Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Art Party

 My daughter turned 6 a few weeks ago. I decided to go with an art theme since she wants to be an artist when she grows up. I found a tutorial on how to make this balloon banner, which I love! I choose colors that were bright and added purple because it's her favorite color, and I wanted it to look a little more girly. I found the tutorial here. I attached the banner to my walls with painters tape. I was surprised it did not fall. We kept it up for a few days too. I bought the balloons and crate paper at Dollar Tree and Target.
 I bought bird houses for the kids to paint from Joann's. They were $1 a piece. The kids really enjoyed it, and it was a great party favor. They also painted paper mask I found at Joann's.

 Sweet Birthday Girl!
 I also bought these aprons from Dollar Tree, and I just hung them on the back of the chairs. The kids also took these home with them.
 I kept the food simple and we just had cupcakes and ice cream.
I loved that there were so many different types of bird houses to choose from, I let the kids pick out their favorite one to paint. The kids also played in the back yard with bubbles, and side walk chalk. Everything else I bought for the party was also from the dollar store, so it was a pretty inexpensive party.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Fab Five on Friday's #1

Fab Five on Friday's

I wanted to start sharing some of my favorite things with you. They may be crafts, tutorials, or products I love. I may also have a theme each week. This week it kind of a mix, with mostly baby stuff. Can you tell baby is on my mind? : ) Hopefully you will find some of these helpful.


1. This rocker makeover is from the Winthrop Chronicles, check out the tutorial here. 
I have never thought of making over a glider this way, and ours really needs it! I can't wait to do something similar in our nursery.


2. How adorable is this light switch plate?! You can purchase it here. It's that perfect little something extra in you little ones room.

3. I love Maybelline Baby lips gloss. It's basically a chapstick/gloss. I love the peach tint, which is in the purple tube. It's easy to put on, you don't need a mirror since the color is so light. It's amazing! It's super moisturizing, and color is awesome. It's a little under $3 at Target and Wal-Mart. I found a $1 coupon for it on the Target website a few weeks ago.  
4.  I love the muslin blankets that are so popular right now. I found this tutorial on Pinterest for this feather print one here.  There is also one on MADE, you can find it here. I've read that you can find the material at Joann's for around $5/yard.
I also love the ones by Aden and Anais ones you can purchase here. I love the peacock feather one, and those medallions are amazing!
mela bamboo swaddles

5. Turban headbands on little girls. SO cute! I need to make some for my girls. I don't know if I'm brave enough, or trendy enough to wear one myself. There are a ton of tutorials on Pinterest for these.

So there you have it, my top 5 fav's for the week. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Easy Dirt Cupcakes

My oldest daughter turned 6 last week!  I can't believe it! 
She wanted us to come to school and bring cupcakes for her class.  My husband 
convinced her she wanted dirt cupcakes.  Okay Dad.  At first I was thinking
could you just have picked something easier, Mommy is still dealing with morning 
sickness all day long.  Labor intensive cupcakes were not sounding very fun.  They ended 
up being extremely easy to make though.  Most importantly my girl loved them, and so did
 the kids in her class. So win, win!

To Make:

I bought chocolate cake mix and followed the directions for cupcakes.
I then iced them with cream cheese frosting.
I put a bunch of oreo's in a plastic bag and crushed them with a mallet. 
I poured the crushed oreo's in a bowl and turned the iced cupcakes upside down and just dipped them till they were dirty enough.
I added a gummy worm for the finishing touches, and that's it!

I will be sharing her Birthday party decorations soon.  She had an Art themed party ( I know nothing to do with worms or dirt, lol!) 
Have a great day!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Comforts Baby Formula Review

I have been thinking about everything I need to get to prepare for our baby coming in early October. 
I want to start out nursing, with my youngest daughter we switched her to formula at six months. Nursing with a one year old running around was just too much for me. We eventually switched her over to a soy based formula because she was fussy. I nursed my oldest daughter for ten months till she stopped growing. I was not producing enough milk so we had to switch her to formula for two months. So I know I need to think about formula in case I will need to use it again.

I was contacted by Comforts Baby to try some formula out. I was surprised to learn about the wide range of formulas they offer. Which is great because every baby has different needs. They offer Premium, Soy Based, Organic, Gentle, Advantage, Toddler, and Tender formulas. You can read more about each one here.  Each one compares to popular brands, but at a better price. If you have ever had a to pay for baby formula you know how expensive it can be. Every little bit of savings is important!

If you are looking into formula for your future babe, or thinking of switching brands check Comforts Infant formula out. 

Comforts Infant formula is available exclusively at:
Ralphs, Kroger, King Scoopers, QFC, Dillons, Fry's, Food4Less, Smith's, and Fred Meyer. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

15 weeks

I was sort of hoping that I would feel better at 15 weeks. I started off the day with my head in the toilet, so no such luck. On the bright side, only 10 days till we find out the gender!
I found some chevron baby flannel at Joann's and I can't wait to make something for the baby. I'm going to wait till I know what colors to buy though. I'm not a gender neutral baby gear type of person. My girls were always dressed in super girly clothes and blankets. 
I am loving these blankets and leggings! Oh my, so cute!!
Little Hip Squeaks is such a cute shop, I love the modern prints!

The maxi skirt I'm wearing was made using this pattern from Leanne Barlow's etsy shop. Luckily I got the pattern back when it was free, yay for me! But it is so worth $12! I have a few skirts I made from the pattern and I love them! They easily stretch to accommodate my belly which is awesome.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Some Good News!

I'm happy to announce I'm pregnant! 
I am almost 15 weeks along, and it is such a huge blessing! 

Two years ago I was diagnosed with a partial molar pregnancy, we found out at 10 weeks. The baby had stopped growing very early on, but I had an irregular growth that was continuing to grow. I had to go through two rounds of chemo to get rid of the cancerous growth in my uterus. Then we had to wait for a year before trying to conceive again. It took longer than expected, and then we found out why. I was going to start clomid the week I found out I was pregnant. So I feel like this is a miracle baby for sure! I am still nervous that something will go wrong. I think after a miscarriage everyone is a little more cautious and worried. But we are praying everything will go well, so far all signs lead to a healthy baby. 
 This is also one of the reasons for the lack of blogging. With my girls I was sick for around 16-17 weeks, and it is the same this time around. So hopefully I will be feeling better soon! We are finding out the gender in two weeks and I am so excited. After that I will be starting some baby projects. We are hoping for a boy since we have two girls and this will more than likely be our last baby, but I'm guessing it's another girl. I just hope the baby is healthy!
Here's a picture from a few weeks ago, I started showing really quick this time around!