Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentines - Star Wars Style


So Its my sons first Valentines in school as a big Pre-K kid. I knew he wanted a Star Wars themed Valentines. We bought a box of the school card ones at Target but I wanted something a little more personalized. So off to the backyard for a photo shoot we went. This also doubled as a shoot for his Birthday Party invites which I will share closer to the date. 
Its very easy to
1. Get in in Jedi gear
2. Have him pose as a Jedi
3. Act like anything that has to do with Star Wars. 

I also knew I wanted a non-candy aspect to the bag (Although he did want his school friends to get some smarties).

sooooooo
Taa Daa- Jedi Camden


The Glow sticks come 5 to a pack at Dollar store and with a coupon I only paid $6 for over 20 prints.

We also grabbed a 20 pack of bags and 2 packs of smarties at this Dollar Store.
Very affordable, and cute Valentines for my little Jedi's first school Valentines party.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Tree Gift


Christmas Tree Gift

So last year, after Christmas I picked up a case of these glass Christmas trees on super duper clearance ( I think I paid $.30 each )  I knew I wanted to give them as Christmas gift this year for friends, family, neighbors and teachers this year. 

I went to good old Pinterest for a recipe for "elf food" as we called it. Ive seen it called Reindeer food, White Trash Christmas mix, Muddy Buddies, Reindeer chow, and other creative names. You can pretty much switch it up for any holiday. 

The recipe is super easy!




What you'll need . . . 
  • 2-1/2 cups corn chex
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter 
  • bag of powdered sugar
Method . . .
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the peanut butter, chocolate, and butter. Heat on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, toss in your chex. Then add the peanut butter mixture. Stir with a spatula until well-coated.
  3. Then in a large Ziploc bag or brown paper bag, toss in the powered sugar and chex. Shake, shake, shake until everything is -- again -- well-coated




My lovely assistants.. 



My son wrote "Elf Food" on the tags



Since our Christmas cards has a "elf" theme this year the "elf food" went nicely… Heres a few shots from our 2013 Christmas card.








Monday, December 9, 2013

Heads on Display

I know its been a while since I've posted a project, soooooooo, heres the latest… We have a huge bin of dress up clothes and it seems to always be overflowing! One of the main problems was the helmets and masks taking up a large amount of space. 
We went back and forth on the best way to display and hang. First, we bought a few different sized garage hooks but they didn't quite work and make them secure. Hubby came up with the idea of using a wood piece and pvc pipes in the best shape to hold the helmet or mask in place. 


We used various shapes depending on what worked the best for the piece. We then painted it black. 



We also added some artwork to the corner and used multi colored frames and a mix of artwork, pictures and special pieces. 


Taaa Daaaaa… New playroom art :)




Friday, November 8, 2013

Together Threads Review and Giveaway



Some of our readers who have been with us a while might remember the genius shop
 Together Threads, where we featured her amazing Teddy Bears made from baby clothes. 
You can see that review HERE.

Well, she has been generous enough to make a Bear for little brother, Nug,  made out of his special baby clothes!!! 


The Hardest part for me is always to pick out the best outfits. I try to pick outfits that are special, stick out in my mind, or ones we have taken great pictures in. 

The best amount is 9-10 onsies or Tees. 





I picked these outfits because of special occasions like his first Easter, and first day in his new glasses. Some of the outfits had special items on them, like the giraffe onsie which has now become his signature animal, and his Sweet Pea sleeper given to him from his Great Grandmother.
When he was in my belly we called him Sweet Pea and even had a "Pea in the pod" themed baby shower, so the green dotted onsie with the pea pod reminds me of being pregnant with him.
The tennis onsie is for Daddy, since that used to be his hobby.
 I can remember his chubby little legs trying so hard to crawl across the living room floor wearing the Whale onsie. Such a great way to display all those special outfits!

Nus bear turned out fantastic 




Seeing this bear makes me so emotional. I can picture our sweet little boy wearing every single outfit. Having a Memory Bear is such a great way to save your little ones clothes in such a special way. They are only small for such a small amount of time and having a functional, loving, way to display these memories is wonderful!!!

You can check out Together Threads on etsy.com HERE
There are also other examples of Memory Bears Katie has made.

You can also become facebook friends with Together Threads HERE

Katie makes other great products as well. Some of our favorites include....

