Footprint Butterflies

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Today I bring to you my very first guest blog, from my very dear friend Jenna Salamon. Check out her blog about life with her family at http://salamonsalamanders.wordpress.com

Foot Print Butterflies: I found this idea on Pinterest a while back so I decided to make this with the kids for Mother’s Day.  Of course I put my own spin on it and I think it turned out fabulous!!  I made mine on an 8 ½ x 11 canvas but you can make it on anything.  
Here is what you will need: 
CanvasPaint (I used kid friendly Crayola paints that I found at Wal-Mart) 
Paint brush
Old Socks
A wet rag (to wipe off the feet after) 
Two Pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun
Start by lightly coating the right foot with paint.  Press the foot in desired location on the canvas.  Wash the foot with rag and then place in old sock.  Then lightly coat the left foot with paint and press on the opposite side of the footprint you already have down so you can make a butterfly.  Then wash with the old rag and put in the old sock.  This project went really smooth considering my children are 6 and 16mths old.  We didn’t get too messy! (THANK GOD) Let the butterflies dry overnight. 
When completely dry twist pipe cleaners to make the body and antenna of butterflies.  Glue in the middle with hot glue gun.  Then by each butterfly mark each child’s name with a black sharpie marker and age.Enjoy!!
Original pin can be found here:  http://pinterest.com/pin/106538347406578426/

Paint Chip Calendar

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This is one I’ve had pinned for awhile and just never got around to doing. Today I was at work, contemplating what to blog about today and I decided I was going to make a more permanent food calendar. For about a year now, we’ve been doing a monthly food calendar and plotting our grocery list for the whole month. We’ve been doing really good and it helps us not to fall into the monotony of the same thing every week.
I’m about to celebrate 10 years with Walmart and they gave me this nifty little pin and a pretty award type thing in a frame. The award will go in a file and I will use the frame for this pin. The next trick was remembering to bring home the paint samples. I forced myself to get them today and then this pin was a piece of cake. I cut the top 2 colors off of each Colorplace sample and lined them along the 8.5×11 frame so they were even. They are small boxes, but I loved the way it turned out.
Then you just need a dry erase marker and a starting date for your calendar.
Next memo to self: get a more fine tipped dry erase marker!
This would be great for a family calendar, doctor appointments, soccor games or dinner plans. Pick your colors, pick your frame and have fun.
Original pin can be seen at http://chicisms.com/crafty-chic-paint-sample-calendar/
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Jerk Chicken Nachos

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This is not from Pinterest, but it was such a yummy treat that I had to share it. My cousin Erin made these up for lunch lunch today and they were divine!

6 cups tortilla chips
3 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend
2 tablespoons Jamaican Jerk Rub (carribbean jerk works just as well) divided 1 small yellow or red bell pepper or combination
1 lime
2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
¼ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon additional Jamaican Jerk Rub (optional)  
1.  Preheat oven to 425 F.  Arrange tortilla chips in a slightly overlapping layer on Large Round Stone
2. In large bowl, combine chicken, cheese and tablespoon of jerk run; mix gently using scraper.  Sprinkle chicken mixture evenly over tortilla chips.  Bake 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted; remove from oven to cooking rack. 3. Meanwhile, dice bell pepper with knife.  Cut lime in half crosswise.  Juice half of lime in to small bowl; add remaining jerk run add bell pepper and mix well.
4. Snip cilantro using kitchen shears.  Slice remaining lime half in to slices, then cut in half.
5. Spoon bell pepper mixture over nachos; sprinkle evenly with cilantro.  If desired, combine sour cream and additional jerk rub in resealable plastic bag; trim corner to allow sour cream to flow through.  Pipe sour cream mixture over nachos.  Garnish with lime slices.

They were heavier than I’m used to for lunch, but I couldn’t stop eating them and I’m glad we have leftovers, even if Erin said they will get soggy! So try and enjoy!

Revisiting Pinterest

This particular blog isnt about any specific pin, but more about the repeatable-ness of some of these pins. Sometimes it’s a little difficult to come up with something to blog about, even though I’m constantly using Pinterest in daily life.
For example, I made beignets again this morning. They are such a yummy breakfast treat! The big trick is remembering to make the dough the night before. Or the crockpot french toast, even though I didn’t care for it in the crockpot, the batter was amazing on regular french toast, that was yesterday’s breakfast.
So while I may not always have something new and exciting to post, I’m still using Pinterest, almost on a daily basis. I guess this is me asking you not to get bored when I don’t have something amazing to post. I do have some interesting blogs coming up, including my first guest blogger. So stay tuned for some excellent pins!

