Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Aromatherapy Heat Packs

Aromatherapy Heat Packs: $22
Aromatherapy Heat Packs are microwaveable packs infused with lavender essential oil for relaxing heat therapy.
Add a coordinating Sugar Scrub and Body Butter for the ultimate pampering gift!
Buy a set for $30. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Crack

Christmas Crack:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (the real stuff!)
Saltine crackers (about 1 sleeve)
1 bag of chocolate chips

Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Scent for Osito!

Osito has a new scent available...

Jasmine!

Order your Sugar Scrubs, Mini Scrubs, Body Butter, Bath Fizzies, and Bath Salts in the new Jasmine scent today!  
You can order by messaging me on my Facebook page, or by emailing me at kate.osito@gmail.com.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Osito Christmas Special!!!

From now until Christmas Eve, I will be offering Mini Scrubs for $5.

Mini Scrubs make an excellent stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or gift for a gift exchange.

Scents available:
Vanilla
Lavender
Peppermint
Sweet Mint
Lavender Vanilla
Jasmine
Lilac
Lemongrass
Brown Sugar Vanilla (available with or w/o coffee)

Regular sized Sugar Scrubs will be available, as always, for $7.

Add Bath Salts, Bath Fizzies, & Body Butter to make a complete set!




Sunday, December 2, 2012

"Like" It :)

Hi Osito friends!  I am asking you to do me a favor!  If you are reading this post, please go to my Facebook page and "Like" Osito.  I am trying to broaden Osito's reach, and would love your help!  If you would like to go the extra mile, I would LOVE for you to put a link to my blog &/or Facebook page on your timeline.

Basically, TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT OSITO!
Thanks everyone!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

24 Ways To Use A Tube of Pizza Crust...



One food item I like to use in our house is the pizza crust that comes in a tube.  If my Italian grandpa knew this, he might disown me.  But, maybe he would just be proud of my ingenuity.  Let me explain.

We don't use these little tubes of pizza goodness for pizza.  No no.  That would be too...too...normal.  Expected (shudder).  I use them to make calzones.  Yummy pockets of goodness!  The filling possibilities are ENDLESS!  Yum.

To make a calzone:
1. Unroll the dough (flatten it a little with your hand)
2. Put toppings on half
3. Cut the other half into strips (still connected to the other half)
4. Fold strips over the toppings and press the dough together around the edges
5. Bake as directed

Now, the fun part.  The filling!  The rule of thumb is: anything goes!  Here are some examples of fillings:

Dinner Fillings
1. Pizza sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella
2. Pizza sauce, ham, pineapple, mozzeralla
3. Pizza sauce, ANY PIZZA TOPPINGS!
4. Olive oil, artichoke hearts, spinach, mozzarella
5. Pesto, ham lunch meat, colby jack cheese
6. Ham chunks, broccoli, cheese
7. Ranch, turkey lunch meat, cheese
8. Cheese, garlic
9. Taco stuff (ground beef, salsa, taco sauce, cheese, lettuce, etc.)
10. Cream cheese, chicken, taco sauce (mixed together then spread), cheese
11. BBQ sauce, chicken, green peppers, red onions, mozzarella
12. Pesto, sliced or sun dried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella

Breakfast Fillings
13. Scrambled eggs, cheese
14. Scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese
15. Scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese
16. Scrambled eggs, salsa, cheese
17. Fresh fruit, cream cheese
18. Cinnamon, sugar, butter
19. Cinnamon, sugar, butter, apples

Dessert Fillings
20. Pie filling (any flavor)
21. Strawberries, chocolate chips
22. Crushed graham crackers, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips
23. Peanut butter, chocolate chips
24. Nutella

What are YOUR favorites!?

Monday, November 26, 2012

$2 Toddler!

I'd like to introduce a new on-going series.  Drum roll please!...

$2 Toddler!

