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Ribbon Storage

After being away from the blog for a few days… I am back with a helpful tip for ribbon storage!  I was taking care of some serious spring cleaning (I tend to get very messy when I’m crafting) when I realized how entangled my ribbons were!  This is not all of my ribbons but just the ones that would fit in this basket.  I am beyond thankful that I remembered this little storage tip on Pinterest and finally put it to use. 

 

Simply arrange your various ribbons in your plastic basket (with slots or holes) and pull a small amount of your ribbon through different holes!  SO EASY!

 

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The Mommy Test…

Browsing through other blogs  today, I came across this and thought it was great.  Obviously I am compelled to share it with everyone :) 

The Mommy Test

I was out walking with my then 4 year old daughter. She picked up
something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth.

I asked her not to do that.

“Why?

“Because it’s been laying outside and is dirty and probably has
germs.”

At this point, she looked at me with total admiration and
asked, “Wow! How do you know all this stuff?”

“Uh,” I was thinking quickly, “…everyone knows this stuff. Um,
it’s on the Mommy test. You have to know it, or they don’t let you
be a Mommy.”

“Oh.” We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was
evidently pondering this new information.

“I get it!” she beamed. “Then if you flunk, you have to be the
Daddy.”

 

 

….Hahaha, I need to post this somewhere in the house where my husband will HAVE to see it ;)

 

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Thank You!

Yesterday was a pretty rough day for me.  My husband was getting ready to head out-of-town for work until Saturday when I found out that my Aunt passed away.  I was feeling pretty down when I had a knock on the door and opened it to find out the my neighbors were cutting our grass for us.  After living in Jacksonville, Florida for the past 10 years I almost forgot what it was like to have nice neighbors and I was beyond grateful to them.  So…  in my ongoing effort to show people how much I appreciate everything that they do for me, I created this little THANK YOU {bowl} and delivered it to them today.  

 

I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided it would be perfect.  I of course went to purchase the tags to save myself some time, but the seller only had them in Christmas colors unless I wanted to pay an additional $15 for her to change the colors… NO THANKS!  I’ll design something on my own, and share it FOR FREE with those who follow my blog ;)  Mine are completely different and I happen to like them MUCH better! 

I made some “soda-lighted your my neighbor” tags for the soda bottles…

Some tiny little “Thank You!” tags for the bottom of the chocolate kisses…

And a “for the COOLEST kids on the block” tag to put around some ice pops for the kids of the house….

All of these tags that I just mentioned are my own personal design and I will try to provide that file here for free.  In the next photo you will see some polka dot bag toppers– but I did not design those, I downloaded them (for free) here.

This whole THANK YOU {bowl} cost me a total of around $13 and here is the cost breakdown:

Bowl- $1

Soda- $3.40

Cookie Dough- $2.50

Chocolate Kisses- $3

Ice Pops- $1.50

Tissue Paper- $1

Stay tuned for the free tags!!!

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Sadness and Mourning

Today I received a call from my grandmother, who I am incredibly close to.  She tried asking me about how my Easter was since we didn’t get to speak to each other on the actual holiday– but I could hear in her voice that she was sad about something.  My grandma ended up telling me that her aunt, my great great aunt, Ruth had passed away today.  While this news was painful and sad enough on its own, hearing the pain in my grandmother’s voice was heartbreaking.  This was her last Aunt and she was almost 90 years old.  My Aunt Ruth was the sweetest woman and always had a smile on her face :)  The last time I saw her was when I graduated high school and she came to the ceremony, almost 10 years ago.  That is her on the left of the photo along with me and my Aunt Gale.

We reconnected over the past few years and I remember her writing in one of my Christmas cards how much she loved that the Christmas cards I always sent her were pictures of my kids <3  I will make sure that my Christmas cards always stay that way :)

I haven’t experienced a death in my family in quite a while and it had scared me for a few years.  I felt as though since I hadn’t had to suffer the loss of anyone in so long that I would start to lose everybody all at once.  This fear may be childish and irrational but it’s very real for me and I worry that I am not going to get to say things to people that I really need to say.  I hope my Aunt Ruth knew how much she was loved and how much she will be missed.  I also hope that my grandma and my aunts find peace and strength in their bond with her and that their sadness can be lifted through all of the great memories that they shared together.

Rest in Peace Aunt Ruth, we love you and will miss you always.

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Happy Easter

This year I didn’t get any shots of the kids waking up to their baskets and I really wish that I had.  This was the first Easter that the kids were excited to wake up knowing that the Easter bunny had come and their little faces were priceless!  It is also worth mentioning that I have a problem limiting the kids candy intake on holidays so needless to say they were on a constant sugar high since 8am…  I did manage to squeeze in a picture with all 3 kids before we left the house, since I am always the one behind the camera– it’s nice to actually be in a picture with my kids.

Yesterday we made the 2 hour drive to my FIL’s house to celebrate Easter.  Of course, we were running late (I’d really like to meet the mother who can arrive on time with 3 children under four years old in tow, she’s my hero)  But after the morning craziness we all had a great day :)  Amazing food, great company, and the traveling-comedy-show that is my children.  My MIL placed a cute little quilt out on the grass for Jacob and it resulted in one of the cutest Easter pictures of the day…

As I grow up and “mature” (those who really know me are laughing right now.  The LAST thing I am is mature) I realize just how stressful it can be to host a holiday or other event, so I have started to bring little hostess-gifts with me whenever I attend something at someone else’s home.  This Easter I went with a little spring flower arrangement for my MIL– isn’t it adorable?

The kids were especially cute today, and I take pictures of them even when they are screaming/crying/throwing tantrums… so you know I went overboard with the pictures today while they were well behaved and happy :P

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Egg Dying

Today since it is the day before Easter, we decided to let the kids dye eggs :)  Armed with a few egg dying kits, crayons and glitter we got to work.  I don’t know why I ever think that something like this will go smoothly…do I FORGET that I am the mother of toddlers?!  There is dye on my table, clothes, hands and I wont even get started on how MJ and Kaydence looked  afterwards.  But we had fun, that’s all that matters right?

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Mommy’s Sippy Cup

Is it strange that even though my husband had an unexpected day off and was home to help out today… I felt more stressed than normal?  He helps a lot and I want to be sure that I am giving him credit for that but, it seems as though it’s one more person to take care of despite the fact that he is a fully capable adult.  Anyway– I made this wine-cup a week or two ago and tonight was the first time I actually used it :)  It is a little rough around the edges but I figure after a few glasses of wine that I wont be able to notice… or simply wont care lol.

There are some instructions on how to paint a wine glass and here is the run down:

-clean your wine glass with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry completely

-Trace your design using a fine tip sharpee (or free hand it if your art skills are good enough)

-Use enamel paint to apply your design

-Allow it to dry overnight

-Place the glass upside down on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in an unheated oven.  Once the glass is inside, THEN begin to heat the oven to 325°

-Leave the glass in the oven for 10 minutes (while the oven is in the process of heating) and then turn the oven off once the 10 minutes are up.  Allow the glass to remain inside for another 25 minutes while the oven is off and cooling down.

-Remove glass from oven… using oven mitts (I shouldn’t have to state this, but you would be surprised…)

-Again allow the glass to stay on the counter overnight before washing and using it

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