7/17/19

Rome 2019

I hadn't planned to scrap our European adventure from April so soon, as I still have trips from 4+ years ago waiting to go in the albums. But when Paper House Productions sent me a box of goodies that included their Italy-themed stickers (affiliate link), I couldn't wait to dig in and play.  

Rome 2019 (affiliate link)

As you can see, I kept the layout very clean and simple. I chose 9 photos (four of scenery and five with people, making sure everyone from our family of nine appeared in at least one photo), mounted them on white, then put that on a green paper with a subtle diagonal stripe. I added the red as a border, wrote my journaling, then added stickers. I combined two to make the title, then two more to draw the eye where I wanted it. It's not a masterpiece, but I'm happy with how it turned out. 

7/16/19

My Job as Editor of Fun Family Crafts

Every once in a while, I make a reference to my job as Editor of Fun Family Crafts and link to the most recent post that explains what I do. That link is from 2016. My responsibilities have changed quite a bit over the years, so clearly it's time for an update!




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"What is Fun Family Crafts?"
Fun Family Crafts is a website. It is not a magazine (you're thinking of FamilyFun). Fun Family Crafts has links to over 11,000 kid-friendly craft tutorials. They are organized into 92 categories to make it really easy to find exactly what you're looking for.

"Wow. 11,000?"
Yep. Actually, it's 11,864 as of today. And with the exception of several hundred that were already on the site when I was hired, I personally checked out every one of those to make sure they were kid-friendly, crafts, and tutorials.

"How many of the 11,864 are tutorials you personally wrote?"
539. All of my tutorials are here at My Creative Life. You can search for them alphabetically or by topic.

"So what do you actually do as Editor?"
I run the site. All submissions come to me; I read each one to determine if it's kid-friendly, a craft, and a tutorial. If yes and it's something we want to feature, then I write up a description, categorize the project, add search terms, and schedule it to run. I also answer any questions our readers have, moderate comments, and promote the site, primarily via social media. I search for the most fabulous kid-friendly craft tutorials out there and feature them on the site. There's more, but that's the gist.

"What do you mean by kid-friendly?"
Fun Family Crafts showcases crafts for everyone from toddlers to teens, as well as crafts adults make for children (like a baby toy, for example, or a Halloween costume). Every craft is tagged by the age group(s) for which it is most appropriate. We do not feature tutorials that are inappropriate for kids. For example, you will not find crafts relating to drugs/smoking, bachelor/bachelorette parties, weddings, retirement, Over the Hill parties, or other topics that are not appropriate for kids. (You'd be surprised by some of the submissions we get.)

"How long have you worked for Fun Family Crafts?"
The owner of Fun Family Crafts, Amanda Formaro, hired me in December 2012 as an Editorial Assistant. At first, my job was to find and submit craft tutorials to flush out our categories that were lacking. Amanda gradually assigned me more tasks, then promoted me to Editor in January 2016. It's a great job. 

"How do I get my craft featured at Fun Family Crafts?
If you are a content creator, I'd love for you to submit any of your craft tutorials. The process is quick and easy, but if you have problems or any questions, please let me know!  


7/15/19

Future Eagle

Trevor has been in Scouts since he was six and loves it. He earned the Arrow of Light (the highest Cub Scout rank) in March 2017 and has been working on Boy Scout ranks ever since. He has completed all the requirements for First Class and is scheduled for a Board of Review on Wednesday. We're so proud of the hard work Trevor has put in to reach this milestone. 

When Boy Scouts started, First Class was the final and highest rank, signifying that a boy was a complete outdoorsman. Now, in addition to the original four ranks, there are three additional ranks: Star, Life, and Eagle. With the completion of First Class, Trevor is officially on his way to Eagle. He has a lot to do along the path, but I'm confident that he will get there. 

Why I am so confident Trevor will get there? Steve and I support and believe in him, of course, but it's much more than that. Trevor has the support of many others: his fellow Scouts, his leaders, other family members, and friends. Most important of all, he has mentors, those who have gone before him and reached Eagle. Cousin Ian. Peers Mateo and Charlie. Church friends Garrett and Les. And so many others. 

Future Eagle (affiliate link)


This photo was taken at a church event. Les and Trevor were seated next to each other and spent time chatting about Scouts. Les gave the print to Trevor and signed it "From an Eagle Scout to a Future Eagle Scout." I knew I had to scrap it. The wood grain background is from the Great Outdoors collection from Paper House Productions and the star border sticker is from their Let Freedom Ring collection. I cut the Eagle emblem, Eagle title, and Scout Oath from an extra copy of the program from a fellow Scout's Eagle Court of Honor. The script letters are from Websters Pages. I'm so happy with how this page turned out and can't wait to see all the great things Trevor accomplishes with so many people behind him. 

