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...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

I meant to post these links with each post about the Pinterest Challenge.  I want to give credit to those who had these ideas originally. :)

Toy Truck Painting:
http://www.playcreateexplore.com/2010/06/toy-truck-painting.html

Vinegar Baking Soda Fizz:
no link

Philly Cheese-Steak Stuffed Peppers
http://peaceloveandlowcarb.blogspot.com/2012/06/philly-cheesesteak-stuffed-peppers.html

Harmon's Canvas:
http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/08/song-lyric-wall-art-diy-project.html

The Pinterest Challenge -Days 4 & 5

Let's cook!
Day 4: Philly Cheese-Steak Stuffed Peppers

Well, Pinterest, you've done it again...you've AMAZED my socks off!  These were quite possibly the best stuffed peppers I have ever had.  Not to mention, they were beyond easy peasy AND there was virtually NO MESS!  (Had I been smarter, I would have put aluminum foil down on the baking sheet.)

Because I am such a good friend, I will instruct you...wait for it...here!

Here's what you need:
Green Peppers (enough for everyone to have one full pepper)
Roast Beef lunch meat
An onion
Mushrooms (sliced, and totally optional)
Provolone Cheese (also sliced, enough slices to cover the bottom of each 1/2 a pepper)
Worcestershire Sauce
Soy Sauce


Here's what you do:
Cut those peppers in half and put them on a baking sheet in the oven at about 400ish degrees.  Keep them in there while you get everything else together.  On the stove, cook up the roast beef (sliced), the onion (sliced) and the mushrooms. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a couple dashes of soy sauce.  Yes, those are exact measurements ;).  Add some salt and pepper to taste.  Cook that all up so it's nice and hot.  While it's cooking up, lay a slice of provolone in the bottom of each pepper half.  Then scoop the meat mixture into the peppers and cook in the oven until the cheese is melty (only about 5-10 minutes).


 Now, EAT 'EM!  You won't regret these lil' mamas!  They are tasty!



Now let's create!
Day 5: Harmon's canvas

Sully is my crazy 2 year old son.  When he was 4 months old he was dedicated and I made him a canvas.  I painted him a tree.  They are my favorite things to paint.  It wasn't anything huge, just a special gift filled with lots of love for my boy.  Harmon is my sweet little (ok, not so little) 9 month old.  Harmon was dedicated about 4 months ago.  I just did his canvas.  Oops.  Here is Harmon's canvas:


 Micah 6:8 is the verse I pray over Harmon almost every single night.  The name Harmon means "soldier" and I truly pray that God will help my Little Soldier to always seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.
I used my and my husband's favorite hymns behind the words.
My fave: It Is Well With My Soul
Chris' fave: Be Thou My Vision


Take that Pinterest!  I can do your projects and cook your meals!  You will not defeat me!  Although tomorrow I may have to change my plans around just a bit to be sure I accomplish this crazy challenge!  That's a lot of exclamation marks!!! I must REALLY mean it!!!!!!!

The Pinterest Challenge -Days 4 & 5

Let's cook!
Day 4: Philly Cheese-Steak Stuffed Peppers

Well, Pinterest, you've done it again...you've AMAZED my socks off!  These were quite possibly the best stuffed peppers I have ever had.  Not to mention, they were beyond easy peasy AND there was virtually NO MESS!  (Had I been smarter, I would have put aluminum foil down on the baking sheet.)

Because I am such a good friend, I will instruct you...wait for it...here!

Here's what you need:
Green Peppers (enough for everyone to have one full pepper)
Roast Beef lunch meat
An onion
Mushrooms (sliced, and totally optional)
Provolone Cheese (also sliced, enough slices to cover the bottom of each 1/2 a pepper)
Worcestershire Sauce
Soy Sauce


Here's what you do:
Cut those peppers in half and put them on a baking sheet in the oven at about 400ish degrees.  Keep them in there while you get everything else together.  On the stove, cook up the roast beef (sliced), the onion (sliced) and the mushrooms. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a couple dashes of soy sauce.  Yes, those are exact measurements ;).  Add some salt and pepper to taste.  Cook that all up so it's nice and hot.  While it's cooking up, lay a slice of provolone in the bottom of each pepper half.  Then scoop the meat mixture into the peppers and cook in the oven until the cheese is melty (only about 5-10 minutes).


