Heart shaped pizzas for school lunches

With Valentine’s day around the corner. I decided to do a Valentine’s day scavenger hunt for my boys. For the first scavenger hunt I wanted to make a special lunch for them so I found this idea for heart shaped pizzas on Parents magazine. Thought it looked super cute and simple so I had to try it.

Yum

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Roll out the dough into 14 inch rectangle. Then cut in half.
Add half of the pizza sauce to each side of your dough.
Add half of the cheese to each side of your dough.
Cut each side of your dough into 10 pieces. Then add two pieces of pepperoni to each slice.
Roll up each slice like the photo above.
Then pinch both ends together to form a heart.
Mix the basil, melted butter, garlic powder and panko bread crumbs together in a small cup.
Brush the mixture onto each pizza with a basting brush. Then place in your preheated oven to cook for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden at the tops.
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Let them cool and let the kiddos enjoy their pizzas! Make sure to sneak in a sample for you too 😉

Wishing you and yours the best and a yummy lunch for the little ones 🙂

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Do you ever Warhammer it out with the Hubby? Plus a free mind storming printable

This year we’ve had a couple of people that we’re close to going through some hard times. These events shook us up and made my husband and I re-evaluate our love life and our relationship with our children.  It’s so easy to drift apart and focus on the little things rather than thinking of all we have to be grateful for. Like the old saying goes practice makes perfect. While there will never be a perfect relationship or family, a happy home and happy marriage takes work and as such we need to keep investing our efforts. While we are far from the Brady bunch family and we don’t have it all together. It made me realize that my husband and I need to spend more time strengthening our family relationships.

As I’m writing the song “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin comes to mind (link to the lyrics

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?lyrics=2796). My dad told me of this song once and leave it to those who have lived longer than us to teach us the best life lessons. Life pushes and pulls us in so many different directions making it easy to get caught up in the day to day that we forget to make time for what matters most. It’s so easy to say I’ll get to that later, later, later and before you know it the times passed and the opportunities have slipped by. Then when we have the time they may no longer.

Above all marriage and family is something we have to constantly invest time into and work at if we want it to flourish. Kind of like a plant. You reap what you sow and grow what you water. So to protect our investment and little life treasures we have to take the time to pluck out the weeds and help our plant grow strong and realize its purpose so to say.

When I want to make quicker changes in an area of my life I often like to mind storm or mind map which is something I heard about a few years ago while listening to an audio book by Brian Tracy. I usually like to start by thinking of what has helped me have success in those areas and use it to help me think of new ideas. It really helps get me going. We also have to remember that people often voice or complain about things they’re unhappy about or changes they’d like to see, we just have to listen and then find ways to meet their needs. For example my husband often says that he would like me to play his board games with him or paint/build his Warhammer Age of Sigmar miniatures.

As you can see a very detailed hobby

In an effort to show him how much he meant to me I decided to put this to action. One day as I saw him hunched over the table assembling and painting his miniatures.  I realized I could either be frustrated that he is investing so much time into this game (which gets me nowhere) or I could join him. So I asked if he would like me to help him. Sure thing he said “yeah, want to help me paint these guys?”  Thus began our week long nightly paint sessions.
Truth be told I rather enjoyed building and painting his miniatures with him and we used our time together to talk about several different topics and ideas to do with the family.  Sure I had a lot of other things I wanted to do but investing a little time with my husband got in hours of much needed one on one time. This helped us feel closer to one another and bond over his Warhammer game.  Did I mention he also got me into building my own army too 😉 What can I say! I saw this beauty and could not resist I knew this had to be my army!!

I still need to add her little pet to her right side. But I painted her with pride 🙂 After the newfound excitement and joy I felt about my character I decided to be brave and build the other two figures that came in her box.

Phew can we just say the big one took quite the amount of patience. She was very detailed and her pieces barely held on by a thread. But I did it! Wohoo!! Hence began our co-building and painting of Warhammer armies and now buildings.

 I guess you can say I Warhammered it out with the hubby and in turn it helped strengthen our relationship.

I created a cute little printable to help me do more mind storming for different areas of my life which I thought others might benefit from also. Hope you all enjoy it 🙂

This blog explains mind storming pretty well if you’d like more info on how to do it 😉

http://paulguyon.com/629/mind-storming-with-brian-tracy/

Click on the link below for your free copy

mind storming worksheet

Wishing you and yours many blessings!

 

How I updated my bathroom cabinets for under 20 dollars!

What’s your new years resolutions? As 2018 quickly approached I jotted down a few goals to work on for the new year.  One of my many goals is to tackle the ever growing laundry list of honey do’s as some may call it. Ever since we’ve lived in our home my bathroom cabinets have bothered me.  At first there was one pesky little drawer that would forever remain open.  Since having fixed my son’s bathrooms which suffered the same fate, I decided it was time to tackle my bathroom cabinets.

So a little about me before we move on to the pictures.  Once I get started I usually don’t stop until I’m done with the project. I guess it’s the impatience of wanting to see the end product.  It excites me!! So here’s a quick snap shot of what I began with…

The left side of the cabinets, before I painted them. Half way through my painting I stopped to think I should capture a picture of the cabinets before. Oops

See the paint chipping off? Now I am not the best photographer, but in person you can see quite a few stains that I’ve had the hardest time removing even after several attempts to clean.  On the other end of the cabinets are the notorious drawers that would not close.

