diy| Rock Rings

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This DIY project comes to you from Pasadena's Arroyo Seco Festival. The festival culture is definitely changing.  No longer is there just music, but now it kind of reminds me of a fair.  There are products being sold, the food is better (with a lot of choices), you can visit activity tents, see art installations, and kids, even babies are in attendance! 

I spent the first few hours of the festival by myself. I was able to move at my own pace, and just enjoy the moment.  During that time I stumbled upon an activity tent where festival attendees could make pouches, headbands, and different types of jewelry.  I decided to make myself some rings. 

This is probably one of my quickest and least thought out diy projects, but I loved the results!

 
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THERE IS NO WRONG WAY: Have fun! 
Honestly, there is no wrong way to do this.  You can pick any rock/shell/crystal/bead of any size.  It is a statement piece, so I say the bulkier the better (:  
Materials: rings, wire, rocks/shells/crystals/beads, hot glue gun (optional), wire pliers (optional) 

 
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STEPS: 
1. Pick an object for your ring (any rock, crystal, bead, shell, etc. be creative!) 
2. Place the object/stone on top of the ring pad
3. (optional) Glue stone to ring pad
4. Wrap wire around stone and ring pad for security
5. Cut excess wire and tuck or wrap leftover wire behind stone

 
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I enjoyed my rings the rest of the festival and got to take them home as a small souvenir 

 
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Patty came and joined me after work.  As much as I love alone time it is always better to experience life with loved ones.  I'm glad we could share this California day together.  Soon these will be rare and few. 

 
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Meal Prep | Brussel Sprouts

 

My little one loves taking things in and out of bags. 
So I decided I could use this love during our meal prep.

 
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I am trying to make meal prepping with Noël part of our everyday activities.  It is in our daily schedule, but that doesn't always mean it will work out.  I try to find at least one thing we can do together, like measuring out rice, breaking pasta or washing vegetables. 

 
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This time Noël helped me move the Brussel Sprouts from the grocery bag to the cutting board to be cut.   After I cut the Brussel Sprouts, she moved them into the colander to be washed.  

 
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We sat next to her kitchen during our meal prep.  I hope she will enjoy cooking as she gets older.  I like finding and trying new recipes, but cooking and especially baking is not something I am not particularly good at.  Unfortunately, my baby girl has quiet a few allergies :( so for now we are becoming especially comfortable in our kitchen.  

 
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Benson was able to capture this sweet moment of Noël and me working together. 

Do you meal prep or cook together at home?  Tell me about your adventures!