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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Happy New Year! I hope you are inspired to do more, love with all your being and laugh until your belly hurts. This year I will be sending out weekly inspirational posts to help you get inspired.
Let's begin with forgiveness:
"To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness." - Robert Muller
I want to encourage you to forgive those who have hurt you in the past. You'll find peace in letting go of the past.
Happy New Year!
Monday, December 22, 2014
We had lots of fun making this craft on a Saturday afternoon. I have to say that I baked the ornaments ahead of time to make it more enjoyable. I suggest you do the same to enjoy the painting part. By the way, save this recipe for Valentine's day because you can use it to make heart shaped gifts for the ones you love. Enjoy the holidays and share your love with these cute handmade ornaments.
Additional things you will need
- Combine the flour, salt and water; mix well and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is workable. Flour your rolling pin and surface where you will be rolling the dough.
- Place parchment paper on cookie sheets before placing the salt dough ornaments.
- Roll the dough on a flat floured surface about 1/8 inch thick.
- Using the cookie cutters, cut the dough into desired shapes.
- Make sure to use a pencil to make holes for hanging.
Bake at 300 degrees F or 150 degrees C for approximately 30 minutes. Make sure you check 5 minutes before the timer goes off to make sure they don’t burn. (You are looking for the dough to get hard. Some recipes call for 45 minutes to an hour. I only used 30 minutes and it was still okay. If the dough rises and puffs up, then just push down with a flat hand and oven mitt to make the cookie flat again.
I have received many handmade ornaments over the years that I still hang every year on our Christmas tree. Some of these ornaments go back as far as 20 years ago from gift exchanges that I attended. When I hang them on the tree, they bring back fond memories of fun moments I shared with my friends and family. I hope this inspires you to make special memories with your family and friends. Keep the love and compassion alive. Happy Holidays to all of you from family and I.
It happened. Our children are growing up fast. Alma and I are running out of themes for birthday parties. It is becoming difficult to plan a unique and creative event. Over the last year or so, our kids have spiked and bounced their way through 3 rubber handballs, better known as a dodge ball. Our boys play handball daily with their friends at school and it seems that the sport that my wife and I grew up with has re-emerged and morphed into an exciting game with plenty of new spins and a variety of added rules. When we asked our son what kind of party he wanted, he quickly said, "Let's have a handball party."
In my search for information to create the over the top Bosek Family birthday party as we strive to do for our kids, I found it difficult to find anything on the sport. There were no party wares, there were no rules, there were no other parties I could tailor to make my own. So off we set on this field trip adventure to create the first known (or at least to our knowledge) "HANDBALL TOURNAMENT BIRTHDAY PARTY!"
To get started, Alma and I had to do some research. How old did I get to not know what a toilet bowl, a slicey, a pop and a bullet were! These are the playground names of various ball strikes to win the game. We took the kids over to a park near us with an outdoor racquetball court so we could play and learn the new terms. There were many rules that the boys wanted to impose during the game, so Alma and I had to help set them. Once we set the rules, the game ran smooth with no arguing and everyone knew when it was their turn to play and when they were out. I quickly went home and wrote down the rules of play in terms the kids could understand. I have added a link to this in a downloadable document that you can use for your next handball tournament.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Conveniently located off the 22 Freeway and The City Dr. exit or easily accessible from the 5 Freeway and Chapman Avenue, The Outlets at Orange are easy to find from all Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties. Travelling from out of town? Make the easy 15 - 20 minute trip from John Wayne Airport to this great outdoor Simon mall for all of your shopping needs. The Field Trip Mom family did just that and set off on our 10 mile trip to The Outlets at Orange. Having been on a shopping excursion to this Simon mall in the past, we were very excited to have the opportunity to share our trip again. Our past shopping trips were focused primarily on our kids with purchases at Old Navy, Game Stop, Penguin and Sketchers. However, we decided that this trip was focusing on the adults in our family. With visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, the Mrs. and I easily settled into our parking spot near Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.
Next, we started our shopping trip at Hurley where I found several great pair of shorts, t-shirts, and outer wear for both men and women. My purchase included an amazingly soft hooded sweatshirt and a great cotton short sleeve button down shirt which were all on sale at 40% off retail. Then, my wife went into Ann Taylor Factory Store and found beautiful blouses, sweaters and some versatile classic pants in which she quickly grabbed, fitted herself and paid for with their 50% off sale that was going on today. Our Christmas shopping continued through several other stores including Nike Factory Store, Game Stop, The Original Penguin, The Loft, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Starbucks, Lucky Brand, Calvin Klein, and DKNY where we parted with some of our holiday budget. All of the stores we walked into had amazing sales going on with savings of 40, 50, 60 and even 70% off the every day retail prices.