Dotted Mug

Now that it’s officially November, its time to start thinking of Christmas presents right?

One way to save on some cash during the holiday seasons is to make your own gifts, that’s what I like to do at least :). More money saved on gifts is more money in my pocket!

For my birthday one of my besties gave me a super duper cute mug.

Love it.

I thought, hey, I could probably make something like this!

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See? Isn’t it cute? She doesn’t know me at all ;)

I found this cute idea for friends/family who either like coffee or hot cocoa or just like to collect mugs I guess.  You can even make it into a teacher gift if you’re into getting gifts for your kids’ teachers. Thankfully I’m not into that, oh wait…I am the teacher ;) .

To the project!

  • First you’ll need to gather your materials.
  • You’ll need a plain white mug or plain mug of your choice in color, though if you really want to use a colored one you can,  I used white because then you can use all pretty colors on it. I got mine at, wait for it….the Dollar Store. Yes. So if you’re making a ton of these for friends or teachers, good way to save right there.
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Oil based markers in colors you like, I would suggest getting fine point ones -I used Sharpie, though I’m sure there are other brands out there that do the same thing, and if you’re planning making a bunch of these with different colors, get a pack  if they come that way. You can get these at Michaels, Joann’s, Amazon or any craft store I’m sure.

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Next, you’ll want to put the first name initial of the person the mug is for on the mug.

 

 

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Then, grab the markers and start making dots around the sticker. You’ll want the dots that are closest to the sticker to be basically right on top of each other and then spread it out as you move away from the sticker.

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You can use as many colors as you’d like, I used 3 , but you’ll do the same thing with the other colors until you like how it looks.

After you’ve dotted your mug, let the paint dry. I’d give it 10-15 minutes. Peel off the sticker and check out your masterpiece.

But you’re not done yet! You’ll want to heat up your oven to 350. Yup, you’re going to bake these bad boys. I put mine on a cookie sheet so it wouldn’t tip over easily. Throw them in the oven for 30 minutes and then let cool.

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Super duper easy huh? I thought so! I know what I’m doing for Christmas presents this year!! And if you’re super artistic you can draw pretty things like flowers or do something like the mug I have in the picture up there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Time No See??

Holey moley has it been a really really long time since I’ve posted anything.

Frankly, I’ve We’ve been a tad busy. Basically, Mr. Newman has been getting things ready for little mister #3.

Speaking of that, I have a month left. And I’m sooo ready to be done. Today I rearranged where my desk was and I had to get on my hands and knees to plug and unplug things. You know how difficult it is to do that when you’re 36 weeks pregnant? Very. I so wanted to lay on my stomach to do such things and of course I can’t!

Anyway. So, like I said, we’ve been working on getting things ready for little mister , and it’s basically taken all summer for us to work on. Well, not so much me  as it was Mr. N with some assistance from his helpers.

Here’s the breakdown of the projects he’s been working on this summer.

Well, first he finished the classroom (for the most part, finishing up the knee wall wood pieces, adding window trim) and moved all the stuff from upstairs to downstairs (sowwy, no pictures).

Once he was done with that he got to work painting the boys’ room (Luke and Jacob’s). Before that he had fixed the boys’ beds. Not that they were broken or anything, he just modified them to make the head and the foot ends smaller so they didn’t take up the entire room…did I mention that we moved the boys from where they were when we moved in, into the old classroom? That room is just a tiny bit bigger than their other room.

 

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The original beds.

 

 

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Mr. N working on the ends of the bed

 

 

 

 

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The painting process took a little bit longer than it probably should have. The “paint” that was originally on the walls when we bought the house was either really chintzy paint or it was just colored primer. If there was a mark on the wall that could have been wiped away with normal paint, it couldn’t in our case. For instance, a month or so after we moved in, my youngest decided to take a white board marker and draw on the wall. Typical kid.  I tried to scrub it off but as I was doing so, it rubbed away whatever paint was there.

