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    Cupid’s Arrows

    January 17th, 2017

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    To make these easy Cupid’s Arrows for Valentine’s Day, you’ll need the following items:

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    Valentine’s Day crafts are not only fun and colorful but can be super easy! Last year, I grabbed a Cupid’s Arrow craft kit on clearance at Target but you can totally recreate this craft at home with four simple supplies: wooden dowels, washi tape, Valentine’s Day cardstock, and felt (cut out into hearts). You will also need some tacky glue.

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    Start by cutting out your hearts from the felt. You will need two each to place back to back. Use super tacky glue to hold the edges together OR you could use a simple stitch. Once dry (or stitched), slide your wooden dowel into the heart pocket.

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    Next, cut your feathers out of the Valentine’s Day cardstock. You will want varying sizes. You can use this template to help you cut them out. Using washi tape, attach the feathers to the top of your arrow.

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    Finally, assemble and decorate your arrows! Use washi tape to decorate the wooden dowels. The possibilities are endless!

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    You can hand these arrows out to your Valentine or string together with some craft floss for a Valentine’s Decoration.

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    Watch our quick video to see for yourself how simple it is to make these Cupid’s Arrows for Valentine’s Day!

    Ready to make your own? Don’t forget to buy your supplies!

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    DIY Valentine’s Day Photography Backdrop

    January 17th, 2017

    Quick! Grab everything you need for your own Valentine’s Day photo shoot NOW!

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    DIY Valentine's Day Photography Backdrop

    Last weekend, I set out on a mission to take Valentine’s Day photos of the boys. It is very rare that I can do a true photo shoot with these two. One, they don’t sit still for me. Two, they don’t cooperate for me. But I had one thing going for me.

    Mike was home.

    I knew they would listen to him and he would help wrangle them so I could get what I wanted needed.

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    When I was thinking about the setup I wanted, I thought about just using my gray seamless paper as a backdrop with the boys in red t-shirts. Then I remembered that I grabbed a fleece Valentine’s blanket at Target on clearance last year. I use fleece blankets as backdrops all the time for my newborn sessions. They are perfect! They don’t wrinkle and they photograph well. This tablecloth on Amazon would work as well!

    I stretched the fleece blanket on my backdrop stand. It was a little tricky because I needed to keep the hearts straight. Once I had it the way I wanted, I clamped it tight.

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    To achieve a nice clean seam at the bottom, I grabbed some leftover laminate flooring we had laying around. I put 5 pieces together to make a hard, flat surface for the boys to stand on. These foam interlocking tiles I found on Amazon would work just as well!

    Voila! Instant photo backdrop created with things all found around the house. I’m not going to lie. Things didn’t go smoothly. There was some goofing off.

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    There was some frustration {Why can’t they look at the camera? Stop looking at my feet!}.

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    And, there may have been a little yelling.  But it was totally worth it!

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    Looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas? Make sure you check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board. Don’t forget to pin this DIY Valentine’s Day Backdrop so you can recreate it at home!

    Here is everything you need to recreate this setup for your own Valentine’s Day photoshoot!

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    The Best Kids’ Cookbooks to Buy

    January 13th, 2017

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    I don’t know about your kids but my kids are obsessed with cooking shows lately. It all started with Halloween Wars continued into Holiday Baking Challenge and now we are watching all of the kids’ cooking shows we can find. My oldest has taken an interest in cooking so I have been having him help me out in the kitchen as often as I can! Not only is he helping me but he’s learning some valuable life skills.

    To keep him interested, I snagged some kids’ cookbooks so he could find recipes that he can make on his own!

    The Best Kids’ Cookbooks to Buy

    Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book

    Written and designed to appeal to kids ages 5 to 12, this all-new edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Junior CookBook features 65 brand-new recipes that are simple to make and a blast to eat. Each recipe includes a photo of the dish and unique and lively illustrations of characters that tell a story to complement the dish.

     
    The Cookbook for Kids

    Packed with more than 60 yummy recipes for easy-to-make treats, from crepes and cookies to fish tacos and nachos, Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Kids makes cooking loads of fun! This book features gorgeous photography and colorful illustrations in a fun, uncomplicated book that kids and parents are sure to love.

