Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rainbow Day

I just love getting messy with food, don't you?  This weekend we decided to focus on rainbows as it rained nonstop the week before.  We checked out "A Rainbow of my Own" by Don Freeman at the library.  Very cute book!
A Rainbow of My Own
Then we decided to paint.  I used a recipe from Pinterest that was non-toxic since I was mainly working with Lindsay.  I knew that most of her "art" would end up in her mouth.  Super easy and used things that I had around the house.  Condensed milk mixed with drops of food coloring.  It actually goes on the paper and dries shiney.  Do note that it takes a LONG time to dry.  Lindsay enjoyed painting but quickly lost interest as a butterfly fluttered by or an airplane flew overhead.  I will try this again with Emily who will appreciate the "sparkle" of the condensed milk. 
What rainbow day is complete without whipped cream!  Lindsay's lunch consisted of strawberries, shredded cheese, banana slices, broccolli (which only was included to make the rainbow correct as Linds didn't touch it), blueberries and grapes with whipped cream clouds.
Bon appetit!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

NC Summers

What do you do when its 103 for seven days in a row?  Anything possible to stay cool and drink lots of water!!  I was just telling my mom how lucky we were that it had so far been a mild summer and then we get hit with a heat wave.  Both Lindsay and Emily beg to be outdoors 24/7 so I had to think of a few cool ways to have fun.  First I froze food coloring to make fun paint ice cubes.  Emily loved watching them melt and Lindsay kept trying to put them back in the bucket.  Good activity for a hot day though.

We made popsicles with Kool-Aid and fresh blueberries.

We have alot of extra blueberries from last week's produce box so we also made a healthy blueberry ice cream that I found on Pinterest.  Just blend frozen blueberries, vanilla Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.  I had to pop it back in the freezer for it to get to the right consistency but it was great and the girls loved it!  

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Emily's First Sleepover

My little girl is growing up (cue tears).  We are very blessed to have great friends who have great kids so we decided to invite Emily's friend Caroline over for a sleepover a couple of weekends ago.  Carolina is 5 and is one of the best behaved children I know.  I always tell her mom Shannon that she has an old soul. 

I think I was more excited than the girls.  I LOVED sleepovers when I was a kid.  I lived out in the country of Roxboro, N.C. which is almost an oxymoron since Roxboro was an extremely rural city when I was growing up.  Lot of farmers and lots and lots of tobacco plants.  We lived on 10 acres or land so I didn't get to see my little friends very often.  Sleepovers meant a full day and night of girl play.  So fun!  I don't remember anything from before I was 10 and even after that most things are fuzzy until high school (darn those ECU parties in college.  Too many brain cells killed obviously).  So I know realistically that Emily will not remember her first sleepover but maybe Carolina will or maybe Emily inherited her aunt's photograhic memory.  Either way, I was going to do my best to make it special.  After some time outside, we made cookies.

The girls played dress-up, watched Disney's Tangled and then "tried" to go to sleep.  We quickly learned that Emily is a very active sleeper so the trundle bed was used.

Whenever I had friends sleepover, my mom would make monkey bread.  That was a special treat that we only got on holidays and I loved it!  Maybe that's one of the few things from my childhood that I actually remember.  I put my own spin on this recipe and omitted raisins and nuts.  I love traditions!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Burlap Everyday Wreath

My fingers are covered in blisters but I'm super happy with how this wreath for my sister and her husband turned out.  Their last name obviously starts with a "B"!  

I cut about 1 1/2 yards of burlap into 2x2 inch squares.  I folded the corners together and secured with hot glue and then repeated with the other set of corners until a balloon was formed.  This tutorial has nice pictures of how to fold each "bubble".  I used pins but found they didn't stick in my straw wreath for very long so changed to hot glue.  Don't know if I would do this again.  Definitely a labor of love!  

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Super Towel

I'm a little obsessed with hooded towels these days.  After my first sewing project of a dress for Emily, I have been making towels.  Not that I really have alot of time to sew but these are so easy!  I used a tutorial from Creative Mommas blog that I found on Pinterest of course.  Here was my first try:

We were invited to a little boy named Cole's 2nd birthday party.  I decided to put my new found skills to use!  I have no idea what little boys like.  I have two daughters, three nieces, I am one of two girls and my mother is one of three girls.  In my mind boys like dirt, worms, super heros and trucks.  Nothing at the toy store spoke to me.  What is something unique that I can give that a boy will like and I actually know how to make?  A super "Cole" towel!       

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rainbow Sand

Everybody loves rainbows, me included.  They just make me happy.  It was rainy last weekend so we couldn't go outside.  We didn't see any rainbows and decided to make our own!  Very easy recipe and the kids absolutely loved it.  We have hard wood floors so clean up was a breeze.  I do suggest laying out a sheet if you have carpet as there is no way the rice will all stay in the box!  

Rainbow rice recipe:

  • Buy the super big bag of rice at Walmart.  I measured out about 4-5 cups per gallon Ziploc bag.
  • 5-10 drops of food coloring.  I really just did this by sight until I got the color I wanted.
  • 2-3T of rubbing alcohol.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Basket

I am SOOO proud of the Easter baskets I made for Emily and Lindsay this year.  They both have wooden traditional Easter baskets where the Easter bunny leaves their goodies.  I wanted them to have something soft for Easter egg hunts where they could hit other kids without leaving splinters or a boo boo.  Both can tend to be a little aggressive when it comes to competition.

Each girl has her name bonded to the right ear.  Really wish Lindsay had a shorter name, or I had a Silhouette machine as the tracing and cutting was a pain...but so worth it!

My inspiration came from a little basket I saw in Chasing Fireflies.
There are tutorials on-line with how to make a felt basket but I practiced my new mantra "Just because you can/could make it, doesn't mean you should", and instead bought two.  Amazon.com had these 8 in. white felt baskets by Total Class Creative for only $3.99.  Can't beat that!  I then used cut out two felt ears for each basket and used Ultra-Bond to permanently attach the fabric letters for their name on one ear.  Two black buttons for eyes, a pink felt triangle sewn on for a nose, and a hand-stitched mouth completed the face.  I then used a blanket stitch (followed this awesome tutorial by Futuregirl Craft) for the pretty stitching around the opening of the basket and the ears.  Can't wait to see the girls get their egg hunting groove on with these baskets!! 
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