Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I did it.

Whew, for the past few weeks I have been trying to add those fancy little "Follow Me" buttons for Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. I couldn't for the life of me figure it out.

Until today.

I feel like a genius. And an idiot.

I don't know why that was so difficult.

But anyways, it's all better now. So run..I'll wait.....and click on the links over on the side to follow LittleMudpies.

xo - Lindsay

Versatile Blogger Award

Emily over at Mirrors Metaphores and Kaleidoscopes just awarded me with the Versatile Blogger Award!! Im so honored! I'm still pretty new in the blogging world - so getting recognized is awesome. Im so glad I have readers and followers who like what I have to share. And thanks again Emily!

After accepting the Versatile Blogger Award, the blogger must
Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
Share 7 things about yourself.
Pass this award along to 10 recently discovered blogs.

Here are 7 fun, random and possibly embarrassing things about me!

1. I love Peeps. Only during Easter though. I think all the other holiday ones are just silly - or sillier than Easter ones. And I like to bite the heads off first - then eat the rest.
2. I met my husband on Match. Yeah the website.
3. I love reality T.V.
4. I sing in the car. Actually I sing really loud in the car.
5. I moved in with my grandparents when I was 12 and lived there until I married Ryan at 23.
6. Growing up I had two imaginary friends. One was "The Boss" (not Springsteen) and the other was "Fred"
7. I like to pick my son's nose. Sorry - that's gross.

Here are the ten blogs that I nominate for this award. I enjoy all of these blogs and I hope you take the time to check them out.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Drab to Fab - Burner Cover Tutorial

I've seen burner covers before. Their job is to basically cover the burners of the stove. Practical I guess....but not always so cute.
They are metal, magnets stick to them so why not use them for home decor?

Today I have a super simple little tutorial on how to turn an ugly (to some) burner cover from the dollar store into a cute decoration for your home. You can basically use this baby anywhere.

-Package of burner covers - found mine at the dollar store. Its a 2 pack you get a small one and a larger one
Mod Podge
Spray paint
paint or foam brush
Scrapbook paper

I don't have a picture of this part but the first step you will want to paint the edge of the cover. The edge of mine was purple - I didn't want purple so I  spray painted it white. Let it dry.

Trace the cover onto the backside of your scrapbook paper.
Cut out the circle.

Cover the entire decorative side with mod podge
lay your scrapbook paper down - pretty side up. 

Smooth out the paper using a straight edge.
I just used an old credit card.
Let it dry.
Paint a layer of mod podge over the top of the paper.  

Let it dry completely then hang it up.
I just glued a piece of ribbon to the back with hot glue and hung it on a nail.
Super simple.

I'm linked up to these fabulous parties

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Follow Your Bliss

I've had a few people ask me when I find the time to blog and create things. Well, I am a mom first and formost.
Oliver is my number one priority his needs come first.
The house and my husband come second and me, well I come third.
And I am okay with that.
As long as I get something for me.
This is what I make time for.
This is what I love and when you love something - you find the time to do it. 
Even if it means losing sleep. 

I love being able to share my passions.
Some are silly, some are creative but all of them are real.
And all of them are me. 
Creating and crafting is who I am.
I am thankful that I have a supportive husband who gives me that time.
And he even reads the blog - daily. 

I am.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I Craft so I Don't Have to Clean

Ryan skip this post - Do not read anymore. I want you to think I clean all day. P.s. Don't look in the closet. Or under the bed. KThanks.

I know bad me right? But honestly, picking up toys 45 gajillion times (real numbers here) is so annoying.

I like to craft. Some things I do are small and don't really need their own post. But I like to show them off anyway so today I will show you what I do.... when I should be cleaning.

