Miss Silly’s Schultute

Ignore the paneling:)

Ignore the paneling:)

Miss Silly started Kindergarten a week-and-a-half ago.  The closest she’s come to school is dance class, Wednesday night Awanas, and Sunday School – with a couple of community education classes thrown in for fun.

SO, a big change for the little lady but one she was eagerly anticipating.  She has taken to it like a champ – the only problem is she wishes it was full-day.  Next year all of the schools in our district will be FT kindergarten but not so this year.  Part of me would have liked her to do full day because I know she would have L-O-V-E-D it.  Another more selfish part of me is glad that my first school-age child is only gone 1/2 day.

Anyway, a few weeks before school started I had posted on my personal Facebook asking for fun suggestions for back-to-school traditions, keepsakes, etc.  My favorite suggestion by far was from a high school classmate who linked up a description of a Schultute – or “School Cone” in German.  This was PERFECT for me – creating the cone provided something creative for ME, the gifts lets the KIDDO have a few treats (we don’t impulse buy much for the kids around here), and the concept plays on the fact that my family was fortunate enough to spend TWO YEARS in Germany when I was a kid (age 12-14).

I’d give you all a tutorial but I literally made this by winging it the night before.  I planned to document the process but one surly Little Man refused to go to sleep until 9:30 and this pregnant lady wasn’t going to make it past 11 pm so the photos were forgotten in my mad dash to finish (the night before school started – of course:)

I decided to use fabric from Miss Silly’s nursery to make the cone.  As I mentioned when describing the Nursery Wall Lattice Treatment, we have redone the nursery for each kiddo – its just something I felt compelled to do.  And since  I tend to make most of the decorations myself (or thrift them) it has never been a cost issue.  I’ve saved the fabrics (i.e. curtains, crib sheets, etc.) from each child’s nursery knowing that there would be fun projects ahead but hadn’t known what they’d be.  This seemed like the perfect project since I plan to pull these out for every first day of school.  Once-a-year nostalgia over their nursery and ridiculously cute baby-ness seemed appropriate:)

Here’s a couple of close ups:

The Fabrics

Elephant print = curtains.
Purple Fabric for “L” – because her walls were purple.
Yellow stitching – the rocker was yellow.

The Goods

The Goods

I didn’t want to set the bar to high on the goodies since eventually we’ll have four starting school each year.  I went to the dollar store knowing they always have some fun stuff at back-to-school time.  Miss Silly’s Schultute included:

  • 2 work books – math and letters ($2)
  • 2 sets of flashcards – addition and subtraction ($2)
  • Some kleenex for her backpack (with Barbie design – which makes them cool, of course:) ($1)
  • A box of Peanut M&M’s ($1)
  • A Smurf shirt (from Savers) ($1 – half off even!)
  • Minnie pencils for homework time ($1)
  • A puzzle ($1)

Total cost – $10 not including the fabrics since they were in my stash.

Totally worth it – you should have seen her excitement:

Miss SillyI opted not to put too much pressure on myself to do much more back-to-school traditions, photos, etc. because I HATE feeling obligated to do stuff – it just loses its fun-factor in my opinion.  BUT this tradition?  I’m sold!

I can’t get enough of this little lady but am sure excited for her starting this next chapter.

With Mom

First day drop-off – I’m pretty sure she was wanting me to scram so she could go play before the school bell:)

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

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Alice-in-Wonderland Inspired MOMMY’S HOSPITAL GOODIE BAG

     Mommy Goodie Bag

This past weekend kicked-off a HUGE baby boom for my extended family.  Between my mom and dad’s side there are FIVE babies expected in the next 2 1/2 months – four to first time mommies!  Its even more fun because the cousins on both sides know each other.  My parents are from the same small town, most of my relatives live in the area, etc.  So my cousins on my mom’s side played with my cousins on my dad’s side at least 2-3 times per year growing up.

The first of the five was born on Saturday – a gorgeous little 9 lb. 10 oz. sweetie.  I’d share pictures but don’t want to hassle my cousin during her first few days with the new little angel.

