DIY T-ball/ Baseball Shoes

I’m sad our T-ball Spring Season is coming to an end, but I did get to make these super cute shoes that I will wear for every season from now on!

Bonus! They can be worn to professional games as well (Go Rays!)

So, start with a pair of (relatively) clean white canvas sneakers. They can be Keds, Converse or- if you’re cheap like me- Target brand!

I bought red puffy fabric paint from Hobby Lobby for 97 cents each. I bought one red and one red glitter. I ended up only using the red- no glitter.

Follow the lines/ laces on the shoe to create a baseball-like affect!

  

** Also, some cleaning tips! As you can see I cleaned mine in between making them and wearing them!

Bleach pen.

Toothbrush, toothpaste, water, color safe bleach.

Let air dry. DO NOT put in dryer!

Wear to the ball field!

 

(Almost) Vegan cookies

During Teacher Appreciation Week, I made a Frittata for a breakfast and the Director of her school couldn’t eat it! Or anything else for that matter- he’s vegan! So, I was determined to do something special for him as well.

Let me tell you, Googling and Pinterest-ing for Vegan recipes is NOT FUN. I got a lot of Oatmeal. Bananas. Bleh.

My husband had actually received a recipe from work for these cookies and I decided to make them for Mr. B!

They are Paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free and (almost) vegan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil or Kerrygold butter (use coconut oil if vegan), room temp
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 6 table spoons natural almond butter, room temp
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temp (this is not vegan; however, we raise our own chickens so I know that they are free-range, organic eggs from happy chickens)
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips (I did not have vegan chocolate chips, I just use Ghiardelli 60% Cacao ones)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: almond & coconut flour baking soda & salt
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat together the coconut oil (or Kerrygold butter) and sugar until well combined.
  4. Beat in the almond butter and vanilla extract. Beat in the egg, then add the flour mixture to the mix. Stir in chocolate chips.

Roll the dough into ball and place on baking sheet. Press down slightly.

Bake for 11-14 minutes for coconut sugar and 14-17 minutes for brown sugar. The cookies will still be very soft when they come out but will continue to cook.

Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.

HIPPY Success Story

I was asked to write a HIPPY success story, so here it goes:

When I first started HIPPY 3 years ago, I’m ashamed to admit my first packet, I got so frustrated I told my husband my daughter “sucked” at school.

What I really meant was it was hard- for both of us. I had never taught anyone anything before.

Since that day 3 years ago, I think I have learned more than my daughter has. I have learned her learning style- what interests her. To calm down. To give ourselves grace. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

She’s learned how to do science experiments. Her alphabet. Her shapes and colors. Sight words. How to cut. Fine and gross motor skills. And- my favorite- how to write her name. That was the day of HIPPY I remember most and the day it finally “clicked” for me. It’s the day I will never forget.

When she wrote E-M-M-A in flour for the first time. I’ll admit I teared up. I was so proud- and not just of her. Of me. I had taught her that.

And so, even though we have made the decision not to homeschool her, I know that my daughter has the skills and tools to succeed in kindergarten because of me- and HIPPY. I am forever grateful for this program.

In This House

In our house 

We believe in make believe 

Pirates & mermaids

Princesses 

Unicorns 

faeries

witches & wizards 

Magic 

Dragons 

Animals that speak 

Trees that have feelings 

Flying 

Dancing 

We are dreamers 

We believe 

Quick & Easy Frittata Recipe

I was asked to make a breakfast for a Teacher Appreciation breakfast and this one that my sister-in-law makes came right to mind!

It was super easy and didn’t take me hours in the kitchen!

Even my little 4-year-old helped me whisk the eggs!

This also makes a great breakfast for dinner!

Ingredients: 

1 pound Jimmy Dean Sausage

1 package Simply Potatoes Diced Onions and Potatoes

1/2 yellow onion

1 Dozen Eggs

1/4 cup shredded cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a skillet, brown sausage and set aside.

Sauté onions in olive oil.

Add potatoes in with onions and cook according to package (cover so the potatoes steam)

While potatoes cook, whisk up the dozen eggs with a little bit of milk, salt & pepper. Add in cheese.

Once potatoes are soft, pour the egg mixture over.

