Baby Week: DIY Nursing Tops

Baby WeekAlong with adorable little baby things I wanted to share something that isn’t so adorable but equally necessary when our little one arrives – nursing clothing.

I bought a few maternity shirts and was given a few more maternity dresses/tops from my family as gifts but I really don’t have a ton of clothes that I can nurse in without stripping down every time. I was on a search for a few months stopping at all the maternity sections and looking for nursing tops and tanks on sale or in the clearance section. Nothing.. everything is still $20 or more and I don’t like to spend money, especially on myself, especially on clothes.

Enter Pinterest.

I saw this pin, originally posted here.

I am not willing to spend $30 on one tank top. So instead, I bought two $12 tank tops on sale for $5 each for a total of $10 spent on two DIY nursing tank tops.

Here’s how I did it! Took less than 20 minutes and $10 to make these.

1. Grab your cami, I used one with a built in bra for extra support. I also bought a size up from my normal size. I usually wear small but have a few medium ones I have been using throughout this pregnancy and it will be helpful to have a bigger size postpartum.

IMG_40202. Flip the tank top inside out and lay it down with the tag facing up.

3. Cut the strap closest to the tag right at the seam.
IMG_40214. Create a little loop and if you need to use a pin to keep it from moving.
IMG_4022 5. Sew down the loop, leaving a long tail from the cut strap. IMG_40236. Cut off the rest of the strap that is hanging down.
IMG_40247. Your done! Now go try it out!

Here is what the finished product will look like.

IMG_4026$10 + 20 minutes = 2 Nursing Tank Tops

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February Happenings

I had big plans to create some blog posts that expand on the below pictures but like usual time has slipped away so here is one big post about some of the fun we had in February!

I made three freezer to crock pot meals from Pinterest. Pull out the meals and stick them in the fridge to thaw over night. Then pop them into the crock pot the next day. Easy enough! I made a Coconut Curry Chicken, Honey Rosemary Chicken and Lime Salsa Chicken. I have more recipes picked out but I haven’t had time to shop for ingredients/prepare the meals. Soon though!

IMG_3781The process is easy enough. Label a gallon freezer bag with the cooking directions then stick the bag in the freezer. I laid all my flat and on top of one another. It really didn’t take up that much space. We can’t wait to try them!!
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Ben and I had a rare day off together so we invited two little friends over to play. We hung out a bit and let Addison play on the Kinnect. Don’t mind the diaper wet bags in the back, I added ribbon and put fray-stop on the end and they were drying there. ūüôā
IMG_3791Addison played Kinnectimals and loved playing with her “leopard.” She named the tiger (she kept calling it a leopard) Buddy.
IMG_3792Erin was more than content to hang out with Uncle Ben and playing with the peg board. She sorted them and stacked them as high as she could before they all crashed to the ground!
IMG_3798 One evening I attempted to get a little crafty. I made this gift for my cousin-to-be’s bridal shower with items off her registry.¬†IMG_3801I also bought a few goodies to send to my sister-in-law, her husband and her baby who would be arriving soon. I put a little note on the items and packaged them up so mom had a little hospital survival kit, dad had one and of course baby had a little present too!
IMG_3802Here is what the mom-to-be received!
IMG_3803One Saturday while Ben was working I had a bad case of ADD nesting. I’d start a project, then move to another, before moving to another, and another. I had a project or two going in every room in the house!

IMG_3806Just keeping it real.. all of this was finished and cleaned up before Ben got home but for awhile it was insane!
IMG_3807I was sanitizing bottles, making baby thank you cards, doing laundry, cleaning and reorganizing under the bathroom sink, going through Ben’s childhood school papers and more!
IMG_3810I am not proud but it all got done!

Ben, Justin, Tia, lil’ peanut and I made the trek back home for my cousin’s fiancee’s bridal shower and our Great-Grandma’s 90th birthday party. We also “celebrated” my parents anniversary. I made them this card referring to The Big Bang Theory and we bought some flowers.

