Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday Giveaways on Melissa & Doug Facebook Page

Have you been entering the cyberMonday giveaways on the Melissa & Doug Facebook page? Every hour today they are giving away awesome toys like a train table, so head on over, "like" them, and enter away!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know I'm a couple days late but just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to anyone who actually reads this! I hope you're having a weekend full of family, fun, and good food to eat. I'm so thankful to have a wonderful family, a beautiful house, and plenty to eat and drink. I am truly blessed this Thanksgiving and always!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Nutter Butter Bite Acorn Cookies!

When I saw these super cute acorn cookies on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to make them. It turned out the link didn't end up being to a tutorial, just a picture though, so I had to make up my own technique for reaching that end result, and wanted to share it with you:

Ingredients:
  • Nutter Butter Bites
  • Hershey's Kisses
  • Mini chocolate chips (any brand)

How-to:

  • Twist apart each Nutter Butter bite and set the sides with the filling still on them filling-side-up on a plate. These will be your acorn caps and the filling is your glue for this stage.
  • Unwrap Hershey's kisses. These are your acorn bodies.
  • Gently press a Hershey's kiss onto each filling-covered Nutter Butter bite half (I recommend letting little helpers eat the rejected halves of the Nutter Butter Bites).
  • I found it easiest to dip the mini chips in the spoon!
  • Melt some of the mini chocolate chips plus a teaspoon of milk per quarter cupish of chocolate chips. I used a Pyrex measuring cup and the microwave; a double boiler system would produce slightly smoother chocolate but you'll be using such a small quantity that I think the difference wouldn't even be noticeable.
  • Dip unmelted mini chocolate chips one at a time into the molten chocolate so just their base gets some of the molten chocolate on them (this is your glue).
  • Press the mini chocolate chip with the molten chocolate on its base onto the top of each Nutter Butter bite half to make a little stem.
  • Allow to cool/dry, arrange cutely, and attempt not to eat them all prior to Thanksgiving!

My version of Nutter Butter Bites/Hershey's Kiss acorns!

Congrats Lesli for Winning the Miniclasix Giveaway!

Congrats to "Lesli" who was comment #72 and won the baby boy outfit from Miniclasix. It's adorable, and I know some little guy in Lesli's life is going to be super cute in it this winter!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Scents from Nature I Love

Have you heard about the fun sweepstakes 7th Generation is running? They are giving away a trip to an exotic and lovely scented place of your choice, like France, Italy, or Vermont. To spread the word, they wanted to know what natural scents moms love and where they take us. Here are a few of mine:


Salty Sea Breeze

The air at the beach always smells…unique. And while some people might not like the combination of seaweed and salt, to me it will always make me think of warm summer days spent on the beach playing with my brothers when I was a kid in California. I loved making sandcastles, searching for seashells, and even playing Frisbee (even though I was terrible at it). Somehow I even have fond memories of peanut butter sandwiches that were slightly crunchy from actual sand. It sounds gross now, but back then it was just another part of the beach experience!

Real Christmas Trees

For the past several years we lived in apartment buildings where we were sadly not allowed to have real Christmas trees, but growing up it was a family tradition for both my family and my husband’s family. When I smell that fresh piney smell, I’m taken to past Christmases full of candlelight and cocoa, of matching jammies and bow-covered presents piled high under the tree.

Apples

I love the scent of fresh apples…and apples baking! When we lived in California, we used to drive up to a little town in the mountains at least once each fall and stock up on fresh apples, (plus the rest of the time had them on stock from the grocery store!), and when we lived in the Midwest continued to find fresh apples from local orchards each fall for a special treat. My favorite kind is golden delicious, but I've always loved Granny Smiths and Braeburns too. The scent of apples takes me to that little mountain town and to my mom’s kitchen where the pies were the best I’ve ever had!

Lilacs

My Grandad was an avid gardener, and one of the showpieces of his garden was a giant lilac bush. Every spring it would bloom with sparkling white flowers and fill the entire yard with a beautiful scent. Even now that he’s gone, I remember him whenever I smell lilacs and hope I’ve inherited his green thumb. I remember at least twice growing up begging for a pair of overalls because that’s what Grandad wore to garden-which he seemed to spend most of his spare time doing-and I wanted to match him. Lilacs make me think of his overalls and his love!

What scents from nature do you love?

