pom pom hair clips

Josie got it into her head that she wanted to make pom pom hair clips after finding a big bag of pom pom's in the art closet the other day. I thought I would indulge her cute idea and broke out the glue gun for a bit of one on one time and let her design and pick out which colors she wanted for each clip. There are no secrets here it was pretty much glue gun + pom pom + hair clip but it was so fun to do this simple project with her.

After a few clips were made we decided they looked like caterpillars a little bit and so we hunted in the art closet again and found some giant goggly eyes and added those to the mix…

Then some little fabric hearts that were sitting in one of the bins turned into wings and she was so excited to make a little butterfly friend - adorable for sure!

Pretty soon Levi found us and he wanted in on the fun so we found him a clothespin and he made a caterpillar bookmark and a "quiet critter" as he called it (big pom pom with eyes) apparently his teacher used these last year - if you are holding it you are suppose to be a quiet critter…sounds good to me :)!

All in all it was a really fun little craft hour for a hot summer day - so many variations and so so simple so I thought I would share. What are some fun little projects you have done with your kids this summer so far?

project weekend

We spent the weekend working on lots of little things that will hopefully add up to some bright new spaces in the next few months…it felt good to get some projects started and a few things ticked off the list. Looking forward to the week at hand - hope you had a wonderful weekend friends, happy Monday!!

{happy friday}

We are in for a really hot weekend here in the pacific northwest - in the 90's! I kind of love the heat but we don't have A/C so we will be needing some Popsicles and ice cream for sure to keep us cool. I've got lots of projects planned around here too, there is nothing I like more than a project weekend (I am a weirdo) and after living in this rental for almost three years (what?!) I finally confessed to Chris that I feared our "forever dream home" was never going to happen again and we would probably never be able to buy a house…so we need to settle in and for me that means lots of paint, craigslist haunts and a honey-do list for him a mile long :). But he's an amazing sport and so I broke out some paint this afternoon and started in on a few things already and it feels good!

I've had so much fun looking through the Ten on Ten sets from yesterday if you haven't had a chance to take a look please do - hope you have a wonderful weekend friends, do you have anything fun planned?

Ten on Ten :: July 2014

We spent a wonderful summer day on the lake with friends and had so much fun! Oh how I love summer sunshine and the smells of sand and wet hair and sticky fingers and hours and hours outside - so much to feel thankful for on days like today!! I hope you had a fun summer day too capturing all the unexpected beauty you could find, I am off to check out all of the sets on the linky it will be open for the week so feel free to add yours whenever you're ready! Happy Ten on Ten friends…Learn more about the project HERE.

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banana breakfast cookies (vegan/gf)

Because sometimes you just get tired of the same old eggs or cereal for breakfast and you need a little treat. These are so yummy and have no added sugar, unless you do what I do and dump in some chocolate chips. But I will leave that decision up to you…and make sure you have them with coffee. My Mom taught me that cookies are always for breakfast, with coffee!

Banana Breakfast Cookies:

2-3 large ripe bananas 
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups of rolled oats
2/3 cup of almond meal (I used bob's red mill)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of chocolate chips
1/2 cup of chopped pecans (or whatever add in's you like)

Mash the bananas with a fork and add in the oil and vanilla. Add the oats, almond meal, salt, cinnamon,  baking powder and stir until combined. Dump in the chocolate and pecans and stir again. Line a baking sheet with parchment and drop by heaping tablespoon and lightly flatten with a fork and bake at 350 degrees for 15minutes. I like to put half the dough in the fridge for fresh cookies the second morning.

Makes 18 (adapted from this recipe)

My little chocolate monster approves :) - hope you are having a great week so far I will be back tomorrow for Ten on Ten!!

Rebekah Gough Jewelry is LIVE!!

I am so excited to finally announce that my new jewelry site is LIVE and ready to go! It has been a labor of love getting this thing off the ground and I am so very thrilled to share it with you guys! So without further ado head on over HERE and check it out and then come back and let me know what you think.

For the next week you can use the coupon code: friendsandfamily to save an extra 10% and also this month 10% of the proceeds from the entire line go to support the efforts of Restore International - an organization I absolutely love and respect!

I also thought it would be fun to do a giveaway to get things started off right so you can enter below by subscribing to my newsletter to win your choice of the Lucky Horseshoe Collar or the Petite Arrowhead Collar - I will choose a winner this Sunday evening. Thanks so much guys for all your love and support it means the world to me! xoxo


miss poppy

I admitted on instagram last week that when I see a poppy I just can't help myself, I must whip out my camera and try to capture it's feminine beauty. I don't know what it is about the poppy but they have always been my most favorite flower. I love the papery leaves and the little hairs on it's tiny stem. I plucked this one just this morning and put it in my room so I can enjoy even more. There are a lot of flowers that I really like but miss poppy you have my heart forever… What's your favorite flower?
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