Friday, December 4, 2009


I was looking for fun activities to put in our Christmas countdown muffin tin and my sister in law gave me this idea.

All you need is marshmallows and toothpicks!! Easy enough!

Start with one marshmallow and then siimply build on however you would like.

After you are done, let them harden over night or a few nights! Then you can hang them or display them however you would like!! I have mine on the back of my stove! It adds the perfect touch to my kitchen!

We had so much fun making these together! I think the boys ate more marshmallows than anything, but we had fun together as a family and thats the best part!!
Have fun!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Finally....something crafty!!!

I am so excited that I actually made something!!!! I should have taken a before picture of my SAD SAD Christmas wreath I had hanging on my door!
I was browsing around and came across THIS, it gave me inspiration for this baby!!!
I ripped off all of the pinecones and berries I had on my wreath at first, so I could start with a fresh wreath!
You can use floral wire, garbage twist ties, hot glue, or just the ornament hook to attach the ornament to your wreath! I tied some on and a few I was able to just use the hook and slide it onto the wreath!
A little while ago I bought a package of wooden slats in the craft section at walmart for about 1.00. I was planning on making cute little signs to put in my Christmas tree, I used on of those slats for the top of my wreath! I painted it brown and sanded it ALOT!! Then, I used a black ink pad to darken the edges. I am planning on cutting some vinyl for the sign. I am thinking either my last name or Welcome, Merry Christmas, Welcome Christmas, or Welcome...any ideas????
This took me literally 30 minutes and ZERO $$$$!! I had everything I needed!
I wanna see what you come up with. Email me your version of this wreath and I will post it for inspiration for all of us!!!
PS my 100th post is coming up soon!! Maybe we'll have a giveaway soon.......just have to check back to find out.....:)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

One month and counting!!

I have been MIA lately with blogging! You know how it is, when it rains it pours! We have been SICK around our house, not the swine flu, but sure seems just as bad! I'm hoping everone one is feeling better soon so we can

#1 celebrate my little boys birthday party with our family

#2 see my inlaws before they officially leave on their mission

#3 Do normal things, like go outside, or go to the store, who thought I'd miss walmart:)

#4 Oh, well the list goes on and on..

Hopefully we find out today if my husband has to have back surgery, we're crossing our fingers that somehow his back will just suddenly be better!

On a HAPPY NOTE.... Wednesday marked my 4 week mark for NO SUGAR!!! Didn't really think I could do it, but you know its really not hard! I feel so much better, my clothes fit better, I am eating healthier things and LOVING IT!!!!

How are you all doing? Gone sugar free yet? I gotta say the best part about all of this is my little sister that is diabetic finally decided to give up sugar too! I got a call one day and she was so happy that she had given it up. SHe felt so good, was losing weight, and her numbers were better! I was so happy about her being happy. I think if she is the only one that I inspire or help then I am HAPPY!!!

I promise more crafting to come.....hopefully soon!

Have any ideas you'd like to share or see featured here? Let me know...!! I 'd love to share your ideas!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009


So with all the talk and worry over the Swine Flu, you know the H1N1, worst flu ever, what else are they calling it........well I am NERVOUS about it! I have 2 little boys. One that will be three next week and a 1.5 year old. So my question, are you getting the vaccine for your kids? I have been so back and forth on it! We have gotten the seasonal flu shot, but not the H1N1 yet.

If you are getting it, leave me a comment and tell me why!!

If you aren't getting it, leave a comment and tell me why!

Thanks! I would really appreciate some help on this!

Monday, October 19, 2009 and counting

It is official. Today is day 5 with out sugar and feeling great. You know it really hasnt' been that hard either. My friend Brittany is awesome and last time I talked with her she was going strong on the no sugar thing! Wow! Shes great. Another inspiration came from another lady I know that has gone for 6 months without sugar and has 70 lbs gone to show for it!

After I finished my bag of carmels and feeling horrible about eating all of them in 2 days I decided something had to change! Then I remembered these amazing ladies and new I could do it! The best part is, I DON"T REALLY MISS IT! Coming from me that is HUGE!! I think candy is my main food group most days!

So this is step one in becoming more healthy. For me this works! I'm an all or nothing kind of gal

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Super Saturday Muffin Pan Countdown instructions

I have had quite of few emails and comments about the instructions for the muffin pan countdown! Isn't it adorable! It was sooooo easy to make too!

