Prepare For The Fuzz

I don’t feel like I will need to say much about the cuteness which you are about to witness, just that at least 1 – if not 2 – of these little critters will be living with us in about 4 weeks.  We’re just waiting on them to wean and be ready to leave their mama, then it’s off to Casa Rippy for us to love them, pet them and call them George.  Not really.  We haven’t decided on a name or two yet.

Anyway, here is the cuteness overload you’ve been waiting for…

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Hand-Painted Wine Glasses – A Simple How-To

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Hand Painted Wine Glass How To

I love to give gifts, but sometimes I really struggle with choosing what to give the person who has everything.  Most of my girlfriends are huge fans of wine, so we often gift each other with wine or new wine glasses for special occasions.  I decided to try my hand at something new… hand-painted wine glasses.

Hand Painted Wine Glass Supplies

I try to make my gifts personal, something with meaning for the recipient.  Hand-painting your own wine glasses will let you make something as personal as you want it for your recipient.  Maybe you paint a phrase that has a meaning for you, or maybe a funny saying.  Maybe they love roses, or sunflowers or bunnies?  The possibilities are endless, and it’s so much easier than you think!

Swirly Wine Glasses

First things first, you need your supplies:

wine glasses

acrylic paint

paint brushes

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Step 1 – It’s super important to start with exceptionally clean glasses, so I run my glasses through a dishwasher cycle with Finish® Max In One™ that I picked up at Target.  Let your glasses dry thoroughly before you begin the painting process.

Step 2 – Layout your design, or decide to go at it free-handed.  You don’t necessarily have to put your design on paper, but having a good clear idea of where you’re headed will make the process a whole lot easier.

Hand Painted Wine Glass Sunflower

Step 3 – Paint!  Start slow and don’t be in a rush.  The best thing to do is find a place where you can leave your supplies set out for a few days and do this a little at a time.  It gives your paint a chance to dry between payers/coats and allows you to add depth to your painting by layering lighter colors on top of darker colors.  See how I used lighter colors to highlight the sunflower petals?

Step 4 – Once completely dry – at least 24 hours after your last painting – you want to use the oven to set the paint.  Place your glass(es) on a foil lined baking sheet and put them in a cold oven.  Turn the oven on at 350° and let it heat for 20 minutes.  Turn the oven off and leave the glass inside for another 10 minutes to cool before removing it from the oven.

Hand Painted Wine Glasses with Swirls

Viola!  Your hand-painted wine glasses are done and ready to gift!  You can grab everything you need for this project and Save 5% on NEW! Max in ONE & Quantum Max Small Size 3/29-4/25 at Target using Cartwheel.  I love that Finish® Max In One™ always leaves my glasses clean, streak and spot free and never damages the glass.  You can win a Target gift card in the Finish® #ShineAndProtect Giveaway near the bottom of this post! (Must be 18+ to win.)

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Do you love giving and receiving handmade gifts?  What’s your favorite?  Has trying hand-painted wine glasses been on your crafting to-do list?

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Spring Cleaning the “I Have Kids” Way

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Spring Cleaning My KIds with PurellIn North Carolina, we go from frozen precipitation to pollen dust storms in a matter of a week.  Our temperatures can jump from lows in the upper 20s to highs near 80 in a few days.  Here in NC, you might build a snow man and have a picnic by the lake in the same week.  We have to be prepared to be outside whenever the weather decides to allow, and after a long Winter being shut up inside with the kids, I’m ready to soak up all of the sunshine I can!

Girl with DandelionsFor my kids, being outside means being dirty, being messy, being kids!  Dirty, messy kids are germy kids – and we’ve had our fair share of germs this winter.  I’m not about to spend my Spring with sick kids if I can help it.  While cold season is slowing down, there are plenty of other germs to go around.  To practice good hand hygiene, you need the right products at the right time. PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes are perfect for those moments when you need to both clean and sanitize your hands.

Cleaning Up with PurellEaster was kind to us this year and we were able to have our traditional Easter egg hunt and cookout outside instead of being trapped in doors. The boys ran around and played with their dart guns and the girls picked flowers and played with dolls while we got lunch ready.  Dart guns changing hands, flowers that have been touched by animals that will never be known, snotty noses wiped on arms…the kids needed a clean up before they could even thing about touching food.

