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The following are Halloween highlights from 2013. Looking forward to seeing what 2014 will bring.


Halloween Finger Tips

Bean and Ham Soup

Bean and Ham Soup

Pumpkin Cookie

Pumpkin Cookie

Ghost Cookie

Ghost Cookie


I love fall and spending a day with my little ladies at a pumpkin patch is a day well spent. We road a hay ride from the events plaza at the Desert Botanical Garden out to the pumpkin patch in the desert – yup they grow here, even in the desert! Then we decorated pumpkins, ate kettle corn and drank cider. Happy Fall!















The Little Spark – 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity By Carrie Bloomston – Now Available for Pre-Order!

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My creative practice is featured in this book. Please pre-order and buy this amazing book as holiday gifts by my delightful friend and fellow Phoenician Creative Carrie Bloomston.

I saw this great idea on Pinterest and knew I had to make one myself. I had everything on hand and whipped it up in about an hour with drying time over night for the lid to glue using E-6000.



Inspired by a couple of our favorite books about balloons including Balloon Farm and You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum we decided it was only fitting to dedicate some summer camp time to exploring balloons.

balloon farm books

We had the hopes of creating a homemade hot air balloon but after visiting three different locations and being told there was no helium available due to a recent mine closure we knew we needed to talk about balloons even more! We had a lot of fun experimenting with simple latex balloons.

We played balloon games, watched movies about balloons including UP and Balloon Farm and checked out more books about balloons from the library. We drew a lot of pictures of balloons, hot air balloons, run-a-way balloons and live balloons with faces and we also ate balloon inspired meals. We conducted experiments with heat, fire, baking soda and lemons. We tested our our human produced electricity and we made water balloons for an outdoor water balloon fight. Here are some highlights of the balloon experimental fun we had.

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101_5305Electricity created by static from our hair.

101_8280Baking soda and lemon juice really do create a gas that blows up a balloon!

101_8284If you fill the bottom of a balloon up with a 1/4 cup of water it actually won’t pop when placed over a flame!

101_8287An empty soda bottle placed in a pan of boiling water really will blow up a balloon the is stretched over the top of the bottle!

101_8288Water balloons ready for a battle!

101_8291Cool Summer water balloon fight!


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