some of you have questions about the hot mess minis.

here are some answers:
mini's are meant to be slipcovers for skinny plastic headbands that you can find anywhere.  
i do not include them.

they slide on and off so you can change it up whenever you would like. 
they stay put.  i wear them and can assure you they do. :) 

you may claim as many sets as you would like.  
you can go through the whole album if you like and comment "mine" on every set. 
that would be awesome. :) 

they are 3 for $10 plus $3 shipping. 
i will send you a paypal invoice once you send me your paypal email address. 

any other questions? 

see you HERE at 7:30pm EST. 


cake batter krispies. {make these today!}

i'm one of those people who prefer cake batter over cake.
cookie dough over cookies.
no threat of salmonella will keep me away.
which makes these "cake batter krispie treats" even better.
no threat of illness. :)

i also like my rice krispie treats gooey-er than the standard recipe makes them.
want to know the secret?

which is really the answer to a lot of life's problems.
if you ask me.

want to make some?

you need:
6 cups of krispie rice cereal
7 tablespoons of butter
1/3 cup cake mix (HEAPing)
1 bag of mini-marshmallows (they melt better than the big ones).
1.75oz bottle of sprinkles

melt butter in large pot (i use my stock pot for easy stirring).
add mallows.
stir until they are good and melted.
add cake mix a little at a time.
stir until mixed in.
add cereal.
stir until coated.
add 2/3 of the bottle of sprinkles.
spread into a 9 by 12in pan coated with cooking spray.
spread remaining sprinkles on top.

when they have cooled completely (an hour-ish) flip them over onto a cutting board and cut with a sharp knife.

try not to eat them all in on sitting.
several of you have asked about my exercise habits lately. 
well, i am pleased to update you. 
because i am STILL AT IT. !
yes, i have no idea who has taken over my body and given me a will to exercise. 
but it's nice. 
i finished the 30 day shred.  
and never lost a single pound.  but got stronger.  built endurance. 
after i finished that, i started yoga meltdown.  i do it five days a week.
and lost ten pounds. 
i never once changed my diet.  i kind of refuse to. 
i love food.  and i have never seen a diet and thought "i could do this forever".
to me, it's all about common sense and listening to your body.  stop when your body says stop.
i just don't think dieting is good for you.  people already have a messed up view of food. 

i do avoid fast food at all costs.  i avoid processed foods as much as possible.  
i have a salad with dinner most nights.  and it's the bulk of the meal. 
i drink a lot of coffee and diet pepsi.  i try to buy whole grains.  i stop when i am full. 
i do portion control.  and stress eating.  i have a huge sweet tooth. 

so that is that.  
i'm pretty please with losing ten pounds.  especially since i thought losing ANY was impossible.  

i'm lighter now than before i had kids. 

and i will take that any day of the week. 

happy monday!

see you HERE at 7:30pm to grab some minis. :) 


20 minute crafter: dino toy into planter.

so...i wanted to make something for moses to give to his i was thinking i remembered seeing animals similar to these made into planters for succulent plants...i think these are the perfect combo of boyish, quirky and fun.  plus, moses' favorite lessons at school this year were the dinos. :) 
 all you need are (as big as you can find) HARD plastic, hollow animals. 
spray primer
spray paint in a color of your choice
 first cut out a circle on the top of your animals...look for the biggest part to hold a plant.
i used my heavy duty kitchen shears. add a drainage hole or two on the bottom as well.
 prime and let dry.
 once primer is dry...spray paint in color of your choice.
 add fresh soil and plant your succulent (i found these at lowe's for under $3)
 you can cram a little...but be gentle.  add some stones to hold the dirt in.
 cute or what?
 the perfect teacher gift from a little boy...right?
 this one is my favorite...i just might keep him.
i found my dinos at target, michael's and goodwill. 
succulents don't mind being a bit squished. 

moses seems excited to give them...i hope his teachers love them!

