Seattle Subway Art!

Last year I made my first “subway art” – an Autumn-themed piece. I was very happy with how it turned out and so I decided to make another one.

{The Autumn subway art can be seen here: https://gingermommy.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/things-i-love-about-autumn/}

We recently moved back to Seattle and we absolutely love our city, so I made a Seattle-themed Subway Art piece. I included all of the main things that are important to myself, my husband, and our son.

Let me know what you think!

SeattleSubwayArt

September 10, 2013. Married Life, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Hot Pink Zebra Baby Shower!

Last month I threw a baby shower for my younger sister, Heidi. I am so excited for her, she’s due at the end of this month! She’s having a little girl, and Heidi has been crazy about zebra-stripes for a long time now, so we made her shower a hot pink zebra theme!

It was a beautiful day in the middle of summer, so we held the baby shower outside in my mom’s backyard. There were about 20 guests that showed up, and we had a lot of fun. Each guest had a Ghiradelli chocolate waiting on their seat when they came in.

Chocolate

I made a wide array of food and treats for Heidi’s party. Here’s a list of what was offered, followed by some pictures!

Chex Muddy Buddies (one of Heidi’s favorite things!)
Pretzel Sticks dipped in White Chocolate, with Pink Sprinkles
Hot Pink Sugar Cookies with a {zebra-striped} Hershey’s Hug on the tops
A Cake that was zebra-striped on the inside!
Deviled Eggs
Fruit with Fruit Dip inside of a Hollowed-Out Pineapple
Veggies with Ranch inside of Hollowed-Out Peppers
Pita Chips with a Cream Cheese & Sweet Chili Sauce Dip
Greek Feta Dip with Sliced Baguette
Cous Cous Salad
Pretzel Sandwiches with Reese’s PB Cups inside
Pineapple Lemonade Punch
Personalized Water Bottles

I’m still kicking myself because I never took a picture of the inside of the cake! ARGH!

Refreshments

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For the décor, my mom strung a giant clothesline across the yard and hung all new little girl outfits on it for Heidi to take home! I also had pink & black balloons, zebra-striped plates with matching napkins & silverware, a clear vase with zebra paper and hot pink flowers, and a zebra ribbon strung across the treehouse that showcased all of the maternity photos that I had taken of Heidi the day before!

Decorations

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Here’s a great shot that we took from the porch of the treehouse, of the entire party scene:

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And here’s my cute little sister, the guest of honor…(she’s already practicing her baby-holding skills!)

Heidi

 

For the shower activities, I had a large mason jar full of candies and guests had to guess how many were in the jar. I also did a diaper raffle where guests earned a raffle ticket for each pack of diapers that they brought, and then I picked a winning ticket.

We played a paper game where guests had to write what the baby name of each animal is (for example, a baby dolphin is called a “calf”), and Heidi’s sister-in-law hosted a candy bar “memory” game where everyone got to leave with a full size candy bar!

Amber

We also played “Pass the Present.” This was a fun activity where the guests all stood in a large circle and one of them starts by holding one of the prizes, and as I read the poem, they have to hand the prize to whomever fits the poem description. When the end of the poem comes, whomever is left holding the prize gets to keep it!

Here is the Poem:

1. The news is out, quick send a cable, the gift goes to the lady across the table.
2. If someone wears a dress of blue, she must take this gift from you. If blue cannot be seen, it goes to the one wearing green.
3. I will now read another verse…please pass to the gal with the largest purse.
4. We are getting tricky, here is a real humdinger! Pass it to the one with the most rings on her fingers.
5. Wow! What a success! Pass it to the guest with the most buttons on her dress.
6. Alas, this gift is not for you. It now goes to the one with the largest shoe.
7. Let’s get this party started girls…pass it to the one with the cutest curls.
8. Mommy is anxious. Daddy is nervous. Now pass this to the lady who drove the furthest.
9. There won’t be time to practice, there won’t be time to rehearse. Pass this prize to the gal with the most money in her purse.
10. We hope you all are having fun. We tried to include most everyone. From the largest purse to the largest shoe, pass this gift to the right of you.
11. We’re ending this rhyme, this is the last poem…the gift you are holding is yours to take home!

