SSSSooooooo, a few weeks ago I decided to start de-cluttering our house. Hence my absence here:)
Usually I start from the top level and work my way to the basement, BUT over the past five years A LOT of stuff has accumulated down there. That being said, I decided to start in the basement and work my way up in hopes of truly getting rid of some junk!
I am hoping to attack every room in this house, but baby steps, right?
PROJECT ONE: Craft Room/Guest Bed ReVAMP!!!
It all started with opening up the closets and storage areas and purging. Some stuff went in the trash, some stuff to goodwill and quite a bit in the save pile:/
Then I realized I no longer liked the paint color, ssssssooooo THIS HAPPENED...
Bye, Bye Salmon.....Hello Greyish Beige!!
After two coats of paint, a crappy trim job (have I mentioned I am inpatient?), painting the ceiling, lots of furniture moving, sorting and de-cluttering IT'S DONE!!! There's still stuff to hang on the walls, etc...but I can use the space again!
My main goal was to break up the sleeping space and the working space. The room is now essentially cut in half and guests don't have to weed through the room to get to the bed, huh, imagine that! I feel WAY more organized. I know what I have and got rid of everything I was no longer interested in using. What a great feeling!!
Now, on to the rest of the house!!!
Best Part: $95 total....mostly for paint and supplies:) Total Project Time: 3 weeks
I have been wanting to make the girls Trick-or-Treat Bags FOREVER. Well, today was the day! We got THE CUTEST fabric at the shop this year and I LOVE this little kid costume print!!! Perfect, no? Well, crossbody/messenger made the most sense to me. As I mentioned before, we attend three parades and they always hand out candy and treasures. I realize my kids could easily use plastic grocery bags or pillowcases, but YOLO right?!?! They can "wear" their bags and I don't have to worry about them dropping their "treasures" all over or losing stuff, etc...
I will be taking orders for the first few weeks of October and shipping all orders by Oct. 21st
Here are your outer bag fabric options...
Visit my etsy shop to order!
Off to hunt down a ROCK STAR costume for Alaina:)
My husband is from the Halloween Capital of the World, so I BUY IN to every ounce of this Halloween Business:)
I mean really, there are THREE parades and tons of activities, so fun. Anyways, we had a blast this year prepping for Halloween at the quilt shop too. (My MIL is an Anoka Girl afterall) There were some very cool fabrics out this year which made the displays a lot of fun to work on!! We have an amazing store manager who has taken over many of these tasks, but I had the opportunity to play a little too:) Enter: Mood Board...cause everything is better when you set the mood, right?
(Links to images can be found on my Black and White Halloween Pinterest Board)
How can you not love glitter pinecones?
You can pretty much use them in décor from Fall-Winter and it completely works!
BEST Halloween Quilt Ever!!! Fast, Easy and the fabrics rock!!
The accessories are from my house, most of which were found at Homegoods.
Super Easy Halloween Table Runner
Find some other DIY Halloween Projects on the quilt shop website!
Happy Fall Y'All!!
When my oldest daughter started losing her teeth, I wanted to get her a tooth fairy pillow. I realize it's an "excessive" kind of thing, but I had one as a child and thought it was really special. I looked on etsy and didn't really find anything that appealed to me, so I made one for her. Then, I started making some for her friends and now I am selling them on etsy! I get a lot of questions on "What makes them Custom" and "How does the ordering process work?" So it seemed easiest just to explain it here:)
STEP ONE: Take a peek at my etsy shop. You will find numerous examples of my work in a variety of styles and colors.
I generally make THREE styles of pillows.
#1: Simple Patchwork
#2: Scrappy Patchwork (which is usually a log cabin, small squares or strippy design)
#3: Embellished Patchwork (this has ball fringe around the edge of the pillow).
They are priced accordingly to the amount of work that goes into them. My recommendation is to find a STYLE you like first because colors and fabrics can be selected to accommodate your requests.
STEP TWO: Fabric Selection...after you pick your style and place your order there will be a spot in the notes to put your requests. This can include colors, themes, specific things you have seen. Some people include pictures of their kids' bedding so I can match their bedrooms. Others just want coordinating pillows and some just choose colors and themes based on their kiddos current likes. Here are some examples of fabrics I have pulled for clients and then the final product:)
Once you have approved your fabrics, I will make your pillow.
I usually ship twice a month, but am able to do rush orders when needed. Just Ask:)
It's that simple!! I hope this helps...I look forward to working with you!!
Tuesdays are our crazy busy weeknight, so we have deemed it CROCKPOT TUESDAY!! This is mostly because I am home to put the stuff in the crockpot in the morning and Matt is there in the evening to feed our people. On Monday, the girls said they wanted Pizza and I said, "Super! We are having tomato basil soup tomorrow and that tastes just. like. pizza!!" They gave me weird looks and walked away:/
Here's the deal...it was delicious! Found the recipe HERE.
Did a couple of things different...
