Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hand Lettering Fun

Happy holidays everyone!! I can't believe that Christmas is NEXT WEEK. Has everyone gotten their Christmas shopping done?

I've recently gotten into the art of hand lettering. It is something that I've admired on Pinterest, but I never thought to try it out myself. I found some really good tutorials on YouTube and even on SkillShare. If you're interested in learning yourself, I highly recommend trying out SkillShare. They have a ton of classes that you can take that aren't just about lettering.

I'm still fairly new at this, but I like learning new things. I can't wait to get started on some more projects! I've made both versions available for you to download and do whatever you like with them. If you do happen to download and print them out, please send me pictures so I can see what you've done with them! 

Let me know what you think! And if you have anything that you would like me to hand letter, please let me know! Happy Holidays! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Abigail's First Trick or Treating

Halloween has come and gone. I can't believe how fast this past year has been! I was so excited for Halloween to come, it is one of my favorite holidays. I love all of the dressing up and fun decorations! This year I had big plans for our costumes, since Abigail would get to go trick or treating for the first time and I am big and pregnant.

Plan A ultimately fell through. We didn't really have a back up plan, so we just kind of improvised! My sister in law found this ADORABLE pig costume at Home Goods and then the wheels just started turning. Since Abigail was going to be a pig, I had to think of good costumes for my husband and I. What costumes go with a little piggy??

Then I got it. A pig, a cow, and a farmer. Genius! Unfortunately, I didn't get a family photo. *FACEPALM* I did get a picture of Abigail the pig and Daddy the farmer, who actually looked like a mechanic. I also didn't get any pictures of the actual trick or treating. It was just too dark for my phone's camera. I don't think Abigail would have held still long enough anyways.

We got all dressed up and got the dogs ready too. Abigail did most of the walking herself. We made sure to watch out for cars and we took off. Abigail can't quite say trick or treat, but she did say thank you in sign language and blow kisses when we left. I think that was good enough, since she's only 16 months. We were out for a whole hour. I think Abigail could have gone a little longer, but this pregnant mamma was tired of walking. So, we headed home and dug into the goodies! I think Abigail had a blast!

"Is that all for me??"

The chair that Abigail is sitting on was a gift when I was really little from my grandma. The back folds down and it turns into a little step stool. It has my name in pink stickers. My grandma sent me more stickers to put Abigail's name on it, but I just can't bring myself to do it!

This was the point where I had to bribe her with Tootsie Rolls to get her to sit still. She already knows how to work the system.

My grandma is a catalog queen, and when all of us grand kids were little she ordered these personalized treat bags. I have a pumpkin, my brother has a skeleton, and my sisters have a witch and a black cat. We ordered Abigail's cute ghost bag here from Lillian Vernon. I'm debating whether to order another one for little miss # 2 or wait a little longer. They're on sale now so you can get them at a great price! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

DIY Pajama Pants Without a Pattern

Some of you saw my picture I posted on Facebook and Instagram of the pile of fabric that I got a Jo-Ann's. They were having such a great sale (50% off of their clearance red tags!) PLUS I had a 20% off your entire purchase coupon! How could I resist such a great offer??

A friend asked what all I was planning on making with so much fabric. One of my projects was to make matching pajama pants for me and Abigail. I want to start the tradition that my kids open a present on Christmas Eve that contains Christmas jammies and some other little goodies. I saw this flannel Christmas light fabric that was on super sale and I just HAD to get it! I probably got more than I actually needed for just 2 pairs of pants... I'll find some other fun thing to make with it!

I don't have a pattern for pajama pants, but thought they couldn't be that hard to make. So I took to Pinterest, and I found the perfect tutorial for what I wanted to do. You can find the tutorial that I used here. It is super easy to follow, and the outcome is great! My little model wouldn't hold very still and I didn't have my mother in law's awesome camera to take any good pictures so you'll just have to settle for pictures from my phone!

I threw in this one because I think it is adorable! She loves pumpkins! 

I absolutely love them! I still have to make my pair so I'll put an update when I do so. I might even add in some pockets. Who doesn't love a good pajama pant with pockets?!

P.S. Yes, I realize the Christmas lights are hanging UP instead of DOWN... I got a little too happy-go-lucky when I was cutting the fabric to make sure it was the right direction. I'll be sure to make them hang down when I make my pair. I think they're cute either way!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Activities for Toddlers

Fall is in the air! Fall in Ohio is a lot different than fall in Arizona. I love all the color changing leaves and the cool crisp air! With the changing weather comes the changing seasons! I can't wait to try out some of these activities with Abigail!

  1. Button Indian Corn Craft
  2. Apple Picking
  3. Make Apple Chips with the apples you picked!
  4. Tie Dyed Coffee Filter Leaves
  5. Candy Corn Sugar Cookies
  6. Autumn Sensory Tub
  7. Fall Family Tree Sticky Wall
  8. Snippin Fall Foliage Art

What are some of your favorite fall activities?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy October!

