Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Silhouette Baby Shower Invitation

And for the third and final baby shower that I will be hosting…the invitation. I can’t wait to show you more pictures of the event. It is going to be totally different from the last two I did.


Stay tuned for an awesome review and giveaway!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My 2 year old..

…sings all of his ABCs.

…can carry on a conversation with me.

…can giggle with his cousin Abbi for hours on end.

…is in love with Daddy’s big red truck.

…can buckle his carseat almost all by himself.

…is learning how to share.

…is VERY 2 sometimes.

…loves to have mommy and daddy read books.

…is a bit of a goofball like mommy.

…has officially mastered the word “NO”

…doesn’t need the gate on the stairs anymore

…has an amazing imagination

…can turn a cardboard box into a lawnmower

…can turn anything that moves into a lawnmower

…likes to “cook” me chicken and apple juice

…can melt my heart with a single smile.

Happy 2nd Birthday baby!

100_5084 Going home outfit

As I write this, I remember two years ago I was in labor with you and I had no idea how much my life was going to change. I have never, in my life, worked so hard. Never in my life, have I felt the kind of love I feel for you. I can’t remember my life before you and I can’t imagine my life without you.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fixin’ to get ready to..

Potty Train!

Being originally from California, I found this little phrase quite hilarious when I moved to NW Florida. If you have never been to that area, it is more Alabama than the Miami type of Florida people think when you say you have lived in Florida. You can still catch some pretty heavy accents which I just LOVE. I really enjoyed teaching there and the wonderful mix of kids, who would say things like “Fixin’ to get ready to…” and “britches”

Anyways, I digress. I am fixin’ to get ready to think about potty training my little munchkin. (That was very noncommittal right?) With his permission mind you. I came across this dandy little tip from I’m A Lazy Mom. Check it out, and all of her other fantastic ideas, and let me know if you have any creative potty training tips to share.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Words of Wisdom 10/11/10

I have been struggling with time management lately so I have a few tidbits to share with you on setting priorities. By the way thanks to Rhonda for inspiration.

“The days with babies may be long but the years are short.” - Rhonda’s comment from my last post

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.” - Rhonda’s awesome blog name

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. “ – Allen Saunders

That last one kinda hits home for me. I think I need to slow down and take life as it comes…

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Every Single Day…

…I wake up to the sound of my munchkin playing in his crib.

…we cuddle while he drinks his milk and watch Disney

…he is up and running shortly thereafter

…I cook at least one meal with him pulling on my shirt saying up up up

…I take a shower with him destroying my bedroom

…we sing at least 2 nap time songs

…I try to spend naptime with my crafts

…we read at least 3 books

…I worry that I am not doing a good enough job

…I think about how it will be with more than one munchkin

…I marvel over something the munchkin says or does

…we sing at least 2 bedtime songs

…I sneak into his room about an hour after he falls asleep and fall in love all over again

…I thank God for my sweet little boy and wonderful husband

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Blog Swap with Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Hello everyone!

I'm so excited to be blog swapping with Lisa today! Isn't she great? I hope you'll go check out the great tutorial that she is sharing on my blog today; I can't wait to try it!

I'm Sumo, from Sumo's Sweet Stuff!

Sumo's Sweet Stuff

My real name is Summer, but my husband nicknamed me Sumo when we were dating. (Should I be offended?) Now he's got all of my family, as well as lots of our friends, calling me Sumo. I think Aunt Sumo sounds pretty great, don't you? I live in Utah with my husband, and our two beautiful daughters - Reece & Remi!

Growing up, I never used to be all that domestic or crafty, so I think no one is more surprised than my mom at how I've ended up where I am today! I started Sumo's Sweet Stuff last May as a place to keep some of my crafting projects so that my personal blog wasn't overrun with them. Somehow, that developed into a place to host giveaways, share tutorials, share recipes, and feature fellow bloggers' ideas and blogs! I also use my blog to promote my etsy shop, so if you're ever in the market for some baby girl accessories, come on over! Every Monday is Market Yourself Monday, where you can link up your latest projects, and visit other blogs to get some inspiration!
Sumo Sweet Stuff

Here's a little peek at some of the things you can find on my blog:

I'm going to share a little tutorial with you today! I got this baby at Old Navy a few weeks ago (are you loving the gray and yellow trend as much as I am right now??) and I just knew that it couldn't be hard to re-create!