I had never done the poem game at a shower before, but I will definitely do it again because everyone loved it!

The last big game that we played was “Sculpt A Baby!” Everyone got a small tub of PlayDoh and they had 5 minutes to mold a baby. Then Heidi got to pick her favorite one and the winner got a prize!

Dough Babies

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After all of the games were played, it was time for Heidi to open her gifts! The baby girl got spoiled with lots of cute stuff!

Baby Gifts

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Congratulations little sister! I can’t wait to meet my niece! 🙂

September 10, 2013. Food, Parties. Leave a comment.

Bridal Shower for My Beautiful Sister-in-Law, Victoria!

I had the honor of throwing a bridal shower for my sister-in-law before she married my brother in July!

I wanted her shower to be really special so that she would know just how excited we are to welcome her into our family! I made tons of food and we played a lot of fun games. There was a lot of laughter, and even some happy & sentimental tears!

My sister-in-law’s name is Victoria, and she LOVES cupcakes! So I did her shower in a cupcake, hot pink, and teal theme.

Invitation

Cupcake Streamers

Here is the menu of food that I made and served at the shower:

Green Salad
Fruit Salad
Pasta Salad
Deviled Eggs
Chicken Salad Croissants
Garlic Cream Cheese Chicken Puffs
Chips & 7-Layer Dip
Chex Muddy Buddies
Cupcakes
Moscato, Soda, & Juice

Foods

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I had SO many people compliment the Garlic Cream Cheese Chicken Puffs, and they were all eaten up very quickly! They are the easiest things ever. Here is the recipe:

You’ll need: 1 tube of refrigerated crescent rolls, 1 can of cooked chicken, garlic powder, and 4oz (half block) of cream cheese. You mix the chicken, cream cheese, and as much garlic powder as you like all together. Spread out the crescent rolls and cut each triangle in half. Now put a lump of the cream cheese mixture in each triangle and close up the dough, forming a ball. Place all of the filled crescent dough balls on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 325 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Anyway, back to the party…

On the food table I had placed a large mason jar full of chocolates, and as everyone loaded up their plates, they wrote down a guess as to how many chocolates were in the jar. The winner was the person who guessed closest to the correct number of chocolates (I had pre-counted them) and they got to take home the jar full of goodies as the prize.

Guess the Number

Guess the Number

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A fun activity that we did at the party was a toilet paper fashion design contest! We split up into teams of 4, and each team had a model that they had to “dress.” They had to create their most beautiful wedding dress using nothing but rolls of toilet paper, teal streamers, and scotch tape! Once the time was up, all of the models showed off their dresses and Victoria got to pick her favorite one, and the winning team members all got prizes. This activity was a HIT!

TP Dresses

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We also played a paper game, where the guests had to correctly match the foreign ways to say “I Love You” to their correct country’s language. For example, “Ich Liebe Dich” is German.

After the games and activities were done, and everyone had full bellies, Victoria opened her presents. She got a good assortment of new stuff for her house as well as some fun little sexy things for her honeymoon! 😉

Victoria

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Congratulations Kevin & Victoria! I love you both! 🙂

September 10, 2013. Food, Parties. 3 comments.

Showers Galore!

In the past few months, I have thrown 3 baby showers and 1 bridal shower! I love throwing showers so this was fun for me. I think I love the planning & prepping stages even more than I love the actual shower itself!

Two women at my church were both expecting girls, so I threw them back-to-back showers. One on Monday evening and one on Tuesday evening! It was a lot of fun because it was really just a great excuse for all the women of my church to get together, chat, play games, and eat good food! I had both of the showers be potluck style and it worked out great! We had lots of yummy food both nights and I took care of the decorations, games, & prizes.