Today is the first day of October! I can't believe it! So many great things are happening this month, some of them I can't share yet, but it is going to be an awesome month!

To celebrate the upcoming festivities, I have put together a little treat for my readers. A few time in my childhood we would make cookies and take them to our neighbors and friends, with cute little signs just like this one. I can't wait to take Abigail this year!

There are two pages, they don't necessarily have to be a front and a back. Just follow the directions on the second page and have fun! I'll make another blog post when we go BOO'ing ourselves! Toodles!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Abigail's Favorite Apps

I got my iPad mini a few months before we had Abigail. Matthan did a survey for the school about a local project the city was doing (the Streetcar Project) and told them how much he hated it and that it was a waste of time. He won a free iPad from it! Woohoo!

Abigail was interested in the iPad from the beginning. I was amazed at the number of educational apps that there are for kids of all ages. The iPad has definitely been useful on car rides and plane trips. Here are just a few of her favorites (and they're free)!

  • Peek 'n Play Rainforest (Free!) Abigail absolutely loves this app. This was her favorite for a really long time. She loved playing peek a boo with all the fun animals. Her favorite animal was the hippo, who sings when she peeks out from the trees. 

  • Laugh and Learn: Animal Sounds for Baby (Free!) This one is great, it has helped Abigail learn different sounds that different animals make. She know the sounds from a dog, cow, duck and sheep. It's not a very long list but we're working on it!

  • Laugh and Learn: Let's Count Animals for Baby (Free!) Abigail loves telling people how old she is, she will hold up both of her pointer fingers then clap hooray! This app is helping Abigail learn to count. Again, she loves seeing all the cute little animals. 

  • Story Book Rhymes Volume 1 (Free!) Abigail loves all of the volumes of the Story Book Rhymes. They all have options of Read & Sing or Read & Play. My favorite are the Read & Sing ones, I love it when Abigail starts to dance along with the story! You can also personalize the name on the "front cover" of the book with your child's name. 

  • Fisher-Price Giggle Gang (Free!) Abigail didn't get into this one as much as the others, but we do have one of the giggle gang plush toys. She LOVES to squeeze his stomach (or throw him on the floor, depending on the day...) to hear the cute giggle! There are a bunch of different toys to go along with the app that have different giggles. In the app you can add your child's giggle so they can play along with the rest of the gang!

What are some of your child's favorite apps? Leave your response in the comments!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Small Town Celebrity

Everyone is guessing what the big news is. No we've not moving to Ohio, no we didn't win the lottery, no it's not a gender reveal, no we're not having twins...

We are featured in the August 2014 edition of Woman's Day Magazine!! Not quite what you expected, huh? ;)

Back in March, Abigail and I had flown to Ohio to visit my family. Matthan had to stay back for work and school. One day I got a call from him, and he mentioned that his parents offered for us to move in with them. My first thought was, "Why on earth would I want to do that??"

Matthan was going to school part time and working two part time jobs. We were definitely stuck in a rut and there seemed to be no end in sight! If he was to keep to that lifestyle, he wouldn't graduate until 2018 at age 28. That did NOT sit well for us, nor his parents.

Hubby said that it was just an idea, to think about it, and we all would sit down and discuss it when we got back to Arizona. I had a week or two left on my little vacation so I had some time to consider it.

  • Would we get along, or would we want to kill each other?
  • How would we divide up the house?
  • Would Matthan and I have to sleep in one of the empty bedrooms?
  • Which bathrooms would be available for us and would we need a bathroom schedule?

There were so many things that could go wrong with this. Who really wants to live with their in-laws? No offense guys... I'm sure this happens more often than not but I never thought it would happen to me!

One day while I was browsing Pinterest, I came across this blog that announced she was going to be doing a blog series about living in a multi-generational house. Her blog is titled Four Generations One Roof. I thought, "Hey, I might be living in a multi-generational house soon!" I read through it and was enlightened. This woman lives with her husband and kids, her parents, AND her grandparents! In one house! And I thought I was going to have troubles with just Matthan's parents...

I left a comment saying that I would be moving in with my in-laws in the next few months and this was just what I needed to read. Within the next week, I got an email from one of the contributors to Woman's Day magazine. She read my comment and wanted to know if she could write a story about us moving in with my in-laws! How cool!

At first, I wasn't sure about it. I couldn't tell if it was a scam or not. We eventually emailed back and forth quite a few times, and I even Google'd her name and Woman's Day magazine came up. That's when I knew this was for real.

I talked with my mother in law about it and she said it would be alright to do the article. I was so excited! I have never done anything like this before! Matthan and I had a few phone interviews with the correspondent and my in laws had a few of their own. We originally thought the article was going to come out in the June edition, but it ended up being in the August one.

