Vintage

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I grew up going to antique shops with my aunts. So it was a natural path to introduce my own daughter April to thrifting at a young age.
My father J.C
Reel owned a retail store and I was running his register at age eleven. The reason that I share this with you is buying and selling is part of my DNA. Daddy taught me that customers were to be respected and appreciated. He taught me manners, respect for others and most importantly how to seek out merchandise others found of value.
Life lesson number one how to go to college and raise two littles alone. While money was tight it taught me valuable lessons on how to be thrifty. Our weekends included a trip to the in season farmers market and stops by thrift stores.

As time past and my kids were growing up our stops included antique malls. To make extra money I bought and sold housewares, office supplies, and collectables to students and staff at colleges in my area. I must admit one side job was writing and selling term papers which came easily for me.
Several years later I find a lot of my time in antique malls, thrift stores, and auctions. Do you see a theme here? Selling tangible goods is in my DNA.
April my daughter now owns http://www.RoundRockvintageco.com. Her items are from the time eras 1950 to early 90’s. She has a wonderful eye for vintage items and photography.
Please stop by her shop to say hi and check out her items.

April Bogus @aprilintheburbs is married to Darren and they have two children, Johnny is 3 1/2 and Dottie is two.

Fun Free Toddler Activity Ideas

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Hello Folks,

    I just had to share with you some great fun activities to do with two and three year olds.
As a Grandmother of six with four of those boys living away from me, it delights me these two grandbabies live with us.
 Our family lives in Round Rock Texas for those familiar with the area we are near Dell Diamond and a multigenerational household. Our daughter April,  her husband Darren and their kiddos John who we call Johnny or Bubba is three years old. Dorothy whom we call Dottie, Dot, Sissy, is two years old. My husband David and I love having the family with us. It is wonderful to be able to support each other through thick and thin. We are a happy home with our two dogs Sailor and Lyric and our twenty-four year old bird Poppy. Yes, our days are very busy. April is super mom and wife plus my bestie.
  Attending toddler activities that keep little minds and hands busy takes some schedule juggling. April and I are always looking for fun, low cost things that might interest our littles. October has been a blissfully month with fall festivals and Halloween activities.
Keep in mind activities for two and three year olds don’t have to be complex, simple is best.  Each day holds teachable moments whether it is building a puzzle or listening to a story being read to them.
 We live not far from downtown Round Rock. It has a small town feel and has a fantastic library.  Round Rock Library schedules events for the entire family. Don’t forget to visit your local library there is a wealth of entertainment to be found.
Here Johnny and Dottie had a blast exploring the big monster truck parked at Dell Diamond. It was free to stop for photo opportunities and the littles loved touching the big tires.  Yes they got a little dirty but that is what baby wipes are for and I am thankful their mommy knows they have to be kids.
I teased my daughter telling her that I love toddler activities as much as they do.
Every outing is an exploration from watching the butterflies stopping by our front yard during their migration to helping their Papaw fill our bird feeders.  Teaching little minds is a never ending activity for the adults in their lives. My father JC Reel loved nature and taught me to respect the environment and animals in it. I am blessed to have a caring, wonderful supportive family who believes in passing down those legacy lessons.
Cherish Your Loved Ones,
Kathy B.
@kathyrb
Please feel free to leave a comment about your favorite activities for little ones.
Visit with their mommy sometimes she would like to hear from you all.
@aprilintheburbs
We both own Etsy shops stop by and browse sometime.
A percentage of each sale goes to charity.
My shop is 56 Vintage Co
April’s is Round Rock Vintage

 

Rosas Mexican Restaurant

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2111 East Palm Valley Boulevard Round Rock, TX.

Hello Folks,

One of my favorite past times other than thrift store shopping is trying out new eateries. Since I past by this one often finally last month stopped in for lunch. I am on a strict carbohydrates counting diet so this was definitely a treat. Plus for the record I start each cafe meal by tasting each item.

I give their beans and rice a try and enjoyed them. Then I took a bite of the enchilada and was not impressed. No, I am not a food critic by trade but a native Texan so I know great Mexican food.

Rosa’s homemade tortillas were okay. Taco Cabana makes some of the best tortillas I have ever eaten. I must give their interior decorating a A-plus due to the colorful paintings, hanging birds, reasonable prices, and colorful chairs. The cafe was clean and the staff were friendly and accommodating.

Overall out of *** 5 stars being High Praise this ole gal will pass on another visit.

I grade Rosa’s a ***3 Stars rating  meaning Okay. To be fair this rating is strictly on the flavor of their food. It is right up there with Taco Bell but higher prices yet Rosa’s does serve alcohol if your so inclined.

Please let me a comment it is nice hearing from my readers.

Happy Eating!!

 

 

 

 

Cooking With Littles

 

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I am so lucky to be able to witness lots of firsts with my two grandbabies. Here their Mom April is teaching her littles Johnny 3 1/2 years old and Dottie his 23 month old sister how to make pizzas.

