Great summer reads for boys, books suggestions right off of an 11 year old's summer reading stack!

Hey! Are you enjoying your summer so far!?!?! I feel like ours has been a whirlwind, and is rushing away from us. I’m already starting to buy school supplies and pick the curriculum for next year.  We won’t be starting until after Labor Day, so we still have plenty of time left, but I bet it’ll pass too fast. Before summer completely gets away from us I wanted to show you what is on my Son’s summer reading stack! Some of these are new releases that we chose to review (they were sent to us free in exchange) some are just things my son hasRead More →

Getting ready to make truffles with historically accurate chocolate!

Today is an amazing combo in that it’s summer, which is the perfect time for a trip, and that it is Chocolate Day. So I’m going to tell you how to enjoy a trip, get some amazing chocolate, and even turn it into a fun and easy history learning experience! (Interestingly enough there are actually 4 Chocolate Days a year, but that’s just an ADHD inspired tidbit.) We actually do a lot of tours and trips, mostly because we live close to so many, but also because my approach to history is that it is better to see and do than to read and quote. It’s oneRead More →

While the world constantly pushes for perfection I want people to know they are not alone! It's okay to be a mess! It's okay to be Type-B.

If you read my post yesterday maybe it resonated with you, but maybe not because you need to relax, maybe you’re like me and are probably TOO relaxed. Maybe you were saying “Alicia, I’m TOO Relaxed- Just Like You!” Well, that is the other part of what I try to do here! Photo by chaithanya krishnan on Unsplash Here’s what I’m hoping people get from my website: Type A People- Learn to relax a bit and follow some of my fun and easy tips for crafts and family fun. See that I do these things and we survive! We even thrive! The mess is worth it! Other Type B People-Read More →

Guys, just relax and have fun, you only get one life and time with your kids if brief.

I know the “Type A” idea, I’m not it, I don’t entirely understand it, but I know it. If you’re not Type A, are you Type B? Is the opposite Type Z?? Featured Photo is by Daniel Spase on Unsplash One thing I’m hoping to do with this website is to rub off a little of my extreme Type B/Z onto other people, especially parents. I want people to relax. In 2 years, 10 years, 20 years, will you say “We always had a lot of fun, because our house was spotless and I had a detailed schedule?” Probably not. Days with our babies are slim you guys.Read More →

Tasty Banana Cheesecakes- My Workbasket

I’m trying to get better about eating breakfast and decided to best place to start is by pre-making some things that are easy to grab. I mentioned in my Weekly Workbasket recently that I wanted to work on some freezer meals. One recipe I found on Pinterest really peeked my interest. It has everything we love and is gluten free! Banana Breakfast Cheesecakes! I do LOVE a cheesecake. They are SO Good! I admit they don’t look like much, but they taste amazing! They were also really easy to make. I followed the recipe that was posted over on Amy’s Healthy Baking. I did makeRead More →

Some items that I talk about in my Weekly Workbasket this week at My Workbasket

  I can’t believe it is almost August! I’ve turned 34, my sweet niece is about to turn 10, and school supplies are in the stores. Craziness! I also have so many projects that I never got to talk about in July! So many! Most of them were for Christmas in July, so now I’ll probably save them for actual Christmas and talk about them then. Let’s talk about my Weekly Workbasket though. Read More →

Here’s a few things you may not know about me- I am super cheapskate most of the time. It drives my husband crazy. Most of the crafts I know are self taught, or learned from a video or two. I did have a teacher for knitting and crochet, the basic stitches anyway, the rest I picked up. I don’t really like taking classes. I get bored, I don’t always learn much, I hate being shown things I already know and want to get to the good stuff.Read More →

  The July 1983 issue of The Workbasket has tons of Christmas and winter goods. One of them is this crocheted tassel hat. In the same issue is a similar knit hat (but I didn’t make that one, yet!) This hat is constructed flat and then stitched up. The rows create the stripes so your sideways rows go top to bottom when completed. Very neat. One side features a series of decreases and stitch changes to create the smaller top. You create the ridges by working in the back loop only.Read More →

Recently on a crochet group I’m in a designer asked for pattern testers and since I am a bit ahead on blog projects and had a light project load at the moment I volunteered. I had no idea what the project would be until she sent me the pattern, but I knew it was crochet, supposed to be quick, and used the colorful cake yarns so popular right now.  I was super surprised to get this adorable pattern for a Betta Fish Lovey!                Read More →

That time again already! The weekly workbasket! Last Week: Last week here on the blog I started the first of the Christmas in July posts with a scarf from the magazine, that YOU can enter to win. The giveaway is open to all subscribers, so if you are a subscriber you have a chance to win! If you are NOT a subscriber you have time! Just subscribe by Tuesday the 18. Other than that I started crocheting a test pattern for someone, it’s super cute, and makes use of all the colorful cakes of yarn out on the market now. I can’t reveal much, butRead More →

The “Making Cents” column in the July 1983 issue featured one tiny little craft idea that I thought was super cute! A walnut shell strawberry magnet. I knew right away that I wanted to make it, but did wonder where I’d find a walnut shell in the middle of summer. I always put out mixed nuts at the holidays, in a vintage nut bowl I have, and if it was anywhere from November to January I’d just walk over and get one. BUT this is July, the only thing I have is pistachios, and some abandoned hazelnuts that I throw outside for the chipmunks sometimes.Read More →

This Bias Knit Scarf from the July 1983 issue was a super fun and easy knit!  Easy to remember stitch pattern, just varied enough to keep it interested, AND no ends to weave in! That’s right, NO ends! As you change colors you leave a tail which later becomes part of the side fringe. Making It: I was more than halfway finished when I realized I missed a golden opportunity! If I had used red and white it would look like a candy cane! I intend to make a few more that use that idea. It only takes a small skein of each color, soRead More →

That time already? WOW! These weekly workbasket posts really make me see how much time gets away from me, or just how fast it passes in general. It seems like I just typed my first one but here it is several posts later. Last Week: So last week I started a new organization/cleaning method. It’s based on The Slob Sisters, and their Side-Tracked Home Executive system. I haven’t read the official book, but learned some about the system online and just jumped in to creating a basic set up. My son and I both are very ADHD and are not good at cleaning. We getRead More →

When we go to visit with my parents it’s nice to see them and be part of their lives for awhile. It’s also nice to spend some time away from home, in the country, just mostly relaxing. I usually come home in a good mental place, and usually with something I have been struggling with all figured out. All of that is great, BUT the real reason I go, is for thrift shops! Here at home we have two Goodwill’s that are easy to get to and close, but I don’t like shopping there (expensive!!) There is a small independently run shop that we love,Read More →