Owl Fruit Tray

My niece Krista has loved owls as long as I can remember.  I wanted to do something owl related for her wedding shower so this is what my son and I came up with.
 I owe him most of the credit because I wanted to leave the top on the pineapple and he talked me out of it.  He had a point when he said owls don't have all that going on, they just have two ears.  So he made ears with strawberries.
 I wanted to cut the watermelon into heart shapes but we couldn't find a small heart shaped cookie cutter anywhere. We ended up cutting the strawberries into hearts.
I found it works better to stick the toothpicks into the pineapple first instead of of sticking the fruit.  When you get the owl to his destination, you can easily add the fruit for the face. (I made the mistake of putting all the pieces in the same bag and the strawberries  bled on the lime).
I wouldn't take anything for Krista's reaction this this dish.  Her sweet smile made it worth every minute.

Great Uses for Baby Shower Stickers

I love going to baby showers and seeing all the creativity used to honor the mom to be.  Have you ever thought about using stickers to make baby shower party favors?  You can make inexpensive favors using stickers on boxes filled with candy.
 Check out these cute ideas for using stickers from Kateaspen.

Buy mini jars and sticker add cute stickers to them.  Be sure to measure both to make sure it will fit.
Use round stickers for the top of small canisters.  Votive candle holders are another great place to stick a cute sticker.
Here is another cute idea from cupcakepedia, use colorful  baby bottles filled with candy as favors.  Use a round sticker with the name of the mom to be.

Here are some cute baby shower stickers that would be great for baby shower favors.


Peapod Boy Baby Shower Stickers
Peapod Boy Baby Shower Stickers by cooltees
Create your own stickers online on zazzle.
 
Boy's Stork Baby Shower Stickers
Boy's Stork Baby Shower Stickers by cooltees
Check out more Footprints Stickers at Zazzle

How about these cute camo stickers for a girl or boy.

Custom Baby Shower Invitations for Boys

 Boys are so much fun, but it is hard to find clothes or anything related to boys.   I designed some baby shower invitations for boys, but they can be used for girls too. 




   Frog Birthday Invitation

Great Uses for Dryer Sheets

 I love the smell of Dryer Sheets and  want the scent to linger on and on.  I found some ways to keep that fresh smell around a little longer and to help with smelly situations. 

Place them in smelly tennis shoes overnight. In the morning, your shoes will be fresh and ready for the day.
Use a dryer sheet to clean bathroom chrome and to remove soap scum. They are great for cleaning bathrooms.

Place a used dryer sheet in the bag of your vacuum. Once you vacuum your house,the air will smell as fresh and clean.
For a fresh smelling car, put a couple of dryer sheets under the car seats.
 Do you have static electricity in your hair? Tame it by rubbing a dryer sheet over it. Your hair will lay it down and smell great.
 

  Keep trash cans fresh with an unused dryer sheet placed in the bottom of each can. Keeps the room fresh too.


 
Dryer sheets are a great way to remove pet hair from furniture, also rub the sheet over your dog's coat to remove loose hair.

5 Great Summer Games for Kids

I always knew there was something that could be done with Cheez It Scrabble crackers, but I just couldn't grasp it.  Well here it is... Edible Bingo.  This site has  a download for free printable bingo cards and explains how to play this fun game.
Kids love sidewalk chalk but this is a new twist.  Learn how to make this Colorful Ice Chalk. The  site for this chalk has alot of fun ideas such as making a rainbow of colors and freezing the chalk in different shapes.
Photo Credit: http: lugaresdecriancasesteio.blogspot.com
Using bedsheets and a hula hoop at the top for this tent is pure genius.  I don't know why I never thought of this when my kids were young.  They made tents in the living room all the time, and I mean all the time.  This would have been the perfect solution.  They loved it outdoors and they loved tents.  The best of two worlds.
I love this idea for a large matching memory game.  Using poster board, cut out squares.  Make sets of matching pictures, words, or letters on one side,leaving one side blank. You have an inexpensive game for hours of outside fun.  Idea from Dollar Store Crafts.
This cool game uses a tic tac toe grid and frisbees. It is made by lining  a shower curtain with duck tape.  The object is to line up 3 players and  see who can  make the best shot.  Game found at A Turtles Life for Me

15 Great Tips and Tricks Using Baby Wipes




I love baby wipes. What an amazing invention. I keep them on my counter top, in the car, and in my purse, at all times. They are just the best for quick spills and spot cleaning around the house, in the car, and in public places.
Here are a few of the things I do with baby wipes or any wet wipe.
  1. Removing food stains from clothing before it sets
  2. Quick shoe cleaner
  3. Wipe dust from mini blinds
  4. Remove makeup
  5. Remove sticky stuff from the floor around the fridge (you know what I mean)
  6. Clean rubber stamps while scrap booking or crafting
  7. Wipe the loose hairs off Fido and hair from sofa
  8. Clean car interior while waiting for kids at school
  9. Clean dry erase boards
  10. Clean Public toilet seats
  11. Clean  bathroom sink
  12. Quick cleaner for ceiling fans
  13. Great for teachers to clean desktops.  They are non toxic so students can safely learn good cleaning habits
  14. Clean the tv remote
  15. Clean computer keyboards
How do you use baby wipes?  Please share your tips and tricks for these awesome wipes.

How to Make Lemon Cake Mix Taste Like It Came From The Bakery

Boxed cake mixes are easy to make but they leave something to be desired when it comes to taste.  I found a way to make cake mix taste like it came from the bakery.  Here's my secret:

  • Put Cake Mix in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 more egg than the recipe calls for(2 for more richness).
  • Use melted butter instead of oil.
  • Use milk instead of water.
  • Mix well and bake by directions.
  Best Icing Ever
  1. 1 packet Jello pudding ( I used lemon flavored for this cake).
  2. Use 1/2 milk the recipe calls for (whisk until it thickens).
  3.  Fold in one 8 oz container of cool whip.
You can make the icing with vanilla jello or play around with different flavors. It has way less sugar than the canned frosting and it is delicious. 
 I served this cake for my nephew and his family and it was definitely a hit.  

4 Diet Resources You don't Want to Miss

     I have used many diet resources during my journey to lose weight.  Here are some of the ones I use and love.  Click on name to take you to the site.

 


Awesome community of people that motive each other during weight loss.  There are hundreds of recipes that you can save in your own collections.  You can track food and exercise.  Their strong point, for me, is the community that is there to cheer you on during your victories and to inspire you when you fail.

calorie counter

Love this site!  It is one of the best resources for keeping a food journal.  It calculates the calories, fat, carbs, sugar, protein, and sodium.  I have never been one to keep a food journal but this site makes it fun.



  If you are an Atkins Diet Fan.  Here is a link to sign up for a free Atkins Diet Kit.  It has Atkins Protein bars, a carb counter, and a quick start booklet.  I have done Atkins before and lost weight.  It is good to jump start a diet.



Over 600 diets listed on this site with an overview of how each diet works and the pros and cons of using this particular diet.