Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 4/30/14 w/ Linky



If you follow me on Instagram (which you should) you probably already saw these ones from last week. We have about 3 months left on island and are spending as much time on the beach as possible! 

Friday, April 25, 2014

New Project - Felt Toy House For Kids

I have a new love and hobby I've developed over the past few weeks and its name is FELT! I looove felt. Except it's not just felt, it's felt and embroidery. Wow. What a combination!

I've been pinning away on my new felt and embroidery boards on Pinterest


So far I've completed two projects, the most recent one being this chubby little felt house for my kids. Miss M claimed it long before it was done. I envision a whole little village of houses and buildings for the kids to arrange and rearrange around Mr. C's train tracks. The train tracks and table are usually the center of all pretend play in my house, (for trains and ponies alike). 


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This felt house is completely handmade. Hand sewn and stuffed, hence the roundness. Miss M refers to it as the little fat house. Next time I'd like to try using cardboard or something to reinforce the walls. 


The roof is a little funky as I was experimenting on each side how best to sew it on. The roof was the biggest PITA!

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Check out that little tree!


Next on the list is a train station! I've already picked out the colors and drawn up a design :) 

I'm thinking of starting a new Etsy shop to offer these in. Let me know what you think! 

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to get the behind the scenes look!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Inspiration Corner #4 Share Your DIY, Tutorials, and Recipes!


Every Friday Homespun Aesthetic & Eight Days A Week are giving YOU the chance to show off the craft creations and how-to projects you've been doing. So not only will you have your link featured on my site, but it'll appear on BOTH sites and you only have to link up once. Then, the following week we will each feature our favorite project from the previous week's link-up.

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  2. Grab our party button or link back with a text link.
  3. Your link MUST be a project you made, a how-to or a recipe.
  4. Visit & comment on at least 2 other links in the party.
  5. By entering a link, you're giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs & other websites we write for. Proper credit & links will always be given.
Let's make this a sharing place! Find a new blog, follow them on at least one platform, then share their post! Share the love!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Salt Dough Ornaments - Toddler/Preschool Craft

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Just in time for Easter! These ornaments are easy enough for a toddler to help, but fun for all ages! (I admit I quite enjoyed painting a couple of these myself.) 

You can find a recipe for the salt dough in my Salt Dough Footprints -Father's Day Gift post. Mother's and Father's Days are coming up, so keep this recipe handy! It's so versatile and great for any holiday. Just use a seasonal cookie cutter to change the shape! 

Set out some paper and let your child go to town painting! My kids always end up painting naked, hence no action pictures here ;) 

I first saw these salt dough eggs on Design Mom. She made some beautiful spray painted eggs and hung them on a cute egg tree. So be sure to check it out! 


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I made little coin shaped ones and we tried butterfly thumbprints. This one turned out the best :) 


I'll update with a another photo after we've hung them up. I have some twine that will go perfect with these colors. Plus the kids always love looking at their own artwork :) 

Did you do this? Show it off and let me know! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday 4/16/14 w/ LINKY

Feels good to be doing WW again. Nearly wordless anyway. Link up below!

Petting the baby corn. 

Always skirts and boots. No matter the weather!

Homemade Lemon & Honey Sugar Scrub (4 Ingredients!)

Dilemma: It's 10AM on a Saturday and I want to take a long, hot shower. My face is feeling oily and I started breaking out yesterday (hello, Aunt Flo). What I need is a good exfoliant. Something to scrub off the dead skin and give me a healthy glow, but lo and behold, the cupboards are bare :(

Now, I can a.) get dressed and drive to the store to spend $10 on a mediocre product full of crap that may or may not give me cancer. Or, b.) step into the kitchen (no bra necessary) and whip up a quick concoction using items from my pantry.

Let me just say, on Saturday, I try to put off changing out of jam jams as long as possible. Don't pretend I'm the only one.



Ingredients

  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 tblsp honey
  • Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1/2 c. Sugar


Mix first 3 ingredients well, then add the sugar. It may seem super thick at first but will quickly thin. Feel free to add more sugar for more exfoliation.



My skin feels amazing! Super soft and clean. Especially around the edges of my nose which seem to be my problem area. No joke, I can't stop touching my face, feels amazing.

Don't you think this would make a great gift? Mother's Day perhaps? Hint, hint.

Did you try this? Let me know what you thought!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bunny Eggs - An Easy Easter Breakfast Treat

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Easter is coming! That means everyone is looking for sweet new recipes for Easter. For my family, Easter is all about breakfast, or brunch rather. We don't normally do much for dinner (we don't live near any family and the kids are too young to appreciate it). 

