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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Maternity Maxi Mashup - Day 355

 I don't fit into my clothes. The clothes I had for my last two pregnancies puttered out because I only had a few and I wore them out. So I need some new stuff, but don't want to pay $20 for a shirt. I went to the thrift stores and found some sheets! Yes the same kind you put on your bed. Fabric is fabric. Then I went and bought shirts for less than $5 at Target and Walmart that match the patterns. Here is the first Maxi dress.

Here are the two sheets and one pillowcase I found. 

Here are the matching shirts.

This one is the far right duo. 

I had to put a bump on my girly.

I hated that it had a pocket, so I removed that first thing. Then I put on the shirt and pinned where I wanted the seam.

Cut 5/8 in down from the pin for the seam allowance.

This sheet was a flat queen, so I will get two or more projects out of this. I cut it in half lengthwise. I sewed the back seam together.

Then I used my ruffle foot and gathered the top.

I added the shirt to the top and pinned. When I use my ruffle foot, it always ruffles perfectly to match up with whatever I am attaching it to. It is magic. 

This is what it looks like after the seam is sewn.

This is the maxi on girly. Remember when you hem it, you have to have a belly under it. The front will be a lot longer than the back seam because it needs to make room for the belly.

I thought she needed a belt so I took some left over material from the sheet and cut a long strip and sewed it together. Then I added this flower.  Cut Cut 10 exact circles. lay one circle down flat. Fold another circle in half, and then half again. place on top of the circle and sew at middle. Add three more petals to this layer.

Place another petal over the seam of two petals. Repeat this three more times. You should have one flat and eight folded. 

Take the last one and roll it. Sew it to the center. I kind of flattened it a little. 

I made two flowers, one small and one larger and put the small on the large and added a sparkle button. Then I sewed it to the band. 

So much cuter!

 Here it is on my belly!

Monday, July 30, 2012

German chocolate - Day 354

When I went to Europe in 2007 the most popular item bought by our group was German chocolate. When we were preparing to go they made it seem like it was really hard to get in the states so we needed to stock up. The brand was called Milka. I brought some back and gave it for Christmas presents. The next year I was so amazed to find it online on Amazon, so my hubby bought me a whole case of it and I stockpiled it in my moms freezer and it lasted us years. There may still be some there now. It is much more prevelant and you can find it at your local Walmart. It is amazing. My favorite will always be hazelnut. I love hazelnut anything. So you need to put this on your next grocery shopping list and try it. You will fall in love and never look back at the crap you have been eating that we call chocolate.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pregnancy update - Day 353

I thought it was time to update you all on my pregnancy. I am 18 weeks tomorrow. I was really, really sick almost immediatly after getting prenant. It was really inconsistant though. I would be so sick one day and throwing up and the next day just nausea so bad I wanted to die, but no throwing up. Weird. I think it was so bad, because I didn't know if I would ever get better, so I felt so helpless.

I got over that at 11 weeks. Thank goodness! My belly started to pop out really early too. I carry my babies really, rreally low, so the baby ran out of room really fast and I quickly became uncomfortable. I also feel my babies really early so about 13 weeks I felt bumps and kicks. Daniel didn't believe me, but they were really the baby!

The biggest thing right now is I am always exsahsted. I take naps and I still feel wiped out if I do too much activity. Going to the store for fun is even too much sometimes. I have to recover on the couch for a while. I also don't fit into any clothes. I only have a few maternity clothes left after my last two pregnancies, so today I am making some dresses and tops. I will post them!

Cravings in the begining were random. If I saw something on the t.v. I wanted it. I always want asain food. I also really like eggs and hashbrowns.

I havn't taken very many photos, but here is the day I found out I was preggo!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cricut doll - Day 352

I have been racking my brain for a creative chore chart. I got side tracked when I found this metal rectangle. I thought it would be cute to add this little boy to the chore chart and when Ben got dressed in the morning, he could dress the boy. I could also add the weather and a few different outfits so he can start paying attention and dress accordingly. So what I did first was to cut the metal rectangle in half, one for each boy. Then I used my cricut to cut a frame out. The edges aren't that nice and are sharp, so I wanted a barrier.

I traced where it would line up on the back of the frame.

I used spray glue to adhere the metal to the paper frame as well as the boy to the metal.

This is what it looks like after it is done drying. It will be tacky for a while.

I made one for Tayrien too.

Here it is with the little boy. I cut him out on the cricut and gave him some magnet undies so the clothes would stick easier.

I cut a sun and a sun related outfit out and backed it with magnet. I used a big magnet rectangle that was sticky on one side, then you cut around the paper once  you have stuck it tot the sticky part of the magnet.

Here is the night time outfit.

Here is the cloudy one.
I don't know how I am going to incorporate this into a chore chart, cause I can't pick what I want. When I do I will post about it!

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Olympics - Day 351

Since today is the opening ceramony for the London Olympics, I have been preparing the boys with different crafts and activities. We made our own Olympic torch out of a paper roll tube. I cut cunstruction paper and glued them together for the flame.

Then I had Bennny gently crumple the tinfoil.

I taped the end of the foil to the tube. Roll the tinfoil around and secure it with hot glue.

Fold the ends into the end of the tube.

Cut a slit on either side of the tube and slide the paper through. Use hot glue and run it up and down the seam.


 Benny holding the torch.

We also made a red white a blue chain to hang over the window.

I made some scones earlier in the week and I will make some more tonight and eat it with herbal tea.
This recipe is so much better with the whipped cream!

Whole wheat chocolate chip scones

Serves 8-12


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 organic egg
  • 3/4 cup cold milk
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Stir all your dry ingredients together. Add the cold butter and mix it up with clean hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Add the egg and the milk.
  3. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Turn out the mixture on a floured surface and form into a flattened ball.
  5. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Score into 8-12 pieces.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees F until baked.
  7. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm. If desired, top with whipped cream.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Car kit - Day 350

I have wanted to make a car kit for a long time now, but didn't have anywhere to put it since our lovely 1984 Cadillac Seville had a trunk that wouldn't open. So now that I have this great new car I have space to put things!  I bought this organizer on a garage sale a while ago. I love it because it has a bunch of compartments and dividers.

Ok, so this is what I started out with. I added some things later that aren't pictured. In the back is a medibag that I bought from Target. It is geared toward littles. It is styrafoam with plastic handles. (Left-Right) extra diaper, extra undies and a onsie, wipes, hand sanitizer, four granola bars in a ziplock bag, garbage bag for dirty diapers, lotion, hand warmers, and a blanket. I keep tissues, another hand sanitizer, a pen, and some spare change in a front compartment since I would use those more frequent. Later I added a red reusable water bottle full of water. I picked red so it would last longer in the sun. I am sure I can think of more to put into it, but I thought this was a good start.

Am I missing anything really important?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cheesy Vegitable chowder - 349

Cheesy Vegitable chowder

2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped carrot
1 stalk celery, finely chopped (feel free to add more celery if you like celery; I don't, so I don't add much)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth (I usually use a mixture of low-sodium chicken broth and broth made with chicken soup base because it gives it such nice flavor)
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup milk
2 cups chopped broccoli
2 heaping cups shredded cheddar cheese

Melt the butter in a large soup pot. Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute over medium heat until tender. Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 additional minutes. Add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender. Mix flour with water, add, and simmer until soup is slightly thickened. Add milk and broccoli and cook until broccoli is just tender and soup is heated through. Stir in cheese, allow to melt, and serve. It was a little watery for me, but it was still good.

I Ate this chowder with the artisan bread from yesterday's post and it was fabulouse!
I thought I was at Panera Bread!