Monday, February 28, 2011

Mama Monday: Homemade Diaper Bag

I couldn't find any diaper bag's that I liked so I made my own. If you are not a experienced sewer then don't worry. I looked harder than it is. I used the Laura Ashley sewing pattern from Jo Ann Fabrics. But I modified the pattern a little. The pattern had a zipper and I didn't want one so I didn't add that. And I added some stroller straps on the inside. I also used upholstery fabric that is much sturdier. If you want to use some fun light weight fabric then line it with lining fabric and it should be fine. The hardest part was cutting all the pieces out. Once you sew it, it goes really fast. Don't be afraid to take a project like this on. It was fun and not as hard as it looks.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Foody Friday: Jimmy John's Recipe for Beach Club

Jimmy John's Avocado Spread for the Beach Club

I found this recipe on CopyKat. They have a bunch of fun recipes from all sorts of restaurants! So if you're craving something from your favorite place, see if they have a recipe for it on there and make it yourself!

What's on the Sandwich:
Smoked Turkey Breast, Avocado Spread, Cucumber (I like mine without), Provolone Cheese, Alfalfa Sprouts, Lettuce, Tomato & HELLMANNS Mayo, French Bread
Ingredients for the Spread:
1 sm. Chili pepper
1 med. Onion
1 sm. Garlic clove
1 sm. Tomato, peeled
2 med. Ripe Calavo avocados
1 tbl. Fresh lemon or lime juice
3/4 tsp. Salt
1 dsh. Seasoned salt
1 dsh. Dry mustard

Directions:Chop chili pepper, onion, garlic, peeled tomato and blend. Cut avocado into halves, remove seed and skin, mash with chili mixture. Blend in lemon or lime juice, salt, pepper, seasoned salt and dry mustard.

Makes 1 1/2 cups dip.
I drove 4 hours, from Irvine to Clovis, to the closest Jimmy John's to get this sandwich (I was pregnant at the time and was really craving one), but now I can make my own! YAY!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lovin It Thursday: Super Nanny!

I have a two year old so I am lovin Super Nanny right now!

Click on Jo Jo's picture to check out full episodes of Super Nanny!
Thank you Jo Frost for your wise instruction. I have recently moved my two year old daughter into a toddler bed. I have been dreading letting her out of her so-called 'holding cell' and setting her free to roam our home. The first day was great and then she realized she could get up. come's the Super Nanny Mommy. After staying up all night with her inching my way out of her room as I pick her up and put her back in her bed, over and over and over agian. She finally slept and has ever since. I don't exactly have someone holding my hand helping me though this thing called parenting, so that long night with my daughter, I kept imagining the Super Nanny there with me telling me "You can do it", and "Don't give up." THANKS is all I can say! Anything to help us Mom's from going bonkers is fantastic.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Giveaway Wednesday: WINNER ANNOUNCED!

February's Giveaway

And the winner is...

(Please send us an email with your address and we'll send you your prize!)

Thank you to all those who participated this month.
Please stay tuned for next month's giveaway which will be announced on March 2nd!!!

One a side note...if you make or sell something that you would like to have featured on our site as a Giveaway, please send us a picture with a description of your item plus a link to your website and we'll let you know if we like what you've got! Send your emails to: heckfridays(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Par-Tay Tuesday: Pink & Black Baby Shower

Tickled Pink Baby Shower

Homemade cake by our sister-in-law Vivian Campbell

Welcome Banner

Advice Book by our other sister Heather Williams

Gift Bag Milk Carton's filled with treats

Banner on Front Door
We used these as candy wrappers

This logo was printed on the Thank you cards

This was used for stickers and tags on the gift bags

This was the Banner for everyone to see

This was the invitation

Auntie Erin

New Mommy Joi

Scotlin Aurora

All of these designs were created on my Greeting Card Factory Program on my Computer. Joi had her first baby and this was one of the shower's she had. It was a lot of fun to do, since we did it after the baby was born. Isn't she cute?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mama Monday: Wooden Name Letters

We both made Wooden Name Letters for our daughters. If you aren't very crafty and you want to make these, don't worry they are super easy to make.