I have a new hobby which will be showing itself come Easter morning. Kids Bento! I've always loved looking at pictures of intricate bento boxes, but never considered how fun (and easy!) it would be to serve food creations to the kids. 

A lot of it depends on some simple and inexpensive tools readily available on Amazon. The first few things I purchased were Add-On Items, so I was able to add them to a different $25 purchase and get free shipping. 

My kids love eating hard boiled eggs, so the first thing I bought were egg molds. I can't believe how easy it is to use these.


1. Hard boil eggs.
2. While the eggs are still hot, as hot as you can handle, carefully peel however many you are molding.
3. Gently rinse the peeled egg, then place in egg mold. 
4. Carefully close the mold and snap shut.
5. Place in a bowl of cold water, let set for 10-15 minutes.


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6. After 10 or 15 minutes has passed, take the mold out of the water. Unclip the mold and open slowly. Carefully pry the egg out of the mold. 
7. That's it!
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Follow my Bento for Kids and Easter boards on Pinterest for more fun ideas! You can also follow along on Instagram and Twitter for a behind the blog post look at what's going on! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

30 Day Challenge - Great Way To Get Motivated

You know what I love best about a 30 day challenge? It isn't going to last forever. They're also short workouts that start out easy and slowly build on themselves until you're pumping out 150 squats 29 days later. It's the same principle as the Whole30. You can do anything for 30 days!




A couple weeks ago I started a 30 Day Challenge board on Pinterest. My mom is visiting so we picked out one that would work for both us and my sister. There's a lot of variation here in fitness level and age, so I can really recommend it. We're at the end of the first week and I feel good! 

Today I was able to do the Day 5 workout in the morning, followed by a run this evening.

Not bad! 

You can check it out here at Mom Mart. Thanks for the great workout!

Be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram for an inside look at what's going on with us here on Oahu!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Happy Handmade Birthday Giveaway Event! (3/2)

Welcome to the Happy Handmade Birthday Giveaway Event sponsored by Homespun Aesthetic, The Vagabond Studio, Eight Days a Week, and Crunchy Farm Baby! In celebration of the lovely Kassandra from Homespun Aesthetic, we have brought together some wonderful artisans to bring you a super fun giveaway event featuring all things handmade and beautiful! This event will run from February 21 to March 2, 2014, and is featured here on Crunchy Farm Baby and several other awesome blogs!


Up for grabs in this awesome giveaway event are the following items:


This set of redline marble earrings from Homespun Aesthetic.
Redline Marble Stone Teardrop Earrings
Custom bracelet from The Vagabond Studio.
Hand-Stamped Personalized Bracelet
Personalized library tote from Crunchy Farm Baby.
Personalized Child's Library Tote Bag - With Library Card Holder
Custom Beach writing digital print from Sandyscripts.
Women's earwarmer and men's striped beanie from Two Brothers Blankets.
Ear Warmer with Buttons
Natural skin care gift set from The Hippy Homemaker.
Natural Skin Care Gift Set- Cleansing Grains, Toner, Moisturizing Serum, & Herbal Clay Mask - Eco Friendly packaging
Slouchy women's beanie and kids warmies (baby legs) from Earth Mother Moon Baby hat
AND a of a kind embroidered cloth diaper from Binky D Diapers.
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Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Quick and Easy Pork Chop Crock Pot Recipe

This is a favorite of my husband who is a seriously picky eater. I've suffered five years living with a picky eater, so I cherish every recipe I find that he approves of! (Although I admit most days he must fend for himself because I'm not catering to that kind of pickiness 24/7!)

This recipe was adapted to the crock pot, and was originally published in a Taste of Home magazine.

Doesn't "adapted to the crock pot" sound like I worked some culinary magic? Anything can be adapted to the crock pot, you just put the ingredients in it and turn it on low, then come back in 6-8 hours. :) 


Ingredients

4-8 boneless porkchops
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup french dressing
1/2 cup bbq sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
roughly chopped sweet onion

Dump all ingredients into crock pot, can be cooked on low or high.

*For a freeze ahead meal place all raw ingredients into a freezer bag and freeze until ready to use.* (Tip: Run bag under cool water for a minute to detach the frozen food from the plastic bag so it'll plop out easily.)


You can also cook it, then freeze it and reheat later. 

This tastes great over rice (which can also be cooked ahead and frozen to be reheated in the microwave), or stewed apples which, incidentally, can also be cooked and frozen!

Let me know what you think of this one!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Inspiration Friday 1/31/14



Every Friday Homespun Aesthetic & Eight Days A Week are giving YOU the chance to show off the craft creations and how-to projects you've been doing. So not only will you have your link featured on my site, but it'll appear on BOTH sites and you only have to link up once. Then, the following week we will each feature our favorite project from the previous week's link-up.

