Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Is For Tradition (and a giveaway) #targetwedding #sponsored

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**Hey!  Be sure to stick around to the end of the post - I'm giving away a $25 Target eGiftCard.  Boom!**

Growing up, Thanksgiving was the big holiday in my family.  I spent the night with my grandparents every Thanksgiving Eve.  I helped my grandma string the green beans.  I woke up to the smell of a turkey that had been in the oven for hours.  And I can't forget about my grandma's homemade stuffing (I just found out my dad is using a new stuffing recipe this year!  Is he crazy!?!).  We postponed Christmas a couple of times because a family member was sick.  None of us wanted to miss out!

My husband grew up with a large extended family.  Thanksgiving was a lot of fun for them.  His dad, my father-in-law, would write plays for all the kids to act out.  Doesn't that sound like the most fun!?!  
So far, there's just a few grandkids in our immediate family but I keep telling my husband he needs to write a play this year for my kids and their cousins to act out.  So far, he's vetoing my idea.

One of my favorite things to make for Thanksgiving is my husband's Granny T's pecan pie.  It's seriously the best!


I love the idea of two families joining together and making new memories and traditions of their own. I really want the holidays to be a time of joyous memories for my husband and I and our children. While I don't host a Thanksgiving spread quite yet (thank you Mom and Dad and Rick and Martha), I already envision what I'll cook and how my kitchen table will look and what I'll need for when I'm handed down those responsibilities!

These Target Wedding Registry Link products can help you create and serve this yummy pie: 


SONOS PLAY: 5 Wireless HiFi System - My husband & I love to crank up the music while we're cooking.  In our previous home, we had a small radio for the kitchen but we don't anymore.  This would be perfect!

Calphalon Stainless Steel Cookware - This is a must have for any kitchen - specifically my kitchen (hint, hint).

Threshold Bistro Ceramic 16-Piece Dinnerware Set - I love how Fallish this dinnerware set is.  It would be perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

Easy Exotic Footed Glass Cake Stand - Seriously, how gorgeous is this cake stand.  Wow!

OXO Stainless Steel Pie Server - Love how simple and sleek this pie server is.

Now, I'd love to hear from you!  What are your most unique Thanksgiving tips for new couples or couples hosting Thanksgiving for the first time?

Target is giving one of you a $25 Target eGiftCard.  Thank you Target!!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Baby Wipe Bat Garland



This post is sponsored by WaterWipes and Mommy Bag Marketing.  Although I received product and financial compensation, all opinions are entirely my own.  

First off, let me say that I think baby wipes are the best thing ever invented.  Seriously, I love them and use them for everything.  My daughter turned three in early August and we got her potty trained just before her birthday so we technically have no need for wipes anymore in the traditional sense.  But I have a feeling I'll be buying wipes for many years to come.  We use them to wipe mouths, clean off tables, wipe feet off after an afternoon at the playground and clean up our craft messes.

So, when I was asked to review WaterWipes, I thought, Oh I'll use them to make a craft!  The kids & I decided on Baby Wipe Bat Garland!


I really enjoy decorating for Halloween.  We make it fun and non-scary (I've got a 5 and 3 year old at home).  So scary is no fun.  We make everything lighthearted so I just love how these adorable bats turned out.  Here's how to make your own.

Grab some:
  • WaterWipes
  • Washable Markers
  • Black Yarn
  • A Pom Pom Maker-Thingy (got mine from Joanns)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Hot Glue
First, the kids and I set out the WaterWipes and started decorating them.


These are mine below.  You can see that I took this way too seriously.  HA!


I wanted to see how they would turn out if I rolled them up to dry.  I left them rolled up overnight and then unrolled them in the morning so they would fully dry.  I did like how some of the designs turned out but kind of wish I would have left them unrolled to see if the designs would have turned out more clearly.  Next time.


When they were completely dry, I folded them lengthwise, then folded them in and in again.  I cut into one of the ends and when I unrolled it, it looked like this.  Can you see where this is going?


We unrolled them and grabbed some yarn and tied it into the middle to get them to crease really good.  Then we tied a loop around then top.  Next make some yarn poms (Here are some great directions on how to make these).  I then hot-glued the yard ball to the wipe and then my son carefully added the eyeballs with hot glue and supervised by me.


Aren't these just the cutest??





