Friday, January 30, 2015

14 treats for valentine's day

Today I'm sharing a great round-up of 14 delicious goodies you can make for Valentine's Day, so get ready to drool all over your screens. :)

1. Valentine's Peppermint Bark from Little Dove Creations

2. Red Velvet Pie from Little Dove Creations

3. Berry Truffles from Little Dove Creations

4. Pink Cinnamon Rolls from Love From the Oven

5. Cupid Floats from Somewhat Simple

6. Valentine's Day Pound Cake from Very Culinary

7. Strawberry Milkshake Cookies from Flying on Jess Fuel

8.  Red Velvet Puppy Chow from Your Cup of Cake

9. Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn from Cravings of a Lunatic

10. Strawberry Fudge from Cincy Shopper

11. Heart Shaped Chocolate-Covered Strawberries from Made from Pinterest

12. Red Velvet Sugar Cookie Bars from The Recipe Critic

13. White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake from Cooking Classy

14. Strawberries and Cream Cake from Gimme Some Oven

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

simple diy hooded towels

Let me start off by apologizing for the terrible lighting in these pictures, but as a mom with three little mess makers and no designated craft space, I pretty much have to get all my sewing done at night at the kitchen table once they're in bed. 
Who's with me?
My two older kiddos needed new hooded towels because they had grown out of their old ones, but have you seen how much good ones cost? Not only do you have to worry about the quality of the towel (sorry, but I don't see how most kids' towels actually get them dry, they're about as thin as a paper towel), but most of them are way too small to cover a four year old. I know, I know, I could just switch him over to regular towel, but he LOVES the hooded towels!
So anyway, I decided to make my own but after looking on Pinterest I realized I wanted something simpler. This version involves no cutting and if you can sew a straight line then you're good to go! These instructions are about as clear as mud, but I'm hoping that you'll be able to get it from the pictures. :)

I started off with two full sized towels and two hand towels from Target. I let the kids pick the colors they wanted for the hand towels so that we could differentiate between the two, but when you fold them and hang them up you can only see the white part of the towel.

First I folded the hand towel in half  (the short way) so that the front sides were together. Pin along one of the sides, then stitch along the pins. 
Then unfold the hand towel and find the middle of the full sized towel. Pin the long, open side of the hand towel to the full sized towel and stitch the two together.

So basically, when the towel is folded in half it should look like this. This towel is not the traditional square shaped hooded towel, but the shape makes it really good for bigger kids. I can wrap the whole towel around my son, and he has plenty of room to grow in it still!

My kids are loving their toasty, new hooded towels and I love that they were so fast and easy to make! Plus, since I bought the towels on sale, each one I made ended up being less then what I would have paid for an inferior towels at the store. Win, win. :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

one small step for man...

... one giant leap for our yard!

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw what we were up to this weekend, if you're not you should know that it was VERY exciting!

The kids had a lot of fun getting in on the action too!

In about four hours our good friend Jay was able to  rip out all our Juniper stumps we had remaining, as well as a couple of other small bushes, but more importantly, took down our little hill and made our front yard almost completely level, even more level then I thought we'd be able to get!

We still have a long way to go, but this was a big "first" step. Now we need to finish leveling tings out, put in a new sprinkler system, and lay some sod/seed. All in the next month or so, no biggie, right? :)

Here's a little comparison shot of when we cut all our evil Juniper bushes down to their stumps. It's not really easy to see the difference in these pics, but I'll take some better ones once we get a little more done!