Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 5 - Stop and smell the roses...

Jimmy is a huge fan of The John Tesh Radio Show on the Christmas station. I'm not sure, but I think I've actually heard him call in a few times as an "anonymous" caller. Anyway, John mentioned on one of his recent shows that we should, "stop and smell the roses," Jimmy took him literally. MC went on the lookout as soon as she woke up this morning.

While we were on a lunch date with our friends, Jimmy enjoyed a classic. I had no idea that elves ate marshmallows instead of popcorn while watching movies! Makes sense!

You now know that Jimmy has been burning bridges with all of the ladies in our house.  You'd think that bunny wouldn't fall for it after all of the talk going around, but she did. Jimmy took one of the ornaments off of our tree to use as a disco ball. He set up a nice, "8th grade dance," type setup in our kitchen and lured bunny in. She fell right in the trap! She was left broken hearted and all alone. Jimmy didn't even look back, he just headed straight for Santa!

Head back over here to see what tricks Jimmy has up his sleeve next! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 4 - There's only room for one elf...

As soon as MC found Jimmy this morning, she came running! She said, "Mommy, Jimmy is in trouble...he is drinking your coke zero!" She knows that just don't touch momma's Coke Zero!

Apparently, Jimmy & Buddy aren't the best of friends at the North Pole. We found Jimmy drawing on Buddy's face today. "There's only room for one elf in this house Buddy!"

All the girls in the house are talking! Jimmy has them all riled up. Tears have been shed since he showed up at our house! I don't think he knew what he was doing when he tried hitting on Ellie. She's not the kind you take home to momma! Before he left to report back to Santa, I heard him singing, Luther Vandross', Endless Love to her. What a crazy little elf!

MC went to visit Santa today, when we left, she was so upset because she forgot to tell him that she wanted a pink puppy. I told her that she had a pink puppy at home, and she replied, "no, I want a real one!":/

We'll see you back here tomorrow!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 3 - Jimmy the Angel (or not!)

When Marli Claire woke up, the first thing she did was start looking for Jimmy. She ran from room to room until she found him atop the Christmas Tree. The angel had been overthrown by a sneaky little elf!
Later in the day, we found Jimmy entertaining himself, creating shadow puppets. I have to give it to him, I've never seen anyone create Rudolph! I'm sure they are close friends in the North Pole, so he probably had a lot of practice.
Once again, I caught Jimmy making a move. Jimmy, come on, she's wearing a diaper! 

We will see you all back here tomorrow to find out what kind of trouble Jimmy's getting in to next!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 2 - Adventures of Jimmy the Elf

When MC woke up on Day 2, Jimmy was sitting right next to her bed, on top of her pink piano watching her sleep! She was so excited to find him when she opened her eyes. I love to see the "magic" on her face as Christmas approaches.

When she returned to her room later in the day, Jimmy was sitting on the piano bench, playing a sweet tune. He had somehow, climbed on to the bookshelf, grabbed a few books to boost him up so that he could reach the keys. MC couldn't believe it...she was laughing uncontrollably!

Last night, before bed, MC found him sitting in her Princess chair in her Ballerina's lap. Jimmy has become quite the ladies man, and is breaking hearts left and right in our house. He played sweet ballerina right before he returned to the North Pole to report back to Santa.

I had to have a counseling session with her as soon as he left. She's making remarkable progress!

If you want to see what kind of trouble Jimmy got in to next, come back tomorrow!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day 1 - Elf on the Shelf

Day 1 - Black Friday

Andy & Sassy gave MC a huge surprise this Elf on the Shelf.  It showed up at their house with her name on it.

(What I want to know is what Jimmy plans to do with the contents of the VS bag!)

I spelled mischievous wrong! Oops!

Come back by tomorrow to see the Day 2 adventure's of Jimmy & MC!

