Monday, February 28, 2011

Menu Mix Up

As a busy family we have our weekly "go to" recipes on the menu for dinners. Mainly because the pantry is always stocked with staples of certain ingredients. For the last week H has been asking me to make spaghetti tacos for dinner and thought she was trying to combine two menu regulars, spaghetti and tacos.

Then I remembered the Nickelodeon episode of iCarly where Spencer cooked up a batch of spaghetti tacos. (photo credit to iCarly Wiki)

She put her spin on it by opting for a tortilla, making it a spaghetti soft taco.

Read this article from the NY Times.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Thank you to Heather for helping inspire me to pay omage to the Irish side of this McCoy family. She posted photos of her fabulous mantle on her FB page and I had to follow the leader. Best part? Total cost for mantle redeco was $0.00 because I found all the supplies around the house.
A jar full of buttons! Luv it. Heather's mantle had a jar filled with green colored candies. Very sweet and yummy! I didn't have the candy so I used what I had on hand. BUTTONS! Go here for the printable in the frame.
This garland was made in a flash! I used kitchen twine and clothes pins to hold it together. I found the printable here and the two Cricut paper dolls leprechans were constructed and save from a project last year.

Subway art is pretty hot right now! Words strategically placed in a simple monochromatic collage. Batta bing batta boom...Go here and print this one.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Casey's Cupcakes was the winner of this weeks episode of Cupcake Wars on Food Network. Congratulations to the Riverside, CA cupcakery. H and I took a field trip to pick up some yummy cake treats! By the time we arrived at the shop they had already sold out of two winning flavors. For a limited time, this weekend you can go to the shop and purchase the 4 winning flavors. As long as they're still in stock. We were a little sad...but not at all disappointed with what we brought home. We ended up adding an additional 1/2 dozen cupcakes to our order to try and make up the difference. (photo credits to Food Network and Facebook)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Last two boxes of this week... Thursday, chicken salad & avocado wrap...Friday, left over pepperoni pizza... happy packin'
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Try the newest trend...feathers in your hair. There are so many pretty colors available. These extensions are placed at the top of the hairline with silicone beads. Cool thing is that they can be treated as normal... washed, conditioned, and blow dried. If you're really careful they'll stay put for months. Click here and FB friend Feather Tree Designs. Get your custom order, email

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yes...dry cereal, Captain Crunch to be exact & pickles to go with the bagel sandwich & fruit.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Box update: It's been a week & more of furlough days for our school district, hence the absence of lunch box pix. To start things of...let's do the Tuesday try...create some company for your little people with a hard boiled egg, this is...Eggbert.
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Window web shopping here I found these... The braided cord is what really caught my eye...although the color is a bit too much honey.

My personal shopper is amazing...she knows exactly my style and she lives for the bargain find! These are Nine West Vintage Americana. No braided cord here but the faux hand stitches make up for that. The leather is comfy and lends itself to absorb the treatment...meaning with age they will only get better.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Do you know what a shrug is? If you say it's, the movement of lifting your shoulders as to say, "I don't know". You are right! But I'm talking about the shrug as in a short sweater that ends at the waistline. I think it's a pretty icky word for a cute wardrobe piece. The adorable shrug pictured to the left can be crocheted following this FREE pattern, it's called the V-Stitch Cocoon Shrug . Click here. It didn't take too long to complete because the crochet hook recommended for this patten is huge and the weave is open. I highly recommend it to anyone who is ready to move up to a more substantial project. I've already finished one and am working on another.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Girls & their dolls...H & A crafted cute ribbon head bands today. I get a kick because she'll ask for some supplies from the scrap room but won't tell me what for. I just have to be patient and wait to see what she creates. She's mini me!
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Friday, February 18, 2011

TGIF! xoxo...sweetie

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Look at what you can make with some felt and buttons.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A few weeks ago I looked at the school calendar and thought... furlough days+ annual passports=trip to Disneyland

Then I saw the weather report and thought... rain (furlough days + annual passport) = short lines/trip to Disneyland.
This is starting to look like an algebra equation? Long lines, short lines, rain, sun it doesn't matter...when you see these smiles.
The smile Emma gives me for candy...I'm a sucker. Happy tulips and pansies at the happiest place on earth.The classic...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

So many are wondering where I get the supplies for H's lunch boxes. I'm a collector... so I pick things up where ever I can. If you're in a serious time crunch, impatient and need supplies now...or maybe you're like some of my other friends who hate the challenge of the hunt! Here are some suggestions for you...Laptop Lunchboxes are basic and easy. Click here. Bento supplies are plentiful on Etsy. Click here. Ebay has bento related items too. Click here. These are just some suggestions...If you can share your favorite place to find supplies please leave a comment.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day makes me crave cupcakes. Who am I kidding? all know that I always crave cupcakes. Ha!
But this really inspired me to bake some sweet cups. Isn't it so cool that the heart is baked right in the cupcake! So H and I followed the instructions!Ta'da is our decorated super cute cupcake! Pink frosting, heart shaped sprinkles... Right? The frosting is aMaze-Zing...totally to die for! The base ingredient is what takes it over the edge.Here is the inside of our cupcake, well...not so perfect.. And although our hearts didn't quite sink to the bottom and bake in the center of the cupcakes...They were delish and we ♥ them! H and I had a blast in the kitchen together! That's the most important thing. Spend quality time with the kiddos. (I already know where I went wrong and I'll make adjustments next time). Why not...there are so many recipes to try. Whoo hoo! Look at this...she was inspired too.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


My little brother is amazing. Look at what he can do! His talents are super de-duper! Check out his photography blog!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saturday mornings.....ahhhh. Isn't it looking super cozy right here? My idea for a happy Saturday is too many pillows on the bed!
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Birthday pretty reveal....thank you! I luv, luv, luv it.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

If we all just took the time to slow down and look closely.

What we would that ♥ is everywhere.
Pix credits go to many a close friends of mine, Dena, Vanessa & Christina. Thank you for showing us the ♥.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

grrr! It's been one of those days...
I've been trying to publish this post and for one reason or another it has taken all day to do so.
Necklaces have been making me happy lately...

These two are from my fav most wonderful place.
So I thought, like I usually do... DIY...creating and playing with forward... This do-dad is twisted denim knotted between some beads and tulle.Last summer I created some bracelets from vintage goodies...linked together...tah'da! pretty necklace from vintage goodies.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Special request, again...the pizza bagel.
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