Thursday, January 31, 2013

Embrace the Camera 1/31


Out to lunch last weekend with the family.  Such a sweet happy boy!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday


First time eating baby food.  Don't think he swallowed anything!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Firehouse Cornbread

So, I promised you this super easy delicious cornbread recipe yesterday and here it is!

Ingredients
2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup butter
6 Tbsp. cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs 
1 cup milk



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Put all of the dry ingredients (bisquick, cornmeal, and sugar) in a medium bowl.


Melt the butter and then mix all of the wet ingredients (egg, milk, and butter) in a large measuring cup or small bowl.
Add to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.


Pour mix into a 9x9 glass dish or pan.


Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.



Serve up with dinner!  I made this with my taco stuffed shells.
You can find that recipe here if you missed it yesterday.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Delish Dinner: Taco Stuffed Shells

I saw these on Pinterest and had to try them.  I like stuffed shells. I like tacos. Why not some taco stuffed shells?


Ingredients
1lb. Lean meat
1 envelope of taco seasoning
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
Jumbo pasta shells, cooked
1 cup salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown  meat in a skillet over medium heat. Add taco seasoning and mix well.   Add cubed cream cheese to skillet and cover.  Stir occasionally until cream cheese is melted and blended.  Remove from the heat and cool.  Mix 1/2 cup of cheddar and 1/2 cup of jack cheese to meat.




In a 9 x 13 baking dish spread the salsa to coat the bottom of the dish. 




Stuff shells with meat mixture and lay in baking dish.


Top shells with taco sauce and remaining cheese.

Cover with foil (I usually spray mine with Pam so the cheese doesn't stick) and bake for about 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Serve with your fave taco toppings- sour cream, guacamole, and tomatoes to name a few.


I served mine with some scrumptious Firehouse cornbread.
Check back tomorrow for that recipe!

Click here for the printable recipe.

Friday, January 25, 2013

High 5 for Friday 1/25

1.  I hit 100 Likes on Facebook last night!  That is so awesome you guys!  Thank you so much. 
If you're missing out on all the fun, you can like me here.

2.  My nephew cried when Baby Boy and I left his house the other day. 
I know I shouldn't be happy that he was crying, but that means that he really loves me!  Lol.

3.  I got to go the Bunko this week.  I didn't win any moolah, but I got to hang with some pretty fun ladies.
 Ya need a night out every once in awhile- am I right?

4.  Baby Boy is getting cuter and cuter!  He's grabbing all the time for things now and it's so neat.  They get big so fast!

5.  Got a mini blog makeover from Helen at Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
Still working on the finishing touches. It's great!  Thanks Helen!

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 How was your week?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Give A Hoot Giveaway! #giveahoot

I am SO excited about this giveaway!  How cute is this owl theme?  


This awesome prize is going to be great for the little man or lady in your life!  

We have the BEST sponsor, Manitani Creations.
Manitani Creations is a wonderful Etsy shop that specializes in making handcrafted and affordable baby items.  Manitani makes absolutely adorable baby shower favors, toys, clothes, decorations and gifts. All of her products are made with love and care with quality materials.



Mantani is offering the lucky winner one of her super soft owl crinkle toys.  This little owl is made with soft fleece and perfect for tiny hands and fingers.  The feathers and feet are made from coordinating ribbon and a soft rick rack which provides sensory stimulation for baby. And babies LOVE the crinkle sound!   This owl will be custom made for the winner in your choice of colors that Manitani has on hand.  I seriously can not get over how cute these are!



But, that's not all! Manitani Creations is also offering one of these adorable handcrafted stuffed owls. This little owl is handcrafted from a super soft spa sock, with a hand embroidered face, feather wings, and cute button accessories.  This little owl would be the perfect decoration for a nursery or a cute baby gift.  This owl can also be custom made for the winner in a choice of available colors.  
I am so in love with these super cute baby owls!

Manitani Creations also has so many other awesome baby items.  
She makes wonderful ready made baby gifts that are beautifully wrapped and ready to go.  



Connect: Manitani Creations-  Shop / Facebook 

Buy:  Visit Manitani Creations Etsy Shop 

Win:  Enter using the Rafflecopter below


I'm also offering a hand painted owl onesie for your little guy or gal.


