Wordless Wednesday: Early TBT Best Friends

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Guest Host: Whatever Wednesday

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Welcome back to another fabulous Whatever Wednesday! Please help me welcome our guest hostess Joanne from Over Seeing the Care of my Household and Laura from Hand- Me- Down Mom Genes. And help me welcome back Sarah from Life in the Orchard and Paris from My Big Fat Happy Life!

10 Helpful Websites for Toddler Meal Ideas

Monday, July 28, 2014

Anyone that has spent the day with Carl knows that he is a super picky eater. We introduced him to all sorts of foods early on that I made from scratch (all except pureed meat, I could never get the texture right). So when he started to eat table foods, it became very frustrating when he refused everything. I read countless articles on how to get your child to eat a variety of healthy and nutritious foods, and yet none of their suggestions have helped Carl become an adventurous eater (actually, I’d settle for an average eater). 

2 Free Prints for Christmas in July

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas is my favorite time of  year. My twin sister and I have always been the type to countdown for Christmas months before. There is such a different feeling around the holiday season. Houses feel warmer and cozier, you get to spend extra time with family and friends, and there are so many fun activities to do. And of course, there are Christmas movies and books. I have loved reading other blogger's Christmas in July posts and have decided to jump on the bandwagon. So today, I am sharing with you 2 free prints in honor of Christmas in July. Keep reading to check them out!

Sweet Corn Cake

Sunday, July 20, 2014

One of our favorite items when going out to eat at Mexican Restaurants (and Cheesecake Factory) are sweet corn cakes. Carl absolutely loves this decadent side dish. I have been trying for a few years to find a recipe to recreate it at home and I finally found one that works with adjustments from Allrecipes.com. I am amazed at how close the flavor and texture is to our nearby Mexican Restaurants (especially Don Pablo's). 

20 Inspirational Playroom Ideas

Friday, July 18, 2014

We are really blessed in our house to have the space for a playroom. It’s a first floor master bedroom with a bathroom and small walk-in closet. Since we wanted to be on the same floor as Carl, we opted to stay upstairs. The only problem with our playroom is it is completely bare (except for the billions tons of toys). I’ve got nothing on the walls and none of the furniture matches. Since I was bed rested half-way through my pregnancy, I told Kris I wanted to hold off on decorating the playroom until I could help. Of course, here we are 19 months later, and nothing has changed (oops!)

So now I have started the fun of looking up playroom ideas. I am in constant awe of the creativity of my fellow bloggers. They have come up with the greatest ideas that I am not even sure I am skilled enough to recreate (thankfully my parents are though, just kidding Mom :)).

So today I am sharing with you 20 playroom ideas that have inspired me. The best part is, these ideas can be used in kid’s rooms and classrooms, too!

Pottery Barn Inspired Typewriter Key Prints Pt 2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Here is Part 2 of my Pottery Barn Knock-Off Type Writer Key Prints. This set includes: numbers 0-9, and 4 symbols (question mark, ampersand, at, and the dollar symbol). Continue reading to download Part 2 of these free prints!

Pottery Barn Knockoff: Type Writer Key Art Pt.1

Sunday, July 13, 2014

If I was given one store to buy everything for my house, it would all be from Pottery Barn. Unfortunately, we would be totally broke and have nowhere to put all of our pretty new furnishings. While their items are beautiful, often times they are expensive. I had no issue putting out the extra money to buy our beautiful dinning room table but when it comes to some of their art, I often think, I could do that! Well after flipping through their new catalog I found myself loving their type writer key prints and of course thought, I could make that! Keep reading to learn more about the free knock-off prints.

Lambie Watermelon Snack

Friday, July 11, 2014

Despite the fact that he has seen very few episodes, Carl loves Lambie from DocMcstuffins. I think that I am actually more into the show than he is (I think it's adorable!) My Mom bought him a Doc McStuffins Flap book and he is obsessed with finding the characters. His favorites are Lambie and Hallie so I was excited to make this snack for him. She was harder to make than I realized but definitely easier than Hallie would be.