You need:

1 muffin pan for 24 muffins (I got mine at Walmart for $4.50!!! YES 4.50, but they were up with all the seasonal stuff, if you need a UPC for it let me know!)

A black ink pad

Colored card stock- the one I saw had a few more colors, but I just used 2 to keep costs down

Glue stick

Embellishments (you won't need many)

Ribbon to hang the pan from

Magnets I got mine in a rollat Walmart for about 4 dollars

NUMBERS - You can make your own by using different fonts OR I went here and printed them off!

Ok- here we go.

Cut you cardstock into 24 squares about 2 1/4 inches

If you have an edge rounder use that to round the edges, if not do it the hard way and use your scissors, I did it the hard way :)

Use Ink the egdes, just run the ink pad along the egdes. You can't mess this up!

Cut out your letters and glue them together. Adding any embellishments you might like.

Use a few strips of magnets on the back of the numbers to keep them in place.

I drilled holes in the top of mu pan to hang ribbon from, but you don't have to!

I used the remaining cardstock to make the CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN for the top, inking everything to give it the finished off look. I just printed it using microsoft word! EASY EASY

That in a nut shell is all you have to do. I told you it was EASY!!!! Good luck. I'd LOVE to see your finished projects!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Super Saturday Ideas!!!

Super saturday is coming up!! Yay! We actually decided to do ours on a Friday night, like a girls night out! I'm SOOO excited! Here are a few of our projects that we are doing.

Best part is everything is under $15.00!!!! Love this tree! Thanks Rochelle!

I am in love with this muffin countdown! You can put candy in the tin or activities to do as a family, or both!! I LOVE IT!!! I got this idea from Studio 5 on KSL!

If you want more info email or leave me a comment!

Aren't these adorable! Thanks Annie!

Everyone needs a\ plate for Santas cookies! My little guys love this! They can't wait until he comes! How many days is it now?

Hope you all enjoy them! Hopefull I can post a few more soon!
PS For those of you who have asked, I will be getting a tutorial on how to make the fabric pumpkins soon!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

More Halloween Decorations

Good Morning!! Here are some of my Halloween decorations that I finally got together during conference on Saturday. Enjoy.

This cute little holder I found at a garage sale for 3 dollars! It was 1 of 2! I was so excited to have 2 of them! I had some plans, but when I got home and unloaded the van, it fell out and BROKE!!! Oh well, one is still good. I just pulled all the flowers off of the stems and filled the holder, then added a bow. I really love the look it gives it. I think it would be cute with fall leaves too!! These are some cute little pumpkins I made! It requires MINIMAL sewing! Lets just be right up front, I don't know how to sew :) They were super easy. If you would like instructions, leave a message!

This is the top of my tv armoire.

My firplace.....The Pumpkins on there are also SOOOO easy to make! Its just blocks of wood with dowels for stems!!

Hope you enjoyed the decorations!
Coming soon.....Super saturday projects and ideas!!! YAY!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Check out this cute Halloween decoration! I wish I could say that I made it, but I didn't! I got it from a local craft store.
I loved them SO much that I thought I would share it with all of you!
Don't you love Halloween decorations?
If you have ANYTHING you'd like to share, email me or leave me a comment!!!
I'd love to feature some of your Fall or Halloween recipes, ideas, crafts, traditions....
Happy Tuesday!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Halloween Ideas!

One of my favorite places to look for recipes and fun ideas is TASTE OF HOME!! One year for Christmas my mother in law gave me a year subscription to the amazing magazine! I absolutely loved it! Here are a few of their amazing ideas.
Love these Ghost strawberries! All this fun stuff makes me want to throw a Halloween Party just so I can make cute things!

Yum!! Go browse around their website for tons of inspirational ideas.

Love this one!

Sorry so small. Ya thats a black widow spider on those! :)

Probably one of my VERY favorites! And oh so easy!



My MIL made this last year and we LOVED IT!!!!
Hope you enjoy all the fun Halloween ideas. I would still love to feature some of your ideas for Halloween, Fall, or Christmas! Email me
PS How was your week without candy? Mine, well lets just say, where did all my self discipline go! Well, its a new week, here we go!
I LOVE COMMENTS!!! Don't forget to leave some comment love!!! :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Found it...

For the pumkins shown below go HERE to the DIY SHOWOFF!!! Enjoy all the fun stuff over there!


