{my year of weekly pinterest projects: a recap}

20140629-153854-56334072Whew, I have finished a year of weekly Pinterest projects! Yahoo! While it feels good to have finished this project without skipping a week, I’m ready for a break. Although I won’t be posting weekly projects, I will continue to create things I’ve pinned on Pinterest and blog about them. It just won’t be every week!

Here’s a look back at all 52 weeks!

week one: individual baked oatmeal and energy bites

week two: freezing zucchini

week three: slow cooker peach cobbler

week four: frito pie

week five: two ingredient chocolate croissants

week six: garlic bread

week seven: easy banana bread

week eight: fall rosette wreath

week nine: pumpkin spice chai latte

week ten: organizing the hall closet

week eleven: scarf organization

week twelve: Halloween treats

week thirteen: mint and navy outfit

week fourteen: crock pot lentil burrito bowls

week fifteen: Pinterest fail-crock pot lasagna

week sixteen: thankful turkeys

week seventeen: cake batter and snickers dip

week eighteen: 25 Christmas countdown activities

week nineteen: diy foaming baby shampoo/wash

week twenty: cinnamon applesauce ornaments

week twenty-one: an organized pantry

week twenty-two: toddler infinity scarf

week twenty-three: diy reed diffusers

week twenty-four: homemade vanilla coffee creamer

week twenty-five: owl valentines

week twenty-six: muffin tin lunch

week twenty-seven: Valentine’s Day trail mix

week twenty-eight: peanut butter energy bites

week twenty-nine: painter’s tape race track

week thirty: washi tape clothespins

week thirty-one: washi tape flag labels

week thirty-two: washi tape spoons

week thirty-three: green smoothies

week thirty-four: lego birthday party decorations

week thirty-five: homemade taco seasoning

week thirty-six: primary color banner

week thirty-seven: lego juice boxes

week thirty-eight: magnetic alphabet boards

week thirty-nine: homemade ranch seasoning mix/Greek yogurt ranch dip

week forty: tissue paper tassels

week forty-one: mother’s day notebook

week forty-two: peanut butter honey yogurt dip

week forty-three: creaseless hair ties

week forty-four: yogurt covered frozen berries

week forty-five: strawberry pie

week forty-six: magic shell

week forty-seven: homemade microwave mac and cheese and spaghetti ohs

week forty-eight: fruit infused water

week forty-nine: peach dump cake and homemade cake mix

week fifty: beach countdown chain

week fifty-one: Pioneer Woman coffee granita

week fifty-two: peanut butter sheet cake

The most used project in our household has been week 19.  I switched over all of our hand soap to the homemade foaming soap and have saved lots of money in the process! It appears that while I tried to do a variety of projects, new recipes seemed to win (particularly desserts). A summer favorite of ours has been the homemade magic shell (week 46). Will frequently requests the muffin tin lunch (week 26), and it’s so easy to throw together, especially when your fridge and pantry is getting empty.  I have made the energy bites (week 28) several times and they’re a great go-to snack/fast breakfast. I’m really looking forward to next year’s strawberry season so I can make another delicious strawberry pie (week 45)! Out of all 52 projects, only one of them was a complete fail (week 15: crock pot lasagna). Granted, not all of them were the best or as pretty as they look on Pinterest, but for the most part, the crafts/food/etc. turned out well!

Now it’s time for a break from Pinterest for a little while! Ha, that won’t happen! I continue to pin tons of recipes and crafts on a weekly {sometimes daily!} basis and love to try new things.

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Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 37-Lego Juice Boxes

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Continuing with the birthday party planning for Will!  I came across some cute Lego juice boxes on Pinterest and wanted to recreate them for Will’s 4th Lego birthday party.

For this easy project, you need a circle hole punch, adhesive dots, juice boxes, glue gun, and some construction paper.

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I made a template for the juice box cover and cut out one of each color.  I punched three colored circles per juice box and attached them to the front of the box using the adhesive dots to give the boxes a three-dimensional look.  To secure the construction paper, I used a glue gun.  I also took off the straws and attached them to the back of the construction paper with some Lego washi tape.

