Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Weight Watchers Wednesday!

Weight Watchers Wednesday is back at this house now that I am not pregnant, so it's time to kick it back into gear. I am down 22 pounds so far, but have a long way left to go. This week I have two new WW's discovery's that I am loving...

Strawberry Fiber One Yogurt is ZERO POINTS!!! Yup, ZERO! And it is actually really good. I am a picky yogurt person, I don't like many. But this is a yoplait brand and doesn't have a weird aftertaste like a lot of other brands. They also have peach, vanilla and key lime pie. I'm really liking having something to eat for ZERO points. :)

Gina's Weight Watchers Recipes, is a fantastic blog with amazing recipes. It is actually food that you would really make. It has some really, really great recipes! Check out the Chicken Quesadillas, Pico de Gallo, and the Carrot Cake. YUM, YUM, YUMMY! It is set up so nice, on the side column, you can even click on how many points you want and it will show you all the recipes in those points. As well as special categories like low carb, gluten free, vegan and under $10 recipes.

Hope those help, anyone else have any great WW's finds or tips this week?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tip Tuesday! Bunny Smores

I posted these Easter Bunny Smores last year on my blog, and just had to make them again this year, they are just to cute. So, I thought I would re-post in case anyone else wanted to make them this year.

This weeks "Tip Tuesday" tip is from Creative Holiday Gift Ideas! It is a jar of Easter Bunny Smores, I made for Molly to give her story time teacher and nursery leader.
I thought this was such a cute idea, and very festive. You actually mix them up with a few wet ingredients to make brownies. YUM!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Menu Monday!

Ah, I love having all my dinners planned for the week ahead of time. It's so nice to not have to think about what's for dinner and know I have all the ingredients in the house. Now... if only I didn't put off planning it until after dinner Monday night... :)

Monday- Leftovers
Tuesday- Pizza Pancakes
Wednesday- Taco Sloppy Joes
Thursday- Cheesy Chicken & Salsa Skillet
Friday- Grands Pizzas
Saturday- Steaks on the grill

For more great Menu Planning ideas, visit

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sunshine Craft - Toddler Time Thursday

Today me and Molly made this handprint sunshine. She loves finger painting, so any handprint painting craft is always a big hit.

I just cut out a yellow circle and read mouth. Then I had Molly glue the mouth on and put on the sticky googly eyes I splurged and bought this week. :) On the blue paper, we made yellow handprints in a circle. After it dried, we just glued the face one.

Easy Peasy. :) Now we have a sunny spring picture to display

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday!

I wish I was doing this today...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Magnetic Pom-Poms! Tip Tuesday!

I've been seeing the great magnetic pom poms people were buying and using with there preschoolers, and knew I had to figure out how to whip some up for Miss Mollycakes. So, I gathered up the pom-poms I had, some circle magnets, and my glue gun and got to work.

Basically, I just glued the pom-poms to the magnets with a bit of hot glue and let cool. The magnets I had were adhesive, but I thought that would probably not hold up to a 2 1/2 year olds use. As always, I keep these away from Molly when I'm not using them with her, and watch closely, you can never be too careful with kids and small magnets.

Molly absolutely LOVED this activity. We have done pages like this before with dot markers, but she never really wanted to stay in the circles. I was really surprised that she put the pom-poms on the dots right away, and even matched up the colors. I didn't have all the colors, so Molly told me I needed to make more. Looks like I'll be going to the craft store to pick up more colors soon!

You can find this great Easter printable I used at Confessions of a Homeschooler. She has lots of great educational Easter activities you can print off.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Menu Monday!

The next couple weeks we are really going to try to cook using only the food we have in the freezer and pantry. I'm looking for some recipes to help with this, here's to hoping it goes good. Here's what we're planning...

Monday- Leftovers
Tuesday- Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake
Wednesday- Crock Pot Meatloaf
Thursday- Easy Creamy Mexican Skillet
Friday- Turkey Burgers and Fries

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

1 Month Old - Weekend Update

Nora is just over a month old already! I can't believe how fast time goes!

