My Big Life Change!

Picture taken by Abby Austin of 1000 Miles on my own two feet.


To transform my life, with God's help of course, one step at a time.

1. Get healthy & honor God with my body

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2.Become at least 50% sustainable with emphasis on doing our part to take care of God's planet.

3. Live life as an adventure, experiencing new places, things & people.
18 out of 150 bucket list goals accomplished

4. Become debt free & build security for my family, so we can then bless others financially also.

5. Continue to grow closer to God, building My family's faith & sharing the Gospel with those we meet, by using the talents and gifts God has provided us.

6.Continue to make money by creating and sharing my thoughts and beliefs through artistic expression: all the while hoping that my art will impact others. "Holly Kennedy

: All I know is, if you don't figure out this something, you'll just stay ordinary, and it doesn't matter if it's a work of art, or a taco, or a pair of socks! Just create something... new, and there it is, and it's you, out in the world, outside of you, and you can look at it, or hear it, or read it, or feel it... and you know a little more about... you. A little bit more than anyone else does... Does that make any sense at all?" Quote from PS I LOVE YOU

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Discovery Tuesdays - Colored Rice!

In our attempts to get ready for winter, my friend Amey suggested I make a rice box. A box full of rice that can be used kind of like sand. you give the kiddos sand toys and let them have at it. A rice box is  ideal for outdoors like a sand and water table but also can be used indoors. You will need....

Rice! And lots of it! We happen to have lots of rice because we shop at Sams Club. And believe it or not this big box of 25 lbs is only about 12 dollars! Now that is a steal!

 Hand sanitizer, a small bottle will do!
Food coloring, which ever colors you want!
Zipploc Bags, I used about 10 of the quart size ones. But I did more colors than most people.

 Sand toys! Buckets, funnels, rakes, molds. Any sand toys you have, or even small cups. These I found in storage so that is what I am using. I love free toys!

 A tote! I chose a flatter tote that was pretty wide. I wanted her to have plenty of room to play in. But too big and it will be hard to fill. Too small and the kids might dump the rice out by accident. I got one with a lid, so that it can be stored easily. This is the only item I had to buy! Everything else was in the house. This was a cheap project for me.

 So to start the project take the desired amount of rice and break it up into as many bags as you want different colors. I used a heaping cup full of rice in each bag. Add about 3 squirts of hand sanitizer in the bag and 3 drops of food coloring per bag. Shake and move around the rice until it is all colored. If it isn't dark enough then add more. if it isn't coating well, then add a little more sanitizer.

After it is coated pour it out onto a paper bag or paper towels to dry. It should take about 20 minutes or more. Make sure to spread it out so that it isn't clumped.

 Add to the box however you like! Then add the toys and have fun exploring! It will only look this good before the kiddos touch it! But that's okay!


  1. How fun! I want to play with some, too!

  2. These projects look like so much fun!

  3. Love this project, even moreso because it involves hand sanitizer. ;)


  4. Lol Jo! Yes it still smells strongly of sanitizer!