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Pumpkin and Black Bean Chili + A $25 Target Gift Card GIVEAWAY!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.

(Psst...the giveaway is at the END of this post!)


Crisp autumn evenings are perfect for a date night in! Reid and I always do what we call a "late night date night" where we cook up something yummy to eat and watch a movie after the girls are in bed. It's a great way to get in that date night without getting a babysitter! Recently I concocted the perfect fall meal...Pumpkin and Black Bean Chili!




I know, it sounds a bit strange, but it actually turned out so yummy! It has really healthy ingredients and the pumpkin makes the broth really thick and creamy. It's also versatile, so I'm sure you could add in anything you wanted to make it your own! Image Map

Chalk Feather Thank You Cards

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thanksgiving is around the corner which means it's time to be thankful...obviously! I love receiving a hand written thank you note from someone.  I'm not always the best at randomly sending hand written notes to people, but I would like to be better.  I came up with some beautiful chalk feather thank you notes (or just anytime notecards) that you can send to someone to brighten their day during this Thankful season!


This method can be used with any shape, I just chose a feather beacause it seemed Thanksgiving-y to me. You will need chalk pastels, cardstock and some tissues. That's it! 


Cut out your shape and color with chalk around the edges.


Move your feather to your clean piece of cardstock and hold it down with one finger. With the other hand, rub the chalk outward onto the paper.


When you remove the feather, you will have a beautiful chalk feather outline. You can repeat over and over again, using different colors.


It also looks great on dark paper. I folded mine into cards and added some text.


This is also the perfect project for kids. It always turns out beautifully!





And here are 2 more festive fall ideas from my bloggy friends:

Pumpkin Breakfast Biscuits from Whistle and Ivy


Mommy & Me Fingerprint Tree from Wine to Whine

Birdie Branch Wall Hanging

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


 If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you may remember the baby mobile that I made forever ago. I used the cutest bird Christmas ornaments and hung them from an embroidery hoop. Well, the mobile has since fallen from the ceiling and I could not save it. Plus, Jane now shares a room with Pearl so I decided I needed to turn my birdies into something more appropriate for a big girl.

turn a baby mobile into a big kid wall hanging

First, this room is absolutely impossible for taking photos, so I've tried my hardest. They still have a weird hue to them, but oh well.

I took my bird ornaments and glue some twine to them with hot glue.
turn a baby mobile into a big kid wall hanging


Then, I simply tied them at various lengths to a sturdy branch (about 2 inches in diameter)
turn a baby mobile into a big kid wall hanging


To hang, I looped more twine around 4 different nails to make sure it wasn't going anywhere.
turn a baby mobile into a big kid wall hanging


I think it turned out super cute and I was surprised at how fast I was able to put it together.
turn a baby mobile into a big kid wall hanging


Jane loves it over her big girl bed. She told me that she slept well last night because of the birds.
turn a baby mobile into a big kid wall hanging


Have you hung any branches lately?

turn a baby mobile into a big kid wall hanging

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


 I’m so excited about this giveaway!! There's nothing quite like getting free cash. And just in time for holiday shopping! Check out the amazing group of bloggers participating in this giveaway! I’m so excited to be collaborating with such a fun group of ladies. You will love their blogs!
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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:

VEGETARIAN QUINOA CHILI

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


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