Friday, April 18, 2014

15 Minute Burp Cloths

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I am in love with these burp cloths.
They are so quick and easy to make, and can we just say, adorable?!
If you remember, a few weeks ago, I did a post for DIY Reversible Bibs.
Check out that post for a free template for the bibs. Once you are done with that, you use the same fat quarter and make a matching burp cloth!
These make great gifts for a new mom or mom-to-be.
The burp cloth is long enough to cover the front and back of the shoulder area, which keeps all of the spit-up from getting on her cute outfit...or heaven forbid, in her hair.
Yes. Those have both happened to me because the burp cloths I was using weren't big enough.
Alright, let's see how easy it is to whip these up!
Just like with the bibs, I just used a fat quarter and a towel. I picked up a plain white towel on clearance for $1.97.
Cut the towel and fabric 7" x 15"
Turn the fabric over and pin it wrong side down onto the towel.
 Next, I just sewed a straight-stitch all around the burp cloth.
Make sure to leave a 2-3" opening.
Pulling itself through the opening, turn the burp cloth right side out.
 Fold the edges in where you have the opening, and pin it closed.
 Close up the opening with a zig-zag stitch, and continue the stitch around the entire burp cloth to give it a nice finish.
And that's it!!
Here are 3 that I've made for an upcoming baby shower.
 I just need to wrap a bow around these and add it to the bag of goodies for the mom-to-be :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

'Yoda Best' FREE Valentine Printable

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Yes. This is a Valentine's post.
I feel like I have kind of been all over the place lately...Don't worry people, I'm trying to get organized!
So, this will hopefully come in handy for you next year :)
My son is in preschool this year, which means it was going to be his first time handing out Valentines.
I had been thinking about what he would take to school for weeks...I get really excited around holidays, especially since I have kids. They make everything more fun and magical :)
So if you remember, a few months ago my son requested a Star Wars themed birthday party.
Well, we were still loving Star Wars, so my son said he wanted to do that for Valentine's Day.
This was so fun to make because we did all of the planning together.
I gave my son some ideas and he said he wanted to give out something with Yoda and light sabers (glow sticks).
This is what we came up with.
My son picked out the picture of Yoda, the font, the colors, everything.
To download the printable, click here.
*I just printed the Valentine's on 8x10 photo paper and there are 4 per sheet. I also 
 Once you've printed out the cards have your child write their name first.
Then make a small slit where the light saber is and slide through the glow stick. I also attached the little connectors on the part of the glow stick that's 'hidden' behind the card.
 You might want to buy an extra pack of glow sticks just to have extra on hand. With a 'little helper' some of the glow sticks will snap and start to glow sooner than they should :)
To make sure the light sabers stayed in place, I just used a small amount of glue from a hot glue gun on the backside of the Valentine.

Friday, March 21, 2014

DIY Reversible Bibs

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My beautiful little chunky baby is 7 1/2 months old already!
It's true :( it's going by so quickly.
After I had my first son I held onto everything.
I knew I would be using it all again.
There are a couple of things I didn't use as much with my first that I am constantly using with my second. I had received some bibs during my first pregnancy where there is fabric on one side and a towel on the other. Well, my second baby is a drooler :). He is always sucking or chomping on everything, and his shirts get kind of soaked. So, I have been using those towel/fabric bibs, but I only had 2. 
These bibs are the best for catching drool, so I decided I needed to make some more for myself.
I was at my parent's house a couple of weeks ago and my mom and I went through some of her fabric stashes.
I grabbed a bunch of fat quarters, and I had a plan in mind.
I also had an older towel on hand that was kind of a weird size, not small enough to be a hand towel, and too small to be a body towel. So, I thought I would cut it up :). No sense in good fabric going to waste!
Here's the stash of fat quarters I found at my mom's house along with the other supplies needed.
(I got 2 bibs from 1 fat quarter)
- fat quarters
- velcro
- towel
- bib template (download it here for free)
I actually didn't wash the fabric before I started, and I didn't have any problems with it.
I've even washed the bibs in the washing machine twice now and they've held their shape and everything perfectly.
So I first folded the fabric in half and cut out the shape of the bib.
I then unfolded the fabric to make sure I liked the size.
 Next, I pinned the fabric right side down on the towel.
 Cut around the towel and you're ready to sew.
 Sew around the whole bib, but make sure to leave a small opening (maybe about 2") at the bottom so you are able to turn the bib right side out.
 Pull the bib through the small opening.
 After turning the bib right-side out this is what it will look like.
Take the opening and just fold the fabric and towel in and pin it closed.
 I then did a zigzag stitch around the whole bib, and that's how I closed up the opening.
The next step is to add the velcro.
Make sure the pieces of velcro are on opposite sides of the bib so it can attach over top of itself...if that makes sense...
 I then just quickly sewed around the velcro just to make sure it wasn't going anywhere.
 Here is my happy little man modeling one of his new bibs for us :)
I LOVE how fast and easy these were to whip up. I think it took me about 20-25 minutes per bib, and that was with my older son helping me.
I've already made a few more bibs since taking these pictures, and I will be doing a post about matching burp cloths soon, so stay tuned!