In $2 Toddler, I want to share the expanse of activity possibilities available at the dollar store!  Because, let's face it, toddler crafts and activities never go as planned, and the ones that never work are the ones you spend the big bucks on!  Enter, (my personal fave) the Dollar Tree.  All activities in this series can be done with supplies costing $2 or less.  Because, sometimes, less is more.  I'm calling this an "on-going" series because I don't want to limit it to the holiday season.  I found my inspiration for this series from Growing a Jeweled Rose.  There is so much fun to be had with dollar store finds and I can't wait to share!

In today's installment: water beads and a bingo marker
The result: a Christmas tree


In case you don't know what water beads are, let me enlighten you!  These little squishy balls of goodness are this prior preschool teachers dream...sigh :)  At the Dollar Tree they are located in the "floral" area.  They  are clear little balls that are in a medium sized bottle with water in it.  (You can also get them at Joann fabrics store in a variety of colors.  At Joann, they are bought in their dehydrated form in little packages.  They are more expensive, but worth it for emotion/sensory bottles!)  We have used these in the bathtub too, but that's another post for the series, so stay tuned ;)  Anticipation is killer, right!  Anyways, you can see them in the pictures below.

To make the tree, I gave my toddler a piece of white paper and plopped some green finger paint around in small blobs.  Then, I put some water beads on the paper and let him roll them through the paint.  



The preschool teacher in me was so excited for him to engage this squishy mess of fun, the mom in me, wished I had contained the paper in a plastic tub.  O well.  Live and learn, and keep wipes close by at all times!

When he decided he was done painting, I hung the paper high up on our garage door (exterior doors are magnetic...this is where he puts all his art work) to dry.  When it was dry, I cut it into a Christmas tree shape.  Then, I used a red bingo marker to dab on some "ornaments".  (I did the ornament part.  I wasn't patient enough to blog about this tomorrow, and Sully was already in bed. O well, group effort right?)  Then I hung it up!

Easy peasy, cheap and -in this case- SQUEEZY!

**Just a side note about the water beads.  These little suckers are FANTASTIC, but you need to be present and pay attention when your toddler plays with them.  They are super great for fine motor and sensory activities.  They are versatile and interesting.  And, they are squishy.  Temptingly squishy.  So temptingly squishy that your toddler WILL squish a few to pieces.  They are also small.  Think, smaller than a marble.  So, just a word to the wise, be there.  And to be honest, you will probably get more enjoyment out of the little things than your toddler anyways!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Menu Planning

My household runs better when there is a plan.  Especially for meals, because let's face it: boys eat ALL THE TIME!  I HAVE to be prepared!

Here are the top benefits for our family:
1. Grocery shopping is smoother and cheaper. If it's not on the list, it doesn't get picked up.
2. Days are less stressful.  I know what I'm going to cook ahead of time, so meat is already defrosted and all ingredients are already in the house.
3. We get a TON more variety.
4. Our "quick runs to the grocery store" are must less frequent, and are unavoidable really.
5. ANYONE can make dinner (hubs included) because something is planned and everything is in the house!

I've tried a lot of different ways to plan meals, but here is my fave so far:  Monthly Calendar Menu

Here's the break down:
1) Print off 2 blank calendars.

2) Go through calendar and write in your plans.  These can include: going out to eat, working late, after school activities, etc.  Basically, any and all plans that may intrude on dinner making.

3) Make a list of different dinners.  Mix it up here.  Choose a few with chicken, a few with beef, a few with pork, some Mexican,  Italian, etc.  Also, find a few of those recipes you've been dying to try (you know, the ones from Pinterest that you pinned and never looked at again!) and put those on there too.  Get input from everyone in the family. You do NOT need a meal for every day.

4) Put the dinners on a blank calendar.  Here's where it takes a little planning.  I start by putting easy meals on busy days.  Then, I put meals that require more time on days that I know I will have more time.  Next, fill in the blanks.  I fill mine in based on the proteins.  I put one chicken meal in each week, then one beef, then one...etc, etc, you get the point.

