Baby Budget Badness!

Hey y’all!

UPDATE:So James just got his Zombie Apocalypse care package!! (It only took 10 days to ship! That’s amazing!) It’s kinda funny, cause the last couple packages have taken a month, so I sent this one for Valentines early, thinking it would just barely make it!…Oh it made it all right! I’m glad though, early is so much better than late!!

Anywho, on a separate note: All of my friends are having babies and getting married and I’m just over here like…can y’all stop! I can’t afford this!!<–notice that wording ! “I”(as in me, the friend) can’t afford “THIS” (them having baby showers & wedding showers and showers on showers on showers!) I love them all to bits and that’s the problem! I always go overboard with gifts! It never fails! I set a budget, I get to the store, and I spend a bazillion dollars and 50 cents! For example, I just finished shopping for my friends, Alex & Colten’s, baby shower. I was gonna make her a baby blanket, and buy her some onesies…this is what she’s getting:

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So in the baby box galore, there’s a hooded bath towel, a 3 pack of onesies, socks, burp cloths, newborn soothies, little “converse” shoes, a pink headband,bath stuff, and a homemade blanket!

I’ve done a post on making the cotton/ minky blankets before, so I won’t go too much into the details. You can look at the original post here: Baffling Blankets. I did the same thing basically, except I pinned the fabrics wrong sides together, and sewed around with the satin blanket binding. I’m not gonna lie..the binding was a Beeotch! I later found out that I had the wrong thread in the machine, which is why my machine kept jamming, and why I couldn’t sew a straight line for my life! Once the thread was changed it went together like butter!

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Apocalypse Cookie Mash-Up

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So for my Happy Valentines Day Zombie Apocalypse care package, I found an idea for Apocalypse cookies on the blog Shards of Blue. For hers she brilliantly combined a recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Brown Eyed Baker and No Bake Cockroach Clusters from Bakingdom.

I’m kind of not very good at changing up recipes. I’m such a rule follower, but this logically made sense in my head, so I’m gonna share with y’all my very simple combination of these recipes.

Base Ingredients (From Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1/2  cup semisweet chocolate chips (instead of 1 cup from original)

Additives (From the Cockroach Clusters:

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (mixed in with flour)
  • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup mini reese’s pieces
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzel pieces (I used unsalted)

How to:

  • Measure out & whisk together your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, & cocoa powder) Set aside
  • In a mixer, cream your butter, and add the two sugars, peanut butter, and vanilla.
  • Scrape down the bowl with a spatula, and add your egg. Mix on medium speed until everything is mixed well.
  • Add your flour mixture (slowly so it doesn’t cover your kitchen! I may have done that..)
  • Add all your mix-ins!! (Everything, reese’s, oats, chocolate chips, pretzels, and marshmallows!
  • Scoop large portions (3 Tablespoons approximately), place them 2 inches apart on your baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees. Note: Use parchment on your cookie sheet, because the marshmallow may caramelize which will make them stick.
  • Tip: I have an older oven, so times for me may be different for you. But these took about 15 minutes in my oven. I scooped them kind of large, and I did not wait for them to get solid. Once the bottoms looked like they had set, I took them out and let them sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes to continue cooking. This makes for a chewy and delicious cookie!

So why are these Apocalypse cookies? Well the blogger from Shards of Blue described it pretty well..There’s practically everything but the kitchen sink in these cookies!! Can you imagine making food during an apocalypse?! I’d be throwing everything in there! Enjoy!!

Deployment: 1 Care Package at a Time: Zombie Valentine!

Hey there!!

I feel like I haven’t posted on here in FOREVER! And the truth is I really haven’t. Life has been kind of crazy (it has a tendency to get like that), spring semester of college has officially started, and I’m beginning to feel that little stress monster tapping away at my peace of mind. Random news in my life while I’ve been gone: I got my drivers license! I drove to Walmart all by myself! And got the stuff for this amazing, “world ending” package!!

My theme was Valentines day..but I don’t really like Valentines day that much honestly, so I decided to go with a Happy Valentines Day Zombie Apocalypse! I actually got too much stuff…and I couldn’t part with any of it so I made 1 zombie safety kit, and 1 supply refill box. I think this is my favorite one yet y’all….What do you think? (Click them to get a better view, the lighting was pretty terrible at 3am this morning)

Zombie Package 1

Zombie Package 2

Zombie Package 3

 

So The flaps on big gray box say “If I were a zombie, I’d never eat your brains. I’d just want your heart”, although this looks really random, it’s actually from a song that the two of us really love called “The Zombie Song”. It’s also where I got the inspiration for the little stick figure zombies. I drew me as a zombie, and him as a zombie hunter! He’s wearing his Army t-shirt and his PT Belt (safety first) You can check it out here:

 

and here are my zombie stick figures!

