“CREATE” – A Bracelet for Mom-to-Be {Free Printable}

CREATE Bracelet

My cousin is having a BABY GIRL – it’s her first and I couldn’t be more excited for her!

This bracelet was the “Mom-to-Be” gift.  I had found the “CREATE” charm at Micheal’s and fell in love – so I bought two.  Because, while I’m planning to make a bracelet for  myself, inspiration had hit….Mom’s are the master creators.  Creating babies, to-do lists, meal plans BUT also so much more!!!  Why not make a bracelet as a reminder of this fact for my beautiful cousin, right?

The bracelet is really simple.  I wanted the charm to be the highlight.  The findings (teapot and spoon) are super cute though and tie into her little one’s “Alice in Wonderland” nursery theme.

Teapot findings

Inside the box I created a simple “reminder” to my dear cousin on the most important things us mamas create.  Things that can be forgotten amidst the {seemingly never-ending} list of dishes, laundry, and carting arounds.

CREATE - For Moms

The box insert

The presentation

The presentation

I hope she loved it.  I know I do:)

And, since I haven’t done a free printable in FOREVER, here is a larger version – gender neutral – that fits a 8 x 10 frame.  I’m thinking about adding it to New Baby’s nursery – once its even started that is!

CREATE printable{Quick Note:  All free printables offered on my site are copyright, If I Had a Million Hours. They are intended for your personal use only.  Any commercial purposes/uses are strictly prohibited. Feel free to share them on your blog or in social media, but please use the thumbnails only and include a link to this page or my homepage: http://www.ifihadamillionhours.wordpress.com.  Many thanks!!}

This will fit an 8×10 frame – just left click on the image above and print from your browser.  Better yet?  Why not Pin It:)

Thanks for taking a look!

Blue Skies & Blessings, Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

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Me so {WHAT??} – The things kids say!

All of you know this guy:

Turned 2 in April

Now meet Little Man’s Buddy:

Yep, Mom's a dork...named his buddy after Tony the Tiger:)

Yep, Mom’s a dork…named his Buddy after Tony the Tiger:)

Only problem?

In Little Man’s vernacular:

“Tony” = “Horny” (Very distinct sound – including the R!)

“My” = “Me”

Imagine the giggles this provides for mommy pre-bedtime when he is soulfully calling for his Buddy:

“Me Horny! Me Horny!”

OR

“Me Horny – where is you?”

OR

“Oh NOO!! Me Horny!”

THANKFULLY,  Me Horny doesn’t leave the house:)

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey

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Rainbow Wreath {An Upcycled Tutu}

Rainbow Wreath

Last  October Miss Silly turned 5 and we celebrated with her first friends partyRAINBOWS was the theme – so fun, so colorful…I had a blast coming up with the decorations.

My favorite part – hands down – was the Rainbow of Tutus.  Who can resist this sort of cuteness??

Rainbow of GirlsEach of the party guests got to take their tutu as a “party favor”.

Fast forward 8 months and this is how I found Miss Silly’s tutu…

Tutu messI’d been wanting to make something for the girls door and this “abandoned”, mess of a tutu seemed like the perfect material.

I used a $1 pool noodle to make the circle.  After cutting off the ends  – due to Little Man’s taste for foam, eck! – I just taped the ends together with duct tape.  I “placed” the tulle like I did when making the tutus – no trimming required even!

Making the sign was really easy – and SO our family since I refer to the girls as “Girlies” ALL. THE. TIME.  I purchased a {super girly, shimmery, fantabulous} piece of scrapbook paper, mounted it to cardboard, added two eye hooks, and then mod podged the letters (made from paper scraps I had on hand from making the Rainbow Birthday Cakes).  I hung it using some beading wire strung up with some equally shimmery opal-like beads (not showing up well in the picture).

The Girlies

“The” is offset to allow me to add the word “BIG” if New Baby is another little lady;)

I hung the wreath using some left-over rainbow ribbon – also from the party.

All together cost?  $3 total for the scrapbook paper and the pool noodle.  EVERYTHING else was either scraps/left-overs from previous projects or upcycled from the birthday party stuff.  Not bad, right??

I took the pictures in our room because the upstairs hallway is pretty dark but this looks GREAT on the girls bedroom door.  The pop of color(s) definitely livens up the passageway!!

Thanks for taking a look!

Blue Skies & Blessings, Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot GiraffeGinger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFabDIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee CraftsGingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado, Easy Living Mom, Fluster Buster, Watch Out, Martha!, Say Not Sweet Anne, Ladybug Blessings, Our Delightful Home, Wednesday Whatsits, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, The Frugal Girls, Make Along Monday

EASY Paint Palette {Upcycled Egg Cartons}

Paint Palette

I LOVE letting the kids paint but I HATE the clean-up that can be involved.  Especially since the youngest two only paint for 10 minutes before exclaiming that they are “DONE!!”

