Month: October 2013

Whimsical Wednesday: DIY Personalized Wall Letters



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 When I was shopping for wall décor for Petunia’s nursery, I fell in love with a personalized wall hanging I saw in a children’s boutique.  Wooden letters that spelled out the child’s name were each individually decorated to coordinate with your nursery colors.  I thought it was the coolest thing, but at $12 per letter, ummm… no.  My baby has 7 letters y’all!  So, what did I do?  I studied those letters, and made a mental note that I could do it myself! 

Well, that was two years ago.  Petunia no longer has a “nursery”, but I still wanted those letters.  I was determined to have those letters!  So after gathering left-over craft items I already had at home, I set out for Michaels and Walmart.  Between the store and my basement, I was able to gather the wooden letters, glitter, scrap booking paper, ribbon, pearl strands, rose appliques, Mod Podge glue, white spray paint, a glue gun, staple gun and some glossy finish acrylic sealant.

 

I purchased the letters unfinished and spray painted them white.  Every other letter I covered with purple glitter by first brushing the letter with Mod Podge and then sprinkling with glitter.  Once completely dry, I repeated this step for better coverage.  Once this second layer was dry I sprayed the letter with a glossy protective finish to prevent any glitter from falling off.  I then finished the letters off with decorative rose appliques for a girly touch. 

The remaining letters I covered with the scrap booking paper using the Mod Podge.  These were a bit more difficult as I had to use a blade to trim the paper off of the letters.  Because I did not do such a good job for this step, I ran back to Michaels, purchased a few strands of pearls, and hot-glued them around the edges of the papered letters to hide the imperfections.

I cut strips of decorative ribbon and attached them to the back of the letters with a staple gun.  I then used the glue gun to cover the staples with the excess ribbon.

And there you have it!  My DIY personalized wall letters! 

Are you a DIY-person?  Have you ever seen something in a store and DIY’d it?

 


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What’s Going on With These Kids?!?!

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 Okay, I am the first to admit that my little angel is a hand-full.  I have a 2-year-old that’s very strong-willed, who tries to be slick, and who tries to out-smart her parents.  We don’t turn a blind eye to her behavior, nor do we make the “she’s just a baby” excuse.  She just turned 2, and we figured that since she’s in that stage of learning right from wrong, instead of us apologizing on her behalf while she runs off unaware of her actions, we teach her to apologize on her own and treat others nicely.  If I can “check” my 2-year-old, why can’t folks check their 5-year-old, their 10-year-old, or their 15-year-old???

What’s going on with these kids today?  I’ve been following the bullying story of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, the 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide last month after being bullied by a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old.  Both girls have been arrested and charged with felony aggravated stalking.  But here’s the kicker, the 14 year old allegedly posted on her Facebook page, “Yes ik [I know] I bullied REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF [I don’t give a (expletive)]”.  Are you kidding me?!?!  So that’s how a 14-year-old is operating these days???  According to the arresting sheriff, the parents of the 14-year-old are in total denial that their daughter would ever do such a thing.

I live in an area, where crime is unfortunately a regular on the local news.  Too many times I have seen parents whole-heartedly defend their child who has just been charged with a serious crime – trying to place the blame on the other suspects.  The usual tune is, “My child is a good boy/girl, they would never do anything like this, they just fell in with the wrong crowd…” And this is even when the child has been caught in the act, caught red-handed, without a shadow of a doubt, etc. 

It seems like many young folks have such a cavalier attitude about life.  When I’m out in public I see kids that are just down right rude and mean for no good reason, and that’s even when the parents are present!  No one wants to see their child in trouble or going to jail, but at what point do you admit that your child has issues?  At what point do you put your child in check for their disrespectful, poor, or bad behavior?  I refuse to believe that a child just wakes up one day and decides to start raising hell out of the clear blue.

Oh yeah, and in that bullying case, the sheriff department is trying to determine if they can also charge the parents of one of the suspects.  

What are your thoughts?  What do you think of the Sedwick bullying case?  What do you think of parents that are in denial of their child’s negative behavior?


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Friday Fitness: Smoothies, Smoothies, Smoothies

Fruit Smoothies

I LOVE smoothies!  I always have.  When I was little I would beg my mom to buy me an Orange Julius every time we went to the mall.  Then, when they started putting those smoothie packets in the fruit section of the grocery store, I was in heaven.  All you needed was frozen orange juice, or a few bananas and milk – pending on which packet you were buying.
I was recently reading about people doing health detox programs and cleanses.  The primary goal for most was weight loss; however, everyone talked about an increase in energy, clearer skin, and overall feeling better.  Well, I want all of that – minus the weight loss part. In my search I stumbled across Simple Green Smoothie blog and their 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge.  While I am not jumping into a 30-day challenge of drinking green smoothies, they had tons of great information that could get me off to a good start.

I tried their starter smoothie “Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie”.  It was a simple recipe that included all of the fruits that I love, and the one green that my mother used to force me to eat – spinach.  Ohh the hours I spent at the dinner table in tears, while carefully dropping spinach into the napkin I had hidden in my lap.

Here is the recipe for the Beginner’s Luck GreenSmoothie:

Ingredients
2 cups fresh spinach (I purchased the salad bag of baby spinach)
2 cups water
1 cup mango (I purchased frozen mango)
1 cup pineapple
2 bananas

I blended my greens and water first (as recommended) to ensure that I didn’t have any leafy chunks or stems.  I then added the fruit and blended until it was really smooth.  It’s recommended that you use at least one frozen fruit to make sure that your smoothie will be cold.  If you find that your smoothie has somewhat of a bitter taste, add more pineapple or mango to sweeten.  My smoothie initially had a strong banana taste, so I added more pineapple and a dash of lemon juice.

My Creation

I never thought I would see the day that I would be eating or drinking spinach, but this was really tasty!  My mother would be proud!  Plus there’s the added benefit of the much needed iron, potassium and vitamins.  This was also friendly on my wallet.  🙂
Well, this is my start to improving my health.  Now I just got to get that exercising thing started…

What about you?  Do you enjoy smoothies?  What are some of your favorites?


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Fall Decor and Fleur de Lis

I love the Fall season!  Temperatures are not too hot and not too cold.  Leaves turn into beautiful shades of gold, red, bronze, yellow and orange.  One can rock the stylish layered looks, the preppy blazers, and the cable knit tights without bundling up with the heavy winter necessities.  Autumn reminds me of the smell of freshly baked sweet potato pie, hot apple cider laced with caramel, and anything cinnamon! 

This year I’ve decided to get more into outdoor decorating.  This would normally be reserved only for the Christmas season, but I figured why not extend it?  With a visit to the local Michaels, Ikea, and Home Depot (and a few odds and ends from around the house), I was able to create a welcoming front porch.  Since hubby is naturally a New Orleans Saints fan, I decided to incorporate the fleur de lis.  (He actually thinks the fleur de lis will remain on the door the entire football season – ha!)

Pumpkins sprayed with Rust-Oleum’s “Pearl Mist” for a shimmery look.

Leaf garland and stencils were purchased from Michaels.  Pumpkins and paint (Rust-Oleum in Pearl Mist and Martha Stewart Textured Metallic in Lamp Black) were purchased from Home Depot.  The door mat was purchased from Ikea, and I did the monogram myself.