Sunday, October 28, 2012

Emily's Red Riding Hood Costume

Normally for Halloween I make myself a costume, but this year I made William's costume and my sister Emily's costume. I made William a pirate costume, but that is a subject for another post. Emily wanted to be Little Red Riding Hood, so I made it happen :) I used Simplicity 3618 and it came together relatively quickly. 


I really wanted to make the pirate version for myself so that William and I could coordinate, but I ran out of time :(  I think Emily's costume turned out awesome! This year she went to her very first college Halloween party! She has never been the most social person, so I am really proud of her that she is being so outgoing now that she is in college.
I think she is making a perfect super model face here :)
The outfit was 5 pieces total: shirt, skirt, cape, vest, and bloomers. I originally made the bloomers out of white fabric and then dyed them red at the last minute... they turned pink :( I'm probably going to buy some more red Kona Cotton and make her a pair that doesn't look silly for if she decides to wear it again.

I am super happy that Emily asked me to make her Halloween costume this year. I always love the opportunity to make something for someone else :)




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Friday, October 19, 2012

Getting Ready for Disney World

In exactly one month, we are going to Disney World for William's and my nephew Jack's first Walt Disney World vacation. We have always been a Disney family, and when William was born I couldn't wait to share my love of Disney with him. The first time my parents took us was when I was 4 years old, and from that point on we were hooked. Since then, we have been numerous times and I worked there for 5 months. I am beyond excited for the trip because I haven't been back to Disney since I participated in the Disney College Program in 2009.

Myself and my "boss", Mickey Mouse :) 


For my College Program, I was given the opportunity to be a Skipper on the World Famous Jungle Cruise and I LOVED it! It was amazing to get to interact with guests so closely, and I loved all of my fellow Skippers : ) We got to goof around and be silly most of the day. If anyone has been on the Jungle Cruise, you understand how goofy it really is.

Our final time around the jungle as Skippers. Greg, Elise, Myself, Jorge, Jesus, Kelly, Sonya, & Luke.

One last picture in my fabulous work attire :)

Good-bye Jungle Cruise! I will always love you :)

During my College Program my family came to visit me in December for Christmas, and I was thrilled that they were able to :) This was what we thought would be our last trip to Disney with all 5 of us, but we are happy to be wrong about that.

Emily and I on the Tea-Cups

Silly hats!
 When we first started going to Disney, we would always buy the crazy hats that they have. The more we went, we came to realize that taking a picture wearing the hat is much less expensive than having a slew of Disney hats you only wear once. It is now pretty much a tradition of ours to take pictures in all the crazy hats :)
I never knew my mom was so gangster :)
We're a family of Bounty Hunters!

Being a part of the Disney College Program was one of the most amazing experiences of my college career. It was something I had always wanted to do, and I grew so much as a person because of it. I tell Jeff all the time, that if he ever gets the opportunity to work in the Orlando area to take it because I would LOVE to work for Disney again.

Ok back to our upcoming vacation :)

Some people think that we are crazy for taking two little boys to Disney while they are so young. Heck I think we are a tad bit crazy, but it's going to be an adventure! The greatest thing about having traveled to Disney so many times, is that we don't feel the need to rush to see everything. If the babies need a nap in the middle of the day, then we'll go take a nap. Let's be honest, I think we're all going to need a nap :)

In preparation for this adventure, I have started making an extensive packing list. As I have gotten older, I have discovered that I am definitely a list maker. Babies require so much extra stuff, and I want to make sure that nothing gets forgotten. I am even going to brave cloth diapering William while at Disney. Luckily the Disney Vacation Club resorts have a washer and dryer in each room, so I don't have to worry about where to do laundry.

I'll post my finished list and picture of what we've packed when it gets closer to when we leave for our trip. Does anyone have some pointers on traveling to Disney with little ones? I found that Kristin over at Couponing to Disney has some great tips and tricks!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Finger Painting

This past weekend William and I finger painted for the first time, and it was an interesting experience. He was more interested in looking around the backyard and wanting to go and play. He would dip his fingers in the paint and then just look at his hand. It was super cute.

Before peeling of the letters.
I bought vinyl letters at Hobby Lobby and spelled his name out on a canvas for him to paint over. I dipped his had in the paint and guided his hand over the canvas. After a little while he got into it, but then he got distracted and got finger paint all over the porch :)

I think his first finger painting turned out pretty cute.



