May 31, 2010

Birthday Card Invites

Design by my 6 year old......Love it when they have an idea and want to create it.
I started with a square found the center of the paper folded opposite ends into the center of the square together. Then did the same thing with the other two ends to create an envelope. All the important party info was inside the envelope.
added a circle and a cute stamp to the center on the front.
My daughter is turning 6 this year and since this is her first year in school she gets a friend birthday party. My husband & I decided early on that we didn't want to give birthday parties every year since we have 4 children. So we decided that the kids get a party their first year in school, when they turn 8, and 12, and 16....worked out well so far. On the other birthdays we have a family party and they get to decided where/what to eat and we have a mini party but just family. WE LOVE IT!

Summer Cover Up

If you're like me when it comes to going to a water activity in your swimsuit but hate to walking around in just my swim suit or wrapped in a towel then this is for you.....SO EASY! It took me longer time picking out the fabric then sewing it together. Have you seen this fabric before?? All I had to do is match the edges and sew a straight stitch. Oh yes, that's all. The nice bonus is that the edge is finished for you. It comes in many different choices plus they have some for your girls too! Finished product made less than 3 minutes...seriously! I haven't decided if I want to add some type of straps, that my come this summer after I figure if I like it without them or not.

May 26, 2010

Rainy Day Activities for Kids

Rainy days are more often this year so I thought I'd share some of my ideas and things we do in my home.

Indoor Picnic and a Movie - the kids love to have a blanket set out in the family room with snacks, fun afternoon, plus quiet time for mom....yeah!

Tent in the House - We have a little pup tent we open up for the kids to have an adventure or sometimes we use blankets and hang them over the furniture. They love! I think most of the time they end up with every toy in the house in the tent and oh yes there in there too!

Find that hidden toy - I have each child pick a toy then they go hide while I hide that toy. They think it's so fun, especially when we have to play Hot and Cold to help them.

Easy girls Tu-Tu Skirt - tutorial

Great for little girls birthday gift 3/4 inch elastic, measured waist of child, sew together. I sewed a little square.
Picked out cute ribbon to give the tu-tu a little more.Picked matching colors and cut the tulle into strips large 8 X (36 inches long) and small 8 x (24 inches long) Fold the tulle in half
Place the elastic on top of the folded tulle
Pull the edges of the tulle thru the loop on the tulle (notice the tulle on the top of my hand)
Pull tight to make a knot around the elasticrepeat. I made a pattern light pink, white, dark pink and added ribbon when I wanted more color (Same way I added the tulle. It was done at the same time) So FUN!
The little girl who got this skirt LOVED IT and wears it all the time.
Some trimming may need to be done based on the actual height of the little girl who gets the skirt, but she will surely love it!

May 25, 2010

Door Wreath

My New Door WreathMade with Lima Beans!
I recommand this project for those who have time. The out come is GREAT but it takes a lot of time to glue each lima bean to the wreath.
Time to create 4-5 hours (not done all at once) Cost $14, Lima beans 2 pkgs, foam wreath & ribbon.

May 18, 2010

Tips for cleaning with Vinegar

Did you know that you can do more than cook with Vinegar? Check out the link for 25 ways to clean with vinegar. Some might amaze you!

May 17, 2010

Dreams for SWEET Girls!

It all started with this....LOVED the colors and I know if I didn't buy it I would forget what the colors where plus I would have never put all those colors together.....Great dollar store find!
Then found this and had to make a dream come true for two sweet girls.
I didn't decorate their cribs when they were babies but loved the unusual quilt look. Not the normal square pattern.....SO I came up with my own design. Mapped out the layout of each fabric color and made sure each fabric had a big square or splash of color.

Finished Product!
They are the same pattern but different fabric in the squares/rectangles so both quilts are different but similar.
Went old school on the back....Brown twin sheet and tied with ribbon.Left over scraps of the fabric made each of the pillows. No longer a little girls room but not quite a teen, thank goodness!

May 16, 2010

Grocery Reusable Bags

I really Like by bags From Ikea. Very durable and larger than the normal bag 17 3/4 X 14 1/4 I leave the bags in the back of my car and love that they all fit into one bag.

For a while I've come home from the geocery store with produce and think why have I not changed to reusable bags for them too? So I started looking for something I could use and found these mesh bags. Well since they where only a $1 (4 in the pack making them .25 each) happen to found a local dollar store. I thought I'd give these a try.Light weight with a draw string.I think they will be perfect and if they don't hold up well it was only a $1.

