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Handfuls of Love


“Children’s Children are the crown of all men; and the glory of children are their father.” Proverbs 17:6 {NKJ}

There is something special about grandparents. I have been blessed to have only lost one grandparent in my 30 years of life. I still have 2 wonderful grandma’s and a wonderful papa…all in their 90’s and still kickin’ loud and strong. I always tell my husband that according to my genes he is stuck with me for a looooonnnnnnggggg time. I only hope I am that blessed.

Throughout my first 16 months of parenthood I have learned the value of family and that it truly does take a village to raise a child. I couldn’t be more happy in the grandparents that our son has inherited through my husband and me. The times when I want to ship my child to Timbuktu they are always there to encourage me or relieve me of my duties for a couple of hours so I can regroup. They have been where I am before and their advice is so valuable. Plus they are the BEST babysitters {and free 😉 }.

So, when Grandparent’s Day came along I tried to think of something fun to do for them. I had seen those tutorials that are all over Pinterest where you take a porcelain cup/plate and write on it with a Sharpie; bake the plate; and viola it’s permanent. Ha…well that was a total FAIL! So, if you pinned it don’t waist your time. After that waste of time, I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and grabbed some Sharpie Paint Pens and some Martha Stewart Paint, and I used the Dollar Store white plates from the previous craft fail and started over. Here is the rundown {no pictures…I apologize…left this project until very last minute}

Handfuls of Love Painted Plate


Sharpie Oil Paint Markers {see link above}
Martha Stewart Paint {see link above}
Porcelain Plate
Baby’s/Kid’s Hands {and a helper if you have one}
Letter Stencils or Electronic Cutter {Silhouette, Cricut, etc}


1.) Decide what you want your plate to say. I decided to use Hands Down, Your the Best for one and Your the Best, Hands Down for the other. I cut mine out in vinyl on my Silhouette and used the negative space as my stencil. I put half of the saying on top and half on the bottom, leaving a space in the middle for the cute little toddler handprints.

2.) Grab your Sharpie Paint Pens and go to town. I used the black pen for my letters. The paint dries fast so once you are done with the letters you can remove your stencil. I had a little bleeding, but not much. I was able to do some touch up after the stencil was gone.

3.) Next you will need your kiddo and a helper {if you have young kids}. Squirt some of the Martha Stewart paint onto one hand spread it around. Figure out where you want the first hand print to go and smash their hand down quickly {before they decide to paint their face 😉 }. Do the same thing with the other hand.

4.) Pre-Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Once it is pre-heated put your plate in and bake for 30-35 minutes. Once this is done the paint is permanent and you are done!!


I made some Pumpkin Holes to go on my plates. I got the recipe from here and printed out labels that said I Love You a “Hole” Lot!.




Fall Pumpkin Butter Newtons


While I was recently looking for healthy snack options for Small Fox I came upon this recipe on Weelicious. I love the idea of a homemade fig newton. However, I am not a huge fan of figs. So, I decided to modify the recipe a little and make more of a “fruit newton.” I figured I could just substitute some fruit preserves or jam for the figs and viola…a non-fig newton that makes everyone happy!! Well, I came across an fun little gem while I was shopping for these delicious treats at Safeway. Everyone I am sure has heard of Apple Butter…but what about Pumpkin Butter?!?! Grandma Hoerners’ All Natural Pumpkin Butter to be exact. I was secretly jumping for joy at this discovery. I could hardly wait to get home and bake these. So here is how it went down:

What You Will Need:


3 TBS Grandma Hoerners’ Pumpkin Butter {+ or -}
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour {we recently went Gluten Free but you can substitute Whole Wheat}

How You Do It:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In the bowl of a standing mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 2 minutes, or until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.


3. Add the flour and mix until a dough forms.


4. Roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper into two 12 x 4 inch rectangles.


5. Spread the fig mixture on one half of each rectangle – spreading up the 12-inch side and leaving a 1/4-1/2 inch border.


6. Fold the dough over on top of itself and gently press the dough together at the edges.

7. Cut each log into 10 cookies and transfer to a silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet. {Ignore how Ugly they are}


8. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden.


Let me just say these are SOOOOOOOOOOO good. I had absolutely NO expectations, but they are delicious. The only problem I had was with the gluten free flour. The dough is a little more fragile and hard to fold over. I ended up spraying cooking spray on the spatula and I would recommend spraying it on the parchment paper, as well, before flipping.

It was the perfect fall snack on a summer day!!

