DIY Glitter Shoes

I’ve never been the type of woman that’s into pink, knows designers, and wears make up every day. I’m more of a jeans, t-shirt, and hair up kind of woman. However, I’ve always loved a “wow” element when I do dress up. When I got married two years ago, I knew I didn’t want to go with a white/colored  regular pair of heels. I wanted something that went wow. (As a little girl and as adult too, I’ve always love Cinderella and I wanted something like her.)  So I decided to make my very own “Cinderella Shoes”. I even made flats for dancing at the reception.

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 My wedding shoes. Photo Credit: JoCo Foto Two of the best photographers in MS.

As much as I love my Cinderella heels and flats they don’t exactly go with my more casual dresser outfits. So I decided to make a pair of black glitter Oxfords so I can still have my element of “wow” just a little less loud. Today I’m going to show you how you to can glitter your very own shoes.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Shoes

ModPodge Glue

Paint Brush

Masking Tape

Glitter

Hairspray/Clear Spray Paint

Sand Paper/Emery Board Nail File

Garbage Bags/Newspaper

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First you’ll want to lay a garbage bag(s) or newspaper over the surface you’ll be working on. Next apply masking tape to the sole of the shoes.

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If you are using a shoe that has a slick surface like the ones I’m using then you are going to take the piece of sandpaper/nail file and scuff up the shoes. (If you’re using a canvas or velvet shoe then you can skip this step.) Scuffing up the shoe’s surface allows the glitter to stick better. Be careful not to over do it.

There are two ways to apply the glitter to the shoes. The first way is to mix the glue and glitter  and using the paint brush paint it on the shoe. Doing it this way will make sure that the glitter isn’t going any where. The only downside to tackling it this way is that it will take several coats to finish the shoe. (Tip: Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.)

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The second way of applying the glitter to the shoe is, to place the glue directly on the shoes using the paint brush. Then sprinkle the glitter over the shoe. The biggest annoyance with this method is that regardless of how cautious you are, you will get glitter everywhere including the inside of the shoe. (Tip: Stuff the inside of your shoes with newspaper. This won’t stop all of the glitter from getting on the inside but it will prevent the majority.)

Once the shoes have dried, spray the outside with hairspray/clear spray paint.(This helps keep loose glitter in place so you won’t leave a glittery trail every time they are worn)Allow 24 hours of drying time before wearing. Then enjoy your element of wow!!

 

 

 

DIY Kid’s Magnets

My son is always playing with the magnets on the refrigerator. I decided to make him some of his very own, using some of his toys. Today I’m going to show you how to make your own magnets in this easy tutorial.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Magnets

Small toys or figurines

Hot Glue Gun

First you’ll need to decide which toys to use. Next using the hot glue gun apply the glue to the back of the magnet and stick it to the toy/figurine.  (The bigger the toy the more magnets you’ll have to use.)

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Give the magnets to an hour to dry and then let your little one have a blast. ENJOY!!

 

Sugar Cookie Bars

My husband and I have an on going tradition. Every Christmas we try to out do one another on stocking stuffers. Which usually leaves us eating Christmas candy until May. This year we went way overboard and I kept thinking “What am I going to do with all this candy?” After a month of thinking I finally decided to make Sugar Cookie Bar to get rid of most of if. Today I’m going to show you how to make your very own sugar cookie bar using left over chocolate from the holidays.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 1/2 Cups (3 Sticks) of Butter

1 1/2 Cups of Sugar

2 Eggs

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

3 1/2 Cups of All Purpose Flower

1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

3/4 Cup of Rolled Oats (Optional)

1-2 Cups of Random Chocolate Pieces Chopped

1/2 Cup of Milk Chocolate Chopped

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Using a hand or stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar, until it’s creamy. Add in the eggs and the pure vanilla extract.  Mix well.

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Then in a separate bowl pour the all purpose flower, baking powder, and salt together. Making sure it’s well combined.

Slowly add the flour to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until completely combined. Chill dough for 3 hours.

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While waiting for the dough to chill, cut up the random pieces of  holiday chocolate into chunks. Also cut up the milk chocolate.

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After the 3 hours, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9x2 inch pan with aluminam foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray.