5) Add in leftovers.  After a few particularly good dinner nights, add in a night of leftovers.  I usually have 3 leftover nights a month.

This is what mine looks like at this point:

Ok, pat yourself on the back b/c you've got yourself a menu for an entire month!  If all you want is a menu, you can certainly stop here.  BUT, I highly recommend continuing on to the next steps...O how much easier life can be when you spend 20 extra minutes planning!

6) On the second calendar, begin filling in ingredients for each dinner meal.  List every ingredient you need to make what you want.  (This always reminds me to keep it simple!)  Add in the ingredients you need for sides also.  I found that because I was MEAL planning, I only had to add in a few side dishes here and there.  For the most part, the main part of the meal itself had a variety of food groups, so sides were minimal!

It should look a lot like this:

At this point, I wrote a few extra ingredients on the back that we needed (ie: cereal, milk, eggs, yogurt, bananas, etc) then went shopping.  I wish I had done the following:

7) Put a check mark or lightly cross through all ingredients that are already in the house.

8) Make an organized list for the grocery store.  This is where the little bit of my brain that is Type A comes out...I organize my shopping list based on what is in each aisle.  Then, I only have to go through the store once :)  See, Type A!

9) Shop!  We certainly do NOT have the means to fund an entire months worth of food in one trip!  However, I got all the meat, frozen and canned foods we needed and all the perishable things for almost 3 weeks.  Often times, things come up and we don't "use" a meal, so sometimes we only get through 3 weeks of meals anyways!

I'm telling you, this saves us money!  I buy what we need.  This includes snacks and whatnot, but if it's not on the list, it's not in my cart.

Now, enjoy the ease of a planned menu!  And tell me what you think!  I'd love to know if this helped you, or how you alter it for your family!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sneak Peek!

Here's a sneak peek of some holiday items available from Osito!  Contact me to order: Kate.osito@gmail.com.
All onesies: $8.
Stationary sets of 10 cards & envelopes: $12.







Thursday, October 18, 2012

Guess What Sully's Saying! -The blog version :)

My 2 year old is hilarious.  Most parents THINK their child is the funniest kid in town.  I know it.  Sully constantly surprises us with the things he says.  A few examples:

Me-Sully, will you please put your spoon in the dishwasher?
Sully-Yes. Easy peasy.

After taking a drink of something cold..."Ahhh...recreshing!" (refreshing!)

When surprised..."O. My. GOODNESS!"

I sat on a chair he wanted to sit on, and he said, "Scoot toot!" while pushing my booty out of his way.

Me-What's up?
Sully-What's up, homie?

When the coffee pot gurgles, "Coffee Monster!"

The list goes on, but this is not the best part of my 2 year old's talking hilarity!  This comes in his pronunciation.  I've even started a fun little game on facebook called "Guess What Sully's Saying!".  How to play: I spell Sully's pronunciation phonetically and you guess what he's saying.

Give it a try! (The answers are below.)

*Disclaimer: none of these are meant to offend anyone.  They are all said by an innocent 2 year old!

1. maggot
2. cat cash
3. pecker oh knee
4. nay dur hood
5. super jew
6. say nk
7. rack a nid
8. frih bih bee
9. key ess
10. hay ulp
11. chee up



1. magic OR magnet
2. Cash Cab
3. pepperoni
4. neighborhood
5. Subaru
6. sink
7. arachnid
8. frisbee
9. kiss
10. help
11. chip




Saturday, October 6, 2012

I completed The Pinterest Challenge! Woo Hoo!

Here begins the end of an era...or a month :)

Day 26:
DIY Pet Bed
Well, see this one wasn't exactly one pin, but TWO pins put together!  I found this cute floor cushion for kiddos and this cute pet bed, and decided that it was cheaper to make the cute floor cushion as a dog bed because our dog is HUGE!  This is what came from that combo:
It's not pretty, but I can remove the pillows and WASH IT!  That, to me, is more important than looks.  Especially since we have a 120lb shed machine and his bed is in the corner of our room so no one sees it!

