Friday, September 30, 2011

{Crazy Blessed Love} Friday Features

I'm starting something new! 

Every Friday, I'm going to share my Top 5 Finds!  Sometimes they may be new ideas...sometimes they may just be new to me :)

{Viking Shirt from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar}

{Fall Palette Art by the Creative Paige}

{Incredibles Halloween Costume Tutorial from Freshly Completed}

{White and Jute Pumpkins by Thrifty & Chic}

{Homemade Vanilla Extract from Whipperberry}
I just ordered the vanilla beans to make some!!!!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Our Magical Trip!

We are back from our trip to Disney World!

It was so magical.  I was brought to tears watching my children meet their favorite characters.  Even Matt had to try really hard not to cry.  Their excitement and happiness was contagious.  

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom was, by far, our favorite.  We even ditched Epcot to go back to Magic Kingdom for a second day.  

We started out with breakfast at Cinderella's Castle.  I didn't think that Grayson would care for it, so I briefly considered just doing me and Layne.  Matt wanted to see her too, so we did the whole family.  And boy, am I glad we did!  Grayson loved the Princesses just as much as his sister did!  He hugged them and didn't ever want to let go. 
Layne's other big highlight besides meeting the other princesses was meeting Rapunzel.  She colored a picture while waiting and gave it to Rapunzel.  She looked right at Layne and said, "Thank you!  I can't wait to hang it in my tower!  And I bet Flynn will love it too."  She was totally smitten by her!

After a day full of rides and 2 hour naps, we headed back for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  This was totally worth it in my books!  We didn't spend much time Trick or Treating...the lines were way too long.  Which means we had more time to ride rides and meet more characters.



We loved the Boo To You parade.  And the fireworks were awesome too!
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Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom was fun.  We went on the Safari Ride, which was really cool.  We were literally about 7-8 ft away from a giraffe!  
We watched the Lion King show.  And the kids got their faces painted.

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios was right up Grayson's alley.  We got there around 11 am and went right to the Toy Story Mania ride to get Fast Passes.  They were already out of all Fast Passes until 6:20!  {After riding it, it was worth the wait!}  We got to see the Green Army Men from Toy Story. 

It was right about then that Grayson saw them.  He stopped dead in his tracks and walked right over to get in line.  It was Buzz and Woody!


We watched the Little Mermaid show & the Disney Junior Show, which both kids loved.  And got to meet June and Quincy from Little Einsteins.  

The parade was awesome and the kids were in heaven seeing their favorite Pixar characters!  Grayson was pretty star struck with the Incredibles :)

The other highlight of this park was the Beauty and the Beast show.  Both kids loved it!  And mom did too :)

We ended our Disney trip by meeting Mickey and Minnie.  As we walked out, they said goodbye to Disney.  Goodbye Mickey and Minnie.  Goodbye Cinderella and the princesses.  Goodbye Alice.  See you next time.  It was bittersweet.


Not only was it a great Disney trip, but we got to spend lots of quality time with my husband's side of the family.  Sometimes we did our own thing, but the kids loved waking up and being able to walk out and see their Mamaw and Papaw, cousins, aunts, and uncles.


Florida trip 2011 = success!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Seeing Stars!!

So, if you missed my post last week, I made it into this season's Crafting with the Stars!

AND...I found out that I'm paired with the awesome Kierste from Brown Paper Packages.  I love her blog and I completely trust her advice!

I've been totally distracted thinking about what I'm making this week!  The theme is Knock Off.

I personally love this theme.  I have been known to make a few knock offs (like here and here)...including my audition piece!

I think I've finally decided what I'm making, so I better get to work getting it done this week!!  The projects will be up on Sew Dang Cute a week from today!

Friday, September 23, 2011

{Tutorial} Mickey and Minnie Custom Tees

When I we started planning our Disney trip months ago, I checked out some amazing sellers on Etsy for inspiration.  I can't find my original inspiration, but I do love the look of so many of the items in Kynna Bebe Boutique's Shop.

{How stinkin' cute is this one from her shop?}

Anyway, I set out to make some custom tees for my little ones & my neices and nephew.


To Make your Own you need:
Fusible Web {I used Wonder Under}
Matching Thread
Sewing Machine

As for T-Shirts, I had some that I bought at Target for $5 a while ago, and some that I bought at Hobby Lobby for $1.50. I have to say that the extra $3.50 is worth it in my book. The quality and fabric is considerably nicer! Wash your shirts before doing this to prevent shrinking, etc.

