Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Sweet Shop Announcement

Just wanted to let you know...

Sweet 'Stache Mustache Hipster Bags are back in the shop while supplies last!

Abby made a few more for those of you who missed out last time.  But hurry--the last ones sold out within a few hours!

Click here to get yours!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Coffee Punch: A Marriage Made in Heaven

Depending on the time of year, I fall into one of two categories of people: Coffee Lovers and Ice Cream Addicts.  When the weather is cold, I'm always craving a cup of coffee, stopping by Starbucks whenever I get the chance.  But as soon as summer arrives, suddenly I'm loving ice cream and everyone at Dairy Queen learns my name.  Who else is with me on this?

Well, this recipe is like the marriage of two of my favorite things (which really is not good news for swim suit season).  But, all you coffee & ice cream lovers will appreciate this.  It's the perfect punch for summertime parties.  And it's super-easy to make!

Here's all you need:

  • 2 cups of coffee
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 and 1/2  half-gallon containers of ice cream, slightly softened.  (I used a full container of chocolate & half container of vanilla)
  • a half gallon of milk

Make your coffee ahead of time, sweeten with the sugar, and cool for a few hours in the refrigerator.

When you're ready to serve the punch, place softened ice cream in your punch bowl and pour over the milk and coffee.

That's pretty much it!  This makes a large bowl full, so it's great for a crowd.  It also looks really pretty with chocolate sprinkles on top!

Thanks so much to my friend and fellow coffee-lover, Holly, for sharing her recipe with me and letting me share it with you.  I'm sharing it with a few of these friends as well!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sweet 'Stache Mustache Hipster Bag

So, I'm sure you know that mustaches are all the rage right now.  All the cool people are wearing them. On everything from t-shirts to party supplies to jewelry---they're as fun as can be.  That's why my daughter, Abby, and I decided we needed a Mustache Hipster bag.  And as soon as my husband saw it, he said, "Sweet 'stache."  So, henceforth, it will be known as the "Sweet 'Stache Hipster."

And since I know some of you cool cats are going to want one for yourself, I have 2 options for you!  You can either (A) buy a limited edition original made by Abby herself for sale in my blog shop here

or (B) follow these easy instructions to make one yourself:

Start by cutting two 10" wide X 9" high pieces of the fabric of your choice.  We used canvas drop cloth because I'm just a fanatic about the stuff and I always have some on hand.

Next, using the freezer paper stencil method I wrote about here, we cut out our mustache.

After the paint was dry, we sewed our zipper to the top edges of the two fabric pieces. (Be sure to line up the front side of the fabric to the top side of the zipper when sewing.)

Then, we sewed around the two sides and the bottom edge of the bag, being sure to sew up the ends of the zipper as well.

To create a flat bottom for the bag, hold the bottom corner of the bag, lining up the bottom seam with the side seam, creating a sort-of triangle point.

Measure down approximately 1/2 inch from the tip of the corner seam and pin.  Then, just sew across, sort of "cutting off the corner" by stitching.

When the bag is turned right-side out, it should look like this...

To add the handle, take approximately 48 inches of belting, fold under each end, and sew a 1/4 inch hem.

Then, sew each end to the sides of the bag with a couple rows of stitching, and you're ready to sport your new 'stache.

You won't be able to carry this without smiling.  You'll love it.  Don't forget to visit my shop to buy one ready-made!  

Linking this project to some of these parties!  Check them out!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Road Trip Survival Tips

Aren't road trips the best?  For weeks before a vacation, I envision the fun of packing up the family vehicle, everyone smiling, as we drive down the road, leaving our cares behind us for the next several days.  We have our route planned out, we've remembered to pack everything, and it's pretty much picture-perfect right down to the cute luggage and my perfectly-polished toes.

But, 200 miles, 4 fighting kids, and 2 spilled slushies later, and I've been known to look more like this...

I know, scary, right?  

Whatever it takes, don't let your family road trip transform you into Momzilla.  

I've pulled together a few resources that will help you keep your cool for your family road trip this summer and keep your husband and kids from asking "Who is that crazy woman?".

First up are my Kid Clips for Road Trips I first posted about last year.  Of all my hundreds of projects and posts, this is one of the top ten that people pin to Pinterest or e-mail me about the most.  And that just tells me that parents are desperately searching for ways to keep the peace.  Read all about how to make and use these by clicking here.

As far as entertainment for the kids, my favorite is the TV.  I know---totally original, and a big parenting faux pas. But, I personally think that the person who invented a way to put TV's in vehicles that kids can use with headphones deserves to have a day named in their honor.  I love this person, whomever they are.  And I'm not a fan of TV watching at home all day.  I'm that mom that limits the TV time to only certain times of day.  But, when kids are trapped in a car anyway, the TV becomes one of the best inventions known to moms.

So, my tip is:  if you don't have a vehicle with a TV/DVD player, you may want to consider renting or borrowing one for your trip.  And if you do have one, collect movies your kids haven't yet seen to save for the trip.  You might want to trade some with a friend or borrow from the library the week before your trip so you're armed and ready.  God bless you, Mr.(or Mrs.) Inventor of the TV in the Car.

Another game I like to play with my younger kids is what I call "Magazine I Spy".  This is great for waiting rooms as well.  Save up a few of your older catalogs or magazines and give one to each child.  Then, call out a random object and see who can find it first in their magazine.  You can play this with many variations, such as finding objects that begin with a certain letter, or even finding as many of one special object as you can.

We also like to use Pandora in the car to play "Name that Tune".  We love to do this with the Disney Children's station and we make it a contest to see who can name the movie that the song came from first.  This is a great game for the entire family and my kids beg to play it.

These are just a few of our own fun things we do on trips, but I've complied a list of great websites full of more ideas for activities and games that will help you (and your kids) survive your road trip and have happy travels.  Click on the links to visit the sites:

Most importantly:  

Be safe.  
Have fun.  
Make memories.