Monday, April 21, 2014

Homemade Wipes with Scott Towels

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Posted by Tara & Devin

Have you ever gone to change a diaper and found that you are COMPLETELY out of wet wipes? It's almost like a scene from a horror movie. Everything is fine, you are probably talking to your baby, maybe coo-ing at them or singing a little song, just doing your normal thing and then... NOOOOO! The wipe tub is... (gulp) EMPTY!

Ok, so maybe that's a bit dramatic, but it kind of feels like that when you have a giant mess on your hands and there are no wipes to be had. We have a quick and easy solution for these times when you find yourselves in a parental bind. Homemade wet wipes! With just a few simple ingredients you can have a whole tub of wet wipes ready to go in minutes! Here's what you'll need:

2 TBSP Baby Wash
2 TBSP Baby Oil
1 roll Scott Paper Towels
2 cup Warm Water

Scott Paper Towels are a great choice as some paper towels do not hold up for this kind of job. Scott Towels have the durability to keep their shape and strength even when soaked with our wipe mixture. We also like the fact that they come in the "Choose-A-Sheet" sizes as these are perfect for wipes.
We bought our products from Kmart and you can check out Kmart's Shop Your Way Rewards for great coupon offers on Scott Tissue products this week!

To make the wipes, you first cut your paper towel roll in half.

Set one of the paper towel halves in your Tupperware.

Combine the water, baby wash, and oil in a large measuring cup or bowl. Stir the ingredients together and gently pour the mixture over the paper towel roll.

Cover your tupperware with the lid.

Let it set for 30 minutes.

Now you can remove the cardboard insert from the center of the roll and you are ready to go! Not only are these great to make when you are in a bind, but they also feel and smell fantastic. You may find that you want to make homemade wet wipes all the time!
Diaper duty is never really fun, but it's a whole lot worse when you are out of wipes. Not a problem any more, let diaper duty commence! Don't forget to check out Shop Your Way Rewards for great offers before you head to the store! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Outfit in under 5 Minutes

Posted by Tara

Sometimes when I am heading into town or going to a gathering I look in my closet to pick something out and end up standing in there for WAY too long. Have you experienced this? I try on a shirt that I like, but then I don't like the pants I put them on with, so I take the shirt off and try another, but end up changing my entire outfit way too many times! Lately, I have been getting dressed a whole lot quicker.... want to know my secret?!

The secret is COMFORT. No matter what I wear, I want to feel comfortable. In this post I wore my new dark denim skinnies from Forever 21. They fit perfectly (I'm a shorty, so sometimes it's tough). The top is from Seven and Co Boutique. I loved the Aztec pocket and all of the colors it brought to the outfit. It's light (which is needed in this Arizona heat) and fits loosely. 

I paired the outfit with my tan sandals that I got 2 years ago from Alloy. It's a magazine that I started to get in the mail and every summer they have killer prices on their flip flops and shoes. I couldn't resist when I saw these. They go with everything!

Since I was wearing something with Aztec print, I decided to go with my Aztec necklace from Forever 21. I tried on a few other necklaces that I own, but they made the outfit too busy. I just needed a simple necklace for this top.

If you stress about your outfit matching, don't worry, I think every girl does! I have started to tell myself that with the way fashion is now days, EVERYTHING matches. So don't be afraid to go outside your comfort zone on an outfit!

Simple pants, tee, necklace and I'm ready to go! Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to pin this to your fashion board on Pinterest!

What I Wore:
Necklace: Forever 21
Sandals: Alloy
Bag: Rip Curl (Bought in CA)

Linking up with: Plane Pretty // DC Style // Little Miss // Manic Monday // Mix it Monday // Join the Gossip // Trend Spin // Stylelixir // Because Shanna Said So // Pleated Poppy // Three-fer Thursday // Tres-Chic Thursday  // All Things Pretty // Fashion Informant //

Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Mirror Window

Posted by Tara

I've had this mirror for years. It has been sitting in my garage while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with it. The other day Jamie from I Heart Naptime posted a picture of her Spring mantel and above it was an adorable mirror window. I started thinking about how I could get my hands on one of those and then thought, "HECK! Why don't I make my own?!!"


First start with a rectangular mirror. Mine is from an old dresser, but I am sure if you looked at Goodwill, you could find a rather cheap one.

I decided I wanted the frame around my mirror to be white. Since it already had a dark paint/stain on it, I thought it would look great for that to peek through after I distressed it. Pick whatever color you want for your own project! Tape the mirror off with painter's tape and paint the frame. I applied two coats of a generic white paint to the frame.

after first coat

I went to Lowe's and grabbed a long piece of  1/4 x 3/4" molding. I made sure the bottom side of it was flat, so it would be flush with the mirror when attached. If you want to see the details on the molding, here is the link.  I bought the simple wood finish trim so I could paint it whatever color I chose.

Cut a piece of your molding to the length of the mirror. Then cut shorter pieces for the vertical panes. I had my husband help me out to make sure everything lined up perfectly! After cutting them, I painted them. Again, I applied two coats with my white paint. When the frame and moulding pieces were dry, I lightly sanded and distressed everything.

