Mom’s Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

disclosure A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

Nap time is my very favorite time of the day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my little munchkin and the time we have together, but the peace and quiet in the house while she’s sleeping is exactly what my mom-batteries need by that point in our day.  Of course, it usually comes with a to-do list a mile long…but I always try to stop for at least a few minutes of “me time” before I proceed to the tasks at hand.  And since I’m 4 months pregnant, that also means I need to stop for a bit of refueling, too!

 

I discovered a perfect pair for my afternoon food-boost at Walmart the other day - STOUFFER’S® Mac Cups along with Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water!

A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

I picked up a package of the original flavor as well as a White Cheddar and Bacon.  They come in packages of two, and take just 3 minutes in the microwave!

 

A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

I know, mac and cheese for adults?  I was so excited about that, too!  Delicious and filling comfort food, just what I need for my afternoon pick-me-up.  And I didn’t even have to share :-)

 

A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

The 8 oz bottle of Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water was easy to grab along side it – and a great choice for this pregnant mama to stay hydrated!

 

A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

Add a couple of magazines and enjoy your quiet afternoon pick-me-up!

 

A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

 

Looking for some more delicious ideas for a “mom break?” Check out these Flavorful Moments with Nestle for inspiration!

 


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Felt Luggage Tag with Clear Plastic Sleeve

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

 

After spending 13 years of my life in public school, 4 years in college, and 4 years teaching in a public school, it is SO strange at this time of year to not be in that “back-to-school” season.  This is the third year that I haven’t been preparing for a new school year, and it’s still pretty foreign to me.  It’s like we miss an entire season!  Plus I’m seeing all these great back-to-school ideas pop up on Pinterest…teacher gifts, school lunch ideas, first day of school pictures…and absolutely none of them apply to me!

 

I’ve been racking my brain for an idea to share with you that could be helpful for those of you with kiddos heading back to school this month, and I think I finally came up with one that could fit that category.  Here’s my felt luggage tag with clear plastic sleeve -perfect for strapping onto a backpack or lunch box for the inevitable time (or times) that it gets left behind somewhere.  In my case, I’ll be strapping it onto our diaper bag to replace our current labeling system…a piece of masking tape :-)

 

This was a pretty quick and easy project I was able to whip up with scraps I had lying around.  I used felt, but you could also use some other sturdy fabric – maybe canvas, or even cut up an old pair of jeans to get a square of denim!  Here’s the fabric I used – teal felt for the tag, some fabric from a fat quarter, and cream felt.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack or diaper bag!

 

This is one of those projects where a Silhouette will come in handy, but you don’t necessarily need it.  I designed my whole project in Silhouette Studio and then cut a card stock template to trace and cut both pieces of felt.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Note: It IS possible to cut some kinds of felt with your Silhouette, though I didn’t have the right kind on hand…check out this post at Cutesy Crafts to read more about it!

 

The next step was to cut my cotton fabric – I used my Silhouette for that, too.  (Check out this post for more of a a how-to on cutting fabric with your Silhouette!)

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Since I had interfacing on the cotton fabric and cream felt, I just layered them all together!  First I ironed the cotton fabric onto the tag base.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Then I ironed on the cream felt nameplate.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

You could just use a fabric marker to write on the name if you’d like, but I used a scrap of heat transfer vinyl to add my daughter’s name.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Yay!  It could have been done now, but I really wanted to add something on the back to hold a piece of paper with our phone number – just in case the diaper bag got left behind somewhere!  I found an old zip-up plastic bag that some sheets came in – it was the perfect thickness to turn into our clear plastic sleeve.  Not too thick, but still durable.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

I ironed on another rectangle of the cotton fabric to make the back a little more interesting.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Then I cut a rectangle of the plastic to size, and used some embroidery floss to stitch it onto the back!  My sewing isn’t perfect…but I like what the whip stitch border adds to the tag!

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Finally, I used my Silhouette sketch pens to sketch and cut a little tag to put in the sleeve.  (Don’t worry, that’s not our real phone number… ;-)

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

It fits right into the little plastic sleeve!

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

I just love how it turned out!  I think I’ll be adding a grommet to make the hole a little more durable, I just didn’t have any that were the right size.  Boy, it will be nice to rip off the masking tape label from the side of our diaper bag!

