7.15.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#273)

Was I the only one that did not know this?

Tip #273

I picked up this tip last week when using a recipe for Super Laundry Sauce. The recipe called for you to screw a mason jar onto your blender blade and I was like, what?

From Real Simple, "Many detachable blender blade assemblies screw right onto a regular mouth Mason jar. Don't fill it by more than half, though, and as with any regular blender, avoid very hot liquids." 

Basically a poor man's Magic Bullet...you are welcome...now go make me a smoothie, or a milkshake, ooh, how about some salsa?

7.10.2014

White & Gold Geometric Necklace

A few wooden geometric beads, some white and gold paint, add chain and you have a fresh summer necklace. You could swap the chain for some colored thread, or suede cord, even T-shirt yarn, for different looks. And as a bonus, the beads came in a set of 25, so plenty more to paint in other colors and make more necklaces!

Beads sold here.

Do you do any summer crafting?

7.09.2014

You Have To Make This!

I have to apologize in advance to Jill because she is working like a beast to get birthday bikini ready (and she will absolutely make her goal!)...so Jill, I still love you the most, but stop reading...everybody else? Go make It's Always Autumn's S'mores Pizza now! It is that ding dang good. We savored it along with perfect weather, dinner on the grill, berry picking, great friends, and fireworks on the 4th.


And because I know you need something to get you over this hump day, here are a few pics of my little firecracker on the 4th!


7.08.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#272)

As we gear up for potty training around here, we are also beginning to teach proper hand washing technique.

Tip #272

Waste not, want not and it's never too early to teach children to conserve. We'll be putting this tip to use to avoid wasting soap!

From Kids Activities Blog, "Limit soap by twisting rubber bands around the pump nozzle.  When the kids push the pump they can only get a small dollop of soap, the perfect amount for small hands."

7.03.2014

While She Naps...


I'm working on sewing summer clothes for her, planning her 2nd birthday party (read losing brain cells to Pinterest), turning this Mexico souvenir T-shirt into a romper for a sweet baby boy, painting beads for a geometric necklace, creating faux Scrabble art, and catching up (read printing and sorting through 6 months worth of photos, mementos, and journal notes) on my Project Life scrapbook for 2014.

Do you have any extra down time in the summer? How do you spend it?

7.01.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#271)

Did you know that more pets are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year?

Tip #271

Take precautions to keep your pets safe and enjoy the holiday!

The Lazy Pit Bull shares some great tips to ensure that your pet enjoys the 4th festivities as much as you. Have fun and stay safe!

6.30.2014

It's Finally Here...

summer vacation! I have never been so excited to see a school year come to an end. 

Learning a new operating system this year, full of kinks and setbacks, has made me feel like a hamster in a wheel...spinning, spinning, spinning but never getting anywhere. The bomb that they dropped on me last week with the news that I am being moved from my 2 small elementary schools to a larger middle school was just about enough to send me over the edge. 

I know nothing about middle school scheduling and my dream of starting the year feeling like I had a little better understanding of the system is now gone, knowing it will be a whole new world on August 1st.....so until then, fun with my girl, extra time with the Rev and no school talk! Bring on Elise's Summer Bucket List - there is fun to be had and memories to make!

6.24.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#270)

Are your kids already bored with summer?

Tip #270

From Dave Ramsey, "Why travel 1,000 miles away for fun and relaxation when there's stuff to do right around the corner? Be proactive about finding free activities around your town."


"Not all of them will be highly publicized, but with a little investigation, you could find the hidden gem that could be the highlight of your summer. A town nearby possibly has free outdoor movie nights, museum days, greenways, libraries, festivals and so much more. Invite the neighbors or your group of friends along as well." Other great summer money saving tips from Dave Ramsey here.

6.23.2014

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

We changed our format for the Cake Slice Bakers this month so that we have the option of choosing from 4 cakes to bake. You all know that I picked chocolate! I baked up this quick and easy Sour Cream Chocolate Cake from Carole Walter's Great Cakes for Father's Day. while the cake was a tad bit dry, the Sour Cream frosting was to die for! It bakes in a 9x13 pan so not many points for presentation but it would be a super easy portable bake for any social gathering.

6.18.2014

Currently...

Listening...to K-LOVE.

Eating...my morning apple (again)....boring.

Drinking...Diet Pepsi - and its a little flat, which is a bummer since I drink it for the bubbles.

Reading...emails.

Wearing...black crop pants, white T, black & white scarf, Sanuk yoga mat flip flops (they are so comfy!)

Feeling...tired and cranky.

Needing...the last 8 days of this work year to pass at warp speed...so ready for a month long break!

Wanting...to get some sewing projects completed this week.

Thinking...that I need to make a list...any list...checking stuff off always makes me feel better...

