• DIY,  Mommyhood

    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // The Alphabet Monster

    It’s been too long since I’ve done a Pinterest project.  But, since it’s been so long, that means I have a ton of projects piled up to try now!  THIS PROJECT was sent to me by my mom.  She’s a first grade teacher and loves finding these types for things for me to try with Mr. G.  I loved the idea especially since Mr. G is already learning so much in preschool this year and this is a great ay to reinforce that.  So I immediately started collecting the supplies.  It took me a little while but you’ll see why in just a second.

    What You’ll Need:  Empty Wipes Case, 26 Bottle Caps, Sharpie, Crafting Scraps

    First things first, decorate your monster!  This is where those scraps come in.  Use whatever you have, be it paper, felt, foam sheets, googly eyes, etc.

    Now for those This is what took the longest to collect.  To get them faster, ask friends and family to help out.  I just saved the tops from our almond milk containers as we went through them.  Take your sharpie and write the letters of the alphabet on them, one per cap.  The tutorial uses small circle labels but all of my caps are white so I opted out on that part.

    To play, have your child feed the alphabet monster one letter at a time and say the letter as they put it in.  You can also ask them to feed the monster a specific letter once they’ve gotten some of the letters memorized.  Mr. G thinks it’s funny and loves to feed the monster.  I wonder if he realizes he’s learning too!

    Om nom nom!
    XO, Kelly

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    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

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    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

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    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. **
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    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! 
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    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Confetti Nail Art

    I love nail art but let’s be honest, the pictures we see and the things we pin set us up with pretty unrealistic expectations.  Nail art, at times, is not easy.  It’s hard enough to paint your nails a single color with your non dominant hand, let alone try to get all fancy with it!

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    Anyway, I saw THIS confetti nail art from But First Coffee blog and thought that maybe that would be something I could do.  So I tried it and I love it!  
    What You’ll Need: Nail Polish (in multiple colors), Tooth Picks, Paper Towel, Top Coat
    Paint your nails a base color and allow them to dry enough that they can be touched.  Put a little bit of nail polish on a paper towel and begin dipping a tooth pick in and touching it to your nail.  This will create little dots.  Keep going, using the other colors too, until you end up covering the entire nail.  After it dries, this will take some time since it’s thick dots of polish, apply a top coat and you’re done!
    I only did an accent nail for fear of totally bombing but now I’m ready to go for it!
    What other nail art designs have you tried that actually worked for you?

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    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Packing Tape Transfers

    It’s no secret that the ladies of A Beautiful Mess are insanely creative and talented.  So it should come as no surprise that I love trying out their DIYs.  This one is so simple, not to mention quick to do, and ends with some really neat results.

    What You’ll Need: Magazine, Packing Tape, Glass of Water

    Find images in the magazine that you like.  Ones that inspire you and/or are just plain pretty.  Don’t worry about it being right or wrong, just go for it.
    Lay a piece of packing tape over the part(s) of the image you would like to transfer.

    Tear out the packing tape strips from the pages and then the access paper from the sides.  Don’t worry about perfect edges.  Stick them in the glass of water for 5 minutes.  This will help make removing the rest of the paper a breeze.  I also found that leaving a little excess paper at the top makes it even easier after soaking.

    Once the 5 minutes are up, peel off the paper and you’re left with a beautiful transparent image.  This was the part of the project I thought was so cool.  I couldn’t believe it was actually working!  Let the tape strips dry and add them to your art journal, a scrapbook page, whatever you’d like!

    I also loved their idea of putting them up to a window to let the sun shine through them.

    Happy Pinning and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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    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


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    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Pumpkin Pudding Pops

    Do you love pumpkin pie?  If the answer is yes, then go make these right now!
    These delicious pudding pops (try not to hear Bill Cosby when you read that!) are from one of my favorite blogs, Pretty Providence!  Sarah created a super yummy and easy to make dessert that is so rich and creamy, you’ll feel like your actually eating some pumpkin pie, only frozen.

    I was afraid that mine might not taste as good since I had to substitute here and there.  I used almond milk instead of regular milk, I used a little more milk that the recipe called for too since my package of  pudding was huge, and I only had cinnamon instead of the pumpkin pie spice. Have no fear, they are still absolutely delightful!

    Why I never thought of freezing pudding, I don’t know, but that’s why we have Pinterest!
    Head to THIS POST for the full recipe.


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    Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Bleach Pen Shirt

    I have been wanting to do this project since I first pinned it, which feels like 10 years ago.  I don’t know why I never tried it, never got around to doing it, but I finally did and I LOVE the result.  I will say that the shirt in this post was actually my second attempt since my first one was done on a sweatshirt.  Let it be known now, that doesn’t work.  The material is too thick and let’s just say I was very disappointed.  HOWEVER, it’s the perfect project for any regular T-shirt!

    Mr. G has a pajama day coming up at preschool for Halloween.  Now I could go out and buy a fun new set of jammies for him but I’m not really into themed apparel for him anymore.  For his first year of life, I was all about it, it was all new!  But now, I’d just rather send him in PJs that are in the right color scheme and call it a day.  That’s when I thought this would be the perfect project!  He already had black and gray striped pajama bottoms from another set so all I needed was a back T-shirt and a stencil!

    What You’ll Need: Freezer Paper/Pan Liner Paper, Exacto Knife, Image Printout, Plain T-Shirt, Bleach Pen (the two sided one is awesome)

    Print out the image you’d like to put on the shirt and lay it on top of the freezer paper.  Using the Exacto knife, cut out the silhouette.  Be sure to press hard enough to go through both pieces of paper.

    *See those white streaks from the bristles?  Don’t worry, they go away when the shirt gets rinsed.

    Place a hard surface on the inside of the shirt and then the stencil on top.  Now fill in the stencil with the bleach.  If you are using a double sided one like mine, fill in the stencil with the brush tip*.  With the fine tip end you can fix any leaking that may have occurred out of the stencil.  It’s also great for adding a handwritten touch.  This is why the duel tip pen is awesome!

    Now let it sit then rinse.  I let mine sit over night since, when I did it, I had to leave for work.  Then I came home and the DIY had to wait.  But I think as long as you wait at least an hour after bleaching you’re good.  For rinsing, I just put it in the washer on the rinse and spin cycle then tossed it in the dryer.

    Voila! Halloween jammies!

    And I think it’s really cool that the shirt bleached out in a sort of orangey-white.  Happy DIY surprises!