Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Meet Tiffanie and Mason

Kitchen redo has begun. I am currently sanding, priming and painting my way to my dream kitchen. While I am away please enjoy these guest posts from some sweet ladies! 

Hello! I'm Tiffanie from Life With The Little Man! I am a 20 something momma of an adorable little boy man and a wife to an excellent hubby.

 Arent they cute?! That picture was taken at our last family reunion at a local spring. You can read about it here if ya want.

  I love to blog about my everyday life and funny adventures in parenting... and let me tell ya... there are some funny hilarious adventures! You never know what is up my little mans sleeves sometimes. He comes up with the most funniest stuff! I can only image what life will be like with him as he gets older. He loves to do all sorts of different things but his favorite..... he loves being "Mr. Cool" in his aviators. He is obsessed with his sunglasses and his shoes! Anytime we go out he has to tell EVERYONE that he has "new shoes". Even if he is playing with his toys he will stop to tell me he has "new shoes". Last night before he went to bed this was the sweet conversation we had.

Me: Goodnight Mason, Mommy loves you
Mason: Momma!
Me: Yes baby
Mason: (while pointing to his feet...mind you he is barefoot and in bed) New shoes
Me: I know you got new shoes, they are pretty cool
Mason: Momma!
Me: Yes baby
Mason: New Shoes
Me: Mason we cant wear our shoes to bed
Mason: Momma!
Me: (slowly walking to his door) Good night baby... love you
 - And with the door fully closed, I hear him in his room - 
Mason: Momma! Momma! Momma! New Shoes

He is so in love with his shoes.. which brings me to my next picture...

This is my handsome little man on the fourth of July. He has his sunglasses on AND shoes while playing in his POOL!

He is such a ham!

Thanks to Lindsay for asking me to guest post today! I love meeting new people so I hope you all come by to say hi!



Monday, July 30, 2012

Month 8


Happy 8 months Sweet Boy. 
You are growing more and more everyday. I can't believe you are 8 months old already. 
It seems like it was yesterday we brought you home. 

You are becoming a little boy and your personality is starting to show. 
You love to crawl around and check everything out. 
And to eat. It might be your favorite thing. 



My favorite thing lately, is watching you and Oliver play together. 
You're finally starting to understand toys
so you and your brother will sit on the floor and play Lego's
or trains. 
It's funny when you pull the train track apart. We have nicknamed you 'Godzilla' 
for that reason. 



Lets talk about sleep for a minute. You use to be a wonderful sleeper Landon, what happened?
It's suppose to get better, easier 
the older you get. 
It has gotten worse. 
You now sleep in bed with us most nights. 
As much as I love getting kicked in the face by you, 
I do miss my bed. 
Our secret - I love you in there, cuddling with you is perfect.



You stand all the time now
and you try so hard to walk
don't worry, you'll get it. 
Just don't get it too soon - I'm not ready.

You really know how to test me, you are so much more of a challenge
than your brother was. 
Some days, you make me want to hide in the closet
with chocolate. 
You're teaching me something - patience maybe? 



Favorites:
Food {blueberries, watermelon, sweet potatoes, peas}
Your sippy cup 
{You are getting so awesome with that! Thanks, I am so over bottles!!}
Looking out the front window
Stealing your brothers food/cup
Walks in the stroller
Attacking Oliver and trying to bite his face
{lets work on this - because now Oliver thinks it's cook to bite!}
Momma - You love to be anywhere that I am. That makes you the happiest. 



Linking up here

Kourabiethes (Greek Butter Cookies) with Julie

Kitchen redo has begun. I am currently sanding, priming and painting my way to my dream kitchen. While I am away please enjoy these guest posts from some sweet ladies! 


Hi Everyone!



I'm Julie from White Lights on Wednesday!
I'm really exciting to be on Lindsay's blog today and meeting all of you!


Since we don't really know each other, and I'm totally awesome - ha! - here's a little about me.  I live in Arizona.  Yes, it's stupid hot in the summer.  I love to cook and bake.  I'm pretty much obsessed with freshly clean sheets, they're amazing!  I LOVE Love love to eat cookies.  And I like wine and whiskey.  Not together though...ewww.  


There.  Now we can be friends.  :)


To give you an idea of what goes on over at my blog, here are my readers' favorite posts.




(2) Thin Mint Knock Offs
(3) Chocolate Wasted Cake

In 5th grade we did a unit on countries around the world.  I had Greece.  My grandmother helped me make the fish.  I don't remember what the recipe was, but it was two skin-on fish filets topped with olive oil, shaved onions, tomatoes and some other stuff.  I used to avoid veggies at all costs, But the fish was good.