You can choose your child's size up to 18 months and customize it for a boy (red and teal accents-shown) or a girl (pink and teal accents).  I offer other cool stuff in my little Etsy shop, Silver Packages.  Use the code OWLS15 for 15% off! Check it out when you get a chance!

After you enter this giveaway check out the other owl themed giveaways!
#GiveAHoot


Congratulations to the winner!

 
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Get Owl Inspired!

I am getting so excited about the Give A Hoot Giveaway that starts tomorrow! 
I made an Etsy treasury list of a few of my favorite cute Etsy owl items to help us all get excited about the giveaway.  There might even be a preview of something you might see soon...
Come back tomorrow to enter to WIN some adorable owl inspired items!

Here's a look at my Etsy Owl Treasury List
The link is here.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow when the giveaway goes live!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Maggie Bag and Sibu Chocolates Giveaway

We Welcome you to the Maggie Bag and Sibu Omega 7 Chocolates Giveaway

The Giveaway is Hosted By Oh! My Heartsie  
Thank you to My Co-Hosts For Helping Me To Sponsor
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Participating is Easy, just follow the directions in the Rafflecopter.

We Wish You Good Luck!!

My Life According to Pinterest is so excited to be a part of this giveaway just in time for Valentine's Day!



One Lucky Winner Will Win a Maggie Butterfly Bag as Pictured and 
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Should You Decide To Purchase From Maggie Bags Receive:
Discount Code: Heartsie15  This code is for our readers and gives 15% off Maggie Bags 
Premier Line until Feb. 28, 2013. This code is case-sensitive.

I received the Maggie Butterfly Bag in pink and brown and I was amazed to find our how well constructed the bag was. It will work well for traveling, it has many pockets inside to store things like cosmetics and traveling essentials. Read More  Maggie Bags Review

Sibu Omega 7 Truffles
I have been working with Sibu now for a while and was offered to try their Sibu Mega 7 Chocolates Truffles. There are 16 pieces in each box with 2 as a serving. There are two flavors one in Dark Chocolate and the other Milk Chocolate. The chocolate are individually wrapped/branded chocolate truffles. They are a custom made with a special proprietary Belgian liquor chocolate blended with 240 mg of Omega-7-rich sea buckthorn oil in each truffles.  
Read More Omega 7 Chocolate Review





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I received no compensation for this post and My Life According to Pinterest is not responsible
for prize distribution, it is the responsibility of the companies to direct ship to winner 
by notification or Oh! My Heartsie once winner is confirmed
 

DIY: Scalloped Felt Wreath

So, after I took all my Christmas decorations down earlier this month my door looked so bare. No more pretty Christmas wreath, so I decided I had to do something about that. I saw this wreath awhile ago on Pinterest here and thought it looked so pretty, yet not too complicated.  
I headed to Micheal's to gather my supplies and got to it.


Here's what you need:
Foam wreath ( I used a 16 inch, but you could always use smaller)
Felt of various colors- 3 pieces of each color so you're sure not to run out
Ribbon
Glue Gun

I chose to use felt colors that were wintery, but pretty.  I used white, off white, dark gray, light gray and a dark purple felt. The ribbon is a grey wired ribbon with some silver sparkle to it.  You could easily make this a Valentine's Day, St. Patricks Day, Easter, or Christmas wreath depending on what colors you choose.

The first thing you will need to do is make a scallop pattern template.  I just freehanded one on the back of an old box and cut it out.  Then I traced it onto the felt pieces and cut them out.  I probably was able to get 4-5 scallop pieces from one felt piece.  


After all of the felt was cut I decided on the color pattern I was going to use.  I then hot glued each piece to the foam wreath.  I used a low temp glue gun for this.  Not sure if a high temp one would melt the foam wreath and I didn't want to find out.  I made sure that where the felt was glued was going to be the back of the wreath.


Here it is after it was all glued.

Then, I cut a piece from my ribbon and made a loop to hang it from and glued that to the wreath.  
After that, I made a big bow and glued that to the front of the loop.


Whatdya think?  Pretty cute and easy to make right?





Monday, January 21, 2013

Baby Lessons #2- Just a few more tips I've learned so far.