Example 1: These little trivets. They weren't so cute when I found them at the good old Sal. [That's slang in my world for the Salvation Army] I knew they had potential they just needed some TLC aka Spray Paint and scrapbook paper.
Funny (or not so funny) side story. The Sal doesn't have carts - so I had to push Oliver around in the stroller. Well it doesn't have a basket and I had 45 things so I was trying to balance holding my items and pushing the stroller and one of these bad boys fell on Oliver's head. I felt terrible. Truly I did - I hate it when my baby gets hurt. And I hate it when my compulsion is the reason. I could of left those trivets and took Oliver straight home - but I didn't. I gave him some Teddy Grahams and continued shopping. Sorry Kid.

Before sad little trivets

After happy little trivets. 

I just spray painted the frames black and then mod podged some scrapbook paper onto the tile. Super Simple..and oh so better. Don't ask what I am going to do with them because I have no clue but they will end up somewhere.

Example 2: My new bracelet/necklace I had this blue necklace forever and one day it broke. I was heartbroken but I got over it quickly when I had an idea. Thread some ribbon though it and call it a day.
It was a little difficult getting the ribbon though the teeny tiny little holes but I managed then I just tied it in a bow and put that bad boy on. I like it and i can wear it two ways now - not just one. Win. Win.

Example 3: Is a major Fail Whale. Its sad really. I had great intentions for this guy and they all came crashing down. Big. Time.
First of all a little rant. Why are curtains so flipping expensive?! Seriously?! It annoys me. And no, we don't have an Ikea close to us so that isn't even an option.
Anways, I had an idea I would use canvas drop cloths for Landon's curtains. I knew I wanted them yellow striped. So off to Home Depot I went got me some (terrible grammar - but I'm leaving it) drop cloths and then I went and picked up some yellow fabric paint. I taped off my stripes (so much easier than I thought it would be) and started painting.
That little announcement on the cover of the drop cloth that says "super absorbent" well they mean it. That drop cloth ate up my paint. It was hard to spread out and just wasn't working well. I used a large bottle of paint and only covered a stripe and a half. I was sad.
So I went back to Joanns and bought fabric spray paint. Surely, this would work. And it did. So much better than the regular paint.
But it was a different color yellow. [insert super sad face] So the curtains turned out like this.

Oh well, you live and learn. I'm still determined to make these yellow striped curtains. If anyone knows of a place that sells cheap(er) panels please let me know. I'll send you gummy bears and lollipops.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Headband Holder. A Tutorial.

So you can say I am pretty much obsessed with headbands now.
Its a good thing. And the best thing of all - I've been making my own. Surpringly they are super easy.

Since I have a bunch I needed someplace to store them. I discovered a cute little holder on Pinterest. And what do ya know? It was made out of an oatmeal container. I thought I could totally do that.

- Supplies -
1 large oatmeal container
2 sheets of scrapbook paper
Paint or foam brush

Step 1:
Measure your paper around the can. My paper was 12 x 12. It didn't go all the way around so I needed to cut a strip off of another sheet. I have zero measurements - I just kind of eyeballed it. Im a rebel like that.

Step 2:
After you have measured your paper you will want to carefully cut the extra off the bottom of the can. I just held onto the paper and cut around the can. Nothing fancy. Oh and check out my nail polish - isn't that sad.

Step 3:
Apply a layer of Mod podge around the whole can. Apparently I needed to take a picture of this step - its not rocket science.

Step 4:
Wrap the paper around the can. Be sure to smooth out any bubbles as best as you can. I just used my finger - you can use a credit card or something with a flat edge. (add that to the supply list)
Then let it dry for a few minutes

Step 5:
Apply another layer of mod podge to the paper. It will help the seams stick and keep everything nice and sealed up. Don't worry - it dries clear.

Step 6:
Stick your headbands on it. See super simple. And now I have a nice neat place to store all the headbands I've been creating. And inside is where I keep all the ones I'm working on. Smart.

Like my little helper

I'm liked up to these fabulous parties

Friday, August 19, 2011

Daddy Tales

There is something so special about watching Ryan and Oliver together.
They have this bond.
This connection. It has only grown stronger over these last 18 months.

The love they have for each other overwhelms me. That love has made my love for Ryan grow stronger - something I never thought would be possible.

