We Got the FUNK: January 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Family Friday 1/30/2015

I promised to take more photos this week!  What a great week it truly has been.  We were very busy and although this weekend is no different is is still great quality time for my little family.

Friday we went to the National Western Stock Show and the little princess was in heaven and therefore would not stay still for any photos.  The boy though, he posed and was so happy the entire time.  We only spent a couple hours but truly had a nice time with the animals and each other. 


Saturday was insanely busy, Eyan and I had hair cuts, then a birthday party and then we headed up to the mountains to eat and basically were not home for 12 hours.  The pictures I took were insanely awful, so there are not even worth posting.  But with all that craziness, it lead us to a lazy Sunday morning snuggling on the couch, watching cartoons and eating breakfast.


Like the last 3 Sunday's we hit up the skating rink for some practice and my parents decided to join us.  Eyan did so good and literally it made my entire day to see him skating with my parents.  


I also got some skating in!  ROLLER DERBY THAT IS!  The last couple weeks I have been back at it and feeling like a new human!


The rest of the week has just been work and hanging out at home with a little sisters birthday celebration in the middle of it.  I snapped a few pictures of the kids just being cute and now we gear up for the next week.  I think this year is just going to be busy. 



Thanks for taking a peek into our week.  I would love to see what your week has looked like too!  I decided to start a little Family Friday Link Up.  Feel free to drop your link below!






Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Preschool DIY "Bookworm" Valentines #Printables!

Valentine's Day is a few short weeks away and as a busy mom I want to make sure that I am prepared!  I also wanted to give Eyan's classmates something cute but that encouraged learning. Enter the adorable Bookworm valentine.  You really can't beat something sweet and useful that encourages reading in kids!

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This was one of the easiest DIY valentines that I have made in a long time.  Last year I went a bit crazy and was up crafting for hours the night before his Valentine's party.  This year I needed something easy but I wanted to reinforce all the work that his teacher has been doing in class with reading, so I created this adorable bookmark for the kids to use!  You can print yours here!


Supplies:


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Directions:


  • Fill each treat sack with a small handful of gummi worms and use the bread tie to tie it off. Leave the ends of the bread ties out to attach the bookmark.
  • Print out the bookmark on cardstock and then using a single hole punch, punch a hole in the designated spot. Make a tassle out of the ribbon.  I just cut a few strips and threaded them through the hole and then took another piece of ribbon and tied it around the top to secure the strips. 
  • Attach the bookmark to the treat sack by threading the bread tie through the hole in the bookmark.  Twist and it is attached!
  • As a final touch, I created a little Valentine's Day Card to attach with a cute saying about reading and I taped it to the other side of the treat sack!  The saying says"

Thanks for being a bookworm with me, and inching along through reading!
You can also print yours here!


I am so excited to share these with Eyan's class.  Please feel free to leave a link below to your Valentine's Day snack!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

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Valentine's Wooden Door Hanger

Valentine's Day is less than a month away and for the last few days I have been redecorating our house in pinks, reds and rustic themes!  I am not the biggest fan of the commercialized aspect of Valentine's Day but I am a huge fan of love and celebrating love!  Naturally, my door needed a little bit of the new decor.  Check out my easy tutorial and 2nd project using my Silhouette machine and some vinyl below!

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Obviously, I am super frugal and many of the decorations in my house have been little finds at the dollar store or Target bins!  You can find some great things there and adjust them to really work with your personal style!  I managed to make this door hanger for only $5.00!

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Supplies:


  • Wooden heart (target dollar bins $3.00)
  • 1 yard of tulle ($1.00 in the discount bin @ Walmart) cut into 4 inch wide strips
  • Hot glue
  • Silhouette machine with the "Get Your Cupid On" design downloaded from the Silhouette store ($0.99)
  • Silhouette vinyl transfer materials (hook, transfer paper, vinyl, etc.)
  • Modge Podge

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Directions:

  1. Open your Silhouette Design Studio and download the "Get your cupid on" design.  Resize it to fit your heart and then set the cut settings to vinyl, the blade depth to 2 and insert your chosen vinyl color and cut it out!
  2. Once you have your design cut and cleaned up (using the hook helps clean this design up quickly and easily), use your transfer paper and place it over the design.  Using the flat black tool, secure the transfer paper to the vinyl and lift off.  
  3. Place your design on the wooden heart in the center and again use the flat black tool to seal it onto the wood.
  4. Carefully remove the transfer paper.  This can be tricky, particularly if your wood has slats in it like mine, so be very gentle and go slowly.
  5. Take your tulle pieces and begin to adhere them to the wood in a "wiggly loop" pattern. Basically I placed a line of glue down and stuck the end of the tulle into it.  I then made a loop like I was tying my shoe and added another line of glue and pressed the tail-end of the loop on it.  I just repeated and repeated until the entire outside of the heart was covered.
  6. If you like the loop version then leave it.  Personally I wanted this to look a little more tutu-esque so I went ahead and cut each loop.  When you look at the #6 picture above the left side of the picture is the tulle that is cut and the right side is it left in loops.  It doesn't look like much but I think it makes all the difference to cut each loop. 
  7. Use your Modge Podge and apply it over the vinyl and wood to seal it.  Allow to dry and then hang up!