Enjoying...Elise's emerging vocabulary, especially when she brings me her coloring book and crayons and says "Sit here," - it means she wants to sit beside me, these still moments are getting rare, so I have to cherish them!

6.17.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#269)

Elise loves watermelon...I do not love the mess it makes.

Tip #269

Use this ingenious cutting method and cut down on mess and waste!


Mama Say What has the full step by step guide, but the basic principle is that you cut your watermelon in half, lay it cut side down, cut 1 inch slices, rotate and cut 1 inch slices again, creating watermelon sticks. Love it!

6.13.2014

Influenster VoxBox: T.L.C.

I received my 2nd box of free goodies from Influenster and wanted to share it with you!


What is Influenster? Straight from their website:


Influenster [in-floo-uhn-ster]
noun
"An exclusive online community where tastemakers and trendsetters come to share the latest and greatest news, places, products, and reviews with each other. 2. The hotspot you just bookmarked on your web browser that turns your social influence into sweet rewards."

"Basically, Influenster is a place for culture junkies to come together and share their unique opinions of products and experiences. Active members of Influenster get exclusive access to deals, promotions, and swag from brands that thrive off the input (the good, the bad, and the ugly -- they just want to know what's up)."

Included in my T.L.C box were a bar of Ivory Soap, a travel size package of Puffs tissues, a Shell Fuel Rewards card, Avon Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother, Neopsporin Neo to Go!, and a coupon for a free Breyers Gelato Indulgence.


The box this time is targeted for Moms and two of the Mom things, the tissues and the Neo to Go excite me most! I have Elise's diaper bag sorted with pouches - 1 for extra clothes, 1 for small toys and coloring tools (a must for dinners out!) and 1 for 1st aid/hygiene items. We already use the Puffs travel packs in that pouch and I have band aids, but I've been needing to get some Neosporin, and I love that this comes in a non-messy application.

That bar of Ivory might be the jump start that I need to make my own laundry detergent. Gas is my biggest gripe lately, so a card like the Shell Fuel Rewards card that can save me 3 cents a gallon is a winner. A long week at VBS is going to be capped off perfectly by some Gelato, I'm thinking maybe the Triple Chocolate variety. Since I'm still adjusting to being 40 and I've just mentioned that I am struggling to survive VBS week, I won't even address the wrinkle smoother....

6.11.2014

Oh, Well...

Last week, the Rev comes bolting out of the backyard and interrupts Elise and I (we were enjoying popsicles and water play) to announce that we are not allowed to go in the backyard for any reason. OK, no problem, I never go back there....it backs up to woods and there are all kinds of non-domesticated animals that make noise back there.

When he came back, he was pretty upset. Apparently there is an old well in the backyard that must have previously been capped. The cap, we are guessing, finally eroded and fell in, leaving a gaping hole close to 2 feet wide. A hole that Elise could have fallen in and never been found. Certainly we don't let her play outside by herself, but just the knowledge that this hole was there and the realization of what could have been was alarming. We should have been told about the well 7 years ago when we bought the house, not left to discover it on our own.

The Rev started digging around the well, trying to get it clear for an accurate measurement so that we can have a cap made. That unearthed a yellow jacket's nest (the Rev is allergic) and meant that this city girl had to sneak out with the Rev under the cover of night and hold the flashlight so that he could pour gasoline on the nest....I am so not cut out for this country living thing....


6.10.2014

Tipsy Tuesday (#268)

Elise loves being outside...and mosquitoes love her Mommy...

Tip #268

Try these home remedies when those pesky little suckers make a meal out of you.


I'm filing away these home remedies from WonderHowTo to help me make it through the summer! Maybe I'll play mad scientist and try them all out so that I can report back to you on the best one. I love that I have pretty much all of these items on hand, too, so low cost - more money for summer fun!

6.06.2014

DCB Recipe #43: Mexican Sour Cream Rice

A new side for our favorite Skinny Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos. I modified this recipe to suit our tastes and to create a one dish side using the Deep Covered Baker. It was good, I'll add a little extra taco spice and cilantro next time, but it was very filling and easy to make. Give it a try and let me know what you think!


Mexican Sour Cream Rice

1 cup water
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 cup uncooked minute rice
1 cup sour cream
1 can yellow corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (I used 1 tablespoon dried)
1 teaspoon taco seasoning
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
Optional: 4oz. can of green chiles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (don't skip the preheat since you will be putting a warm baker into the oven, no preheating could cause your baker to crack!)

Place bouillon cube and water in DCB, microwave uncovered for 4 minutes or until water boils.

Remove and stir in rice, cover and let sit 5 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.

Stir in sour cream, corn, beans, seasonings, and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Mix well.

Top with remaining cheese and bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly.

Note: If you want a little more spice in this one, add the can of chopped green chiles when you add the sour cream and vegetables.