Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
It's time for the second installment of I Pinned It! I haven't heard much from all you lovely readers out there if you like it or not... but I like it, so I'm going to keep going!
One of the things I've found that helps me pin things is adding the Pin It button to my toolbar. You can do this in Pinterest using their Pin Marklet This adds a little button you can click on from whatever internet page strikes your fancy! Easy peasy!!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
If you've been following along, you know I've recently had my second daughter. With pregnancy comes weight gain, and I never lost all the baby weight from my first daughter. I've lost weight on my own in the past, but since I obviously didn't do so hot with that nearly three years later, it looks like I need some help!
Enter Slim-Fast and their exciting new 3-2-1 Plan!
- 3 nourishing snacks a day like Slim-Fast 100-calorie snack bars, fruits, nuts or veggies to help control cravings between meals.
- 2 Slim-Fast Shakes or Meal Bars per day - delicious and nutritious for up to four hours of hunger control.
- 1 balanced meal - a balanced 500-calorie meal. Try to fill half your plate with veggies, a quarter with protein, and a quarter with whole grains.
The products are available in the pharmacy sections of grocers and retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway and Kroger, as well as online at Amazon.com and the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Store on Facebook.
I'm excited to try the new shakes, available in great flavors like French Vanilla and Cappuccino Delight. For more information, 'Like' Slim-Fast on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/slimfast
With Slim-Fast's delicious new 1-2-3 program, I know I can make the changes needed to go from now to wow! I'm on a roll already, having lost all the weight from my second pregnancy and a few more, so I'm excited to try Slim-Fast's program to keep it going. My twenty year High School reunion is this summer, and I want to look my very best!
One of the Christmas presents I made for Arden was a simple apron to wear when she helps me in the kitchen, or when she gets creative in her play kitchen.
I used more of my deep discount IKEA fabric (are you getting tired of seeing projects made out of this yet?), and made orange bias tape from denim leftover from one of my Project Toddler Runway designs. Arden is already enjoying it and playing in her little kitchen. I have pictures of her opening it on Christmas morning that I don't want to share here because she had stripped down to panties and socks earlier in the morning because she wanted to wear some new holiday socks and was wearing footie pajamas. All our Christmas morning pictures are of a mostly naked two-year-old and a sleeping two-month-old. Hilarious!
This was super quick and easy - I think making the bias tape took more time than cutting and sewing the apron! I made it a little big so it will grow with her, and the neck strap adjusts with two d-rings. I cut two, so I'm going to whip up the other one to sell in my Etsy shop Jennuine Design.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Mmmmm.... Yummy yarn for some selfish knitting! This is Noro, a Japanese yarn. I'm going to make a gorgeous cowl for myself. Love the colors!!
Hubby Dave gave me a gift certificate for Christmas to my local yarn shop and it was just about exactly enough to cover the two skeins of Noro and the 24" circular needles I needed for this project. I'm literally moments away from casting on, and I can't wait!!
Monday, December 26, 2011
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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Best wishes to you and your family on this merry holiday! We'll be attending the candlelight service this evening, preceded by dinner at a great Chinese restaurant. After, we'll spread sparkly oatmeal in the yard to feed Santa's hungry reindeer and set out cookies and milk for the big man himself. Then we'll open warm jammies from Frosty and head off to dreamland. I'm planning to enjoy what will likely be the last year before Arden clues in and wakes us up at an unheard-of early hour!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Do you Pinterest? Is that a verb? Well, it should be... I've been enjoying Pinterest so much that I thought I'd start sharing my pins with you - maybe you'll find something that you'd like to pin! If you aren't a member, send me a comment and I'll invite you to join.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I decided to make up a little gift for Arden to pass out at daycare. My Mom had introduced me to the concept of Snowman Soup a couple of years ago, and I thought it would be perfect for a bunch of two to four year-olds.
I googled "Snowman Soup poems" and found four different options. Sorry, I don't remember the source. We don't have a colored printer, so I can't do one of the nifty printables for this. We went old-fashioned and put stickers on the front. Oh, and don't you love the typo I didn't catch until after I had printed them all? Doh!! I'm going to blame it on the template having the text sideways.
I think they'll like them... Arden has recently discovered the joys of hot cocoa ("warm cocoa" or she won't drink it), and particularly likes the peppermint hot cocoa from "Donald's House" - her name for the Golden Arches.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Remember the adult robe I remade into a kid-sized version for Arden?
Here it is in color! Arden chose the light pink dye. I didn't tell her what it was for, only that she could choose her favorite color.
I think she chose the perfect color! I decided not to wrap it as a Christmas gift - she's got plenty to open on Christmas day. Plus, then I got to see her in it sooner!
I think this is one of my favorite projects I've made for her, and she really likes it too!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I decided to knit up a little earwarmer for Arden after the umpteenth time I decided it wasn't worth the trouble of trying to wrangle a hat over her ponytail. Since her hair is long and it gets all gummy with food if it's not put back, 90% of the time it's up in a ponytail, twisties, or braids.