Day 27:
Melted Beads
We melted Pony Beads today.  Didn't know you could do that? ME neither!  But, you can, and we did!  We actually melted glow-in-the-dark beads.  We used this method, then I drilled holes in them and strung them up with hemp.  They are hanging in my son's room.  
I apologize for the yucky picture.  It was difficult to get a close up without my flash because it kept moving.  I think the most unexpected thing when doing this project was that when they were done, they sound like glass when they clink together.  They would make a super cool wind chime... maybe in the Spring!

Day 28:
Nada...again.  But, I made up for it by extending the Challenge for one more day!

Day 29:
Beer Cupcakes
Yum. Blue Moon and Bourbon are two of my hubby's faves, and since the 29th was his birthday I decided beer cupcakes were in order!  Blue Moon Cupcakes and Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes.  They were delicious.  That absolutely sums it up.  They were delicious.  They were also easy to make! My two year old helped me make them from scratch if that tells you anything!  
No pics of the finished products, but I can tell you I didn't have time to make the icing in the recipes, so I used vanilla from the tub.  It was good.  Very good. :)

Day 30-Oct 1:
Halloween Canvas
This was a compilation of a few cute kids Halloween art ideas I saw on Pinterest.  

These are the pins I used for inspiration: 

That's it!  Well, actually, I made a few other fun Pinterest inspired crafts in October, but I don't have pics and I don't remember the days I did them on so I'll leave them out.  

I must say, I feel pretty accomplished at the end of The Pinterest Challenge.  I had fun trying lots of new things, and I got a lot of fun new ideas for the boys going too.  The pipe cleaners in the strainer are now a go-to quiet activity in our house!  I'm working on a few other Pinterest inspired ideas, and hopefully I'll get to share them on here soon!  Until then, goodnight.  I must go snuggle my boy!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pillow Fluffin' For This Squirelly Girl (Days 23-25)

Day 23:
Pillow Fluffin'
Pinterest suggested I put my pillows in the dryer with some tennis balls.  Pinterest told me that my pillows were gross and the tennis balls would not only fluff them, but would also get the nasties out of them.  I'm not sure if the nasties are out, but holy fluffiness, Batman!  Mmmm...nothing like clean sheets, a refreshed mattress with homemade Febreeze, and super fluffy pillows!

Now, if only my kids would have let me sleep through the night! ;)
This was the little offender that particular night!

Day 24:
Nails
I painted my nails.  My fingernails.  My toenails.  I think the last time I painted my fingernails it was clear...and almost 2 years ago.  Toes...I honestly don't remember.  But, I painted them.  Pinterest suggested that I follow this pattern, and told me these particular colors were in style:
Don't judge my lack of nail painting skills.  I can paint wall trim like a ninja.

Day 25:
Rag Skirt
I know, I know "Kate, you have boooyyyys!"  I do, I know.  BUT, this skirt was too cute and I have waaayyy too many scraps of fabric that needed to be used up!  So, these are what I made:

The one on the left if about a 5T size and the one on the right is infant sized.  I have to admit...I LOVE THESE!  Now, who will be the lucky little girls who receive them!? Muahahahahahaha!  

That's all on this fine evening.  Cee Lo and his pink, cotton candy pooping bird are done for the night, so I'm done also. Good night my friends, good night.  

Woah...just realized that this was a SUPER girly post! 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Days 16-22

 It seems like I start most posts this way lately...hmmm...Days 14 and 15 were Pinterest-less.  I feel that my excuse is valid, however.  Here it is: My in-laws were in town, and my husband was not.  See?! Good one, huh!?  Have no fear.  I picked it back up on Sunday.  "It" being the ball.  Get it?!  Right...moving on...

