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August 26, 2011

DIY - Super Hero Letters



My 3 1/2 year old son loves his superheroes. 
Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain Ameri-ma 
(That's what he used to call him...now he very proudly boasts Captain A-Mer-i-CA) 
Anyways, He loves pretty much all super hero's. 
So I found these super cute PARIS letter's on Pinterest and thought...
What if I did his name, but with comic book characters? 
Brilliance!!! 
Now, I know I am not the first to think of this, but I loved the idea 
and had a ton of fun making them.

These are what I made for my little man.

 This is an exceptionally easy project to do and requires very little in the way of supplies. 

You will need the following:
  • Modge Podge Glue
  • Foam applicator
  • Comic books (I paid a total of $5.00 for them)
  • Wooden letters
  • White spray paint 

My total cost for this project was under $20.00.

First I took his letters and spray painted them white,
so I wouldn't see any of the "wood" color showing through or around the edges.

Next, I cut out what felt like a bazillion pictures. 
I will say that I gave up on this half way through and just cut large sections of the comics out. 
 

I then laid glued them onto the letters in the way I thought they looked best. 
It was kind of like a puzzle.

 
I then gently covered each letter with a final coating of Mod-Podge and let dry completely. 
After it has dried I spray painted over it with a clear coat to give it kind of a glossy look. 
This is optional really.

 
 
Needless to say, He LOVES them!! 



August 25, 2011

Fall Fashion Must Haves for 2011

My favorite time of year is just around the corner. Yay!! 
This makes me so happy. 
I love the smell of warm apple cider and pumpkin spice. 
The changing of the leaves and the crisp air. 
And best of all...the boots I have sitting in my closet just waiting to be worn with the perfect pair of skinny jeans. 
I am talking about Fall of course. 

I put together some Fall Wardrobe Basics for those who are interested. 
This Fall is all about florals and plaid. 
Hello 90's anyone!!


Here are some KEY pieces to invest in for this upcoming fall:

Plaid = Whether in a jacket or a cute tunic.
Tweed Pencil skirt = This is so versatile. Think sexy librarian :)
Floral Dress = Pair with a cute pair of leggings/tights. (Go for something in a shade other than black or nude. Also a print on them to add an extra flash of pizazz)
Boots = I have a fetish with boots. I love them. Splurge a little on a good pair. I learned this the hard way.
Corduroy Jeans = Hot colors this fall...Plum, Cranberry, and Toffee.
Large Bag = I am lusting over this hand tooled messenger bag. How gorgeous is this??


Fall Must Haves




Well, there is my list of this Fall's Fashion Must Haves. If you have any that you would like to share...please leave a comment below! I love reading them!

Ciao!

August 23, 2011

Recipe Tuesday - Margherita Pizza

I normally post my recipes on Wednesday, but I was feeling anxious. 
Can you blame me though? Look what I made!!!

It is soooo good. Such a light and refreshing pizza. 
Well, by light I mean it tastes light instead of having it feel heavy in your tummy.

Ingredients: 

Premade pizza crust - I used Freschetta Artisan Thin Crust
Can of diced tomatoes (with or without basil and oregano)
Garlic Powder
Red Pepper Flakes
Salt
Pepper
Oregano
Italian seasoning
Parmesan Cheese 
Fresh mozzarella - 6 or 7 thin slices
fresh basil
Little grape tomatoes or Roma...whichever you prefer
Black olives
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar - 2-3 Table Spoons

Take the grape tomatoes and slice in half length-wise, open the can of diced black olives and drain the liquid. Set these aside. Next, take your crust out and place on an upside down cookie sheet. Preheat oven to the temperature marked on the back of your crust. Also, make sure the sheet is big enough for the pizza :)
Lightly drizzle some olive oil on the crust and spread using a basting brush making sure to cover well. Place in the oven and let it turn a nice light golden brown. This keeps the crust from becoming soggy from the sauce.

While the pizza is getting nice and golden brown...take your blender and add the can of DRAINED diced tomatoes, the balsamic vinegar, oregano, and italian seasoning and about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Blend until your desired consistency. Remove the crust from the oven and ladle the sauce up close to the edges of the crust. Lay the fresh mozzarella, sliced grape tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and diced black olives all over the pizza. Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes (optional), and pepper. Then sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and place in the oven until the cheese has become melt y and bubbly and the tomatoes have a nice roasted look. 

Buon Appetito!

 


August 17, 2011

Best Web Sites for 2011 - Time Magazine

Time Magazine has published their list of "The 50 Best Websites of 2011" today. I was super pumped to see that they had two of my favorite websites on their list, as well as some new ones I've never heard of. I thought maybe for my first post back since June that this would be a good way to start.

First I have to say, seeing Polyvore.com and Pinterest.com on there was awesome. I am seriously addicted to those sites... horribly, irrevocably, and undeniably addicted. Much like I am with coffee. It's ugly people, just ask my husband. Running gag in our house is when I run out of coffee I stomp around in my best "Hulk Angry, Hulk Smash" attitude until I get some in me. Anyways, that's a whole other story! You can click on the link up at the top of my post to see the list in its entirety. I just wanted to highlight some of the ones that peeked my interest. Hmmm....is that where they came up with Pinterest? Sorry, random thoughts often pop into my addled brain.

1. Hipmunk - SUPER fabulous site to ease the burden of slogging through endless pages of flight and hotel searches. I know there is Expedia, Hotels.com, Cheaptickets, etc. but, this one is really smart. You type in your destination and dates...it pops up with a easy to read "visual timeline" with every major airline on the internet. You can see the prices and times offered. Try it out. I did and I loved it.

2. 8tracks - Here's a direct quote from their About page -  "8tracks is handcrafted internet radio. It offers a simple way for people to share and discover music through an online mix, a short playlist containing at least 8 tracks....8tracks believes handcrafted music programming trumps algorithms. Think radio in the 1970s, mixtapes in the 1980s, and DJ culture of the 1990s through today. DJ's share their talent in taste making, providing exposure for artists. Listeners get a unique blend of word-of-mouth sharing and radio programming — long the trusted means for music discovery — on a global scale." Sounds pretty awesome!!

3. Howcast - Want to know how to do it?....look it up on Howcast. This rapidly growing video channel shows you everything from "How to Flirt Online" & "How to Prevent Skin Spots".  Some are funny and cheesy, and some are extremely informative. Just be prepared to spend a couple of hours there.

4. Wonderopolis - GREAT site for children...and adults. Want to know how to do an ollie? How about "Why Doesn't the Glue Stick to the Inside of the Bottle?" This site is like the proverbial 4/5 year old with their endless questions of Why and How. I swear this site has all of them but the great thing is...they have the answers. So if your child asks you  "How Does an Eraser Work", put them on this site. You'll enjoy finding out too.

So there is just a few of the ones that I found fascinating and informative. You should give it a read and check some of the sites out. You might happen upon some amazing new site you never would have otherwise. Happy Reading and God Bless!!!

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