Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Humpday Humor

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


If you like football, you will find this hilarious, if you don't, well you might still find this funny. Everyone needs a good laugh!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Valentine's Day LOVE

Thanks for stopping by this week. I have a very easy, cheap, and cute tutorial.

It is nothing original, I have seen a lot of different variations, but I just love it!

Isn't it super cute?


Paper Mache Letters-lots of different sizes at Joanns
Scrapbook Paper
Paint-I used regular paint, spray paint would have been better if it wasn't 10* outside
Hot Glue
Spray Adhesive

Start out by painting the edges of your letters. Make sure you paint a little bit on the front around the edges in case your paper doesn't fit I the only one who can't cut straight?

Let them dry, I actually did two coats. While drying, go work on another project!

OK they are step. Lay your scrapbook paper face down, you don't want the pencil on the good side. Also lay your letter face down as well, don't want the shape to turn out backwards. You can now trace the shape. Try to line it up with an edge, less to cut, and it leaves more room in case you need to do it twice...again am I the only one who can't cut straight?

Once your letter is cut out spray your letter AND paper letter and lay them together. I decided not to use Mod Podge as it gets very wet and the paper tends to wrinkle. I am sorry but I don't have a picture of this step. I was too scared to have evidence of using spray glue on my kitchen table!

The glue dries fairly quickly but to ensure it is dry and not going to move on you, go work on another project!

Everything all dry? Great! Time to assemble the letters. You can do it however you want, just remember you need the bottom letters to be flat and even on the bottom so it can stand up. There aren't too many variations but here are the two I was debating between:

Obviously I picked the lower one! Once you have it how you want it glue it all together. I started by gluing the E to the V then the L to the V then the O to the E and gluing the O to the L by "caulking" it. Once it was dry I flipped it on its belly and glued the back all together, anywhere two letters touched I glued the seam together. If I had popsicle sticks I would have glued those on for support as well...but its cold out so we don't eat popsicles right now.

And here it is, in Eliza's bedroom. This is the space we put her holiday decorations. Santa came down and LOVE went up!!


Friday, January 18, 2013

Oh How Pinteresting...Valentine Addition

Last night playing around on Pinterest I discovered the Holiday category. I NEVER knew it was there! I have always just used the keyword to search for things. I am SO happy. I found so many Valentine's Day ideas. Here are some of my favorites!

I am so excited to start making these things! I have already called my sister to come over and help! I will make sure to do a home tour of all we create.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wordless Wednesday-Dancin Machine

So, I need a few words to explain this cuteness. We went to the mall this weekend and there was a group of teen girls standing around waiting for a concert to start. They were all singing and dancing to the music the DJ was playing and Eliza was interested. I let her go over and check it out....

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentine's Day Feather Tree

 Last years feather tree. I was so excited when I pulled this out to decorate!

Hello Ladies...and I am sure a few Gents! Here is a Valentine's Day Tutorial, a bit late!

I sneaked out of the house the other day while Eliza napped and Mark played video games, to swing by Michaels. While checking out I saw a "floral arrangement" on SALE for 49.99!! What?? I can TOTALLY make that! So I did!!

Small disclaimer, this tree does not photograph well! I did it in every light, with pro camera and camera phone, it just doesn't capture the awesomeness of the feathers. I SWEAR it is SUPER cute!!

Start off with supplies-

Styrofoam Cone
Feather Boa, or 2 if you buy a big cone
Candle Stick
Hot Glue

Start out with your cone, side note-you can not spray paint Styrofoam, didn't know that! So move on with your cone with whatever color you bought. Take a boa and find an end, trim the extra rope they use so it is flush with the feathers. Take your hot glue and put a large bead at the bottom of the cone.

Lay your cone down with the feather boa coming toward you. Do a string of glue along the bottom and roll the cone toward you gluing the boa to the cone.

Now take the boa and wrap it tightly around the cone, glue every once in a while.

