Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cutest Baby Contest AND a giveaway!

Help!! 

I don't normally ask for much...but we really need your help! 

Mr. Lincoln is in a "Cutest Baby Contest" and is in the top three. 
It is a VERY close race, so each and every vote count! 

I would MORE than appreciate it if you could take a minute out of 
your busy day and pop over to give him your vote! 

All you do is visit this link: 

And it should take you to Lincoln B's picture!


Scroll down, enter a comment - choose comment as: Name/URL 
and enter your wonderful names! 
Then, publish the comment and you are done! 

I can not express how much we appreciate it! Every vote counts, so spread the word. You could even add a vote for your friends and family members while you are there! 

GIVEAWAY 
Include "From SHS" in your comment so I know you came from this link, and be entered to win a set of handmade burp clothes in the pattern of your choosing! 
These make a great baby gift, or use them on your own little ones! 



Thank you so so SO much! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Nursery Makeover

Let's start back a ways...

Before Mr. Lincoln came into our world, we spend a LOT of time preparing and getting ourselves ready for his arrival. Not only that, but we remodeled our main floor bathroom and extra bedroom to be ready for him. It was a fun, exhausting, but completely exciting project. 

Before, the room was a rustic decorated guest room with no closet or storage space. The house was built in the 20's and used as more of a study, so there was no need for storage...but that had to be changed! 

Guest Room Before Nursery Reno - Nothing Fancy!

To prepare for all the changed, my father in law and husband did gave the room what it needed, a closet and (an added bonus) a built in dresser! They took out part of a wall...which was scary, built cabinets and put in many man hours in just the construction phase of the project. 

The previous spring break they totally redid our main floor bathroom, but during this process they added in a built in cabinet in there too. 

The Bathroom Pre-Reno...
I will post about the remodeled bathroom soon!
This is nasty... 

After the structure of the room was set, it was time for prettying it up a bit....or handsom-ing it up :)
I knew I didn't want an overwhelming theme in the room, but it took me a while to decide on what it was I wanted for sure. I started with a color pallet and went with grey, teal, and white accents. After the colors were picked, I needed something that would tie it all together....something cute....something elephanty.

I have a knack for things vintage and unique, so after deciding on elephant would be the common theme in the room, we looked for fun and unique elephant accents that would add to the nursery, but not overwhelm it.


I hand crafted some elephants to hang on the wall for something one of a kind.
I also printed black and white elephant images onto old atlas pages and put them in frames for a fun addition. These, along with many cute elephant finds, have brought it all together for our little man!

The diy-ed elephant wall hangings and our big SUPER comfy rocking recliner...
a must for late night feedings!
So again, the before...
And After... 

Here are some more pictures of the final project....

Enjoy!

Also, please comment if you have any nursery ideas or projects you have done! I always love to see what you are working on!



The view from entrance of the nursery.
Our mini gallery wall above the changing station. 
The new built ins allowed for a desk to be built in as well.
This will be great for when he is older!   
The crib and giant chalk board. :)
It's one of my favorite pieces in this room.

Inside the cupboard my father in law and hubby built...
I'd say we are prepared for his arrival! 

My first wreath with yarn pom...
this is a simple diy post for another time!

One of my favorite quotes by Abraham Lincoln...fitting :)




Monday, March 3, 2014

Wow. 
Where to begin? 
I worked so hard for quite some time to make this blog what is was...then life got in the way. 
I am ok with that, but I do miss blogging and chatting with my wonderful followers!

In the time that I have been on hiatus, so much has happened. 
The biggest change being that we have welcomed a sweet little one into our lives. 
In November Mr. Lincoln came along and joined our precious little family. 
He has changed our lives in so many amazing ways! 


I know that my life's meaning has changed, all that I do revolves around what is best for this little blessing. We are so beyond grateful for this joy in our lives! 

I hope to make a venture back into blogging. I have so many ideas to share. 
There have been MANY baby projects not yet posted, and many more to come I am sure!

The biggest announcement is that we will be remodeling and revamping much of our home to better suit the lives we are living in it! 
I am so excited to share it all with you.
So...
Here's to a new adventure, here's to a new phase of our lives...
I hope you'll join us for the ride! 


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Where in the world....?

It has been over TWO MONTHS since my last posting...

WOW! Life has just been too crazy and something had to
go for a while...I'm sorry, but thank you all for being understanding!

While on hiatus, I have been crafting, coaching, teaching, and
many other things...

My crafting has landed a spot in a local store and I have also been
getting many orders from my facebook page...

Which you can like and order from HERE!

Things are going well, and I am hoping to get back on the blogging bandwagon.

To start things off, I want to share a recipe that I recently 
tried and tweaked to make my own. 

Many of you have probably heard of Wonton Tacos. 
There are many recipes on pinterest and other sites, 
but I created my own using chicken, rotel and a little mexican cheese! 

