Sidewalk Chalk Paint that costs $1

I originally wrote this post last summer, but now that summer has seemed to find Montana, my kids and I decided to try this again. If you are interested in the original post, you can find it here.

We live in Northwest Montana where the pleasant summer weather is limited to just a few months, so when a good day comes along we try to find activities that we can enjoy outside as much as possible. One day I saw a picture my friend posted of her daughter painting outside and I asked her what she was using, to which she replied “sidewalk chalk paint.” I’ve seen many recipes for sidewalk chalk paint on Pinterest, but they’ve all required artificial dye, an ingredient that I no longer keep in my house. With this in mind I was apprehensive about asking how she made it, but I asked anyway. I was pleasantly surprised when she told me that all she used was chalk dust and water! I already had a ton of chalk on hand, and I can always find more at the dollar stores when I run out, so I gathered my supplies and got started

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It’s only 4 weeks!

wpid-img_20140731_105845Yesterday my husband left for the annual training with his National Guard Unit. This summer the training is 4 weeks! Most summers it is just 2 weeks. For some odd reason, I am really struggling with it this summer. It is only 4 weeks! What is my issue? I have been through a year-long deployment, while pregnant with a toddler. Why is 4 weeks seeming impossible to me? I am an army wife. This should not be difficult!

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The bed Making Challenge week 4!

At the beginning of July I started a challenge with my kids. It was the challenge to make their beds. All on their own. I was not to help them. You can read about it here. I had set the example for some time and decided that it was time they got into the habit. So began the challenge.

We are in the 4th week of the challenge and I am pleasantly surprised! The first couple weeks the princess really struggled. There were days she didn’t even get the blankets on the bed. I said from the beginning that I wouldn’t force the issue but she wouldn’t get her sticker on her chore chart if she didn’t make her bed. Well, it seems that week 3 it finally clicked!

bedmaking3aydenWe actually got the blanket on the bed!

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Taking a break

In January I decided that I was going to do something new every month. I decided that I didn’t want to do just a list of resolutions. I, like many others, don’t stick with them. This year I decided to do this. Well, it is July now and I figured I should probably check back in. If you would like to read more about why I made this decision and what January entailed for me check it out here.

In February I gave up coffee. I honestly didn’t think that would be hard. I honestly didn’t think I was addicted. Then I didn’t have any for 24 hrs and I thought I was going to die. A month of ThanksMy head was throbbing and I could hardly stay awake. It took about 3 days for the head ache to go away. I drank lots of water and after the initial week I felt a lot better. I also found that I slept better at night.

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A lazy day in summer!

lazysummerdayLiving in MT we are very blessed with the amount of parks and lakes that we can visit. On top of that, in this part of MT the water stays quite cool and is very refreshing on the days that it actually creeps up to 90*. When we lived in Kalispell we were graced with only living 45 mins away from Glacier National Park. We would go at least once a week if not more often just because we could. Even now, the kids and I tend to spend most of our summer days at a lake.

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