Sushi Night

We do lots of fun meals that can be customized for each member of the family – pizza and okonomiyaki are two of our faves.

We finally got the kids to try sushi by taking them to a rotary sushi bar, with the cool conveyor belt rolling tons of different types of sushi past our table. I hate to be the parent who uses gimmicks to get their kids to try new things, but honestly, I’m just so happy that we can all go out for sushi. I’m willing to own up to the bribe. They liked it so much that they wanted to have sushi more often, so we started to DIY. Continue reading

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Cedar Raised Garden Bed – DIY

Cedar Raised Beds {The Reluctant Hippie}

We overhauled the back yard last spring. The beautiful circular planters that replaced our pool 8 years ago were not working for us – lots of wasted space, paver bricks that had settled awkwardly, and trouble with weed suppression on the paths between the planters.

I wanted something simpler – raised rectangular beds, off to the side of the yard. I looked into raised bed kits made of cedar at the hardware store, but the quality of the boards was awfully low for $100 a pop. Also, the design made it so that 3 boards were stacked upon one another on each side, and the mechanism for holding them together was not very sturdy. It was clear that there would be gaps.

We decided to DIY. We would’ve needed two 4’x8′ kits to provide the space we wanted to cover, so my goal was to create two cedar planters for less than the $200 the kits would’ve cost.

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Light Friday: Just say “No” to Black Friday

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I hate Black Friday. I could say that it’s because Black Friday is the embodiment of all that is wrong with society today. Or because big corporations are evil. Or because we shouldn’t go straight from counting our blessings on Thanksgiving to chasing luxuries the following day. But honestly? I just find Black Friday exhausting. Continue reading

Splash bombs (reusable water balloons)

Splash Bombs (Reusable Water Balloons) {The Reluctant Hippie}

You know what sucks about water balloons? Everything except for the 4.2 seconds during which the balloon is launched and exploded. First, you have to fill each balloon and tie each balloon. Then, after the fun is over, you have to hunt down hundreds of pieces of brightly colored balloon shrapnel strewn about your yard. They waste time and materials. The scraps are dangerous for babies and wildlife.

I hate water balloons. But I also love playing with them, and so do my kids. I started looking for an alternative.  Continue reading

Kids’ DIY Carnival

Ticket booth at the kids' DIY Carnival

It’s the last full week of summer break around here. We have 10 more days to enjoy lazy mornings, wacky outfits, and leisurely lunches. 10 days left to squeeze in any outstanding items on the “stuff-we’re-TOTALLY-gonna-do-this-summer” list. And if the last two years have been any indicator, these are the only 10 days that Little Hippie will be able to recall when someone asks, “What did you do this summer?” So let’s make it count, people. Continue reading

Yarn-wrapped bottle vases: Nifty Gifties!

IMG_3224 - Version 2So very simple, but I just loved how they turned out. With hundreds of ways to customize colors and design, this would be a great gift for anyone on your list. As a bonus, this was a free project for me. I already had hot glue on hand, and I just used scrap yarn and beer bottles from the recycling bin. Continue reading

Easy Fruit Bouquets

Little Hippie discovered fruit bouquets this spring. She is in love with them. I wanted to get one for her birthday, and I coped with the sticker shock of our local purveyor of fruit arrangements by trying to make one of my own. Using organic strawberries and pineapple, our fruit bouquet cost less than $20, including supplies. Continue reading