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Ok so I guess you want to know whats in it? So many goodies!!

  • Apocalypse cookies which I got the idea for from Shards of Blue. I’ll post the recipe in a bit.
  • A new Nerf Gun with extra ammo!
  • My ipod: he needed a new one and I don’t use mine anymore. I put it in an envelope and labeled it Emergency Communication.
  • A Thunder Buddies T-shirt! (From the movie Ted)
  • A Zombie Apocalypse Calender (from thinkgeek.com)
  • A Zombie survival kit (also from thinkgeek.com)
  • A Bite Kit (first aid kit)
  • 2 liquid water flavorings
  • 2 Energy shots (for when the battles seem to never end)
  • Valentine Chocolates (food rations)
  • Conversation Hearts (Zombie Feed)
  • Altoids (The Zombie Apocalypse is not an excuse for bad breath!)
  • A Clemson Tigers Camo Beanie
  • A Texas A&M Baseball Cap
  • A bag of bendy straws (inside joke)
  • Dead Island Video Game (Survival Training)
  • A canvas messenger bag to carry it all (well most of it)

I had so much fun making this package!! I think it’s my favorite one so far!

New Years Motivation!

Well hello there, Sunshines!!

I have missed you all so dearly! I’ve been slacking on posting and it’s painful because I have so much to report to y’all! James is still deployed and is about as homesick as he can get (not to mention he’s been actually sick). It’s hard not being able to baby him like I want to! I think I have a few ideas up my sleeve though to help him take better care of himself! So I’ll keep you guys updated on his next package which I’m pretty sure will be full of sick people goodies! (I know it doesn’t sound exciting but I promise it’ll be cute!) In the meantime though…I thought I would share with you my tricks for sticking with my New Years resolutions (well…most of them). No one’s perfect right?

This year I really want to get healthy among other things, so the first thing I thought of was making a vision board to organize my thoughts! And although that’s a really awesome and visual idea..I’m such a perfectionist sometimes and I just haven’t been able to really get it to look neat and cute enough without wanting to rearrange everything all the time, which is just distracting from it’s actual purpose! So I was looking up different blogs about fitness and health, and I came across one, which I’m not sure is active anymore, but it was still good reading nonetheless! It’s called Operation Change, and on there she had a goal sheet, where she crossed off the number of times she went to the gym in a week. So I thought…I can do that! It will help me see my progress and keep me motivated! I loved the look that hers had, so I modeled it pretty closely but so far I’m in love! I love getting to cross off a number when I achieve something or get home from the gym!  This is what mine turned out like for my goal of going to the gym 4 times a week! (I’ve already been 3 times this week!)gym goal

I did the same thing with my goal for cooking a healthy dinner for my family twice a week. I changed the colors and the quotes up for each goal so that  it would be relevant to the topic. Like for my cooking dinner one I put a quote about cooking and changed the “Time to get strong” to “Time to eat”. So what do you guys think? Do you have any New Years resolutions you’re already having a hard time keeping? (I can already tell some of mine just aren’t gonna happen!)

 

 

Baffling Blankets

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Hey there!

So..I wrote this post last night, and my computer spazzed out and didn’t post it! How rude! So…here goes (again)

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge South Carolina Gamecock football fan! Unfortunately..Mr. James (my soldier) is a Clemson Tigers fan, meaning that we’re rivals. It definitely makes for an entertaining college football season! But when I started hearing about (and receiving pictures of) the snow that they are getting over where he’s deployed, I figured I would make him a blanket…innocent enough, right? When I went to pick a fabric..I somehow ended up looking at Clemson cotton prints? I don’t know how it happened, but I found a plaid Clemson Tigers fabric in my shopping cart along with a striped white minky. I’m not proud of it..but honestly..it’s incredibly soft and comfy, and I snuggled with it…I’m so ashamed! So here is how to make your own shameful baffling blanket..or hopefully yours will be less confusing.

  1. First, I laid the fabrics down on the floor, and realized that the minky was about 18 inches wider then the cotton print. My solution was to cut two 4.5 inch strips & add them to either the cotton print fabric.(FYI: when pinning them to sew, make sure you put the fabric right sides together, meaning the colorful print side together with the fuzzy side)Image
  2. Then once the two pieces of fabric were around the same size, I pinned 3 whole edges together, and 3/4 of the fourth edge. I made sure to leave a opening so the I would be able to pull the blanket right side out once I was done sewing the edges.(Again, make sure that when you pin it, you have the fabrics right sides together)Image
  3. Carefully pull the blanket right side out, and stitch the hole together. My mom told me to hand stitch it..but I absolutely hate hand sewing, so I folded the edges down and ran it through the machine!

There ya go! One blanket for the snuggly person in your life! I used 2.5 yards of each fabric since James is 6 feet tall (and I wanted his feet to be warm!) But you could easily make this in a smaller fashion with less fabric (and much less hassle). It would make a great baby blanket! Which I think will be my next project!

