Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: March 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Itty Bitty Chefs...

So has anyone noticed a change in pictures this week? Well I have a secret, a special weapon you could say. It is PicniK. Oh my heck this sight is awesome! It is completely free and oh so fun. I seriously want to like go back and change all my pictures now. I feel bad you have had to see such horrible pictures on my blog. Well no more! From here on out Picnik is my go to photo editer. It crops all my pictures with fabulous rounded corners and I can add fun texts! So amazing!

Now that I have divulged my secret to you, I want to share a super quick lunch food Miss Priss and I made this past week. We made mini pizzas for Itty Bitty Chefs.

Here is What you Need:

English Muffins
mozzarella cheese
tomato sauce

Let your littles top the pizzas as desired, 
than bake for 10-15 minutes at 350. Enjoy!

To see what else we have made in Itty Bitty Chef's click HERE.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Flirty High Waisted Apron

 I recently checked out A Is for Apron: 25 Fresh & Flirty Designs. This was such a fun book, full of great ideas. There were so many awesome re-purposing apron ideas. I had to start sewing the night I got the book. I loved the skirt to apron refashion. This is probably the simplest re-fashion in the book. I literally took a skirt, out of my re-purpose basket, and began cutting. I cut down the side seams, so the front of the skirt was now my apron. I hemmed the sides (the bottom already had the original hem). I created two ties, from the remaining portion of the skirt. I made my strips extra long. I wanted a fun bow to be tied in the back. I attached the ties and voila, a new fun, high waisted, flirty apron. Who says you can't  be cute and trendy, while baking in the kitchen

Monday, March 28, 2011

Meal Planning

So I am loving piknic so much right now! Can you tell? I love it so much that I wanted to continue creating. I didn't know what photo to tweak next, so I went with making my meal planner look really cute. I just knew I wanted to share it with you guys. Meal planning has helped us so much, when it comes to a budget and time management. I have no guess work when it comes to dinner time. I look at my planner and start cooking. Little effort on my part, which after a long day with littles, is exactly what I need. How do you meal plan? Weekly, bi weekly, monthly?

If you would like to check out any of these recipes, I now have a new page on the toolbar.

Sunshine Monday..

I think I need to add a little more sunshine to my day and 
remember all that I am thankful for.

Breakfast Puffs. So Yummy!

Daddy Dog Piles

Freckled Faces


Littles hands and melting popsicles

One funny face and a doggy towel
What's not to love?

I have so much to be thankful for this week. The other day I was reading in Matthew and stumbled upon this scripture: 

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" 
Matthew 6:21

Where does our treasure lie? For me it is with my Savior. Through him all is possible. Because of him I have a family I get to be with forever. My goal this week is to bring a little sunshine into someone else's life. Not sure what I will do, but I know I want to be better at reaching out. I want to be more like HIM. I pray you have a fabulous Monday and may you have a little more Sunshine in your day as well

Friday, March 25, 2011

Princess Flower Dress

Can you tell Miss Priss loves her Princess flower dress? She named the dress herself. I think she considers it a princess dress because of the tulled skirt, which has glitter in it as well. The skirt was already made. I purchased it at Target, on clearance, a year or so ago. She wore it until it got to be a bit too short. I simply attached it to a long shirt (also purchased on clearance at Target) and added some circle flowers for added princess detail. This was a simple fix, which enabeld Miss Priss to keep her favorite princess skirt for a little longer.

 She loves the fact that it twirls. Who doesn't love a twirly skirt?

Simple, but oh so beautiful

Mommy Soapbox Friday

Sunflower Pictures, Images and Photos

I do have a bunch of crafts and some school stuff to share, but I thought I would do a Mommy Soapbox Friday Posts. Now this will be a first, but I definitely think it will be worth it and maybe even a regular thing.

I have had a few things happen this week that have led up with the thoughts on my heart this morning. I was reading on a friends blog yesterday about her struggles as a mommy. My heart went out to her. I could empathize with her. I have had similar feelings and struggles, as I go throughout my day with my littles.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sheep on a Ship

Here is a quick preschool activity we did the other day for Miss Priss. We read Sheep on a Ship (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin Books). It had directions in the back of the book to make a paper hat, so we made some. I didn't have paper big enough, so we settled on making hats for our bears. We then colored a pirate ship picture I got HERE. It was a simple reading activity, but turned out to be fun for my littles.

Have a Marvelous Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Homeschool With Bears...

Sometimes our bears just have to give 
us that little extra support we are needing, during school 

Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Simply Yummy...

