Monday, April 29, 2013

Shop Update {8th Street Bridge}

I've been working hard these past few weeks on stocking up inventory for the upcoming craft show I'm participating in. There is also a fun new section in my shop that I wanted to share with you all....
 

Hand-stitched felt bookmarks!






They'd make perfect end-of-year teacher appreciation gifts, don't you think? And, for only $6 a piece, you can't go wrong! :)
 
Stop on by my shop if you'd like to check out all of my new creations!

In other news, we had a fairly low-key weekend. Connor and I participated in the MDA Muscle Walk on Saturday morning. A friend of mine has a nephew who was recently diagnosed with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy. It has been devastating for their family, but they've rallied together and have been supporting his cause in whatever way they can. They had 116 people participate in the walk... all in his honor!

 Next, we went to Aidan's t-ball game. He is still rather resistant to team sports and I'm thinking it may have been a bit too early to put him in t-ball. There's always next year, right?

Yesterday we had donuts for breakfast and then took a trip to Costco. Later in the evening we joined our friends for dinner at local kid's restaurant. All in all, not such a bad weekend. :)

Daddy has been out of town since Saturday afternoon.. he's on a guy's weekend. We're looking forward to seeing him tonight when he gets home from work!

Did you do anything fun this weekend?

Happy Monday, friends. :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Airplanes {My Little Boys Love Them!}

As a Mom of two little boys, I've quickly learned what can puts huge smiles on their faces...Anything that goes- planes, trains, boats, cars, diggers, tractors- literally, anything that moves! :)
 

Over the weekend, Jason and I took the boys to a World War II Aircraft Show at a small airport near our house. It was an awesome family event, and only cost us $10 for a day of fun geared towards my boys- and one that Aidan is still talking about!


They were thrilled to be able to get so up close and personal with all of the different planes! We were able to go inside a Paratrooper plane that was actually used in WWII! (The Goodtime Gal, seen above and below)

 
We had front row seats near the runway and the boys were able to watch the old planes land and takeoff to their hearts content!


The show gave us the opportunity to freely walk around all of the hangars at the airport. Many planes were parked outside, so we got up close and personal with them! Aidan and Connor loved how colorful they all were!
Even after we left the show, we were treated to the sights and sounds of the planes for the rest of the day. We only live a few miles from the airport and we could hear and see the planes over our house as they flew by!


It was a wonderful day and we are all ready planning on attending their next airshow! :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day Fun with Toddlers {Planting Sprouts}

 
This morning the boys and I ventured out to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center with a few friends. Every Monday morning they host a Tyke Hike for the little ones. There's always a theme- last week it was Bumblebees and today it was Sprouts- that the kids love to get excited about!
 

We started off by reading  a story, and then took a hike along a trail at the Nature Center. The Naturalist hid "seed signs" along the way for the kids to find! :)

 


At the end of the trail they had a fun Earth Day surprise for the kids. They all got to plant their very own sprout and take it home! Here's what you can do to plant a sprout with your little one:
 

You'll need:
1. An empty tennis ball container
2. Planting soil
3. Seedlings {We were provided Christmas Pole Lima Beans}
 
To plant your sprout:
4. Add a small amount of soil to your container
5. Get your seeds ready
6. Place them in your container, then add a bit of dirt on top
7. Show off your planted seeds to Mommy!
 
After planting our seeds we took the kids over to the "Nature Playground" to burn off some steam.
 
 
The Arboretum provided us with lids for the containers so that we could safely transport our plants home. They're now sitting on our back porch getting some much needed sunshine! Hopefully they'll start to sprout in a few days. I can't wait to see how excited the boys will be once their plants start to grow before their eyes. :)


If you have any Nature Centers or Arboretums in your area, I suggest calling to see if they offer any free programs for kids. The boys and I plan on attending all of the Tyke Hikes through the end of the season. They love getting out in nature and exploring new things! :)
 
Did you do anything fun today with your kids? Is there a Nature Center in your town?
 
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Friday, April 19, 2013

DIY Corkboard Jewelry Holder



There have been many variations of this easy corkboard jewelry holder all over Pinterest and the blogosphere. I decided it was high time I jumped on the band wagon and made one.

This was probably one of the easiest projects I've ever done. And it only cost me $5! Holla!

I am so loving this fabric!
All I did was attach a yard of fabric from the scrap bin at Hobby Lobby to a framed corkboard that I found at Goodwill. Initially I used my staple gun, but quickly realized I was low on staples. (Guess who's going to Lowe's this weekend? This girl!)

