Hanging Clipboard Pictures

Hanging Clipboard Pictures

I love pictures. So many life experiences and memories captured…sometimes I think I take too many ( is that even possible?) I need to get a t-shirt I found that says, pathological picture taker. For real. My pictures aren’t the … Continue reading

Ultimate Nutty Granola Clusters

I love eating granola. I could seriously go through a whole bag or container of it in one day. My favorite are the cluster kinds- it’s delicious. On top of that, I am a fan of homemade food so this was my fav.

Recently we just added a sweet new baby to the mix of our family. One of my good friends probably didn’t know this ( I call her my sista from another mista) came over and brought me a delicious jar full of this mix. I needed this recipe stat. Not only did I enjoy it, but my three year old AND my husband enjoyed it. That means, that jar was gone within a day or two…I was so bummed. Thankfully, she let me have this recipe. It is gluten-free, refined sugar free, soy free and has a grain-free option. I was excited because for me, I like to watch my sugar intake and love when there are substitutes that make it just as scrumptious. You can probably add whatever the heck you want, but this is a good start. I may have to add other things into the mix possibly.

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(that picture makes me want to make another batch)

So, I wanted to share this recipe with you all too. Many people I feel are on gluten diets and sometimes it’s hard to find some real good ones. I do have a sister who does need to be on the gluten free diet for a reason and whenever there is something good, I like to share and help others out. It’s really not that difficult to make which makes it even better!!

Ultimate Nutty Granola Clusters

Makes 6 cups (eighteen 1/3 cup/75-mL servings)

Prep time: 15 minutes .   Cook Time: 38-45 minutes 

Ingredients

1 c. whole raw almonds

1/2 c. raw walnut halves or pieces

3/4 c. gluten-free rolled oats

1/2 c. raw buckwheat groats or gluten-free rolled oats

2/3 c. mixed dried fruit (such as cranberries, apricots, cherries, etc).

1/2 c. raw pepita seeds ( I used chia seeds)

1/4 c. raw sunflower seeds

1/3 c. shredded unsweetened coconut

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. fine-grain sea salt

1/4 c. + 2 TBL pure maple syrup or other liquid sweetener ( I use raw honey)

1/4 c. coconut oil, melted

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

 

1. Preheat the oven to 275° F (140° C). Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place 1/2 cup of the almonds into a food processor and process for about 10 seconds, until a fine meal forms (similar to texture to sand). Transfer the almond meal to a large bowl.

3. In the food processor, combine the remaining 1/2 cup almonds and all the walnuts and process for about 5 seconds, until finely chopped. You’ll be left with some larger pieces and some powdery meal, which is what you want. Add the mixture to the bowl with the almond meal.

4. Add the oats, buckwheat groats, dried fruit, pepita seeds (or chia), sunflower seeds, coconut, cinnamon, and salt to the large mixing bowl and stir to combine.

5. Add the maple syrup, melted oil, and vanilla to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until throughly combined.

6. With a spatula, spread the granola into a 1/2 inch layer on the prepared baking sheet and gently press down to compact it slightly. Bake for 20 minutes, then rotate he pan and bake for 18-20 minutes more, or until the granola is lightly golden on the bottom and firm to the touch.

7. Cool the granola on the pan for at least 1 hour before breaking it apart into clusters.

8. Serve the granola in a glass jar in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks or freeze it for 4 to 5 weeks.

Tip: If you’d like to make a completely grain-free granola, simply replace the buckwheat groats and rolled oats with an additional 1 cup finely chopped nuts. 

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Car Seat Canopy…thing.

Let me just explain one thing before I start explaining what I am posting.

For one, I am in no way a good seamstress. I took a few classes in my beginning stages of high school & stopped after that. Not because I didn’t enjoy it but because I just didn’t keep up with it. I started sewing a few things here and there recently and now I realize…when I have time…that I want to keep up with some few projects I have in mind.