In the past I’ve used various things to hold paint, each with certain “problems”:

  • Upcycled plastic lids – colors are blended within minutes (with the younger set) – which is followed by whining for more paint (even though there is a ton still, just yucky color).  The lids are recyclable/not biodegradable.
  • Paper plates – I despise using something new for a few minutes and then tossing, especially for something like this.
  • Regular plates – colors get blended, requires effort to clean, paint doesn’t always come off in the dishwasher.
  • My own plastic paint palette – tips relatively easy with kid “force”, requires effort to clean, AND I don’t always like to share my stuff:)

I’m a container hoarder by nature – you know, I might use the container for some craft, project, etc. in the future, right? – so egg cartons I typically keep.  And, they work PERFECT – paint is separated, I don’t feel guilty throwing it away after, and it requires no washing.  Win, win, win.

Other tips to make painting with kids easier?

  • Skip the paint shirts and go bare (up to a certain age, of course).
  • Use baby wipes to clean brushes between colors.  We can get away with one wipe per kiddo per painting session so this makes me feel not so bad about the waste factor:)

By the way, this is the kind of post where I feel awkward putting it out there assuming most people will think “Really!?!  Isn’t this the obvious solution?”  And, it probably is to most of you clever mamas…but for those who haven’t utilized this “method” maybe it will make you want to paint with your kids more often because clean-up is just a little bit easier.

This would make me happy!

Thanks for taking a look.

Blue Skies & Blessings, Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot GiraffeGinger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFabDIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee CraftsGingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado, Easy Living Mom, Fluster Buster, Watch Out, Martha!, Say Not Sweet Anne, Ladybug Blessings, Our Delightful Home, Wednesday Whatsits, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, The Frugal Girls, Make Along Monday, Organize Me! Sizzlin’ Summer Link Up Party

Little Man’s Going Metro!

OK, actually not but…

The GOOD news

I found Little Man attempting to brush his own hair this morning.

If you know my kiddos you know that while the girls are particular about their clothes (not always fashionable – by any means – but ALWAYS particular) not one of them cares a lot about tidiness, personal hygiene, or being clean.  For example, Miss Silly, when told she had food on her face before church this morning, told me she was “saving it for later”.  This was AFTER insisting that she wear a pair of my earrings because “they coordinate better with my dress”.

Ok, obviously eating fudgsicles leads to messy kids BUT my three insisted that they play after (messy hands and faces) BEFORE getting cleaned up:)

The BAD news

Little Man was using the cats water dish to wet his hair brush.

Small steps and good intentions, right?

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey

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Pork & Rice Enchiladas

Pork & Rice EnchiladasI’m ALWAYS looking for fast, delicious, low-cost meals for our family.

The problem??  A lot of the recipes I see call for  a TON of ingredients in LARGE quantities.  A quick enchilada meal that requires a whole rotisserie chicken…not feasible for this growing family.

This recipe was created to use some pulled pork we received from my parents – one of the many benefits of living next door:)  I froze the shredded pork in 1 cup servings – so that’s what I used.  Although I pulled out some of the meat prior to making the filling – the kids aren’t fans of enchiladas preferring to eat the meat, rice, cheese, and tortilla separate – imagine?!?

This is a FAST and EASY recipe to prepare – taking only about 5-10 minutes once the rice is cooked.  We don’t eat a ton of Spanish or Mexican rice around here so I just use the packets for this recipe.  I think this would be a great use for left-over rice though if you had some available.  I’ve gotten in the habit of making the rice during lunch prep, assembling during nap, and then its all ready to pop in the oven early evening.

Pork & Rice EnchiladasWant to print the recipe?  Just click on the image above and it should print nicely on 8 x 11 paper.

Thanks for taking a look!  As always, let me know if you give it a try.

Blue Skies & Blessings, Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot GiraffeGinger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFabDIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee CraftsGingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado, Easy Living Mom, Fluster Buster, Watch Out, Martha!, Say Not Sweet Anne, Ladybug Blessings, Our Delightful Home, Wednesday Whatsits, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, The Frugal Girls

To Bite or Not to Bite??

Nothing wrong with a basketful of apples, right??

Apple Basket

Oh wait…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile I appreciate their love of fruit, we typically stress limited food waste over here!  We never truly found out the culprit although all evidence seems to have pointed to Little Man.

This incidence reminded me of Miss Silly’s 4th birthday cake – left on the table for a mere 1/2 hour  AND…

Birthday Cake…TOTALLY finger-scrapped and frosting-licked by Loodle (age 2 at the time).

Makes you want to just tear into the leftovers, doesn’t it?

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey