Thursday, July 23, 2015

Baby Shower Decorations

Y'all know I love a good theme! So, I jump at the opportunity to make unique and 
personalized decor for parties and events…especially baby showers! 
Here are a few easy craft ideas for your next baby shower:

Top Left: DIY Dollar Tree corsage for Mom to Be [see assembly details in pictures below]
Top Right: Dollar Tree baby bottle centerpieces [see more pictures below] 
Bottom: Scrapbook paper banner 

[For the mom to be]
Supplies: Bow & ribbon set, pacifiers (both from Dollar Tree)
Felt, pins (both from Hobby Lobby)

Remove sticky backing from bow and ribbon, leaving you with two separate pieces

Cut out a small circle from your felt (diameter should be about the length of your pin)

Hot glue pin to felt circle

Hot glue ribbon bunch to back of bow

Hot glue felt+pin piece to back of bow

{Optional} Attach pacifiers for extra touch (I simply threaded the ribbon thru the pacifiers)

Final product!

I also attached Dollar Tree pacifiers to the end of the banner!


Super easy & cute! I followed this tutorial



Baby name banner hung on goal post

Football inspired baby banner

I attached Dollar Tree pacifiers to this banner to coordinate with the decor

These banners coordinately perfectly with the baby shower invitations! I was able to find cute scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby then printed out letters & pictures in fonts from the invitations!


Happy Crafting!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bath Toy Organization

I've seen quite a few bath toy organizing ideas on Pinterest. The one I see most frequently is: hanging an additional shower curtain rod opposite your existing rod and hang baskets (to house the toys) on it via shower curtain rings. I was strongly considering this idea but realized I wouldn't enjoy picking the toys up from the tub then reaching up to the baskets (we have a lot of toys, so this would take a while). Plus, my kids wouldn't be able to help clean up the toys as they can't reach where the rod would hang. So I came across another novel idea...hang baskets with command hooks (that way you can take the baskets down to dump the toys out for bathtime, hang them during the bath, pull them back down to put toys away (with the help of your kiddos), then hang them back up to drain the toys after bathtime. (I think we'll drill some holes in the bottom of the baskets to get maximum draining results).
Here's how it turned out:

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Sausage Biscuit Bites & Brown Sugar + Honey Banana Muffins

My husband's office rotates who brings breakfast in every Friday. 
I always enjoy trying new recipes when it's his turn in the rotation (which is this week).
This week, it was h

I've been eyeing Plain Chicken's Sausage Biscuit Bites on Pinterest for quite some time now, and this was the perfect opportunity to try them out (you know, so that I didn't eat all 40 bites by myself)!

2 (10 count) cans flaky biscuits (Grands Jr)
1 lb sausage (Tennessee Pride)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

-Preheat oven to 400.
-Mix uncooked sausage and cheese gently until well blended. Shape into 40 balls of equal size.
-Remove biscuits from cans and separate each biscuit into two layers, making 40 total biscuit layers. 
-Press one layer of biscuit into cup of lightly greased mini-cupcake pan. Repeat with remaining layers.
-Place sausage-cheese ball in each biscuit cup (make sure you press the sausage ball down into the biscuit cup vs. simply setting it on top). Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until biscuits are browned and sausage balls are bubbly.

And here's what you get.....


Thank you, Plain Chicken, for posting this recipe!

I also had some ripe bananas, so I decided to make these yummy banana muffins! 

2 large ripe bananas, peeled
1/2 c (1 stick) butter
1 c brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

      Preheat the oven to 375. Line 12 cup muffin tin with liners. 
      Put the bananas in a large, microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Add the butter and microwave 20 seconds at a time until the butter is softened but not melted. (It is fine if a little bit of it melts).
      Using a potato masher to mash the bananas and butter together until there isn't a lot of lumpiness left.
      Thoroughly stir in the sugar, beaten egg, milk, vanilla extract, and salt.
      Place a sieve over the bowl and fill it with the flour, baking power and baking soda. Sift the contents into the wet ingredients, trying to stir the sieve as you go to distribute the leaveners. *I did not do this step! I went straight to the next one:)
      Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Stop when they are just moistened to avoid tough muffins.
      Distribute the batter into the tins. *I topped batter-filled tins with drizzled honey and brown sugar! Bake until dark brown, and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out dry, rotating once about halfway through baking. Total baking time in my oven was about 15 minutes.

    And here's what you get...
    Yummy! The honey and brown sugar makes for a delicious sweet & crunchy top!

Thank you, PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers for sharing this recipe!

And here's my husband's cute set-up at work...can you tell he's an architect?