There ya have it. Had to just explain that before I move forward. So, yes. The car seat canopy. First of all, I never see these out and about around where we are from. Only when I am at my church, is when I see them. I was slightly confused I remember when I saw it. Some lovely mama while back was carrying something with fabric over something large and I thought, what the heck is being suffocated underneath that? All the sudden, some of that fabric was pulled back and there was a baby…sleeping soundly in the carseat. Then it all came together. What a smart idea! I never made or had one with our first child, but now…oh yes, forgot to mention somewhere in this blog, we are expecting #2 this spring (hooray!!!), I thought I should try this out and make one. For one, it seems as though it would be nice and cozy. Two, keeps random strangers away for wanting to come touch your little ones faces. Cover those little babes right up and hopefully no one will try opening it. (Is it acceptable to somewhat lightly tap some strangers hand you don’t know if there is an attempt? Just wondering. Not that I would…well, maybe).

What do you all think? I still feel like I may be suffocating my child but I do like the idea of this. I am assuming you all have heard of Pinterest. If you haven’t…well, I don’t know what to say to you then. It’s not good. I found this girls blog on there & a pretty simple tutorial. So first off, thank you Pinterest for directing me & secondly and most importantly, thank you to Creatively Christy!  ( very fun blog if you ask me).

I will leave the directions all credited clearly to her. Click on the link, go check that out!

DIY Father’s Day Superhero Gift

Well, I couldn’t post this one earlier in fear of my husband seeing this post somehow. Only because it was part of his Father’s Day gift and in some way shape or form he would find out. But thank goodness, this was a sweet little surprise for him.

I first want to give a shout out to this awesome blog called Oh Happy Day. Super super cute blog.  From party ideas, templates you can download for free, invite ideas, DIY home decor…oh my. You just need to check it out. Seriously. I stumbled upon this and saw this idea and it was awesome. I loved it. My husband loved it, and my little boy loved helping me put it together (mainly because it involved food)- It was different from what we have done in the past so that’s why I wanted to do this too.

ImageSo, highly recommend doing this. It doesn’t necessarily have to be for Father’s Day, but just to give out the idea to you all. I do have the original idea linked to the name of the blog if you want to get the printables and what not. One thing, I did add something on my own….

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That lollipop. You can steal that idea, I felt kinda clever…not gonna lie. It is a true statement however, so that’s why it was perfect. I unfortunately don’t have the template, but I will post it  if you all are interested. But hope all you awesome Father’s, soon to be dads, Grandpas had a relaxing Father’s Day yourselves!Image

Wrapped & Tucked Updo

So excited to start this page for you all. This is the first hair tutorial for Brushes & Burp Cloths and I am so excited to start adding more. It’s fun to teach people how to do them. You see it all over the internet and Pinterest these days. I hope I can give you some more tips & helps on styling your hair. Any comments too are highly suggested, as there are lots of questions about styling your hair. I love all the blogs and tutorials out there, but I wish some had more explaining and or tips. That’s where I hope to change it a little bit.

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First off, put some curl in your hair to get some texture into it. Hair spray that to get some hold (I will have a tutorial of curling hair shortly). Next, section hair from ear to ear and clip it forwards (using a rat tail comb will give you the nice clean lines needed). Take everything in the back and bring to a low pony tail.

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Take the pony tail in the back and back comb that hair like crazy. Make sure to hair spray with either a wet or dry hair spray. I use Avedas Air Control to give a nice flexible hold to my hair…one of my favorites.

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Take that crazy back combed hair and smoothen it out with a brush. Make sure not to comb out too much because you still want to have what you did back combing there to give you the hold needed. You can make it messy as you want or smoother. I went a little in between. I kinda like seeing some texture. You will then take that section, once it is as smooth or messy as you want, and roll it under and secure it with some bobby pins. (Does that make sense?)

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You will then take the top portion of what my hand was holding up in the prior pictures in the  back comb all of that. Smoothen it out and bring it back to the low pony and bobby pin that…that bobby pin will be hidden.

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You will now start with the front two pieces left. As in the picture ,you will bring that section back loosely and back combed a little to create more fullness. Take that piece and pin it towards the opposite side of where you are pulling it. (So if you are grabbing your left section, pin it to the right of the bun). That back combing should help secure this piece for you too.

