Easy Halloween Crafts

8 Oct

Here are just a couple Halloween Crafts we’ve done in the past… ENJOY

BDP_3436The boys and I made spiders for decoration…  I used black construction paper cut into a circle for the body… Fan folded strips of black paper for the legs and used a white crayon to draw the faces… I certainly wouldn’t want to find one of these guys in the corner of my living room!

BDP_3440I made these “mummy cups” by wrapping a paper cup in gauze and sticking some google eyes to the front of the cup… I filled the cups with glow sticks, pencils, erasers, noise makers and a sucker and gave one to each of the kids…

BDP_3560What is a special holiday without cut out cookies!  My kids love rolling, cutting and even decorating cookies!


31 Jul

Over spring break this year the fam and I traveled to Jackson Hole to see our Aunt Hannie and Uncle Tom.  We were tooling around town and I snapped this pic of the boys in their favorite Stio hats… Stio is a store that started in JH specializing in outdoor clothing and adventure gear 😉…  They currently have retail stores in Jackson Hole and Chicago, as well as their online business!  

 We posted the pic to Instagram and the people from Stio contacted us…  One thing led to another and before we knew it Ben and the boys had earned a fun gig…  This week Stio began to launch their fall and winter lines and we found our sweet boys had made their website!  If you are looking for cute outdoor clothing for you or your little ones, check out www.stio.com 


16 Jul

We are a baseball family.  Our boys LOVE baseball and are picking up all aspects of the sport very quickly.  This season, my husband coached our older boy’s little league teams.   Did you know that on your resume for coaching you need to indicate whether you “spit seeds” or not?  I guess it’s a prerequisite for coaching the sport of baseball, who knew????  Well our baseball season is over, but for some reason, spitting season is not.  Just for the record, I am not a fan of seed spitting.  I will, however, tolerate this as I live with four dudes and I’d much rather they spit seeds then spit ANYTHING else…  Needless to say, the seed spitting habit has brought about a few questions around our house… Where do sunflower seeds come from?  Where do sunflowers grow?  How big do they get?  Should we pick some?  As you know, I like to use every opportunity I can as a teachable moment, so  Daddy’s “habit” was turned into a quick lesson on sunflowers.  We’ve been growing sunflowers but the big buggers take a long time to grow…  We decided online research was our best way to learn quickly!  Once we learned all we could about these beauty’s we made these cute projects..  To duplicate the project you will need:

white construction paper

Yellow & green tempera paint & brushes

white glue

sunflower seeds

I simply painted my boys hands with the yellow paint and lightly pressed their gooey fingers on the paper to make a hand petal!  I repeated this four times in opposing directions to mimic the shape of a flower.  I then let them paint their own stems and leaves.  Once our pictures had dried we used white glue to attach a few (don’t worry Daddy) of Mister’s sunflower seeds to the center of our flowers…  Viola, handprint sunflowers!  I think we’ll keep these up all summer, they are so sunny!

Thank You #blueballoonsforsydney 

20 Jun


  Last Monday I began my day by contacting three other families that were friends with the Galleger’s to ask them if they would help me with this small idea I had of “Blue Balloons for Sydney”.  I made a couple of graphics, flyers, and Facebook buttons to post on social media.   Tuesday night I created a public Facebook page and invited three hundred of my Minnesota friends to participate.  That invite list is now nearing 15,000. Never in my wildest dreams did I anticipate what is happening around Eden Prairie, Minnesota, The USA, and the world. I am beyond grateful, completely humbled and quite frankly in awe of the way so many people have come together for this family.    Thank you ALL so much for honoring, loving, and praying for a hurting family.  Sydney has saved lives, brought a community together and impacted a world. She was nothing short of a miracle… She truly is an angel!   

Keep those thoughts and prayers coming…  #blueballoonsforsydney doesn’t end today…  XOXO. 


If you want to see the amazing pictures check out the “Blue Balloons for Sydney” Facebook page!  