Long story short, we moved in with my in laws, everything is great, Matthan is going to school full time and is on track to graduate May 2016 and is working at a new job at an up and coming IT company. AND WE ARE FEATURED IN A MAGAZINE!!! Sorry if this wasn't as great news as you thought it was going to be, but I'm excited about it. :)

If you aren't a subscriber to the magazine you can pick up a copy, or just browse through it, at your local Barnes & Noble. We are literally the last story in the magazine, so just start from the back, turn one page and you'll find it! Happy reading! :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Olive Garden Recipes to try at home!

I LOVE Olive Garden. But who doesn't?! Olive Garden was the first restaurant that we went to as a newly married couple so it will always have a special place in our hearts. Thanks to whoever gave us the gift card as a wedding present! ;)

I don't know if any of you know this, but Olive Garden changed their logo. It used to be this...

but now it's this...

I personally LOVE the new logo! It's modern and clean. They've had that old logo for quite some time now, it was due for an upgrade! What do you think of the new logo?

Here they are!! I can't wait to try some of these recipes in my house!

What are some of your favorite Olive Garden Dishes?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beat this Heat!

I don't know about you guys, but I HATE the heat. I've always hated it. Winter is definitely my month. I live in Southern Arizona where the heat seems almost unbearable to non-natives (that would be me). I've only lived here for about 2 and a half years and even though I love the dry weather, the sun is brutal! 

This summer hasn't been too terribly bad, but maybe that's because I spend most of my days INSIDE where its cool. I've compiled a list of 30 fun things to do to keep you cool in the summer! 

  1. Make snow cones
  2. Go on a hike
  3. Visit a waterfall
  4. Go swimming
  5. Play freeze tag
  6. Get some frozen yogurt
  7. Outdoor movie
  8. Library storytime 
  9. Play in a river
  10. Go bowling
  11. Hula Hoop contest
  12. Eat at your favorite restaurant
  13. Feed some ducks
  14. Go to a baseball game (Go Reds!!)
  15. Visit the beach
  16. Update a room in your house
  17. Make your own giant Slip-N-Slide
  18. Dance in the rain
  19. Make S'mores
  20. Play boardgames
  21. Go fishing
  22. Visit a splash pad
  23. Make homemade waterguns
  24. Bake and decorate a cake
  25. Leave nice notes on random cars
  26. Nature Scavenger Hunt
  27. Make homemade ice cream
  28. Fly a kite
  29. Go back to school shopping
  30. Family Movie Night

Baby Update!

  • How far along?: 13 weeks HELLO SECOND TRIMESTER!
  • Baby is the size of a: Peach
  • Total weight gain/loss: -11 pounds! Goodbye previous baby weight! This little peanut craves fruits and veggies. 
  • The Bump: Definitely there. I'm as big now as I was at 16 weeks with Abigail.
  • Symptoms: Fatigue, migraines, sleepiness, and a hint of nausea. NOTHING like my first pregnancy.
  • Food Cravings: Yogurt, fruits, veggies.
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: Not anything specific. If I don't eat breakfast right when I wake up, I almost lose it. 
  • Sleep:  Sleep is pretty easy so far. I know it's only a matter of time before sleep becomes almost impossible!
  • What I miss: I'm still pretty early on in this pregnancy, so there's not too much to miss. 
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: On. I haven't blown up to the size of a hot air balloon yet. ;) 
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: We have a few, but nothing is set in stone yet.
  • Movement: Even though I'm not very far along, there are a few times where I can feel little flutters! 
  • Maternity Clothes: Yep. Back in the old swing of things. I only have one pair of maternity jeans and I basically live in them. The crotch part is getting pretty worn down, so I'll have to break down and get another pair... Or two...
  • Labor Signs: Negatory. Hopefully this one won't give us a scare like Abigail did!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: I'm excited for Abigail to be a big sister! She does really well with other little kids, so I'm sure she will be great with this little one.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Project Life 2014

So I know it's been a while since I last blogged...

I'm not going to post EVERY LITTLE THING that has happened since the last time. I feel like it's a little too much to begin with.

Many of you know that I LOVE digital scrapbooking. I have plenty of Shutterfly books to prove it (one of them was our wedding guest book!)

Since I had Abigail, the number of photos I take on a daily basis has definitely gone way up. It get's a little overwhelming trying to scrapbook when there are just so many pictures and events that happen!

I've decided to try something different this year.


Project life is where you scrapbook (digitally or physically) each week. You organize your pictures in such a way where you can find them easily for that week. On Saturday, I'll back up my pictures from my phone, sit down and pick out my favorites for the week. Then either halfway through the year or at the very end, you can create a Shutterfly book (or whichever printing service that you prefer) of all of your pages and tada! You have an entire "yearbook"!

I was so excited to get started, I found lost of great ideas and tips on Pinterest. Seriously, I don't remember what life was like before Pinterest. Is that bad? Oh well.

Here is what I have so far!

I don't know why I didn't start this sooner, it is so much fun!! I get most of my digital scrapbooking from free websites like this one, but I have bought the occasional kit and templates on Etsy. Some of the pages won't have journaling on it to begin with, my husband suggested actually hand writing them when I get the books printed.

What is your favorite way to scrapbook?