Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Chocolate Chip Oreo Balls

Have you ever had Oreo balls? Good heavens, they're delicious! They're the perfect summer treat because they're no bake. Plus I'm kind of lazy, so it all works out.

Two of my pregnant friends recently found out the gender of their babies so I wanted to make them a special treat. What better than delicious Oreo balls, right?



These puppies are soooo soft when you bite into them! I gave them ALL away because I knew I would eat them all. And that would be bad.


Recipe:
- One package of Double Stuffed Oreos
- Almond Bark melting chocolate
- one cup of mini chocolate chips
- one package of cream cheese

Soften the cream cheese. Crush the Oreos. Yes...ALL of them. I used my blender for this. Mix the cream cheese and Oreos. For an extra boost of chocolate, add the mini chocolate chips. Roll the Oreo dough into balls and refidgerate about an hour or so. Melt the chocolate according to the packaging. I added food coloring but that's optional. Dip the balls into the chocolate and place on wax paper. Decorate as you wish and let them dry! Then eat them.

Sharing here: Ginger Snap Crafts, Lil Luna, Rae Gun Ramblings, Southern Lovely, The NY Melrose Family, The DIY Dreamer, Uncommon, 36th Ave, 52 Mantels, Seven Alive, One Artsy Mama,           




Sunday, July 29, 2012

Destination: Cutesy Monday (#26)

Welcome to another link party!

The last couple of days have been full of Olympics. I'm slightly obsessed.

This week I have to prepare for our big car trip! Let's see if I can get my whole to-do list done before we leave!

Okay, so here are some awesome projects from last week:

1. Cheap and Easy Art by Lovin Livin in 'Luma
2. Paper Bag Exploring Journals by Crafting in the Rain
3. Entry Closet Makeover by Woven Home
4. Pinkalicious Party by The Utah Warrens
5. DIY Pipe Bar Cart by Life: Designed

I'm excited to see what you've been up to! 

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Toddler Travel Bags

My little family is about to take a loooong car trip. As in 1,158 miles. AND we have a 3 1/2 year old and an 18-month-old. 

So along with the bazillion DVDs we're taking, I wanted to have a little back up in case they get really super restless (which is inevitable). So I took a trip to the Dollar Store and came up with my Toddler Travel Bags:



I'm hoping this will save us when the wiggles overcome my babies or when tantrums are being thrown. Here's what I picked up:



For my boy:


I thought my little boy would love being a sheriff while in the car, so I got him some badges. The binoculars are so he can watch the landscape go by. He LOVES Mickey, so hopefully he'll want to color in his Mickey coloring book. We've been working on writing the ABC's so getting a magnetic pan with some ABC magnets will he his education for the day. And when it gets dark, I'll give him the glow stick!


For my girl:

For my little princess, I got her a book to basically tear apart, some bracelets (she's super girly), a little doll to play with, and a feely caterpillar. And of course, the glow stick for when it's dark!

I could have just thrown these into the bags I got but I wanted to make it a little more interesting. The kids will get one toy every now and then. And to make the process last longer, I wrapped them up. (Can you tell how desperate a parent gets while traveling?!)


So my last step was to number the presents so that I would know which ones came next but now my son can read the numbers and figure out which is next. More education! That's never bad, right? 

Hopefully this will help with our massive car ride! Any other tips??


Sharing here: One Artsy Mama, Seven Alive, 30 Handmade Days, See Vanessa Craft, It's a Hodgepodge Life, Nap Time Crafters, Nap Time Crafters, Tatertots & Jello, Love notes by Lauren,      



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Where We've Lived Wall Hanging

I'm always looking for something nifty to hang on the walls of my home. I'm not very artsy, so I don't have any paintings that I've done or anything like that. But when I came up with the Where We've Lived wall hanging, I was totally happy with it! 

However, if you don't want to go through all the effort of making something, here are two links to awesome things to fill any voids on your walls:

Ansel Adams, anyone?


Or how about a beautiful mirror?


Okay, on to the Where We've Lived wall hanging. So my friend gave me an old window she had. Here it is before I did anything to it:




There were SO many ideas for old windows, but then I saw THESE beautiful state printables and I knew what I wanted to make.



These are the 3 states the hubs and I have lived in since we've been married! Well, except for NY but we only lived there for 6 weeks, so I don't claim it. 





