Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Well, I did it.

I made Madelynn a dress today.  Two dresses actually.  The first one to way longer than the second.  That's for sure!

I found this tutorial to make a dress a shirt dress.  I looked at it and though, "huh, I bed I can do that."  I was right.  I could.  But it definitely wasn't as easy as I thought it was going to be.  I'm sure if I had a serger it would have been way easier.  But, I don't.  So, it wasn't.  I still liked the end results though.

I started out where I was going to take a picture of every step of the dress.  That changed quickly when I started having sewing machine problems.  I don’t know what was wrong but the sewing machine was eating my thread.  I figured out twice that I had it threaded wrong.  And once I turned the tension down because the thread was stuck and I forgot to turn it back up.  But the rest of the time, I have no clue.  So I’m just going to show you the finished product.  I like how it turned out.  I think the neck is a little to wide.  I added a mini pocket to it.  I actually cut the pocket of the original shirt for it.  I also made a tie instead of a whole waist band because I didn’t have any fabric for the waist band.

SDC15812 this is the front view.

SDC15821 Another front view cause I think it’s cute.

SDC15804 The back.

See it’s cute.  Just not exactly perfect like the one in the tutorial.  Oh well.  Casey has tons of old button up shirts so I can definitely try again.


Now onto the t-shirt dress.  I saw somewhere that you could make an old t-shirt into a dress.  Well I decided to try after the button up shirt dress.  I used the same basic outline as the button up shirt dress.  Instead of cutting a collar I just left the one on the t-shirt intact.  Then for the sleeves instead of making them wider at the bottom I just made them straight.  This one took me a total of 30 minutes at the most.  It probably wasn’t even that long.  Again I think the neck is to wide but I can fix that on this one by just putting a t-shirt underneath it.  It’ll give it a super cute double layer look.  I made it out of Casey’s Star Wars t-shirt that he really loved but it was to small for him.  I really like the way this dress turned out.  I made a few mistakes but I know how to fix them now.  I’ve for sure gonna make more of this kind in the future.

SDC15832 The front.

SDC15833 The side.  It was really hard to get a good picture of her in this dress.  I’m going to try to take more later.

I’ve decided making toddler dresses this way is the way to go.  You can get an old t-shirt or button up shirt at a resale store for a dollar or less most of the time.  For the shirt dress you need to buy elastic.  It’s only $2 for the kind you need but that’ll make a least 3 dresses if not more.  So if you get 3 button up shirts for $1 each plus the elastic, you’re making 3 toddler dresses for $5.  That’s what you pay for 1 at the store if you’re lucky.  Most of the time they’re more than that.  And the t-shirt dresses are even cheaper.  You don’t need elastic for those.  Most of the time t-shirts are like a quarter at resale.  I love clothes.  That’s probably my biggest spending problem is buying Madelynn clothes.  So I’ve found my way to love clothes and save money.  I’m pretty excited.  Next week I’ll show you how I made me skirts out of old jeans that have holes in the knees.  I’m never gonna buy a jean skirt again.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Uh Oh!

That is one of the newer words in Madelynn's vocabulary.  It is also the scariest and one of the cutest words in her vocabulary.
At first when she said "uh oh" it was because she dropped one of her toys or baby dolls.  It was the most darling thing for about a week.  Then, she realized that "uh oh"s can be things that she intends to do rather than accidentally does.
She drops a baby doll, "uh oh".
She drops her cup, "uh oh".
She throws her toy laptop over the arm of the couch, "uh oh".
She opens a box of cereal and pours it all over the floor, "uh oh"
She dumps her milk out in her bed, "uh oh".
She takes the lid off her water and pours it out, "uh oh".
She has a poop explosion during nap time, "uh oh".
She opens a box of Daddy's cards, "uh oh".
She grinds a cereal bar into the carpet, "uh oh".
She dumps her lunch in the floor after only taken 2 bites of it, "uh oh".
See, "uh oh" can be a wide range of things.  From accidents to intentional acts.  The sound of that word causes me to run in whichever direction it came from.  I never know what I am going to find.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Giveaway Alert.

