Friday, February 26, 2016

2016 Leap Year Time Capsule!



Thanks to an email I received from Chatbooks this morning
(which is a service I love, and I will talk about another day),
they suggested that its a great year to make a time capsule
to open up in 2020 on the next leap year!

I instantly thought "I want to do this, what a great idea".
We have never done anything like this before so it will be a new experience for us.

They included some fun free printable's I wanted to share!
We have not done ours yet but it's on my todo list for Monday after school.
We will secure it up after dinner and I will stash it somewhere safe until February 29th 2020!
How exciting!





To grab these adorable free fill in the blank printable's
go here


Other ideas to put in the time capsule might include:

Newspaper front pages
Kids handprints/footprints

Artwork
A small toy from each child
Favorite magazine
Letters
Photos
Recent receipt
Future predictions
Items from your job or school
Menu from a favorite restaurant
Interior and Exterior shots of your home and cars
Scenes from your Neighborhood
Ticket stubs

Once we get ours put together I will be sure to post pictures and how it all went!

Are you planning any Leap Year traditions? Please let me know!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Eyes that Pop!

I received a new 50mm camera lens from my hubby for Valentines Day and have been having fun playing with it this past week!  Thanks honey.

Today I was trying to get a shot of Beckett's eyes to make them "pop" off the page so to speak.  I am happy with my first attempts, and can't wait to try some eye shots out on the big boys.  Here are a few of my favorites. Look at his wittle teeth, I just want to eat him up!




Thursday, February 4, 2016

DIY Free Valentines Day Printable

FREE STICKY HANDS
VALENTINES DIY PRINTABLE!

What kid does not like a sticky hand?
My boys LOVE them.

Yes, they are short lived but it's a fun alternative to candy and it will definitely make the kids laugh and giggle for at least a few minutes!

Download and print this free valentine
that you can attach to sticky hands for
the perfect non candy school hand out
for your kiddos.
Each sheet prints 4 valentines.

For this project you need:
Paper that fits in your printer
Paper cutter or scissors
Stapler
& Sticky hands

I used 60lb cardstock I bought at Michael's,but you can use any regular printer paper as well. and I purchased my sticky hands off of eBay!



Click on the image below to view full version and save!  Happy Printing!


DIY Valentines Printable


HINT: It's best to cut them out and then have your
kids write their names on the cards before folding/stapling them!
Have fun and thank you for stopping by today!




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

39 weeks and counting

This is week 39 of this pregnancy!  I'm starting to have mixed feelings about it.  The past nine months literally flew by in the blink of an eye.  

I am excited to get to meet our new son any day now, but there is a part of me that is realizing that will most likely be the last few days I will ever be pregnant in my life. 

 I am one of those women who actually enjoy being pregnant (yeah yeah I know) but no seriously.  The feeling that a new baby is growing peacefully and perfectly inside your body is fascinating and wonderful to me.  Nothing else like it in the world.  I am going to miss it, I already know that, so I am soaking up these last few moments of pregnancy before it's gone for good.  People tell me "I couldn't wait to not be pregnant" but for me it seems pretty easy compared to those first few weeks after they are born!  

Next week my older boys are off school for spring break, so hopefully he will stay put and chill for a little longer so we can all relax at home together and do lots of loving on our littlest Leaver :)  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Countdown to baby...

38 weeks and the real countdown begins!! Hoping he stays put for a few more weeks, but I guess this little one will decide his birthday when he is ready. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Back at Last!

It's been practically forever since I've been on here.  Let's just say the past two years have been busy ones! Who am I kidding the last eight years since I became a mom have all been crazy! I would like to start this page back up with more "family updates" so our family and friends who we don't get to catch up with often enough can still see what we're up to, and that we are alive and well! 

So what's new with us? 

Currently, the biggest news is that I am 37 weeks pregnant with our third son (we have to keep the craziness rolling you know)!  He is due April 1st and we are all getting so excited to meet this new littlest Leaver.  I have had a truly wonderful pregnancy and felt great through it all.  It has flown by though! I swear it was yesterday when I just found out.  People keep asking us if we are ready?  My answer? Heck no, but he is going to come when he is good and ready so it's crunch time now until that day comes (which who knows, could be tomorrow 😳). Hopefully not tomorrow though, because his closet is being redone in the morning and I will finally be able to get his stuff properly out away and get the final touches going on his new nursery.  So excited for this little step to be getting done and checked off the todo list! 

