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Rainbow Rice Garden April 24, 2012

My girls love their new rice garden.  I put this together for my 20 month old, but my 4 year old loves it just as much!  They played with it for over an hour!  This was a simple project, just a little time consuming to color all the rice.  If I’d had more than two baking sheets, it would have gone faster.  Also, I had no idea how much rice I needed, so I ended up going back to the store for more.  I ended up with 20 pounds of rice (8 cups each color for 6 colors).



1.)  I used 20 pounds of white long-grain rice!!!

2.)  Food coloring

3.) Rubbing alcohol

4.) Ziploc bags

5.) Parchment paper

6.) Baking sheets

7.) Large plastic storage bin.

8.) Toys for the garden




1.)  Measure 8 cups of rice for the first color and pour into a gallon size ziploc bag.


2.)  Add as much food coloring as your heart desires.


3.)  Add 5 T. rubbing alcohol.


4.)  Shake up the rice until evenly colored.  If you don’t like the color, adjust by adding more food coloring.


5.)  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


6.)  Pour colored rice into baking sheet.


7.)  Let rice dry.  It dries very fast outside on a sunny warm day!


8.)  Repeat for each color.  Save time by using as many baking sheets as you have!


9.)  Pour dry rice into the plastic bin, creating a rainbow.


10.)  Add toys.


11.)  Take a quick picture before your kids destroy the pretty rainbow.


12.)  Let the kids play.


Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878261028/

Project Linkhttp://shareandremember.blogspot.com/2011/06/rainbow-rice-garden-sensory-play.html

Substitutions:  The project suggests to use liquid water colors.  I don’t have any liquid water colors, so I used good ole food dye.  It worked out just fine.  Also, I used 8 cups of rice per color instead of 4 cups.  I decreased the amount of rubbing alcohol to 5 T. per 8 cups vs the 3T for 4 cups.  The project also says to use 2T of food coloring.  That would be way too much using the dye that I used.  Maybe the 2T was suggested for the liquid water colors.


Paper Plate and Clothespin Rainbows

This was a super cute and fun project for my 4-year old.  She could handle every step of this project and she really enjoyed it! I think this might be a project we will do during my daughter’s Rainbow/Candy Land themed birthday party!



1.) Paper plate

2.) Clothespins

3.) Yellow Paint

4.) Paint brush

5.) Construction Paper

6.) Scissors

7.) Glue

8.) Googly eyes

9.) Marker



1.)  Paint the outside of a paper plate yellow.


2.) Paint both sides of the clothespins yellow.


3.)  Cut two stripes of construction paper for each color of the rainbow.  Sophie wanted to substitute pink for red!


4.)  Once the paper plate is dry, fold it in half.


5.)  Unfold the paper plate, and cut a slit in the plate on the fold line.  Cut the slit to give you just enough room to glue in the construction paper.


6.)  Refold the plate.


7.)  Pin the clothespins around the plate.


8.)  To get a curly look to the construction paper, we wrapped each piece around a pencil and held it for a few seconds.


9.)  Glue the two pieces of each color together at the top only.  Then, glue inside the plate.


10.) Repeat for each color.


11.)  Finish off the project by adding googly eyes and drawing on a face.  We punched a hole at the top and threaded yarn and hung it from a light fixture above or dining room table.


Here is the face Sophie drew …


And on the other side, I drew a  face …


Pinterest Pinhttp://alittledelightful.blogspot.com/2011/07/craft-days.html

Link to Projecthttp://alittledelightful.blogspot.com/2011/07/craft-days.html

Substitutions:  The original pin looks like they used something other than construction paper.  I used construction paper because that is what I had.  I could see using streamers, ribbon, curling ribbon, etc.

Time:  We painted the plate one evening and finished the project the next morning.  It is a pretty quick project if you don’t count the drying time.


I submitted this project to “Made by you Monday” at Skip to My Lou!  Mine is #430!

Linked up to Six Sister’s Stuff (#261) on 5/12/12.


April Date April 18, 2012

I put together one year’s worth of dates (one date per month) for my husband as a Valentine’s Day present.  Our April date was a blast!


The date card read …  “I’m very excited for this date.  It’s Spring and we need some new clothes!  We’re going on a shopping spree.  We each have an envelope filled with cash to spend.  We must be ready for our vacation in May.  We will shop at Oakbrook, spend the night at the Embassy Suites, and go out to dinner, etc.  Love, Lisa.”


I included the date card, two envelopes of cash, and some wardrobe inventory worksheets.  I cashed in credit card points to get a Lettuce Entertain You gift card for our dinner at Wildfire!



Before our date, we cleaned out both our closets!  I really wanted to clear out my husbands closet.  I knew it was loaded with clothes he hasn’t worn in over 5 years+.  We filled up 5 garbage bags of clothes to send to goodwill.


