Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Dark Faerie Tales has an awesome interview with Bree and also a giveaway of an ARC. Dark Faerie Tales has great interviews with other YA authors as well and a great review of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Check it out!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
So now the trick is... what system do I get/try? I like the idea of the gdiapers or the Grobaby diaper systems that are hybrid. They offer both flushable inserts and cloth inserts. I've read that the gdiapers have a harder learning curve and are leakier until you get the hang of it. The grobaby version seems newer and more popular but I think they are pricier too. I've also read that the flushable inserts are more gross to deal with than the cloth but the cloth aren't absorbent enough for night time. I've read where people use the gdiaper cover with bumgenius microfiber inserts and a layer of fleece over that (microfiber is too absorbent and will suck needed moisture off of the skin too but the fleece protects from that). I'd like something not too bulky since he is a toddler and moving around a ton. Any recommendations? So many decisions!
So the very day I thought about switching to cloth Little Birdie Secrets offered a Cloth diaper giveaway! A gift certificate to Great Lakes Diaper Company. Woohoo! This would be a great opportunity for me to get some Grobaby or Fuzzibuns to try! Go check out the options at Great Lakes Diaper company- as I said- Cloth diapers have come a long way.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Like the sweatpants I started with a hoodie I got from a second hand store for 3 bucks:
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I should scan in some photos of us from college for you to see. LOL. :)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
So first here is my inspiration for the dragon.
I saw this amazing costume on Little Birdie Secrets and thought that the felt feathers would make great Dragon scales!
Etsy Owl Costume by Lollapanoplies
Isn't that and amazing costume!
I searched Etsy for dragon tails and wings. I found lots of tails and this dino hoodie.
Dragon Tail and Wings by Contrive
Monster zip Hoodie by LittleAngelsJewelry
Yesterday I went in search of supplies to help me create this costume.
I found a hoodie at a second hand shop for 3 bucks.
I will use hand me down sweats we already have on hand.
I found fairy wings at the dollar store with a good metal frame that I will recover to make Dragon wings.
I found silver nylons to recover the fairy wings and the dollar store too.
Felt (eco felt- so it's made from recycled bottles) 1 yard in green and 6 9x12 sheets in neon green, blue, and purple (for accents)
I already have fiber fill to fill the tail and I think I will fill the end of the tail with beans to weight it down (this I will have to experiment with and tweak)
So after all the time and effort and supplies I buy it will be at least 20 bucks but it is oh so fun to be crafty and try to figure all of this out. I am hopeful that it will be a pretty cool costume too! :) Pictures to come as I start putting stuff together!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I kept it pretty simple. I got blue plastic table cloths and white plates so they kind of looked like a sky with clouds.
Matt got some stuffed animals from the premiere- a rat bird and a Steve. And we had two toys from a trip to Burger King.
We gave my Dad a framed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs poster for his Media Room for his b-day so we used that too.
Italian meatballs (with spaghetti (or shapes pasta for the kids) or dinner rolls and mozzarella for mini subs) LOVE blog chef for recipes- always simple and yummy
Sweet and Sour Meatballs (with rice) LOVE My Kitchen Cafe- also always simple and yummy. I made LOTS of extra sauce for these
Swedish meatballs (from Ikea with their special gravy :) )
Fruit (current favorites- nectarines, grapes, apples...)
Ruffles chips with french onion dip
Plus rice and pasta and rolls as mentioned above
Brownies (Matt's fave for his b-day)
And Jello done in a jello mold like the hotel in the movie (forgot to get this out of the fridge)
assorted candies including Gummi Bears- (when you see the movie you'll see why)
I totally wussed out on these! I am so disappointed in myself since really this is what a party should be about (for the kids anyway). We did a few things but not food oriented like I had originally planned.
playing with toys downstairs (we made a slide out of our old Quadro set- some day when I have a house I want one of these! Even though it is now 25 years old everything came apart and went together really easily.)
Coloring Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs coloring pages (Matt got a book from the premiere)
played a few games outside (classics like Chase the Uncle and duck duck goose (which turned into Chase the Aunt since they didn't get that only one person was supposed to chase when she said goose. :) )
Family photos to spell out We Love You Grandma!
We used the activities to send a care package to Matt's Grandma Wheeler. We sent her photos of family groups holding the signs We Love You Grandma! and I cut up a section of the fingerpainting to make a large card- everyone wrote a short message on the back of it. We also sent her some Cloudy Coloring pages and some crayons.
I had wanted to have the kids paint with apples, oranges, and potatoes. But I was a slacker about it. I also wanted to do a pin the meatball on the city game but I never made the game. See total slacker! Well it did take me awhile to put the slide together- even though it was easy it was a long process.
Party favors for the kids
Punch Balloons- these are the coolest things ever! Last a lot longer than balloons- you can blow them up several times and kids LOVE them!