IMG_3824I forgot to take pictures for much of the bridal shower but here are some before pictures!! My cousin Elyssa did a great job decorating for the party and she added crepe paper to all the fans! 
IMG_3827Ben made sure to taste test the coffee before the rest of the guests arrived. He also used that time to catch up with some of my family members.
IMG_3828Here comes the bride!
IMG_3831 There was a ton of yummy food for all the guests to enjoy. My parents had almost thirty people at their house for the shower!!¬†IMG_3833 IMG_3835On Saturday we held a surprise birthday party for my Great-Grandma Margaret who was turning 90! We throw a surprise party for her every year so she wasn’t too surprised but she was surprised to see so many people there to celebrate with her. And there were many gifts that she was not expecting!
IMG_3838There is a lovely candle maker shop in Holland, MI that makes these beautiful candles! 
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All but one of the great-grandchildren helped me do a special project for our Great-Grandma by creating a list of reasons why they love their grandma! 

IMG_3845My grandpa and I compared bellies! At Christmastime he still had me beat but I think I beat him now!! 
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February was quite busy for us and we are looking forward to a calmer March before April arrives and with it our newborn babes!

Pinterest Challenge: Adjustable Crib Sheet

Pinterest Winter ChallengeIt’s that time again! The time when Young House Love and Bower Power team up with a few other bloggers to challenge all their readers to stop pinning and start doing!

You can read up on the challenge here and while you are there check out the super adorable video that their kids created inviting the readers to participate!

For this challenge I knew I wanted to do something for the nursery since it had been months since I’ve done anything crafty in the baby’s room. Since I was going out of town for the weekend and didn’t have a lot of time I choose a project that I could do in one sitting and something that would make a big impact!

Bring in the adjustable crib skirt..

I used the tutorial from a blog called View Along the Way. You can check out the tutorial here. I read the tutorial a month or so ago and when I started this project I just dove into without rereading the tutorial. I did some things differently because of the type of crib we had. So let’s get started!

First a look at how boring the crib looked. The crib was in desperate need of something fun! Ben and I picked out some colorful fabric to add to the crib.

IMG_3813Before I could get started I measured the crib. I measured the height of the front and the length. I also took separate measurements of the side. 
IMG_3816 - CopyI laid out the prewashed fabric and cut off all the little strings that appeared after washing the fabric. 
IMG_3817I then measured the fabric being sure to leave 1 in. extra on each side for the hem.
IMG_3818I pinned the edges and then started sewing!
IMG_3819Throughout the process I kept taking the fabric back to the crib and checking to make sure it would fit. I was pretty nervous about the project because it has to fit the length perfectly!

Once the four sides were hemmed I brought the panel to the crib. To make the crib skirt adjustable I used velcro. When we lower the crib as baby grows the crib skirt can be adjusted so it doesn’t drag on the ground.

In the blog tutorial that I used, she used push pins to adjust the crib skirt. I had velcro on hand so I used that.
IMG_3820I was able to save some fabric and time when creating the side panels. Since the side has a solid piece of wood I created a tiny little panel and attached it to the bottom of the crib with velcro. When we lower the crib the only panel we will have to adjust is the front panel. 
IMG_3822Here is the final product!
IMG_3823The whole project took me about 2.5 hours and that is with some sewing machine problems, many potty breaks and of course a break to make up some homemade french fries.

Now for the before and after!

I think a little fabric made a big difference!
Adjustable Crib Skirt

Pinterest Challenge

It’s that time of year again! Time for another Pinterest Challenge hosted by Young House Love, Bower Power and friends. This challenge is a way to “stop-pinning-and-start-doing.” ¬†I had big plans to work on a Christmas project or a Baby project but the weekend didn’t go as expected and then it was Monday night… ¬†time to hit my recipe page on Pinterest.

After taking inventory of our cooking supplies I decided on this recent pin that intrigued not only myself but my hubby!

My original pin is here¬†but when you click on the picture it doesn’t take you to a recipe. Under the picture was the recipe so I went to my trusty Google and searched for the original recipe. There were a few recipes there but I copied one and will post from that specific recipe.

My Kitchen Escapades called this recipe Parmesan Chicken Bake and you can find her recipe here.

Parmesan Chicken Bake
(adapted from Food.com)
6 chicken breasts
1 C light mayonnaise or greek yogurt (I have done 1/2 of each as well)
1/2 c fresh parmesan cheese, plus more for the top
1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

1.¬† Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray the inside of a 9×13 glass pan.¬† Lay the chicken inside the pan.
2.¬† Mix together the remaining ingredients and spread evenly over each piece of chicken, being sure to cover all the exposed raw meat (so it doesn’t dry out.)¬† Sprinkle on a bit more fresh parmesan over all the chicken.
3.  Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.  This dish is even better the next day, so just reheat in the microwave!