After we cleared out our old clothes, we made lists of items we needed to purchase.  We are going to Riviera Maya in May, so we included items we’d need on vacation.


My mom babysit the girls for us so we could enjoy a day of shopping, eating, sleeping in, and just being together alone!!!


We had lunch at Moe’s, spent 6-7 hours shopping, checked into our hotel, freshened up, ate dinner at Wildfire (I LOVE their chopped salad), had a drink at the bar, back to the hotel and crashed! The next morning, we headed to a few more stores before returning home!


We both got loads of new clothes!  This is something we have never done before.  Maybe we can do it again in the fall!  Also, we both fell in love with Nordstrom Rack.  Why haven’t I shopped there before!?!


Here are some pictures of our loot!




Kreativ Blogger Award

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I’m super excited to have been nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award!  As a newbie blogger, I’ve just come to realize that there are awards in the blogging world.  I feel like I learn something new every day, but I have a long long long way to go.


Thanks so much to Karie at http://ipinterest.me for nominating me for this award!  Like myself, Karie posts projects inspired by Pinterest.  She takes her blog a step further; however, and posts daily!



Here are the rules which I must comply with:

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.


7 Things You May (or May Not) find Interesting About Me …

1.)  I have two amazing daughters (Sophie is 4 and Molly is 1).  And, of course, my husband J.R. is amazing, too!

2.)  Sophie (my 4 year old) was born on September 27th at 11:51pm.  My birthday is September 28th, so we almost had the same birthday!

3.)  I used to be a Financial Analyst and I have a Master’s Degree in Accounting.

4.)  I work from home doing the bookkeeping for my husband’s business.  This is where my accounting degree comes in handy!

5.)  I love organizing, but I spend way too much time making checklists!

6.)  I was obsessed with the TV show Dawson’s Creek.  I ended up recording every single episode EVER.  I collected over 40 VHS tapes of Dawson’s Creek, but never watched them again. My husband convinced me to part with them last year!

7.) I love to bake, but hate to clean up the mess.


Nominations …

1.)  http://singlestitchknit.wordpress.com/– My sister’s knitting blog.  She just made me a few scarfs that I absolutely love.

2.)  http://cynthialynnephotography.com/wordpress/ – My other sister’s photography blog.  She is just starting up a photography business in Orlando/Winter Park area.

3.)  http://366daysofpinterest.com/ – A Pinterest blog similar to Karie’s.  She posts Pinterest inspired projects daily.

4.)  http://www.littlehandsbigwork.com/ – A great site for preschool age activities!

5.)  http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/ – A great cookie decorating blog.  I have used her recipes, watched her tutorials, and noted her tips and techniques!

6.) http://whatifoundwhilewalkingaround.com/ –  I’ve always struggled to eat right and keep on exercising.  This blogger’s “Daily Dose” keeps me motivated!

7.)  http://www.hwtm.com/ – A party planning blog.  I loved the “apple of our eye” party.  I may do this for Molly’s 2nd birthday!


Great work!  I really enjoy reading all of your blogs!


– Lisa


Use Your Kitchen Aid Mixer to Shred Chicken April 15, 2012

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I dread shredding chicken.  I tend to do a lot of shredding as called for in my recipes.  I saw this pin that suggested I use my Kitchen Aid mixer to shred my chicken!  This seemed easy enough and worth a try.  I tossed in two warm cooked chicken breast.  I used the paddle attachment and turned on the mixer to speed 4 and let it do it’s magic for about 20 seconds.  Voila!  I was impressed with my nicely shredded chicken.  This will be a HUGE time saver for me.  I’m so glad I came across this tip!



Pinterest Pin http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878211435/


Substitutions:  None

Time:  1 minute or less!


Bunny Cupcakes with Sugar Cookie Ears April 13, 2012

This project was crazy!!!  I can’t believe I spent so much time on it.  I saw this pin and fell in love with these adorable bunny cupcakes.  I read and re-read the instructions and I thought I could re-create these!  I came close, but in my mind this was a FAIL!  I may try this again taking into account the lessons I learned along the way!



The first step was to make the sugar cookie bunny ears.  I found a cookie cutter that was the exact shape as in the tutorial.  Later on, I find out that my cookie cutter was in fact the same shape, but probably twice as big as the one in the tutorial!  This made for very heavy ears that didn’t stay up!


I used sweetsugarbelle’s recipe.  The recipe was delicious and easy.  The best part is that you don’t have to refrigerate the dough before baking!  I had sticks leftover from cake pops, so I baked them into the cookies.  This worked out well, but some of my cookies cracked and I couldn’t use them.  Lesson #1:  Make extra cookies in case you have casualties!