I also made Kourabiethes.  A traditional Greek butter cookie.  They are yummy and you make them in fun shapes.  There are worse things in life than powdered sugar coated cookies. 






Kourabiethes (Greek Butter Cookies)


Ingredients:
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

½ cup sugar

1 egg

½ tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp almond extract

powdered sugar


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and the egg until light and fluffy.  Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until well blended.  Add vanilla and almond extracts and mix well. 
  3. With your hands, form dough, about ½ tbsp at a time, into balls, crescents, or s-shapes.  Place cookies 2 inches apart from each other on a cookie sheet. 
  4. Put on the middle oven rack and bake 15-18 minutes or until barely brown around the edges.  Remove from the cookie sheet with a spatula and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.  With a flour sifter, sift powdered sugar over the cookies

Friday, July 27, 2012

Today...

Today I am over at Single[d]out 
sharing these yummy little treats. 



Stop by, check out the recipe and tell Kim Hi! 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Black Canvas Tour with Jessica

Kitchen redo has begun. I am currently sanding, priming and painting my way to my dream kitchen. While I am away please enjoy these guest posts from some sweet ladies! 

Aloha y'all!
I'm Jessica and I blog over at Jessica Who?.
The title of my blog refers to the constant "Jessica who?" question that us Jessica's face. (You can read more about that here.)
I'm a Texas girl who lives in Hawaii with my sweet husband and our baby Duke (he's a 1 year old puggle). My blog is kind of all over the place, just like my life. I'll post about anything from recipes (even though I'm horrible in the kitchen) to fashion (I like to pretend I know what I'm talking about).
Anyway, enough about me! I'm here to talk to you about a project that I'm really excited about. It's called the Blank Canvas Tour.
This summer, David and Christina Diller (known in the blogging world as Tico and Tina) are touring the country on a mission to spread encouragement and inspiration. The tour will consist of the Dillers, their two children, their intern Krista, and one a virtual team member chosen by application, making a cross-country photography adventure. The tour will double as an opportunity to gather stories about journeys that other people are taking and tell their stories to encourage people who want to dare to dream.
I'm lucky enough to be a part of the team as their Head of Public Relations!


For the past 6 months, the Dillers have carried a blank canvas with them, capturing fun images which are then turned into cards that people can customize with their own message. The hobby grew into something bigger than them. They recognize the blank canvas as a symbol of endless possibilities, of creativity waiting to be unleashed, of taking risks, and living with a mindset of adventure.

This project will combine the blank canvas photo shoots with on-the-street video interviews, collecting candid takes on why or why not people are living a life of adventure and what that means to them.


What does this have to do with you? I'm glad you asked!  We would love for you to get involved by: 1. Spreading the word via word of mouth, blogging, social media, buttons, etc.. 2. Give towards the project to get some cool rewards 3. Sponsor the tour with your shop, blog, or business 4. Let us tell your story 5. Nominate yourself or someone else to be interviewed as part of the tour




For more info visit: blankcanvascards.com/the-tour/ Thanks for having me! Come by and say hi sometime at www.jessicawho.me :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Back to Basics

I have been thinking about this for awhile. I feel that I have been getting so wrapped up in blogging for other bloggers and less about blogging for myself and my family.

Which was the whole reason I started blogging in the first place, just one year ago.

I never would of imagined that this little blog would blow up like it did. I am grateful, however I feel the direction that it has turned is not the direction I had intended it to go.

I like blogging, its my little 'me time' where I can share my life, with others (or not, that was never really the point) I just wanted to have some running record of my life with my kids. So whenever I got tired and stopped I could save it and have it, and show them that they drove me freaking nuts, on a daily basis.

So I am going back to basics.
I won't be sponsoring any more blogs for awhile. I loved it while it lasted - but I think I am over it. I have met some amazing ladies that I will continue to email with and read their blogs religiously. For that, I am thankful.

I just want to concentrate on my family and my friends, my real life for now. That is when the best inspiration happens - when you're out actually living life.

I have also witnessed a not nice side of blogging. Some think just because they are behind a computer screen, it gives them the right to be mean or say hurtful things. Sometimes this little world feels more like high school - I am so over high school. I have noticed the bigger you get - the more the bullies come out. Some need a few lessons in respect - and maybe class. But I digress.