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  2. Grab our party button or link back with a text link.
  3. Your link MUST be a project you made, a how-to or a recipe.
  4. Visit & comment on at least 2 other links in the party.
  5. By entering a link, you're giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs & other websites we write for. Proper credit & links will always be given.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Our Dog Ran Away

Our fur baby ran away last Thursday. I'm heartbroken. He dug out of the yard, probably chasing stray cats, and I believe he got off the base.



The most solid lead I've had is someone who saw him a couple miles away, near a bridge and a homeless encampment. She thought he was dead, but when I checked the area he was no where to be seen, and City & County hasn't picked him up.

Today a man coming up from the encampment told me he thinks he may have seen him yesterday at the nearby Jack in the Box.

I thought for sure on Friday that he was dead after I spoke to the first person. When the County said they hadn't picked him up I didn't know what to think!

He's only 9 months old and not the brightest crayon in the box, I hope if he did get hit by a car that he was just stunned and has learned to stay away from them.

I've done everything I can think of to try and find him. Hung up signs, posted on Craigslist and local Facebook pages, filed with the Humane Society, talked to people on the street. So frustrating.

I hope he comes home, or we at least find out for sure what happened to him. We're supposed to be leaving the island for good in 6 or 7 months, and I can't imagine leaving without ever knowing for sure.

In the mean time I'll hang up more signs and incessantly check Craigslist.

Friday, January 17, 2014

January 2014 Whole30 Week 1

It's Week 1 and I already feel great and have noticed a big difference. I'm falling asleep faster and sleeping better, I look skinnier (definitely lost some water weight), and I have more energy throughout the day. The first day was a little rough with the cravings, but they were easier to handle since this is my second Whole30. Now on Day 3 I'm hardly having any cravings at all. I can dole out M&Ms to Mr. C for peeing on the potty without any desire to munch on a few.

One of the best things you can do for yourself on Whole30 is load up on the veggies during breakfast. It's weird at first since fruit is usually associated with breakfast. Vegetables, though, are full of fiber and carbs that are going to keep you full for much longer. I no longer need a snack in between breakfast and lunch, I'm completely full throughout the morning. This is good when you're restricting your diet because it means you're in the kitchen less, and you'll be less tempted to reach for an unhealthy or non-compliant snack.

I've thought to myself several times over the past couple days how sad it is that we don't normally eat vegetables with our breakfasts. From now on I'm going to strive to incorporate vegetables into my kids morning routine. It keeps them from begging for snacks as well. My kids turn into big grumps when they're hungry, so they'll be happier and less likely to kill each other playing!

Veggies for breakfast = happy kids = nice play = mommy gets more things done

What I'm focusing on the most this month is meal planning. I wrote out a meal chart for the first week, and bought all the ingredients I need for a week's worth of freezer/crock pot meals. Truth be told these meals are probably going to last me closer to 2 weeks since Mr. Eight is a super picky eater and the littles don't each much.

The first meal I tried is a stew based off this recipe from Stuff I Make My Husband. It's included in her week's worth of freezer meals post which I used to plan my first week on Whole30.

The commissary didn't carry some of the vegetables called for in her recipe so I improvised. I'm calling it a Beef Winter Stew and I'm happy to say even the kids are eating it! We are blessed with good eaters. Miss M saw the collard greens in the bowl and said “Is that salad? Mmm!” and chowed down. True story.

Taco salad is still my favorite, simple Whole30 meal to make so I've had that for lunch twice already and I'll probably eat it again today.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the month and am already throwing around the idea of continuing (maybe a modified) Whole30 through February. Mr. Eight and I are doing a little island hopping for our anniversary in March and I want to look good in that bikini!

If you're interested in Whole30 you can find out more info here at Whole9Life. You can also read about myfirst Whole30 experience back in October 2013 (I lost 15 lbs hurray!).

Be sure to follow my Pinterest board to see all the yummy recipes I've found!

Of course, you can also get my Whole30 updates right to your inbox by subscribing here.


TGIF!!

Inspiration Friday - DIY Craft Link Up!



Every Friday Homespun Aesthetic & Eight Days A Week are giving YOU the chance to show off the craft creations and how-to projects you've been doing. So not only will you have your link featured on my site, but it'll appear on BOTH sites and you only have to link up once. Then, the following week we will each feature our favorite project from the previous week's link-up.

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Party Rules:
  1. Link to a specific post, not your home page.
  2. Grab our party button or link back with a text link.
  3. Your link MUST be a project you made, a how-to or a recipe.
  4. Visit & comment on at least 2 other links in the party.
  5. By entering a link, you're giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs & other websites we write for. Proper credit & links will always be given.