Archive | July, 2012

My Birthday Girl

21 Jul

Happy Birthday to my little big three year old today!! ❤

To check out a slideshow of my little girl from 0 – now click here: http://snack.to/pz98wj5j

Frame It!

20 Jul

When you don’t know what else to do – FRAME IT! I love these little frames and I’ll continue to make wonders with these things. What better way to show off things you love than framing them for all to see? My little girl is getting her name framed for her birthday party 🙂

Here’s the start:

I’ll be adding ribbon to hang them from – now I just need to decide where to hang them 😀 That’s the best part!!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Balancing Is The Key

19 Jul

Okay so I’ve done a ton of posts on prioritizing my life, making lists that work, starting each day fresh, getting rid of the clutter, saying No to things that aren’t important. Well here’s one about Balancing – because it took me until now to realize that this really is the key to my happiness!

I like to Blog – of course most of you know that by now 😉 what do I like to blog about? I don’t have one interest in particular that stands out. I like a lot of things! I also like to share as much as I can with the world about things that I do like:

Being A Wife:

Because let’s be honest without this man I wouldn’t be the person I am today! But I’m not always a wife. I’m not doing wife duties all day – even though I’m sure Brian would love for me to. There’s only so much cooking, cleaning, and waiting on him I can handle 😉 but let’s be honest, just because I’m not doing wife duties doesn’t mean I’m not his wife.

Being A Mom:

 

You can’t beat being a mom! Especially with someone who’s that much fun! But I’m not always doing Mom things. As much fun as it would be to play cards, puzzles, games, and color all day if I was just a Mom I might lose my mind! I’ve got too many other things that need to be done then just making this little thing smile! But when I’m not doing Mom things, I’m still considered this little sunshine’s Mom.

Crafting:

 

Crafting is one thing I’ll never stop doing. Even if I just do it for myself. I loooove to paint, crochet, sew, fix almost anything. This is my biggest hobby. Would I give up everything else to craft all day – not everything. This is the one thing I need to work hard to balance because too much of it means I’m giving up other things that are just as near and dear to my heart.
Reading:

I love to read. It doesn’t even have to be a specific genre. Just being able to get away and be in a different world for a few hours is one heck of a vacation! This is something I’d never want to give up so it’s obvious I need to balance this in my time. But just because I like to read does not mean that I sit around and read all day!! Are you catching my point?

 

It’s about taking all those things you love and enjoying them all within a balance that makes you happy. So each day I try to fit in every single one of my favorite things. In the morning I do my wife chores, after that I play with my little girl, during nap time I blog or craft or do a little of both, dinner is family time – I get to enjoy being a wife and mom all at once, then night time I get to read. It’s a nice way to enjoy all of the things I like without feeling like one part of me is overwhelming another.

 

I hope you find that balance too!

 

Love Always,

 

Jennifer

 

 

Dum Dum Dum Dum

18 Jul

In case you didn’t catch on – I’ve been playing with Dum Dums!

 

This is one of Emma’s Centerpieces for her Birthday Party 😀 I bought a big bag of 360 dum dums, a ball of styrofoam, and an empty flower pot. As easy as this craft sounds it was definitely a lot harder in many more ways than one! Once you get so many dum dums in the styrofoam it ways the whole thing down and the ball likes to flip out of the pot. You’ve got to keep a hand on the ball to keep it from falling!

 

I also had to resist the urge to eat half of the dum dums 😛 I would definitely say that was the hardest part 😉

Only four more days until Emma’s party and still a few more DIY crafts to go!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Love Always,

J

It’s Not Summer Without You

17 Jul

Book Review of It’s Not Summer Without You– by Jenny Han

Barnes & Noble Overview

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started—at Cousins Beach.

My Review

Jenny Han did it again! It’s a summer unlike any other summer Isabel (Belly) has ever had and with all the change comes endings and new beginnings. Although some are easier than others, some are just down right painful. Belly is growing up so much but at the same time she’s still so young and she finds out that it doesn’t matter how old or young you are – you will always need your mother.

As a second book to the first book – The Summer I Turned Pretty you get a real feel for what it’s like to have people in your life that are more than just friends and how much you’d do to keep them in your life. Fighting for the ones you love and having to let go of others you never thought you’d lose. I flew through this book in two days without any problems and not wanting to put it down. A perfect summer YA read series so far. On to the next one!

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

A Wrap That Will Make Your Mouth Go “O”

16 Jul

This is for that moment when you are sick of the usual foods you are eating, just a plain chicken wrap is driving you insane, and you don’t mind a little bit of kick. And by kick I mean, you don’t mind a little green pepper bite!

