4.18.2014

Easy DIY Easter Basket

One of the best things about having a niece and nephew is that you get to spoil them on holidays. I especially love getting them things that their parents would probably never buy. But, that's what Auntie's are for, right?

DIY Easter Basket


This Easter is no different than the rest, so I popped into Five Below (& Target) the other day to pick up some fun goodies to put in a basket Lila & Isaac. Here's what I found:
  • Glow-in-the-dark beach balls: one purple, one green; $3 each
  • Play-Doh set with rollers & cutters; $5
  • Two Mini plant growing kits; $3 each
  • Scooby Doo Meets Batman DVD; $4 at Target
DIY Easter Basket


As I was shopping, I couldn't find a basket that I liked enough to buy, so I decided to improvise and decorate a box I already had. I simply cut the top flaps off and had a basket of sorts. I grabbed some colorful cardstock from my stash and my glue gun and got to work. To make something similar, you'll need cardstock in these colors:

  • Lighter or lime green
  • Darker or forest green
  • White
  • Variety of patterned scraps
  • Scrap or small square of pink
DIY Easter Basket


I had this stuff on hand from a variety pack of 8"x8" sheets, so I just used what I need to cover the outside of the box. I didn't cover the inside because I already knew I wanted to put some tissue paper in as a filler. Here's a quick overview as to how I made the basket:

  1. Cover the outside of the box with the light green paper using hot glue.
  2. Cut strips of dark green and fringe one side with scissors.
  3. Glue the "grass" to the outside of the box, lining the straight edge up with the bottom of the box. I covered all sides the box, but you could easily just do what would be the front. Still cute & festive!
  4. Grab the patterned scraps and cut out Easter egg shapes in different sizes.
  5. Glue the eggs in clusters around the box. I strategically placed the eggs on the box to cover the seams where the green paper met.
  6. To make the bunny silhouette, cut 1 bigger circle, 1 smaller circle, 2 bunny ears, and a small scalloped circle from the white cardstock. Glue the bigger circle on top of the smaller circle to make it look like you're seeing the bunny from behind. Next, glue the ears on top of the smaller circle, or the head. Now, to make the tail pop, cut a scalloped circle from your scrap of pink that is slightly bigger than the white scalloped circle. To finish, glue the white scalloped circle on top of the pink one, then glue on the bigger circle toward the bottom.
  7. Glue the bunny to the box in between a cluster of eggs. It makes it look like the bunny was there laying the eggs!
  8. Grab some light blue or white tissue paper and place in the box with some sticking over the edge. 
  9. Arrange toys, candy, treats, etc. in the box, and add additional pieces of tissue paper as needed to stabilize the items.
  10. I also added an "L" and an "I" to two of the bigger eggs on the box as a last minute fun little detail. 
Easy peasy, and SO cute! I did this on a whim and love how it turned out. I spent under $20 and came out with a fun, candy-free treat for my niece and nephew!


Happy Easter!




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4.14.2014

5 Reasons Why I'm THAT Dog Mom

It's happened guys, I've officially turned into a crazy dog mom. Now, I've always kinda spoiled Shanny, but she's a very easy dog to take care of: no middle of the night potty breaks or accidents, doesn't like a ton of toys, enjoys the occasional bone, and just wants some pets. She's very low-maintenance, so I've never felt the need to get all coocoo for cocoa puffs on her.

Enter JoJo, my second child and little love bug mama's boy. Puppies are high maintenance...very much the opposite of Shanny Mae. JoJo has officially turned me into THAT dog mom who's obsessed with her "babies." Please see exhibits 1-5 below.

ONE



I went to Treats Unleashed yesterday because I wanted to get some fun things for the babes. JoJo got a Kong toy, a stuffing-less alligator that has 2 squeakers in it, and grain-free food. GRAIN FREE FOOD. I know it's supposed to be better for their digestive systems, but seriously the dog has better (aka more wholesome) eating habits than I do. Shanny got 2 dehydrated duck's feet and a bully bone.

Did either of them NEED these things? No, but I wanted them to have a special treat.

TWO

If you look closely, you can see that JoJo is trying to eat my hair...no bueno!

I've been scouring the web for deals on BarkBox and/or any other subscription boxes for dogs. I'd tossed the idea around when we had just Shanny, but like I said she doesn't really do toys. Now that we have a crazy puppy in the mix, I most certainly think we'd get more use out of something like this.

Again, do they NEED a monthly subscription box? Absolutely not, but I love getting mail, and they do too.

THREE



I've taken more pictures in the last 2+ weeks than I have probably in the last year combined. (Ok, that may be a bit of an exaggerations, but you get my drift.) I want to remember these sweet puppy moments because one day JoJo is going to be a solid 60-80 lbs. I want photographic evidence that he indeed once was only a wee 10 lbs. 

I'll never have pictures of Shanny as a puppy, so I have to make up for the cuteness with JoJo.

Four



I look forward to spending time with my pups. Kyra usually works until 9 or 10pm, so they keep me company until then. I purposefully took the time yesterday evening to work with JoJo on sitting and going to his kennel on command. When my mom asked yesterday what I had planned for the evening, that's what I told her: I was going to work with JoJo on being a good boy. I'm ridiculous.

FIVE

Sorry for the crappy photo quality!

JoJo is sweetest in the morning, which of course melts my heart. He literally, every morning, nuzzles is head into my neck and sleeps there for about an hour. It's my favorite. 


I'm not ready for kids yet, so I'm happily spending my maternal instincts and energy on my two furbabies. Crazy or not, they're part of my family, and we all love them to bits.






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4.07.2014

Monday Musings

Oh hey, Monday...not real happy to see ya, but you're here nonetheless. Today, I'm joining my girl Marcia to share a few Monday Musings with you.

