Thursday, May 31, 2012

DIY Lotion Dispenser

I always see the super cute soap dispensers made out of canning jars and I wanted one for myself, to hold our lotion in the bathroom. I could never find them in stores though!! So I decided I could make one myself!!

I took an empty, clean spaghetti jar, drilled a whole in the top, and use the lotion squirt pump (had to trim the tube to fit) to make it. I then painted the lid black and took the "cocoa butter" sticker from a previous lotion bottle, cut it to size, and put it on the jar! It may not be as cute as a canning jar or the ones I've seen online but I think it turned out alright enough :)




Temporary Kitten Box

Our temporary box for the kitten...We thought he was little enough to not climb out of this but nope..He jumped right over this big cardboard box wall as soon as he was put into it! lol. So now it's my son's play box haha...the kitten has a kennel now :) But I wanted to share the cute job hehe... Here's all sides of it.





Our Kitten& DIY Cat Toys


   We finally got our kitten, on May 25th! He (We're hoping he is really a he and not a she!!) was born on April 17th...the person we got him from said his mother was feral and he was just ready to give the kittens away (there was 3 of them)  so we got him at 5 weeks old :) He is adorable and FULL of energy. Quite the little booger right now lol. But he's a cutie ...we named him Mr. Bumpus. We got the name from a book my son got from the Library called Robobots by Matt Novak. One of the characters was named Mr. Bumpus and it just seemed to fit :)


Here is our Mr. Bumpus:


In our wait of bringing him home, me and my lil man made the kitten some toys! The feather stick is made from a tree branch stick, with yarn wrapped around it securely, and feathers tied to the end. So simple and free-we used what we had on hand! And it's one of the kittens favorite toys! The next toy, lil man made. Its a ball of yarn wound up. I made sure it was secure.. which I thought it was, until we actually brought this kitty home and he played with it lol...
Anyway, he's been having fun with our DIY kitty toys. :)

End Table Re-Do

    Awhile back, I had posted about a jewelry box I had that I re-did and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, so my next project was to attempt re-doing a little end table.

It started out as a dark cherry wood color, pretty, (minus scratches) but it just didn't suit my home decor. I wanted to paint it a nice red but I ended up painting it white instead because red doesn't seem to suit my decor either lol. I used the Easy Liquid Sander Deglosser again (so much easier then sanding, and no particles flying in the air!). But old fashion sanding would have worked so much better, in making the paint stick, but this will do for where I'm at now :)

BEFORE:
 In the process of painting:

 And the finished. :) I'm pretty happy with it.

Acini De Pepe with Feta

I got this recipe idea from watching an episode of Rachel Ray. She did something similar to this. 

I began by boiling Acini De Pepe pasta- once finished, I drained them and set them aside.

In a big pot, I melted butter and chopped Garlic. Then tossed in some Feta Cheese. Got it all melted and liquidy, added in the cooked pasta, tossed it all together and let the flavors marinate simmer. And lastly, added in sliced grape tomatoes.



 I served this with Baked Tilapia and peppered, French green beans.

Mint Figamajigs Review

If you remember, I posted a review awhile back on the chocolate covered Figamajigs, which are chocolate covered fig pieces...which are low in fat, a good source of fiber and are high in anti-oxidants...being a healthy snack coated in dark chocolate. Well I came across a new kind of Figamajigs! These ones are coated in dark chocolate AND Mint!! They're pretty tasty. I prefer the dark chocolate ones without the mint but my son LOVES these ones. I like the color too :)


Reese's Chocolate Stuffed Cupcakes+Recipe


Reese's Chocolate Stuffed Cupcakes

• 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
• 1 1/3 cups sugar
• 3 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup shortening
• 1 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 large eggs



(I cut this recipe in half and made 14 cupcakes)

I sprayed the muffin tins then dumped in some batter, placed a piece of Reese's chocolate candy on top, then put another dollop of batter on top of that and 
baked at 350 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes. 

While the cupcakes were baking, I made some peanut butter chocolate frosting by mixing butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, and peanut butter together til it reached desired flavor. 

Once cupcakes cooled, I placed frosting in a piping bag and decorated the cupcakes. 
They were delicious!  








Puffy Oven Pancake

Puffy Oven Pancake

   This recipe is from the Betty Crocker Cookbook, made as a sweet pancake fritter, 
to top with fruit but I had the idea to turn it into a meaty yummyness pancake!


