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Live. Laugh. Eat. Craft.

Issue No. 5, Spring 2013

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Peruse our recipes, crafts, home décor, DIY projects, inspirational articles and more… All focusing on the themes below:

Cinco De Mayo

Spring Parties Mother’s Day

Father’s Day

Creative director and editor: Mari Hernandez-Tuten Front cover image by: Tafie Webb

Carrots for Breakfast never tasted better than this delicious recipe!

Carrot Cake Pancakes With Cream Cheese Glaze Ingredients for pancakes:

●Box of favorite Pancake mix or from scratch mix ●4 teaspoons brown sugar ●1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ●1/4 teaspoon ground ginger ●1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg ●3 tablespoons of orange juice ●3 tablespoons of oats ●1 teaspoon orange zest ●3 tablespoons of raisins ●1 cup grated carrots

Cream cheese glaze: ● 3 Tablespoons cream cheese at room temperature ● 2 tablespoons milk ● 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

1. Follow the instructions on the box to make about 8-10 pancakes and then add the ingredients above to the mix. 2. Heat your griddle/skillet at medium heat and add a dab of butter to it. Once the butter melts spread it over the griddle. 3. Add about 1/4 cup of pancake mix to make 4 inch pancakes. 4. Cook until you see the top covered with bubbles. Flip over and cook another minute or two. For the glaze, mix all ingredients in a bowl and pour over pancakes.

DIY Modern Art Note Cards

Turn Your Child’s Art Work Into Modern Art Stationery!

No-Sew Fishing Game

You will need: ●Dowel ●Fabric ●Ribbon ●Magnet ●Eye hook ●Pillow stuff ing ●Craft glue

1. Cut fish out of fabric. Use this pattern. 2.. Glue all the ends of the fish but leave an opening so you can stuff it. 3. You will need to sew the eye hook onto the end of the fish. 4. Then glue it closed. You can use the dowel by itself or cover it with fabric as shown. 1. Cut out the fabric to go around the dowel. 2. Glue it down and around the stick. 3. Take your ribbon and sew it to the end of the fishing pole. 4. Place a dot of glue to one side of the magnet and cover it with fabric. 5. Sew the magnet to the other end of the fishing pole.

Glimpses of Spring

Photography by Mari Hernandez-Tuten

Discover the beauty in moving on and letting go. Photography by: Carla Ackermann

Photography by: Tafie Webb

Photography by Mari Hernandez-Tuten

Photography by Mari Hernandez-Tuten

1. Crafting for a Cause - Ask your local hospital or Children’s home if you can make something for them. 2. Mall Makeover - For free! 3. Bike Ride & Picnic 4. Girls Night In 5. Take a class together: pottery, cooking, yoga… 6. Start a Mother & Daughter Scrapbook. 7. Make Scones and have high tea time. 8. Dance party or Wii Dance 9. Make a “fancy” meal together. 10. Read a book For the details and printable go here.

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Fried Ice Cream Balls {Skinny Version}

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the historical battle of 1862 between Mexico and France. This holiday is a symbol of Mexican pride and unity. It includes fun festivities and, not to mention, yummy FOOD!

Ingredients: 路 Cinnamon crisp tortil a wedges- see below 路 vanil a ice cream (low-fat) 路 caramel sauce (optional) 1. Use an ice cream scoop to make the ice cream balls. Re-freeze balls until you are ready for them. 2. Crush the tortil a wedges. 3. Take ice cream balls out and roll them in the cinnamon crisp until coated. 4. Add a dash of cinnamon on top and drizzle caramel sauce over them. For Cinnamon Crisp Tortil a Wedges go here.

DIY Mini Pi単ata

1. Fill one of your plastic cups with candy and run a string through the other cup.

2. Take your crepe paper and roll it up.

3. Cut slits through the rolled up crepe paper.

4. Tape cups

together, then glue your crepe paper onto the cup in layers.

DIY Mother’s Day Gift

Bird Nest Necklace


Run your beads through your wire. (Usually the amount of beads symbolizes the amount of children one has)


Bring the beads to an O shape. Wrap wire around tightly and arrange beads so there isn’t a gap in the middle.


Wrap the wire around the beads several times. This image is the back of the nest. Notice how the wire is weaved around the back. I crossed my wires to give it a messy nest look.


Using the same wire create a loop. Now attach a jump ring and clasp to the end of the necklace chain.

DIY Textured Frame

Cover a flat frame with lentils. Make sure you use strong craft glue otherwise your lentils will not stay in place.

Once the glue is completely dry test it by running your fingers over the surface. If the lentils fall off, apply more glue and let dry. Spray paint and let dry.

