From the monthly archives:

June 2010

A Pregnant Marathoner’s Report

by This is Carrie on June 28, 2010

When I signed up for the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon it was supposed to be my “under 4 hour” marathon.  I was going to run it with good friend, Kelly, who was the one who talked me into doing it soon after I swore I’d never run a marathon ever again. It was […]



A Girl’s First Mountain Bike Race

by This is Carrie on June 25, 2010

With her new jersey, and custom “stealth” Team Sparkle skirt, Princess was ready to take on the inaugural Over the Hump Kid’s Mountain Bike Race. Lining up at the start line, we quickly realized she was the only girl signed up to race. Her proudest moment was powering to the top of a long(ish) gradual […]



Plan an Art Birthday Party

by This is Carrie on June 24, 2010

Tip Junkie is turning three and to celebrate, the blog’s Birthday Bash has been filled with hundreds of inspiring party theme ideas & links (been checking it out since I have an eighth birthday party to plan at the end of the summer).  Today, my daughter’s Ultimate Art Party was featured (#23). Check out today’s […]



Making Stuff: Homemade Bike Jersey

by This is Carrie on June 23, 2010

When we heard the Over the Hump mountain bike race series added a kid’s race, Princess definitely wanted to race it.  She also wanted a racing jersey just like mom and dad’s. With the downloading of the team font, a free hand copy of the the team logo, and a little freezer paper stenciling, she […]




by This is Carrie on June 22, 2010

The kids had a blast exploring the new “Grossology” exhibit at the Discovery Science Museum.  I tried not to be too grossed out watching them ride down the gastrointestinal slide, crawl through the rectal tube and climb the zit and scab wall. But kids, they love this kind of stuff: playing “Urine: the Game”, the […]



IronMakeover: Off-road Family Adventures

by This is Carrie on June 21, 2010

I feel so lucky to have Sara over at IronMakeover write such a wonderful athlete profile about me (and Team Sparkle).  If you get a chance, go check it out. And if you ever plan on training for a Triathlon, add IronMakeover to your blog reader. Lots of great tips and inspiration, especially for first-timers.



Making Stuff: Disco Day Bellbottoms Refashion

by This is Carrie on June 21, 2010

The last “Spirit Day” of the school year was named “Disco Day” and it had Princess concerned because during all her years at the elementary school, they had never had this dress-up theme before.  Paired with a few items from the dress-up box and her closet, these quickly refashioned bell bottoms made her day.  Can […]



Plans are Overrated

by This is Carrie on June 17, 2010

You may have already heard me mention our news on twitter or facebook, but I’m finally getting around to it here, my final “social network”. We have been lucky enough to plan all of our other kids, but this one came as a complete surprise.  With 2 triathlons, a 200 mile relay and a marathon […]



Craft Camp Tutorial: Scrap Fabric Paper Dolls

by This is Carrie on June 16, 2010

This kid’s craft project has been a staple in our house sine 2006.  Head over to Skip to My Lou for all the details and my six free printable dolls. And while you’re there check out the entire Craft Camp series – 30 days, 30 bloggers, 30 crafts.  There’s already enough ideas to keep your […]



Goodbye Hair

by This is Carrie on June 14, 2010

Princess has been wanting to cut her hair short for a while now. I talked her into growing it a little longer so she could cut off enough to donate to Locks of Love. After her 7 month fundraiser benefiting kids with cancer, it was a pretty easy sell. Every few weeks for …