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SPRING! Spotting the signs of my favorite season


We’re getting to that time of year when pretty much every tree has teeny tiny buds starting to pop and a few are becoming downright colorful. Slowly tip toeing into the season. The weather is reaching a point where the temps are high enough to ditch jackets when it isn’t raining (which is often unfortunately) and over the weekend we broke out the grill for the first time this year : we welcomed the start of Grilling Season with some beer brats & grilled stuffed mushroom caps. Our neighbors were also grilling and I’m sure we weren’t alone. We’ll be eating outdoors & wearing sandals for as long as possible here.

Of course the downside to my favorite season is that it’s also the beginning of allergy season which tends to run from early April until late November, just in time for cold and flu season to start! I’ve been trying to decide if one allergy medication will be enough this year or if I’ll need to go back on both of the meds I took last year which were pretty much just enough to keep me mostly alive. Last year was the worst allergy season I have ever endured and I’m hoping for a gentler season this year.

As much as my nose hates this time of year (and my throat, ears & head in general), I love Spring. The flowers blooming, the relief from briskly cold temperatures, the streets and yards finally free of snow and ice. Animals are emerging from hibernation and though this mean that my puppy is even more of a spaz than usual, the signs of life are thrilling and warmly welcomed. The sound of children playing outside can be heard pretty much every day now and sidewalk chalk, bubbles and water tables will be getting used a lot more now. It’s much easier to deal with a case of cabin fever, when you can go outside and enjoy your backyard or take a walk through the neighborhood to the local playground without needing a sweater, winter jacket, scarf, hat and mittens.

What’s your favorite season?


momma loves: pom pom pets with kiwi crate

pom pom pets

It’s been one of those lazy mornings where the idea of taking off my bathrobe is more than I can bear. After deciding that it would definitely be a hide indoors kind of day, I knew that I’d need to pull some fun project out of my hat to ward off those guilty mom pangs that come part and parcel with laziness. A Kiwi Crate kind of day, if ever I saw one.

Around the time that we adopted our dog, Kiwi Crate sent a very timely crate that’s all about making your own pets and a pet playground. I briefly wondered if Kiwi Crate had hidden cameras in my home, then set the crate aside. Having a new pet of our own to care for and keep from destroying everything, I knew that random arts & crafts projects probably weren’t going to happen just yet. We won’t talk about the fact that that was two crates ago and that my office is starting to gather a collection of little green boxes.

Anyway, the dog was safely napping in his crate, my coffee was gone and my daughter was looking for trouble so I diverted her attention with, “Look BB! Let’s make Pom Pom Pets! What color should we make first!!!!Worked like a charm.

These little pom pom pets were super easy to make – I was surprised how little effort was involved. Wrap some yarn around a little c shaped yarn winder (included in the crate), tie tightly in the middle with pipe cleaner then snip the loops on either end and trim if needed. Apparently you could also use a rectangle shape of cardboard, a fork or even just your fingers. Add googly eyes and other decorations to make your own Pom Pom Pet. BB named hers Sofia and Amber because she’d just finished watching Sofia the First.

Of course she loved adding the decorations to her little pets and naming them and she did a little bit of the winding and cutting but quickly decided that it was more effort than she felt like putting into the project – but it took me only a couple of minutes to do the more involved steps. Her favorite part of the project may have been taking her new pets to the living room afterwards to watch more Sofia the First with them, but I’ll still consider this a successful morning project.