Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day is upon us, and (like everything I post on here) I have a last minute idea for a father’s day card for your loved one!  I downloaded this cute FREE(!) SVG file to make a card for my husband from this site.

I used the wood-grain paper I had leftover from my failed Barbie closet, and a nice, textured white cardstock to make it “pop”.  I think it turned out really nice, for a construction-themed card!  I used the dimensions from another card I had made in the past to get the sizes right and make the envelope.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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And then it was done.

I guess it has been a minute since I last posted.  I didn’t mean to step away for this long… life has just been super crazy and I’m the worst at time management.  Last time I was on here, I was preparing for Easter.  Since then, I’ve been helping my sister plan my nephew’s graduation party, pulling approximately 100,000 weeds out of our never-ending gardens, saving toads, killing ants, helping out at Harlow’s school, ignoring housework, and buying furniture, with just a touch of crafting sprinkled in there.  In short, looking back over the time since I last posted, it is a big old blur.  I will post a few things I’ve made, and as always, if you see something you like, drop me a line, and I’d love to work with you!

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But the main reason I’m posting today, is that it is my baby girl’s last day of kindergarten.  In some ways, it was a long, long year.  In other ways, it was the slightest blink of the eye.  She’s had a great, but sometimes difficult, year.  She’s grown in ways I never could have imagined.  I’m so my proud of this little girl, and so excited to see what our summer will bring!  It is her first summer out of daycare, and my first summer “off” since I was 18!  Get ready Lake Michigan, here we come!  We also have a lot of activities planned to keep us at least somewhat busy… volleyball camp, cheerleading camp, swimming classes, gymnastics, and a pottery day class, among other things.  I’ll also try to get back into the swing of things with crafting and posting more, too, but… life.  We’ll see.

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Don’t mind the dog hair. 

Have a great weekend!

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Easter Basket for a 6 Year Old

I’m one of “those moms” who doesn’t love giving her kid tons of candy.  I’m really lucky in that Harlow never really developed a taste for sweets, anyway.  She’ll scrape the frosting off a cupcake and eat three small bites, then be finished!  Even during Halloween, she loves the thrill of the hunt, and I end up putting one or two small pieces of candy in her school lunches for a few days, but eventually, I end up eating most of the candy.  #momsacrifices

So what do you put in Easter Eggs and Easter Baskets if you can’t/don’t want to load them with candy?  Here’s what the Easter Bunny is bringing this year:

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I grabbed a 100pc puzzle from the Dollar Tree, and put a few pieces in each egg (but you could EASILY make that the entire hunt by putting fewer pieces in each egg!).  That took care of about 20 eggs.  For the other 10, I put non-candy treats such as Play-Doh eggs, small toys (such as a bouncy ball), jewelry, and coins.

For the actual basket, this year Harlow will be getting:

  • two pairs of bunny ears
  • two bunny pens
  • a pair of cloth fairy wings (similar to this, but much cheaper from Walmart)
  • two suckers (pretty much the only candy she loves, and the bunny nose is hilarious!)
  • lip balm
  • bunny socks
  • a new kite
  • nail stickers
  • a bunny cup
  • stuffed bunny
  • lotion
  • carrot erasers
  • knee/elbow/hand pads (replacements for the ones she’s worn out)

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Everything in her basket, with the exception of the safety pads, were $3 or less.  I bought most things either at the Dollar Tree, Target’s Dollar Spot, or the local grocery stores at their rotating holiday section.  I really wanted to add some gardening stuff, since we are trying to start a garden this year, but I ran out of space!

I really wish I had done a post like this every year.  I know last year, most, if not all, of her eggs contained Barbie accessories – shoes, jewelry, etc.  Her basket is a complete blank to me.  I did, however, do a post on her basket from when she was two, if you’re in that demographic now!  It was so much simpler back then!  We didn’t need to fill the eggs – the hunt was enough for her!  This is such a fun age, though.

