February 14, 2017

Valentines Day Alligator Mailbox

All these years and we never made one of those cute boxes that hold all the kids Valentines they get a school, well no more! This year my son Caleb {10} and crafted one. We found this really cute idea on Pinterest here and then just modified it and made it our own. How cute is this?!
This is how we made ours:
We found the cardboard mailbox at Hobby Lobby and cut off the side flag
We bought Green paint at Hobby Lobby and painted the entire box, let dry
Then we super glued the mailbox in a half down position on the sides for the mouth.
Once that was done we cut out Teeth from White cardstock and glued them on the inside top and bottom.
Cut out circles for eyes and nose, painted in details.
Cut out two hearts and pasted to front and my son hand wrote out the poem in marker.
Super easy and cute!! Now he can collect Valentines in style.

February 13, 2017

DIY Slap Bracelets Valentines

Ah Valentines day, I use to love this time of year when I was kid. Back in the 1980's, the entire classroom didn't get Valentines. It was whoever wanted to give you one, so not knowing who liked you or who was your true friends was always a surprise at the end of the day.
My son is in 4th grade, so assuming he can get another year out of Valentines. {Not sure when they stop doing this in school?} We want to make these last years amazing. I have always dodged the store bought paper Valentines and the ones with candy, in a effort to make something handmade and not offered anywhere else. To stand out from the crowd. I ENJOY this and being a mom in general.
We searched Pinterest for handmade Valentines ideas and found the one we wanted to do this year, slap bracelets!! I found this on skiptomylou Blog and had to do it!! Slap bracelets were the THING back in the day. Do I sound old or what? These were super simple & fun to make

What you'll need:
Slap bracelets, we bought ours on Amazon in bulk here, for $11.99 free shipping for Prim members
White Heavy card stock, bought ours at Walmart
xacto knife to cut the slits for bands to go through on the cards
The printable file can be found over on Skiptomylou's blog in link above
That's it! Hopefully this gives you a great idea for next year!

January 1, 2017

New Year GIVEAWAY, Hand Stamped Moon Earrings

How was everyone's Holiday?
I took a few months off from the blogging world to regain my vision and focus on my main business.
Now that new goals are set for 2017, I don't want to hesitate with this giveaway!
Let's bring in the new year right.
This item is for a hand stamped pair of sterling silver moon earrings
Hand made by me, can be found here
Contest for USA only
Runs for 7 days
Must reply to winning email in 48 hours, or moves to the next person
That's it! Good luck.

November 16, 2016

Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Forest

Amazing, how quickly time goes by. A full month without blogging, so easy to get caught up in the rush of life. I need to remind myself to take time to write, it feels good knowing that I am sharing my thoughts and photos with others and that I have a voice.
I wanted to share a special trip my son and I took last month at Bear Lake, in the Rocky Mountain National Forest here in Estes Park CO. It was only a hour drive from us, this place was just amazing to say the least. Every year my son and I go hunting for the colors of Aspen when Fall begins in the higher altitudes. This year we found a beautiful place in the mountain that has a lake and on the lakes surface was the reflection of the Aspens warm glow. It was simply breathe taking. We walked the edges of the entire lake and drank up the cool fresh air. This quickly became one of my top 3 most treasured beautiful places I have been too.

October 12, 2016

Make & Freeze Homemade Waffles

I'm a pretty frugal DIY type of gal, a single mother always looking for a way to save some money!! I don't mind doing things myself to save and making our own breakfast ahead of time from scratch saves tons! My son's favorite thing for breakfast aside from a bowl of cereal is waffles, we were having to buy a new box every week. This can add up. Why not save and make them yourself?
Not only does it save money, they are so much fluffier and tastier this way. I went and bought a waffle maker just for the purpose of making in large batches and freezing ahead of time. We have been doing this for a year now and I only have to the do the large batches a few times a year, it lasts for us. Basic staples = healthy yummy breakfast for months.

Homemade Waffles

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com
2 cups flour (all-purpose or wheat)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 and 3/4 cups milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil or vegetable oil

After all the waffles are cooled off on the racks, I take them and fill them two at a time in freezer bags. I then take a straw and suck the air out of the bags and seal.