Bringing Oliver home was an adjustment for us. He was a wonderful newborn, but of course we had our moments. Ryan was always there - willing to learn with me. Supporting me when nursing was a challenge, changing poopy diapers (he changed the first one!), spending time with his son so I could get a few extra hours of sleep.

Oliver is so incredibly lucky. When I dreamed of a husband I wanted a man who was hands on with his kids, not afraid to do the 'ugly work', not afraid to sometimes be the bad guy - if it meant helping his children grow. What I found in Ryan has exceeded all my expectations.

And on another note....My Heatless Curls were featured. Head on over to Bacon Time to see. And stop by  Simply-Sammie - she also included My Heatless Curls in her Friday Five. Thank you ladies so much. I feel all warm and fuzzy. What an awesome Friday.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Scarf Love

Megan over at Meg's Craft Creations did a little tutorial on how to make an Infinity Scarf.

As you know from here I love Fall. And what better way to get ready for it than with an awesome new scarf. So during nap time I made myself one.

Her tutorial is super simple to follow and it literally took me five minutes (my kind of crafting). The scarf I made was actually an old scarf I bought years ago from AE - I love the colors and thought it would be the perfect for this project.
fun fact: I wore that scarf the first night I met Ryan. Ha 6.5 years later and I still remember my exact outfit. (I remember his too - he had funny shoes)

Anyways, here is my super simple scarf, in total fall colors. Bring on the cooler weather and the apple cider I am ready.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chitty Chat

Oliver said "Dude" the other day.
Dude. Really?!
You hardly say "Momma" and you bust out dude. Then when I went to give him a Tim Bit (Its a hole of a donut in case you were wondering) he said "Awwwsome"
WHAT?! Who is this kid.
And when did he learn how to talk?!

So that got me thinking.
I wondered how many words he did say?
He babbles pretty much all day. Tells his toys stories, talks to the cats even in his sleep he mumbles things (totally gets that from his dad by the way). But actual words - I didn't really have a clue.
 I know bad Momma.
Someday he would be truly disappointed in me if I didn't know the exact amount of words he spoke at 18 months. So here is the list. In no particular order.

1. Mmmmama
2. Dada - because if this were in order, this would be first :(
3. Toodles - holla Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - for serious.
4. Cheese
5. Dude
6. Up
7. Roar
8. Woof
9. Meow
10. Baaa - does that count? Ya know the sound a sheep makes
11. Baba - this is his other name for me.
12. Poppa
13. Now
14. Awesome
15. Milk
16. Yum
17. Quack

I'm sure his doctor is going to be so impressed.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Feels Like I'm Falling For Fall....

(if you have kids or just randomly watch NickJr. I bet that song is stuck in your head now..)

I love fall. It's my favorite season and I'm ready for it to be here already.
Don't get me wrong - I know what happens after Fall and I'm not a big fan of that, but I'm kind of over the hot.

We've had an abnormally hot summer. And being pregnant on top of it - makes for one uncomfortable Momma. So the cool air, pumpkin spice coffee, leaves changing and crunching under my feet, sweaters (though most of them probably won't fit) will be so welcomed!

I needed something for my front door. It's a little sad and lonely so I though I'd make a wreath to spruce it up a bit. A can of paint would really spruce it up, but it's on the list. The never ending 'to do' list that is. I'll get to it....someday.

I was wandering around the dollar store the other day and saw a foam wreath for a buck I thought I could totally use that. When I got home I remembered some cream colored yarn I had and then the light bulb went off - 'why don't I wrap the foam wreath with the yarn?!' apparently this idea isn't new because after a little pinterest playing I discovered the world of yarn wreaths.

Either way, I was impressed with my idea. I hot glued some felt flowers on that bad boy and hung it on my door. Well first I hung it from a shelf to take a few pictures. Oliver pointed out to me -numerous times- that it doesn't belong there. Randomly throughout the day he would take me by the hand and walk me over to the shelf to point at the wreath. I tried to tell him it wasn't staying there forever, but it went over his head.

