Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

For my boy's FIRST BIRTHDAY, I decided to throw him a Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party. This was such a fun theme to work with and are TONS of ideas online. I thought I'd add to the collection and maybe one day help someone plan their own Very Hungry Caterpillar party.
First off, the invites. I saw the idea here, at Pottery Barn and couldn't do anything else!
For the party, I served foods mentioned in the book and printed off labels found here
The balloons added a nice touch and were super easy.
I also had hanging a little month to month banner- this was very simple to make thanks to my Silhouette.
We read the book, colored and made fingerprint caterpillars
The cake/cupcakes were simple. I gave the red head to my son to smash!
A big thanks to my friend for reserving her clubhouse for us to use! 
 Such a fun party to plan. We had a great time celebrating my sweet BIG boy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Monster Valentine's Box

I know it's the day after Valentine's Day and I'm pretty sure the only one who reads this blog is my mom but I wanted to keep record of the fun Valentine's box I made with my son. 
After a quick and unsuccessful search on the Internet {I find it a bit sad this comes before my own brainstorming most of the time!!} I came up with this little guy on my own {gasp}.

One cereal box + wrapping paper + cardstock + pipecleaner +  Silhouette {of course optional}
 = a cute V day monster

Just number 1,345 why I love my Silhouette Cameo!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DIY Valence

My boys room was looking a little dull a couple months back and decided it was in need of some cute curtains or a valence to brighten it up! I looked online and in stores and didn't find anything that I wanted so I decided to make one myself! {I must have had a good nights rest the night before}
This was very simple and I am happy with how it turned out. 
I simply cut squares of fabric, sewed right sides together leaving a little gap to turn and sewed them all together. The great thing was that I could hide the gap I left in the seams- so quick and easy.
But make sure you don't forget to have the red hooks inside when you sew up your squares!!!

Strip Quilt

My friend is havin a baby....and every baby needs a little quilt right?? 
I saw a picture of a quilt awhile back on Pinterest that had the caption "The Easiest thing to do with a Jelly Roll"
I had to check it out and well turns out they were right! This quilt was SO easy and fun to make.{even for the super beginner quilter like me}  Even though I didn't use a jelly roll and had to cut my own strips- it was still easy. I can't imagine having all the cutting done for me!!
{view of back}
 I will for sure be making many more of these in the future.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fabric Bookmarks

I am an aunt to 10 adorable girls.  Recently, I was thinking about how I wanted to step it up to become a "cooler" aunt. I live so far away from all of them which at times, makes it hard- but certainly not impossible. I saw these fabric bookmarks over at Little Birdie Secrets and decided it would be the perfect gift for my girls!! 
(Get tutorial HERE)
This was such a fun project!! The possibilities are endless!! I finished them during my vacation in Utah and lucky enough, 4 of my nieces were in town!! It was fun to make them part of it and get their opinion on which flower and button to pair with each bookmark.
This is for sure a project I will want to repeat many more times!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

4th of July Quilted Table Runner

I started this project months ago and FINALLY got it done {and just in the nick of time}
{pre wash}
I saw the idea for a quilted table runner of at Diary of a Quilter and knew I need to make one. 
Check out the great tutorial here! It's wonderful, especially for the beginning quilter like me.
I love the idea of using strips of fabric, so nice to put some of my leftovers to good use!! I have SO much to learn and need a whole lot more practice binding but happy with how it turned out!
I now have the quilting bug and can see Christmas and Halloween table runners in the future! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dry Erase Menu Board

I finally did a craft!! Yahoo, it's been awhile! Even better, I crafted with a friend which ALWAYS makes projects so much more fun. We saw this idea for a Dry Erase Menu Board via Pinterest/Make and Takes and knew we had to make one for ourselves!
This project was super fun and EASY! I have been dying to get myself organized when it comes to menu planning and I think this board is a step in the right direction. 
All you need is a frame {got mine at the $ store}
scrapbook paper
paint, ribbon, vinyl {optional}
If you don't want your days of the week vinyl, you can always hand write them.
For mine, I decided to glue some magnets on the back so it can go on my fridge! I love love love it!!!

Full tutorial here

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Health Kick!!

We have been trying to eat a bit healthier at our house recently and wanted to post some of our recent favorite {healthy} snacks!!!

First off, I need to share with you what I have for breakfast almost EVERY morning. Oatmeal.