When I began this project I had no intentions to paint them at this time.  I was thinking of purchasing a cabinet makeover kit at a later date. Instead I had originaly gone to Home Depot with my three boys in tow to get new hinges for the cabinets.  I wanted to see if it would fix the drawer that always remained a little too open for me.  As I was there I decided to grab a small sample size jar of paint to touch up the baseboards throughout my home.  I waited to double check with the employee to make sure I picked the right type of paint for my project.  I don’t know about you, but I hate testing it out and later realizing it wasn’t a good match. As I waited for the employee to finish helping another couple I couldn’t help but over hear him reassuring the couple that all they needed was one can of Behr Semi Gloss Paint with primer + paint for their kitchen cabinets.  I didn’t mean to eavsedrop but can I just say eavsedropping on employee conversations with customers at Home Depot may just be in your best interest sometimes.  As the old saying goes you learn something new every day.  So with this newfound knowledge my wheels began churning.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something I wasn’t sure would work for my cabinets, so I checked out their oops paint selection and stumbled across this hidden gem for 50 cents!! What a steal! Wohoo! Yup it’s mine!

Now this isn’t the exact one he mentioned but close enough and hey for 50 cents I thought… well… my cabinets are getting pretty bad, what could it hurt and if it works even better!

A few items I quickly found around my home to begin painting while the little one napped

After painting I noticed a considerable difference so I began painting the other drawers.  Shortly after I painted a few drawers my middle son walks in and asks if he can help.  Then he said wow these drawers look really good mom you should paint the frames too (of course he didn’t say frames he just pointed to them and said this area too).  I told him that was the plan.

Heres a look at all the cabinets painted with the old hinges as evident by the big door on the right. With the cabinets looking as good as they did I decided to use a little bit of paint to touch up the ottoman I have underneath.  At this point my middle child walks back into the bathroom to touch and inspect the cabinets.  After his quick inspection he said they looked 100 percent times better! Lol and my husband said not bad babe and of course he loved that I only spent 50 cents on all the paint and had a little less than half a can to spare.  He said you should paint the bathroom cabinets downstairs too.  Hmmm…I don’t know Mr.

First thing in the morning I woke up like a child jumping out of their bed on Christmas morning to open thier presents.  I admired last nights hard work and decided it was time to change out the hardware and see if it fixes the cabinet that would not close.  Much to my surprise it did so beautifully!

Here’s the link (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Liberty-Self-Closing-Overlay-Venetian-Bronze-with-Copper-Highlights-Hinge-10-Pack-H0103BL-VBC-U1/203536297) to the hardware I purchased from Home Depot in case you’re curious.  I purchased a set of 10 hinges for about 14 dollars and used a total of 8.  As I worked on this project my youngest munchkin decided to help me out too 😉

 

As you can see those naps sure don’t last long, especially when mommys not next to baby.  See how fast my little busy bodies moving…lol 😉

 

Finally my ahhh moment…the finished product

Thinking I may run down to home depot to add some hardware to the newly updated cabinets.  Little by little I think I’m starting to get a hang of this home repair stuff. This is how I felt afterword! Lol

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Surprisingly that was more fun than I expected and highly satisfying. Ut-oh! I can see it coming now…handy woman addict in the making 🙂 Let’s see what else I can do around my home at an affordable cost 😉 Any tips or projects that you’ve done or can suggest for a great deal? I’d love to hear them.

Wishing you and yours many blessings!

Preserving Childhood Memories with Handmade Ornaments 

As a stay at home mom to three boys one of which is a 9 month old adventerous little guy I have to find new ways to sneak time away from my milk hungry demanding boss! Which usually ends up being after he’s fallen asleep. Hey what can I say…it’s the season of life God’s blessed me with.  With these three little munchkins there’s never a dull moment and plenty of memories to capture for the grandparents. Hence this blogpost on making Christmas ornaments for the grandparents and if time permits which I highly doubt myself too.  I also created some for my brother and sister in law with black and white portraits taken from their wedding pictures. I thought it would be cute for their first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs.

I used this blog post (https://simpleasthatblog.com/2016/12/10-minute-photo-keepsake-ornaments.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes) as my inspiration and added a few individualized touches to create the final product.

Things you will need:

  • Pre cut painted ornaments (I purchased mine at Michael’s)
  • Two types of ribbon
  • Artificial plants with leaves and berries (I cut the plants into smaller peices)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Modge podge
  • Foam paint brush
  • 4×6 photograph paper (trust me this makes a world of difference, I tried regular paper and cardstock. Each resulted in pink discoloring when the modge podge was added)
  • Access to a photo editing site to make photos black and white and crop them (I used this site: https://www.picmonkey.com/)

So on we go to the fun part of crafting.

Assembly…

apply modge lodge to the back of your photo and then firmly press it onto the ornament

Next apply a couple coats of modge podge all over the ornament making sure the corners of the photo are firmly in place.

I  applied modge podge to all of them. You should let them dry but I’m impatient so I started on with the next steps until they were all done 🙂

Use the hot glue gun to apply the ribbon to the back of your ornament.

Make a bow out of both of your ribbons. Then use the hot glue gun to glue your ribbon in place and all of the following floral peices.

repeat these steps until all of your ornaments are complete.

and for the ahhhh finally moment…the finished product!

Happy crafting and hope you enjoyed this post. Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Holiday!!