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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Silly Rabbit

Silly rabbit, crafts are for kids!

2 Toilet Paper Rolls
1 Cotton Ball
Pink Tempura Paint
Construction Paper: White, Pink and Black

Paint the toilet paper rolls pink and set aside to dry.

From the white paper:
Cut two bunny ears
Two eye balls
One pair of teeth

From the pink paper:
Cut two bunny ear inserts, smaller than the white ones.

From the black paper:
Cut two eyeballs, larger than the white ones.
Two long whiskers.

Glue the pink ear inserts on top of the white ears and then glue them in the middle of the two toilet paper rolls securing them and the two rolls together to form the body of the rabbit.

Glue the two white eyes on top of the black eyes and glue them to the front of the rolls, equally spaced apart.

Glue on the teeth just below the eyes in the center of the front roll.

Glue the whiskers on top of the upper part of the teeth and then the cotton ball on top of the teeth for the nose.

Hoppy Easter!

*You can add another cotton ball on the back of the rolls for a bunny tail.

All photos are watermarked

Monday, March 29, 2010

Up in the Air

It's nice to be featured!

My "Up in the Air " bib was featured this week on the EtsyKids blog.

I am among some really sweet airplane inspired items for children.

Take a closer look at my bib here!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mandarin Orange Salad

It's a light and tasty salad for the spring!

Mandarin Orange Salad

1 Cup Almonds, sliced
1 Tablespoon Butter
2 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon White pepper
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Head Romaine Lettuce or Mixed Greens
1 Can (11 ounces) Mandarin Oranges
1 Small Red Onion, thinly sliced

Saute' the almonds in the butter until golden; set aside .

Combine the Dijon mustard, sugar, salt, white pepper;
whisk in the oil.

Combine in the lettuce, oranges and almonds and toss well.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Cleaning

With the winter months finally behind us and spring already making its presents known , the warmer weather has inspired me to do a thorough cleaning of my home. Having had the house closed up for the cooler months it feels as if the dirt has settled into all the nooks and crannies, even though I clean every week. This is also the time of year that has my family slaves to our allergies. With allergies and a very low tolerance for the cleaning supplies our local market has on their shelves, I had to find another way to attempt my planned spring cleaning. Then it hit me. "What did my mother and grandmother use when they cleaned?" Then I remember our home smelling like Easter and homemade lemonade. They used products that were readily available at the market, and still are today, and used them to make their own cleaning products. This is not a new concept by any means, but we are used to a "take it off the shelf and go" mentality that we don't think about the harmful things we do to ourselves every time we use these products that are suppose to be better, faster, easier. Today the madness stops!

Today I commit myself to take the time to make the same homemade solutions that were good enough for my mother and good enough for my grandmother. I will no longer use the brand products to clean my home in the past and in return I will have a healthier home and a healthier me! My pocket book will also thank me later.

Window Cleaner
2 Teaspoons Vinegar
1 Quart Water

Sink Tub Tile
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
2-3 Tablespoons Liquid Soap

Toilet Bowls
1/4 Cup Baking Soda, sprinkled into the bowl
Drizzle the bowl with vinegar and let sit for 1/2 hour, then scrub and flush
Add Borax for the harder stains

Mildew Remover
Dissolve 1/2 Cup Vinegar, 1/2 Cups Borax in Warm Water
Apply with a sponge or spray bottle

1/4 Cup Borax
1/2 Gallon Hot Water

Garbage Disposal
Grind ice to sharpen the blades
Add Orange Juice or Lemonade in the disposal for smells

1 Cup Apple Vinegar in the fridge will remove the smell in 2 days

Happy Spring Cleaning!

*With anything; use caution while handling cleaning products of any kind and be safe while doing it.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Corned Beef and Vegetables

The Perfect St. Patrick's Day Dinner in the Crockpot!

3 Pounds Corned Beef
2 Tablespoons Pepper Corns
1 Bay Leaf
1 Medium Onion, cut
3 - 4 Cups Baby Carrots
5-8 Small Potatoes, washed and cut into 1" cubes

Place the corned beef into the crockpot and cover the top with the pepper corns and bay leaf.

Cut up the onion and place into the crockpot. Pour enough water into the crockpot to cover the corned beef for cooking. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

The last hour to hour and a half of the cooking process place the carrots and potatoes into the crockpot to cook.

