Poofy Cheeks: April 2013

April 29, 2013

Cinco De Mayo Banner

Cinco de Mayo is next week and after eating at a local Mexican restaurant over the weekend I was inspired to create a few fun banners. A little useless information before we begin - the day I made the banners I happened to be wearing a matching neon green dress (which I scored at Ross for $6 I might add) and I had a five and three year old who were dying to show me their photography skills. I now have a zillion photos of myself wearing this cheap neon dress but I will spare you and only include two.

Cinco de Mayo Banner with silhouette files

For this banner you will need a silhouette to cut out the shapes. I am giving you the dxf files for this banner HERE and HERE. (These files are for personal use only and can not be sold or used to make a banner you will sell. If you take a picture of your banner in a matching dress please share.) The first file is the shape on the left and the second one is the shape on the right. In order for this to work you need to resize the shape on the right to be smaller and fit inside the bigger scalloped edge shape.

Cinco de Mayo Banner with silhouette files

I used a pack of letter sized neon cardstock but this file would also make an awesome patriotic banner if you did it in red, white and blue! The picture below shows the shapes after I finished cutting them all out. I used my hole punch to put holes on the tops of each banner and then rubber cement to glue the semi circle stripe. After the glue dried I used bakers twine to string them up.

Cinco de Mayo Banner with silhouette files

Cinco de Mayo Banner with silhouette files

Cinco de Mayo Banner with silhouette files

Cinco de Mayo Banner with silhouette files

Cinco de Mayo Banner with silhouette files

Cinco de Mayo Banner with silhouette files

Now all I need is a bowl of chips and salsa with a tall margarita!

Cinco de Mayo Banner with silhouette files

Stop by tomorrow for a bright and festive Cinco de Mayo pennant banner.

Enjoy,

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April 27, 2013

Banana Split Pie

Banana Split Pie

Last weekend we had some friends who came all the way from North Carolina to help us out while Delilah was in the hospital. Saturday night when we got to bring her home we went to my parents house where everyone had prepared an awesome dinner. (Especially awesome when the only thing you have eaten for the past five days is hospital food!) Our friend Shauna made an especially amazing dessert – Banana Split Pie. I had seconds and took a piece to go which I then ate for breakfast the next morning. Even my husband said we needed to get the recipe and he isn’t a big desserts guy. This dessert is great for warmer months and is SO yummy!

Banana Split Pie - #dessert #summer #pie

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese – softened
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of milk
  • graham cracker crust
  • 1/2 tub of thawed cool whip
  • 2 bananas
  • 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple – drained
  • cherries and nuts to garnish

Banana Split Pie - #dessert #summer #pie

Directions:

  • Slice the bananas and layer into the crust.
  • Mix the cream cheese, milk and powdered sugar beating until smooth. Spread over the bananas.
  • Then layer the pineapple and cool whip.
  • Garnish with cherries and nuts and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

Banana Split Pie - #dessert #summer #pie

Banana Split Pie - #dessert #summer #pie

Banana Split Pie - #dessert #summer #pie

Banana Split Pie - #dessert #summer #pie

Banana Split Pie - #dessert #summer #pie

Banana Split Pie - #dessert #summer #pie

Banana Split Pie - #dessert #summer #pie

Enjoy,

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April 26, 2013

Personalized Baby Wipes Case

I am not super crazy when it comes to being green although I do recycle anything that can be recycled and try to reuse a lot of things too. With my son Mason I started to realize just how many plastic wipe containers I was going through and I knew there had to be an alternative. I decided to take my big plastic container and personalize it with vinyl. Then when I needed more wipes I would buy the larger refill pack because I wouldn’t waste the plastic containers AND the large refill packs were cheaper.

Personalized Baby Wipes Container

I have found that these make awesome baby shower gifts because everyone loves a personalized gift and after they outgrow diapers and wipes these plastic containers are great for storing things like color crayons, action figures and so much more!

To make your own you just need a vinyl cutting machine such as a cricut or silhouette and vinyl. Measure your wipes case and then cut the name to that size. I usually just eyeball the letters when putting them on, but you can also use the vinyl transfer paper so that the letters are applied perfectly spaced and even.

Personalized Baby Wipes Container

Personalized Baby Wipes Container

So I want to know – do you have a silhouette, cricut, or neither?

Enjoy,

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April 24, 2013

My Baby Girl’s Health

Things have been hectic around here and I am trying to get back in the swing of things. Last Monday I noticed that our 3 year old and five month old were both coughing and very congested. Since I was supposed to fly out to Utah for a blog conference I called the pediatricians office on Tuesday to get them both in before I left. I knew that it was going to be hard enough on my husband and family caring for healthy kids let alone sick ones.

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While we were at the pediatricians office the nurse noticed that our five month old daughter was having trouble breathing so she called the doctor to come in right away. They started a nebulizer treatment on her and told me that they were calling an ambulance to transport her to the hospital. I was in shock. Here I thought I was just bringing her in for a visit and the doctor is calling to have her taken to the hospital! Then the doctor quickly looked at Mason and told me he had a double ear infection.

