December 12, 2012
November 29, 2012
A good friend of mine sent me a picture of a wooden letter she found on Pinterest the other day. She was wanting to know if I could make a large loopy bow for her. Since I have been making boutique bow clippies, I figured the bow would be no problem at all.
What really inspired me was the wooden letter decorated for Christmas. Now don't get me wrong, I have seen the monogram wreaths, and the wall décor others have made and posted on Pinterest, but something sparked in me and I just had to get my own letters to decorate.
Lets get this straight.... I love to make and create but drawing and painting are not my thing. Never done much of it, and what I have didn't turn out that well. So starting this I knew I was taking a risk. So it was off to Michaels I went. I picked up some wooden letters ($3.00/ea), paint brushes, acrylic paint (on sale for @ $.89/ea), and some Sharpie paint markers in Green and White ($4.00/ea).
** Make sure you check which acrylic paints you are buying. I accidentally purchased the RED outdoor acrylic paint and I think that the base color didn't turn out so well because I used the wrong type of paint.
2. Make various size polka dots in GREEN and White using the Sharpie markers. I found these to be really easy to use, and my circles came out consistent. If you are experienced with painting, you could easily make the circles with the acrylic paints and a paint brush.
3. Add some small black dots between the white dots and all around the letters.
4. Once the letters dried I added a boutique bow to the top, and attached it by using a glue gun and a small piece of ribbon that ran around the bow and letter. Click on the boutique bow link for a great tutorial by Supermom vs Me if you aren't familiar with how to make the boutique bow.
I stood the letters up in the window above our front door using the sticky pieces from Command Strips. That way we don't have to worry about them falling on anyone's head. They would also look great on a mantle, or even a shelf in the bathroom.
The possibilities are endless! Create different words, or even just a monogram initial. Add them to a wreath, hang on your Christmas tree, or create for gifts. Don't forget to explore other colors too!
If you decide to make some of your own, be sure to link up and share yours with us!
Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!
November 12, 2012
The North Face Denali Down Jacket is at the top of our MUST HAVE list. I highly recommend this jacket for anyone looking for something light-weight and still keep you warm. Not only is this jacket made with the famous North Face fleece, but also has down added to the chest, neck, and arm areas providing additional warmth. The collection includes styles for Men, Women, Boys, and Girls. Children's jackets are $129 and Adults are $199.
The Classic Denali Jacket is another great option for Men, Women, Boys, and Girls in a variety of colors. The classic style jacket is a FAVE of the Teen's since it is so versatile. Prices range from $79 for Toddlers, up to $199 for adults.
North Face also has a great selection of footwear. Whether you are looking for snow boots, hiking boots, or running shoes North Face has your answer. Our TOP PICK is the Men's Ultra 105 GTX XCR Shoe. There are two colors to choose from, the Alloy Grey/Sienna Orange or the Black/Pewter. The shoe is made with waterproof and breathable gortex making it a great option for any fall or winter trail running. North Face has developed a Torque Control™ platform for those who struggle with pronation. Now with the Torque Control, your low arches will be better supported and achieve maximum stability. This style is only $120.00, very reasonably priced compared to competitor styles.
Make sure you add North Face to the top of your Holiday Shopping list this year. North Face can be found online and at your local Dicks Sporting Goods, Nordstrom, and Macy's.
November 7, 2012
Anyone with a large family can probably agree that the worst part of doing laundry is matching socks. And when you toss in many different brands of socks, it just adds to the fun! That's why we are so happy to share Gold Toe socks with you. Gold Toe has a great selection of socks for everyone! They have styles for men, women, and children and the selections range from casual, sport, and dress socks. Gold Toe socks feel and fit great!
Our absolute favorite part of Gold Toe socks (besides they last a really long time) is the EZ Match system for children. There are three sizes, and with each size there is an additional gold band around the toe box. This truly makes matching socks so much easier, and takes the burden out of doing laundry.
Gold Toe has you covered when it comes to the latest trends for boys. They not only have the stylish Basketball Crew socks, but they come in several different color options. We are sure that any boy who keeps up with his fashion trends would love the Basketball Crew socks with the added lime or pink.
For the holidays, we just adore the girls Dressy Turn Cuff Sock. These are such fun frilly socks that all little girls are sure to love. The sock is not too thick, allowing them to easily be worn with a pair of dress shoes.
Head over to Gold Toe today to check out the latest socks today. Gold Toe can also be found at JcPenney, Macy's, and Kohls nationwide.
October 24, 2012
If you are in the market for a new blender, I highly suggest the Ninja Kitchen Blender! This is a great blender with lots of added features. It is very strong and durable, able to take on some of your toughest kitchen creations!
