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Spooky Hike | domestic god(ish)

Written on October 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm, by

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It’s Halloween weekend and my boys are very excited to go trick or treating.  But first, we’ve planned an evening hike up on Mt. Diablo which is sure to be spooky because it’s mating season for the tarantula spider!

To prepare, my sis helped me make some crispy chocolate peanut butter balls, bat sprinkle cookies and hot chocolate to help us stay warm.

Happy Halloween everyone, be safe and have fun with your loved ones.

Halloween Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

1/8 cup salted butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup Rice Krispies Cereal

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels +

1/8 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels chopped to a shaved texture

1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

27 mini-muffin paper cups

Prep:

1. In large electric mixer bowl, mix peanut butter, margarine, sugar and shaved chocolate morsels on medium speed until thoroughly combined.  Add Kellog’s Rice Krispies cereal, mixing thoroughly.  Using rounded teaspoon, divide mixture into peanut butter balls and place each ball in a paper cup.  Refrigerate.

2. Melt chocolate morsels, whipping cream and shortening in small saucepan, over low heat, stirring constantly.  Spoon melted chocolate over each peanut butter ball to top. Refrigerate until firm.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Sources Bat Candy | Thermos | Skull & Crossbone Cupcake Paper |

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Floor Cushions | decor

Written on October 28, 2011 at 4:05 am, by

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I’ve had floor cushions on my mind and I’m loving the concept and ease of the extra seating.  In addition to adding a cozy element, they can really add texture and another layer of color to a room.  There is something about a floor cushion that instantly tells guests to grab a bowl of popcorn or a cocktail (whichever) and get comfortable.

Some inspiring photos my design partner & I found.

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{sources gutseylulu | domino magazine| american gypsy living| the Purl bee | restoration hardware}

 

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Gun Play | ask my MOMMA

Written on October 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm, by

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My son is three and a half and just started preschool.  I love the school and he does too, but now he is coming home talking about guns and pretending to shoot a gun and “kill the bad guys” all the time.  How do I respond when he plays these games?

 

parenting advice When children begin preschool they are exposed to new children and different types of play.  Unfortunately, that includes gun play.

You won’t be able to monitor what your son sees and hears from the other children at school, but you can respond to his pretend play and comments.  Question and talk to him as much as possible.  Ask him, what do guns do?  Who are the bad guys that they are shooting?  What happens when the pretend guns are fired?

Your questions and responses to your son will begin to clarify the realities of guns for him.  At 3 1/2 years, his pretend play is real to him and likely he is unable to clearly distinguish who “the bad guys” are and why anyone would shoot them.  Yet, he needs to be made aware that guns are dangerous and can injure people seriously.  You may want to share your opinion about guns and killing.  This won’t eliminate his pretend play but you will introduce ideas that will help him balance gun play with other options.  Of course, this will not be easy because every day, the media highlights so much violence.

If your son’s fascination becomes excessive and you think this type of play is crossing into indiscriminate and violent killing, you need to immediately make an appointment to observe what is going on at the preschool.  Talk to the teachers.  The children could be mingled during afternoon sessions with older children whose gun play and killing play may be excessive and require additional supervision and guidance.

HOUSE & HOLD | decor

Written on October 26, 2011 at 3:41 am, by

HOUSE & HOME, home accessories, home design, home decor, pottery barn

I love this new online home store I just found called HOUSE & HOLD.  They’re a one-stop shop for some of the most fresh, hip and original retail design companies.  Hosting the likes of Dwell Studio, Oeuf and Jennifer Deloge to name a few.

Some products you can purchase at HOUSE & HOLD I love (1, 2, 3, 4, 5  above).

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Twitter Tuesday | life + style

Written on October 25, 2011 at 4:45 am, by

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Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Martha Stewart tweeted this photo while planning a trip to Israel.

Thank you, Martha, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel | travel

Written on October 24, 2011 at 4:09 am, by

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I was in Santa Barbara this weekend and decided to visit this beautiful little church nestled amongst the estates of Montecito.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church immediately brought back memories for me as one of my nearest and dearest friends was married there almost 7 years ago.  It took my breath away then and it still does now.  Such a peaceful and loving location with endless inspiration.