Also, you know those 3M command strips? Yeah, I used a few of them throughout the house for decorations and noticed the  first time I took one off that it ripped off part of the drywall..yeah, not cool. Needless to say, we had to putty up the “holes” left from the rips in the wall from the command strips and primer everything with these two rooms. I’m so not looking forward to the day when we paint the rest of the house.

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The finished product!

 

After that he started working on baby’s room. Now remember back in July I had a post about how we should paint the room? Well with some input from family and friends we decided on….

Option #1.

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Jakey helping Daddy tape the walls.

It was a bear for Mr. N to paint but he had some assistance from Jakey.

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Jakey imitating Daddy’s technique for getting paint on the roller.

Once the room was all painted we started adding in the furniture for it.

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Helping Daddy put the crib together

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Back in May my friend Jenn and I went curbside shopping and found a changing table someone had left out there for the garbage man to pick up. –Let me clarify we do not do this on a regular basis, it’s just that my town was doing one of those spring cleaning pick up days and everyone drives around town looking for stuff. So, we decided to partake in the fun.

Anyway, this changing table needed a little TLC and Mr. N gave it just that. Stripped it down and repainted it. It was missing a drawer or two and we decided it would be cheaper instead of making new ones we’d just make a shelf instead on the bottom for baskets! I love how it turned out. I loved how the entire room turned out. Well, really both rooms. :)

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We still need to add a few things for the baby and the boys’ room, like wall décor and different curtains but  it’ll happen in good time.

That was pretty much the project list for this summer that he completed, I know it doesn’t sound like much but when you really only have weekends to work on it and X amount of money to do said things, it takes up a lot of your time.

 

I Can’t Decide!!

Mr. Newman and I are getting ready to paint all of our boys’ rooms within the next month and I can’t decide what I want to do!

Our big boys Luke and Jacob we have already decided what colors we’re doing and how its going to look, it’s Baby #3 I can’t decide what I want to do.

I have three options and I love them all but I just don’t know what to do!

I’ll show them to you and let me know what you think!

Option #1.

Light gray on all the walls, and then vertical stripes of blue and green halfway up the wall and possibly a chair rail (haven’t decided on this one)

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Option #2

Again, light gray on all the walls, but there will be two skinny horizontal  blue stripes above and below a fat green stripe.

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Option #3.

Light gray on all the walls, and then blue and green horizontal stripes on just the wall where the crib/bed will be.

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Mr. N’s favorite is the first one. Mine is the second. Like I said, I like all of them.

This is going to be tough.

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Jacob’s Birthday

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Today was my lil man’s birthday party.

He’s really into Batman and Lego’s, so I thought it would only be fitting for him to have a Lego Batman themed party to celebrate his 4th birthday.

Oy….he’s already four.

Anyway, he had a few of his little friends over today and I think they had a blast.

We had some yummy eats..I kind of had a little fun with this.

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I took characters from the Batman comics and made them part of the food part.

For example. ….

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Harley Quinn’s Sloppy Joes.

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After nummy food, we let Jacob open his presents.

 

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Jacob got a slip n slide from mommy and daddy, so we had the kids bring their swim suits to play with it, since it was pretty nice out today.

 

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And it wouldn’t be a birthday party without cake right? :)

 

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Oh My…

Oh my is right.

 

I’m falling behind again with my blog posts. I believe my last post was April 11 and that was to announce that we were having another little person running around here in November.

Speaking of which, we found out the gender of our little bundle.

 

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Yep, another boy.

*Sigh*

I think Mr. N and I – and probably the rest of our family. I know my dad was really plugging for a granddaughter, and my FIL wanted another granddaughter because as it stands there are only 2 out of 8 grandchildren, not counting the one I’m having and my sister-in-law (yes, she’s preggers too) is having.- really wanted a girl.

