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End of School Year Tradition: Glitter Toes!

3 Jun
It’s the last day of school at our house! 
And the day we have our end of the year tradition: Glitter Toes! 
My girls have been looking forward to this for weeks!
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One of my blogging idols — Kami  @ No Biggie  clued me into this fun glittery craft last year. If you haven’t checked out Kami’s blog — you need to. She is so clever, funny and stylish!

Here’s the 411:
Fun colors + Sparkles = a fun afternoon!

  1. Pick out a nail color you like and a coordinating glitter. I found some awesome Martha Stewart glitter at Walmart that has pretty much every color of glitter there is.
  2. Paint your toenails and while paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter all over each individual toe to cover well. You will need to lay a piece of paper under the toes to minimize the mess and to catch the leftover glitter so you can use it again.
  3. You can brush off the excess glitter with a small paintbrush, but make sure not to brush directly on the toenail or you can mess up the paint job.
  4. Paint a clear top coat over the glitter to help keep it contained and to add a shine to the sparkle.

And Voila! You have sparkly glitter toes — and fingers. So cute! And a great project to do with your girlfriends or little girls before you hit the pool!  

Do you have any End-of-the-Year Traditions that you do at your house?? 
My sister’s neighborhood has a big block party every year!
Please Share them with us!

Have a Glittery Day!
XOXO 

Visit thecsiproject.com 
And, the CSI Project is having a great Martha Stewart giveaway — go over to enter!
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Spring Sweater Redo — Part 2 {and 3 & 4}

4 May
I had so much fun making over my white sweater a few weeks ago, 
that I decided to do another – more colorful one. And while I was at it, I made one for two of my girls. We had fun picking out the material for the buttons and the big ric rac. I let them pick out the color of sweater (Walmart) too. Mine is from Target.
{I was having a bad hair day}
My 10 year old hasn’t taken hers off since we finished it 🙂
And when we were done, my teenage daughter even commented that she wanted one!
If you want to make one, HERE is the tutorial. This is a quick and easy project — approximately 20 minutes per sweater. And don’t worry — if you can’t sew, you can use Liquid Stitch on the ric rac — works like a charm!
This is the week of The Mother’s Day Extravaganza — 
it starts on Thursday!
And, don’t forget to get your projects ready to link up on Friday for the DIY Club!

I’m linking up to these fun parties!

Have a Happy Week!
XOXO

Real Life: Dinner Dilemmas

29 Mar
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Dinner time is my most dreaded time of the day. It seems like we are always rushing around trying to make it to a game, or a lesson, or some sort of practice. My kids are tired and fighting and since my husband works out of town so much, I can’t hand things off to him at night. Plus I have been wanting to get my kids more involved in the dinner-making process.
I recently found a really cool idea that might help my dinner time drama, I thought I would share it with you. {And no, I am not being paid to say this — I bought the book on my own}.
I found this cookbook:
The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner: Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week 

And I just love it! The concept is that each night of the week has a theme. There are:
  • Monday : Comfort Foods {like soups, casseroles, beef stroganoff..}
  • Tuesday: Italian Night: {lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, penne pasta}
  • Wednesday: Hold The Meat: {fish recipes, linguini, homemade mac & cheese, breakfast for dinner}
  •  Thursday: Mexican Night: {enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, taquitos}
  • Friday: Pizza Night: {all sorts of pizza recipes}
  • Saturday: Grill Night: {Hamburgers, Sloppy Joes, all sorts of BBQ recipes}
  • Sunday: Family Favorites: {pot roast, crock pot recipes, chicken cordon bleu}
Of course, we’ll go out on the weekends sometimes too. But what I’m really excited about is getting my kids involved in dinner. What I’m going to do is:
  • Everyone in the family is going to be in charge of dinner one night a week.
  • On Sundays we are going to meet to decide who wants to do which theme night.
  • Each person will decide on a menu for their day and figure out what groceries they need to make their night’s food and make me up a list.
  • On their night, each person will be in charge of making the dinner, setting the table, clearing up the table and cleaning up the kitchen. 
I think it’s going to be really fun! And if someone knows they are having a test on a certain day and they need to study, they can choose a day that they will have time to make their dinner. I am hoping that it will help my kids learn how to cook, plus it will lighten my load and get them excited about dinner. 
Even Ella {who is 5} will have a night that she is in charge — I will help her. But she loves to make things, she knows how to set the table and I think she will be so proud to make the food for her night and serve it to the family.
Here’s the recipe I’m making for dinner for Pizza Night: 
ARUGULA PIZZA WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA
AND CHERRY TOMATOES
FRIDAY
PIZZA NIGHT
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Oil a pizza pan with olive oil.
2. Prepare the dough and place it on the prepared pan.
3. Slice the fresh mozzarella cheese and place it on the crust, or top with
shredded regular mozzarella.
4. Bake the pizza on the lowest oven rack for 12 to 15 minutes or until the crust
is brown on the bottom and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and
immediately pile the arugula pieces onto the hot melted cheese and top with
the tomatoes. Drizzle on a little olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Serve immediately.
1/2 recipe Basic Pizza Dough (p. 135)
Fresh mozzarella cheese, or shredded regular mozzarella
Fresh baby arugula, torn into pieces
Fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and ground black pepper (see Note)
One 12-inch thin-crust pizza
 What are your secrets for making dinnertime easier at your house?
I really want to know.
XOXO