Day 16:
I wish I could say this was a hard project, but it was fun from the start -eating pancakes at Cracker Barrel and swiping the syrup jars, the middle -slitting vanilla beans and soaking them in vodka, more middle -shaking them every day, to the end -we aren't there yet, but I have made this before and it is delish!  I love, love, LOVE the color changing in the jars...beautiful!


Day 17:
Chai Tea Mix
Yummy yum yum yum!  Fall is by far my fave season.  Chai makes me feel cozy, but man it can be expensive for the tasty stuff!  I made a batch of this Chai mix and it made 2 big canning jars of Chai...and it is super yummy!

I didn't like this one very much.  What? I'm just being honest...I'm allowed to not like some of my creative attempts.  All this was, is cut up sponges that are used as blocks.  I thought it would be kinda cool, but it was more "eh" than anything.  The boys like to pull them out and "build towers" out of them.  They really just make a big pile on the middle of the floor with them.  


Day 18:
Random Act of Kindness
The day after making the Chai, I put some in a jar and I put it in the mailbox for our mailman!  We love our mailman.  He puts up with our big ol' German Shepard.  He deserves a treat, especially because this was a yucky rainy day.  We chose one idea from this list of Random Acts of Kindness, but it is so full of other GREAT ideas that are easy, fun, and super sweet :)


Tunic
I also made the tunic that you can find instructions for here. (Warning: The site is in Spanish, but there are plenty of pictures to see you thru the tutorial!)  Mine didn't turn out quite as cute (I don't have a picture), but I might be brave and wear it with some chunky scarf.


Day 19:
Apple Honey Pork Loin
Again, no pic, but my hubs loved it!  I confess, I did not read the recipe.  I looked at the picture, thought it looked delish, and made my version based on what the picture looked like.  You can read the recipe they used and compare it to mine if you'd like :)  I put some butter and olive oil in the bottom of my crock pot, sliced a pork loin into pieces, but not all the way through.  I put some honey, more butter and apple slices in each slice.  I baked it until it was done. That's all.  Then eat it.  Yum.

Sandpaper Shirt Art
I saw this awesome idea on Pinterest (of course), but there was no link -GASP!  Thankfully, there was a description of how to do the project that gave three little boys such joy and pride that it was...well...GREAT! :)  
How it works:
 -Color with crayons on sandpaper.  Use really fine grit sandpaper.  The harder you press the crayon, the stronger the color transfers. If you're going to write any words, WRITE THE LETTERS BACKWARDS!

 -Iron.  Flip the sandpaper (grit down) onto a cotton shirt and press with a hot hot iron.  If you rub the iron, the wax can smear a little because the sandpaper doesn't adhere to the shirt. Press for a few seconds, lift, then move to a different spot on the sandpaper.

 -Admire.  Admire your child's work.
-Present.  Now, this is the most important step!  When I knelt down to show Sully his art on his new shirt, he said (I kid you not), "O, GOODNESS!"

-Wear with Pride.  These boys put their shirts on and ran around my house for a while in a state of screeching, skipping, running, and jumping.  They were pumped and so full of pride that they were able to show off their art on their shirts!
-Wash.  I washed Sully's on its own in a cold wash the first time.  I didn't want to wax to bleed.  It didn't.  I plan to wash it normally with everything else from now on.

Day 20:
Brown Sugar Vanilla Sugar Scrub
O, this one isn't new.  However, it coordinates with Day 21, and I got the idea from Pinterest, so the verdict is...it counts!  I would love to tell you how I made this, but I can't.  Then you would make them yourselves.  That would mean you wouldn't buy them from me.  I mean, you could get a recipe from the link above, but mine are tweaked just a little.  Osito is, in fact, my little business on the side and I sell Sugar Scrubs (on sale until Friday, Sept. 28 for only $5!).  I made this scrub for a reason though.  My very sweet friend ordered one for a party she was hosting on Friday...that leads us to...

