• DIY,  Uncategorized

    From Pinspiration to Reality

    I have to admit, my Pinterest game is super weak these days.  I’ve gotten back in the habit of pinning 5,000,001 things and doing nothing with it.  So sad, such wasted inspiration.  I used to try to do them often (see my Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It posts HERE) but then life kinda happened and I stopped.

    Then, last week I shared my fall bucket list (see it HERE) and it got me thinking.  
    Enter the Pinterest bucket list!
    These are all pins that I have on other boards that are just sitting there.  And you know sometimes certain good intended pins can get lost depending on how long ago you found it.  So I sifted through my boards and started repining them to a new one entitled, you guessed it, “Pinterest Bucket List”.  I ready to dig in and get these projects going!
    What’s on my list so far?
    – A weekly clothes sorter for Gav to make getting ready for school easier/quicker
    – DIY “Poo” pourri (don’t judge me)
    – A pumpkin vase
    – Kid activities
    – Faux fondant
    – about 101 recipes that I’m dying to try
    What’s on your Pinterest bucket list?
    XO, Kelly
  • Mommyhood

    I Like Being “The Pinterest Mom”

    It may not come as a surprise but I LOVE Pinterest.  Everything about it from the inspiration to the recipes, even to the gorgeous wedding pics and boards.  I may be married but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate all of the pretty inspiration photos!  But in my mommy world, the kind of parties I’m looking to plan are of the kiddo variety.

    There are probably double the number of pins as there are children in the world for every type of party you can imagine.  And you can best believe I already had a full board of pins for Gav’s first birthday before he turned 6 months old.  (Ok…ok…Roman too!)  I can’t help myself and I’m not even doing it for the “wow” factor of party guests.  It’s for me!  I absolutely love all of the themed food, games, and favors.  As a crafter since birth and perpetual DIYer, it’s fun for me!

    But this year, for Gav’s 4th birthday, well…I didn’t.  I had a really hard time with it at first.  There was just no way I could have as many kids as we were inviting in my house.  If Gav had a summer birthday, maybe, but with a January birthday, outdoor activities aren’t an option.  So we booked a party at a jumpy place and I began the mourning process of my Pinterest board.  But then the more I started to think about how I wouldn’t have any clean up, no worries about where to put the cat, no millions of cars on my lawn, and minimal expenses, the better this party was sounding.

    Then, after looking at my board, I realized that there were a few elements that I could still do, like pizza box favors and TMNT balloons.   I was going to get to do some of my favorite parts and not have to worry about the rest which, even before I had two kids, can get stressful.  Don’t get me wrong, the stress is beyond worth it, but this time around, I was willing to let the board go.  Plus, I still have a few years of Pinterest parties left with Ro!

    I was feeling so relieved as we pulled in to the parking lot with only balloons in my backseat but the best part was once we were inside, Gav looked around the play area and, jumping up and down, he said, “I’m so excited!  It’s my party!”  That right there was the most perfect moment.  To make it even better, my aunt over heard my sweet boy with two of his friends saying, “Isn’t this amazing?!”

    Sadly, I left my DSLR at home in the rush to get out the door, but thank goodness for cellphones!

    My mom and my aunt even bought matching TMNT shirts!  

    XO, Kelly

  • DIY

    Saw It Pinned It Tried it // Twig Letter

    I’m so excited to be showing you my first finished DIY project, other than the doodles I’ve been Instagramming, for RC’s nursery!  When I started pinning nursery ideas, both boy and girl when we didn’t know, THIS PROJECT was on my board.  I thought it would be the perfect addition to a woodland/camping nursery and it looked pretty easy to do.  I was right on both accounts!

    What You’ll Need:  Wooden Letter, Twigs, Hot Glue

    First you’ll need to collect some twigs.  The amount you need will depend on the size of your letter.  The letter I used is 13″ and I ended up running out of twigs before I was done.  Just grab a bunch and make sure you get them in varying thicknesses.  The thicker ones are good for the main covering layer and the thinner ones are great for filling in gaps.   I also made sure to rinse the twigs and let them dry before using them to get any dirt and possible bugs off.

    A bonus from this project is that I got to involve Mr. G in helping me look for the twigs and sticks.

    Now all you have to do is lay them out and glue them on.  This part of the project took the most patience because it’s sort of like a puzzle, fitting everything together and filling in the gaps.

    The example was done with a letter “A”, a letter comprised of nice straight lines.  Mine is a “R” which, with this particular style of letter, has a couple of curves.  The curves were a little harder to figure out but not too bad.  I like that the curves are a little jagged since it’s suppose to look more natural.

