Tuesday, September 27, 2011

mustache lovin'

I found these mustache stickers at Target today! They're from Jolee's Boutique. I searched Target's website, but was unable to find them online, so I googled them and came up with this SITE.

I'm thinking these may find they're way onto Gibson for Halloween! Everything looks cuter with a mustache, right?

Natural Deodorant!

Coconut Oil (I got mine on sale $5 off!)
Baking Soda
Corn Starch
Essential Oils (optional- I didn't use this b/c I didn't feel like spending money!)
Old deodorant container (not pictured)
For Tutorial, click HERE

I have to say I was very doubtful about this natural DIY project. I read somewhere that you should store your coconut oil in the fridge to preserve its freshness. This turned out to be a big mistake. I had a hard time mixing the coconut oil, and it just balled up into little clumps. Coconut oil turns hard and white in the fridge, and you need it to stay very soft for this project.

But once the Coconut Oil softened to the consistency I needed, it was much easier to work with. It actually ended up being the exact same texture as store-bought deodorant! It helps to get your hands a little messy while mixing everything together. You can use a spoon to initially mix all ingredients, but towards the end you're going to want to use your hands, especially while putting your deodorant into it's container.

I'm very satisfied with how this natural, mostly organic deodorant turned out. And the fact that I can make it for less than I would pay for store-bought deodorant makes me even happier!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Fall Wreath

I made a new wreath for a friend this weekend. This one may be my favorite yet! I finally found a felt flower tutorial that is both easy and cute! To find out how to make these flowers, click here. The tute is actually for paper flowers, but I decided to use felt instead.

Grapevine Wreath (I always buy mine on sale and end up spending about $2!)
Glue gun
Buttons (optional)
Whatever else you want to add to customize it and make it yours!

This wreath is so easy to make and needs no actually "tutorial" at all! Just make the flowers following the tutorial on the link above, and glue them to your wreath. Fast, easy, and inexpensive!

another birthday treat

Someone got a birthday treat from her fav cake store!

They are delish! My favorite is the lemon raspberry. If you haven't had a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes yet, you are missing out!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Celebrating Gibson's first year of life

Just wanted to share some pics from our trip to the Japanese Gardens to celebrate Gibson's first year of life. The first picture was actually taken in our backyard, but I thought it was cute enough to include!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I am wearing:
Danish Dessert Dress (Polish Boutique)

Gibson is wearing:
shirt- Nautica (gifted)
pants- Old Navy

Gibson and I had a blast modeling some clothes for Polish Boutique yesterday. My SIL is a crazy good photographer! Check us out here at Polish's blog and then visit their online store!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Peanut Butter Pops that almost weren't

I first tasted peanut butter balls at a friend's baby shower about a year ago. The most amazing confections I've ever tasted! I decided to make them for Gibson's birthday party because they are sooo much easier to make than the traditional cake pops! There is absolutely no baking involved, and you don't have to crumble cake and icing all over your hands! As long as you have a good food processor, you're good to go. I decided to make these into "pops" by inserting little wooden sticks because I think it makes them look much more fun!

Now, the reason I call them the Peanut Butter Pops That Almost Weren't is because of the problems I ran into with melting the chocolate. There were not one, but three different trips made to the grocery store! Grrr! So, a quick word of warning: Don't let your chocolate overheat and burn like I did twice! Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to melting chocolate.

One package of Nutter Butters (I use the knock off version), cream cheese, and white chocolate.

I use a food processor for this step. Love my Ninja!

Remember, slow and steady wins the race!

I garnished some of the "pops" with blue sprinkles, and the rest with crushed heath bar. You have to make these for your next gathering. They will change your life.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cake Topper Bunting

I made some fun bunting for my son's first birthday cake. I've seen several of these on pinterest, and was dying to make one!

To make one, you'll need:

Fun paper, string (or twine), wooden sticks, scissors, and a glue gun. (I used a glue stick at first, but this did not work as well as the glue gun.)

I free handed an arrow onto the paper. Then I used the template to cut out a few more.

Could not be easier than that. I'm pleased with the way it turned out. Next time, though, I may experiment with fabric and twine and see how it turns out!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A quaint little party

We threw an intimate birthday party for Gibson tonight. Just a few family members to celebrate our little man. We ate peanut butter pops.

And cake.
And cupcakes.

It was pretty much awesome.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Go Shawty, It's your birthday! We gonna party like it's your birthday!

Gibson Garth Turner, born on Sep.16, 2010 at 11:09 pm, weighing 7 lbs. 3oz.

A year ago today, I was celebrating my 29th birthday delivering the best birthday present ever! What a precious blessing we received that night!

Monday, September 12, 2011

In September, we wear teal

I got this nail polish in the mail from my mom this week. It's O.P.I.'s "Teal the Cows Come Home." September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, and teal is the color for this particular cancer. My mom was diagnosed with this cancer two years ago this month (on her birthday.) Her cancer has come back for a third time, and she is currently fighting it with drugs. So, in September we wear teal and think and pray for those affected by Ovarian Cancer.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

before and after

I had this picture frame collecting dust in one of my closets and finally decided to put it to good use.
I spray painted it yellow and slipped in some yellow polka dot scrap paper. The vinyl meal planner came from here. I got it really cheap on a heartsy.com deal. Overall, this project probably cost less than $10 thanks to all of the materials I had lying around the house.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Cinnamon, and other natural remedies

I was horrified the other morning to walk into my son's room and find ants crawling all over the floor! Not wanting to spray pesticides near any place that he plays, I got online to research natural remedies for getting rid of ants. Well, it turns out that cinnamon is a natural ant-deterrent! I found the point of entry in Gibson's room where the ants were invading, which was a crack in the threshold. I sprinkled the cinnamon along the crack, and the next morning, there were absolutely no ants in his room! The best part is that I didn't have to worry about Gibson touching or licking the cinnamon because it's completely harmless.

I'm filing this remedy away along with one of my other favorite natural remedies: honey. Did you know that honey is a natural anti-septic? I rub a little bit on every cut or scrape I get, and my boo boo's heal in no time!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Austin is for lovers... and their babies.

Trailer Park food!

Last weekend, the hubs and I took a trip to our favorite city Austin. We first visited Austin almost five years ago, and fell in love with this charming, fun, eclectic place. This trip back was fun because we introduced our son to our favorite place in TX.

I conquered Ikea.

We walked. And walked. And walked.

We saw the Capitol Building.

It was a much different trip having an almost one year old in tow, but it was still a lovely weekend.