Wednesday, October 30, 2013

DIY Clothespin Frame

I was in need of a way to display all of Kylie's monthly photos with Mr. Bear for the party. There wasn't a frame big enough to hold them all so I had to improvise a little.

For this project, you will need:
  • One large frame (empty would be ideal. I bought a giant screen and cut the screen out. This meant I also had to line the whole thing with hot glue to prevent people from getting cut on the remnants. Still worked great!!)
  • spray paint for frame
  • 3 sets of hanging wire (5lb capacity is plenty since it'll only be clothes pins and pictures on it)
  • one "hanging teeth" piece with nails (didn't know what else to call it... this came with my picture wire but you'll see it pictured below)
  • clothes pins
  • printed pictures
  • wire cutters
Spray paint screen desired color. You may need to sand it down first if there's flaked paint on it already. I didn't because mine was already in really great shape.

Measure the dimensions of the opening only. Draw dots where you want to screw in the wire holder. Space the dots out so they are an equal distance apart making sure to leave enough room for the photos (don't want overlap).

Screw in wire holders. Slip wire through holes and make sure to pull tight. Clip the wire with the wire clippers so that there is about 4" past the hole. You will need to wrap the wire around itself as much and as tight as you can until you run out of wire. This will hold it in place good and tight.

Next, measure the distance horizontally on the frame and center the "hanging teeth" to the picture holds straight when hung.

Finally, using clothes pins pin up all of your pictures and stand it upright so you can confirm the wires are evenly spaced. 

Now you can hang the frame! Easy and I assure you, your guests will LOVE it!!

Friday, October 4, 2013

PB-B Bites

I am a sucker for peanut butter. And chocolate. And sweets in general. This could be bad-news bears for my waistline. Not to mention I have recently started working these buns off in a big and serious way so I can't justify going to DQ for a "light snack" every time I have a sweet tooth.

My improvisation skills were set to work and I gathered things from around my kitchen to whip up this delish dish. Here's what you'll need:

2 tbsp prepared PB2 (powdered peanut butter mixed with water to the desired consistency - SO much better for you than regular peanut butter)
2 tsp mini semi-sweet chocolate chips or regular sized chips
1 medium sized banana

Mix the PB2 and chips together. Slice the banana into 1/2" pieces and create a sandwich with the PB2 mixture. Refrigerate till cold (my preference) or eat room-temp. Delicious either way. 

If you'd like to add a few calories, but increase the YUM-factor, dip in semi-sweet chocolate and refrigerate till cool. YUM!!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Walker. We Have A Walker

This blog is about my family. My passions. Our experiences. Our milestones.

I started writing here when we got married. I was a smitten little wifey to my 4 and a half year high school/college sweetheart. Then, we became pregnant. I wanted to document that journey as it was foreign and new. It was beautiful.

We became parents and this little space became a world of baby. Baby.

Well, last night my baby became a little less baby (but a baby no less... my baby. Forever.).

Last night she took more than 16 consecutive steps. I may have cheered and laughed and nearly cried. Over the last four nights, she has doubled her step count. She went from two steps, to four, to eight, to now 16+. It's amazing. It's unbelievable. It is beautiful.

I video taped a little of it which is a poor sample as she only takes a few steps. She's still wobbly and a little clumsy, but she's a walker and I couldn't be more proud.

We are so very blessed to have such a strong, healthy baby and we love her more and more every single day. Parenthood is the best thing ever.

Also, because I love videos, I have to share these two as well.

1: Kylie and her best friend.

2: This roller coaster is better than a hamster wheel!!!

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