DIYs, Holidays, Squishy, The Mommyhood, Uncategorized

Fall Bucket List

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So, I’m really excited for fall. Like I can’t even describe it. Fall always brings back great childhood memories for me like trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving dinners, football games, Black Friday shopping, going to the state fair, and pumpkin patches. Since Squish is finally old enough to realize what’s going on and enjoy going to do stuff, I really want to make the most out of the next few months!

I’ve come up with this great list (because, ya know, I love lists) of all the fun things I want us to do! A lot of these are kid centered activities, but some of them are great DIY opportunities, too!

FALL 2017 BUCKET LIST

  • go to a pumpkin patch
  • pick apples at an orchard
  • go to the Texas State Fair
  • make apple crisp
  • trick-or-treating
  • play in a leaf pile
  • go on a hayride
  • carve pumpkins
  • fall finger-painting
  • go to a football game
  • eat caramel apples
  • make pie
  • go to a corn maze
  • do a fall photo shoot
  • roast marshmallows for s’mores
  • go to a farmer’s market
  • DIY a fall wreath
  • go to the zoo
  • fall leaf craft
  • toast pumpkin seeds
  • go to a haunted house

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What’s your favorite fall activity? Anything you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the chance? Drop me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!God bless and I hope you had a fantastic Monday!

DIYs, Holidays, Uncategorized

DIY Chalkboard

​When we moved in to our new apartment, I was really excited about one thing in particular. We have a PANTRY!! An honest to goodness, walk-in pantry! After the super limited cabinet and storage space at our old place, having a real pantry was like Christmas in July. 

When I saw the pantry, I knew the door would be the perfect place for a chalkboard so I looked around at a few places. Well let me be the one to say it, chalkboards are a little more expensive than I remember! I really only saw one that I liked and that was the right size, and it was $60! That’s right, SIXTY DOLLARS!! I just couldn’t spend that much on a chalkboard. 

I already had chalkboard paint, so I just figured I would make one! I checked out a few thrift stores and found this great framed print that was the perfect size for only $4! 

I went to Home Depot and bought Rustoleum Paint + Primer in glossy warm yellow to match my kitchen, chalkboard spray paint (just easier than the brush on paint i had), and a plastic tarp for a total of $9. 

If you can, remove the glass from the frame and paint the frame with the color of your choice. Do 2-3 coats, letting it dry in between each coat. Paint the glass with the chalkboard paint the same way, with 3-4 coats. 

With my print, the frame didn’t come apart from the glass. So I just taped off the glass and painted the frame first, then taped off the frame and painted the glass. It took a little longer, but the same result. 

I was so excited to pul all the tape off and see how it turned on. And boy was I not disappointed! It turned out perfect! Here it is after my sweet man hung it up for me.

We just used the little clear plastic mounts like you would use to hang a full length mirror. They were only about $2 at Walmart. For the entire project I only spent $15! Not too, shabby huh 😊

I tried hand lettering it with regular chalk, and while it turned out “ok”, I couldn’t get clean sharp edges. I’ll definitely be buying some chalk markers. But here it is for now! 

This weekend I’ll be decorating for fall, and I couldn’t be more excited. Fall is my favorite time of year! Pumpkin patches, football, Halloween, Thanksgiving, cooler weather, does it get any better? Nope! I’ll be posting a few fall themed DIYs over the next few months, so stay tuned! 

God bless and have a wonderful week! 

Squishy, The Mommyhood

Squishy is SIX MONTHS OLD!

Today was a big day for my little monster! Not only is he SIX months old (NOOO 😭), he had his six month check up, too! 


He now weighs 15 lbs and 5 oz and is 27 inches long! He had to get four shots today, and it broke my heart. It hasn’t gotten to me before, but today made me cry! 


Some of Squish’s new skills are:

  • rolls both ways
  • blows rasberries
  • grabs things without missing
  • sits unassisted for a few seconds
  • responds to his name
  • laughs at Mommy and Daddy
  • trying solid foods
  • plays with his feet


We’re also loving his new Halloween outfit and bib from Carter’s! Fall/winter is my favorite time of year because there are so many fun things to do! This weekend we’ll be going to the pumpkin patch, and I’m so excited! 


Another big thing today, we’ve made it SIX months exclusively breastfeeding! This was my first goal for our breastfeeding journey, and I couldn’t be happier that we reached it. Our next goal is a year, and I don’t think we’ll have a problem reaching it!! 

Cakes and Cupcakes, Reviews

Russian Piping Tips: Part One

About a week ago I did a giveaway on my Facebook page for a dozen cupcakes. So of course, everything fell apart this week and I’m just now getting around to making them. But thanks to my procrastinating ways, I got to use my new Russian piping tips on them! 


I got these in the mail a few days ago and have been DYING to use them! I’ve seriously wanted these for about 6 months! 


When I first opened the box, I’ve gotta admit. I was a little intimidated. These things are MASSIVE. So this morning I decided to break them out and give it a shot.

Russian piping top compared to a regular tip
There is a SERIOUS learning curve to these things. After scraping the icing off of the first cupcake for like the eighth time, I finally got the hang of it. One thing I did notice is the icing needs to be a good bit stiffer than what I normally use to hold it’s shape. So I kept having to put the bag in the fridge to keep it from melting from me holding it. 
I only tried one, but I can’t wait to try the rest! I think I’ll watch some tutorials and try to get a better understanding of them before I try them again though. 


This is the tip I used to get the flowers on these cupcakes! 

Recipes

S’more Cupcakes

When I think of fall I think of cold weather, leaves changing, flannel shirts, and my absolute favorite thing: S’MORES!

I’ve been on a cupcake kick lately, and when I saw this recipe for s’more cupcakes I just couldn’t help myself.


They turned out AHMAZEBALLS!!

A deep, rich, tender chocolate cupcake on top of a buttery graham cracker crust, topped with fluffy marshmallow buttercream, chocolate sauce, graham cracker crumbs, and toasted marshmallows. Ughhhhh, SO FREAKING GOOD!!!

I tweaked the recipe a little bit by adding chocolate chips to the batter, and used an easier marshmallow buttercream. Now this icing will NOT toast like the ones in the pictures from the recipe.

The first time I made them, I just topped them with graham cracker crumbs and toasted marshmallows. The second time I added chocolate sauce. Y’all. OMG. A perfect finish.

I wish I would have taken pictures of the process, but it I was just way too excited.

I used a torch to toast the marshmallows, but you can also put them on a sheet pan in the over on broil for a few seconds. Be careful, it doesn’t take long!

Let me know if you try these and how they turn out! I’d love to see!