Monday, April 29, 2013

Water bead discovery

I haven't posted for awhile. I blame it on lacrosse, tball and dance recitals.

However this is too great to not share.y daughters preschool used these in their sensory table and the kids loved them. I was at meijer today and found them in the fake flower section for $2.00 a pack.

We bought four different colors and started each color in a small ziplock container filled with water. Within a few hours they had turned into these huge balls. We mixed them and moved them to a bigger container.

The kids are having a blast with them. They are non toxic but are a choking hazard so children need to be monitored while playing with them.

They are so much fun. Enjoy!!!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Quick Kroger Dinners

I am a member of Bzzagent.  They send you products to try for free and share your thoughts about.  I recently got a campaign called "Kroger Spring Dinners".  I got two free Kroger pork loins, Kroger rolls, Kroger Mashed Potatoes, and Cake and Frosting.  My Family LOVED it.  I threw the pork loin into the crock pot and made BBQ Pork.  The mashed potatoes were microwave, so I heated them up and then ate the pork on top of them.  The rolls were easy to pop in the oven and dinner was ready on a busy school night!

Old One.... But EASY One!!!

When we bought our first house, we didn't have much.  I had no artwork and big walls.  Someone gave us an old picture of a bird.  I LOVED the size and the frame, but wasn't crazy about the bird picture.  I wanted something with texture but neutral.  So I came up with this......
First I took out the old picture.  Then I found different types of brown bags.  (Grocery, shipping stuffing, etc)  I crunched all the paper up and tore them into different size pieces.
I arranged them how I wanted them on the picture and then used a glue/water combo to glue them down.  After it was dry, I used two different colors of brown shoe polish and rubbed it on the paper to give it some depth.
This was the final product!  I was REALLY happy with it for us!!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Are Pigs Flying?!?!?!!?!??!?!

Anyone that knows me well, knows that my van always looks like it should be on "HOARDERS- AUTO EDITION"  Today the kids helped me and we cleaned out the WHOLE van!  There is NOTHING in there at all!  It has been swept out.... wiped down and cleaned out.  Enjoy it now folks because we all know after next week, which is full of lacrosse, t-ball, dance class, school, etc, the van will be a total disaster once again!!!

Books Books Everywhere....

We were very lucky to be part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  The kids each got one book every month until they turned five.  Along with older cousins who donated books to us too, we have quite the collection. 
The kids LOVE to read and I LOVE that they love books, but the shelves always looked messy.  So this is my attempt to make them work in our living room.  It's fun to look at now, but they are still easy for the kids to get and read on their own.  PLUS there is no excuse to not putting the books away where they go! :-)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Non Crochet- Recycled shirt Nightgown

So a few people have said they would love to reuse old shirts for nightgowns, but they can't crochet.  So today while the gingers were napping today, I came up with this.  Keep in mind I did it all in about 25 mins, so it isn't going to win any prizes for perfection, but it was a HUGE hit around our house!
This was an old shirt that was in the donate pile!!!

First I cut off the collar and the sleeves.  Then I cut down both sides.

I found a shirt that fits.  I used it as a guide for the night gown and then cut around it.

Then I just sewed up the sides and the straps together. 

When I was finished, I saw the sleeves laying there and realized they would be a great size for Mia, the American Girl.  I used one of the American Girl's dresses as my sizing guide.

TA-DA!  Done!
A VERY easy VERY fast. 
Not perfect by any means, but it only took a few mins to throw together!

It was a hit!  She thinks its sooooo cool that this used to be Daddy's work shirt!!!

Old Mens Work Shirt to Nightgown......

My husband had a bunch of old work shirts that he didn't wear anymore.  I hated to get rid of them, so I decided to make some new PJ's for the little ginger girl!  I crocheted the top for her with straps, then I just cut the arms and collar off the shirt and sewed it on.  (the buttons are up the back).  It was quick and easy and makes for a comfy nightgown for her!