Real Life: Dinner Dilemmas

29 Mar
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Dinner time is my most dreaded time of the day. It seems like we are always rushing around trying to make it to a game, or a lesson, or some sort of practice. My kids are tired and fighting and since my husband works out of town so much, I can’t hand things off to him at night. Plus I have been wanting to get my kids more involved in the dinner-making process.
I recently found a really cool idea that might help my dinner time drama, I thought I would share it with you. {And no, I am not being paid to say this — I bought the book on my own}.
I found this cookbook:
The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner: Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week 

And I just love it! The concept is that each night of the week has a theme. There are:
  • Monday : Comfort Foods {like soups, casseroles, beef stroganoff..}
  • Tuesday: Italian Night: {lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, penne pasta}
  • Wednesday: Hold The Meat: {fish recipes, linguini, homemade mac & cheese, breakfast for dinner}
  •  Thursday: Mexican Night: {enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, taquitos}
  • Friday: Pizza Night: {all sorts of pizza recipes}
  • Saturday: Grill Night: {Hamburgers, Sloppy Joes, all sorts of BBQ recipes}
  • Sunday: Family Favorites: {pot roast, crock pot recipes, chicken cordon bleu}
Of course, we’ll go out on the weekends sometimes too. But what I’m really excited about is getting my kids involved in dinner. What I’m going to do is:
  • Everyone in the family is going to be in charge of dinner one night a week.
  • On Sundays we are going to meet to decide who wants to do which theme night.
  • Each person will decide on a menu for their day and figure out what groceries they need to make their night’s food and make me up a list.
  • On their night, each person will be in charge of making the dinner, setting the table, clearing up the table and cleaning up the kitchen. 
I think it’s going to be really fun! And if someone knows they are having a test on a certain day and they need to study, they can choose a day that they will have time to make their dinner. I am hoping that it will help my kids learn how to cook, plus it will lighten my load and get them excited about dinner. 
Even Ella {who is 5} will have a night that she is in charge — I will help her. But she loves to make things, she knows how to set the table and I think she will be so proud to make the food for her night and serve it to the family.
Here’s the recipe I’m making for dinner for Pizza Night: 
ARUGULA PIZZA WITH FRESH MOZZARELLA
AND CHERRY TOMATOES
FRIDAY
PIZZA NIGHT
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Oil a pizza pan with olive oil.
2. Prepare the dough and place it on the prepared pan.
3. Slice the fresh mozzarella cheese and place it on the crust, or top with
shredded regular mozzarella.
4. Bake the pizza on the lowest oven rack for 12 to 15 minutes or until the crust
is brown on the bottom and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and
immediately pile the arugula pieces onto the hot melted cheese and top with
the tomatoes. Drizzle on a little olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Serve immediately.
1/2 recipe Basic Pizza Dough (p. 135)
Fresh mozzarella cheese, or shredded regular mozzarella
Fresh baby arugula, torn into pieces
Fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and ground black pepper (see Note)
One 12-inch thin-crust pizza
 What are your secrets for making dinnertime easier at your house?
I really want to know.
XOXO

Would you like to win one of these??

12 Feb
Aren’t these playhouses just amazing! 
What a great place for your kids to play and have fun with their friends.  
They are available at Miss PrettyPretty’s etsy shop
And if you go over to Mary Janes and Galoshesshe is giving one away!!!
I love them because they are so cute,
they fit right over a card table,
but also fold up when you aren’t using them. 
And they come with a little matching tote to store the house in!
 They also have styles for girls and boys! 
My kids would go crazy for one.
 So go over to Mary Janes and Galoshes to enter. 
The giveaway ends February 15th!!
 {this is my favorite — The Cupcakery!}
XOXO

Would you like to win one of these??

12 Feb
Aren’t these playhouses just amazing! 
What a great place for your kids to play and have fun with their friends.  
They are available at Miss PrettyPretty’s etsy shop
And if you go over to Mary Janes and Galoshesshe is giving one away!!!
I love them because they are so cute,
they fit right over a card table,
but also fold up when you aren’t using them. 
And they come with a little matching tote to store the house in!
 They also have styles for girls and boys! 
My kids would go crazy for one.
 So go over to Mary Janes and Galoshes to enter. 
The giveaway ends February 15th!!
 {this is my favorite — The Cupcakery!}
XOXO

Keeping it Real: Friday Edition

1 May

Do you ever have one of those weeks where it seems that you are running around ALL DAY LONG – EVERYDAY? I feel like I am going crazy, too many things to do, not enough time. Just keeping it real.

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But I have got a few things done – or started anyways!

  • Square foot garden:


  • Helped plant a community garden:
{the kids had a great time making a worm farm}
  • Mulch in the flower beds:

{started planting the pots}


As I sit here at 11:15, still in my sweats with no shower, I am thinking of the zillion things I need to do before the kids get home at 1:50 (early day):

  • Plant the seeds in the garden
  • Water the plants in the garden and pots so they don’t die
  • Get Hannah dressed at some point
  • Grocery store
  • Post office
  • Mow the lawns
  • Clean the house (hasn’t been done all week)

Thank you for being such great blogging friends. And thanks to the sweet friends who have given me awards this week. I love you all. I will try to post about them as soon as I have a few minutes without children hanging on me demanding food.

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Am I the only one???
What’s on your list today???
XOXOXO