I plan on blogging for me, if you care what I have to stay - cool. stay. I appreciate it. If you don't that is fine also. I figure I might lose some followers because of this - and that is fine. I don't want you to be here, if you don't want to be.

Thanks Tiffany & Natalie for inspiring this post. I knew in my heart that something just didn't feel right, thanks for giving me the courage to just --say it. (er, write it!)

Jackie's Letter to Her 18 Year Old Self

Kitchen redo has begun. I am currently sanding, priming and painting my way to my dream kitchen. While I am away please enjoy these guest posts from some sweet ladies! 

Greetings Little Mudpiers!
I'm Jackie, and I blog over at perched. I'm really happy to be with you today while Lindsay and her hubs work on their kitchen overhaul!

I was so, so deeply moved by Lindsay's letter to her 18 year old self that I thought I might write one to my 18 year old self to share with you, instead of a generic guest post just introducing myself. I guess you're really getting to know me today... hope you're prepared! I think I am.

A little background. I was 18 about 11 and a half years ago. I had already graduated high school, and had almost an entire semester of college down when I turned 18, so 17 had really been a bigger year, but I think 18 year old me had A LOT to prepare for. I know that, if I had known then what I know now, things would've been very different... but I don't know if I would like them as much. Who knows?

So, without further ado...

Dear Jackie,

You're 18. When you are 24, this picture of you, from your first day of college, with your first roommate DLDM, will be posted on facebook:

DLDM and my 17 year old self on our first day as roommates...
all downhill from there.

You don't know what facebook is yet, they only have it at Harvard and your less than ivy league college won't have it for another 2 years, but trust me, it's great.

You and DLDM are still friends - even when you're 30. I know that that may seem strange, given how much you wanted to murder her for never doing her laundry last semester. I know, trust me, it gets better when you don't live together. See.. Proof!
Junior or Senior year of college... I don't remember.
Lala, me, and DLDM. I know for a fact that I wasn't drunk.
I remember very clearly just dropping by and not having consumed any
controlled beverages that evening.
This is just how much fun we are.
DLDM is totally drunk though.
You know those two girls across the hall? Yep, ACC and DBK. They're already your best friends this year, but they will continue to be next year, and the year after that, and the year after that, and on and on and on. You'll take on another BFF next year, A-MI. She's very small, and hard to read sometimes, but you will bond, and no matter what you know you will all be able to count on each other. You will be in each others weddings (yes! YOU GET MARRIED! I'll tell you more about that soon!), you'll be there for all the ups and downs in your lives.

you *will* ignore the wedding duckface.
me, ACC, A-MI, and DBK

awkward family photo in rockefeller center with DBK

Idina Menzel concert at Wolftrap with AM-I and ACC.

ACC vomiting basketball on my face.
I love this classic picture of us.

There will be so many more friends, and so many more people that come in and out of your life, but these three girls will be constant. You will live across the country from each other. You will struggle to keep in touch - which you should really work on, Jackie. You're terrible at phone conversations, and you make your friends work to get in touch with you - but ultimately, at the end of the day, these are the people you run to when things get hard. Rely on them. Make sure you don't take them for granted. They love you. Don't screw it up.

So, next year, you're going to meet your future husband. The moment you meet him, you will think that he's a completely insufferable dork. That's okay, because he thinks that you're a stuck up snob!

You get over that. Both of you.

He sees you at your worst before he even makes the leap to date you. He stalls when you make the first move. But you know, very early on, that he's the one.

Don't screw it up.

You live for drama. You know that, right? You love the chase, and once the chase is over, you give in to your crazy desire to "make things interesting" again. Don't do that too much. Don't frivolously break up with him when you get bored, and don't be surprised if he does it back. But, do work hard for him. He's it for you. He's the one that will make every day better. I promise.


You're going to quit acting. I'm sorry. I know that's hard for you to hear, but deep down, I think you already know it's true. You're not like the rest of them... you don't live and breathe theatre facts. You don't only listen to musicals, and you don't like memorizing lines. The singing and the dancing are really hard to give up, but you do it, and sometimes you still sing in public - weddings, drunk at the karaoke bar, stuff like that. The ironic thing is, you will quit while you're still getting work. In retrospect, I think we quit while we were ahead to not feel like a failure. I'm sorry about that. I really am. Maybe if we stuck with it things would be different, but... Sorry.

BUT, after you quit, you move to New York City! How weird is that?! You make the big move with B and ACC, your rocks. Your favorite people ever. ACC is the BEST roommate, and the three of you have so much fun together. They're the core of your little family in the city. They keep you sane and whole. 