It’s the Little Things…

It’s the Little Things…

Maybe it’s something in the water, but Small Fox has had a case of the grumps lately. Mr. Fox and I joke that he is a Terrorist and you are scared to be around him. His constant screaming, crying, and whining has pushed every single button I knew I had and he is only 15 months…can’t imagine when Small Fox is Two. Please pray for us all!!!

As I sit here in the quiet house and look at the monitor as he sleeps, I miss him! Despite his screaming, whining, and craziness I miss him. I want to just crawl into his crib and snuggle him all up! It’s all those little things…

His sheer joy while watching me play fetch with our dog Oliver
When he quietly whispers Daddy when I am telling him to say Mama
His love of the shower
His “monster” face
His babbling as if telling me about his day
When he sits down to “read” his favorite book
His open mouthed kisses
His full contact hugs
The way he shoves his blankie between his pacifier and his face just before he sleeps
His giggle and belly laugh
His facination with putting the dog’s food into the dog’s water bowl
The way he loves me…with all is heart

I couldn’t imagine my life without the little booger and I need to remind myself of all these things when the going gets tough!

Love you Small Fox

A Seussical Birthday Party!

It may be 2 1/2 months late, but better late than never right??  On, May 13, 2011 God blessed us with the best gift ever and on May 13, 2012 that amazing little baby boy turned 1!  Amazing how fast a year can go by.  I remember his birthday.  Going swimming while realizing I was probably in labor.  Telling Mr. Fox to stop by Chic-Fil-A on the way to the hospital and then waiting 16 hours to meet him.  I remember the sleepless nights {a whole YEAR of them}, the long cries when nothing I could do seemed to work, the worrying when he first got sick.  The excitement in watching him roll over, sit up, crawl, and walk for the very first time.  Looking at him on his first birthday made all the ups and downs {especially the downs} so worth every second.

We have a ritual in our house where we always read a story before naptime and bedtime.  I have a slight obsession with Dr. Seuss.  Maybe it’s the rhyming or the funny words and characters, but I LOVE them.  I am pretty sure Mr. Small Fox is sick of hearing about Fox in Sox, all the different feet you meet, and if there are one or two fish and whether they are red or blue.  However, I don’t care…until he can pick out a book he can deal with it:).  So, to celebrate his first birthday I decided to put together a Dr. Suess themed birthday.

It started with Pinterest.  Thank.You.Jesus for Pinterest!  I got all my ideas from there and kept everything simple and fun.

Birthday Dessert Table

Yummy Snacks!

The dessert table was by far the best!  Complete with AMAZING Cat in the Hat cake {made by a friend}, Cupcakes, Jello Sugar Cookies, Yertle’s Chocolate Turtle, Gold Fish, and Swedish Fish.

Plan to do this every year with a different book!


One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Goldfish

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Swedish Fish

Yertle’s Chocolate Turtles

RedVelvet Cupcakes {Out of a box…classy I know}

Jello Sugar Cookies

Poodles With Noodles {Pasta Salad}

Nink’s Pink Ink {Pink Lemonade}

Hop on Popcorn {Kettlecorn}

Wings {Mr. Fox’s addition}

Veggie Tray

Fruit Kabobs

Pita Sandwiches {King Soopers}

Looking forward to what next year brings!  Love you Tons Mr. Small Fox!

It’s Just a {Little} Gossip…a review

Yowzers, is all I have to say!!!!  I recently got the opportunity to review a book that a friend of mine wrote.  I don’t even know where to start.  I received the book this morning and I couldn’t put it down.  Luckily Small Fox was napping because my eyes were literally glued to the page.

“It’s Just a Little Gossip…Letters of a Broken Friendship” hit me straight in the gut almost knocking the wind right out of me.  It is the honest, naked truth of how “just a little gossip” can ruin a friendship, but how all can be healed through Christ Jesus if we lay down our own agendas and follow His.  How simple that sounds….right?

We all gossip in some form or another.  Whether it’s harmless gossip {is gossip ever harmless?} among girlfriends or the gossip that surrounds us in the media.  It is something that is a part of our everyday lives, but what is the big deal as long as no one gets hurt?  There is no harm in “just a little gossip” if you don’t get caught, right?

Getting caught is just what this book is about.  What happens when your friend catches you gossiping about her?  What happens when “just a little gossip” lasts for years {years and years}.   What happens when you hear that still, small voice of God whispering to lay it all down, forgive and move on?  Do you listen, do you follow Him, or do you ignore His voice because the pain is just TOO much?