Cook on stove top for 5-6 minutes until the side begin to pull away from the pan (see my picture)

Transfer skillet to oven for 16-18 minutes or until set.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Graduation Applesauce

These were a super easy DIY for a preschool graduation, but could be used for VPK, Kindergarten or any grade, for that matter.

I bought applesauce cups (not pouches), hot glued googly eyes and black construction paper on them. I added string for the tassel.

I believe all of these items can be purchased at the good ol’ Dollar Tree, so in total, they probably came out to $6 for 12 cups, or about 50 cents each.

I already had black paper and used a square hole punch I had, but could easily be cut free-hand.

Dollar Store Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week (May 6-12)!

Here are some ideas for $1 (or less!) and some for a little bit more…

Flippin’ Good Teacher

Flipz from the Dollar Store with these printable gift tags

Utterly Amazing
Udderly Smooth hand cream (free printable here)

You deserve a Break
KitKat Bar with free printable

Pencil Vase
With 2-3 boxes of pencils from the Dollar Store

 

FO FREE!

Thank You For being a Great Teacher free printable. I just printed this and helped my girls fill it in. It cost nothing!

 

For a little bit more…

You are the Balm

EOS= $2.99 @ Target + free printable

Udderly Amazing 

Chick-fil-A gift card (amount of your choosing). Ask for an empty nugget box, fill with brown crinkle paper (also available at the Dollar Store!!). Put gift card on top and tie with this printable.

 

Thanks a Latte

Starbucks gift card (amount of your choosing). Ask for an empty cup, straw and coffee collar. Stuff with crinkled brown paper and gift card. Put this printable on the outside of the cup and Voila!

The book The Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg. I found it on Amazon (Prime, holla! Two-day shipping) for $5.70. I’m having all the students sign the inside cover.

Willow Tree Love of Learning sculpture, also on Amazon.

 

Arizona Activities

Arizona- the Grand Canyon State.

We just came back from a trip and these are some of the crafts/ activities we did and are still playing with!

I always do my research on where we are going and try to theme our activities around that.

For Arizona, I knew my kids would like the Disney Cars, since Radiator Springs is a fictional town in Arizona.

Desert themed Sensory Bin
Kinetic sand (I used it here for our beach bin)
Toob of desert animals
rocks
mulch

 

Cactus watercolor
Found here, I did a set myself before we left and now my kids are asking to do them!  Instead of black glue (which I tried to make and failed miserably), I used black puffy paint.

Felt 

I had some extra green felt from making a felt Christmas tree and felt story board for the girls, so I cut out two cactus shapes, put some velcro on some buttons and BAM!

Playmats 

I found some Radiator Springs maps online and laminated them, then bought Lightning McQueen and the gang from Walmart.

The other playmat was a desert scene, also played with the Toob animals, which I found at Michaels. They are also available on Amazon.

Play-Doh 

I used two different color greens and a pink (for the flowers), plus toothpicks to make cacti with!

Coloring Books

Ordered here and here from good ol’ Amazon!

Shapes

Used to make suns, cacti and flowers

 

Ipsy Bag 101

I’ve been getting Ipsy bags for 3 months now and it is BY FAR the best $10 I spend per month.

I’ve never been very into makeup, but let’s be honest, with 2 kids, when’s the next time I can make it into a Sephora?

This is the perfect solution for moms!

You get 5 items per month in a Glam Bag.

Here’s what I’ve gotten over the last 3 months:

February Glam Bag:


-417 Hand Moisturizer

I love this! I’ve never used a hand moisturizer before, but I use this before bed and it feels more luxurious than just a regular lotion. 

Clinique Lip Color + Primer in Love Pop

This is one of my new go-to lipsticks! And seriously, I would’ve paid $10 just for this at a store! 

Marsk Loose Eyeshadow in Foiled Again

I really like this shadow for special occasions.


Luxie Beauty Blending and Shading Eye Brush 249
M.A.D. Skincare Spot On Targeted Skin Brightening Serum

I had no idea WTF brightening serum was. “WTF am I supposed to be brightening, exactly?!” With some help from some younger gals, I applied it and have noticed a nice difference in my skin. 

P.S. Here’s how it was explained to me: “You know how you have black shirts that fade? Brightening cream brings out the color again…but for faces”

March Glam Bag:
This bag came with markers to color the bag!