Here's why I like WaterWipes so much:
  • They are the perfect chemical-free choice.  Which makes them also perfect for little hands working on craft projects!
  • There are absolutely no chemicals, just 99.9% water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.
  • They are natural baby wipes and perfect for little hands (love this!)
  • I don't have to worry about this anymore but my little girl used to get terrible diaper rash.  That's one reason we really pushed to get her potty-trained but these wipes help to prevent diaper rash.  
  • My son also has sensitive skin on his cheeks.  WaterWipes can be used by anyone with sensitive skin: babies, toddlers, teens or adults!
  • Anyone with a skin condition like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc. can use WaterWipes without any negative effects or discomfort.  
They sounds great don't they?


I took the bats and added them to some scrappy garland I made last year.  


You can find WaterWipes on Facebook and Twitter.

I hope everyone has a very fun and safe Halloween!




Saturday, October 25, 2014

Not-So-Scary Halloween Pumpkins, Part 2

Last year I shared some Not-So-Scary Halloween Pumpkins that the kids and I made.  We had so much fun and the kids loved pulling them out again this year.  When we were at the Dollar Tree recently, we picked up a few more pumpkins and began thinking of who we could create this year.  We decided on Sally from the Nightmare before Christmas and a Werewolf.


Here's a close up on Sally and the werewolf.  I kind of love how they both turned out.  Initially we didn't have the ears on the wolf and my husband thought he was missing something.  He was right.  A wolf needs ears.  It totally brought him together.


Here are the ones we made last year.

Jack the Pumpkin King (his all-time fave)


Frankenstein


A crazy spider


Super simple and easy to do with a 3 and 5 year old.  They did the painting, I did the touch ups and we worked together on the rest.  Fast, cheap and perfect for my kids.  That's my kind of craft!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I Will Look Up (Free Printable)

There's a song by Elevation Worship called I Will Look Up that I just love.  We've been singing it at church for a while and every time we do, it just really speaks to me.  It's a song about hope and having faith during hard times.

I created this printable that I can hang up above my desk and in my home to remind me to look back with thankfulness and look ahead with hope and I wanted to share it with you.



If you have problems downloading, please let me know!  You can either print two to a page as a 5x7 or one on a page as an 8x10 (I think!).

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

From the Vault - Not-So-Scary Halloween Shirts

We're headed to Disney World in just a few days and I wanted to share these again because gosh, they just turned out so cute!  Sadly we're not going to the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year but we'll be having fun nevertheless. 

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Our passes to Disney World expired earlier this week so we decided to take a 2-day trip with the kids.  Unbeknownst to us, my mother and sister-in-laws were going too.  My MIL decided to take all of us to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  We had a great time.  We were able to basically walk on to any ride we wanted.  There was a really fun parade and lots of candy if you wanted it (we bypassed that portion).

We didn't want to go to the party without costumes but in mid-Florida, mid-September, it's just way too hot for regular costumes so I decided to make us some t-shirts to wear.




I was on such a time crunch to make all of these, I don't have any actual tutorial for you, but I'll just tell you what I did.

First I figured out what designs I wanted to do.  Then I made sure I had all the fabric colors I needed.  I measured out the sizes of the designs and ironed Heat N Bond to my fabric pieces (just follow the directions on the package).  I then used my Silhouette to cut out most of the shapes.  I did this to save time.  BUT you could easily trace an image onto your fabric and cut around it with a pair of fabric scissors.  It doesn't have to be super perfect because you're just going to sew around it.  I did this with several of the pieces.

Once you've cut out your pieces, you're going to sew them onto your t-shirts.  Now, the Heat N Bond is supposed to be enough to stay onto your shirts.  But I wanted them to hold up and look a little nicer so I zig-zagged stitched around all of my designs.  I did a tight zig zag.

And here's how they all turned out.

My son loves Jack the Pumpkin King so he chose this design.



I chose a Minnie Mouse Ghost.



I made this Bride of Frankenstein - Minnie-style for my SIL.


You can see my messed up zig zag stitch in a few places.  It got stuck several times.  Oh well.  Still turned out super cute.


This is my daughter's ensemble.  I just love it.  The green little bow makes it.  For a really great tutorial on how to make this simple skirt, check out Dana's tutorial.



Made this cute Pirate Mickey shirt for my nephew.  My hubby talked me into the earring last minute.



My husband chose a Vampire Mickey shirt.


And I made a candy corn Minnie for my MIL.


Didn't they all turn out so cute?!?  I can't decide which one is my favorite!

So, have you been to the Not-So-Scary party?  Here's a picture of my little family in our shirts.



We were very hot and sweaty by this point in the night.  Ha!!

Anyways, it was a lot of fun to make personal t-shirts for my family.  I'd love to hear which one is your favorite!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Redo at a Target Wedding Registry (and a giveaway!) #targetwedding #sponsored

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.