The sister wives and B
There are dogs and cats that make you happy. You'll do things you never thought you could do, like run an animal rescue, but remember to stop before you lose all your hair and too much sleep. You're amazing to me, even now, that you've come this far, and I'm excited to see where we'll go.

There's so much more, but I don't want to give it away. Don't lose your spirit for adventure. Don't be afraid of saying hi to strangers, and please, please, never forget that your talent and abilities will take you much further than you ever thought. Be proud of yourself.

Don't rush to grow up too fast. Soon we'll be pushing 30 and wishing we were you again.

xoxo,
Jackie

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DIY Sibling Hospital Basket with Jenny

Kitchen redo has begun. I am currently sanding, priming and painting my way to my dream kitchen. While I am away please enjoy these guest posts from some sweet ladies! 


Hi!  My name is Jenny and I'm the teacher mommy from The NY Melrose Family.  I share diy projects, recipes, organization and party planning ideas.  I usually have an assistant working with me on most of my projects.  My assistant is my spunky two and half year old daughter, Riley.  I'm here today to share a sibling hospital basket.  This is actually a gift for my almost two year old godson.  Riley and Aidan are very close seeing as they are nine months apart and both went to my mom for daycare since they were itty bitty.  Riley was very involved in picking out the items for Aidan man's gift.  I'm sure you're probably wondering about the "Aidan man".  We're not really sure why Riley first started calling him this, but she doesn't say his name without adding the "man" to the end.  It's actually quite cute because it's as if she think it's his full name.  "Will Aidan man be at Grandma's?"  "Aidan man where are you?"  So stinkin' cute!  The basket I used is from Target and worked perfectly for the items that Riley picked out.

I also included a "Big Brother" pin inside.  I found this great site for the printable.  I printed it out on baby blue cardstock and then laminated it by using packing tape.  Yep, packing tape.  I've been using a lot of that lately because my elementary school closed this year so I was moved to a new school.  Once the packing tape was placed on both sides, I simply shaped it to the circle.

Instead of using a pin, I used a hair clip.  I simply hot glued it to the back of the pin.  I felt the hair clip would work better for my nephew since he is only two and always on the move. It was likely he would not sit still to have pinned it to his shirt, but I'm a magician at throwing a hair clip onto something.  I figured we'd just clip it down the front of his shirt.  Quick and easy.

Riley picked out a soccer ball that makes all sorts of noise, which I'm sure my sister and brother-in-law will appreciate.  (Winks!)  She also picked out a Cars Bath Paint Set.  I want him to feel extra special at the hospital so that their transition goes smoothly.

They're cute, right?
If you're looking for other child centered diy projects stop on over to see us at The NY Melrose Family.  You can also find us on TwitterFacebook and Bloglovin.






So sweet. 
My friends need to have more babies so I can make cute sibling hospital baskets for them!! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Printable Library Cards with Brighton

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Hello Everyone!  It's Brighton from Simple Brighton and I'm guesting on Lindsay's wonderful blog today.  You may remember me from last month's great Kids Craft Week and I'm back to bring you a few of my new printables.
Our local library's summer reading program starts this week and the kiddos and I are all signed up and ready to go.  It's a great program that's half structured and half whatever-you-want-to-read with a Family Night each week too.  I am a huge reader myself and nothing makes me happier than when I see them on their reading couch with a book.  Even the Little Dude is starting to have his own favorites to read at bedtime.
One of my favorite parts of going to the library when I was little was when it was time to check out.  Seeing the librarian stamp each book was so neat (and I wanted my own date stamp so I could play "library" at home).  Everything now is all computerized and we get a nice little "receipt" after we self check-out so I created these printable library cards so the kiddos could still have that feeling of a library card like I did when I was their age.  
Each trip we fill out Trip Log with what books we chose and during the school year we keep track of minutes for their at home reading times.  The What I Thought card is filled out for what books we finished reading. Sometimes we read everything and sometimes we don't and I don't pressure them to read a book if they decide they don't.
For those books that are permanently in your collection, here is a coordinating bookplate too.  
And what's a post about books without a Top Ten list of our favorite books!  Each of these books have spent lots of time on our favorites shelf and have a spot in our home library as well.  My personal favorite is "More Bears" but only because I love saying "More Bears!"

  
    
    
   
    


How cute are these? I use to love getting the little card from the library. Oliver has just discovered the awesomeness of the library and just received his own library card. I can't wait to print these out for him! 

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