Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Boy pillows...

I love pillows!  I found this adorable pillow tutorial on Pinterest of course and thought you would like it too!
They would be adorable in a little boys room!
I have to say that Laura Gunn is very creative and has some really fun things on her blog!  Click here for the applique templates for these super cute pillows!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Need a little cuteness for your laundry room?

Having 5 children means I pretty much live in this room!  So why not make it pretty??  I would have taken a pic of the whole room but there are piles of laundry I am in the process of doing so you only get to see a small section of the room for now, he he :) 

This is the shelf that sits right above the washer...the good ol' fashion top loader....  I found these baskets at a yard sale for a buck a piece (woohoo)!  I keep the downey, shout, wrinkle release and dryer sheets in these.  Works great and they look cute too!  Then I found the large metal green container at Tai Pan (love that place) and the flowers are my FAVORITE EVER...peonies!!! They are left overs from my niece's wedding a few years ago!  Aren't they gorgeous?  They look real huh!
Ok and the chalkboard above is one I made out of an old cupboard door!  I had it hanging somewhere else in my house FOREVER and was getting tired of it there so I plopped it above the washer and LOVE it!  I also love having my laundry soap in my huge clear jar.  It just looks better than a big huge ugly box sitting up there!
Below are more pics of everything...............
What are your laundry rooms like?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pillow Bed for Kids! (DIY)

Found this on Pinterest and LOVE it!!  Take 5 pillow cases and sew them together and then just add pillows!! 
What a perfect gift!! Just roll it up and tie it with a really big color coordinating ribbon and VOILA!!!!
I love easy ideas, don't you?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sooo i changed my blog AGAIN!!

Why am I never satisfied?  I always need change!  So what do you think??

Just had to share....

It's never to early to teach your kids how to clean right??

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bean/Rice Balls Made From Balloons!

About 3 1/2 years ago I did a post about these Bean/Rice balls.... These are the best things EVER!!!  They are simple to make and kids love them!  We have given these to almost every friend as part of their birthday present along with a $10 dollar bill wrapped in a clear cellophane bag with a cute tag!  Even my 14 year old loves making these, hence the large container full of them!!!  My boys created a fun game with them as well.  They take turns throwing them into the container from quite a far distance to see who can get the most in the containter...
click on the highlighted post to get the directions....

Monday, February 13, 2012

Perfect Storage for Baking Ingredients

I don't know how many of you have storage for your baking ingredients.... maybe some of you do not and don't mind leaving them in their containers.  Well... I was getting really frustrated with all of my containers as they were all different sizes and looked like a mess in my cupboard!  So I started looking at what containers I had on hand and I realized that I had stocked up on GLAD freezer containers to make freezer meals in and I also realized that I had been collecting the HILLSHIRE FARMS lunch meat containers.  So I got thinking and transferred all of my ingredients I use most into the containers!  I then printed off the names of the items onto cardstock and punched them out with my scallop punch and taped them on the front!  Can I tell you how much I love it!!  They stack so nicely and make my cupboard look a little more organized!  The best thing of all is that I didn't have to go out and purchase 8 new containers, I had them all on hand!  LOVE using what I have and saving a little cash!
Here is what I have in the containers...
baking powder
baking soda
turbino sugar
iodized salt
kosher salt

Friday, February 10, 2012

Craft Room (with most things thrifted)

