Monday, April 30, 2012

How about some "Blondie"?! DIY Newspaper Nail Art

Hello there ladies!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  

Ours was pretty nice.  Nothing special.  Well, that's not true.  It was special, because we were together as family.  My parents took Mia & Zoe Friday night, so Locke and I got to sleep in on Saturday.  It was glorious!  

I'll say it again, I have the best parents in the world!  

When Locke and I went over to my parents house on Saturday to pick up the girls, the first thing Mia did was run to me and show me her nails.  Abi {my mom} had painted their nails and piggies and they were oh, so excited.  My mom was cooking us all lunch as I was painting my own nails white.  She was trying to get me to paint polka dots but I wasn't too thrilled with the idea.  I did want to do something though...but what?  




Have you ever seen these nails?


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I pinned them awhile ago but had not tried them yet.  My mom brought me the newspaper and had the fabulous idea to look at the comics section!  I thought, what an awesome idea!  I was looking through the different comic strips and decided on one of my favorites, Blondie.

A SMALL WARNING: Do not look at my dry cuticles!!!

To do these, you will need:

  • light colored nail polish {I used white}
  • newspaper comic strip {or maybe just some text}
  • alcohol {my mom didn't have any in her first aid kit so I used 151! }
  • small cup to put in alcohol {I used the nail polish remover cap}
  • scissors
  • clear nail polish


1.
Paint your nails as you would normally.  I did 3 coats.



2.
Pour your alcohol into a small container.  Do not fill too much or it will overflow when you put your finger inside.

3.  
Cut the image or text that you would like to show on your nail.  I cut based on the size of my nail.

4. 
Dip your nail into alcohol for about 5 seconds

5.  
Place image side on your nail and press firmly for about 5-10 seconds.

6.  
Peel paper off of nail and image/text will be on your nail!


  
How cool, right?!


7.
Once all images are placed, it's time for a clear coat.  

BE CAREFUL!  

DO NOT BRUSH THE FIRST COAT OF CLEAR POLISH OR THE IMAGE WILL STREAK!

Try to "dab" the first coat on.  Once the first coat of clear is dry, then you can brush a second coat of clear and you're done!





I love 'em.  I don't think Locke was too crazy about them though!

What do you say?


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Friday, April 27, 2012

How to make Dump Cake!

Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a wonderful week!  The last few days have been much better for me.  Having Locke home always makes things better.  

Remember last weeks post "Look at where Dump Cake got us!"?  I told you about the story of how we ended up having our first date?  

How it was all because of Dump Cake?


Well, we finally had our "Dating Anniversary" fill yesterday and it was as yummy as ever!  

I promised I would share the {easy peasy} recipe with you, so here you go:

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple
  • 1 can of pie filling of your choice {I used strawberry}
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix {I usually choose the butter recipe but I had this box on hand}
  • 1 stick of butter {plus maybe a little bit more}
  • ICE CREAM! {Vanilla is our choice!}



INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Set the oven to 350ยบ F.
  2. DUMP the can of crushed pineapple {juice and all} into the pan.
  3. DUMP the pie filling in by spoonfulls and spread out to cover pineapple evenly.
  4. DUMP 3/4 {maybe more depending on your pan size} of the DRY cake mix and spread evenly.  You shouldn't see any pie filling peeking out.
  5. Cut the butter in thin slices and spread evenly on top of the dry cake mix.
  6. Place pan in the oven and close.  Keep an eye on it and after about 3 minutes or so the butter should be completely melted.  Pull the rack out and make sure the melted butter is even spread over the dry cake mix.  If not, try to spread butter around and if it's too big of a spot, add another piece of butter on top.
  7. Close oven and cook for 35-45 minutes until the entire crust is nice and golden brown.
  8. Let cool for about 5 minutes or so before serving with ice cream {our choice is Breyers Vanilla}.
  9. ENJOY!

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¡Buen Provecho!

Bon Appetit!

Enoy!

Do you have any meals that you like to put together for a special occasion {other than holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas}?

I'd love to hear about them!

Have a great weekend!



See where I party Friday's HERE.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Guest Blogger: Katie from Quality Cheap Home {My new co-host for It's a Piece O' Cake Linky Party}

 Hey there!

Tomorrow will be my first time co-hosting the It's a Piece O' Cake Linky Party with Katie from Quality Cheap Home.  Here is a post that she wrote for her blog today giving the background on our friendship.  It goes way past our blogs, back to 1997!
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I LOVE a good party, especially if I'm hosting! Melissa, from Loving This Crazy Life, and I will be co-hosting a link party tomorrow and every Thursday.  You and your friends are invited! Just BYOP {bring your own project} to the bash and have some fun checking out other people's creative ideas.

Melissa and I are both new to the blogging world {February 2012} and LOVE it! Melissa has basically taught me just about everything I know when it comes to blogging and I'm so thankful for all her ideas and support.

Even though we started blogging at the same time, we didn't meet through the blogging world.  Our history goes back to a time when to call her I used my home phone and a busy signal meant she might be on-line to check her email {not Facebook} and I knew she definitely wasn't blogging in 1997!

Melissa and I met as neighbors on Ramey Coast Guard Base in Puerto Rico. It was a small base and since we lived just down the street from one another, introductions were inevitable.


