64 In Life


Hi friends. I have so much to catch up on. I have a folded piece of paper with a list of things I intend to blog about sitting on my nightstand and as the list gets longer and longer so will the post. Hope you have a few minutes and I hope none of you rushed off and purchased vinyl for snack bags…

toxic snack bags

The fact that vinyl is NOT food safe didn’t exactly cross my mind. I’m so thankful to have you wise rovers in my life. Because I’m not a scientist, I’m not sure if the vinyl has to be heated to emit toxins or if it just naturally does it at room temperature, either way I’d rather be safe than sorry. The kids were a little confused that I let them take their snacks in their new bags Monday and Tuesday and told them Wednesday they weren’t safe. I spent some time researching what is safe and well there happens to be a lot of controversy out there over what is safe and what is not. Some folks say PEVA {what has replaced most vinyl shower curtains} is safe, others say it’s not!Β  I know that cotton is safe and since my bags don’t need to be waterproof I will likely make future ones from a natural cotton. I also came across theseΒ  in my research… Lunchskins

and while I’m usually a huge proponent of handmade goodies, these are pretty awesome and not too pricey… and food safe! So if you don’t sew but are interested in earth-friendly snack bags… or even if you do sew, these might be your safest bet!

I also owe you wise rovers a BIG thank you for encouraging me to try the Neil Med sinus products…


Granted I gag and heave when I do it, I still feel better once I’m all rinsed out! I even taught Morgan how to use it and since she threw up a LOT last night, this morning she was due for a good rinse! Don’t worry, she’s not really sick. Upon entering her room and finding the evidence that she left on the floor I asked, “Morgan, did you eat peaches today?” She laughed hard and said, “Yeah, I was starving before dinner so I ate a can of peaches!” Justin and I both said, “a can?” She laughed and said, “yes, I was hungry!” And then she followed her can of peaches with taco soup. Needless to say, we had quite the mess to clean up! Gross… I know, sorry!

No need to feel sorry for her, but you can feel a little sorry for me…


That sweet little Rover who likes to be rocked also has decided that he likes to wake up and cry in the middle of the night. Thursday around 4 am he screamed, I hopped up and ran to his rescue. Our bedroom door was opened, but only half-way, when I ran full-speed-ahead-forehead-first into the door. I muttered a few choice words, fell into the wall, turning on the bright overhead lights and then slowly managed to make my way to the Rover’s room where he continued to scream. I kept feeling my head to make sure there was no blood then I ushered him back to the big bed and let the Rover comfort me in my intense pain. This {above} is what I looked like when the sun came up a couple hours later.Β  It’s Monday now and the swelling is down but the tenderness is still very much there. Good thing I find him too irresistible to hold any such injury against him. The next morning he kept saying, “Ohhh Mommy go doctor!”


We had some friends over on Friday night and upon sitting down at the dinner table I was informed that what we thought were Chinquapins are actually Sawtooth Oak acorns! This is the part of my post where I have to remind you never to believe what I say or do what I do! πŸ™‚ According to the experts, deer LOVE them, so if you want some deer in your yard {or some totally awesome acorns} plant some Sawtooth Oaks!


Believe it or not, they didn’t even catch on fire!

Saturday we headed down to check on our bees and do a little exploring.

j and bees

We were both hoping to harvest our fall honey last weekend but it’s not quite full enough yet. Justin thinks this drought has slowed the bees down a bit. We’re hoping to try to harvest in a few more weeks. It’s always so fun to see them in action.



The kids stayed back while we peeked around their hive. The bees were so happy and busy they {thankfully} paid us no attention!

3 little indians

After the bees were tended too…I collected a few pine cones, both big and small and then we were off to explore.









The kids were particularly enthralled with the cypress knees because Justin has brought us several “knees” home that we are in the process of making into spooky little ghosts!


On the counter behind the ghosts-in-the-making is an orange book, do you see it? It’s Jesus Calling for Kids!



I picked it up last week at our church bookstore and it is not only really cute, but also really good; maybe a little mature for preschoolers, but I think we underestimate what our children understand so we’re going with it!

