Saturday, April 11, 2015

Kid Made Planter

The other afternoon, I was calling for my 11 year old son.  He wouldn't respond, so I thought that he was up in his room playing legos or reading.  After a little bit longer, he finally came to me.  I told him that I had been calling him for awhile. He apologized and asked me if I would like to see what he had built in the garage.


 


He loves to spend time in the garage working with my husband's tools.  He likes to build things and fix things. He loves to organize and clean out there.  Whenever my husband is out there he always has a little shadow.  I should have known that he was out in the garage the whole time.  In fact, there are some mornings when he will go out and work in the garage before school!

 


When he brought out this planter he made, I was completely shocked!  A few days before, he found a little plant growing next to our potted climbing rose bush.  He rescued the plant and had been nurturing it in a plastic cup for a few days.  I guess he thought it needed an upgrade!





I loved how he used old wood to make the sides and bottom.  He even drilled holes in the bottom to ensure proper drainage.  And I thought the twine he used around the planter was the perfect finishing touch!  It was so cute and I was so impressed! It's a good lesson to remember: never to underestimate a child!





Briana




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spider Cookies


We are getting ready for Halloween over here.  The kids are getting costumes ready.  Just last night, my 12 year old son sewed his own bat costume.  He basically sewed wings together to tie to a shirt.  Pretty clever and simple.  

Here are some fun Halloween cookies that taste so yummy!  These would be great for a Halloween party!  My kids absolutely love these cookies and try to wait patiently for the chocolate to harden.  These are super easy to make, they just take a little bit of time, but totally worth it and the kids love to help!


Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Ingredients:
Ritz Crackers
Peanut Butter
White Almond Bark or White Chocolate
Black Colored Chocolate (found at craft stores)
Wax Paper
Ziploc Bag 

     Make a sandwich out of the crackers and peanut butter.  Melt the white chocolate.  Dip the sandwiches in the white chocolate.  Set on wax paper to dry.  

Melt the black chocolate and put in a ziploc bag.  Cut a small corner off the bag.  Make your spiders and let dry.  Enjoy!





Briana

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Hi everyone! It's been awhile since we have posted.  I will let you know what we have been up to. But first, I wanted to introduce this post.  We were invited to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop from Sew Stormy.  Shannon is amazing and we have mentioned her before on our blog.  You will have to click on by and see what she is up to.  If you love quilting and sewing, then don't wait another second...go and check her out!
 
Now I'm supposed to introduce myself.  I'm Briana and I'm the oldest of the four sisters here.  I am the mother of eight wonderful children.  We are now entering into and right in the middle of the teenage years to a couple of boys.  That is quite the experience!  My husband is finishing up his OB/GYN residency next year and we are all super excited and hope to see him more.  :) I give piano, violin and viola lessons after school as well.   I am currently finishing up my Bachelors degree from Arizona State University.  After this semester, I will have only two classes left.  That has kept me busy along with the demands and joys of motherhood.  That is one of the reasons why our blog has taken the backseat this past year.  We have been really busy with our Etsy shop as well.  If you want to check it out the link is Babblings and More.   But I love to try new recipes and I love to sew, especially quilts.  I love to craft and I go through different "phases" as to what I like to work on.  Sometimes it's jewelry making, sometimes hair bows, sometimes it's refinishing furniture.

Now onto the questions:

WHAT AM I WORKING ON?

Making slips is always a joy when I listen to General Conference that can be found on the Mormon Channel App.  Our slip shop has been keeping us busy and we are also preparing to do a few boutiques this holiday season.



And who doesn't love a good cupcake? These were the cupcakes from my son's birthday.  He was born on my 25th birthday and every year since then I enjoy making his birthday special!


How about some yummy cinnamon rolls.  When it starts to get chilly out, I can't help but make some of these babies!


I completed my first quilt using free motion quilting on my machine.  I'm in love!  It was so much fun and I look forward to doing many more.

 
 
 I refinished my coffee table in my front room using chalk paint.  It was so much fun and so easy to do and I love the way it turned out!



