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Minecraft Decor

Minecraft Decor

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my disclosure for more information. Minecraft Canvas Art   Summer 2016, we had moved to a new city and my eldest son was a little sad because he was leaving his friends from school. As a mother, […]

Pokemon Theme

Pokemon Theme

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my disclosure for more information. My oldest son Ethan turned 12yo and did not want a party for his birthday. Pokemon Go was a big thing last year, plus I knew he liked them. So I made […]

Paw Patrol

Paw Patrol

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As a mother, I remind my boys many things and their upcoming birthdays are one of them. Crafting with my boys are always so fun, and I love the fact that it brings my kids together, they laugh, talk, argue and even help each other.

One morning, I have mentioned that my youngest birthday was coming up. My 3yo son Jacob asked if I can make Paw Patrol for his little brothers birthday.

Matthew, my youngest was turning 2yo and he loved Chase and Skye Paw Patrol. I had about a month and a half to plan, create the banner and wall decorations for his birthday.

I love going to Michael’s, and my boys are always so excited to go to the craft store. But who am I kidding, shopping with my toddler boys can be stressful at times. I am always hoping no one screams nor throws a tantrum hahaha.

So one morning after we dropped off my oldest child to school, me and my two toddlers drove straight to Michael’s to check and see what sale the store was having.

Lucky me, cardstock paper was on sale 5/$10. I was thrilled, because not only that the cardstock paper was on sale. All the colors that I needed was also available.

Welcome kiss for Chase.

 

My 3yo son helped me pick the right colors for each of the dog patrol tthat they wanted.

They both wanted to give Chase a hug <3
On Matthew’s birthday, Chase and Skye was his favorite.

Ground Beef with Green Beans & Cabbage

Ground Beef with Green Beans & Cabbage

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my disclosure for more information. Ingredients: -Canola oil (2-3 tbsp) -Garlic (2-3 cloves, chopped) -Onion (1 whole, sliced) -Fish Sauce (1 tbsp) -Soy Sauce (2 tbsp) -Ground Beef (1-2 lbs) -Green Beans (1-2 lbs, cut about 2-3 […]

Manila Clam (Halaan)

Manila Clam (Halaan)

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my disclosure for more information. Ingredients: Olive oil (2-3 tbsp) Garlic (3 cloves, chopped) Onion (1 whole, diced) Tomatoes (2 whole, diced) Ginger (1 cup, sliced) Fish Sauce (1 tbsp) Manila Clam (about 24 pcs.) Black Pepper […]

Birthday Banner Project

Birthday Banner Project

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Jacob, my middle child turned 3yo and he was obsessed with Disney Cars and police cars. Our family doesn’t throw big parties for our kids, only because we prefer it to be just us. Some may not agree with that, and that’s ok too. Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t mean we won’t throw one in the future, but for now, we just wanna enjoy our kids on their special day. Since it’s just us, and my hubby had just bought me a die-cutter machine. I thought I’d give it a try to create Disney cars as a birthday theme. My hubby and I thought, as long as Jacob gets to blow a cake and gets a few gifts, he’ll be just fine.

This project took me awhile because we just happened to move to a new city. Unpacking/organizing our home, doing things on the weekends with my kids, taking care of my eldest sons’ school transfer, getting to know and adjusting to the new city and streets was a bit busy.

It’s my first time making the banners, but I attempted to do it anyway. I kept thinking my sons face when he sees it and just puts a smile on my face. His facial expressions get me all inspired and excited.

BIRTHDAY/REFUEL/GIFTS BANNERS

  • I started cutting up the checkered scrapbooking paper into squares, about 5-6 inches (all sides).
  • The red cardstock paper is cut up into circles, about 4-5 inches all around (this goes on top of the checkered scrapbooking paper).
  • I used the yellow cardstock paper for the letters. They are a little bit smaller than the red cardstock paper, then I just glued them all together.
  • Once that was done, I used a single-hole puncher and created the holes on both ends of the square banner (this is where you insert the ribbon).