For some reason, despite knowing my history with Ebay {and distaste of losing auctions by nanoseconds} I continue to browse and find things that I think I need. DaddyBoy makes me do it. He is an ebay guru and sold the BIG UGLY CAR on there last week… queue the hallelujah chorus!Β  Anyway, I was browsing last week and found these…



They had one day left and were currently up to $9. In my mind, I was willing to blow $40 on them, although I really would rather think of them as an investment because they are so cool. Anyway, they were pick up only… well, DaddyBoy was willing to go to Peru, IL for me {30 mi from home} to pick them up. I was bound and determined that no one else was going to be interested… ha, why haven’t I learned that ebay totally ticks me off and people come out of the woodwork with 5 seconds remaining!? So I watched them go for $102.50! I mean, I think I’d even be willing to pay that but then I was afraid to get into the bidding war because I didn’t want to pay more just because someone else wanted them. I didn’t exactly know what I was going to do with them or where I was going to put them but I did like them… so in the end I was happy for the winner {even though I emailed the seller and told them if they didn’t come through I’d jump in}!

Ok, so I’ve only scratched a handful of items off my list… but I must scurry off!Β  I’ll be back more to share my disdain for dental work, my love of Publix {welcome to town, my long lost friend!}, fall shoes, and my total sadness about Morgan starting 1st grade next year… I know, it’s October but decisions must be made and don’t think tears haven’t already been shed! And last but not least, we must chat about trains… I need your help {mothers of boys}! But save your breath about the trains… we’ll chat trains next post! Peace, love and door-marked-foreheads!

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  • Julie
    October 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I have been reading your blog for forever, but I don’t know if I have ever commented…but when I seen you type Peru, Il i was like What!! I used to work in Peru, IL… It is such a nice town! I am sorry you didn’t win your cute chairs!!

  • kathie
    October 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    You are hilarious πŸ™‚ I was laughing to myself reading your post- the thing with the vinyl is totally something I’d do, too! The way I figure it, it all comes out in the wash. Not that I’d *choose* to give my kids something with bad chemicals in it, but sometimes I think we worry a bit too much about each little thing. So no harm done on your sweet snack bags! Maybe they can use them for toys?

    I have the same problem with ebay, and I’ve had to ban myself from it, because it is so sad to fall in love with something and lose to the professionals at the last minute. Sorry about the chairs, they are fabulous.

    Anyhow, I love your blog (and your sister’s, too!) and I’ve never commented before ~ but I know how much I love the feedback so I wanted to tell you so! Thanks for having me πŸ™‚

  • Melanie
    October 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    1. Everything is going to kill us some day. I wouldn’t have thought about the vinyl in the bags either. Your kids would probably be fine. Just my two cents:)

    2. I can’t do the Nedi Pot. So afraid of choking or gagging etc. Hubby uses it though.

    3. I DO feel sorry for you with the throw up:( Don’t do throw up and I can imagine peaches & taco soup. EWWWW!

    4. My hubby works for the railroad. Was a conductor, engineer, and now is in management.

    5. I am from Florida and I {heart} Publix too. No Publix in SC!

    6. Hope your head feels better soon.

  • Jennifer
    October 11, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Oh Darby – YOUR HEAD!!! So sorry, friend! Hang in there!

  • Cherish Stockdale
    October 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    OHH man those chairs were amazing!! Also I gotta go get that book, we still love our jesus storybook bible but have read through it MANY times, it will be fun to check out something new! Hope your forehead gets better!! lol

  • pam
    October 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    ouch! that forehead, darby. again, ouch. darby doll with sinus spray goo? you are too funny. love that row of chairs. perfect to line up in a (long) foyer with lots of children to put their shoes on. someday i’ll have a house with a front porch with a row of wooden auditorium chairs linked. have a good week!

  • Katherine @ Grass Stains
    October 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    That’s the worst bump I’ve ever seen on an adult! Yikes. You win the prize. So sorry!

  • McCall
    October 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I think my little one needs that book. It’s so adorable! Thanks again, Darby! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Melise
    October 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Boo! I was so looking forward to making something with my scraps! Oh, well next time you have an idea for scraps let us know! PS- ouch!

  • jesslee
    October 11, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Ouch! Totally sounds like something I would do…
    This is just a hunch but I bet your handy hubby could totally make you a bench of little seats like that one on ebay using the seats from Ikea desk chairs.

  • Tara
    October 11, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I think this is kinda like the ink blot tests in psychology…but I see the 3 Wise Men in the cypress knees…but ghosts are cute too.

