Thursday, February 4

Upcycled "Love You To Pieces" Wreath



I "Heart" You to Pieces - Valentines Wreath

Supplies:

Tissue Paper
Cardboard/cardstock/foamboard
Glue
Puzzle pieces
Newspaper
Paint and brush
String/Ribbon
How many times have you spent hours working on a puzzle and were missing pieces? And then spent more hours looking for for those pieces! So frustrating. I had seen a card on Pinterest that said “Love you to pieces” And it donged on me! There are several wreaths that use puzzle pieces to make a heart, and I was looking for something that was a bit more toddler friendly. So I thought I would merge the card and wreath idea. While we were doing this craft I was also folding up tissue paper from Christmas (Yes, I reuse tissue paper) so I thought outlining it would be fun for Annaleah as well. To recreate the craft follow the directions below:
1.       Cut out your heart from the material of choice, we used a thick cardboard.
2.       Then we warmed up our hot glue gun
3.       I had annaleah help spread out the newspaper and turn over all the puzzle pieces and start painting them
4.       Since our cardboard piece was already black, we left it that color, but you can also paint it a contrasting or any color you wish.
5.       As the puzzle pieces dry, we cut out two strips of white tissue paper about 2-3” thick and 2 feet long.
6.       Place a dot of hot glue and place a puzzle piece on top (becareful). Annaleah was able to do this and had fun trying to remove all the hot glue gun strings as well.
7.       Annaleah used a glue stick to rub along the edge of the cardboard heart and then you can either bunch up or fold the tissue paper accordion style and press it along the heart so that about one inch is sticking out
8.       Repeat that step to make it more fluffier. We also glued it closer to the edge of the heart so you can tell there is two layers of tissue paper.
9.       We had some red straw ribbon that we tied two knots at either end and hot glued it on the back to hang.
There are so many variations to this craft and you can even print out puzzle pieces and have your kids, if you have older kids, cut out the puzzle pieces to practice hand eye coordination and cutting skills. You can also do this in a smaller version to use for a card. Annaleah was so proud holding up the Valentines wreath that she made.
Other Toddler-friendly activities that we did together watch this VIDEO! And subscribe while you are there cus I'll be sharing more crafts with ya'll.

All of these crafts can be done with things you already have or maybe up to a few dollars and most items you can find at dollar stores.  

TIP: Designate a blanket for arts and crafts that you lay on the floor, like for painting. You can also use a fitted sheet to put on top of your dining room table also.

Tuesday, February 2

Super Easy Toddler DIYs for Valentines - #YTMM Collab

When I was in school I never really one to write "Mr. & Mrs." on my papers. You know how when you have a crush on someone you want to marry them and write your name with his last name?! I never did that. But I did want to fall in love some day and I would always draw hearts! Even now, when I'm signing my name or writing Christmas cards I usually add a mini heart somewhere....



Long story store, I love Valentines! I joined in with members of the YouTube Mommy Meetup (facebook group) and me and my toddler did some DIY's! Check out the video below....









WHICH ONE WAS YOUR FAVORITE? <3

Thursday, January 28

5 Year Review - Applied Labels

I was just going through some clothes of the girls and I came across some jackets and shoes. I didn't take a picture, but you can take my word for it! They still had the labels that I had got from Applied Labels in 2010! I got them for Free in exchange for a review, but that got eaten up somewhere, I can't find it! Go check them out on Facebook, they now have bottle labels if your little one goes to daycare of frequent the library! Yup, I have had kids snatch away Annaleahs sippy cup several times at the library.

Back to the labels, I was going through the garage getting some long sleeves clothes for the baby (Annaleah) because the weather has been all wonky and I saw Eliadas Idea jacket that I had put labels on because all the kids wear the same jackets, and the label was still on there. I was hesitant about the labels, but THEY WORK!

They were super easy to put on, no ironing needed or anything. See what other customers are saying on their website and follow them on Twitter to! I just love companies that interact with their customers on social media, don't you? 

This would be a super cute Valentines gift for moms, don't you think? Any mom would enjoy this as a gift!

