Monday, January 24, 2011

7 Months

Our little guy is 7 months old today.
He is such a joy to us all. He is a very happy baby. Only cries when he is hungry, tired or needs to be changed. Well, he does cry too when he wants to be held, but most of the time he's content playing alone. He likes digging through his little tub of toys.

He is also starting to scoot along on his belly. He hasn't figured out how to use his legs yet so he just pulls himself about and that seems to work just fine for him.

He is eating jar foods mostly, but also likes bananas and avocados. Go figure.
Big brother and Big sister still can't get enough of him and I have to constantly remind them to stop loving on their baby brother so much or else he'll get used to all of the attention all the time. Ha ha.

We'll see what new adventures month 7 has in store for our little Bug a Boo.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Easy Peasy Hat Re do

Bought this hat at TJ maxx for $3.00.
Although it was cute, I wanted to add a little something to it to make it a little cuter.
Made a couple of fabric rosettes, glued them on with my glue gun , added some sparkle in the middle of the rosettes and there you have it!

Easy peasy!

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Just have to say......

I'm so proud of my Son & Daughter for sending some of there allowance money, $2.44 to be exact to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
A friend of mine is raising money & will be competing in a Marathon in Nashville on April 30th.
She is a great friend and was so happy when she received the envelope full of change that my kiddos sent to her.
If you would like to donate to her great cause, please click on the link below.
Thank you!
TNT Fundraising

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Super Easy T shirt Re do Tutorial

Seriously, super easy.
I'm not a complicated gal and I don't like complicated things.
Came up with this "design" on my own.
Bought a plain blue T shirt for my Daughter at Target for around $3.00.

Cute, but it needed a little "something something".
Rummaged through my ribbons and fibers and came across this sweet little pink ribbon.

Now the fun part.
I took a long strip of ribbon and ran it through my sewing machine on a single stitch.
When I got to the end I pulled one of the strings which made the ribbon crinkle.
Pinned the ribbon down on the shirt across the upper chest and ran that through my sewing machine.

Once that was done, I created a ribbon rosette, sewed that onto the shirt, glued some bling on the center of the flower and PRESTO!
Now, is that super easy, or what?

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

New items added to my shop!

I haven't had any listings in quite a while. I've been a little busy with 3 children at home, a Husband, laundry, diaper changing, dinner making, get the picture.
Anyway, getting back into the swing of things and I've added some new items to my etsy shop.
Stop by Blue Suede Jewels and take a look. To celebrate I'm offering 25% off all items in my etsy store.
Please type in promo code: NewYear2011 before check out and your items will be discounted.
Stop in my shop and take a look at all the fun things I've added.
Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Vegan Cupcakes! Surprisingly delicious.

My Husband bought me a Martha Stewart cupcake recipe book for Christmas.
I've never been a "cupcake" person. Didn't really care too much for them. However, when I was pregnant with my last baby, I became addicted.
If there was a cupcake within arm's reach, I was gonna eat it!

So the other day, I got out my trusty cupcake recipe book and decided to try my hand at baking my own cupcakes. Well wouldn't you know it, I was out of eggs & milk. It was my lucky day though because I found one recipe for Vegan cupcakes. It didn't sound too good to me, but I figured I'd try it anyway. I was desperate for a cupcake, after all!
They turned out to be quite delicious.
I can't wait to try more recipes!

Here is the recipe:

1 1/2 Cups cake flour
3/4 Cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 Cup plus 1 Tb. vegetable oil
1 T. distilled white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 Cups water
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting (I opted out of this ingredient and used my own frosting instead)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tin with paper liners. Sift together cake flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
2. With electric mixer, mix together oil, vinegar, vanilla and the water until well combined. Add flour mixture and mix until smooth.
3. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling three quarters full. Bake, rotating tin halfway through until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Approx 20 - 25 mins. Turn out cupcakes onto a wire rack and let cool.
4. Cupcakes can be stored up to 3 days at room temperature or frozen up to 1 month. Dust cupcakes with cocoa & confectioners' sugar.

5. EAT & enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fabric Necklace

I got started on this whole fabric necklace kick.
I've had my hot glue gun out all weekend and have been designing new necklaces.
This is my latest creation.
I will post a tutorial soon, I promise. In the meantime, add me to your list of favorite blogs and follow me! I have lots more great, simple sewing crafts coming up. Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010: Year in Review.

This is not your usual, "Oh our family is so perfect, all of our children are beautiful, We are the most fantastic parents in the world" year in review letter.
No, because that's not the way I roll. I keep things real.
Here is a realistic view of 2010.

2010 started off with morning sickness in full effect and continued until about mid February.

My oldest son took a vow of silence and would only communicate with us in written form. That only lasted about 2 hours, but it was nice to have a break from him and his sister's arguing. It's kind of difficult to argue with your sister when you are only writing on a piece of paper and using a crayon!

My daughter lost her first tooth.