Head on over to In the Mommy Business.  There's a Thirsties Booty Luster Giveaway.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

In the Mommy Business

My friend Nicole and I were talking last night.  We both love doing reviews.  We think it's fun.  And since we each only have 1 kid we have time for it to be a hobby.  So we decided to make a mommy review blog.  We're both going to work together on it.  It seems like a pretty perfect idea.  She has a little boy and I have a little girl.  So we can review stuff for both genders.  We each have 1 kid so we have the time like I said before.  We were pretty good friends in High School, before she graduated, so we get along.  We're hoping since we're going together on this we will be able to get more followers and do more giveaways.  Cause I mean, who doesn't love a good giveaway?  I'll post the links to all of our reviews and giveaways on here still.  I'm pretty excited about it.  I've been looking for a hobby.  So before I go on and on for to long.  Our site is called In the Mommy Business.  We've put the reviews that each of us have done so far up on there.  We have a twitter account, Mommy_Business.  We're really hoping this works out. Thanks for reading and hope to see you over there too.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I should...but I'm not.

I should be doing dishes...but I'm not.
I should write a review for some soap...but I'm not.
I should start on my bible study for this week...but I'm not.
I should mop my kitchen floor, still...but I'm not.
I should go clean my bathroom...but I'm not.
I should be getting dressed...but I'm not.
I should get off the computer...but I'm not.

Instead I'm sitting here writing this post about what I'm not doing and drinking hot peppermint tea.

I also have heartburn because I ate oatmeal this morning.  For as long as I can remember I've gotten heartburn from eating oatmeal.  It doesn't matter if it's instant or old fashioned oats.  It sucks.
This morning I woke up starving. I never wake up hungry. I'm kinda hoping that's a sign of something.  But it's probably not.  I don't know if you can tell that soon anyway.  I still got like 10 days to go.  I hate this countdown every month.  It's miserable.  I know God knows what's going on and He has His own timing.  But my goodness, I wish He would hurry up already.  I'm so impatient.  Maybe that's why it's taking forever.  God wants me to be more patient.

I guess I'll go be patient and drink my tea.  I'm probably gonna go take a nap too.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Birthday Cake!

I know it's kinda late.  Like 2 whole months late but I just made a cake for my friend's son and I realized I never posted anything about Madelynn's birthday.  Like NOTHING.  It was a pretty busy and stressful day for me.  I was stressed because my mom and dad would be in the same small room and Casey's mom and dad would be in the same small room.  We both come from divorced families so things like baby showers, births, and birthdays are stressful events because we have to get them all together.  Then on top of that there was a whole drama about people not eating.  My whole family knew I was making dinner and my grandma decided that she would cook something "just incase" I didn't have enough food.  When they got there they saw my mom in the kitchen and were angry that she was helping(which doesn't make sense) and decided not to eat because they don't want anything to do with anything she touched. Then my grandpa told everyone that my grandma had made food and invited everyone over to their house for dinner.  I was very angry.  But I think the main reason I didn't post anything is because my camera died.  It went caput.  I wasn't able to save any of my pictures of Madelynn from Thanksgiving to her birthday.  I was really upset about that.  So, if any of my family members that read this, if you have pictures of Madelynn in that time frame could you please send them to me?
ANYWAY!  Onto the post.  Birthday cakes.  I love making cakes.  I always have.  Even when I was alittle girl I would make cakes with my dad, grandma, and mom for every holiday there was.  And I'd always decorate them in interesting and extravagant ways.  Somewhere along the line I stopped making cakes.  It probably happened when I turned into a teenager.  You know, baking wasn't the "cool" thing to do and I tried to be as cool as possible.  But I still somehow ended up a loser.  Well I was reading MckMama's blog and found the Rainbow Cake recipe from I am Baker.  I just HAD to make it.  My grandpa's birthday was coming up so I called my grandma and told her I was making him a cake.  She sounded skeptical, probably because she remembers my crazy childhood creations, but she said ok.  So I made it.  I didn't follow the directions 100%.  For some reason I have a hard time following directions to the T.  Don't know where I got that from.  So the cake ended up leaning.  It looked pretty but it leaned.  I was pleased and disappointed with myself.

