Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Blog Hop Mingle Thursday


Welcome to Mingle With Us Blog Hop




Hosted by All About Being Inspired, Happy Go Lucky, and Moms of All Trades.

Each week we will choose one blog at random to spotlight at the next week's blog hop.


Our guest host this week is Doberman's by the Sea.









Join in on the fun by following the hostesses in the first three spots and our guest host in the fourth spot.  Then, link up your blog's main page.


Have some fun reading new blogs and and making new blog friends.  Remember to show some love and follow new blogs.  We always follow back!!



Grab our button if you want to share our blog hop with others.  There will be a new list every Thursday, so be sure to come back every week.








We hope you have fun and thanks for joining us!  We are so excited to find new blogs, share great ideas, and inspire each other.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Grocery Flash Cards

If any of you get the Rachael Ray Magazines you probably know they have some of the cutest kids stuff. I love looking at this section in the magazine and wish i had the self control to get on the websites to look. I don't because i know i will buy stuff i don't really need. Well in the newest issue they had a Food Flash Card set and i thought that is perfect for my son. He is really starting to talk and is learning new words everyday. He also gets very bored while I’m grocery shopping and i thought this would be a fun educational way to keep him busy while i shop. Instead of spending $20 plus shipping i decided i would make my own. Wanna see?
Okay so I started out using Picnik. I took a picture i had already saved on there and just changed the exposure. I turned the picture white. I did have to make a few changes using the clone button but i have done this for other things and had one saved. You can use word or any other program your familiar with.
Grocery Flash Cards
I kept it simple for the cover. I just added font and tried a few different covers.
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This is a picture of my magazine showing the cute cards. I loved how they did a letter and a bunch of fruits and veggies that started with that letter but as i was thinking of stuff to use i kept getting stumped. I figured i would keep it simple for my almost 2 year old and do 1 picture for each letter. Below are some of my cards I made up quickly.  
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I was only able to do part of the cards cause my husband and i got stumped on F, H, Q, U, V, X, and Z

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This is what i have so far and tomorrow i will make it a little bit more sturdy and add colored cardstock but since the move I'm still unpacking and cant find some of my craft stuff. I will add a different color to the back of each picture. Also I’m going to take out the second ring. As we kept printing each letter and putting them on the second ring was just in the way.
This is a work in progress and i need some help thinking of things to add for those other letters. Any suggestions?
-Tara

Whistling Wednesday

You might notice some fun changes going on here at the Mom's Blog. We might be getting a face-lift, or color treatment! We cant wait to show off our new look and tell you all about it! But for now Its that fun time of the week again, Whistling Wednesday!
Rules are simple, Follow the Hostess: Mom's of all Trades & Chase's View! We will follow back just leave a comment letting us know your new! Then show some love and whistle at some other fun blogs who have also linked up!

Also Notice we have a Follower giveaway going on right now too! It is a $25 dollars to Stampin' Up you can enter Here!

Grab a Button for the hop and remember Have fun!





Moms of All Trades



Monday, March 28, 2011

Cookies and Cream

DSC08597I was looking for a quick treat for the family and I was about to throw out some harden but still fresh cookies when this little idea entered my head. So I reached for some white chocolate and crushed up those hard cookies. DSC08578 Simply mix the crushed cookies and white chocolate and pour into your favorite silicone mold.DSC08579 Let cool and in less then 15 minutes you have some delectable cookies n' cream chocolates! DSC08599
~Enjoy,  Kori

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Big 300~ Giveaway**ENDED**

Giveaway Now CLosed
Can you believe we are now at the 300 hundred mark! We are so excited to share our crafts and recipes with all of you and so flattered that you all like us enough to follow along. We never would have guessed we could have had this many cyber friends out there or we would have started this blog YEARS ago! We love reading all of your sweet comments it really does make our day. We also love that so many of you have featured our stuff. This has been such a fun adventure and I cant believe it has only been 2 months!
So as a huge THANK YOU  to all of our Lovely readers our newest sponsor, Cheryl from  Stampin’ Up is going to help us with a giveaway, $25.00 credit to spend as you would like at her store! We were thrilled when Cheryl offered to sponsor our blog. She has been so nice to deal with and very helpful we are super excited to get to share her with all of you!
Have you heard of  image  before? Well I had heard it mentioned here and there but never really looked into it. When Cheryl sent me her link I checked out her site, seriously after browsing for about an hour I came to the conclusion that I would like at least 1 of EVERYTHING! I know my overcrowded craft room would gladly accept all the new stuff. There is a little lot for everyone on her site. Look at all the fabulous stuff that she has created with her products.
I love this Chocolate bag, also the saying on it! How cute for friend gifts or party favors!
imageThere are so many fun things in this photo, I love the cards seriously beats the $1 cards I buy from Wal-Mart! The birds and Flowers are so adorable.imageI Love this card, so simple yet so prettyimageI would also love to get my hands on this section, making my own charms, count me in!image  And to top it all off right now she has a Sale-a-Bration going on now through the end of the month. Are you all ready to hear how you get to win $25.00 . It’s pretty simple because we love all our followers.
How to enter:
Your must Follow Mom’s of all Trades {Follow}
1. Mandatory: Visit Stampin’ Up and tell us what you would order.  Then leave us a comment letting us know with your email so we can contact you!!
Want an extra entry or 3? Of course!!
2.Visit Cheryl’s  Stampin' Up Facebook page and “Like” her! Then leave us another comment letting us know you did.
3. Leave Cheryl some Facebook ♥! Let her know your from MOAT! Leave another comment here!

