Living with the In-laws and a Birthday Party

Yes… I have been on yet another hiatus. This time it wasn’t all my fault. 🙂

Long story short, we had a sewage flood in the home that we were renting that caused massive contamination of the third floor of the home. Considering the conditions and the fact that we have a toddler, the hubby and I decided it was best if we just call it quits at that location. We are in the process of building a new home, but it is not quite ready yet. So, in the mean-time, we are living with the in-laws, in the bonus room, above their garage……… down by the river. No, seriously, the Flint River. 🙂 (Hey, gotta make light of the situation any chance I get!) All jokes aside, we are very thankful that we have this option.

Our nephew, Clayton, loves Star Wars and just turned 6. So guess what?! He had a Star Wars Party! And I got to help out! Here are a few pictures from the celebration.

Massive Menu Monday: Recipe Edition – Bento Lunches

With school starting for most of you guys soon, or may have already started, (not us, for several years) I have been seeing different school related things floating around the information superhighway.

The most interesting being Bento Lunches.

“Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or “character bento”. Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon (anime) characters, characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters. Another popular bento style is “oekakiben” or “picture bento”, which is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.”  — Bento, Wikipedia.com

The character bentos are my favorite! They remind me of how my mom would decorate our brown paper lunch bags with her cute designs…or leave a note to bring a smile. All of my classmates enjoyed my lunches just as much as I did!

Making cute lunches for your kiddos might take a few more minutes of your time each morning…but I am sure that those few extra moments will make lasting memories and bring a smile to their faces. And who knows, a child might be more inclined to eat a lion faced sandwich over a boring square one.  🙂

I sure hope that I take the time to go this extra step with Easton when he starts school… who knows…we may just start them before school age!

If you are interested in more information on basic bento boxes, check out Wendolonia.com. I found her site very informative and it definitely became a favorite right away!

For cute kyaraben (Character) ideas, check out my Bento Lunches Board on Pinterest!

P.S. Happy 2nd Anniversary to my Loving Husband!

♥♥♥♥♥♥

New life to your old digs…

I am a news and current events addict…  I love watching my Good Morning America. And now, we have the pleasure of seeing some of the cast twice a day, on               Good Afternoon America! I LOVE IT!

On Thursday, GAA debuted their new segment “Trash to Treasures.” And, of course, this is right up my alley!

They decided to open with a refashion topic – You know….how to revive those old clothes in the back of your closet, think outside the box when rummaging through the clothes rack at the thrift stores and ideas for those one hundred gazillion t-shirts your hubby brings home from work that was given to him by Joe-Schmoe Salesman that really doesn’t fit anyone in the house…

They invited The Refashionista herself, Jillian Owens, to help with this segment and show off her amazing refashions. If you have not heard of her, check her out here.

She showed two pieces … but one really caught my eye. If I wore dresses…If I wore strapless dresses,… I would SO WEAR THIS.

Source: GAA

Pair it some cute wedges for a night out or some good ole cowgirl boots to your favorite SEC game and/or tailgate party this fall!

 See how she did it here.

What have you refashioned lately?

Want some more ideas on adding a new breathe to some old threads…

 Visit my pinterest board for inspiration!

Tuesday Tutorial: Removing Labels and Mason Jar projects

I have been known to hoard keep my share of glass jars and bottles. You know… just in case. And, actually, they have come in handy for several things such as bulk food storage, gift containers, and taking up space in my crafting area.

I remember drinking out of a small mason jar with a handle as a child when we visited with my grandparents. I think that was “my” glass. I also get a little giddy when I visit my Mom’s and see a mason jar in the cabinet.

Mason Jars, and other glass jars, seem to be all the rage in decorating these days—Country Chic? Of course, I am a big fan. You can visit almost any crafting or decorating blog and find some kind of something about mason jars. Heck, head on over to Pinterest. I know you can ‘pin’ some ideas there.

When decorating with and up-cycling mason jars, you will usually need to remove those pesky labels, which is not always the easiest of tasks. I have a simple way of doing just that. So easy and saves your fingernails from peeling away at the tacky glue and paper!

You will need:

-Your Jar/Bottle of choice

-A large plastic bowl

-Dish detergent

-A pretty stout hard back book

-Hot water

-A rough dish scrubber

  1. Gather your choice of jars/bottles that you want to remove labels from. I love the mason jars that this brand of spaghetti sauce comes in. They have the measurements and the word ‘mason’ on them!
  2. Put a medium amount of dish detergent into the bowl. Add hot water. (Tip: You will only want enough water so that you can also submerge the jar. So…I recommend fill it with the jar of choice in the bowl.)
  3. Now, with the jar standing in the water, place the heavy book on top. This will keep it from bobbing about while the magic is occurring. Let it sit this way for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove the jar from the water and pull off your label. You should be able to remove it in one piece with no issues. However, you may still have the adhesive residue on your jar as I did on these.
  5. Take your dish scrubber and run it across the adhesive area. This shouldn’t take too much elbow grease. Once the adhesive is removed, simply run your jar under some water to remove any residue. Tah-Dah!

Here are some cute ideas for your hoarded collected jars and bottles:

Little Miss Momma’s Painted Jar Centerpieces

 Not Just a House Wife’s Mason Jar Wall Planters

 

MSN Living featured Country Living’s Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

 

Little Bit Funky’s Mason Jar No-Spill Drink Jars

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way!

I would like to take a moment and thank Olympic Paint and Lowe’s for sponsoring this morning’s craft. 🙂 Oh, and my good friend Pinterest for the idea.

Presenting…..

My Paint Chip Easter Garland!

Maybe I will add more decor before Easter Sunday…

Visit HERE for the tutorial!

Check out my other Easter themed pins on my “Bunny Time” board!

And, for some Easter themed poems, head on over to Aristotle.net.