     

    The Everything Kids’ Cookbook

    The Everything KIDS’ Cookbook, 2nd Edition has everything you need to get started in the kitchen. Each recipe tells you how hard it is and lets you know exactly what ingredients and equipment you need so that you can plan ahead. You’ll find something you like no matter what you want to cook! There are more than 90 recipes for every meal and occasion.

    American Girl Baking: Recipes for Cookies, Cupcakes & More

    Bake Like You Mean it! Williams-Sonoma and American Girl have partnered to bring you American Girl Baking – the perfect book for the girl in your family. It’s packed with 40+ delicious, easy-to-follow recipes fit for any occasion, or just because you wanted to bake something!

     

    Kid Chef: The Foodie Kids Cookbook

    Aspiring young chefs will love the fun, easy-to-follow instructions in this kids’ cookbook that’s part cooking school and part cookbook. First, kid chefs enroll in culinary school and learn the skills they’ll need to excel in the kitchen, from sharpening their knife skills to prepping ingredients. Then they’ll be ready to set up shop and cook a range of delicious―and nutritious―recipes that are sure to please parents, too.


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    Countdown to Disney: Custom Made T-Shirts for Disney Family Vacation

    January 12th, 2017

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ooShirts for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

    If you missed it, my entire family is headed to Disney World on a multi-generational trip! We are slowly counting down the days and planning out almost every detail. Now that our plane tickets are purchased, hotel is booked, and fast passes are secure, I’m thinking about what we are going to wear!

    My family thinks I’m nuts but I am seriously considering planning our outfits to match the park we are visiting that day. I am not going to go full Disneybound but I think it would be fun to wear a Mickey shirt to Magic Kingdom or Star Wars shirts to Hollywood Studios. And while my entire family may not be on board for that kind of planning, I am planning a little surprise for everyone.

    A good friend of mine takes a family vacation every summer and she makes everyone matching shirts to wear on their way. I am totally stealing her idea and creating a fun t-shirt for my family to wear. Custom Made T-Shirts for Disney Family Vacation

    Custom Made T-Shirts from ooShirts for Disney Family Vacation

    With the help of ooShirts, I can have custom made t-shirts and affordable rates! And it’s super simple to design. Here are a few ideas I am working on:

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    And if I didn’t like them enough ooShirts has started an initiative called One Box One Cause. Through this program, they donate the excess products to NGO’s. These products were either printed in excess or didn’t meet their high quality of standard.  

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    Ham Bone Soup

    January 11th, 2017
    This recipe for ham bone soup is a great way to use up leftover ham: creamy and loaded with ham, potatoes and veggies!

    ham-bone-soup-1Did you have ham for the holidays? Did you save the ham bone? If you answered yes to both of those questions, I have a great recipe for you to use that ham bone! 

    Typically, you will hear people say that they make split pea soup from their ham bone. And that’s fine. It’s a great way to use a ham bone. But in our house, no one likes split pea soup so I had to come up with an alternative. Something everyone would eat.

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    love cream of potato soup so I wanted to come up with some similar to use up my ham bone. You can whip up this ham bone soup in about 30 minutes for a warm and filling lunch!

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    All you have to do is throw your veggies, ham bone, and chicken stock in a stock pot and let it all simmer together. Don’t forget to save your veggie scraps to make homemade chicken stock! You’ll thank me later when you have fridge full of homemade stock. You’ll never buy a carton ever again. I promise you that.

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    Ham Bone Soup 

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    Ham Bone Soup
     
    Ingredients
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 yellow onion peeled and chopped
    • 3 carrots peeled, quartered and sliced
    • 3 stalks of celery sliced
    • 1 ham bone
    • 6 cups low sodium chicken stock
    • 1 pound of russet potatoes peeled and diced
    • 2½ cups diced ham
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 3 tablespoons corn starch
    • ¼ cup chopped parsley
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Place a large pot over medium heat. Add the butter and melt.
    2. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 3-4 minutes
    3. Add the carrots and celery and cook for 4-5 minutes. Season vegetables to taste with salt and pepper.
    4. Pour in the chicken stock and add the ham bone and potatoes. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until potatoes are just tender.
    5. Stir in the ham and heavy cream. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until ham is warmed through.
    6. Mix the cornstarch with ¼ cup of cold water and stir until cornstarch is dissolved. Add the cornstarch to the soup and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soup has thickened.
    7. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Remove the ham bone and discard. Stir in the parsley and serve.
     

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