Pintrest Project Share

 As you know I love Pinterest!! I am finding great DIY, recipes, home decor ideas, and more. You can get a little Pinning crazy so I decided to try to start doing what I PIN.
I am going to feature something I found on Pinterest that I actually did as I complete them.


  • Small Blank Canvas
  • Finger Paint in various colors
  • Sharpie Markers

I added a twig border and you can be creative and add whatever you like or leave the Canvas without a borer. I drew the bodies with Sharpie Marker and used their fingerprints for the antennas.

That is the beauty of DIY you can change it up!!

Final Project:

My Husband helped me execute this project, my little guy (18 months) needed to be held in order to paint his feet and place them on the canvas! 

~Happy Pinning!
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Cleaning Tip: Keep your toothbrush clean

I found this great article on how to keep your toothbrush clean on 
I am always looking for great tips and this article delivered!

How to Keep a Toothbrush Clean

Keeping your toothbrush clean is an essential part of good oral hygiene. Follow these tips to use regular household items to ensure your toothbrush's proper sterilization. A clean toothbrush means bacteria-free bristles.

·      Clean your hands with soap and water before and after touching your toothbrush.
·      Wash your toothbrush after every use. Use your thumb to press against the bristles and allow the water to wash away food particles for at least 10 seconds.
·      Disinfect your toothbrush. Allow the toothbrush to soak in some antibacterial mouthwash that contains alcohol for 10 minutes after you brush. Soak the toothbrush in some vinegar every 2 weeks to kill remaining germs.
·      Store the toothbrush in a container that allows it to stand upright and exposes its bristles to air. Letting the toothbrush air dry keeps it mold-free. Consider buying two or three toothbrushes and rotating them so that each toothbrush will have at least 24 hours to dry out before you use it again.
·      Invest in a UV toothbrush cleaner. The light from the cleaner kills germs so that you don't have to.
·      Replace your toothbrush at the first signs of bent bristles. Buy new toothbrushes when you fall ill to avoid making yourself sick again. Otherwise, get a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.

Tips & Warnings
    Replace children's toothbrushes every 2 to 3 months.
    Mix baking soda and water and soak the toothbrush in that solution if you don't have mouthwash.
    Soak your toothbrush in a bit of hydrogen peroxide daily if you don't have vinegar on hand.
    Don't share toothbrushes or allow someone else's toothbrush to touch yours.
    Avoid purchasing closed toothbrush protectors. These protectors keep the toothbrush bristles moist and create a breeding ground for microorganisms.
    Avoid placing your toothbrush in a dishwasher, as you may damage it.

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Chisel Away: God's Masterpiece

There are days I get up each morning and struggle with who I am and why I go through the struggles of this life. I wear many hats: a mother, wife, daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, friend. All these hats are important but the most important is the one I wear that my Creator gave me. I am a child of God and He has created me for a purpose and for His Glory.  God continues to chisel away at me to create a Masterpiece. And though the struggles may be real, and even hurt sometimes, I trust that it is only to become who God wants me to become.

Below is a link to a video by the Skit Guys. It is Nine minutes long and worth every minute. Please be challenged and encouraged to know that you were created by God and He is creating a beautiful masterpiece, YOU!

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Clean Up, Clean Up, Everybody do their Share...

I don’t know about you but my kids seem to make a huge mess…daily. They take out virtually every toy we own, and then they keep moving onto the next thing.  At first I tried the old “you can’t play with the next toy until you clean up what you are currently playing with” routine.  HAHA…in theory that worked for about a week and then slowly that rule went out the door. That may work for some (so keep it up if it works for you!) but I needed to find some ideas that would work for my kids. 

My 18 month old
I know that some might feel that kids should just learn to do chores and pick up toys because that is what is expected.  And while I do agree with this, my kids are still little so it’s a training process and they need to learn this but with some reward. Even if the reward is verbal or a hug.  As they get older, expectations will become different…and so will the reward.