We have been crazy busy lately, and I am really feeling a need to get myself super organized. I'm learning that being a mom of two is fantastic, but busy, so I need to get things together to make remembering everything simpler.

This weekend was a lot of fun. My sister threw and amazing "Sprinkle" for Nora. We loved seeing friends and family and having yummy food. Nora got some really cute gifts, and we felt extremely loved and spoiled. It was fantastic.

Saturday night we had some great friends over for pizza and games. Sunday we had dinner with my parents and sisters family and now we are getting ready for a crazy week. Molly has her cardiologist appointment at the Children's Hospital on Wednesday, so I am looking forward to being through that so I can relax, well... as much as a mom ever relaxes, hehe. ;)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Frugal Friday! The Princess and the Frog for $1

Are you headed to Target today or tomorrow? If so, you can end up getting the Princess and the frog for $1 after a coupon and 2 mail in rebates!!!! Seriously, see how here, at Deal Seeking Mom's Blog! I got mine, and already sent if for the $10's from rebates!

Else it is on sale for $15.99 at Target, and if you print this coupon here for $5 off you can get it for $10.99 if you don't like rebates, still a pretty great deal for Disney.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Gift

We made this cute craft we saw at Far from Super Mom, for Molly to give to her storytime teacher today. I know it's a bit late for others to make for St. Patrick's Day, but it is painted with chalkboard paint, so I thought it would be so cute to make for other holiday's and events and fill with different fun candy or gifts.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tip Tuesday! Rainbow Cupcakes!

I broke down and followed the trend, I've been seeing these AWESOME rainbow cupcakes being made by everyone right now for St. Patrick's Day. I thought they looked so fun, so I made some up since we were having one of my friends and her kids over today for lunch.

You can get the recipe at Family Fun, it really was super easy. All you need is a white cake mix and food coloring. You can add whip cream on top. I was planning to add this but ended up not, and they were still super good! (and 4 ww's points each for my fellow counters)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Menu Monday!

Here are the meals I am planning on for this week.

Monday- Hot Dogs on the grill
Tuesday- Beef Taquitos, a favorite
Wednesday- Manwich
Thursday- Pizza Pancakes, new one for us
Friday- Out to eat night
Saturday- Penne Pasta Skillet

For more great menu plans, visit

Spotlight Sunday! Artwork Display Bar

I got this great idea to use a curtain rod and ring clips to make a way to display artwork in Molly's room from Frills, Fluff and Trucks. I love how it looks in Molly's room, and she absolutely loves picking out what artwork she wants to hang up to look at.

I got this silver rod and clips from Target. It took about 2 minutes to hang up, super easy and cheap. Love it!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sew Something Saturday! Tic-Tac-Toe

Over at During Quiet Time, they had the idea to sew a super cute tic-tac-toe board. If you've ever seen my game closet you know I have an addiction to games, so I knew I had to make this straight away. I had some left over flower print, blue fabric, and bias tape from some of my other "Sew Something Saturday" projects that worked out just perfect for this one.

Head over to During Quiet Time, and see how to sew your own.

Happy Sewing! For more great "Sew Something Saturday" projects scroll down to the bottom of my blog and click on Sew Something Saturday. Enjoy!

Frugal Friday! Tip Toes in West Michigan

Tip Toes is one of my favorite stores in Holland, Michigan. It is an adorable baby boutique and every time I go into in, I love EVERYTHING! It isn't a frugal store, but definitely quality products and worth shopping at.

So, when I got an email that they were having a drawing for prizes for anyone who comes into the store from now until St. Patrick's Day, I knew we had to stop in. They are giving away $3 and $5 gift certificates, 25% OFF your purchase coupons, and one $100 gift card! And best of all everyone is a winner! LOVE IT!!!

Stop by, you can still get one of these great prizes until next Wednesday.

