Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fishful Thinking

My friend, Lolli over at Life is Sweet has been talking about Fishful thinking, which is a focus on helping your kids be optimistic. What a great characteristic! I think I could use a bit more of that. Today my hubby has the day off (Yahoo!) and I decided to make it a day full of fun and fish.


Here is our plan to make it a fun filled fishy day:
Breakfast: Marshmallow Mateys (Malt O Meal's version of Lucky Charms with a nautical theme)
1st Activity: Visit our local Aquarium to learn about all kinds of fish. They even have a little area for the kids to touch starfish, stingrays, and a few other things. (I am getting a membership today. It is $16 for a year! It pays for itself in two visits!)
Lunch: Tuna Fish Sandwiches
We will fit a nap in here somehwere. :)
Snack: Goldfish crackers & Shark fruit snacks (picked these up at Macey's a while ago for 88 cents a box!)
2nd Activity: Visiting Petsmart to pick up a new little friend (something that fits in our little fish bowl and is super low maintenance)
Dinner: Halibut and Fries from Arctic Circle(We have to be quick because I have to run to a meeting @ 5:30 and they are so yummy! Plus, we have a coupon!)

Glub, Glub! (That means gotta run so we can get on the road in fish talk.)

Monday, March 30, 2009

April Fool's Pranks

Happy April Fool's Day! Ha, Ha. Gotcha. April Fool's Day isn't until Wednesday, but here are some fun April Fool's Pranks and recipes to get you started.

Colorful CupcakesFamily Fun has tons of awesome ideas for recipes and family friendly pranks for your kids. Don't these cupcakes look delicious? I am totally using this recipe for the meatloaf and mashed potato cupcakes! I will tell my family we are eating dessert first for a fun switcheroo until they bite in to it...He he!
Then, we will dig into the "hamburgers" which are actually made from brownies, donuts, Jell-o and more. Don't they look awesome?! I have been waiting for a good day to try this recipe for over a year! Get the recipe from Good Things Utah. How cute would this be with the Faux French Fries from Family Fun?! This is way too much fun!
Baked Potato Ice Cream SundaesI may try this Baked Potato Ice Cream Sundae recipe from Martha Stewart next year. I am lovin' the tricky food prank recipes!
If I get really devious I may try this little water trick on my hubby since my little one is too young to understand. Wouldn't it be funny as he goes to brush his teeth in the morning?! See more of Martha's ingenious April Fool's pranks here.


April Fool Zone
has a bunch of funny ideas. I love this one.
Forgetful
Tape magnets to the bottom of an empty coffee cup, and attach it to the top of your car. Laugh at all the people who frantically try to get your attention as you drive by.

or for the office try this one...

Mouse Trap
Take a Post-It note and place it over the eye of the victim’s optical mouse. When the victim tries to use his or her computer, the cursor won’t move. Be sure to write “April Fools!” on the note! (Note if they have a standard mouse, you can perform the same trick by taping a piece of paper over the ball underneath the mouse.)

Ok, now it's time to have some fun! What do you have planned? Let me in on any funny pranks or recipes you have! I love a good laugh!

Oh, and Happy Birthday to the biggest Fool I know, Becky! She was born on good ol' April Fools and will be turning 30 this year. (April Fools! I guess you can have one more year!)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ribbon Embellished Burp Cloth

Ready for DIY baby shower gift idea number two? This is another more personalized idea to make one of a kind ribbon embellished burp cloths. You can tailor them to any taste and they are, as always here on Tipsy, super easy.
The cloth diapers are awesome for those who have babies like mine who could soak one of those tiny burp cloths in five seconds flat. Flannel burp cloths are cute and can match blankets, which is nice. But, drool seems to be immune to those and many times just runs right down them until it finds something more absorbent, like mom's shirt or the couch. LOVELY.