Egg HuntAfter lunch, it was time for the egg hunt.  The older kiddos were really helpful with the younger kids (though I did give them $10 each for hiding eggs and helping the little ones instead of hunting for eggs themselves.)  Of course, the most important thing on everyone’s minds was getting into the candy!  It was a nice, warm, 75 degree day.  In the sun, the chocolate bunnies didn’t fair too well.  That did not slow the boys down one bit.  Look at that floppy bunny!  Time for more PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes.  They are even gentle enough to wipe the chocolate mess off little guy’s mouth.

Melted chocolate bunnyWhile other people are Spring cleaning their homes, I’m Spring cleaning my kids!  It’s not fun unless it’s messy, right?

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Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes at WalmartStay Well Together and pass the PURELL® products.  What do you have planned with your family this summer that might leave you in an unexpectedly messy situation?  Do you have a vacation, outing or other fun activity planned that might leave you needing someone to pass the PURELL® products?  A trip hiking, an outing at the petting zoo or maybe just a trip to the ice cream shop…don’t forget to pack the PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes.

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5 Tips For The Perfect Spring Mantle

Today’s post is sponsored by Acorn Influence and it’s advertiser, SC Johnson.  That just means that I get a little something for writing a unique article that readers can enjoy and that SC Johnson can stand behind.  If you’re decorating your mantle for Spring, I hope you find it useful. #SmellsClean

Spring Mantle TipsUntil I moved into my apartment last year, I’ve had a fireplace everywhere I’ve lived for my entire adult life.  Having a mantle to decorate has just been a part of my routine.  I knew the first time I walked my apartment that I would add a mantle to the wall at some point.  Finally, just before Christmas (like, literally Christmas Eve) I got myself together and built a mantle.  The kids and I have had fun decorating with little things here and there, but my Spring mantle setup is my first real chance to decorate for the seasons.

Use the colors of the season, whatever those might be to you.  Spring makes me think of bright vivid greens and small wild flowers that grow in the lawn before the first cut of the year.  Instead of going crazy with colors, I stick to one or two primary colors, use varying shades, and add black and white accents.

Spring Mantle

Mix old with new.  If you buy all new decorations for each season, you’ll spend a fortune!  I pulled down my Christmas wreath, the same one that was also my Halloween wreath and a Spring wreath before that, and wrapped it with some messy burlap type material, added flower springs, repainted my white monogram and done.  I invested a total of $5 and about 15 minutes.  Plus, when I’m tired of it, or ready for something new, I will just pull it down, repainted the monogram, cut off the burlap and change it up again!

Incorporate scent into your décor.  No matter how pretty a place may be, if it smells bad, you won’t want to be there.  Scent has a HUGE impact on our perceptions and memories of places and times in our lives, and with the massive variety of scents available in the Walmart air care aisle, there is something for everyone and every season.  Glade has several candle options that not only smell great when lit, but smell great all the time!

Spring FlowersLayer textures to create visual interest.  I pulled down some of the flower sprigs and burlap-like material from my wreath to add some depth to the mantle and a little visual interest.  The burlap material has a little shimmer to it, so to balance that out, I added the glass containers with shattered green glass shards.

See something you like?  Copy it!  There is no shame in reproducing a picture in your own home from a book, magazine, or website.  Seriously.  When photographers publish images of designs (or when I post pictures of crafts, etc), we know people are going to copy it.  In fact, that’s what we hope for!  Don’t copy it and take credit for the design, but make it yourself and tell everyone where you got the cool idea.

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How do you decorate for Spring?  Do you have a mantle you change out decorations on each season or are you a “year round” look kind of decorator?

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Problem: Mom is sick. Solution: Family movie night!

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Family Movie Night with Netflix

We all know how it goes when mom doesn’t feel well… The world comes to an end!  Well, not exactly.  It does usually mean that everyone needs mom more than normal.  Being a single parent makes things even more interesting.  Who takes care of mom and everyone else?  Mom, of course!