7/12/19

Fun with Food!

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that there is a new tab on my site called FUN WITH FOOD. When you click it, it takes you to a landing page that gives me a place to organize everything food-related on my blog. I've added my Edible Crafts to this tab, along with five other categories. Four of them aren't done yet (going through all my old posts - over 2100 of them - is a huge job), but one is. Recipes from United States History is live.


I've divided the recipes into three categories: Native Americans and Early European Exploration; Colonial America and the Revolutionary War; and Expansion, Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. I might add more, but for now those are the recipes I've posted since those are the broad categories covered in fifth grade.

While I'm very happy to have all the recipes in one place, I'm cringing at the photography. I'm not a great photographer even under the best of circumstances, but taking a quick snapshot in a dark classroom with 32 kids clamoring for samples leads to some pretty lousy photos. If/when I make these recipes again at home, I'll take the time to redo the photos.

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7/11/19

Spread Kindness Like Confetti

"Spread kindness like confetti." What a great way to go through life! This quote jumped out at me from the new Kindness Matters Coloring Book by Leisure Arts (affiliate link here and throughout the post) and so I decided to put it on a Plaid Wood Canvas Panel.  


To make your own, start by priming the canvas with white gesso. Brush it all over with Folk Art Hologram Extreme Glitter. When the canvas is dry, tear the page from the coloring book and scribble on the back with a charcoal pencil. Regular pencil works too. 


Carefully position the coloring book page inside the canvas, then trace over the design. Peek to make sure it is transferring. 


Now it's time for color! Use paints, paint pens, or Sharpies to color in the design. 

Use a kneaded eraser to remove any pencil marks or smudges. Then punch a bunch of confetti from colored cardstock and arrange it on the canvas. 


Now pull out the stylus from a Diamond Art kit. While you're at it, gather your extra Diamond Dotz. You'll be using those! Pick up a confetti (confetto?) with the stylus, add a dot of craft glue, and replace the confetti. 


Add coordinating Diamond Dotz to each confetti, using the same technique of picking one up with the stylus, adding a dot of glue, then placing it in the glue. It's hard to capture the sparkle, but the whole thing so glittery and shiny!


But, as sparkly as it is, there's one thing it still needs... more glitter! Use Folk Art Glitterific Paint to bring it to maximum bling. I used my finger to dab on a coat of green, let that dry, then went over the top with hot pink.


I wish you could see this sparkle in the light. 


I need to find a special place to put this where it will inspire others to spread kindness like confetti. 

7/10/19

Scrapping the California Cookie

Remember when Trevor and I asked some of his friends to join us in creating a potential State Cookie for California? It was so much fun. And now the memory is forever preserved in the album. 

California Cookie (affiliate link)

The layout design started with a mistake. When I order photo prints, I want the originals, not the ones that I watermark before putting them on my blog. But I accidentally printed the watermarked version of the plates of cookies. Sigh. 

I was determined to make it work. After trying a bunch of different things, I came across the die cut of California I'd received in my VIP goodie bag at Pinners Conference. It covered up the watermark perfectly. I added the letter stickers and heart to finish the title. Having the title so high made the layout unbalanced, but I couldn't lower it without the watermark showing. Inspiration struck and I took a (faux) bite out of the bottom to help balance the page. 

7/9/19

One Point Perspective Name Art

Here's a fun and easy project to introduce one point perspective. (Yes, I'm obsessed with Name Art.)



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One Point Perspective Name Art


Materials:

  • paper
  • Sharpie
  • ruler
  • colored pencils

Steps:


Write your name in block letters. It is easiest if you use all capital letters so that you don't have ascenders and descenders. You want a little space between the letters, too. 

Make a single dot below your name. 


Now, you are going to draw lines between each of the corners of your letters and the dot at the bottom. If the line would cross through any of the letters, lift your pen to leave a gap. It's easiest to work from the outsides in so you don't have lines that cross. 


Finally, color in your artwork. I chose five different shades of blue colored pencil to create an ombre effect. The darkest color is on the fronts of the letters, then the shades get lighter toward the dot. Experiment with different ways to color your artwork!