Bring on the count down! 3⃣2⃣1⃣👶


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

EXPLORE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD: HISTORIC LAKE MEAD TUNNEL HIKE



Last Monday when both boys were off from school for the MLK holiday we decided to go hiking at the Historic Railroad Tunnel Hike at Lake Mead.  We went with a great friend and we picked the most beautiful sunny winter morning we could have asked for.  The hike is very easy for kids to walk and is one of the only hikes you can actually bring a jogging stroller in the Las Vegas area.  It's so nice to have the stroller even if the kids don't sit in it the whole time.  It holds all your stuff and if their little legs need a rest, there is a seat available that is not mommies arms :)  There are five tunnels total, they are each 25 feet in diameter to accommodate all the large equipment that passed through these tunnels on a daily basis back in the 1930's.

There is so much beauty and history out on this trail, you won't be disappointed.  We brought our lunch and had a picnic at the end of the 5th tunnel, then turned around and made our way back.  All in all  it took us about 2-1/2 hours from start to finish.  That was with four small people walking with us too, so you could easily cut that time in half if you wanted to go sans kids. To learn even more about this awesome hike or get directions click here.  Also don't forget to bring some flashlights for the kids, they loved running through the tunnels with their flashlights shining bright ahead of them.








Monday, January 28, 2013

CHANGES & GETTING OLDER

As you probably noticed, LoveLaughPlay has changed a lot.  I have been wanting to update the blog design and have been working on a new logo. The logo is finished and I finally had a few minutes to update it all.  Let me know what you think of the new look.

Hope your weekend was fabulous.  I celebrated my 29th birthday yesterday!  I can honestly say that I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people. My boys spoiled me and made my day so extra special. I have one year left in the twenties and I plan to make the most of every single day (yes, that means posing on here more)!!! Check back with me soon.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Free Paleo Slow Cooker Amazon Kindle Download



I heard about this through one of my facebook groups and I thought I would pass it along to my followers as well.  I have been hearing lots of talk about the Paleo diet recently and I figured I would check it out.  I am excited to go through this and try some new recipes. I really need to start using the slow cooker more too (I always say that!)  I will report back with the outcome of any recipes I decide to try out.  In the mean time go to Amazon and download a copy for yourself. This version is for Kindle. If you don't have a Kindle but have any Apple device, they have a free Kindle app you can download so you can open and save the books to your wireless gadgets.  Find that it in the App Store under "Kindle".  If you would like a copy for your desktop at home Kindle also has a desktop reading app for your computer.  Find that over here

You can find a link to the free Paleo Slow Cooker Book here.  Enjoy :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

9 Easy Ways to Sneak in Nutrition to everyday meals

 
Ran across these tips from Whole Foods and I had to share them.  There are some really easy and wonderful tweaks we can all use in our everyday cooking to keep things just a little bit healthier for you and your family. 

Read all about it over here >>> Easy Tips for the New Year: 9 Ways to Sneak in Nutrition

Do you use any of these strategies already?  What is your favorite tip?

Monday, January 7, 2013

BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS ~ WINTER BREAK IS OVER

Well we have had one heck of a busy year.  January 2013 is here and I could not be happier!  I have been looking forward to January since last October when my life turns into a 100 mph race to the finish.  I swear I need to be more organized this year ( I think I say that every year).  Maybe I'm doing too much but I consider these the "crazy busy years of my life" and I know I will wake up one day and not have a single thing to do for my kids.  I want to make these years count in every way.  All the little things just can't be overlooked as far as I'm concerned.  Although, I am hoping for things to slow down some for a little bit anyway. I am determined to make my to do list a lot shorter before October rolls around again :)
 
Today was Zayne's first day back at school.  He was excited, I think I was a little sad.  I did really enjoy having them both home for the two weeks.  The boys have been waking up before 7:00 all week and now the day they have to wake up they want to sleep in.  I don't get it.  Either way, he had a great day and is already back into the swing of things.  Karson and I played 3 endless games of Candy Land and he serenaded me with some Christmas carols.  I also video taped it, and if you would like to see his rendition of a few family favorites watch him below. It cracks me up every time, and it's sure to get at least one smile out of you too :)
 
video

See you all soon, Good night.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013


 

Hope everyone had a happy and safe New Years day!  My life has been crazy busy the last few months, but I am catching up on my todo list and hope to post more in the new year... See you soon! ~Krystal

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

NON-GMO Treat Ideas for Halloween!



