Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I don't have much time at the moment to post pictures or anything else, but I couldn't pass these up so I though I'd share them with you.

If you like the look of blocked layouts, then you should head on over to the SSD blog where they have some fabulous samples and a free template.

Are you in a patriotic state of mind? If so, head on over to Lindsay Jane's blog to grab yourself a wonderful red/white/blue glitter alpha that will come handy for all of your 4th of July layouts.

If your kids graduated from High School or just moved on from one grade to the next, run over to the Shutterfly blog to get Doris Castle's Graduation Quotes/Brush set.

Weeds and Wildflowers is currently hosting a fun photography challenge. To make it easier to complete your page, they even provide free wordart. How generous!

SherryJD has a cute alpha available on her blog.

Fran has a cute kit Tendre Comme Papa.

Lastly, Scrapmatters is hosting their weekly template challenge. The template is fab...go grab it!

Enjoy and have a great day! 9096

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Quick, Go Grab This Freebie! Limited Time Offer

The Sweet Shoppe Design designers have a fabulous free kit that they created especially for Ali Edwards to give away. It is only available this weekend, so go grab it NOW!

Log Your Memory also has a few kits that are cute and FREE. If you haven't seen them, head on over to the site to download. You will probably have to become a member to be able to download. The site is very informative and totally worth the registration. :) 9068

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Earth Day Fair - Part Deux

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Good Afternoon from hot, hazy and humid New Jersey. We have had a heat advisory warning in effect since June 20th. So I have been staying inside trying to keep cool, calm and collected. :)

Anyway, I had a half hour to spare so I uploaded the 2nd batch of photos from the fair. I still have a few others to upload, but will do that later. Enjoy!

The fair had a fairly interesting assortment of creepy animals on display. Worthy of mention was the huge bullfrog, the millipede (which was really long and reminded me of a Hebrew National hot dog - which by the way, is the only hot dog that I eat) and the tarantula. There were several types of snakes, skinks, turtles and preserved specimens of exotic beetles, butterflies and bugs that I'd never seen before in my life.

The kids enjoyed the "nature arts." They were provided with twigs, dirt, sand, pods, seeds, leaves, cones, shells and all sorts of things found in nature to create their very own nature collage. Even Liam, who usually frowns at this type of thing, got his hands dirty and create his very own masterpiece. :)

I made them pose for me at the entrance of the garden because I really liked the ivy creeping up the brick wall. :) They were good sports.

There was a band playing in the background, but I was more interested in the solo artist happily playing his banjo. At first glance, he looked like he belong to an Amish community, but as I engaged him in conversation I learned that he wasn't Amish, and that he was aiming for the Elvis Presley look, not "Amish." LOL. Anyway, I told him that being Amish was good and that there were far worse things I could have called him, to which he replied: "that is true." Then he smiled at me. We chatted for a while then I let him go back to his corner to continue playing.

I will post other photos later, if not tomorrow. Have a great day.
Hugs, Kait/ 9033

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Earth Day Fair - Part 1

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Last weekend we went to our annual Earth Day fair. Of course, it was a very hot and humid day, but we didn't let that deter us from attending and having fun. Though the fair's purpose was to encourage the public at large to do their part in GOING GREEN by conserving energy, reusing and recycling, it also featured music, live animal presentations , canoeing and nature walks. There were environmental displays, demonstrations, and workshops.

As we entered the fair, the first thing we found was a booth loaded with flowers, which was adjacent to a big pile of dirt/fertilizer/mulch. The kids grabbed a flower, which were free, and headed on the pile to add fertilizer/dirt to their newly acquired flower, then proceeded to grab a plastic container to place the plant within so they could add water to it.

(Item 1)Baskets and Spinning. There were several women weaving baskets and spinning wool. The one woman was on her loom spinning one long strand of yarn. Of particular interest to me where the colorful finger puppets and yarn dolls made with Alpaca hair. There were several stuffed toys, one of which was an alpaca, that were extremely cuddly soft. I asked the woman what she used to make them, to which she said: Alpaca hair. (Items 3 through 5)

Alpacas. They had 2 Alpacas which were absolutely adorable. One was black and the other was a rusty orange color. One of them kept moaning, as if calling for its mother. (item 6)

Gourds. As we walked along, we came across another craft booth that contained many beautiful hand-painted gourds. Some were made into bird feeders, others were strictly for decoration. (Item 7)