We will Draw for the $25.00  April 8th, 2011. We want to wish you all GOOD LUCK! And a huge Thank you for following our blog.
A Huge THANK YOU,
Kori & Tara

Guess who’s Competing?

Have you guys heard of the competition One Month to Win it? Well we have had their button on our blog for a few months and Guess what… We got picked!!!

Do you remember our Pillow pet?image

Well she won us a spot to compete! It starts April 2nd So I hope you will all follow along and wish us luck as we compete! image We are going to need all your luck and crafty vibes and VOTES! ;) There are some amazing ladies that we have to compete against!

~Kori

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lucky Streak/ Brag it up!

So this last  few weeks have been GREAT for Tara & I. Where to start, I guess the biggest one is Tara was able to move in to her BRAND SPANKING NEW HOUSE!  She is so excited to be in and get unpacked so she can get back to crafting!

For me, Not the new house (dang!) but the Hubs did purchase this little beauty for me…imageOh Yeah! A Nikon D3100  My 1st every DSLR, I can assure you I have thought of stealing Tara’s for many years. Now I don't have too! So no more crappy pictures from me, wait rephrase that, If there are any more crappy pictures I assure you it is strictly person operating it!!

Oh and have I mentioned we WON, our first giveaway!!! Seriously I was so excited when I received the email from Kim @ Today's Creative Blog. We won a $50.00 gift certificate to image

We also have another Secret  Announcement to add, just waiting for the go ahead on it too… Good things to come!

And last but certainly not least Notice our Sponsor list to the side, It is growing!! We have some super fun and exciting Giveaways coming up soon!!

Are you all so excited We shared? Do you guys have any news you want to share leave us a comment! We love to hear good news or just brag about something fun!

~Kori & Tara

Mingle Thursday

Welcome to Mingle With Us Blog Hop

Hosted by All About Being Inspired, Happy Go Lucky, and Moms of All Trades.
Each week we will choose one blog at random to spotlight at the next week's blog hop.

Our guest host this week is Ladybird Ln.  They have a fabulous giveaway going on now that ends Friday.  You have to check it out!
Ladybird Ln

Join in on the fun by following the hostesses in the first three spots and our guest host in the fourth spot.  Then, link up your blog's main page.

Have some fun reading new blogs and and making new blog friends.  Remember to show some love and follow new blogs.  We always follow back!!
Grab our button if you want to share our blog hop with others.  There will be a new list every Thursday, so be sure to come back every week.

We hope you have fun and thanks for joining us!  We are so excited to find new blogs, share great ideas, and inspire each other.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Easter Basket Wreath

DSC_0986 Well this may be a little early but my door seems REALLY Naked with out a wreath! Also I bought my wreath stuff a while back and I was pretty excited to make this wreath. My Mom always made wreaths like these for our neighbor and friends. Well she would buy the stuff and let my sister and I make them. I know she is where my love to craft came from!

Items Needed:

  • Wreath, (you can totally use my favorite cardboard too!)
  • Moss or Easter grass (I only used 1 bag)
  • Plastic Eggs (Dont you have about a million of these! I do!)DSC_0961I bought my supplies at the dollar store (I love the price :)!  Make sure you are wanting to make a slight mess and start hot gluing your moss to your wreath.DSC_0963I liked the look of only going half way around, my 1st intention was to go the completely around. Doesn't it look like an Easter basket to you? I simply glued my eggs in the spots that I liked. DSC_0971 I added a little ribbon to break up between moss and wreath and then hung it on my door to stare… It was missing something!DSC_0977 What makes every Easter basket perfect… Duh the chocolate bunny! So I went back to the craft room and found some extra cardboard, yes leftovers can you tell?!DSC_0981I cut him out and added some fun brown scrapbook paper. Then glued him into his new home.DSC_0983   Well What do you think? I love it and for $2.00 that just sweetens the deal!DSC_0987 I also thought I would show you another idea, this is the wreath I made last year. Just a simple foam wreath from the dollar store and jelly beans! It was super quick and yummy! I was also able to keep my Mom’s tradition alive and made these for a couple of friends doors. Trust me they will love an off season gift!DSC01836

I cant wait to share the rest of the Easter stuff we have in store for you guys!

