here's the deal. almost three years ago we moved into a home with a perfect, beautifully manicured lawn. the lady that lived here before me was a horticulturist and spent alot of time in the yard. it has the wild perennial garden look but oh boy has it gotten out of control.

i am not a horticulturist... i was pregnant one summer, tired the next and to dang tired and busy to care this summer. but something has to be done. soooooo here is my quick tip:

 every time i talk on the phone i scoot my bum outside and weed for 10 or 15 minutes.

sometimes after my kids go to bed i make another trip for 20 or so minutes until it gets dark. slowly but surely things are getting done.


here is my little hedgie applique that i guest posted over at megity's handmade a while back...

-some sort of fusible stuff. i love steam a seam. it is a bit more expensive but it is so worth it. you could also use fabric glue, wonder under, whatever.
-fabric and felt
-some embroidery floss

ok, here we go. print off template. i like to do it on cardstock so it holds up well. fuse your fabric to your steam a seam using instructions provided. trace your hedgehog onto the paper side of the webbing. remember that he will be backwards so trace him the way you want him to face ( or use a disappearing marker and trace him directly onto the fabric.)

my review ::: carmel/salty combo

have you tried the new pretzel m&m's?

meh, they are a good idea but not so tasty. i would rather waste my calories on something else. if you crave that salty/sweet goodness you should check out the Klondike Carmel pretzel bar. delicious! so full of Carmel salty goodness. i found them at target.

or you could go and make my favorite cupcake recipe ever. salted Carmel cupcakes from our best bite. i'm not a frosting girl, but their frosting makes me want to put myself into a self-induced sugar coma.over and over again.

ps. can you tell i'm dieting?

quick tip

want the tastiest mashed potaters in town? add a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to the pot while mashing. so yummy. and i say more butter less milk please.


starting up a wellness challenge. if you want to join in find more info here.  spread the word. the more the merrier, and the greater the motivation. because of what happened last time i did something like this ( bad check that bounced, girls never sent a new one and winner was out $20) i'm thinking it is going to have to be a cash only entering fee.


dollar store wreath

ps. head over to making the world cuter so i can tell you how i made my quick and cheap $2 wreath.

I am super excited to have tiff from making the world cuter blogswapping with me today. i'm sure you have all been to her blog before, but if you haven't go now i'll wait...  alright now isn't she the best? tiff has fabulous ideas and is super sweet. i'm excited to try her smore cupcakes!

Yay! Jackie is so much fun, I am excited to be here introducing myself today!

My name is Tiffany, since we are now friends, you can call me Tiff...I have 3 insanely cute kids that make my world cuter, and me and my adorable husband are expecting another little boy this fall. This picture cracks me up with my two boys being so darn serious! :)

I blog over here at Making the World Cuter. I am on a mission to make the world cuter, one kid, cupcake or crafty thing at a time! I hope you come over and say hi!I also love photography and have a little photography blog called Pumpernickel Buttons. I seem to getting lots of newborns lately, which is great for me to ease my baby hunger until my new little guy makes his appearance!

Here are a couple random things about me...

  • My favorite food is the sandwich-yummy deli style sandwiches are the best, but I love just about anything between two pieces of bread!
  • I'm a student right now, studying web design-but my true passion is photography and Photo Shop so I will probably get my bachelors in Photography when I'm done with this degree.
  • If I wasn't pregnant I would be eating a spoonful of cookie dough while typing this, it really is a wonder that I don't weigh 1000 pounds.
  • Now that Lost and Glee and all the other great shows are done, we went and bought the first couple of seasons of The Big Bang Theory, a show I didn't know existed until just recently -I can't get enough of that hysterical show. Too funny.

I love to do anything and everything creative, especially if I can do it with things I already have on hand. Here are a few of my favorite projects I have put together...

This wooden tiled mirror...

I like to do furniture makeovers, this glider is my favorite-it was so hideous before!

I generally do easy and cheap projects (and no I am not either of those things-just ask my hubby), like this burlap wreath with fabric scraps and salt dough buttons.

One of my favorite things to make are napkin rings, just because they are easy, and fast to put together and are so dang cute! These ones are made out of a tinfoil tube and burlap.

This is one of my favorite projects-easy towel ponchos, I made this one for my boy while it was still winter, thus the footie jammies and the bed head! :) These are great as bath towels, but even better for the pool or the beach, with a pocket to keep their sunscreen, goggles or seashell treasures in all while keeping their hands free. LOVE these! I love meeting new blog friends and I have a linky party on Mondays as well, I really hope you come by for a visit!

Thanks for having me Jackie, you are the cutest Mama Monster around!


summer decorating to do list...

*dye some mason jars... as seen on IDIY

*dollie-fy some things.

*make a canvas chalkboard

*paint my kitchen cupboard cream and  buy a different knob for each one.

*make a outdoor daybed ( i have been wanting an outdoor daybed forever. even at walmart and target they are at least $400. yay for anna and knock off wood!

*pallet bookshelves for my kids rooms, my room, hallway, and wherever else i can fit them. love them so much! this is cool too!


can i get an amen??

 “The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. … I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less”  Anna Quindlen