Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Be healthy, Be happy!

As moms we tend to think we are Superwoman and can do it all! But don't forget you need some time for yourself. Eating healthy is difficult when your toddler didn't finish their mac n' cheese and you don't want to "just throw it away". So I have been trying to be healthy and put myself first, because if I get sick or don't have energy it effects everyone! So I started daily walks with Sydney and replacing one meal a day with a "Green smoothie" (see pinterest board for recipes). I need some music to motivate me when I am walking/running/dancing so here is my list. Go buy songs here at iTunes.

I did't have the time to type all the songs, so I just took a screenshot of my iTunes playlist.
When I get time I will type the whole list :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Baby Shower Playlist (Boy version)

To purchase all the songs listed here see my playlist on iTunes Here

Heart to heart-Toby Keith
The baby-Blake Shelton
Anything like me-Brad Paisley
The day-Babyface
I see me-Travis Tritt
Danny's song-Kenny Loggins
Godspeed-Dixie Chicks 
Baby baby-Amy grant
A new day has come- Celine Deion 
The best day-George straight
Tough little boys-Grey Allen
There goes my life-Kenny Chesney
Friends with tractors- Rodney Atkins 
Dirt -Madison Cain 
Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys- 
Tawnya Reynolds 
Little dreamer-Christina Aguilera 
Boys round here- Blake Shelton
Grandaddy's gun-Blake Shelton
Mother like mine-Band Perry
My truck-Gretchen Wilson ft. Josh Malter 
Get up get down-Phillip Phillips 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

DIY Cookbook: stalk your friend's Pinterest boards!

I wanted to do something nice for my friend who enjoys cooking, so I stalked her Pinterest. She had pinned a DIY cookbook and some recipes. This was a no-brainer; make her a cookbook and print out the recipes she pinned :)!

Supplies Used:
3ring Binder with clear cover
and lots of clear page protectors!
Page dividers
Scrapbook paper

This is what the cover ended up looking like with the Family's last name as the heading

In the back I added a cupcake box, and a Veggie cooking cheat sheet
Closer look of what I added to the inside pockets

Inside I added a card, recipe cards, a weekly meal planning organizer and other  chef must have's

I printed one recipe for each section and placed it inside the page protectors

The back cover;  Scrapbook paper, then glued a Measurement Conversion Chart to it for quick reference.

Bad picture...but it reads "Get Cookin'"
Personally, I used 6 page dividers: Breakfast, Starters, Soup/Salad, Entrees, Sides/Sauces, and Sweets. When you make your own use as many or as little as you want. Here are all the printables I found online and used in the cookbook! Thank goodness for those people who already created cute printables so I didn't have to! Finally, print one recipe from each section (one breakfast, starter, entree, etc.) and put inside a page protector with some more empty page protectors behind it so they can add their own! I hope you or your friend enjoys the book and inspires some good home cookin'!

I didn't save the link for the "Made with Love" cards, but I'm sure they are on Pinterest somewhere!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sydney Turns 1

 Sydney Turns 1!

How I created an Owl themed party for my daughter's 1st birthday:

Birthday Highchair
Free Owl printables: banner, water bottle labels, and more
The bib is from Kohl's and the personalized owl placemat from :
Orded this custom personalized invite from Etsy
Invitation Prints (Print your own/ customize and get download for $3)

Treat Table: The cake was in the fridge
A bunch of FREE Owl printable labels, cupcake toppers, cards, and more!
Some snacks included: worms in dirt, ants on a log, and goldfish

Make your own trail mix station
 I used animal crackers, Teddy Grahams, Pretzels, Yogurt covered raisins, nuts, and more!
Created a photo timeline 0-11 months and used cinnamon apple water instead of water bottles
Apple Cinnamon Water Recipe
Printable numbers for the timeline banner (Don't print all of them; just 1-11)
A kid's station with edible play-dough, owl books, bubbles, and owl coloring pages
 Owl Coloring Page
 Owl Printable Bookmarks
Kool-Aid Edible Play-dough

Perfect for reading: I was so glad I bought these at a garage sale for a dollar!
Get owl books at garage sales or thrift stores

The gift table: A jar of Kisses From Sydney for the guests and a Time Capsule Box with Words of Wisdom cards
I got an old Lancome box from the thrift store and decorated it with puff paint and stickers. She will open it when she's 18. I also put her invitation, bow, bib, candle, and some pictures inside. It read "Do not open until 2029"
A Cupcake cake for her second party...yes she had 2!

Owl Cupcake Recipe
I got supplies from craft stores, I cut the number 1 from a foam piece and hung it in the walkway.

