little Free Library
I’ve decided to keep a few books in the diaper bag, just in case we happen across another Little Free Library box. I’m so excited about this new addition to our favorite park. Not only can the kids make some new friend and get out some energy, we also have the opportunity to get our hands on a couple of new books for free. All around WIN!

For more information: Little Free Library.

Original article that I came across that introduced me to Little Free Library:
Book It: Bring a Mini Library to Your Front Yard

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

My Dream Home

Daily Prompt: Dream Home
You win a contest to build your dream home. Draft the plans.

dream_beach_home_by_oldcow-d562l6iMy dream home would be a beautiful cozy beach cottage near the ocean. It doesn’t have to be on the beach, just near enough so that if we wanted to go and spend a day at the beach we wouldn’t have to spend our whole day driving there and back. Growing up in Long Beach, California, and spending an additional 10 years in San Jose, California, I was always a short drive away from the ocean. Living in Central Texas for the last six years has made me miss the ocean even more than usual.101328972_jpg_rendition_largestMy beach cottage would be filled with tons of fun beachy colors like turquoise and seafoam green.seafoamgreenbathroom2_thumb[1]

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Lots of inviting spaces that beckons you to sit and relax. Enjoy some quiet time reading a book or nice conversations over a hot cup of coffee.tumblr_lyf7uz90id1qkgl21o1_1280There would be enough space outside for the kids to run around.Outdoors-Kids-1

tumblr_lpn96k1cGh1qza0fjo1_500Room for a small organic vegetable garden.food_science_organic3
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Rain barrels would help harvest rain water for basic water usage such as gardening, laundry, showers, etc…
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Solar panels would also find a place on our small piece of paradise.

Until that day comes, I’m happy living in my vintage 1960’s trailer with my happy little family. Our home is filled with love and lots of beautiful memories and really that is all that matters. It’s not a perfect home but it’s our home, we own it fully. We don’t have credit card bills, mortgage bills or car payments, which keeps stress to a minimum. We try to live within our means and when we can, we splurge on going out to eat or take a day trip. I’m the happiest I have ever been, I have my best friend, and our two children and really that’s all I need.

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Thanks for visiting my little blog. -XOXO Lysa

30 Day Challenge-Favorite Photos

Yesterday we wrapped up the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge. Not only did I enjoy doing the challenge, it also helped me get into the habit of blogging everyday. I also took photos of things that I never would have thought to take a picture of, like the beautiful fossilized sea urchin! I need to find another challenge to do. I did a “Daily Prompt” the other day, but it’s not the same.

Be sure to stop by Two Everyday Divas and Flower Faerie Lives Life. They are wonderful ladies and I’m sure would appreciate some love.

Here are my favorite photos from the challenge. Click any of the photos below to view the slide show.

Thanks for stopping by.

Solar Eclipse Sunset

May 20, 2012

May 20, 2012

Solar eclipse sunset over Harker Heights, Texas.

Day 15-Silhouette

Today is Day 15 of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.

Challenge for today is “Silhouette”.

Day 15-Silhouette

Check out Two Everyday Divas and Flower Faerie Lives Life to see their takes on “Silhouette”.

“A Good Habit” is the challenge for tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting.

Day 12-Sunset

Today is Day 12 of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.

“Sunset” is the challenge for today.

Day 12-Sunset

This is the view off of Eagle Nest Road in Harker Heights, Texas.

Sunset tonight was at 7:57PM, I to0k this picture just before sunset at 7:35PM.

Challenge for tomorrow is “Cannot Live Without.”

Stop by Two Everyday Divas and Flower Faerie Lives Life to see their takes on “Sunset.”

Thanks for stopping by.