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gDiaper Up-cycle

8 Apr
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Your tools: a good seam ripper. Spend the extra dollar and get one with a long comfortable handle, you will thank me later 🙂

Start by removing the elastic band, you can start a small hole and insert your seam ripper and "slide" it all the way across.

Start by removing the elastic band, you can start a small hole and insert your seam ripper and “slide” it all the way across.

Don't completly remove the band, you will want to stop when you get to the back stitching about the ribbing. You can tell because it gets really hard to remove the stitches!

Don’t completly remove the band, you will want to stop when you get to the back stitching about the ribbing. You can tell because it gets really hard to remove the stitches!

After its partially detached from the elastic you will need to remove the surged edging to open up the 2 layers

After its partially detached from the elastic you will need to remove the surged edging to open up the 2 layers

All done and opened up, now turn it inside out.

All done and opened up, now turn it inside out.

This step is a little tricky, you want to remove the outer panel only, leaving the inner panel attached t the ribbing. You will have to remove the surged stitches and one row of straight stitches. If you mess up and it accidently comes apart dont pull at it, its not a big deal you just have to stitch it back on later :)!

This step is a little tricky, you want to remove the outer panel only, leaving the inner panel attached t the ribbing. You will have to remove the surged stitches and one row of straight stitches. If you mess up and it accidently comes apart dont pull at it, its not a big deal you just have to stitch it back on later :)!

After the panel is off!

After the panel is off!

Use your panel as a template to cut out your new panel from some awesome fabric!

Use your panel as a template to cut out your new panel from some awesome fabric!

Lay your diaper like this, making sure that the g label is facing up and that the elastic bands aren't twisted

Lay your diaper like this, making sure that the g label is facing up and that the elastic bands aren’t twisted

Fold the ribbing to the inside

Fold the ribbing to the inside

Add your new panel, right side down with the leg ribbing on the inside between the two panels.

Add your new panel, right side down with the leg ribbing on the inside between the two panels.

Pin the fabric down, I start in the corners and then do the middle and then the middle of each of those pins with a total of 5 pins per edge

Pin the fabric down, I start in the corners and then do the middle and then the middle of each of those pins with a total of 5 pins per edge

Now its time to sew, this is the setting I use. Its my longest straight stitch.

Now its time to sew, this is the setting I use. Its my longest straight stitch.

Make sure you are getting all 4 layers and do a couple of back stitches to lock your thread in so it wont easily pull out.

Make sure you are getting all 4 layers and do a couple of back stitches to lock your thread in so it wont easily pull out.

Gently pull fabric straight and sew to the end and back stitch. Repeat on the other side as well.

Gently pull fabric straight and sew to the end and back stitch. Repeat on the other side.

Run a quick zig zag stitch to help prevent fraying. You want to make sure it doesn't go past your straight stitch though.

Run a quick zig zag stitch to help prevent fraying. You want to make sure it doesn’t go past your straight stitch though.

All sewn up, now its time to turn it right side out.

All sewn up, now its time to turn it right side out.

One last quick step, sew it back down to your elastic. You will have to stretch it a little while you sew. You can do 2 straight stitches or a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch. With cotton I would recommend a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying

One last quick step, sew it back down to your elastic. You will have to stretch it a little while you sew. You can do 2 straight stitches or a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch. With cotton I would recommend a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying






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17 Weeks

2 May

Ok, its official, I suck at this! Here is the 17 week update, although I am almost 18 weeks! I think I can finally say I have “popped” although I still look like I have a beer belly and not a baby belly 😛 I am sure before I know it people will easily be able to tell.

