Friday, November 21, 2014

Tale of a Little Side Table

Good morning friends! Sorry I have been absent from the blogging world, but we have been SICK! And ya know, when one kid gets sick all the others do as well, including parents. I am still recovering but apparently it is a slow process. I got one bug after another non stop and it has been a rough couple of weeks for our family. Since I have been indoors and taking things easy (and made a few exceptions for going to work at the Dental Office) I have been working on  some of my projects that have been abandoned in my dusty to-do-list.
I have been changing some things in my daughter's room (she loves when I move furniture around, but the thing is that her room is so tiny that I do not have many options though!) Her room is white, pink and gold and I have been wanting to incorporate some mint colors as well. She loves it. One of the walls has gray and white stripes and I am planning on replacing those with gold vinyl polka dots.

FYI: that pink rug from Homegoods was a Goodwill find of only $7. I actually WASHED it in my washer machine (yes, you read it right) and dried it outside, then I fluffed it with a comb. My daughter LOVES it because it is so comfy for reading!

I  am not the biggest fan of pink but my daughter sure is, and I let her have her room her way, after all this is her place. Some time ago I found a cute little table at the Goodwill for $9 that looked like this:


It had marker writings on the top and looked pretty beaten up, so I cleaned it, sanded it a little bit and painted it all white.




It looked like this for the longest time but I thought it was too blah...plus this also happened:


Artistic hands took a hold of it!

While in Michaels, I came across this:

chalk paint + color I was looking for + only 8 bucks + 40% coupon= HEAVEN! 
This meant NO PREP for painting!!! YAY!  I started painting, and I had in my mind how I wanted it to be: mint, white and gold!



 (my daughter loves this birdie)


Much better! Now it is not so boring!

After the paint was dry I waxed it with Annie Sloan clear wax and painted the edges of the drawer with gold metallic acrylic paint and a small brush. I also spray painted the hardware with Rusteoleum Gold Metallic Spray paint...(BTW, this paint is the BOMB!)
All three stages:


Stay tuned for her bedroom transformation. If you know us, you know it will be cottage-y, girly with tons of thrifty finds and homemade accents...


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Italian Wedding Soup


This is by far my favorite kind of soup! I made my own lighter and healthier version by adding more vegetables and homemade turkey meatballs. I always use reduced sodium broth so I can control the amount of salt in a dish. For this recipe, I used the "Fit and Active" brand from Aldi's. I also love this dish because it is simple and it can be cooked in one pot! My family of 5 ate for one night (my husband and I had seconds) and we still have left over for lunches!

Ingredients:

For the meatballs
  • 1 container of lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup italian seasoned breadcrumbs (if the meatballs still are hard to mold you can always use more breadcrumbs)
  • 2 TBSP grated parmesan
  • splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • olive oil for sauteing
Combine all ingredients, do not overmix. Using a teaspoon of meat mixture, shape into a ball. Sautee in EVOO but do not cook through . This makes them super tasty!

For the Soup:
  • 3 containers of reduced sodium, no MSG chicken broth (I use the ones that have a lid so if there are any that is left I keep in the fridge)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/2 onion, cut
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, cut
  • 1 can of rinsed cannellini beans
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp of italian seasoning
  • 1 cup pf baby spinach
  • 1 cup of acini di pepe pasta
In the same pot that you cooked the meatballs, set them aside in paper towels. Add a little bit more of EVOO and add all the veggies. Cook until onions become translucent. Add the broth and get to a boil. Reduce heat and add pasta. Cook for about 10 minutes and add the meatballs and beans to finish cooking. Add salt, pepper and italian seasoning. Add the spinach until it wilts. Serve with crusty bread and you got a yummy, healthy meal!



This is the only reason I like cold weather!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

4 Year-Old Frozen Party


My little princess turned 4, and of course she wanted a Frozen party. Last year she had a Rapunzel party, so I wonder what princess will come next ;-) I am ok with that, having two older boys I am quite enjoying this stage in my daughter's life where we can do all these things together.
I researched for about two months in all the things for the party. My daughter picked the cake and most of the decorations. I really enjoyed when I was setting up the decor for the party, her face lit up and she felt so excited. It was worth it...all the work and time spent in making her day special.
I wanted something simple, and we also wanted it to be in the early afternoon since where we live October can be quite cold at times. And yes, it turned out to be a cold day!

The decorations
The food buffet:

I took advantage of some Christmas ornaments I had and some lights. The snowflakes are from the Dollar Tree! 

 The boys and dad made a streamer garland so it would be easier the hang the snowflakes. I got them on amazon and hang them with Christmas ornaments hooks.

For the table, It had a simple Dollar Tree tablecloth and some fabric I got from Walmart leftover from my daughter's Elsa dress that I am making for her...(coming up soon....)

The plates and the napkins are from Party City, and the straws are from Hobby Lobby. The foam cups from the Dollar Tree


 I created a garland of balloons by inserting thread with a sewing needle. Pretty easy. The balloons are from Target, clearance section!

 Of course you cannot have a Frozen party without Olaf...The favors were simply a ziploc bag with three big marshmallows, a candy corn, two stick pretzels, three chocolate chips and two mini chips for Olaf's eyes. I printed the "Do you want to build a snowman" from HERE

We had a welcome sign at the entrance, and yes, I misspelled it...LOL!

 For the dining room decor, I made a tassel tissue garland and the paper rosettes. The "Keep Calm and Let it Go" was printed from HERE




 The number "4" can be printed from HERE

 On this table we had crowns for the girls and antlers for the boys to decorate. I got some foam board from Walmart and I made the crowns and antlers using THIS template.


They had tattoos and  gems to decorate them.

More decorations from Party City.

The Food

 We did a hot chocolate buffet, so the kids could play outside and then warm up with a yummy cup of hot chocolate. We also had punch for those that do not like hot drinks. I found this cheeseballs at Walmart and they were perfect!


We also had rice krispies, white cheddar cheese crackers, pretzels, chex mix, cookies, powder sugar little doughnuts, and toppings for the hot chocolate which included whipped cream, chocolate chips, marshmallows and Yorks.


I decided to make an individual cake for her, and put an ornament snowflake on top. The kids got to decorate their own cupcakes with blue frosting and sprinkles.









The punch was made from 4 packets of Kool Aid plus a bottle of 7 Up

It is all in the details...


The games

We had snowball toss, pin the nose on Olaf, bubbles, and snowman bowling. At the end we had a pinata.

 For the pinata we always use a simple gift bag...we had the experience before that the kids could not break the pinata because the cardboard was so hard to break! So for the little ones this is perfect!



She had a great time even though she got five stitches in her forehead two days before her party!

For her hair I did a messy side braid and hot glued snowflake buttons on hairpins..



She had lots of fun! The clean up wasn't very fun but to see my daughter's happiness made everything worth it! 


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