Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

I may have been away for a month, but I certainly forgotten about TRCFT!

I'm back, if only for a moment, to share a link to a website that I've only just discovered myself. Forgive me if it doesn't live up to my hype, but I'm thinking it shows a lot of promise and believe that it will end up being a great resource.

See for yourself!


Monday, July 19, 2010

Last Thursday was my daughter's 3rd birthday, and we decided to have a celebration on Saturday. Since she's now old enough to really appreciate what's going on, and she's actually got favorite shows and characters and such, I decided I'd make the day extra special by making a character cake just for her. With a little help from Omnomnomicon.com and my kitchen-capable stepmom, we were able to create this super fun cake:

It's Muno from Yo Gabba Gabba! Naomi and I love this show, and I thought the cake would be a neat treat for my growing girl. I was right, she loved it! The inside is the same rainbow colors as the cupcakes in my previous post, and the frosting is a cream cheese icing we made from scratch. Delicious!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rainbow Cupcakes!

I think my lack of posts in the past couple of weeks is made ALLBETTER by these beautiful cupcakes. I spent a gloomy, thundery afternoon brightening my kitchen with these lovelies!

I found the how-to over at Omnomnomicon!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I Heart It.

I heart We Heart It.

I also heart Bookshelf Porn.

Two of the simplest websites, but I could spend hours just perusing the interesting images I come across. Maybe it's just me, but seeing things that are aesthetically pleasing is often enough to soothe me, even when I'm particularly moody. Even better? It's free.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Beach Day Pics!

Jen, one of the lovely ladies we lounged on the beach with, had the presence of mind to bring her camera, and captured some of Naomi's finest moments. Cue photos!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Beach Day!

In a happy break away from the usual (home all day, making due with the same games and shows and routines), my little girl and I set out to the beach with a couple of good pals and had some fun in the sun. Some [terrible! horrible!] tanning was done, as well as copious splashing and - you guessed it - sand! Sand, everywhere! Unfortunately, the sun got to be too much, and we beat a hasty retreat after about two hours. But let me tell you, my child is still full-throttle. Beach days are the best!

In addition to being fun, there are also a couple of cool benefits. Not only is a trip to the beach easy on the wallet, but there are also some pretty cool health pluses associated with splashing around in the sea. Most specifically, sea water serves as an antiseptic and pro-healing agent, and as a sinus reliever. I've also read that tomatoes grown using diluted sea water contain a higher amount of antioxidants than normally-grown tomatoes, but that's more an interesting tidbit than a relevant fact. I can, however, personally attest to the happy effects of sea water on the body. I had a split cuticle that was painful and scabbed when we arrived at the beach this afternoon, and now the scab is gone and the area no longer smarts! How's that for cool? (I also got hit in the face by a particularly tumultuous wave and got lots of sea water up my nose. Sure, it cleared my sinues, but getting hit in the face by a wave is NOT COOL!)

I also like to put off any real showering after a beach visit until right before bed. As gross as that may sound, I find that it's really nice for my skin. I'll simply rinse off at the beach showers just to get all the sand off, and then lounge around in shorts and a t-shirt for a few hours after arriving home. That way, I get to enjoy the smell of the ocean that lingers on my skin, and I always notice that my skin is much softer and not as dry as usual.