Saturday, July 30, 2011

Secrets in the Castle-Vow renewal

Sooooooooo it has been awhile since I have posted I am sorry but I have been busting my booty, and have been doing major crafting, but I couldn’t share.

My dearest Prince and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary yesterday.  Traditionally you are supposed to give steel for a gift but I didn’t have any around so I thought.  “Hey why not do a surprise wedding ceremony??!!”  It has been a year in the making and it was so phenomenal.  I loved every detail that was put into it.   I huge shout out to my bff, Christi!!  She helped me rock this event and make it a royal event fit for a king. 

Enough yammering, on with the show.

Here are few of my favorites.  I am waiting on my professional photographs but these will tide you over until then.


We had a cookies and milk themed party, because we go together like cookies and milk.

Ahhhhh I know cute!

and well maybe chalkboard.  Can that be a theme?  If you put Christi and I together it is going to be because we really love chalkboards and labels.


This is where I was waiting and standing when Prince Charming came in.  Gorgeous!!!!


How is that for an altar??!!!  Love!


Remember my strawberry infused vodka?? Yummy!!!  Lookie there another chalkboard.


See we can’t have enough chalk boards!


As the sun sank low and the party began to slow we lit our mason jar lanterns and enjoyed the cool evening air.

My heart is absolutely filled with joy and love for not only my wonderful Prince Charming but all of my friends and family who made this happen and took the royal children. You all mean so much to me and you will always be in my heart. 

I wish you all could have been there is was so amazing, and I am not just saying that because it was mine.  It was crazy romantic and just sweet as could be. 

 I will get you some tutorials asap but you see now today we are celebrating the Princess’  third birthday.  Yeah not really great timing but what are you going to do??  She was supposed to be born on our anniversary but came fashionably late one day later.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rainbow Tag


I want to share a fun game for the kids.  Ahhhh who are we kidding it is fun for adults too! 

You need:

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Permanent Markers (Do not use these to mark on your face that would be bad!)
  • Face paint in the colors of the the rainbow
  • wipes or wet rag

Set up the game by coloring the end of the popsicle sticks in the same colors of your face paint.  We had six colors.  You will use these as markers for your face paint.  Now go hide the pots of face paint and mark them by sticking the popsicle stick  markers in the ground.  I just put an extra stick in the paint to make it easy to put on your face.

Pick 1 or 2 people to be the swipers.  They have to keep it a secret that they are the swipers.

Object of the game:  The object is to find all the colors and mark your face with all of the colors of the rainbow.  You want to be the first to get all the colors so you want to be discreet when you find a color. You have to watch out for the swipers they will be sneaking around and swiping your colors off your face.  If they tap you on the shoulder you must allow them to wipe one color off your face and you have to get that color again.    The first person to collect all the colors is the winner. 

We played this on our camping trip this past weekend it was a ton of fun!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

These are Faces of Happy Campers-Camp Craft

This weekend I organized a camping trip for 70 people.  Of course I was in charge of crafts.  We made nature people to hang in the trees.  The kids did such a great job and were so creative.  I handed them a plate and some glue and the only rule was they had to use at least one piece from nature to make a face that looked like them.  Cheap, easy and fun for all!


Red hair and freckles!



The girls had flowers in their hair.


Not so happy campers!  We joke if I go it rains and well this year was no exception it rained so hard it made rivers but it is ok it was fun any way!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DIY-Adjustable Marshmallow Fork

Hey everyone!

This week I am prepping for a camping trip with 70 scouts and their families.  Translation:  I am running like a mad women gathering 1400 rocks, spray painting said rocks, prepping food, cutting wooden name tags, and cutting wires.

 I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you a really fun easy scout project.

All you need is 16 gauge galvanized steel wire.  I picked mine up at a fun little store called Jax but I bet you can find it at most any home improvement store.


Cut 1 piece of wire about 21 inches long.


Bend it in half.


Leave about 3 inches of the loose ends out and wrap the bent side around something like a stick or dowel.


Slide it off the stick and turn it over and twist the two loose ends to make the fork like so.


That is it.  Now here is the cool part you can slide your fork off the stick and then whenever you go camping all you have to do is find any stick and just put the coiled end on the end of the stick.  Neat huh?!

Now if it would just stop raining we will be in great shape!

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Strawberry Infused Vodka

It is so busy over here I have decided to take up drinking.  Well maybe just a sip or two.

Seriously this month I am planning a camping trip for 70 people, two birthday parties, and a big event that  I can’t talk about.  It is hush hush.

So yeah I just may need a drink after it is said and done.


For one of the events I am making strawberry infused vodka.  I wanted to do cranberry but those aren’t in season and I didn’t have any in the freezer, so strawberry it is.

All you need is strawberries and vodka.  I went with a medium grade vodka not the super cheapy stuff but not the really expensive stuff either.  I don’t know that it matters but I didn’t want it to be gross.


Fill the jar with the strawberries and then pour vodka all the way to the top, put the lid on and shake.  Put it in the fridge and shake every once in awhile for a day or so. 


Pour the contents of the jar into a strainer lined with coffee filters so you catch all of the strawberry bits, and you will wind up with this pretty vodka.  I like it in the mason jar it reminds me of moonshine.  Only this will taste delicious and not like gasoline.

I don’t really know what moonshine tastes like I am just guessing here.

You can make an incredible drink by mixing a lemon lime soda, strawberry vodka and a twist of lime.  So light and refreshing and goes down way too easy so be careful.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fairytale Triple Chocolate Pancakes


Today I had a hankering for chocolate so I whipped these up for a special morning treat.  They were divine!

Wouldn’t these be cute for valentines day?  I just cut a heart out of paper and laid it on the pancakes and sprinkled the powder sugar on top.  Remove the paper and you have a cute design.  

Are you thinking what I am thinking?  Hello, cricut!  You could make really awesome designs on the cricut and lay that on top. 



Fairytale Triple Chocolate Pancakes


1 cup milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar ( I made a double batch and used 1/3 brown and 1/3 white sugar because I ran out) Smile
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Chocolate syrup

In a small bowl, combine milk, egg and butter; whisk until blended.  In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt; mix well.

Add milk mixture; whisk just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Batter will be still lumpy… fold in chocolate chips.

For each pancake, pour a 1/4 cup batter onto skillet.  Cook 1-2 minutes or until batter is set around edges.   Carefully turn over pancake; cook 1-2 minutes or until pancakes are cooked through.  Repeat with remaining batter.

Sprinkle pancakes with powdered sugar; serve warm.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sure, you can have a popsicle for breakfast-I am a cool mom!


Here is a super easy and good for you treat that will leave your kids thinking, “Wow, my mom is so cool she lets me have popsicles for breakfast.”


All you need is low-fat yogurt, popsicle mold or paper cups and sticks would work just great. We used vanilla and strawberry to make it a cool layered popsicle. Spoon the yogurt in the molds and freeze over night. 

Easy! Perfect for busy summer mornings and they really don’t really drip all that much which means I might allow them in the mom taxi.   See my other cool tip.  Make a drip guard by making a slit in a cupcake wrapper and slide it over the stick to catch drips.


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