This week I'm sharing a few more random tidbits of what I've learned since Baby Boy was born.  
If you missed it earlier, check out Baby Lessons #1.


Photo by Melissa Robinson Photography


1.  Buy baby stuff at garage sales and consignment sales.  I am not a garage saler normally, but a few months after I found out I was pregnant all the neighborhood spring yard sales started happening.  I scoped out when the fancy neighborhoods were having theirs (usually it was posted on Craigslist or on signs in front of the neighborhoods) and got up early on those Saturday mornings to see what treasures I could come home with.  It paid off.  I mostly looked for big ticket items that were in good condition.  I found a nice swing, crib mattress, high chair, baby carrier, Jeep jogging stroller and two gliders.  I also found some nice board books, clothes, and other smaller stuff.  I was picky about what I got.  It had to be in nice condition and working practically perfectly.  Since I really tried to save with a lot of baby things I was able to splurge with others.  So my savings basically went to new furniture and Pottery Barn bedding.  (Darn, PB is so expensive, but cute.)  But, it sure did feel good to get what I want and save money.

2.  Babies don't really do anything the first month or so.  They eat, sleep, poop and hang out.  I was really worried that I was a bad mom because I couldn't "play" with my baby.  Then I talked to a couple of friends because I was worried that all he did was lie around. They basically said "Yeah, he's a newborn.  That's what he does."  Oh, okay.  Super.  So, the first month or so,  Baby Boy had a rotation between hanging out in the Boppy Lounger, swinging in his swing, sitting in the vibrating chair, eating, sleeping, and the occasional tummy time.  Obviously, you can talk, read, sing, etc. to your baby.  Just don't expect a lot from them in response.  Clearly, this changes every week (day really) as your baby learns new stuff.

3.  You will mourn your old life.  It's inevitable and it's normal.  Don't feel guilty.  The first month is the hardest and then it starts getting better and better.  Someone once told me that it gets easier every 3-4 weeks or so because that's about how often babies have new developments.  That makes sense and was about right for me. The first one or two months everyone I saw would say the same thing, "The lack of sleep is the hardest thing, but it gets better."  Honestly, for me that wasn't the hardest thing.  For me it was the sense that my life was never going to be the same.  Ever.  Again.  It took a little while to get over that, but you just do.  You now have a new life and it's most likely gonna be so much better.  My turning point was when Baby Boy started smiling at me.  Once he did that it was like a whole new ball game. The kid is seriously cute!

4.  Some days you'll get a lot done and some days you'll still be in you pajamas at 5:00 p.m.  In fact, you may never take them off that day.  That's just what happens sometimes.

5.  Your house will now be full of baby stuff.  Yep.  It's true.  I'm not a neat freak or anything, but I liked to have to my main home areas (family room, kitchen) looking nice and clutter free the majority of the time.  That is practically impossible now.  Right now in my family room I have 2 different baby swings, an activity gym on the floor, the boppy lounger, a basket of toys, a stack of books, and a car seat carrier.  And it's like that everyday.  Don't worry, you get used to it.




Friday, January 18, 2013

High 5 for Friday 1/18

1.  My Keurig machine is my lifesaver this week.  Baby Boy has decided to start rolling over during his sleep, so he can no longer be swaddled.  Now he sleeps on his tummy, but has been waking up 3-4 times a night.  My sleep all nighter is no longer.  I hope he outgrows this soon.

2.  Baby Boy had his 4 month check-up and is 15 lbs. 11 oz. and 26.25 inches.  53rd percentile for weight, 89th for length, and 89th for head size.  He's had that big 'ol since birth!

3.  My husband is the best ever!  Just because :)

4.  Last weekend it was nice and warm so we got to take some family pictures at the beach and try out the new camera tripod my husband got for Christmas.  See one of our photos here.

5.  I got to spend half a day babysitting my nephew.  Believe it or not it was the first time I've babysat for him by myself when he wasn't sleeping at night.  He's 16 months and super cute too.  He could totally be a baby model.  It was good to know that I could handle 2 baby boys.  I even got them to take naps at the same time.  I think that's an accomplishment.


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How was your week?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Lovely Blog Hop!