What you'll need:
Cloth diapers
Ribbon
Quilt binding or bias tape
Sewing Machine/thread
Pins

1. Layout your ribbon, binding etc. and decide which combinations you like. I did two ribbons on each burp cloth, but you can keep it to one if you want them more simple.
2. Pin the embellishments in place.
3. Sew both edges on thicker ribbon and down the middle for thin ribbon. You can remove the pins and adjust as you go if the burp cloth begins to pucker. I did a zigzag stitch for the quilt binding to give it a little more personality. I left the ends open on most with the quilt binding, but on a few I folded a little piece of ribbon over the end perpendicular to and beneath the binding to give it a fancier more finished look.

As you can see on the end cloth, I also did a few with just ribbons and no quilt binding. You can play around and see what combos you like. In any case, I think they turned out really cute! I wish I would have thought of this when my little guy was still using burp cloths!

I also used this same concept with some receiving blankets I purchased (from the same pack I used to do the car seat covers in yesterday's post). I added a stripe of ribbon on one end to make it more boutiquey (is that a word?) and cute. I mean ribbon makes most anything better right? :)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Easy Car Seat Cover Tutorial

Want a cover that is as cute as your little one, but can keep them tucked away from strangers, sun, and coughing kiddos? Or maybe you need a more personal "hand made" baby shower gift idea. (This will be the first of a few ideas to come, I have been sewing for two days!) The answer is here and is easy enough for even the most crafty challenged of all of us.

All you need is some ribbon, a sewing machine, and a 30" x 40" receiving blanket. (I got these cute blue and brown ones at Walmart, if you are really crafty you could make the blanket too) This makes a nice light cover for Spring/Summer.

3 easy peasy steps to your DIY car seat cover:
1. Cut ribbon
2. Measure & pin
3. Sew rectangle

1. Measure 29-30" of ribbon and cut. I melted the edges a little with a lighter so they would not frey.
2. Measure 9 inches in from the side of the blanket, 17 inches from the top, and 22 inches from the bottom. Pin one inch of the center of the ribbon to the blanket.
3. Sew a rectangle between the pins. (I had not sewn since 7th grade Home Ec 15 years ago so don't tell me you can't do this!)


Ta da you are now the proud new owner/gifter of an adorable DIY car seat cover!

Feature Friday-Jen

I have known today's feature for 28 years. That makes me sound terribly old. She is my sis Jenni

and she keeps amazing me with the things she comes up with. She is all sorts of fun (she is a yellow for those who know what that means) and is the life of the party. Which is fitting since today is the last day of The Ultimate Blog Party 2009!

Let's start this party girl's feature with her remake of my DIY wall art. She took it to a whole new level by making them circles instead of squares and personalized them with her daughters name in wood letters. So cute!!
They have a flair for things girly at their house. Take a look at these adorable skirts that she made for her little girl who insists on wearing a skirt every day (don't worry she made 8, one for everyday of the week and an extra for laundry day). How fun are they? She got most of the fabric from her Mother-in-law's leftovers. That is my kind of price! She also made one out of jersey knit for a light summer skirt for herself.
Need a fun inside activity for the kiddos since winter popped back in to our lives this week? Try this funtastic doll house and barnyard made from boxes. Creativity at its best my friends. Give all those microscopic toys a home.



Great ideas Jen! You are now entered in to the hall of fame as Tipper of the Week!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Navajo Taco Recipe for Dummies

Have you ever had your hubby turn to you after dinner and ask to have the same thing the next night?! I hadn't until the other night when I decided to try to make Navajo Tacos after having them at our friends house a few weeks ago. We actually had them two nights in a row and loved them just as much the second night! I do not claim that this is a healthy dinner, but it is fast and tasty!

Here's what I did for our little family (2 adults, one tiny):

Ingredients:
Ground Beef 1/2 lb
Black beans 1/2 can
Corn 1/2 can
Taco seasoning
Salsa about 1/2 C
Scone dough thawed (I used frozen from Macey's deli, but you could make it from a mix too)
Oil (I used canola)
Cheddar cheese 1/2 C shredded
Lettuce a few leaves ripped up
Tomatoes 2 diced

Optional toppers:
Guacamole (I used one avocado and a few dashes of garlic salt and onion powder)
Sour cream

Brown ground beef and drain. Return to pan and add black beans, corn, salsa and taco seasoning to taste. Roll out scone dough and cut into large squares. Fry in oil until golden brown on both sides. Top scone with cheese and then a scoop of meat mixture. Add lettuce, tomato, and dollops (that one is for you Jen!) of sour cream and guacamole if you wish. Enjoy!