Here are Erin's ideas: All you do is buy some wooden letters at a craft store or online. With my first daughter, Cheryl, I went to Roberts crafts and found some pre-painted black letters. I have redone Cheryl's letters twice. I just added the paper on top of the old paper and you can't even tell. With my second daughter, June, I couldn't find letters that I wanted so I found some online that were also prepainted black. Both sets of letters were really inexpensive to buy. I then bought some fun paper. I did a girly jungle theme in my girls room so I got jungle paper. I traced out the paper on the letter's, cut out the paper and fit it on the letters. It doesn't have to be a exact match. You can't really tell once it's on the wall. I just used plain old Elmer's glue to glue the paper's all I had at the time.  I hot glued some really cute ribbon on the backs (which doesn't have to be perfect either). It's much easier to tie the ribbon first then glue the ribbon on, if you want to do bows. You can get the ribbon and a glue gun at a craft store also. I had a couple of button's laying around, so I glued them on too. And viola, fancy letters that you didn't have to pay a fortune for and that are personalized to your style.

Here are Joi's ideas: Basically I did the same thing as Erin, except that I bought unpainted wooden letters and painted the sides black then after the paint dried, I traced the paper around the letters and cut them out to fit. Then I mod podged the paper to the wood and presto! I attached them to my daughter's bedroom wall with velcro so that I could adjust them on the wall easier!
You can also create any letters for your home. Like Welcome, Family, Love and you last name. It was a lot of fun to make, so get your girlfriends together and start crafting.

~ Joi & Erin ~

Friday, February 18, 2011

Foody Friday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

 Yesterday it snowed where I am so we still need something warm to eat. Luckily I still had some of my Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. Every year I make a huge batch of Chicken Noodle soup and freeze for the whole winter. It gets us though the cold season and it's really easy to pull out of the freezer and unthaw. My family loves it. It's so good the you've got to pace yourself so that it lasts a while. My recipe includes:
2 packages bow tie pasta
(you can use any kind of small pasta that you like)
4 large stalks of celery
6 carrots less if you don't like a lot
(I love carrots, so I always put more)
5 cans chicken broth
(you can always add water if you need more)
Onions, if you want
(my family doesn't eat onions)

First cut the Carrots, Celery and Onions and brown them in a pan. They taste much better if you brown them and it makes them extra soft. If you like harder vegetables then brown them slightly. As you are browning the veggies you then boil the Pasta in a large pan in the Chicken Broth.  just until the noodles are still hard you add the vegetables and the Seasonings. I used equal parts of these seasonings(about 1/4 cup) poultry seasoning, rosemary, oregano, basil, thyme, savory and 2 Tablespoons of salt and pepper. Keep tasting the broth until you like it. Cook all ingredients together just until noodles are al dente. Take them off the heat immediately and scoop them into freezer proof containers. And there you go. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lovin' It Thursday: BLURB

Make your BLOG into a BOOK with BLURB!

(Click on each image to view a larger image)

When my daughter was about 2 weeks old, I decided to make a book out of what I was posting on my blog about her. I started at the very beginning...the day I found out I was pregnant!

As you can see, I chose to do a small soft cover book! You can arrange different layouts, colors, fonts, etc. Basically, what you do is download their software program (or you can do it online) and upload the posts you want from your blog. It uploads all the pictures and all the words. Then you go through and edit it the way you want it.  I was amazed at how great it came out.

My next project is to do from when she was an infant to when she turns one. I'm so excited! I wish I had pictures of that book to show you, but she's not one just yet. hehe I'll be doing one every year, so instead of a bunch of huge scrapbooks, she will have actual books of her life to look at!


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