The little lady’s nursery has an adorable Alice-in-Wonderland theme – can’t beat a girly nursery in my opinion!  For the main gift I made a wall hanging based on that story.  I had been inspired by some Google images of tags for Alice-themed parties and decided to incorporate it with a quote from the book I absolutely adore:

Wall-hanging

“Actually the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures…” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Who wouldn’t want their children to have a “lifetime of adventures”?  In fact, who wouldn’t want a lifetime of adventures for themself?

I have seen a picture of this in the nursery and it looks really cute – not nearly as shiny as it appears in my photo.

I also had seen some cute Mom hospital goodie bags around and decided to create my own.  Here’s what  I came up with – based on the theme, of course:

Eat MeEAT ME

Pretty obvious…snacks for the hospital which included granola bars, jelly beans, chips, etc.  Oh, and some Doublemint gum which we always used to sneak out of my grandpa’s drawer as kids:)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADRINK ME

Her favorite (according to her own mama!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOPEN ME

I’ve shown you the  “Create” bracelet before – here’s how I packaged it.  This was the only piece I intended for her to open the day of the shower.  I LOVE how it turned out:

CREATE - For Moms

The box insert

The presentation

The presentation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATAKE ME

This was a little tricky.  I opted to send some Epsom salts, some large pads (anyone who’s had kids knows why:), and some hand lotion.

I haven’t heard if she remembered to take the goodie bag to the hospital but I like to think that she enjoyed her snacks post-birth while cuddling that little sweetie:)  It makes my heart SO happy to think of all my cousins (AND sister-in-law!!) becoming mommies.

BEST.  JOB.  EVER.

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

The newest blogger in the house???

Blogging has been a great outlet for me so far – it allows me to {attempt} to be creative, document some funnies about my littles, etc.

One thing I wasn’t expecting?  How much the kids would get into it.  They ask if I’m going to blog about this-and-that ALL.  THE.  TIME.

A few weeks ago while taking pictures of the Pork & Rice Enchiladas – actually left-overs that I photographed during the kids lunch – Little Man insisted that I also document his plate:

Food blogger-in-training

Yep – super healthy lunch that day:) I assume I gave them a veggie – I typically do – although I can’t for the life of me tell you what veggie he would have eaten before his pear!

Food blogger-in-training?  Maybe!  Although he’ll have to expand his food repertoire first I think.

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey

A LADYBUG Birthday

Ladybug Party CoverMiss Loodle turned FOUR earlier this month and I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that my second child is already that “old”.  The saying that it goes too fast?  It really, really does!

Loodle told me to surprise her with the theme for her party and so I choose Ladybugs.  Apparently it was a good choice because two days before her party she came running to me to tell me that “I don’t’ want a surprise – I want a LADYBUG party!”  To which I could reply, “Surprise – that’s what I had been planning!”  She then proceeded to tell me how we’re the “perfect party team” – my precious little girl:)

I knew I didn’t have the time or energy to go all-out on the decorations and stuff.  We had just found out the gender of baby #4 earlier in the week, celebrated the 4th of July, and then had her party that weekend.  The timing didn’t lend itself to an elaborate spread, cake, etc.

So, with VERY LITTLE pre-planning (i.e. I was shopping for supplies late afternoon the day before without a plan– whoops) here is what I came up with:

Ladybug Birthday TablePretty simple spread – and very inexpensive…total cost outside of presents?  About $20 including the cake!  I used two black plastic tablecloths for the backdrop.  I’d LOVE to have better backdrops but this room has wood paneling that does not compliment most party set-ups.  The problem with using the plastic tablecloths is the creases.  Can you iron them out?  I don’t know – I didn’t have the nerve to try.  One day we’ll remove the paneling which will give me more options but its low on the priority list.  Perhaps some fabric would have been a better choice.

The table itself was just a red plastic tablecloth.  I added multiple cirlces out of black poster board to create the spotted effect.