 Now, EAT 'EM!  You won't regret these lil' mamas!  They are tasty!



Now let's create!
Day 5: Harmon's canvas

Sully is my crazy 2 year old son.  When he was 4 months old he was dedicated and I made him a canvas.  I painted him a tree.  They are my favorite things to paint.  It wasn't anything huge, just a special gift filled with lots of love for my boy.  Harmon is my sweet little (ok, not so little) 9 month old.  Harmon was dedicated about 4 months ago.  I just did his canvas.  Oops.  Here is Harmon's canvas:


 Micah 6:8 is the verse I pray over Harmon almost every single night.  The name Harmon means "soldier" and I truly pray that God will help my Little Soldier to always seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.
I used my and my husband's favorite hymns behind the words.
My fave: It Is Well With My Soul
Chris' fave: Be Thou My Vision


Take that Pinterest!  I can do your projects and cook your meals!  You will not defeat me!  Although tomorrow I may have to change my plans around just a bit to be sure I accomplish this crazy challenge!  That's a lot of exclamation marks!!! I must REALLY mean it!!!!!!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Me vs. The Pinterest Challenge

Hi, my name is Kate.  I am a Pinterestaholic.  

The land of Pinterest is vast, and glorious :)  I can get lost for hours at a time looking at things I want to do/create.  I like to think of myself as a really great "Pinner" too.  I actually feel flattered when people repin my pins.  Yea...kinda lame, but I like it! :)  Every so often I have a bit of Pinterest guilt though.  Never heard of Pinterest guilt? (That's probably because I made it up!)  I'm sure if you are on Pinterest, you have felt it at some time or another, but were unable to put a name to the intense emotion flooding you while you pinned yet another project that would inevitably sit on your board...undone.  Pinterest guilt is that emotion.  You know, when you pin more things than you can actually accomplish?  Then you feel bad for having spent so much time with intentions of creating, but not actually creating.  

This month, I am taking a step to overcome my Pinterest guilt!  Enter, The Pinterest Challenge!  Every day in September, I have a Pinterest project planned.  That's right...every. single. day. So, what's the plan, Stan!?  Well, I went through my boards and picked out the 31 pins that I have been wanting to accomplish.  I picked a few cleaning tips, a few meals, a few desserts, a few kiddo projects, and a few things just to quench my creative thirst. 

It's September 3rd.  I have done 2 out of 3 days.  I am not going to beat myself up about missing yesterday though, because I got to take a nap with my sweet boy who has a little cold.  (I got that cold b/c of that decision, but it was worth the snuggle time!)  Here are some pictures of the two days I did accomplish:

Sept 1: Toy Truck Painting
 Above are my supplies.  I used finger paint, tupperware lids, a piece of paper from a big roll, and 3 toy trucks. *Note: Do NOT use cars/trucks that you can go forward on their own after you pull them back...lots of splatters!  Also, use trucks with all plastic parts...easier to clean ;)

At first, I was rolling the trucks in the paint, and he was rolling it on the paper, but he quickly proved to be a paint rolling master.



 I had to cut another piece of paper once this one was hung to dry.  We hung the other one on the back side of this door for daddy to have in the garage.  Truck art = acceptable garage art.

Sept 3: Baking Soda and Vinegar Fizz
 Again, easy peasy entertainment for my 2 year old!  Supplies: Droppers (I got some droppers from our pharmacy), a pan with baking soda, 4 small bowls with vinegar and food coloring. I squeezed the colored vinegar into the droppers and handed them over.  While he squeezed one, I filled another.  He was never without a dropper.  I even introduced the word "experiment"...oooo science lesson!


One happy scientist!

So, here begins my adventure....join me, won't you!?