Friday, February 26, 2010

Book Fan Friday

Three A's and a C

I've been horrible at posting BFF when I want to! I really said to myself last night "Self, you need to get that BFF post set to post tomorrow morning!" Well, obviously that didn't happen. Sorry!! But it is here now!! Yay!!! Hubby, Baby Girl, and I all went to the library last week to pick up a few books. One of them was Beach Bunny by Jennifer Selby.

It was pretty cute, but not my favorite. It felt a little slower paced than most books I've been reading Baby Girl. It's about a little bunny and his mother going to the beach and the little bunny liked to be prepared for everything. It was cute how whenever he got scared or startled by something he was all of a sudden tired of that activity and wanted to move on to the next. The end is very sweet, too.

If you have found a great book, children's or otherwise, I would love to see what it is and what you thought about it! I will leave the link-up open all week so feel free to join in at any time.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Twist on the Basic Pigtail

I tried something kinda new with Baby Girl's hair today. It's just a little twist on the pigtails I usually do. I got the idea from Babes In Hairland. LOVE that site. :) You can get great directions on that site, but basically you make a top ponytail and have it a little to the left. Then take the rest of the hair and make pigtails, putting the hair from the top ponytail into the left pigtail.

Now, I did not get it done perfectly whatsoever. Baby Girl was squirmy and wanted to play with everything on the bathroom counter. Her part isn't completely straight or anything, but it still turned out pretty cute. I'll definitely be trying it again. Here she is from the front:

The back:

The top:

I also decided to put in some bows, but she never leaves those in for very long:

I figured I'd be better off taking baby steps. I didn't mean to pull the pigtails out all the way, but oh well. Next time I'll try pulling them only part way like on the website. Next I'm going to find something a little more complicated to try. It may wait until after I get back from Disney because I have a lot to do between now and then. We leave in less than 2 weeks!!!! YAY!!!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My Little Lovebug

I know I haven't posted about playing with Baby Girl's hair in awhile but, well.... I lost her comb. OH NO! One night she was playing with it (she likes to comb her own hair - SO cute), I didn't see it after that, and Hubby said he thought he put it somewhere but couldn't remember. After searching and searching it was nowhere to be found!!! We think our cat, Ali, stole it and hid it somewhere. She's a vain little fuzzball and likes to keep herself looking nice. ;) Anyway, do you have any idea how hard it is to make decent looking pigtails with a soft-bristled brush? There were a few sad looking pigtails with crooked parts but mostly I just brushed her hair to the side and put a clip in it to keep it out of her face.

We went to the NEX on Saturday and while we were there we finally got her a new comb which, of course, means that I will probably come across the old comb this week. So of course I had to put her hair into pigtails on Sunday. Nothing new, but I was excited. Oh, but I do have little bow ponytail holders for her hair now that are too cute!

This face is new for Baby Girl. Recently whenever I've asked her to smile she scrunches up her face and looks like this:

She's just so silly. I love her to bits. But I was able to click REALLY quickly and actually get a real smile.

Aahhhh, she just melts my heart. So after I put her hair up I realized how long her hair has gotten since the last time I put her hair up properly. Look at it curl under! So I think it's time to bump her hairstyles up a notch. I'm going to try out a few new things this week and, good or bad, I'll share them with you. Let's hope I don't embarrass Baby Girl too much. :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Orange

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It's another MTM! Yay! This week is all about the color ORANGE, but before I get to that, I thought I'd talk about last week's MTM. I didn't get around to posting it, but we did do a RED muffin tin.

She had quite the variety for the RED tin. There were tomatoes (just to try), strawberries (she'd never had these before, either), Jello cheesecake stuff, and red berries yogurt (although it looks more purple). She of course loved the Jello stuff and the yogurt but didn't dig the tomatoes or strawberries. She's just not used to it so I'm going to have to try those again another day.

For ORANGE this week, we did a little snack tin because we do our tins on Sundays and we were about to head out for brunch but still wanted to get a little bit on her tummy since we weren't leaving right that minute.

She had goldfish crackers, oranges (never had these before... didn't eat them), and the orange gummies from a pack of Finding Nemo fruit snacks (I know they look red in the picture, but I promise they're orange :P).

To see what others have come up with for MTM this week, head on over to Muffin Tin Mom!