    So I bet you’re wondering what this big ole’ R stands for…

    Stay tuned for my bumpdate on Friday to find out!
    XO, Kelly

  • DIY,  Mommyhood

    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Monster Spray

    I’m pretty sure I pinned THIS before Mr. G was born.  The time stamp says 3 years ago, so maybe a little after he was born but I remember thinking it was a really cute idea and I wanted to remember it if I ever needed something like it in the future.  Turns out I did!  Mr. G has entered the phase of serious stalling for bedtime and being afraid of “monsters” in his room.  The monsters are his favorite way to stall and I know that he’s not afraid of the dark because he’s always asking me to “make it dark”.  He loves to play with flashlights and glowing things, plus he has a few night lights (it feels like a million) so I know these are just toddler bedtime shenanigans.

    However, I understand that he needs to feel safe from any sort of monsters, whether he believes it or he’s stalling, so I made him some special monster spray!

    What You’ll Need: Spray Bottle, Label or Stickers

    You can use regular water or, if you use essential oils, you can infuse the water with some calming scents.  I went ahead and just bought some “Sleep Serenity” Febreze and slapped a homemade label on the front.

    I found some monster graphics and printed the label on a giant sticker sheet so I could cut it to fit the bottle.

    Now for bedtime we do monster checks and spray a mist in each spot.  Mr. G loves it and, whether he likes it or not, he has no monster excuses!  The spray keeps them away and we bought him a special color changing light specifically for keeping monsters away (*wink wink*).  Granted he still tries to tell me there are monsters but all I do is tell him that they can’t because of each of these things, that I love him, and good night! So far so good….until he comes up with something else!

    XO, Kelly

  • Uncategorized

    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Recipe Review

    When I get the opportunity, I LOVE to cook.  Three nights out of the week I’m teaching so the other four I try to get in the kitchen and lately I’ve been pulling non-stop from my Pinterest boards.

    Now when I’ve done Pinterest recipe posts before, it’s been in the form of “hit or miss”.  You can find them HERE and HERE.  Well, I can’t really do that this time because I have been on a nothing but hit streak!  These recipes I’m about the share with you NEED to be on your next grocery list because they are delicious! 
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    Talk about easy eats!  It’s as simple as cook the ravioli and then layer the rest in the dish to bake.  It came out delicious and makes plenty.
    Yay alliteration! 
    This one definitely took a lot of prep with the chopping and then the whole cooking the spaghetti squash.  But, with that said, nothing is hard about it.  Just takes time and it is well worth it!  All of the ingredients get mixed up well and you get full flavor for each bite.  I think that the lime juice in the recipe really kicks it up and makes it that much better.  Plus, look how colorful those ingredients are!
    I made these for the first time for our New Year’s Eve dinner.  These…with chili…yes!  They came out wonderfully fluffy and sweet.  Hands down, best cornbread recipe!  Now, if you like your cornbread more savory, this won’t be the recipe for you but, let me tell you, these could seriously change your mind.  
    The second time I made them I used a casserole dish instead of the muffin tin.  Same fluffy result and just as delish!
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    I literally just made this last night and if I could have eaten the entire dish, I would have!  Beside the great taste, what I love about it is the fact that it doesn’t taste like a “light” recipe.  It’s creamy and flavorful but made with greek yogurt and whole wheat pasta.  Oh!  And I used sweet Italian sausage instead of the spicy that it calls for since I’m not a fan of the spicy with my Italian food.  I did, however, use the red pepper flakes that are in the recipe and it was a nice touch.
    If it can be made in the microwave, let me at it!  I just found out about cooking bacon in the microwave, changed my breakfast game!  Anyway, this was great!  I probably could have used more syrup in mine but I was being conservative since what we have in the fridge just didn’t go with the healthy feel of the dish.  This was not only yummy but filling which is exactly what I need in the mornings.
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    Just shut the front door and leave me alone with this dish.  Ok…one, it’s Mexican so we know how I’m feeling about that right now and two, CROCKPOT!!  My crockpot is second only to my microwave when it comes to kitchen appliances.  Crockpot cooking allows me to cook even on the nights when I’m teaching.  I can put it together before I leave and it’s ready to have a quick bite or just put in containers for the next day.  This recipe will definitely be making a second appearance soon!
    Have a recipe from your blog you’d like me to try?  Let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to pin it, whip it up and give it a go!
    These recipes are from my two food boards, Food = Love and The Skinny, be sure to check them out! 

    Follow Kelly // The Little Things Blog’s board The Skinny on Pinterest.

