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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our Last Week of Summer

Our summer has officially ended, and we have already been back to school this week… at least my little honey pie's and I have been… Gretchen is starting 1st grade today! We tried to have some fun last week while we enjoyed our last few days!
I took the girls to the park and Adalyn enjoyed swinging.
Meggie had a lot of fun swinging too!
Gretchen worked on her monkey bar skills.
And then the girls and I headed to Cherry Berry for ice cream since it was so hot outside! Plus, this was a nice way for me to convince them to leave the park!
We headed to the pool on Wednesday and the girls enjoyed soaking up the sun at the end.
I can't believe how much Adalyn has grown this summer, and how much she has learned to enjoy the pool!
One day, my girls will be doing this as teenagers.
We also had some indoor play time and indoor snuggles.
I was suppose to have a girls night out on Thursday, but Adalyn was a wee bit cranky so I ended up not going. I took the girls to Sonic for dinner, since I was held up with a cranky baby all day.
And Meggie fell asleep as soon as I placed her order!

We had a great week and although I'm a bit sad that our summer is over, I'm so thankful that we are getting back into a routine!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Girl Mom~ Back to School Morning Recipes

Girl mom's have it rough when it comes to getting their girls out the door on a school day, let alone, any other day! Even though my girls are 6, 3, and 1, this fact is 100% true right now. It will only become worse as they become teenagers.

This year, I'll be in charge of getting my little honey pie's up, dressed, hair fixed, teeth brushed, out the door, and to daycare, and then my oldest to school, and we all have to be on time. So, I have to be proactive and be prepared.

Last Friday, I spent most of the afternoon and early evening making breakfast muffins for us to be able to have a quick breakfast for those rushed mornings! Muffins are the perfect grab and go, they freeze easily, and can be taken out just a few at a time the night before. 


I made these Funfetti breakfast muffins, and let the girls taste test them before I put the rest in the freezer. They were a hit with the girls! You can find the recipe here.

I made these muffins last year and I loved them! They are perfectly sweet, and a wee bit messy! 

I also made banana bread muffins, using bananas that I had frozen in my freezer. Did you know you can freeze bananas? Just peel them, throw them in a freezer bag, and then when you're ready to use, you can pull them out and put them in a bowl to thaw a bit. 

Finally, I made Strawberry Muffins, using a recipe that a friend had posted on Facebook. And, i'm sharing it here with you!

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 tspn cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 c. oil
  • 1 tspn baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 c sliced strawberries
  • 1 tspn vanilla
  • 1 banana
Mix your dry then wet ingredients, fold in the strawberries, pour batter into greased muffin tins, bake 350 for 20-25 minutes.

You can also substitute strawberries with blueberries or other fruit!

If you're looking for a healthier alternative for breakfast, serve a muffin with yogurt, fresh fruit, a cheese stick, or scrambled eggs! You'll have a perfect, and super easy breakfast for getting your girls out the door!

What is your go-to breakfast for your honey pie's?


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer Projects

School is back in session, but right before school started, I tried to get my butt in gear and start on & finish projects that I've been putting off all summer!
I reorganized Meggie's toys. Before, they were all in a huge wicker basket in her bedroom and she never played in her room! I had puzzles and books in her dresser, and she never opened those drawers. I brought our bucket toy organizer (from Target) from the play area upstairs and moved it to her room. Meggie is loving having access to her toys, and we've had to clean her room more than ever these days!
I have been wanting to decorate my sewing area for over a year, and I finally purchased a few prints to hang over my sewing table. While I was at it, I reorganized the mess I had made working on orders.

I'm dying for a turquoise colored antique desk to use rather than this folding table.
I used hooped fabric that matches Gretchen's bedding and hung those on the wall (I share an area in her bedroom; her bedroom is actually the bonus room- hello surprise 3rd baby!)
I love this hanger print!
I added back to school decorations to the kitchen table. Our Bible verses, a bucket full of brand new crayons, books that were mine when I was little, and a glass of magnetic letters.
I also purchased this print as a little surprise to DJ. I framed it and put it on his nightstand.

I still have lots of little projects that I'm wanting to do, and hopefully I'll get them finished before it's too far into the school year!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Feeling…..

Now that summer is coming to an end, you ladies are keeping me busy! I have a mix of emotions from being excited, overwhelmed, nervous, stressed, and most of all, humbled. 

I am truly humbled and so thrilled that so many of you have asked me to create products for your own precious little honey pie's! My poor kids are probably not enjoying the end of their summer, but we try every day to do something fun just for them, even if it's just snuggling on the couch, reading a book, or heading outside to play for a few minutes! 

I go back to school on Monday, and I am hurrying to get everything completed and shipped before life becomes even more hectic!

But y'all, I wouldn't trade it for the world! My dreams of my small business are exactly
 where I have wanted them to be for 6 years. Thank you for that. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

I wanted to share a bit of what I've been up to! 
This monogrammed apple appliqué and matching hair bow are perfect for the first day of school!
I was asked to create a matching hair bow for the shirt, and I love the final results!
Last month, I participated in a huge blog giveaway! The winner received 8 boutique hair bows!
I had a friend ask me to make personalized burp cloths for an upcoming baby shower! These tie appliqués are the perfect baby gift.
Some of you are even thinking way ahead and ordering for Thanksgiving! I have a ton of fall orders in the works as well!
I absolutely love the mixture of pink and red in this shirt!
Preslei is all set for Halloween with her witch boot shirt and matching hair bow! Thanks to my Facebook Fans for helping me decide how to stitch out the name!
I think I finished 4 birthday sets this month! This is just one of them, and the mama decided that precious Makynzi needed two hair bows!
Here's a close up of one of the hair bows! 

