Thursday, January 31, 2013

Weekend Wonders #25 (plus Features!)



This week's most viewed link was:



Christa from Controlling Craziness did a round up of alternative uses for books. There are some stinkin cute ideas, too! Go check them out!


And a few of my faves:

The Super Bowl is this weekend, and I am all about football. Okay...not really. But my husband is and this year I've actually followed it a little bit. But, with the Super Bowl this weekend, here are some really great party ideas!



How cute and easy are these Football Cupcakes from Life with the Hawleys? Genius, I tell ya!!




If you aren't already following Smart School House, get yourself over to that blog and become a follower! Kelly is always coming up with the cutest ideas! Like these Super Bowls....



And back to cupcakes, Diana Rambles made some free Cupcake Topper Printables that would go perfect with your party.



How awesome is this No Sew Table Runner from Growing Up Gabel? Love!!!


Hopefully you've got some great ideas to share at your party! I know I do. Don't forget to check the features at The Thriftiness Miss! And grab a button if you were featured!


Love and Laundry



One of my *favorite* parts about blogging is all of the amazing creativity out there in blogland! I'm so excited to see what everyone shares! Plus, since I'm co-hosting this link party, everything you share here will also be shared over at The Thriftiness Miss.

Now...on to the party. The party will be open until Wednesday at midnight and we'll both be sharing our features at the party next week. Be sure and come back then to find out if you were featured. Plus, we'll both be sharing other favorites throughout the week on our facebook pages, so if you're not already a fan, you can find me here. We'll also be pinning the features to our Weekend Wonders Pinterest Board


Weekend Wonders Guidelines...
  1. Follow your hosts: Love and Laundry and The Thriftiness Miss via GFC, bloglovin, RSS or Linky Followers. If you are a new follower, leave a comment and let us know how you follow and we will return the favor.
  2. Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
  3. Show us your crafts, recipes, shopping hauls, photos, stories, really whatever you're proud of!
  4. Please do not link up Etsy shops, parties, and/or giveaways.
  5. Visit some other links and let them know how wonderful they are! We all love some positive feedback. 
Love and Laundry

Now lets party! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Kid’s Craft: Sock Snowman

My kids had a snow day today. It's pretty rare for school to be cancelled in Idaho because of snow! Extremely cold sub-zero temperatures, yes. But, for snow it has to be pretty bad. I think it was the combination of massive amounts of snow and drifting. Either way, though, it was nice to spend the day at home with my kiddos.

I know that some of you extra brave moms go outside and build snowmen with your kids. I am a huge winter wimp! I grew up in New Mexico and even after living in Idaho for 14 years, I still can't get used to the freezing cold winters. My kids are on their own in the snowman building department. But that doesn't mean that we can't build a snowman of a different sort. I think this super easy Sock Snowman that my daughter made worked out pretty well.

Kid Craft: Sock Snowman


Here’s what you need:

snowman supplies

1 Empty Bottle
1 Old White Sock
2 Pieces of scrap fabric (preferably fleece or minky – the larger one about 10” x 8”, the smaller one 1” x 10”)
2 Rubber Bands
3 Small Buttons
2 Pom Poms – one large and one tiny orange one
2 Googly Eyes

These are super easy to make. It only took 15ish minutes for my daughter to put the whole thing together! I love a good, easy craft!

The first thing you do is pull the sock over the empty bottle.

sock snowman step 1


Tuck the top of the sock into the bottle opening.

sock snowman step 2


Next, take the rubber bands and the large rectangle of fabric. Fold the fabric in half with the right sides together and secure the rubber band near one of the ends.

sock snowman step 3


Turn it right side out and tuck the rubber band inside. Wrap the fabric around the top of the bottle and use the second rubber band to hold the fabric onto the bottle.

sock snowman step 4


Grab some hot glue and glue the large pom pom to the top of the hat.

sock snowman step 5


Lay the bottle down and glue the googly eyes and the small orange pom pom onto the front.

sock snowman step 6


sock snowman step 6b



Next, tie the long skinny piece of fabric around the bottle like a scarf. We fringed the edges with scissors first.

sock snowman step 7



Last, but not least, glue the little buttons in a row below the scarf:

sock snowman step 8



And there you have it: one easy, non-finger-freezing sock snowman!