Blue Balloons for Sydney 

16 Jun

 You may have heard about the 17 year old, full of life, contagious spirit of a girl, Sydney Galleger who passed away due to complications from oral surgery this week. I grew up with her family and her aunt is still one of my dearest friends.  Her funeral is this Saturday 6/20/15 at 11:11am. To show our support, we are asking the community to display blue (whatever shade you can find) balloons in front of their house or business to celebrate Sydney’s huge heart and cherished 17 years of life. We want to blanket Eden Prairie and surrounding areas to honor Sydney. We’d love for the balloons to be up by 9:00am so that the Galleger’s can feel our love on the way to the funeral of their special girl. Thank you for showing your support! Please help spread the word! 


No matter where you live; Colorado (like me) or Canada or China, I’d love for you to participate!  Please just post a picture of your balloons to mommyapolis’s Facebook page and I will share them with the family!  Let’s show this family the power of a world wide community!  


Please also include the family in your prayers going forward.  Thank you!  

Baseball & Onion Strings

27 May


How gorgeous is this Little League ball field?  That stunning background is brought to you by Mount Sopris, one of Colorado’s beauties!  Oh and those handsome boys you see, those are the “Mud Cats”.  My older two boys have been members of this crazy Little League Team this season and we’ve had a blast!  They play in the “minor leagues” which is designated for 8 & 9 year olds and it’s been amazing to watch their skills improve every game!  Last night our team won the first game of the Little League Championship Tournament.  It was a nail biter for sure.  The Mud Cats were down 7-3 in the third inning.  In the fifth inning we scored 3 to bring the score within one.  We scored two runs in the top of the sixth and headed into the bottom of the sixth up by one run.  One thing you should know about Little League at this level is that we play six innings or two hours, which ever comes first.   With two outs and a man on third, the Raptors were prepped to score the tying run.  Our pitcher fielded a ground ball and tagged out the runner right before home base- MUD CATS WIN!!!!    My heart was racing and the boys were so excited!  The Raptors played an awesome game and we were beyond thankful for the bit of luck that goes along with every baseball game!  Of course following the game we enjoyed celebratory ice cream together and headed home to have sweet dreams of America’s Favorite Pastime.

In honor of our BIG WIN, we are going to enjoy a baseball themed dinner tonight at home!  My hubby is an awesome cook and likes to be creative with even the simplest of foods…  Here is his take on “Baseball Food”.


Fancy hot dogs, homemade onion strings and of course a cold one…  The boys will get root beer or Izze instead (of course)…

Here is the recipe for the most delicious onion strings this side of Mount Sopris…


  • 1 whole Large Onion
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon (scant) Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (to 1/2 Teaspoon) Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 quart (to 2 Quarts) Canola Oil
  • Black Pepper To Taste

Preparation Instructions

Slice onion very thin. Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk and soak for at least an hour.

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.

Heat oil to 375 degrees.

Grab a handful of onions, throw into the flour mixture, tap to shake off excess, and PLUNGE into hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove as soon as golden brown.

Repeat until onions are gone.  Enjoy them with a juicy steak or in this case a fancy hot dog :).

Beer Bread

11 May


OK, are you stuck on the Minnesota cutting board?  It’s cute, right?  Once a Minnesota girl always a Minnesota girl, that’s what I say!  OK lets look past the adorable cutting board to the delicious bread sitting on it!  This is one of the easiest “quick bread” recipes I’ve found!  You can definitely replace the beer with soda and yeast or even water and yeast!  The most important part of this recipe is that you sift the flour!  You can do this using a flour sifter, metal strainer or even a slotted spoon!  If you do not sift the flour your bread will be very dense and heavy!  The other option with this bread is to mix the butter into the batter which creates a softer bread.  Pouring the butter over the top creates a buttery crispy crust.  I love this bread as a side for just about anything…  With yummy salad season approaching this is a fun bread to accompany your greens.  It’s also great in the winter with soup or chili!    ENJOY!


    • 3 cups flour ( sifted- very important)
    • 3 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 (12 ounce) can beer (see directions for other options)
    • 1/4 cup melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Sift the flour through a sifter or even a metal strainer- even a slotted spoon!  This is very important so that your bread is not too dense!
  3. Mix dry ingredients and beer.
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
  5. Pour melted butter over mixture. (If you’d like softer bread versus a crispy crust, mix the butter into the batter)
  6. Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.
  7. If you do not have or want to use BEER you can use 2 teaspoons yeast and a can of soda or other liquid :)
  8. If your bread tastes like a heavy brick, most likely it’s because the flour wasn’t sifted correctly!

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