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In a large bowl break up the cookie dough. Stir in the oats, random chocolate pieces and the milk chocolate pieces.

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Pat mixture into prepared baking pan. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the edges start pulling away from the sides.

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Cool in the pan, on a wire rack. Once it’s cool cut into bars and enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

I recently started looking into buying one of those magnetic chalkboard easels for my son and I was shocked by how much they cost. After some research I decided that I could make him one. Today I’m going to show you how to make your very own Magnetic Chalkboard.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Picture Frame (I bought mine from Goodwill for $8)

A piece of sheet metal (The size and price will depend on the size of your picture frame)

Metal Cutters

Safety Glasses

Gloves

Paint for the frame

Sharpie

Chalkboard Paint ( I used Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Spray $4)

 

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You’ll start by disassembling the picture frame. Grab the backing of the frame and lay it on  the piece of sheet metal. Then you are going to trace it. ( Don’t trace the back piece in the center of the sheet metal like I did. You’ll be creating more work for yourself than needed. Instead pull the cardboard backing to the corner of the sheet metal and trace it. This way you only have two sides to cut instead of 4.)

Next you’ll follow the sharpie lines and cut off any excess sheet metal you don’t need.Your cuts probably aren’t going to be perfectly straight. That’s okay. The frame will hide any imperfections. Then you are going to place the cut sheet metal in your picture frame to make sure it fits. If it doesn’t fit take a sharpie and color the places that need to be trimmed. Cut away.

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Once that’s finished you’re going to paint the sheet metal with the Chalk Board Paint. ( I did 3 coats to make sure it was well covered.)

When it’s completely dry you’ll need to season  your board with white chalk. Take a piece of chalk, place it on it’s side and color the chalkboard vertically and then horizontally. Making sure the entire thing is covered. Next take a soft rag or cloth to wipe it off. You now have a seasoned board.  The reason you need to season the chalkboard is because if you don’t, you’ll never be able to completely erase the first thing you wrote. (You’re suppose to wait at least 24 hours before you season the chalk board. Ya’ll know me by now, I waited for 4 hours. Waiting probably would have been better but I’m too impatient for that.)

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Next you’ll paint the picture frame any color you want.

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When the frame dries, resemble it and enjoy! Your toddler and you’ll love the great price tag too!!

*TIPS: You don’t have to use a piece of sheet metal to make the chalkboard magnetic. You can use a magnetic primer. The only reason I didn’t use this instead is because I’ve been told it’s not as strong and doesn’t hold very heavy magnets.

If you do a large frame, like I did, you’ll need to buy a stronger hook or fasteners to make sure the chalkboard is securely in place.

To make sure you cleaned up all the metal shavings run a magnet over the surface you’re working on.

 

 

My Top 4 Apps for Toddlers

I remember being pregnant and judging the parents I saw that allowed their toddlers to play on their cell phones, while they grocery shopped. I thought to myself “I’ll never do that. My children will just have to use their imaginations to entertain themselves.” That was one of the many fairytales I told myself. At the time I didn’t realize how quickly toddlers get bored and let’s face it, the errands parents have to do are usually boring. The other day my husband and I went to have our taxes done. All the people that we actually trust to watch Deklin, work or live out of state. So what did we do?  We brought our very energetic 2 year old with us. We spent over two hours in that place getting our taxes done and  he behaved really well. I know it was mainly because of the PBSKids app. (Also there may have been a bribe of a donut if he behaved and threat of a timeout if he didn’t.)  Today I’m going to share with you my top favorite 4 apps for toddlers.


4)Disney Movies Anywhere App (free) -This app is  great because you can purchase a Disney movie with a digital download and download them to your tablet. (You’ve probably already purchased some Disney movies with the free digital download and didn’t even realize it) Once you have them downloaded you take it anywhere, even if you don’t have Wi-Fi or 3G access. The only flaw I’ve found with app is that sometimes it takes a while to download a movie.

3) YouTube Kids (Free)- One of my “Mom” friends actually told me about this app. It has all sorts of kids videos that can be adjusted for age range. The app also has parental controls built into the app which is very convenient.