Print out the template to the sizing of your liking. I just adjusted the scale on the image to get the size that I wanted. It took 3-4 tries to get the perfect size, but no biggie :)

Next trace the Mickey Mouse head onto the paper side of your fusible web. Roughly cut it out leaving a little bit of room around the edges.

Iron the rough side onto the wrong side of your fabric. Let cool for a minute and then cut out the Mickey Mouse head.

Remove the paper backing and iron onto your T-shirt.

Next, I used a zigzag stitch to do my appliquéing. I set my stitch length to a very short distance (around 0.3 to 0.5 on my machine) to give the super close zig zag. And I left the stitch width on the standard setting {maybe a 4 or 5?}. Practice this on a piece of scrap fabric to make sure your settings are right first. This next part is important if you have never appliqued using this technique before. You want the outer edge of the zig zag stitch to be right on the edge of your fabric. If not, you do not get the desired look and your shirt will look pulled and all funny. Trust me....I ruined a shirt this way :(

{This was a setting of 0.7 on my machine, I did the other ones with closer stitches around 0.5}

If your T-shirt is thin, put a piece of tissue paper or something thin underneath the shirt as a stabilizer. I didn't do this and I wish I would have.  If you look close, you can see where the edges of the ears are "wrinkly."  This is because the shirts were thin.  The nicer quality shirts {bottom right corner} did much better than the Hobby Lobby ones.

Zig zag all the way around the Mickey head. At the end, pull your beginning and end threads from the back to the front and tie them off.

Lastly, if you are making a Minnie instead of a Mickey, add a cute little bow!


{In case you are wondering, flower fabric was from Hobby Lobby and the camouflage fabric is from Wal-mart}

Happy Appliqueing!! 

Linking this up to some of my FAVORITE LINKY PARTIES!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

O. M. G.

So, I am totally in awe.  And flattered.  And excited.  And nervous!

I was chosen to participate in Crafting with the Stars over at Sew Dang Cute!  Make sure to head over to Sew Dang Cute and become a follower so that you can follow the competition {plus Tam has such a cute blog!}

This is my project that I submitted for the audition, just in case you want to check it out :)

{Tutorial} Disney Autograph Books

So did you see my post last week at Joy in the Jumble?

And in case you missed it, Amanda guest posted about the most delicious looking Chocolate Cake 4 Ways!

Here it is in case you missed it! 

My life has recently been pretty Disney focused since we are taking our first Disney World vacation very soon!  I've been planning which parks we'll go to one which days, where we are going to eat, what rides/attractions we must do.  Even my kids clothes to match the parks :)  When a friend asked what kind of autograph books we were getting to take, I had a mini panic.  I didn't even think about autograph books!

So when I was at Michael's the other day and they had these cute little notebooks for $0.60, I knew what I had to do!  I bought two...not caring what was on the front of them.

And after pulling out some old Scrapbook paper scraps and using my trusty Cricut and a little bit of Mod Podge, these were created! Photobucket 
Wanna learn how? It's super easy! 
Mod Podge 
Scrapbook Paper 

This was such a fun project to tackle with my kids! They are only 2 and 4, but they had a great time picking out their papers and helping mommy cut out Mickey Mouse heads. For some reason, we used the one's mommy cut out...I can't imagine why! :) 

After figuring out which paper you want for the background, trace around the front of the notebook and cut a square to fit the cover. Apply Mod Podge to the front of the notebook and press it down making sure that there aren't any air bubbles. Let it dry for a few minutes. 

Apply Mod Podge to the paper where you plan to add your other embellishments (i.e. our mickey mouse heads) and press the layers down firmly. Repeat until all of your cover is assembled. 

Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top liberally. Yes, it goes on thick and white, but it will dry nice and clear. I promise!


What I love about this project is that you can customize it and do it to just about anything! Spiral school notebooks, composition notebooks, folders, whatever! It's a great way to get your tween that Justin Beiber notebook for the price of the $0.05 back-to-school plan one that you scored! Or to make your custom Batman/Transformer/Spiderman combination that you can't find anywhere that's exactly what your boy wants!
Check out the parties I linked up at here!

Monday, September 19, 2011

{Pinning This!} Disney Edition

Yay!!  We are going to Disney soon!

