Fire Starters

My Girl Scout troop is going camping in a few weeks and I noticed our supply of fire starters the girls made about 4 years ago was running low. My girls love a good fire and you never know when you will need a little  bit of help starting it so I got to work on making some new ones. Usually I have the girls help with these sorts of projects, but we run out of days before the trip and they are still a bit young to be working with super hot wax. Maybe next time we need them, they can help.

I think I spent a total of $4 on this project and plenty of supplies left over to make more. When I realized I needed to make the fire started, I started looking for candles at yard sales. I hit the jackpot and got a grocery bag full of good ones for $2. I had also saved a cardboard egg carton to use and started collecting my dryer lint. Dryer lint is a great aid in fire starting. Next I hit up the Dollar Store for a cheep pan and ladle spending a total of $2.

I put the pan on the stove, set the heat to about medium and added the candles. While I waited for them to melt I added the dryer lint to each little egg cup in the carton. Just enough to cover the bottom, you really do not need a lot. I also set the egg carton on an old cookie sheet I had, just in case the hot wax leaked out the bottom. Once the wax was good a melted I ladled it into the egg carton- the wax is super hot at the time, so be really careful. Turns out the cookie sheet was a good idea as some wax did seep out the bottom. Once I was all done filling the egg carton, I took it outside, still on the cookie sheet to dry and harden fully. I then tore them apart and sealed them in a container. I now have 12 awesome fire starters that should last a little while. See pics below of my process.

HOW TO MAKE A Fire starter

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Life back to normal, or normal for me

Another NuLu Fest is in the books (for the most part) and my life might calm down for a bit. If you know me, you know my life never really calms down, and that is okay with me. I go go go most of the time. But who knows, maybe this fall, I will stop and enjoy the pumpkins a little more before all the stilly cold white stuff buries us all under.

I love fall. The beautiful colors, the smell of outdoor fire pits, Halloween, pumpkins, soup, and boots. It is hard to pinpoint my favorite thing about fall. Pumpkins make me smile and I have the most fabulous boot collection. I also love my sweaters and back porch sitting around my fire pit. If I had my way fall would be a year round thing. Maybe the BF will build me a fall room? Is that a thing? I will have to go and search Pinterest.
What are your favorite things about fall?

Cutest pumpkin in the patch

Nephews first pumpkin picking in 2012

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Shin Splints

I have them and I am not happy about it. I about cried my eyes out on my run the other day and not do not want to run today because I don’t want to risk the pain. I am in the process of looking for new shoes and hope that helps. I am also reading up on how to prevent them but any advise is welcome.

Again I am not a running, I am a girl who loves to ride her bike and needs to get back in shape to race it. Running is part of that process. What do you do for shin splints?

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Nephew Loves his Bike

Yesterday I was hanging out with my family for brunch and the best thing happened, my 2 yo nephew asked me to go ride bikes with him. It went something like “Chrissy outside bike”, I of course said yes. His reaction? A really loud yeah. Love that kid. As a side note the BF an I gave him the bike for his birthday. Best gift ever? I think so.

Here is a little video of us on bikes his mother was smart enough to get.

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Girl Scout Racing Rally

It that time of year for me- Girl Scout time. This will be my 5th year of being a Girl Scout leader to the #besttroopever and I am so excited to be hanging out with the girls again as well as the other leaders that I get to learn from and plan really cool stuff. Speaking of really cool stuff that we are planning. Check out our event in November: The Girl Scout Racing Rally. It is like a Pinewood Derby (okay it IS one but we can’t call it that) but ours will be 1000x time better because again we are #thebesttroopever.

If you know of a Girl Scout troop in the Kentuckiana area let them know about this super cool event.

Questions? Let me know.

Girl Scout Racing Rally Flier

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NuLu Fest is my life (right now)

If you are friends with me on Facebook you are probably sick of me talking about NuLu Fest already and all’s I can tell you is it is only going to be more of the same. NuLu Fest is very near and dear to me. I am the event manager this year but beyond that, it was the first major event that I was hand to help plan 6 years ago. A person challenged me to take it on, telling me that I was just the person could do it and make it great. I have been involved in 5 out of 6 years and can say with full confidence it is one hell of a great festival.  I talk to people about it all the time and most of them say to me (without even knowing that it is something I help plan) it is their favorite festival. Ah the things that make me happy.

This years festival is on September 27, we will have lots of beer, bourbon, wine, food and fun. Bring the kids for the most amazing Louisville Family Fun Kids Corner and some great live music. I’ll be there all day so come say HI!


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Things on my run

Today I ran, something new for me (for the most part). I am not a runner I am a cyclist but I have learned that I need the cardio that comes from running to help me improve on my cycling. So today I ran and learned a few things on my run.

1) Calories matter, I did not have enough to late me

2) My legs were not awesome (probably from the 20 mine ride yesterday).

3) Water matters

4) Music is important

5) I have a really pretty neighborhood

6) Hills suck on a run and a ride

7) I get faster the longer I go

8) The shoes you wear make a BIG difference. Time for some new running shoes for me.

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It’s cookie time. Have you found your Girl Scout?


My co leaders rock!

Originally posted on Ashlee Eats:

I was never a Girl Scout. I blame my brother, who quit Cub Scouts after my mom had bought all the swag. The wasted money sullied any kind of scouting for me.

That absence in my childhood fed my admiration for the Girl Scouts. I’m all for the empowerment of girls — and accessories that display your talents and achievements.

Old-school Girl Scouts. (Flickr Creative Commons)

Old-school Girl Scouts. (Flickr Creative Commons)

Late last year, I became a volunteer for Troop 628 of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, thanks to my friend Christine. Now, I get to see how powerful it is to teach girls they can do anything. I get to watch girls who are eager to learn new things and not ashamed of that hunger for knowledge.

I also have a good line on where to get some Girl Scout cookies.

Sweet, glorious Girl Scout cookies. (Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar, Flickr Creative Commons)

Sweet, glorious Girl Scout cookies. (Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar, Flickr Creative Commons)

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

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One of my 2014 goals is to cook more. I grew up in a family of wonderful cooks and I have been spoiled by a mom who loves her kids to come for dinner so I don’t tend to cook at home myself, not because I can’t but because mom offers so I accept. That is all going to change this year. I am sure I will still go to mom and dads for dinner plenty but maybe I’ll offer to cooke for them?

I started working on this goal last week just to get the ball rolling and it went well. Last night I had a plan to cook but ended up at moms with my sister cooking, still a good home cooked meal. Tonight I determined to cook at home so I did. I had picked up some boneless pork chops at Kroger last week and got them out of the freezer this morning. I then turned to Pinterest to help me with a recipe. I found one with three ingredients and I had all three, soy sauce, honey and garlic. The recipe said to let marinade all day but I only did for about an hour and they were fine. I put the pork in a glass baking dish with the marinade and added some frozen brussels sprouts on top. I cooked them at 350 for 30 minutes with the last 15 minutes on broil. OMG they were so good and the sprouts picked up just enough flavor to be amazing. I was going to make some brown rice to go with the dish but sis and I decided that it took too long to cook so she made some jasmine rice that added a nice touch. I would say that tonight’s at home coked meal was pretty darn good. I will make the chops again.



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