Wednesday, April 23, 2014

floral Mother's Day cards

Mother's Day is less than a month away and I've been brainstorming what I (and my kiddos) are going to do this year for all the wonderful women in our lives. Here is a post from two years ago and it gives you some great options for "floral" cards, if sending flowers is just too expensive (not to sound cheap, but why IS it so flippin' expensive?!). This post originally appeared on May 8, 2012 and has been edited for today's post.

Here are three different flower Mother's Day cards, I love the way they turned out! :)

For my sister and sisters-in-law:
I kept it pretty simple, I just created a sleeve to fit around a packet of Texas Bluebonnets and attached a tag that reads, "Sending you Mother's Day flowers from Texas".

For my mom and mother-in-law:
I typed up some of the words from the song, "I Often Go Walking" and just replaced the word "mother" with "grandmother". I Photoshopped a picture of my little dove running through the bluebonnets and also included a packet of Texas Bluebonnet seeds.

For the kid's great-grandmothers:
I figured, what great-grandmother doesn't love a cute little sentimental hand print from their great-grandchild? :) Then I used some die cuts and fabric flowers to create a sort of flower bush effect. This is a great way to get the kids involved!

Monday, April 21, 2014

5 favorite "free" containers to reuse

I want to start this post by saying that I am NOT a hoarder, so please don't be concerned for myself or the welfare of my children.My house is relatively clean and clear of clutter and I only hold on to things that I think will be useful.
Which, now that I think about it, I am sure is what every hoarder uses for justification.
Oh no.

Anyway, in honor of Earth Day tomorrow I wanted to share some of my favorite "free" containers that I like to reuse. I say "free" with quotes because I have to buy them in the first place, but then I can save them and use them for something else, hence, an awesome "free" container That usually takes the place of something that I could have spent $$$ on! :)

1. Large ice cream tubs:
I love these for organizing my kids' toys in places where they won't be seen, for example, inside the drawer of my son's train table to hold his cars and trains so they don't get lost in the abyss of train tracks.

2. IBC soda bottles:
I like to buy IBC diet root beer and cream soda sometimes when it's on sale, then I save the glass bottles. I think I have about 24 clear (cream soda) bottles, and 12 amber (root beer) bottles. These are great for using as casual bud vases or cute glasses at a party.

3. Archer Farms spice jars:
I know that other brands sell their spices in glass jars, but these (sold at Target) seem to be less expensive then most and I am really happy with their quality of spices. I first found them when I was on the hunt for lavender and didn't want to have to order culinary grade lavender online. They were the only regular store I could find it at. The labels on these jars come off really easily too, which is always a plus when you're reusing a jar! You might recognize the cute jar from {this} post.

4. Crystal Lite containers:
We drink quite a bit of Crystal Lite at our house and I never throw out the plastic containers that the little packets come in. I reused this one as a travel first aid kit (in {this} post) and it's the perfect size! it now resides in the glove compartment of my car. I also think they would be a great size for little party favors.

5. Rose's Grenadine syrup bottles:
Grenadine syrup is one of my little splurges for myself. Sometimes on a particularly trying day, regular Diet Coke just doesn't do the job and a little bit of Grenadine syrup added is necessary. Trust me. But the great thing about these bottles is they're SO pretty; so, bonus! I now have a pretty dish soap dispenser (I just added an olive oil spout) and a bottle for the bubble bath in my kid's bathroom.

All of my pretty jars and handy plastic containers (with the exception of the ice cream tubs, since we don't often buy it they are all being currently used for toy storage) live in a cabinet in my garage, so they're not all over the place taking over my life and I always know exactly where everything is.
Which is probably what most hoarders say.

Friday, April 18, 2014

bunny trifle

Don't worry, no bunnies were harmed in the making of this trifle, and if the name of this dessert conjures up images of a dessert gone wrong ("Rachel, no you weren't supposed to put beef in the trifle"), you can call it a carrot cake trifle, I'll allow it.
I wanted to make a fun Easter dessert and I came up with this bunny trifle; carrot cake and caramelized carrots make this a scrumptious snack that any bunny would love to devour. Of course, I also had to add bunny Peeps around the edge to add to the cuteness factor.

If you want to make a dessert that will make your husband question your cooking abilities when he takes it out of the fridge, this dessert is for you. I suppose if the carrots in it are really throwing you off, you could leave them out, but carrots are naturally sweet anyway, so when you caramelize them in butter and brown sugar with just a pinch of salt they blend in with this dish really nicely.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter basket blog hop 2014

Easter Sunday is right around the corner and today I'm linking up with Sarah over at Our Journey and her Easter Basket Blog Hop. So if you need some last minute ideas, head (or hop!) on over and check it out!

My 4 year old son:
1. "Curious George's Dinosaur Discovery" book
2. "Finding Nemo" movie
3. Lightening McQueen Del Sol t-shirt
4. See's buttercream egg
5. Spiderman Matchbox car

My 2 year old daughter:
 1. "Alice in Wonderland" book
2. "The Little Mermaid" movie
3. Ariel Del Sol t-shirt
4. See's buttercream egg
5. "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" puzzle

My 2 month old daughter:
1. "Moo, Baa, La La La" board book
2. "Sense and Sensibility" board book
3. "Frozen" movie
4. Minnie Mouse snuggle buddy

Monday, April 14, 2014

mailbox makeover

The fact that we lived with our mailbox like this for over a year embarrasses me.
Can we still be friends?
Little secret... not really our address. ;)
One of the previous owners had quite an elaborate design of stickers on there. Then sometimes between then and now, another owner thought it would be an awesome idea to just paint directly over the stickers.
I had originally planned to scrape all the hundreds of little stickers off of both sides and repaint the existing mailbox, but the combination of paint, sun, and time made the stickers so brittle, that instead of scraping off big pieces of stickers, they were coming off in teeny, tiny flakes.
Another bonus of this mailbox? I discovered after a big rainstorm that we had that it also leaks! Fun, huh?

I finally convinced Mike into getting a new mailbox and talked him into letting us get the next size up.
And there she is, isn't she a beaut? 
I couldn't bring myself to spray paint a brand new mailbox, so there went my idea for a fun color, like navy. But I did cut out some navy vinyl numbers with Cami and peeled the address numbers off the ground post. Eventually we'll need to get a new ground post, and I'd like to buy/diy something like {this}, although {this} one is gorgeous too! But for now, a new coat of white spray paint has our old one looking good as new.

I love the bigger size! This is the one that we bought, see how it says "extra capacity" on it?

So, just how big is "extra capacity"?

Big enough to put a two month old in.
Don't worry, I'm not really sending her back, she's too perfect. :)