Utah: Where we met, fell in love, and received our Bachelor's degrees.
Texas: Where we moved after an internship in NY. This was the roughest patch of our married life so far. But it definitely helped us grow closer together. We also had our two babies in Texas.
North Carolina: Current residence. Where my husband has an actual job and he's going back to grad school.


I love this reminder of where we've been. And I love the colors! So bright!

Sharing here: Winthrop Chronicles, Not Just A Housewife, Mommy by Day Crafter by Night, Vintage Wanna Bee, The DIY Dreamer, Ginger Snap Crafts, Lil Luna, Uncommon, NY Melrose Family, Rae Gun Ramblings, Southern Lovely, 36th Ave, 52 Mantels, One Artsy Mama, Seven Alive, 30 Handmade Days, See Vanessa Craft, It's a Hodgepodge Life, Tatertots & Jello, Love Notes by Lauren,                       



Sunday, July 22, 2012

Destination: Cutesy Monday (#25)

Hey friends! So, I know I skipped last week but hopefully you're here & ready to share your projects this week!

The features are from 2 weeks ago but I couldn't go without giving these awesome projects a shout out!

1. Bedroom Door Wreath by VixenMade
2. Nail Polish Organizer by Clare Patricia Purvis
3. 3 Washi Tape DIYs by claireabellemakes
4. How to Pouf by Everyday with the Jays
5. Fitting your Sandals by Moments with the Montanos


Thanks so much for being here and sharing with me! I'd love to see what you've been working on!!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

No Bake Cookies

Here in the South it is HOT & HUMID (which makes me sticky and grumpy). I try my best to keep the AC on in increments of about 10-15 mins. 

Because of that, I'm not really thrilled to turn on the oven. Not when it already feels like it's baking in the house.

So I jumped on Pinterest to find a "no bake" solution to making cookies. I found a recipe that my baby girl and I loooove. The cookies didn't turn out super pretty, but they were pretty tasty :)


At first, I was like, Sweet...no bake. Just put all the ingredients together in a bowl and they magically turn into cookies. Not so. You still have to do a little baking, just not in the oven. I guess I can handle that.

Here's the recipe I pinned from Pinterest, taken from Lick the Bowl Good (She has amazing recipes, by the way)

No Bake Cookies
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick oleo, margarine or butter (I used butter)
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups oatmeal (old fashioned rolled oats, not instant)
Mix the sugar, butter, cocoa, and milk in a medium saucepan. Boil for 1 minute.
Add the peanut butter and vanilla. Mix quickly until peanut butter melts, then add the oatmeal and mix til well blended.
Drop spoonfuls on tin foil, wax paper or parchment. Allow to set and cool completely.
Makes 2 dozen 3 inch cookies.



They turned out delish! And they lasted FOREVER. Probably because I was eating them mostly by myself. With a little help from my almost 18-month-old. 

Sharing here: One Artsy Mama, 30 Handmade Days, It's a Hodgepodge Life, See Vanessa Craft,   



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Glass Etched Bread Pan (attempt)

I'll bet you thought I forgot about my blog, right?

Wrong!

I was just busy doing family stuff all weekend. Which, in my book, is way more important that anything

Anywhooo, I had bought glass etching material a while ago at Hobby Lobby and I was just waiting for the right project. Well, then I found a bread pan at a discount store for $5! There's my project!



I washed the pan and cut out the words I wanted to use from my Cricut. Make sure you take out the negative part so you make a stencil. Transfer that on to your pan. 



Okay. I read the glass etching junk bottle and it said to dilute the gunk with water. So I did. When you do it....DON'T. It becomes way too runny and runs down the side creating etched lines. Plus when it's diluted it's not as powerful. So I had to put more stuff on after about an hour and then I left it on alllll day long. If I hadn't had diluted it, my pan would have come out a lot better.



But for a first attempt, not too shabby. I'm excited to bake up some yummy banana bread in it!


Sharing here: Not Just a Housewife, Mommy by Day Crafter by Night, Winthrop Chronicles, Vintage Wanna Bee, Lil Luna, Ginger Snap Crafts,       



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Funfetti Dip (say whaaaa!!!)

Oh yeah... you read it right:

FUNFETTI DIP!!