2) PBS Kids App (Free)- I grew up in the 90’s, so naturally I was a PBS kid. When I came across the PBS Kids app, I did the happy dance in my kitchen.  It’s just as wonderful and educational as the television station. Also the more important thing is that my son loves it and I don’t have to worry about there being inappropriate popping up.

1)ABCmouse.com App (The app itself is free to download but you have to pay $59.95 a year/5 dollars a month for a membership.) – The fact you have to pay for this app almost discouraged me from buying it. However because they were running a free trial, I decided to give it a try. My son loved it and was actually learning things. So I had to buy it. The wonderful thing about this app is that it truly grows with them and for 5 dollars a month you can’t beat the price. (Occasionally throughout the year they have really awesome deals on the price of the app. We got ours for 30 something dollars last year)

I think technology can be a wonderful thing and is great for entertaining toddlers in desperate situations or on long trips. However, I also believe that moderation is key. On Apple devices you can set up Guided Access ,which allows you to control the amount of time your child plays on the table/phone. Also it allows you to make them stay on one app, so you don’t have to worry about any of your important apps getting deleted. Something that my husband and I try to have at least once a week is an “Unplugged Day”. That’s just a day (Or sometimes just an afternoon)  where all technology/social media is turned off and we read, go to the park, or play games. Enjoy!!

 

 

3 Ingredient Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos

So I’m just going to spill it, cooking dinner isn’t fun for me, nor is it considered my forte. I’m always on board for making simple, yet tasty and somewhat healthy recipes in my Crock-Pot. Today I’m going to share with you one of my absolute favorite slow cooker recipes of all time.

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Here’s What you’ll need:

6 Frozen Chicken Breast

1 Packet of Taco Seasoning

2 Cups of Chicken Broth

First place the chicken breast in the slow cooker. Next, pour the chicken broth over  chicken.  Lastly you are going to want to spread the pack of taco seasoning over the chicken. (Sometimes I go a little wild and add pack of ranch seasoning to give it a little extra something.)  If you turn your slow cooker on high it will take the 4-6 hours to cook.  On low it will take 6-8 hours.

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Once time is up take a fork and shred the chicken. Then make yourself a taco, some soup, a salad, whatever you want and ENJOY!!!

How to Clean a Wood Cutting Board

As a wedding gift, a few years back, we received a beautiful personalized wood cutting board from some of our very good friends, practically family.  We’ve used the heck out of it. I know what you’re probably thinking, “Why in the world would you use a personalized cutting board? It’s suppose to be for show only?” Well, you see there are two reasons: 1 Being that I’m not a fan of nicknacks (I think they just collect dust and that’s more work for me) and 2: We don’t have much counter space, so if it’s going to be on my counter it needs to also be functional. (I have it on a stand on the counter, so it’s beautifully displayed and easy to grab)

A few months back my friend Shaun, the cheesecake master chef, was over as I was doing some dinner dishes. We were talking as I reached over and grabbed the cutting board to suds it up. I went to pour the soap directly on the wooden cutting board as I always did and then I saw his face start to grimace. (Imagine this next part in slow motion, it’s funnier that way)

Shaun: NOOOooooo!!! Yoouu’re nooott suppppooose toooo doooo tttthat!!

Me:WHAATT???

But it was too late the Dawn: Pomegranate Awakening dishwashing liquid had already hit the surface of the wooden cutting board. Shaun, a pastry chef, hung his head in defeat and disappointment. Apparently wood is very porous and will absorb the soap, which isn’t good for the board. Not to mention it’s not really cleaning the board. Today I’m going to show you how to clean/sanitize your wood cutting board. (So you don’t cause one of your loved ones to almost have a panic attack. Oh and for the health reasons too!!)

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Lemon

Coarse Salt

 

Start by cutting the lemon in half and setting it aside.

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Next grab the coarse salt and sprinkle a generous amount on top of the cutting board.

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Then take your one half of your lemon and rub the salt around, until the entire cutting board is covered. (I go over my board a few times just to be certain). Let it sit for about 10 minutes.

When time is up rinse it off with warm water, towel dry it and place it in an upright position or on a stand. Also if you have wood oil I would recommend applying it to your board it keeps it looking really nice and gives it a longer life.

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There you have it ladies and gentlemen, a clean and sanitary wood cutting board. Enjoy!!