Thursday, July 24, 2014

DIY Summer Top

I brought my sewing machine out and finally made something for myself!  I'm pretty pumped about it, and I've even worn it outside of the house to go eat and shopping. 

I found the tutorial on Sew Caroline's site.  (Go here to find the tutorial for her DIY Sassy Summer Top) She's got a lot of great tutorials, I'm going to try my hand at her tank dress.  Although,  I've made one for myself before and could barely get in it, so I've never actually worn it because it made me mad.

I'm really pleased with  how this turned out and kind of want to make another one using a different fabric.

Oh, and this was made with knit fabric...never have I used it, and it's not really easy to sew with in my opinion. I couldn't get my seams even at all!  That really annoys a person with OCD I'll tell ya!

Dodger, the photo-bomber dog.

 I just paired this top with some black high waist-ed shorts.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dear Blog

Oh how I loathe having a difficult time with being a procrastinator!  Not to mention, not following through with things.  Seriously, I have every good intention of blogging, and continuing to do so, but something in my mind always puts that intention to a halt.  Honestly, not having the internet at home has made it difficult to try and do any kind of branding/sharing.  I don't know how y'all do it!  It's a lot of hard work.

OK, so enough of being Negative Nancy.  I cleaned off our kitchen table and finally brought out the sewing machine.  Trying to teach the kids how to sew has been a challenge!  Our first project has been a pillow.  Probably the easiest thing to make.  I even went and bought some new fabric, in which I'm hoping I'll try my hand at making something for myself (maybe a top?  Dress?).  Having three days off in a row will hopefully give me some time to figure it all out. 

That's kind of a little update for everyone. Not much, but hey, there really hasn't been too much going on other then working and being a mom! 

The picture below was taken on the Fourth of July.  The kids and I were sporting the shirts we made!  We were all very pleased with them, and my husband couldn't believe the finished product of mine.  Seesh, he must not know yet that his wife does have some sort of creative side!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DIY Lip Scrub

Do you have dry lips?  Want to make them smooth?  Well, here's a quick VIDEO tutorial on how to make your very own LUSH Lip Scrub.  Now, I've never been to an actual LUSH cosmetics store, but I want to!  For now, this copycat lip scrub will have to do. 

Head on over to my Youtube channel to check out how to make your own :-)  I've been posting 2 videos a week, so if you want to find out where I've been just subscribe.  I'm going to try and post a separate post here on the blog, that corresponds with the video.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Birthday Party Fun!

The recent lack of posts have been because of some serious birthday party planning fun!  That and, well, it's hard blogging when you don't have the internet at your house.  I've got to find WiFi hotspots and sometimes, it can be hard concentrating.  But, I've got some posts I need to sit down and get down before I forget.  Oh, and let me tell you...whenever I schedule a post to be posted, it won't post!  Not sure what I'm doing, but it never works. 

So, anyways.  My son had his 8th birthday party yesterday and it was a hit!  He had 5 friends from his class come and lots of family and friends.  He is a very loved boy!  I've made a couple videos to be posted on Youtube, of DIY's.  Hoping to get those up in the next week if all goes well.

Enjoy these pictures from our birthday party weekend! 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

I've been searching for this recipe for awhile now.  I remembered how they tasted the first time I made them.  Thank goodness, I finally found a great recipe!  These cookies are so delicious, they are like a puff of cloud in your mouth.  That's how good! 

If you've ever had a homemade cookie to begin with, you know how much more delicious they can be than store bought cookies.  Well, add some pudding to those cookies and you're set.  Your kids and husband will love you more I'm sure of it :-)

These really are simple to make too.  I'm a sucker for anything quick, easy, and delicious.

Add you a glass of cold milk, mmmmmm!  

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 3.4oz box vanilla instant pudding
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 cups flour
1 - 2 cups chocolate chips (or any add in of your choice)

Preheat oven to 350.
Stir flour and baking soda together.
In separate bowl cream butter and both sugars.
Add in pudding mix, beat until blended.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Slowly add your flour mixture.
Finally, stir in your chocolate chips!
Place on cookie sheet in approximately 1" balls.
Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Oober Delicious Nutella Cupcakes!

I made some delicious Nutella cupcakes the other day.  When I say delicious, I do mean delicious!

They were super easy to make too.  But boy I'll tell ya what, any frosting I make, tends to be SUPER rich in flavor!

My poor teeth.  That is all!

I'm pretty sure I'll be posting more recipes and/or pictures that have to do with sweets, and this darn sweet tooth of mine.    

Seriously folks, OOBER DELICIOUS!  So delicious, I actually used the word oober to describe them.

 So moist.  And rich.  Can't leave out rich.  Something my dentist will be after I eat all these sweets!


Oh...that's right, y'all wanted to know how to make these didn't you?  Well, here's a recipe for y'all!

1 box white cake mix
1 box instant vanilla pudding (I used the smaller box)
3 eggs
2/3 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk

Nutella Frosting:
1 cup butter
1 cup Nutella
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
4 cups powdered sugar

Mix all the ingredients for the cake together, except the sprinkles.  Beat for 2-3 minutes.  Then, stir in the sprinkles.

Fill your cupcake liners 2/3 full.  Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.

Cream your butter and Nutella together.  Add salt, vanilla, and 2 tbsp of the heavy whipping cream.  Beat until creamy, then slowly add the powdered sugar. 

Add the other 2  tbsp whipping cream once the powdered sugar is all beaten in.  Beat for about 2 minutes.  Now, you're ready to pipe onto cooled cupcakes!  Don't forget to top with sprinkles:-)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Necklace for Mom?

After being a mom for 8 years, I finally bought myself a 'mom necklace'.  You know, one of those necklaces you were when you're proud to be a mom?  Well, that's how I look at it anyways!

I'm already thinking about what other necklace(s) to get!

Oh honey, Mother's Day is right around the corner!!!

Oh yea, I'll be in the Christmas spirit all year long! 

I bought my necklace from JBExclusives on Etsy.  Check her shop out here: JBExclusives