Snowman Soup & Reindeer Munchy Madness!

Oh..my..gosh…y’all! I survived finals week! I didn’t think I would do it but I did! But I have totally neglected to keep you guys in the loop for what has been going on! So here ya go..I studied…wrote an 11 page paper…studied…and made a care package! TA-DA!! I know, I know, I live a “crazy” life! I’m going to show you guys the finished product of the Christmas care package, but my soldier hasn’t gotten it quite yet, so in the mean time I’ll let you guys know the little crafty bits!

I made Snowman Soup & Reindeer Munchies! What do snowmen and reindeer eat, you ask? Well I’m about to show you!

Snowman SoupWe’ll start with the snowman soup. It’s actually kind of like a hot chocolate kit? It has:

  • A hot chocolate pack
  • A little baggy of marshmallows
  • 2 hershey’s kisses (a little holiday lovin & extra chocolaty goodness)
  • 2 mini candy canes (to stir with or snack on)

Then I just put them all in a little plastic gift bag & attached a gift tag with the snowman soup poem! I got the printable from Organized Christmas. The poem says:

“Was told you’ve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm the spirit.

So here’s a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!”

How cute is that?!!  Next was the Reindeer Munchies!! Which is also known as puppy chow to some! I got the recipe from Chex.

reindeer munchiesIngredients:

  • 9 cups rice Chex cereal (or any version of chex cereal)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar

How:

  • Measure out your Chex & put it in a BIG bowl!
  • Put your chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave for 1 minute, stir, and microwave for an additional 3o seconds (or until smooth)
  • Pour the melted chocolate peanut butter goodness onto your chex cereal (which is in your BIG bowl)
  • Stir gently until everything is nice and coated (it doesn’t seem like enough at first but it is I promise!)
  • Divide the chocolate covered chex into 2-1 gallon bags
  • Put half the powdered sugar in each bag & shake it! (Like a Polaroid picture!)

Then I filled little ziploc snack bags with as much as I could fit, and then I attached labels to the tops with my stapler. I got the idea for the labels from Catie <–Click this link.    But I just made them in word by downloading the “Christmas Eve” font off of fontspace.com, then I inserted some snowflake clip art as the background and typed what I wanted it to say! I actually figured out how to make a printable (I think) so you guys can download the labels!! (Insert applause!) But anywho…click this link to download the labels–> Reindeer Munchies Bag Labels

The rest of the care package is on it’s way!! So stay tuned!

Inspiring Blogger Award!

very-inspirational-blogger11So, I just nabbed my mother’s laptop for a moment to do this post! I’ve been meaning to do it, but this week (as y’all know) has been crazy. But nevertheless, I was awarded the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” by DIY2EMC ! I am so flattered, I can’t even think of the words to say just how flattered I am! So here are the things come along with this lovely award:

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Post 7 things about yourself not listed on your About Me page.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements

So here goes the 7 things about me not listed on my About Me page:

  1. I have had purple, pink, blue, and green hair! (pictures to come once I get my laptop back)
  2. I have a puppy named Sophie, that I rescued from a local shelter. She’s a black lab mix and is turning 3 very soon! She knows how to sit, shake, lay down, snuggle, and beg for food. (she’s best at the latter)
  3. I have an obsession with the color purple!
  4. I’m a video game nerd, I play Dragon Age, Fable, Dungeon Siege, Assassins Creed, and L.A. Noire (on Xbox 360)
  5. I know almost every word to the movie “Up!” (I ripped this page right out of a library book!)
  6. I have a weird obsession with mason jars.
  7. I will do almost anything to get out of washing dishes…and I mean that quite literally!
  8. **BONUS FACT** I’m a southern/yankee mix: My parents are from the north (Rhode Island & Maryland) but I was born & raised in South Carolina so I use both accents when I’m tired…weird I know…

Now here goes the 15 blogs that I can’t seem to keep my eyes off of throughout the week! If you haven’t already seen them you definitely should take a look! (And go ahead and click that follow button cause you know you want to!)

| Southern Belle And Company | Guy & His Girl | Ashley Bollinger | Engaged to the Army | Life, Love, and Sugar |

Domestic Diva | Gina Left The Mall | The Pink Hammer Blog |Delightfully Teal |1227 Foster |

| The Village Pixie |Laura Susanne Yochelson | Beautiful Things | My Mid-Century Modern Life | Angie and James do Stuff |

Phew! That was rough! Now..that was a lot of linkage ^^ BUT the point is for you to click on all those links I just slaved over putting in, and to discover these amazing bloggers! Please & Thank you!!

And once again, thank you to the lovely DIY2EMC for encouraging me along the way of starting my blog, and always having something cheerful to say on my posts! This nomination made my weekend 🙂