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How far along? 17 weeks, 6 days
Total weight gain: Not sure, don’t own a scale. Was 142 at my first appointment but not sure what I weighed before that.
Maternity clothes?: Can’t  you tell by the shorts? I told Eric I was never going back to regular clothes again, these are seriously like sweat pants only look much cuter 😛
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep:
Sucks! sleeping on my side is causing my hips to hurt a lot, sleeping on my stomach isn’t all that comfortable and sleeping on my back is a no-no. It also doesn’t help that it’s HOT, I feel the AC coming on sometime soon (90s this week!)
Best moment this week: Organized Little Man’s clothes & bought him a new polo from Kohl’s
Miss Anything? No, not yet
Movement: I *think* he’s kicking me, but could be cramps. Doctor said I should feel them before my appointment and that’s just 10 days away!
Food cravings: Nothing really this week..
Anything making you queasy or sick: MILK… gross!
Gender: It’s a BOY!
Labor Signs: no
Symptoms: Not many this week.
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Our next ultrasound (first with the doctor) on May 11 & starting to shop more. I picked out paint chips for color inspiration even though we can’t actually paint the walls.

Creamy Vegitable Soup — Dixie Stampede Inspired

24 Jan

If you haven’t been to Dixie Stampede, I highly suggest it. It is a dinner theater that’s well worth the price tag. My family and I visit every year – I have been more times than I can remember. The show features a battle between the North and the South where the performers sing, ride horses, participate in games and battle it out for the winner of the “war” it always comes down to the finial challenge, a flag pass through the audience.  Even better then the competition and the show is the food. They serve each guest a cornish hen, corn on the cob, cheesy biscut, pork loin, roasted potatoes and of course this soup.. it is the best part! The dinner is topped off with an apple turnover.  Oh and no silverware is included, its eat with your hands here!  Anyways enough about the show.. you have to try this famous soup!

 

Ingredients

3 TBS Butter
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic power
1 tsp corn syrup
3 TBS flour
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 c. chicken broth
1 1/2 c. water
2/4 c. finely chopped veggies ( I used one can mixed veggies, diced them until they were about the size of minced garlic)
1 pint half and half

Instructions

1. In a 3-quart sauce pot melt margarine. Add onion powder, garlic powder and corn syrup. Simmer for 1 minute. Do NOT brown.
2. Add flour, pepper, salt, chicken broth, water and veggies. Simmer for 3 minutes.
3. Add half & half. Simmer until desired consistency ( may need to add a little flour to thicken it up) Stir constantly. Do NOT bring to a boil
4. You can garnish with parsley if desired.

 

Let me know how this works for you, pictures coming soon!


Sunday Funday!

22 Jan

Hello Sunday!  This is actually a pretty exciting Sunday for us (hahaha)

 

The oh-so eventful day started off by sleeping in.. until noon to be exact. Me Eric and the dogs cuddled in the bed.. Around noon we got up took the dogs out and out the door we went. We had an estate sale in mind. We are ISO some old vintage picture frames, a solid wood chest of drawers or dresser and a some candle sticks and vases and plates and saucers all with some fun PINTEREST inspired projects.

Old Frame Uses:
Bow Holder For craft show displays. Found on Pinterest but here is the original link. I Love these. I think mine would get a coat of hot pink or black paint and pair it with a fun mini-easel.

I also want to make a chalk board out of one using DIY chalk board paint (1 cup paint + 2tbs non-sand grout)

The Candlesticks, saucers, bowls, vases & Plates are all for these crafts:

We really didn’t find many treasures, a $3 picture frame but its not near as fancy as what I am looking for.. they were all $20++ and I don’t want to spend NEAR that much.

After visiting about 5 flea markets and thrift stores we headed home, but not without picking up a couple of newspapers for the coupons. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK FOR INSERTS!

When we got home I discovered my lovely husband forgot to lay out the chicken for the fried chicken … so backup meal it was:

Dixie Stampede Creamy Veggie Soup & Leftovers. This soup is AMAZING! Will post recipe later.

 

Now I’m on to sewing a few bibs and clipping the coupons for the week.. hope their are some good ones!

 

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup From Scratch

16 Jan

Nothing tastes better on a chilly day then a pot of chicken noodle soup. . Campbell’s soup is ok, that is until you try this soup!

