Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Butterfly Footprints

Chloe turned one years old last week! To commemorate her first birthday, I paint her feet with pink craft paint and pressed them on some sturdy card-stock to form a butterfly. I let her foot prints dry for 24 hours before adding several gemstones as the butterfly's base and antenna. I think it came out so elegant and yet so simple. It sits perfect, in a frame I found at Home Goods, on her dresser. Enjoy!

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

DIY Easter Buckets

This is the first year that we will be attending Easter Egg Hunts, so I decided to figure out a durable and reusable Easter basket that they could continue to use for the next several years. I happened upon these cute $5 metal buckets at Target and thought they would be perfect for egg hunts! I bought some black vinyl and used my Cricut machine to cut out my children's monograms. I did a 4" for the middle letter and 3" for the two side letters, which turned out a little on the bigger side but that is okay! I am still happy with how cute they turned out and how easy they were to "make"! 

For Chloe's bucket I added a pink ribbon on the side and I think it looks so cute!

For Cooper's bucket, I added a black ribbon on the side and I think that it looks so cute!


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Monday, March 18, 2013

Chloe turns ONE: Butterfly Themed First Birthday Party!

Chloe Turns ONE!

How has a year flown by this fast? 
I can't believe a whole year has passed since I held my baby girl in my arms for the first time! 

For Chloe's first birthday party, I decided to do a Butterfly Theme. 
I used my Cricut, Martha Stewart craft punches, and spent several hours on Pinterest gathering ideas. 

I decorated white paper lanterns with purple butterflies that I punched out and hung them at the entrance to the dining room.

I cut out large triangles, out of scrapbook paper, and hot glued them on to purple ribbon. I used my Cricut to cut out letters to spell out, "Happy Birthday Chloe". I forgot to trim the ends off of the ribbon after taping them to the wall... oh well!

Here is the sweets table! I also made "real" food and set that out on the bar in the kitchen.

I made large sugar cookies and decorated them with purple royal icing that I made. I had planned on finishing them off with Chloe's monogram in white icing, but I ran out of time before guests arrived. Oh well!

I decided to make a cupcake tower instead of a cake this year. I filled my vanilla cupcakes with vanilla mousse and then piped purple buttercream on to cupcakes. I then made white butterfly toppers with scrapbook paper that I had hot glued on to toothpicks.

Who doesn't like a doughnut tower?

I chopped up fruit and put them on skewers to be dipped in to the chocolate fountain.

Miss Chloe, the birthday girl, and myself

Time to open presents!

Chloe, myself, my father, and my little brother!

Time to sing Happy Birthday! 
I also made a banner for the highchair, but it is kind of hard to see in this picture. It says, "1 CHLOE 1" and I used my Cricut to cut it out.

I took Chloe out of her dress and changed her into a tutu for cake time!

Cooper licking the frosting off the top of his cupcake!


For "Goody Bags" I bought butterfly nets and filled them with bubbles, chalk, playdough, and other items.

Chloe snuggling with her daddy because she was getting sleepy!

Time to say good-bye to all our guests!

Her birthday party went by so fast and we all had such a fun time! I had a bounce house set up in the back yard, lots of food for everyone to eat, and plenty of alcohol for adults to enjoy! We had about forty friends and family over and every last bite of food was sent home with them! It was a blast, but I am so glad that it is over! 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Butterfly Nursery Decor

I am feeling very nostalgic this week. This time, last year, I was focused on getting my daughter's nursery done for her arrival! I can't believe it has been almost a whole year since my daughter was born. I can't believe how fast time has flown and it has been almost a whole year since I held my baby girl in my arms for the first time!

  I decided to go with a purple wall color and white butterflies to accent. We used the same espresso furniture that we had used in our son's nursery again for our daughter. I added pops of white throughout the room with white picture frames, white butterflies, and I made the mobile out of white paper and white ribbon.  I bought the white butterflies at Target and used, I believe, one hundred and thirty on her wall and another ten or so in her bathroom.

I made the mobile using a 14" metal hoop that I found at Joanne's and wrapped it with ribbon. I then used clear jewelry cord that looks like fishing line and glued white butterflies that I cut out with a Martha Stewart punch. I ended the strands with a large pearl and secured it with hot glue. 

Centered between the two windows in Chloe's room I placed her changing station. I fitted the pad with a white cover and bought four matching baskets to store diapers, wipes, ointment, toys, and put her dirty clothes in. Above the changing station I framed a pearl "C" that I made for her.

I bought a large white picture frame from AC Moore and bought two pieces of high quality damask print scrapbooking paper to back the project. I used about one hundred stick on pearls, found in the scrapbooking section, and formed a large "C" for Chloe. I love the way it turned out!

I love my daughter's nursery and I designed it so it was simple but has a touch of elegance for her to be able to grow into. I have to admit that her nursery is one of my favorite rooms of my whole house! 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tomato Cream Sauce with Linguine

Tomato Cream Sauce with Linguine
Yield: Serve 4-6

1 box of Linguine
4 cups of my homemade tomato sauce, recipe here
1 cup of heavy cream
1 cup shredded parmesan and/or ramano cheese*

1. Put a large pot of water on to boil with a teaspoon of salt and a drizzle of olive oil in the water. When it comes to a boil, add you Linguine and cook until al dente (8 minutes - 10 minutes).
2. While your water is boiling, add your tomato sauce to a large saucepan and place on medium heat. Let it come to a simmer-low boil.
3. Once your sauce is at a low boil, add your heavy cream and reduce the temperature down about two notches. Let it simmer until your pasta is finished cooking.
4. Drain your pasta into a colander and set aside.
5. Add one cup of parmesan/ramano cheese to your creamy sauce and stir in for one minute. Add your cooked pasta to the saucepan and incorporate it into your sauce. Serve immediately.

*Note: I buy the big bags of already shredded parmesan and ramano cheeses from Costco and mix them together in a large bowl. Then, I portion the mixed cheeses into smaller quart sized freezer bags to store in my freezer for easy access and so they remain fresh.

I love making this recipe because it is so darn easy. It takes about 10-15 minutes from start to finish and I always have all the ingredients on hand. The sauce is paired perfectly with Linguine, in my personal opinion, but you could also put it on tortellini, fettuccine, or even spaghetti. This is one of my husband's favorite Vegetarian meals that I fix. The taste is divine and everyone is full after a big bowl of my Tomato Cream Sauce with Linguine as the main course! Enjoy!

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