I let the cookies sit overnight and frosted them the next day as suggested in the tutorial.  I’ve never made royal icing before, so this was another challenge.  I used sweetsugarbelle’s royal icing recipe.  I watched tutorials on royal icing so I knew what I was working with.  I have to admit that I was a bit nervous to try something new.



I made piping icing and outlined the sugar cookies.  Then, I used flood icing to fill in the cookie.  I used the wet-on-wet technique to fill in the pink ears.  Now, look at me, I sound like I know what I’m talking about.  Haha!  These turned out great!  I read that it takes at least 8 hours for the icing to dry, so I let them sit out overnight.  By the next morning, they were still very very wet.  And they were still wet the day after that.  They kind of bubbled up too when they dried and were not smooth looking.  Lesson #2:  I did something wrong with the royal icing.  Perhaps, the flood icing was too thick and that’s why it didn’t dry?  I’ll have to research this further and figure it out!




Next, it was time to make the cupcakes.  I just used a good ole box mix of yellow icing.  I saw that in the tutorial, she cut the cupcakes so they were flat, so that’s what I did!



Then, it was time to make the adorable cupcake wrappers.  This was my favorite part of the entire project.  I used this cupcake wrapper template!  I printed out the template and traced it out on my blue cardstock.  I cut out the wrappers and fit them around my cupcakes to make sure they fit.  Then, I blued them together with regular Elmer’s glue.  Then, I attached the white pom pom balls for the tail and feet!  ADORABLE!!!



I them whipped up a batch of butter cream icing.  I used Wilton’s recipe.  I wasn’t sure what kind of icing was used in the tutorial for the bunny cupcakes.  I read that royal icing hardens and wouldn’t be a good choice to top a cupcake, so I made butter cream.  I’ve never added almond extract to my icing before and gave it a try!  Big mistake!  Lesson #3:  Don’t add almond extract to butter cream icing.  I don’t know if I put too much in or what, but even my 4-year old wouldn’t eat it.  She said “it tastes too much like cherries”.



I scooped my icing into an icing bag and frosted my cupcakes.  I realized that I needed way more icing than I had.  To get a big mound of icing, you need tons of it!  Lesson #4:  Make lot’s of icing!  Also, I didn’t understand why I’d shaved my cupcakes flat.  I think the mound on the top of the cupcake would have helped to shape the icing.  Lesson #5:  Don’t shave the top off the cupcake! 



I like to wait overnight to let the frosting harden a bit before decorating.  Okay, so when I added the ears to my cupcake, this is when I realized my ears were way to big.  They fit in okay, but within 20 minutes had fallen out of the cupcake!  Lesson #5:  Use a smaller cookie cutter. 



I used mini chocolate chips for the eyes and a pink jelly bean for the nose!



So, this was a learnning experience.  It was worth the huge smile on my daugher’s face when I presented her the cupcake.  She didn’t like the icing, but the cookie was amazing and so was the cupcake!



Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878202279/


Substitutions:  I used chocolate chips for the eyes and jelly beans for the nose.

Time:  Days and days!  🙂


I will try this again taking into account the lessons I’ve learned along the way!  And, I want to experiment a little with royal icing!


Cheese Ball Carrots!

I’d planned to make a bunch of these to hand out at a party, but I couldn’t find the cone shaped bags anywhere!  I ended up using some Wilton icing bags instead and only made two of these, one for each of my girls’ Easter baskets!  Both of my girls LOVE LOVE LOVE cheese balls, so I knew they would enjoy this treat.  I HATE HATE HATE them because they are sooo messy and not so healthy.  I’ve hidden the jumbo size cheese ball bucket I purchased and plan to send the rest to work with my husband!  This was an easy and fun snack and could make these with other ingredients.  I know there are bunny shaped “goldfish” that would be cute!


I could also see substituting these “carrots” for the lollipops that grew from jelly beans!


Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878202122/

Project Linkhttp://bethybrat-bloomingwhereimplanted.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-04-01T08%3A00%3A00-04%3A00&max-results=20

Substitutions:  None

Time:  5 Minutes for both!



Making Small Bows with a Fork!

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I’ve always struggled to tie small bows!  My fingers just don’t work that way!  I saw this pin and wanted to give it a try.  My first try was a fail, but when I really studied the tutorial, I got it!  These turned out great and I used them for my hand print sheep project!  I make a lot of homemade cards and I can see using these bows on some of my cards!  Also, I can see using different sized forks to create different size bows!


Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878202090/

Project Linkhttp://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/how-to-make-a-little-bow-with-a-fork

Substitutions:  None

Time:  Just a minute per bow!