Pull the corned beef out of the crockpot and allow it to cool on a wooden cutting board for 5-10 minutes before cutting into slices. Serve with the carrots and potatoes.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What Do You Get... Lady Bug

Lady Bug!

1 Toilet Paper Roll
1 Paper Plate
Red Paint
Black Paint
White Paint
2 Q-Tips
Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Paint the paper plate red and set aside to dry.

Paint the toilet paper roll black and set aside to dry.

Cut the paper plate into a small circle about 5" round and then cut the circle in halve.

Take a Q-tip and dip it into the black paint and make dots on the two half circles; creating spots on the back of the lady bugs wings. Set this aside to dry.

Cut a lady bug face from the left over paper plate and paint it black and set it aside to dry.

Take the remaining Q-Tip and dip it in the white paint and create two eyes and a mouth on the lady bugs face and set aside to dry.

While the face is drying glue the two wings together, over lapping them at the top and then glue them onto the black toilet paper roll.

Glue the face onto the top of the lady bug wings.

You have created a beautiful lady bug!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What Do You Get... Bumble Bee

... Bumble Bee!

1 Toilet Paper Roll
1 Paper Plate
Black Paint
Yellow Paint
Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Paint the paper plate yellow and set aside to dry.

Paint the toilet paper roll black and set aside to dry.

Cut the paper plate in the shape of a dog bone measuring the length of the paper plate.

With the left over paper plate pieces; cut three yellow bee stripes out about 5" long and hot glue them around the body of the toilet paper roll, centering the first one in the middle and the other two remaining piece 1" apart from the top and bottom of the middle stripe.

Hot glue the wings around the body of the toilet paper roll bending in the side to the body.

Cut out a bumble bee face with antennae, creating the face of the bumble bee. You can hole punch the eyes out of paint or draw the eyes and nose on the bee. Glue the face on the body of the bumble bee.

You have the beginnings of a beautiful garden to be built around a bucket full of toilet paper rolls!

Monday, March 8, 2010

What Do You Get...

What do you get...

with a bucket full of toilet paper rolls?

Find out this week!

Friday, March 5, 2010

New Bibs

A sneak peek at just one of the many NEW bibs
that will be coming into my store in the next few days!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cat in the Hat HAT

Make your own Cat in the Hat HAT!

1 Sheet White Construction Paper, 9" x 12"
1 Sheet Red Construction Paper, 9" x 12" *
2 Paper Plates, middles cut out
Paint Brush

Draw a 2" line across the bottom of the white construction paper. Cut from the bottom of the paper up to the line every 2" apart, creating tabs.

Cut 3 - 2" x 12" strips from the red construction paper.

Cut the center out of both of the paper plates, leaving about a 2" brim.

Fold up all of the 2" tabs at the drawn line.

Turn the white paper over and glue the cut red strips on to the white paper. Glue the first strip on the bottom, one in the middle and one at the top of the hat brim. Roll the completed construction paper into a cylinder, right side facing out, and place one of the plates over it and leave it in the center of the roll. This will give you the exact sizing you will need for the hat to fit properly with the plates. You can glue the cylinders backside or use a stapler at the top and the bottom to secure it closed.

Place the remaining plate down and drizzle a small amount of glue on top of the plate brim.

Pull all of the tabs on the hat forward and place it on top of the paper plate brim and adhere it to the glue.

Drizzle a small amount on top of the tabs and pull the remaining plate down on top of the tabs, sandwiching the tabs between the two plates creating a completed rim.

you are the proud owner of a Cat in the Hat HAT!

*An alternative to the red construction paper is to use red tissue or color red stripes with a red crayon or paint the red stripes on.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dr Suess Goes High Tech

Happy Birthday!

Celebrating the creator, Theodor Suess Geisel
All iPhone applications for Dr. Suess are just 99 cents today!

Dr. Suess Books:

The Cat in the Hat
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Suess' ABC

Three of Dr. Suess beloved books on sale for 99 cents! It doesn't get more cheaper than that. A perfect way to occupy the kids in the car without having to pack the books.

Dr. Suess Cameras:

Dr. Suess Camera - The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Suess Camera - How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This application is going to be addictive! Take a shot of your child and place them inside the story with pictures of them as The Cat in the Hat or with reindeer ears!

Dr. Suess Games:

Grinchmas Games

This game is sure to have some fun hours of play with the lovable Grinch himself!

Search your iPhone Application Store
and download all these application today.