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Sparkly New Book Fan Friday

Three A's and a C

I had a hard time deciding which book to do this week. Hubby suggested this book since it is definitely one of Baby Girl's favorites. She only has board books around that she can reach so she doesn't tear the pages. She's usually very gentle with books, but every now and then she gets a little rip happy. She brings this book to me multiple times a day to read. My Pretty Pink Purse by Tim Bugbird.

The whole book, inside and out, is sparkly and glittery. Using the flash helped show that.

This isn't a storybook, but it's cute and fun. The "purse" is full of everything pink, of course. Baby Girl just loves it. As I write this she saw the book on my lap and started asking me to read it. I definitely recommend this as just a little something fun if you have a girly girl in the house.

If you have found a great book, children's or otherwise, I would love to see what it is and what you thought about it! I will leave the link-up open all week so feel free to join in at any time.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Movie Time!

After reading a bunch of ideas on a Disney discussion board I frequent, hubby and I have decided it would be cool to have a movie theme night once in awhile... every 2 weeks or so. We kept our first theme "night" pretty simple. I already have plans to make them much more elaborate as Baby Girl gets older. We were planning on watching 101 Dalmatians since we just purchased it. And instead of a movie night, we had a movie morning on Saturday. We had chocolate chip pancakes...

...and dalmatian milk.

To make the dalmatian milk I used a pastry brush and "painted" some chocolate syrup on the inside of a clear glass (all we had at the moment were our wine glasses) and slowly pour milk into it. We ended up not watching our movie because while we were cleaning up from breakfast the power went out. Our netbook was fully charged, though, and we have a few movies on the hard drive so we went ahead and watched Up instead.

Sunday we finally got to sit and watch 101 Dalmatians. After the movie I sat down with Baby Girl to do a little activity. I had printed out a picture of one of the dalmatians, got out some circle stickers I had lying around, and I let her "Put the Spots on the Dalmatian!" It was her first time doing anything with stickers and she had SO much fun!

In a couple of weeks we are going to do a night for either The Little Mermaid or Finding Nemo. How about a poll? Comment and let me know which movie you think we should do (and you know I'll definitely be posting about it after we do it) and I'll pick whichever one has the most votes!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

♥♥ I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day. I wanted to share with you the gift Baby Girl made for her Daddy.

I traced her hands on some red paper, cut them out, and put them in the shape of a heart (I got the idea from a friend, but she's doing a special surprise so I won't reveal who... I don't want to take the chance in ruining the surprise! But you know who you are... thank you!). I taped them onto a piece of paper, then taped a bigger white heart on top of that. That way when Baby Girl painted on top of it, I could take the white heart off and her handprint heart would still be there.

It turned out SO cute and I have to say, she had a blast painting! I am going to be picking up more paint when we go to the states next month (they don't sell washable type paint here) and doing more projects. It just melted my heart to see her laughing and smiling so much while making her Daddy a special gift.

We are planning on going to the beach this afternoon. Baby Girl has been quite a few times, but has always played in the water. She drooled a lot as a tiny baby so if she played in the sand it would just be one big mess. blech We haven't had a chance to go much at all lately so we bought her some beach toys and are going to let her go for it! And, of course, the cat will be getting a can of tuna. :) ♥♥

Friday, February 12, 2010

Book Fan Friday

Three A's and a C

Goooooooood morning! My wonderful mother-in-law has been sending us a few boxes lately filled with some pretty cool stuff. She's been making and collecting little Disney things for our upcoming trip. She also included some cute things to go with our new sewing machine. I am definitely going to be picking up some fabric when I'm in the states next month to try sewing something for the first time!

Anyway, in one of the boxes she got Baby Girl a really cute book that we all love. It is A Cuddle For Little Duck by Claire Freedman and Caroline Pedler.

It's just a cute little tale of a duckling cuddling with his mommy and playing around in the meadow with his friends. This was Baby Girl's bedtime story the night we got it! I definitely recommend this.... SO cute.

