From the monthly archives:

March 2011

Mountain Biking Birthday

by This is Carrie on March 31, 2011

I’d been looking forward to this private mountain bike clinic/birthday party since Todd gave it to me as a gift in 2010. Weeks of delays turned into months as rain and conflicting schedules kept us from the perfect day for riding together with the true Mountain Biking Chick, Tonya Bray, former pro racer and the […]



Making Stuff: Men’s Flannel Shirt to Baby Pants

by This is Carrie on March 30, 2011

After using the backs of men’s flannel shirts to make Baby Blankets and the fronts to make Baby Caps, I couldn’t let the sleeves go to waste. These super cozy flannel pants are as comfortable as pajamas but cute enough to wear to church. The shirt sleeves were a little short to cut out a […]



Fairy Lashes & Vitiligo

by This is Carrie on March 28, 2011

Two summers ago Pumpkin was diagnosed with Vitiligo, a disorder that causes depigmentation on patches of skin (the same disorder made famous by Michael Jackson).  Over the past two years she has continued to lose freckles on her right cheek as well as the color in her right eyelashes as the patch has spread from […]



This Week on Twitter 2011-03-27

by This is Carrie on March 27, 2011

Definitely motivated to get to @hitthemarkfit boot camp tomorrow after eating homemade pizookie tonight. # Between one kid with earache, one baby w/stomach ache and one kid afraid of the lightning & thunder last night, not much sleep was had. # Running makes you do all sorts of crazy things. Like eat chili (and love […]



I picked up a few more super-soft, men’s flannel shirts at the thrift store so I could make this patchwork variation of the “He’s All Boy” Baby Blanket.  I am not a quilter so it is not perfectly pieced.  Instead, I cut out random shapes, haphazardly overlapped and pinned them to a base layer, and […]



Investing in Public School

by This is Carrie on March 22, 2011

It’s that time of the year again for me to republish my piece on our choice to place our children in our local (failing) public school.  It’s one of the few subjects I will devote more than just a few sentences. Originally posted here on Feb 27, 2008 “If You Care About Your Child’s Education, […]



Making Stuff: Thrifted Sheets to Bed Rail Cover

by This is Carrie on March 22, 2011

The bed rail we use to make sure Princess stays put on the top bunk (which isn’t supposed to use for bunk beds apparently) needed a make over BAD. After raiding my stash of thrifted, floral sheets, taking a few quick measurements, and teaching the girls a lesson on why learning fractions is important for […]



OC Chili Winter 5 Mile Trail Run

by This is Carrie on March 21, 2011

Even though i couldn’t ever imagine myself wanting to eat chili at 9:30 in the morning, once the OC Chili Winter 5 Mile Trail Run was over, the hot chili provided by the race sponsors was so delicious! It was my first trail running (only) race & now I’m beginning to think trail running it […]



This Week on Twitter 2011-03-20

by This is Carrie on March 20, 2011

Was totally aware of daylight savings time and yet we are still an hour late to church #oneofthosemornings # Helping kids get their “Juice for Japan” stand ready. If you’re in the neighborhood stop by from 3-5! # At the kids “Juice for Japan” stand there will also be chocolate covered marshmallows for sale. […]



Art Smart: A Lesson in O’Keefe, Art Critique & Pastels

by This is Carrie on March 18, 2011

As the first woman artist and the first American artist we’ve talked about during the Art Smart lessons, I was thrilled to introduce the kids to Georgia O’Keefe’s life and art.  During the critique portion of the lesson, we discussed what made O’Keefe’s flower paintings so unique (the size of the flowers) and what she […]