have a beary good day

Before the bears go back into hibernation, let’s celebrate and learn about the furry, cuddly and powerful nature of bears.

Disneynature Bears takes us on a journey where a mother bear raises her young cubs in the big and beautiful world of Alaska. And, just like humans, she does her best to guide, protect and teach her young so they can one day survive on their own.

With the recent DVD release of Disneynature Bears, here’s 10 great ways to immerse yourself and your children into the wonderful world of BEARS this fall.

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1. Rent or buy, Disneynature’s Bears on DVD now.

2. Throw a mini Bears Party for your home movie feature, followed by a Bears Scavenger Hunt {free printable here} like we did.

3. Serve delicious and nutritious bear-inspired snacks for your hungry cubs that highlights magazine shared.

4. Crafty Morning shows us how to make adorable paper bear plates with these instructions.

5. Did you know a bear’s sense of smell is 2,100 times stronger than that of a human? You can learn many more facts about bears by downloading free activity pages from Disneynature Bears.

6. What kid wouldn’t want to end the day with a treat – gummy bear popsicles? Yes, please. Foodbeast invented the yummy and colorful idea.

7. Read any and all of the creative and sweet Bear Books by Karma Wilson such as Bear’s New Friend. This book series is a household favorite around here.

8. Make sure your little ones stays warm as the weather starts to turn cold with this Bear Scarf Hat.

9. Karma Wilson’s charmed bear character needs some help dressing for the seasons. Print the sheet for a fun activity for your kids.

10. Katarina’s Paperie keeps the day bubbly with DIY honey bear bottle bubbles.

{images via Highlights, DisneyCrafty Morning, Foodbeast, Amazon, Zappos, Karma Wilson and Katarina’s Paperie}

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1. Honeycrisp Apples are in the bins at grocery stores – they are my absolute favorite. They are delicious as ia, with cheese, peanut butter, or this time of year decorated with delectable caramel. Babble hooks you up with 9 creative ideas for caramel apples.

2. These sparkly flats from Gap are calling my name. And, so is this bag with a big bow.

3. I’m adding this DIY Mirror made of Shims to my to do list, but first I’m going to make these DIY Clipboard Frames.

4. I really like Brené Brown, researcher/storyteller, who studies human connection. She studies shame, courage, worthiness and vulnerability. I first saw her on Oprah, and really liked her. She is personal, funny, real and her research is powerful and helpful. Here’s the TEDtalk that made her BIG. If you get time this weekend, watch it. I’m reading her book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, right now. It’s good, ya’ll.

In the intro, she referenced a speech that Teddy Roosevelt gave in 1910. It’s so well said. In it, Roosevelt said:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

5. If you love lentils like me, you can stay warm this weekend with this healthy lentil soup I made this week. Delicious.

Vegetable and Lentil Soup
serves 8

Ingredients
3/4 of a 1 pound bag of green lentils rinsed
Boiling water
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 large leeks, chopped
1 tsp Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp ground cumin
6 celery ribs, diced
6 medium carrots, diced
2 quarts chicken stock
1 cup water
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons dry red wine
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

How To
In a large heat-proof bowl, cover the lentils with boiling water for 15 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add the onions, garlic, leeks, salt, pepper, thyme and cumin and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables tender, about 20 minutes.

Add the celery and carrots and cook until they begin to soften, about 15 minutes.

Then, add the chicken stock, water, tomato paste and lentils to the pot.

Increase the heat to high, cover and bring to a boil. Uncover, reduce the heat to low, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender, about 1 hour.

Stir in the red wine.

Serve hot with a sprinkling of Parmesan, and croutons if you desire.

{image via Sugarboo Designs, Lavender Fields Online…we love Sugarboo!}

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The weekend is almost here.

I know this weekend, I am going to spend time with my family and of course, all the babies, really absorb the beauty of the fall colors {yes, the photo below is the picturesque setting I wake up to these days}, walk through the last farmer’s market for fresh produce, make a cocktail and enjoy a latte while I stroll into the local boutiques. I hope you get a chance, even just a minute, to enjoy the smell of autumn, and take in the beauty of the season. And, if you are up for it, here’s some things we recommend you add to your itinerary this weekend.

1. Make this delicious recipe for your family {or just for you}. I make it frequently and love it! Made it last night with a Sesame Soy salad, and I savored every bite of the meal…the kiddos and husband did too.

2. Bring the beauty of the warm, fall colors inside. Whether its several twigs, a bunch of berries, or single leaves, find bottles and vases to put on display.

3. This is a beautiful, thoughtful DIY wreath I want to make and hang on my door. It’s a lovely way to welcome guests, and it warms the home to the cold season ahead.

4. Be kind to others. Teach your children to be kind. For some inspiration, read this.

4. Fall is here, and one way to get in the autumn mood is to make a Spiced Apple Cider, by the fabulous ladies of A Beautiful Mess.

{image via Tutto Bella}

fall inspired entry

As we get our homes ready for the changing weather, and we grieve the end of summer and try to embrace the chill of fall, we can go so many directions with fall decor. Warm, earth tones, shimmer and glam or rustic elements. Decisions. Decisions. Here’s some inspiration…tell us {e-mail, comment, facebook, etc}, what fall ‘look’ do you like best?

CHIC ENTRY


3 Wise Owls, Z Gallery {$19.95}
Gold Zag Tray, Etsy {$98}
Nate Berkus Multiple Taper Candleholder, Target {$19}
Nest Sphere, Z Gallerie {$9.95}
Parsons Console Table, West Elm {$350}
Between a Rock and a Lamp Base, Land of Nod {$79}
Clarissa Glass Drop Medium Round Chandelier, Pottery Barn {$399}
Nate Berkus Two Tone Mirror, Target {$34.99}

RUSTIC ENTRY

Jillian Totes Baskets, World Market {$24-$39} for under the table
Reclaimed Wood Console
, Hudson Goods {$695}
Birch Log Bundle, Shop Terrain {$22}
Love Nature Candle, Shop Terrain {$38}
Frame Chalkboard, How Does She {DIY tutorial here}
Sunset Quince Wreath, Shop Terrain {$98}
Rope Knot Table Lamp Base, Pottery Barn {$150}

{images via Shop Terrain, Hudson Goods, World Market, Pottery Barn, Jayson Home, Target, West Elm, Etsy via Up In The Air Somewhere, Land of Nod, How Does She}

pumpkin seed treat

We carved pumpkins last night with the kids, and being the health nut that I am, I took the opportunity to make carving pumpkins not only fun, but also nutritional by saving and roasting the pumpkin seeds. Raw pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamins B, C, D and K, essential fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. They can help lower cholesterol with their high levels of fiber, help to prevent the enlargement of the prostrate and promote bone health. Plus, they are a yummy snack!

Why not share all the health benefits of pumpkin seeds with dear friends? After you carve pumpkins with your friends/family this year, save the seeds for a healthy snack and give as a small token of thoughtfulness to a friend. I made the tags, “you are pumpkin pie spice and everything nice, that’s what friends are made of,” using a pumpkin template online and Microsoft Word, and attached them to a mason jar {my fave…everything looks cuter in a mason jar} with black and white twine.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Thoroughly wash the seeds after they’ve been removed from your pumpkin.
Spread the seeds out to let them dry. You can pat with a paper towel.
Rub them sparingly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Roast at 350 degrees for 15-16 minutes {watch them carefully as they will go from being perfectly roasted to totally burned within a minute or less}.

Oh, and as for the fun part, Jameson wanted a dragon, Gabriella wanted a heart and Jackson, well, we opted to carve a cute smiley pumpkin face.

{images via Tutto Bella}