I have been saying for years that I think when a couple has been married for 7 years, they should get another wedding shower.  Seriously!  I swear that most of the things I registered for 9 years ago when I got married have either broken or are on their way to the trash or just look like they've been used for 9 years.

I've put together some awesome finds from the Target Wedding Registry Catalog.  I could seriously go crazy picking out all of the things I wish I had!!

**Hey!  Be sure to stick around to the end of the post - I'm giving away a $25 Target eGiftCard.  Boom!**


1.  Calphalon Kitchen Essentials 14 piece Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookset

First up is this awesome cook set.  I love a good nonstick set of pots and pans since I cook daily weekly.

2.  Crock-Pot 6qt Cook & Carry Slow Cooker

The crock-pot we registered for over 9 years ago died on us last Christmas.  My parents got us this 6qt one to replace it.  It's wonderful and is so big!

3.  KitchenAid Contour Silver 2 Slice Toaster

Again, I wish I could show you my toaster.  Actually I don't.  I'm embarrassed by it.  This one by KitchenAid is sleek and would look awesome on my counter right about now.

4.  KitchenAid 4.5qt Stand Mixer

For my 30th birthday, my family bought me this mixer.  (Actually it's in white but I just love this apple green color).  I thought I wouldn't really use it all that much but I was wrong!

5.  Threshold 16 piece Dinnerware Set

I think a great white dinnerware set is a staple for every house.  You can dress it up with colorful napkins and it's perfect for everyday use.

6.  Pyrex 10 piece Storage Set

And lastly, once you've used all of the above to cook a delicious dinner for your family and friends, you can store your leftovers in these Pyrex storage bins.  We have the all white version and love them.  They are airtight and keep your food good until it's time for your midnight snack.


If I could redo my kitchen yet again, it would mix of these below.  Lots of white and stainless steel.




So, here are three pieces of advice for a couple getting married and making a home together.  Make your home a place you love.  My husband & I redid our kitchen about six years ago (well we hired my dad to do all the dirty work).  I loved it when we did it then but definitely would have done a few things different, bought a few nicer things, wouldn't have cut so many corners.  Wait until you can do what you want.  I wish we had.  In fact, my husband & I tried something new the other day and replaced the faucet in our kitchen sink.  We felt pretty good about ourselves when we were done.  And I have a few bumps and bruises to prove it.  Secondly, when it comes to registering for your wedding, register for items that are timeless and will go the distance.  Don't be afraid to register for the nicer item.  And lastly, if you can talk your friends into throwing you a 7 Year Anniversary Shower, go for it!!

Is there anything you wish you had registered for?  Or things that have stood the test of time?

Target is giving one of you a $25 Target eGiftCard.  Thank you Target!!


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Busy Bag Ideas for a 3 Year Old

We started homeschooling my older (he's 5) this year.  My daughter is 3 and is home two of the days. The other three days, she goes to a play-school from 9:00-1:00.  So, I wanted to have some "busy bags" for her on the days she's home during "school time".

I scoured Pinterest and my craft closet and found some really cute ideas.


The first was this alphabet matching game.  I found this printable on Pinterest and I'm so sorry but can't find it again.  But this is easy to recreate.  Use PicMonkey to make your own board.  I used the little magnet alphabet I already had on hand.


For this one, I bought some clothespins at the dollar store, painted them different colors and cut out felt in the matching colors.  She really likes this one.


This is a great game to use with your imagination.  I used colored craft sticks (courtesy of craftprojectideas.com) and glued pieces of velcro to the ends.  The possibilities are endless.


This is another one I used those same color sticks and hot glued magnet pieces on the ends (all courtesy of craftprojectideas.com).  We pull out our white board and make shapes and letters with these.


This is another printable I found online.  We're using birthday candles to make the shapes.  I laminated this to make it more durable.


I grabbed a small pad of paper and some stickers from the dollar section at Target.  All kids love stickers, right?  Now she has her own book for stickers and drawing.


I didn't get a good picture of this one straight on.  But I found bags of little foam shapes in the Target dollar bins years ago and found them again this year.  I just used PicMonkey to create this printable with all the shapes on it.  She has to match them up.


We got this great idea from Money Saving Mom.  It's a clothesline made with felt pieces of clothes.  Super cute.


I have several more bags that include threading beads on pipe cleaners (courtesy of craftprojectideas.com), a Minnie Mouse magnet game, some lacing cards and a dry erase board.  She seems to be enjoying all of her busy bags.  Anything to keep her busy!!

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