Check out this great idea! I was looking around blog land and came across these, but for the life of me I can't remember where I saw them! SO if they are from your site, drop me a line and I will give you the credit and link to you!

If I remember right, they are spraypainted and I LOVE THEM! They rank right up there with my glitter pumpkins from a few years ago! I will show those to you as soon as I can get to all of my decorations in the storage room! That would be our Saturday project, find my decorations and winter clothes! I need to get started cleaning oout closets for the season soon!

PS we finally got ouurselves a van! People tell me I have gone to "THE DARK SIDE":) That makes me laugh! We joined the mini van club! We love it. My boys love it because they ca see outside, they have tons of room, and most imprtantly, they can push a button and shut their own door, usually with mom standing in the way so I get hit by the door as it finally realizes something is in the way and reopens. Little stinkers! Gotta love them!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Lets try this again!!

I was so excited last week to start my no sugar thingy. I was on a roll.... until I saw all the candy in the pantry that I FORGOT to remove!!

I am the type if its there I will most likely sample it! And SAMPLE turns into most of the bag or all of it! I figured that I just set myself up to not make it!

SO today starts a new day! This is my plan. Whenever I want to give up candy and sweets I do a "CANDY CONTEST". Its usually with my sister, but this time I thought I would involve you all. Here are the rules! I am not going to cut out all sugar. I'm starting smaller and plus we all need a little sugar in our lives, right? I'm starting with know, candy, ice cream, pastries, anything like this. You be the judge. It makes it so much easier to not eat these things when someone else is doing it with you.

My sister and I would have a prize for the person that went the longest, I don't think we'll have a prize, as of right now, but you never know!

So, until I figure out how to do a MR LINKY, leave a comment saying your in and then post about it! Every Monday will be the day we get back together and post about it!

Join the party! Post about your goal and link on back to MIMI LEE !

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Are you Kidding Me?

I REALLY hopw to return to my regularly scheduled posting SOON!!!!
It has been nuts around here. I am the only one in my entire house that has not been in to see the doctor in the last week. My oldest has pnemonia and an ear infection, YIKES!!! My youngest has a sinus infection, YUCK!! And last but not least, my husband is sick AND hurt is back REALLY BAD!! He has been flat on his back and in so much pain! Hopefully things will start to get back to normal around here soon! Until then, I hope you all are crafting up a storm and being creative, I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with.
My BUTTONS still aren't working, I haven't had a chance to fix them yet. Sorry!
I can't believe it..... I have gone almost 2 entire days without sugar and candy! Now, this might not seem like a big deal to alot of you, but to me its HUGE!!!! I decided its time to start being healthy and find my love for running again! So Monday marked day one on my new eating habits. I don't want to say DIET because I really need that lifestyle change! I know I can do it!
I used to run all the time, but since having kids it just hasn't happened. I remember when I ran for fun and how great it felt! Addicting!! I hope to get back there someday. My goal is to run a marathon! I almost ran one back in the day, but broke my foot right before the big race. SO, running for fun is only a memory right now, but I know I can get there again if I really try! Anyone want to join me?
All the kids are sleeping, husband included, and I have so many random thoughts:
SO excited for the Biggest Loser starting up again. Its so inspiring
I really don't mind not eating sugar.
I love that its quiet in my house right now
Maybe I should go take a nap too!
I hope my family feels better soon.
I LOVE salsa!
I wonder if my house is going to sell?
I could go on and on, but that would bore you, believe me!!
Be back soon!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Sorry my buttons aren't working right now. Hopefully I'll fix the problem by Monday! After that feel free to TAKE ONE!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

There's Something Fishy Going On....

I have been MIA this week. It has been busy around here!
Here is one of our fun lunches from the other day. We love to make little pizzas. The boys love them because they are small and they get to help make them. They always a big hit.
My oldest was looking at his books one morning, which is one of his favorite things to do, and was loving a little fish in his ABC books. We talked about fish for a while that morning, made fish faces, and laughed. When it was time for lunch I was trying to think of something that would be fun for the boys.
So I gathered these ingredients: I didn't have any pizza sauce, but tomato sauce works just as well. We ALWAYS have tomato sauce. We also only had cheddar cheese instead of mozzerella, but it worked.
FIRST- we worked the biscuit dough, pulled and streched it and decided what shape to make.
We decided to make little fish. Notice the shark! This was my little guys favorite one cause it was like BRUCE from "Finding Nemo"

Next- Put on the tomato sauce and all the toppings.

