Take the Challenge SPRING FLING 2010

The other night I couldnt sleep...I was thinking about all of the stuff in my house.  So, I decided to get rid of some things, not just "some" things, 100 things.  In the morning I called my sister and told her about my plan...so we decided to make it a challenge for anyone who wants to participate.
Before Spring Cleaning, this year, comes SPRING FLINGING!!

The challenge:


Definition of "FLING":

ebay, re-gift, donate, craigslist, give away, freecycle, recycle, trash...just about anything you can think of, but on March 21st, 2010 100 items must be GONE.

If you're up for the challenge

1.Leave a comment on this post, and let us know you are participating

2. Create a list on your sidebar and start tracking as you fling

3.Feel free to post a button as well to let your readers know what you're up to!!

Enjoy, and happy flinging!


bath salts...in 2 seconds!

Last night at our RS meeting, we learned how to make BATH SALTS.
ok..brace yourself, this is easy...

1. ziploc bag
2. 1/3 cup sea salt
3. 1 cup epsom salt
4. a couple drops of essential oil or fragrance
5. a couple drops of food coloring (optional)
6. mix.

Isnt that fun.  I love baths and usually just stick in crystals, bubbles or anything else I have close.  I think these make cute little gifts though...for someone who needs to RELAX a little!


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Happy Valentines Day!

My Valentine cut out brownies & icecream worked!
Add caramel, raspberries, macademia nuts and whipcream...and it was yummy!
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I am happy  to announce the winners for the

(drumroll please)

Sharon from SharDonexclusives
Kristin Neal
Betty Boogie from Betty Boogie's Oddventures

Congratulations you guys...Ill send you your clips this week!

Thank you everyone for participating!  This was FUN!


So you need a Valentines Idea...by tomorrow!

OK, here is what I can offer you if you are up to it.  All you need for tomorrow is a special invitation for your hubby...and the date can be Next weekend.  See, I have just given you one more week to plan.  The invititation could be for one of the following things (all of them could be with the 2 of you or with another couple or two to share the fun):

1.  Did you see Modern Family this week?  Yes, you can invite him to meet you in a hotel lobby next week (with or without the role playing) Then, go out to eat, eat there...whatever you want.  

2.  Bachelor style.  What is the one thing they do on the bachelor for dates?  Did I hear HELICOPTER?  Give him an invitation (bachelor style wording)  to soar above the town with you next week.  I looked into rides here and they range from 35-100 dollars per person...so do the 35 and then eat at home!

3.  My new favorite, but would be super fun with another couple, give him an invitation to a special live dinner.   Then decorate one of your homes or dining rooms, and next week have all the sides put together except for the main dish...LOBSTER.  Pull out the live lobsters and all figure out how to make them!  There are so many sources for figuring it out...I think this would be so fun!

4.  An invitation to your favorite country themed night...next week, go all french with fondue and a french movie, italian, mexican, japanese and watch memoirs of a geisha...anything.

5.  Romantic picnic

It doesnt matter what you decide...just get out of your comfort zone a little and tomorrow, surprise him with the invitation.  Then work on the planning!

Have fun! 


Elle's Valentines

Elle's Valentines my way.

Elle's valentines the right way...with her special touch.
We spent an hour looking at princesses online...and this was the winner. (I think its because of her beautiful long hair)
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Cookies on a Stick Valentines

Well, because I am on the cookie on a stick kick...I thought Id tell you how to do them.

First, I searched the internet for a good sturdy recipe, and this is the best I found.  They are SO yummy, but they taste a little more like a butter cookie, or shortbread than a sugar cookie...but I really love them.

Michelle Bommarito’s Sugar Cookies For Sticks
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks butter, unsalted, softened (8 oz)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg 1/2 t. kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of almond extract

Sift together the flour and baking powder. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the egg, salt and both extracts.
Slowly add flour mixture (1 cup at a time) and stir until incorporated
Form the dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface to approximately 5/8″ thick. Cut the cookies into shapes and place the cut cookie shape on a parchment lined cookie; Poke a stick into cookies.
Bake the cookies for approximately 8-10 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden brown in color. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

Royal Icing
1 pound confectioner’s sugar
5 T meringue powder or 1/4 cup pasteurized egg whites
Ice cold water according to desired consistency and 1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir together, using as much water as needed for desired consistency

So, once my cookies while my cookies were baking...Miranda gave me the most brilliant idea.  Make my design on parchment paper first...so I wouldnt have to freehand the batman symbol.