I made my husband stop by while we was out running errands, and he won the $100 gift certificate! SERIOUSLY!!! He is the luckiest guy ever, I am thinking there are some cute hair bows and new cloth diapers in my future.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

stART Project - Mouse Shapes

This week for our stART project we read Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Molly picked it out from the library, we have Mouse Paint, so it is fun to read another one of the Mouse books. This one has the 3 little mice building with shapes, so I thought this would make for a perfect gluing project.

I cut out a bunch of colored shapes for Molly to glue onto construction paper.

We used the book as a guide, so she could match the pictures to the ones in the book.

She was so proud of her picture, it turned out great, and gave us some good practice in leaving things glued on to a page, usually Molly always wants to peel them off before they dry.

A Mommy's Adventures hosts stART, head over and check it out.
There are so many great book and art project ideas.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"Almost" Wordless Wednesday!

Nora learning to make prank phone calls from the 1980's style hospital phone...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Quick Update!

I just wanted to post a quick update on the girls. I know there are alot of family and friends who are wondering how everything is going.

We had our follow up appointments today for both Molly and Nora. Nora is doing FANTASTIC. It is so good to be out of the hospital and fever free. She is growing like a weed, and finally acting like herself again. All weekend she was very, very crabby. (They said the shots and virus could cause this). She was either sleeping or crying and nothing helped. But thankfully, as of yesterday she is back to her happy normal only "sometimes" crabby self. :) The doctor was very happy and said she is doing great.

Molly had a follow up to the fainting she had a month ago. She is fine, and hasn't had another episode. But since she has a heart murmur (she has since birth), she has to see a cardiologist next week. Nothing I am to worried about, the doctor is pretty sure it will still be no big deal, but better safe then sorry since she fainted.

Needless to say, we have had a lot of craziness over here lately and are definitely ready for some normal, fun time!!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday! Theme- Yellow

This weeks "Muffin Tin Monday" theme was yellow. Molly loved having all yellow foods for lunch, and kept saying... I'm going to eat my yellow... I on the other hand was super excited that I had a yellow cup, fork and spoon. Such a fun easy lunch today.

Back Row- Corn, Mac and Cheese, Yellow Carmel Apple Sucker
Front Row- String Cheese, Mac and Cheese, Pears

For more great Muffin Tins head on over to Muffin Tin Mom.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Home Sweet Home!

We have had a very hard long week, but I am happy to report we are once again home and hope we are staying here. It all started last week Friday when we had to take Nora into the hospital with a fever. By Monday morning we thought things were much better, but after going back to the doctor for a follow up on Tuesday, we were sent to the hospital and admitted. It was so hard being in the hospital, but things worked out ok and after 48 hours we got to come home on Thursday afternoon.

Now I just have a very crabby baby, but it is nice to have her crabby at our house. She now just has a rash from the virus, and her legs are really sore from all the shots, but she no longer has a fever and is doing SO much better.

Thanks for everyone's kind words and your thoughts and prayers. They were very much appreciated.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Menu Monday!

It's been awhile since we have actually had a weekly meal plan. I am actually looking forward to making some recipes this week, even though I will still be throwing in some super easy suppers. Hope you guys have some great meals planned. Here is what we're having...

Monday- Grilled Cheese
Tuesday- Grands Pizzas
Wednesday- Quick-Fix Beef Burrito Skillet
Thursday- Fiesta Chicken Pasta
Friday- "Healthified" Chicken and Broccoli

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We are MIA! Sick little girls :(

We have had a very, very, very long and rough weekend. Both my girls were sick. Molly had a horrible cold and fever all last week, and unfortunately, even though we were washing are hands like crazy and I am nursing, Nora still got sick.

We ended up at the hospital Friday night, with my two week old baby having a fever. Needless to say is was an awful few days for us. But we are doing much better now and are VERY ready for a "normal" week. Hoping and praying that Nora is done with the worst of being sick.

Nora is so happy to be feeling a little better!