The below photo was 2017, age 4…  I don’t believe I started filling the eggs until last year for the egg hunt.

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Looks like a bunch of Barbie stuff, doll clothes, and socks?

 

What do you put in your Easter eggs and baskets?

 

Happy Easter!

 

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After the Party

Well, the party is over.  The actual birthday is over.  My house is a disaster.  My craft room looks like a tornado hit it.  Any sane person would take a few days and clean everything up and relax a little after all the meticulous crafting and planning and worrying over every little detail.

I am not a sane person.

I am a person that is blatantly ignoring the filth around her and already obsessing over NEXT year’s birthday party.  Yes, I already have a plan and have been pinning like a fiend.  If only I could use my obsessive personality for productive things like cleaning or cooking or yardwork or business ventures.  Le sigh.  20190326_124325Today my focus has been on Easter.  When I get an idea in my mind, if I can’t get to it right away, it just festers and pops up at really annoying times, like when I wake up at 2am to help Harlow go potty and can’t get back to sleep.  So, today I finally got one of those ideas out of my brain so I can rest!  Harlow will never deign to wear a t-shirt (the horror!) so I have no idea what to do with this, but I had to make it.  I love how it turned out!  I even made a sweet, simple little mug on a whim.  So cute.

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Next up is taking down our St. Patrick’s day decorations and replacing them with ALL THE EASTER!!!  Eggcellent!  Sorry.

Have a great Tuesday!

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And then she was six…

 

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Harlow is six today.  I’m still working through all the emotions I feel about this.  Great joy at what an awesome, fun, hilarious, smart, beautiful girl she’s growing into.  Sorrow at how fast she’s gone from being two lines on a test to ALREADY being six year old.  Grateful because she’s healthy and whole and safe and happy.  Before I get too emotional (too late, I know) let me just celebrate her.  This past weekend we had her mermaid party and it was fintastic!  I’m sorry.  You should probably stop reading now.  Anyhoosies.

Everything went swimmingly.  I’ll stop!  I promise(ish).

The only thing I regret is that I didn’t want to bother with my “big camera” so all my photos are blurry phone photos.  Ugh.  Every year I use my big camera and it is SUCH A PAIN when I’m trying to navigate the party and take photos, but I now see it is a necessity.  C’est la vie.

It was a large crowd of fun, well behaved kids who all seemed to have a wonderful time.  Harlow had a wonderful time.  Honestly, what else could I ask for?  The decorations turned out beautifully, which is always a crapshoot because you never know how pieces and parts you craft or plan in your mind will look once it is time to put it together at the venue.  It was great.

I was very, very pleased with how the cupcake-cake turned out.  The bakery we always use didn’t have a lot of options for “mermaid” so I sort of hodge-podged some ideas together with them.  They agreed to do the two tones of cupcakes, and I plotted the decorations using “mermaid sprinkles” and making some fondant shells and mermaid tails.  I had never used fondant before, so it was definitely an exercise in patience.

I had no plan B so I’m really glad it turned out.  Check out the inspiration vs the final product below.

The gift bags turned out great, too!  It was so much fun to put together these little treats for her friends.  At the last minute, I made little shark decals and added them to a pair of blue sunglasses to substitute the two hair ties in the gift bags of the two boys in attendance, but didn’t remember to take a photo before they were all packaged up.  They all got the bracelets, though.  I figured they were unisex enough.  Plus, they were super-tedious to make, so I was sharing them!

All of the rest of the photos have the other children in them, and I try really hard to remember not to post photos of other kids.  But here are a few final images of Harlow and the fun pre-birthday stuff she’s been up to lately.  She had star-day at school, started her “big girl” gymnastic class, and got a hair trim.  Basically, just an excuse to show off my cute kid.

Today she brought donuts and fruit to school for her birthday treat, and we’ll be picking her up at lunchtime to go to Build-A-Bear, which is her only birthday request.  I’m so blessed to be the mom of such a wonderfully amazing girl.

