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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

our easter eggs

I love all the new things I can do with Jake now that he's getting older. And yesterday was our first time to dye Easter eggs! 

Jake had a great time coloring the eggs with his crayons. I didn't let him handle the dye {that's obvious right?} but he got to pick all of his own colors as I handled the egg in the tinted dye.

A little helpful hint is to skip the tiny plastic egg holder that comes with the dye kit. Use a whisk! It secures the egg much better.  Just remember to rinse it off between colors.

Since I had quite a few eggs ready to go {and my two year old has the attention span of a goldfish} I was left with a few eggs of my own to decorate. 

By lowering only a portion of the egg into the dye, I made some simple dipped eggs. Then I traced the dividing line with a gold paint pen.
Love these spring time colors!

What about you? Do you and your little ones dye eggs?
There's still tons of time for this fun activity!

And here are a few more of my favorite egg unconventional decorating ideas:

 Gold foil eggs {via}

water color eggs {via}

silhouette eggs {via}

washi tape eggs {via}

sticker stencil eggs{via}

paint pen eggs {via}

Have fun being creative with your Easter eggs!
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Friday, April 11, 2014

coffee table styling

What's on your coffee table?

It seems like such a simple question. And I'm sure the answers range from Spiderman action figures to remote controls to plants and fancy books.
When Jake is playing in the living room, our coffee table invariable looks something like this...

{Thomas the train. Always Thomas the train.}

When its picked up, our coffee table looks something like this...

And I'll be honest with you, I'm over it. Other than the faux fireplace installation, our living room really hasn't changed much in the three years we've lived here. And while I love our little space, I'm also ready for a little freshening up. 

At our house, you walk directly into the living room from the front entrance. It's also the hub of our home often times. So I figure the coffee table is a great place to do a little sprucing without spending much money.

Here's a bit of the inspiration I found:







So many of these are absolutely beautiful! I'd love to have each of them in my home. But lets be honest about two important things:

 1. I actually live here. That means I need to be able to clear the space quickly, prop my feet up, eat a meal, or find a television remote quickly. While a huge vase of lilies would look amazing, I'd probably have a hard time watching Criminal Minds through them... 
2. I have a two year old. Jake is actually amazingly good with all my decorative things. He seems to know what's his and what isn't. But I'm not sure I'll be pushing the envelope any time soon with items that are in such close proximity to his play area.

While it would have to be limited in size {because hello! the beloved television, people!} I do like the idea of a small plant. Maybe some books. And I need to figure out the whole remote control situation. They are so unattractive, but necessary!

So I'm off today to the plant shop and hopefully to find some new nick knacks to garnish my beloved living room. 

Happy Friday friends!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

strawberry crunch cake {recipe}

Yum! This is a great fruity spring treat!

: :  Ingredients  : :

 - a box of crunchy granola bars 
 - 6 tbsp of melted butter
 - 1/3 cup of brown sugar
 - 1/2 cup of flour
 - 2 egg whites
 - 1/2 cup of sugar
 - 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
 - 4 oz of cream cheese
 - 1 1/2 cups of sliced strawberries. 

The ingredient list seems a little daunting, but after a better look at it, you'll notice that you probably keep a lot of these items around your kitchen already. 

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. 

Toss your granola bars into a food processor until you achieve a crumb type consistency.

Add brown sugar, flour, and melted butter.

Cover an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and fill. Then bake for 20 minutes. 

In the mean time, combine egg whites, sugar and heavy cream. Mix on high for at least 5 minutes. 
Then add the cream cheese. Mix until well blended.

Add in your strawberries. 

Hopefully at this point your granola crust is nearly done in the oven. Take out crust and parchment paper. Make sure your 8x8 pan is sufficiently greased.
Divide the granola mixture in half and press  onto the base of the dish. 

Pour your strawberry/cream cheese mix on next. Then top with the remaining granola.

Cover and place the dish in the freezer for at least three hours. Some like this dish completely frozen, but I prefer it a bit softened so I recommend move it to the refrigerator an hour or so before eating. 

