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12 Great Children’s Books for Black History Month and Beyond

Inspired by Black History Month, we have been adding more books about amazing black athletes, artists, activists, scientists and even a couple of brave kiddos to our reading list. Here are some of our new (and classic) favorites for you to check out this month and year-round. by Jacinda

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Meet Princess Cheese

Scarlet, Carleton, and I are so excited to see A Dog’s Purpose. This is actually the first non-animated film that Scarlet has put on the calendar as a must-see. She always says she’s a “dog person,” as is my whole family. Jacinda is into cats. Tell me what a cat’s purpose is? That’s right, you… Read more »

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Happy New Year!

We don’t need nothing fancy, just a little yearly video holiday card. We had an amazing year, we hope you did too. You can check out the past 6 years of our video holiday cards here. Have a great holiday and we will see you in 2017! XO Jaime by Jaime

Inspiration, January, Video

DIY Powerpuff Girls Sleep Masks

This post is in partnership with Hulu.
Powerpuff Girls DIY Sleep Mask
Scarlet LOVES The Powerpuff Girls, so when we found out Hulu is now the only place to find the full classic animated series, we got excited. The Powerpuff Girls were the first cartoon I can remember where the girls were the heroines – bubbly and cute, but also total badasses. I love Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles.

Powerpuff Girls on Hulu So, The Powerpuff Girls have to save the world and still get home by bedtime. That’s a tall order, but I like all things that encourage going to bed at bedtime. We thought we would make some cute little no-sew sleep masks that your little girls and boys can wear when it’s time to tuck in for the night. These are easy-peasy to make together; get the full tutorial after the jump… (more…)

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12 Great Children’s Books for Black History Month and Beyond

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Inspired by Black History Month, we have been adding more books about amazing black athletes, artists, activists, scientists and even a couple of brave kiddos to our reading list. Here are some of our new (and classic) favorites for you to check out this month and year-round.

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The LEGO Batman Movie: Party Straw Toppers

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Ok, so Warner Bros. Pictures basically made my dreams come true by asking us to come up with a fun party craft for The LEGO Batman Movie, which is in theaters February 10. #careergoals. I wanted to create ALL THE CRAFTS but I settled on this easy and colorful Straw Toppers Printable which you can download below.

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I have a feeling that we will be in the theater on opening night with popcorn and drinks in hand. We might even bring our own straw toppers along and totally geek out on all of the goodness that is LEGO … and Batman … and LEGO Batman. You saw The LEGO Movie, right? This one is by the same team and if the trailers are any indication, it is going to be amazing. Check it out…

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Read on for the free Straw Topper Template and our simple directions, plus more about The LEGO Batman Movie. (more…)

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Roasted Potato Hearts with Garlic Dipping Sauce

Roasted Potatoes with Creamy Garlic Sauce Bring a little extra love to Valentine’s Day dinner! Roast up your potatoes and sweet potatoes in lovely little heart shapes, and serve with my favorite garlicky dipping sauce (that I put on everything – especially good with roasted veggies or salmon cakes). These were so fun to make, and even more fun to eat. Get the recipe for Roasted Potato Hearts with Garlic Dipping Sauce: (more…)

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Doing What You Love: My 365 Painting Project

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I’m not a resolution kind of person and I have figured out why. While I like to think about all of my flaws and envision a more perfect Jacinda, I am not naturally disposed to do stuff that I don’t want to do. Are there people who are? I think maybe. Well, all this is to say that I have found the secret to resolution success for myself. I have to pick something that I love to do! Something that makes me so happy that I stay up late at night doing it and then wake up two hours earlier than I need to the next day to get back at it. Guys, I’m painting again! I am painting every day and I am so happy.

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Here is a selection of the quick daily paintings that I have done since January 1st. You can find them all on my Instagram page, @prudentjacinda. I’m especially proud of my newest work, a bison study and cacti-surrounded Armadillo. Come follow along, I’d love to hear what you think.

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Should I do more floral paintings?

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More portraits of my sister’s cat in human clothing? Weird.

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More thinks that I love like plants and lobster? and cake?IMG_2247 (1)

More pretty pools that I find on Jaime’s instagram and random cow skulls covered in flowers? The great thing about painting every day is that I will have time for all of it. I can’t wait to see where this re-discovered passion will take me.

Is your New Year Resolution making you happy? If not maybe you should pick a new one. It’s still January after all.

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Meet Princess Cheese

Princess CheeseScarlet, Carleton, and I are so excited to see A Dog’s Purpose. This is actually the first non-animated film that Scarlet has put on the calendar as a must-see. She always says she’s a “dog person,” as is my whole family. Jacinda is into cats. Tell me what a cat’s purpose is? That’s right, you can’t. Because cats are useless and dogs are better. The end.

Can I tell you about Princess Cheese? I’m going to tell you about her. She’s our mutt. When my dog Puck died, it took us almost a year to come wading out of our grief and decide to get another dog. We went on our 6th wedding anniversary to the LA Animal Shelter and told Scarlet she could pick out any dog she wanted. It took her about 30 seconds to find this little ball of fur and energy, which she then named Princess Cheese. P Cheese had mange, she had pneumonia, and she had mad love for Scarlet instantly. She also had way too much fur. A few months of TLC, some vet visits, and a nice grooming later she settled into our little family quite well. Now she’s been with us for four years, and we couldn’t love her more.

Princess Cheese 2If I had to guess at Princess Cheese’s purpose, I would say it’s to be a sort of sibling to Scarlet, an only child. She snuggles her, runs with her, plays dress up with her. She protects her, runs to her when she’s scared, makes sure no one sneaks up on her, and keeps monsters out of her closet, and sometimes hides under her bed when she hears thunder. I’ve had many dogs in my lifetime. I had dogs as a kid with my parents. I had dogs after my parents got divorced, that I shared with my mom. I had a dog during my single twenties and when I married Carleton and had Scarlet that was my dog, my best friend. This dog is Scarlet’s, and if Princess Cheese lives about as long as she’s supposed too, she will probably leave this world about when Scarlet leaves home to go to college. I’m already sad about it, but when you are a dog person, you know this is how it goes. It is how it is supposed to be.

So I am grateful that Princess Cheese found her way into our home. I don’t know how she ended up at the shelter, or what her life was like before, but I know she has a good life now, and she’s happy, and we’re happy to have her with us while we can.

The ones we rescue, rescue us. Watch the trailer for A Dog’s Purpose, in theaters January 27 (get your tissues ready):

Recreate the #ADogsPurpose movie poster using your dog & share using #MyDogsPurpose. Your furry friend could even be featured in the film’s campaign! Check out our poster of Princess Cheese, then get started making your own now: http://unvrs.al/ADPPoster adogspurpose-poster

About the movie: Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall.

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Happy New Year!

We don’t need nothing fancy, just a little yearly video holiday card. We had an amazing year, we hope you did too. You can check out the past 6 years of our video holiday cards here. Have a great holiday and we will see you in 2017!

XO
Jaime

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