Here is the tutorial I used from the projectwedding.com website:


And here are my pictures:


Handprint Easter Lamb with Cotton Balls

This is one of the very first holiday themed projects I ever pinned.  This project was cute, simple, and fun for the kids.  My 1 year old kept saying “more”.  She wanted me to paint her hand over and over again!



1.) Construction paper

2.) Cotton Balls

3.) Glue

4.) Black Acrylic Paint

5.) Paint Brush

6.) Googly Eyes

7.) Ribbon – I used another pin to make my own small sized ribbons.



1.) Pull out all the supplies.

2.) Paint your child’s hand with the black paint.

3.)  Press hand down on paper.

4.)  Wait for paint to dry.

5.)  Glue cotton balls to form a sheep.

6.)  Add googly eye to thumb.

7.)  Glue bow ribbon to cotton ball.


We made one for me and another for Grandma and Papa!


Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878202068/

Project Linkhttp://craftsbyamanda.com/2011/03/handprint-easter-lamb.html

Substitutions:  None

Time:  30 minutes



Yarn Balloon Eggs April 7, 2012

I saw this pin long ago and it sparked my interest in having a rainbow / Candy Land themed 5th birthday party.  I thought these yarn balloons would be a perfect decoration for her party.  Since then, I learned that I can use this technique to make Easter egg shaped yarn balloons.  So, I made enough to fill a bowl to use as a centerpiece for Easter.  I’ll do more for my daughter’s birthday, but it’s not until September!


I first tried mixing tacky glue and water and this is was the result …  as my daughter would say waah-waah-waaah.



I knew from the moment I started putting on the yarn that it wouldn’t work. The yarn wasn’t sticking, my fingers were very sticky, etc, etc.  Also, I tried to do this outside and that was a BAD idea.  The wind blew the balloon around too easily.


I was determined to make this work, so I searched Pinterest for a new concoction.  I read of many ways to make the paste used to affix the yarn to the balloons.  I headed to the store with a long list of ingredients.


The first mixture I tried was to mix 1 cup of liquid starch (I used STA-FLO) with 1/2 cup of flour.  To my delight, it worked great.  I was relieved that I wouldn’t have to try any of the other recipes.  Although this project is messy, I loved that the mixture was easy to clean off my hands and my counter top.




1) Liquid starch (STA-FLO)

2) Water balloons

3) Bowl

4) Yarn

5) Paper Towel or toilet paper rolls

6) Newspaper

7) Scissors





1)  Cover table or counter top with newspaper.


2) Prepare paste.  I combined 1/2 cup of STA-FLO with 1/4 cup of flour.  This amount made three balloons.  I would have made more, but it was all that would fit in my bowl.


3) Blow up water balloon (I had to use a hand pump because it was impossible to blow up with your mouth).


4) Shape balloons by squeezing them into an egg shape.


5) Prepare yarn.  I did not cut the yarn ahead of time.  I just unraveled part of the ball and dropped the ball over the edge of my counter top.  This made it easy for me to pull more yarn as I needed it!  NOTE:  Use any kind of yarn.  I liked the look of the really thin crochet yarn that I had on hand.  You can also use embroidery floss.


6) Place some yarn in the bowl.  I probably placed 3 feet of yarn in at a time.  Be careful not to knot up your yarn.



7) Squeeze out the paste mixture over the top of your bowl (so it drips back in).


8) Wrap yarn all around your balloon.


9) Keep wrapping.  Wrap until you have as much yarn as you like.


10)  I cut up some toilet paper rolls and placed my balloons on them to dry.  In the morning, I flipped the balloon over to dry the other side.



11) Once the balloon is completely dry, hold onto the tied part of the balloon and pop it!  MAKE SURE TO HOLD ONTO THE TIED PART OR IT WILL BE REALLY HARD TO GET ALL THE REMNANTS OUT OF THE BALLOON!!!


12) Now admire your balloon.  You will notice there is extra glue on the balloon.  Go ahead and use a pin or paper clip or something to scrape out the existing glue.  I didn’t do this, but you could to have a more finished product!


I’ve read that these can last years and years.  I plan to save mine for next year.  Another fun alternative is to fill the water balloon with a treat or something.  Then, when you pop the balloon, there is a treat inside the balloon.  Then, your kids get to cut open the balloon on Easter for the treat.


And here is a picture of my centerpiece!



Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878174891/

Project Linkhttp://www.craftyendeavor.com/2012/03/08/easter-egg-garland/

Time:  It took me about 25 minutes to do three balloons.  To do 6, it would probably take 40 minutes.  It took a bit of time to get it all setup and cleaned up.

Substitutions:  I did not make these into a garland because I already made the paint chip garland!  Also, I used yarn instead of embroidery floss.  I bet the embroidery floss would work really well, too!