Isn't his little ponytail cute :) I love his curls, but his hair is so unmanageable now that it goes down past his nose. The worst is when he has a runny nose and it gets stuck in his boogers. He really needs a haircut, but we are waiting until we go to Disney World for Thanksgiving and he's going to get it cut at the barber shop on Main Street. 35 days till Disney!


He loves sitting in his daddy's chair on the back porch. We got the chairs at Home Depot at the end of the summer when they were on sale for $12 a piece. They are so comfortable, and I love the color :)



Thankfully finger paint is washable, and it came right off of the chairs. 


His painting looks great hanging on the wall in his room. I think we might have to try finger painting again sometime soon.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Laundry Room Organization

In my quest to become more organized, I have started to tackle different rooms around the house. The first room on my list is the laundry room. It is more of a laundry closet, so based on its size, it was the easiest one to start with. When we moved in there wasn't a hanging rod in there, so I installed one myself after a quick trip to Home Depot. I love Home Depot :)

Since the room is small tiny, the slightest mess made it seem very cluttered. I had laundry piled on the dryer, shirts hanging up that got pushed to the side and had been there probably a month, and there was dryer lint all over everything!

The after actually makes the room look a decent size. Basically I cleaned and sorted the clutter off of the top of the dryer (most of it was trash or laundry), I put away the abandoned hanging clothes, and I even organized the cabinets.



As you can see, before the cabinets were a random assortment of everything. I found two bottles of laundry soap that I didn't even know were there! Basically, if something didn't have a place, it ended up in the cabinets in the laundry room.



The after makes me so much happier because now everything has a place! (except the light bulbs, they're just kinda hanging out on the shelf) I even organized all of our tool bags. The big Husky tool box has the drill, sander, and extra batteries/attachments for the power tools. The smaller one has screwdrivers and everyday useful tools (hammer, wrench, etc.). And the pink one on the top shelf has all the random extras that we might need again aka soldering iron. 

I wish there was more I could do to the room, but we rent and our landlords don't allow painting :( Does anyone have some fun ways to decorate without painting? I've been racking my brain for ideas and it's always nice to get a fresh perspective :) 
 
Now the goal is to keep it organized and clean!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Menu Planning Grocery List + A Free Download

A few weeks back I found this awesome free printable from Elizabeth over at LIFE in yellow for a weekly meal planning. I love the concept of being about to know at a glance what you have the ingredients for, so that you're not rooting through your fridge trying to remember what you bought at the store.

here is the original for LIFE in Yellow

 I've used it a couple times, but I kept wishing there was one more box on the list because we really do not eat out very much. We get so much more for our money when we eat at home, and it is so much better for us.

So this morning while doing my meal planning for the week, I decided to make one that has 5 boxes across the top instead of 4. Anyone with a toddler will tell you that going to the store with a toddler will either turn out great or turn out disastrous. With William, it is normally disastrous :( he hates to sit in the shopping cart for more than 10 minutes. Thus I try to limit the number of times I go to the store.
5 day meal planning grocery list


Having a list makes going to the store easier, and I don't end up buying a bunch of junk that we really don't need. It never fails that when I go to the store without a list, I come home with junk and nothing worth while to make for dinner.

Here the list is in action on our fridge. I make sure to check things off while at the store rather than crossing them out so that I know what goes into each recipe at a glance. I have been trying really hard recently to get organized, and this list is a big helper!

You can get your own copy of the file HERE

Happy Shopping :)

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My First Handmade Sale!

Before William was born, I made him a shopping cart cover for when I take him to the grocery store. Shopping carts can be pretty nasty, so I love the idea of having a barrier between William and the shopping cart that he is most likely going to chew on. 

Well today while I was out shopping with William and my sister, the woman in line behind us commented on how much she liked the shopping cart cover. She was very interested and even asked where I had bought it. This is were I got really excited because I told her all about how I made it for him, that it is reversible, and that there are little loops to attach toys.

She was so impressed, she asked if I could make one for her daughter-in-law who is having a baby soon. I nearly fainted! I was so overjoyed with the request that I could barely speak! She wants the cover in time for the baby shower on Sunday, and I reassured her that it wouldn't be a problem. I am really hoping that the other women at the baby shower fall in love with the cart cover too, so that I get a bunch of orders rolling in. Fingers crossed :) 

I'll post pictures as soon as I finish making the cover. Any special ideas on the best way to package it so that it looks like a million bucks?

UPDATE: Well I did it again :( I made a project and forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it away. I really need to remember to take pictures more often. I guess this just means I need to make another one :)