Here she is my first Fall decor of the year. I love her - I think I will call her Gladys.

I think she looks cute on my front door and it kind of takes away from the sad looking fake wood - that is just begging me to PAINT IT.

Linked up at Tip Junkie and Bacon Time

Monday, August 15, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba, Show me Your Beads and a Mustache

So hello week 26. I have no idea where the time has went. This pregnancy is seriously flying by. And it's leaving me behind. I keep saying, "I'm not ready" really because I'm not.

So this past weekend Ryan and I made a pact to get things done around here. We made some progress but it's a start and that's all that matters...right? Right?

If you have kids you probably know what Yo Gabba Gabba is. It's like crack for kids - seriously. Oliver is obsessed with this show, from the first time he watched it he was in love. Well, Brobee and Toodee were at the grand opening of a new Babies R Us/ Toys R Us store so on Sunday we took Oliver to meet them.

It was magical. He was amazed. He was so excited to see them that I thought he was going to jump out of his skin. Yes, it was like meeting Elvis!

So like I said up there, this weekend was project clean the crap. While Ryan and I were in cleaning mode - Oliver was in uncleaning mode. Basically undoing everything we just did. And in the process of destructing the clean - he discovered some Mardi Gras beads. He then decided it would be an awesome idea to wear them. All of them. At.Once.

Ha - what you can't see is that clump of beads over on his hip - yeah, there is a snowman Christmas ornament tangled in there.

Oh and you like the mustache? The men in this family grow them early. You can thank his father for that one.

Hope your weekend was as wild as ours.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Heatless Curls - Hair Tutorial

Last week Ashley from Little Miss Momma challenged her readers to wear headbands you can read more about it here. You can also read how my headband wearing adventure turned out here.

One night I accidentally created my new favorite way to wear my hair. It's super simple and its heat-free and basically takes no time at all. As a busy mom who sometimes doesn't even get to wash her hair for a few days (yeah, gross) this is perfect for me.
You will need:
Gel or spray gel (I use wonder waves by Garnier Fructis)
Hair spray
Headband elastic
Hairpins (optional)

Step 1:
I started mine with day old hair. You can do this after you wash your hair too. Just spray your hair with gel and let it air dry. Or you can do it with already styled day old hair. I just sprayed my hair with hair spray to dirty it up a little and give it some texture.  The key is to do it with dry hair - I tried it wet and it didn't work because when I took it out my hair was still damp and the curls fell out.

Step 2:
When your hair is dry put the headband around your head. I puff up my roots because I like a little volume.

Step 3:
This is where you will start making your 'curls' start in the front and grab a piece of hair. I started with my bangs..

Step 4:
Now start wrapping your hair around the elastic. Just once then grab another piece of hair and wrap that around the elastic. I try to keep my sections small like an inch or so to give me a good curl. Also, the tighter you wrap the hair around the elastic the tighter your curl will be.
Step 5:
Keep wrapping your hair around the elastic. It takes some getting used too but eventually its kind of easy. When you get towards the back you may have to push your hair forward to make enough room. 

Step 6:
Wrap both sides. When you get to the end in the back wrap the remaining hair around the elastic until it is all wrapped up and your hair is completely covering the elastic band. If your hair is long or thick you may want to secure some of the 'curls' with hairpins. They help to keep the curls in place overnight. Puff the top again if you wish - this will give you some volume.
Give it a shot of hairspray.

Now sleep on it! I've actually done this in the morning and sat around (in the house no going out in public like this!!) for a few hours and I had the same results. So it really doesn't take that long for the curls to happen.

Step 7 & 8:
When you wake up it will look something like this. Some parts may have fallen out, that's alright. It all depends on how crazy you sleep and how tight you wrapped it.

Step 9:
Pull out the elastic. You may need to unwrap the hair. Try to do this as gently as possible to keep the frizz down. When your hair is free from the elastic it should look something like this.

