Thursday, May 31, 2012

Family Calendar

Life is busy. Period. With crazy schedules, it's hard to remember what's going on. My husband and I both downloaded this awesome app and now there's never any questions about what's going on. It is a master calendar that can be accessed from any family members phone. Not only does this app have a master calendar, it has includes a grocery list and to do list. I'm loving this idea and it has definitely made life easier! Do yourself a favor and download  it now!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's day will be here in the blink of an eye! Wondering what to get your special man? Here are some ideas to get you inspired!

Loving these tool pens! Such a unique idea for the handy man!  Buy here 

Reef makes awesome flip flops- but these are even better. They have a built in bottle opener on the bottom! How perfect for summer!With a wide variety of colors and styles, there's something for everyone. Buy here

Bacon of the month club...enough said. Buy here

It's baseball season! What man doesn't love beer, hotdogs, and baseball? Check out stubhub for the best deals.

The best way to a mans heart is through his stomach. These cookies are too cute! Buy here
A hilarious and easy read all men will find amusing. Buy here
 Great beer mugs and cups with your favorite baseball team etched on the glass. Buy here
This iPad arcade is awesome! Buy here
When in doubt, leave it up to Martha Stewart to think of a great idea! Print these labels here

Happy Shopping ;)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Blueberry Coffee Cake

This blueberry coffee cake is my favorite! Everything from the crumble topping to the fresh blueberries just makes my tummy so happy!

Coffee cake ingredients:
-2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup shortening
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 egg
-1/2 cup milk
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Crumble topping ingredients:
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/4 cup butter

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 13 x 9 pan.
2. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
3. In mixing bowl, beat shortening and medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add egg and beat well.
4. Alternately pour in flour mixture and milk. Beat until fluffy.
5. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with blueberries.
6. To make crumble topping, combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture becomes crummy.
7. Sprinkle crumble topping onto pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes

*I like to double the recipe to make it extra thick!

*Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DIY Fitness Routine Board

When it comes to working out, I can't do the same thing everyday. I get so bored with the same old workout, so I like to mix it up when I can. Rather than trying to think of a routine off the top of my head, I created a routine board with interchangeable routines that I keep in my workout room.

To do this, I simply used an old picture frame. Then I inserted craft paper and used some stickers. I put a piece of velcro on the board and velcro on each individual, laminated, workout sheet. Now all I do is grab a routine at random, slap it on my board, and get to sweating!

Print out and laminate a few of your favorite workout routines.

Velcro the board and each individual routine.

Easy on, easy off!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Father's Day Crafts

Just wanted to post some of my favorite Father's Day crafts that I stumbled across. Love how creative and unique these ideas are! Check them out and hopefully you'll get inspired too!
Love "tie" themed cards and bags. So cute!

This is the coolest DIY card I've seen. Perfect for the tech savvy dad!

Love this for so many reasons. Mostly because it doubles as a card AND who doesn't want all that candy?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day

This year I volunteered to host Mother's Day. It was the first family gathering at my house, and I wanted to make it extra special! It turned out great and everyone had a wonderful time at the brunch.

Brunch table.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Think Thin

Looking around my blog, it's no secret I'm a huge fan of dessert. Unfortunately, most desserts are packed with sugar and are so unhealthy (but so delicious!). A friend introduced me to Think Thin bars to help me with my dessert cravings. I must say, these are awesome! The website has printable coupons, so be sure to print them out. These snacks are all low calorie (100-270), have 0g of sugar, 20g of protein, and are gluten free! What's not to love? Now, only if I could eat them for every meal...
Brownie crunch- my favorite!

Highly recommend creamy peanut butter.

Cookies and creme- enough said.


Perfect salty and sweet combo.

Heaven on earth.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Brownie Fruit Pizza

With summer around the corner, nothing cheers me up like a good fruit and chocolate dessert combo. Brownie fruit pizza is the perfect solution!

Simply bake brownies using your preferred method. I used a box mix and added a few chocolate chips! For the frosting, combine 8 oz cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla and blend until creamy. Cut up some fresh fruit to add to the top, and you're done! 
Yum! Melts in your mouth!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Around the World

For some reason, I've always wanted a world map in my home. My husband and I love to travel, and we thought it would be fun to place pins in the places we've been to. Our life dream is to visit all 50 states in the US and travel to all 7 continents! Lucky for us, we're young and have plenty of time to complete our world travels!

Apparently I need to learn how to take level pictures. No worries, it's level on the wall!

This project ended up being much harder than I anticipated. Since I wanted a really large map (50 x 32), I couldn't buy a frame big enough for under $300. Umm...not happening! I also couldn't find a framed cork board large enough. So please, take it from my countless trial and error attempts, and just do it right the first time!

Mistake 1: Originally, I bought a map and a science project board. I thought I could use modge podge and glue the map to the giant science board, thus, making it easier to place pins. The map was getting so many wrinkles in it, despite my efforts to make it perfectly smooth. Trashed both the map and the science board. Ugh.

Mistake 2: Since one roll wasn't large enough, I bought two rolls of cork board material. I devised a plan to glue and/or nail the rolls of cork board to a thin piece of wood. Then, I wanted to build a frame and attach it all. Well, that just got ugly real fast. Scrapped all materials.

Success: I finally realized that I was just trying way too hard! This project couldn't be this complicated, could it? It occurred to me that I could simply just staple the map directly to the wall. I doesn't even need backing for the pins to stick into it- they can just stick into the wall! Being that we probably won't sell our house for many years, what's a few small tack holes? Nothing I can't cover and paint in the future!
To create a frame, I bought some 1.5 inch wood border from Lowe's. I spray painted it, then my fabulous husband cut the edges at a 45 degree angle, and connected them all. He used a staple gun to attach it to the wall and *tada*! Done!  So happy with the finished product! The blue pins are places my husband has been, red is where I have been, and yellow is where we have gone together.
Step 1: Staple map to wall. Make sure it's level.

Step 2: Attach frame to wall.
Good start to our travels! 15 different places- not too shabby!

Finished product!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Giant Mad Libs

I created this giant Mab Libs book a few years ago and it's been a hit with all grades and ages! I just copied stories from an old Mad Libs book onto oversized paper, laminated it, and connected it with rings. Students can then write on it with a dry erase marker and it can easily be erased and used again and again.
Giant Mad Libs poster.

The first page is just a review of the terms being used. Great for all grades!

Simply fill in the blanks and erase when done!