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

 

A Silhouette Promotion

Have you been toying with the idea of getting a Silhouette?  I really can’t recommend it enough…I use it ALL the time, for big and small projects!  I’m excited to use it for educational-type projects and activities for my 2 year old as we try some pre-preschool activities at home this fall.

 

Now through August 31, you can get a great deal on a “Back-to-School Bundle” with a Portrait or Cameo when you use the code UNORIGINAL.  Click HERE to see the deals – just don’t forget that you’ll need to use the code at checkout to get those fantastic prices!

 

Great deals on back-to-school bundles!  The perfect time to get a machine of your own!

 

Have you done any back-to-school projects yet?  Or are you like me, where back-to-school isn’t really a season at all in your house?


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15 Delicious Mocktails

15 delicious mocktails - perfect for pregnant mamas or those who are counting calories!

If you missed the news, we are expecting another baby in January!  And while we’re thrilled to be adding to our family, and I am so glad to be pregnant…I am bummed to be missing out on summer cocktails!  I’m not a big drinker, but I do enjoy sitting on the deck with a beer or a delicious fruity cocktail at the end of the day.  So, for any other pregnant mamas out there (or even those that may just be watching their calories), I’ve put together a round-up of 15 delicious mocktails – perfect for summer, or any occasion!  And if you’re not pregnant, well, these recipes could easily be made into adult beverages by adding your favorite liquor.  Just don’t be tellin’ me.

Sparkling Rosemary Limeade by the kitchn

15 Summer Mocktails - Sparkling Rosemary Limeade

 

Strawberry Basil Soda by the kitchn

15 Summer Mocktails - Strawberry Basil Soda

 

 

Virgin Tequila Sunrise by Fables in Fashion

15 Summer Mocktails - Virgin Tequila Sunrise

 

 

 

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade by Gimme Some Oven

15 Summer Mocktails - Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

 

 

Watermelon Slush by Shugary Sweets

15 Summer Mocktails - Watermelon Slushie

 

 

Banana Pina Colada by Free People

15 Summer Mocktails - Banana Pina Colada

 

 

Blackberry Lavender Lemonade by Free People

15 Summer Mocktails - Blackberry Lavender Lemonade

 

 

Simple Sparkling Raspberry Mocktail by Poofy Cheeks

15 Summer Mocktails - Sparkling Raspberry Mocktail

 

 

Ginger Lemon Mocktail on Gnowfglins.com

15 Summer Mocktails - Ginger & Lemon Mocktail

 

 

Cherry Lemon Limeade by Just a Girl and Her Blog

  15 Summer Mocktails - Cherry Lemon Limeade

 

 

Mai Tai Mocktail by Team Keck

15 Summer Mocktails - Mai Tai Mocktail

 

 

Safe Sex on the Beach by Mom’s Test Kitchen

15 Summer Mocktails - Safe Sex on the Beach

 

 

Virgin Sangria by A Sweet Pea Chef

  15 Summer Mocktails - Virgin Sangria

 

 

Pina Colada Fizz Mocktail by The Weekend Gourmet

15 Summer Mocktails - Pina Colada Fizz

 

 

Skinny Strawberry Mint Lemonade Fizz by Yellow Bliss Road

15 Summer Mocktails - Skinny Strawberry Mint Lemonade Fizz

 

 

Hmm…where to start?  They all look SO good!

 

Bottoms up!

 

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A BIG Announcement!

Well, friends, it’s time to let you in on our big news…

Cute filmstrip "big sister" pregnancy announcement with a chalkboard - plus the family dog, too!

 

That’s right, we are expanding!  A new little one will be joining our family in January!

 

That explains the increased baby/pregnancy pins I’ve been pinning on Pinterest…and the fewer blog posts.  I’ve been tired!  I even had some morning sickness with this one that I so fortunately avoided the first time around.  Luckily the second trimester has set in with a bit of increased energy and appetite!

 

So be prepared for some more baby posts in the coming months as we move Addy to her big girl room and get the nursery ready!  Oh, and once again we AREN’T finding out the gender (woohoo team green!)…gender neutral baby projects, here we come :-)

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