Thursday, January 30, 2014

Football Hair:: An instant replay tutorial

It was sports day at Seahawks day at school a couple of weeks ago AND crazy hair day.  These Football Braids were a touchdown with Ivy and much easier than you think.  And since the Superbowl is this Sunday I thought I'd give an instant replay of the football braids for the big game.

  First we braided Ivy's bangs so they would stay back.  That part is completely optional.  

Start by putting the hair in to two high and wide pigtails.  Braid each pigtail and secure the ends with those tiny clear elastics.  Take the right braid and bring it down and to the left one, tucking the end in the left braid's rubberband.  With the left braid sweep it up and to the right, tucking it into the right ponytail.  We used bobby pins to hold the braids in place better too.  This gives you the football shape!

For the laces you will need white ribbon, bobby pins and a glue gun.  Cut one long ribbon and 3-4 short ribbons.  The lengths of these depend on your childs head, so don't forget to measure, or at least eyeball it.  Hot glue the shorter ribbons to the bobby pins and then glue those to the longer piece of ribbon.    When the glue is dry, slide the bobby pins down into the hair to secure the laces.  

With a couple more pieces of ribbon you can weave it in the ends to mimic the ends of a football.   I didn't do a great job of this, but you get the idea right?!

We are pretty excited for this Superbowl.  Both of our teams are in it, so either way our team wins!! Ivy has got Seahawks fingers and Broncos toes.  But sssshhhh if you asked Darin and I, we'd have to say go Seahawks!! 


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Love Bug! A pop up craft class

I'm so excited to share a fun event with you!  I've created a pop up craft school for different ages!  The first one is a Valentine's Workshop for ages 6-8 or 9+  .  It has been so popular that I've already added a second date.  The first one sold out before I even had a chance to tell you about it! 


A crafternoon!  Those are the best kinds of afternoons.  In this 3 hour class for girls ages 9+ we will be catching the love bug with multiple crafts and of course chocolate!

 Ivy is so excited to play hostess for this one.  Two hours of friends, crafts and treats?! The perfect way to spend a Saturday morning in our book.  Boys and girls age 6-8 are all welcome!

Spots are going fast on both classes, so hurrrrry!  Payment will need to be made ASAP to secure your spot.  When you call to sign up we can figure out the way that works best for you to do that.   Thanks so much for your overwhelming support!    


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nine Months of Axel

How does time go by so fast?  Nine months of snuggles, tons of giggles and smiles, and still no hair.  He is *this* close to crawling but kind of has this inchworm thing going on.  He loves music, his sister and is a definite ladies man.  I can't handle it.  They should make baby tupperware, so they last longer.  


Monday, January 13, 2014

Peppermint Protein Shake

Well its that time of year to start all over on fitness goals.  Unfortunately for me I really am starting all over from where I began last January.  Its hard to admit that I gave up somewhere along the way last year... but if having a baby in your life isn't a good excuse then I don't know what is.  I got bone tired.  And when that happens then all resolve goes out the window.   And honestly in October I said forget it.  I'm tired of trying so hard. ALL THE TIME.   I still worked out but in case you haven't figured it out by now, the biggest thing that will help you reach your goals is your diet.  waaaaaah.   

But when there are things like peppermint protein shakes it helps the getting back on track be a little bit sweeter.   This is a simple shake recipe, but I'm warning you.  The spinach does NOTHING for the color.  It makes it look not very pretty.   But whats a shake without spinach?  I promise it does not' affect the flavor.  Even babies like it.  


8 oz unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder {I use Sunwarrior brand}
3 ice cubes
1 large frozen banana
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8-1/4 tsp of pure peppermint extract
a couple handfuls of spinach



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