Love this post on Halloween Candy and GMO's!

What's scary is how much nasty artificial stuff is being thrown at our kids everyday!

10 GMO Ingredients in Halloween Candy:
1. Sugar (GMO sugar beets)
2. High fructose corn syrup (GMO corn)
3. Corn starch (GMO corn)
4. Soy lecithin (GMO soy)
5. Soybean oil (GMO soy)
6. Modified food starch (GMO corn)
7. Fructose, dextrose, glucose (GMO corn)
8. Cottonseed oil (GMO cotton)
9. Canola oil (GMO canola)
10. “Other” ingredients: isolates, isoflavones, food  starch, vegetable oil

Here are some great ideas for Non-GMO Treats for the Trick-or-Treat Basket:
• Clif Bars
• Nature’s Path Crispy Treats
• Endangered Species chocolates 
• Bakery on Main granola bars 
• Funky Monkey snacks 
• Garden of Eatin’ chip snack bags 
• HomeFree cookies 
• Yogavive snacks
• Licious Organics snacks 
• Pro Bar snack bars 
• Pure Organics snacks 
• Righteously Raw bars 
• Tasty Brand snacks 
• Theo Chocolates

Keep it REAL, this Halloween :)

5 MINUTE RECIPE: Fresh Microwave Popcorn Made Super Easy (and Cheap)


Did you know popcorn is an excellent source of fiber, and also a great source of Thiamine and Phosphorus?  There is no surprise it is a healthy, fun and great snack. 

My problem is that the old fashion way of popping it on the stove is just not practical for a busy day.  The dirty dishes, mess, and the time it takes to actually sit there and carefully watch it so no burnage happens, is not what I call a "quick healthy snack".  So that leads us to microwave popcorn, which I hate to buy because of the health concerns regarding all the chemicals that it contains.  Not to mention the boxes cost anywhere from $1.99 to $3.00 a box.  If you have not read up on the dangers of microwave popcorn and the dozens of chemicals found in it, then please up read here.  Yes, most major manufactures say they don't use Diacetyl in their bags anymore, but they don't care about our health and added it there in the first place along with who know's what else to make their popcorn taste and smell "better" and I really don't think that's what I want to be feeding my growing kids (or me)! Ok enough on that rant :)


Instead, make your own microwave popcorn the simple and cheap (also no mess) way.


You will need:

1/4 cup popping corn
1 tsp coconut oil or evoo
fine sea salt, or other spices for flavor
Stapler
Brown paper bag
A Microwave

Open the paper bag and pour in dry corn 
kernels.  

Add 1 tsp of oil (I love to use coconut oil for this) and your desired amount of salt and/or spices.  Experiment with different kinds and flavor combos.  We like to use cinnamon in ours this time of year. 

Fold the bag over once and staple along the top two times.  Contrary to popular belief, the staples will not spark in the microwave (try it if you don't believe me!). Gently shake the bag and press out the air.

Place bag in microwave on it's back and cook until pops get about 3-5 seconds apart (usually around 1 minute 45 seconds for us)

Open the bag with care because the steam can and will burn you (obviously).  Pour into a bowl, and enjoy your homemade popcorn.  

We use Arrowhead mills organic non gmo popcorn, you can find it at whole foods and a lot of online retailers such as vita cost (love them by the way).  

Now go try it out yourself and stop over paying for that icky microwave stuff on the shelf!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

FUN FAMILY THINGS TO DO LOCALLY THIS WEEKEND OCTOBER 20-21ST - LAS VEGAS / HENDERSON

There are a few fun local things going on this weekend that I thought I would share with my fellow Las Vegas/Henderson mommies.