Kid Craft: Sock Snowman


Friday, January 25, 2013

New Eyes

It’s been so super crazy at my house this week. And for no particular reason. I had like 100 loads of laundry.  I had Cub Scout Pack Meeting. We had dinner guests 2 different nights.  And also what seemed like a never ending list of errands. I drove 160 miles in 2 days running errands. That’s country livin for ya. Unfortunately, all of this craziness is not very conducive to blogging. One of these days, I’ll learn how to pre-blog and schedule intentionally instead of just blogging in the moment.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll know that I also found out that my 3-year old needed glasses. Just about everywhere we went, I had gobs of people ask me about how I found out at such a young age. It’s definitely not normal to worry about your child’s vision this young. Most kids don’t find out that they need glasses until they get into the school system. My daughter got glasses a year ago when she was in second grade. My middle son has never had his eyes checked. So, what made me decide to get my 3-year old’s eyes checked?

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Honestly, the answer isn’t because I was a super observant mom and noticed a problem. After we got his eyes checked, I was still amazed that he even needs glasses. He acts like he can see everything! He constantly points thing out that he sees from a distance. He plays games up close on the iPad and never seems to act like it bothers him. He just seems like a normal 3-year old to me.

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A few months ago, one of my friends asked me if Logan has a lazy eye. Ummm…no. Not even close. I wasn’t sure why she was even asking. I decided that he has big beautiful eyes and that’s why she thought that. Plus, if he’s looking at something sideways, of course one of he eyes would gravitate toward the middle. She obviously didn’t know what she was talking about. My children are perfect, right?

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A little while later, I had another friend ask the same thing. And I’ll be honest. I was kind of offended. Who asks that to someone? Hello….filter! My kids are my pride and joy! Even slightly offensive comments bring out my mama bear instincts.

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I was a little discouraged. Was there something that I wasn’t seeing? More than one person pointed it out, so there must be something worth looking into. So, I finally scheduled an eye appointment. I just went to our regular eye doctor, but I’ve had a few friends mention that I should have taken him to a Pediatric Ophthalmologist. I didn’t even know those existed. But, I do think that our regular doctor did a stellar job. I still can’t believe they charge the same fee to examine a 3-year old as everyone else. It’s a lot more difficult.

His appointment lasted over an hour. It didn’t help that he was a little star struck by the doctor and kept nervously giggling instead of answering questions. Kids this little obviously can’t read, so he had to examine him a lot differently. He held up a stick with pictures on it and would ask Logan if the butterfly was on the top or bottom. Then, he had him look through the gigantic exam glasses. Not to mention shining lights in his eyes about a million times. He dilated Logan’s eyes and did more and more tests to determine his exact prescription. I still can’t believe how patient my boy was. Oh, and I learned that a good eye doctor can determine a person’s prescription just by looking inside their eyes. Before that, I was convinced that advanced eye technology was on the way to replacing actual doctors.

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So, what was the diagnosis? He is far sighted and has been primarily using his right eye to focus. His left eye muscles are weaker and when he tries to focus on close things, that eye is used less and goes slightly off centered. Like one millimeter. He doesn’t have a lazy eye (and when the doctor said that, my inner mama bear was screaming “See? I was right!!”) BUT, if he doesn’t wear his glasses, his left eye muscles could get weaker and it could cause major problems down the road. I also learned that once your eyes are done developing in early childhood, problems like that are irreversible.

By the time the appointment was done, Logan was incredibly tired and wanted absolutely nothing to do with trying on glasses. I had to just choose a pair and cross my fingers that they would look good on his face. I was pretty worried that he wouldn’t wear them after he refused so adamantly to try them on. But, as soon as his new glasses came in, he was so excited. Of course, we had been telling him how awesome glasses are. He’s left them on all the time ever since. He loves all of the attention he’s been getting from just about everyone. Even strangers at the store comment on how cool his glasses are. Yesterday, he told me that his super glasses turn him into a super hero. That’s my boy.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Weekend Wonders #24



This week's most viewed link was:


I love this Wallet from Color Me Domestic. Such a great idea Gen!! I might need to make myself one or five.



And a few of my favs:




The idea of changing old CDs into Coasters from Taste of August is pure genius!!




The Pink Flour shared an adorable Children's Book Themed Baby Shower. So cute!!




I would never have guessed that these cute Valentine earrings were made from Dollar Store stuff! Great job, Jewels for All!