    XO, Kelly
    ** Please note that I DO NOT claim these recipes as my own.  Be sure visit the links the see the original posts and recipes. **
  • Uncategorized

    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Crazy Love Valentine Art

    I saw this Valentine art on Pinerest and thought it was adorable.  Then, once I saw how to make it, I knew I had to try it with Mr. G.  It’s such a simple DIY with an awesome end product and it’s fun for your little ones.

    What You’ll Need: Paper, Pen/Sharpie, Watercolors, Straw

    For my paper, I chose to use some that is specifically for watercolors.  This keeps the paper from getting too soggy plus, I planned to scan the final product into my computer so I wanted the paper to hold up.  Draw out a head, face, and any other doodles you’d like.  Just be sure to leave the hair out.

    Once you’re ready for the paint, fill a cup with water and get your first color ready.  Gently dab some of the paint onto the paper and hand your child the straw.  Get really close to the drop of paint and blow!  Mr. G thought it was so cool when the paint went crazy!
    Side Story: He only thought it was cool for the first couple of seconds.  Then he realized that the boy on the page was going to have crazy hair and he didn’t want that.  He wanted “nice hair”!  So the rest of this project was very tearful and sometimes a lot of spit came out of the straw.  Oh to be a “threenager”!
    Keep adding drops and spraying them up the page until you rach the desired look.  Be sure to have a couple of straws handy becuase, depending on the age of your child, they may get pretty spitty.

    I had a feeling that Mr. G would only sit still for one project so I scanned the original into the computer and printed them out as 5X7s.  Now everyone can have one!  Check out THIS TUTORIAL for more on how to turn your child’s art into a card.

    I love the end result of the project. So colorful and whimsical!

    Have a Pinterest project you’d like me to try?  I’d love to hear from you and try it out!
    XO, Kelly
    PS: Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It is now on Wednesdays! 
  • Uncategorized

    No-Carve Pumpkin Pinspiration

    I’m not gonna lie to ya.  I’ve been slacking on my Pinterest game.  I’ve been a pinning machine but I’ve slipped back into the cardinal sin of pinning more than creating.  I solemnly swear to remedy this for next week!

    So today I bring you some Pinspiration instead!  One of the things I love about pumpkin picking is that pumpkins don’t just have to be for Halloween.  They carry all the way into November so if you haven’t decorated your pumpkins yet (*raises hand*) you’re most definitely not too late!  You’re not even too late to do some of the spookier Halloween ones!  But no matter what your style is, there’s a no-carve pumpkin idea out there for you to try.  And I’ve got your one stop click for finding a plethora of amazing ideas. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for the link!)

    Here are a few of my favorites:

    Twine Spider Web // Mummified // Ombre Spider Web

    Donut Pumpkins // Clown Pumpkin // Copper Herringbone


  • Uncategorized

    Saw It Pinned It … LOL

    So…I’ve been somewhat of a slacker.  Maybe it’s my way of regrouping after spring break.  Maybe it’s because my Keurig is on the fritz and I ran out of creamer AND sugar. (it’s code RED here in the coffee department) Maybe it’s this crazy Georgia weather, it got cold y’all!
    Whatever the reason, it’s been one of those weeks.  So today I bring you laughter!
    I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to the giggles.  Here are some of my favorites:
    Hope this gave you a good laugh today!
    Want more? Follow my board!
    XO, Kelly

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  • Easy Eats

    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Easy Rice Puuding

    Today’s Pinterest project is a delicious recipe for one of my favorite desserts.  Rice pudding!
    Anytime I see “Easy” in the title, I’m likely to try it but I’m also skeptical.  What’s easy for one person is not necessarily easy for all.  Not so with this recipe!

    I even documented it.  One pot, that’s all…

    Easy, delicious, and can be made with leftovers…I can handle that!
    Find the recipe HERE.
    See…it even looks right!
    It also happens to be from two of my favorite gals’ blog, Pretty Providence!
    XO, Kelly

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  • Uncategorized

    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Hand Stitched Art

    This tutorial was originally for a bookmark but I loved the little design so much, I had to make it bigger for Mr. G’s playroom.  But have no fear, I made myself a bookmark too!
    original pin
    What You’ll Need: Cardstock, PDF design file, Needle, Embroidery Floss
    Print out the design on cardstock.  I edited mine by cropping it and enlarging it.
    Using your needle, poke holes where the large black dots are for a guideline.  Now fill in the lines by sewing from dot to dot until it’s finished.*  I even added my own little flair to the design by adding a flight path. 
    For the bookmark, I added a piece of packing tape across the back to keep the thread in place.
    XO, Kelly
    *I didn’t follow the original tutorial.  This was my own spin, using tools that I had.

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