Baby Bumps

On Monday night I threw Kathryn’s shower. (She just had a baby girl named Ahlora). Her colors were pink and green, with a baby animals theme.

Kat

Kathryn's Family

A friend of mine from our church was a HUGE help to me for this shower…she made fantastic cupcakes that looked like ice cream cones, made a diaper cake, took maternity photos of Kathryn and brought a poster-board to the shower with the maternity photos arranged on it so that we could all write notes of congratulations on it!

Tabbi

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During the shower, we played a few fun games. We did a “paper game” where the guests had to write the correct baby name for each animal (example: Goose – Gosling, Goat – Kid, Seal – Pup, etc.) I always do one paper game at each shower, because they are easy and everyone can participate at the same time, which is important if there are a lot of guests. (There are some super fun activity games, like finding tiny baby pins in rice while blindfolded, but when each person has to go individually it can take a long time).

During the shower, we also did the “baby pin” game where each person starts out with one pin on their shirt and you can’t say the word “baby” or your pin gets claimed by whomever catches you saying the forbidden word.

After the baby animals paper game, each guest had 5 minutes to sculpt their best baby out of PlayDoh. That was so much fun, and the creative babies that were molded were awesome! Kathryn got to pick her favorite baby and the sculptor of that baby won a prize.

PlayDoh Babies

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One other game that we played at Kathryn’s shower was the “Guess the Baby Food” game, where guests pass around 6 jars of baby food and they have to write down their guesses as to what kind of baby foods they are. They can smell, taste, touch…whatever they want to do to determine what’s in the jars! This is always a fun game! 🙂

Baby Food

Here are some more pictures of the games, and the prize bags. I put the prizes in pretty tote bags so that the bag is a reusable prize in itself.

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Games

Prize Bags

After the games, Kathryn opened her gifts and enjoyed herself. Overall it was a very fun evening! 🙂

Gifts

On Tuesday night I did Meg’s shower. (She just had a little girl named Lorelai). Her baby colors were bright pink, teal, and bright yellow, so I went with that theme.

Again, we had a delicious potluck, fun games, and lots of gifts. We also did the baby pin game again, where guests couldn’t say the word “baby.”

We played the game where each guest has to tear off a length of toilet paper that they think represents how big the mother-to-be’s tummy is, and whomever is the closest wins a prize. This is a game that made everyone laugh as Meg walked around getting measured!

Toilet Paper

We also had a baby-sock-folding-championship! I had a bunch of little baby socks all mixed up on the table, and two people at a time would sit at the table and have 15 seconds to match up as many pairs of baby socks as they could! This continued until everyone had faced-off, then the winners from each round went up against each other until there was one champion! 🙂

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Baby Socks

The third game that we played was another PlayDoh sculpting game, but Meg wanted everyone to sculpt baby elephants. Let the molding begin!

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Baby Elephants

After games, Meg opened her gifts and we all had some more nice hang-out time together.

Presents

Presents

So…those were the first 2 showers that I threw this summer. I think I will cut this post off here and make new posts about the other showers, because this post is long enough already!
I hope you enjoyed seeing these baby showers, because I sure had a ton o’ fun throwing them!

🙂

September 10, 2013. Food, Parties. Leave a comment.

Jack’s 3rd Birthday Party – Pirate Edition!

Well, Jack’s 3rd birthday was last November…and it’s now almost November again and time for his 4th birthday…and I’m just now putting up a post about his 3rd birthday pirate party. Blog FAIL 😉

But better late than never, right?!?

I was pretty proud of how Jack’s pirate party turned out, and so was my little pirate captain. All of the guests had a scallywaggin’ great time, and the kids got to engage in fun activities, like walking the plank, decorating treasure chests, and digging for treasure.