Five Tips on How to Handle Tantrums

1. When he starts to “throw a fit”

we calmly tell him that he needs to go to his room until he is able to tell us what is upsetting him in a calm way. He must walk up the stairs and to his room, then sit to the side of his dresser until we either come get him or we tell him he can come down. That’s it. We don’t tell him not to throw a fit, because obviously he is upset about something and is just trying to express his feelings. However, we try to give him time to settle down before explaining it to us (and give us a little time to diffuse ourselves). It is our job, as parents, to teach him to effectively deal with his feelings. And taking a little time out is good for everyone. Besides, fit throwing is a lot less enjoyable for a youngin’ without an audience! ~ Jenae You can find the rest of this article at

2. If your child is consistently doing something you don’t want him to do, you will have to replace that habit by breaking it over a few week’s time and doing something else positive in its place. It may be a struggle getting a particular child to stop doing a particular thing, but if you stand your ground (even 100 times), you will have won the war. Don’t be discouraged if he/she seems to win a few battles – it’s best to get the war over when the child is small – rather than wait until you are dueling a teenager. ~Heather from Spiritti Bee


Plan for correction. Allow Time for correction. Deal with each child separately. Ask 3 Heart Questions to the child… you can find the complete article and printable at Thriving Home Blog.

4. Redirect your toddler’s energy.

For example, if he’s kicking the table say, “It’s not okay to hit the table, but it is okay to go outside and kick the ball around.”

5. When you address your toddler try to

engage them using multiple senses: -Make tactile contact- Touch their shoulder -Visual contact- bend down and look at them. -Keep it short.

Home DĂŠcor with Panache You will need: frame, tulle, butterflies and paint Spray paint your frame. Once it has dried tape or glue the tulle to the back of the frame. Glue butterlfies to the front of the tulle. Enjoy!

Stop by to get the details about the 30 Day E-lab for mamas looking for themselves.

Father’s Day Handmade Card by Kelly Griglione at Notable Nest

Daddy’s Little Monsters

d e B n i t Breakfas

This year plan a monster theme breakfast in bed for dad with activities he can do with the kids. Place the room service sign on the door and get ready to have fun with a monster shake, ham & egg cheese monster sandwiches, monster fruit and cookies. And every dad needs the book the Tickle Monster by Jodie Bissett.

Stop by our website and get the Printables.

Dad Rocks Printable!

Make Your Own Plush Alphabet

Photography & Craft by Chez Beeper Bebe Stop by to get this fabulous tutorial!

Jewelry Organizer Photography & Project by Tafie Webb

You will need: ●Wooden frame ●Chicken wire ●Nails or stapler All you need to do is staple the wire to the frame.

Photography & Invitation by Mr. Printables

Rainbow Party

Photography & Party by: Jodi Durr of Meaningful Mama

Indoor Picnic Date

Photo by Mari Hernandez-Tuten

Get creative with your dates nights! Here’s a fun indoor date that won’t take much Planning. All you will need is some blankets, wine, cheese Bread and other types of finger foods. Enjoy! For more date night Ideas go here.

Photo by Carla Ackermann

Sweet Lemon Cream Sauce

I use it to pour on fresh fruit, like lemon curd for my toast, pancakes, over fruit trifle, fondue, pound cake..... the possibilities are endless. And most importantly it took less than 10 minutes to make! All you lemon lovers, are you ready for your world to be rocked? Sweet Lemon Cream Sauce created in my cocina (kitchen) Ingredients · 3/4 cp Sweet Condensed milk · 2 tbl cornstarch · lemon zest · 1/2 cp of lemon juice · 4 tbl of heavy cream or whole milk · 2 tbl butter 1. Mix all of the ingredients above in a medium sauce pan over medium low heat until it thickens, about 5-8 minutes.

You can find this recipe here for easy pinning.

We will be married for 10 years this May! This brings tears to my eyes as I think about the life I have been blessed with and the challenges we’ve had to overcome. Only by the grace of God, seriously. We have tried date nights since our first year of marriage but we had a lot to learn along the way and I am sure we still do. Sometimes our plans worked for months at a time and at other times it was a total flop. We have three kids all under the age of 8. I say this because we have gone through stages in our life when it just wasn’t possible to go out on dates but we found other ways to connect and Have that one one time when the kids were in bed. As you read this don’t feel guilty instead be encouraged and find what works best for you and your spouse! Shattered Expectations When my husband was my boyfriend he came up with some awesome dates and I mean really creative dates. One night he took me by the lake and we sat out by the cool water in the hot South and enjoyed the breeze. We talked, smooched, laughed and my favorite part we danced under the stars! Another time he took me out on the river in a canoe and he had a picnic ready for us. He even had some romantic music set up with speakers. I can go on and on about all of our creative dates but you get the point, he knew how to woo me.