The town we live in has a small hospital without a pediatric ward, but we had to go there first. The EMS guys said they couldn’t pass a hospital to go to one further away. While we were there the emergency room doctor ordered tests so we could try to find out what was wrong with her. She had a chest xray and was tested for RSV. While we were waiting for test results Delilah stopped breathing. She turned red and then blue right there in my arms. I laid her down on the bed and we called out into the hall for help. Thankfully my mom, who is an RN, was there too because the nurses and doctors at our local hospital are not used to dealing with babies. They rolled her onto her side and rubbed her and she started breathing again. It was less than a minute but time felt like it was in slow motion. A few minutes later the nurse came back in and told us Delilah tested positive for RSV which is a respiratory virus. Maybe it was the fact that I knew they didn’t have a pediatric ward or that I just felt more confident in the staff at the next hospital, but after Delilah stopped breathing we pushed the doctor to transfer her. We were approved for the transfer but the accepting doctor at the next hospital wanted an IV started and blood cultures done on her first. After three nurses, four IV attempts and three blown veins we had them call to see if they would accept her without the IV or blood cultures. The nurses weren’t equipped with small enough gauged needles to start an IV and they didn’t have the experience. Thankfully they let her come without it.

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Once we got to the next hospital we were taken up to the pediatric ward and into a room where she was put in isolation. We were put in a room with a sign and whenever the nurses, doctors or anybody else came in they had to put on gowns, gloves and masks so they wouldn’t pass her virus to any other patients. The first order of business was to get her IV started, but again these nurses had trouble too. As soon as they would think they had it the IV wouldn’t flush the saline and they would end up blowing the vein making it unusable. Finally after sticking her in her arms, hands, and feet (over a dozen times all together) they started the IV in her head. The first picture in this post was taken just a few minutes after they finally started the IV. My poor little girl was pitiful. She could barely cry or eat, was having trouble breathing even on oxygen, and looking at her broke my heart. As soon as I got a chance I sent my SNAP roomies a quick email to tell them I wasn’t going to make it. There was no way I was going to leave my little girl to fly halfway across the country.

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The hospital only allowed one parent to stay the night, so I stayed with her for the next four nights while my husband took care of our boys. His parents also helped out over the weekend while he worked. Since I thought I was leaving to go out of town early Wednesday morning, I already had the boys’ bags packed and our in-laws lined up to watch the boys. We are so blessed to have the help and support that we received from our family and friends. Each text, call, visit and email was a reminder of the many people we had thinking of and praying for us. It was amazing.

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We were discharged Saturday afternoon. I left my little girls side for a total of 2.5 hours during the five days we spent in the hospital and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There were nebulizer treatments every six hours, antibiotics twice a day, beeping machines and it quickly became our routine. Each day I saw as she improved. Finally after a week of fighting the virus I finally got a quick smile from my normally happy baby. There were a lot of tears from both of us, constant bonding time as we rocked or she held onto my finger from her hospital crib, and our nurses and doctors were great.

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We are doing nebulizer treatments every 6-8 hours at home and although she has been more fussy than normal she is smiling and gabbing away. As I write this I am reminded that we are so lucky that Delilah had such a quick recovery because some friends of ours have a baby who is fighting a lot harder right now. Please pray for baby Tristan who is 10 months old. He has Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome and received a heart transplant at 3 1/2 months but a few days ago he started rejecting his new heart.

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April 18, 2013

No Sew Jersey Knit Headband Tutorial–2 Ways

I am in love with all of the jersey knit headbands that are super popular right now. What I don’t love – the price. During my last trip to Joann’s they had some fun jersey knit prints that I couldn’t resist. Once I saw them I immediately knew I wanted to make my own trendy headbands for Delilah and some of my expecting friends. I am so happy with how quick and easy they were to make. Next time I make it to Joann Fabrics I am going to pick up some other prints too!
No Sew Jersey Headband Tutorials
So I am going to show you two different headbands I made. In the image below there are the two on the bottom and top and then the two in the middle.
How to make no-sew jersey knit headbands
For these headbands you will need the following supplies:
  • Jersey Knit fabric (I bought a third of a yard and have half left after making all four headbands)
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
First I am going to show you how to make the middle headbands with the fringe knot. I made these headbands to fit newborn babies and wanted them to be about 14-15 inches when finished. Adjust the size for older girls and adults.
How to make no-sew jersey knit headbands
I purchased 1/3 of a yard which meant that my fabric was 12 inches wide. I cut off a piece 18 inches long which gave me a piece 12x18 inches. I then cut that piece into 3 inch strips to give me four strips that measured 18x3 inches. (You only need two strips per headband so four strips will make two headbands.)DSC_0327
Now lay one strip horizontal with the right side down. Take the other strip and fold it in half with the wrong sides facing and place it centered vertically onto the other piece like the picture below.
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Take the first strip and fold it in half sandwiching the other strip in the middle.
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Now you are going to take the vertical piece and pull the two ends together and to the right.
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Now grab the two ends from both sides and tie a knot. Jersey knit has a lot of give so at first it might look small but just keep adjusting until it looks right. Then take a pair of scissors and fringe the ends.
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The second headband is even easier than the first! This time you only need one strip. I made this one to fit Delilah who is 5 months old. I wanted it to be at least 15 inches so she can get some wear out of it. I cut my strip for this headband 4x20 inches.
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Then I folded the piece with wrong sides facing and knotted the two ends.
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How to make no-sew jersey knit headbands
Delilah looked so cute in her new headband, but as you can see in this picture she wasn’t feeling to well. I am heading out now to take her to the pediatrician. We were up all night with her – coughing, watering eyes and all stuffed up.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial – I would love to see how your headbands turn out so please share pictures with me!
How to make no-sew jersey knit headbands
Enjoy,

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