Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lasagna Soup Recipe

I am not sure about where you live but here in Northern California the days are much cooler and as the winter draws near I find myself making more soup recipes which are my favorite during the very cold winter days. So in honor of these chilly days I decided to share with you a delicious Lasagna Soup recipe that I made just the other night and it was a huge hit with my family. 

Lasagna Soup

3 tsp olive oil
1/2 lb ground turkey
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 green bell pepper chopped
1/2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 black pepper
32oz Chicken broth
2-8 oz tomato sauce cans
1-14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp crushed red peppers
2 cups of noodles- I recommend something small
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 

Heat oil in a large sauce pan
Add the ground turkey, onion, bell pepper, garlic, Italian seasoning and pepper. 
Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until the meat is browned
Add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt and red peppers and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Add the noodles and cook uncovered until the noodles are tender, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat, stir in the basil and cheeses and ENJOY!

Hope you have a chance to try out this delicious soup this winter.
Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thanksgiving Rewind- Kids Thanksgiving Art Projects

Happy Fall everyone!!! I know that was super overdue but in the spirit of Thanksgiving just around the corner I thought I would share a very popular post of mine from last year which are these fun Kids Thanksgiving Art Projects that my daughter and I did. Hope this gets you in the spirit of the upcoming holidays!


This year my daughter is at the age where art projects are a huge hit with her. So I decided to share with you all the projects we did for Thanksgiving this year and how you can do them as well for your children.

Pretty basic I used white card stock paper, acrylic paints and a paint brush. 

First up we did a tree painting using her hand and finger prints. 
I painted her hand and used her hand print as the branches and the start of the trunk.
I then painted the rest of the trunk of the tree with the brush. 

The next step was to use her thumb print and just go crazy with leaves. 
We used yellow, orange and red for the leaves. 

Then of course since it turned out really nice I framed it :)

Our next painting project was making turkeys out of her hands.
Very easy: use their hand print for the body, then use their finger to make feet, grass and the other accents on its body. 

Here is Hailey making a "bunch of leaves" as she said :)

My last project was a really fun project. 
I made a turkey using scrap paper literally by eyeballing it, so it isn't perfect. 
I then wanted to fill each feather with what she told me she was thankful for.
First I had to explain to her what Thankful even meant. 
But once she got it she was on a roll.. A pretty funny roll too.. The washer machine? Her crown? and Money? What an imagination she has! 

I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I did!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Kid's Art Projects

In the spirit of Halloween my daughter and I spent the other afternoon making a few art projects to add to our art display and today I am sharing the projects with you. 

My favorite are these adorable Ghost feet

It was very simple, just paint their feet white and add the black accents with either a pen or a paint brush.

This adorable little Frankenstein was easy and done by painting the palm of the hand green and the four fingers black then adding the facial accents once dried. 

Here is a candy corn foot print that we did as well which was easily done by painting the three colors on the foot.

And lastly by my daughters request she wanted to make pink and purple witches with her feet! 

Check out our art project from last Halloween as well.

Thanks for stopping by today,

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Cinderella Birthday Party Ideas

So after months and months of my daughter being insistent on having a Sofia the First birthday party the tables turned a few weeks ago when she began asking for different themed parties. She absolutely LOVES Cinderella and asked many times to have a Cinderella party. So after sitting down and finalizing that Cinderella was our final decision the planning began rather quickly. 

I do have to say I was relieved that the theme changed to Cinderella since she is one of my favorite Princesses and I grew up watching and loving this movie as well. 

It has always been so fun to hear my daughter talk about her favorite parts of the movie and she absolutely loves the mice and loves the part where they make Cinderella her gown for the ball. My daughter loves the songs they sing and all. So I decided this would be a fun part of the movie to throw into the mix of the decorations. 

These are the scenes in the movie that really sparked my interest for a specific area that I want to decorate at the party.

The birds and flowing ribbon are a favortie

Now that you have an idea of some of my inspiration from the movie here are some things that I found while browsing Pinterest that I also found inspiring. 

