Friday, July 17, 2015

Weekend Happenings, Polka Dot Cake AND Pinterest Stuff (Summer Things AND Travel Activity Box)

Good Friday morning!

NUGGETS AND TIDBITS - I just wanted to let y'all know we took Sparkle to the vet a couple of weeks ago, and our doctor put her to sleep. She was 13 years-old. She was sweet, sassy and a lady through and through. She was loved, and she will be missed.

As you can see from her body language, Roxie was pretty sure Mike was kidding when he first brought Sparkle home.

Roxie, Josh and Sparkle.

Sparkle in 2014.

Copper refuses to sleep on the big bed they shared on the deck. He sleeps under the steps or beside the bed.

The first two days after she left, he waited patiently for her return.

He is loved, and we are so happy he is still with us.

MISCELLANEOUS - Last Saturday night, Melia hosted a Door Hanger Paint Party, and Bev, Roxie, Courtney, Judith, Melia and I all attended.

It was great fun!

Melia made a sunflower door hanger with a Chevron-striped pot.

Too cute.

Courtney painted the mason jar door hanger and although it says Roll Tide, I thought it was pretty cute...

Especially with Judith's handprint.

After all of our hard work, we had fantastic snacks...

And Judith took a little nap.

I don't like to brag, BUT it would appear I am naturally talented when it comes to painting giant sunflower door hangers.

Who knew?

NOTE - The chalkboard mason jar door hanger belongs to Roxie. She is going to take it to Auburn in a couple of weeks.

Polka Dot Cake

Okay. This isn't so much a recipe as a "fun thing to add" to your cake recipe.

I used a red velvet cake mix and mixed it per directions. Then I added six or seven glazed doughnut holes and pushed them to the bottom of the mix.

Except for the fact they kept coming back to the top of the cake mix no matter what I did...

And except for the other fact they made the top of the cake extremely LUMPY...

They did indeed make perfectly round white polka dots in the cake.

Not a pretty, pretty cake, but still kinda fun.

Pinterest Stuff

MORE Summer Things

1. Go on a worm hunt before you go fishing at a local pond or lake.

2. Go to the local sno cone stand. (We have one of these in The Dale, and it has always been a treat.)

3. Go to a yard sale, but instead of just looking around, have a small list of specific things you want to purchase. Give the list to your child. (Board games, books, DVDs, outside toys, etc.)

4. Play dodgeball as a family.

Activity Box for Road Tripping Preschoolers

Depending on how you use the box and how creative you get, the entertainment can last for hours! There is one rule... To make the box last longer, only pull one activity out at a time.

Stickers and rolled up colored paper

Magnifying glass

Pipe cleaners - Use the pipe cleaners to form letters, shapes, measure things, make pretend mustaches, poke each other, have a sword fight, etc.


Silly Putty - Stretch it, make it into a ball, fold it and hear it snap, copy writing in pencil, imprint textures, make a ring to wear, etc.

Band-aids and rubbing alcohol pads - Pretend to be a doctor with alcohol pad and bandages. Make animals with the band-aids (butterflies, snakes, etc.). Make shapes with the band-aids (triangles, squares, etc.). Use the alcohol pads to clean things (arm rest, window, etc.).

Laser pointer or small flashlight

Noise Makers


Mini mirrors - Practice making different faces (sad, glad, pouty, mad, etc.).

Small toy figurines or cars - Use a large shoebox lid as a play surface with the toys and/or cars.

Folded aluminum foil - Try to discover textures by wrapping foil around them (hand, bottom of shoe, edge of seat). Make foil into various shapes, letters, etc.


Light colored markers

Disposable camera

Scissors – Have several magazine pages in the box to cut.

Finger puppets

Weekend Happenings

1. Roxie is coming home from camp today! It is amazing how upbeat and happy I am. I plan on sitting across from her and staring for a few hours...

And then I'll call it a day!

2. Josh is coming home tomorrow! And he is bringing Courtney and Judith. I plan on taking pictures and holding Judith the entire time she is here.

3. I don't know what is happening on Sunday, but I don't know if it can compare to the fun I will be having Friday night and Saturday.

Have a fantastic weekend. I'll be back next Friday with at least TWO restaurant reviews AND a new recipe.

Take care, and I'll talk to you later.


The Enchanting Belinda

1 comment:

  1. Enchanting Belinda, I'm sorry Sparkle is no longer with y'all. I hope Copper is adjusting ok. The painting party sounds like such a fun activity.
    Hope y'all have an enjoyable weekend. Andrea


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