Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Programs

Had to share these cute shots of Jane before her school Christmas programs this week!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Pinterest Obsession

I love Pinterest. It's the greatest idea since this super cool website babysteals came along :) Pinterest can be overwhelming because you can love almost everything you see and can spend hours 'pinning' things you love into organized boards yet never seem to try many of the ideas. I tend to take the opposite approach and organize my boards accordingly - such as "Food to Try" and "Recipes I've Tried and loved". Every Sunday I've been trying some of the recipes I've pinned to my Food to Try board and moving them to the other board - assuming I liked it! Here are some winners I've found through Pinterest that have become traditions in my house:

Pumpkin Pancakes - I make a big batch of these on Sundays. I take what is leftover and freeze them individually, then put them all in a freezer ziploc bag. They pop into the toaster perfectly for the boys on school mornings. Top with Nutella or maple syrup - amazing!

Green Smoothie Cups - I admit these look nasty, but they're totally not! Again, I make a big batch on Sunday. I keep coconut water in the fridge so the boys can make their smoothies each morning by adding the water and one smoothie cup to the blender. They love it! For real!

Homemade Cinnamon Almonds - Trust me on this one. Stop what you're doing right now and make these- it will take less than 10 minutes to prepare them. Your house will smell incredible and you'll never buy the ones at the mall again. Except you'll have to make a lot- my boys devoured one batch in less than 24 hours.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing - There are three things I hate about store bought ranch dressing. MSG - I'm allergic and it's terrible for your body. It's fattening, and high in sodium. Totally defeats the purpose of having a salad. This recipe is fresh and much more healthy for you. I replace half of the mayonnaise with plain greek yogurt. It's amazing!

Here's my Pinterest account. If you need an invite, let me know and I'll send you one. I have many other things I use Pinterest for that I'll talk about in another post. Happy Pinning and I apologize in advance!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Woodland Forest Baby Shower

In March I threw a last minute baby shower for my sister-in law Audria. It was planned for later in the month (so I hadn't picked a theme yet) but we found out baby Bridger was coming almost a month early so I had to rally fast! It was on a Monday night and I literally planned the theme while chatting with my brilliant and crafty friend Lisa Mack the Saturday night before. Since his name was going to be Bridger, (and there is a forest called Bridger National Forest) we picked a Woodland Forest theme. I'm not sure how we pulled it off, but Lisa totally helped me rally and we put together a super cute shower for Audria! I was feeling pressure to make it perfectly cute because I'm the owner of BabySteals and ScrapbookSteals ....geez! The colors were lime green, orange, brown and blue. Oh and - I had to work on Monday, so I had it catered by Cafe Rio. Highly recommended, huge hit. :)
Here are some photos of what we did!
Oh yes, I DID make a diaper cake out of BABY LEGS in the theme colors!

The dessert and drink table
Blue and Green Jelly Belly's
Lisa designed and made these Woodland themed cupcake toppers!

I special ordered the cupcakes from Sweet Tooth Fairy

Green and Blue M&M's - right out of the regular M&M bag

Here last name is Jonas (my maiden name) so of course that means I have to get green & blue Jones Soda's and change the "E" to an "A"!
Tissue Paper Pom Pom flowers - so easy!
Table centerpiece
I made a clothes line of baby socks in the theme colors 
Not bad for 2 days planning!
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