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Ready for Baby: A Welcome to the World Gift

Any day now, my best friend is going to have a baby. I have waited a super long time for this moment and I am looking forward to every moment of it. This is my best friend that I have blogged about before. She always comes up with the perfect gifts for people and I think I rather lack in that department. Luckily for me, I had several months to come up with the perfect Welcome Baby gift! My best friend is not a pink kinda gal. She has opted to decorate her baby room in greens and reds. Maybe the hardest part of this project was picking out material that was more her and less me! I have seen these onesie's before and really wanted to make them for her baby. I think my best friend will be all about tracking her babies growth. I thought these onesies would be the extra perfect way of helping her do that. Supplies Needed: Material - I got 1 yard of each color. Heat and Bond (or Wonder Under) -again I got a yard. 12 Onesies in a variety of sizes. (I used three-Birth

For The Love of Oscar!

My husband went fishing this weekend, which left me no time to catch a last minute movie, I focused on preparing for the Oscars. I had a few friends over to have dinner and watch the 84th Academy Awards.  Tracy made these chocolate dipped strawberries. They were worthy of the red carpet, so she named them, Red Carpet Berries. After that, we had 9 food dishes inspired by the Best Picture Nominations.  Baked Brie en Croute: From the movie, Midnight in Paris. Tracy actually made two: one raspberry and one apricot. Super yummy and way easy!  Blue Hawaiian Punch: From the movie, The Descendants. The punch needed to be non-alcoholic for two reasons: 1) the BFF is pregnant, and 2) everyone was driving home afterwards. I will tell you all this punch was amazing and I look forward to the summer day when I can add some Malibu Rum to it and sip away! Wanna make it too? Here is the recipe: 2 packages of any blue Kool-Aid 2 Cups of Sugar 2 Quarts of Water 2 frozen c

Road To The Oscars: Part IV

Well, I used some comp time and left work early to finish out my Best Picture quest. I basically had a private showing of Hugo today. Me and my Diet Coke alone in a movie theater. Someone asked me today what were my favorites? Well, other than the Tree of Life, I really liked them all. I think they are all "good" movies. But I am not in love with any of them. I do not passionately want one to win the Oscar over the others. Is anyone else feeling less than passionate about this year's nominations?                         War Horse:  Nominated for: Best Picture, Cinematography, Art Direction, Best Director, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing. This was a very good story. I cried. I laughed. And then I cried some more. Animal cruelty is just as hard to watch as child abuse is. I told my husband, even though this is a "war" movie, I think he would consider it to be a "chick" flick.  The Boy went with me to see it and I noticed he spent

The Invitations

We are busy over here preparing for our next big birthday party. The Short Chic is turning four and she wants a Princess party. I love Princesses. They make me smile. I even love the Disney Princesses. But I do think they are a bit overdone (sorry Disney!) So, in planning our Princess party, I have tried to capture the essence of a Princess without it becoming an ode to Disney. An invitation is the first introduction your guest will have to the party. And I found and created the most perfect invitation!   Redheaded Crafter  posted a super cute card a few months ago and I knew right then and there I was going to have to try and make them for The Short Chic's invitation. (If you are ever in the mood for homemade cards, Redheaded Crafter makes the absolute best ones!) I have been scrapbooking for many years now and I am able to say...I learned a few new tricks. I learned how to dry emboss and wet emboss and I learned the proper terminology!  So, here is the invitation! The S

FINALLY...A Snow Day!

 Finally, we had a snow day. Why did it have to occur on a state holiday? I was so looking forward to time alone today. Instead, I got lots of projects finished. And, I got to hang out with two of the greatest kids! Alone time can wait! The Boy is still laid up from his emergency surgery, so no sledding for him. He is also not suppose to throw things but I saw him sneak in a few snowballs. {Mom is always looking!} Instead, he taught his sister to make snowballs, a snowman, and make snow angels. As far as teaching her that you could eat snow, well...I am afraid her friend taught her that.  She saw the neighbors dog eating snow and thought it was funny until her little friend said, "Its okay to eat snow." As funny as she thought that was, I found her next with a mouth full of snow. So, I had to teach her the "golden" rule about eating snow. She is now passing that knowledge along to everyone she sees. Happy Snow Day everyone!