Look at all the designs they have! Which one is your favorite? Annaleah is going to be starting pre-k in the fall and I will be ordering some for her! 

I received these items from Tomoson in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Monday, December 21

Menu Plan Monday - Christmas Vacation

The girls don't have school in the morning... so guess who they are going to be coming to wake up all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed?! You guessed it! And I'm so excited that breakfast will be so easy this week! Thanks to Chick-fil-a! Our local Chick-fil-a is offering a Breakfast Giveaway and it's perfect timing. We might not go every morning, but  probably twice this week. I went to costco and picked up a few things that I think I might need and to the farmers market for some veggies and fruit as well. I put up a haul video if you want to see what I got!

Lunch will be easy as pie, rather as easy as a sandwich. And I'm going to put some soup to start early in the morning tomorrow to pair with the sandwiches as well. I also grilled cheese in there somewhere too!

Then we come to dinner:

Monday: Pollo con calabaza (Youtube Video Recipe)

Tuesday: Chicken Stir-fry with Fried Calamari

Wednesday: Zuppa Toscana (with kale I got at the market!)

Thursday: Christmas Eve Dinner at Grandmas House!

Friday: Christmas Dinner at Grandmas House!

Shopping list (if I dare go to the grocery store will all 3 girls): Italian Sausage, potatoes and zucchini. It's a short list so it shouldn't be that bad. What is on your menu plan this week? I will probably cook the chicken for Tuesday as well, so that should make prep a little easier for me this week.

May the force be with all mothers this week! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, December 15

Christmas Facebook Detox! #Challenge

What's the one thing you hear regularly during the Christmas holiday?
"Put Christ back in Christmas"
"Can't wait to spend more time with the Family"
"Tis the Season for Giving"
What takes away from that? How many of us actually abide and follow through? But I have to be honest, where do I stack-up? I do love to attend our cultures traditional "events," if you will and I'm a stay-at-home mom but not always in the moment and I love to give, but not as much as I'd like to.

Most of my time is spent on Facebook! And I know I'm not alone, RIGHT?! We even pull out our phone while in the RESTROOM! Don't lie, I know you do it to!

So, for the rest of the month I will not be looking at FACEBOOK, commenting on FACEBOOK, liking those adorable baby photos on FACEBOOK! It will just be my and my family.
Disclosure: I will still be participating in Vlogmas and sharing photos on Instagram and share via Periscope!

So I'm quite excited for the girls last week of school and going on more hikes and other fun festivities! I can also do a bit of writing, blogging and catch up on my weekly vlogs! It will also help me with my motto of not saying the word "Hurry!"

I would love if some of ya'll would join me. What should we call it? 


 Follow me on Instagram and I'll be using the hashtag there and sharing all the other things you could be doing instead of on facebook and then possibly create a collage!

If you'd like to take this challenge with me just use the hashtag #ChristmasFacebookDetox and maybe your photo will make it into the collage! Leave a comment down below with a goal that you may have set for yourself. I think mine will be to get back to planning out my meals more efficiently and say "Merry Christmas" to people face-to-face rather than on Facebook (maybe also not look at my phone while sitting on the toilet!) 

How long will this challenge last? As long as you'd like... for me 15/16 days, so till the end of the month! Maybe even more if I enjoy it. I know I'll probably have like 10billion messages, comments and friend requests (I know, I'm so popular), but that's not real life folks!

GOOD LUCK!

 

I just Shipped My Pants - How to Shop Online


I wonder.... what percentage of people shop online and ship their gifts each year. Let's take a guess and say it's over 50%, maybe even 60%. What do you think? I think I can saftley say that 40% of the gifts I purchased this year were shipped. A few of them I actually went to pick-up in-store because then I don't get charged for shipping, which is sometimes better, but I love it when I am able to ship them to my home for free, don't you?! Keep Reading....

Today is the last day for many online retailers that they will guarantee shipping by Christmas! So hop to it! But first I wanted to share two of my favorite ways of shopping online!

FIRST

Check to see if your store is listed on Ebates.com! If it is then that means you will get money back... Ebates = Electronic Rebate! GENIUS! So, not only do you score if you get Free shipping, but you will save even more with Ebates. If you know anyone that shops online, please share this blog post with them! Click below to sign up!

