Mockingbird Momma


This awesome arboreal dwelling is the Living the High Life Tree House created by Blue Forest, a British tree house design and construction firm. It’s a luxury family-sized complex featuring two separate tree houses, one for kids and one for their parents. The elevated dwellings are connected by a network of rope bridges which also lead to an adventure play area and an assault course, the latter of which is also accessible via an 80-yard zip line.

It may look rustic, but this is a top-of-the-line tree house. The kids’ house features three medieval towers, and inside one of them a concealed hatch in the upper floor leads to a secret game room containing a plasma TV and video game console. Meanwhile the grown-ups’ treehouse features a conical thatched roof and interior walls made of hand-split oak shingles and cedar tongue-and-groove boards. Inside there’s a kitchen (complete with plenty of wine storage), bathroom, and a large open living area for treetop entertaining. The complex also features accommodations for guests of the family.

Head over to the Blue Forest website to check out more of their amazing custom-built tree houses.

[via designboom]

I would use this as my HOUSE!


The Turkish company Pugedon has recently introduced a vending machine that’s an innovative way to help both the environment and our furry friends. It releases food for the city’s stray dogs and cats every time a plastic bottle is deposited, and it allows people to empty their water bottles for the animals as well.

This wonderful service operates at no charge to the city because the recycled plastic pays for the cost of food. So, with a little financial investment, the simple machines do a lot of good. They provide a steady source of sustenance to the animals, many of which rely on caring residents to regularly feed them. It also encourages people to make a habit of recycling and help conserve our environment for future generations.






7 Surprising Foods that Are Safe For a Nut Allergy

This is interesting, but Mouse is still allergic to coconut, even if it IS not a nut :P


7 Surprising Foods that Are Safe For a Nut Allergy

This is interesting, but Mouse is still allergic to coconut, even if it IS not a nut :P


Why are some people such assholes when it comes to peanut allergies?
Seriously, I just saw a post where people were forming picket lines outside of this elementary school all b/c the school was making the kids all wash their hands after lunch to help keep a little girl with a life-threatening…

Bright Star Kids is doing a 15% off code right now, and free shipping for $30 of items. These are custom designed labels and they DO have food allergy designs as an option.

I got the $28 package that includes iron-on labels to make Mouse cloth bracelets (the only kind he will wear), plus stick on labels for his shoes and school items - all marked “No NUTS” in bright red. I also added a bag tag to label as well. My total is only $26…

If you have a food allergy kid, this is a really good deal. I love Oliver’s Labels but I would be spending $10 at least for a similar package with them…


Luna and I went to a small farmers market down town and came across this beautiful street art.


Luna and I went to a small farmers market down town and came across this beautiful street art.

school supplies @_@

So I guess I didn’t realize just how expensive school supplies are. The past two years, my oldest qualified to get a free backpack of supplies each fall due to our low income, and my youngest didn’t go to school. 

This year, I had an entire list to fill for my soon-to-be 5th grader, my Pre-K littlest AND we signed up to buy a backpack and fill it with ALL the listed supplies for a child who needs it (church project). 

I bought everything listed, including kleenex and Play-doh and huge manilla paper, and I made sure to buy our donation items the same as what I was buying my kids and to get a decent backpack rather than a $3 one that will tear in a month. 

Even though neither of my kids even got new backpacks (We still had oldest kids kindergarten one, and his own from last year is still fine), even not counting the cost of a pair of new shoes each and new lunchboxes?

Just the supplies listed for three kids cost more than the entire $100 gift card I was using. 

For three kids, basic back to school needs totaled about $40 each. 

That’s not even counting the necessities like clothing/uniforms and socks and shoes and undies. At least I did a lot of resale shopping this summer to find the boys some decent clothes for fall, including new jackets. Thank goodness Target had lots of sneakers marked down to 70% off today too.

I can’t imagine how big families do it.  

Dear future child
If it’s 3am and you find yourself in a world of complete despair
Please do not turn to strangers on the internet for solace as I did
Please climb onto my bed
And I will hold you until the demons sleep
If it is Thursday morning and you are too sad to move
I won’t force you
I will buy ice cream and we will watch your favourite tv show and I will remind you of your importance
If you feel as if you have no purpose
I will remind you that you were created entirely with love and every pain you feel, I feel too
When you’re sure you can’t go on anymore
I will tell you that when I was 21 I searched for peace at the bottom of a vodka bottle chased by a bottle of pain killers
But that five years later
When you were placed in my arms in the delivery room
I realised that you were why I had been holding on
Without realising it, you saved me, do you know how amazing that is?
So if you ever feel like grabbing that vodka bottle, put it down, we will get in the car and I will drive until the sky turns magenta
I will show you how the sun rises every morning to encourage you to rise too
Sweetheart I refuse to be unaware of your sufferings
As my mother was to mine.
Your mental health is my priority. (via be-fearless-brave-and-kind)

You know you’ve been playing enough outside with your kids when you comb your hair and a handful of leaves and some dirt falls out.

Yep, I think I need to shower before bed. On the plus side, they went to bed totally exhausted :P