May 14, 2010

Game Night - Make it a Dalmuti Night!

Have you ever heard of The Great Dalmuti?

If you LOVE games and you haven't heard of this game you'll need to check this one out! It's a fun game to play with friends/family. I believe the game is for age 8 and up but so much more fun with adults! The Great Dalmuti is a unique, social trick-taking card game for 4 - 8 players. The objective of the game is to become the GREAT DALMUTI by getting rid of all your cards first. There are 80 cards in the deck from a Great Dalmuti going up to Peasants and 2 jesters (wild cards). The cards go as followed there are 1 #1 card - great dalmuti, 2 #2 cards of the Archbishop, and so forth up to 12 #12 cards of the peasant. When the game is started each person is in a position of rank, from great Dalmuti down to Peasant or peon. The game is played in rounds with the top person playing the first set of cards, which is there choice. example- 5 Peasants cards are played, therefore each person has to play 5 of the same cards (if it happens to be five #8 or five #7). Every time a person plays it either has to be the same card or smaller. If they can not play then they have to pass until a new round is started. Then the round continues until the lowest number on the card is played or everyone has passed until 1 person is left, then a new round is started.

If your up for a challenge check out The Great Dalmuti, check local game speciality stores or online, price around $10

May 13, 2010

more Giveaways at Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOMMY!

Ok so I decided I'd try for this giveaway and had to share with everyone too!

Randon Thoughts of a SUPERMOMMY! aka
Fun site can't wait to check it out when the kids are playing nice! hee hee
Giveaway is for a $60 gift certificate to any of CNS's 200+ stores!
Never heard of them but there are some great deals.

Giveaway Thursdays

Look what I found blog land I came across Giveaway Thursday at Someday Crafts. You will have to check out the site for lots of giveaways.">

Free Cone at Sonic - May 29th

Found out a great outing to do with you and the kids.
Plus it's FREE on MAY 29th a
Vanilla Cone.
What a great reward for the kids for a job well done at school this year. Print one coupon for each child valid for Pre-K to 5th Grade.
Have you heard of Pinching Your Pennies?
in Tuesday's post they announced this promotion with Sonic
Thanks to Pinching Your Pennies for letting us know....YOU ROCK!

Giveaway at How Does She?

Oh I love Giveaways and I keep finding them and have to share...
check out How Does She!

They are giving away a
Sillhouette craft cutter

They happen to be a local "Boise" group of gals who have amazing things on there site and FUN ideas I've been dying to try. Check out there site to enter there giveaway and brows for fun things to do.

Giveaway ends May 21st 9pm

May 12, 2010

WOW....Giveaway time at U Create!

Okay friends it's that time again I found another giveaway....oh and I love to share my finds.
Kari @ U Create has a great Giveaway with Expressions Vinyl
They are giving away
THREE $40 gift certificates!
you can check them out as well but first check out
U Create for how to get in on the giveaway
check out her blog
Winner will be announced Friday May 14th so hurry on over.

May 11, 2010

Ever on a coupon hunt!

Found a Discovery!

Need a coupon for a purchase? Check out Retail Me Not, I came across this website about a year ago. I have used it for Archivers, Childrens Place, and more.

Planning an evening out?

check out for an meal out with family or friends. is for local resturants coupons for meals at a discount cost.

(exp. spend $5 for a $25 gift cert. Each resturant has different offers) and much, much more!

May 10, 2010

Have you checked out SYTYC??

Do you know what it is?
Missy at So You Think You're Crafty
has a fun filled blog and I came across this really cute Travel First Aid Kit.

Apparently she has auditions for spots to be in different sessions on her blog, I'm guessing but not quite sure....she shared this really creative Travel First Aid Kit.
Check out her blog at

May 9, 2010

How do you get your bread out of the pan?

Do you have a hard time getting your bread out of the loaf pan? I did until I came up with can use parchment paper or wax paper. Spray the pan as you would normally. Take the strip of parchment or wax paper and fold into thirds in the center of the paper making it small enough to fit in the pan. Lay the parchment/wax paper in the loaf pan and spray with Pam (or which ever you use), pour batter over the paper.When the bread is done let it cool as recipe would require then lift the paper handles up and pull the bread out. Sometimes you may need to take a knife on the area where the bread is touching the pan and separate it. And there you go.....easy!Plus clean up is nothing. Now go and try it the Discovered way!