DIM (Did it myself): Baby Doll Carrier

I had a friend request a baby doll carrier for her daughter to give as a new sibling gift. I had already been toying with the idea of making one for another friend’s daughter’s birthday gift, so this was all the nudge I needed.

Today I dug into my fabric stash and found a large (5 yards!!) amount of pink/mauve corduroy.  I decided that would do for a trial fabric and set to work. I DID NOT photograph what I was doing as I really didn’t know how it would turn out. Well, it turned out pretty well if I say so myself!

Would you like me to do a tutorial on this?? Tell me in a comment below!!

Long time, no see!

Hello strangers! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve last posted, which you may recall has been due to my return to teaching after a year-long maternity leave.  It’s been quite a month, to say the least, but I’ve finally found some time time to do things other than lesson plans, grading, laundry or cleaning…. and it feels nice to be back!

I wanted to show off a few things I’ve been working on, whenever I could steal a minute or two here and there.  I closed down my Etsy shop to new orders just before returning to work because I knew I had my work cut out for me at school this year and would need my head in the game for these first few weeks.  However, I did have some previous orders that needed attention, and they’ve finally been finished!  Here are a few:

Pumpkin themed cake toppers for an October 1st Birthday

“Germ Juice” is a teacher’s best friend!

A first birthday Mickey banner… this one was fun!

 

Jack-o-Lantern face decals… no cutting and carving necessary anymore!

 

To thank you for sticking around while only one half of our Mommy duo was in action, and to start October off with a bang, I’d love to offer a set of the Jack-o-Lantern decals to one lucky reader! Comment below and tell me about your favorite part of this time of year, and then repost us on your facebook/twitter/blog as well.  The winner will get two jack-o-lantern decals for helping spread the word about our blog.

Good luck!

❤ Kristin

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Fall Wall Art Freebie!

Since Kristin went back to work, things have been a bit slow around here and for that I apologize!  I’m not as good at getting fun giveaways as she is, although I do I have 2 of them coming up in the next month or so. So, to say thank you for continuing to come check on us, and for just being the awesome blog fans you are, I’ve got a fun printable freebie for you! I just made this to print and put in a frame over my mantel, so I thought I would share! If you like it, be sure to let me know over on my graphic design page, Deegan Designs,  on Facebook. This is the first like this I’ve done, but now I’m addicted and will be making more for the rest of the year!

 

Deegan Designs Fall 2012 Printable
Enjoy the freebie!

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There’s a party in my tummy! So yummy! So yummy!

My daughter has become OBSESSED with Yo Gabba Gabba. For two years I have shielded her from the brightly colored, melodic craziness that is Gabba Land. Then it happened, we were over at my cousin’s house, and Yo Gabba Gabba was flipped on. Since then, it’s been asked for daily.

She has learned the song that is the title of this entry by heart, resulting in my own begrudging admission that the show CAN be pretty darn cute. My husband likes it and especially enjoys some of the guest appearances. The Roots singing about family is his favorite.

This morning, I made Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes and I was beyond tickled to hear Ella Grace start singing that there was a party in her tummy as she gobbled them down.

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 Tbs Baking Powder
  • 3 Tbs White Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Large Ripe Banana
  • Chocolate Chips (we like the mini semi sweet morsels)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mash the banana with a spoon until it’s the consistency of thick baby food. The occasional chunk doesn’t bother me, if you think it will bother you, toss the whole thing in a blender and puree.
  2. In large bowl mix flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add in banana, milk, and egg and mix until thoroughly blended.
  4. Add chocolate chips to taste.
  5. Your griddle should be heated to a little over medium high and I like to spray with a touch of PAM to keep these from sticking.
  6. I use an ice cream scoop to measure out the batter . Pour on griddle and cook until most of the pancake is covered in bubbles, then flip. (It will look really thin when you pour it on, but the baking powder will puff these pancakes nicely so don’t worry!)
  7. Top with a dab of butter and syrup if you like and, enjoy the party in your tummy!!

Rave, Review, and Giveaway! Chel’s Pretty Little Things

It was a slow week for giveaway comments! That meant better odds for those who did enter! 

This weeks winner is Abbie! Congratulations!

Please send us a PM on our FB page with your address to mail these out!

Even in the craziness of raising two little girls, I try and find a way to celebrate ME. One of those ways is that I love necklaces and bracelets. Beaded necklaces and bracelets are just so pretty and fun and can be worn for ANY occasion. Enters, Chel’s Pretty Little Things.

I recently commissioned an anklet for Ella Grace for Christmas from Michele at Chel’s Pretty Little Things.  She was wonderful to work with, the product is perfect, and the price was not a slam to my bank account.

Ella’s new anklet!

Michele creates all of her pieces from her own beautiful mind and they results are simply stunning! She and I were chatting about the need for more options in mommy/nursing necklaces, and within twenty-four hours she had several finished pieces that she was experimenting with!

Two of Chel’s Pretty Little Things nursing/mommy necklaces.

Michele’s work and craftman ship are top notch and she is great at customizing to your needs and color preferences which is great if you are looking for that perfect piece to complement your favorite outfit or color pallet.

You can find more of Chel’s Pretty Little Things on Facebook and Etsy!

Michele has generously sponsored this weeks giveaway and the winner will be getting TWO pairs of earrings!

Thank you so much Chel’s Pretty Little Things!

The Prize!!!

To enter this week:

1. Make sure you follow this blog! (It’s easy, really! If you blog on wordpress.com, just follow there, OR you can follow by email using that easy little button on the right that says “follow by email”)

2. Like both We Don’t Need Sleep (There is a button on the right for this as well!) and Chel’s Pretty Little Things on Facebook. Make sure you leave a comment on Chel’s Pretty Little Things letting her know we sent you to see her beautiful work!

3. Comment on this post to let us know you want to win! Let us about your favorite piece of jewelry.

You must do ALL of these things to win. They are not hard, you can do it!

For 2 extra entries, have a friend enter and in their comment on here make sure they put your name as a reference!

Good luck!

WFD?

Over the last two weeks, my anxiety and stress levels are absolutely through the roof because of returning to teaching after a year-long maternity leave. As a result, my milk supply is dropping big time and my belly has been one big sour knot. So, Chris and I decided that a nice freshly harvested garden dinner was in order to get some healthy stuff in me and alleviate some of my problems.

Our garden has grown bigger and bigger each year. We now grow our own: tomatoes, carrots, eggplants, peppers, red and white onions, green beans, zucchini, cucumber, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, lettuce, and an assortment of sad pathetic herbs (currently only basil, oregano and fennel have survived).

So last night we opted for a delish steak taco meal. We started with fresh tomato and mozzarella topped with drizzled olive oil and our own basil and oregano. Then we toasted some corn tortillas (trying to avoid the gluten in the flour tortillas) and filled them with home grown lettuce, diced tomatoes, onion and cucumber. Chris cut up some leftover steak pieces from the night before and freshened them up with a little garlic and olive oil in a skillet for a seconds just to warm them up. With a side of long grain rice it was just right- light yet filling, and satisfying knowing it came almost entirely from my backyard.

For dessert, an assortment of berries from the garden (Chris topped his with whipped cream… I’m not a fan) hit the sweet spot without sitting heavily in my stomach like the cake and cookies I’ve been gorging myself on.

So it’s not a very innovative meal, but it goes to show you what you can create with your own crops (and how little you have to buy if most of it is in your
Backyard!).

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Dinner In a Hurry: Chicken Fried Rice

We all have those nights when, despite best laid plans, it dinner time or even after dinner time and you still haven’t even started dinner. That’s when this recipe comes in handy!
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