Road to the Oscars: Part III

I am on Day Two of a movie marathon. I am hoping to squeeze one more in before I go back to work on Tuesday. I thought I would give you a heads up about a few more movie's that are nominated. The Artist  Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Supporting Actress (Berenice Bejo), Art Direction, Cinematography, Best Director, Film Editing, Music, Original Screenplay. This is the "silent" movie that your peers might be talking about. It is a through-back to "old Hollywood". Days of black and white, silent movies. I really thought I would have to suffer through this one just to mark it off my list. But this is why I see the nominated movies, you never know when you are going to find something you would not normally watch and fall in love with it. The general story follows a man, George Valentine, who is a silent film star. He helps out an upcoming actress, Peppy Miller. They fall in love but two things keep them apart. The first i

A Valentine's Day Chase

I had an adults only night out last night! My dearest friend Meeghan and I have been up to our eyeballs in Mommy-ville! We have dreamed about having an adult dinner. You remember them...real ceramic plates with actual breakable glass to drink from! Adult conversations, something grown-up for dinner. Oh and no small child yelling, "Mom, I gotta go pee-pee!" as soon as we actually settle down to eat. No siblings fighting.  No spills. Yes, an adult dinner! And maybe an adult movie to follow. Oh that sounded like heaven! So, we kinda had a double date. Meeghan and her husband (The Honeysuckles) and me and my BFF, Tracy. My husband graciously agreed to stay home with the kids so that Tracy and I could go see a nominated film together and we  coordinated with The Honeysuckles for dinner! We picked an Oyster Bar, had a few beers (except for Tracy, she is 8 1/2 months pregnant). We had great food. Great laughs. Great conversations. Even nearly running into an ex-boyfriend at

Homemade Valentine's Day Cards

You might think I am weird. But I love those little class parties my kids have! Valentine's Day is probably my favorite class party because I love making homemade Valentines Day cards.  My son, The Boy, is all grown up and no longer has class parties. {insert sad face here!} However, my daughter, The Short Chic, started preschool this year {insert a large smiley face here!} I get to start all over again!! The Valentine's Day party is next week. The only stipulation is that The Short Chic has to try and write her name by herself on the Valentine. I started off with these cute, Made in the USA, plastic shovels and wrote a cute little Valentine's message on it.  Then I added a bag of candy, taped it to the shovel. The last detail was the little stipulation that The Short Chic had to write her own name on the Valentine. I cut a 2x6 piece of cardstock and let her practice away. Here is her best attempt: How stinking cute is that! She told me that everyone is

When The Flu is NOT the Flu

It is flu season. For weeks, I have been seeing post on my Facebook News Feed about all my "friends" who were battling the flu. I was just silently praying that it would skip my family. Then at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the dreaded "middle-of-the-night-shoulder-shake" occurred. The Boy was standing there asking me if I had anything to help with an upset stomach. Well, I knew I did not because recently I had gone one of my get rid of all outdated medications kick. But I looked, just in case. Instead I settled for making him some Ginger Tea. Then I settled myself at the foot of his bed and tried to sleep until the next phase began. Around 3:30 when The Boy started vomiting. Every half hour. Finally he is stomach was empty of all food and the dry heaves started. Throughout the day, every half hour. We actually had one reprieve, of two hours and then we were back to more vomiting. By late afternoon, we are exhausted. His body had worked hard  and I had been up forever

Super Bowl Party

WOW! What a busy day yesterday was. A big day for football. Congratulations to the NY Giants on becoming The XLVI Super Bowl Champions. You played a great game.  I honestly thought Tom and the other Patriots had it in the bag, but The Giants came back and snatched the lead and did not leave much time for The Patriots to recover. There was another super bowl of sorts going on right here in our home. That is, a Super Bowl of a party! We had about 20 boys over plus 5 adults and of course, The Short Chic making one full household.  I was pretty proud of my Super Bowl table, and it was worth a few ooh's and awwh's until The Husband took his smoked food off the smoker. Then all eyes  {and mouth's} were on his food.  Thanks to a find on Pinterest, these cute football windsocks welcomed everyone to the house. You can see other household decorations  here .  Just a few photos of the food table. Individual 7 layer dips, Snickers Popcorn and water.   Decorable Desi