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Easy Olaf Costume

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 Raise your hand if you have a child in your home that is going to be a character from Frozen for Halloween.  I suspect that 95% of those of you who have kids are nodding yes right now. Ana and Elsa costumes are selling out as every preschool little girl gears up to be a snow princess this Halloween.  I was lucky enough to snag the last Ana and Elsa dresses at my Target a few weeks ago when they were on sale. But, that left poor little Pearl. There are no Olaf costumes in sight! So, I whipped up a super easy one. It's not the most amazing thing in the world, but it gets the job done and barely requires any crafting skills.

Our Halloween can now be complete with Ana, Elsa and Olaf (yay!). The girls requested that I be a horse (not sure how that fits in with Frozen). I think I will kindly decline, wear a pair of fairy wings and call it good.

I bought a white stocking cap for less than $1 at Walmart and glued on some felt eyes and eyebrows with hot glue.

I cut out an orange triangle and sewed it for the carrot nose. You could probably hot glue this part as well. After stuffing it with some batting, it became a cute carrot nose.

For the buttons on the shirt, I made some DIY poms using black yarn and safety pinned them on so that we can use the shirt later.

Now the real challenge will be convincing Pearl to keep the hat on.

If you are needing another DIY costume idea, check out how I made a sock monkey from a thrift store sweater. It's a bit more involved, but is the cutest thing ever!

Are you making any costumes this year?

Crafty Feather Roundup

Monday, October 20, 2014

When I think of Thanksgiving craft projects, I immediately think feathers. There are so many great projects floating around out there, that I thought I would compile some of my favorites!

1. Feather Garland {Sarah Hearts}
2. Giant Feather Wall Art {Lets Eat Grandpa}
3. Gold Feather Bouquet {Homemade Ginger}
4. Feather Painting {Grow Creative}
5. Washi Tape Feathers {Omiyage}
6. Felt Feather Clips {Wild Olive)
7. Feather Place Cards {Carolyns Homework}

$300 Pay Pal Cash Giveaway!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I love celebrating birthdays! This week Alli from Cupcake Diaries is turning 30. And to celebrate, I’m teaming up with her and some of my other blogger friends to give away $300 PayPal cash! $300 PayPal Cash Giveaway

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Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The other night I wanted to make chili but didn't have any ground beef in the house. I did, however have quinoa and sweet potatoes along with other normal chili ingredients, so I came up with a vegetarian quinoa chili! It turned out super tasty and my little ones that don't care for meat, loved it! (well, 2 out of 3 of them actually ate some, so in my book that means they loved it).

quinoa and sweet potato vegetarian chili

I roasted the sweet potatoes first to give them some extra flavor.

quinoa and sweet potato vegetarian chiliquinoa and sweet potato vegetarian chili

Then I just dumped all of the other ingredients in the slow cooker and cooked it on high for a few hours. I added the quinoa at the end.
quinoa and sweet potato vegetarian chili

Here's the recipe:


2 sweet potatoes, diced
1 TBS olive oil
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 can chili beans
1 can black beans
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
2 TBS chili powder
1.5 tsp. cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Toss the diced sweet potatoes in olive oil and a pinch of salt. Roast at 425 for about 15 minutes or until soft and slightly brown. Add the sweet potatoes, beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and seasonings to a slow cooker. Cook on high for about 3-4 hours. Cook 2 cups of quinoa separately and add to the soup before serving.

Adapted from Damn Delicious

Van Gogh Inspired Paintings Featuring Target's Toy Emporium

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

his shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TargetToys #CollectiveBias

As a former elementary art teacher, I was so excited to team up with Target and play with some of their Kid Made Modern art supplies. These can be found in stores or at Target's Toy Emporium available only online.  Just the packaging alone is enough to catch my eye, but the art products are super high quality.  I came up with a Van Gogh inspired painting to do with my Kindergarten and Preschool age daughters using these fun products.

I wasn't sure how it would go over since I used to do similar projects with 2nd and 3rd graders, but they loved it and I think they turned out super cute.  It also goes to show that pretty much kids of all ages could do this little painting project and love it.

These were the Kid Made Modern products that I chose: Image Map

Free Office Updates

Monday, October 6, 2014

I was in the mood to switch things around on my desk, so I went "shopping" around the house to reuse and revive some things I had lying around. I came up with a few free ways to update my space.

This is what my office area looked like before:

I collected my things...

The white divided container used to be for the girls' art supplies. The banner was hanging over our mantle and the teacup is a thrift store find. You may recognize the other blue thing. It was the little brass wall hanging pocket from a recent thrift store haul:

I spray painted it robin's egg blue and white. Now it hangs right beside my computer to store random cords when I'm not using them.

I moved the basket up to the printer to hold journals and notebooks and put my pens and office supplies in the spinning art organizer.

The "create" banner now hangs from my floating shelf over the desk.

I put a fresh piece of fabric on my mouse pad and dressed up the keyboard with some washi tape.

And finally I put the teacup and some other trinkets on a white cake stand.

The cup is great for stashing all of the random stuff like earrings, bobby pins and chap stick.

Do you ever shop around your own house to change things up?

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