What you need:
Carrots
Celery (1-2)
Onions (1 medium)
Chicken (1 breast per 2 people)
Chicken Stock or bullion cubes (4-5 for 2 people)
Pasta (your choice — egg noodles, spaghetti or fettuccine are all good)
Salt, Pepper, Garlic ( to taste)

1. Bring water with bullion cubes (or stock) to boil, while the water heats up dice carrots, onion, and celery and add to water. Add minced garlic (3-4 cloves) and salt and pepper to pot.  I used 3 bullion cubes and 1 can chicken broth.  Allow to boil for about 15 minutes or until tender

2.While veggies are boiling dice chicken into half-inch cubes.

3. Saute 2-3 cloves garlic in olive oil skillet, add chicken, salt and pepper to taste.  Cook thoroughly.

4. Add chicken and noodles of choice to pot.

5. Boil for recommended time on noodle package.

6. Enjoy!

 

Helpful Hints:

If using a long noodle (spaghetti or fettuccine) break them into small 1″ piece before adding to boiling soup.. makes it much easier to eat!

 

Do you have an amazing soup recipe? I’m always looking for new recipes.

Mom’s Oatmeal Meatloaf

15 Dec

Growing up meatloaf was probably my favorite meal to help make, it was probably due to the fact that I got to use my hands to mix all the ingredients. Here is the meatloaf that I grew up on, of course mom never measured so these are estimates.

I have reduced this to feed 2, just multiply to feed more.

3/4lb ground beef
3/8 c. rolled oats (plain oatmeal)
1/4 c. ketchup
1 egg
1/2 t. worcestershire sauce
1 clove minced garlic
1/4t. salt
dash of pepper

Just add all in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand. You can also toss in diced onions and green peppers for some added flavor. I cook mine in muffin mans for perfectly sized portions, this makes about 6 meatloaf muffins.

Mix a quick BBQ sauce or use bottled BBQ sauce or plain ketchup and coat the top every 5-10 minutes while cooking

Cook mini meatloafs at 350 for 35 minutes, full size loafs will take 60-70 minutes.

You can top with mashed potatoes to make the muffins into cup cakes or serve as is.

Copuoning Tip: How to determine what to stock pile and what to not

8 Dec

When shopping its hard to pass up a great deal, but what if you wont use the item? If its just sitting on a shelf collecting dust the money is better left in your pocket, its ok to pass on some deals.

When I first started couponing I found myself buying stuff just because it was  a good deal and I realized I was spending more money than had I passed on the items all together and paid full price for one item that I was actually going to use.

To prevent yourself from buying deals just to “save money” make a list of the top items that you use almost every day, make a food items list and a non-food item lists and stockpile from that list.

To get you started here are my most used items list:

Food

1. Frozen Meat (Chicken, beef & pork)
2. Canned Broth (Chicken & Beef)
3. Pasta
4. Spaghetti Sauce
5. Sugar
6. Oil
7.Flour
8.Canned Veggies
9.Poptarts or other easy Breakfast grab and go items
10. Cereal
11. cream of something soup
12.Frozen lunch (Hot Pockets, Pizza rolls)

 

Non-Food

1.Tooth Paste
2.Shampoo & Conditioner
3.Body Wash/Bar Soap
4.Toilet Paper
5.Paper Towels
6.Laundry Detergent
7.Dryer Sheets
8.Lotion
9.Hair Spray
10.Dawn Dish Soap
11.Dishwasher Tabs
12.Lysol Wipes
13.Razors
14.Shaving Cream
15.Tape

 

After you make your list, shop the deals to stock up on the list, I always have at least one extra of the items on the list (most of them I have at least a 6 month supply) so I don’t find myself running to the store and paying full price for an item when I run out. Don’t get in a hurry when stocking up, wait for a sale to come around, it may take a few months but in the long run it will drastically decrease your shopping bill.