Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs

As much as I love the typical color dyed easter eggs, these silk tie dyed ones took our eggs to the next level. I was just as excited as the kids when we finally unwrapped the finished eggs to look at the patterns. 

What You'll Need:
-At least 4, 100% silk ties (you'll want to make sure the tie says 100% silk or all silk-if it's not, it won't work)
-A dozen eggs
-White cloth (you can use old rags, cut up t-shirts, washcloths, etc.)
-24 rubber bands or hair ties 
-1/2 cup vinegar

I got my ties from Goodwill. The bolder the color or busier the pattern, the better results you'll have. 

What To Do:
1. Begin by ripping the seam of the tie to remove the inner lining. I took a pair of scissors and just glided them along the stitch and it worked great. 

2. Once the lining is out of all the ties, cut the silk into squares. I placed the egg in the center of the fabric and pulled the fabric around the egg to make sure I had enough to cover it before I cut. 

3. Rap the fabric around the egg and secure it with a rubber band or hair tie. I found the hair ties were easier to remove. When wrapping the egg, make sure you smooth out as many fabric lines as possible. If the fabric isn't laying/touching the egg directly, the pattern won't transfer as well and you'll have lines on your egg.

4. Repeat the above wrapping steps with a white cotton fabric. It doesn't have to be 100% cotton and I used old cloth napkins.

5. Place water and 1/2 cup vinegar into a pot and boil. Once boiling, place the eggs in the pot so they are completely submerged and covered by at least 2 inches of water. Boil for 20 minutes.
Note: I boiled my eggs in two batches since I didn't have a pot big enough for all 12 eggs. If you do two batches, use 1/4 cup vinegar in each batch. 

6. After 20 minutes, remove the eggs from the water and place them on a paper towel to drain and cool for 5-10 minutes. After they're cooled, unwrap and see the surprise! 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Weekend Recap

 Friday morning Jack woke up with a fever and said his ear hurt. I immediately scheduled him an appointment at the sick clinic where the doctor confirmed an ear infection and started him on antibiotics. I'm so thankful he's at the age where he can tell us when he doesn't feel good or when something hurts. 

I got up early Saturday morning and picked up donuts before squeezing in a workout. Per my friend Jaclyn's recommendation I tried my first cronut and it didn't disappoint. 

By Saturday afternoon Jack was running around and acting like his normal self again. All the praise hands for antibiotics. That evening we celebrated J's granda's 80 birthday. 

Gigi surrounded by all her great-grandchildren.

Sunday afternoon I headed to a local antique store and found the cutest booth. 

This week is our Spring Break and the weather looks terrible. We're going to try to make the most of it and still have fun, but man I wish we were having 70 degree weather. 

Linking up with Biana for Weekending. I'm so jealous of the amazing Ireland trip she is on right now!
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

7 Spring Tops Under $25

By the time Spring rolls around I'm ready to burn all my winter clothes. I like to buy a few new pieces for the season but don't want to break the bank, especially on more trendy items. I've rounded up 7 adorable tops that I'll be wearing on repeat this Spring and all of them are under $25!

Embroidered Keyhole Top from Francesca's. Perfect for those chillier days.

Tassel Short Sleeve Crew Neck  from JCPenney. It's on major sale!

Pintuck Lace-Yoke Swing Top from Old Navy. I love this color paired with the white denim. 

Gingham Knit Top from TJ Maxx. How did I not know you could shop TJ Maxx online?

Cactus Crew Neck T-Shirt from JCPenney. I've been obsessed with all the cactus clothing coming out. So cute!

Tie Waist Tee from Express. I love the little extra the tie waist adds to a basic white shirt.

Lush Knot Front Shirt from Nordstrom. You could easily dress this up or down depending on the occasion. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Weekend Recap

Friday night started with Mexican food, margaritas, and a face mask. I tried Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask and it's one of my favorite charcoal masks. It dries quickly, rinses off easily, and leaves your skin feeling really smooth. I picked mine up at Target. 

While I masked, the boys had their annual leprechaun trap building party. 

And when your dad's an engineer, you end up falling asleep while he finishes it up. 

I didn't get a picture of the boys in their green, but look how cute (and little) they were in 2014. And despite our best efforts, the leprechaun avoided our trap but managed to pee in our toilet and turn our milk green. 

