Look At Those Nails!

Ya’ll know what’s more fun than licking the icing beater?  Well nothing really, but for an almost 4 yr. old this is close!  Jamberry Nails!  The new nail wrap, nail art craze!

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Seriously, just pull those babies out of the cute little package, find your hairdryer (I’m too cheap for the proper heater), and kindergarten scissors (House of 4 kids rememeber?), and you’re ready to get your Jamberry on!

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Wow! They do look good don’t they?  And they have them in flowers, cutsie little clouds-n-raindrops, polka dots, forest friends, robots, puzzles, lions and tigers and bears oh my…sorry I got carried away!   Seriously, there are sooo many to choose from….It only took us 12 bazillion years to finally settle on the orchid skinny (stripes) and garden.

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So stinkin cute!  The nails aren’t bad either!  Hey kid, get your finger outta your nose!

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That’s right ya’ll!  Jamberry will leave you squealing with delight!  Did I mention they have confetti cake?  Oh me, oh my!

Want to try them out for yourselves?  Head over to  http://leslieriley.jamberrynails.net/?ref=leslieriley  and give ‘em a go!

 

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The Way Back Home

It occurred to me, while making a pile of waffles large enough to feed a football team, that I had not posted the pictures from our drive back home this summer! We did indeed make the long drive back from New Mexico to Maryland as our summer vacation came to an end…. This time, we drove through The Lone Star State, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, and of course, Maryland. This is such a lovely drive. Every time we drive cross country, I am always amazed at how different, yet beautiful, this country is.

I love the vivid colors of New Mexico dotting the brown desert, the wide open spaces, the storm clouds rolling in, and being able to see the sky kiss the ground…

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I love the farmland and rolling hills of Texas, and that big ‘ol sky that leads into Arkansas…man that sky…

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I love the flowing water of the grand Mississippi, and the muddy waterways meandering the countryside…

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I’m enamored with The Great Smokey Mountains, and the cities that lie within…

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Virginia is a treasure box of beauty…you can do nothing more than sit and drink up your surroundings…

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And then there’s Maryland…and she is not about to be outdone…

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Although the scenery is magnificent along the way, driving up to your very own home…Home Sweet Home…and finding a small Welcoming, is one of the best things of the long, wonderful trip!

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We’re Home…And wherever Home is at the moment, Home is the best place to be!

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THE FLOOD

There comes a time when you’ve given all you can give.

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You’ve worked with what you’ve been given.

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You’ve waited for what is needed.

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And just when hope is drying up and on the verge of being gone forever..there it is.

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A FLOOD.

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Though it be what you’ve been looking for, searching for, longing for…it may still require a helping hand and a watchful eye.

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It brings renewed strength, vibrant life, and above all else…HOPE.

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My dreams, my words, my soul….I’m ready for a FLOOD!
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These pictures were taken in Carlsbad New Mexico near the Pecos River. It is custom there to have properties flooded (irrigated) every few months. The waterways are opened and river water flows down the canals to be released to property owners through individual gates that must be opened in the canal. Ever heard of Pat Garrett…infamous for ending the life of Billy the Kid? He was actually a part of the Pecos River Reclamation Project that ultimately led to this canal network! Just goes to show….Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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Picture of the Day- July 17, 2014

Spark of Imagination!

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Ha! Ha! Ha!

Road Trips are surprising, funny and….Oh No You Didn’t!

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Picture of the Day – July 15, 2014

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Sometimes you just don’t need to say anything…..

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DIY Fire Pit

If you ever find yourself swimming in water in your laundry room due to a broken washing machine, turn off the power, suck out the water, buy a new washing machine and smile….because now you can make yourself your very own fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows using the washer bin from that danged ‘ol broken machine!

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So you want to know how to make one of these right?

Well first you start by prying off the top and front of that old washer and unscrew anything holding the washer bin in. Keep the front panel of the washer to use underneath your fire pit to prevent any embers from reaching the ground! Once you manage to get the bin out, add some bolts to the bottom of the washer which will act as the feet or stand for your new fire pit. Don’t worry about drilling any new holes, just use the holes that are already in the bin..after all, we are trying to make this easy!

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What’s left of the old washing machine!

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Now that you have something for your pit to stand on, you’ll need to unscrew and remove the (sorry for the lack of proper technical terms) thingie that sits in the middle of the bin…this is what turned and agitated the clothes. Now that this is removed all you need to do is cut a piece of scrap metal to fit the hole the thingie left behind and attach with more bolts. You will need to drill holes in the piece of scrap metal here..just line them up with the screw holes that held the thingie in place.

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Now you’re ready to get cookin…or heatin..or warmin..or whatever floats your boat! How about lighting this thing up and just sitting under the stars!

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Of course we couldn’t resist the marshmallows!

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Why are toasted marshmallows so stinkin good?

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