20 minute crafter: how to make a t-shirt into a skirt.

so i started with this tutorial from "sew like my mom"...but quickly decided that 1) shirring is of the devil and 2) i wanted a less fuss i made my own tutorial for making a mens t-shirt into the worlds most comfortable skirt ever.  perfect for summer.  this skirt makes me wish i knew how to sew before i had babies because this would be THE most perfect pregnant skirt as well...i'll be making a few more to get me through the hot, hot days of summer...
all you need to make this is a mens t-shirt.  i bought a size XL...i usually buy a medium skirt or size six shorts if that will help you figure out if you need to buy bigger or smaller...the tutorial i linked to suggests going goodwill to buy mens shirt on the cheap but if i'm honest with you...the thought of making a skirt out of a used mens me the creepers...unless its doug's. :) but...if you have less mental issues than all means hit up the goodwill.  i got the bike shirt from doug's discard pile and some shirts from target for $8 and $6...which is still a good price for a skirt. :)
you will also need some 3/4in elastic. 
24in for a small...30in for a medium...36in for a large...48in for XL...
or measure your waist and make your best guess. :)

  start by laying your shirt out flat on cutting mat...i lined my cutting guide up on the top of each sleeve...and cut to get a nice parallel (to the bottom hem) line...
 ...see...nice and straight...from that first straight line...
i cut off a couple more get the collar out of the way... lined up the corner of the bottom hem...with top of the sleeve...
...and cut...repeat on the opposite side.
 you are trying to get a nice symmetrical shape.  if you want your skirt to be is the time to trim off the inches...keep in mind that you will be folding the top over by an inch...
 stitch up the two sides...starting from the if there is any 
wonkiness you can take even it out at the waist...jersey won't you can get close to the edge without worry of it coming unraveled. :)
 fold the top under by about an can wing it. :)
 leave and opening to slide your elastic through...
 attach a safety pin to the end of your elastic and feed it through the opening shut.  
and done!
the perfect skirt!  especially if you have children who still use you as a nose rag. :)

super comfy...and easy.  it took me longer to 
write this post than it did to make this skirt. :)
now...if i can just get some sun on these legs...
and quit getting mystery bruises...i'll be in good shape. :)

i'll answer any questions in the comments. :)

bird stalking.

day one.
day three.
day four.
day 14. birdy birthday.
day 14. again.  my favorite photo.
day 15.  fuzzy britches.
day 16.  two days old.
day 17.  three days old and already growing feathers.

 day 18.
 day 19.
 day 20.
 day 21.  i couldn't believe how fast his feathers sprouted.
 day 22.
 day 23.
day 24. 

today is day 28.  
i went to take a photo of him but he's left the nest. 

this has been such a fun little documentary to witness.  

and such a reminder that if God knows this birds needs...
and provides for them...
how much more is He going to provide for me?

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow 
or reap or store away in barns, and yet 
your heavenly Father feeds them. 
Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6:26

tired woman walking {cause i'm not dead}

 luckily my "work" involves a lot of this...
 to make a lot of these...
so far this one is my favorite. :) and you have through tomorrow (wed) to order yourself some sassy new headbands at the pre-shop price of $5 for the elastic ones and 3 for $10 for the slipcovers. 
i've already made over 100 of them.  crazy.  wonderful.
in case you are thinking you wouldn't like's a customer review for your review:

*i am in LOVE with my headbands.
they are perfect.
they fit just right
and NO headband headache! are my hero
and my favorite* 
~from one of my darling customers. :)

 we started a new tradition for birthdays/holidays at our house.  i took moses into the dollar store and told him he could pick ANY three things he wanted to buy to give his dad for his birthday.  and then i refrained from interfering with his choices. :) the result?  one pink flamingo, one pair of sunglasses and one pack of gummi candy.  plus one VERY proud boy. :) 
 so help me.  i swear i hear 
"moOOOOOOooom, hoho's naked!!" 
more times than any mother should.  
is this what it is like to raise a feral, wild child?
yes, hoho is smiling in this photo.
 mothers day was awesome.  
uncle b came down and took the boys for several hours...while doug and i went to lunch at chipotle ALONE...and then we went to all the shops that are a pain to take our kids anthropology...where i added to my latte bowl collection.  the bowls above were a gift from doug for mothers day...bowls to me are flowers to most girls. :)
 moses painted this in preschool for, love, LOVE. :)
 and i'm working on a teacher gift involving theses guys...stay tuned. :)
 and i am pretty pleased that i feel like i have finally mastered hand lettering
...this photo makes me happy. :) is busy...crazy...days flying by before i know it...i don't have a lot on my plate...i have several large platters...and i need to tuck some naps into my days. :) 

but God is life is blessed...

how are you?
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