Welcome to A Lovely Blog Hop, where each Thursday we get to meet and connect with lovely new bloggers. Now you have something to and somewhere to go on Thursdays!


Rules:
1. Follow your host and any co-hosts (if it applies).
I am Rekita @ Lovely Army Wife and I am the first linky. 
Leave me a comment so I will know who to follow back.
Your Co-Hosts this week is:

Carmen from:
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Jean from:
What Jean Likes

Kim from:
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2. Link it up!
Link up your blog or anything else you find lovely. Share your family, fashion, food, crafts, or anything that you love this week. Please, please, please, share the love and include a link back to this blog hop.

3. Spread the Love!
This is a blog hop after all, so hop around! Visit other blogs and say Hi!
If you have less than 100 followers, please type "LOW" next to your name.

4. Grab it! 
Grab the button and place it somewhere in your blog. Preferably in your blog post. 
This is to help us promote this blog hop, believe me, the more the merrier! Or post the link somewhere in your blog. 

5. Tweet it!
Please help me to promote this blog hop by sharing it to others. 
So tweet it to show everyone where you link up on Thursdays!


6. The most important rule of them all, HAVE FUN BLOG HOPPING!

Embrace the Camera 1/17


This weekend we were lucky enough to have 80 degree beautiful weather,
 so we took advantage of it and headed to the beach!



To bad Baby Boy wouldn't look at the camera.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Liebster Award!



Hello Lovely Ladies! I have been nominated for the Liebster award! 
This is so exciting! Thank you so much, Rebekah!



Rules

This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers...the award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another.

1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.

3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.

4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.

5. No tag backs.


11 Random Facts about myself:

1. I love sweets! 
2. I have a 4 month old baby boy.
3. I taught 2nd & 3rd grade for 9 years.
4. My fave show is Modern Family.
5. I’m a night owl.
6. My favorite channels are Bravo & HGTV
7. I love flavored coffee creamers.
8. I always order my Diet Coke with light ice.
9. I’m the oldest child in my family.
10. I wear flip-flops year round.
11. I love the beach!


I tagged these 11 lovely bloggers:

1.  Chelsee at Southern Beauty Guide
2. Julia & Elizabeth at Southern Color
3. Melissa at The Real McCoy
4. Venassa at A Life of Our Own
5. Brandy at Wonderfully Messy Mom
6. Kaitlyn at Three Sisters and Us
7. Miya at Miya Loves
9. Lauren at Teach, Pray, Love
10. Daliene at Alamo Adventures



11 Questions from Rebekah:
 1.   What is your favorite nail polish color?
Bright pinks or reds
 2.   What is your favorite season?
Spring & Early Summer
 3.   Do you like Instagram or Pinterest better? Why?
 Pinterest.  My blog is dedicated to it. J
 4.   What was/is your favorite subject in school?
Band
 5.   Lipgloss, lipstick, or neither?
Everyday I usually wear neither.  When I do, it’s lipgloss.
 6.   What are your favorite types of blogs to read?
Lifestyle, Mommy blogs
 7.   What is your favorite pattern? (chevron, polka dots, etc.)
I like animals prints. Stripes, polka dots.  It’s al cute, 
but I don’t wear patterns very often.
 8.   Have you ever made anything from Pinterest? If so, what was it?
 Yes, check out my blog posts.
 9.   Would you rather drink coffee or tea?
Coffee
10.  What is your all time favorite movie?
Love, Actually & Bridget Jones’ Diary
  11.  Do you watch reality TV? If so, what shows?
Um, yes.  I’m addicted. I watch almost all of the Bravo reality series, The Bachelor, and I used to watch a lot of Teen Mom.  Don’t judge…

My 11 questions:
1.    What is your favorite T.V. show?
2.    How old is your blog?
3.    What’s your favorite recipe that you make?
4.    Favorite mascara?
5.    Favorite article of clothing?
6.    Do you watch sports?  Which teams?
7.    What’s the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
8.    Who was your favorite teacher?
9.    What’s your favorite quote?
10. What word best describes you?
11.  Who is your favorite Real Housewife? 



Again, thank you Rebekah for this great honor! I can’t wait to get to know more about all of you ladies as time goes on.


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