Friday, September 27, 2013

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Happy Friday!!

Today I'm sharing one of our favorite Fall recipes.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DIY: Silhouette

I'm often asked about my kids silhouette portraits that I diy'd (is that even a word?) and today I'm going to show you how I made them. I made these around 3 years ago BP (Before Pinterest) and am sure there are many other ways to do this, but this is how I made them and it was pretty simple. I had found a tutorial online, but don't remember where, since its been so long.

Here's what you'll need:

The scissors that you choose make all the difference.  I used these scissors that are made for detail cutting with their micro tip. I know what you're thinking.. scissors are scissors. Nope. Trust me. Not when you're trying to cut around you're kids long eye lashes and crazy hair.

You'll also need a mug shot  side profile picture of your child. I took their picture against the wall and had it printed in an 8x10 size.

You want to make sure you can see their eyelashes, nose, and lips.

Good profile picture

 (Do you see those long lashes? Jealous? Me too.)

Bad profile picture.
He doesn't have a nose or lips in his shadow.

In order for them to have " lips" they need to kind of pucker their lips.

Asking one to pucker their lips leads to the following pictures:

I purposely left their hair wild because I wanted it to stand out in their silhouette. My husband has nick named our oldest son "shark fin" because of his spiked hair and our youngest  "fro bro" and that's what I wanted to capture in their silhouette.

So, once you've had your pictures printed, you are then going to cut their profile out very carefully.  Make sure to cut out every detail, especially their eyelashes. Sorry, I didn't take pictures of this.

Once you're done cutting it out, you then flip the picture over and paint it (on the back side) the color of your choice. Once it dry you can then use double sided tape to adhere it to paper.

I wanted mine to have an eclectic look, rather than the traditional black and white, so I added patterned scrapbook paper behind the silhouette. 

The frames are from Michaels.

Shark Fin and Fro Bro

 Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 23, 2013

New Family Heirloom: Lockers

A couple of weeks ago I showed you this picture of what else was helping our family stay organized.

Well, today I'm finally ready to show you! Before I show you let me tell you the story of how I acquired these lockers.. Do you have your coffee?  This is going to be a long post with lots of pictures!

Over the Summer my mom called letting me know that my Aunt who is a realtor was selling front loaders for a client and my mom wanted to know if I wanted to buy them. I went to check them out at the clients house. As I was there checking the washer and dryer out, my Aunt mentioned that there was a hauling company on their way, coming to take and clear out all the junk/stuff the people had left behind that wasn't sold. That's when I just about had a heart attack! I had already spotted the lockers and couldn't believe that they were just going to be tossed! I just couldn't let them be thrown away! 

My Aunt said that I could have them, since they were going to throw them out anyway. I quickly forgot about the front loaders that I came to look at and was now on a mission to get these lockers out.  I couldn't get a hold of my husband at the time, so my dad and nephew came to my rescue and got them out for me. I think my dad said something like "I'm not sure we can get them out, they're really heavy and kind of stuck in there" and I said something like  "Oh, Dad we're getting these lockers out. I don't want these lockers, I NEED them!'  By this time I had already pictured them in my house and when a girl has a vision, it needs to happen!  My dad and nephew were able to get them out and I thanked them about 100 times.

My husband had got my message to come to the house to pick up the lockers.  When he got there, he thought the lockers were cool  and said how he thought the lockers would be great for storage in the garage.  Say What?!?  Pssh, for the garage! This bad boy was coming INSIDE THE HOUSE, front and center!  I then felt the need to explain to him again just how cool these lockers really are and how they're way too cool for the garage and how we just scored a family heirloom that would be past on to our children's children! Yeah, he thought I was crazy, but it's not the first time. 

 I followed my husband home while he carried our new family heirloom in his truck. I totally felt like this woman, but even more excited, if that's possible!

When we got home, my dad, nephew and husband unloaded the locker and I thanked them all again for their man strength. 
Still, not completely satisfied with my husbands reaction ( he just wasn't as excited as me) I called my SIL Katie. You see, my husband thought they were cool and all, but I needed someone to get excited with me! Someone to talk to who really understood just how cool they are, someone who understands how BIG I just scored, someone who can see the lockers potential, other than a sweaty gym locker. Someone who thought my new family heirloom was house worthy like me!  I needed another GIRL who would get it!

So, I quickly took a picture and texted it to Katie and then called her. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does that? We then spent the next hour chit chatting about where I would put the lockers, what I would put in the lockers, all the possibilities I could use the lockers for and how we couldn't believe I got them for free.  I then felt satisfied because she too saw the beauty in my new family heirloom!