 The next step is to glue the moulding pieces into place with silicone (Liquid Nails).

Allow at least 30 minutes for the glue to dry. Once it's dry, you can hang it and add your favorite wreath!

I have been eyeing this wreath from Target for quite some time now. It's a little pricier than I was hoping for, but it gave my window the look I really wanted!

This project is definitely something anyone can do. The supplies cost me under $10 (except for the wreath). You could also spray the mirror with the mercury spray paint to give it more of a vintage/old window look. I thought about doing it, but opted for more of a clean look. I couldn't be happier with my new Spring window!

Linking up with:  Link Party Palooza // Practically Functional // Snap Creativity // Super Saturday Link Party \\ Sunday Soiree // Show Me what You Got // Tip Me Tuesday // Fluster's Creative Muster 

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Frozen" Ombré Party Cake

Posted by Tara

My only girl just had her first real birthday party. She turned 5 this month and has always wanted a princess party. For all of her previous birthdays we have done something low key with just family invited, but this year I wanted to do something special. We invited her two favorite girls and had a simple Frozen party. I didn't want anything too high maintenance, so we stuck with easy stuff!

For her cake, I wanted to make something I hadn't attempted before. I had seen this super pretty frosting technique online before and thought it would work well for this Frozen cake. Here is my first attempt!

I started by buying and preparing a Vanilla Cake box mix. I first made two cakes in 8 inch round pans, but didn't think the cake had enough height when stacked. So I ended up making one more 8 inch round cake for a triple layered cake.

After the cakes cooled, I trimmed the tops of them with a serrated knife so they would be more level when stacking.

I had tossed around the idea of using chocolate buttercream for the filling, but opted for something easier. I had just made Freezer Strawberry Jam earlier in the week and had plenty to spare. I spread the yummy jam in between each layer and was sooo happy I did! It added the perfect touch of fresh sweetness to the cake!

Once all the layers were ready to frost, I made my frosting and started by filling in any big gaps on the sides of the cake with frosting. See how there are some gaps in between my layers? I filled in those as well as any on the top or bottom I may have had. You'll want a nice smooth surface of frosting before beginning the decorative frosting elements.

To make my frosting, I just googled a butter cream recipe that I felt was simple. Mine was:

4 sticks of unsalted butter
2 lbs powdered sugar
pinch of salt
2 tsp of vanilla (if its pure)
4-6 tbsp of milk or whipping cream
Cream butter till fluffy. Slowly add sugar and salt. Then add vanilla and slowly milk till consistency desired.

After I finished the first frosting layer, it was time to make the scalloped design on the sides. I used gel food coloring to make my two shades of blue because I was worried regular food coloring might change the consistency of my frosting. The frosting needs to be prety firm and not runny to hold it's shape after being applied to the cake. The color I choose was Wilton's Royal Blue gel food coloring from Party City.

To add this type of food coloring, I simply insert a toothpick into the gel and remove the desired amount. For the darker blue frosting, I used 2 toothpicks with quite a bit of gel on it. For the lighter blue, I only used 1 toothpick with gel on it. I thought about trying to do one more layer of color, but felt I was running out of room and time. Neela really wanted the top to be white, so I finished the top with the regular white butter cream. 

This was my first time, so the close up looks worse then from far away, lol! I started on the bottom with the darkest color. Fill your piping bag and put a large dollop on your cake using a large round tip. It should be about the size of a marble. Then using a small spoon, press the dollop to one side and drag away in the opposite direction. Do that all the way around the cake, making two lines with each color. Once I got in the rhythm of pressing the spoon after each dollop, it went quicker than I expected.

I wanted to top the cake with some Frozen figurines, but let me tell you how NO STORES have any in stock. So if you decide to do your own cake and want something on top, make sure your local stores carry them or get them online from Amazon or Walmart beforehand. Or you can make your own by following Devin's Frozen Peg Dolls tutorial!

Regardless of how much I worried about the cake or how well it turned out, Neela loved it and was so excited! She didn't ask about figurines up top, she was just excited about her Frozen-colored cake!

Not only was this cake pretty but it tasted delicious! This is an easy and simple cake that you could do with any color and for any birthday!

Linking up with: Sunday Soiree // Simple Supper Tuesday // Tuesdays with a Twist // Link Party Palooza

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baseball Tee

Posted by Devin

Spring is here and that means it is baseball season! I've been to a spring training game and we are currently juggling baseball season with three of our boys playing on different teams. Between practices and soon-to-be games, my life for the next few months is going to be consumed by baseball.

I'm a really terrible baseball player, but I sure do like to rock a great baseball tee! And this particular baseball tee is a total fave of mine lately. Tara bought this one for me from Forever 21 (she has the same one, but in red) and I feel like I want to wear it every day! It is so casual and comfortable, but super cute at the same time!

I always love a baseball tee, but add stripes and a pocket like this one has and you just can't go wrong! Plus I love that it's navy and you can pair it with just about any color. My favorite color to pair navy with, though, is usually yellow.