To be honest, if you look at my Pinterest Baby board, I had a lot of girlie things pinned. Don’t get me wrong about having another boy, I just really really wanted a girl. The more it sunk in that we are having another boy, the more it’s going to be easier on us financially. We don’t have to buy a ton of girl clothes, we can just re-use what our boys have used when they were tiny, he can play with the same toys as our boys did/do.  And I basically know what I’m getting myself into with a boy. It’s not like I haven’t done it before. :)

 

Any who.

What’s new since my last post?

 

Well, I ended up feeling a lot better in time for my super awesome 90’s themed birthday party.

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Luke finished second grade and this picture I posted on my Twitter account as a joke and somehow it got into the hands of an actor whom we love.

 

: Luke’s last day of school. He’s wants to grow up and be Chuck. ” The force is strong with this one.

 

In May we planted some pretty flowers, tomatoes and cucumbers and an apple tree!

 

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We went to the zoo a couple of times.

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My tomater plants growing..

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Let’s see what else…

We celebrated the 4th of July with a few of our friends and my brother, who unexpectedly brought fireworks for entertainment. The kids loved it!

 

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And finally, I went to my first Twins game of the season this last Sunday. It was pretty darn hot out, I’m not going to lie. But it was pretty awesome. They were honoring the Armed Forces and they had T-6 Trainers flying over the stadium and a whole bunch of veterans :)

 

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That’s about it for now.

Mr. Newman is working on some projects for the boys’ room and eventually baby room. Hopefully I’ll get those up here as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey

Hey so…sorry I’ve been a little absent lately.

It’s all for good reason.

I have a little announcement :)

 

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Yep, we’re expecting our 3rd little bundle of joy in November. So I’ve been basically laid  up with the lovely morning sickness for like the last month.

**Knock on wood**  I think I’m getting a little better. I sure hope so because I have a big birthday coming up in 2 weeks and I don’t want to cancel it!

 

I’ve also been thinking of a possible change with the direction of this blog…but I’m not entirely sure on that one. We’ll see. :)  But that’s all for now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucky Charms Cupcakes

St. Patty’s day is right around the corner and if you’re still looking for  a fun and super easy treat to have to celebrate, look no further.

I present, Lucky Charms Cupcakes.

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In preparation for this yummy and fun dessert I had to buy Lucky Charms right? Look at this box I found!

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It’s vintage!

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General Mills has a few other cereals out on the shelves that have the vintage picture on the front and I believe the back of the box. Kind of cool I think.

Anyway, back to the cupcakes.

Basically, all you’re going to need is either  your favorite recipe for a white cake mix/yellow or you can cheat like I did and buy a box :) and your favorite recipe for frosting or again you can cheat and buy a can of frosting. And then obviously the Lucky Charms.

Mix up your batter for the cuppy cakes, and then if you have a toddler, let them lick the beater :)

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That’s an order!

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Cuppy Cakes!!

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Now I didn’t cheat when it came to the frosting, I actually just used a recipe I found on the internet, and this is the one I chose. Again, super easy to make.

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Getting closer to being done!

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I picked out the marshmallows out of the box and I felt like a kid only eating the marshmallows out of the bowl and leaving the rest of it to float in the milk.

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In retrospect I probably should have colored the frosting a bit to give it a little umph but oh well.

So there you have it, your treats for St. Patty’s day, they’re magically delicious!

Brain Dump

I’m going to warn you now.

I’m brain dumping on you people.

Some of those who really know me and have been reading/following my blog for quite sometime have known that I love love love, taking pictures. I don’t have photography business, though that would be awesome but I don’t want to step on my friends who are photographers and take business away from them. Honestly, that type of photography is not at all what I’m interested in either. I love taking pictures of random junk, nature and well my kids at random moments. But this isn’t the point of my brain dump.

