Our Three Year Anniversary

Today is our three year wedding anniversary!  I had so much fun on our wedding day.  Best party I ever threw!  I wish we could get married again each year…but without paying for it again!  Oh to party like that again would be wonderful!  Did I ever tell you that I did a rope swing at my reception?  Like in my dress and everything?  Well, I did!  Here is proof!  That is my sister next to me!

That lady thought I was on drugs! "You're gonna swing in that dress???"

We had our reception in Architecture Hall at The City Museum in St. Louis.  If you ever get to St. Louis you HAVE to go there.  One of the coolest places on earth!  They have a 7 story slide which I am sure every member of my wedding party went down!  They also have a 2 story one and my Great Aunt even went down that one!

I’ll give you a photo recap of our wedding day and how we spent our first and second anniversary, in case you were curious!

2008:  Wedding Day!  We lived in MN but got married in my hometown of St. Louis, MO.  We had some of our wedding pictures taken in the new Busch Stadium and also with my good friend, the Arch!

2009:  I surprised Freddy by renting a Harley (We used to own one but sold it shortly after Michael was born).  We took the bike on a trip to Red Wing, MN which is where we got engaged.  We ate at the same restaurant to celebrate our 1 year anniversary.

2010:  Freddy took me on a weekend trip to Duluth, MN.  We walked along lake Superior, went bar hopping, took naps (ahhh sleep! Ryan was just 2 months old!) and got all dressed up and had a wonderful dinner at the hotel’s spinning restaurant!

And now we are celebrating our Third Anniversary!  I bet he is starting to wonder what he was thinking asking me to marry him!!!

Happy Anniversary Babe!

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Versatile Blogger Award!

I was lucky enough to receive the Versatile Blogger Award!  How nice is that, right? I know, it made my day!!!

There are some rules that come with this award:

Rule #1.  Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.

The super sweet ladies of Sew Stylish Boutique were nice enough to give me this award!  Thank you Heather & Rose!  Check out this friend duo of crafter extraordinaires and while you are over at their charming site, make sure to hit up their recipe for DIY Pumpkin Spiced Vanilla Latte!  YUM!  Now you don’t have to spend $5 a pop to get some fall season deliciousness every morning!!!    They also host a link party on Tuesdays so be sure to stop on by and check out all the awesome projects that were linked up!  (Oh and for the record, I would have said this even if it wasn’t one of the rules!!!))

Rule #2:  Share 7 Things about yourself

7 things about me:

1.  I have a *small* crush on Bruce Willis.  And by *small* I mean Huge and by crush, I mean obsession.

2.  I want to grow up to be Sarah Richardson and have my own show on HGTV!  Complete with my own Tommy Smythe also!

3. I can bend my thumb, from the top knuckle to the tip, backwards 90 degrees.  It grosses people out.

4.  I don’t like ice in my drinks.

5.  I can water ski with no hands.  (I put the rope behind my knees!)

6.  The clothes in my closet are all sorted by color in order of the Rainbow.

7.  I constantly twirl my hair.  Like so constantly, I even annoy myself!

Rule #3:  Pass the award on to 15 blogs that were recently discovered!

Lines Across My Face

Momnivore’s Dilemma

Mommas Like Me

Laura’s Crafty Life

The Creative Paige

Landee See, Landee Do

Just Like Goober

Life for Dessert

20 Going on 80

C.R.A.F.T

Key Lime Digital Designs 

Vintage Wanna Bee

Family Ever After

Stay At Home Nation

Being Creative to Keep My Sanity

I hope you all take a minute and check out these awesome ladies and their awesome blogs!  So many great ideas, crafts, recipes, stories and parenting advice.  Not to mention, wonderful company!!!

Thanks again Heather & Rose!!!


(Oh and tomorrow 9/20 happens to be Rose’s birthday!  Send her a shout out!)

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Pigs in a Blanket, Mummy Style!

What a super easy lunch idea or appetizer idea for a Halloween Party?  Here it is.  I am not even joking on how easy it is!

Hot Dog Mummies (Pigs in a blanket Halloween style!)

Items Needed:

  • Hotdogs or cocktail wieners
  • refrigerated Crescent Rolls
  • Cooking Spray
  • Dipping sauce of choice

First start off by preheating your oven according to the package of Crescent rolls.  Mine was 375°F.