Monday, March 3, 2014

How to Remove Carpet Stains

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Today I have a cleaning post for you.
Let's start out with our before and afters, shall we?
Looks pretty good, eh?
I first saw this carpet cleaning method over at DIY & Crafts and I pinned it for a time when I would need it.
Well as you can tell in the before picture, I needed it :)
This was our apartment in California. This was our family room area, just after walking in through the front door.
When we first moved in they had just cleaned the carpets.
It looked beautiful.
Then, slowly over a period of a few months these black spots just started appearing.
We didn't realize until much later that the big palm tree-type trees outside our apartment would drip a sap-like substance that would get tracked into our apartment. We would always take our shoes off when we got home, but most of the time the shoes would just get tossed and end up on the carpet...hence the spots. This was the only area in the apartment that looked like this, and it was so annoying because it was the main area people would see when they came over.
One day I just decided to tackle these ugly spots and it worked!
What I used:
1 part vinegar
2 parts water
a damp cloth
an iron
Mix the vinegar and water and pour into a spray bottle.
Spray the spots you would like to remove.
 Place a damp cloth over the spots, put your iron on the steam setting and place over the cloth.
Let it sit for about 30 seconds.
 And that's it!
There were a few spots I did have to spray and steam a few times to get the stubborn stain out, but for the most part it was quick and easy.
Here are a couple more before and after shots for you.
 And one more :)
Since moving to our new place I haven't had any spots pop up anywhere yet, but if they do, I know how to handle them :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Crispy Chicken with a Lemon Cream Sauce

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I've still been keeping up with my goal of finding and trying out new recipes.
I was really excited to try this one when I found it on Pinterest, and my family LOVED it!
I think I've made this chicken dish 5 or 6 times now.
I did modify the recipe from the original, just a little bit.
Ingredients:
2 large chicken breasts, fat trimmed and cut through the middle lengthwise (filet) so it gives you 4 pieces of chicken
1 1/2 c. Panko bread crumbs
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 eggs, beaten
olive oil
unsalted butter
zest of 1/2 a lemon (I have made this once without the lemon zest, and it is still very flavorful)
Sauce ingredients:
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 can chicken broth
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
juice of 1 lemon (or 2 Tbsp lemon juice)
salt
pepper

You will need three bowls for a 'dipping station'.
 The first bowl will have the flour, salt and pepper. The second bowl will have the eggs, and the third bowl will have the Panko crumbs, lemon zest, and Parmesan cheese.
Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, then the egg, and lastly the Panko mixture.
Place a skillet over medium heat and add 1 Tbsp of olive oil and butter. Add the chicken breasts to the skillet once the butter has melted and cook the chicken until done, turning over halfway through cooking. It should take about 10 minutes total to cook.
Add more oil and butter to the skillet as needed.
While the chicken is cooking you can start on the sauce. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the butter, chicken broth, and minced garlic. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the flour and whisk it all together. Add the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and let it simmer for a minute. Add lemon juice and let it simmer for another minute.
Serve chicken with a generous amount of sauce and enjoy!

For a printable version of this recipe click here.

Recipe adapted from Oh Sweet Basil

Monday, February 10, 2014

DIY Indoor Golf Game

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I must say I have kind of really been loving the warmer winter we've been having here.
Don't get me wrong, I love the snow, but it's nice to not have it so harshly cold with my baby only being 6 months old.
There have been a couple of days where we did get some snow and we didn't really want to venture outside, so my son and I got our crafting on.
I pinned this idea last year, but when I clicked on the picture that's all it was. No website, no instructions, nothing.
It looked simple enough to figure out, so we made our own version.
This was really easy to put together.
We started out with an old box we've had since the move, a knife, and something to color/write with.
 First, cut off the box flap.
We only cut off the on in the front.
 We then roughly drew some lines using a golf ball to measure and make sure the holes were big enough.
 Make the holes different sizes to change up the difficulty.
 Then cut out all of the holes.
 We wanted to jazz up the front a little, so I had my son color around each hole.
 I then let my son choose and write down the points.
 Here it is all complete :)
 Here is my son after taking the first couple of shots.
 Don't you love his jammies?
Yeah, we did this sometime in the afternoon. Sometimes we just stay in jammies all day, it's ok, that's allowed in the wintertime :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

DynaPro Direct Resistance Band Review

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*Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial. 

For the past month or so I have been thinking about working out.
Within a couple of weeks of having my second baby I had lost all of the weight from my pregnancy. I hadn't gained a lot throughout, so it just kind of came off.
However, I have noticed that I am not as toned as I would like to be.
How do I fix this dilemma you might ask?
Well I should go to the gym, right?
Wrong.
My baby is only 6 months old, and to be 100% honest, I just don't feel comfortable leaving him in a gym daycare yet. Especially in the winter months with all of the germs...gross...and my poor husband has been working crazy long hours this month...like gets home after myself and the rest of the country is already asleep. So I can't leave my kids with him and go to the gym.
So, what is my solution?
Working out at home!
The Pro Grade Resistance Bands are perfect for my situation, and I'm sure many of you will feel the same way.
"With the guaranteed highest quality professional grade dipped latex and Premium-D handles, DynaPro brings the top choice in resistance bands for personal trainers right to your door."
I received the green band which is approx 20 lbs. There are two other options, a lighter one (10 lbs), and a heavier one (30 lbs).
green resistance bands
I love how durable these bands feel, and I love the cushioned handles.
The bands are also adjustable to give you even more workout options.
I love having the band around because there are times where my baby is napping, or my kids have gone to bed and I am able to just grab my green band and get a workout in.
Now, I'm not very creative when it comes to working out, I would probably get stuck doing the same two or three workouts and then give up, so I checked out DynaPro Direct's different social media sites.
I am now following DynaPro Direct on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all of their ideas, tips, and videos to make sure I am going to get maximum results.
You can also check out their website http://www.dynaprodirect.com/
Or if you are ready to jump in and pick up some bands for yourself you can head over to their Amazon store.
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