Mom was feeling pretty rough this weekend. After sleeping at a birthday party Saturday (yes, that did really happen), I wanted to do nothing more than park myself on the couch and not move.  The only way to make that happen was with a Family Movie Night!  One of my favorite things in my apartment?  My Smart TV.  What makes it the most awesome?  Netflix.

The kids and I parked on the couches, pulled up Netflix, checked out recent releases in the “family” category and settled on Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2.  We were all big fans of the original, and the sequel didn’t disappoint.  I got some rest, the kids got some entertainment and we all got some “together” time.

What do you do when mom goes down?  Do you like to snuggle up with your kiddos and watch a movie or do you have another trick up your sleeve?

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Making Tournament Snacks? Grab This RO*TEL Coupon!

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Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary. Use RO*TEL, cheese and ground sausage for an amazing dip or try mixing in black beans and corn for a chucky black bean salsa!

Click this link http://cbi.as/4wqx  to print a Walmart coupon where you buy 3 cans of RO*TEL, you will get 1 can free!

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Be sure to look for RO*TEL in either the Pasta or Hispanic aisle in Walmart!

How do you use RO*TEL?  Dips, Chili, sauces?

 

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Where Does He Get That Energy?

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Fenway Chasing Tennis Ball in Water #ProPlanPupTo say that Fenway is an active pup would be an understatement.  That Border Collie never stops!  He’s true to his roots with the desire to run and herd, and will even herd the kids if they run around with him outside.  He will play ball longer than any one human can tolerate and is always ready for a walk or a run.  His energy knows no bounds!

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Well, almost never.  I can get him to lay down on the couch or bed for about a minute, then he’s up and moving again.  We practice “sit” and “stay” a lot.  He’s had “come” down for a while.  “Roll over” is the newest task we’re trying to master, but he’s a little resistant to being on his back, plus he’s a big boy and that’s a lot of fur to flip around.  My kids really want him to learn “roll over” because they think it’s funny to watch him wave his long, spider legs up in the air as he uses them to propel himself from one side to the other.

#ProPlanPup

When Fenway came to live with us, he came with a bag of tennis balls, two soccer balls, a food bowl and a bag of Purina® Pro Plan®.  Being a big, active boy, Fenway needs a food that fits his active lifestyle and isn’t full of fillers.  My boy needs meat!  I know it and Fenway’s previous owner knew that too!  That’s why we’re a Purina® Pro Plan® family.

The first ingredient in Purina® Pro Plan® dry formulas is meat – Real chicken, beef, lamb or salmon!  Fenway loves the Shredded Beef.  It’s his favorite!  Purina® Pro Plan® was the first dry dog food brand to use and be founded on the idea of real meat as the #1 ingredient to help promote total body health.  Every high quality ingredient is chosen for a specific purpose.

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“Can I have it now, mama?”  I have no proof of this, but I swear that Purina® Pro Plan® is what keeps Fenway’s coat as shiny as it is.  Fenway’s previous owner swore by it too.  I so glad we stuck with Purina® Pro Plan®.  We use our shopping trips to PetSmart (the only place we shop for our pet supplies) to practice “sit”, “stay” and other commands.  Ultimately I not only want Fenway to know my commands and to obey them, but to be able to do it when distractions abound.  The staff at our PetSmart has always been friendly and welcoming when we come in together.  Fenway can be a little “bull in a china shop” sometimes, but he’s quick to settle down after a friendly pet or a little treat from the cashier.

Shopping at PetSmart

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Does your pet know basic commands or have any cool tricks?  Fenway can give wonderful hugs and loves to shake hands.  What tricks do your pets do?

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Salted Caramel Apple Whiskey Cocktail

Salted Caramel Apple Whiskey MamaMommyMomIt may only be Tuesday evening, but every week has felt incredibly long lately.  Some of the guys at work have been talking about this new Crown Royal flavor that’s been out for a bit, but is incredibly hard to find… apple.  I am not a big fan of whiskey in general, but the guys were speaking so highly about it that I had to find a bottle.  I went on a mission, and after a few failed attempts, success!