But everyone loved it.  So I decided to make another one.  This time it was a Christmas cake.  It was layered like the rainbow cake but instead of rainbow layers it had red and green layers.  I decorated the outside with candy canes.  But unfortunately, due to the faulty camera mentioned above, I don't have any pictures of it.

My next feat was Madelynn's birthday cake.  I had decided I was going to make a large cupcake decorated like a ladybug.  But I couldn't find a large cupcake pan under $30 anywhere and that just defeats the whole purpose of making your own birthday cake because it's cheaper than a store bought one.  So my sister-in-law Amy told me about this place that rents out cake pans.  A week before Madelynn's party I went over there to ask if they had any large cupcake pans.  They didn't but they did have the Wilton ladybug pan.  It was cute and her party was ladybugs.  So I rented it but I was terrified.  I looked online and that cake could only go 2 ways.  It could look good or it could look bad.  There were no in-betweens.  I decided to make the cake for Madelynn and cup cakes for everyone else.  I thought if all else fails and the cake is a disaster I can just give her a cupcake.  That's probably what I just should have done anyway since she didn't eat but like 2 bites of the cake.  I practiced star tipping onto a tupperwear lid and I was pretty sure I had it down.  I was less stressed then.  The cake turned out beautifully.  And so did the cupcakes.  Those were super easy.  And I found out while making the cupcakes that my oven is tilted or something.  That's why the rainbow cake leaned so much I think.
I was talking to my friend about a month ago and she was telling me that she was looking at cakes from a bakery for her son's 1st birthday party and they were quite costly.  So I told her I could make her one.  It only cost like $3.  So I made him a duck cake with cupcakes around it.  She told me she had duck cupcake picks to add to it.
This is what I sent her.
And this is how it turned out after she added the picks and letters.

I love making cakes again.  I pretty much just want to bake all the time.  But I can't do that because I'll gain like 100lbs when I'm trying to lose that.  But I'll probably keep baking for special occasions.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Springvale Goat Milk Soap Review

I got the opportunity to review some goat milk soap from a few different people.
The first company I am going to review is Springvale.  I would like to start out by saying, Deb(the owner) is so kind and has amazing customer service.  She is quick on shipping her product and responding to her emails.  I received my product to review 3 days after she had said she was shipping it.  I received a 3.5oz bar of her coconut goat milk soap.  She also sent me a mini bar of her lavender vanilla soap because I had mentioned that I liked lavender but couldn't use it on Madelynn because I think she might be allergic.  The first thing I did was open the soap and smelled it.  It smelled like you would expect coconut to smell.  I was a little weary about picking that scent at first because when you buy something coconut at the store it has this strange tropical sunscreen smell to it.  But this really smelled like coconut.  As I looked at it I realized that there are even pieces of real coconut in the bar.  I thought that was super cool.  Then I wondered to myself if Madelynn might try to eat them in the bath.  I used it on myself first before using it on Madelynn.  I have never used goat milk soap before so I wasn't sure what to expect.  It doesn't lather like other soap.  But that's a good thing.  I read somewhere that the lather from other soaps is some chemical they put in there to make it lather.  I liked the little bit of abrasiveness the coconut chunks gave to the soap.  They made the soap slightly exfoliating.  After rinsing off I didn't feel like I still had soap on me.  It rinsed off really easily, unlike my normal soap that I have to rinse a few times before I feel like it's all off.  I didn't notice any real difference to my skin after using it the first time.  But after about a week of using it my skin felt softer.  Madelynn and my husband both used it.  I liked using the soap on Madelynn because I knew if she did happen to ingest any of it she would be okay.  Also I liked that I wasn't using harsh chemical on her skin.  It was all natural(well mostly all natural, Deb said sometimes her essential oils aren't 100% all natural).  My husband really enjoyed the soap.  He hasn't strayed from the brand of soap that he normally uses since I met him.  But I'm pretty sure he'll let me buy more of this.  He used it on his face and said he had less breakouts.  He also said he noticed that he had less dry skin on his elbows.  He doesn't use lotion so his elbows get bad in the winter.
I would definitely recommend going to Deb for your goat milk soap needs.  It looks like she has more scents up. I think I'm going to try her strawberry and vanilla coffee scents.  They sound awesome.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

I've decided...