I was going to decorate them myself to make them look really nice and cute, but quickly decided it didn't matter. Letting my little guy create his own creation was MUCH MORE IMPORTANT!

He LOVED IT and was SO PROUD of himself!

Bake them according to the package directions!

Let them cool and enjoy!
I told you they looked great! This was my 2 year olds creation. It has mini pepperonis, olives, ham, and cheese!
They made for one tasty and FUN lunch.
I quickly decided that doing thing like this with my kids was SO IMPORTANT to me and even MORE IMPORTANT to them! I am going to do alot more things that they can do with me!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Hey Twilighters...

So I'm sure there are a few Twilight Fans out there! Am I right?

My sweet niece, well its my husbands niece, so she's mine too right, anyways she gave me this blog address with tons of TWILIGHT GOODNESS go HERE!!
I have always been TEAM EDWARD, but after seeing "JACOB" all buffed up, I think I might have to chalk up a few points to TEAM JACOB!!
Lets hear it,
What TEAM are you on?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Boring lunch to Cool Lunch

We were trying to decide what to have for a quick lunch before nap time today and nothing sounded good. The boys have certain things that they like, hotdogs being one of them.

I saw an idea kind of like this in a magazine somewhere, awhile ago. We decided to make our lunch fun, simple, cheap, easy!
First I took few packages of Ramen, yum, reminds me of college life. Got those cooking. Notice the food coloring in the corner! I couldn't find my green so I of course used blue and yellow to make some. A great teaching opportunity for my little guy in how to make different colors!
You can't really tell, but the noodles are green!! I let them cook a little longer so the noodles would absorb the color really well.
Meanwhile, cook a few hotdogs!

I poured most of the juice out so we didn't make a mess, but you can do whatever you would like. Once you have your noodles in your bowls, cut your hotdogs about half way up. I only made 4 legs, instead of 8. Next time I will make 8, but 4 worked.

I got some mustard and made smily faces and put them over the noodles! My oldest saw these and said, THATS SO COOL , as he gobbled them up! He wants to make them again!!
Try this with your kids! They will love it!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


It is time again for Trash To Treasure Tuesday over at REINVENTED!! And its also MOD PODGE MANIA over at THIS IS THE YEAR. I figured this could work for both.
I haven't had alot of time so I decided to show you a project I did awhile ago! Just for all of you newbies!
Every year on Halloween we have a family party with all the cousins and we have a fishing pond. Someone buys prizes for each one of us and we get to pull it up and see what we got.
FUNNY STORY..... One year my oldest boy was about to turn 1 and my family thought they were so funny with the prize they gave me.
I put the fishing pole down, anxiously awaiting my prize and what do I pull out??? A PREGNANCY TEST!!! Ha ha Ha that was funny! I laughed and said I'll go take it right now to prove that we weren't having another baby yet. I mean my baby wasn't even 1 yet. Anyways, I didn't go take it, we all just laughed and went on with our games.
The next morning I was looking at the test, a dollar store one, and thought, HMM, I might as well take it. So I did, I waited patiently, expecting to see only one line. Almost instantly 2 LINES APPEAR!! WHat?? How in the world? Ya I was totally pregnant. So I ran to the store and got a more expensive, MORE RELIABLE, test, 3 actually and all three were positive!!
So the point to my story was, the next year we fished out a little plaque, I can't remember now what it said and oh course I didn't think to take a picture at the time, but it was funny and cute, but I thought it could be much cuter as something else. So this dollar store frame became this baby.......... I simply flipped it over and painted the entire thing white! Then mod podged some paper and some ribbon on it! I found the cute little lion at walmart for about 40 cents and mod podged that on too. I only put it on the bottom though, not on the top. Then I cut some vinyl the said SHHH and TADA, a cute little hanger for my babies door.

I did keep this on his door for awhile, then my oldest started playing with it too much so now it is hanging on the wall by the light switch. I love it. It is cute and cheerful!
PS I got another pregnancy test that year as a real JOKE this time, can't wait to see what I get this year!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Drumroll Please.......

We have a winner!!! 2 actually! It is so hard for me to just have 1 winner! I almost always give out 2 prizes!

Thanks for all the great comments! I felt so popular! :)
CONTACT ME AT to claim your prizes! You have until WEDNESDAY!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009


Are you totally amazed that I got some pictures up finally!!! Its been crazy around here. So here they are!!