Trying out some new recipes...the family has approved.  Look for some recipes in future posts like this Raspberry Chicken Salad Wrap.



A few sewing projects that are nearing completion are:
My teenage son's quilt that we are making together.


My 10 year old son's quilt that we are making together.


And lots of merit badges to sew on.  That's what I get for having 5 boys within 5 years!


*Look for these projects in upcoming posts.  :)

HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF IT'S GENRE?

 My work differs from others because I never follow the recipe or pattern the way I should.  I look at something, or taste something, and then think of how I could make it myself.  With quilting, I like to look at different patterns or books, pick one that I like and then recreate it in my own mind and then get to sewing.  With food, I see or taste something and as I start to make it, I begin adding new and different ingredients.  I learned to cook like that from my mom, I hardly ever saw her use a recipe, she would just start adding thing together.  My challenge is remembering to write down what I did so I can share it. 

WHY DO I WRITE/CREATE WHAT I DO?

 I love creating items that people will love.  With quilts, I love it when my big teenage boys go and pick out a "girly" quilt out of the closet because they love cuddling up with one of Mom's Quilts.  I love it when my 10 year old son compliments the dinner on how yummy it tastes.  I love it when my kids ask if I can help them make a quilts or teach them to make bread.  That is when it all pays off. 

HOW DOES MY WRITING AND CREATIVE PROCESS WORK?

 My creative process is working all the time in my head.  I'm constantly looking for different things to make and do and then I'm always working it out in my head on how I what to create it.  As far as the writing goes, I try to write it quickly, so I can get back to doing other things.  (So hopefully there aren't too many grammar and spelling mistakes.) A mother's work in never done!

For the next week I will tag the sisters from the blog Wayward Girls Crafts.  The are a group of sisters, along with their mom that craft and look good doing it!  We have been following them for years now and you will love them just as we do!
Briana





Saturday, July 5, 2014

Graco Stroller Review

With summer in full swing and kids out of school, it's a great time to get out with the kids and go places.  Let me tell you just how excited I was to hear that Graco just introduced a few new strollers!  These strollers are amazing and make the busy lives we lead a whole lot easier. 
 
We were even more excited to review two of their newest strollers.  Between the four of us sisters, we have quite a few kids, so these strollers have really been tested and proved to be reliable and absolutely wonderful!
 
Let's start out with the
ModesTM Sport Click ConnectTM Travel System
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First, here are the specs from Graco:
"The Graco Modes Sport Click Connect Travel System truly grows with your child from infant to toddler. It is 3 stylish
strollers in 1 and provides 10 versatile riding options, and it includes the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car
Seat, holding your infant from 4 - 35 lbs. The reversible stroller seat allows your little one to face you, reclines flat to
create an infant carriage and then converts to a forward-facing toddler seat. Convenience and comfort features include
a lockable front-swivel wheel for increased maneuverability, one-handed standing fold, parent’s storage tray and
adjustable canopy with UV50 protection."
 
MSRP: $329.99 (Stroller), $429.99 (Travel System with SnugRide® Click ConnectTM 35)
 
I absolutely love this stroller!  There are so many things I love about it!  I have to first mention all of the riding options.  I like how there are so many different options.   And the ease of folding up the stroller is great!  I have kept this stroller in my van and I'm so glad to have it! Sometimes I make an excuse to go somewhere just so I can use the stroller!
 

 I have loved having this at the park and at the store! 
 

This stroller has so many options.  You can create a "new stroller" with the many different ways to move the seat around.  Here is what the "bassinet" looks like.  It is completely enclosed.  There is no way your sleeping infant can fall out.  I love this!
 
 
 It comes with a car seat.  
Now I just have to add this in...I have eight children. I have gone through a lot of car seats and tried so many different styles and brands.  But when my husband saw and tested this car seat out, he said that it is way better than any of the car seats we have used in the past. And that is saying a lot! It is light and easy to carry!
 
 
You can completely take off the seat, which is super easy to do, and attach the car seat onto the stroller.
 
 
Or you can just attach it into the stroller in addition to the normal seat that the stroller comes with.
 