Step 10:
Style any way you want. Add a little hairspray and you are good to go.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

A little curly, a little messy - just the way I like it.

Linked up at: Tatertots and Jello

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Not Always Sunshine

Being a mom is hard. I think most mothers would agree with me. And those who don't are lying to themselves and everyone else around them.

Of course Motherhood is rewarding but we all hear about the good stuff. The bad stuff is always kept secret. But those are the moments we should share, because they happen. And when you have a toddler they happen...a lot.

I love staying home. I chose this life. I could of went to work to take care and teach other people's children, but I wanted to stay home and take care of and teach mine. Somedays Oliver makes that extremely difficult.

Yesterday was one of those day.

No matter what we did, he hated it. If we painted he didn't want paint he wanted crayons.
If I gave him the crayons he wanted to get down.
I'd get him cleaned off and out of his highchair and he wanted to get back in.
The kid was all over the place.
He is teething (my excuse for everything) so I know he is uncomfortable but seriously, come on - cut me some slack. Please.

I pretty much let him have free reign over the house, he was content laying in front of the door with every blanket, pillow and stuffed animal. I wasn't going to disturb him. I let him go.
If he wanted to walk around with his shoes, my shoes and his father's shoes I let him.
If he wanted to pull all the paper towels off the roll and parade around the house with it I let....wait - I didn't let him, but by the time I discovered what he was doing the damage was already done.

Somedays, I just let him do his thing.

I can't keep telling him 'No'. Its not always a battle I want to fight. I save those for the big things. Like when hes playing with scissors and knives. 

So just when I was about to lose my marbles the mailman shows up. I was expecting the pile of junk mail with some bills thrown in to balance everything out. But in between the Valupak and the Electric bill was a little brown package addressed to me!

It was just what I needed. 

My dear sweet friend Dylan over at free range mommy, who I have never met in real life sent me something. Something that when I opened completely changed my mood and made me happy.

Because being a mom is lonely sometimes. Being a mom means waiting on everyone else. Putting everyone else first and sometimes being forgotten.
It was nice not to feel forgotten.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Homemade Granola

I love granola but I seriously hate spending almost $5 for a teeny tiny little box. So I've been making my own and I want to share it with all of you because it's that good.
Okay so you will need:

4 1/2 Cups Old Fashioned oats, uncooked
1/2 Cup sliced almonds
1/2 Cup shredded sweetened coconut
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 Cup honey
1/4 Cup apple juice
1/2 Cup raisins
1/2 Cup dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Combine oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together honey and apple juice pour over oat mixture and stir to coat.
{sorry there is no picture - the smell and the deliciousness made me forget}

3. Spread mixture evenly on a large baking sheet. Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown, stir twice during baking time. Let cool; add raisins and cranberries.

That's it!! Now run to your kitchen and make some it's super simple and oh so yummy!!

This is linked up over at Tatertots and Jello  TipJunkie and Todays Creative Blog

Friday, August 5, 2011

Headband Challenge(d) or not....

So the talented and hilarious LMM had an awesome challenge this week and it was to wear headbands.
This was right up my ally. I knew I needed to do this. To get over my fear of my forehead. Get over my fear of whatever it is I am afraid of about headbands and as Nike says Just Do It. Do they still say that?

Anyways, I did it and I liked it. I discovered I love wearing headbands. So much so I even wore one to bed and created a new hairstyle. More on that next week.

While painting the bathroom!!
Wrestling a toddler who doesn't want his picture taken.
Family Day

Getting ready for a birthday party
While taken pictures of my big ole belly

Just hanging out

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I Make Lists So I Can Sleep At Night

source http://www.iheartrunwithscissors.com/ via Lindsay on Pinterest

I'm a list writer. Just ask Ryan, he gets some kind of list everyday. I feel planned and excited when I write out a list. And I get some kind of satisfaction when I get out my pen and cross.something.out.

Everyone has a vice - maybe mine is list writing. Ha. It could be worse.

