Monthly Archives: May 2014

Pool Noodle "Stick" Horses – Summertime activities

I love Dollar Stores!! I found $1 pool noodles… I don’t have a pool… What am I going to do with them?

I am going to make pool noodle HORSES!

My little LONE RANGERS need these!!! These were so easy to make.

We ended up making 15 of them for our house (and for the motorhome to take with us camping!!)

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These are so simple to create! Here’s what you need!!

  • pool noodle
  • large, thick rubber band
  • twine or ribbon
  • felt  – cut to create hair. (fold the piece in half long ways and cut strips towards the folded section but not all the way through to make fringe)
  • sharpie marker
  • low temperature hot glue gun or gorilla glue – school glue didn’t hold well. (The high temperature WILL melt the noodle!)


  1. Fold the noodle about 12 inches from the end and place the large rubber band around both pieces (see, it needs to be a large this one!).
  2. Tie the ribbon on the horse around the “nose” and the body and make a rein.
  3. Glue the Felt Hair on the pony and draw a face with the marker…

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Essential Oil Tuesday – Sugar Salt Scrub

krisandlarry-sugarsaltscrubThe end of the year is coming and I am getting ready for teacher gifts. I homeschool several of my kids, however, I do have a few in public school. We made some AMAZING “baskets of RELAXATION” for my boys’ teachers… After a year with them, They needed those!!!


Our baskets included bath salts, sugar scrubs, lotion, bubble bath and body butter. (all in matching flavors)


Sugar Salt Scrub


  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup Almond Oil
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oils (rosemary and mint, or rosemary and lemon grass or citrus or lavender)
  • 1 T dried herbs (I used rosemary from my garden)



In a mason jar, add the salt and sugar. Replace lid and shake.  Next, add the 1/2 cup of oil and 10 drops of essential oil and optional dried herbs. Replace lid and shake again. Let sit over night before using to allow the oils and herbs to soak.


How does YOUR garden grow? May 2014

Living in Arizona, we don’t have quite the opportunities as other parts of the garden where you can just throw your seeds out and have full plants a week later! We have hot, dry days and we live up in a valley in the mountains that gets us a bit of snow and a lot of wind!!!

I am often asked about my garden…. In the summer our grocery bill is less than $100/month for all of us because I buy meat in bulk throughout the year and we grow a HUGE Garden. (We mostly pick up milk and almond milk and cheese during the summer and that’s it!!!)

The kids and I got in 18 tomatoes (I have 12 more in my greenhouse), 4 Tomatillos, Spinach, Lettuce, Red Onions, Garlic, 12 Egg Plants, 24 different Peppers (chilies, jalapenos, bells, etc) Radishes, Turnips, Peas, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots. We harvested spinach and radishes for dinner the other night… SO GOOD!

Our zucchini, pumpkins, cucumbers, kale, chard and rhubarb are all still in the greenhouse.

Here are a few photos of our “weeding-fest” from this last weekend!!
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It’s been one year. I miss you Katrina!

One year ago today, the world lost one of the most beautiful people who I have ever been honored enough to call my friend. Katrina was born on January 19, 1977. She and I were only 3 months apart. I met her through Leaving Prints Scrapbook company. And although we lived a bugzillion miles apart – She in Utah and I in Arizona, we continued a mom journey together. We spoke on facebook and through emails. We read each others’ blogs. She was such an amazing mom! I knew that she and I were peas in a pod. I mean, how many moms out there have this many children?

Katrina passed away on May 6, 2013 giving birth to number 6, Baby Jet. So today is a bitter sweet – Happy 1st Birthday Jet! I was unable to make her funeral and for that I have so many mixed emotions. I couldn’t attend her funeral because on that day, I was adopting 2 of my children (My number 6 and 7).

One year today has passed and I have been so tempted through this year to email her, and then I remember. And I cry because we lost our earthly Angel, Kartina to enter heaven. I pray for her children every day, because they mourn for her.

I will always remember what an amazing woman she was! I love you, Katrina. You will never be forgotten! katrina


Here is the excerpt from my Facebook post:

It is not often that we have angels walking among us and are able to see their amazing works in this world. Katrina Galbraith Lawrence passed away earlier today during complications in childbirth with her 6th child. I have known Katrina for 10 years as not only a friend, but as a warrior for her family. My heart breaks for her children and husband, her family and friends. We have lost an AMAZING woman today. She was be truly missed – her smile, her creativeness and her unending love. I pray that her husband can stay strong for her children and remember to always share stories of Katrina with her children.