April and her husband Darren enjoy teaching and nurturing both children to learn something new everyday. They are truly wonderful parents and the two little ones have different demeaners.

Johnny is laid back easy going and Dottie is busy constantly exploring.  Their Mommy has their attention here since both of them love eating pizza.

I am proud how both the littles paid attention during their first baking lesson. While I watched and snapped a few pictures another feeling entered my mind, time is short and babies grow up so fast.

Everyone has busy days but don’t forget to slow down and look at those you love!!

Visit April online at @aprilintheburbs.

 

Homemade Blueberry-Lemon Zest Ice Cream

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Ice Cream

Ingredients
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (5-oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup crushed cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 3 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur
  • Hands-on: 10 Minutes
    Total: 6 Hours
  • 1. Whisk together first 6 ingredients; cover and chill 2 hours.
  • 2. Pour milk mixture into freezer container of a 1-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times will vary.)3. Remove container with ice cream from ice-cream maker, and freeze 30 minutes.

    4. Stir crushed cookies and liqueur into ice-cream mixture. Transfer mixture to an airtight container or a loaf pan covered tightly with aluminum foil; freeze 3 to 4 hours or until firm.

    Blueberry-Lemon Zest Ice Cream: Omit cookies and liqueur. Bring 2 cups coarsely chopped blueberries, 2 Tbsp. sugar, and 2 Tbsp. water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat; reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring often. Cool 30 minutes; cover and chill 2 to 3 hours. Meanwhile, prepare recipe as directed through Step 3. Stir 2 tsp. lemon zest into prepared ice-cream mixture, and swirl in chilled blueberry mixture. Proceed as directed in Step 4. Hands-on 25 min.; Total 6 hours, 45 min.

    Bourbon-Butter-Salted Pecan Ice Cream: Omit cookies and liqueur; increase vanilla to 2 tsp. Prepare recipe as directed through Step 3. Meanwhile, cook 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans and 1/2 Tbsp. butter in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, 7 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant. Spread pecans on wax paper, and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. kosher salt; cool completely. Stir pecans and 2 Tbsp. bourbon into prepared ice-cream mixture, and proceed as directed in Step 4. Hands-on 10 min., Total 6 hours

    Strawberry-Basil Ice Cream: Omit vanilla, cookies, and liqueur; reduce whole milk to 1 1/2 cups. Prepare recipe as directed through Step 1. Meanwhile, pulse 1 (16-oz.) container fresh strawberries, coarsely chopped; 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil; and 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice in a food processor 5 or 6 times or until finely chopped. Stir strawberry mixture into chilled milk mixture. Proceed as directed in Steps 2 through 4. Hands-on 10 min., Total 6 hours

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Personal Safety

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Hello Everyone,

I am happy that Spring is in full bloom at our Texas home. One of my favorite past time activities is taking floral photos and enjoying nature. It is easy to become so absorbed in taking a picture and forget about my surrounding. In turn paying no attention to people passing by.

Although I am a believer that most people mean me no harm. There is evil in our world and taking safety for granted is unwise. With that said I wanted to share with you five personal safety tips.

1. Look around. Be aware of your surroundings and people within five feet of your reach.

2. Wake up.  Take out earphones and don’t be distracted by a phone conversation.

3.  Walk wide around building corners. Don’t get jumped.

4. No stranger gets in your home EVER. Home invasions are growing and a large number of murders start as home robbery incidents.

5. Don’t go with a stranger. Never go with a stranger anywhere. Fight, scream, make noise and stand your ground. You stand a better chance of surviving.

Several other tips come to mind but with families taking vacations keep it in mind to teach loved ones how to be safe.

Please share your safety tips!

Take Care,

Kathy Bradshaw

@kathyrb

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 3rd Birthday Johnny

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On April 02,2016 family and friends joined my grandson, Johnny to celebrate his 3rd birthday! His mommy chose a circus theme and used her talents to decorate in grand style.
Guests were treated to festive snacks of circus animal cookies, popcorn, cotton candy, cupcakes, and lemonade. Friends and family were treated to special guests from Tiny Tales Traveling Petting Zoo out of Austin, TX. The petting zoo was a gift from myself and Johnny’s Papaw David. Dorothy his baby sister was not familiar with bunnies, chicks, and ducklings, so she observed from outside the fence.
Johnny’s Uncle Jay was our party photographer and caught some wonderful shots.

If you haven’t enjoyed a visit from Tiny Tales, I encourage you to check them out. Their critters were enjoyed by little ones and adults alike. I especially liked the bunny! John and Dorothy are the children of April and Darren Bogus. They reside in Round Rock, TX.
Visit his mommy April online at @thetattooedtype and www.thetattooedtype.blogspot.com.

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