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Kid Project: 5-Minute DIY Fallen Leaf Wreath

We are having picture perfect fall weather here in Oregon right now. Knowing it will disappear all too soon, I’ve been encouraging the kids to play outside as much as possible. Today, after naps, we wandered the backyard admiring all the fallen leaves. We got our baskets and filled them with ones we liked – bright ones, dark ones, crinkled ones, big ones, little ones… we only have one deciduous tree in the backyard, so most are maple leaves unless they blew in from an adjacent yard. Then I tried to think of a project we could make with all of them… perhaps a wreath?

This is just about the quickest wreath project ever. I ran in to get my glue gun, and then remembered it was at a neighbor’s. She brought it over and then I looked around for something to use as the frame. This could be as simple as a piece of circle-cut cardboard, but what we used was the plastic ring from a pack of danishes that I bought from Costco. I used the glue gun to place wads of glue around the ring and Chloe and I would choose and stick leaves on top, being very careful of the hot glue (note to self: get a low temperature glue gun for these kinds of projects). For a consistent look I suggested we place all the leaves face up with the stem toward the inside of the circle. Leo was more interested in running leaves around in his tractor trailer, so he didn’t really participate except for leaf collecting.

Ta da! After just a couple of layers we had a festive wreath to hang near the front door. I think Daddy will be pleasantly surprised to see it there when he comes home this evening, don’t you?


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Ouch!

One week ago today Chloe fell off our front steps and right into the rose bush. It was her worst accident yet. The right side of her face was a jumble of bloody cuts and scrapes, including a deep one on her forehead and her nose. After a quick phone call to the advice nurse, she suggested we bring Chloe in to see if she needed stitches. Thankfully, she did not.

Looking at her now, I am amazed at how quickly her wounds are healing. I fear she may have some scarring, but it is early to tell, and I hope hope hope that she won’t. I did learn something important, that Neosporin is not recommended for children under 2 (as it states on the label), mostly because an allergic reaction to the ingredient neomycin can develop if introduced too early. A better choice for toddler treatment is a double antibiotic ointment, like Polysporin. So far it seems to be working pretty well, although I’m considering a little vitamin e oil now that it has been a week. Hopefully most of the scabs will be diminished before we see the grandparents next week!


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Mums and Kale for Fall Color

David and I went to Home Depot recently to find some new flowers for the little patch of garden next to the front steps. In the background is an old garden rose, but we’ve designated the front area for annual “color spots,” that we could have fun with and not spend a fortune. Usually we try only to buy perennials, except with our vegetable garden.

For Fall we’ve decided to go with gorgeous and cheery ‘Rhapsody’ garden mums paired with ‘Kamome Red’ ornamental kale. Instead of red, the heart of the kale actually looks more purple/magenta which is similar to the color of the mums. I love the balance of flowers to foliage and the contrasting textures. I feel very grown up for choosing this combination. I think a lot of people dismiss ornamental cabbages and kales as ugly or boring, but this pairing really brings out the beauty and uniqueness in both.

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