I've decided I think it would be fun to have a weekly(well really weekendly) "adventure" update.  By adventure I mean live with a 14 month old.  It's quite interesting.  If you haven't tried it you should give it a go sometime.  Our weekends start on Friday.  That's the beginning of Daddy's weekend.  He works 10 hours 4 days a week so he gets 3 whole days for a weekend.
Friday morning we woke up and prayed for Rylin.  She's my niece and she was having eye surgery that morning. Then we took Grandpa(my dad) on errands.  Friday morning is a good morning for this because it gives Daddy time to sleep.  We first went to MawMaw and PawPaw Freddie's(my grandparents) house.  PawPaw decided that it would be a good idea to give Madelynn a cookie and sit her in front of the tv before she even ate breakfast.  She hadn't eaten breakfast yet because she's like her Mommy and has to be awake for an hour before she can eat.  It was an oatmeal cookie so that wasn't to bad.  Then she suckered him into a banana.  So it was a pretty decent breakfast.  After we left there we went to Walmart.  It was a pretty low key trip to Walmart.  I think the only thing she left with that time(we went again on Saturday) was a $1 rubber duckie.  For some reason my dad can not resist buying her something when he goes to the store with us.  After that Madelynn was hungry again and it was only 9:30 so we stopped by McDonalds.  She loves their breakfast burritos.  I don't know how healthy they are for her but one every once in awhile can't hurt.  Then it was home for a nap.  While Madelynn took her nap I got the stuff ready to roast a ham.  The first time I ever did anything like that it was a pork roast in the over and I horribly messed that up so I was scared.  I turned it on, stuck the ham in, and put the lid on.  It needed to cook for 3 hours.  When Madelynn woke up we had to run to Frick's to get some flour because I forgot I was out.  I needed it to make stromboli for us and my sister-in-law(Rylin's mommy).  When we went outside it was even more beautiful than it had been when we were out earlier.  I was so excited I wanted to run back inside and get out my flip-flops.  But I didn't.  I just went to the store.  When we came home it was time to eat lunch.  Madelynn at lunch and watched me as I made the dough for the stomboli and a cake and cupcakes for my friend's son's birthday party.  It was a duck cake, with blue cupcakes around it that were going to have duck picks in them.  I just didn't have the picks she did.  So it kinda just looked like a duck in water.  But the duck had more of a dog head.  It was kind of a disaster.  At least I thought so.  Halfway through decorating the cake Madelynn went into the living room to play with Daddy.  It was time to check the ham.  It was 20 minutes after it was supposed to be done.  I stuck the meat thermometer in it and it barely even registered.  The ham was supposed to be at 160* and it wasn't even at 120*, the starting temp on the thermometer.  I was starting to stress.  It was 3:30.  We had a birthday party to go to that we had to leave for at 5:30 and the ham wasn't anywhere near done.  I decided that I would get Madelynn all dressed and cleaned up and get myself dressed and cleaned up.  When I walked into the living room Daddy was sitting at the computer and Madelynn had every dvd she could get to spread out around her.  I just left it.  I got us ready and went and checked on the ham.  It was now 4:15ish.  The ham was acutally done.  So I threw 2 strombolis together and wrapped up the cake and cupcakes.  We didn't get out of the house until 5:35 and we still had to drop off the stromboli to my sister-in-law.  We dropped that off and went to the birthday party.  It was a party at Build-a-Bear for my friend's son.  It was strange to say the least.  The hostess sounded like a flower child from the 60's.  Madelynn loved the fact that she got to pick an animal and clothes for it.  She picked a bunny and a pink dress.  There was a little boy there that was the angriest little boy I have ever seen.  I mean I was afraid he would pull a knife out any second and stab me.  He was that angry.  He just scowled and growled at everyone.  He was so rude to the worker.  I don't know how he ended up that way but I never want a kid like that.  On the way home Madelynn screamed the majority of the time because she was really tired and it was past bedtime.