I can't believe I never thought of having Navajo Tacos before. We always love to get them at the fair.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Feature Friday-Whitney

Today's Feature Friday is my wonderful friend Whitney! I am so excited to be able to share a few of her ideas with you and believe me it was hard to choose. She does so many cute things!

For those of you swinging over from the party, Here is an adorable idea for a birthday party favor. Her son Rocco was turning 5 and she personalized candy wrappers. So sweet. (I am workin' it up the punny scale.)
Or how about a little budget spring decor...
How fantastic is this little DIY arrangement made with carnations and a sugar shaker. Ingenious! See the tutorial here. This is one even clumsy old me could do. Flower arranging has never been my strong suit. This is like paint by numbers. :)

Can't get enough Fassio Fantastico? Check out her Super Bowl super dip and get some inspiration for March Madness!

Almost done...not only does Whitney provide me with the best boy hand me downs on the planet (80% of my little guys wardrobe), but she also took the most adorable pics of my guy a few months ago that I just have to share. She is so talented!


Great ideas Whitney! You are now entered in to the hall of fame as Tipper of the Week!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pirate Party

It all started with a treasure chest...made of rice crispy treats. It involved 3 boxes of cereal, 2 1/2 bags of mallows, a stick of butter, a trip to Reams, and a lot of patience. It turned out really cute though.

1. Make all the batches of rice crispy treats, pack them super tight and let them set in some tupperwares. Be sure to shape the top of one flat and the top of the other curved like the lid of a chest.

2. Then put them together. I used bamboo BBQ skewers to secure the lid.

3. Next frost the treats with chocolate making the "wood slat" lines with the tip of a spoon.
4. Add licorice strings and Reese's pieces to make it look more like treasure. (You could use m&m's if you are worried about the peanut butter, but I was not patient enough to pick out the yellow and orange. My guy got a hold of a peanut butter candy during Halloween so we knew he was not allergic.)

I ordered pirate party favors for the kids from Oriental trading and found the pirate bags at the Dollar store. Each kid got a pirate rubber ducky, two finger puppets and some stickers to color.

We had every one dress up and we had a lot of fun! The kids played pin the pirate ship on the treasure map X and played in the new playroom.

Leave it to my family to dress up for the occasion! They cut up old clothes, used jar lids as fake earrings and broke out more stripes than I had ever seen. They looked great!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Venting

A while back, I was having a real problem with my little guy pulling up the vent cover and throwing things and/or climbing in. It was driving me nuts until one day the light bulb turned on. DUH. Nothing a few glue dots can't fix. Six glue dots healed my insanity just a little. You have no idea how much joy this pick of him gives me. (Evil laugh, sorry kiddo your plot has been foiled!)


Now for a little anecdote on why I remembered this tip. Last night at a friend's house she was sharing a story of how her friend's little boy had a fear of doing poopies in the potty. (I apologize if i get any of the details wrong, I have a terrible memory.) They had an arrangement where he would tell her if he went. So one day, he runs in to tell her he did it all by himself. Problem, there is no evidence in the toilet. So she frantically runs around the house looking for the escape evidence only to find it in the vent hole. Mmmm. Thank goodness the heat did not turn on that day!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Easter Eggstravaganza

I know, I know...more Easter. Hey, it is coming up. Don't you want to have something festive? C'mon, make all your neighbors jealous. :)

First off, an idea from I swiped from Cindi that I saw on Tip Junkie. This adorable egg wreath is so cute and fairly easy to make. Ok, it just took a little time and patience. I had a little family night and made them with my Mom and Sis.

Now for the full tutorial I'm sending you over to Cindi because she has great step by step instructions. For my two cents, I would say cutting out the cardboard circles was the hardest part. Here are a few photos I took of the process.

Thank goodness my mom the professional (ok, maybe that is a little exaggeration) bow maker was there.