I decided to improve on my culinary skills and served a dinner which consisted of cheesy hot dogs, potato salad, peas and potato chips. It must have been a hit because my son exclaimed, "Now that's what I call a dinner!"

My friends threw a baby shower for me in Phoenix. I was able to spend some time with some of my family and also was able to reconnect with friends I hadn't seen in over 10 years! Thanks, Facebook!

My daughter turned 6!

Some more friends threw a baby shower for me here in Nevada.

My oldest son turned 8!

I counted down the days until our baby was going to make his/her entrance into the world.

My In Laws came to stay with us and help out around the house until the baby was born. During their visit, my Father in Law kept himself busy by installing a new shower head, buying some new rugs for the kitchen (because the old ones were old and ugly), installed a new toilet seat, organized our pantry, fixed our kitchen drawer and I'm sure there were some other things he did to help spruce up our house, but I can't recall.
My Mother in Law kept herself busy by helping out with the kiddos, cooking and being a totally awesome Grandma!

Finally, our little guy was born. Baby "J" was born on 6/24/10 weighing in at 7 lbs. 2 oz.

My daughter lost another tooth the 2nd day that our baby was home. She put the tooth in her pillow and the tooth fairy forgot to show up that night.
So she put her tooth in the pillow the following night and the tooth fairy showed up that night, left her some money but forgot to take her tooth! My daughter was confused as to why the tooth fairy left her money but left the tooth in her pillow.
At that point I explained to my daughter that the tooth fairy has lots of little boys and girls to take care of
 and sometimes she forgets to take the teeth. I also explained that maybe the tooth fairy had her own family to take care of and that maybe the tooth fairy still had to get dinner made every night and clean the house and drive her children to Karate practice and that maybe the tooth fairy also had a newborn baby at home and was busy breastfeeding and changing diapers and was probably sleep deprived and barely had time to take a shower! I told her she should just leave the tooth in the pillow yet again and maybe the tooth fairy would come back.
 Luckily for my daughter's sake the tooth fairy came that night and took the tooth and left a pillow for her mistake.
The following morning the world was a happier place, at least for a moment.

My Dad and his wife came to visit us and meet the new baby!

My Brother and his family came to visit and meet the new baby too.

My oldest son went to spend a week with his cousins in Arizona. He went swimming every day and my Sister in law reported to me that he didn't cry or whine one single time during his visit! I'll have to be sure to send him to Arizona more often.

I realized that my baby was a beautiful baby because total strangers would approach me and say, "Oh, your baby girl is so pretty!"

My oldest son attended summer camp for the first time. When I was packing his clothes he made sure to advise me as to not pack any pajamas that had animal prints or car prints. Just plain pajamas because he was a big boy now.
He learned a hip hop dance, did some rock climbing, made me a gorgeous flower pen and made lots of new friends!

My Husband's sister and one of her daughter's came to visit us and meet baby "J"

My daughter decided to expand on her culinary skills and started making her own breakfast. Most mornings she would have a healthy serving of: Cocoa puffs, lucky charms and trix all mixed together in one bowl.
My older two children headed back to school.

My Uncle and Aunt came from New Mexico to meet the baby.

My Husband and I celebrated 10 years of wedded bliss by going on  a short trip to Portland.

I experienced changing a 3 month's old explosive diaper in an airplane bathroom. Let me just give you a tip: Have plenty of wipes on hand.

Made some new friends and tried some Thai food for the first time ever. I'm now addicted!

We had a small, private baby dedication at our house. Our Good looking Pastor and his lovely wife agreed to do the baby dedication for us.  My Dad and his wife came from Phoenix for the special occasion. Baby "J" pretty much slept through the whole event.

 My daughter continued her Taekwondo lessons and received her yellow belt!

 My older son dropped out of Taekwondo lessons because in his words it was "too boring".

My Hubby took the older two children on some camping trips and several bike rides.

My older two children had to discover how to keep themselves self entertained because their parents were busy with the new baby and  didn't have time to give them all the love and attention they needed. They mostly did this by building things with Lego's.

They also kept themselves entertained by taking pictures of themselves and anything else they came across.

Baby "J" celebrated his first Halloween.
We made a trip to Phoenix and more family members got to meet our newest addition, including my Grandma.
We attended the Arizona State Fair! I talked my children into going on the Giant slide, my son was scared to death when we reached the top, but there was no time to give into his whining, so me and my Daughter went down the slide together and I left my terrified, trembling son at the top of the slide to figure it out for himself. Hey, tough love. He's gotta learn to get through rough times in life sooner or later. He came down the slide about 3 minutes later. He had a look of terror on his face, but he decided that he liked it and actually went down a second time.

We visited my Mom's grave in Phoenix. I tried not to cry like a baby, but I couldn't hold the tears back.

Baby "J" celebrated his first Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 We celebrated Christmas and baby "J" did not enjoy opening presents.

2010 was full of it's usual joys, sorrows, laughter, tears ....but most importantly it was full of love!
Wishing all of you a joyous and realistic 2011!
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