Spring Fun

IMG_3046This past weekend was absolutely gorgeous outside! Jon was working, so I had no idea what to do—then one of my FB friends posted a link to this DIY Water Blob (it’s painter’s plastic melted together with an iron). I was already planning on running some errands, so I picked up all the supplies ($15). It took me about 30 minutes to iron it all together, and another 20 minutes to fill it. I also added some blue & green food coloring to give it the pretty color. It was definitely a hit, the neighborhood kids had a blast! It kept them all entertained the entire afternoon. Seriously fun! I added a sprinkler to keep it nice & wet to prevent any friction-burns or the plastic from overheating.

My only suggestions would be to move it at night time to prevent killing the grass, and use a thicker plastic with older kids…all the jumping caused weak spots that eventually sprung leaks. I patched with duct tape as needed, but it was irredeemably broken by the end of the weekend—that said, we got a good 2-days of heavy use! Well worth the money spent. We will definitely be doing it again this summer. Even little Bennett got to try out his baby swim trunks for the first time, (after it popped  I let him splash around in the water—despite his seriousness in the pic, he did squeal with delight and have fun).IMG_3111

Annnnd today McKenzie let me take some pictures of her after school. Don’t her eyes just pierce you? She seems so knowing. Anyway, I love when she’s a good sport, she’s a lot less cooperative now that she’s older. I get the classic, “Mommmmmmmmaaaa, whyyyyy?” Haha. Along those lines, within the next few weeks I’ll be taking the first steps to make Nicole Kuehl Photography an official LLC. So exciting! Kenzie (1)

Kid-Friendly Ramen Stir Fry in 10 Minutes or Less


I say that this recipe is kid-friendly because McKenzie, my super picky eater, gobbled it up and asked for seconds! Full of veggies and protein, this recipe covers all the bases. Even with seconds, there was plenty left over too. Hopefully it will help some other mommas with picky eaters!


  • 1 package Ramen noodles
  • 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup carrots
  • 2 eggs


  1. Cook Ramen noodles on stove top or in the microwave according to package, until soft. Drain & set aside. (Do NOT add the flavor packet it came with, it won’t be used in this recipe.)
  2. Microwave veggies in a bowl with water for 4 minutes until cooked. Drain excess water. (Be careful removing it from the microwave, it’s hot!)
  3. While veggies are cooking, scramble eggs in a large skillet.
  4. Add cooked Ramen and veggies to the skillet.
  5. Add 3 tablespoons soy sauce and sauté until well mixed. You’re done!

That was easy! Please let me know if your kiddos enjoy it, and if there are any other variations worth trying…enjoy!

8-Months Old

Our sweet little man is 8-months old today! He loves his Sophie Giraffe, crawling, the PS3 controller, solid foods, baths, being outside, and snuggles. His surgery went well, and he’s improving every day. He has a post-op appointment later this month.

Crawling began in full force this week, and wow—it’s a handful! So far he’s gotten into cords, shoes, and dumped the dog water on himself. I had to take out the pack n’ play so he won’t get into anything while I’m cooking/cleaning, etc. More baby-proofing is in order for sure, and we can’t believe how big he’s getting! ♥8months.bw.words


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What a handsome little boy! I love the one of him crawling.

Daytrip to Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach

On Wednesday we let McKenzie play hooky and had a fun daytrip to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach with Nina & Aunt Jennie. The drive was about 2 hours exactly, and it was a gorgeous stretch of road— lined with beautiful derelict buildings, forests, and farmland. We had lunch on the Cape Fear Riverwalk in Wilmington, then drove 15 minutes to the ocean. I wasn’t expecting it to be the beautiful, crystal blue it was. Just gorgeous! McKenzie & Nina searched for shells and played in the sand and surf. We were sad to see them leave yesterday, but we had an amazing time time. Thanks for visiting, we miss you already! ♥


Easter Egg Fun

We are lucky enough to have Aunt Jennie and Nina (my sister-in-law and mother-in-law) visiting this week! McKenzie in particular is over-the-moon, alternating nights cuddling and having lots of one-on-one time with them. Today, they decorated Easter eggs! McKenzie has always decorated eggs with Nina (every year!), so it’s great that they were able to do that this year even though we moved. Didn’t they turn out amazing? I love how vibrant and fun they are. We’re looking forward to the rest of the week with them!

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photo 2photo 4photo 1-1If you’re interested, the colors were by Paas, called 24K gold and the other was TieDye. We loved the effect of the “24K gold” one. =)