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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!.




Made {it} Monday – Bat Dad and Bat Baby T-shirts

Made {it} Monday – Bat Dad and Bat Baby T-shirts

Every weekend my husband gets baby duty in the morning, so Mommy can sleep in a bit.  He gets Baby E up, dresses, feeds, and plays with him.  My Husband has a FAVORITE onsie for our little man.  It is a Batman onsie from Old Navy for 3 – 6 month olds.  Baby E is now almost 9 months old and needless to say Batman is looking less than Stellar on him!  So, I had the perfect idea for a birthday present for my husband.  I had purchased a plain black baby t-shirt at Hobby Lobby a while back and hadn’t done anything with it.  Then I was at Target doing some shopping and saw a distressed Batman T-shirt similar to this.  A little light bulb went off in my head…I will buy my husband the Batman t-shirt at Target and re-create the image for Baby E and they can be matching Superheros!!!  Then I   gotquickly realized they were all out of my husbands size t-shirt.

So…I decided to make my husbands t-shirt too.  Here is what you need to make the men in your life Superheros!!

  • 1.) Men’s Black T-shirt – I used this one {except the V-Neck Version)
  • 2.) Baby’s Black T-shirt – Any Craft Store has them…don’t forget a coupon:)
  • 3.) Freezer Paper {For a Stencil} – I only can find this at Wal-Mart…but it will last Forever!
  • 4.) Yellow Fabric Paint – I got Tulip Matte Finish Because I wanted a distressed look
  • 5.) Scissors, Iron, and Sponge

I first found out how to use freezer paper as a stencil from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.  Hers is the BEST in depth tutorial on it.

I cut my Batman Stencil out on my Silhouette, but Batman is such a simple design it would be easy to free hand onto the freezer paper.  Once I had ironed the image onto my shirts I got my sponge and paint out.

I squirted some paint onto some left over freezer paper scraps, dipped my sponge and blotted the image on to the t-shirt.  I made sure not to get the paint on too thick to make sure it looked distressed.

Then I removed the freezer paper and VIOLA!  It seriously took like 30 minutes for both t-shirts…and both only cost $12…can’t beat that.

Let me know if you have questions…I didn’t take any pictures of the process…I was in a little hurry to get this one finished!!!

The Bat Family...Baby E was not into it!

{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:)