Water bombs from the dollar spot at Target
Felt Apples that I hand-sewed (I was too ambitious and didn't quite finish these but they are still cute) pattern from Umecrafts on Etsy
A toy dinosaur from the dollar spot at Target for the baby cousin
It was great fun! Everyone there was family so everyone was happy to just hang out or to help out. Now I know for the next party- don't procrastinate! HaHa I guess I already knew that. I found and had lots of great ideas that I didn't get to do because I waited too long. This year for Kaden's birthday I think we are going to give him a real party so I am starting to gather ideas now(His b-day is in Feb). :) Maybe then I will get all my ideas done!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Bree is giving away autographed books(including some Shannon Hale- I just read ummm... 5 of her books- totally awesome!) plus she has links to other sites who are giving away her book! Go to Read Bree now! Asher wants to read all the books!
So we've been out of town and out of it for awhile now. Here are some photos of my cute boys having fun in WA. It's gorgeous up here and having family close by is amazing and we wish we could stay but that doesn't seem to be where we are supposed to be right now. We'll be back in CA very soon.
Oh and I did a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs party for Matt's birthday. We went and saw it in 3D- including his name in the credits under Lighting and Compositing(Matthew Thomas Wheeler). Then we had the party which was great fun! Matt went to the premiere in CA and brought back a few cool goodies. I'll post pics soon.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday- Bourbon Chicken
Wednesday- probably mac n cheese with the boys - if I get fancy I'll make this delish version
I just got called to work with the young women in my church and we have our first activity on Wed.
Thurs- Raclette skillet (chicken marinated in italian dressing and cooked with green peppers and monterey jack cheese- served over rice)
Fri- steak in the crockpot- probably the basic cream of mushroom or onion soup variety- though maybe I will switch this with Wed....
Sat- eat out
Sun- Baked Ziti- as long as it is not too hot
Monday, May 25, 2009
Here are the activities that we will do to go along with each of these words:
Ice Cream: Make homemade ice cream with this recipe. Make this I from this post.
Imagine: Tell stories with Kaden. Every night he tells his Dad a story that usually goes something like this: "Once upon a time there was a boy named Kaden. He liked to play with his Dada. They went to Target to look at Toys. They saw a dinosaur, some cars, and helicopters, and Ninja Turtles." So we will expand on this. I'll introduce some new half sentences to him and have him fill in the blanks.
Ironman: So this reminded me of an ironman marathon that my BIL was in a few years ago. I think I will make an obstacle course for Kaden to go through. Maybe I will have Matt hose off the plastic pool so I can use that as part of it too. :)
Imitate: So we might try some Simon Says- though I am not sure if he will get it. We will do some pretend you are this or that animal. That he gets and enjoys. We have some animal cards so I will use those to pick the animal at random.
I like: I will interview Kaden about things he likes and scrapbook the list for posterity. :)
Ice: This activity or this one or both...
I will take suggestions... any other I words you can think of? Any activities to teach the phonics of the letter I? He recognizes the letter fine and connects some words with it but he doesn't know sounds yet.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
My former roomate is publishing her first book in 8 months!!!! wow! To celebrate she is hosting giveaways on the 22nd of every month until then. woohoo! The first one started today(I guess technically yesterday). Go check it out and sign up to follow her blog. Then leave a comment saying that I sent you so I get more entries in her contest. Her current give away is for YA fiction and I think I went to London with one of the Authors of one of the books she is giving away. It’s a small BYU world. And I was an English major (not that you can tell based on this blog).
Also, you should read Bree’s blog ‘cause her kids are hilarious(or her writing about her kids is hilarious… I think it’s a combo of both). If she has half the imagination that her kids do- well let’s just say her book is going to be Fantabulous! Read Bree!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Kaden is potty trained so I will change this goal to sleep training Asher. The kid still wakes up every two to four hours. It's driving me batty and makes me grumpy. I am not getting enough sleep and then I use it as an excuse to stay home and watch tv or be on the computer all day. NOT GOOD! This weekend- hopefully he is done with his cold- will be tough love weekend. He can cry cry cry or Matt will pat him on the back but no more mommy milk and snuggles in the middle of the night.
Spiritual- I need to plan my lessons earlier in the week. I have started reading the daily sunday school lesson scriptures again. I rarely stop praying during the day-I always need something(patience and calm!) or I am thankful the boys are asleep, or playing nicely, or asleep. :) I do need to make time for some more thoughtful prayers(ones where I sit and listen too) though instead of all the in the moment ones.
No TV and getting out more with the boys- We tend to get out of the house 4-6 days aweek. So that's pretty good. The Mom's club I joined is wonderful! We love our first five classes! Kaden is doing really well participating in circle time. He still has his freak out moments but they are lessening(at least when it comes to preschool time). Now I need to do more with the boys at home. I think I will plan 4 activities for the boys each day (each activity lasting about 15 minutes each) So between that and us getting out to the park or class we should be doing good. So starting next week I will plan activities and post links here. Check in on me and make sure I follow through!
