Thursday, November 27, 2014

Take a picture to make it last longer

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I've done so many Thanksgiving posts in the past that I didn't want to bore anyone with the same old recipes. However, I did want to share a pic of the scrumptious dessert my hubby bought me this year.

As you know, I'm a huge fan of Corarao Confections, so my man made sure I had a chance to try their Thanksgiving pie for today's holiday (unfortunately, it's sold out, but you can mimic the flavors with some of their blondies, caramel cups or pumpkin spice caramel bar, and your own pecans and pumpkin pie spice). It's so good that I needed to snap a quick pic before it disappeared (it was nearly half gone at the time of this photo). Yum!

Oh, and I just noticed that Coracao Confections is having an amazing Black Friday Sale: 30% off everything with the code BIG DISCOUNT from tonight at midnight through Sunday, 11/30/14 at midnight. You know I'll be ordering some :-)

Speaking of Black Friday sales, I already took advantage of one offered by 100% Pure. I can't wait to see what I get in one of their sold out mystery bags. Let me know if any of you picked up one, too.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

*I was not contacted by either company to do this post. I just love their products.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Berry Cherry Ice

Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope you are celebrating with some cool tasty treats. Hayden wanted to share her Berry Cherry Ice, which is her version of Italian ice. She actually prefers frozen fruit that is pureed in a food processor to the sugary-flavored ice version. This one is just frozen cherries and strawberries, blended into an icy consistency, and topped with some blueberries, a strawberry and a cherry. Yum!

Enjoy the rest of your day :-)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tails doll

My son is growing up so fast. I can't believe he'll be in middle school next year. I'm lucky that he still considers me to be a cool mom on occasion (gotta cherish those moments, as they are few and far between), like when I made him this Tails doll.

Jacob is a huge fan of video games, especially the classics. One of his faves is Sonic the Hedgehog, along with the other Sonic games that followed, which is why he had me make him a Tails doll (not to be confused with the original Tails character; confusing, I know).

After drawing multiple sketches of Tails doll, showing me the character on screen and dropping many more hints, he finally convinced me to construct one out of old t-shirt scraps, cotton balls and pipe cleaners (that's how he ended up being poseable). Although our finished Tails doll doesn't look exactly like the one from the game/comic (I think ours looks more like the Fantastic Mr. Fox, but with two tails), Jacob says it is perfect, which is the best compliment ever.

To my surprise, I was able to make the whole Tails doll, using only material from the sleeves of the old shirts. I guess that means I can sew Hayden some more dresses.

Speaking of Hayden, I thought this picture of her and Jacob walking at yesterday's mini Relay for Life was so sweet. I hope they stay close forever.

But back to the t-shirt Tails doll, what do you make with old t-shirts?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Berry Patch

In my mind, this weekend is the start to summer, although the calendar says it's not for another few weeks. We've been enjoying the beautiful weather with various outdoor activities, such as Hayden's end-of-the-year preschool beach picnic/graduation, Jacob's field day, swimming and a day at the berry patch.

Growing up, I was lucky to have a strawberry patch in my own backyard, but since that is no longer the case, it was such a treat to go berry picking today. Hayden was quite the natural at finding the best of the bunch. I wonder what we'll do with all those berries. Any ideas?

Hope you are having a lovely weekend, as well. Happy almost summer!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

A "warm & fuzzy" t-shirt transformation

Hi everyone! Hope all is well. I just wanted to share this simple "warm & fuzzy" t-shirt transformation from the other day. It's a fun way to pass down old t-shirts from a big brother to a little sister.

My son Jacob likes to wear basic white tees to bed at night, etc., and recently moved up to the next size. Rather than tossing them, I pass the tees down to my daughter Hayden by putting our own unique spin on them, as seen in the photo above. She's wearing a "warm & fuzzy" t-shirt dress, polka-dotted with "warm & fuzzies" (brightly colored poms poms from the "warm & fuzzy" jar; you've gotta earn those pom poms by being a good girl ... or boy).


To turn a basic white tee (I've used boy's size medium or large) into a girl's dress (Hayden is a 4T or 5T), I trace the outline of another dress onto the t-shirt (make sure to turn the shirt inside out first; I forgot to do that in the mock demo pics, as I had already completed the dress at the time).


Then, I pin it in place, sew along the lines for the sides (you don't want to sew the arm holes shut), cut off the excess and sew around the arm holes to finish).


This is how the seams of the dress look from the inside (I couldn't get Hayden to take the dress off after I put it on her ... actually, she is still wearing it).

To decorate the dress and make it special, I tied ribbons on the shoulders and sewed them in place. I also sewed on a bunch of "warm and fuzzies" (pom poms) in a polka-dot pattern.

Hayden was so happy with the final design that she wanted to do a photo shoot (I still don't know how I feel about posting clear views on her face on the Internet anymore, which is why I tend to crop out her eyes or post pics of her looking down/to the side), while blowing bubbles in the dress.

I can't believe I caught some bubbles in this shot.

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, March 10, 2014

The unconventional challenge

As you know, I'm a big fan of "Project Runway" and any spinoff of the show, such as "Project Runway All Stars," "Project Accessory" (I once posted a Q&A with one of the finalists), and now "Project Runway: Under the Gunn."

My favorite challenge is the unconventional challenge (I tend to be a bit unconventional myself sometimes), so I was excited to see the contestants making designs completely out of items found at the beach in last week's episode. Hayden and I were quite found of Sam's winning design, which we replicated with recycled paper (old wrapping paper scraps and a brown paper shipping bag) and blue painter's tape.


We also cut out a bunch of construction paper circles to create a paper dress similar to Oscar's runner-up design, but unfortunately, it didn't come out quite as tailored and sophisticated. At least we had fun making it, while watching "Team Umizoomi" and singing about our "super shapes."


Speaking of "super shapes," Hayden made this "Katy Perry Roar Dress" (as she calls it, since it looks like something she would have worn in that video) all by herself. She even put it on without any help from me.


We also made a fluffy pink Katy Perry-inspired dress together. Hayden was quite proud of the color-scheme she suggested (the original dress is either a cream or pale pink color), as well as her paper cutting skills.


Later, we made a paper flower ring to match.

Anyway, we just wanted to share with anyone who is still reading. I know we haven't been blogging much in the past couple months, but it's nice to check in with all of you every once and a while when we are inspired.

Is anyone else watching "Project Runway: Under the Gunn?" Does it inspire you?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Obsessed with the paper dress

As you know, Hayden and I have become a bit obsessed with the whole paper dress thing (don't worry; we won't post too many of them), as seen in our last post and the one prior. Here is another one we made today. It is our interpretation of the Giambattista Valli dress Emma Watson wore to the 2014 Elle Style Awards. Hayden thought her hairstyle was perfect with the dress. I think so, too :-)

Thanks again to Mayhem for the inspiration. #FashionbyMayhem #InspiredbyMayhem