Don't forget to check the features at The Thriftiness Miss! And grab a button if you were featured!


Love and Laundry



One of my *favorite* parts about blogging is all of the amazing creativity out there in blogland! I'm so excited to see what everyone shares! Plus, since I'm co-hosting this link party, everything you share here will also be shared over at The Thriftiness Miss.

Now...on to the party. The party will be open until Wednesday at midnight and we'll both be sharing our features at the party next week. Be sure and come back then to find out if you were featured. Plus, we'll both be sharing other favorites throughout the week on our facebook pages, so if you're not already a fan, you can find me here. We'll also be pinning the features to our Weekend Wonders Pinterest Board


Weekend Wonders Guidelines...
  1. Follow your hosts: Love and Laundry and The Thriftiness Miss via GFC, bloglovin, RSS or Linky Followers. If you are a new follower, leave a comment and let us know how you follow and we will return the favor.
  2. Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
  3. Show us your crafts, recipes, shopping hauls, photos, stories, really whatever you're proud of!
  4. Please do not link up Etsy shops, parties, and/or giveaways.
  5. Visit some other links and let them know how wonderful they are! We all love some positive feedback. 
Love and Laundry

Now lets party! 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Weekend Wonders #23



This week's most viewed link was:



Frugal Ain't Cheap showed us how to make pillow covers the easy way. It's pretty smart. If you love to change your pillow covers, this is a must read!




And a few of my favs:


I looooove parties and it took me about .35243789 to decide that this Lorax Birthday Party from Atkinson Drive is amazing!



If you're on a healthy eating kick (like I probably should be!) this is a great list of Healthy Crockpot Dinners from Semi Homemade Mom.




Tonight was parent teacher conference. I always use that as an excuse to eat out and "celebrate". Thankfully, my kids always do pretty good in school. I don't know how I could justify a celebration dinner if they didn't! If we would have stayed home, I would have made these delicious sounding rolls from Yummy.Healthy.Easy. So, instead, we're eating these tomorrow.



Don't forget to check the features at The Thriftiness Miss! And grab a button if you were featured!


Love and Laundry



One of my *favorite* parts about blogging is all of the amazing creativity out there in blogland! I'm so excited to see what everyone shares! Plus, since I'm co-hosting this link party, everything you share here will also be shared over at The Thriftiness Miss.

Now...on to the party. The party will be open until Wednesday at midnight and we'll both be sharing our features at the party next week. Be sure and come back then to find out if you were featured. Plus, we'll both be sharing other favorites throughout the week on our facebook pages, so if you're not already a fan, you can find me here. We'll also be pinning the features to our Weekend Wonders Pinterest Board


Weekend Wonders Guidelines...
  1. Follow your hosts: Love and Laundry and The Thriftiness Miss via GFC, bloglovin, RSS or Linky Followers. If you are a new follower, leave a comment and let us know how you follow and we will return the favor.
  2. Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
  3. Show us your crafts, recipes, shopping hauls, photos, stories, really whatever you're proud of!
  4. Please do not link up Etsy shops, parties, and/or giveaways.
  5. Visit some other links and let them know how wonderful they are! We all love some positive feedback. 
Love and Laundry

Now lets party! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Button Magnets

I love Button magnets! I made loads of these a few years ago for Christmas presents. I spelled everyone’s name out and made a magnet of each letter. It was a huge hit! My kids still have some of their magnets hanging on our fridge. And really, if you have kids, can you ever have too many magnets?

button magnets finished


Here’s what you need:

button magnet supplies

Button Magnets – I got mine at Wal-Mart in the craft department
Glass Beads – make sure that one side is flat. You can usually find these in the floral department
Scrapbook paper cut into circles – just trace around the magnet to get the right size
E-6000 glue –  My favorite glue. It dries clear and lasts forever!

These really don’t need a step-by-step tutorial, but humor me while I do one anyway.

The first thing you need to do is apply a little bit of glue to the magnet:

button magnets step 1



Place the paper circle on top:

button magnets step 2


Add a little bit of glue to the flat side of the glass bead:

button magnets step 3


And finally, place the bead on the magnet:

button magnets step 4


See? Ridiculously easy! You’ll want to let them dry for about 24 hours before hanging them on the fridge. Aren’t they cute?

button magnets

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