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seventh Generation blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Miniclasix Baby Outfits Review & Giveaway (Ends 11/18)

Do you know what your little guy will be wearing this year for your holiday celebrations? If not, I have the perfect giveaway for you! Miniclasix sent an adorable outfit for my niece plus is giving one of my readers this dapper outfit for a little boy in size 3months. (Perfect shower present for a winter baby!) Miniclasix baby apparel is available for purchase at stores like Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, in baby boutiques around the country and on Amazon and mainly features classic styling and colors, which I love.
The dress for my niece arrived quickly and was in perfect condition. The fabric felt nice and the stitching seemed sturdy. My sister-in-law and I both liked the classic styling. It’s like a mini sugar plum fairy dress! My niece was sooooo cute in it!

For your chance to win the navy blue and gray outfit in size 3monhs for a little boy in your life, please leave a comment by Friday November 18th at midnight US Central time saying which of these Miniclasix outfits is your favorite:

 
For extra entries, do any of the following and leave an extra comment for each extra entry telling me what you did:
  • Follow Crunchy Con Mommy on Google Friend Connect
  • Follow @CrunchyConMom on Twitter
  • Tweet or RT the following: “Win a baby boy outfit from @CrunchyConMom by entering here by 11/18 at midnight (Central): http://tiny.cc/5fxvs #miniclasix #giveaway” (1 entry per day)
  • Leave a comment on another Crunchy Con Mommy blog post and tell me which post you commented on (1 entry per day)
  • Find your favorite Miniclasix outfit on Amazon and “Like” it and tell me which outfit you liked in your comment. (1 entry per day)

I’ll pick a winner using Random.org on 11/19 and contact them by e-mail or Twitter. If I can’t find a way to get a hold of them or don’t hear back within 48 hours, I’ll pick a new winner.

  
I received a free outfit for review purposes (I’ll never recommend a product I haven’t tried and liked myself!) but received no other compensation for this post. The Amazon link is not an Amazon affiliate link.

This giveaway was listed at OnlineSweepstakes.com

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Get a Melissa & Doug 25% Off Coupon When You Take the North "Poll"

I love Melissa & Doug toys so I was pretty excited to hear about this fun program: Melissa & Doug want you to tell them which of their educational toys you think is the best! Just click on the image below to place your vote in the North "Poll!" You'll Get a Melissa & Doug 25% Off Coupon** to use at MelissaAndDoug.com just for voting! Our favorite Melissa & Doug toys are their puzzles-they seem to have the perfect puzzle for every age and stage!

If I did this right, I get a $25 off coupon to use on Melissa & Doug toys on their website!

Wise Words

Inspired by the Happiest Mom, each week I try to post a quote that recently made me think, laugh, smile, or all three.

"Always underpromise and overperform"

-Jeff Probst, host of Survivor, on life lessons he's learned from the reality TV series (spotted by my mom, who follows him on Twitter. Good work mom!)

Monday, November 7, 2011

How I Label Hard-Boiled Egg

We love hard-boiled eggs around here, but it's easy to get them mixed up with the raw eggs if I'm not careful. So here are some of the ways I like handle hard-boiled eggs:

1.) Save an old egg carton and mark it as specifically for hard-boiled eggs. You could even have your kids decorate it with paint/glitter/stickers/etc

2.) Write on your eggs with pencil. My dad used to do this when I was growing up. Two of the best strategies I've found are either write a "B" on the top of each or write "Boiled" and then draw a squiggly line all the way around the egg so that no one could miss it. If you have kids in school, you could write silly things on eggs like quotes, jokes, or even simple greetings to be enjoyed when they open their lunch boxes. Since you don't eat the shells, I personally am not worried about a little graphite from the pencil being on the outside of the shell for a couple days.

And voila! your eggs are ready to be eaten straight out of the shell, deviled (my favorite) or as part of egg or potato salad!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Monster Pants from Torn Jeans

I saw this adorable idea for revamping a pair of jeans with a hole in the knee on the American Felt & Craft blog this summer and liked it so much I bought a pair of jeans with a hole in them at a garage sale for a quarter, and today I finally monstered them up:



Basically, after cutting away the fringey threads, I cut an oval of red felt bigger than the hole plus a line of white teeth and then backstitched around the circle to create a monster mouth reverse appliqué. Then I cut two white circles for eyes and embroidered an X on one and a woven spider wheel on the other.

I thought it was pretty cute and my toddler was really happy about his "scary monster" pants.
I think you could easily do some other cute reverse appliqués out of felt on torn jeans, like a sunflower on a pair of girls jeans.

I used acrylic felt and have washed(cold, delicate) and dried(low) the jeans with no noticeable damage to the monster.