Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Project Life Tuesday: Week 4

Shooo...I made it to Project Life Tuesday this week just barely!  This strep got me good and I didn't think I was going to make it, but I did and I am so proud of it!

I have made it an entire month of doing project life this week and I love.

I know I say this every week, but I am so in love with the Amber Edition.  I am not even kidding it makes me so excited each week when I get it out!  It's so my style.  Not that I didn't like the other kits, but this one is so ME!

Anyways here ya go....our week......
 This week I had three pages!  I had printed that January subway art and had to put it in my book when I was finished with it.  This week I changed my mantel out so it was perfect timing.  I love that it fell in the last week of January!  This is the left side of my page.
 And here is the right side of the page. 
 Here are my main pages without the extra page.
 This is the left side.  Just a few pictures and journaling.  I love, love adding 2X3 pictures in my album as well as using the 4X6 journaling cards to journal about two pictures!  Works out perfectly!  I love my arrows too!  (Anyone counting how many times I used the word love!!)
 And the front of the extra page.  I loved this sub art.  I cut it down and then just added a little tidbits of our month of January on a journaling card above it.
 On the back I wrote about 4 of the major things that happened this month including, NO snow days, being sick, flying a kite, and Kendall's obsession with Care Bears!
And the right of my page. A few more picture and some journaling and all done!

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Weekend Fun!

Hope ya'll had a great weekend! WE had a good one. I spent the weekend recovering from my yucky strep...and I am feeling a lot better.  Of course my allergies NEVER go away!

Anyways, we spent the weekend at home and cancelled all our plans just to make sure I was fully better! So, Saturday night we got take out and Kendall and I made Cupcakes.  I had to share because it was so cute.

I have waiting for a long time to start doing things like this with Kendall and even though she isn't old enough just quite yet she was a help.

She helped me pour the dry mix in the bowl.

She helped crack and put the eggs in.   She didn't like the egg on her finger AT ALL!  It was really kinda funny:)

She helped me pour the water in.

She helped me pour the butter in.
She even took a little break to make sure Belle was doing alright and having fun making cupcakes!
But, she drew the line at the blender. I tried to get her to help me blend, but it scared her and she took off for the stairs.  By the time I was finished she hadn't gotten too far down the stairs, so she came back to finish with the last step.

She helped me pour the mix in the cupcake pan!

Of course she was asleep by the time I iced them, so she got to test them at breakfast this morning (DON'T judge:)

I tried to take a few good pictures of our first baking experience and I look forward to many, many more baking days with my sweet girl.  Maybe next time I will ask Daddy to be the photographer:)

Have a great Monday and here's to no more sicknesses in my house for a few months!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

A Kendall Party: Minnie Themed

I promise not to let Kendall's 2nd birthday party take over my blog, but it is a big thing for us and so I will probably have a few posts before it comes and a few after! Of course I know she is only turning 2 and it's not a big birthday, but I enjoy making things for her party and decorating so I probably go a little overboard! But, that's just how it is!

I have to tell a quick story though...a few weeks ago our friend Tripp turned two. So, we were pumping Kendall up for Tripp's Party. After his party, at which she had a lot of fun, she would wake up every morning and say Tripp's Party? SO, we had to explain to her for about a week that Tripp's Party was over. We thought we would just go ahead and get her ready for a Kendall party so we started asking her if she wanted to have a Kendall party. Of course that worked! What kid doesn't like having a party for themselves???

So, here are a few of my ideas for her party. The first three I made this morning and the others are pins from Pinterest that I will be creating before her birthday. We still have 2 months, but I am a planner and I want to get it all ready, especially since I work a full time job and don't have a big break before then!
I already decided that we would do a Minnie Party. So, this morning I used my Cricut to practice cutting out a few Minnie's.  They actually turned out pretty cute!  I made the left one 11 inches and the right one 5 inches. I definitely won't make any smaller than 5 because they just get to be a little too hard to piece together. 
Here is a close up of the bigger one.  I will probably make a few more of these to hand around things and to use at the door, and other places like that. 
Here is a close up of the five inch size.  I will probably make a lot more of this size to put a few different places.  I will most likely use this size on her banner and her birthday sign for the door.

And here are a few other pins that I found that I plan on using. Of course I have a few ideas of my own as well that I plan to share as I create them.  Then I will take pictures of the BIG day and share that all in one or two posts for ya,  I know ya'll are so excited you can't wait for a Kendall Party!!