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So easy and fun!

Will’s Artwork // It’s the Little Things

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Hello! I’m linking up with Jess from Sadie Sky Boutique and Ashley from Words About Waverly for “It’s the Little Things.”

My kiddos do lots of art projects…at the babysitter’s, at preschool (for Will, who typically comes home with one piece of artwork each preschool day), at home.  The piles of artwork from Will and Harper accumulate very quickly (especially for Will).  I hate to throw any of their work away, but let’s be realistic here.  My whole house would eventually be full of their craft projects and finger paintings.  

I found a free app called Artkive where you can snap pictures of your child’s artwork and save it.  You are able to create folders for each child and put in the specific date when the artwork was made, as well as purchase photo books full of your kiddos’ artwork.  I haven’t purchased a photo book yet but I have been using the app to take and store pictures of Will and Harper’s artwork.  I plan on purchasing a book once I’ve accumulated more pictures.

After I “artkive” the artwork, it goes into one of two piles.  One pile is a throw away pile (it’s artwork that’s nice but not a favorite, like one of the many dot stamper creations Will makes at the babysitter) and the other is a keep/need to find a way to display it in the house pile.  I haven’t come up with a way to showcase their artwork yet but have been scouring Pinterest for ideas.

Here is some recent artwork from Will’s preschool.

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It’s just so hard to part with their artwork.  Any ideas on what works well for you in terms of organizing your child’s creations?!

Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 30-Washi Tape Clothespins

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Good morning! Today’s post will be one of several that focuses on party prep for Miss Harper.  She turns two on the first day of spring (March 20th!), and since I like to plan and prepare well in advance, I started pinning ideas months ago.  The theme has changed several times, but I have finally settled on a mason jar party with colors of blue, green, and hints of pink.  I’m not super big on character or overly girly themes, so the use of mason jars seemed like a fun thing to do! Last year, Harper’s first birthday was a pinwheel theme with blues and corals.

I wanted a way to display some Instagram prints of her second year, so I created some Washi covered mini clothes pins. I plan on hanging some of my favorite Instagram prints of Harper in the dining room, using the mini clothes pins.

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These were so, so easy to make.  All you need are some mini (or regular sized-depending on your project) clothespins and some fun Washi tape.  Where have I been all these years? This was the second time I have used Washi tape (the first time was just a few weeks ago-I still need to write the post detailing my DIY magnetic alphabet boards) and it’s the coolest stuff! It comes in the prettiest colors and patterns and you can do so many projects with it!

I cut off pieces of tape and attached them to the clothespins. Next, I trimmed the excess tape and voila, some pretty Washi colored mini clothespins!  You could even attach a magnetic strip to the back to turn them into magnets.

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Oh, Pinterest…

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Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest.  I am a little obsessed with pinning things on Pinterest.  Any time I see something cool on someone’s blog (or   when browsing Pinterest), I just can’t help but pin it to one of my fifty-nine boards.  Yikes! On my fifty-nine boards, I have 4,295 pins (which  I’m sure will increase by the time I publish this post.  My problem is figuring out which project to do next.  I love trying out new recipes and finding fun crafts for the kiddos.  As a result, I created a weekly Pinterest Project post where I feature some of my Pinterest successes and fails.  However, with so many pins, it becomes difficult to decide what to do next.  I’ve been getting overwhelmed with the amount of projects that I would like to try.

What I have decided to do is create a weekly plan of things I want to accomplish.  This list isn’t strictly related to Pinterest and includes activities I want to do with the kiddos, things I need to do around the house, some “me time,” and ideas for blog posts.  Of course, there are the usual chores that need to be done every week-meal planning, grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning the house, etc.-but the things on this list will go beyond that.  For example, I want to become more organized.  I might tackle the kids’ closets next weekend, but the following weekend, I might take a break from organizing and create a Valentine’s Day craft.