UTENSILS/CONTAINER

  • For the utensils – I laid out the napkin, then placed the utensils in the middle of the napkin (napkin-diamond shape like) and then fold.
  • Then I wrapped a strip of scrapbooking paper (checkered) around it and secured it with a scotch tape.

CONTAINERS

Labels for the containers – I just cut up the checkered scrapbooking paper, in a rectangular shape. Also cut up a plain red and plain white cardstock paper in smaller rectangular. Glued them together, then I just wrote “OIL” and “COOLANT” for fun.

The flags I used for the tray is also cut up in cardstock paper and scrapbooking paper (checkered). The process is the same as the labels on the containers. They are just in a different placement to create the flag that goes on to the tray. Then I used a toothpick as a pole onto the paper.

Supplies:

Michaels

  • Cardstocks (Red, Yellow)
  • Checkered B/W Scrapbook Paper
  • Ribbon (Black)

Dollar Tree

  • Balloons (Black, Red)
  • Cupcake stand
  • Tray
  • Containers
  • Plastic Tablecloth
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Utencils
  • Toothpick
  • Tape
  • Glue
Giant Ruler

Giant Ruler

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my disclosure for more information. Supplies needed: (1) 1” x 8” x 6″ Pine board Minwax stain (Golden Oak) Fine sandpaper Rags/brushes for application (optional) Printer paper (for the number 1 thru 6 stencils) Ruler Pencil Acrylic […]

Simple Ways To Earn Cash

Simple Ways To Earn Cash

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my disclosure for more information. I am always trying to find ways to save money. It takes a little effort, but I just tell myself, “why not?” It may be not that much to a lot of people, […]

Baby Carriers

Baby Carriers

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My second child was only 1.5yo when my third child was born. When my hubby went back to work from paternity leave, I was left alone with 2 babies at home. I then realized that I had to figure out something. How will I manage 2 babies all by myself? With one wanting to play, and the other wanting to be carried was definitely a new challenge for me. I couldn’t do much work around the house either because the newborn was always crying looking for me.

To be honest, I am still so tired from my other toddler I can’t even think. That is when I jumped into my laptop to do a little research to see if there’s a solution to be found online. How can I make this work?

Babywearing! ..Hmm, it’s not like I never tried this before. My second child did not appreciate it when I used it on him and he would scream.. But now I thought, why not try it again?

I searched online to see what is the best carrier my baby would like.. My goodness, there was tons! And the cost of these items weren’t cheap either.

 

  1.  Rebozo Knot Baby Sling with a Scarf

I can be so frugal at times that I went into my closet to see if I had anything I could use for practice before I go to the store and buy one. I found a large scarf of mine and I practiced to do the knot that will hold and secure my baby to my body. I practiced till I felt comfortable enough to place my baby inside the wrap.

Once comfortable enough to put my baby in the sling. I swayed and it seemed like, in seconds, I happen to look down and my baby was fast asleep. I was impressed!

I was able to put my baby down and play with my toddler and do other things around our home.

So impressed and excited that I had the urge to make different kinds of slings. I wanted to make sure that I have a clean sling available in case something spills, peed on, etc.

 

I borrowed my mother-in-law’s sewing machine and bought a tablecloth at Walmart to test it out. (I wish that I took more photos to do the how-tos).

 

2.  Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC)

This wrap is 7 yards of fabric that I had purchased at Jo-ann Fabrics Store. I sewed and dyed it myself.

This carry is one of my favorites and it’s called Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC). My baby almost instantly falls asleep when I wrap him in this carry. It is what I use almost every night to rock him to sleep.

 

3.  Ring Sling

This fabric was Linen 100% cotton that I also bought at Jo-ann Fabric Store. I also sewed and dyed it myself.

With this sling, there’s a ring added to it (instead of doing a knot). The process is just faster and it gives a different look but serves the same purpose of doing a rebozo knot in my opinion.