Oh!  And not only did I make a Mermom T-shirt for the party, I couldn’t resist making a Mermom tumbler as well.  I need a 12 step program for themed-crafting.

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Have a fairy-super day!

 

 

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It’s Getting Fishy Around Here

I’m covered in glittering scales and surrounded by mermaid tails and octopi!  Yes, folks, I’m elbow-deep in crafting ALL-THE-THINGS for Harlow’s birthday party next weekend!

Here is the Pinterest link to all of my inspirations.

What I am actually attempting are the banner, the large number, and the octopus suckers.  I’m also making starfish bracelets and mermaid hair ties, and I found some awesome glitter slime and added some scale love. I think the bracelet, slime, mermaid hair ties/bracelets, and an octopus sucker will be sufficient for a goody bag, right?

 

I’m getting really excited for the party, and I can’t wait to show you the finished products!

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Turning 40 (feel free to skip this part) & Cauliflower Potato Crock Pot Soup

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My 30th Birthday, 2009

At 12:05am tomorrow morning (tonight?) I turn forty years old. 

I’ve been whining a lot about turning 40 to the people around me. Mostly, I’m joking. I’m so grateful to have another year, and will take as many as God will give me. The only complaint, though, is how FAST 40 arrived! As I’ve mentioned before, my grandmother used to say “The days are long, but the years are short.” and holy cannoli, is that ever the truth! It seems to be more so every passing year.

I’ve been overcome with the feeling that 40 is the start of something for me. The first act of a new play. A lot has changed for me in the last year. Harlow started school, I stopped working… okay, that’s really only two things, but they are pretty decent-sized things! I’ve been realizing how much I’ve been neglecting myself. Here are some things I want to try to work back into my life.

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A very Pinterest-Worthy shot of my Vision Board, such as it is…

  • Yoga (Someday I will be a certified instructor! Even if I’m 80 when it happens!)
  • Self care – I let things go for myself way too long. Case in point – I haven’t had a hair trim in over a year. I put things off when it comes to my own health and upkeep. That has to change.
  • Exercise in general. Would you believe that I used to get up at 5am to go to the gym EVERY DAY before work? And sometimes pop in a second session after work, too? Yeah… me either. Those days are like a distant fog of WTF was I thinking? HOWEVER now that I’m not working anymore, you would think I would be working out again, right? Wrong. See bullet point #2.
  • Crafting and photography. These things make me really happy. I need to do more of them.
  • Nutrition – Ya’ll, this is a hard one. I hate cooking. So much. So everything I make is the easiest of the easy, and that is generally high carb, high fat foods (but so yummy). This one may have to wait until I’m turning 50…

Which brings me to the real “meat” of the post. Or, non-meat… or something.

Anyway. Last night I had a head of cauliflower that was two steps from being past it’s prime, a whole bag of potatoes that I didn’t really know what to do with, and a craving for soup. Enter in, Cauliflower Potato Crock Pot Soup!  Forgive the shoddy photos again, as I wasn’t setting out to share this recipe, but it was pretty delicious and so, so easy, so I just had to!  Plus vegetables and stuff.  So… healthy-ish.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 32 oz vegetable broth, (plus around 10 oz I had leftover in the fridge)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • A hearty smattering of “chicken seasoning” (rosemary, salt, pepper, etc)
  • 1 cup of diced onion and celery
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • Flour if needed

To Make:

Throw all but the last two ingredients into the crock pot for 8 hours on low, or 4 hours on high.

After time is up, plunge your immersion blender in there until no lumps are left, then stir in the can of evaporated milk and serve.  If it is too runny for you, you can add flour to thicken it up. I added a few tablespoons of flour at the end because I like my soups very thick.

I topped it with a little cheese and sour cream, and served it with a salad and warm crusty bread.  So much yum!20190304_193125

Have a wonderful day, and wish me luck on my SUPER HUGE transition into middle age tomorrow!  

 

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