 I have a thing for oatmeal- I'm kind of an oatmeal snob. My grandma made it for me all the time growing up and have loved it ever since... but it has to be just right. And no, it's not the microwave stuff.....
The key to the perfect bowl of oatmeal... in my opinion.. is to not overcook the oats. 
For a heart healthy portion {my daily portion} 
Bring 1.5 cups water/ a dash of salt to boil
 {I actually use a little less than 1.5 cups...I don't like mine runny at all}
Add 3/4 cup oats and let boil for like 20 seconds. Turn to simmer immediately.
I do this right when I get up and then go about my other morning responsibilities while its simmering. I even turn it off after a bit and let it sit. I like waiting a bit to make sure all the water has evaporated and the oatmeal is lukewarm. Weird, maybe.... but its delicious!
I then put my oatmeal in the bowl... top with brown sugar and milk! YUM!! So so great. 
Lately, I have been topping mine with raspberries & strawberries and eliminating the sugar. Makes for a healthy and delicious breakfast!

Granola (photo and recipe found at Katie Did): 
I'm obsessed with the stuff. This recipe is great and super simple. It makes your whole house smell heavenly while cooking and tastes even more amazing after. I made it for the first time when my parents came to visit and we snacked on it all weekend. I've made it three more times since. My 3 year old even loves it- This granola tastes great by itself, in yogurt, bowl of milk... whatever

Speaking of yogurt... we are really loving {trendy} Greek Yogurt. Mix some granola and a little honey with your Greek Yogurt and you're in for a treat!!

Another recipe we have loved is the Veggie Muffins found on the MADE blog 
{image from MADE blog as well}. 
I didn't think my son would gobble these up like promised..... but seriously... he did! He did not want to stop eating them. Who knew broccoli/carrot/banana/prune juice muffins could taste so good!!

Green Smoothies {Image and recipe found at OCP}- 
These are for sure a new favorite at our house. May sound or look gross but they are delicious and a great way to sneak spinach into your kid's diet. Again, my boy goes CRAZY for these..... and so do I!!

Trader Joes Blue Corn Tortilla Chips- Can't get enough of these..... seriously, the three of us can down a bag in one day- If you live near a TJ's- you must try them!!

So there you have it!! 
Now if only I could replace that nightly bowl of ice cream with an apple I would be good!

{p.s. Have you checked out Pinterest??? If not you are MISSING OUT!!! If healthy snacks just aren't your thing....I have plenty of tasty treats pinned and ready to test out!! Be my friend here to see!!}

Sprinkle Birthday Shirt

Wow, it's been awhile!! Even my husband noticed that I hadn't blogged on here for awhile... now that's sayin' something!! The babe is 3 months and I am finally feeling somewhat in control of things again... somewhat!

Anyway, when I saw the Sprinkle Shirt on the MADE blog, I knew it was perfect for my sons birthday shirt. Even though the number 3 wasn't the most even and easiest to embroider around, I like how it turned out!!!
It was such a fun project to work on and very easy!!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Birthday Countdown!

My son's birthday is fast approaching and since he LOVES advent calenders (just like his mama)- I thought it would be fun to make one and help build the anticipation to his big day! 
I got most of my inspiration from Nap Time Journal's Cupcake countdown.... when I saw it, I knew I had to make one for myself.  
I have a lot of felt leftover from my felt playhouse so this project cost me nothin'.
I am planning on having him take away one candle a day (which are velcroed to the cupcake)- Doing this will leave us with the BIG orange one { permanently sewn on} to mark his big day! 
{I made a total of 9 removable candles so if we use all of them, the countdown is ten days prior to birthday, ten makes things a bit crowded.. but more fun- right!}
The candles are made with two pieces of felt and some yellow ribbon 
{notes: The backing and orange hook are both made out of two pieces of felt sewn together.}
This was such a fun and surprisingly quick project.
Let the countdown begin... I know one little guy who is pretty excited!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

St Patrick's Day fun!!

So for those of you who have read my blog for awhile now may remember my LOVE I have for St. Patrick's Day. With the 17th fast approaching, I have found myself surfing for fun ideas during my mid night feedings.. ha!! I have found some GREAT ideas that I am excited to try and had to share!

Secrets of a Super Mommy posted last year 17 fun things to do for St Patrick's day. If you are going to go to any of these links... go to this one- Holy Smokes..... so many fun ideas!!!
She also has a list of foods you can eat to celebrate the day!

