Monday, May 30, 2011

It's Hipstamatic

I'm usually a little late discovering new technology.  One of my girlfriends recently introduced me to the Hipstamatic app for the iphone.  I love the effect.

I started out taking pictures of the boys.

Then moved on to their toys.  A framed grouping of these in the playroom would be interesting.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tropical Smoothie

Last weekend one of my pregnant girlfriends shared that she had the most amazing virgin pina colada while she was in Hawaii.  I'm not going to Hawaii any time soon and it was 11:00 am when I was reminded of her story and started dreaming of pina coladas.  The boys and I came up with our own version and called it a smoothie.  Here's what you need:

I realize pina coladas don't have bananas in them.  I just threw one in for nutritional value. 
(recipe below)

Throw it all in the blender...

Blend 20 seconds or until smooth...

Future pina colada lovers:

Tropical Smoothie Recipe

1 cup of fresh or canned pineapple
1 ripe banana sliced 
1/3 cup of plain or vanilla yogurt
1 cup of Vanilla flavored coconut milk (I used Silk)
1 - 2 cups of ice

Throw everything in a blender and blend 20 seconds or until smooth.  Rum optional.  

Monday, May 23, 2011

Baby Shower

I was in Dallas last weekend for 48 hours to help host a baby shower for my dear friend Marissa.  We have known each other since we were four years old.  I'm grateful to have her as a friend and anxiously await the arrival of her baby boy!

Instead of buying cupcakes for the shower, we opted to make them ourselves.  We made buttercream frosting from scratch but used a box of cake mix for the cupcakes.  Just a tip I learned from Paula Deen - when using a box of cake mix and it calls for water, use melted butter instead.  It makes for an incredible cupcake.  We used cupcake toppers with the silhouette of a baby rattle on them.

We set out dishes of candy in the living room where Marissa would be opening her gifts.   

We didn't play an games, but asked guests to share their best name suggestion.  Marissa read all of the names aloud before opening gifts.  

We scattered tissue paper pom poms throughout the house.  Click HERE for the tutorial.

Paper globes hung from the mantel.  Click HERE for the tutorial.

And on their way out, guests had a choice of southern pecan ground coffee or maverick blend coffee beans.  

It was a great shower and I can't wait to meet Baby J!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Snack Time

The boys were in charge of bringing a snack for their preschool class last week.  Last time we made homemade Pop-Tarts that I need to revisit soon.  This time we decided to make our own party mix.  

We started with all of our favorite things ... Cap'n Crunch, peanuts, marshmallows, reese's pieces pretzels, and golden raisins.  I threw the raisins in because I felt I needed something healthy in there.  

I let the boys measure everything out into small bowls.  There was lots of snacking going on during the entire process.  

It was tough to get them to put the reese's pieces down.

Stirring it up...

Here's how it turned out.  

We bagged it up in snack bags and hauled it to school the next day.  According to the teachers, it was a big hit with the kiddos.  You can never go wrong with Cap'n Crunch and marshmallows.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Vintage Prints

I needed something to fill a blank space on a wall in my guest room.  I found my inspiration at Target, naturally.  I loved these prints and the small frames were the perfect size for my space.  

The colors were too bright for my room, so I made my own version: 

If you want to make your own you will need the following:

*5x7 frames from the dollar store - These were red and I spray painted them black.  If you end up spray painting your frames, put a coat of spray primer on them first.
*Scrapbook paper cut down to the size of your frames
*Vintage prints - These are from The Graphics Fairy
*Glue stick or spray adhesive 

I printed my graphics out on ivory colored scrapbook paper and then cut them down to size.  

Then I glued them on to the scrapbook paper, let them dry, and popped them into the frames.  So easy!

Here they are on the wall:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Bookshelf into Closet Storage

 We have a good sized closet, but it's all hanging space.  I wanted storage for stacking jeans, hats, and tops.  I found this sad looking bookshelf at a garage sale in February.  

I didn't get around to painting it until March because it was -20 outside, or at least it felt like it was that cold.  When it finally warmed up, I sprayed the entire bookshelf with Kilz primer and sprayed the exterior and shelves with Krylon Semi-Gloss White and painted the back of the bookshelf with what I thought was gray.  As it turns out, when a paint color has the word gray in the name, don't expect it to be that color.  I used Martha Stewart's Sharkey Gray--which is actually more of a taupe color.

The paint bled under the tape a little so I decided to "shanty" it up (as the S2S girls would say).  Using fine grade sandpaper, I distressed the edges and distressed around the Sharkey Gray paint.  It made my paint mistake look more intentional.

Here it is in the closet:

Steve came home from work and saw it parked next to his dresser in the closet.  It was quickly moved to my side of the closet and now resides behind the closet door.  I'm just happy to finally have everything where I can see it and not stuffed in a drawer in my bedroom.  Oh, and it won't look this organized for long.  I give it a month.  Steve gives it a week.  

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring Projects

It's starting to feel like spring here and I have a few spring projects on  my radar.  Here are a few things I'm interested in tackling this season:

Why not bling out some flower pots?  The gemstones in the picture are made by baking clay in a gemstone mold.  

I'm hosting a baby shower this month and thought these globes would make great decorations.  These are made from recycled paper.

I also want to craft a banner similar to this one for the shower:

And then I'll add some tissue paper pom-poms.   Here's a shot of some in the window of a store in Sydney.  

Click here for a how-to on tissue paper pom poms.  My sister-in-law introduced these to me last year.  They are a great addition to any party.

Monday, May 2, 2011


I stumbled across a new blog last week and it's all about food.  I'm going to share it with you and hope that you cook me a recipe from it the next time I stay at your house.  This is just a glimpse into How Sweet It Is

Jessica recommends that you spread it on warm maple bacon scones or hot blueberry muffins or pancakes. You could even use it to make cookies.  Delicious.

I think this would be great for a kid's birthday party (with some parental assistance). 

No campfire required.

She also has some savory recipes on her blog:

I would serve this to my family and call it dinner.  

Check out the rest of Jessica's creations at How Sweet It Is.