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Marinate Time (if preferred): about 3-4 hours

Makes: Two – Three Wraps

Ingredients:

1 large piece of boneless chicken breast

Tortilla Shells

2-3 cups of Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing (Kraft)

1/2 of a small can of Rotel (I used diced tomatoes with green peppers but there’s a ton of choices!)

Chopped Lettuce

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Ranch Dressing

Instructions:

To Marinate –

Put chicken in a zip lock bag with the vinaigrette dressing, seal, and lay in the refrigerator to marinate for 3-4 hours or longer.

Cooking –

Defrost chicken if not thawed completely.

Put a skillet on medium heat and spray Pam or dab a little oil in the skillet.

Dice chicken into cube size pieces.

Throw the chicken in the pan and let it cook for about ten minutes making sure it’s cooked all the way through.

Turn the skillet down to low or warm and add 1/2 small can of Rotel in the skillet.

While it’s simmering chop lettuce and put in a small container with a lid.

Add shredded cheese to the container.

Add Ranch dressing to the container (your preference on how much).

Close the container and shake it up really good so it’s all mixed up and there is a little ranch on every piece!

Pull out your tortilla shell, add chicken & tomatoes, add lettuce mixture, wrap it up & eat!!

If you are anything like me this is what you’re wrap will look like in seconds! ❤ I love a nice change of pace when it comes to food!

This is the kind of meal I always look forward to during lunch. I’ll marinate the chicken in the morning and know it won’t take that long to make – which when you have a toddler is a must! It’s also fantastic for when you are really hungry but don’t want something that heavy to eat. If you aren’t a green pepper fan, you can always do just diced tomatoes or any of the other rotel’s if you are feeling brave!

Hope you enjoy!

Love Always,

J

Sew Paper!? What A Fabulous Idea!

15 Jul

Here’s another sneak peak at something I’m making for Emma’s Birthday Decorations. I gathered up some scrapbook paper I had laying around, a punch I got for Christmas, and made string paper that I’m hoping to hang from the doorway! I’ve seen this idea everywhere but here’s one of my favorites from Pinterest:

So here’s what I did:

 

 

 

Now I just need to make a 100 more 😉 Haha!!

 

Thanks for stopping by,

 

Love Always,

J

Daddy’s Little Girl

14 Jul

It’s obvious that this little girl is just like her daddy.

Living in Fabric

13 Jul

I’ve stored fabric in so many different ways I can’t even begin to explain it! But what I can explain is that if you can’t see it – you’ll forget you have it if you have as much fabric as I do.

This was my previous way of storing fabric. Which was actually working out quite well for me until I moved into my studio and didn’t take this handy cabinet with me..

What happened to that fabric? It got stuffed in under the bed bins like this:

Under both tables you can see boxes and boxes stacked with fabric. One thing that I can’t stand – not being able to see fabric or having to search through, under, and around a pile just to find what I’m looking for. So what was my solution?

Since that old cabinet is filled now with yarn and stock grocery items I had to come up with a better plan. I cleaned off this old shelves we had in storage that were holding paint cans. My dad is building a shelf to put all the cans on so I went ahead and snatched them up, cleaned them, and hauled them to the studio space.

Welcome to my new way of knowing what fabrics I have and where the heck they are! Now if only find a way to stash scraps that are easier to find.. that will be my next thing to tackle 😛

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Pink Puff Preview!

12 Jul

Part one of doing Emma’s Third Birthday party a DIY adventure I am making tissue paper puff’s to hang on the ceiling as well as a centerpiece here and there! I scoped out online the cheapest places to buy tissue paper but was having trouble finding a place that had all three colors. Looking back on it, all three places had free shipping so I’m a dummy and now I’m going to go order the rest online for cheaper 😉

But any who! You can get a pack of 20 sheets of tissue paper for $1.99 at Party City. Most places that show these tutorials say to use 8 sheets of tissue paper. But since mine come in backs of 20 – I used ten. I also think it gives it a “fuller” affect. So if you want to easily calculate how much these suckers are going to cost you – expect about $1.00 a puff! That’s some cheap decorating, especially since these things come out to be about a foot in diameter!

As you can see – instead of making mine completely round – I left the bottom of it a little flat so that it again would make the rest of the fuller as well as sit on a table easily. I still don’t think I’d make them completely round for hanging them unless you want to hang them really low. Mine are going to be pretty close to the ceiling since we have a lot of 6″ tall people and this is a basement apartment!

If you want to see a slideshow tutorial on how to make these – I did a smaller size tutorial a long time ago here: Paper Flower Power

or you can just search on YouTube – Tissue Paper Puff.

If you are interested in DIY decorations, I’ll be posting more as I get them done for Emma’s Birthday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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