Sunday, June 3, 2012

My Living Room

So I haven't been blogging's been super busy around here. 
 I have been on a mission to get every area of my home/life organized. 

 I organized the entire house last year when my pregnancy nesting instincts kicked in, but I am ready to tackle it again!  

I plan on updating some systems that aren't working for me and reorganizing the places that have become cluttered.  

I've already started in the kitchen and hope to share pictures soon.

Anyway, until then I thought I would link up at Kelly's Korner for her "Show Us Your Life" home tour.  I thought it would be fun to document what my living room looks like right now, so I can look back on it in a few years.  

(The pictures are a little fuzzy because they were taken on my phone.)  

The living room is a pretty big room and opens up into the kitchen.  Donnie bought our leather couches before we got married.  I love how durable they are and so easy to clean up.  They are the best for kids!  (Though my greatest fear is one of the boys taking a sharpie to it!)  

Donnie and I made our coffee tables while we were dating.  A good friend of ours is a woodworker and he helped us put them together.  It was so much fun and such a great memory!

The picture on the wall is a canvas print of a lighthouse in northern California that we visited on our honeymoon.  My mom made the super cute number pillows on my couch.

Drew made sure he was in at least one of the pictures.

I try to change the mantel decorations seasonally.  It is such a small space to decorate but is a focal point for the entire room.

We listen to our favorite Pandora stations when we are hanging out in the living room.

My new favorite living room decoration is my thrift store frame that I turned into a magnetic chalkboard.  

Well that's a little snapshot of my living room.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Quilted Burp Cloth

I love handmade baby things! 
 I made a big batch of these  burp cloths before baby boy #2 was born.  They work great for on-the-go and in the diaper bag, but I wanted something a little bigger and thicker to use at home.

Using an extra absorbent cloth diaper and some cute cotton fabric, I found the perfect solution.

This simple burp cloth is a great way to try your hand at quilting while using up some of those fabric scraps.  

Here are the basic steps:

You will need a prefold cloth diaper. 

 I purchased my diapers online quite a long time ago, but they are similar to these.  Gerber prefold diapers can be purchased at Target and Wal mart, but are slightly smaller and thinner.  

The next step is to measure the length and width of the center panel and add 1/2" to each measurement.  
The width of my center panel was around 5" so I added 1/2" for a total width of 5 1/2".

Sew together scraps of fabric to make one piece of fabric that measures the dimensions from step #2.

Iron all four raw edges under with a 1/4" hem.  Pin the panel in place.

Using a wide zigzag stitch, carefully sew around the edge of the fabric panel.  

Stitch along the seams of each of the fabric pieces.  Quilt any or all fabric pieces.  I prefer a simple style so I only quilted a few pieces.  

Enjoy your cute quilted burp cloth!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Boys

Here are a few pictures of the boys on Easter Sunday.
Grandma bought Drew his first suit.  He was so excited to be dressed up just like Daddy! 
 I made both boy's bow ties, but failed to realize that Titus is such a chunky monkey he didn't have much of a neck to wear his on.  :)

They are both growing up too fast!  


Monday, March 26, 2012

Blended Strawberry Lemonade

Lemonade is my favorite summer drink.  There is nothing like fresh squeezed lemonade!  And for an extra special treat I love to add in seasonal berries.  

This recipe uses frozen strawberries blended with fresh squeezed lemon juice to make a frosty, delicious drink.  I make one serving at a time using a mason jar attached to my blender.   

For this recipe I used Meyer lemons which are sweeter than the traditional lemon.  Any type of lemon will work, but extra sweetener may be needed based on personal taste.

Blended Strawberry Lemonade
(printable version)

Juice of 1 lemon (approx. 1/4 c.) 
5-6 frozen strawberries
1 cup water
2 T. sugar (or to taste)

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Serve over ice.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Turning Two

I have been busy preparing for Drew's second birthday party.  There are so many neat ideas for firetruck birthday themes.  I can't wait to share some of the fun things I am working on to make Drew's birthday extra special!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Strawberry Season

Strawberries are in season here in the South and we have been enjoying fresh berries.  We eat them with yogurt, in smoothies, and just plain for a snack.

I try to purchase them in a large quantity to save a few dollars.  I keep some in the refrigerator to eat fresh and flash freeze the rest for smoothies and milk shakes!  Yum!!

I also love to add a couple frozen strawberries to a cold glass of water.

We Love Strawberry Season!


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