 

4.  Mei Tai

I bought the Duck fabric and Batman fabric on Amazon and found the pattern online. I sewed and modified it to my liking.

Canvas Duck 10 oz Dyed Solid Fabric BLACK / 60″ W / Sold by the yard

Batman Tossed Emblems Black Fabric By The Yard

(Took this photo just to show my hubby how fast our baby sleeps on these carriers).

5.  Ergobaby

My baby is about 6 months on this photo and definitely weighed more. I could no longer put him in front of me whenever I would work around our home. He was starting to get too bulky for me.

I found Ergobaby carrier that felt secure enough to place my baby on my back. So when I moved around, he would not fall.

My first transfer and my baby did not wake up. This mommy was doing the silent happy dance! 🙂

 

I love babywearing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Baby Carriers

Baby Carriers

This post may contain affiliate links, please see my disclosure for more information.

My second child was only 1.5yo when my third child was born. When my hubby went back to work from paternity leave, I was left alone with 2 babies at home. I then realized that I had to figure out something. How will I manage 2 babies all by myself? With one wanting to play, and the other wanting to be carried was definitely a new challenge for me. I couldn’t do much work around the house either because the newborn was always crying looking for me.

To be honest, I am still so tired from my other toddler I can’t even think. That is when I jumped into my laptop to do a little research to see if there’s a solution to be found online. How can I make this work?

Babywearing! ..Hmm, it’s not like I never tried this before. My second child did not appreciate it when I used it on him and he would scream.. But now I thought, why not try it again?

I searched online to see what is the best carrier my baby would like.. My goodness, there was tons! And the cost of these items weren’t cheap either.

 

  1.  Rebozo Knot Baby Sling with a Scarf

I can be so frugal at times that I went into my closet to see if I had anything I could use for practice before I go to the store and buy one. I found a large scarf of mine and I practiced to do the knot that will hold and secure my baby to my body. I practiced till I felt comfortable enough to place my baby inside the wrap.

Once comfortable enough to put my baby in the sling. I swayed and it seemed like, in seconds, I happen to look down and my baby was fast asleep. I was impressed!

I was able to put my baby down and play with my toddler and do other things around our home.

So impressed and excited that I had the urge to make different kinds of slings. I wanted to make sure that I have a clean sling available in case something spills, peed on, etc.

 

I borrowed my mother-in-law’s sewing machine and bought a tablecloth at Walmart to test it out. (I wish that I took more photos to do the how-tos).

 

2.  Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC)

This wrap is 7 yards of fabric that I had purchased at Jo-ann Fabrics Store. I sewed and dyed it myself.

This carry is one of my favorites and it’s called Front Wrap Cross Carry (FWCC). My baby almost instantly falls asleep when I wrap him in this carry. It is what I use almost every night to rock him to sleep.

 

3.  Ring Sling

This fabric was Linen 100% cotton that I also bought at Jo-ann Fabric Store. I also sewed and dyed it myself.

With this sling, there’s a ring added to it (instead of doing a knot). The process is just faster and it gives a different look but serves the same purpose of doing a rebozo knot in my opinion.

 

4.  Mei Tai

I bought the Duck fabric and Batman fabric on Amazon and found the pattern online. I sewed and modified it to my liking.

Canvas Duck 10 oz Dyed Solid Fabric BLACK / 60″ W / Sold by the yard

Batman Tossed Emblems Black Fabric By The Yard

(Took this photo just to show my hubby how fast our baby sleeps on these carriers).

5.  Ergobaby

My baby is about 6 months on this photo and definitely weighed more. I could no longer put him in front of me whenever I would work around our home. He was starting to get too bulky for me.

I found Ergobaby carrier that felt secure enough to place my baby on my back. So when I moved around, he would not fall.

My first transfer and my baby did not wake up. This mommy was doing the silent happy dance! 🙂

 

I love babywearing!