Follow Sarah and Rebecca’s tale from heartache to healing.  See how “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him…” {Romans 8:28}.  Evaluate yourself with their study questions.  Pray for conviction, healing, strength, and guidance throughout this book with the helpful and heartfelt prayers at the end of each chapter.  Challenge yourself each week by participating in the challenges that Sarah and Rebecca have provided to help you draw closer to God and deeper into meaningful, lifelong friendships.

I can’t wait to share the tales of trials and triumphs that I encounter as I dive deeper into this book and search my heart for what God has for me.  Please visit <a href=”“>She Shares Ministry</a> for more information on the book, where to purchase, the authors, and TONS more stuff.  Also “like” She Shares Ministries on Facebook for uplifting words and much, much more!

Bat Dad, Bat Baby, and a Birthday

Bat Dad, Bat Baby, and a Birthday

This weekend was all about birthdays!  My husbands 31st birthday to be exact.  We have this tradition of doing a family dinner at our house one day and then the Husband wanted a UFC friends party on Saturday.  So, these past few days have been about cleaning, cooking, and entertaining…now that it is Sunday I am exhausted {thankfully Bat Dad got up early with Bat Baby today, so mommy got an extra hour of sleep.}

What I really want to share with all of you today are some of the gifts that Bat Dad got for his birthday.  All the gifts from me were fhandmade.  It was really fun to watch him open them.  I really didn’t know what he would think, but I was thrilled that he genuinely liked them all.

Here is  a quick rundown of Bat Dad’s Loot!

Moustache canvas print with Dad and Baby:)

Leather Cover for His "BIG" Gift!

His "BIG" Gift...a Nook Tablet...he was just jealous of my Nook Color 😉

And Now for the Best Gift Of All…{And the reason he is now Bat Dad}…

Matching Batman T-shirts! Handmade and he LOVED them. They wore them all day yesterday! Tutorial coming soon to a blog near you!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!

{Thirfty} Thursday – DIY Clorox Wipes

{Thirfty} Thursday – DIY Clorox Wipes

Okay…so I get overwhelmed with all the post ideas in my head.  So much so that I never blog because I feel like there is too much to write about:)  So, I have decided to make myself a little schedule of sorts and why not start on a Thursday…seems much more fun than waiting until Monday!  Thursday I have decided to devote to my new found Thrifty-ness! 

My hubby and I are now down to one income since the arrival of Our Little Man and I have noticed how much things cost…and how much they are a TOTAL rip off.  I have started couponing {well cutting out the coupons in the Sunday paper}, shopping at thrift stores {it may take some extra time, but DANG people give away really nice stuff}, and making my own stuff {cleaners, rags, etc}.  It may take some extra time here or there but it is nice to know I am saving moola, using less chemicals, being green, and for some reason it makes things more fun…like cleaning {however looking at our house at the moment you would never realize it}!

Pinterest has become my alli in this shift to thifty-ness.  There are so many neat DIY projects.  My pinboards are overflowing with ideas.  I am sure there are enough projects on my “I will Make you board” to get me through 2012!  One of the first pins I made a reality was making my own Clorox Wipes.  Have you ever noticed how much these little bleach filled towels cost?!  And if you are anything like me you use half the canister to clean your kitchen.  However, I L.O.V.E their convenience.  Love that with a little swipe you have cleaned and disinfected, but like I said I HATE their price, how quickly I go through them, and that I usually have to go over things with Windex after so I get rid of the streaks left behind by the wipe {I am a little OCD with streaks}.  So when I saw this pin I knew I had to try it!  So, off to Target I went.

Let me just tell you that these are the most AMAZING wipes EVER!!!  And Cheap!  They shine and clean all in one!  Idon’t have to use Windex after and my counters look awesome!  They also work great in the bathroom, on the floor, and really anywhere!  Here is what you need…

  • Castille Soap – found at Target.  I got the Lavendar scent.  It is a little price but you only use 2tbs so it will last a Long, Long Time! 
  •  Tea Tree Oil– This is a natural fungicide and disinfectant. 
  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • Old Cut Up T-shirts
  • Old Container – I used an old Cascade Tub from Sam’s Club

Follow the Tutorial at One Good Thing for complete instructions.  It takes about 5 minutes!!  Seriously try it…you won’t be disappointed and your wallet will thank you:) 

Let me know what you think if you try them!!!  Also visit the Schedule tab on my page to see what I will be posting about:)