Tuesday, January 29, 2013

10 Valentine's Day Treats



In my hunt for some great Valentine's Day treats to make for Sophie's preschool class, I came across some really unique and yummy recipes that I wanted to share with you. Seriously, these ladies outdid themselves. If you're like me and looking for something fun and original to make this year, you're going to love these. 

Links are below the pictures!




Vanilla Bean Valentine's Cookies with Chocolate Hearts by Shugary Sweets







Valentine's Day Candy Bark by Making Home Base







Hot White Chocolate Sauce and Frozen Berries by With a Blast







Chocolate Cherry Chip Cupcakes by Bird on a Cake







Valentine Marshmallow Pops by Marty's Musings







Valentine's Day Homemade Gumdrops by Mom On Timeout







Roland Foods Lemon Cherry Almond Bars by Pint Sized Baker







Vanilla Love Cupcakes with White Chocolate Truffle Centers by Lilikoi Joy







Red Velvet Crinkle Sandwiches by Eat Cake for Dinner







White Chocolate Reeses Krispie Hearts by Inside BruCrew Life







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Monday, January 28, 2013

Kid Bedroom Clean-Up



My daughter's birthday is at the end of November. Then there's Christmas. So for about a month, there is a steady stream of new toys flowing into our house. We organized a little before her birthday, but it wasn't enough, and pretty soon, her room and our house became overwhelmed with kid stuff.


The worst part was the fighting with her. Everyday was a fight to get her to clean her room. And after a couple of weeks, it finally dawned on me that the problem wasn't Sophie. It was us. Instead of limiting the amount of things she could have in her room, we let her have everything all at once, and it was just too much for a 5 year-old to manage.



So this past weekend, while Sophie was with her dad, Ryan and I took matters into our own hands and completely cleaned out her room. We removed EVERYTHING and separated her things into 3 piles before deciding what would go back in her room.

1. Favorites/Rotate

These are the toys she plays with regularly. But instead of putting all of her favorites back in her room, we put a few of each out and the rest we put in boxes in the top of her closet. Each week, she gets the option of exchanging toys/books/baby dolls out for different ones or she can keep the ones out that she has.

2. Yard Sale

Some toys, no matter how cute, just never take. Those were boxed up and put in the attic until spring when we have a yard sale.

3. Pitch

Broken toys and months-old crushed art projects got thrown away.

The result? Order.


The biggest difference was the bookshelf. Picking out a book before bedtime used to be a 20 minute ordeal. There were just too many options. Last night was a cake walk. She had a book picked out within a minute.



Barbies also used to be an issue for the same reason: too many choices. So I picked out her 3 favorites and that's what she gets to play with for the week. Next week, she can choose to keep those same three or pick three different ones.



Sophie is super artsy and her room was usually covered in paper and craft supplies. So Ryan and I added a shelf in her closet that would act as her art station. All of her supplies and paper were there and out of the way. There was even a spot for finished projects which we will clean out every week. In the meantime, all of the mess is out of sight. There's even room below the shelf for other toys.


Now I will admit, after being so used to having all of her toys around her all the time, she was very concerned when she first walked in about where her toys went. Once we showed her where we put them and explained  how the new system would work, she was actually pretty excited about it.

More order, less fighting. That's all I want. I'm looking forward to seeing how well it works in the weeks to come!





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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

10 Valentine's Day Wreath Ideas

Now that January is almost over, it's time to add some color to the house, don't you think? And what better way to do that than with a cute Valentine's Day wreath! If you're not sure where to start, don't worry. I've found 10 super cute wreath ideas that you're going to love. Links are underneath the pictures!