Next unroll the dough and using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough in 1/4″ strips.  It does not matter how you cut the dough or in which direction.

I chose to cut my regular hot dogs in half for the boys’ lunch.  You can also make these full size, just be sure to pierce the skin of the hot dog before you wrap him up so you don’t end up with “Pigs in a Blanket, Exploded Style!”

Start by wrapping the ‘head” of the mummy with a dough strip leaving an area of exposed hot dog for  a “face”.  Continue wrapping him all up in any fashion so that he is all mummified!

Place on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet and bake according to the package of the Crescent rolls.  I baked for 12 minutes.

I added some “blood’ dipping sauce and they were an absolute HIT with Michael.  (Ryan will eat anything without hesitation).  Replace a regular old bun with the buttery goodness of the Crescent rolls and they were a HIT with me as well!  🙂

Enjoy!

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Made In America Challenge Update

Happy Friday to you everyone!  I just wanted to give you an update to my Made In America Challenge that I posted a month back.  I told you I would give you a run down on what I discovered while attempting to source “Made in America” products while on every shopping adventure!

Overall thought for the challenge:  HARD, HARD, HARD!    Why do we make it so hard to locate and buy things from our own country???

Pricing thoughts for the challenge:  When I did find products  in the grocery store that were made in America the cost difference between them and their international counterparts were minimal.  Extremely minimal.  Like a couple of cents to about $0.50 cents difference.  I know every penny saved can add up through out the year however I also value the idea of buying local.  Wether that means locally from the farmers market or locally like in our OWN COUNTRY!  So I will do it.

Questions I asked about Buying American:  While browsing the noodle aisle at Wal-Mart I actually stumbled across a manager who happened to be walking through and he did the cordial “Are you finding everything OK, Mam?” line to me all the while not even really slowing his stride, fully expecting me to say “I am, thanks!”  When I took that opportunity to ask “Actually I am looking for only American Made products? Can you help me?”

HA!  Asking “Can you help me?” is like the most ridiculous question in a Wal-Mart.  Even though their vests say they can help, most workers can’t or won’t or dont’ even want to.    You can imagine the look on his face being similar to that of a member of the Jersey Shore show when asked if they practice safe sex.  Yeah, that look!

He didn’t even really know what to say to me so I broke his deer in headlights while stuttering “umm…ummm..um” spell by saying that I would prefer to buy American Made products but that I am finding very hard to do so.  I then asked why they can’t show us consumers which of their products are in fact made in America.  He blabbered on about he just gets what “THE BUYERS” send him and that they aren’t allowed to emphasize that because I guess other non american made products get jealous?  Whatever, he was not helpful at all.

Many things were hard even to find where they were made and others were made somewhere else but packaged in USA, like below.

Then some were very clear where they were made!

Ideas for buying American Made:

  1. Etsy.  Etsy is a great source for handmade goods.  You can also search your city or search for products only made in USA.  All the components might not be made in America but I’m starting with baby steps here!
  2. Farmers Markets.  You know those delicious goodies are local.   For me, they were cheaper than the grocery stores anyway and quality was SO MUCH BETTER!
  3. Make it yourself!  Wether it be upcycling things for new uses or a new piece of furniture…make it yourself!  My girl Ana White has a plan for about any piece of furniture you can think of.  Right now, her and her family are building her mother and mother in love a house.  Yep, all themselves, up in Alaska!
  4. If you are looking to hire help, hire local companies
  5. If you are looking to purchase something online, do a quick google search to see if anyone local sells the same item or similar.
  6. Here are some great websites also. Made in USA.org, American Made Products Directory  Made in America Resource Guide, Made in America Stuff.com  The web was far more helpful than the Wal-Mart manager!

So moral of my challenge.  It was a challenge, but I will continue to give good effort to continuing on.  I am thinking of it as recycling…at first it took a bit for the idea to catch on and become a natural habit and look at it now, everyone does it!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone and thanks again for reading my ramblings!  I appreciate it!

Don’t forget to enter the Mixed Bag Designs Giveaway going on {HERE}

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Ghost Lights

I am so excited to share this little project with you all!  My string of “Ghost Lights”.  I heart them!