~Kori


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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Center Stage

I was recently asked to help with my church’s party committee (YEAH!). Seriously this is defiantly a calling I can enjoy, I love planning parties! We had our annual Birthday dinner to celebrate together as a group. I was asked to make the centerpieces and I knew what I would make. I ran to the store and picked up some dollar glass plates, a box of wine glasses and some spray paint.DSC08568 The finished product at the party, they looked so good and the cupcakes on top just added to the look!Photo_030111_001 They were a huge hit and for $10.00  I was able to make 5 centerpieces!
~Enjoy, Kori

Thursday, March 17, 2011

PB & J Doughnuts

With me and my little family in the process of moving its really hard to do craft projects. Most of my stuff is packed up so that's why all my recent posts have been food. I will have an area all to my own for crafts but for now i wanted to share a treat i made for my man.
After reading Simple Sweetness and seeing her post on Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes it reminded me of an episode on The Best Thing I Ever Ate. They showed these doughnuts from The Doughnut Plant that were a PB & J doughnut. The owner said it was a top secret way to get the doughnut filled but i thought it cant be rocket science. I decided to make a treat for my husband and since he loves Peanut Butter i thought i would try to make my own PB & J doughnut. Do you want to see my top secret way to fill a homemade doughnut?
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I used a recipe that my mother had for doughnuts. We tried both a cake doughnut and a yeast one but the yeast doughnuts were so much easier and they turned out so much better. Im sure most of you have a doughnut recipe any recipe will work. If anyone wants the one i used i will be more then happy to share just let me know.
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We used her doughnut cutter but they puffed up on us so much you couldn't see the hole but this cutter saved us a lot of time.
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After we cooked and let the doughnuts cool i used one of those frosting tubes but filled it with strawberry jelly and stuck it through the doughnut and injected it with the jelly. I used a longer skinny tip and inserted it twice just opposite from each other. In the same hole i ejected the jelly on two sides. I hope I'm explaining this right I basically made a v shape and then turned the doughnut to make another v shape so the whole doughnut had jelly running through the inside.
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Now it was time for the fun part! We made a peanut butter icing. We just used a simple icing (powdered sugar and milk)recipe and added a lil bit of warmed peanut butter. We didn't measure that we just added according to taste. We dipped each doughnut in the warm icing.
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They looked pretty good knowing the fact that i have never made a homemade doughnut before.
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I grabbed one of the doughnut holes and quickly ejected it and dunked it in the icing so i could open it up to show you and to taste them. They tasted so good basically a sweeter PB and J sandwich
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My husband was in heaven! He wants me to make them for his work so i will be making them again soon. I hope you enjoyed it and let me know what you think!
-Tara

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mingle with Us Blog Hop

Welcome to Mingle With Us Blog Hop

Hosted by All About Being Inspired, Happy Go Lucky, and Moms of All Trades.
Each week we will choose one blog at random to spotlight at the next week's blog hop.
Our guest host this week is Organized Chaos.  She is new to blogging and shares some great craft ideas and yummy recipes.

Join in on the fun by following the hostesses in the first three spots and our guest host in the fourth spot.  Then, link up your blog's main page.
Have some fun reading new blogs and and making new blog friends.  Remember to show some love and follow new blogs.  We always follow back!!
Grab our button if you want to share our blog hop with others.  There will be a new list every Thursday, so be sure to come back every week.



We hope you have fun and thanks for joining us!  We are so excited to find new blogs, share great ideas, and inspire each other.

Take 5 Redemption

DSC_0484Ok after totally feeling like a failure I have redemption! These could NOT be easier to make and the outcome…AMAZING! They are so much like the real thing you will love them. Well you will love them if you are a fan of Take 5 bars!
Items Needed:
  • Pretzels
  • Peanut Butter
  • Caramels
  • Chocolate for melting
To start off grab a cookie sheet and lay out your pretzels. Next swab on some good old peanut butter to each. I used an old baby spoon and it worked great.DSC_0470Next melt some caramels. I bought a bag of the melting caramels and melted half the bag. Just scoop on enough on each pretzel over the peanut butter and let cool. This was where I played around, notice I added a another pretzel on top. Mainly I wanted to see if more pretzel was better.DSC_0476After the caramel has cooled melt your chocolate. I used a 1/2 of bag of chocolate chips and that was plenty. The results a very quick and easy Take 5!    DSC_0489 See I told you it was easy and no measuring! These are my favorite kind of recipes! What’s your favorite Candy Bar or Candy? Any suggestions for my next attempted master pieces/ possible failure!!! Just kidding we would love any suggestions you would like us to try!
~Enjoy, Kori
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