Please remember that at the bottom of all my pins are the sources for where they came from and I take no ownership in any of the following pictures.  When I do make them I will show my own pictures!  These are just ideas:)

                                                                                                 Source: etsy.com via Christy on Pinterest

I LOVE these. I have a Cricut cart that will cut out the cupcake holders and then I will create the Minnie version of this with my Cricut, as well as using the color scheme that I have choosen for her birthday.  I have two cupcake stands and I will only use these if they work in my stand because I love the stands and definitely want to reuse them!

                                                      Source: etsy.com via Christy on Pinterest

This is super cute. I am not really sure I could figure this out or if I will even do it, but I thought it looked really cute and it would be nice to have on the cake table!


                                                    Source: etsy.com via Christy on Pinterest

I will definitely do this! It looks super easy and is probably way cheaper than buying the Minnie plates.  I will only do this for the cake table.  I am planning on buying the pink and zebra plates and napkins from Hobby Lobby for the food!

                                                   Source: etsy.com via Christy on Pinterest


I probably only pinned this because it really was a Kendall party!  But, I really do like the way that it is set up and I plan on using a little of that as well for Kendall's cake table!  I love the Zebra boxes and can totally make those with my Cricut as well!

See that wasn't too bad was it!  Sorry, if these post are boring to you all, but this is a great place for me to keep all of my ideas and to document my progress on her birthday!  I can't wait to share with you all the outfit I am making for her as well as her bow!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine Mantel

I have been waiting and waiting to finish my Valentine Mantel and share it with you guys!  I finally got it all up and ready to share.

I have to say that my mantel is in the basement so there isn't much natural light shining through.  Really I live in an older house surrounded by overgrown trees so we don't get much natural light at all plus it has been gloomy and rainy these days so we really aren't getting any natural light.  Wow that was a long sentence all to tell you that my pictures are the greatest:)

Anyways here we go.....my Valentine Mantel!

I do love how it turned out and I really don't think the pictures do it justice, but just go with me here!  I didn't do much and it's very simple, but hey I like simple!
I hung my homemade heart wreath up that I made a few weeks ago! I love it and will be sad to take it down for March.
These little glasses were used in my sister in laws wedding. I took three of them and wish I would have taken a few more, but I have used them during all the Holidays to make a little more festive!
I have been contemplating spray painting these candle holders.  We got them as a wedding present, and I really like them, but it's time for a change.  We will see.  We are remodeling our basement bathroom, so maybe I will get an idea when we pic a color out for that room!
This is my absolute favorite thing on my mantel!  I love, love to decorate with picture frames!  I printed this fun little print for FREE from eighteen25 and I love how it turned out!  I just sent it off to be printed in a 8X10 format. I found the frame at my favorite place Hobby Lobby and new it would be perfect for this print! I will also be sad to see this go.  Thinking I might be able to find a place for it after Valentine's Day though!  You must visit eighteen25.  They always have the best free printables!!
Here is one more far shot. I wish I could get a really good picture, but these will have to do.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my Valentine Mantel!!

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Sick Day:( With a little fun news at the end:)

I told ya'll I wasn't feeling good and I wasn't fooling anyone.  I came home from work Wednesday and slept for about three hours.  When I woke up I knew I would feel better and boy was I wrong. So, I made my way to immediate care (and the only good thing that came out of that was I got to see my very sweet friend ABBY)

Turns out I wasn't faking it.....and I have the dreaded strep.  Have I ever told you how much I DISLIKE strep.  Like more than anything in the world.  There are many sicknesses that I would much rather have than strep.  But, that's life and I am treating it and hopefully I will be on the mend and feeling much better the weekend cause who wants to be sick on the weekends?

My sweet husband surprised me Tuesday night when I first started feeling bad with a yummy drink (Diet Big Red a big obsession) and my favorite flowers.  Of course he didn't forget our sweet little girl and got her a flower, a balloon and a yummy snack!
So, I have been in bad all day and am starting to go stir crazy. If you know anything about me you know I don't sit still long.  So, I have gotten up a few times and then always end up back in bed.  What I really would like right now is a big bowl of broccoli cheddar soup from Mcalisters. Just haven't found any takers to go get it for me:(

Here is the worst part about being sick.  My poor baby can't be around me.  We are doing whatever we can to keep her from getting strep.  I really don't want her to get this awful, awful illness.  So, this morning Chris got her ready and took her to the sitter and all I could hear her saying was mommy?  Chris asked me a question and she heard me talking and started crying for me.  Sad. I just want to squeeze and cuddle my sweet baby girl, but that's not possible right now.  Hopefully by the end of the day I will be able to at least see her:(

 So, onto some good news. I finally decided that we will do a Minnie birthday party for Kendall.  We are planning on having the party here and renting a few bounce houses if the weather permits!  We will just wait til closer til time to see how that goes.

