Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Silly Rabbit

Silly rabbit, crafts are for kids!

2 Toilet Paper Rolls
1 Cotton Ball
Pink Tempura Paint
Construction Paper: White, Pink and Black

Paint the toilet paper rolls pink and set aside to dry.

From the white paper:
Cut two bunny ears 
Two eye balls
One pair of teeth 

From the pink paper:
Cut two bunny ear inserts, smaller than the white ones. 

From the black paper:
Cut two eyeballs, larger than the white ones. 
Two long whiskers.

Glue the pink ear inserts on top of the white ears and then glue them in the middle of the two toilet paper rolls securing them and the two rolls together to form the body of the rabbit.

Glue the two white eyes on top of the black eyes and glue them to the front of the rolls, equally spaced apart.

Glue on the teeth just below the eyes in the center of the front roll.

Glue the whiskers on top of the upper part of the teeth and then the cotton ball on top of the teeth for the nose.

Hoppy Easter!

*You can add another cotton ball on the back of the rolls for a bunny tail.

All photos are watermarked

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mandarin Orange Salad

It's a light and tasty salad for the spring!

Mandarin Orange Salad

1 Cup Almonds, sliced
1 Tablespoon Butter
2 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon White pepper
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Head Romaine Lettuce or Mixed Greens
1 Can (11 ounces) Mandarin Oranges
1 Small Red Onion, thinly sliced

Saute' the almonds in the butter until golden; set aside.

Combine the Dijon mustard, sugar, salt, white pepper;
whisk in the oil.

Combine in the lettuce, oranges and almonds and toss well.

All photos are watermarked

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Adventure

I am hoping to launch my new store on the web very soon and I would like all my loyal customers, followers and fellow Tweeters to follow along with me on my new adventure.

At some point I will be switching over to my new company name, Simply Bella Baby.

In celebration of my new adventure I am offering a chance to receive one of my bibs for FREE!

Here is what you have to do:

Become a new follower on my NEW blog, Simply Bella Baby and you will earn ONE entry!

Become a new follower on Twitter @Simply Bella Baby and tweet about the give-away and you will earn ONE entry.

Visit Amy Rose Designs and leave a comment on the new blog about your favorite item in my store with the product link, and you will earn ONE entry.

You have THREE chances to win a FREE bib, of your choice, in my store.

Be sure to leave a separate comment on the NEW blog for each entry!

You can click on the names above to take you to all the places to earn your entry.

Good Luck!

*Give-away entry accepted 3/21/2010 - 3/31/2010. Winner chosen by random drawing. Winner will be announced via Twitter and my blogs on 4/1/2010. US residence only. Do not leave your email address in your posts.*

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Cleaning

     With the winter months finally behind us and spring already making its presents known , the warmer weather has inspired me to do a thorough cleaning of my home.  Having had the house closed up for the cooler months it feels as if the dirt has settled into all the nooks and crannies, even though I clean every week.  This is also the time of year that has my family slaves to our allergies.  With allergies and a very low tolerance for the cleaning supplies our local market has on their shelves, I had to find another way to attempt my planned spring cleaning.  Then it hit me. "What did my mother and grandmother use when they cleaned?"  Then I remember our home smelling like Easter and homemade lemonade.  They used products that were readily available at the market, and still are today, and used them to make their own  cleaning products.  This is not a new concept by any means, but we are used to a "take it off the shelf and go" mentality that we don't think about the harmful things we do to ourselves every time we use these products that are suppose to be better, faster, easier.  Today the madness stops!

     Today I commit myself to take the time to make the same homemade solutions that were good enough for my mother and good enough for my grandmother.  I will no longer use the brand products to clean my home in the past and in return I will have a healthier home and a healthier me!  My pocket book will also thank me later.

Window Cleaner
2 Teaspoons Vinegar
1 Quart Water

Sink Tub Tile
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
2-3 Tablespoons Liquid Soap

Toilet Bowls
1/4 Cup Baking Soda, sprinkled into the bowl
Drizzle the bowl with vinegar and let sit for 1/2 hour, then scrub and flush
Add Borax for the harder stains

Mildew Remover
Dissolve 1/2 Cup Vinegar, 1/2 Cups Borax in Warm Water
Apply with a sponge or spray bottle

1/4 Cup Borax
1/2 Gallon Hot Water

Garbage Disposal
Grind ice to sharpen the blades
Add Orange Juice or Lemonade in the disposal for smells

1 Cup Apple Vinegar in the fridge will remove the smell in 2 days 

Happy Spring Cleaning!

*With anything; use caution while handling cleaning products of any kind and be safe while doing it.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patricks Day Party Toppers

I love these cupcake toppers!

Kim, from TomKat Studio, is offering these party toppers for FREE for St. Patrick's Day! 

Just download the file or print right from your computer and they are instantly there for you to decorate your treat bags, make a gift card or top the cupcakes for your child's school party.  Whatever you end up using them for they will finish the look of your St. Patty's Day project. 

You can find the download HERE!

If you are looking for a great way to showcase your child's birthday party or your planning a 40th birthday party, Kim has something for every occasion.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Corned Beef and Vegetables

The Perfect St. Patrick's Day Dinner in the Crockpot!

3 Pounds Corned Beef
2 Tablespoons Pepper Corns
1 Bay Leaf
1 Medium Onion, cut
3 - 4 Cups Baby Carrots
5-8 Small Potatoes, washed and cut into 1" cubes

Place the corned beef into the crockpot and cover the top with the pepper corns and bay leaf.

Cut up the onion and place into the crockpot.  Pour enough water into the crockpot to cover the corned beef for cooking.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

The last hour to hour and a half of the cooking process place the carrots and potatoes into the crockpot to cook.

Pull the corned beef out of the crockpot and allow it to cool on a wooden cutting board for 5-10 minutes before cutting into slices.  Serve with the carrots and potatoes.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

All photos are watermarked

Monday, March 15, 2010

St Patricks Day Rainbow

Construction Paper:
Pink or Purple

Trace your child's hand on all of the colored construction paper, except the black.

Cut them out and set aside.

Using the black construction paper; draw and cut out the shape of a black pot.

Glue the hand in the shape of a rainbow using the color formation of a rainbow.

Glue the two post on the bottom two hands of the rainbow.

Hang on a door or window or add some more flair with stickers and glitter and gold coins on the pots.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

All photos are watermarked

Friday, March 12, 2010

Decorate the Nursery

Don't have the decorating "thumb"?

Pottery Barn Kids is offering a FREE decorating classes this weekend to help you with the look of your baby's nursery. I myself have several pieces in my own home and love them.  Their store staff is always helpful and knowledgeable about their products with a great eye for detail.  Take advantage of a great opportunity that is free to you!  

Search HERE for your local store!

*I am in no way affiliated with Pottery Barn or their stores as they are no way affiliated with me.