First off there is a craft show going on in Sun City Anthem right now (2450 Hampton Rd, Henderson).  It's located in the Grand Ballroom and is free entry and open to anyone interested 8AM - 2PM.  There will be all sorts of one of a kind locally made "homemade" gifts.  It would be a great start to Christmas shopping.  Did I just say that?  Can't believe I have to start Christmas shopping.  Uhh...it's just around the corner.



The Las Vegas based Foundation for Positively Kids will host their 12th Annual Duck Derby fundraiser in Town Square Park benefiting medically fragile children from 12pm-4pm. The derby features entertainment, games, a kid’s zone, food and drinks and a chance to win an automobile and $50,000! For more information visit www.positivelykids.org


Fun for the whole family!  Tomorrow the 22nd Annual K9 Trials  is being put on by the Las Vegas Metro police department. Police department K9 teams from all over the United States compete in obedience, agility and handler protection.  These dogs go through an intense 4 month training and their skills are shown off here to the public completely free of charge.  It's being held at the Orleans Arena.  Gates open at 8AM-5PM.  Absolutely no pets allowed.  For more info visit www.lvmpdk9.com

Thursday, October 18, 2012

WHOLE FOODS ONE DAY SALE - MARY'S CHICKENS 0.99LB & MORE!!!


Friday, October 19th Only
Mary's Air Chilled Whole Chickens
Sale $0.99lb Reg $2.59lb

 Mary's chickens live in spacious houses with outdoor areas to roam, and are fed a vegetarian diet, without antibiotics. They are Step Rated 3 by the Global Animal Partnership.  To learn even more about Mary's Chicken's, go check out their website here.

I absolutely love when these chickens go on sale.  The last time these were on sale, I bought 10 for a mere $41.00!!!  They are wrapped in paper and freeze up perfectly and you can do SO MUCH with one simple chicken.  You can even ask your local whole foods butcher to cut the chickens in pieces for you for FREE!  I usually do 1/2 cut up and 1/2 whole when I buy a bunch of them on sale like this.  We normally cook one chicken every week and it will last us two meals and I can make a nice batch of stock which you can make practically for free after you are all said and done.  If you do not plan on making stock right away, toss your chicken bones in a freezer bag and when you are ready to make stock you will have extra bones ready to toss into the pot and can make a larger batch this way.  One thing to keep in mind when freezing these is that they take about 2-3 days to defrost, so make sure you give your self plenty of time for it to safely defrost in your refrigerator before you need it.

Also on sale at Whole Foods tomorrow:

Friday, October 19th Only
Cooked White Shrimp
        Sale $6.99/lb (Regular $12.99/lb)
Previously Frozen, 31/40 count

COPIED FROM WHOLE FOODS EMAIL: Farmed in Thailand with strict standards for environmental protection, we can trace these shrimp to the source. The farms are verified by third party audits to ensure that farming practices meet our strict farm-raised seafood standards, which prohibit the use of preservatives and antibiotics.


        
While you are visiting Whole Foods, keep an eye out for their Non GMO sale going on

Friday, October 19th - Sunday, October 21st
Savings on hundreds of Non-GMO Project Verified products. Choose from a wide selection of products including Annie's, Amy's, Eden Organics, Lundberg Rice and more!

Bowties are back - Check out SplendidBee on Etsy



I have this friend who makes uber cute little girls hair bows. Every time she brings out all her bows, there is me sitting there looking at all these beautiful creations and not being able to buy any because I have two boys!

Recently she expanded her bow making skills and is now making little boys bow ties!  Talk about super cool, these are not the bow ties your grandmother put on your dad as a child.  She finds the trendiest fabrics and has updated the boring bow tie into something one of a kind. Go check out her etsy store here or if you live in the Henderson NV area she will have a booth at the Sun City Anthem Craft Fair this Saturday October 20th from 9am-1pm (2450 Hampton Rd).  All her stuff is very reasonably priced (my bow ties were $4 bucks) and it feels so good inside to buy something made by a local mommy.  It looks like she only has bow's for sale on her etsy site right now but if you are interested in the bow ties I'm sure she would be happy to make one for your little man.


Zayne got to show off his new Star Wars bow tie at school yesterday for picture day!  I can't wait to get the pictures back, but of course mommy had to snap a few anyway.