Salted Caramel Whiskey Crown Royal AppleFirst off, yes… it is delicious straight over ice.  But as I was sipping it, I decided to get wild and crazy and make a cocktail.  With a little tweaking, it was perfect… a definitely a little more refined that drinking straight whiskey (but I do recommend trying it over ice as well.)

This cocktail is smooth, sweet and just a bit savory… like a salted caramel apple!

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Salted Caramel Apple Whiskey Cocktail
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces Crown Royal Regal Apple Whiskey
  • 1 ounce Salted Caramel Coffee Syrup
  • 4 ounces 100% Apple Juice
  • Caramel Syrup (optional)
  • Sea Salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Start with an ice cold glass.
  2. Pour in Salted Caramel Syrup, Whiskey and Apple Juice.
  3. If desired, drizzle rim with caramel and sprinkle with sea salt.

 

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Toddlers and Tiaras – The State Pageant Edition



Why do I do this to myself?  I continue to subject myself to tiny divas in rollers, a better wardrobe than mine and more makeup than I wear in a month.  (sigh) I guess it’s because my daughter wants to be a queen.  Not a princess… a queen.

Pageant DayI’m thankful that my niece does pageants.  Her my, my sister, kind of runs the show when it comes to my daughter on (and leading up to) pageant day.  My only real tasks are: show up on time and come loaded up with snacks.  Divas get hungry.  I need to keep the princess – I mean, queen – happy if I want to see her win a tiara.  And trust me… with the amount of money going into these things, I want to see her win.

Yoplait Greek 100 as a Snack10 AM – We raid the fridge for snacks before leaving the house for the day.  We’ve got to be on site at 11 AM.  Choices are not super limited, yet she still goes for my Yoplait Greek Whips 100.  She snags both my Strawberry Cheesecake and Vanilla Cupcake flavors.  I can’t complain too much… I do have quite a few in the fridge, plus I know the smooth creamy texture will make it seem like a real treat for her, all the while I know it’s a healthy option to keep her belly full.

11 AM – We’re on site and ready for rollers.  The rollers have to sit, so there’s a fair amount of thumb twiddling that happens now.  We break out the snacks.  She starts in on the Vanilla Cupcake and it’s not long before I have a small contingency of divas trying to take my Yoplait Greek Whips 100!

1 PM – Hair is still up, but it’s time to get some makeup on.  First on the agenda is her interview, so we keep it “light”.  And by “light”, I mean more makeup than I wear in a week or two.

1:40 PM – Hair is down and we are dressed for interview.  She’s skittered off down the hall and I don’t see her again until 2:30.

Pageant Interview Outfit2:30 PM – More down time.  She doesn’t go on stage again until 4 pm.  I hang back with her for a bit, have a cup of Yoplait Greek Whips 100 myself (Strawberry Cheesecake), she plays Minecraft and I knock out a few levels of Candy Crush.  Don’t judge.

3:30 PM – I leave my wannabe-Queen in the capable hands of my sister and go find my spot in the audience.

4:00 PM – The show starts.  Division II (ages 7 & up) wannabe-Queens are modeling on stage for beauty, outfit of choice and theme wear (nautical).  We’ve got a few breaks for various talent showcases, but overall the next hour and a half goes pretty quick… at least for me.  My daughter and my sister are running through outfit, hair and make-up changes at the speed of light.

5:30 PM – It’s all over but the crowning.  We’ve got a brief break while scores are calculated and then we see who wins what and who goes home with a crown.

Pageant Winner6:00 PM – Not a queen this time, but much more than just a Princess to me!  She placed third in her age group and took home a few side awards of her own (Best Dress, Best Outfit of Choice, and Best Hair).  There were quite a few tears shed when she didn’t come off stage with with big full round crown, but also an important life lesson restated… you can’t always win everything.

A few days later, the sting of loss has worn off and the only thing she’s worried about is when the next pageant is and why I don’t have more of that yogurt in the fridge (and why can’t we have a puppy… and why is the sky blue… and can she spend the night with Madi this weekend… and…)

Grab a coupon from Publix to try Yoplait Greek Whips 100 for yourself.  Indulge in amazing flavors without feeling guilty.