I rented a large meeting room and basically turned the room into a pirate zone. I went to Dollar Tree and got one of those giant-sized coloring books about pirates and I colored a bunch of pirate pictures, cut them out, and hung them on the wall for decoration. The I left other pirate coloring books and crayons out for the kids to color too. Other décor included a jolly roger flag, pirate birthday banners, a pirate tent for the kids to play in, and random other pirate-y things!

As far as the food went, I made lots of pirate grub. Each dish was labeled with a pirate-y name to make the party more authentic.

I put a big “X” on the floor where people entered, so they knew that they had come to the right spot:

"X"

Some kids even came dressed up for the occasion!

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I’ll show you the food & treats that I made for the party:

I made pirate flag cupcakes, a pirate ship cake (with Playmobil pirates manning the ship), and matey cookie pops. There were also chocolate gold coins scattered on the table.

Pirate Flag Cupcakes

Pirate Ship Cake

Matey Cookie Pops

Dessert Table

To be completely honest, the pirate ship cake fell apart as soon as we started cutting it! I followed instructions from a website to shape the cake, but since it was mostly held together by frosting, it wasn’t too sturdy. At least I got a good picture of it before it became a crumbly mess…and even though it didn’t look pretty after it was cut, it sure tasted good! 🙂

Here are some pictures of the pirate food that I made. I came up with cute names for each dish, and a few months ago I was checking out my friend’s blog post on a pirate party that she did (she named her pirate food too) and she had even more cute names that I didn’t think of. After the pictures, you’ll find a complete list of her & my food names.

Here’s an overall view of the food table:

Food Table

Some close-ups…

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H2O

Here’s a list of the food that I made:

Taquitos – “Peg Legs”
Cheeto Balls – “Cannon Balls”
Hershey’s Kisses – “Mermaid Kisses”
Goldfish Crackers – “Catch of the Day”
Lil’ Smokies – “Dead Man’s Fingers”
Fruit Kabobs – “Fruit Swords”
Chicken Wings – “Grilled Parrot”
Blowpops – “Matey Suckers”
Orange Pepper on Hummus – made into an octopus
Juice in a big dispenser – “Pirate Grog”
Gummi Sharks – “Shark Bait”
Skinny Pretzels – “Salty Bones”
Ring Pops – “Gleaming Booty”
Gold-Wrapped Chocolates – “Treasure”
Chips & Salsa/Dip – “Ships ‘n Dip”
Deviled Egg “Sailboats”
Green Salad – “Seaweed Salad”
Meat & Olives on toothpick swords – “Sword Kabobs”
Veggie Tray with Ranch
Pasta Salad
Personalized Water Bottle Labels

Here are some more Pirate Food Ideas (from my friend’s blog):

Cheddar Cheese Cubes – “Pirate Gold”
Ritz Crackers – “Polly’s Crackers”
Black Olives in toothpicks – “Cannon Balls”
Fruit on a skewer – “Crowned Jewels”
Punch – “Pirate Punch”
Bowl of Tortilla Chips mixed with Goldfish Crackers – “Fish & Chips”
Bowl of the bagged popcorn called “Pirate’s Booty”
Gummy Worms – “Sea Snakes”

As you can see, it’s a lot of fun making pirate-inspired food! haha 🙂

All of the little pirates that were at the party got their very own “treasure chest” that I made out of strawberry containers. I saved up the plastic strawberry containers all summer and painted them black. Then I wrote each pirate’s name on them with a white paint pen, and drew a skull & crossbones. When the kids got to the party I had stick-on jewels that they could use to decorate their treasure chest with. Then each child had to take their decorated treasure chest, walk the plank to the treasure dig area, and then dig for treasure to put into their treasure chests. The kids got to take their filled treasure chests home with them as a party favor.

For the “treasure dig” I got 4 buckets/bowls of clean sand and buried all sorts of fun things in each one. Some of the items I buried were Mardi Gras necklaces, small plastic toys, plastic gold coins, mini canisters of Play-Doh, bouncy balls, etc.