My Delicious Ambiguity also has a lot of great ideas: Lots of cute printable links and crafts/ learning activity for kids!

I LOVE this wreath!! Idea found at The Magic of Ordinary Things

Family fun is always a great resource for anything!!
My son and I may try this today-

and of course some fun Subway art at eighteen25

And for those that didn't catch my St Patrick's traditions and ideas last year here are some links....

Guest post over at Tatertots and Jello

If you have any fun traditions let me know!! I would be happy to add them to the list!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Our Best Bites!!

I am so excited!!! I just ordered this cookbook-

I have been following Our Best Bites blog for years now and was SO excited to hear they were publishing their very own cook book!!! 

Some exciting things about this book (taken from their blog) include:

-A Rollover Ingredient list: which gives you ideas for what to make when you buy a unique ingredient and don't use the whole thing in one recipe.

-Recipe Tags: to easily spot things like quick and easy meals, or things you can make ahead.

-Serving suggestions: references for accompanying dishes to make meal-planning easy!

Plus tons of tips and mini tutorials!! And oh their pictures.....

I am positive I will be pleased with my purchase and can't wait to have a whole bunch of new recipes to try. (They have 40 new recipes not included on their blog)

Now I will just have to figure out how to cook with a 2 year old and a newborn!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011


My big project is finally complete

and I must say (can't say this about ANY of my past projects) everything turned out perfectly!!!
So for now, I am just enjoying my {Perfect} little guy but will hopefully get back to doing
 "less perfect" projects here soon!!!

Until then, enjoy this amazing recipe. I couldn't get enough of it!!  I made it twice within 3 days-perfect for any nursing or non nursing mother! SOO good!!

Hershey's Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Recipe found here (All Recipes)


  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water


  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Combine 3/4 cup granulated sugar, flour, 1/4 cup cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk, butter and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  2. Pour batter into ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cup cocoa; sprinkle mixture evenly over batter. Pour hot water over top; do not stir.
  3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven; let stand 15 minutes. Serve in dessert dishes, spooning sauce from bottom of pan over top. Garnish with whipped topping, if desired.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Felt Playhouse!!

It's done!!
I was able to finish my son's felt playhouse just in the nick of time- right before we headed home for Christmas break. It was quite the process but well worth it and am very happy with how it turned out!!
Unless you are new to all the crafty blogs... you have most likely seen this playhouse at Homemade by Jill.
My friend and I loved hers so much we felt like we better not change it up too much :)
Thanks again Jill for the amazing idea and tips!!
Check out her site for great templates and suggestions on how to make your own!!

(on this side, the strawberries are velcroed on)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Grocery Bag Holder

Ok so I have been nesting like crazy over here.
  I stayed put all day yesterday due to some gross winter weather and began attacking 
areas of my house that needed a little organization!! 
One that was at the top of my list was the pantry.
After cleaning up the pantry, I saw this major problem lurking in the corner...
I was having a serious problem.....
 grocery bags were spilling out of this bag and taking up SO much space.
I remember seeing a tutorial here at Make it and Love It
(you can also see some cute examples here too!)
and decided I better make one for myself that night!

I must say this was one of my favorite projects..... weird because it's a grocery bag holder and will just be hanging out in the pantry......but it was a lot of fun to make!!! (and SUPER EASY!!!)
(before stuffed)

(after, all ready to be used)

So check out the directions and make one for yourself, or for a gift. I am always on the look out for fun homemade wedding gifts and think this would be a great one!!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

3 tier serving tray

My SuPeR creative friend recently showed me a great way to make a 3 tier serving tray!!
 It was very simple and overall, a really fun project!! 
Unfortunately I only took one photo of my completed project before I gave it away to my cousin
 at her bridal shower, oh well- I think you can get the picture!!!

Here's how you make one for yourself

you need:
3 plates (I found mine at TJ Maxx for cheap, they had a lot of great options!)
3 cups-preferably with a handle to give it the antique/vintage look
Clear Caulk (or any strong adhesive)

The process is simple- start with your largest plate (if you are using different sized plates) 
and start stacking...
There is no right or wrong way with how you position your cups (if they have handles) just focus on getting everything centered and it will look fabulous in the end!!!

Like everything I make... I now want one for every holiday and are constantly on the look out for fun cheap plates wherever I go!!!