When it came to making Lambie, I found that I needed very few ingredients. Sprinkles have become a staple in my kid food creations. They are the perfect for small details. I used black sprinkles from my Halloween pack as her eyes lashes. Unfortunately, her eyelashes came out creepy looking in pictures (I swear they looked normal in person). 

Keep reading to find out how I made her!

20 Recipes for Those in Need

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I don’t know about you, but when it comes time to make food for someone in need, I always end up making the same thing: baked ziti. I just made a batch for my neighbors who were moving (so they could focus on the packing rather than cooking). I decided the next time I make someone a meal, I am going to try something new. I went straight to Pinterest and Allrecipes.com (my favorite recipe site), to find some new recipes to try. I figured I should test them on my victims husband and Carl before I make someone sick.

Continue reading for 20 yummy recipes perfect to drop off to a friend and need (and get some great tips, too!)

Livi's Loops Giveaway Winner

Monday, July 7, 2014

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our Livi's Loops giveaway. Our winner is Maria S. A special thanks to Livi's Loops for creating these adorable bows to giveaway to our readers!! Don't forget to continue checking out Livi's Loops for sweet new bows. 

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Free Nursery Prints Pt. 2

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I love Nurseries and little kids rooms - I think they are so much fun to decorate. I find myself looking at and pinning ideas for our nonexistent other children (we're nowhere near ready to change Carl's room).  

About a year ago, my Mom asked me to create some prints for her friend who was designing an adorable nursery in gray, lime green, turquoise and orange. The color combination was so much fun to play with (which is why you'll see various versions of the same prints). They own Yorkies so I decided to add a personal touch by creating prints with a Yorkie silhouette. 

In addition to the colorful prints, I also created a Red Sox Print using Skip Hop's Owl from Treetop Friends. Even though we're die-hard Orioles fans, I set aside our differences to create some adorable Red Sox Owls for her nursery.Continue reading to see the adorable prints. 

How to Clean Stinky Sippy Cups

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I despise stinky Sippy cups. Carl started to use a Sippy cup for water at about 8 months. Cleaning the cup just took some soap and water. But then, we introduced milk. Dirty Sippy cups soon became my enemy. I couldn't believe the smell milk created while in a Sippy cup. I told my husband that we were going to have to buy new cups all of the time if I couldn't get the smell out (which he of course lovingly nodded yes to even though he didn't have a clue what I was talking about). 

I knew the cups were clean and safe for Carl to drink out of, but I couldn't get over the sour smell left behind. Like every 21st Century Mom, I headed over to Pinterest to search for cleaning ideas. I was surprised when I didn't find a ton of information. Most of the suggestions involved baking soda, which just didn't work for us. 

So finally, after trying multiple ideas, I came upon a simple solution that works every. single. time. It even worked on the Sippy cup we left in the car overnight earlier this summer. I thought for sure we were going to have to toss the cup (Elmo has become like a 5th family member to Carl, so this wouldn't have gone over well). So today I am sharing with you, the ever-so-glamorous, simple and effective way to clean stinky Sippy cups.

Livi's Loops Giveaway

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I am so excited today to be sharing this giveaway from Livi's Loops. I am so jealous of the cute accessories my sister and friends get to buy for their girls. These are no exception. 

Annemarie of Livi's Loops started out making bows for her daughter, Aliviana, after she left teaching second grade to became a stay-at-home-Mom. She loved hair bows but couldn't find many cute ones. Annemarie and her friends would have bow making play dates and swap materials. Her friends started asking to buy her bows and encouraged her to start a business. She held her first bow sale on Zulily in September 2012. Soon after, she she started to sell her bows at craft fairs while selling online at Zulily, Amazon, and Keekoo. Her inventory has expanded to include bows, headbands, clippies, bow boards, and bow hangers! Just like many stay-at-home Moms she spends naptimes and late nights hand-crafting her bows. Annemarie was blessed with a second beautiful daughter, Emmalyn, in August 2013. Now she has fun putting her daughters in matching bows. Seriously, could they be any cuter?