Here are the kids decorating their treasure chests:

Decorating Chests

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 Walking the Plank:

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Plank

Digging for Treasure:

Treasure Dig

Digging

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Dig!

Another activity that I had at the party was fun for the children and the adults alike! I had a photo area with props. I brought tons of pirate props (hats, swords, parrots, eye-patches, etc.) and set up a background of fabric and “creepy cloth” and had everyone get their pictures taken.

Here’s the background:

Backdrop

And here are some of the fun pictures that people took!

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Pirates!

Here’s Jack blowing out his 3 birthday candles!

3 Candles

Another major part of a party, of course, is the present-opening! Jack loved that part and he had lots of nice presents to open.

Presents

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Overall the party was a huge success. I had tons of balloons floating all over the room for the kids to play with, everyone ate lots of food, Jack got spoiled, and the kids all got to leave with lots of goodies. On top of the treasure chests, they each got a goodie bag, a bag of chocolate gold coins, pirate blowers, and pirate jewelry! 🙂

For the Kiddos

Kids

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I hoped you enjoyed seeing our Pirate Party…stay tuned for a Lego/Ninja/Ninjago themed party coming up in 2 months! 😉

September 10, 2013. Food, Jack, Parties. Leave a comment.

20 Pins I’ve {actually} done!

Everyone who has a Pinterest account probably knows what I’m talking about when I say that I pin a TON of pins…and they sit there for a looooong time and I never actually do them. That’s not what I want to happen, and that’s not what I intended to have happen when I started fiddling around on Pinterest…but it’s so easy to click a button and pin all of the cute, fun stuff that you like, and it’s not always so easy to keep up with them.

To curb this problem, some friends and I have committed ourselves to a 52-week Pinterest challenge. We are to complete one of our pins per week, for a year. The pin can be as easy or complicated as you like, so long as you get it from Pinterest and actually try to accomplish it. You can make a craft, try a new recipe, try out a new cleaning tip or a hairstyle that you’ve found…whatever you want. Then we keep each other accountable by posting our weekly pin attempt on a group facebook page, or on our personal blogs. Sounds like a brilliant idea, right?? I’m so excited, because there are some pins I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and this will finally make me step up and do them! 🙂

Since I will be posting my weekly pins here on my blog, I wanted to first make a general post for all of the pins I’ve already done, before I start on this Pinterest challenge. Just to keep a running tally for myself! 🙂

Pin #1: Family Newsletter

I made a “summer edition” and mailed it to family and friends!

Family Newsletter

 

Pin #2: Smoothie Packets

I made these pre-measured smoothie packs to throw in the blender whenever I wanted to make a smoothie! The frozen stuff in the muffin pan is yogurt!

Smoothie Packs

 

Pin #3: DIY Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray

I LOVE B&B Surf Spray, because it makes my hair look like I’ve been tumbling around in the ocean and came out with perfect mermaid waves…but to buy the actual product is expensive! So when I saw this pin, I just knew that I had to try it, and it works perfectly!

Bumble & Bumble

 

Pin #4: Felt Dahlia Pins

These take about an hour each, because there are a lot of little petals to make…but they turn out super cute! You can pin them to your clothes, backpack, headband…anything! I made all different colors and sold them at a market!

Felt Dahlias

 

 

Pin #5: Scrapbook Paper Photo Frames

I actually used these as a MOPS craft, since I’m the “Creative Activities Director” for our local chapter. All of the moms loved making these! We just bought frames from Dollar Tree, and used patterned papers and mod podge to decorate them.

Frames

 

 

Pin #6: Alphabet Art

I made one of these for my son Jack. Here is the original picture, and a picture of how mine turned out.

Alphabet Art

 

J is for Jack

 

 

Pin #7: Birthday Picture with Facts

I totally made a super cute one of these for Jack’s 2nd birthday…and I feel like the worst mom EVER because I can’t find it on my computer for the life of me! I hope I still have it somewhere…yikes.