We always enter and exit our house from the garage and decided we would put the lockers in the family room that leads to the garage.  Each of our boy's gets their own locker for backpacks, hats, jackets, toys, books, etc. The third will be used for art/ craft supplies that are currently in a kitchen cabinet.

Isn't she a beauty!
 I tried looking this particular locker up online, but couldn't find too much information. I did find that Durand Locker Co. has been around since the early 1900s. 

The lockers already had shelves that someone put in, but they weren't made so great, so we took them out.  

We wanted to have shelves in the last locker for art/craft supplies so my husband cut wood shelves to fit. I then stained the wood rails and painted the shelves white.  

Since I really liked the military green color of the lockers, I didn't want to paint them, but I still wanted to add character to them. I decided on lining the back of the lockers with wrapping paper I had leftover from lining our entertainment center. It just so happened to match perfectly.

This picture shows the old wood rail that we took out and replaced.

I measured the back of the locker and cut the paper to fit. I used removable double sided tape to stick the paper on.

My husband then screwed in the new wood rail using the existing holes.

So what do you think?
Would you put lockers in your house?

Enjoy your week!


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kitchen Organization

I don't consider myself unorganized, but I wouldn't consider myself completely organized either!?! You see, everything in my house has a place, but within that place/closet/cupboard/drawer everything may just fall out when you open it! I have a really hard time KEEPing things organized..make sense? I should could totally just blame it on the kids, but honestly it's me.  So, I've been really trying to KEEP things organized.

Do you have that one cupboard that you just dread getting something out of in fear that everything else is going to fall out? Well, I have a few  one. It's in my kitchen island and it holds all my baking sheets, muffin tins, cutting board, and cooling racks. It's a very deep deep that you basically have to send your kid in to get something out! Well, after living with the cookie sheets and muffin tins stacked on top of each other for almost 6 years, (all falling out after trying to get one out) I've finally come to the conclusion... that it's just not working. I know, I catch on quick!

The reason it has taken me so long to do something about this is because in order to organize this better I needed to move one of the shelves up.  Have you ever tried getting a shelf out of one of these plastic holders? Umm, yeah it's really hard! Unless, there is a trick I don't know about?

 Well, one night I was feeling brave and decided I would tackle not only lining the shelves with shelf paper , but finally move the shelf up to make room for my baking sheets. 

 I quickly remembered why I put this off for 6 years.  But, like I said I was feeling brave and did what every brave woman does after they finish one side and realize that it was too much work they need help... I waited for my husband to come home and move the other shelf for me.

I had found these two file holders at the thrift store for .50 each   This and this would work too.


Much better, right? 

Now I can slide ONE cookie sheet out, without the rest falling/sliding out. 

 Oh, the little things that make me smile! 


Monday, September 16, 2013

A {Breakfast} Birthday Party

My littlest man turned 7 during Summer.  Crazy!?! How is my baby 7?!?  I have a hard time with every birthday, but 7 is just a hard one for me! It just seems old??

When we asked him what kind of party he wanted..well, actually let me correct that by saying we asked him what kind of food he wanted to have at his party (he is a foodie) he quickly replied "BACON!" I wasn't completely shocked because a few weeks prior we hosted brunch for family that was in town for my brother in laws wedding and the kiddos thought having everyone over for breakfast was the coolest thing ever!

So, bacon it is. Although I'm sure most kids would have been fine with just being served bacon, we also decided on waffles, fruit toppings, powdered sugar, whip cream and a cereal bar. Just to make sure everyone's kids had enough sugar to last them the whole weekend, we had a DONUT cake too! We even topped off breakfast with a piƱata. It was a complete sugar fest and I'm pretty sure every kid needed to detox after they left...but hey, you only turn 7 once, right? Thank God it wasn't a sleep over!

I used craft paper as the table cloth and used colored duct tape to hold the two pieces together.

Since there ended up being a lot of blank space on the table, I decided to write the names of the food being served with a chalkboard pen.

We put the cereal in glass jars because it just looks cuter that way.  Actually, since the party we've left the glass jars out on our counter filled with cereal. The boy's like having their own cereal station and I love that they can get their breakfast themselves. No more cereal boxes left open to get stale and I can always see when we're getting low on cereal. Oh, the little things that make me happy!

And here's one happy, sugar loaded 7 year old!

On my littlest man's actual birthday he also learned how to change a tire.  Yup, that's how we roll.

He is a man in training, after all. He was very proud, but not as proud as his daddy! I love watching my little men get down and dirty and learn new "manly things" Cracks me up that he wanted to wear gloves!
Disclaimer:  I am fully aware that my child's hair is the definition of bed head!