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Baked Highlighter in Soda Pop
Glossier Balm Dotcom in Rose

Before I knew this was a GLOSS I was totes using this as a blush *facepalm* 

Tarte Cosmetics Sex Kitten Eyeliner


Rodial Glamobrow in Dark Ash Brown


Trufora Triple Action Exfoliator

Here’s me with the exfoliator!

April Glam Bag:


Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks


Vasanti Cosmetics Concealer Buffer Brush

This has really helped my concealer stay in place under my eyes! 

Ofra Cosmetics Blush in Chameleon
Perfect by Symphony Beauty Micellar Cleansing Water in Coconut
Aurora 24H Lip Stain in Salmon

LOVED this lip stain! It didn’t stay on for 24H but it did outlast a Starbucks and chocolate croissant so I call that a win! 

Stay tuned as I will start reviewing my bags monthly!

If you want to order your own ipsy bag, use my referral link here.

Beautifully Yours,

XOXO

Jenn

Our Trip Out West

How cool is it that we have relatives that live in such a cool state that we can go visit?!

We recently took our first trip out west – to Arizona! This is the farthest west I or either of my girls have been.

We flew direct from TPA to PHX which was a 4 hour and 20 minute flight.

Here’s what we did on our whirlwind 4 days in Arizona!

Once we landed, we headed straight to In-N-Out! We don’t have these in Florida so I had to try it!

From Phoenix, we drove 2.5 hours to Flagstaff, which is known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon.

Our plan was to eat dinner and head to the Lowell Observatory, but our kids were so tired, they fell asleep in the car before we could get there (insert sad face). Next time!

We did head Downtown and had dinner at Mother Road Brewing Company, which served pizza from next door at Pizzicletta. We had an amazing fennel and shaved Brussels sprouts pizza while the kids had a normal marinara.

We stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, which had an amazing staff who helped us plan our visit. And included free breakfast, which we loaded up on before our big trip!

From there, we headed out to the Grand Canyon!! We drove up 89 through Navajo country and entered the Grand Canyon National Park. We drove to the East Rim, which is less busy than the South Rim, the rim the most people visit. It is often referred to as the Desert View.

The Desert View has a watch tower, which we climbed also. From there, we drove 22 miles alongside the canyon, stopping at various lookouts and viewpoints. Our favorite stop was probably Grandview Point, where we did a little hiking and got closer to the edge of the canyon.

From here, we drove through the Visitor Center and Village and parked and went to lunch in the Maswik Lodge where we ate lunch in the cafeteria and Eric finally got his Navajo taco!

We were pretty beat at this point (having stayed at the canyon for 5 hours) so we stopped at the gift shop, said hi to the mules at the mule barn and headed back to the car.

On the way, I saw a small pine sapling next to a pinecone and stopped to take a picture. What happened next was probably my favorite part of our trip. My girls decided to “protect” this little tree by surrounding it with pinecones, sticks and rocks. Emma even accidentally touched poop and we all had a good laugh and now we own the book Who Pooped in the Park? Good Times.

Once we left the Grand Canyon, we headed to Williams. This is where we finally got a Route 66 picture!! Even though we had driven on it in Flagstaff, there were no signs.

*Side note, this is how my daughter sings Route 66: “Get your kids on the road 66”

ADORBS!

Here in Williams, we went to Bearizona, which is a drive-thru wildlife park. We saw Rocky Mountain goats, wolves, bears, bison and more! You have to roll up your windows for the wolves and bears! After the drive-thru part, you can go in the walk-thru area as well, which has a barnyard, foxes, bobcats and a jaguar! This was a nice break for us as we then continued on our way to Prescott.

Once again, by the time we got to our hotel, it was time for dinner and bed for our kiddos, so we didn’t get to explore Prescott too much, but I heard Whiskey Road is the place to be in Downtown! Once again, next time!

The next day was wedding day! But not before I ate cactus for breakfast!

The morning after the wedding, we headed back to Phoenix for the long ride home, but stopped on the side of the road so I could take a picture with a saguaro cactus!

While there is certainly a lot more to do, I think we packed quite a lot in 4 days! But we also have a lot of things we want to do next time!

Have you ever been to Arizona?

What would you add to the list?

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