If you have found a great book, children's or otherwise, I would love to see what it is and what you thought about it! I will leave the link-up open all week so feel free to join in at any time.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pretty Pretty Princess

I just had to share this picture of Baby Girl. She's is such a girly girl already. Among other things, she has developed a love of "lipstick." She sees me put on my Chapstick each morning and after two or three times she decided she wanted some. So whenever she would see me pull it out she would run up to me (still crazy that she walks and everything now) and ask for some. One day she found Hubby's chapstick that he left in his hat after he came home from work one day. Thankfully the cap stays on for now, but she was walking around putting it on. She puckers up her lips and everything.

Man, we're going to be in trouble when this one gets older! She's too pretty! But, I am a little biased, too. :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Book Fan Friday... With A Little Extra Story Thrown In

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it or not, but we're planning a trip in March to go to Disney World.... ooohhhh, actually I just looked back a few posts and I mentioned our trip in October. Well, first of all, for a few reasons that changed from late October to late September. AND I have some super exciting news. We're going this March as well! Hold on, don't get too excited yet. That's not the best part. I'm going to be meeting MY DAD there!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, a bit of background might be needed here. The last time I went to go see my dad was shortly after my mom passed away (she was only 56 - cancer sucks) and I was 7 months pregnant. That means I haven't seen him in 1 1/2 years AND he's never met his one and only granddaughter. Which means he finally gets to meet her!!!! I am beyond excited, let me tell you. And I feel very happy that I get to take him to WDW because, well, I get my Disney obsession from him and he's always lived in Cali so he's gone to Disneyland in Anaheim hundreds of times but he's never had a chance to go to WDW. So I think that it will be incredible for him to see it for the first time and to see it through Baby Girl's eyes. Please excuse me if I'm rambling. I just wanted to share my joy with you.

Actually, I decided to share this story today (as opposed to, say, this weekend) because it actually kinda has something to do with Book Fan Friday this week. Well, we already know that Baby Girl's 2nd birthday is going to have a Disney princess theme (Hubby's the one that suggested it! ♥) and she has had her picture taken with all but 4 of the princesses. I thought it would be cool to do something with those pictures to use as decoration or a game for her party (I have some ideas I'm playing with, but that's a different post). Anyway, I figured she still needs her picture taken with Princess Tiana (LOVE The Princess and the Frog), Pocahontas, Mulan, and... Princess Jasmine. Which brings me to....
Three A's and a C

Since I was thinking about this today I decided to showcase one of the books in the Enchanted Moments series, Aladdin.

I love this story. Fabulous movie and music, too, I might add.

If you have found a great book, children's or otherwise, I would love to see what it is and what you thought about it! I will leave the link-up open all week so feel free to join in at any time.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mickey Oreos Revisited

Remember these tasty little treats? Remember how I said I had BIG plans for them? Well, I tried to take that pretty little picture I had in my head and make it reality. Did it work? Ehhh, let's just say please keep in mind this was my very first time working with fondant, not to mention I was super excited and was probably in a hurry to see the final product!

Does this give you an idea of what I did? No? Okay, how about this...

Still no? Okay then.

You know you have the Mickey Mouse Club March stuck in your head again. And you're welcome. :)

I know it is far from perfect, but I'm proud of it. I know what I did wrong and how to fix it next time I work with fondant. I have a new project in mind with the rest of the fondant I ordered. Nope, nothing to do with Disney. It'll be a Valentine's Day treat. We'll see how it turns out! Practice makes perfect, right?

New Layout

As you can see, I got a new layout!! YAY! I'm super excited. I worked with Jessica over at So Stylilized Blog Designs and this is what she created for me. What do you think? I'm still playing around with where things are and all that, so bear with me, but I'm really enjoying it. I even got a favicon and a site button! Cool!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Dr. Seuss

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

Hi there! Holy goodness, is it February already? Seriously, how did that happen? I have so much to plan and look forward to that I just know this month is going to fly by! (And the fact that there is only 28 days this month doesn't hurt.) This week's MTM theme is Dr. Seuss. ♥ How fun! I used a few different books for inspiration.

In the top row is flower-shaped cheese for Daisy-Head Mayzie, green scrambled eggs for Green Eggs and Ham, and more flower-shaped cheese. In the bottom row is 1 fish, 2 fish, and then all the rest of the fish from 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (my personal fave).

I'm really excited to see what cool things people came up with for the Dr. Seuss theme! Head on over to Muffin Tin Mom to check it out with me!