What you'll need:

- shirt/onesie
- lace
- matching fabric
- heat and bond (optional)
- sewing machine/accessories
- template

I started out by tracing my heart on to my fabric and cutting it out.

Then I traced it on to some heat and bond and ironed it on. I just did heat and bond to give it a little added security on the shirt, but you would be just fine to skip this step. Either way, you're going to be sewing it down!

Next, I traced the middle part of the heart on to the paper backing of the heat and bond.

Cut it out.

Then it was time to cut out a heart of lace.

This is what we have so far. It's okay if your heart and lace aren't cut out exactly the same size. I like the way it looks with it being kind of 'off' instead of totally proportional and perfect. Fun and funky!

Then I distressed the edges a little bit and made a couple of holes in the heart to give it some character. Washing it will also help with the distressing.

Lay your lace and fabric on the shirt where you want them and iron them down (if you did the heat and bond). The heat and bond catches the lace, which is kind of nice.

Then stitch around the heart - a fun color of thread that will pop is fun - and you are done!

Here's another shirt I made for my other daughter.

All that's left to do is put it on one of the cutest girls you can find and have a little photo shoot!

Easy, right?

You can find something every day of the week at Sumo's Sweet Stuff:

Market Yourself Monday
Tutorial Tuesday
Mouth-Watering Wednesday
Things to Try Thursday
Feature Friday
Showcase Saturday
Sponsor Sunday

Thanks again for having me, Lisa! I hope to see you all over at Sumo's Sweet Stuff soon!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Topiary

So, remember back when I was inspired by a bunch of people’s Halloween Projects in my post Fall, Fall, Fall? Well, I finally finished one of the project I set out to try. Here is my version of the Halloween Cupcake Liner Topiaries.



Cute huh?

Linked up to The Halloween Linky Party over at Wildflowers and Whimsy.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Menu Planning Monday #4

It is clean out the cabinet week! It has also gotten a bit cooler out here which has me wanting some good ole comfort food.

Here’s what we are eating this week.

Monday – Beans and Ham Soup

Tuesday – Tortilla Soup

Wednesday – Red Lentils with Garlic and Onions

Thursday – Enchiladas

Friday – Chili

Saturday – Leftovers Smile


Here’s how I make all of the above.

Beans and Ham Soup

Leftover Ham Bone

Navy Beans

Carrots – Diced

Celery – Diced

Onion – Diced

Salt and Pepper

Throw it all in the pot and cover it with water. Boil for 2 plus hours until the beans are done. Pull the ham off of the bone and toss it in.

Tortilla Soup

Chicken cooked and chopped

Can of Corn

Can of Black Beans

Can of Cheddar Cheese Soup

Zucchini cubed

Red Bell Pepper chopped

Jar of Salsa

Onion chopped

Tortilla Chips and Cilantro for Garnish

Throw it all in the pot and cook until the raw veggies are tender. (note, I don’t drain the corn or black beans) Throw the chips and cilantro on top and you are done!

Red Lentils with Garlic and Onions 

Found this on the Whole Foods website. It is the last comment on the page. Looks yummy.


My friend Angela’s recipe.

King size corn tortillas

Enchilada sauce

Can of niblets corn drained

Can of black beans drained

1 shredded zucchini

Salsa - Pace or some other chunky salsa (1/2 jar)

Shredded cheese

Some sour cream

Rotisserie chicken - I just shred the breast part

I put some enchilada sauce on the bottom and the top, and then put more cheese on top.


Lean Ground Beef


Can Stewed Tomatoes (with green chilis)

Can Chili Beans

Throw it all in a pot(are you seeing a trend here?) and warm it up. Add some corn bread and you are all set!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Owl Baby Shower Invitation

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Baby Shower #2 is tomorrow and I am a little late getting this post up, but better late than never right?

Here is the invite that I made for it. I am learning to pair Microsoft Publisher with my Cricut Machine. I have figured out, after a long tedious process, how to print an image or picture etc. on a sheet of paper then line it up so my Cricut will cut it out for me all pretty!

This invite is made of a scalloped brown circle, (scalloped circle SVG found here) and a slightly smaller pink circle. For the invite cover I made a slightly smaller white circle. I printed the info just so then cut it out with my Cricut.

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Then I added an eyelet on the top to act as a hinge and topped that with a cute little bow.