Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monogram Door Hanger

I found this cute door hanger from Michael's. A perfect accessory for any little nursery! 

Wall Hanger: Michael's

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rustic Candle Holder DIY

  I love fall/winter decorations and I love candles. However the same old candle can get boring after a while. So here's how to make this rustic candle holder! A perfect addition to your seasonal decor!

What You'll Need:
- Medium Sized Sticks
-Glass Vase (I found mine at Michael's for about $3)
-Glue Gun

Step one: Remove any extra bark from sticks. Cut your sticks to the same length. It doesn't need to be exact. I made mine about a quarter inch longer than the length of my glass vase. 

Step Two: Arrange the sticks randomly, as to mix up the varying lengths. 

Step Three: Using a hot glue gun, apply a thin strip of glue to each stick and apply to the glass vase.

Step Four: Work your way around the whole vase and finish applying the sticks. 

Step Five: Tie off with a ribbon to complete the look! Just a tip: I prefer wired ribbon because you can bend and shape it just the way you want it!


Monday, October 29, 2012

What I'm Loving Now!

Sticky Bellies! 

I love sticky bellies! Stick them on your little one each month and watch them grow! It's a great way to document your baby's changes from month to month during the first year of their life. They also have them to track your pregnancy too!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Slow Cooker Favorites - Cantonese Dinner

One of my husbands favorite dinner's is this easy and very delicious dinner! I can't take credit for the original recipe, but this doctored up version I can! This meal is one your family will be asking for again and again! 

 Cantonese Dinner

     2 pounds of chicken cut into strips
     2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
     1 onion thinly sliced
     1 (4.5 ounce) can of mushrooms, drained
     1 (8 ounce) can tomato soup
     3 tablespoons brown sugar
     1 1/2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
     1 1/2 teaspoons salt
     2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
     1 green bell pepper cut into strips
     3 carrots peeled and sliced

Add ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on High for 4 hours or on Low for 6 - 8 hours. I prefer to cook on a low temp if time allows. Serve over a bed of rice and enjoy!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"Vintage" Mirror DIY

If you want to know how to get the mirror I have above my little one's changing table its simple and easy!

What You'll need:
- A Mirror
- Spray paint (any color you want!)
- Painters tape
- Paper
- Drop cloth or poly

Step One: Find your Mirror! I've found one I use in my guest bath at a thrift store. The one in my baby's room was from Ikea!

Ikea: UNG DRILL Mirror - $39.99

Step Two: Using painters tape cover up the mirror to avoid getting spray paint. cover the large areas of the middle with paper and use painters tape around the edges. If you are lucky, you may be able to remove the mirror from the frame altogether!

Step Three: Bring the frame to a well ventilated area and place on drop clothe to spray paint. If you are spraying the black frame and trying to make it look pearly white like mine, you will need two colors of spray paint. A white base coat, then top with the pearl white. 

Step Four: Let it dry and hang it up! So Easy and Simple!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Cleaning Tips for Busy People! (I'm talking to you moms!)

The 15 Minute Rule

If you're at all like me, you find you barely have time to clean and the messes seem to be never-ending! Especially, if you have children! Now, I'm not a neat freak, but I try not to be a complete slob either! I find most people fall within the large gray area between the anal retentive cleaners and the folks you see on hoarders. So if you are one of the "gray" people, actually if you're a slob too, listen up!

I've found a simple trick to cleaning up when you don't have time is to set your kitchen timer for 15 minutes. Take those 15 minutes and power clean!!!!!! You will be shocked and amazed at how much you can get done in those 15 minutes!

So, set those timers and happy cleaning!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cutest Hat Ever!

The cutest hat I've seen for little girls this winter! Can't go wrong with Minnie Mouse!

Hat: Babies R Us

Monday, October 22, 2012

Space Saving Changing Table

For a new mom there is nothing better than decorating and designing your little one's nursery. For those of us who have limited space and money, design can sometimes be a challenge. So here's a space saving tip: TAKE OUT THE CHANGING TABLE! 

After you first get your positive pregnancy test it's so tempting to bee line it straight to the store to start picking out furniture. Most stores you will visit will try and get you to buy the works; convertible crib, changing table, dresser, mirror and hutch. But who has all that room? 