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

SECOND

Look for a store that offers #FreeShipping! I love to shop at Kmart (and pretty much any online store that has a rewards program) because they are always giving away FREE Shop Your Way Rewards points and Surprise Points! Click the link to see what it's all about and SIGN UP asap! Kmart also offers other incentives like Free Shipping when they don't have your size/color that you want instock (and they ship it to your home!) or Free in-store pick-up or Free 2-day shipping (it just keeps getting better doesn't it)! Plus, most of the time if you are shopping online prices are lower! With Ebates you get 6% cash back!

Watch the "Ship My Pants" Commercial below, it's one of my favorites, plus it's HILARIOUS! I just "Ship My Pants" last week.... TRUE STORY!



THERE.... Now you are prepared to do some major damage to your Christmas Gift List and scratch them off your list, right?! Merry Christmas!

No time for #MPM!

#MPM = Menu Plan Monday! This is what I have written on my Menu Plan for this week.....

EO, Chicken Fajita Tacos, Chicken Pot Pie (From Costco), Sandwiches and EO

EO = Eat Out!

Ahhhh, I'm dying here, yeah. Super busy and stressful week so I'm not stressing myself out even more by trying to cook at home much this week. The chicken fajita tacos are getting put in the crockpot at noon so they will be ready when we come home at around 7pm! and then Thursday we're having some ham sandwiches.

STORY-TIME!

Hubby went to Costco for me this week, we usually go on Sundays, and I texted him the list:
  1. Water
  2. Bread
  3. Ham
  4. Lettuce and Tomato
  5. Eggs
  6. Milk
  7. Chicken Pot Pie
And can you guess what we might be eating from that list? Sandwiches! Right? Well, not him. He comes home with huge, round slices of ham that cost like $15! And he turns to me and says "I don't know why you wanted ham." OMG! So those are going to be some pretty yummy sandwiches, I was thinking of doing like a cuban style sandwich and press it on the panini grill, that should work!

Anyways, do ya'lls schedule get as busy as ours and find yourself eating out a bit more? "RAISES HAND," well, you are not alone!

Find more menu ideas over at OrgJunkie.com where many bloggers link theirs up. If you want to try out a new recipe I'm sure you'll find some great inspiration.

Monday, December 14

Start Your Time-Capsule - Vlogmas Continues! (Rant)

I have been wondering how many people know what a Vlog is, much less Vlogmas. I have my Facebook Fan Page and I also have my person account and sometimes I have some great videos that I'd like to share with friends and family and most of them know I vlog (and like to take photos), but I feel like they really don't get it.

A few months ago the Youtube Mommy Meetup, just one of the "communities" I'm apart of (vlogging moms and dads) had their first ever Conferance and Collab Camp and they all gave it rave reviews and loved how they all just clicked because they each didn't find it weird when they pulled out a camera to vlog! I'm missing that in my life, lol.

I also love vlogging because we can look back at these videos whenever we want. There have been days where we spend 1-2 hours looking at videos of when the girls are younger and we talk and remember these great days, especially the holidays. I see families share these short little videos on Facebook or Instagram and they are so adorable, but how are they going to remember when they posted it and find it later when they want to see them again. Tell me, how many times have you posted a video on your wall and gone back to look at it later? Hardly ever, right? Youtube is like a mini time-capsule, we love it!

I just think everyone should have some sort of place, doesn't have to be youtube, where they can keep all of their videos accessible to the whole family. Even with Youtube you can keep your videos private or create a family account so anyone can upload and/or see the content uploaded onto that channel. Then during the holidays everyone can sit down and watch "Family Movies" again!

If you have a particular story or situation then I would suggest you share it with the world and more than likely you will help, encourage and give hope to those going through the same situation as you! There is a great sense of community when you do share publicly.

If you'd like to join my community then subscribe to my Youtube Channel.... Where we "Don't Say Hurry!" And here is my Vlogmas Playlist: It's a vlog everyday in December, answering promots form the #YTMM or just sharing what's going on in our everyday life!


...........END RANT.............

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