Here are some suggestions:

·      You can use some fun ideas below to make the process easier.
·      Ask your child to only pick up one or two things so they don’t feel overwhelmed. Give specific instructions on what they need to clean up.  Don’t just say, “OK, go clean up!”  Tell them exactly what needs to be done, a little at a time.
·      Have bins for toys to go in that are reachable for kids. Even better…organize them by items that are similar.
·      However they clean up is fine. If it is just thrown in the bin or on the shelf just deal with it because you don’t want to start fixing it in front of them and discourage them from doing it again. (If there is a need to reorganize, don’t do in front of them.  Find time to sneak away and fix it later.)
·      Reward them for the effort. I use a marble system and they get rewards after five marbles earned. Whatever works for you and your child, but seriously…what kid doesn’t like a reward even if it is a hug and a big “thank you”!!
·      Limit the amount of toys out at a time, not just one a few can be out. This will help with any cleanup time.
·      Give yourself some time to clean up so that it is not a rushed experience to try to get out the door. For me that is where it can cause a problem or even a melt down.
·      Give a warning time so they know playtime is ending and the cleanup begins!
Say Thank You!! Make sure they know that you are proud of them for helping and cleaning up. For my daughter that really goes a long way.


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Hello Kitty Party

I love parties and planning them! My daughter decided that this year she wanted a Hello Kitty Party. I was thrilled because I really didn’t want to do another Princess Party. (Don’t get me wrong love princesses but needed a change.)

And so, I began thinking about what to do and how I wanted to decorate for her party. My first step was to explore Pinterest.  As many of you know I LOVE Pinterest and all the knowledge and ideas that it can lead you to. I began pinning all kinds of Hello Kitty related pins. I found some really awesome ideas and I will begin to share how the party transformed. 

Hello Kitty Party 2 


 Goodie Bags:

I was fortunate to stumble upon a bunch of Hello Kitty goodie bag items for super cheap at my favorite store…Michaels.  I found a really cute idea to turn a plain white lunch bag into Hello Kitty. Below is the Pinterest idea. (For the boys I created just a fun bag.)

I saw on the blog, Little Pumpkin Grace … Hudson too!, that she used baby food jars, painted the tops, filled it with candy and then tied it up with a bow. I have been saving baby food jars for a while so I was thrilled to have them available to do this project. We filled them with Swedish Fish, my daughters favorite candy!



  Cupcakes, Cake and  Yummy Goodies:

Usually my mother is in charge of this area because she is very good at it and her cakes are amazing. But this year I really wanted to take a turn at it.  So, on Amazon, I found a cute Hello Kitty cupcake stick and paper cup set that I bought.  I made a vanilla cupcake and a homemade strawberry buttercream frosting. This was a BIG hit.

I created a basket weave on the top of each cupcake and then put a cute Hello Kitty topper in each one. That was all I was going to do.  But then, my daughter kept asking me, “Mommy, will I have a cake at my party?”  I am not a cake person and really not much of a decorator but…anything for my daughter! I found this really great design sugar paper that helped me create my look. (One important note though…the weather the day of the party did not cooperate.  We were having it outdoors and it was super hot, so things started to “melt” and fall apart.  But it did look nice at first!)

I found a really cute cookie mold and created pink and white chocolate covered Oreos. They were yummy and looked cute.
Pink chocolate dipped marshmallow pops, watermelon, strawberries, and grapes.

Adult Food:

I always enjoy when the mothers stay so they can have a time to hang out while the party is going. I had some spinach dip, chips & pretzels, a roasted pepper hummus and cucumber sandwiches.

Pink lemonade of course!
Hello Kitty Party 1                          

Craft and Games:

I kept it simple this time.  Found sand buckets and shovels at…where else…Michaels, and bought a bunch of foam stickers so that each child could could decorate their own.
I found a Pin the Bow on Hello Kitty game and we played Duck Duck Goose. (An oldie but a goodie). I also had out several bottles of bubbles; beach balls and a Velcro ball catch as fillers. I kept the party this year to just one hour and it was a perfect amount of time. (especially with twenty 4-year olds running around).

Color Theme:

I chose pink and went from there. I bought pink tablecloths, Hello Kitty plates, and coordinating turquoise napkins. I found a really cute string of pink lanterns to add as an accent and of course balloons. I bought some bouquets of colorful artificial flowers and then found large felt flower placemats to put on the table as accents and under the flowers. The vases for the flowers were Simply Lemonade containers that I saved, wrapped tissue paper around and tied with a bow.

Planning Tips:

I always have a piece of paper that lists the kid’s names that are coming, Food, decorations, etc. I even drew a quick sketch of how I want it to look and where things go.  This is so important if you are not having it at your house because you have to bring everything, like garbage bags, a lighter for candles, coolers, utensils, supplies for crafts and extras of everything! I always have a package of wipes too because they just come in handy! (Even with a list I seem to always forget something imagine if I didn't have a list!)