I absolutely love this party shown over at Modern Chic Tots. The subtle color scheme really sparked my interest because I really liked how it wasn't so over powering.  

I loved the colors used in this Cinderella Party shown on Kara's Party Ideas. This clock was one of my favorite aspects of the party. 

I LOVE these adorable paper wheels that are made to look like clocks that Idea Event Style sells on Etsy.

I of course fell in love with this party that is shown on Catch My Party. This specific table is my favorite because it really resembles the scenes from the movie above that my daughter loves and that I am focusing on for a part of the decor. 

This will be the adorable dress my daughter will wear to the party. A good friend of mine introduced me to this shop on Etsy called Greensies. She makes such adorable and fun toddler dresses in all different characters. She will also be making a dress to resemble the pink dress above that the animals and mice made Cinderella. 

I fell in love with this cake that is shown on The Little Housewife. I love the ruffles around the cake and of course back to that same scenes from above it resembles the birds working on the dress. 

My favorite party of this Cinderella party done by Trista Sutter's and shown on Ander's Ruff is the color scheme. I love the mix of the pink and the blue and white. These light colors will be colors that I incorporate into my daughters party as well. 

Again back to reflecting the scenes above, I could not help but fall in love with this party that is shown over at Alan Phillip Photography. I have no idea what that pink dress is made out of but I LOVE it! 

This is also from the same party at Alan Phillip Photography  and again I just love the subtle color scheme and of course the birds with the ribbon on top is a favorite.

This Cinderella Party shown on Kara's Party Ideas I just had to share. Although it is not what I am going for in my daughters party I still love all the details that were put into the party. 

This adorable wreath from The Knock Knock Factory on Etsy gave me an awesome idea to have something like this on the front door for when guests arrive. Something to just add a little bit of color to the door. 

This is another aspect that I absolutely love from the Cinderella party over at Modern Chic Tots. The mice are my daughters favorite so a piece like this would be fun to have.

To see more of my Cinderella Party Inspiration visit my Pinterest page and check out my Cinderella Party Board.

Thanks for visiting today,

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Disney Savings Jar

Today I am sharing with you this fun project I did this week which was turning our coin jar into a 
Disney Fund jar. If you do not already know I am a HUGE Disney fan! I love the movies, the Disney store but most of all... Disneyland!! Being in Disneyland gives me such great joy and is truly the most amazing place on earth to me. Therefore I needed to start a savings for this obsession because it isn't cheap!

First I took a jug that we had gotten apple juice in and thoroughly washed and dried it.  

On my Silhouette machine I used the Disney font and a Mickey head cut out as the design for the jar.

I cut the design out onto vinyl and used transfer paper to attach the vinyl to the jar.


This is a fun way to make any fund jar look more appealing, so give it a try!
Anytime I add money to it I get excited that I am one step closer to going back to Disneyland!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Re-purposed Starbucks Bottles

Today I am sharing this fun re-purpose project with you that many party planners and crafters might already know but it is so fun that I have to share it anyways. For my son's Barnyard birthday party I thought it would be fun to use Starbucks bottles as the drink glasses for the milk that we were serving since they look like small old fashioned milk bottles. 

It's so fun when you find something like this that you typically throw into the recycling that you can actually use over and over again! 

Once you have the empty and cleaned bottles the process is quite simple. 

To remove the labels you want to soak the bottles in hot soapy water for about 30 minutes. 
While the bottle is soapy use the scrubber side of your sponge and scrub off the expiration date as well as if there are numbers up around the top of the bottle. (some of mine had this and some didn't)

Now peal off the front and back labels and if there is any residue left use Goo Gone on a paper towel and rub it off the bottle.

You then have clean clear small bottles!

They were such a great addition to my son's party and I have many plans to use them again in the future at my daughters birthday and other parties. 
There are many gift ideas on Pinterest to make using the bottles as well so DO NOT throw your 
Starbucks bottles out! 

Thanks for taking a look at this project today!

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