Here's some of my latest Disney pins...

{You can follow me on Pinterest here}

{via Pinterest}

{via Pinterest}

Ahhh!!!! I can't wait to see my babies' faces when they arrive :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Trying to Love the Imperfections in Life...

Lately life has been crazy.  My hubby has been working a lot of hours, my blessing of a mom {who I couldn't live without} was out of town, some creepo has called me twice now and things are just chaotic.  I feel like I'm trying to juggle 100 things and only keeping like 1 thing up in the air.  I'm dropping balls everywhere, people!  In my efforts to {KEEP IT REAL}, here's how our life has been lately...

Five on my latest Imperfections...
{Things you Probably Won't See on Most Everyone Else's Blogs}

1. I have only cooked a real dinner twice in the past two weeks.  {Hot Dogs, Bologna sandwiches and Frozen Chicken Nuggets don't count as real dinner!}

2. My shower hasn't been cleaned in oh, a month or so.

3. I made Layne a BEAUTIFUL Alice In Wonderland dress for Halloween and our upcoming Disney Trip...only to find out that she couldn't get it on over her head.  {Out comes the seam ripper to add buttons.}

4. I haven't shaved in 3 days and my toe nails are in desperate need of polish.

5. My kids have overwhelmed me to the point of tears on more than one occasion lately.  I feel totally inadequate as a mom.  Thank God for sleeping kids because, oooh, when I see my babies sleeping, the world is all okay again.

I'm doubting myself.  I can't do it all.  And I hate that!  I want to be able to do everything perfectly, but that's just not reality.

I would love another baby in the near future, but after feeling like I'm on the edge of losing it {my mind, that is}, I'm second guessing myself.  Maybe I won't be able to handle another one.  Maybe this is God's way of telling me to be happy with what I have. Or maybe his way of telling me, hey, if you are ready for chaos, go for it.

On the way into work this morning, I heard this Mandisa song, Stronger.  And the lyrics were perfect. Just what I needed to hear.  God has a reason and a plan for everything.  This chaos is part of His plan to grow me as a Momma and Wife.  He's trying to teach me patience and kindness, even in the chaos.

Hey, heard you were up all night
Thinking about how your world ain't right
And you wonder if things will ever get better
And you're asking why is it always raining on you
When all you want is just a little good news
Instead of standing there stuck out in the weather

Oh, don't hang your head
It's gonna end
God's right there
Even if it's hard to see Him
I promise you that He still cares

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain't gonna last forever
And things can only get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger
Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger
Believe me, this is gonna make you ...


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chocolate Cake Four Ways {Joy in the Jumble)

So a few weeks ago, I posted looking for guest posters. I'd love to feature more fellow bloggers here on This Crazy Blessed Life & Amanda Joy was the first to jump on this opportunity. I met Amanda through her awesome Blog Hop that she hosts every Thursday. I've found some of my favorite Blog Friends there! Without further's Amanda Joy!

Hey This Crazy, Blessed Life readers...
 I am Amanda Joy over from Joy in the Jumble

I am so excited for the opportunity to guest post over here on This Crazy, Blessed Life.
I am can't wait to see how her gorgeous Knot Bed Quilt does with Crafting With the Stars.

Today i am going to show you a fairly simple recipe of 
Chocolate Cake FOUR Ways

 These are the supplies you will need-
One chocolate cake mix (plus necessary ingredients to make the cake)
2 sticks of Butter- room temperature
Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chips
Nutella Hazelnut Spread
Almond Joy Coffee Creamer Limited Edition
(I don't drink coffee, so I don't know how long Limited Edition flavors stay around)
Powdered Sugar

Give each mold a good spray of nonstick cooking spray.
After following box directions, 
add 1 1/4 cup cake batter into each slot, and bake as directed.
Be sure to read all instructions below before baking. 
Some of the cakes require adding extra goodies before the baking process can take place.
These will be noted in red.
After the cakes have baked and cooled, we are ready to frost.

Almond Joy Buttercream Bundt Cake
Take your first bundt cake and use the back side of a beater to poke small holes all over the top of the dome.
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Almond Joy Creamer
Whisk until incorporated, then pour over the top of the cake.

