Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fruity Shake Recipe

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This is my favorite way to add something healthy to our lunches! And, it is super easy (and quick) to make this fruity shake.

I usually start with fruits, like bananas, strawberries, blueberries, whatever I have on hand. Frozen berries work really well, too. Then I add milk, and sometimes yogurt. Turn the blender on for a minute or so, and you're done. I usually take a spoon to see if I like the taste. Sometimes I add some more of an ingredient.

My kids love this, and so do I, and I know I am feeding them fruits, milk and yogurt at the same time. Bonus: works great for slow eaters too!

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Baby girl card

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My husband had a baby shower at work for one of his (male) colleagues who is having a baby soon. I learned about it last minute, so had to get a gift and card at short notice.
I decided to make the card and keep it simple.
This took me only a few minutes.
The grosgrain flower ribbon I used is from Hobby Lobby. It's SO cute, so I decided the card didn't need much more. I'm really a sucker for pretty ribbon!! This one is pretty wide, so it covers a big part of the card. I put the stamped image on foam tape, so it is 3D, but you can't really see that in the picture.
To add a little more texture I used the "Swiss Dot" Cuttlebug embossing folder in my Big Shot. I really like how this changes a normal piece of cardstock into pretty embossed cardstock!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Can't wait for this!

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It looks like I'll be sowing these soon. I am so excited!

I just love my little garden, and it's so fun for my girls to learn how things grow and pick fruits and veggies from the garden.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Button bird with fluffy tail

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Do you remember this little bird?

I made him a little friend, this time with a fluffy tail!

As we were picking up some toys last night, I picked up some feathers that came from a feather boa from our girls' dress up box. I was heading for the garbage can, and then I suddenly got the idea to use them for this bird!

These are so easy to make!

Supplies needed:
  • Buttons
  • Googly eyes
  • Feather (one makes a lot of tails!)
  • Patterned paper or cardstock
  • Marker
  • Adhesive
Cut a little triangle to use as a beak. Cut a piece of the feather. Using the picture above as a guideline, lay the feather and beak down on the paper. Put the button on top of it to see if you like the look. With a marker, draw the feet of the bird.
Glue the beak and feather in place.

Glue the button on the background paper.

Cut a little wing out of patterned paper or cardstock, and attach the wing and the eye.

And that's it.

These are fun to use on cards, in scrapbook projects, or other paper crafts.

I just love the possibilities.

I linked this up to:
Show and Tell Green Photobucket Get your craft on Thurs.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Waiting for summer...

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I am ready for summer!

Unfortunately, the weather isn't.

I found these cute, cheerful flower pots at Michaels and couldn't wait to fill them with plants and put them on our table outside. They are so cute, but as you can see in the picture, it is raining - again! I guess I need to be patient...

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Creating silhouettes...

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Today I just had to try this!

This is SO cool, Amy from

Positively Splendid
shows how to turn pictures into silhouettes using Photoshop.

(Warning: once you have started to look at her blog, you will probably stay there quite a while, since she has so many awesome ideas. That happened to me a few days ago. So don't tell me I didn't warn you ;) )

Rather than cutting out a 'traditional' silhouette, this gives you an image that you can use over and over again. So you can use it to make cards, create wall art, use it on your blog, as your email signature, just whatever you can come up with!

Just LOVE this idea!!!

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Flower Cupcakes!

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The flowers on these cupcakes are SO easy to make. Just make your favorite cupcakes and frost them and add sugar or sprinkles if you want.

Next, take a bag of plain white marshmallows. Cut them in "slices", and dip the slices in colored sugar to create petals. This can get pretty 'sticky', so make sure you have everything you need ready, I like to put the sugar in bowls for easy dipping. Arrange them on the cupcake, and put small round candies (M&M, Jelly Beans, etc.) in the center. You're done!

I linked up to:

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Flower Cupcake Toppers

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We made some colorful flower cupcake toppers to decorate our cupcakes for our flower-themed birthday party. It's fast and easy, and the kids really liked them.
You will need the following tools and supplies:

* colorful cardstock
* flower shaped punches
* wooden skewers
*double-sided foam tape

I was worried about the sharp end of the skewer, so I just trimmed them with scissors. My skewers were pretty short to start with, you can trim them to any desired length.

Next, punch out your flower shapes. I punched two of every shape, so that back and front of the flower looked the same. Assemble 2 flowers.

Put one flower right side down, and put the skewer on top of it. Put a piece of the foam tape on top of this as pictured below.

Next, remove the protective strip, so that the adhesive part shows.
Then, cut 2 smaller pieces of foam tape and put them one both sides of the skewer, like pictured below. This should bring the tape up to the level of the skewer.

Remove the protective strips and stick the other flower on top of it.

Repeat for more flowers!!
I linked this up to:

Show and Tell Green


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