The Church was established on July 16, 1856 and celebrated its 150 anniversary in 2006.  The Architect of the present Church was Ross Montgomery.  If you have the opportunity to stop and visit, it’s a truly beautiful part of California history.

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Hooked on Houses | blog to love

Written on October 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm, by

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Hooked on Houses was the very first blog I followed and it’s still one of my favorites.  I reached out to the founder of Hooked on Houses, Julia, before I started CECY j.  She was very kind and welcoming to the virtual community and full of great advice.

There is just something cozy and unassuming about Hooked on Houses.  Julia seems to effortlessly present her posts about celebrity homes, really cool dream houses and even some quirky & hilarious houses.  The site makes me feel like I’m curled up in her living room and just chatting with her about all these amazing “house lover” finds.

I threw some questions at Julia the other day because this gal not only loves houses, but she is also humble, fun and totally worth getting to know better.

 

Hooked on Houses, Home Decor Blogs, One Kings Lane

Julia’s Style in (almost) one word…

1. Style is…

Simple

2. Coffee or tea?

Hot choc:)

3.  How many emails do you get a day?

100+

4. Morning person or night owl?

Night owl

5. Blackberry or iPhone?

I’d live without a phone if I could

6. Favorite T.V Show?

The Dick Van Dyke Show

7.  Most popular Hooked on Houses post of all time?

The Beach House from Something’s Gotta Give (http://hookedonhouses.net/2009/05/04/the-beach-house-in-somethings-gotta-give/)

8. Favorite piece of furniture in your house?

Grandma’s piano

9. Favorite room in your house?

My sunroom (http://hookedonhouses.net/2011/08/10/decorating-my-sunroom-finally-pulling-it-all-together/)

Thank you Julia & happy Friday everyone.

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{photo 2 is sourced from à la mode | photo 8 source | photo 3 is sourced from Minted one of my favorites for unique card designs}

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

Fear of flying | ask my MOMMA

Written on October 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm, by

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 My 12-year-old daughter, Hayley, has suddenly become fearful of flying.  Is it normal?  She doesn’t remember flying when she was a toddler so my efforts to convince her that airplanes are safe and can be fun are not winning her over.  We need to fly to a family reunion in Idaho next summer.  What can I do to get her ready?  Maggie, New Mexico

You have sympathetically responded to your daughter’s fear of flying without a negative evaluation of her feelings.  Continue encouraging her to talk about her fear by remaining accepting and communicative.

Most familiar fears, like fear of the dark, disappear by the time a child enters grade school.  More common to older children are realistic fears such as fear of flying.  This fear is specific and one that is real to your daughter.  Her fear of flying may have stemmed from hearing about an airplane crash or seeing the news.  Give your daughter factual information about air travel and safety regulations but do not discount her fearful emotions.  Sometimes gradual exposure to a feared situation will desensitize a child to a situation.  In this case, you might visit an airport or an airplane museum.  Be sure to start small to create a positive experience for her.

Listen for reasons that could be shielding her fear of flying.  Preadolescents are generally more fearful of having and not having friends, school achievement, and how they look.  Transition to junior high school brings an abundance of new anxieties.  Examine other changes that may have occurred in her life, for instance, the presence or loss of a family member or a sudden shift in her living situation.  Continue to comfort her until she works through her fears with remarks such as, “Right now, we have no plans for flying. Together we’ll figure out ways to prepare you to fly without being scared.”

Homemade Bubbles | domestic god(ish)

Written on October 19, 2011 at 2:31 am, by

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My mom slipped me this recipe for homemade bubbles the other day.  They turned out great and my kids had a blast so I thought I would share with you all.  Enjoy with your little ones…

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Twitter Tuesday | Life + Style

Written on October 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm, by

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Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Louise Roe tweeted this photo at the Caffe swimweek show.

Thank you, Louise, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

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{photo of Louise sourced from louiseroe.com}