Once again, so sorry my camera isn't fancy and therefore all the colors look a bit washed out!
I am feeling in the Halloween decoration mood lately so I thought I'd get you in it too! Everyone needs Halloween decorations right?
If you would like to win one of these babies simply:
1 entry become a FOLLOWER!! (the more followers, the better the giveaways)
1 entry leave a comment about your favorite blog, or one you like alot
1 more entry, blog about this giveaway!
This giveaway was going to end today, but due to my "slackerness" (is that a word) I am going to extend the giveaway until SUNDAY NIGHT @ 11:59 pm!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Its Time

I never thought this day would come and in a way I don't think I really believed it would. Yes...we are looking for a MINIVAN!! I really enjoy my car that I drive around. It is such a great car, but its getting pretty full and we would love to be able to take people with us to go do fun things, instead of driving separate cars and saying, "OK I"LL SEE YA THERE"....

We've looked at a few different ones, but are not sure what kind will be the best as it gets older with higher miles. Some people have told me about problems that seem to happen to certain makes when the miles get up there. What do you think? WHat vans do you like and what kinds of problems have you had or heard of with them. We've looked at Dodge, Toyota, and Honda! Thanks for your help

I Hope to have the GIVEAWAY prrize done today! It all depends on how long nap time lasts:) Keep posting those comments and becoming a FOLLOWER!!! YAY

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Makin Something out of Nothing

I made this little guy last year about this time. I made 2 signs, this one and a pumpkin patch one. I can't find that one. It in my storage room. I'm sure I put it in a special place so that I would remember where it was, but of course I forgot.
I had scraps of wood. That's all I had. I was actually kind of bored one day and started painting scraps of wood. I love to decorate with this. The colors add a lot from the traditional orange and black of Halloween. I add a few fun decorations around this and of course some candy.

Everything I used for this project I already had, so it didn't cost me anything. My husband drilled holes through all the wood for me and I secured them with a LITTLE wood glue. They were already on there pretty tight, but I didn't want them falling down.
The bowl is my latest thrift store find. I'm sad to say it looked better before I painted it, but thats ok I have a few other ideas to spruce it right back up. Don't you wish there was an "UNDO" or a "DELETE" button sometimes on projects you do?
SO BE CREATIVE!!! Look around at all the stuff you have just hanging around and make something FUN!!!
Remember to sign up for the GIVEAWAY!!!! Scroll down and you'll find the post. I still am not sure what the prize is! There are too many fun things to choose from!!
PS I will include comments on posts after the giveaway post for an ADDITIONAL ENTRY!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

MIrror Mirror on the Wall

Its time again for Trash To Treasure Tuesday with KIMM from REINVENTED!

Sorry to say these pictures are not the greatest! How in the world do you take a good picture of a mirror? I will never know! I wish I would have taken pictures of the before and all of the middle stages this baby went through, but I forgot!!

This mirror now hangs in my little guys room and adds the perfect POP of color to a very blue room, which he LOVES!!! Go HERE to see the cool artwork on his walls.
Can you see all the colors underneath the yellow? I painted this SO many different colors and didn't like any of them. I actually just kept repainting and adding more and more paint!

I finally decided on a bright yellow to which I added some shiny gold paint to! I took my sander and sanded all the edges, but it still needed something. As I was sanding I made a mistake and sanded part of the face. I LOVED IT!! It went through all the layers of colors I had put on. It looked so good to see a few different colors pop through on the joints and edges! I planned on adding some vinyl and some embellishments, but after my "MISTAKE" , I changed my mind because I really liked it. It had an older feel to it now and looked perfect!

The more sanding and distressing the better!

Here is hangs, my picture is slanted, not the mirror and the picture is on its side. Can you see the doors in the mirror going the wrong way. Ps I added the little kid finger prints just for fun! SORRY I should have cleaned it off first! I told ya the walls were blue! They will be getting a much needed makeover soon!
Anyways here is my project, kind of simple, but it really adds alot to his room and only cost me the price of the paint!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Pumpkin Fun

I am so excited for fall and Halloween. Halloween itself is not my favorite holiday, but I do love decorating for it! I came across some cute PUMPKIN carving and painting ideas that are a little bit different than the traditional ones. Isn't this a cute way to SPOOK up your pumpkins! I LOVE them!

I think these would be the cutest little decorations for a Halloween party or a fun project for you and the kids! Go here for these and more ideas from FAMILY CIRCLE!