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Pin #8: Keeping Track of Doses via the Medicine Bottle

This is something that I saw on Pinterest and HAD to do because I always forget if I’ve already taken/given doses or not…so this totally helped me.

Medicine

 

 

Pin #9: Questions to Ask Your Kid

I must admit, this is fun to do…because you definitely get some funny & creative answers! 🙂

Some of Jack’s answers are as follows:
1. “I love you”
2. “When I snuggle with you and give you hugs & kisses and love you. That’s good stuff.”
4. “By tickling me!”
11. “Making good food for me & Daddy!”
14. “Salad”
15. “Play nice with me and fight me nice” (He adores anything to do with sword-fighting!)
17. “Fight together”
19. “Because you have red hair and I have gold hair”
20. “Because you always treat me nice.”
21. “Royal Palm!” (Thai food)

Questions

 

 

Pin #10: Scented Toilet Paper Tube

I put TeaTree oil in my toilet paper tube, because that’s all I had on hand. It worked for a little while, but didn’t really last too long. I would try it again though…

Toilet Paper Tube

 

 

Pin #11: To-Do List (fancy-printed-version!)

I make TONS of lists…I love lists. So when I saw this snazzy printable, I tried it out. I definitely liked it, but I guess it’s just too much work to always print out a to-do list…when I could just grab a piece of paper off of my refrigerator pad or the nearest sticky note pad. I didn’t use these print-outs for too long, I reverted back to random scraps of paper. However, I did like the little spot where you could cross off the glasses of water as you drank them…since I barely ever manage to drink all the water that I’m supposed to drink each day.

To-Do

 

 

Pin #12: Light Cave

I made this cave for my son one Christmas and it was a hit to everyone that saw it! And it’s SO easy…just poke Christmas lights through the top of a big box! What a fun place for kids!

Cave

Light Cave

 

 

Pin #13: Scrap TuTu

I made one of these for my niece for Christmas. I used her favorite colors, pink & purple, with zebra stripes thrown in too, because she loves everything zebra striped! My first attempt didn’t turn out too well, but it wasn’t awful. I would try it again! 🙂

Tutu

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Pin #14: 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

These turned out pretty tasty and moist, and they are the simplest things ever to make! I added some cute little pumpkins to the top for festive-ness! 🙂

Muffins

Pumpkins

 

 

Pin #15: No Bake Energy Bites

These are super yummy, and I’ve found that if you add almond meal and almond butter in place of the flaxseed and peanut butter, they taste like little marzipan bites! YUM!

Bites

 

 

Pin #16: Fruit Salad with a “secret” ingredient: Vanilla Pudding!

I tried this pin because I love fruit salad and this looked pretty good. You use all of your normal fruits, plus a can of pineapple and a can of peaches…but you don’t drain the canned fruit first! The juices mix with a pack of instant vanilla pudding that you pour into the salad, and it creates a yummy sauce! I brought this to a church potluck and people seemed to like it! I even had some people ask me what I hd put in it! 🙂

Fruit Salad

 

 

Pin #17: Poached Eggs in Ham Cups

I have to admit, Pinterest is not the first place I saw these. Me and my husband went to a fancy brunch and he ordered these, and I fell in love with them. So then I went online and pinned a recipe for them so that I wouldn’t forget about them. Now they’re a regular breakfast item that I make for my family and friends. I switch it up by using prosciutto sometimes too.

Ham Cups

 

 

Pin #18: Frozen Yogurt Drops

I made these as a healthy snack for my son and he loved them. I’ve made them a few times now, using all different flavors of regular yogurt and greek yogurt. They’re like a little treat!

