Another Mixed Media in Progress

Here is a glimpse of my newest mixed media in progress.
I love when the picture starts coming alive! 
Time to work on this piece has been hard to come by, but thankfully my art group gets together tomorrow, (Yay!) so hopefully a lot of progress will be made. :)
Linking up with Studio JRU.
Check out what other creatives are working on HERE and feel free to join in!
Have a wonderful weekend!


Keeping Kids Busy {gift idea}

Animal doodle activity cards are awesome for keeping kids entertained! I love projects that push their creative imagination. Kaelyn got these doodle cards for her birthday and we love them so much I thought I'd share them with you in case you are looking for a fun, creative gift for a kiddo. There are 50 wipe-clean cards (activity on front and back) with pen.
I found that you can get them through Usborne Books & More or even on Amazon.
The Usborne site says they are for children ages 6 and up, but I would say
they are great for 4 and 5 yr olds as well.
Do you have a kid favorite activity that doesn't involve electronics?
I would love to hear about it.


Healthy Living {where to shop}

Do you suffer from one or more of the following... weight gain, sleep disturbances, skin problems, reoccurring sicknesses/flu, bloating, allergies, autoimmune diseases or something else that just doesn't have you feeling as good as you should? With health problems on the rise, it is no wonder people are looking for healthy resources. Did you know that most health problems start in our gut? With that said there is one major thing to look at, what are we feeding our gut? Are we eating entirely nutritious foods? And yes, I said entirely. Today it seems that if a food has one nutritious ingredient it is believed to be good for you, or maybe you are eating foods that are highly marketed saying they are healthy and all natural when really they aren't good for you... it's only a sales tactic. Horrible right!?

Well I have learned a ton in the last 3 years of my own families health struggles. We've dealt with thyroid problems, Graves Disease, sleep problems, stomach problems, anxiety, a large number of allergies and skin problems with our daughter and reoccurring sicknesses. We've seen 6 different doctors with some of the above issues and now know that most doctors look for a quick fix to mask the surface problem. But I wanted to find the root of the problem! I didn't want my daughter or myself to continue to not feel well. I could write a book about our health journey but I don't want to bore you to death right now, so I will fast forward and say by making a huge change in our diets by eating organic, our family is doing sooo much better! Seriously to have control again over your body feels amazing!!! You might not even realize you have a problem until you make the change. Before when I woke up in the mornings, all I wanted to do was go back to sleep. Kaelyn would be dragging me out of bed! Not any more! My skin is a lot better and all of Kaelyn's horrible rashes are gone! Other then a cough she hasn't been sick even when she shares germs with all her preschool friends! You have no idea how huge that is when a year ago she would come down with something just going to church! We were worried about her starting school and picking up all the germs, wondering how many days she'd miss due to illness. Knock on wood, I'm happy to say she hasn't missed one so far! So I am a strong believer that eating good organic, nutritious foods can fix most health problems.

Eating healthy seems to come at a price. We don't have many options with the stores around us. The one health section we have is expensive and to tell you the truth half of the food doesn't even taste that great and even though a lot of it is in the health aisle, it is not healthy. People need to know what they are eating and feeding their gut. There is a lot to learn about reading labels. But back to the price point, one day I came across Vitacost when I was in need of getting some more quality multi-vitamins that my doctor suggested. I was amazed at the Vitacost site. To put it short Vitacost is healthy living made easy! Seriously shop in the comfort of your own home, in your pjs if you like. :) It is easy to find whatever you are looking for from foods to beauty products plus so much more with their search box, the products are so much cheaper and the quality is amazing! They also have great product photos with detailed descriptions with helpful reviews! What else could you ask for? Free shipping? Spend over $49 and it is free! Believe me, that is not hard to do with all their awesome food and household items. If you still think the prices are high, think of it this way, if you are just eating cheap crap food, your going to get sick and their will be many more doctor bills... just saying... it will probably come back to bite you in the butt, it did me.

Anyway, I was so excited to find Vitacost that I wanted to share the news with you. I know how horrible it is to not feel like yourself so if I can help one person feel better, I'll be happy. :)
I'll continue to do health related posts every once in awhile on tips and good products that have helped our family. Healthy living has become extremely important to me and I hope more people will focus on it as well.

I'll stop rambling so you can check out Vitacost. Click Here! They are having a 12% off sale on all products today. Use code 1BIGSALE at checkout. I'm definitely going to be ordering more. :)


Eye of the Heart {horse mixed media on wood}

{Eye of the Heart}
It is complete! I have to admit, I didn't go all crazy with this one like I was planning. My original idea took away from the horse too much. I decided less was more with this one, but I did still have some fun. :) The knot in the wood looked exactly like an eye and I just couldn't cover it up so I worked with it. After doing some research I found that the horse's heart is actually right near that area where the eye/knot is located. I won't go into the meaning of this piece right now, so I hope you enjoy looking at the detail.
The white spots are glitter! Something new that I wanted to try and I think it adds so much. Every angle, every light you see the glitter differently, sometimes not at all. Something unexpected and exciting! :)
Linking up with Jennifer's in the studio sneak peek friday.
Check out what lots of other creative souls are working on and join in the fun!
Have a wonderful weekend!

February Photo Recap

A few highlights from the past month...
{Rainbow drawing by Kaelyn, age 4, for her rainbow birthday party}
{Happy Fifth Birthday!}
Allergy friendly vanilla cake with buttercream frosting ~ tasted like marshmallow cake. K loved it even though she's normally a chocolate cake kind of girl. One of her friends also had some allergies so soy ingredients were omitted too. We used coconut oil as a replacement for the palm oil shortening. There were no egg, wheat, dairy, peanut, nut, or soy products used. Recipe and other allergy friendly birthday cakes can be found HERE. Just be aware it takes a long time to make. :)
{Pumpkin pancakes for Valentines day breakfast.}
{K's valentine bear box for school}
{Kaelyn designed a bicycle mug for her daddy's valentines gift. This is his bike.}
{my bike and her bike}

A fun family outing...
{Super easy Banana Oatmeal Cookies}
{Creatively pulling a sled!}
{homemade veggie/fruit drink} 
Tips on getting a kiddo to drink them... call them super power drinks! Have them help put the ingredients in the blender and push the buttons. Add just enough fruit so it has a sweet taste that disguises the veggies. :) I've been taking a couple health classes lately online and have been learning so much about food, sugars and organic living. I'm hopeful I can feel "normal" again!