Here is how I did it!
Combine 1/2c.freshly shredded parmesan cheese (not pictured), 1 c. Greek yogurt, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp. seasoning salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper.

Your mixture should look like this!
Using a spatula I covered the chicken completely (bottom, top and sides). I cut two chicken breasts in half for a fast cooking time.

I baked the chicken at 375 for around 20/25 minutes until the chicken spread was browning.

The pan was MESSY! Thankfully Ben anticipated this and put down parchment paper before I put the chicken down. After lifting up the parchment paper, the pan was clean!

Our thoughts:

We usually split a chicken breast to reduce our meat intake. Needless to say… there are no leftovers. The combination of ingredients was unique for us and we enjoyed the flavor. The recipe I pinned on Pinterest said “Melt In Your Mouth Chicken.” We didn’t agree with that statement and the yogurt didn’t prevent the chicken from drying out but we did love the unique flavor. We usually have these ingredients on hand so it was a fun way to integrate yogurt into dinner. We will be doing this one again!

Making: Camo Cupcakes

I wanted to make something fun for my brother’s birthday. What says Justin more than CAMO CUPCAKES!! I got the idea from here on Pinterest. 


They were super easy to make and I foresee myself going through the same process in the future with fun color combinations! (Please forgive me for the bad photos towards the end, my brother came early and I was RUSHING to get the cupcakes baked and put away before he noticed!)

Make the cupcake batter and divide it into thirds.
(Note: I only used half of the cake batter, the other half was used to make a separate cake)


Make three camo colors; I made dark green, bright green and brown. 
Add blue and yellow to make green. I added extra green dye to one cup to make a vibrant green. For the brown I mixed a ton of food colorings together. 

Starting with one color add in about a tablespoon into the cupcake liner. Then add the second color. Then the third. The batter separates as you add each color leaving the cupcakes looking like this. 

 Then take a butter knife and swirl around the colors. 

Done! 

I wanted the guests to see the camo so I didn’t frost the cupcakes. I dyed vanilla frosting bright green and let the guest frost their own. 

Pinterest Challenge: Part 2

Yesterday I shared the fun challenge that I found on Young House Love is doing. Over 500 people added their projects and recipes to that blog. Today I am sharing the little project that I did and this weekend I will share the project that Ben completed this week.

With Easter around the corner I wanted to make a quick and simple Easter project. 
I got my pinspiration from Curbly’s Make It: Paint Chip Easter Egg Garland

I didn’t have enough paint chips but used some cardstock, hole punch, white yarn and tape. 

Here is what I made!

I did it! Stopped pinning and started doing! 

Pinterest Challenge: Winter Edition


My favorite blog, Young House Love, and few of their friends came up with a Pinterest Challenge. The goal is to stop pining and start doing! Check out their blog to see what Sherry and John came up with. 

Life is busy so I didn’t have a ton of time to do a big project like I would have wanted but I did come up with one little project and made one of the recipes I have pinned. Today I will share the recipe and tomorrow the project I made. 

So here goes!
A few weeks back I pinned this Crockpot Chicken Taco Recipe from Chocolate Therapy. 
I also pinned the Best Taco Seasoning Recipe Ever from What’s That Smell.

The recipe calls for Taco Seasonings so I mixed that up first. 
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

2 tbsp of taco seasoning for 1lb of meat
(double or triple the recipe so you have it the next time you need it!)
Done!! It is delicious with a bit of a kick to it!

Now unto making the Crockpot Chicken Tacos Over Rice
(for the original recipe click the link at the top of the post)
Three Chicken Breasts

Put enough salsa to cover the chicken then a little extra on top. On this container I used 2/3 of the salsa. I then put on about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning. 

Should look like this, then let sit on low 6-8 hours or high 3-5 hours.

Should look like this when you are done. Then shred the chicken using two forks. If the chicken is done the chicken will fall apart. 

The first meal we made rice and put the chicken over rice! YUM! So flavorful!

Now what to do with the leftovers? 
We loved the meal so much that we wanted it again for dinner the next night. By lunchtime we were craving the chicken again so I made quesadillas. I used white cheddar cheese, mild cheddar cheese, the chicken leftovers, tortilla shells and some fresh salsa. 

The quesadillas were just as much of a hit as the chicken was over rice! 

We highly recommend this meal!!