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Skinny Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps

I love hamburgers! Unfortunately, they're usually not Weight Watchers/diet friendly. And, I'm a little burnt out on veggie burgers. So, I was super excited to find a recipe for a WW/diet friendly cheeseburger option! I loved it and, surprisingly, so did my husband and 19 month old son!

  • 1 pound ground beef (I used 93/7)
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes (I used fresh, chopped onion)
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 5 100 calorie wraps (I use Flatout Wraps)
  • 5 slices sharp american cheese (I used Sargento 40 calorie/slice Provolone)
  • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup of romaine lettuce (I used lettuce shreds)
  • Additional ketchup & mustard
  1. In a medium skillet coated with cooking spray, cook the beef on medium until almost cooked through but still a little pink (about 7-10 minutes). 
  2. Add worcestershire, ketchup, grated parmesan, dried onion flakes, salt, and pepper to the beef. Mix together until thoroughly combined.
  3. Continue cooking until beef is cooked all the way through and is no longer pink.
  4. Turn on indoor grill to 350 (I used my Calphalon griddle pan on the stovetop)
  5. In the center of the wrap place a slice of cheese and ½ cup of the beef mixture. Add tomato and lettuce. Then, add some ketchup and mustard.                                                                                              
  6. Roll the wrap and place seam side down on grill (griddle). I added an additional piece of cheese to act as a "glue" to keep the wrap nice and sealed! Once there are nice grill marks turn over. Grill for another 2-3 minutes then remove.
  7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the rest of the wraps.

YUM YUM YUM! I served with sweet potato fries (which I dip in a mixture of ketchup & mayo...ahh-mazing!) and fresh fruit!

**Weight Watchers: with two slices of cheese on my wrap plus the sweet potato fries, this meal was 9 points plus!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Easy DIY Spring Wreath

To make this cute spring wreath you'll need: one wreath form (I bought a wooden one from Dollar Tree), yarn, ribbon, and any accessories you'd like on your wreath (I used a flower pin).

You'll just need to wrap your yarn around the entirety of the wreath form (patience is a virtue here, folks!) Then, tie your two ends of yarn (start & finish pieces) together on the back of the wreath. Attach any accessories/decorative pieces (again, mine is a floral pin). 

You can also decorate your wreath hanger with a fun, bright ribbon for an added pop of color! 

Voila! You're done! And your door is ready for Spring!

Happy Crafting!

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Super Easy Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Are you ready for a SUPER EASY and SUPER DELICIOUS 
recipe that requires less than 5 minutes of prep time?
Well, here you go!...

Start with a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. 
We love Sweet Baby Ray's and, BONUS, it's SUPER CHEAP at Wal Mart!

Place a bag of frozen chicken into your crock pot.
Pour entire bottle of BBQ sauce over the chicken.

Cook for 6-8 hours on low (mine is always done after 5-6 hours).

This is what you will see after 5-6 hours.

After the chicken is done, put it into a bowl, and...


Place the shredded chicken back into the crock pot, stir it up to ensure it's nice and saucy! Warm it for 30+mins. Then, serve it on buns for sandwiches or over lettuce for a delicious salad!

We always eat it all before getting a final picture! :) It's that good!
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Super Sunday Savings

We all know how much I love a good sale. Well, let's be honest...I prefer a CLEARANCE!
 I happened to stumble upon these great deals while out for a Sunday stroll. Check them out!

This ruffled mint top was $12.99, but check out the Clearance price I paid: $3.88!
This scoop neck red top was $10, but I only paid $3!
That's 70% savings!

This orange, pink, and striped bottom color block tee retails for $78, sells for $29.99 at Loehmann's, was on sale for $24.98 and was on additional 70% clearance. 
How much did I pay for this fabulous top? Only $7.49!!
The white blouse with mint detailing retails for $68, sells for $29.99 at Loehmann's, was on sale for $21.98 and was on additional 50% clearance. So, I only paid $10.99!
The sleeveless cardigan (which I've already worn twice since Sunday), retails for $48, sells for $19.99 at Loehmann's, was on sale for $14.98 and was on additional 50% clearance. That's right, I got this super fabulous piece for $7.49!

The receipt doesn't lie...I saved $168.03 off department store prices!
*I hardly ever shop at Loehmann's..but when I see the RED Clearance signs, 
I know I can find a great bargain!

While Ross' prices are lower than department/big name stores, I hate paying "full price" for their clothing items. So, I keep a close eye on the clearance racks. I found this super comfy navy and gray sweater dress (perfect with leggings and boots!) It retails for $29, sells at Ross for $8.99 and was on clearance for $6.49! That's 78% savings off the retail price!

Although sale/clearance racks often appear overwhelming, they REALLY are worth the look! 
You never know what great deals you will find!

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