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    October 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    What a bummer on the awesome seats…I can totally relate to the inner eBay stream of conscious! I’ve been selling and spending like crazy on there, lately. I keep hoping that my selling and spending will even each other out, but in reality, I spend at least double what I sell. Boo.

    Hope everyone is feeling better!!

  • Jessica @ PlumWonderful
    October 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Hey, love your blog! I’m new to the Mommy blog world, but after I started mine, a friend of a friend introduced me to yours. I too am from Dtown!
    Oh and yes, thank you Jesus we finally got a Publix! πŸ˜‰

  • Allison
    October 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Those chairs are so cool! I am so sad you didn’t get them! What a bummer you got outbid. I love reading your blog:)

  • Emily
    October 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Darby! It’s great to hear from you again! No Publix(es?)in VA either. So sad. Sorry about the chairs. They are awesome!

  • RLG
    October 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Got lunchskins for my first-grader and we love them.
    Turn them inside-out to clean with soapy water (it took me weeks to figure this out). Smile.
    Sorry about your bump! xoxo

  • Kristi B.
    October 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Darby, can you tell me what fabric is behind Jesus Calling for kids? I also saw it in the backgroud of the picture of your horrible injury πŸ™ Love it! I’m on the hunt for something like this and I think it might just be a match! thanks!

  • Sarah M
    October 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    And I just thought I had a headache!

    Publix just sealed the deal that I want to move to Dothan.

  • Courtnie
    October 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    This is just what I needed today! My hubby is in Africa for 10 days so I’m winging it with my two little men. I needed a good belly laugh (sorry that it was at your head’s expense.)

  • emily
    October 11, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I was considering making those little reusable pouches for myself, but thinking about using heavy duty freezer zip lock bags for the lining. Those have to be food safe, right? And sturdy enough, right? Just a thought!
    And I practially broke a toe the other evening when I woke with a start after napping on the couch and promptly hitting my foot against my nickle coffee table. I sympathize!!

  • Catherine
    October 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    We love lunchskins! Environmentally friendly and trendy too!

  • Becky
    October 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    On my goodness…I thought Paige had her head in an albino alligator’s mouth! Just kidding! Thanks for being you!

  • Julia
    October 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Cool chairs! I once ended up with a bunch of stuff I didn’t really want from eBay. I decided I wasn’t really an eBay girl.

    I love your acorns with a candle -I have Fall envy.

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    October 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    That is one serious bump! Feel better!


  • Nelle
    October 11, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Oh Darby…I’m so sorry about your noggin’. Yikes that must have been way painful. Your bees in flight photo made me GASP. It is so amazingly beautiful. Sad to see the Big Ugly Green Car in Disguise was sold. Poor DaddyBoy. Kidding. My Momma is addicted to EBay too so I know when one thing is sold the next chase is just around the corner.

  • kat
    October 11, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Ouch on the eye, there is nothing worse than making a mad dash for your kids in the middle of the night only to run smack into something or trip over the dog or something else on the floor. Yikes on the vomit, I can’t handle vomit, I gag uncontrollable and tears stream down my face, it’s quite hilarious. Those chair were so cute, who knows, maybe you’ll get a second chance.

  • Leslie
    October 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    check out http://www.snacktaxi.com for safe snack bags. they are awesome. also check out Spooneez at http://www.rollupthemess.com if you’re looking for safe, super stylish and wonderfully practical ways of saving baby spoons, toiletries, etc.

  • The Mom
    October 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I love the Jesus Calling books! I had the honor of serving as the college advisor/counselor for two of Sarah’s children when they were on furlough in the United States. She is an intelligent, creative, and marvelous individual who has graciously shared her gift of listening to what the Father is saying with many of us. I know that she would be pleased to see her little book on your blog!

  • Jessica
    October 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Ouch!! Too bad you didn’t have a video rolling though… I’m sure looking back, once the pain subsided, you would have laughed. Love the lunchskins, the acorns, your sweet kids, the soon-to-be ghosts, the chairs…and I need to look into the Jesus Calling book!

  • Emily
    October 11, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I love, love, love Publix! Try their boxed piecrusts in the refrigerated section (next to the butter and milk), and you’ll never make your own again! And the best part is that everyone thinks it’s grandma’s recipe until you share your secret! We like most all of the Publix brand stuff that we’ve tried, which is quite a savings in this economy.