 I found this, your not gonna believe where, TARGET.  I knew you wouldn't believe it.  It was the last pink one so I scooped it up! They had black ones as well and I am thinking about going back and getting another black one. I have decided that I will do zebra and pink Minnie theme.  I am planning on making most everything and will probably start making things now so that I am not panicked as the time gets closer!

I pinned a few things today that I plan on adding to Kendall's party ideas.  While I was pinning I thought I would search my blog to see if anything from my blog had been pinned and to my surprise I found this....
I was so excited!  Of course no one understands my excitement around here haha so I just squealed a little in the bed by myself.  I only have a few close friends that know I blog so I don't really publicly share my blog especially on places like fb. I don't know why I decided to do this when I started blogging a few years ago, but I did probably because I thought my friends would think I was nuts!!  Anyways  I thought I would share this with ya'll....so exciting!

Anyways it's almost Friday and I am so excited for the weekend and here's to no more illnesses this year! I wished for no snow and this is what I got in place of no snow...beginning to think the snow wouldn't have been so bad after all...although May 16 still sounds so pretty...and I am babbling so I will stop now:)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Make It Wednesday: Pinterest Style!

 I thought this week I would share with you two recipes from Pinterest I have tried.  You all know that Pinterest is the "thing" right now. You know it's the "thing" when your local news does a story on it:)

I just posted the link from Pinterest and you can click there to get the recipe!  No reason taking pictures and posting the recipe when it is already there!

I should also add that thanks to my good friend Jen I was able to post both of these recipes to my been done Pinterest checklist!

So here goes nothing:)
                                                                                      Source: sundaybaker.net via Christy on Pinterest

First, I am not even going to lie, I ate this whole thing in two days.  Well, one of the loaves.  It makes two, but it is sooo yummy and I don't even feel bad about eating it in 2 days.  Know why?  It's only 500 calories for the WHOLE thing!  So, one night it was pretty much my meal, I know bad, but we got home late and it was there and it was good. The next night I just ate it as a snack with milk and it was the best snack.  So worth saving those last few calories for it!  Now go make it!


                                                                           Source: canyoustayfordinner.com via Christy on Pinterest

I am being honest here this is my blog and I have to say that these weren't my favorite thing.  I totally expected them to be oh so yummy.  I think mine needed more buffalo sauce and more cheese.  I don't know they were just a little bland for me!  I love the idea and will have to try it again with more of the above ingredients.  Like I said it wasn't my favorite, but I am not against trying it again:)

So, what have you been making on Pinterest?  Are you overly addicted to Pinterest yet?  I will say that I do get on there a little bit, I don't waste a lot of time on there, and I do make something new I pin at least once a week, so it's definitely not a complete waste of my time:)

Happy Wednesday everyone...only 2 more days til my movie comes out and it's the weekend!!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Project Life Tuesday: Week 3

I can't believe it's time for another week of Project Life Tuesday!!  I did a pretty simple spread this week.  We didn't have a whole lot going on this week. I did make a collage from our Christmas with Chris' dad.
Here is the whole layout.  One side I still had a vertical page and the other side is the original PL pages.

 A close up of the right side.
 A close up of the left side!

I am in love with this edition of Project Life.  I love the Amber edition. I have liked all of the previous years, but this is by far my favorite.  It includes so many of my favorite colors so I think that's why!

Ya'll I have been so sick this season and I can't figure out why:(  I think I am getting a head cold or something. So, I am planning on taking a HOT steamy bath and going to bed!

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Organizing Takeover number 3: Pantry Redo: Don't judge me:)

I have been working on our pantry for a few weeks now and finally finished it one night last week! I can't believe what a BIG difference an organized pantry makes in our life.  Ya'll I am not kidding when I say I have cut our grocery bill down by over a half!  It's amazing when you know what you have how much less you do spend!
 So, this is what I started out with!  A big ol' mess with no organization to it!
 The door really didn't look too bad, but I knew it could look a little better!



 So, the first thing I did was take EVERYTHING out of the pantry. I mean everything.  I am not going to lie, once I did that I was extremely overwhelmed and wasn't sure where to go.  So, I just started working!

I mentioned that for Christmas I got a bunch of OXO containers.  I asked for those for this project and I am so glad I did.  These are the best containers and I will never buy another container for my pantry!
 I also bought these baskets at Target and sorted a few things out in them including, Kendall's snacks, my snacks, fruit snacks, baking needs, candy, crystal light, and I believe that's it!
 How pretty does that look? I tried to organize our pantry into sections and then labeled with these chalkboard ovals I cut with my Cricut!
 The top shelf is not reachable without a chair so I put a few of my kitchen Christmas platters up there and cookbooks as well as other things we don't use often!
 Chris attached these to the bottom of the shelf.  They have breakfast foods in them and make it nice to poor things into and get rid of boxes!! I don't like boxes!
 And the final picture!  I wish I could take better pictures, but the pantry is really in a weird part of our house and it's almost impossible to get a good picture!  I don;t think the picture would do it justice anyways!  There is no longer anything on the floor except extra cat food. I also hung a hook on the bottom to hold our lunch boxes that I use all the time!
And the door doesn't look too different.  Like I said it was pretty put tougher, I just moved a few things and labeled it!