1. Used an Immersion blender to make it all smooth (aka: hide all of the wonderful veggies from my little people). I used this right in the crockpot while the soup was still hot. I little more risky, but faster. Don't burn yourself, ouch!! This is THE BEST investment you can make for soups, just saying.
2. Made a sandwich to go with it. Hubby thinks it weird when we have soup for dinner, so there always has to be a sandwich along with it. We love "melt sandwiches," specifically Panini's. I bought this pan a couple of years ago and its still in super-duper condition! We even put ours in the dishwasher (oops!)...takes a little of the outer finish off, but its worth the 5 minutes of washing it saves me every time. NOT into the press machines....who wants to clean that? Our grocery store sells "Panini bread" but really anything will work. Spread a little pesto on it, a little rotisserie chicken and some shredded 6 cheese Italian cheese. Yum! Used a little bit of butter on the pan to crisp the bread and DONE.
Kitchen Essentials® from Calphalon® Hard Anodized Nonstick Panini Pan
3. Oyster Crackers...cause honestly, if I don't have any on hand it is worthless to make soup...NO ONE will eat it, true story! Spend the extra pennies for the premium crackers, you won't be sorry!!
4. Make the kiddos grilled cheese or cheese quesadilla to go with it. I realize that is redundant since there is lotsa cheese in the soup, but its my kids' favorite food, so if they eat the soup (with all the hidden veggies) its a win-win for everybody!
What is your favorite go-to soup recipe or crockpot meal?
She looks a little more calm, cool and collected this year, right?
She's in FIRST GRADE now!!
The best part of last week is that we were on time to school ALL four days, woohoo!!
My biggest SECRET:
For us, this means getting her backpack ready the night before.
(i.e. homework is packed up, snack is inside, water bottle is in the fridge)
Her uniform for the day is set out. Her hairbrush and toothbrush and toothpaste are all IN the bathroom.
These are the little things that add lotsa MINUTES to our morning routine and usually cause the largest snags in routine.
SHE LOVES ROUTINE, so we do our best to set her up for success. It makes a better start to the day for everyone:)
I have THE WORST time getting alaina to eat breakfast. We leave the house super early since I drive her and she is simply just not hungry. I have tried basically everything, but this week, had an "AH-HA! Moment."
She LOVES them and I can sneak whatever I want inside and she drinks um, wah-ha-hahaha!!
They are a pain in the backside to make every. day. BUT, I found a solution for that too!
Pre-made smoothie bags.
I realize you can buy this stuff in the freezer section, but I prefer fresh fruit each week,
so this is the best solution for our family.
Plus, if it's RED, she doesn't notice the SPINACH I sneak in there, YES!!
Our Staple Ingredients:
Basically, I buy what is cheapest that week and make it work.
I haven't done my grocery shopping for this week yet so this AM she tried this flavor:
Whatever the combo, it goes in one of these bottles...
She can drink it on the way to school (most of the time without spilling) AND
if there are leftovers, I can keep it refrigerated at work so its available for after school pickup.
A healthy afterschool snack all ready to go.
Now, lets just be clear...
Next week, she might really dislike smoothies, but I am gonna ride this wave as long as possible!
Next week, she might really dislike smoothies, but I am gonna ride this wave as long as possible!
For now, it's working!! Happy BACK TO SCHOOL:)
The Difference Between A and B
Bedtime Rituals at 2 ½ and 6
Bridget (2 1/2):She puts her blankets where she wants them…4 little cozy ones and 2 quilts.. always the same ones in the same spots. We snuggle and talk about our day. I put her in bed, cover her up, goodnight kiss. DONE.
Alaina (6):Put her in bed, kiss goodnight and give her a hug after books and little goodnight TV show…shut the door, walk into the other room.
She Screams, “MOM! MOM! MMMMMMooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!”
Me: (opens door) “yes?”A: Can you give me a kiss and hug? You forgot.
ME: (Give Kiss and Hug) “Goodnight, I Love you!” (Shut the door)A: Screams, “MOM! MOM! MMMMMMooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!”
Me: opens door, “yes? Please be quiet, B is sleeping already.”A: “uuuummmmm, Can I sleep in your bed?”
Me: “ Not tonite honey, go to sleep!”A: “BUT…..
I am hungry, thirsty, gotta go to the bathroom.Is that thunder? I am pretty sure I hear rain. Where is duke (our dog)? I need to kiss him goodnight.
My tummy hurts. I miss daddy. I want to sleep with you cause you remind me of him.(daddy is still alive, just at work right now)
It’s HOT in here. I am SO cold, are there more blankets in this house?My nose is running. Do we have any Kleenex? Can you get me a garbage can, so I don’t have to walk ALL the way to the bathroom to throw these away.
My tummy hurts. Can I please have a snack?My left middle toe is sore, I think I need two bandaids. Tomorrow, can we get ice cream?
MMMMMMoooooooMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm……are you listening to me?