Once I left for college we lost contact, but thanks to Facebook we were able to reconnect and discover that we are now both married, each have 2 precious little girls, and love decorating/DIY blogs. 

Now we're teaming up each week for:


Join us tomorrow to upload your projects, get inspired, encourage others in their DIY endeavors, and make some new blogging friends!

See you then!

Katie

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Katie, thank you so much for sharing our story with our blogging friends.  I can't wait to see where this blogging journey takes us!


10 Easy Afternoon Crafts for the Munchkins!


I don't know about you, but I'm always trying to think of something fun to keep my girls entertained.  Art projects always seem to settle them down.  That's one of the reasons why I'm loving Pinterest so much.  It's a one stop place where you can find ideas for virtually anything.  

I gathered a small list of crafts to do with my girls and thought I would share it with you.  Keep in mind, I tried to find some simple things to entertain toddlers.  My girls are 2 & 3 {almost 4...can't believe it} so I wanted to keep it fun and easy for them.  

Almost all of these projects are things you can do with your little ones in under and hour, cause you know how their attention spans can be!
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1.
Plastic Bead Bowls
This first craft is something I've wanted to do with my girls for awhile now.  I found the container of plastic beads at IKEA to make these bowls.  I think it would be fun to place their crayons, markers and what not in a fun way.  I know they would be proud to show them off!
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2.
DIY Bubble Bath Paint

Bath time has never been more fun!  All the ingredients you need are things you probably already have in your home.

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3.
Homemade Doodle Paint 

Yet another project that you can create for you little ones to have tons of fun with supplies you already have in your home {except for the bottles maybe}.   

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4.
Jello Playdough

I chose this playdough recipe because it actually looks like the name brand.  I'm assuming it's the jello in the recipe that creates that desired consistency.  My girls love playdough, so I know I can't go wrong here!


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 5. 
Homemade Slime

Mia and Zoe have never played with slime.  I wonder how they would react to the cool, slimy consistency?  One guess.  They will probably think it's awesome!

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6.
Rainbow Crayons

What a great idea to recycle broken crayons!  Heck, I would do this for Mia & Zoe even with a new pack of crayons. 

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 7.
Rock Animals

These are so cute!  I can't get enough of them.  I know the girls would have fun putting these together with their mami.  


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 8.
Koi Paper Kites

These are the cutest!  The girls would want to go outside to look at these dance with the wind.  They would definitely need my help putting these together.  I think having the supplies ready before you start would be best with toddlers, right?

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 9.
Sunprints

This is a great craft that involves science.  I think the girls {especially Mia} would be amazed with the results!
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10.
 How to Build a Fairy House

The moment I saw these little houses, my mind went straight to the Tinkerbell movies.  Mia would be in heaven and would have such fun looking around the yard for bits and pieces to add to Tinkerbell's home.  Heck, I'd even love to have this in my yard.  So whimsical. 

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What type of crafts do you like to do with your toddlers? 

Don't forget to pass by tomorrow for


Katie from Quality Cheap Home will be co-hosting with me.

Have a wonderful day!

See where I party Wednesday's HERE.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a confession to make.

These past ten days have been some of the craziest days the Brown's have seen in awhile.

I've been under a lot of stress and when I'm stressed I tend to eat more than I should.  Yes, I'm that typical stress eater.  I've also had a hard time controlling myself and my frustrations.  Poor girls.  Their Mami just has not been herself lately.  

I was seriously craving some type of sweet, comfort food yesterday.

Chocolate Chip Cookies!



I ran out of eggs on Sunday and I really did not feel like leaving the house. So, of course, I went to Pinterest and ran a search for Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies.  To my surprise there were quite a few recipes.  Some of them were actually dips and not for baking, but dough is not what I wanted.  I was craving something warm and gooey out of the oven.   

I judged a "book by it's cover" {remind me to buy a new camera for taking better pics PRONTO} and these were what caught my attention: 

Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Busty Baker


The cookies were just as The Busty Baker had described: dense, moist & chewy!  The only difference from the Recipe/Instructions is that they took me almost twice as long to cook.  Just keep an eye on them.  They are so worth it!

EGGLESS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Recipe by The Busty Baker 


INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. 
  4. Add melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and beat until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and beat until combined. 
  5. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, beating until just incorporated. 
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, roll dough into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Flatten each ball slightly with your hands or the bottom of a glass. 
  8.  Chill in refrigerator for about 20 minutes, up to overnight. (If chilling overnight, cover with plastic wrap.)
  9. Preheat oven to 325F. Remove dough from fridge and bake, rotating pans halfway through, until cookies are golden and start to brown around the edges, about 12 to 14 minutes. 
  10. Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

This is how mine turned out:






I am so grateful to have such a wonderful neighbor that she was "willing" to take some for herself so that I would not eat them all!  Thanks Mel!

Zoe {my littlest one} loved them too!  She kept asking for more.

Let me know how they come out if you make them.  Do you have any yummy eggless recipes you love to make?  I'd love for you to share them with me!

Have a wonderful day!


See where I party Tuesday's HERE.



 
P.S. Thank you for the candy dish Mel!  I'm so happy I found it before you sold it off to some stranger at our last yard sale.  Doesn't it make the perfect dish to put these cookies into?
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