The Ninja Kitchen System Pulse includes a dough blade, cookie paddle, and a standard blade. It also includes two single serve cups, a smaller blade, and drink lids that can be used to quickly make a breakfast smoothie or (our family favorite) a milkshake.
So your thinking, what makes this blender any different from other blenders? We decided to put the blender to the test and make a batch of cookies.
The bag of Betty Crocker cookie mix fits perfectly in the 40 oz bowl. There is just enough room for all of the ingredients.
To blend your smoothie, cookie dough, or pizza dough, simply hold down the lid. There is no need to scrape the bowl edges, as the cookie dough paddle pulls the dough and mixes it all up very well. Once the dough is mixed thoroughly, you are ready to add them to the pan for baking!
We have tested the Kitchen-Aid blenders in the past, and have found that the plastic prongs on the base of the blender that break off. Once they start to break off the blender will no longer mix. We couldn't find any plastic parts that could potentially break off on the Ninja Blender.
There are five different styles to choose from, and the prices range from $99.99 to $169.99. The Ninja Kitchen Blenders can be found at your local Costco Warehouse, Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy's, and Target.
For more information, you can also visit their website at www.ninjakitchen.com.
October 8, 2012
This year little Emma had a special visitor. We were able to arrange for her Daddy to come and visit the class. She was so excited to tell all her friends that her Daddy is a firefighter.
One of the lessons they taught the children is that firefighters are people, and that they shouldn't ever be afraid if they were in a fire and someone approached them with all the gear on in the picture below. As they put on each piece of equipment, they explained the importance of it. Not only does the gear protect their skin from potential burns, but it also helps them to be able to breathe fresh air while they are in a burning building.
Although we captured some wonderful pictures of all the children in the preschool class, I decided it was best not to share those pictures due to the potential privacy concerns some may have.
If your child is not in preschool, or if you would like to review the information further with them be sure to check out the NFPA website, which can be found here:
There are many resources and additional activities for the kids.
Be sure to check in with your local fire house to see if and when they will be hosting their open house. Many stations have open houses with loads of information, games, moon bounces, and food. I am sure everyone would have a wonderful time!
September 26, 2012
Bitsy’s Brainfood introduces the world’s first smart snacks for kids! These smart snacks are designed as delicious treats that nurture kids’ bodies, minds and imaginations. Not only are Bitsy's Brainfood a tasty and nutritious snack, but they also provide healthy and wholesome ingredients in fun flavor combinations that every little one is sure to like!
Bitsy’s Brainfood encourages children to crave the right foods and makes learning fun with letter shaped cookies and a collectible sticker from Bitsy’s wacky superfood alphabet characters included in each box. Boxes have fun suggestions on how to make snack time learning time by encouraging creative play with the letters and stickers.
September 17, 2012
As you know, we just love the Kidorable line of children's accessories. We have featured them in the past, showing off the great collection of rain jackets, boots, and umbrellas in a variety of fun themes. Now we are happy to share with you Kidorable's wonderful line of hooded bath towels. There is a variety of styles to choose from, many of those that our children are already familiar with.
The Kidorable towels are a MUST for any little girl or boy. They are so soft, and super absorbent. Kidorable went the extra step to include a luxurious layer of velour with the terry cloth. The hood is one of our FAVORITE features, especially with the winter months quickly approaching us. The hood helps keep your little warm while all bundled up. The front has a snap closure, which is easy for little fingers to button.
The towels come in two sizes, newborn - two years old, and three - six years old, and cost just $38 each.
September 12, 2012
September 11, 2012
September 10, 2012
8 x 11 inch piece of brown fabric for the stem
Roll of Toilet Paper
Embellishments - Buttons, Felt, Crochet/Knit leaves, etc.
3. Fold the fabric for the stem in half. Fold the top corner down slightly, and then continue rolling the fabric until you have a cylinder shape. Now add this to the top of your pumpkin.
This Make It Monday Feature has been posted on Get Your Craft On Tuesday on Today's Creative Blog.
September 9, 2012
September 7, 2012
I have also shared the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 colors below. Notice how these colors match up with the outfits shown above.
- Choose colors within the same color family. For example, a light, medium, and dark shade of red. These colors would be next to each other on a color chart or wheel.
- Choose complimentary colors. This would be choosing colors that are opposite of each other on the wheel. For example, yellow and purple or red and green.
September 3, 2012
The next step is to make a simple bow. It is easiest to pull from the ribbon on the spool. Simply make two loops, and tie them together. Just like you would teach a little how to tie their shoe. We are just skipping the first step of tying here. Adjust the loops as needed, then cut the other end from the spool. Burn the ends to seal them.
Glue the bow on top of the ballet slippers.
Once the laces are added, the Ballet Slipper Bow is complete. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. I always love to hear from you so please let me know how yours turn out, and if you have any questions!