While the glaze soaks into the cake, cream 1/2 a stick of butter.
Then add 2 cups Powdered Sugar
Add 1 Tablespoon Almond Joy Creamer,
then whip until fluffy and incorporated.
Spread over the top of the cake

 Peanut Butter Buttercream Bundt Cake
Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the PB and chocolate chips into the cake batter before baking
Chop 2 Tablespoons of the chips to sprinkle on top of the frosting.
1/2 stick of butter, creamed
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
up to 1 Tablespoon of milk
Cream ingredients together, then spread  frosting on top of cake. Sprinkle on the chopped PB and Chocolate Chips.

 Nutella Buttercream Bundt Cake
1/2 stick of butter, creamed
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons Nutella
up to 1 Tablespoon milk
Cream ingredients together, spread on top of cake.
Sprinkle Chocolate Jimmies on the frosting.

 Cookies and Cream Buttercream Bundt Cake
 Break up 4 of the Oreos, and push the pieces into the cake batter before baking.
1/2 stick butter, creamed
2 cups powdered sugar
6 crushed and broken Oreo cookies
up to 1 Tablespoon milk
Cream ingredients together and spread on top of cake.

I was able to whip all four frostings and place them on their respective cakes in less than an hour.
You will have a little left over from each frosting...
Perfect for spreading on graham crackers...

Hop on over and visit my blog for more Recipes;, Parties;, Crafts;, and Photography.

If you have any questions email me at

Oh, and I'm posting over at Joy in the Jumble today too!


Come see these adorable little Disney Autograph books over there :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Busy. Busy. Busy.

The past few weeks have been busy.  Layne just started Soccer and she's finishing up Gymnastics in the next week.  Which means right now, we are running to activities 2 nights a week.  When games start it will be 2 nights + Saturday mornings.  And then with Wednesday nights starting at church, she will have something to do 4 times per week until Gymnastics is over.  Then it's still soccer and church until winter. I am one tired mama.

On nights were she has activities, I literally drive straight home from work. Pick them up. Change their clothes. Grab a snack to give them in the car. Load them up. And head out.

Then we practice or whatever.  Head home. Grab something to eat if they didn't eat in the car on the way there.  Bath. Pajamas. Teeth. Story. Bedtime.

And by that time, I collapse in bed.  No laundry gets done.  No dishes are put away.  And I don't get any time for me.  Or to spend with Matt.  And I wake up the next day and start over.

How do other mamas do it?  I only have one kid that is in activities.  How do people have 3 kids going 3 different ways every night a week? 

I have been totally overwhelmed lately.  And it just adds to the fire in my heart to want to be a stay at home mom.  If I stayed at home, we could all eat dinner and head out together.  No stress. No rushing. would be so nice.

Until then, this frazzled mama may not be blogging as much. I'm just too dang tired to do it...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

God is good...

I heard some great news today that just made me grateful and happy.  Grateful to God for holding true to his promises.  His promises to be good to us and bless us.  I'm so excited for a special friend!

We had a great weekend.  I spent some time alone with my hubby on Friday morning.  We went camping with great friends on Friday and Saturday.  And spent time with our awesome family on Sunday and Monday.  We didn't accomplish much, but it was a nice, long weekend.

And here's just a few photos from our trip :)

{Honey - I'll ask for forgiveness now, since I know how much you hate when I post pictures of you.  I just love you!}

 {5 of the 7 crazy kids!}

{Daddy and his bestest girl, who couldn't resist technology even in the wilderness}

 {my rugrats}

{my honey and me}

{the best baby...she was awesome the whole time}

Oh, and God thought it would be funny to make it 100 degrees the weekend we decided to go camping!  And like 60 degrees a day later :-/

Friday, September 2, 2011

{LOVE} Vintage Fabrics

So my husband thinks that I've gone crazy.  Maybe he's right?

But ever since I found my first vintage sheet at the Thrift Store, I've kind of become obsessed with buying them. I've found three so far and the patterns and colors are just so inspiring.  I've paid anywhere from $4-$7.  

And my wonderful Grandma gave me the blue one.  Love the colors!  {Thanks Grandma!!}


Not too sure what I'm going to make with them yet, but in the meantime, I'll just continue to collect. 

And for my friends that live nearby, if you ever find one while you are out and about and don't want it for it for me!  I'll pay you for it :)

Some other vintage fabrics that I'm loving...

By the way, if you germ freaks like us, you know that we take them straight home and wash them in a Super Hot Sanitize cycle :)