So, I improvised and used my glue gun to finish attaching the fabric. Just be sure to pull tight and secure it with glue on the back. Easy peasy.

Then I took some white push pins that I all ready had and pushed them in around the edges of where the frame had hit the corkboard. And... that was it!


Next, it was time to hang up all of my necklaces. This part actually took longer than making the holder itself. Ha ha! I used turquoise push pins that I all ready had (Target, I believe) as my hangers.

 
I really love how it turned out. And, I have extra fabric left over, too! :)

What are y'all up to this weekend? Aidan has his FIRST baseball game tomorrow morning, so hopefully he enjoys himself and it doesn't rain! Then, we're off to a birthday party in the afternoon and in the evening we're attending our friends annual Crawfish Boil. It should be a busy, but fun day! I think Sunday we'll just take it easy and have a pajama day. :)

Have you made one of these jewelry holders yet? What are you up to this weekend?
 
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Texas Bluebonnet Pictures


Every Spring, us Texans are lucky enough to be wowed by nature's beauty- in the form of bluebonnets.


They're our state flower and are simply stunning to behold. Especially when you find an overflowing country field of them in full bloom. :)
 

This past weekend, we set out for the country to get our "annual" bluebonnet photos. If you live in Texas, you know what I'm talking about!
 
 
There are many websites purely devoted to letting the public know where all of the best bluebonnet photo spots are at this time of year. We took a tip from a friend and headed out to the teeny, tiny, barely on a map town of Whitehall, Texas for our pictures this year.
 

We were NOT disappointed. The field was filled to the brim of bluebonnets and there were very few other people there photographing their beauty. It was perfect!

 
We weren't so fortunate last year. After loading the boys in the car, we drove around for well over an hour with nary a field in sight. There was a bit of a drought here in the South, which caused for a lack of our state flower that Spring.
 

This year was obviously a different story.
 

The day wasn't without its troubles, though. First, Aidan was extremely upset about the wind that happened to be blowing that day. He has a fear of it (he's afraid it will blow everything away), so he was a bit upset at the beginning of our photoshoot. Luckily, he calmed down and we were able to get some great pictures of him.


Then, it was Connor's turn to be upset. About food. He screamed and screamed about wanting more snacks and the tears flowed and flowed- to the point where we ended up leaving. Things don't always end up the way you want them to when you have toddlers in the picture! ;)

We had a lot of pictures for our blooper reel!


At the end of the day, I would call our little outing a success. We had a wonderful time out of the city for the afternoon and followed it up with a family lunch at Panera. While we weren't able to get a decent family pictures (as you can see!), it was still fun to spend time together. :)


Have you ever seen the Texas bluebonnets?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Beer Cheese Soup {in Sourdough Bread Bowls}

Looking for a rainy night comfort food recipe? Well, I have just the one for you! It involves cheese, beer and bread. Does food get any better than that??


Stop on by Huckleberry Love for my famous Beer Cheese Soup recipe. I always serve it up piping hot in sourdough bread bowls. You'll wan t to make this tonight. Trust me!

I hope you're enjoying your hump day. The boys and I are staying in... they're playing and making a mess and I'm trying to get this house into shape. Things could get interesting! :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Photo Dump :)

Last week my cell phone decided it didn't want to work anymore. Luckily, I was able to upload all of the pictures and videos on it to my computer before sending it back to Verizon in exchange for a new one.
 
I thought I'd share some of them with y'all. :)

Enjoy my photo dump!

Big brother giving little brother a push

Reading in the dog bed while I shower

Connor loves to wear my sunglasses!

Aidan touching a starfish at the Grapevine Aquarium

Riding in the cart with Flippy at Lowe's

<3

So big!

Riding a motorcycle at Rodeo Houston (Purple is his favorite color)

Wheeee!!!

Reading books at the doctor's office (If you haven't noticed, they love to read!)

My little chef helping me make pizza

Being silly with Aunt Tessa at lunch in Galveston


My cat and dog are spooning.

Connor loves sand!

They wanted to share a chair at breakfast

Taking Gram and Grandpa D to Buc-ees!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

He came out of the bathroom and told me he was "going to workout at the YMCA"- Ha!

Rocking on is pony while watching Baby Einstein
I love these two little boys. They make my heart happy. :)
 
Have a wonderful Tuesday, friends!

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