Owl Cake designed from our invitation

Sydney's personal cake

Follow my Pinterest account and see my board all about Owls: Owl Themed First Birthday Party

Some extras that were not seen in the pics:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Expecting Mamas: Hospital Survival Kit

For my sister-in law's baby shower I wanted to make her a Hospital Survival Kit without spending a lot of is what I came up with: (The most expensive thing I bought was the $6 bucket @Michaels without coupon).

All the goodies
So I scoured my bathroom and pantry to find unused items I already had to add to the kit.
  1. Sleep Sheets sleep aid (free with instant rebate from Walgreens) for DAD, NOT MOM
  2. Loofa (in a shower gift pack I bought after Christmas)
  3. Revlon nail file (used coupon got it for a few cents)
  4. Hand sanitizer ($1)
  5. Secret deodorant (used coupon almost free)
  6. Free samples Treseme shampoo/conditioner) 
  7. Free samples Body soap
  8. Mouthwash (used coupon almost free)
  9. Disposable razor (from value pack)
  10. Chapstick
  11. Body lotion 
  12. Hair ties/head band (from value pack)
  13. Free sample face wash
  14. Gum ($1)
  15. Granola bars/snacks (from my pantry)
  16. Victoria's Secret beach bag (free with earlier purchase I made, I have tons of bags, so I kept it in the package for a gift) **Any bag will work: gift bag, reusable gift bag, beach bag from discount store, etc.***
  17. Gift bucket ($6 from Michaels, cheaper if you use their popular 40% off coupon or find them on sale) ****This is the most expensive thing I bought*****
  18. A free Hospital Kit printable Hospital Survival Kit Printable FREE
  19. Finally some ribbon and a hole puncher...Ta-Da! 
  20. I also added some other bigger items that would not fit inside the bucket. I had some breastfeeding pads, some feminine pads, and stool softener (not very glamorous but most needed!)

Stuff goodies in bucket or other gift container


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Expecting Mamas: Big Sister Kit

For a DIY easy & cheap baby gift: make a big sister or brother kit.

Here's what I used:
Finished Product (also add ribbons or a bow)

Closer Look
  1. Chinese takeout gift container (@ Michaels around $3)
  2. "Big Sister" T-shirt:  See how to make in my other post here (not yet finished).
  3. Berenstein Bears "New Baby" children's book  Buy Book Here (about $4 on Amazon, another good one is Mercer Mayer "The New Baby". 
  4. Crayons & notebook ($1 each)
  5. Color activity kits ($1 each)
  6. Hand Sanitizer ($1)
  7. Snacks: I used goldfish got for $1 from Target $1bin
  8. Baby gift so she can give to her new baby brother: from Dollar Store
  9. Disposable camera for pictures of the new baby...and other stuff...(not pictured here) 
  10. Stickers for the name, gift tag, and a printout of the contents. (I used Pages to create the document and the "Chalkduster" font  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

21st Birthday Lotto/Hangover gifts

For my brother's 21st birthday I wanted to either give him $21 or lotto tickets and also make a hangover kit. I started looking around my house for containers, I found a coffee and candy containers, ribbon, bows and printed some labels from my computer and was all set. I then went to purchase 21 lotto scratcher tickets and items for my hangover kit.

Lotto pull bucket:
21 scratchers
printable label

I made a label using Mac's Pages application by inserting a rounded rectangle on the page and measuring it to cover the label from my coffee container. Then I added text that said "Happy Birthday Sam, 21 is a lucky number! ". I placed the tickets into 3 piles (I had 7 , 3 different kinds of tickets and placed them into piles so I can make a pattern and alternate the kinds of tickets: 777, Hot Chili, Gold, 777, Hot Chili, Gold, etc....) then place them scratcher side down and tape them all together long ways.
Then I used a knife and carefully cut a slit big enough for the lotto tickets to easily slide out of when the bday boy pulled them. After I took the picture below I cut the slit bigger because the tickets were getting stuck.

Place all the tickets inside so they are face up when pulled out. Using double sided tape I wrapped a green (reminded me of $) ribbon around the border of the paper. Which I didn't have time to take a picture of the finished product, but you can see a bit of it below when my brother opened it. 

Hangover Kit:

I found a candy box and covered it with a label I made using Mac's Pages application and put a list of the contents on the label so he was able to know what was inside. I found some things around the house to put in it, and also browsed the dollar bins to find travel toiletries and items. 
Here are some of the items I put in the kit:
Vitamin Water, Rockstar Energy drink, Aspirin, Alka-seltzer, Bandaids, barf bag, mouthwash, 2 small bottles of alcohol, energy powered packet, and energy bars. I did not have time to take an upclose picture of the kit but you can see it above after my brother opened it. (no room for a lid, just wrap it with a big ribbon).