I have entered the world of blogging! My purpose? To stay connected to friends and family and invite you into my world. A world filled with fun, tears, laughter, excitement, elation, disappointment and all the blessings of being a mother and wife.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

It's Friday, Spring Break AND ....

I feel like blog hopping! Join me and find some new blogs in "Blog Land"! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

The Girl Creative


Follow Along Fridays

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ten on Tuesday

For the first time I'm participating in Ten on Tuesday over at It's a Crafty Life. Just ten random thoughts about me....


1)Looking forward to having my dear friend Heidi and her kiddos over to play

2)I'm excited to see The Lincoln Lawyer with some girlfriends

3)Been wondering these last few days if I will EVER lose the last 15 pounds from Miss Jilian!

4)Been a little bummed since the SUN hasn't been around much these last few days, weeks, months. It is HARD to live in Oregon, but I do LOVE it!

5)Making a conscious choice to focus on my blessings

6)"Worry about nothing, pray about everything", life lesson I am learning to live by.

7)Eager to make an Easter banner using vintage postcard reproductions

8)Been working on a blog and Etsy store for my business... Little Birdie & Me

9)Been day dreaming about a make over for Grace's room

This picture, Pottery Barn Kids, is part of my inspiration. I'm thinking I'll paint a similar tree over her bed.

10)Started educating myself more about the use of GMOs and hormones in our food, scary! Will be sharing my findings soon.

Just for fun!

Of course I love the vintage style but best of all these make me laugh! I just feel like this some days.... :-)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mother's Day Vintage Brooch Swap

As you know by now I enjoy participating in swaps. They are a fun way to express my creativity and I get a special something in return. A Swap for All Seasons is where I participate the most. Linda, the blog owner, has just announced the next swap, A Mother's Day Vintage Brooch Swap! It is going to be FUN! Click HERE if you would like to play along. Deadline to sign up is March 31st.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lunch Bag Leprechaun Puppet

Yesterday Jilian and I were talking about doing an art project (we both love art projects!) with St. Patty's Day tomorrow I wanted to do something festive so I did a little Google research last night and came across this Lunch Bag Leprechaun Puppet. It was super fun and easy! Only took about 25 minutes. It gave us some one-on-one time and Jilian got to practice using the scissors and her gluing and coloring skills. I enjoyed seeing what colors she used, like pink hands!

Got to have glitter!

Some fun ideas for St. Patrick's Day:

1) Tonight after the little ones are in bed, "steal" a pair of shoes and fill them with green treats and gold coins

2) For lunch tomorrow, make a sandwich then cut it using a Shamrock cookie cutter

3) Fill their lunch with green foods or use green containers. Include a note on a paper Shamrock or a green napkin

4) Before they use the bathroom, sneak in a few drops of green food coloring in the toilet water

5) Turn their milk green with green food coloring (just this once won't hurt)

6) Have corned beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread for dinner

7) Click HERE to see what I did for the girls last year.

These little things just make life more fun and brighten their day!

Just for fun I'll be joining in for Totally Toddler Thursday over at Toddler Awesome!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Treat Tuesday - Mini Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins

I haven't shared a new recipe for Treat Tuesday in a long time. I made these muffins a few weeks ago, using some of our frozen berries from last Summer. My girls LOVED them and have been asking for them! I figure when the kids love them, they must be a winner and the recipe needs to be shared! :-)

Mini Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins

2 cups flour
¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream, at room temperature
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
2 cups blueberries

Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl stir together flour, ¾ sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, stir together sour cream, butter, egg and vanilla until well blended. Mix the dry ingredients into the sour cream mixture and stir. Gently stir in blueberries. Spoon batter into muffin tins and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of sugar.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, adjust time depending on the size of your muffin. Cool for about 5 minutes. Makes approximately 12 regular size muffins or 24 mini muffins. I like the mini muffins they are great for a snack!


Note: This recipe comes from More Muffins 72 Recipes for Moist, Delicious, Fresh-Baked Muffins by Barbara Albright and Leslie Weiner