Monday, April 23, 2012

Play Date: Spring Fair

Who likes Pigs? These kids!!!
We spent a fabulous afternoon exploring the Puyallup Spring Fair.  We ate Costco hot dogs for lunch before getting to the fair and we also packed lots of snacks and water.  Since the kids are 5 and under, they were free and we grown ups purchased discount tickets at our local Safeway.  The weather was perfect, just what we've needed since it's been so wet and dreary!


We had special VIP access to pet some prized pigs.  Bree's nephew was showing them and won some ribbons! Please make sure you ask before you try because some animal will bite!!!


We took advantage of all the benches to take little breaks.  We did tons of walking and skipping!  There were lots of free activities and baby animals to keep them entertained.
Testing out the foot massagers! For 50 cents you can quickly get 5 kids on one.
Coloring with the Daffodil Princesses
Taking in some tunes!
Hanging out under the rainbow after getting some airbrushed face painting!

Some day I will include some out takes on these kids.  It's really tough to get them to all look at you, smile and hold still at the same time!  We had so much fun, they all were asleep before leaving the parking lot!  A quiet ride home was the perfect ending!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Pinterest Challenge

What is the BEST way to help save the Earth???
Follow Us on Pinterest: Farm House Sisters J & B
Check out our Pinterest Board "Think Green...Earth Saving Green"


Keep Saving our resources~
Bree and Jessi


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Celebrate Earth Day Week: Friday

Puget Sound Energy is helping us save energy with lots of tips and tricks and new products to help save power, resources and energy.  PugetSoundEnergy.com is a great place for resources, ideas, and a great paper less way to manage your bill.


Here are some great ways, some I've never known or heard of, to save...


Heating: 

  • If you have baseboard heaters, turn the thermostat down or off in unoccupied rooms and close the door. Do not do this if you have a furnace or heat pump.

Water Heating:

  • Install inexpensive pipe insulation on all exposed hot water pipes and on the first three feet of exposed cold water pipe that is connected to the water heater.


  • Wash clothes in cold water and take shorter showers.



Lighting: 

  • Choose the right bulb for each room. CFL bulbs come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit nearly every household fixture.

Appliances and Electronics: 

  • Many electronics draw power even when turned off. Plug items like TVs, DVD players and game consuls into power strips that you can switch off when not in use. Special “smart” power strips do this automatically


  • When cooking, match pots and pans to the right-sized burner. Use a microwave oven, rather than your stove, to heat food whenever possible



Weatherization: 

  • Use inexpensive weather-stripping and door sweeps to reduce air leaks around entry doors. For a no-cost fix, roll up a bath towel and hold it against the bottom of the door with a weight.

These tips and ideas from Puget Sound Energy,  Click Here to go directly to the tips and ideas page.



Save some power, money AND the Earth~
Bree and J
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day Week: Thursday

5 Easy ways to get your Kids involved!

1. Turn off the lights!  Helping you kids learn about conserving energy through simple tasks like turning off the lights and unplugging unnecessary chargers will conserve your money too!


2. Picking up trash!  Take a walk around your neighborhood and make a game of it.  Be sure to watch what your kids might want to pick up that they shouldn't!  Since their little hands are too small for gloves, try using sandwich baggies instead.  It might give you piece of mind too!


3. Turning off the water!  Brushing your teeth and washing your hands is very important and we don't want you to stop!  Turning off the water while your your brush is in your mouth is an easy example of how to save water.


4. Not wasting food!  Lots of communities can now recycle their food scraps in their yard waste containers.  Call your local services to find out more information!  You can also put your scraps in your own compost pile just remember no meat or dairy to keep pests away.


5. Recycled Art!  Our kids LOVE to draw and create with paper of all kinds.  Encouraging your kids to use both sides of the paper is another easy way to cut down on wasted paper!  You can make collages and other art projects from pass art.  We've even made seed starter pots from used pages out of a coloring book!

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