Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Traditions

We like to create Christmas traditions that our children will remember for the years to come. since I am not American, I want to include the best of both countries. However, in Uruguay it is summer and we do most of our activities outdoors. Here it is very different. We do fireworks for Christmas and not for the 4th of July!
Here is what we have done so far:
  •  We do the 12 days of Christmas, we do one activity for each day
  • We ALWAYS do something for the needy. This year we made blankets for a pregnant women shelter
  • We start the "thankful jar" at the beggining of November. We put a coin for one thing we a thankful for, and after Christmas we buy something with it for someone that needs help.
  • We read about Jesus's birth
  • We read stories by the Christmas tree
  • We make ornaments with new pictures of the kids
  • We make an ornament that is our gift to Jesus. Last year, the kids gave Him the gift of prayer
  • We make treats for the neghbors
  • I rock my baby and sing Hymns to her
  • We play Christmas games and music in the house
  • My husband and I tell them Christmas stories from when we were little
  • We do something special for them the morning of Christmas. One year we made a candy trail leading to their gifts. This year we will cover their door with streamers so they can break it when they come to see their gifts
  • They always make something homemade to their sibling
  • We mail the letter to Santa early and leave it in the "North Pole" mailbox at the park. They actually reply!!!!!!!!!!!!
What are some of your Christmas traditions?

Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours, warm wishes of a very happy holiday season!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bread Machine Dinner Rolls

These are really good dinner rolls! They are soft and buttery and yummy!
These are the ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp of bread machine yeast
  • 3 TBSP of dry  nonfat milk
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
These are the steps:
  1. Melt butter, warm up milk and water and add the bread machine. 
  2. Add sugar to butter mixture
  3. Add flour, salt and nonfat dry milk
  4. Make a hole in the flour mixture, make sure it is not touching the liquid, so not too deep. Add yeast to the hole.
  5. Set your machine to dough cycle, mine is number 8
  6. Meanwhile, grease two cake sheets with lots of softened butter.
  7. When the dough cycle is finished, take dough out and transfer it into a floured counter
  8. Cut dough into 16 pieces and roll
  9. Put them into greased sheet
  10. Let them rise for about 1 hour
  11. Bake for 22-24 minutes in a 350 degree oven
  12. Brush with butter
Make sure you do follow the machine manufacturer's instructions for the order in which you have to put the ingredients. My machine is a Sunbeam brand.



From carboard box to storage box

I have been on a mission these past years months and that is to get my house kind of organized. I know how difficult that is when we have little children, but it is also good for a mommy's soul to have some kind of an organization in the house so things just do not pile up high along with the stress. I really did not want to spend a lot of money in buying storage boxes and containers at the store, so I came up with a solution. For the past several weeks I have been saving all the boxes I could get. Some include: cereal boxes, diaper boxes, and storage cardboard boxes of different sizes. I even saved up egg containers!! Who knows??? the possibilities are endless!! lol!
I went to Walmart and I got some burlap. I glued the box really well and I put the fabric on the floor. I rolled it around on all 4 sides to see how much fabric I needed.  Then I cut it. I spayed adhesive and I started gluing the fabric. Afterwards, I folded the excess fabric like wrapping a present,and I glued that.
I cut a square of fabric and glued that on the bottom. I thought I might as well do the inside! So I cut another piece of fabric and sprayed the adhesive and glued it on the inside. Then I glued a 12 by 12 inch scrapbook paper and glued it on the inside bottom. I decorated it with black ribbon and glued some stickers with my name on them. Ta da! DONE. One down, 1,000 to go!!
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Final product!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunburst Mirror

I have been wanting to try to attempt to make my own Sunburst mirror. After a lot of researching, I finally came up with my own idea of how I wanted it. These are the materials you will need:
  • A round mirror. I bought mine at the Hobby Lobby in a packet that contained 2 of them!!
  • A roung piece of wood. I purchased mine a HL too for 70 cents
  • Skewers and drowels
  • Glue gun, LOTS of GLUE!!
  • Craft sticks
  • Spray Paint
Step one:
Make sure you have a design in mind. I wanted mine to be for our bedroom, so I wanted to be big enough to hang on top of our bed. I layed out a pattern and visualized how I wanted it.





                                                      Step 2:
Draw lines using a ruler on your wood circle. I did mine halfwise , then in half again, and then I traced it diagonally. This gives you a reference to where to begin gluing the sticks











Step 3:
Glue away! I started with the drowels. I first made a "cross," and after that I started gluing more drowels in between those. I also put a round of glue on top of them.  After this I started gluing the skewers so they looked in this pattern:

After this I glued the craft sticks, and put more and more glue! My finger actually got numb from pressing the glue gun so much!!! LOL!

Step 4:
Let dry. Yes, you have to be patient and let it dry completely.

Step 5:
Spray paint! I used the oiled rubbed bronze color from Krylon

Step 6:
Glue your mirror! make sure that the wood circle cannot be seen from the front. I used the wood glue stick!!
Let dry! You can also put a heavier book on top for weight.

Step 7:
Attach hardware and hang!! I actually used a left over from an old frame...LOL we recycle everything in my house!

Step 8:
Admire! and give yourself a pat in the back! you did it!

I hanged it over my bed





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Letters to Santa

I still have three little kids at home, which I loooooove. But my oldest is 7 and I know that the time is coming when he will be asking for "the truth." I had been thinking about this because I do not want him to feel that we lied, but I hope that he will understand that we were trying to keep the "magic" of Santa. I found a letter written by a mom which was having the same issue. She did so in an amazing way! I think you can never be too prepared for when the time happens (sad), but oh well, life goes on and the reality is that the grow fast. Se let's enjoy them! let's spend more time with them! Let's help them create memories!
If you want to read the letter, click here

Vivian

Friday, May 13, 2011

Creation of this blog

I am passionate about life. I consider it a miracle. This way of thinking started when I found out I was pregnant with my first son. What a miracle in itself life is! Since the moment that little baby is conceived until the day he is born, it is just magnificent. Life has its ups and downs, but the most important thing to remember is that the "downs" are the ones that teach us the most, that is something I have learned. I am passionate about motherhood. Since I held that little baby in my arms for the first time I was hooked! I had never felt that level of happiness ever before. And I wanted to repeat that same process three times! Because I feel that that is exactly what I wanted to do. So I dedicate this blog to all of you moms out there,and to my family and friends.
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