 
You can move the seat to face forward, or to face backward.  I love this feature! My kids love this feature! Great move Graco!

 
It is great for kids and babies alike!  All my younger are always begging to be the one to sit in the stroller.

 
It folds up easy and has little "legs" to hold the stroller up. And you can really fold it up with one hand!  I love that!
 
 
And here is the black clip that holds the stroller closed.
 
 
And I love the room that the basket underneath has!  It can hold a ton of stuff!  And I always have a lot of "stuff" to put in it!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now onto the Jogging Stroller...

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RelayTM Click ConnectTM Performance Jogging Stroller
 
First, here are the specs from Graco:
"Graco’s Relay Click Connect Jogging Stroller is the ultimate performance jogger –the only one with all accessories
included, allowing you to include your child in your active lifestyle. Designed for avid joggers, it features air-filled rubber
tires, a locking front-swivel wheel with tracking, premium suspension and a lightweight frame. Reflective, tech-fabric
helps keep you visible in low light and the UV50 canopy gives your child sun protection. This stroller is compatible with
all Graco Click Connect infant car seats to create a custom travel system. It’s just what moms – who need to go the extra
mile – need!"
MSRP: $329.99 (Stroller)
 
 
This stroller is amazing!  I use it all the time! I actually keep it in my house and my daughter crawls into it all the time wanting to go on a walk or a jog.  It has been used for many, many miles of "runs".  
I have used it with my one year old, my three year old and my five year old and it has pushed so nice no matter what child I was taking.  I absolutely love this stroller and will get many more miles of use from it!

 
I really love how far down the canopy goes down.  It's perfect to keep the sun out of the little one's eyes!  And both of the strollers have a  UV protection of 50!


The brakes are really easy to use and take a look at those shocks and tires!  This stroller was my husbands favorite and I think this might just be the reason! It just looks tough! And is very sturdy!


There is a little flap so you can keep an eye on your little one.  And I always put my phone and keys in the little pockets right under the handle.


And what's really great about Graco, is the interchangeability of the car seats and strollers.  The car seat from the Sport Click Connect can be used for the jogging stroller effortlessly. 


You just have to flip up the flap and the car seat snaps right into place and there are no worries of the car seat popping out of the stroller!


And the canopies completely shade the baby from the sun!


Overall, I have loved everything about these strollers! They are both absolutely amazing!  They both serve their purpose and I would strongly suggest both of them to anyone who is stroller shopping.  You cannot go wrong with either one of these strollers!

 
Disclaimer: Graco sent us these products to review.  All the opinions stated are our own.
Briana

Friday, June 27, 2014

Easy Trampoline PVC Sprinkler

 
My kids LOVE to jump on our trampoline with the sprinklers on during the summer. But I get tired of setting the sprinkler in the center of the tramp then having to move it to water other parts of the lawn, then resetting it. So we came up with a great plan. This is our original idea and haven't seen it anywhere else.
 
This is so simple to make all you need is:
2- 10ft sticks of 3/4" PVC Pipe
1- 3/4" PVC End Cap
1- 3/4" PVC Coupling
1- PVC Hose Connector
PVC All Purpose Glue
10-15 Zip Ties
Drill with 1/8" drill bit
PVC Cutting Tool/Saw
 
You need to connect and glue the 2 long PVC sticks with the coupling. On one end glue on the PVC Hose Connector. From here, find the best place that is closest to the water hose so that you aren't connecting the hose in an awkward area. You will zip tie the hose connector and PVC pipe to the trampoline at that spot. Then move around about 4 ft and put another zip tie there, and so on until you get to the end. Once you have gone around the whole tramp and secured it with zip ties you should be back to the hose connector. Cut the pipe and glue the end cap on here. Next, take the drill and drill holes slightly slanted to the center of the tramp every 2-3 feet. The closer the holes are the lower it will spray, the farther apart the hole the higher the water will spray. Make sure the glue is dry before you turn on the hose. Have fun and always supervise kids when they are jumping on a trampoline and are around water.
 
Happy Summer!! 
Bridget
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