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Any hair left falling from wrapping it, just tuck it and pin underneath. It will be hidden. Do the same to the opposite side.

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Once everything is in place, hair spray that beautiful style to secure everything. **One tip, real lightly, take the pointy long part of your rat tail comb and smoothen the top with it and hair spray. Don’t press too hard while doing so. This will help tame any crazy fly aways. Then wahlah! Hope this makes sense…

(Forgive me of my nails having no color…I didn’t have time to make them look fancy.)

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So just a recap…

1. Section ear to ear. Clip away. Take back and make a pony tail.

2. Back comb pony, tuck and pin.

3. Take top section, back comb and bring back & pin close to the pony tail.

4. Take side sections, wrap around and back comb ends of hair and bobby pin opposite side of where you are pulling.

5. Any left over hair, bobby pin underneath.

6. Hair Spray and boom, beautiful hair style!

Reclaimed Wood Headboard

Happy Memorial Day Weekend ya’ll! Just wanted to get this post in before the festivities begin in honoring our amazing veterans who has served and are serving for our country. I am indeed grateful for you all doing so.

So, I am starting a DIY page now. Whoop- I am excited! Hopefully I’ll be getting more posted soon but as of now, wanted to share something coming soon. I’ll have step by steps posted for this awesome headboard we made for our bedroom.

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I love reclaimed wood- you’ll probably see lots coming soon of that.  So quick story of our headboard- my husbands grandmother had this wood laying around that was from steps to her patio. (HOW AWESOME)!! Well, we can’t let that lay around. So this is what we came up with. My husband & my father-in-law put their brains together. Brilliant! We love it.

So, I’ll have step my step up soon, TBC…

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Pony Tails

I am so anxious for Spring over here. It is happening shortly, I’m just getting anxious to keep my windows open all day long. ( I know, so random to be saying in this post). But with that, I wanted to share some fun hair styles for you lovely ladies with long hair. I’m not sure if you find yourself in a bind of what to do with your long locks. Although, I do see a lot of pony tails here.

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I know, it is hard sometimes to get yourself ready and trust me, I do it too. But instead of just slicking back your hair and pulling it into a pony, try tweaking it a bit. Back comb, add some hair cuffs to go around your pony (that sentence sounded weird, but you know what I mean). Try wrapping some hair around the hair tie to hide it. Anywho, here are some fun examples. Happy Spring!!

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Easter Bunny Canvas

I have been wanting to paint or draw or something lately…not that I’m the greatest I’ve just had the itch to do it. I also have been wanting to make some fun and easy Easter decor for our home, but nothing that was too crazy that screams Easter! I saw this idea from a wonderful blog named Saved By Loves Creations . Her original was on wooden pallets, hung on the wall.
If you know me by now, we have lots of old wood crates so I decided to take a different route and do this on a canvas ( which will go inside of one of the wooden crates hanging on the wall…) I loved the simpleness of it and the touch of Easter it is too. Here is the best part…it’s super easy…it will blow your mind.

Here’s all you need.
– acrylic paint
– canvas
– Bunny cut out
( that’s for how I did it)

Tape the cut out of the Bunny and stick it onto the canvas and paint around it. Wait to dry and pull the cut out back then wahlah.!

If you want the wooden pallet, click on the link about and you’ll have that tutorial.

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Construction Themed Birthday Party

We had a birthday party a few weeks ago and I can’t believe how fast time flies! My kid is loving trucks right now, especially dump trucks, garabage trucks, tractors you name it. I wanted to post a few pics for you guys if you’re looking for ideas if you need any, or even if your friend or relative does too! It’s nothing too exciting but I always love seeing other peoples ideas! Hope this helps

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Spring Burlap Wreath

I love spring and I cannot wait for it! I made this cute burlap wreath and wanted to share. Burlap lately has been quite the thing and you can do so much with it. My father-in-law had a bunch of burlap coffee bags that I used, which was awesome I might add. You can ask your local coffee shops possibly if they sell or have them?? Check out Amy All In A Day to see her cute tutorials. This is where I got my lovely idea!

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