FroYo Drops

 

 

Pin #19: Berry Letter Wreath

I LOVE these letters! My cousin actually found this on Pinterest and suggested that I make them with her. We made one together and I just kept on going! I made letters for some of my family members for Christmas gifts, made the word “JOY” to hang in my house, and a bunch of random letters to sell at the Christmas Market. They are so pretty and festive! The picture I’m posting is of my very first one, though I can honestly say that each one that I made got better and better! 🙂

Berry Letter

Letters

 

 

Pin #20: Melted Chocolate Cupcake Toppers

In theory, this looked super easy…and looked like a fun way to make cupcakes look waaaaaaay more special. In reality, it was hard for me to get the melted chocolate to the right consistency where it wouldn’t get all runny when I tried to make letters and shapes with it. So needless to say, I will have to try this one again, because my first attempt didn’t work. At All. 

Schoko

 

 

So there you have it! 20 Pins that I’ve actually attempted! I’ve actually done more than 20 I’m sure, but this post is already super long and I’m about to embark on a Pinterest “journey” anyway, so there will be many more posts about my Pinterest Pins in the near future! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the pins I’ve completed…because I’ve had a lot of fun trying them out!

 

 

July 17, 2013. Pinterest Challenge. Leave a comment.

2012 in Review!

2012 annual report for my blog!   🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

January 2, 2013. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Things I Love About Autumn

I absolutely fell in love with “Subway Art” this year and I love all of the printables that are out there on the web. Today I was inspired to make my own – my very first one!

Thank you to Melissa at The Inspired Room for hosting The Fall Nesting Series and challenging everyone to come up with their favorite things about Fall!

So without further adieu, here is my Autumn print:

October 2, 2012. Holidays, Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Free Fun For Kids – at Barnes & Noble!

I spend so much time at Barnes & Noble. Not because I love books (which I do), but because it’s the perfect place to bring toddlers when you’re bored and don’t have much money to do anything else. Jack absolutely loves when I tell him we’re going to Barnes & Noble (which he calls “Barnes & Oval) because he knows that he’ll get to play with the train table, read books, find hidden pictures (he loves I-Spy type of books), interact with other kids, and play with all of the toys in the kids section. The Silverdale location recently updated the store to include many more exciting things for the kiddos: a block table to build things, a coloring table, and even a kids Nook area where Jack can sit on a stool and play on the “Nook Color” to his hearts content. The tablet will read books to him and let him play all sorts of games. (Jack takes after Brady in the electronics department – he’s a whiz!)

Meanwhile, I can sit and peruse through all of the books and magazines that tickle my fancy.

Barnes & Noble is a perfect, free place to let your kids have some good quality fun. It’s always a good idea to let children be surrounded by books. If you go on Wednesday evenings, they even offer “Juice and Jammies” time – where kids sit cozy in their pajamas and a staff member reads kids a story and pours them each a cup of Nantucket Nectars juice.

September 2, 2012. Jack. 1 comment.

Listography: Things I Love About My Husband

Today is my 1st Anniversary! Me and my husband have only been married for one year, but we’ve been together for almost 7 years. The first year of marriage is hard, but wonderful. Being a wife is definitely a huge blessing and I love knowing that I have a partner for life who I can trust and give all my love to. I don’t have to worry about the dating game anymore, I have someone who loves me 100% and wants to share their life with me. God sure has smiled upon me!

Don’t get me wrong…my husband can drive me bonkers sometimes. But what man doesn’t drive a woman crazy at times? Like when he leaves his dirty clothes a foot away from the hamper…hmm…but my husband has so many good qualities, it outweighs any of those minor quirks!

Since the first anniversary is the “paper” anniversary, I’m going to make this blog post for my hubby with a list of things that I adore about him and then print it out and give it to him – or wrap his present with it. 🙂

So without further adieu, here are just some of the things that I love about Brady:

* He’s handsome. Long hair or short, scruffy beard or baby face, he’s just a good-lookin’ man.

* He’s a loving father to Jack. He tells Jack how smart, cute, and loved he is every day. In the mornings he asks Jack, “Did you wake up on the handsome side of the bed today?” He sits on the floor and plays with him, and is proud of everything Jack does.