Now if you want to use 2 colors like I did, start the next boa from the top. Sorry I have no picture for this, I didn't plan to have to use two boas and had to run to the store and was flustered when I got back.

As you come to meet the 2 boas in the middle you can choose to keep them completely separate or swirl the top one into the bottom feathers to combine the colors.

Take your embellishment and attach it to the top, mine was a pick so I just stuck it down into the cone.

Next is the ribbon. Here is a great way to make a bow.

Start with a long piece of ribbon

Fold both edges in to meet the middle, do a dab of glue and keep them down.

Now cut two long pieces of ribbon, these will be your tails.

Flip your folded piece over and glue each tail to the back

Now cut a small piece that will wrap around the middle.

Glue it on the back, wrap it around the front of the ribbon, between the two tails, pull tight and glue on the back again.

Perfect bow without the tying!

Glue the bow to the top of your tree.

Now take your candlestick and you can choose to attach it to the bottom of your cone, or just rest your cone on it. I decided not to glue so that I could do a different cone each holiday and just reuse the candlestick.

You are done! This took me less then 20 minutes and I love the funky way it looks.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Very Hungry...Little Girl??

Since Eliza started to eat solid food, it has always been a struggle. She is very picky about texture, so she refused most foods, especially meat. We broke every rule out there of bribing her to get her to eat. We tried snacks, we tried TV, we did it all, but this girl wouldn't eat.

I brought it up at every DR visit but the assured me she was growing fine. Every night before bed we would have to feed her oatmeal to make sure she slept at night without waking up saying she was hungry.

Then, one day, a miracle happened. 3 days ago she came to me and said "mommy, I'm hungry" and from then on we have had the worlds best eater.

Her normal breakfast would be half a banana, or maybe a small bowl of yogurt. Yet yesterday she ate 2 waffles some blueberries and juice. That was about the equivalent of what she would eat all day.

Last night at dinner Mark and I weren't sure how it would go. I made chicken and that is usually a no go. I shredded it up really small and mixed it in with some mashed potatoes. We explained she had to at least try it. We allowed her new Nemo figurine to sit on the couch near by and watch her. With each bite she would say "Nemo, I took bite!" "oh mommy, delicious!" she ate it all! Not only did she eat the whole bowl, she asked for 2 squeezies after that. She even ate a scoop of ice cream as a reward and finished off a bowl of popcorn.

While going to bed last night I checked her teeth, I think I found our answer. For the past few months her 2 year molars have been making their way though. All 4 have broke through now, 1 completely through. I think the pain is finally subsiding and she is able to actually eat.

As I type this she just finished off 2 fish sticks and an apple.

I sure don't know where this child came from but I really hope she stays, this is making life SO much easier and meal time much more enjoyable when I can eat warm food!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

It's A Puppy Party!!

When your birthday is in the winter here in Michigan, it can be difficult to think of ways to celebrate. No parties at the park, swimming in the pool, or picnics at the lake. Mark and I were searching for a place to have Eliza's party this year. We thought about swim school, dance class, gymnastics and many other places but none of them were working out, then Mark had a great idea. Something Eliza loves more than anything is going to the puppy store. She likes to go and play with puppies! Mark said, we should just take her to the puppy store, then it clicked. Our local Family Puppy has a party room in the back, how perfect!

We got right up that day and went to the Family Puppy to work out the details. We got the party room for 2 hours. In those 2 hours the kids got to play with all of the puppies, make their own build a bear stuffed animal, and celebrate her birthday in the party room.

We had so much fun! We decided to ask all of Eliza's friends to bring donations for the Humane Society in lieu of gifts for Eliza. We all know she has plenty of toys!

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the day!!

Here comes the birthday girl! 
A little overwhelmed

Go fetch doggy!

She didn't cry!! She usually hate "Happy Birthday" song

The sugar is kicking in!

The gang is all here!

Goodbye hugs

Thank you Mimi and Gigi for all your help!