Ribbon, Fabric and Lace Rag Wreath by Tori






Cupcake Liner Wreath by Create Craft Love






Vintage Valentine's Day Wreath by Gallamore West






Dollar Store Heart Wreath Updo by Naptime Journal






Valentine Wreath by Life {Illustrated}






Valentine's Day Ribbon Wreath by Landee See, Landee Do







Paper Heart Valentine Wreath by Delicate Construction







Dollar Store Valentine's Wreath by Confessions of a ADD Housewife






Ruffle Burlap Heart Wreath by Real Southern Living






Sparkling Valentine's Wreath by Love, Pomegranate House



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Monday, January 21, 2013

Valentine's Day Decorations--Fabric and Burlap Wreath






I'm a little obsessed with burlap this Valentine's Day. I love the texture, I love how it looks...what can I say, I'm just loving it this year.

I have to admit, I didn't use to like the whole yarn/fabric wrapped wreath trend. I thought they looked plain and boring. I tend to be more of a big, poofy wreath person. But after a while, the simplicity of the wrapped wreaths started growing on me and now I'm completely on board. Besides, this fabric and burlap wreath has a little poof to it, so I'm happy:) To make one, here's what you need:

Supplies
1/2 yard duck cloth fabric
Burlap garland
Wreath pins
Styrofoam wreath

Directions

1. Cut cloth into 1 1/2" wide strips. Wrap wreath with strips, securing the ends with wreath pins in the back. Once wrapped, go back and trim any strings hanging off of the fabric.






2. Create loose loops with the burlap, and attach them to the wreath, two at a time, with the wreath pins. You can adjust the loops and add more pins later if needed. 







3. Once the fabric and burlap is secured, you can add more embellishments or hang as is!




What kind of a wreath person are you?

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Tip of the Week--Hardwood Floor Cleaner



Window cleaner isn't just for windows anymore. Turns out, you can use it to clean hardwood floors too. Just spray on the floor and go over the area with a Swiffer or dust mop. It's safe, makes the floor shine, and doesn't leave any oily residue behind!



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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentine's Day Decorations--Rustic Love Sign






Ever had one of those projects that turned out exactly the way you wanted it to? This is mine. The Rustic Love Sign is my favorite Valentine's Day decoration this year. It's not your typical red/white/pink combo but that's exactly why I love it. And it goes great with my Rustic Button Heart that I showed you yesterday.

I found the fabric along with this awesome rustic frame at Hobby Lobby. The letters came from Michaels. As for the paint, well...that was a combination of a few colors: 4 parts Apple Barrel Pinwheel Blue, 2 parts Americana Slate Green and 1 part Craft Smart Butter Cream. All of them were from Michaels. Here's what I used:

Supplies 
Picture frame
Wood letters
Mod Podge
Fabric
Acrylic paint
Sand paper
Glue gun


Directions

Paint the letters. When they dry, sand the high spots and other random places on each letter.







Cut fabric to fit the back of the picture frame. Coat the backing with Mod Podge and apply fabric. Put the fabric in the frame.





Line up the letters and glue them to the fabric using a glue gun.





When the glue dries, it's ready to hang!










Have you started decorating for Valentine's Day yet?



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Monday, January 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Decorations--Rustic Button Heart






Do you have a spot in your house that you change seasonally? I have this little wall between the kitchen and dining room that I like to change for every holiday. (If you remember, I hung my 3D Boo Wall Art here too.) With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I thought this Rustic Button Heart would be perfect for my seasonal wall.

I found the frame at Goodwill and painted and antiqued it using this technique before sanding it. The rest of the supplies came from Hobby Lobby and Michael's. Here's what you need:

Supplies
Burlap
Red felt
Red buttons
Tacky glue
Sand paper
Mod Podge (matte or satin)
Picture frame




1. Cut the burlap to fit the backing of the picture frame. Coat the backing of the picture frame with Mod Podge and attach the burlap.







2. Cut a heart shape out of felt and glue to the burlap using Tacky glue.





3. Attach red buttons of all shapes, shades and sizes to the heart using Tacky glue.






4. Once dry, sand edges, place in the frame and hang.





Tomorrow I'll show you how to make the Rustic Love Sign!



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