For the sign I opted against the “enclosed” or “contained” signs I’ve done previously (like here ) and went with lettering taped directly to the backdrop.  The spotted paper was on sale for 22 cents a page – yeah!  I added the touch of green behind each letter to tie in with the cute jewelry holder I’d found at Target.  Loodle now has that jewelry holder AND the ladybug sign on the shelf above her bed.  She mentions them frequently which makes me smile – nothing touches a mommy’s heart like knowing her efforts (big or small) have been well-received (dare I say cherished?  At least in the last week:)

Ladybug Birthday FrameThe birthday frame has become a family tradition.  They get displayed throughout the year over our computer desk.  I think its a fun way to remind us about each of their special day.  I L-O-V-E this picture of Loodle modeling her new swimsuit for a picture I sent to her daddy.  And its a ladybug swimsuit – even better!

The Ladybug CakeEVERY party I say I’m going to spend more time on the cake!  AND, every party I end up frosting the cake the hour before the party is about to start.  Oh well, the kids are still young enough where they don’t notice the obviously hurried end result.  I think this is a really cute concept, just very mediocre execution.  The funniest part to me is the antennas…I thought I had some pipecleaners around but couldn’t find them so ended up grabbing some Bendaroos.  The things us parents do/think of to make our kiddos happy!

Ladybug Wrapping PaperFor some reason I assumed ladybug wrapping paper would be easy to find.  And of course it might have been if I’d gone shopping prior to the day before.  What I was able to find was this super cute polka dot paper.  Give me a Sharpie and there you go – one little Ladybug (with FOUR spots, of course!)

Last but not least the little lady herself – sporting a mild shiner caused by Little Man a few nights prior.  Apparently we DID need to specify that MegaBlocks were NOT supposed to be used as weapons.

Loodle (aka Love Bug)

I had so much fun putting this party together – even if it was the day before:)  So, what do you think??

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

{10 Minute} Buttery Fish Fillets

Buttery Fish Fillets

So, this is a recipe I grew up on and remember always loving.  Imagine my surprise when I asked my mom for the recipe – and it came from some  microwave cookbook from the late 70’s, early 80’s.  You know the type I’m talking about…spiral bound, avocado green back, front cover where every dish is in a mustard colored baking dish!

I don’t use the microwave often when I cook but figured I’d call it an “everything in moderation” sort of meal because this makes such a YUMMY dish with very little effort and time.  I’m sure you could do this in the oven as well – it’d be worth giving it a try if you don’t use the microwave for any meal prep.

I adapted the original recipe to my family’s preferences.  D doesn’t like mushrooms so I omitted them but it was delicious with them (as far as I can remember) so if no one in your family objects I’d add them back in – 1/2 cup of sliced fresh mushrooms +/-.  I also increased the butter, changed the seasonings slightly, etc.

I can’t say enough about this recipe – so simple, really delicious, and quick!!  I have made fresh rice to serve with it but this would be a great recipe to use left-over rice because the “sauce” is just scrumptious.

Buttery Fish Fillets Recipe

Want to print the recipe?  Just click on the image above and it should print nicely on 8 x 11 paper.

My kids aren’t huge fish people (except salmon and fish sticks, imagine?!?) but will eat some of the fish with this recipe.  They TEAR into the rice with the “sauce” though.  The rest of my family prefers this with pollock vs. tilapia – the comment was that the tilapia was too “fishy”.  Works for me because around here I can find pollock for less.

Adding fresh cracked pepper on top makes it even better.  I – literally – could eat this once a week.  In deference to my husband who likes it but prefers other meats I will get this on the menu rotation every month or so.  Although I’m thinking it’d be perfect for daycare…

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

She’s FOUR!

Loodle's FOUR!!

She came out SCREAMING – so angry about being evicted from her mommy that she flipped while daddy and the nurse were bathing her.

She is EMOTIONAL, CARING, SILLY, and CREATIVE – a spitfire that doesn’t let her small size stop her from doing anything.   But does know how to work it to her advantage when she wants something – especially with Grandmas & Grandpas:)

She finally has enough HAIR for pigtails:)

She’s our everything – and this family wouldn’t be the same without her.

HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY LOODLE!!

Blue Skies and Blessings,

Lindsey

“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:

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