I added my favorite blue flats, a brown belt, and a pair of sunnies and I was ready to head out for a Saturday full of activities! No jewelry other than my earrings needed, I was keeping it super casual. Hope you all enjoy baseball season as much as we are hoping to!
What I Wore:
Striped Baseball Tee - Forever 21
Mustard Skinnies - Rue 21
Flats - Target
Braided Belt - H&M
Sunglasses - Fresh Picks

Linking Up With: The Pleated Poppy // Style Elixir // Because Shanna Said So // Plane Pretty // Manic Monday // Mix It Monday // Little Miss Monday // Trend Sping Linkup // Transatlantic Blonde // Three-fer Thursday // Fashion Informant

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fabergé Eggs Craft

Posted by Devin

If you are looking for a great Easter craft to do with your kids this year (and want to sneak in a little world and art history lesson as well), I have the tutorial for you!

When I was in the 6th grade, we made Fabergé eggs out of paper mâché and I remember thinking it was so much fun. Out of all the many school craft projects I ever made I'm not sure why this particular one stands out in my memory, but I loved it so much that I thought I would make some with my boys this year! 

To start with, I decided my boys probably needed a little but of an explanation as to what exactly a Fabergé egg is. And the best place to go to for that is always Wikipedia, in my opinion. Here is the link for a quick synopsis from Wikipedia I shared with the boys if you would like to teach your kids about them as well.

Secondly, I put together a paper to print out with pictures of various Fabergé eggs so they could see what they look like and have a little "egg-spiration" when creating their own. Here is the sheet you can print out as well.

For our craft, we did not make paper mâché eggs, instead I purchased plastic craft eggs from Walmart to decorate. Here is what you'll need for this craft project:

•plastic craft eggs ($1.97 per dozen at Walmart)
•craft paint in various colors
•paint brushes
•gold (or silver) Sharpies
•adhesive gems, jewels, and embellishments
•any other stickers or decorative items you would like to add to your eggs (the more, the better!)

This project was pretty simple. I gave the boys the picture of the Fabergé eggs and all of the craft supplies and let them do their thing! We began by painting our eggs and then added various embellishments once the eggs were dry. It was fun to see what the boys came up with and how their creativity and personalities came through in their designs. Everyone had a great time; 10, 8, 6, and 3 year-old alike. In fact, I made a few myself and also had a blast!

We are going to proudly display our Fabergé eggs in our home this year (if my 3 year-old doesn't keep sneaking off with them) and my boys were super excited that their eggs were going to be here on my blog for all of you to see. :) Happy crafting, everyone!

Linking Up With: Link Party Palooza // Tidy Mom // Pinworthy Projects // Creativity Unleashed // Moonlight and Mason Jars

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New DownEast Home & Clothing Store + $50 Giveaway

Posted by Tara and Devin

We recently had the opportunity to visit the NEW Mesa location for DownEast Home & Clothing Store. All we can say is WOW. It was awesome. So many lovely pieces for your home. Here are a few of our favorites!

Tara's Picks

I was in AWE when I saw these bright green chairs. You could add these chairs to any table and it would be adorable.

When I saw these over-sized, decorative olive jars I knew I needed them for my pot shelves in my house. They are large and would add some elegance to my (and any) room.

With 5 kids eating at my house; I appreciate a sturdy, well-built table. This table is definitely sturdy and would be a great, rustic piece in the kitchen. Add chairs or a bench and it would look lovely. I love how the store had everything from kitchen to bedrooms, to living and dining rooms. They seriously had it all!

I loved this table runner paired with these mini topiaries. The store has tons of home decor in lots of different styles and the green in this combo just screamed "Spring" to me. 

Devin's Picks
I came to the store specifically looking for some decorative pieces for my living room. I absolutely fell in love with this beautiful white pitcher-turned vase. It even had a gold G on it for Gable!!! Does it get any more perfect than that?!!

All of the ceramic items were so cute, I especially liked all of the birds I saw throughout the store. This little yellow birdie would add such a fun punch of color to your home.

In the children's section, I couldn't keep my eyes off of the darling all-white piggy banks. This little Frenchie was just too much!

And Cash was pretty sure we needed to take this little chair home with us. He assured me it was quite comfortable.

But ultimately, I ended up bringing home these awesome mercury glass owls. What is it about mercury glass that I can't resist?!! These little guys are currently sitting on my piano next to my vintage books and they are the perfect addition to my family room.

We loved this store and we are pretty sure you will love it too. Want a chance to win some awesome gift cards to spend here? Then you won't want to miss these two great giveaways!

To celebrate the new opening, DownEast is offering a chance to enter a “Shopping’s More Fun With Your Friends” giveaway from Friday, April 4 to April 18th, 2014. Customers will be able to register for the giveaway at the new DownEast Home & Clothing store in the Mesa Pavilions. The giveaway will award one lucky winner a shopping spree valued at $200 and also present a $50 gift certificate to each of four friends selected by the winner. The winner does not have to be present at the time of the drawing on Saturday, April 19th to win. 

We wanted to also do our own Giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $50 in-store Gift Card to use when you go to the New DownEast Home Store! Make sure to like our Facebook page and Pinterest page and leave your email in our comments to enter! Giveaway will end April 12th at midnight (Arizona Time).