Cleaning house- man I suck at this one. I have made progress but I still need lots of work. Since Matt is working 6 days a week right now I have hired my cousin's 11 year old daughter as my mother's helper once a week. She comes for two hours and plays with the boys (no tv :) ) while I clean house. Sadly so far I have had to use this time to get my kitchen under control and laundry and so far I have not been able to do further deep cleaning like I had hoped. Today I have made the goal that I will have the dishes and basics done before she gets here so that I can clean out my fridge and mop my floor. I accidentally dumped a bunch of kool aid in my fridge last night so, yeah, it's time for the sticky nasty deep cleaning. And Asher had a blast splashing his juice on the floor on Sunday so it's mop time too. Hiring a mother's helper was the best decision I have made in a long time. She's great with the imaginative play with my boys. I love hearing it as I rush around trying to get everything done. :)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Chinese Chicken Salad(with or without potstickers)
Cafe Rio knock off salad (though I need to learn how to do this in smaller quantities because some always goes to waste)
mac and cheese
sweet and sour (hubby will eat carrots and pineapple with this)
OK that's all I can think of for right now... give me ideas!
Dinner this week in no particular order:
Curry Chicken Casserole- I keep seeing this one posted on various people's sites with and without the curry- it is a classic. I may have to skip it this week because it is HOT and this requires the oven. But I am craving it....so we'll see... This is the most recent version of it I've seen - it is different than the way I make it but it has basically the same ingredients.
Sweet and sour chicken- I just remembered this one requires the oven too :( Time to figure out my summer menu plan... - I'll probably make the Bourbon Chicken from that same site nstead if I manage to get some apple Juice...
Sloppy Joes and fries
Chinese Chicken Salad using this dressing- phew! this is a good summer one.
Skillet Macaroni and Cheese- this is a new recipe to try for us but it looks yummy and is one the boys will eat too.
Beef Stroganoff- basically hamburger, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, Montreal Steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and a packet of Taco bell hot sauce mixed together and serve over rice.
So there's seven...
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Go check out her cool new Author website including links to Amazon to preorder her book! Go find out more about her book. Currently she has a Treasure hunt giveaway going on. Today is the last day so hurry over there. She also has awesome tips for aspiring authors. Congrats Bree!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I made this doll a couple of weekends ago when I should have been cleaning house instead. :) We had a birthday party for one of the girls in our playgroup. Then I got my dates mixed up and we missed the party. So what should I do with her? My boys aren't really into stuffed animals or dolls except to chew on their limbs (Asher). Her legs are not quite centered- oops. But otherwise she is pretty cute, if I do say so myself. Does she need a nose?
And I just found out about this awesome giveaway site from one of my old roomates. Enter for the giveaways or if you sell your craftiness giveaways like this one is a great way to promote your shop. Check it out at Fabulous Fun Finds.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Bree was one of my roomates. We enjoyed many a Quantum Leap rerun while she taught me to appreciate pasta from a box and real fresh grated Mozzarella. I also enjoyed hearing her tell me about a Young Adult fiction book she was writing.
Fast forward about 10 years and we reconnect on Facebook just in time for me to hear her most AWESOME news! She sold her first book and an option for a second yet unwritten book! Here's her BIO and a synopsis of her book The Dark Divine . It's not the same book she told me about when we were students but it sounds incredible! She is extremely creative and talented and I can't wait to read it. I'm going to suggest it for my book club. :) Her book will come out about this time next year (which is fast in the publishing world).
While we wait for her wonderful book we can read her blog. Her current post is an amazing giveaway especially if you are a YA fiction lover like I am. Go check it out at Confessions of a Mere Mortal . Enter her giveaway and be sure to let her know that you found her through me so that I can get more entries. :)
Woohoo! Congrats Bree! I am so excited for you! You deserve a following. :)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
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Monday, February 23, 2009
I know you are waiting with baited breath to discover if I managed to potty train him! :) LOL! The answer would be yes and no.
Some days are perfect, some nights too, and some are not. Yesterday, his third birthday was perfect- no accidents. Last night, one accident. Today, 4 accidents (one during naptime). So..... I thought he was trained. I still think he is trained. He's just lazy some days or distracted. Right?
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
But that's not all folks! I am trying my luck in another giveaway at Domestic Anarchy . Her family could use some positive thoughts and prayers too. She's got some really cool felt cell kits that would be great for a summer project with the kids or for homeschoolers. Check her out and leave a comment to win a mini jelly roll of Red, Pink, and White fabric. Tell her I sent you and she'll enter my name twice! So many fun projects to do!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Budget- we are still spending too much on food but we are meeting our savings goals as of January.
Menu planning- I have done it I just forgot to post.
Not watching TV and doing other activities- We are still watching too much TV but we are watching less. We are doing lots of activities! Park, Kids club at the mall, Chuck E Cheese, Farmer's Market, letter craft projects, dancing/jumping on an extra crib mattress, playing with cars and animal figurines, flashcards....
Cleaning house- Still need tons of work here. I am doing better at getting the front room tidier each night. Not perfect but better. I give myself this week of focusing on just that and then I will add the bathroom next week. I think there will always be some toys out in the front room - at least until Asher starts going to bed earlier. But at least I am vacuuming regularly and cleaning out extra toys regularly. That counts as clean right? I do have some more photos. I tend to do better at the beginning of the week and terrible on the weekends. I always think I will do better on the weekends since Matt is home to help... yeah... not so much...
Upshot... We are making progress.
Friday, February 6, 2009
American Hero Quilts
And if you live in Washington:
Thursday, February 5, 2009
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