Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Buttermilk Pancakes

These are absolutely the BEST pancakes ever! I got the recipe from a friend in Minnesota when I lived there and have been making it ever since. I am not a big fan if pancakes, but I guess I just never had GOOD pancakes! You can do variations by adding fruit or using pumpkin instead of the 2 extra TBS of milk. I also like to double the batch and freeze them. These are always a hit at our house, especially when served with sausage!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring Cleaning and Organizing

I have never been one to enjoy cleaning and normally avoid it at all costs, but lately I have been getting very frustrated with the house always being cluttered and messy. I have never not had a cluttered home because I tend to keep everything and never have a place for anything! I have been working on getting my house in order.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Frugal Fit Family Friday Linky Party!

I am Co-Hosting Frugal Fit Family Friday Linky Party this week and hope you all can join in!  I am very excited to be able to be a part of this with Frugal Fit Family!

Logo Design by FlamingText.com Frugal Fit Family Friday - Follow Along Linky Party #5!

Raise the roof!! Its Friday!!!

 If you have a blog or website with any article pertaining to family, fitness, being cheap (I mean frugal), crafting, recipes, or is just plain fun.... 

Click below and add your name to the list!
If you can not see the link entry...click the colored title to this post and it will appear!
  •  There are no real rules-except nothing x rated! 
  • Link up at least 1 post AND 1 social media site so we can all follow along!
  • Visit as many links as you can and leave comments! 
  • Follow other via twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin', etc 
  • Link back if you can and when!   Not required but appreciated!
  • If you have a blog hop today or this weekend...go ahead and link it up! 
Last week, we had some AWESOME ideas linked up!


Leah Inspired! 

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Take a look at her cool BeachRock Jar Makeover!
That she linked up last week! I have a few jars laying around that could definitely use a makeover!

The first Linkup is for your Blog Post, Etsy Store, Website, etc.

THIS LINKUP IS FOR A SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE: Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Google Plus, Etc.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Oh the Tantrums!

Oh these 4 year old's tantrums are driving me nuts!  He has been having them multiple times a day over everything from the baby taking his toy to not wanting to eat dinner.  I have decided that for my sanity I am done and I am going to get strict.

For awhile I was really good at ignoring him when he threw them and just walking away, but I started responding to them way too much when I had the baby.  I think I respond more because I have 2 babies  who are talking, or crying, or screaming all at the same time and I just want it to stop.  Or maybe it is because he is so loud when he throws his fits that if the baby is sleeping he wakes him up.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Beach Rock Jar

I acquired a few glass jars that had originally held candles.  These jars are pretty neat and I used 2 of them in a creation for March Package Pals and I had one left.

After our trip to the Beach I needed to do something with all of these neat beach rocks and I needed somewhere to store them because I foresee tons of trips to the beach and a lot more rocks!

Homemade Stamps

Age Range:  3+


Bottle Lids
Foam Paper
Craft Glue

We had a few lids sitting around and waiting to be used so we made stamps.  It is very simple.  We cut out the shapes that we wanted out of the foam paper and glued it onto the lids.

Once they dried they were ready to use.  Z was pretty excited about them and just used his regular stamp ink to make a picture.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Upcycled Yogurt Container

Yogurt containers are great for upcycling.  They are perfect planters and can really be used for anything you want.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Friendship Seashell Necklace

In Arts & Crafts Community on Google + we were challenged to do a craft using only 2 supplies.  Last week when we went to the beach my son found a shell with a perfect hole in it.  I told him we could make a necklace out of it and this was the perfect challenge to do that!

My Lucky Day

Most people never find a 4 leaf clover, even if they search every day.

I am one of those people who can walk past a clover patch and spot a four leaf clover as I walk by and stop to pick it up.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tissue Box Elevator

Age Range: 2+

Supplies Needed:
Tissue box
Construction Paper
Glue Stick
Masking Tape

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Recycling Batteries

This week's green tip will cover something small that can make a big difference!

Photo from Here

Did you know that batteries contain toxic chemicals like lead, mercury and cadmium? If they end up in landfills the chemicals could leak into the ground affecting the coil and water. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hemp Necklace and Bracelet Giveaway!

I am so excited to have reached 100 'Likes' on Facebook that I decided to do a giveaway to all of my followers and new friends! 

 The Handmade Hemp Necklace and Bracelet will be made to size but here is a picture of how the necklace will look and the bracelet will match the small beads. 

Created By Leigh Visions

Click here to enter

Thanks for visiting me and good luck! 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Teaching Kids Their Name and Address

It crossed my mind, briefly, a few times that my son should really learn his phone number, full name, address, and our real names.  I never gave it much thought because I thought he was too young to learn that stuff.  I never really thought of the importance of this information until I started thinking about what would happen if he got lost and didn't know his full name, or my real name.  How could he tell a police officer how to find us?  It is a very scary thought so I started working on it immediately.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Beach Play

It was a beautiful day with tons of sun and 60 degree weather. We went to the bay to play. It was the baby's first real time to the beach and he loved it. Z of course loves it too.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Swing Set Purchased!

If you haven't read about how my son has been saving his money you can read it here.

After saving since February he finally reached his $600 goal to get his swing set thanks to friends and family birthday presents and other holiday gifts.

He has had a picture of it that he looks at every day. I went to order the one he chose and the price had went up to $800! So I had to explain this to him and encourage a very upset 4 year old to pick a different one.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Egg Carton Flowers

Age range: 3+

Supplies needed:

Clear egg carton
Acrylic paint
Small screwdriver to poke holes
Pipe cleaners

We had a clear egg carton and Z likes to practice cutting everything he finds so he was cutting apart the egg carton when I noticed the cups he was cutting out would be cute flowers! He cut all of the cups out.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

March Package Pals-What I Sent

In March I participated in Package Pals hosted by C.R.A.F.T. and Stars and Sunshine.  It was really fun getting to know the recipient of my package and I was paired up with Jenn at Squishy Cheeks & Cupcakes.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Garbage Disposals

Next Green Room Topic- Garbage Disposals! Contributed by Jes!

Did you know that garbage disposals aren't there to grind up ALL of the scraped food from plates and other dishes?? 

Garbage disposals are for the little bits of food that occasionally go down the drain. 

  • Putting all of your scraps down the drain can clog sanitary sewers and is harmful to the environment.
  • FOG (fats, oils, grease) build up on the pipe walls restricting flow, thus leading to blockages that result in overflows into our homes, streets, down storm drains and into waterways, not good!  


The last time my son was sick and we were stuck in the house, I had to entertain him so I gave him some water with food coloring and measuring cups.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Battling Kid's Frustration

I have noticed a lot lately my almost year old and 4 year old have been getting very frustrated with things very quickly. Z gets upset and throws frustration fits when something doesn't go his way. This includes putting things into a bag, puzzle pieces not fitting, a drawing not coming out how he wanted, and his scissor skills not being as good as he wants them.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Family Handprints Gift

Me and the kids made a cute handprint picture for my husband for Easter.
We started with the biggest hand and the lightest color and did hand prints where the thumbs and pointer fingers come together to make a heart shape. We let that completely dry.