Cosmetic Makeup Brushes Wallet Case Clutch $10.99
Awesome Accent Pillow $28.00
E-Reader Case $18.00
Katie at Together Threads is also offering one lucky reader a chance to win an awesome water resistant travel bag. This would make a awesome beach bag for items like your phone, keys and credit cards.
It would also be a great wet bag for cloth diaper users, or a great extra bag for your diaper bag.
I LOVE this print!!! and the handle makes it very handy.


Check out the rafflecopter below and be sure to let Together Threads know Nu and Nug sent you.




The opinions expressed are my own, no $ was provided for my review. Facebook and rafflecopter are not responsible for my review or giveaway.. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Threads and Arrows Review & Giveaway



I found this amazing shop Threads and Arrows, and fell in LOVE with their handmade Moccasins.  With fall quickly approaching, and Moccs being the new fashion trend for children, we were more than thrilled to be able to give Threads and Arrows a try. 

You can check out all their wonderful colors, and different textures on their etsy.com shop

A few of our favorites include
Emerald Green Leather Moccasins $24.00

Royal Blue Suede Leather Moccasins $24.00

Gold Suede Leather Moccasins $24.00
Plum Leather with Chocolate Brown Suede Soles $24.00


The Shoes are super comfortable for little feet. They also contain elastic around the ankle to keep in place. They are flexible and good for chubby feet or skinny ones. The leather or suede soles are very durable and great for indoor or outdoor use. 
Most Moccasins you will price out either in boutique stores, large chains stores, well known brands or other etsy stores will run around the $50 price point. Threads and Arrows can get you 2 pairs for the same price point. 


You can become facebook friends at

If you are a instagram user you can also find 
Threads and Arrows on instagram, where you will see a peek into life as a Moccasin maker (plus her super cute lil one).

She also makes hair bows to match and priced at $3, why not!


This review is all about Nug, he LOVES his new "Occisions". And yess those are our fluffy chickens in the back.

The elastic around the ankle keeps them nice
and snug on little feet. 

The fringe in the back is awesome

These Moccasins are great for both boys or girls! We love
the rust brown suede style and it matches so much!



Thank you so much to Threads and Arrows for the amazing new Moccasins. I know these will be great for Fall, Winter and even Summer. 


How would you like to win a pair of Threads and arrows??? Check out the rafflecopter below for all the details. Don't forget to show Threads and Arrows some love on facebook and let them know Nu and Nug sent you. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Threads and Arrows are responsible for providing prize. Facebook, instagram and etsy are not responsible for this giveaway or review. The opinions expressed are my own. No $ was exchanged for this review. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Family Halloween Costumes

So since my youngest was born we have done the family costume route each Halloween. 

The first year he was born I had this vision of a Wizard of Oz family. Him as the Cowardly Lion complete with badge of courage, myself as Dorothy and my husband as the Scarecrow. Well his first illness hit and we stayed home and handed out candy and didn't even get to wear our costumes. Plus it was raining and yucky out. But we did get some cute shots at JC Pennys. 



2009
At least someone got to wear the Dorothy wig that year.
The Next year we continued with the family thing. Camden wanted to be Buzz Lightyear and instead of going the Woody and Jessie Route we did Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. This was great because I was also preggio with Brody and the "head" gave lots of wiggle room.


2010

For Brodys first Halloween we knew we needed something all of us could wear. Cam was really liking The Incredibles and with his energy we knew Dash would be a great choice. Plus there is  baby Jack Jack in the family.


2011

Last year Cam choose Pirates, which was great because I had already purchased him a pirate costume as a dress up outfit and Daddy had been a pirate before when I was a mermaid and my Chihuahua a parrot back in the pre kids day.

2012


might I had what a wonderful sport my hubby is! Im like "wear this",
hes like "Ok".

someone scary walked by
and just because im crazy ill add this gem from
2006 (pre kids)

So there is is, the past few family Halloween costumes! 



2013's Family Costume was STAR WARS!!!


Thank you to
 Sadies Cottage
for helping us out for our 2013 costume, and making the r2d2 and Yoda hats!!!



He loves all things STAR WARS and picked Darth Vader this year, so we
all ran with it!


Lil Bro made a great Yoda!

My crew