7/8/19

The Reason for Scrapbooking

I was hesitant to share this layout here because it barely counts as scrapbooking. Literally all I did was glue our 2017 Christmas card in the center of a piece of patterned paper, add a strip of black cardstock, and stick on a die-cut snowflake. It took 2 minutes, tops.

Christmas 2017 (affiliate link)

But I did decide to share it. Why? Because it IS scrapbooking. There's no title, there's no journaling, there's no artistic arrangement of elements, and there's just one lonely embellishment. (I did design the Christmas card myself, so I guess there's that.) But none of those are mandatory in scrapbooking. My reason for scrapbooking is to record our family's memories. Most of the time, I choose to do that in an artistic manner because I love playing with paper and experimenting with design. But ultimately, I want our scrapbooks to trigger memories and document our lives. Bonus points if the pages turn out looking great.

What's your reason for scrapbooking?

7/5/19

Austin 2018

We had an amazing time in Austin last Thanksgiving. If you've never been, I highly recommend a visit.

Austin 2018 (affiliate link here and below)


This layout came together quickly and easily with goodies from Paper House Productions. The paper is from the Great Outdoors collection and the stickers are from their Texas Destinations sticker pack. The striped gold trim in the lower left is rice paper, a new-to-me item. I struggled to pick which photos to use, but these do a good job hitting the high points of the trip. 

7/4/19

Be the Rainbow in Someone's Cloud

Maya Angelou said to, "Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." So simple, and such a good way to live your life. When I saw a version of this quote in a coloring book, I decided to experiment with putting it on a canvas. I don't mean the quote - I mean the actual coloring page. Could I transfer the coloring page to a canvas and still use it for its intended purpose of coloring it in? Answer: Yes! This project also answers a question I get asked ALL THE TIME: "What can I do with my extra Diamond Dotz?" Affiliate links below. 



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'Be the Rainbow in Someone's Cloud' Coloring Page Canvas



Materials: 



Steps: 


Because this was experimental, I did some things in what turned out to be a strange order. I'll do my best to tell you how I'd go about making it now that I know what I know. 

I started with a canvas that already had paint on it (a project I started and never finished - you can see the pinks and yellows on the edges in the first two photographs below). If you're starting with a new canvas, I'd apply a base coat of grey (which I mixed myself with black and white). Let it dry completely.

Trim the coloring page to remove the copyright info and to even up the margins. Add an even layer of Mod Podge to the canvas and center the coloring page on top of it. Use the smoothing tool to make it perfectly flat. Add a second coat of Mod Podge on top of the coloring page and smooth it down. Let it dry completely. 

Mix equal parts Mod Podge and grey paint and put a thin coat on top of the coloring page. You should still be able to see the lines on the coloring page. Let it dry completely. 


Use the Sharpie to trace the lines of the design. 


Dry brush some blue horizontally onto the top of the canvas. Paint the cloud white. Fill in the rainbow with paint. 


Add a second coat of white on the cloud, touch up the rainbow as needed, and paint the edges of the canvas black. 


I traced the letters with Sharpie a second time, then filled them in with paint. This was unnecessary. If you have a steady hand, just paint the letters.


Add a coat of Extreme Glitter to each color of the rainbow. When that is dry, paint black dividing lines between the colors in the rainbow. 

Place dots of craft glue along the red band of the rainbow. Use the stylus that comes with Diamond Art kits to place red Dotz on the glue. 


Repeat the process with the other colors of the rainbow. 


Now display your canvas where you will be inspired. 


Now that I know how easy it is to put coloring pages onto canvases and paint over them, I'm definitely going to do this again. And I love how much the sparkly Dotz add to the finished design. 

7/3/19

How to Choose a Hotel

I spend a lot of time researching hotels for our travels. I want to make sure we are staying at a place that will allow us to have the best time possible, which means balancing price, location, and amenities. Different considerations go into choosing a hotel for our family vacations than when Steve and I travel to celebrate our anniversary, or when I attend a conference by myself. But regardless of the occasion, I use the same steps to find a hotel.



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1. Location, Location, Location


My first and most important consideration is location. I open Google Maps to the city we're visiting, then search for all the museums, monuments, etc. we'd like to visit. If we're staying in a city that is pedestrian-friendly or has great public transportation, I look for hotels that are near where we want to be. If our destinations are spread out and we'll be traveling to them by car anyway, I expand my hotel search accordingly.