As we walked around from booth to booth, we came near the mansion where they were hosting 14 "Green Stations" to learn about what we could do to "Go Green." They focused on: (Item 8)
  • Backyard composting - help the environment by reducing the amt. of waste that goes into landfills, reduce the need for fertilizers and water, and help to control soil erosion.
  • Landscape Design Naturally in our Yards - reduce lawn size, replace it with native plants which require less watering, less mowing and fertilizing
  • Backyard Habitats - plant trees, shrubs and flowers that provide water, food, shelter and nesting for wildlife year round.
  • Proper Disposal of Chemicals - explained the need to dispose of trash and chemicals properly as these usually wash down the storm drains and contaminate our water supply.
  • Proper disposal of cigarette butts - though I have never been a smoker, I was surprised to see the amt. of chemicals that go into the cigarette filters. I subscribe to the mentality that I would rather eat my money (as in buy food) than see it go up in smoke. :) Did you know that there are more than 4,000 ingredients in a cigarette other than tobacco. Common additives include yeast, wine, caffeine, beeswax and chocolate. Here are some other ingredients: Ammonia: Household cleaner
    Angelica root extract: Known to cause cancer in animals
    Arsenic: Used in rat poisons
    Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber
    Butane: Gas; used in lighter fluid
    Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas
    Cadmium: Used in batteries
    Cyanide: Deadly poison
    DDT: A banned insecticide
    Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals
    Lead: Poisonous in high doses
    Formaldehiyde: Used to preserve dead specimens
    Methoprene: Insecticide
    Megastigmatrienone: Chemical naturally found in grapefruit juice
    Maltitol: Sweetener for diabetics
    Napthalene: Ingredient in mothballs
    Methyl isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India in 1984
    Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element
(See the site: quitsmokingsupport for more information about other toxic ingredients found in cigarettes and.resources for quitting the habit.
  • Reusable Totes - this booth encouraged people to use reusable totes/reusable canvas bags instead of using plastic bags. Each of the kids got to participate in a demonstration. Kay had a plastic bag, while Liam had a canvas bag. They each placed many cans into their bags and got a chance to weight it. This gave the panelist a chance to explain why the reusable canvas bag was a much better option than the plastic bag. Not only can one carry more items in the canvas bag but it can be used again and again and again. You can't do the same thing with a plastic bag. Once it breaks it ends up in the trash. Besides, they make the plastic bags so thin that they break easily with just a few items.
  • Buy Local fruits, vegetables - support your local economy, or you can pick your own directly from the field.
  • Let the light in - Use shades, blinds and curtains to keep your house cool during the day and open them up to allow natural light in as the sun shifts from morning to afternoon.
  • Go Solar - air dry your clothes. I like to air dry my clothes, but not the towels. Also, if you are an allergy sufferer, it is not suggested that you air dry your clothes because of pollen and allergens in the air that will undoubtedly cling to your clothes.
  • Conserve water int he home by turning off the faucet
  • Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth or wash your face or shave. Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Recycle
  • Walk, carpool or bike - select the means of transportation better suited for the distance you are traveling.
  • Follow Through - make a concerted effort to follow through on your pledge to "go green."
Wheel of Fortune: Liam spinning the wheel to collect a free prize. Liam was thrilled with his prize: a calculator! Kay and I spun the wheel but we each got a nail file. (Item 9)

Garden - Smithville Mansion is a Greek Revival-style mansion, which currently serves as a museum, and has wonderful gardens. The bright orange Tiger Lilies are beautiful as they flank the pathway leading up to the mansion tours' entrance. (Item 10)

Valerie Vaugh sang about Tuckerton. (see Image 12)

Moose: Life-size sculpture of park mascot February the Moose created from trash collected in the parks. It had several openings where one could place items to be recycles such as glass and plastic bottles. (Item 12)

Bee Keeper, Bees and Honey:
A local bee keeper was on hand selling local honey, and had a honey comb full of bees that he used to explain the honey-making process. (Item 13)

Live Animals: Rabbits and hamster (Items 14, 15 and 16).

Milk: While there weren't any live cows on the premises, there was a model of a cow that allowed kids to try their hand at "milking" a cow. It had 4 rubber teats that the kids had to grab and pull to make "milk" come out to fill the bucket. (Item17)

This is it for now. I have more pictures from this event, but am out of time at the moment. Today is Kay's school party and I have to get ready for it.

I hope you like the pictures. It was time consuming to load, detail and upload, but... 9022

Friday, June 18, 2010

Let's Go for a Walk

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Come on! Let's go out for a walk. I haven't been to the lake for a long time, come with me. I'll show you my favorite hang-out spots...

After I dropped off the kids at school, I went out to the lake for a walk. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the birds flying all around, the swaying flowers and flowering trees. Here are a few of my favorites.

This weekend is supposed to be really hot - in the 90's. We are planning on going to the annual Earth Day fair, which takes place tomorrow. Of all goes well, I'll take the kids to Six Flags Great Adventure/Hurricane Harbor on Sunday. And we'll try to drag Daddy out of the house for some fun, too. :)

Before I forget, the kids last day of school is this coming Thursday. They are looking forward to summer vacation. It's going to be one busy, crazy summer!

Oh, you might have noticed that I haven't scrapped in the past month, I have ideas, but don't have the mojo.

I do want you to keep you eyes open for Lorie Davison's new kit coming out in the next few days...you won't want to miss it. :0) 8963


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