Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Blogland Tour

Hey, I’m back! We’ve had a big learning curve with this whole, wake-up-at-a-certain-time-get-ready-and-out-the-door preschool thing. haha. I mean, come on, I never had to be anywhere at a specific time so we just woke up when we woke up. That has come to an end!
Kimono2Anyway, I’m excited that my friend Natalie from Pistashio Road asked me to do the Blogland Tour with her. Natalie and I met in college and have since reconnected through blogging, which is awesome. Natalie is super talented, check out this adorable and stylish DIY Kimono she made. It has me going through my fabric stash to make one for me!
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The Blogland Tour 2014

1. What am I working on?
Now that’s the million dollar question. I have a Lowe’s gift card burning a hole in my pocket, but some of my projects have been cancelled or altered due to some recent life changes. I have been building some table legs for our dining room table. They need to be stained and attached, I’ve just been waiting for cooler weather before working in the garage. I have some ideas just forming for some fall decorations. It’s hard to think about fall though when it’s still 100 degrees. I would like to plant a fall garden, but we shall see about that.
I'm working on a post about cloth diapers, breastfeeding, sugar addiction, and nighttime routines. I just have to find some time to work on them. 
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, I really like to be frugal about my projects. I try to work with what I have already to accomplish something unique. I also really enjoy working with power tools and building things. I think my favorite project recently was my DIY Baby Gate. I loved using what I had on hand – a crib rail- and figuring out how to use it effectively as a baby gate.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I really enjoy creating things, but sometimes I need a motivation. I love when I can inspire someone to reuse, create, or build something that they didn’t know they could. So I guess I’m motivated by the possibility of inspiring others to be creative, live healthier, be happier, all that. I also figure, I’m going to be doing these projects anyway, why not share them? It’s fun and I’ve met a bunch of fun people through blogging.
4. How does your writing/ creating process work?
I basically just go through my to do list. Sometimes I’ll skip around or have an idea that I just want to do right away. I also try to think of projects that will save other moms money, time, or their sanity. You know tips and trick to make each day a little smoother. So if I have one of those ‘Ah Ha’ moments, I’ll write it down and use that as a topic to write about. I want my blog to be uplifting and inspirational.
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The Blogland Tour continues:
I’m really excited to introduce two friends who I adore. I actually met them both within the last year and we’ve just had a blast getting to know each other, hanging out, having play dates, and just being goofy!
Christy from Fresh Mix Momma
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Hi!  My name is Christy. I am a military wife and a work-at-home mom of a beautiful little girl.
I love all things coffee, travel, music and outdoors.  I strive to live a healthy and try to help others live healthier.  Although I try to be healthy, I also indulge in yummy treats … I find that to have balance, you have to have a good mix of give & take.
My hope in creating “Fresh Mix Momma” is to give moms a chance to sit, relax and escape everyday stresses.  Giving others tips/tricks, travel advice, DIY, recipes and more.
So if you need a break, this is it.  Let this be a breath of fresh air!
Rachael from Fick Family Fun
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Hi! My name is Racheal. I am wife and mother to three
terrible, crazy, wonderful kids!
I have Multiple Sclerosis, and my youngest has Cystic Fibrosis.
Everyday I am learning to survive and thrive through motherhood. I try to not take days for granted. Each one is something to cherish! Whether or not that happens is a different story, let’s be real. I always love my kids, I don’t always like them.
I love to read, go out with my mom friends, cuddle with my kids under the covers, and I am pretty sure I have an addiction to…. CHOCOLATE!!!
If you are a mom, or maybe not,  but you want to laugh your tail off, you have come to the right place. The stuff I write about I wish I could make up…
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rainbow Tulle Tutu

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Is she not the cutest thing EVER?! ok I might be a little biased, but seriously, my little girl is growing up. She’s going to be 1 year in just 9 days! ahhh! I doubt we’ll do much more than a family dinner, maybe a homemade cake…we’ll see.

But even if we don’t do a party, I wanted to make her something cute to wear. I had this tulle leftover from the Easy No Sew Tutu Crib Skirt so it didn’t cost me a penny, my favorite kind of craft! Smile

So here’s what I did. I cut the tulle in 10” strips. It’s doubled over here
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so then you cut it down the crease to make two pieces.
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For the waistband I used 1” elastic and all you do with that is cut it to size plus 1”. Then sew the tow ends together with a straight stitch.
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Loop the tulle around the elastic and pull the end through the loop.
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Continue that all the way around varying the colors and you’ll end up with a super cute tutu.

Here are some of the ‘outtakes’ from trying to photograph Cadence in her tutu…
You can tell she has older brothers. She loves planes and she ‘flies’ them over her head and even makes the flying noises.
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Or there’s this…lol more she’s learned from her brothers.
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No words, just smiles! :)

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What did you do for your child's 1st birthday? A big party or just a family gathering?

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Crockpot Chocolate Rice Pudding with TruMoo!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
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When I was in college, I found this really amazing shop. I don’t remember who told me about it or who I first went there with, but it was a rice pudding shop. It was amazing! There were different flavors and different toppings. Unfortunately the shop went out of business or moved, but I couldn’t find another place like it. I was so sad!

Fast forward several years and I really haven’t had rice pudding since. I was given the challenge by TruMoo to make something yummy with their milk. Did you know TruMoo doesn’t use high fructose corn syrup to sweeten their milk? Yup, and no artificial growth hormones are used on the cows they get the milk from! TruMoo comes in chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and coffee!
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Crockpot Chocolate Rice Pudding
4 1/2 cups chocolate milk, such as TruMoo Chocolate Milk
1/2 cup cream (optional, I used it because my local store only had 1% chocolate TruMoo, if you find the whole milk you will not need this)
1 Cup Arborio Rice
1/2 sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
a pinch of salt
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
Stir all ingredients together in the crockpot and put on low for 4 hours.

Transfer to bowls and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
There you go, I hope you enjoy. You could even use some chocolate chips to top it or fruit as a mix in. I drizzled a tiny bit of chocolate syrup on top. Yum!

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