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I really love the way this turned out and although I have enjoyed my wreath projects, this has been something a little fun and different to try.  It looks great with my style and was pretty easy too. 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Family Friday 1/23/15

You guys, these last two weeks at work have been insane.  Students are being crazy and I feel like I am drowning just a bit in the chaos.  Hence the lateness in my post today.  I try to get them done in the evenings and scheduled the night before but that has just not been happening.  I have been getting home and trying to give my kids all my love and attention and really making the effort to stay off my phone and computer until bedtime (which has ended with me falling asleep and not blogging).  I apologize, I have a better plan for next week.

Because I have not been attached to my phone I have forgot to take many pictures.  We did another day at the skating rink and already both kids are doing 10x better then they were last week.  I did get a few pictures this time and the husband FINALLY has weekends off to spend time with us.  Enjoy some of our happiness!

Eyan with his skate trainer.  He is getting really fast and much more balanced.  I think this weekend we will try it without the skate trainer!

The princess skated a bit but really wanted to just cruz around the rink in the stroller.  Daddy pushed her and I was so excited to have everyone together sharing in some great family time. 
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This weekend is sure to be busy for us and I promise to take more pictures next week on family friday!  Should I start a link up?  Would you be willing to participate with something family friendly? No real rules.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Forts, Family & Pop Secret Muddy Buddies #RECIPE #PopSecretForts #Sp

Our household has had a difficult time this semester adjusting to me being back at work and the hubby's schedule readjusting as well.  In particular, the little boy of the house has been feeling like he is not getting enough one on one attention.  I was elated when Pop Secret contacted me to create a pillow fort and have a family night on them!

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Eyan's faces in these pictures crack me up, he would not smile he just wanted to eat that popcorn in his fort!
Last night I took the kids to the grocery store to pick out something for dinner and grab our favorite go to popcorn!  Eyan chose the butter flavor and little did he know I was going to create something that would make it even more tasty!  We went home, cooked some delicious mexican pizza's and then I put the baby to bed and had Eyan go take a bath.

While he was in the bath, I went to work, making the delicious muddy buddy popcorn and building a fort.  When he came down, he was so excited!  He picked a movie off Netflix and climbed right in. He didn't want me to really take photos, he just wanted me to snuggle, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity because I know these moments are few and far between.  It was a great night to spend with just me and my little guy with a great snack.  I hope that this helped him feel valued and special as I know the adjustment of me heading back to work each semester is a tough one on both of my kids.  Last week the poor guy was overshadowed by the not sleeping princess.

We had a great night thanks to Pop Secret building out pillow fort!  Pop Secret is making it easy to have a family fort night as well by offering a $1.00 off coupon and an adorable flag option to add to your fort! Pop Secret is your perfect snack companion on trips into the uncharted reaches of your imagination.

Pop Secret knows that fun, like popcorn, is better when it’s shared. Send Pop Secret your pillow fort stories and pictures on Facebook. You can upload them right to the Pop Secret timeline and tag them #PopSecretForts. They might just share a little something back!

Now for the most amazing popcorn recipe ever, just in time for Valentines Day!

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My family is a huge fan of muddy buddy snack mix and Sixlets.  So I decided to combine the muddy buddy recipe with Sixlets and Pop Secret popcorn and OMG, it is the BEST.  I even smuggled some to work today and my co-workers are going nuts over this.  Quotes have been "This is sooooo good", "I think you put crack in these", "I am covered in sugar and I like it".  Basically if you do not make this you are not living life. :)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of Pop Secret Popcorn
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)

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Directions:

  • Pop the bag of Pop Secret popcorn in pour in a large mixing bowl. 
  • While the popcorn is in the microwave, put about 1/4 inch of water in a pan on the stove and then place a HEAT SAFE glass bowl in the water (pyrex works great).  Turn the stove on to a low-medium heat and allow the water to simmer (NOT BOIL).
  • Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter and softened stick of butter into the glass bowl on the stove and mix until it is melted.  If you do this correctly the chocolate mixture melts but does not get scalding hot.
  • After your chocolate mix is melted (i.e.: Muddy!!!), pour it over the popcorn and then use a large spoon to mix the popcorn and "muddy mix" until all pieces of popcorn are fairly evenly coated.
  • Lay out some wax paper and then spread out your "muddy" popcorn making sure to break up large chunks.  
  • Take a sifter and sift the confectioners sugar evenly over your popcorn chunks 
  • Allow to air dry for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Eat, Love, Eat, Thank me for your pure and utter love of this amazingness!

