Sunday, May 24, 2015

DIY Door Knob Hanger Decoration

Teacher Appreciation Week was a few weeks ago and while I created lots of fun gifts for my boys teachers, I was also able to help surprise all the teachers at the school by helping to decorate their classroom doors. The PTO at the school organized a door decorating day to meet up after school and completely design and decorate a teachers door to celebrate them during Teacher Appreciation Week. So, of course I got right to work, with the help of the other grade level decorators, we created a theme for our all our 2nd grade doors. Wanting to give the teachers something they can use long after the school year ends and the paper comes down, I created these super easy and super cute DIY Door Knob Hanger Decorations to hang from each teachers door. 

We found these blank wooden signs at Hobby Lobby and painted them in different colors to match our themes. We were coordinating all three 2nd grade teachers doors to match a garden, outdoor scene. Each would include butterflies, flowers, and kites. 

Once the paint dried, we measured and paired each wood sign with fun, printed printed papers. Something that would match the doors, but could also be used elsewhere.

We then added adorable wooden cutouts we found at both Hobby Lobby and Michaels. 

Finally, we added matching ribbon and a paper die-cut letter of their last name. Now, they can hang proudly on their doors of the classroom and when school is out, use anywhere they would like. Each wood sign cost less then $3.00 to make. 

Even though I didn't get to decorate her door, I of course had to make one for Blake's awesome kindergarten teacher. 

They made the perfect addition to our Teacher Appreciation Doors and the teachers loved them! HUGE thanks to everyone who helped decorate all 30+ teachers doors at the school and to Maria and Sonya for helping me decorate the 2nd Grade doors. 

This is Blake's kindergarten teachers door decorated by the kinder door volunteer, Pamela. She did an awesome job! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Homemade All-Natural Pasta Sauce

A few months ago we decided to change the way we eat and how we eat. I want the best for my boys and these days it's so hard find foods that are not filled with so many chemicals and pointless ingredients. So, I have been switching all our current foods that we enjoy with more all natural and organic items. The transition has been amazing and we are finding these foods are more available in the stores and have no trouble finding them. With pasta being one of our favorite meals to cook, I decided to try this all natural pasta sauce recipe I found on Pinterest, by Fit Foodie Finds. It was delicious and so good! The boys cleaned their plates and with only 4 ingredients, it is 100% clean! 

  • 8-10 large organic tomatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 large basil leaves (organic)
  • 6 cloves of garlic (organic)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)

1. First, preheat oven to 400F and lightly spray a cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2.Next, prep tomatoes by cutting them in half and placing them in baking sheet facing up. (I placed a sheet of aluminum foil in pan, sprayed with organic olive oil cooking spray, before placing tomatoes into pan.)

3. Drizzle with Olive Oil and season with salt and pepper.
4. Place fresh basil leaves and garlic in same pan.
5. Roast at 400F for about an hour or until the tomatoes begin to brown.

6. Once cooled a bit, place everything into a food processor, basil and garlic included, and process until smooth. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Once all ready, pour into a jar, freezer bag, or into a pot to cook for dinner.

Homemade All-Natural Pasta Sauce
  • 8-10 large tomatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 large basil leaves
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  1. First, preheat oven to 400F and lightly spray a cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Next, prep tomatoes by cutting them in half and placing them in baking sheet facing up. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place fresh basil leaves and garlic in same pan.
  4. Roast at 400F for about an hour or until the tomatoes begin to brown.
  5. Once cooled, place everything into a food processor (basil and garlic included!) and process until smooth. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Modern Puppy Party for my 6 Year Old

In case you haven't noticed, my little guy loves puppies! So, when it came time to planning his 6th birthday party, of course we choose puppies. This would be the third puppy themed party in 6 years, so I wanted something different. He was going to be 6 and I didn't want it cutesy and babyish. I wanted a more modern take on the typical puppy themed birthday party. I chose greens, whites, and blacks to keep it fresh, updated, and more sophisticated. Well, as sophisticated as you can get with 15 six year olds running around.  
We held his birthday at MoonJumpers, an indoor bounce house party rental place close to home. This way we had entertainment and space at the same time without the mess and craziness of our own home. No cleaning and no clean up! PERFECT!

The main dessert table was decorated in green, gray, and white with black and white photos of the birthday boy over the last 6 years serving as the backdrop. Flanked on either side of the photo was the puppy inspired cake and matching cupcakes while front and center sat the puppy themed cake pops all created by Sweet n Sassy Cakes of Forney. Custom dog shaped cookies, paw print rice crispie treats, green tablecloth, a gray and white striped runner, which was actually wrapping paper, gray and ceramic puppy dog, completed the dessert table set up.

The main dining area was decorated using matching green tablecloths and coordinating polka dot and striped runners made from wrapping paper. Gray plates with bone wrapped green striped napkins housed the matching forks. Centerpieces were created by using mason jars wrapped with ribbon and filled with paper shred filler. I created over-sized paper letter B, number 6, and paw print to place inside the mason jars and attached giant green balloons from Bloom Designs. Each jar centerpiece sat inside the center of a fruit, veggie, and/or meat and cheese tray. Along with the delicious fruits and veggies, guests munched on Blake's favorite food, Pizza! 

Party favors were lots of fun! Each guest received their very own mini plush puppy inside a custom decorated glitter paw print bag we created for his party. Plus, they got to take home their very own decorated puppy cookie! 

He has a blast bouncing around with his friends and family!!!! Happy 6th Birthday Blake!!! Thank you to all the vendors who helped up create a pup-tastic party for him!!

Party Recap:
Event Styling and Set-Up - Creative Designs by Toni
Location - MoonJumpers
Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies, Cake Pops - Sweet n Sassy Cakes of Forney
Giant Balloons - Bloom Designs
Plush Puppy Favors - Oriental Trading
Custom Canvas Favor Bags, bone fork wraps, and Over-sized Letter/Numbers - Creative Designs by Toni
Wrapping Paper Runner - HomeGoods

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Learning Great Lessons and Values with Kids

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My boys love to play and use their imagination especially when it comes to something like their favorite heroes and characters. But, with so many TV shows and movies out there, I worry about the messages they are sending to them. There is always so much violence and questionable behavior in the new cartoons they are targeting to young kids these days. But, when a show comes along, like VeggieTales, you never have to worry about the lessons and values they are learning.

Have you ever stopped and actually paid attention to what is going on in the shows and movies your kids are watching? Just because they are geared towards to children doesn't mean that children should be watching them. The lessons they are teaching may not always be the best or be what you want your children to emulate. With VeggieTales you never have to worry about what message they are trying portray. VeggieTales is a faith-based show dedicated to teaching children morals and kindness. Plus, VeggieTales now has toys available at Wal-Mart!!! 

Now, we can play VeggieTales anytime we want and wherever we go, including our grandparents house!!! The boys were very excited to get their very own VeggieTales toys. Once they picked out their favorites, we headed over to the grandparents for an afternoon of fun! 

The fun didn't stop there! They could not get enough of the VeggieTales fun. As soon as we got home we had to turn on our favorite show. Of course our new "friends" joined along.

Be sure to head to your local Wal-Mart to pick up your very own VeggieTales toy and don't forget to visit them on facebook or check out their website.
What is your favorite VeggieTales Episode??? We love Puppies and Guppies!!

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