I also like pretending that because this dessert has fruit and granola that its super good for you! Seems legit, right??
Enjoy, friends!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

two year stats

Obviously this post is a wee bit behind since Jake's birthday was two weeks ago. But sometimes the downside to having a little one's birthday just around spring break means that appointments can be tricky. The good news is that Jake is still right on par for his growth rate.

: :  Stats  : :

Weight:  27 lbs {50th percentile}
Height: 35 inches {63rd percentile}

Still a lean machine. We're in 18 month separates and 24 month outfits/pajamas.

: :  What Jake's up to  : :

Talking. This kid is a chatterbox! He repeats everything that you say. Everything, people. He speaks in full on sentences and is a complete conversationalist. I love it! Even our pediatrician was amazed at how much Jake had to say. 

Playing outside. Whether he's drawing with sidewalk chalk, blowing bubbles, or pulling his wagons around the yard, Jake loves to be outside! And now that spring is here, this momma is enjoying playing out there with him. I'm so glad to have a kiddo that isn't stuck to a screen all the time and loves to play outdoors!

Potty training. We started this pretty early and have generally taken it slow since Jake is so young. But he stays in underwear or Pull-Ups during the day and very rarely has an accident. He's still in diaper when he's sleeping.

Thomas the train. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I really thought that the Thomas phase would be over now. It's been eight months! But we love all things Thomas just as much now as we ever did. 
This past weekend, we even bought tickets to the touring Day Out with Thomas event. I'm pretty sure Jake had the best day ever. 

: :  Loves  : :

Trains. Books. Playgrounds. Bananas. Blocks. Bubble baths. Tickling. Mickey Mouse. Church. Milk.  Singing. Jumping on the bed. Balloons. All things purple.

: :  Hates  : :

Haircuts. Doctors. Meat. Being dirty.

: :  New Things  : :

 A toddler bed. We definitely aren't quite here yet, but I'm thinking of transition him into a big boy bed sometime in the next six months or so. Right now, he's still sleeping 12 hours at night and taking a long afternoon nap his crib. I suppose the old saying "if its not broke, don't fix it" rings true for the time being. I'm definitely a little nervous about him having the ability to jump out of bed at night.

First dentist appointment. I'm setting this up now and definitely not looking forward to it. Jake has never liked to have anyone poking around at his teeth or in his mouth. Fingers crossed that we all survive!

And finally I'll leave you with some pictures from Jake's actual birthday. We took him to the local Huntsville Train Depot for the first time. He loved it! There were so many trains to climb all over and neat things to see. It is a part of our local museum membership so I foresee us spending quite a lot of time here this summer. 

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

toddler art tuesday {#6}

I'm so excited that spring is officially here! 
And we have our very first spring crafts!

For this craft, I had every single item already at my disposal - Bird seed, peanut butter, and some empty toilet paper rolls. 

Coat your rolls in peanut butter. 
{Or let your little one do it. No way I'm that brave with a two year old.}

And then let them roll it in bird seed. I put mine in a paper plate to help contain some of the mess.

We placed our bird feeders on a string and hung them from chairs on the porch. I wanted Jake to be able to watch the birds nibble on them from the back door. 

I love this little beauty!!

It does take a couple of minutes of prep if you'd like to tackle that before setting up your kiddo to help. You'll need some tissue paper {very little}, construction paper for the outline, and contact paper. 

I chose a butterfly because the outline would be easy to cut out. I simple folded my black paper in half and freehanded a butterfly wing along the fold. Make sure to cut the center out of it as well. I used some of my excess paper from the center to cut a little butterfly body as well. 

Unfold the butterfly and attach it to the contact paper - sticky side up...

Finally, cut or tear your tissue paper into small pieces and let your kiddo stick them into the wings.

To finish it out, place another layer of contact paper on top to seal it - stick side down. Press out all the creases. 

I used a couple small pieces of tape to attach it to the glass. Looks so great with the light shining through!

This is a great craft that you can customize in so many ways. Any shape, any colors, any season!

For more fun craft ideas, click the image below to see previous toddler art Tuesdays posts.


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