Up next a few closets! I am getting a lot organized by doing a few things each week and oh what a difference it is making!


Thanks for stopping by and I hope my post has been a little inspiring for ya'll to organize something in your house!


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Thursday, January 19, 2012

10 Random Thoughts on Thursday!

Ya'll I am not even kidding this post will be so random!  So here goes nothing! A few pictures sprinkled in of my extra sweet and extra cute little girl!  I might lose some of you so if I do I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

-First, Kendall is absolutely OBSESSED with Care Bears. There is only one tiny huge problem with that, no one and I mean NO one sells Care Bears (the movies and videos are out of course!).  I just wish I could find her a little Care Bear somewhere.  She would love that thing dearly if I could!  We watch "bears" every. single. night.  The same four episodes every.single.night.  I could probably recite them to you, not really just sayin!  Does anyone know where I can get a Care Bear that won't cost me an arm and a leg?

-Second, I have decided to start potty training.  Well, sort of!  Kendall is so interested in going on the potty so I thought why not just put her in some undies tonight! Yeah that worked out great...NOT...she peed in the first pair and didn't care, but when she peed in the second pair she took off running to the bathroom...screaming "mommy I pooped"  (She has a little confusion between the two things that happen down there!)  Needless to say I just put her back in her diaper.  I think I will just try putting her in undies a few minutes longer each night and see what happens.  Might not be the correct way to do it, but hey we are trying.  And she is only 21 months old, so we have time I suppose!
A super sweet girl that finally cheesed for mommy!

-Third, this sweet girl of mine doesn't know what kind of party she wants to have yet.  Yeah I have a little over 2 months to plan it, but I am a planner, and I am a working mom so I need to start early.  It is a toss up between a Minnie (Not Mickey) or Bear party!  The probably with Bears is I will have to order everything.  I can make all the Minnie stuff and already found some cute things at Target that I would like to get, but we need to make a decision. I am leaning towards Minnie clearly, so I am rubbing that one in pretty good!

-Fourth, I am so exhausted! I don't know why NO NO NO I am NOT pregnant, for some reason I have received a few emails congratulating me on being pregnant and I laughed at the first one and then got a little freaked out by the second one!  Sure I gained a few pounds over Christmas, I have a belly that will never go away no matter how hard I workout, but I am NOT pregnant PROMISE:)  Ok off the soapbox!  I am not understanding why I am so tired.  I only worked three days so far this week!! HMMMMM.....
Look at that pony tail:)

Fifth- I have stayed in my calorie goal since Monday! Four good days, and I worked out three nights in a roll.  I am taking off tonight, but I will work out on Saturday since I am taking tonight off.  As I said above I am exhausted and tonight isn't gonna happen! Plus I stayed under my calories enough tonight to not worry about it!

Sixth-Chris has planned something fun for us to tomorrow and won't tell me what it is.  Have I mentioned before that I dislike surprises very much?  Ok well now you know.  Don't EVER surprise me cause I don't like them! K? Thanks!

I probably won't win mom of the year because she is eating a Cadbury Egg (I think they are gross!), but really it's January and we already have Easter candy out?

Seventh- I finished my pantry, but I am too lazy to finish taking pictures so I will have to share it with you next week, blog fail SORRY!

Eighth- I am getting ready to send my PL pictures to the printer so I can pick them up tomorrow!  Three weeks in a row that I have them printed and in the book! I think I could get use to this and I think I could keep it going for the whole year! I have a lot of motivation now, I just hope it doesn't leave! I am thinking about using one of the fun sheets with all the 2X3 pictures this week, because I have a quite a few pictures to use.  Just thinking about it though who knows what I will actually do!

Ninth- Kids say the darnest things! I was telling my first graders that we were MAP testing this morning so they needed to get unpack, choose their center, exchange their just right books, and relax for a minute.  One of my students yelled out at me P.S. We also go to PE today!  Do you think she even knows what P.S. means?  Probably not, but she totally used it in context:)

-Tenth- Have a great weekend!  My sister in laws birthday is this weekend so we will be celebrating with her on Saturday!  Hope share some fun pictures from that night with you soon:)