Attempt #2 for red purple hair

My second attempt to move from red to purple brought me the darkest in color I’ve been in 10 years. I  used a manic panic semi permanent dye red mix and the oucome was far from the burgandy wine color I was expecting. Instead my hair looks like a dark brown with red/burgandy hues and is no longer a bright vibrant color like I’m used to having.

I switched over to a semi permanent dye because I wanted to give my hair a break from lighteners and it appears to be relatively healthier than before. I think my color selection was quite off and didn’t realize purple would darken the color.

So although I’m not exactly happy with this color, the semi permanent dye gives me hope it will lighten as it fades and I can try again next month.

Before and after pic below, I started with 2 boxes of loreal hicolor  hilights in Magenta mixed with 1 box of clairol flare in ultraviolet 4vvr to 1 container of manic panic rock n roll red mixed with 1 container of ultraviolet.


Attempt #1 products 


Attempt #2 products


Attempt #2


Attempt #1 color


Back again!

Oh boy! We have been so busy having fun I did not realize I stopped posting what we’ve been working on.

So many projects and birthdays to upload, and so little time. So for now I will just focus on our latest and greatest – the mad science birthday party!

We have had a birthday themed with almost every super hero you can name (the life of a mother with 3 boys) so you can only imagine my excitement for something different! We have been planning a ton for this science party and I will be sure to upload many free templates to create your own party.

What I’m working on now…

After reading a book with my children we saw a page with starfish, jellyfish, seahorses, etc. and the kids proudly looked up at their jellyfish paintings hanging up on the wall.

Per request of my son Cameron, we will now be adding to our sea paintings and will try to create seahorses. The kids decided they want a sea theme in their room so you can expect to see various sea crafts coming up in the near future as we slowly change their room.

I will be sure to post a page about the jellyfish paintings because they turned out amazing!

Halloween Decorations!


It’s that time of year, and for my family that means Halloween. We love Halloween so much we actually decorate more for Halloween than Christmas. This year will be adding a few new DIY Halloween decorations; Window Monster Shadows, Giant Ceiling Spider, Happy Halloween Banner, and Stick Vase.

What does your family do to get ready for Halloween? Do you make any decorations yourself? If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!

The busy life of a mom

The life led by moms now (and I’m sure then too) can lead to quite a crazy, hectic, and busy life. I have recently discovered I cannot do it all! This has become quite a harsh reality for me, and quite hard for me to accept.

I want my children to have all the opportunities possible, but this involves me driving everywhere all the time for soccer, tball, football, swimming, library, park. And dare I try to open up the world of dance, karate, gymnastics, or piano. Currently only my oldest is in the sports but being in multiple sports is becoming quite a pain. I have no idea if I can handle all 3 boys doing it at the same time.

Now outside of my children, let’s consider what I want to do with my time outside of my full time job (which is actually taking up more like 50 hours a week and not 40). I would love to keep up on my blog, actually finish the million of art/craft/cooking projects I had planned, read the whole book for my monthly book club, workout/exercise every day, and go back to school so I can have a job I would love.

Here I am actually attempting to do all of the above (seriously!) and I am so worn, and often irritable. So obviously I have pushed myself too much and I am slowly accepting that I cannot do everything. But now how do I decide what is most important? I am at a loss, but I will let you know if I figure out how to do it all.

Oh, just an FYI there should be more recipes coming up as the discovery of my sons milk intolerance has esculated to an extremity. If all turns out good I will have creamy pasta sauces, no sugar or sugar substitute cookies, and imitation ranch dressing. All dairy free and low cal!

Icecream Alternatives

I recently discovered my youngest son is lactose intolerant and I haven’t quite got the hang of making milk alternative foods. We were visiting the grandparents and of course they wanted to give the boys some ice cream- as my dad was handing my youngest the ice cream cone we realized he couldn’t have it. So we had to take it away- now it seemed like we were punishing him and we had to adapt quickly. Banana cone! We put part of a banana in an ice cream cone and top it with some peanut butter. He was just as happy as the other boys.

This got me to thinking what if we mashed up the banana and froze it so it would be more like ice cream- or maybe just the fridge? I will testing this theory out with some fruits in the next couple weeks to see if I can come up with a healthy lactose alternative.

Leave a comment if you have any suggestions!

Spring is coming!

The sun is shining, green is starting to appear, and well the temperature is actually comfortable. Here in Wisconsin it will be in the 70s for at least the next 8 days. If you live in Wisconsin, you would know how incredibly strange that is for March. Usually our snow is just starting to melt- with the occassional snow storm still coming and in the lower 40s.

This beautiful weather has made me want to start decorating the house for spring! That means beautiful bright colors, and possibly flowers. 🙂 I live with all boys- 3 little men, and 1 big man, so flowers and girly stuff is normally a no-no. But I have decided to make it into a craft and I know the little boys will want to join in.

I’m trying to gather some ideas on how to make some beautiful fun flowers for our kitchen table. I think we will take a trip to the craft store to get some supplies and I already have some sticks, buttons, paint, beads, and craft wire. I think I will make 2 types of flowers- one with fabric/cloth and one with tights. I will let you know how it goes, since I’m still in the experimental phase.

The kids paintings should be up next week. Sorry I’m a little slow at posting everything, I just get so wrapped up in our daily activities.

What are you doing to get ready for spring? Decorating? Spring cleaning? Tell me about it!