* He doesn’t have a hard time saying sorry. Unlike me some people. If he does something wrong, says the wrong thing, or unintentionally hurts my feelings, he always looks me in the eye and says he’s sorry – and means it.

* He’s forgiving. And sometimes I need a lot of forgiveness.

* He researches everything extensively and learns all about things before he buys them. Before he bought my engagement ring he learned all about diamonds – about grades, clarity, etc. and searched for the perfect one. It may not be the biggest, but it is the highest quality. I told him that he could’ve spent a lot less money and I would still be happy, but he wanted me to have a good one that would last my whole life. Which leads me to my next thing…

* He’s a perfectionist when it comes to things that matter.

* He loves living for God and doing the right thing always. He prays for us before each meal, he loves tithing, he’s honest, and he looks forward to church every Sunday (and any study groups we get involved in).

* He sets a good example for our son and wants to raise Jack up the best possible way. He doesn’t swear, doesn’t let us fight in front of Jack, and showers me and Jack with affection.

* He’s not afraid to sing along to all of the songs on Jack’s preschool shows. In fact, I often catch him singing some of the songs throughout the day – even if the show isn’t on. Catchy little tunes…haha!

* He is the most generous person I’ve ever met. When I first me him, he told me that if he had one penny to his name, but I needed it, he would give it to me. He has no problem treating his friends to meals, drinks, and good times. He’s generous with everyone. Money doesn’t rule over him, and I love that.

* He never gets lost. He has a compass built into his nose. He’s like a human map – he can always tell you which direction is which, and how to get anywhere. More often than not, he can also lead you down the “road less travelled” and show you short-cuts and paths with better scenery.

* He’s a grill master. He loves to get the charcoal burning and cook up steaks, kabobs, asparagus, avocado, or whatever else tickles his fancy. He’s very good at it too, everything always tastes amazing.

* He loves to try out new ethnic foods. I can always count on him to try out interesting foods with me. He also likes everything that I cook at home – even if it turns out strange.

* He’s sensitive and isn’t afraid to cry. He can always open up to me and let me know how he’s feeling.

* He’s nice to me even when I don’t deserve it.

* He is always concerned about me and my well-being. He puts me first.

* He’s supportive of my hobbies, crafts, and interests. He loves all of my creations and pushes me to sell them and show them off.

* He likes to host with me. Brady loves that I like to play hostess and throw get-togethers, he jumps right in and helps me, and gets excited about it.

* He’s savvy with electronics and technology. If I have any questions about anything electric, I just have to ask my husband!

* He loves to travel with me. If we had money, we would travel the world together and have all sorts of unique adventures. He loves travelling the way that I do – with just a backpack. We stay in hostels, do everything the way that the locals do, and submerge ourselves in the culture. No fancy Americanized tourist resorts for us – if you’re gonna do that, you may as well just stay in America.

* He loves horticulture. He loves growing plants and trees. He’s currently into growing bonsai trees and he made me one with the trunk shaped like a heart. ❤

* He kisses me goodnight every single night and tells me how much he loves me every single day. He also never fails to tell me how beautiful I am, even when I don’t feel beautiful.

* He has random knowledge about everything. One time I was all excited because I just learned about the Statue of Liberty – that it is the color that is is today because the copper oxidized. When I told him about this, he already knew all about oxidized copper, so I couldn’t even impress him! Haha – this is basically how it goes every time I learn something new.

* He loves his family so much. Brady has a large family and they are all very close, and he gets sentimental when he talks about them. He especially loves his nieces and nephew.

* He has extreme patience with me – even when I push him to the limit sometimes.

* He will always be there for me through good times and bad, no matter what. I know this with 100% confidence.

* He has seen my good sides and my bad sides and he loves me anyway.

* All of the little details that make him who he is – he is just perfect for me! We have so many of the same interests and we have fun together every day.

Happy Anniversary Brady, I love you!
Love Your Wife

June 5, 2012. Listography, Married Life. 4 comments.

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