A Summer Activity: Adventure Journal

With all 0f this heat in Portland, it feels like summer is already here.  The kids will be out of school soon, and they will suddenly wander around the house asking what you are going to do with them.  Here’s an craft idea that will be special all summer: a...

How to Force Cherry Blossoms

In the spring, I love to bring trimmed tree branches into the house to bloom. I’ve include a few directions for how to force cherry blossoms below.  For Chinese New Year, which was February 8 this year, it’s traditional to force cherry blossoms, so that’s what...

Old Dogs and New Dogs

  Jackson, our new puppy, is running around the house like a crazy madman. He wants to play, he wants to eat. He has to go to the bathroom. And he needs something to chew right now before he chews me. Ugh, so exhausting. I love my crazy little pup, but the first...

Chocolate Lavender Lip Balm is the Best

This year we made lotions and lip balms to give to our family and friends.  It was really fun and our kitchen smelled great for days. Below, I’ve included our lip balm recipe with some ideas for colors and flavors.  Tomorrow, I’ll post the recipe for...