-ONE-


So, Kyra has clients EARLY in the morning, aka he has to be at the gym by 5 or 6am most days. Since we've had JoJo, Kyra let's him outside to potty, then plops him & Shanny in bed with me to go back to sleep until I'm ready to get up for work. Now, normally when JoJo is ready to be awake, he's balls to the wall ready to play. But, in the morning, when he's ready for me to wake up with him, he just licks my face instead of nipping at it. This, I am very thankful for. #nobiting


-TWO-


We got our booties kicked at work on Saturday night, aka I'm still tired and worn out from my shift. Plus, it's rainy outside, so all I wanna do is SLEEP. #naptime

-THREE-


I failed to take any pictures over the weekend of the project I recently finished, so no Maker Monday post today. #bloggerfail

-FOUR-


Yes, I'm aware that hashtags don't mean anything on a blog. #mysitemyrules

-FIVE-


I've mentioned before that I get bad under eye circles, so instead of covering them up, I'm going to try to lighten them. Now, I'm gonna do anything crazy, but I did order the ANEW Reversalist Eye Illuminating System. Once I get my grubby paws on it, I'll let you know how I like, if it works, etc.



Anyway, enjoy the rest of your day. I'll be back later in the week!





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4.04.2014

32 Things That Make Me Happy

Venus Trapped in Mars

1. Iced coffee from Starbucks. I just can't seem to make my at-home iced coffee taste as good.

2. Love notes from Kyra J.

3. When Shanny is more excited to see me when I get home than she is to go outside.

4. Puppy snuggles.

5. When my niece and nephew give me hugs and/or kisses without being asked. May as well add in when they tell me they love me. Heart = melted.

6. Getting lost in a good book or TV series. (I'm looking at you Veronica Mars.)

7. Spending time with my mama.

8. Random texts from friends.

9. Sleeping in.

10. Getting compliments from customers, telling me that I am a good waitress.

11. Playing board games with my sister & brother-in-law.

12. Getting good grades in grad school.

13. Sephora, Hobby Lobby & Whole Foods. My heaven on earth.

14. Good hair days.

15. Giving gifts. I l.o.v.e. thinking about and deciding on thoughtful gifts for people. It brings me joy seeing people love the gifts that I bought and/or made for them.

16. DIYing. It could be sewing, crafting, or whatever. It clears my mind, and I like seeing the fruits of my labor.

Speaking of DIYing...I will have a Maker Monday post for you next week, showcasing my latest project and what I'll be working on next.

17. Piggy backing on #16...I also really love graphic design. I'm not always the best, but I'm decent at it and have a pretty good eye for what's good design and what's not.

18. FLAIR PENS (and any other awesome writing utensils, too)

19. Dancing. I don't dance as regularly as I'd like, but I feel 100% myself when I hit the stage (or studio, football field, or wherever the dancing takes place).

20. Lazy Sundays with no plans.

21. Columbia, MO. A piece of my heart will always be in CoMO.

22. Getting positive feedback at work. Also, knowing that the work I do is making a difference/helping in our overall goals.

23. Birthdays! Mine, yours, anyones really. I love celebrating them.

24. A good run or yoga practice. I don't love all runs or all yoga sessions. I'm talking about the ones that when you're done, you feel like you can take on the world.

25. Back rubs/massages.

26. Bubble baths.

27. Surprises. Flowers just because, a clean apartment when I return from a work trip, anything really. I'm a sucker for a sweet gesture.

28. Perfume. I pretty much always have a sprtiz of something on every day. I have perfume that I wear daily (Dream Angels Heavenly), but I also have perfume that I only wear on special occasions (Dior Pure Poison).

29. Kyra J. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: he makes me feel so loved every single day.

30. My family.

31. Huge computer screens. If I'm gonna be working on something, give mama a big ole screen to work with :) Better yet, I'd really love to have some dual screen action going...one day maybe.

32. Myself. It may sound weird or vein, but I am the creator of my own happiness. We have to be happy with ourselves before we can be happy with anything or anyone else.




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4.03.2014

Meet JoJo

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably already know that Kyra and I added a sweet baby boy to our family! I'd like to officially introduce you all to JoJo:


Breed: American Bull Terrier
Color: Blue/Brindle
Eye Color: Blue (we're crossing our fingers that they stay blue and don't change)
Age: 9 1/2 weeks
Weight: 10 lbs. 10 oz.

Likes:
  • Snuggles
  • His big sister
  • Licking faces and nibbling on ears (we're working on the nibbling)
  • Climbing stairs
  • Jumping off furniture
  • Sleeping the majority of the day
  • Playing and running around

Dislikes:
  • Being in his crate
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Going down stairs
  • When his sister is on the couch/bed and he can't get to her


We've only had JoJo for about 5 days now, but we already love him so much. He's hilarious and so sweet. When we snuggle on the couch, he likes to nap with his head on my should or pressed up against a warm body. Of course, I love that he likes to cuddle so much!

He's doing ok with potty training, only about an accident a day. Usually his accidents have happened because we didn't take him out as soon as he was let out of his crate or woke up. When we take him outside, he always potties, so we just need to be more on top of things.


Him and Shanny both have done really well with the transition. Shanny was a little skeptical at first, but she plays with him every day and let's him snuggle up to her. We have tried to give Shanny a little extra love because we don't want her to feel left out. Shanny is an older gal (about 8 or so), and I think having a younger dog around will help keep her young and active. On the flip side, I think Shanny is going to be a good role model for JoJo and help teach him how to be well-behaved little gentleman.

I am sure I will have more updates as the days go by, so this is your cuteness overload warning :)




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