Saturday morning we had to go to Walmart AGAIN.  I really don't like that store.  We had to get a birthday present for my cousin.  After Walmart we came home and played with daddy and then napped.  After nap-time we went outside to play.  It was so beautiful outside.  I chased Madelynn up and down steps and around every sidewalk in the apartment complex.  While we were playing outside my dad came out and asked us if we wanted to go to dinner with him.  I said sure because Casey wasn't home, he went to a tournament and wouldn't be back until like 10pm.  So dad took us to a buffet with him and his friends.  Have you ever taken a VERY social 14 month old to a buffet?  It's quite interesting.  First you have to find food to feed her which isn't really a problem other than she might have ate WAY to much.  She had a piece of pizza, broccoli, cauliflower, macaroni and cheese, and broccoli salad.  Then there's the fact that she's overly social and likes to talk to EVERYONE.  I'm pretty sure everyone in the place heard the phrase, "Hi, Mahmen!" a hundred times.  If you need a translation of that it means, "Hi, I'm Madelynn!"  And finally the hardest part of going to a buffet with Madelynn and my dad is trying to avoid him feeding her to much dessert.  Grandparents are just plain ridiculous when it comes to desserts.  I don't know how they don't understand kids don't need that much sugar.  After the buffet we went to the store.  Can any one guess what store it was?  If you guessed Walmart you are correct.  We went to Walmart for the THIRD time this weekend.  This time my dad purchased Madelynn a baby doll accessory set.  It has a stroller, baby carrier, diaper bag, and stand to turn the carrier into a swing or high chair.  It was only $15.  It was a good deal considering they're normally $25 or $30.  Like I said before, he just can't resist getting her something.  We came home and put it all together and she tried I don't know how many times to sit in the stroller herself.  Then she pushed it to her room.  I was excited that she finally got the hang of it.  That is until I walked into her room and found her with it pushed up against her crib trying to climb in, something she could have only learned from Katherine(hehe).  I decided then that it was time for bed.
This morning, Sunday.  We woke up at 7:30.  Came into the living room and played with the baby doll stuff.  This time we didn't climb on it.  Then we had breakfast.  About half way through breakfast Madelynn started to get really cranky.  It was 8:30.  I decided to put her down for a nap.  Casey wasn't up yet so I went in and told him he could just sleep because I put Madelynn down for a nap so he'd need to stay with her while I went to church.  Well, 9:15 rolls around and Madelynn starts yelling and crying for me.  So I decide to just get her up and dressed and take her with me.  I wish I would have known she was just fake sleeping because then I would have woke Casey up to get ready.  Instead he missed church.  After church we came home, ate lunch, and took a nap.  All of us took a nap.  I love napping on Sunday afternoons.  After nap time we had a snack and opened all of the windows.  I got Madelynn dressed to go outside.  I got her shoes and was going to get her to put them on when she fell threw the window.  She pushed on the screen and it popped right out and she fell.  Luckily the window is only like a foot off the ground at the most.  It scared the crap out of both of us.  She wasn't hurt.  And still wanted to go outside after that.  We went out and played with the 2 little kids 2 apartments down from us.  Between coming inside from playing with them and going to church for Family Night she screamed and yelled at me the whole hour.  It was ridiculous.  But chruch went well.  She only banged her head on the table twice and took the whipped cream spoon off of the table and started chowin down on that.  He Uncle Cory caught her though.
That was my weekend.  And apparently I just won some Thirsties cloth wipes from Hormonal Imbalances.  I don't really remember how I found her blog or anything.  But it's awesome that I won something that pretty much never happens.
I am probably going to bed now.  I hope you enjoyed this weekends adventures as much as we did.