My current turn around time is at 3 weeks, especially with going back to work. I recommend placing orders well in advance! You can place an order by messaging me on my Facebook page. 

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sleepover, Sickness, & Looms

We're in our last week of summer, and it's a crazy, busy one! Today, my two goals include completing the three back to school orders that I have looming over my head, and to take my honey pie's to the swimming pool for an hour or two. 

As busy as I am sewing away, I'm also trying to squeeze in a bit of fun with the girls! 

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Addy Pearl is getting entirely too big! She's walking everywhere, and she found sunglasses in Megan's room and walked out with them around her neck. She's learning the function of objects that I didn't think she'd know quiet yet, and I'm reminded at how fast they grow.
I let Gretchen have a sleepover on Friday night! We haven't seen A&J (twin sisters) since last fall, life just got in the way, but the girls still talk about each other, and I was so glad that we could finally get them together! 

They came over Friday evening, had pizza, and then we watched The Lego Movie. Meggie felt like a big girl too getting to stay up and hang out with her big sister and her friends!
The girls all slept in their sleeping bags (even though Gretchen complained that the floor was entirely too hard) and finally went to sleep around 10:30. They were up at 6 AM the next morning!
We had doughnuts for breakfast and I let the girls play for a bit and then we did a few arts and crafts projects before the girls went home.

The rest of Saturday was spent hanging around the house in the afternoon, visiting with our neighbors, and playing outside before bedtime.
DJ was home on Sunday morning, and since he had to cut the grass, we planned on staying home from church. It was a good thing, because Megan woke up not feeling well, and ended up sleeping until 9:30. Adalyn slept until 10, which is unlike her too!
Despite her appearing happy in this picture, she was anything but! She was fussy and clingy and not herself, so we had a very lazy Sunday. 

Monday morning was pretty lazy as well, as the little girls were still trying to recover. Gretchen had her 6 year well child check up Monday afternoon, and our neighbor came over to watch the little girls. Before the dr. appointment, we stopped by the fabric store and I finally broke down and bought Gretchen the loom that she has been begging for since January!
We spent Monday evening trying to figure it out, and after three you-tube videos, the last of which included teenage girls filming with their cell phone and one of their bedroom floors, I finally figured it out! Thank you teenage girls.
Isn't my bracelet stylin'!
After I put Adalyn to bed on Monday night, I walked out and these two were sitting side by side on the couch watching t.v. before bedtime.
I woke up feeling puny on Tuesday morning, so Adalyn and I curled up on the couch and put on a Disney movie or two.
And, Gretchen spent some time working on her loom bracelets. She's honestly played with it a ton, and I'm thinking I could have bought it sooner to keep her occupied!

Thankfully, by the end of the day, we were all feeling pretty back to normal and hopefully today will be enjoyable for all of us!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Girl Mom~ Back To School Lunches

Today's Girl Mom post is all about back to school lunches! Gretchen goes back to school in a week, and I'll be packing her lunch (and mine) every day. I was so excited to pack Gretchen's school lunch when she started kindergarten! By the end of the year, the excitement had worn off, and she was eating uncrustables like they were going out of style. Today, I'm hoping to share a bit of that motivation that I had last year and regain it myself for this year.
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This was Gretchen's lunch the first day of Kindergarten. I bought her lunch box container from Pottery Barn Kids. It is definitely large enough to hold a variety of foods, but it didn't fit too well in her lunchbox. I had to kind of lay it on it's side. She reported that all of the food stayed in their own little compartments. I would put ranch dip in the covered compartment or occasionally leave a little piece of candy in there for her. 
We also have this container from LunchBots. It is not as large as the PBK one, and I'd often have to add in a sandwich bag of something else. Or, I'd use silicone cupcake holders inside for an extra little compartment. I liked the long compartment at the front to put in wraps or roll ups.
I love this snack idea list I found on Thirty Handmade Days. I think i'm going to print it out and hang it on the fridge! 
And of course, I would add in handwritten or I would print off little notes for her lunchbox! These are easy to print out and throw in the lunch box. 

And, I asked Gretchen to help me and we came up with a list of her favorite lunch box goodies:
  • Turkey & Cheese Roll-ups…. to make these 'fun', I cut off the crust, roll the bread with a rolling pin to make them flat, and then roll the bread up and stick a toothpick in them to keep the bread from unrolling. We also do these with pb & j.
  • Pepperoni and Cheese with Crackers (Gretchen begs for Lunchables, so this is the solution we came up with)
  • Carrot Sticks with Ranch
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Spinach with Cheese
  • Princess Fruit Snacks
  • Cheetos- try the Pirate's Booty brand for a natural alternative
  • Raisins
  • Cheesesticks
  • Yogurt
  • Go Sandwichless! Pack a lunch full of fruits, veggies, and a grain! 
  • Cherries
Where have you found lunch inspiration for this school year? What are your child's favorite foods? Do you let your child buy their lunch at school?

Comment below so we can all share in the discussion!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

#weltegram2014 August 7-13th

Here's a bit of what we've been up to!
August 7th- Trying to soak up the last few days of summer, the girls and I spent the morning at the aquarium.
August 8th- We had a sleepover! Complete with pizza, The Lego Movie, and popcorn…. Meggie thought she was a big girl hanging out with the girls.
August 9th- Because when your daughter comes up to you and says "Mommy, take a picture", you do. Even if you're not showered and sans makeup.
August 10th- This pretty much sums up our day. Sick little Meggie.
August 11th- Gretchen's 6 year check up.
August 12th- Took the girls to the park for a few hours.
August 13th- One of our last pool days.

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