Of course, having help is always a plus. I am so fortunate that I have wonderful parents and in-laws that always lend a hand.
Party planning is and can be fun if you take it one project at a time and enjoy what you are doing.

Happy Planning!

If you are on Pinterest you can type in Hello Kitty Party Ideas and there are numerous Boards to look at for help. I also have a Hello Kitty Board on Pinterest. You can find most of the ideas that I used and give the credit that is due to the amazing crafters and creative people you find on Pinterest.

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Cleaning Tip: Uses for Vinegar
I found this great article on 10 Uses for Vinegar over at This Old House. Although some I might not use others were helpful and never knew before reading this article. Let me know if you use any of the tips and how it works out for you.
Happy Cleaning!

10 Uses for Vinegar

Peel off Wallpaper

Using a sponge or spray bottle, saturate wallpaper with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Let stand for several minutes, then start scraping. The paper should come off easily.

Revive Old Paintbrushes

Soak gunked-up nylon brushes in hot vinegar for up to 30 minutes to remove paint and soften the bristles. Afterward, wash them in hot, soapy water, brushing off paint as needed, then rinse and let dry—good as new.

Test Your Soil's pH

Place a handful of dirt into a small container and sprinkle vinegar on it. If it fizzes, the soil is alkaline; adjust the pH with an acid amendment.

Remove Mineral Deposits from Showerheads

Pour ½ cup of warm vinegar into a resealable plastic bag. Drop in the showerhead, making sure the holes are submerged, and seal the bag. Let sit for 1 hour. Rinse and wipe clean, then reattach

Keep Paint from Peeling

Before painting galvanized metal or concrete, wipe down the object or surface with vinegar, using a sponge or lint-free cloth. This little trick will help your paint job last longer.

Banish Decals and Stickers

Dab vinegar onto stubborn price tags and stickers affixed to glass, plastic, or wood. Scrape the surface clean, then rub the area with more vinegar to remove any sticky residue.

Wipe off Wax or Polish Buildup

On wood surfaces or furniture, use a mix of equal parts vinegar and water to remove buildup, wiping with the grain of the wood. For leather furniture, make a weaker solution—2 parts water to 1 part vinegar—and rub the material using a circular motion.

Whiten Grout

For stubborn stains on ceramic-tile surfaces, scrub grout with a stiff-bristled toothbrush dipped in vinegar and watch it whiten before your eyes.

CAUTION: Vinegar can harm marble and other natural stone surfaces, so avoid using on these materials. Test a small, unobtrusive area first if you want to be extra careful.

Dissolve Rust

Soak old tools and corroded nuts and bolts in vinegar for a few days. Rinse them with water and watch rust and scale disappear.

Protect your Hands

Caustic ingredients in concrete, drywall, and other building materials can cause painful skin irritation. If you handle them often, rinse your hands with a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water before washing up—the acid neutralizes their alkaline content.
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As I sit down each morning to read my devotions there are days were God's word is  encouraging, thought provoking,  a reminder of His truths

Then there are days His words are pointing right at me, listen to what I have to say.  Words that are for what I am going through at that very moment. 

The Lord is good and His Love endures forever. He reminds us to start each day anew and to Praise Him for each day. Don't worry about tomorrow for He is in control. No matter what may come of your day today know the Lord loves you and Praise Him!

Psalm 118
Give thanks to the Lord,(A) for he is good;(B)
    his love endures forever.(C)
Let Israel say:(D)
    “His love endures forever.”(E)
Let the house of Aaron say:(F)
    “His love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord(G) say:
    “His love endures forever.”
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;(AK)
    you have become my salvation.(AL)
22 The stone(AM) the builders rejected
    has become the capstone;(AN)
23 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous(AO) in our eyes.
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad(AP) in it.
25 Lord, save us;(AQ)
    Lord, grant us success.
26 Blessed is he who comes(AR) in the name of the Lord.
    From the house of the Lord we bless you.[a](AS)
27 The Lord is God,(AT)
    and he has made his light shine(AU) upon us.
With boughs in hand,(AV) join in the festal procession
    up[b] to the horns of the altar.(AW)
28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
    you are my God,(AX) and I will exalt(AY) you.
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
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