For example, when we visited Omaha, I knew we would be visiting the Joslyn Art Museum, Bob the Bridge, Lewis & Clark Landing, and the Durham Museum, so I started my hotel search in the downtown area.


Once I narrow down the part of town where I think we want to stay, I use Street View on Google Maps to "walk" through the neighborhood surrounding our potential hotels. I'm looking for red flags: bars on windows, run-down properties, and businesses that don't fit my definition of family-friendly. I'm also looking for green flags: cool restaurants, wide sidewalks, interesting public art, and a family-friendly vibe. 


2. Price


I'm assuming that if you're reading this, price is a consideration for where you stay. (If not and you feel like sharing the wealth with your favorite blogger, please let me know. Unless I'm not your favorite blogger, because it would be mean to tell me that you'll be giving money to your favorite blogger, but that it's not me.) Anyway, price. 

After I've determined ideal and acceptable locations, I type "Hotel" into the search bar and adjust the dates for our travels. This gives me a sense of the ranges of prices for the city during my desired dates. As you can see, Omaha is quite affordable with hotels in the downtown area ranging from $67 to $143 per night.


By hovering over the prices, you can see the number of stars that hotel has, as well as one or two of its desirable amenities. That $143/night hotel is a 3-star hotel, Embassy Suites by Hilton. It offers free breakfast and guests rate it 4.2 out of 5. 


The Embassy Suites sounds good, but check this out. Hotel Deco offers free breakfast and has the same 4.2 rating, but it's a 4-star hotel with free wifi for only $107/night. 


So why is Hotel Deco cheaper than Embassy Suites? Google Maps answered that for me too. The Embassy Suites is located right by the headquarters of Conagra, plus it's really close to Omaha's trendy Old Market district. Hotel Deco is 7 blocks away. 

Of course, make sure you're comparing apples to apples. Embassy Suites has a bedroom separate from the living room and sofa bed, which is really nice for families. We don't need that if it's just Steve and me. It's also important to consider amenities when comparing prices. How much does wifi cost at Embassy Suites? What's the cost to park at each of the hotels? Think about what other amenities or policies are important to you so you can compare true costs. A free shuttle is great when we're traveling without a car, but useless if we have our own car. 

Also, know your deal-breakers. Our family will not stay in a hotel that allows smoking, even if it means paying twice as much somewhere else. 


3. Reviews


I never, ever book a hotel without reading reviews, usually on Trip Advisor. I take all reviews with a grain of salt; most people don't leave a review unless their experience was outstanding or horrific. But there's a lot to be learned from reading reviews. One terrible review may mean nothing, but if 90% of the reviews mention dirty rooms, I'm not going to book at that hotel. Conversely, if there are a bunch of complaints about the hotel's bar closing really early, I wouldn't hesitate to book because I don't care about hotel bars. 


4. Loyalty Programs


If, after going through the three steps above, I am still debating between hotels, I let their loyalty programs decide. Most hotels fall into one of five groups: Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG, and Wyndham. When all other factors are equal, we choose a Hilton property because of the loyalty perks. Our second choice is Marriott or IHG. 


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So where did we end up staying during our Omaha trip? We picked Hotel Deco and it was AWESOME. You can read all about it here

7/2/19

Pastor Karen

I briefly mentioned the installation for our church's long-awaited new pastor in this post about the S'mores Casserole I brought to the potluck that followed the service. It was a wonderful day. Our congregation celebrated with at least a dozen local pastors from various congregations as well as and Pastor Karen’s family. She gave Trevor a role in the service as book bearer. He did a great job, though I don’t think the officiant had expected the person holding the Bible for her to be so short! 

Pastor Karen (affiliate link)


I used the same collection from Chickaniddy Crafts that I did to scrap about saying farewell to our Interim Pastor Tim. I thought that was a fun parallel. The two layouts look quite different and I love them both. Just like Pastor Karen and Pastor Tim - quite different and I love them both.

7/1/19

Tissue Paper Pineapple

It kills me to see people throw out tissue paper after unwrapping gifts. There are so many good uses for it. You can reuse it to wrap more gifts (iron it if the wrinkles bother you). Or use it for crafting! I made this dimensional pineapple with a piece of tissue paper I rescued from a birthday party. It makes me happy. 




Tissue Paper Pineapple



Materials:

  • construction paper (yellow, green)
  • scissors
  • yellow tissue paper
  • wax paper
  • white glue
  • unsharpened pencil


Steps:


Cut an oval from the yellow construction paper and pointy leaves from the green construction paper. Put a glob of glue on the wax paper.