Hello!  So today I thought I would share my craft room with all of you.......  For many years my craft room was in my laundry room.  It worked in there for me but I did feel a little squished!!  When we found out we were expecting our 5th child we decided to add on to our home which has been sooooo fabulous!!  Well because of the add-on I was fortunate enough to claim the front living room as my craft room which is approx 12'x14'!  So I am going to share it with all of you today!  I had to work with very little cash, let me tell you..... so everything in here is pretty much dirt cheap!  So here goes.............. 
 I had a little folding table I picked up at a yard sale for $8 and just threw some yellow $1/yd polka dot fabric over the top of it.........It hides my TO DO projects underneath it!  The sheets you see hanging in the back hide all of my craft stuff.  They were $3 bucks  a piece from Wal Mart!  Those sheets are hanging from a gigantically long wooden dowel!  The cute little turquoise lamp you see hanging is from a thrift shop and did not look like this to begin with....Look here to see the transformation... And the curtains are from IKEA and were dirt around $4!!
 Here is my computer corner which has a desk that I found at a thrift shop for $30.  It was hideous!!!!!!  So I repainted it white and its needs a little touch up so dont look to closely (he he) The large black frame on the wall behind the desk was once a butter yellow with no glass ($3 at a yard sale).  I turned it into a message board which is very handy!!  The chair was free and it was UGLY so I recovered it in some adorable Amy Butler fabric I found at a thrift shop for $2 for 2 yards!!!!!!!!  I had to add some cute color so I whipped out some Martha Stewart paper flowers!  Oh and the thing you see hanging on the wall
 Next is my "sewing center"... The desk you see was once in a bank office that I scored at a yard sale for $15.  It was in good shape so all I did was throw on some white paint and then I spray painted the once brass drawer pulls a silver color which I love!!  The chair was also a fun find at Habitat for Humanity for $12....again did a little quick paint job with pink spray paint!  You've seen the embroidery hoop artwork everywhere I'm sure but I love that look!  So I checked out my local thrift shops and sure enough that had a ton of them for like 25 cents!  So I used my left over fabric scraps and put them inside the hoops and hung them with push pins!  The filing cabinet was given to me by my precious mom in law... it will be painted white very shortly!
Here is my deal of a lifetime.... The turquoise piece was a piece of junk that I found at a yard sale for $10!!!  So I came home and painted it with some really cool turquoise paint!
And here is all the STUFF I have hidden behind the sheets also in the photos below!!!  Lets see, we have scrapbook stuff, fabric, wrapping paper, ribbon, big shot and dies, stamps and other misc.....  If you are wondering about the shelves, they are tongue and groove pine that would typically be used for your ceiling!  We had a friend that built these for his wife for their basement and they ended up moving and he sold them to us for what he paid for them which was around $150!  LOVE THEM!!

Hopefully I have inspired some of you with finding deals in your area!  Look around your house too, you never know what you will find that you can use in another spot!!
Hope you enjoyed the tour of my craft/sewing/computer room!!!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A New Childrens Book Called The Humongous Fungus.........

My sister has a friend that just published a new childrens book called "The Humongous Fungus".  It looks like such a FUN book!!  It is written by a mother-daughter team and they are Jennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole.  It is illustrated by Michele Anderson. Here is what this cute book is all about:

         There’s some­thing rot­ten in the town of Better-Than-Best, and it’s not your stinky socks! 
Better-Than-Best is one of the pret­ti­est, lit­tle towns you ever could enter, with all of the houses fac­ing the cen­ter, and then the humon­gous fun­gus comes. It’s black and it’s thick, and it’ s mak­ing them sick! Ick! Some of it got on a hockey stick and all over poor Char­lie Twoodle’s noo­dles. Who can they call? What can they do? Things go from bad to worse when they call in Bub­ble­head Bing­ham Blue, an expert from Tim­buktu, who claims to have the cure in the bot­tom of his shoe.
Doesn't this sound like such a fun read for your kids??
If you would like to purchase a copy of this book go here!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Simple Valentine Ideas!

Super Cute Valentine Ideas from Country Living.........

Friday, February 3, 2012

Nutella Ice Cream Pops!!!

So I saved this recipe on my pinterest the other day because they looked so yummy!!  I went groecery shopping last night and picked up some Nutella just so I could try these!!!  I am just about to whip these out and CAN NOT WAIT!!!  I had to share this simple recipe that came from here!
1 c. Nutella
6 bananas
Blend in a blender til smooth and then pour them into popsicle molds!  (it's not really ice cream but it supposedly tastes like it:)
Let me know if you try them!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Fun Cookbook for Kids!

 I was at my friends house awhile back and we were discussing kids and cooking.... she showed me this adorable cookbook she has for her boys and that they love cooking the recipes in it! Well of course what do I do??? I run home and get on AMAZON right away and order one for my "future chef" Turner for Christmas! He loves it! Well while the kids were at school yesterday my little Max and I got busy.... we whipped up some fruity oat bars bars from the cookbook and they were AMAZING!! (recipe below)  The kids gobbled them up like there was no tomorrow!!

 My sweet little helper, Max, playing with some whole wheat flour!  He loved making little designs with his fingers... he he he

Here they are.... ready to be cut and devoured!            

1 c dried apricots
2 Tbl water
2 1/3 c whole wheat flour
1 c oats
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 c turbino sugar
2 Tbl light corn syrup
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease 8 inch baking pan.  Add apricots and water to blender and process until they are a puree.  Set aside.  Put flour, oats, and salt in a bowl and stir utnil combined.  Melt butter, sugar, and syrup over low heat until butter has melted.  Pour this wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until combined.  Press half of this combined mixture into the pan then spread the apricot puree over that and then add the remaining half of the oat mixture and press it over the top of the puree.  Bake for 25-30 mins or unitl oats are golden on top.  Cut into squares and ENJOY!!!