My Dating (my husband) Journey: Shattered Expectations

All that to say I was shocked a year into our marriage when the fun dates or for that matter date night didn’t continue. I know things change, life changes, people change but still I was shocked. My husbands love grew for me as mine did for him so it had nothing to do with love but everything to do with figuring out what worked best for us now that we were married, with more responsibilities and a child on the way. And to top it off, he was a first year teacher in an extremely hard inner city school. At that time I didn’t get it. I didn’t realize all this change would mean change in how we would date each other. All I felt was hurt and let down by him. As with all things, a little heart to heart and open communication I was able to express my thoughts in this area and we were able to move forward but still with a huge learning curve for both of us. In our journey I learned, sometimes the hard way, that I needed to adjust my expectations to our reality. I used to think it was his responsibility to plan our date nights. He is supposed to woo me. I was crushed when another week would roll in and once again no date night. I took it personal because if he loved me enough, he would remember, right. That mindset had to change if I didn’t want to end up a bitter old wife. We decided to take turns planning our date night…..

To read more of our dating journey go here.

Green and beautiful desk organizers. Put to use your tea boxes, cans and cereal boxes. Cover them with fun magazine or catalogs. I used a children’s book catalog that was full of colorful and adorable pages to cover my items.

Recycled Desk Organizers

Egg Carton Flowers

Mothers Day Gift Photography & Craft by Jodi Durr

In 3 simple steps:

1 Cut

2 Paint

3 Glue For the details stop by Meaningful Mama.

DIY Hostess Cupcakes

The Hostess chocolate cupcake has been around since 1919, it wasn’t until 1950 that they added the cream filling and signature squiggle.

●box of Chocolate Cake mix ●1 cup of sour cream ●4 oz of chocolate, chopped ●1/4 cp of heavy cream : ●6 Tbs butter, softened ●1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar ●3/4 cup marshmallow Fluff ●1 1/2 -2 Tbsp. heavy cream Directions: 1. Follow all the cake directions on box and add 1 cup of sour cream for extra moist cupcakes and bake. 2. In a bowl mix all of the filling ingredients, start with 1.5 tbs of cream. 3. Start piping in your filling into each cupcake. 4. Heat the heavy cream in a quart-sized, microwavable container and microwave for 3 to 4 minutes on high or until it just begins to simmer; be careful not to allow the cream to boil over. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let stand for 2 minutes. Whisk it until its smooth like a glaze. 5. Smooth the Chocolate Ganache over the cupcakes and let them cool and then add the squiggly lines, 7 to be exact . Use the filling for the squiggly lines or white tube icing. To make your own marshmallow cream go here.

Pillow Case Floor Mat Photography and craft by Leigh Ann Phillips

Sew you pillow cases together, side to side as shown below.

Fill the pillow cases and lay the mat out!

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Healthy and easy snack recipes are important to have around so that when you get the munchies you have a variety of ideas to choose from. This is my personal favorite. Cinnamon Apple Chips Ingredients: ●2 thinly sliced Apples ●½ tsp Cinnamon ●½ tbl sugar Use a mandoline for easy thin slicing. Mix cinnamon and sugar. Place apples on pan. Don’t overlap apples. Sprinkle apples with sugar. Bake for 1 hour at 200 degrees. Take apples out, flip, and bake for another 45 minutes.

Ice Cream Party

The Invites

You will need: ●pop sicle sticks ●glue ●ribbon ●clear baggies ●fun paper ●invite ●scissors

DIY Ice Cream Party Invites

●Free hand draw or go online and grab a template. ●Trace onto scrapbook paper. ●Type up your invite on your Word doc. And print out. Trace the popsicle template on those. ●Glue both of those together with a popsicle stick in between. ●Cover with a clear baggie and add ribbon.

Top: Tissue paper Garland Tissue paper ice cream cones in vase Bottom: Pom Pom garland

The Treats

Photography & treats by That Cute Little Cake

Ice Cream Shop ~Pretend Play~


I spotted these adorable Origami dresses over at

Lovely Food Displays on a Budget

Using items from around your house you can quickly dress up your disposable plates. 1. Doilies- Take your doily and glue it to the Ccenter of your disposable plate. 2. Ribbon- Take your disposable plate and turn it into a goodie holder by folding up the flaps. Use tape to make it stay and then wrap ribbon around it.

Household Tips & Tricks

Sticky Stuff Remover Equal amounts of vegetable oil and baking soda. Mix and apply. Let it soak in for 2 min and scrub off.

Out of long matches? We have the trick. Use spaghetti noodles. Simple and easy.

Chipotle Cilantro Hummus

Take your hummus to another level with this recipe. Ingredients: 2 cans garbanzo beans Handful of cilantro 3 tbl chipotle sauce 4 tbl olive oil 2 tsp garlic powder 3 tsp cumin 3 tbl lemon juice Salt to taste Place all of the ingredients in your blender. Blend until it’s smooth. Serve with veggies, chips, pita bread‌

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Pirate Party

The Dessert Table

The boats are made from newspaper and the sails are made from fabric.

Boat Garland

The Cake

Pirate Fun!

Kids Work Station

DIY Home Project Repurposed Crib turned into an after school work station. Go here for all the details.

Hurry, drains the soul. Stop and bask in the moment.

Photography by Carla Ackermann