Items Needed:

  • Cheesecloth
  • 20 ct. light set (white cord preferred)
  • Black Felt or cloth (or Black Vinyl for Silhouette/Cricut if you have one)
  • ModgePodge or 50/50 mixture of glue/water
  • scissors
  • tacky glue
  • popsicle molds or small dixie cups

I started out by unfolding my cheesecloth.  It came in a big folded ribbon.  I ended up using 2 layers of it in roughly a 7″ x 7″ square.

Next I draped the cheesecloth over my popsicle mold and then used my glue mixture (50% Elmer’s glue mixed with 50% water) and a paintbrush and painted the top half of the cheesecloth over the mold.  {I tried using spray adhesive, however it didn’t quite stiffen the cheese cloth enough.  The spray adhesive only stiffened my arm hair!    The glue mixture worked great!)

While the glue was drying I cut faces and mouths out of black felt.

Once the ghosts were dry, I carefully pulled the cheesecloth off the molds and using tacky glue, glued on the felt pieces for the face.

Insert a light through the top of the cheesecloth.  Some of mine just poked right through and others I had to help by cutting a small slit in the top.   (I purchased my string of lights at Hobby Lobby in the craft section where they have those glass block craft ideas.  My string had the lights really close to one another so I opted to insert a ghost every other light.  I believe if you use actual Christmas lights (white cord of course) they will be farther apart and you can do a ghost on every light.)

The pictures don’t even do them justice when they are hung and lit!

I couldn’t resist making one of these little guys with a mustache!  Mustaches are so popular right now and I wanted one of my little ghosts to be cool and popular! 😉

I also really like this angry guy!  The options for faces are endless!

Hang and enjoy!    Check back because I have many more fun Halloween ideas to share!!!

Note: These are recommended for indoor use only!

Another Note:  Have you entered my Giveaway yet?  You should hop on over (HERE) and do that now!

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Halloween Soaps

Remember when I made this cute little gift for Michael’s teacher?  Well I am back at it again, only this time I made some cute hand soaps for our house!  This is so easy and fun and is a functioning decoration!

Items Needed

  • Hand Soaps (Orange, Purple, White or Clear)
  • Scrapbooking stickers or Vinyl for Silhouette/Cricut

First I found these soaps at Wal-Mart.  Each were only $0.88 or $0.94 each!  I removed the labels from the front and back of the soaps.   If any of the sticky goo is left behind, just soak a paper towel in vinegar and let it rest on the goo for about 10 minutes and then scrape it off.

Next, I found some Halloween Scrapbooking stickers at Hobby Lobby.  If you have a Silhouette or Cricut you can use those to make your designs instead of the stickers.  If you use stickers, just be sure you get the ones that have clear backgrounds.

Then I simply placed the stickers!  You can add a bow around the neck of the pump also but it would just get untied or destroyed with my boys,  so I chose to leave it off!  I used a black cat and star for the purple soap.  I couldn’t find any pumpkin face stickers so I used this cute haunted house sticker for the orange soap.

This one might be my favorite.

  I even added a little spider to the pump top!

If you have a Silhouette/Cricut you could make the orange one a pumpkin and cut out a vinyl face, the white one a ghost face and you could also get a green hand soap (like cucumber melon) and make that into Frankenstein!  There are so many cute options and depending on your tools and what stickers/soaps are available to you, you can totally customize this project to what works for you!

Simple, cute and functional!

Don’t forget to enter to win one of (4) $50 Gift Cards to Mixed Bag Designs!  Click (HERE) to enter!!

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Halloween Subway Art Printable

Update 2:  I added the 16 x 20 size per sweet Meghan’s request!  Enjoy! 

Update:  I corrected the spelling in “Witches” on the printable.  Please re-download if you did so before 9:00 am!  I was working on this too late at night apparently!  Thanks!!

I am getting ready to start decorating my house for Halloween!  It is one of my favorite holidays and I figure since we are halfway through September already, why not start bringing out the fall decorations?!

I needed something to fill a frame and so I just made a Halloween themed subway tile art print that I can pop into a frame!  I thought I’d share with you all!  I have two sizes below 8 x 10 and 5 x 7.  If for some reason you would need larger, let me know and I can add that one also!  Just click on the image size below and you can download for free!

Halloween Subway Tile Free Printable

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Happy Downloading!

Click below on size to download

8 x 10 Size      5 x 7 Size       16 x 20 Size

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