    I started reading your blog last month, so I don’t know if you have Jesus Calling for adults; if not, you must get it, too. Also, to your readers, please pray for Sarah Young as you read her books! As we all know, spiritual wisdom and intimacy with our Lord is often coupled with suffering.

  • Leiane
    October 11, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I didn’t even notice the bump at first! I was thinking how cute you looked in your tee!

  • Tessa
    October 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    ouch! i slipped on a little TRAIN in the dark this morning (if you can call 5:00 AM monring) that was thrown out of my little guy’s bed in the night. are you sure you are ready for those?! πŸ™‚

  • emily
    October 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    absolutely love your blog! enjoyed the long post and photos.

  • Kristee
    October 11, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Holy Moly… So sorry about the knot on your head! That is tough, but especially bad when it happens during the night. I hope it’s better! Love all of your pics, but especially the one of the girls in the back of truck w/ a big, ol’ bag of combos! πŸ™‚ Kristee

  • Dana
    October 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Darby, I know ya’ll are loving Publix! My parents live just down the road from the one that opened in Dothan, so mom is pumped. I live in Lakeland, FL (home of Publix corporate), so shopping anywhere else here is a sin. πŸ™‚ Although I do feel sort of bad for the Dothan Winn Dixie’s. I know they are going to be hurting.

  • lora
    October 11, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    thanks for the heads up about Jesus calling for kids! i will definitely be ordering a copy!

  • Jennifer
    October 11, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    OUCH! Funny; I’m up at 12:48 am because my youngest just started shouting DADDY!!! DADDY!!! DADDY!!! at the top of his lungs (I got there first) and now I’m wide awake. I hope your head feels much better VERY soon!
    The bees…I miss the bees. My grandparents kept them. Nothing like fresh honey. And that book is now officially next on my list!

  • Carole Tidwell
    October 12, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Darby, Darby, Darby. I buy, and sell on Ebay all the time. Have been for about 13 years. BUT I NEVER BUY ANYTHING without using http://www.esnipe.com. I’m telling you Darby, it’s the neatest thing since sliced bread. You will never lose an auction. It bids for you. And it bids at like, 6 seconds before the auction ends, so you are not bidding and jerking the price higher and higher for days before all the other people come in and snipe it too. Just put your highest bid in, and it starts LOW. It also costs you pennies to use. Promise. Like, if you bid and win something for say, $50.00, it costs about 50 bid points, and that is equal to — well, I usually buy 2500 bid points for about $25.00. So, if I used 50 bidpoints to win something, it cost me 50 cents for esnipe to bid for me. Do you get it? I’ve been using this for YEARS. I never sit and bid on anything. It bids for me when I am at work, teaching at school, at church, whatever. I just set it up, put in the auction #, and my highest amount willing to pay. Go away, leave it, come home, and find out if you won. 99.9% of the time, I win. :o) As soon as I find something I want to buy on ebay, I go put it in esnipe.com. On ebay, my name is Carolepiano. Check it out. Hope this helps you out, Darby. Blessings to you! Love your blog! I’m a faithful reader!

  • Jennifer Morena
    October 12, 2010 at 5:03 am

    So sorry bout the awful bump…ouch!!

    I love Publix, but unfortunately only get to shop there when I’m visiting in Florida. Thankfully, I’m down there several times a year. I so look forward to my initial Publix run each time!

    I can completely relate to your tears with Morgan and school. You’re so lucky she’s still on a half day program this year! Our kindergarten is all day every day. Of course I had been an emotional basket case all summer about Ben starting kgarten, but as it finally arrived I was a wreck. The entire day and evening before school started I could not stop crying. I was a crazy woman. So much so that I thought my husband was going to try and sedate me by bedtime! πŸ™‚ However, I pulled it together and was all smiles for him on his first day. Now, I do have to admit that I’m secretly enjoying my “new life” with all three children in school. πŸ™‚ The days fly by and they’re home before you know it. So remember, with every cloud there really is a silver lining!

  • Cami {Good Craft Day}
    October 12, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Darby, I LOVE your blog. It always makes me so happy. Thank you so much for all the wonderful things you post. I agree with your son though. GO DOCTOR! That knot on your head looks bad. Very bad!