DIY Personalized iPhone Cover

I had this awesome iphone cover recently that was the perfect combination of metallic gold and hot pink. Yes, some called me Diva, but that was obviously because they were jealous…right? Well, my cover cracked and wouldn’t stay on. I was without a cover for a couple of days when I was getting out of my car at Panera Bread and my phone slid out of my lap and on to the pavement. (Now, MC congratulates me for not dropping my phone every time we go to Panera!) It shattered into what had to be several bazillion pieces. Now, I am going to stop here and ask you a question…why do you think Apple would create a phone made of glass? Beats me! I remember when the guy was selling me on the iphone at the Verizon store, he mentioned that if I was clumsy, I should probably invest in the Otterbox. I took one look at that thing, and thought, “that looks like a Zach Morris phone, no thanks!” I already had my eyes set on a beautiful blinged out pink & gold case at the mall. Sure, it wasn’t great quality, but it was an eye-catcher!

Well, thankfully, Apple fixed my phone last week, and it is as good as new. Now, I needed a new case. When you want to find the best of anything where do you look, Pinterest, of course! I searched every page of Pinterest for the cutest iphone cover when I found a personalized cover. Anything personalized catches the eye of someone who never had anything personalized as a child. Have you ever seen a set of pencils or a key chain with, Delecta, on it? But, fifty-four dollars for a phone cover, you have got to be kidding me. I finally stumbled across a blog that mentioned a DIY personalized iphone cover. I took one look, and knew that was it! My sister and my nephew’s girlfriend helped us with our Christmas card photo this weekend, so as a little “thank you,” I made them one too. Here is what I did:

Step 1: Order a clear phone cover. (I got mine on Amazon for $1.99)

Step 2: Use the insert that comes in the case to figure out the paper size for your personalized insert.

Step 3: Create your insert using digital scrapbook paper, cute fonts, pics, etc. (I used a digital scrapbook paper from ETSY & my new favorite font!)

Step 4: Print & cut out your insert. (You will need to also cut out the hole for your camera/flash)

Step 5: Put it all together and BAM, it’s that easy!

This is mine. I put a verse, Psalm 19:14, on my cover as a gentle reminder as I use my phone to remember the Psalmist's words. 

"May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in you sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer."

If you decide to create a phone cover of your own, I love to see it, so leave me a comment! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Silhouette Necklace

I found a silhouette necklace tutorial on a fun blog called, Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss.  It reminded me of a similar neckalce that I saw at Anthropologie, that I will never be able to afford. I immediately got up and went to Hobby Lobby to get, I'm not kidding! Living accross the street from Hobby Lobby and Target has been the single biggest mistake of my husband's life!

 Let me say, this was the easiest project I've ever completed! Honestly, the hardest part was cutting the tiny silhouette out. It's amazing to think of all of the creations that can come from this one tutorial. You could take pics of anything and make them silhouettes...pets, children, etc. Endless possibilities! I won't post the entire tutorial, but I will share some tips that I found helpful when I made mine.

First, I took a pic of MC in front of a white door/wall, wearing a black top. (She looks thrilled, huh?)

I used Publisher to change the photo from Color to Black/White. When I changed the color, it left a few white spots on her head for some reason, so I just used to fill in the spots with black.

Here are a few pics of the finished project! I added another charm, and I'm thinking about adding two more: an initial and a birthstone. We'll see!

You'll find the rest of the instructions here.

Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear how you customized this project.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What a Clown!

When our sweet girl asked to be a clown for halloween, I was NOT overly excited!

A clown, are you sure? What about something pretty & girly?
No, mommy, I am going to be a clown!
(This was the conversation we had about 20 times before Oct. 31st!)

She told everyone for months that she was going to be a clown. So, I set out to create the cutest clown costume I could think up. I found clown tutu's, but I still wasn't thrilled about the way they looked. My mom and I finally whipped this up, and I was happy with it. More importantly, MC LOVED IT! She wanted to dress up everyday. She was the sweetest clown, and I'm glad she insisted to be one!

The best thing is, it was super's the breakdown:

* Tulle - 50% off Tulle on the roll at HL ($1.50/color)
* Elastic - $2.00 (HL)
* White Long Sleeve Shirt - $3 (Old Navy Clearance)
* Purple Squirt Flower - $1.00 (Dollar Tree)
* Clown Glasses & Nose Set - $1.00 (Dollar Tree)
* Suspenders - $8.95 (online)
* Tights - $8.50 (online)

We hope you had a great Halloween! Now, let's start planning for some Turkey!!!!