Wrinkles by Amy Rae

Inspired by all the homemade mobiles that keep popping up on Pinterest (here, here, and here), I decided to give this project a go.  Mine is by no means as elaborate as these, but I think I did all right with my spur of the moment mobile.  Plus I didn’t have to go out and buy anything.  BONUS!

Needed:  embroidery hoop, fishing line, a 2″ punch, colored paper, paint (for the hoop), keyring, glue-stick and tape.    It took me just a little over an hour and I was rather happy with how it turned out.

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I have jumped whole-heartedly into fall.  My favorite season.  If the husband would let me, I’d be baking nothing but pumpkin-spiced or flavored goodies.  How awesome do these treats look?!

cream cheese pumpkin bread

But alas, he is a definite no-go on pumpkin flavors.  So, in lieu of baking, I’ve filled the house with apple cinnamon scented candles and potpourri (thank you Glade) and gone on a decorating binge.  The fall flag has been hung, the pumpkins have been selected from the patch, the table set and the wreath made.

I was really pleased with how the wreath came out.  It’s the first one I’ve done in a long time.  With all the fall stuff that’s marked down at Michaels, plus a smooth 40% off, I think I spent *maybe* $15 on this wreath.  Some time ago, one of my friend’s mom gave me her old Bowdabra, which is surprisingly super easy to use.  My mom wants me to make her some bows for Christmas.(Inspiration for wreath found here.)

For the centerpiece, I simply collected pinecones from the yard and sprayed them with gold glitter.  The glitter doesn’t show up well in the pictures, but it adds a nice touch to the table.  I still feel like the whole thing needs *something* though.

Picking out the pumpkins was by far the best part.  We visited a local farm, Phillips Farms, and had a great time of corn + pumpkin filled fun.  By the end of the day, I was family-funned out!  My parents were here and even little Teddy came along.  Who says newborns can’t have fun?

I needed art for the boys room, but couldn’t find anything that I liked (and could afford).  While cleaning out an upstairs closet, I came across several blank canvases a friend had donated some time ago.  One quick trip to Michaels and my art problem was solved!

What I like most about these pictures (aside from the fact that all three cost me less than $10) is that they match these really cute name plates I found at a craft show this past summer.  Well, except that the plane on these is way cooler than my third-grade style green jet!

The adventures of the domestic goddess continue, aided in part to my newfound devotion to Pinterest.  I tell you, I’m obsessed.  OBSESSED!

So far, I’ve recreated:

Broccoli Cheese Bites So yummy!  My cousins came over for dinner and everyone just snapped these bad boys up.  I wasn’t sure what parchment paper was (Hey – I’m new at this!), so I used wax paper.  I also failed to flip them halfway through, so either that or my use of wax paper (or both) made it a bit difficult to pull these off the sheet once they were ready.  However, we still gobbled up the crumbly goodness.

BBQ Chicken in the Crock Pot   This one was super easy, since you can use frozen chicken breasts.  However, I would recommend scooping up some sauce when serving the chicken.  The chicken breasts I used were really large and so some bites were dry until we went back for extra sauce.

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells  I made this one tonight and the husband absolutely loved it.  It is freaking tasty!  A definite favorite so far!

This morning, I tried to make Nutella Stuffed french toast, but alas, I had no heavy cream.  Instead, I used this easy peanut butter and banana stuffed french toast recipe and added Nutella to one side of the sandwich.  The result was heavenly, but also deliciously deadly!  This is a once-in-a-long-while kind of breakfast.    Even thinking about it makes my mouth water!

These few successes have definitely kept me interested in learning more about parchment paper and all these strange goings-on that other people can do in their kitchen!

Now that the dreaded comprehensive exams are over, I’ve been trying to focus on the bug both to give him some much needed mama-time and to quell my guilt over having neglected him for the past few months – bad mommy!

He is slated to start soccer in less than 2 weeks, and he couldn’t be more thrilled.  Daddy is going to help coach his team, the Bambinos!  I’m sure with a gaggle of 3-4 year olds, games are going to be little more than a melee, but it will be fabulously cute to watch.  I can’t wait.

We’ve also just returned from our last beach trip of the year, which was cut short thanks to Hurricane Irene.  But we did get two full days and tons of fun out of our trip.  The bug got along splendidly with his little red-headed housemates, and he really enjoyed the water this go-round.  While he wasn’t brave enough to go “in” all the way, he loved loved loved playing in the surf and even wading into the waves a bit.

 

In the afternoons, we could barely pull him out of the pool, where he loved making “water webs” as ‘Pider MAN!  I was actually quite surprised that he took to the pool as well as he did, since our little bug isn’t typically a fan of deep water.

Once we returned home, I was determined to make good on some of my Pinterest pins.  This one kick-started the fun:

I picked up some glowsticks from Michaels (15 bracelets for a $1) and loaded the tub down with bubbles and bracelets.  Energizer has a new glow-stick that I purchased at Lowe’s on a whim, and that substituted for the Cloud b turtle I had yet to buy.  (Not one to resist, it should be here tomorrow from Amazon.  GOD I love Amazon.)  Although we didn’t take pictures, the bug had a splendid time!  One of his new “faborites” is making shadows with flashlights, so he was all for some glow-in-the-dark fun!

Next up was our painting adventure.  For his birthday this summer, Grandma bought him lots of paint and paintbrushes.  While I could’ve killed her (gently), I thought it wasn’t such a bad time to break out the paints and get messy.  So yesterday, we pulled out the easel and paints and went to town.

I also made a squishy bag from the same super helpful blog, Play at Home Mom.  Big time Walmart provided all the goodies for a little over $10 – gel, glitter, and gallon-sized ziplock bags.  I already had the food coloring on hand to make the bag red, another of the bug’s “faborites”.  For added security, I used glue to seal the bag against any accidents.

While the introduction to the bag got a big reaction – “WHOA, THAT’S COOL!” – he hasn’t been such a fan of playing with it thus far.  However, this seems to be something we can keep on hand for the next few weeks and keep introducing to see where it goes.

His daddy, on the other hand, has loved playing with it.  I keep finding the bag in different shapes and with different designs pressed into the gel.  Silly boys…

 

 

For months now, I’ve been on the market for a new desk lamp.  My old halogen lamp still works, but it puts off way too much heat for this pregnant mama to sit at her desk for too long.  I wanted something bright and attractive, but I didn’t want to put too much $$ into it.  Most of the lamps that I found that I liked were $30 or more, and I just couldn’t justify the expense.

Enter Target, stage left.

During their back-to-school stock-up sale, they had these lamps for roughly $10 or so.

Add a little etsy magic…

And VOILA!  A fabulously tacky lamp that makes me ridiculously happy!

I met a friend for lunch the other day at my all-time favorite quickie restaurant on Franklin Street, BSkis.  For those of you not in the know, BSkis is fabulous always.

But apparently, I had not been in BSkis in quite some time (probably due to my insane schedule!) because they have installed this fancy pants new Coca-Cola drink machine.

You can select your usual soda of choice (mine is Diet Coke) and then choose from up to 8 variations of your favorite!  Um, hello Diet Vanilla Cherry Coke!  Or maybe you would like Diet Raspberry Coke?  Diet Coke with Lime?  It’s yours!

As if I needed another reason to go to BSkis.

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