  • Kathleen
    October 12, 2010 at 7:33 am

    You need a business model to run your night,( ala Old navy head sets) sorry Darby Doll but for not risking life or limb how about walkie talkies. instead of a rover screaming — a message sent via the walkie talkie Sticker message communication device ala star trek. Learn the 10 4 good buddy lingo of cb radio it could be fun and a secret code talk stressing the importance of certain call signs — oh i am sure there is a web site that has all the right number calls but a breaker breaker mom i need a drink of water — may be more civilized then a banchee scream and well it may elevate this nocturnal communicating in a polite way breaker breaker thats a 10 4 good buddy roger over and out

  • KellyB
    October 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I’m so sorry about the bump on your head, but thank you for the laugh first thing this morning. I just about wet my pants! Oh, and your children are so precious. Great pics of the farm.

  • rhonda
    October 12, 2010 at 9:31 am

    The other “secret” for winning on ebay? is something like bidnapper.com

    sites like that and esnipe aren’t foolproof- someone else might be using the same site with a higher bid, but boy do they help! πŸ˜‰

    now the secret is out…but you cannot tease us about fall shoes, girl…I request another post! πŸ˜‰

  • lesley
    October 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

    so you may not get to all these comments, but you mentioned trains, and I went to IKEA in Charlotte this weekend. They have lots of cute kid stuff, and trains! You can get them for super cheap with all attachments and also the train rug, but I think you have that from a past post. Good luck!

  • lesley
    October 12, 2010 at 9:53 am

    it’s me again, your also going to love this! I live in Greenville, SC and we have Publix everywhere. You need to check out southernsavers.com, and click on the Publix tab. She gives you the weekly specials, B1G1 free, and coupon attachments. You can also print your shoppping list for these sales. Save so much money this way! Take the kids for free cookies at the bakery!

  • catherine
    October 12, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I have been reading your blog forever and always forget to comment!

    I have to agree with Melanie, my Momma, who is 73, has always said the same thing. She wonders how on earth she is still alive after of the these years!

    I think your kiddos will be just fine.

    As far as ebay, if I really want something, I just put the highest amount I am willing to pay and leave it be. If I win, I win. I’m often suprised when I get the email that I won something. It’s like Christmas in my inbox.

    I heart Publix too. I live in Lakeland, FL where it was born!

    Bee good

  • Nicole
    October 12, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I am so sorry about your door-stained head! We have a glass shower door, which we keep cracked open to keep mildew from growing. Well, my husband and I disagree with how far “cracked open” actuaually is. Needless to say, I walked smack into it on my way to the bathroom one morning. I ended up with a significant mark on my forehead too. I can honestly say, I feel your pain!

  • Jennifer
    October 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Hey Darby,

    I too am a blog stalker of yours πŸ™‚ I just wanted to thank you for sharing your life with us, your readers. I am always so encouraged by your daily things that you share. Today, after a women’s Bible study a few of us wen to lunch, while there someone started talking about this blog that they love and follow. Come to find out is was yours and probably 5 of us were like, OMWord! we “know” Darby!!!! How crazy it that and such a small blog world. Sanna Jordan, from your sorority, is a good friend of mine and she was there chiming in too about the love we share for Darby! πŸ˜‰ Be encouraged, we read and love to do so! πŸ™‚ Just wanted to say thanks for your time and effort! Oh yea, sorry about your head. πŸ™‚

  • Holly
    October 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Publix is fabulous! Great selections, great customer service, but mostly the great sales have made me a loyal customer. Iheartpublix dot com and southernsavers dot com are great resources for slashing you grocery bill. Get ready to break up with Wally World.

  • Dianne
    October 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Yikes! Your head! Hope you are feeling better.

  • Dianne
    October 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Darby…24 days until the wedding!!!!!!

  • Chrissy
    October 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS! That is a serious knock to the head. Your description of it happening had me laughing though. So mean of me!!!

    I LOVE Publix. Was born and raised in FL and missed Publix sooo much when I moved to VA. And then I discovered Wegmans. I will never miss Publix again. If you are ever traveling and spot a Wegmans, veer off the road and go in. The best grocery store I’ve ever been in. Even better? Many of them have free day care for an hour or movie nights where you can shop while your kids watch a movie. WHOO, HOO!!!