In Death Saga

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Murder mysteries sell. You’ve got Patterson, King and top of my list JD Robb. This book series review feels like it’s coming very close on the heels of my last one on the Lords of the Underworld, but I’ve set myself a goal to reread the entire series over the summer, so I thought I’d share it with you guys!
The series opens in the year 2058, so there is some awesome technology. Leutenant Eve Dallas works homicide attached to the NYPSD (New York Police and Security Department) at Cop Central. During the first crime of the series, Eve meets the rich and handsome Roarke.
One of the things I love about this series is that it is as much about the love between Eve and Roarke as it is catching the bad guy. At first, I was hesitant to read these books because I am such a big fan of Nora Roberts. JD Robb is a pen name and I was worried that her crime dramas wouldnt be on the same level as her romance books. Boy was I wrong! The whole series is amazing.
You are drawn into the life of Eve Dallas and her quest for justice.  You learn more and more about her traumatic past and how it has pushed her into standing for the dead. She always stands for the victim even when they didn’t deserve it in life.
I’m about halfway to my summer goal. I’m currently on Purity in Death. A group of cyber terrorists is using a computer virus to murder the people who have been skating through the justice system without paying for the crimes commited against children in New York. Many people in the city consider them to be the guardians they are pretending to be. Eve sees them for what they are.  Overzealous terrorists who see themselves as judge, jury and executioner. Now Eve and her team of cops must try to track them down before this group has a chance to spread their “vision” with more people they’ve found guilty.
Occasionally the bad guy is easy to pinpoint, but sometimes it seems completely out of left field. The stories are well written, rich in detail and have characters that you will fall a little in love with yourself! Start from the beginning or pick it up in the middle, just enjoy! I did have a pin for this one but the link was no good. You can check out jdrobb.com or noraroberts.com for a complete list of her works.

Samsung Galaxy S4

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Happy, happy day in the life of SuperStevieD! I got my new phone upgrade today. Needless to say every spare moment today has been spent playing on my new toy….
I’ve been debating phones with myself for months. Tony took the early uograde this year because he was beyond upset with his old phone and I was still content with my iPhone 4. He went with the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Yes it’s the giant phone with the S-pen. After about a week he was adjusted to the size and completely in love with his phone.
I had a huge dilemma now! I have been thinking of the iPhone 5 for months, since it’s release, then I was enjoying Tony’s Note II, then I started reading about the S4!
After much internal debate, I settled on the S4. The deciding factor was the camera. I am a picture crazy person and the megapixel count on this phone is higher than my camera! There are a ton of different settings. Night settings, motion settings that allow you to combine a motion shot like surfing or skateboarding, a best face option, and a best photo option.
The core processor is amazing. It is so much faster than my iPhone 4 was. Adjusting to the speed has been interesting.
Some more interesting options include the hand motion feature. You can wave your hand in front of the screen to scroll through the amazing photos you’ve taken or even answer your phone. I’ve had Tony call me twice just to test it!
I can’t begin to explain the specs and all that fun stuff, but I will refer you to http://www.urdesign.it/index.php/2013/03/15/samsung-galaxy-s-4/ for the specific details. I’d love to hear what all of you think of these phones if you have one. If not, be sure to pop in to your local Verizon store where most of them have a live demo now!

Plastic Envelope

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This one was kind of an odd duck pin. I don’t know if I’ll make any more, but I will definitely be fiddling with it to see if I can pretty it up.
You start with an empty gallon milk jug, which everyone can get no problem! I’m going to describe the steps on how to cut, but I strongly recommend checking out the original pin to see how it’s done. Even if you mess it up, just drink milk and start again! There is one flat side on a milk carton, with no handle, or divot. That is the side that is going to form your top flap.
The lines you see are actually my market lines, which I hope to eliminate on future attempts. It is helpful to have the lines your first try.
The flat side is going to be a nice big arc that encompasses as much space as possible, draw it to the top, where it just starts to curl over.
The other sides will be short rounded hills. Where your sides meet, draw them together into a kind of car smile. Silly directions I know, but remember how you would draw a line from the nose to curve out into the two sides of a smile? That’s what we’re going for. Then you cut out your lines and fold the ‘bottom’ flap up, the two sides in and the ‘top’ flap over it.
I have yet to figure out how they attached the button to hold it closed, but will definitely update when I figure it out.
Best part of this pin, cheap thrills! Enjoy!
Original pin, which is not in English, but has helpful pictures is at http://elmundodelreciclaje.blogspot.com/2011/05/recicla-un-bidon.html?m=1