Shelby Farms Park

Yay! It’s summer break! Time to load up the kids and go to Memphis!

My kids love to play at Shelby Farms Park‘s playground.  There is so much to do, and every year they add more features.

The playground is divided into three sections. The first section is for younger kids and has a water and sand feature. The slides are awesome.

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The second section is all about swings and teeter totters. My kids love the balancing swing.

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The third part of the playground is all about the tree house nest.

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The kids have to balance on the net as they crawl up to the tree house nest. The net begins close to the ground and gets higher the closer they get to the tree house. My kids like the challenge, and it’s a good work out for them, too.

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Shelby Farms Park’s playground also has a dog park close by, so all members can enjoy the park together. It also has walking trails, boating, and horseback riding. Check out all you can do by clicking here.

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There is always something to do around the Memphis area that doesn’t break the bank and is safe. The kids and I already have plans to bike some of their trails, rent some paddle boats, and go see the buffalo.

 

 

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Strawberry Moon and Summer Solstice

On June 20, 2016, something very historic happened. June’s full moon (dubbed the Strawberry Moon by the Algonquin tribe because it signaled when to harvest the wonderfully red, juicy fruit) appeared on the same day as summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

This hasn’t happened in over 70 years.

This will not happen again until 2094.

This most definitely was a once in a lifetime chance for both my kids and me, and we got to experience it together.

It started out hiding behind the clouds.

From time to time over the next 15 minutes the silvery devil would peek through.

The kids and their friends joined me on the curb. They will not experience this again until they are in their 80s and with their grandchildren.

And then there it was, big and beautiful and historic!

I love my life in Tennessee.

Our very first Grizzlies game.

My children play basketball in a church league. Every year, the league gets discount tickets to a Memphis Grizzlies game. We opted out the last few years because we couldn’t get them to sit still during a 90 minute Pixar movie, so we knew there was no chance of them sitting through an entire NBA game.

We decided to try it this year, and we were glad we did. It was a lot of fun, and the kids enjoyed themselves, too.

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We were in the nosebleed section. Probably one of the reasons the tickets were so cheap.

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Wee Beasty with his Grizz (Build A Bear).

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Some action shots as experienced from the nosebleed section.

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Free throw shots. I was astounded at how many free throws an NBA player misses. I was 100% my senior year in high school. My coach made us run wind sprints until we puked if we missed free throws. Food for thought, NBA.

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A non-action shot as experienced from the nosebleed section.

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Dude! Sit down! It’s hard enough to see from up here without you blocking my view.

And for a special treat, we stayed for the after-game show.

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Bishop Hezekiah Walker! We moved closer to the court, but not much closer. The kids fell asleep, but Momma was jammin’!

 

Making Laundry Detergent

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Looks like it’s time to make more laundry detergent!

Preparation is a little time-consuming, but making my own laundry detergent saves me a ton of money.  The recipe for dry detergent that I use can be found on found on TipNut (#9).

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Start with 8 cups grated bar soap. I typically use two bars Fels-Naptha for stain removal and one bar Ivory soap.

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12 cups Borax 20 Mule Team, which comes out to be a little more than a one 4 lb box.

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8 cups Washing Soda. Make sure you buy both Washing Soda and Baking Soda. There is a difference,  and yes, you need both.

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8 cups Baking Soda. Again, make sure you buy both Washing Soda and Baking Soda.

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One hefty size container to mix the ingredients and one hefty spoon to do the mixing.  I use a slotted spoon for easier mixing, and I mix and store in the same container. Less mess.

Adding one cup of each ingredient at a time, mix well to combine.

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It looks so pretty in the glass container.

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1/8th of a cup is all you need to do one load of laundry!

Needless to say, that huge container lasts me a very long time.  =)

Happy Laundry Day!!

Saturday Afternoon Project

Since the kids decided they wanted to sit out this soccer season, we find ourselves with more free time on Saturday mornings. So…

Needed supplies: colored paper, directions (I found both in a handy kit) and colored pencils.

After successfully making butterflies and puppy faces, they thought they were ready for a three-star project. That’s when I had to get involved.

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Almost finished

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Decorate with eyes and what not.

The kids had fun making them jump; although, they spent more time folding them than actually playing with them. 😉

We will be trying this project again