Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saving and Recipes

Hey there! Long time no blog.  I can't believe it's been so long since I posted here.  Hope your all doing well :)

I've been trying really hard lately to budget/save money for my family. Since at this point we are a one income family with occasional money from my business.  I've started using coupons,  meal planning, and using Dave Ramsey's Envelope System.  I think everyone has been hit in some form or another by these hard economic times.  As we all know groceries are crazy expensive.  So, I meal plan for a 2 week period.  Once a week we have a leftover day to help clear out the fridge. We also have one eat out day a week.  So, that leaves 10 days for me to plan for.  I have been really interested in trying Freezer cooking. Pick one day and take a few hours to prepare your meals for a while.  Here's a great post that features a ton of cheap freezer meal ideas.

Here is another link for freezer crock pot meals....awesome! 

I love my crock pot. They make life so much easier.  But, I always have a tendency to forget I have it.  Weird, I know.  I am going to make a point to use it  more often which will be easier now that I found some really yummy recipes for it.  Here they are for you too :)

Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli from Frugal Village

Slow Cooker Lasagna from Fix-it and Forget-it

Classic Beef Stew from My Recipes

BBQ Chicken from Such a Time as This

Adobo Chicken from 52 Kitchen Adventures
(I really like this one cause my husband is Filipino and we eat this often)

A weeks worth of recipes. Pull out that crock pot and put it to good use.  That way you can sit back and relax as it does all the work :)  Do you have any good links to freezer meal recipes or crock pot recipes? Do share in the comments.  I'm always up for new recipes around here :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Little Girl Spring Wardrobe {Tutorial Link up}

Spring is in the air, which means a change in wardrobe.  I want to make a majority of my daughters Spring/Summer clothes this year.  That way I only have to buy a few items from the store.  Here are some cute tutorial for little girls to help build a Spring wardrobe.

Business in the Front - Party in the Back Dress by Tidbits

Big Girls Romper by Crafterhours

Shortcake Knickers by Living with Punks

A Simple Skirt by Dana of MADE

Sundress by Leafy Treetop Spot

Anthropology Dress Knock Off by Craftiness is Not Optional

Ruffle Sunsuit by Little Betty

Bohemian Peasant Dress by Craftiness is Not Optional

Snap Wrap Dress by Prudent Baby

Red, White and Blue Dress by Me Sew Crazy

That should get us all started :)
Next tutorial link up post will be for the mama's.
Time for me to get to work...Have a great Easter!

Wordless Wednesday {IPhone Style}

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Photo Challenge {Black & White}

Now the the weather is warming up I am able to get some more time in with my camera.  I am determined to learn how to use it.  I'm not trying to become a pro photographer. I just want to take better pics of the family, and of course product pics for my business.   I found this Photo Challenge and decided to enter :)

My Black & White

Check out the other entries over at The Paper Mama

The Paper Mama

Friday, April 8, 2011

Easter Tutorial Links

Easter is right around the corner.  I still can't believe it's April 2011.  Seems like the past 2 years have just flown by.  Luckily there is still enough time to get plenty of Easter related crafting done.  Here are some of the tutorial links that I thought were cute :)  Enjoy.

Jack Rabbit Softie from Polka-dot Umbrella

Fabric Easter Baskets from V & Co.

Fabric Easter Eggs from Retro Mama

Easter Dress from I Make Stuff

Felt Chick Shirts from On Clever Mode

Easter Dress from Running with Scissors

Peeps Bunting from Dana of MADE on V & Co.

Candy Cottontail Pillow from Wolf and Willow

No Sew Easter Bunny Applique from The Crafty Nest

Spring Flowers Wreath from Polka Dot Chair

Aren't those great ideas?  If you've seen something else online feel free to share in the comments :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Talk about falling of the face of the earth.   So many new things have been going on that blogging has obviously taken a backseat to it all.  I'm not sure anyone reads my blog anymore since it moved, and I stopped posting.

However, I would like to get back to posting.  I have tons of found tutorials for tutorial posts. I have also been working really hard on my business.  New sites and new products, and custom orders have keeping me busy, busy.  I'm not complaining :)

Look out for a tutorial link up post soon!

I'll leave you with a few pictures I shot today. It feels weird to write a blog post without any.

and one from the other day with my little one wearing a new product, Ruffle Capris.

I'll be back soon. See you then.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's been a while Link up

It’s been so long since I had a post dedicated to tutorial links.  I figure today is the perfect day to post them. That way over the holiday weekend we will all have some fun things to make. Those of us that don’t dare brave the Black Friday madness can sleep in then craft :)   Do YOU shop on Black Friday? Want to share some of your strategies with the rest of us?
Let’s get to the linking!

Hooded Towels from The Cottage Home

That about does it for this Tutorial Link post.  I have a bunch more to share but they will have to wait for another post.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving full of family, food, and fun!