Day 21:
Favorite Things Party
I wish I had thought of this.  It was a wonderful way to spend our monthly Girls' Nite!  Props to our spectacular host.  We each brought something that we love...one of our favorite things.  Then, we each drew a name and gave that person our favorite thing.  I made smelly sachets that you boil on the stove. O, look!  I have some recipes for these pinned!  These aren't the exact ones I used, but they are very similar!  Delish smelling house?  No fear of my children dumping hot wax on the carpet? Yes, please!

Day 22:
Nada nada limonada.  It's my 5th anniversary with the love of my life.  We spent the morning at the apple orchard with our boys, my parents and my brother, then spent the afternoon under the weather on the couch.  Frozen pizza and a Redbox with a bowl of ice cream for dessert.  We are sooooo romantic ;)

Until next time...keep crafting, everyone. Keep crafting.
I'll have to work on my tag line...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Eeeee! (That's my excited squeal!)

Day 9 was Pinterest-less.
To make up for Day 9, I did 3.5 Pinterest projects on Day 10 and 1.5 on day 11. :)  Here they are: 

Day 10:
Long-Distance Hugs:
I traced the boys' upper bodies with their arms stretched out and let them color all over them.  We sent them in the mail to their great grandparents in Michigan.  When they wrap the paper around them, it will be like a great big hug from my sweet boys! 



Growth Chart:
A while back, I found this plank at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Lexington.  For $5, I couldn't live without it.  I painted lines -big for feet, little for inches.  (I measured so that it would be accurate when it was above the molding.)  It finally got hung between the boys' bedrooms. Inspiration.


"I Love You Because..." Frame:
My bestie made one of these for her and her hubs, and she was raving about it.  I had a frame and some scrapbook paper laying around, so I made this little sweetie...


And because we drink entirely too much coffee (by "we", I absolutely mean ME!), this was the perfect spot!
I must say, I LOVE getting love notes (insert middle-school "Oooo" here) from my hott man!  It is also a great reminder to thank him for being wonderful and to actually tell him!

Breakfast Popsicles: Part 1
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but here are the steps, just in case :)
1. Cut a banana in half.
2. Shove a skewer up the banana.
3. Slather in peanut butter (or Nutella...oooo!).
4. Roll in Cheerios (we like multi-grain!)
5. Freeze overnight.
6. ...see Part 2.

Day 11:
Breakfast Popsicles...Part 2
Step 6: EAT A POPSICLE FOR BREAKFAST!
Let me just tell you, little guys love the idea of a popsicle in the morning!


Fine Motor Fun:
Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  My little guy sat still and quiet for quite a long time -on several different occasions- sticking pipe cleaners into a strainer.  As an early childhood educator, I LOVE that this activity engaged his fine motor skills AND integrated sensory stimulation also.  That's my big fancy way of saying my guy had no clue he was learning while he was playing! HA!  And he thought all he does is fun and games...


He was really proud when he got them into the holes.  A confidence booster for sure!

Then he decided to get those creative juices flowing and he stuck only one end in a hole...he called them snakes. :) Boys...

Butter Mints:
You know those tasty little butter mints? The pastel creations they have sitting on tables at graduation parties and other events with...well...tables?  Mmm...the ones you suck on and they melt in your mouth!  This recipe may blow your mind. Just sayin'.

 Sully and his friends loved rolling the dough into "snakes".  

 I used a pizza cutter to slice 'em.

 The sippy cup is just a reference of the size of the container.  This is about one batch!

Day 12:
Crunchier Oven Fries:
I have no picture.  I got the idea to make my oven fries crispier here. It worked. They were tasty. End of story :)

Day 12/13:
Breakfast Kabobs:
Skewered fruit and donut holes?!  Who could resist?  I know the high schoolers at our morning Bible study didn't! 

Gorgeous and delicious!