Anyways, Last night I could not sleep. The 2 hour nap at 3pm and the can of Pepsi at 9 were probably part of it. And yeah, I drink pop while pregnant - whatofit?! oh and I call it pop - not soda.

So I got out my notebook and a pen and I just started writing. I write everything like wash your hair, brush your teeth. To big things like build a garage. Life long things. Just in case. Then I think about the day I get to cross it off and I feel....happy.
After that I fell asleep - of course all the dreams I remember had something to do with lists and things on my list.

So my list is currently 3 pages long and growing. I've been adding to it most of the day. It doesn't help that Nesting has kicked in big time and all I want to do is clean, organize and knock down some walls.

So I am asking you. Do you write lists? Are you as crazy about list writing as I am? Do you think I'm nuts and maybe just need to lay off the caffeine?! Don't answer that.

source: Lindsay on Pinterest

Monday, August 1, 2011

Our kind of Perfect

Sometimes I get down on myself. I wonder am I doing enough for my son. We go on adventure walks, we read books and sing songs. We listen to music and have dance parties in the middle of the living room while wearing our pajamas at 3 in the afternoon.

We go to visit family and spend our time eating ice cream and picking flowers and sticks and rocks.

I love those moments. I love those days.

I met a mom the other day while at the park. She had three kids, twin two year olds and a 5 month old. She showed up in her fancy stroller - I have to admit I had stroller envy for a moment. She was dressed perfectly down to her designer jeans and cute little top. She showed no sign of stress as her kids walked nicely next to her while on their way to play.

We exchanged a friendly hello at first and that was that. However, once Oliver walked up to her son and wanted to play we started up a conversation. She was extremely nice, almost too nice. It made me mad at myself for cursing her and her perfectness in my head.

But anyways, we got to talking, she asked if Oliver went to school. I said no, he was only a 17.5 months and that hes home with me everyday. She said, "oh".

Oh, oh what?! I asked. Not out loud of course because that's not the way I roll. I asked that to myself while I'm still cursing her perfectness and the fact that she is not sweating and its 9000 degrees outside. Because you know perfect girls don't sweat.

She continued saying her older two have been in childcare at the best in the area since they were 9 months old. They know sign language and are currently taking lessons in Chinese.

Chinese?! I thought to myself. Where does one even go to get Chinese lessons. She told me they have a private teacher come to the house and teach them.

I told her Oliver can say "Oh Toodles" and he learned it from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Of course, as I expected -- her kids don't watch TV.

As I'm baking in the sun and starting to turn into a lobster and she still hasn't broken a sweat -- My sweet adorable child pushes her kid down.

Not on purpose of course, he is little he doesn't understand boundaries and he really loves to 'boop' noses.

I felt bad, but they are kids - this is what they do. And it wasn't even that bad - her kid was totally fine. I have to admit that I'm glad Oliver did it. Not glad he pushed a kid over and made him cry - but I'm glad he gave us a reason to leave.

We left shortly after 'the insident' as I like to call it. On the walk home I thought about all the things her kids did. And wondered. Am I doing enough? Am I setting my child up for failure? Should he be in daycare/childcare whatever you want to call it - socializing with other kids? Bilingual - should I start finding someone to teach him a 2nd language - he can't even speak English yet?!

The more we walked the more I thought about it and the answer is No!

No, he is only almost 18 months old. He should be here with me and his dad. In his home. With his family.

Making the choice to stay home and take care of my son was so important to me.

Teaching him things the way I wanted to teach him was so important to me.

Spending as much time together as possible because I know it all ends way too quickly - Is so important to me.

My happiest memories are those spent with the people I love. I want that for my children too.

That lifestyle may work for that woman and her children. She may be happy with their Chinese lessons and fancy childcare.

But for us and our family it's swimming in the back yard and running though the sprinkler. Walks around the block in the old school Radio Flyer. Making forts out of blankets and couch cushions in the middle of the living room.

Oliver has his whole life to learn and be a grown up - for now, I just want him to be a kid - that's our kind of perfect.


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