Saturday afternoon we went to an "Art in Bloom" event where the kids made collogues, origami, and cherry blossoms by blowing ink on rice paper. 

The kids ran wild and stayed up way too late on Saturday night while J and I finished building built in shoe racks for our hall closet. I had an Ikea shoe rack in there before and it was too small and the shoes always ended up in a pile. I can't wait to show you the finished product. They turned out so great and I'm regretting that we didn't do them sooner. 

Sunday morning consisted of several rounds of Guess Who before heading to the park. It was pretty chilly but we all needed to get out of the house. 

After the park we hit up a new restaurant that serves rolled ice cream. I'd been wanting to try this style of ice cream for a while and although it was good, I'm not sure if it's better than our other local ice cream place. The kids really liked it and Ben loved his strawberry cheesecake below. 

The kids both have dentist appointments tomorrow morning and we've got a busy rest of the week before Spring Break starts Friday.

Have a great Monday!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DIY Shamrock Marshmallow Stamp

Every year around St. Patrick's Day I start saying, "Top of the morning to you," in my best Irish accent which is actually pretty terrible. Anyone else do this? No? Since I won't be passing off as a true Irishman, I've got a festive DIY that will help you and your child get in the St. Patrick's mood.
DIY Shamrock Marshmallow Stamp- Your kids will think this shamrock marshmallow stamp is so cool and the best part is it requires no effort on your part!--Cortneyandco.
When I told my kids that we were going to stamp with marshmallows they were so excited you would have thought I told them we were getting a puppy. Not only did they love this craft, but it requires almost no effort on my end which is always appreciated.

I ended up adding some Rolos at the end and we gave these out to some of the kids' teachers and friends. 

What You Need:
-A handful of jumbo marshmallows (it only takes one for the stamp but it's nice to have extra just in case)
-Green paint
-Rolos (optional)
-Hot glue gun (optional)

What to Do:
-Dip the marshmallow lightly in the green paint (you don't need a lot)
-Press the marshmallow on the paper making three slightly overlapping circles
-To create a stem, use the edge of the marshmallow and make a thin line down
-If you want to make the card, place small thin circles of hot glue one at a time and stick on the Rolos. (You'll want to do very thin circles so the glue doesn't melt the chocolate).
-Add a saying, have your child write their name, and you're done!

Friday, March 9, 2018

5 on Friday

Happy Friday! I've got lots of fun things to share so let's get right to it. 

It's no secret that I love Rachel Hollis so when I got to meet her on Wednesday I felt like I was going to either pee my pants or puke. Besides being so cute, she's also just as genuine in real life as she is on social media. 

My friend Abby.

Keeping the good times rolling, I tried my first ever beeragrita and it was actually delicious despite the fact I'm not a big beer fan. 

Sweet little Jack is officially enrolled in Kindergarten and I don't even know what to do with myself. Good thing I still have awhile to get myself together before school starts. 

I've been in love with these shelves from Restoration Hardware but there was no way i was spending almost $600 for them. Six.hundred.dollars.

Not one to give up, I turned to Pinterest where I found this DIY hack. Here's a little sneak peak of how mine turned out. I still need to touch up some paint and style them, but I'm super happy with them. 

Last but not least, if you missed any of my recent posts make sure you check them out.

Linking up with Christina and Amanda
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cheesy Hot Onion Dip

I'm not going to lie. I had my doubts about an onion dip. I don't particularly love onions, but so many people raved about similar dips that I had to give it a try. Guys, it's good. It's also something different to bring with you to the next party or potluck and I promise, it will be demolished. 

What You Need:
-12 oz  softened cream cheese (1 1/2 blocks)
-1/2 cup sweet onion 
-1/4 cup mayo
-1 cup Parmesan cheese 
-dash of garlic powder

What To Do:
1. Chop onion into tiny pieces. I did mine pretty tiny so no one would bite into a huge chunk of onion
2. Combine cream cheese, mayo, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder in a bowl and mix until smooth
3. Add onion and stir
4. Place mixture into an 8 inch round pan or 9x9 pan
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until the top is brown (You definitely want the crunchy brown crust-it's the best part!)

Serve with tortilla chips. Fritos, or vegetables