I will try to update more frequently...promise! Especially because it's Day 16, and I've only posted through Day 13.  Until then, try something new!  This adventure is fun!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tattoos and Pitas (Days 6-8)

Day 6: Bacon Egg Breakfast Cups
I don't have a picture.  I slacked a little.  I apologize.
I started these little yummies on Wednesday night because I needed to have them ready Thursday at 7:15am.  I found the idea linked from here.  Basically, I wrapped bacon around the edges of cupcake tins then poured beaten eggs in the middle.  I baked them at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes Wednesday night to "set" the eggs (creating less mess potential in my fridge).  I baked them for another 20ish minutes in the morning at 350 degrees again.  If I had to do it again (and I would!) I would par bake the bacon in the tins before adding the eggs, and I would not put milk in the eggs (I like to put some milk in my scrambled eggs...is that normal!?).  The high schoolers who ate them said they like them, so I say Day 6 was a success!


Day 7: 
Name Canvasses 
I had some adorable assistance on day 7, and to be honest it was completely unplanned!  I had 2 canvasses laying around that I wasn't going to use, and I had one finger-painted canvas from my little guy that needed a good finish.  I taped their names on the canvasses with masking tape and we let them go to town with finger paint.  Next time, I would not use every color finger paint.  I would only offer complementing colors...I think this would ward off the look of the "d" word that everyone w/o kids thinks is "icky".  With that said, these 2 and 3 year olds LOVED using every. single. color. available. twice.  I saw this idea on Pinterest, but there is no link...in the words of my 2 year old, "bummer dude!" 

They were a royal mess!  I hosed them off at the end :)

 The final product with the artists.  My kid is the shirtless, backwards dino hat wearer.  Cute huh? :)


Tattoo Stand (also day 7):

This is quite possibly my favorite Pinterest...post? thing? pin?...EVER!  Take a backseat lemonade stands (be sure to say that like the words themselves taste like dirty socks)!  Temporary tattoo stands are the new thing!  
Sully has a great little friend named Oliver who lives a few blocks away.  Oliver has ridiculously cool parents...hence the ridiculously cool tattoo stand, and the ridiculously cool little guy who is my little guy's partner in crime.  We will be sorry when they are teenagers.  Of this, I am sure!  Our little town has a county "celebration" weekend called the Jessamine Jamboree every year and Main street is a giant craft show/fair.  It's a lot of fun, and since Oliver lives right on Main street, it was the perfect location for our little entrepreneurs. 
 To be honest, Jess (Ollie's mom) and I probably had more fun than the boys.  This could have been a result of the bounce house that was erected across the street after we set up shop.  They did, however, really enjoy washing the quarters in the bowl of water.  Don't worry, we didn't use the dirty quarter water on anyones ink.  We did use the super clean quarters to play games across the street later though! :)


Day 8: Pita Bread
Do you see this beautiful ball of dough?
Yes, this one in the picture above.  

I like to look at it.  

Just to be sure you don't forget this little blob of bliss, 
here it is again for your viewing pleasure:

 
Now you're hooked right?  You want to know what gorgeous ball of dough will be, don't you?  Since you can find the directions here (and please trust me...these are EASY and you have the 4 ingredients in your pantry!), I get to simply show you beautiful pictures of dough miraculously transforming into a fun little pocket of goodness. Watch, and enjoy the transformation.  Be as amazed as I was this afternoon... 

 My little babies resting after being kneaded and rolled out.  Do you hear the angles singing yet?

 Getting ready for their introduction to the oven.  Cue "Hallelujah Chorus"...

 "HALLELUJAH!" 
This was after about 5 minutes in the oven.  
Yes, I did in fact sit on my kitchen floor and watch the dough "poof" up! 

 These little stinkers are good!  Confession: I ate 3.  

 And these little men shared one too.  That's right, even your 2 year old and 9 month old will like them (said in cheesy announcer voice)!
I will no longer be buying bread of sandwiches.  This is WAAAYYY easier and MUCH more rewarding to make!  The super responsible mom inside of me really likes that I know what's in these, so I know that what I'm feeding my boys is good for them :)

Stay tuned!  More fun to come...