Monday, March 24, 2014

Easy Spring Banner

Spring is here!  Yay!!  Now only if the weather would catch up!  I love when Easter falls in April.  It gives me a chance to actually enjoy Easter decorations for a while (after finally getting all of the Christmas decorations put away).  My mantle has been feeling a little empty without stockings, so I wanted to make a cute spring banner to hang on it that I could enjoy all spring long. 

This banner couldn't be easier.  I've been itching to test out my fabric blade for my silhouette, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out.  I used it to cut a bunch of hearts out of fabric I had laying around the house.  If you don't have a silhouette, you can make a stencil or pattern and cut them out by's still really easy to do!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Sugar scrubs are always a great gift and are especially easy to make.  My favorite is the peppermint one, I could use it all year round!  But I needed something to go along with the cute little saying that I transformed for my little one's teachers.  There are tons of recipes for sugar scrubs on Pinterest, but I decided to be creative and add my own flare to it.  Lemon Vanilla Spice.  Yummy!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Keep Calm and Quack On

My college bathroom was all about rubber duckies. I loved how those little yellow ducks brightened up a room and come on, they are adorable. Those ducks stayed with me move after move, from apartment to apartment and even made a debut in our guest bathroom of our house when we moved in.  But as my taste changed, and as I sadly grew up, I thought it was time to say our goodbyes. Well...not totally. I knew someday I would welcome their return...someday when I had the perfect excuse to drag that box down from the attic and bring those shiny little yellow ducks back into our home. You can get away with so much with a kiddo, am I right?

So here they are again! I'm bringing them back...with style!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Organization in Disguise

Our little tike recently became interested in playing "cook" as he calls it.  Santa brought him a play food set for Christmas, but somehow Santa forgot to bring the play pantry to store it all in!

I love the idea of building play kitchens from nightstands and old tv stands and bookcases on pinterest, but unfortunately we just don't have room in our house for something like that...although I would love to have an excuse to build one of those someday!  So after a couple weeks of finding food thrown about the house, I thought I should at least get a bucket or something to store it all in.  I thought I could even slap some burners on the top of the bucket and bam, have a play kitchen.  But as I was walking down the plastic bin aisle at Target, it came to me.  Why not build a play kitchen out of a storage bin with drawers?  It would definitely give us more storage and an opportunity to add to the food collection in the future.  Plus you have the added bonus of toy organization in disguise as a play kitchen.  So I that's exactly what I did!  And for under $20, it didn't hurt the budget either.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

'Tis the season

Where did December go?  Seriously?  If you are anything like me this year, you are just realizing that today is Christmas Eve and all those grand plans you had for Christmas crafts will have to wait another year!  I guess I will have to join the rest of the crazies shopping for Christmas decorations in July to get anything done!

This was kind of a weird year for us.  We celebrated Christmas with my family last weekend so we really lost a week of Christmas preparation, plus now it feels like it's already come and gone!

Pretty much the only crafts I had time for this year was a simple gift for the wonderful teachers and a noel door hanger.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Few Fall Favorites

Immediately following Halloween, fall is over and it's time for Christmas.  All the stores seem to skip right over Thanksgiving.  It makes me sad.  I do love Christmas, but fall should be savored.  You should be able to buy pumpkin cream cheese a week before Thanksgiving!

I'm obsessed with pumpkins and everything pumpkin flavored...aside from pumpkin pie, which is weird.  I don't like it at all.  My challenge this year was to make some of my fall favorites with an allergy free twist.  Some turned out better than others, but just wanted to share some of the best ones!

 Donuts are one of the saddest things my little guy is missing out on, especially since we have a weekly breakfast date with our good friends at the donut shop.  Thankfully he shares my love for pumpkins so he has no problem eating up these guys!

Pumpkin Spice Donuts:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups sugar

1 can pumpkin
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup water
2 cups flour
Set aside a Ziplock bag full of cinnamon sugar.  I started off with 1/2 cup sugar and mixed cinnamon until it was a light brown color.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat all ingredients together except for the flour.  Slowly add flour to mixture until smooth.  Pour into donut pans or muffin tins.  I've made them both ways, but the donuts were better.  Bake donuts for 16-18 minutes and muffins for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool.

When donuts are still a little warm, coat with cinnamon sugar by placing into ziplock bag.  You can also sprinkle on top of muffins. 

My absolute favorite find this year was the Tazo Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte.  While grocery shopping at Target one day, they passed out free samples and immediately I was hooked.  And of course only a couple weeks later they cut me off!  They stopped restocking it all together!  So I decided to make my own version and it's just as good!!

Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte
1/2 cup Chai Tea Latte concentrate (I used Tazo Chai Latte)
1/2 cup milk (I used rice milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 teaspoons pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Combine all ingredients and heat over medium-heat until warm.  Enjoy!

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