One thing we did differently with the hanger was fold the pipe cleaner in half and glue it between the two pieces of cardboard for added strength to hold the wreath up.

Here we are all finished!!



Now, I had some supplies left over and could not bear to let them go to waste so I made this little flower arrangement. Cost: For me nothing. It is all leftovers or stuff I already had.

Supplies:
Pipe Cleaners
Plastic Eggs
Easter Grass
Ribbon
Vase

1. Start by bending 3 pipe cleaners in to figure 8s. I used all one color, but alternating colors could be cute too.

2. Then, lay them over each other to make a flower shape and twist around them with a green pipe cleaner for a stem.

3. Then, twist another pipe cleaner the perpendicular to the green (green vertical, middle color in this case purple horizontal) to give added stability and make the flower middles.

4. Then, make the middles by rolling the pipe cleaner up into a swirl.
5. Next, fold the green in half and wind it around itself to make it more stable.
6. Finally, fill the vase by alternating Easter grass and plastic eggs and arrange the flowers by placing them in the top. I also added a bow of some leftover ribbon to the vase.

Last, but not least, I found this cute quilted place mat at Big Lots for $3, added some ribbon, and hung it up. I love finding cheap items that make it look like I did something fancy!


Friday, March 13, 2009

Feature Friday-Monaca

It's time for Feature Friday again and this time I am featuring my husband's cousin MoNaCa from Las Vegas.

I am loving this first bit of genius. She ran in to the same problem I had over over New Years, not being able to find a sled. We both went to 3+ stores to no avail. She was a bit more creative than me and picked up this big plastic storage container at Big Lots and off they went.
I thought I would throw this one in since last weekend my parents got 12 inches and we got 6 inches, but good luck finding a sled in a store in March. Since I saw this idea I have been noticing lots of things around the house that would work. What about a laundry basket or baby bathtub? Those remind me of riding a bike with training wheels, the sides would keep your kid from falling off (or should I say out).

These next two ideas are from her daughters bday party. Aren't these cupcake cones adorable and super fun to eat?

After the conecakes, she had a little bit of batter left over, so she put it in a bread pan and make this mini cell phone cake for her to have at home. Good call! (I am so punny!)

Great ideas Monaca! You are now entered in to the hall of fame as Tipper of the Week!

Don't forget the photo/video montage giveaway ends today at 5pm MST so get your entries in now!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Diaper Station Disaster

I am a little embarrassed to show this next picture, but we are all friends, right? This blog is to help those like me and how can I help if I am not completely honest with the mess that I am starting with? Besides, if we all pretend to be perfect we all just make each other feel worse for not being so. So, here we go...


Scary, I know. Why do you think it got moved to priority ONE! Everyone has a different changing table set up. I am lucky enough to have this awesome hand me down dresser with this huge compartment to the side to store everything. Problem is, huge compartment sometimes equals huge mess. So here is what I did.

1. Take everything out.
2. Remove stuff I don't need in there. (I had rings to the curtain bar, vapor bath, milk storage bags, etc that I either don't use anymore or can be stored elsewhere.) Be honest with yourself and purge what does not belong.
3. I had lots of random stuff (travel size soap, teething remedies, thermometers) that I only use on occasion. I corralled these in to extra wipes containers I had lying around.

4. I love those scented diaper disposal bags (get 100 for $1 at Dollar tree), but they can sure make a mess when they sneak out of the box. I put them in a travel wipes container for easy dispensing (only to find they have a piece on the back you rip out to do something similar, duh.)
5. Then put everything back in with the things used the most on the top and in the front. (I even ran the binkies through the dishwasher and put them in their containers since we are using them only for sleeping time now. I have 3 more on top of the dresser for easy access. )

6. I refilled the diaper crate (Walmart $2 or so). It fits 2 rows of size 3 or smaller perfectly.

Ta Da! Now I think I will sit and enjoy some Cadbury mini eggs while the little guy naps.

Do you have a mess like this? I would love to share your attack story for Feature Friday! Use the contact us bar on the side or email me at tipsyblog@gmail.com