So, I melted chocolate chips...and piped the chocolate onto the parchment.  You could use royal icing in colors if you wanted a different color.  I happened to need dark. I put mine in the fridge to harden.
Then, I first piped around each cookie, filled them in with yellow icing and stuck my symbol right in the middle.
Wa La...Robbie's batman Valentines.  Then of course I googled "batman valentine" and found this vintage picture.  He loved it! 
So, here are 2 dozen batmans on a stick! 

and with the left over dough I did some of my own valentines!  These were fun...but, I have no idea how to do polkadots.  They kept making stringy points.

Happy Valentines Day! 

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One World One Heart...GIVEAWAY!


Its time for the One World One Heart GIVEAWAY! 
Right now, bloggers around the world will be doing giveaways...so keep your eye out for the Magic Carpet Ride symbol!  My sister just told me about it and I am really excited to participate this year...( if you want to host a giveaway on your blog click on the link below for information...)


I am going to give away 3 SWEET ROSIE CLIPS from ELLE & JANE.
if you want to enter the giveaway:
1. Leave a comment on this post before February 13th
2. make sure you leave your email or a way to contact you
3. specify the color you want (white, pink, lavender, red...Im out of yellow)
Thats all!
Three winners will be announced on February 15th!

Take a magic carpet ride through blogs around the world!  What a wonderful way to connect with people!

Astronaut Training Party

OK...the last of the 3 birthdays in a row is done!  Robbie's 5th birthday party was an astronaut space party...so here is your photo journey!


the boys each received a box instead of just a card (boxes courtesy of USPS priority)

Here was the invitation folder...

and invitation. (I used the font "neuropol."  Looked so spacey!)

Under their invitations, they received their official uniform (I told you I was going to love printable iron-ons) 
they also got a little "preflight energy food" (starburst)


Of course I couldnt have had a party without a birthday banner...thanks again cricut!

Chinese Lanterns!  I had to order more after Jane's party.  I kept trying to figure out what would look like planets, and beside paper maiche, silver lanterns were the easy way to go!  So, I kept the red ones up, added a ton of silver ones in different sizes and 5 small blue ones with NASA on them.

This may have messed up the look of the party, but I really wanted cute cookies on a stick.  I will be the first to admit that I am NOT a cookie decorator.  So, these were everywhere...maybe not super professional looking...but YUMMY!!!  Ill post the recipes I used soon.


LEVEL 0: Shuttle Orientation
As the kids arrived, I had them color space shuttles that had all the parts labeled.

LEVEL 1: Rocket Launch

If you have kids, and dont have one of these, I would order one RIGHT NOW!  They are So fun, and work really well.  The boys at the party loved it, and my daughter played with it the whole next day!
(its called the ultra stomp rocket)

LEVEL 2: Shuttle Repair
The boys wore kitchen gloves and had to screw big nuts and bolts together underwater to give them the feel of big gloves in space!

LEVEL 3: Collect Moon Rocks

I scattered moon rocks all around the yard (kind of like an egg hunt) and let them search for them and add them to their official moon rock pouch.
again, loving iron ons and canvas bags from the craft store.
The rocks were quite a process.  We started by spraying them green, but they were too transparent, so then we primed them and then put 2 more coats of green.  In the end, they were EXACTLY what I was going for and the boys LOVED them!
LEVEL 4: Tranquilize Aliens
OK, we had to throw this in for the boys.  We put these laminated cutouts of aliens on the wall and let the boys use a variety of nerf shooters to get them.  (aliens thanks to the cricut...again)

LEVEL 5: Antigravity Balance
it wouldnt be a space party without a little balancing (jumping) on an air mattress.  We let them balance a bouncy ball on a plate as they walked across.  And then they basically just played on it!

Rob wore painters coveralls that worked out great...dont try to iron directly on to it, because it melts!  So I ironed the nasa symbol and the "trainer rex" label on to paper and pinned them on.
I think the boys loved their shirts.  I used the nasa symbol and then added the "astronaut training part" to it.
the part they loved the best was their names on the back!  Space Ranger ROBBIE!
Well, what can I say...Nasa waters, Mars Mud, Jupiter Jello, and PLANET PIZZA!  I went kind of easy on food!

I couldnt get the idea out of my head...a hanging moon cake!  So, I went to home depot, got some hardware, and then Rob and I worked on it the night before...so here it is!

The boys thought it was pretty cool that the CAKE was hanging over the table! 

We let Robbie blow out the candles while it was still hanging...

and Rob even cut all the pieces for the boys while it was still hanging!

More iron ons!  I personalized the bags just like their shirts.

They started with Astronaut Ice Cream, Moon Sand, and water...

but by the time the boys left they were stuffed full with moon rock bags, kitchen gloves, nuts and bolts, extra food (for the boys who didnt finish) and of course a space ship cookie.

We also presented them with their Certificates of Completion, that told them thank you for coming and being part of our launch crew!

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