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Down at the Barnyard

My parents got Liam this awesome barn for Christmas.  I kind of asked for it on his behalf, but I'm not thinking he minds at all.


Ella actually plays with it a great deal of the time.  I should have asked for this a long time ago!

xxLiz

FYCF

Welcome to FYCF!!!

Check out all the awesome.ness that was linked up last week.  I totally dig everyone's goodies!!


{Quick's Top 5}
Bubble Tulle Skirt @ Babblings and More


Snow Valentines @ Michelle Paige




Makeup Bag @ ...for Lauren and Lauren


Un.twistable Necklace @ Chicken Scratch


Chalkboard Table Top @ 52 Mantels


If you see your project, feel free to grab our Featured button for your blog... If not, visit Emily @  BabyBerry to see if you made her {TOP 5}

BabyBerry

Here are a few things that you need to know before you link up!
PARTY RULES:
  1. Please link directly to your POSTS, not your main blog. This way, visitors won't have to search through all of your posts to find what they're looking for! {NO other giveaways, link parties, or shops please}
  2. Please link posts only pertaining to your latest projects involving one or more of the following: crafts, organization, holiday traditions, decorating, recipes or any other creative ideas.
  3. Please follow your hostesses, The Quick Journey and BabyBerry
  4. Please post our FIND YOUR CRAFT FRIDAY button under your posts, so that others can join in on all of the fun!
  5. Most importantly, stop by and visit other party goers... Say Hi or leave a comment, because you know we ALL love a good comment! :)
  6. Come back next week to see if we chose YOUR link as one of our TOP FIVE!
 Ready to join in?
Grab a button and HAVE FUN!

BabyBerry

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Thanks!

Omelet {Recipe}

I love a good omelet.  They are just plain good.  The problem is they are difficult to recreate without them basically being scrambled eggs with stuff thrown in.  

I have perfected my omelet-creating craft, and I'm here to share it with you.



5. Once step four is complete and the omelet has had time to cook through, flip with 2 spatulas and add cheese to the underside. 

6. Once cheese in melted, fold from the sides.

 7. Next, fold from the top and bottom to for a burrito looking omelet.

8. I let it cook a little more and flip it a couple of times.

Then, it's ready to enjoy!  

xxLiz

Find Your Craft Friday #7

Love it. Love it. Love it.

Great Projects, y'all!!!
Here we go...

{Quick's Top 5}


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If you see your project, feel free to grab our Featured button for your blog...
If not, visit Emily @  BabyBerry  to see if you made her {TOP 5}






BabyBerry

Here are a few things that you need to know before you link up!
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  2. Please link posts only pertaining to your latest projects involving one or more of the following: crafts, organization, holiday traditions, decorating, recipes or any other creative ideas.
  3. Please follow your hostesses, The Quick Journey and BabyBerry
  4. Please post our FIND YOUR CRAFT FRIDAY button under your posts, so that others can join in on all of the fun!
  5. Most importantly, stop by and visit other party goers... Say Hi or leave a comment, because you know we ALL love a good comment! :)
  6. Come back next week to see if we chose YOUR link as one of our TOP FIVE!
 Ready to join in?
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Snuggles

Liam has got to be the biggest snuggle bunny there is.  He loves to lay and cuddle.  



I can't say that any of us mind him being so affectionate.  I feel so blessed that he likes to spend time on our laps.  Ella and Liam have both been very cuddly kids.  

Oh, and please notice the "whitey-tighties" my big boy is wearing  We are no longer diapering our little dude... he's potty trained!!!  
He's not even two, so it's not something I had expected, but with all the rashes he kept getting there was no other alternative.  I refuse to keep cream on his hiney for another year.  He did great with the whole process (I continue to think it's the worst part of parenting... I despise potty training).  
I'm a very happy, proud mommy.

xxLiz

Schoolwork

Ella started schoolwork this fall. 
 I didn't want it to be anything too strenuous since she's still pretty young. 
It has really been a time for her to learn some of her basics 
and for us to spend some time together.  

I have used Confessions of a Homeschooler curriculum and I have loved it!!
I am a very organized, scheduled, and structured person, so it works perfect for me.
Ella just turned four right before Christmas and has been loving all the variety the 
curriculum offers.