Cut the tissue paper into 1" squares. (No need to measure. It's fine if they're uneven or the sizing is inconsistent.) Wrap a tissue paper square onto the end of the pencil, then dip it in glue. Touch it to the yellow construction paper and lift straight up. The tissue paper will stay in place. Repeat this process, placing each tissue paper square as close as possible to the ones that are already glued down. 


When you've filled the oval, let the glue dry completely, then give your pineapple a haircut. Trim up the edges, then taper it so that the middle section is slightly higher than the edges to make the pineapple look round. 


Glue the leaves behind the yellow oval and your pineapple is ready to display!

6/28/19

I'd Rather Be Camping

I was chatting with the District Executive of Trevor's Scout troop at a recent event and he asked me if I like camping. I assured him that I do... as long as there are flush toilets somewhat nearby and I don't have to schlep all my stuff more than a short distance between the car and the campsite. I am fine with sleeping on the ground. I can easily go for 3 or 4 days without a shower or a mirror. Bugs and other critters don't bother me. Cooking over a fire or camp stove is fun. Being in nature is great.

In other words, I love car camping. I hate backpacking and/or being in the backcountry. Carrying stuff any distance is not fun. Blazing trails is awful. Treating water is a pain in the neck. Backpacking food is lousy. And living without a flushing toilet and a way to properly wash my hands is unacceptable.

When Trevor's Scout troop planned a car camping trip focused on orienteering and geocaching, I happily accepted the invitation to come along. I'm so glad I did. It was a really fun trip. I even had my own private bathroom, as the only female on the trip - such luxury! Not to mention, the boys did all the work cooking and cleaning. Now that's my kind of camping trip.

I'd Rather Be Camping


I put this layout together using goodies I received from Paper House Productions. With the exception of the background paper, everything came from the Great Outdoors collection (affiliate link). I love the canteen dangling from the title sticker. So cute. And I love that the orange tent matches the one in the photos on the right. It was a really fun layout to put together. And yes, I am in the group photo at the top right, so there is evidence that I was actually there. 

6/27/19

Best FREE Family-Friendly Factory Tours

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the Hershey’s chocolate factory in Oakdale, CA. We passed by it when we drove to our cabin, and my parents were happy to stop and take the tour any time it was open. That was the problem. Tours were only during business hours on weekdays and never on holidays. When did we go to our cabin? When school was out... weekends and holidays. We toured successfully about 8 times over the years before Hershey left Oakdale. Each time was incredible. I loved smelling the chocolate scent that permeated everything, watching the machines make row after row of perfectly aligned Kisses, seeing the rolls of foil transform into wrappers, and eating the samples. I thought it was magical getting to watch how something I loved was made.

I still love factory tours as much as I did when I was a kid. Steve and Trevor love them too. Visiting them is a priority for us when we travel. The only thing better than an awesome factory tour? A FREE awesome factory tour. Below are seven of our favorites.



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Jelly Belly Candy Company (Fairfield, California)


There is so much to love about the Jelly Belly factory tour! The smell alone is reason to go. We live less than five miles away, so I can't even begin to count the number of times we've been there. Twenty? Probably more. They have special events at all of the holidays. When Trevor was younger, we always went to their annual Munchkin Masquerade, which is tons of fun.


No matter when you go, the tour is great. It's self-paced, with hands-on activities and challenges along the way. You get to watch all the stages of production. There are generous samples at the end of the tour, as well as at the Sample Bar in the retail shop. Don’t skip the cafe! Their jelly-belly shaped pizza and burgers are delicious, as is everything else on the menu. The retail shop has lots of great stuff for sale, but my favorite are the Belly Flops. These discount Jelly Bellies are a bit misshapen, but just as delicious as the others.


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Bob's Red Mill (Milwaukie, Oregon)


The tour at Bob's Red Mill was a highlight for me during our visit to Portland. The free guided tour was educational, interesting, and surprisingly hands-on. We loved working together as a group to identify beans (no bean experts among us, apparently!) and touching all of the exotic grains. Trevor got to grind wheat, which was really cool. We followed up our tour with lunch at their amazing restaurant at Bob's Red Mill Store- I'd eat there all the time if I were local.