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Don't forget about the awesome coupon and printable banners that Pop Secret is offering on their Facebook page!  So many mystery prizes out there for you to win, so why not enjoy a family night with some deliciousness and make those memories.

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Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Pop Secret however, all thoughts, opinions and ideas are mine.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to Use a Sharpie in a Silhouette Machine

Are you into crafting and looking for a way to not just cut paper but design something unique and long lasting?  Do you have a Silhouette machine and want to know how to use it to draw?  Have a big project coming up?  Well you stumbled upon the right blog!

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My little sister is getting married in July and we both had (are having) rather large weddings.  With that comes the traditions of sending out Save the Dates!  My save the dates were just simple magnets, that I printed on a little design I made in the paint application on some old Windows software.  My sister however, is going with a rustic, mountain wedding and Pinterest has made planning so much fun!  We came across a few designs and ideas that we liked but none that really felt like the theme she is going for.  So we combined the components that we liked and I went to work creating.

I was lucky enough to have a husband that listens when I drop hints about something I really want and at Christmas I received my Silhouette machine!  It is traditionally a die cut paper crafting machine, however it can do so much more!  One of those things is that you can use pens with it and with a little tweaking you can actually use sharpies with it!

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First obtain your machine, then you need to purchase a Silhouette brand pen holder for about $10.00 at your local craft store.  There are some ways to create a pen holder that you can google, but I did not want to risk breaking my machine over a $10.00 part.  Next purchase the fine tip sharpie markers in your desired colors. Finally, remove the cap from the Sharpie, insert it into the pen holder to about the depth you see in the picture and tighten the screws down on each side.  I made sure they were pretty tight to keep the pen from wiggling.  It is important that your depth of the Sharpie pen be very close to the example in the picture.  If it is too shallow you will not have any writing on your paper. If it is too deep, the pen will drag and destroy your design. 

Place the pen holder into the Silhouette blade holder (just like you would the actual blade) and lock it into place.  You are ready to go!

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Next you need to create your design in your Silhouette design software and fill in the colors of your design.  It is important to know that there are ways (very tedious) to actually fill in the letters when your Silhouette is actually printing, however, it defaults to an outline always.  You can see one way to complete a fill here.  I found it easier to color code each of the sections that I wanted in a particular color the same.  After my design was set, I went into my cut settings, made sure to choose the correct paper type and placed pauses between each color so I had time to change out my sharpie's as the design was being created. 

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I allowed the Silhouette to "cut" my design and changed colors as needed through the process and pauses.  We made 60 of these and the Sharpie's were still going strong, all with vibrant colors and clear crisp lines!

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I am pretty elated with how these turned out and how easy they really were to create!  For the finishing touches, we cut the sheet of cards apart, folded the cards in half, punched a hold while folded.  We then unfolded the cart, threaded a piece of twine through each side with a knot in the middle.  As a final touch we added a little magnet to the back so people could keep it on the refrigerator if desired!

I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial on the Silhouette.  This was actually my very first project so I was very happy with how user friendly this whole process was.  

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Monday, January 19, 2015

How to Child Lock your Apple Device!

If you are anything like I am, you have children who love your iPhone and are continuously opening and closing applications and deleting items and my favorite was the in app purchases that kept happening.  That was until I discovered GUIDED ACCESS!

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I figure that there are other parents out there that are in desperate need of a way to lock their kids into an app and keep them away from the rest of your phone. So here is my step by step tutorial on how to turn on and use this feature!
Go to your settings 

Click on General

Click on Accessibility and scroll down to Guided Access

Toggle the "Guided Access" button to the on position and also toggle on the "Accessibility Shortcut"

Next, click on passcode settings and "set guided access passcode" You can also toggle on the "touch ID" if you use that feature.
Now that you have turned on the guided access setting, it is time to put it to work!  Get into an application that your child loves.  Once in, triple-click the home button and the guided access feature should start. 

This is your opening screen.  You can choose to just start it our you can disable features before you start

To disable ads and other features you may want your kid to stay out of, draw a circle around those areas on the screen. 

Once you have disabled the areas you do not want access to, then click on "START"


To end, triple-click the home button again!

Enter your passcode or touch ID

Click on End or you can also readjust the areas that you disabled if you need to.


There you have it!  I know there were a lot of screen shots (and some that were not because the phone wouldn't allow it), so thanks for following along and I hope you found this easy to do.  This feature has saved my sanity and has actually helped save my battery as my kids could not open all the applications and run the battery life. 

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