I followed the recipe:

2Tbs of butter
2 Large Eggs
1.2 C of Flour
1/2 C of Milk
1/4 tsp of salt

And mixed as follows. I then added in some of Torani's Bacon Syrup and a handful or Sausage Crumbles. Then mixed all together and poured 
into a greased glass pie dish and baked at 400 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.






  Top with cheese and eat immediately to enjoy its warmth. So good!



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Free TidePods!

Your chance to get free TidePods!! Welcome to the Vocalpoint members. 

If you're not a Vocalpoint member, I recommend you should sign up!! :)



Measurements With Pom Poms

A fun at home school project my son had a lot of fun with. We picked several items- all different sizes, And I found clipart for each item to make him a worksheet. For each item, he measured how big it was with pom poms. Then he got to measure it with a tape measure. On the worksheet he wrote the amount of pom poms it took to make it's length, and the size of it in inches. at the end, we traced his hand and measured it the same way as all the other items. He really enjoyed it :)








Making Homemade Silly Putty

I came across this post from makingmemories.com on how to make silly putty 
and wanted to give it a shot with my son.

To make it, you just need Sta-Flo Liquid starch, Glue and Food Coloring. She specifies to NOT use regular Elmer's glue but to use Elmer's multi purpose glue...well the curious me.... (and only using what I had on hand) I ended up using regular Elmer's glue... >_<

It came out really cool! But mega sticky as she said it would be if you use that glue. It was still a lot of fun to play in. And I put it inside a storage ziploc bag and lil man had more fun that way :)






Friday, May 25, 2012

Wiskin' Wafflez #4

 Here's a list of goodies I've whisked up in the past month:

Garnier Frucits Shampoo & Conditioner 13oz , 2 packets of Mayo, Family Fun Magazines, Natural House Surfy cleaner. Boogie Wipes Kit (ask me if you want to know more) & had a Boogie Wipe Party, Helly Hansen sticker pack, Address labels and Stationary.  Martha Stewart Living Magazine, crest coupons, 2 Sani-Hands antibacterial wipes. Trumped fish kit-ruler, Miraculous medal necklace pendent. Target bag. Bumper Sticker, ProX Skin Analyzer (which sucks cuz site wont work to analyze!) But gave me some funky headband hair ;) Sass Yourself Slim book, Whole Living magazine & Food magazine. Also some more good reads which were: Food magazine, Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer (used giftcard for), Sneakpeeq necklace charms, a book through booksneeze (review to come), Konsyl Senna promt, Friendship Bread Book LOVED! And Moppy, a natural house cleaner for the floor.



My Target Bag Sample

Got my Target bag :)

Contains inside the cute makeup bag:

  • Nivea Extreme Moisture Lotion
  • Pantene Color Hair Solutions Shampoo
  • Neutrogena's Visibly bright facial cleaner (which works great at brightening your face in the mornings and helping with under eye bags!!)
  • Simple sensitive cleaning facial wipes
  • Loreal's Magic Lumi-light infusing primer which is suppose to illuminate your face but i didn't find it doing much for me..
  • And of course, a booklet of coupons.

Lovin Target :)


Cleaning Floors with Natural House MOPPY


A new review on the wonderful Natural House cleaning products!! 
This time I got to review MOPPY which is... can you guess?? For the floors!! :) :)

Moppy is a pro-biotic cleaning agent that cuts through dirt and grime one your floor. It doesn't leave any residue behind and it keeps odors away as well! Each bag contains a 30 day supply for mopping, which is 4 soluble packages, 1 for each week. The package foams up in water and has an orange mint scent; nothing over powering, just a light hint of it. Moppy is safe to use on multiple surfaces including high-gloss surfaces, terrazzo, marble, slate, vinyl, tile, and finished hardwood surfaces. It is also Eco-Friendly, non-toxic, biodegradable, so great for our Earth :)

   I just love the little package for Moppy. Makes it so convenient and mess free, being able to throw it into your mop bucket, filled with water. It's always fun watching the product foam up too! Kind of reminds me of being a kid, excited to see Vinegar and Baking Soda foam up...although I still enjoy that  And it's great for small storage spaces. You don't have to store a big chunky bottle of floor cleaner...You just make a small space for the Moppy packets and you have so much more room!



   You can purchase Moppy, and all the other Natural House cleaning supplies at their website and also on Amazon. Also check them out on Facebook and Twitter!!

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* I received Moppy through Natural House Products, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.