I found a cute notepad for list taking at Target’s dollar aisle that I plan on using.  I’ll jot down my ideas at the beginning of the week and go from there.

Another reason I’m feeling stressed is because of my post on 14 in 2014.  There are lots of goals I want to accomplish in 2014, and I need to keep reminding myself that it’s just the start of the year.  I have plenty of time to work on these goals, and if I don’t finish, it’s ok.  They are simply goals.

Any suggestions on how you organize projects so that they’re not overwhelming?!

Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 20-Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Welcome to the 20th week of my Pinterest project, where I try out one of the zillion pins I have on my Pinterest boards, ha!

Will and I (and Harper!) made some cinnamon applesauce ornaments. It was a super easy recipe-mix one cup of cinnamon with three fourths a cup of applesauce and combine to form a ball.

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Organize and sort cookie cutters, ha!

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Talk to Mimi on the phone while waiting for mommy to stir the applesauce and cinnamon…

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Once the mixture has formed into a ball, place it on a cookie sheet between two pieces of wax paper and roll out to approximately 1/4 inch thick.

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Take off top layer and press cookie cutters into dough. Switch over to parchment paper after trying unsuccessfully to get the cookies onto the baking sheet. Poke holes into ornaments with a straw.

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Bake at 200 degrees for approximately two to two and a half hours.

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Thread red ribbon through baked ornaments and attach to Christmas cards as a way to make them fancy:) (These were the Christmas gifts we gave our babysitters-pictures of the kiddos from our fall photo session, a gift certificate, and these wonderful smelling ornaments)

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We enjoyed making these ornaments but most of them ended up cracking while baking and had to be thrown away:( Next year, we will make a different type of ornament.

Five on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Darci and friends for my fave blog link-up! I look forward to reading the fun Five on Friday posts each week!

Here’s what’s new around here:) Once again, I apologize for the iPhone pics. Our computer is still not working.

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{one} I love making new recipes, so for Thanksgiving, I made a twist on the classic apple pie. On one of my fave food blogs, This Week for Dinner, I found a recipe for an easy caramel apple galette. My mom made a homemade crust and I mixed together the filling and the caramel topping. It was so yummy, and pretty easy! I wasn’t able to get a pic of the baked galette because my iPhone decided to freeze up. The final product looked better than this pic!

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{two} Over Thanksgiving, my dad made us a boxwood wreath. He owns a nursery and has a Christmas tree farm, so he makes beautiful wreaths to sell. I love how this wreath turned out! So pretty! Now that I look back on it, it was pretty cool to grow up on a Christmas tree farm! Each year, we would just step out in our front yard and select a Christmas tree. My dad would dig one up and we would re-plant it after the holidays. I look around my parents’ property and can point out some of our old Christmas trees. They are huge now!!

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{three} My mother-in-law gave Will and Harper an early Christmas present-The Elf on the Shelf! I had heard about this elf several years ago but we hadn’t purchased one. We haven’t gotten that into it yet but Will loves playing with him and hiding him in different locations around the house.

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{four} These foil it stickers are the coolest! We bought them for our nieces for Christmas. Since we exchanged gifts with them over Christmas, Will and I got to try out some of their foil-its. You peel off part of the sticker and press on some foil paper. When you lift up the paper, the pretty foil color stays on the sticker. You’re able to make some very colorful stickers! Such a fun (and cheap) craft for kiddos:)

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{five} On Monday evening, we attended a local Christmas parade. This was Harper’s first parade experience and Will’s second (when he was one, we went to a 4th of July parade). Luckily, it wasn’t too cold outside. Both kiddos thoroughly enjoyed the parade. They’re quite the people watchers! We waited downtown for a half an hour before the parade started (note to self, head downtown around four pm next year and set out chairs-it was crowded!), and they were mesmerized by all the people and hustle and bustle! Will and Harper enjoyed eating goldfish and watching the parade! It was so much fun!

Have a great weekend!