  • Beth Moore
    October 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    We recently switched from our vinyl snack bags to plain cotton ones.
    The bees are so neat. I can’t wait to see how the honey is.
    I heard that if you cut the knees off the cypress tree, the tree can’t breathe and it dies… are you using old knees off a dead trees or is that not true?

  • Laura Zarrin
    October 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I know what you mean about tears so far in advance of our kids’ milestones. When my oldest was 2 days old, I was crying my heart out about kindergarten. Now he’s in 8th grade, so I’m crying about High School and the decisions we’ll have to make and the challenges he’ll face.

  • Stacy
    October 12, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    ouch that bump looks scary! publix is my son’s favorite grocery store….they have the free cookie club for the kiddos.

  • kathleen
    October 13, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Goodness just noticed the VINTAGE middle school desk in which your son is seated. The MSLO teal allows it to blend in, and the desk begs the question. it is still functioning– so why would cash strapped schools unload such a piece. perhaps a generation or two of school children can no longer fit or contort their bodies into these seats.—- a generation which saw recess time and phys.ed classes disappear from the school day
    but an afternoon at home filled with playing video games . generations of school children now in their twilight years, sat in those no nonsense desks but today sadly a school is not a school and teachers are not teachers the 21st century public school is not meeting the needs of the taxpaying public to prepare a generation for the diversity of society

  • Andrea
    October 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Maybe you’ll find those chairs again at a local rummage sale. I bought mine for $2 each. On some website, the vintage school chairs are selling for $40 each or more! I have 3 of them so far. One someone tossed out on the side of the road. So that was an awesome deal!

    Sorry about that bump! It’s huge. I step on little Matchbox cars all the time and just yesterday didn’t see my 2 year old under my feet as I brought up the laundry. I think we end up with just about as many scrapes and bruises as they do sometimes!

    I love the Jesus Calling for kids. Looks vintage in the photo! I have been reading Jesus Calling the last 5 months. It feels as if it was written just for me in my particular circumstances. As you know, my family is going thru a difficult time. Each day that book brings me a reminder to trust my God.

    Thank you for sharing…


  • PerfectingPru
    October 14, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Oh, your poor head. I hope that it is beginning to heal now. I love the look of the ghosts and can’t wait to see how your decorate the outside for Halloween – last year it looked great.

  • lynda
    October 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I love your blog- and you make me laugh and think all the time. Your sister too. So- I’ve seen your bee entries before and I wanted to tell you about a book I came across. Hive Detectives. It is AWESOME. AWESOME. Here is the link.


    It si for grades 5 to 8 so a littel old for your kids but great for adults I am serous! I am not the author-I do not get a kick back on sales. I just love kids books that explain difficult topics so I can understand them. Check it out. And thanks again for your blog.

  • Shannon
    October 15, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Hi Darby! Love your blog! Just wanted to pass along this: I had a friend make me snack bags a few weeks ago and she did a lot of research on what was food safe and ended up using rip-stop nylon for the liners…she also thought about just using an actual snack or sandwich bag, and sewing the fabric onto that, but then found the nylon and researched it and found out it was food safe! Hope that helps! The bags you made are so stinkin’ cute!!

  • shannon
    October 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    hi darby, love your blog! others may have said this and i’m sure your dad uses it, but auctionsniper.com is the best. it bids for you in the last 5 seconds. love it.
    also, i have the best japanese secret for bumps. i just did the same thing while playing hide & seek with my kids. ouch. it hurt soooo bad. egg whites. when i or the the kids have a bump (as long as it’s only a bump and not open) i crack an egg into a dish and smear egg whites on it. let it dry and add more, repeat. the whites pull the skin in and there is very little swelling and sometimes no bruising at all the next day. bonus is that it feels so good putting on the cold whites. i just keep the dish in the fridge until the next day. works wonders. God bless you! shannon

  • Green Mommy
    October 24, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    so im a little organic mommy for two girls and got to share with you these great snack bags i got on Etsy (my new favorite store). We love them. Easy to clean…straight into the washer and dryer, they love to pick which one they will use to care all there favorite snacks and they are safe..safe…safe. Yippy!


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    August 12, 2014 at 5:02 pm

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