Like I said, we're just learning the basics and simple skills right now, such as:

Patterns

Capital/Lowercase Recognition

Tracing letters and learning their sounds

Cutting

She has also been doing:

Ordering of items
Graphing
Color Matching
Lacing cards
Sight Words
Memory verses

And, then we have this lil' guy.  He can't be left out, now can he?
He sits at his chair and does his own schoolwork.

Putting letter monkeys on the wrong place

But, it's so much fun!!!


Putting colored rings on the wrong peg



And, then there's snack time.  Even Bedtime Bear gets a little snack time lovin'.
Apparently bears eat through their noses... not their mouths. :)

There you have it!  We are having a great time and Ella always looks forward to "Schooltime" at our house!

xxLiz

Bonding Time

I guess when there is a college football championship game on tv...


this is what happens at our home.  

snacks... fun... and silliness galore!

xxLiz

Find Your Craft Friday #6

It's that time again.  

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Well done, ladies! There is definitely A LOT of inspiration here to get to work after all of the shower chaos is over! :)  
If you see your project, feel free to grab our Featured button for your blog...
If not, visit Emily @  BabyBerry  to see if you made her {TOP 5}

BabyBerry

Here are a few things that you need to know before you link up!
PARTY RULES:
  1. Please link directly to your POSTS, not your main blog. This way, visitors won't have to search through all of your posts to find what they're looking for! {NO other giveaways, link parties, or shops please}
  2. Please link posts only pertaining to your latest projects involving one or more of the following: crafts, organization, holiday traditions, decorating, recipes or any other creative ideas.
  3. Please follow your hostesses, The Quick Journey and BabyBerry
  4. Please post our FIND YOUR CRAFT FRIDAY button under your posts, so that others can join in on all of the fun!
  5. Most importantly, stop by and visit other party goers... Say Hi or leave a comment, because you know we ALL love a good comment! :)
  6. Come back next week to see if we chose YOUR link as one of our TOP FIVE!
 Ready to join in?
Grab a button and HAVE FUN!

BabyBerry

*Once again, please don't link up your giveaways, link parties, or shops... All of these will be removed.
Thanks!

Ella's 4 yr Pictures {Milestone}

As I said in this post, things are a little tight around here.  That being said, I have to find a way to take pictures of my kids without them looking terribly amateur.  I find ways to create pictures that I'm somewhat satisfied with.  I really liked all the pics with Christmas lights behind the subject that I had seen on Pinterest, so I tried to recreate that look with Ella's 4 year pictures.    







If you have any tricks that you use to take great pictures of your kids... send them my way!!!

xxLiz

To see more of the Milestone Pictures I have taken of my kids... go here!

Yarn Wreath and Felt Flowers {Tutorial}


I fell in love with all the fun Christmas crafts I had been seeing, so I decided to create one for my sister.  The one I'm showing you today is the yarn wreath.  I had to buy felt, yarn, and the wreath.  I had the hot glue, thread, and needle.

Here is what you need:
Wreath form (I used a foam wreath and it worked beautifully)
Yarn 
felt
glue
embellishments for your flowers

Step 1:  Wrap the yarn around the wreath making sure to cover the entire wreath and leave nothing peeking out.  {this takes time...}


Whew, that part is DONE!  Now, onto the flowers... the fun part!

I'm going to show you two easy flowers to make.  I stitch mine together, but I know a lot of people glue them.  I want to make sure they don't fall apart on me, so I use thread and a needle.  Both cheap, both easy to use.  

Step 2:  Create the flowers

I cut circles of different sizes, stacked them, and sewed them.  I added an embellishment to the center. 



I like my flowers to have some dimension, so I stitch the opposite sides of the flower together (I run my needle and thread under the embellishment).  You can see how I do it in the following pictures.  I do it to one side, and then stitch the other two sides together.  


And, I'm done with that flower.  Easy enough, right?


Next, I'm doing a rosette flower with felt.  Cut your felt in a circle, making the outside edge ruffly like a flower would be.  Then cut the spiral as shown below, leaving the center as a small circle so you can cover the bottom of the flower when finished.


Begin by rolling the flower and gluing every so often.  At the end, you will use the center part of the circle you cut (that should be in the shape of a circle) and glue it to the bottom to cover the bottom of the flower.


Ta-da!!!  I think the pictures probably explain better than my words.  My sleep-deprived brain doesn't always explain things well.  


Next, I arrange all the flowers I made and decide how I want them to look on the wreath.  


Once I have that figured out, I hot glue them to my wreath and finish by gluing embellishments to the center of my flowers.  



There ya have it!

xxLiz