Yes, pageant days are incredibly long for the little divas and for moms too.  What do you think about pageants?  Does it make a difference in your opinion that we only compete in “natural” pageants (meaning no fake anything – hair, tan, nails, teeth, etc)?

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Quick and Easy Coffee Crusted Steak

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Coffee Crusted Steak MamaMommyMom

I love a good cup of coffee in the morning.  I also love a good cup of coffee mid-day, in the evening, at night… you get the picture.  Hit that search box over on the upper right side of the Mama.Mommy.Mom. home page and search “coffee”.  I stopped counting after 40 posts.  Coffee is so comforting to me, and while I am trying to limit my intake for the sake of my teeth, I will still have my daily dose of comfort one way or another.

McCafe Breakfast Blend

Search “coffee recipes” on Pinterest and you will find more than your fair share.  And I’m not talking about brewed coffee recipes either.  There are plenty of tasty ways to enjoy coffee that have nothing to do with a mug.  For example, take steak.  Most people don’t associate coffee and steak with each other, but I have had some amazing coffee crusted steak in the last year and I decided I needed it in my life again.  A quick trip to Walmart to grab some McCafé coffee for my steak crust and I was well on my way.

Coffee Crusted Steak Ingredients

I live in an apartment, so I don’t have a grill.  That doesn’t mean I can’t have an amazing steak though!  If you’ve never cooked steak in the oven, you should try it.  You may find that you prefer the oven to the grill (I do!)  The trick to an amazing steak in the oven is to sear the steak on the stove top first.  If you use an oven safe pan, you can go straight from the stove top to the oven and safe yourself a little clean up.

Coffee and Steak

Crusting a steak is easy.  You need four things: a steak, a crusting mixture, a little oil and high heat.  For my crusting mixture, I chose to use McCafé Breakfast Blend ground coffee.  I like that the flavor is full, but not bitter.  There are 8 flavors of McCafé coffee to chose from, so if you want something with a bolder flavor, you could use that instead.  Once you’ve seared your steak and have a nice crust going, you’re only going to need a few minutes in the oven under the broiler to finish off your steak.

Coffee Crusted SteakIt’s important to let your steak rest for about 5 minutes after coming out of the oven before you slice it.  You want the juices to redistribute.  It’ll give you a more tender, more juicy steak.  The coffee crusted steak pairs wonderfully with steamed veggies for a delicious, balanced meal in less than 15 minutes!

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Quick and Easy Coffee Crusted Steak
 
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Not your typical steak, a coffee crusted steak has a fantastic, unique flavor even a non-coffee lover will love.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Sirloin Strip Steaks (or any other cut of your choice)
  • ½ cup McCafé Coffee grounds
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Mix the coffee grounds, Garlic Salt and Pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Press your steak into the mixture to completely coat the steak.
  3. Turn oven on "broil" setting.
  4. In an oven-safe skillet large enough to hold both steaks, not touching, heat your olive oil over high heat.
  5. Once the oil is hot, add the steaks to the pan.
  6. Cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes until the steak seared out the outside and has released from the bottom of the pan.
  7. Cook the second side and additional 2-3 minutes.
  8. Transfer your pan to the oven.
  9. Broil the steak on the top rack for 3-4 minutes.
  10. Flip the steak and broil for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  11. If you prefer your steak medium or less, adjust the broiling time accordingly. Your steak will cook very quickly under the broiler.

 

McCafe at WalmartIf you want to try my Coffee Crusted Steak or any other coffee recipe on your list, you can pick up one of the 8 flavors of McCafé coffee available at your local Walmart.  McCafé coffee is made with 100% Arabica Beans, harvested from the rich soils and mountainous regions of the foremost coffee-growing areas of the world.  McCafé coffee is available in both ground bags and coffee pods.

McCafé helps me start my day by giving me a little bit of comfort before jumping into my hectic world. What’s your favorite way to enjoy coffee?  Do you have an amazing recipe using coffee that I just *have* to try?  Share it with us!

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