My husband's favorite cookies are Funfetti cookies. Then I saw THIS RECIPE for Funfetti dip. Whoa. Yes, please. 

AND (get this)... it's healthy. Well, somewhat. It tastes like frosting but it's NOT! I just can't sing it's praises enough.

Only 3 ingredients:

and you'll have this:


Funfetti Dip (adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny)
1 box Funfetti cake mix
2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup lite Cool Whip
Graham crackers (to dip!)

Sharing here: Lil Luna, Ginger Snap Crafts, Uncommon, Winthrop Chronicles, NY Melrose Family, Southern Lovely, Rae Gun Ramblings, Be Colorful, 36th Ave, Seven Alive, 52 Mantels, Katie's Nesting Spot, See Vanesaa Craft, 30 Handmade Days, One Artsy Mama,              



Sunday, July 8, 2012

Destination: Cutesy Monday (#24)

Hello!! 

Another week of sweltering heat...oh boy :)

I heard it should be a little cooler in parts of the country so hopefully that's YOUR part! 

Let's see what those awesome projects were from last week:

1. Fourth of July Wreath by Moments with the Montanos
2.  DIY Anthropologie Letters by KATEandKUBY
3. The Lilly Dress by The Daily Me
4. The Park...I Mean Yard by Creatively Living
5. Best Friend Canvas by Anna Nimmity
6. Brag Books from Paper Lunch Sacks by From Dahlias to Doxies

Awesome!! Feel free to grab a "Featured" button!!

Let's see all your creative projects!!!

Rules: 
- If you don't yet, please follow Destination: Craft
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Friday, July 6, 2012

Repurposed Men's Shirt

Repurposing is ALL the rage right now. I'm all for it, too....except that I'm not super great at making clothes. But then my aunt sent me THIS link for repurposing a men's shirt and making a shirt for yourself. I decided I would try it out. 

Welllll.... the thought was good in theory. In practice, not so much. I started out making a shirt for me. And then I cut too much off. So then I decided to make it a dress for my 1-year-old daughter. But I used a stretchy fabric dress to use as the pattern so when I tried to get it on her it would stretch across her belly! Frustrating! It would totally fit a smaller baby girl. I guess I'll keep it in case I ever have another girl...

At least it looks super cute!


I think my favorite part is the collar. I love how it ties in the front!



I'm going to try again with a different shirt so fingers crossed that I can get it right this time!!

Sharing here: See Vanessa Craft, One Artsy Mama, 30 Handmade Days, Adorned from Above, Sweet Little Gals, Family Ever After, Tatertots & Jello, Six Sisters' Stuff, Here's to Handy Andy,   

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Cheap & Chic Menu Board


I was asked by Vanessa over at See Vanessa Craft to be part of her Crafting on a Dime series. Of course, I jumped at the chance! I loooove her blog and was ecstatic to guest post. The premise of her series is to inspire crafting for under $10. I had been wanting to make a menu board and this was the push I needed! (So thanks, Vanessa!!)

I started out with a frame my grandma had sent me. She loves sending me her thrift store finds :)

What I used: frame, fabric scraps, ribbon, vinyl/stickers, scrapbook paper. That's it!



Next, I cut out some triangles from some fabric scraps.  You DO have fabric scraps, right? :)


Next, sew your triangles to your piece of ribbon.


I spruced up my frame, since it was red. But this is totally optional.


I cut my letters out with my Cricut but you could totally just use stickers. I also threw a piece of scrapbook paper behind the glass. I wouldn't recommend anything too busy or dark.


Lastly, glue on your fabric banner you made earlier. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Destination: Craft (#23)

Hello!!!!

I hope you have all had a fantastic week! I'm super excited to celebrate the Fourth this week...are YOU ready?! I need to find a fun dessert to take to a Fourth of July gathering. Hmmm...any ideas??

Here are some super awesome projects from last week:


1. How to Make a Buffet by Parisian Bamboo
2. Unparalleled Mac'n'Cheese by Modern yet Old-Fashioned
3. French Laundry Coat Rack by La Maison Jolie
4. 4th of July Ruffle Wreath by A Mommy's Life...With a Touch of Yellow


Now let's see what you've been up to!!

Just some rules:
- Link up NEW projects!
- Link back to me someway, somehow
- Show some love and visit others' blogs!