Which is why I have made my changing space a convertible area. We used the top of our dresser for a simple and functional changing area. Then when my daughter no longer needs diapers, I'm not stuck with extra furniture!

We simply placed a soft changing pad with a washable cover on one end of the dresser. Then have our diaper caddy handy and small storage tins for those little extras. I also placed a small lamp on the dresser for those late night diaper changes. Having the small lamp keeps light levels low, so that I'm still able to see what I'm doing, but it doesn't fully wake up the baby, helping her go back to sleep quicker. 

Changing Pad: Babies R Us

Diaper Caddy: JJ Cole Portable Diaper Caddy. (Babies R Us) I love this! When our baby was first born she would go through diapers like crazy! It was so easy to just grab this caddy and be able to change her diaper anywhere.

Small Canisters: Michael's. I also love these! I use one for storing grocery bags. You never know when you'll need a grocery bag for those extra full diapers. The other I store little nail clippers, thermometer, nail files, and other little items. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Monogram Pumpkins

How to Make Monogramed Decoupage Pumpkins

Instead of the same old carved pumpkins, this year give your pumpkins a new look!

What You'll Need:
- Pumpkins
- Mod Podge Glue
- Sponge Brush
- Scissors
- Paper

Step One: Cut paper into strips and glue onto a clean and dry pumpkin. Glue on both sides of paper and on pumpkin. 

Step Two: Finish covering the pumpkin with strips of paper. 

Step Three: Cut out an initial in a different colored paper. If you don't have a stencil, print out a letter on computer paper and use it to trace your letter. 

Step Four: Glue Letter to Pumpkin. Use push pins to keep edges down if needed.  

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sweetest Day Card - DIY

Happy Sweetest Day!

Normally, my husband and I don't celebrate Sweetest Day. Maybe it's because my birthday usually falls around that day or because Valentine's Day is enough! However, this year a little birdie told me my husband got me a card. So while my little girl napped I decided to make him one too!

This is by far, the easiest DIY card there is:

What You'll Need: 

- Card Stock/Colored Paper of any kind
- Scissors
- Tape or Glue 
- Extras: Stickers

Step One: Fold one of the papers in half and cut along the fold for a straight line. Then fold one of the halves again. 

Step Two: Cut out a fun shape out of a different colored paper. I cut out a large heart for Sweetest Day!

Step Three: Glue or Tape your shape anywhere on the front of the card. Add a few stickers to the front. 

Step Four: You're Done! Write away!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloween Picture DIY

If you're the creative and crafty type you'll love making your own Halloween backdrop for those Halloween Cards!

It's all about the Costume!
If you're like me, you've been thinking about what your little one will be for halloween for a while now! It's my daughter's first halloween this year and because I'm determined to have a Disney baby, we naturally went with her first princess costume: Snow White.   

(I had to try on the costume as soon as we got it. She wasn't to pleased or in the best mood at the time!)

Here's what you'll need: 
-A Few Yards of Brightly Colored Fabric. (I got my fairly cheap from Walmart)
-Props to go with your little one's costume. (For example, I printed out the seven dwarfs on computer paper and cut them out.) 
-Your little one in costume!

Step One: Lay out the scene in a brightly lit area. Start by laying down blue fabric for the sky or whatever background you are using. 

Step Two: Ground your scene. Unless your baby is dressed up as Superman or an Astronaut, you don't want your child to look like they are floating in the middle of the sky! I randomly folded over green fabric to give it a little dimension and make it look like there might be gentle hills. 

Step Three: Add some background images! Puff up a white sheet to make a three dimensional cloud. Add a sun! I went and grabbed some foliage from outside to make a "tree". Can't have Snow White, without some forest objects. 

Step Four: Add Props! What makes your costume unique? Does your little Mario need mushroom guys? I added the dwarfs and of course, Snow White is never without a few forest animals. I was short on deer for the day, So I used a few printed images of birds and one of my daughters rattles!

Step Five: Once your scene is laid out, all you need is your little one in costume!

Step Six: Here's the tricky part! If you're vertically challenged like me, you will probably need to stand on a step stool or chair to get a great over head shot of the whole scene. Don't worry about take the perfect shot. Snap away and crop/edit later! But be careful! Don't fall on your child! 

Final Result: A fun and unique photo for friends and family!