 I think someday, you have a pancake sort of day. A day when you wake up still tired and need the comfort of some yummy, chocolate chip smile pancakes.Oh, and they have to be smothered in syrup. That is also a must. I know I am craving some of these this morning. How about you?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Yo Ho! A Pirates Treasure hunt For Me!

Over this past weekend I was inspired while browsing over at MADE. I seriously love Dana! She has the best ideas. I always leave her blog wanting to sew and create things for my family. Friday night I saw her Pirate Post. I didn't go to the extent she did, mainly because I knew I wanted to do this as a fun Family activity for the next day. Saturday we designated as official Family pajama day. We literally did not get out of pj's until about 3 pm, when the littles decided to go outside and play in the rocks and dirt. This will explain why my littles are still in pj's, while on the treasure hunt.

Anwyays now back to our Pj/Pirate Saturday. I quickly went through my craft supplies and came back with the items needed to create a treasure map, telescopes (is that why they're called?), and pirate hats. The kids decorated their pirate hats and then we were ready for the treasure hunt.

Daddy even helped out the little pirates, when they were looking for their treasure. It was hidden behind the closet door, they just kept going right past the treasure. It was so cute. When they did eventually find their treasure, this is what they found.

I raided our craft supplies and food storage and came back with all these goodies. 1 bag of M&Ms, 2 boxes of coloring pencils, 1 folder for each little, filled with coloring paper. They loved their treasure and even brought them to church today, minus the candy. That has since been opened and munched on.

Our family fun Saturday turned out to be a blasts and cost us absolutely nothing. Thank you Dana for the inspiration and thank you Miss Priss and bubba for always making our family fun days worth it

Hope you stop and have some family fun this weekend with your littles. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Itty Bitty Apron

So here is my version of an itty bitty chef re-purposed apron. Above is a blue dress that Miss Priss just loved. It was one her Nana had gotten her, but unfortunately it had gotten to short for her to wear. I then had a fabulous idea of turning it into an apron for her. She loves playing with her kitchen set and I knew she could use another apron for when she is cooking with her babies.

Here is what I did:

1 --> I cut the dress in half. Meaning the portion you see now was originally the front of the dress. I then hemmed in the sides.

2 --> I added orange bias tape to the top to be the neck tie

3 --> I added more orange bias tape to make the tie around the waist.

This was a very simple re-purpose, which Miss Priss loves. She wore this apron all morning, while baking fabulous things with her baby dolls. I am thankful for a little girl, who is such a joy to sew for. She makes every project worth it when I see that smiling face

Have a Blessed Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Family Night: Making leprechaun Traps

For Family Night we made our leprechaun traps. The idea is that you make a shiny trap, which will attract a leprechaun. We have been telling Keagan and Libby how mischievous leprechauns are. We have a friend, who basically inspired me for our St. Patty's day of fun, so I am stealing a bunch of her ideas. I hope you don't mind Allison :> Anyway, I told the kids how Allison told me that sometimes the leprechauns will dye your milk green, leave treasures for you to find, etc. The kids have been getting so excited for St. Patrick's day tomorrow. It is so cute!

Because of this we decided to make our traps last night, so tonight we would be able to catch up on some St. Patty's Day reading. Here is what we did:

I searched through my craft supplies for anything shiny and green. Why shiny and green? Well that is what attracts leprechauns of course.

We used a box, #10 tin can, lots of stickers, glitter, 
aluminum foil and green paint.

Oh and some green ribbon as well. 
Don't you love Miss Priss's placement of the ribbon on her can?

They had so much fun making traps with daddy. He seriously got carried away explaining the mechanics of the traps and how the leprechauns could get trapped. So cute!

Tomorrow should be a fun day of Leprechaun fun. Here is our plan for the day:

The kids will wake up and see their traps have been tripped by the leprechauns. They will then go on a search through the house for treasure. I previously purchased St. Patrick's Day socks, gold chocolate coins, and lucky charms cereal. These will be waiting at the end of their scavenger hunt. Isn't it nice that the leprechauns will be leaving us breakfast.

We also plan to dye our milk green, green cookies, green bread, basically green all over the place.

We will be having a green themed dinner. Ham, Green pudding, green potatoes, and green veggies. Possibly green rolls.

There will be some themed fun during school, which I have yet to plan, but I will think of something.

Can you tell Jason and I are just as excited about St. Patrick's day as the kids? We have literally been planning this holiday, and all the day will encompass, for the past few weeks. We are dorks, but man we love having fun with our littles.

Anyways I must go now and tend to my children. I mean it is already 9:30 and we have yet to have breakfast. I know I am hungry.

Anyway, hope you are having fun with your littles. And watch out you never know what those mischievous little leprechauns will do, so have fun with your littles and enjoy the day:>
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