WONTON TACOS

Photo: Wonton tacos...mmmmm http://instagr.am/p/M2ApPyltYz/

Supplies:
Cooking Spray
Skillet or Pan
Cupcake Tray

Ingredients: 
Wonton Wrappers (Approx. 15) 
1 lb. Thawed Chicken Breast
Taco Seasoning
1 Can Rotel
1/2 cup Kraft Mexican Cheese 

Optional: Taco toppings such as lettuce, cream cheese, etc. 

Steps: 
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

While waiting for your oven to preheat, cut or shred your chicken breast, and cook your chicken in a skillet or pan on the stove. 

Once the chicken is cooked completely through, add 1/2 packet of taco seasoning and drained can of Rotel. 

Turn your stove on low to keep chicken mixture warm, and spray a cupcake pan with cooking spray. 
*HINT* Be generous with the cooking spray! If you don't the wonton shells will stay on the pan no matter how hard you try to scrape! 

Press one wonton wrapper in each cupcake section. 

Scoop chicken mixture into each wonton wrapper until about 3/4 the way full. 

Top each wonton taco with a sprinklin' of the Mexican cheese. 

Put the tacos in the oven for approx. 8-10 minutes, or until wontons are golden brown. 

Once cooked, scoop them out, top them with your favorite taco toppings, and ENJOY!!  

Photo: Wonton tacos...mmmmm http://instagr.am/p/M2ApPyltYz/





Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My Little Feather

I am SO excited to bring you a product review from
 My Little Feather!

You may remember a few weeks ago when I had an adorable give away 
from Heather,
 it was one of the best linky parties I've had! 

She sent me one of her larger Owls yesterday and I am so excited to tell you about it! 

Heather has some unique products on her Etsy site,
 and if you are into Owls, or know someone who is,
this shop is definitely for you! 

She offers a variety of unique, personalize-able, and precious
stuffed owls to fit your personality. They come in a small "ornament" size in sets of 3, 4, 5, and 6, as well as a larger individual size. 

Heather sent me this cute pirate owl in her black and cream scheme.

PIRATE OWL - Black White Grey
I was so excited when I saw her package at the door, 
and when I opened it, 
I was tickled to see this awesome guy inside! 

Her product was very well put together, and the fact that she offers a variety of colors and sizes means you can choose one to fit your personality or give them as gifts. 

I really love the fine detail she put into the embellishments on this little pirate, it is what makes her products truly unique. 

Heather - 
Thank you so much for letting me review your awesome products! 
I would highly recommend them to anyone! 
Very much worth each and every penny! 


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Puppy Party!

Fellow Amigas...

apologize for my absence...things have been CRAZY 
lately, but during my time away, Milo turned one!!

And you bet we had a Puppy Party! 


Milo was extra spoiled on his birthday! 
He got new toys, a HUGE new bone, 
I even made him his very own puppy birthday cake, 
and I am sharing this recipe with you! 


Ingredients: 

1 cup white or wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
1/4 Vegtable Oil
1 Cup Shredded Carrots
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 Cup Honey
1 Egg

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Mix all ingredients together

Pour into a bundt pan, or large muffin pan sprayed 
with nonstick spray, for several smaller cakes.

Bake for 35 - 40 min. 

Frost with fat free whipped cream cheese
or low fat cottage cheese.

Note: Store leftover cake in the fridge! 

 
 Milo LOVED this cake! 
He ate two of these large muffin sized cakes and was begging for more! 

After all of the festivities, he was one tuckered out pooch and
slept the night away!


I hope your pup enjoys this cake as much 
as Milo did! 








Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Red Velvet Brownies

Lucky Ladies, 
Today I am sharing one of my FAVORITE treats! 

If you like Red Velvet, 
you will LOVE these moist yummies! 

Red Velvet Brownies with Homemade White Chocolate Frosting....

Yep, not the healthiest, but the tastiest treats when I have a hankerin'! 

This is one of those recipes that I have memorized, no need for measuring cups, 
and also my go to recipe for treats for friends! 

So, here it is!!


Ingredients:


For the brownies:
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 oz red food coloring 
2 tsp pure vanilla extract, divided
1/2 cup  butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt



For the white chocolate buttercream frosting:1/2 cup (8 tbsp) butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 oz white chocolate

2 tsp Milk



To make the brownies:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare an 8″x8″ baking pan 
with baking spray.


In a small bowl, stir together the cocoa powder, food coloring, and 1 tsp vanilla until smooth.


In a larger bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time,  then stir in the remaining 1 tsp of vanilla.  
Add in the cocoa mixture, then beat together until they are one uniform color.  
Slowly add in the flour and salt and mix on medium-low speed, just until combined.  
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
Allow brownies to cool  in the pan on a baking rack, about 45 minutes.  
Frost brownies in the pan, cut and serve, from pan.
To make the frosting:
In a bowl, cream butter until soft and fluffy then beat in the vanilla.


Slowly add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time; allow the sugar to mix in before adding the next 1/2 cup. 


Once all of the sugar has been added , add in the melted white chocolate and beat until well mixed.


With the mixer on low, add in milk 1 tbsp at a time and mix until the frosting has reached your desired consistency.


Enjoy!