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Snyder's of Hanover (Hanover, Pennsylvania)


We really enjoyed the tour at Snyder's of Hanover. The guided walking tour takes you to see the raw materials warehouse, the warehouse for finished product, the packing room, and the oven room, where the scent of baking pretzels is incredible. I was surprised to learn how many different products are under the Snyder's umbrella; they make a lot more than pretzels! We tried to stump our guide with all sorts of questions, but she was a walking encyclopedia who knew pretty much everything about Snyder's and their products.


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Utz Potato Chips (Hanover, Pennsylvania)


While you are in Hanover, don't miss the Potato Chip Trip at Utz. This self-guided tour lets you walk along an observation gallery and see the entire chip-making process from beginning to end. It was so cool seeing potatoes go in one end and packaged chips come out the other. We'd never tried Utz products before; after getting free samples, we're hooked!


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Celestial Seasonings (Boulder, Colorado)


I don't like regular tea, but I am a big fan of certain herbal teas by Celestial Seasonings. My favorite is Cinnamon Apple Spice - yum! The tour at Celestial Seasonings starts with serve-yourself samples of dozens of different teas. This is a great way to try new flavors without committing to buying a whole box. We each discovered some flavors we liked that we might not ordinarily have even tried.

After a video, then the tour goes right into the manufacturing facility. It is so interesting seeing all the raw ingredients and how they are transformed into products that are ready to ship. My favorite part of the tour is the Mint Room. Because mint is so strong, they have to keep it segregated in its own locked room so that it doesn't impart flavors into other types of tea. Entering the Mint Room is indescribable. Mint explodes at your senses in the very best of ways. It's like aromatherapy times a thousand. 


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Buffalo Trace Distillery (Frankfort, Kentucky)


It may surprise you that I'm including a distillery in an article about family-friendly tours, but Buffalo Trace offers an interesting and educational tour that is appropriate for all ages. I'm not a bourbon fan (and obviously, neither was 12-year old Trevor), but we enjoyed the tour just as much as Steve, who is a bourbon fan. You don't have to use the finished product to learn about how it's made and its role in the history of the area. Bourbon is an important industry in Kentucky and Buffalo Trace runs a top-notch tour. The tour ends with bourbon tasting and bourbon-filled chocolates; anyone who didn't want bourbon, for whatever reason, sampled root beer and plain chocolate.


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Tillamook Cheese Factory (Tillamook, Oregon)


Cheese is one of my very favorite foods and Tillamook makes some of the best. The farm exhibit is informative and interesting, but the best was seeing each step of the cheesemaking process on their tour. I particularly watching the huge blocks being cut into consumer-sized portions. And tasting all the samples. That part was awesome.


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We're always on the lookout for family-friendly factory tours when we travel. If you've been to one that's great, please let me know in the comments. Bonus points if the tour is free!

6/26/19

Creative Ways to Give Money as a Gift

I've been working really hard indexing all my crafts. It's been a huge job, but so worth it. I LOVE having all my crafts organized visually by topic. My latest efforts have been with all the money gifts I've done over the years. This icon now appears on my Crafts by Holiday/Topic tab.


When you click it, you'll go to a page with 24 ideas for creative and thoughtful ways to give money. I hadn't realized I'd made so many different money projects over the years. It's so much fun seeing them all in one place. And it reminds me that I need to start planning for the next money gifts! Timothy's birthday and Christmas will be here before I know it.

6/25/19

8 Years (and Counting!) with a House Rabbit

Today marks eight years since we adopted Trouble. (Best decision ever.) Trouble is a house rabbit, meaning that he roams free throughout the house and is not confided to a cage. We knew next to nothing about rabbits when we adopted him and worked hard to learn as much as we could to let him have the happiest, healthiest life possible. Rabbit.org is a wonderful source for information that I highly recommend.

One thing we learned is how rabbits like to be petted. It's totally different than the way most dogs or cats prefer. This illustration is commonly found on many rabbit sites and gives you a general idea of where to pet a rabbit, and more importantly, where rabbits do not like being touched.


While it is an excellent starting point for unfamiliar rabbits, as you get to know a particular rabbit you'll learn how and where they want to be petted. A member of a house rabbit Facebook group I'm in posted the Bun Petting Preference Chart by Winnie the Wonderbun and suggested we each fill it out. This is what Trouble's looks like. 


You can see from a quick image search that many rabbits like (or hate) being petted in similar areas, but there is a lot of variation between individuals. It's no surprise. Rabbits' personalities and preferences are as diverse as any other animals' personalities and preferences are.  

Here is a blank copy of the Bun Petting Preference Chart. 


Happy Adoption Day, Trouble. You are the best and we love you so much.