Again, those who have followed me know that I have done photo-a-day challenges. One was with Fat Mum Slim. I have no idea how I got around to finding her and joining in on the challenge but it was fun and awesome..for a while. I did it mostly last summer when it was nicer out and I could actually go outside and take pictures using the wonderful natural light we do get in the summer and not have to put on a million things to stay warm. I stopped doing her photo-a-day thing because it was hard to see all the pictures that were posted that day and I honestly felt that more and more actual photographers were being brought into the group and my pictures looked like crap next to theirs.

Since then, I joined a different one, one that wasn’t strictly on Facebook but through a separate website. I loved being able to see all the pictures that were posted that day. More people were apt to post a comment on my picture if they wanted to than just the people who posted like a couple of minutes before I posted mine. I enjoyed it for a while but as of late I’ve noticed that after I post my picture, because I generally do it in the morning, other people in the group post pretty much the same thing! It’s like these people don’t have a creative bone in their body. For example, the list for the month is sent out like a couple of days before the month is to start ok? I looked at last month’s list and I noticed that there was one that said “Conversation” I knew what I was going to do for that prompt. I took pictures of those Conversation Hearts, days before the prompt came up,

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I even did some of these for the other prompts that were coming up like, ” Little Heart” “Red”

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Granted, yes I knew that it was around Valentines Day and Conversation Hearts were out, but there are other ways of conveying conversation instead of doing what everyone else is doing.

As far as the other two I posted here. The little heart one, so the one that looks like I drew it….someone totally copied that one. Like it was almost plagiarized. Color and all. I was pissed. And the heart one, someone else did this too..

Why do people have to copy each other? Really?

I mean I know imitation is a form of flattery but I don’t even know these people. Mr. N asked one day after I told him that someone copied one of my pictures, why I was still doing it. The only thing I could think of was that I really do like taking pictures and seeing what other people do for the prompt.

Another thing about my photo-a-day thing is that I’m getting burnt out. I really don’t have any motivation to get my camera out and take pictures. I think it’s the winter. I hate this winter, and I’ll be glad that it’s over. I just don’t know if I should continue. I started making a photo scrapbook with the pictures I’ve taken so far with this photo-a-day group. But I don’t want to quit, I want to be able to complete this, you know? I’m currently four days behind in this group and I don’t know what I want to do for the prompts.

I don’t know what to do.

Any advice?

St. Patty’s Day Crafts!

Now that we’ve got the first part down for our St. Patty’s Day funness, we’ll move on to part 2, crafts!

I love me some crafts!

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My friend Mrs. P and I are going to be doing some fun crafty stuff towards the end of the month and I can’t wait!!!

Anyway, here are your St. Patty’s day crafts, to do with the kiddies or without!

Shamrock Mason Jars

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I may do this one with the kids-Hand clover

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Lucky Charms Bracelet

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Rainbow Wreath

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Ombre Clover Shirt

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Mod Podge Plate

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Printable Party Circles–for cupcakes or tags for goodie bags

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A whole bunch of different printables

Handprint Rainbow–this one would be fun to do with the kids

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Another cute wreath!

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Candle Decor

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Last wreath I swear-Charmed wreath

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Paint chip shamrocks

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Rock, Pots and Shamrocks 

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These all look so much fun!!

St. Patty’s Day Goodies

St. Patty’s day is a little over a week away, and if you haven’t figured out what kind of fun activities to do with the kids yet or the type of goodies to have check this post out. Because it’s only going to bring the best ideas for this holiday!

I’m going to split this up between two posts, a.) the goodies and b.) the activities

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So let’s start with the first!

Marshmallow Pops–this looks so easy to make!

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Twizzlers and Rolo’s –fun for the kids

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If you like mint and Oreo’s try this one–Mint Oreos

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Lucky Charm Bars

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Irish Style Dirt Cake

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If you’re going the healthier route–rainbow fruit

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Clover-wiches

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Mustache Lollies

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Rainbow Ka-bobs

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Green Milkshake

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Grasshopper Cheesecake

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There are just so many recipes out there for green/Irish inspired treats! But there are some to get you started!