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There’s something about girls and shoes. Especially if that girl is my 2 year old daughter. The biggest tantrum she has ever thrown was because I left a pair of (too small for her) neon pink Nikes behind. And she wanted them, dangit. It was a body flailing, ear piercing screaming hysteria which was followed by sobs as I carried her to the car. It was bad, so bad I’m sure the entire mall could hear her screaming.


So when we discovered these blank canvas shoes at Hobby Lobby and she loved them and they cost like $6 (after coupon) and they fit, I made her dream come true and bought them for her. And what does the girl love almost as much as shoes? Sparkles.

I pulled out some gold glitter and tacky glue and got to work.



Using the tip of the bottle of glue I made dots on the shoe. They don’t have to be perfect, because the glitter won’t stick perfectly. At least that’s what I told myself as some dots were bigger and a little wonkier than others.To prevent the inside of the shoe from being covered in glittered, I shoved a piece of tissue paper inside. Beside keeping out glitter I think it also helped give the shoes some stiffness when I was applying the glue, plus it was the only place I could hold onto to move the shoe once the dots went on.


Sprinkle glitter on top until the dots are covered. I did it in sections, because it made handling the shoe easier. But I don’t think that’s necessary.



Once the glue was dry I took the shoes outside and rubbed the dots with my hand to get rid of as much loose glitter as possible. Anyone know if there is something I can spray on top to hold the glitter in place?


Glittered Shoes


Over the years I’ve learned that people are on either side of the yardwork fence, you either love it or you despise it. I’m a yard work junkie and find great satisfaction in having a weed free yard with a trimmed lawn and blooming flowers. Yesterday, I mowed our lawn for the first time this year! So to kick off the growing season here are 11 posts from around the web with information to get your yard and garden looking great!

5-Tips-for-First-Time-Gardeners If you don’t know where to begin, check out these tips from Cottage at the Crossroads


Sherelle has beautiful photos of her garden and the produce she raises. Even those with a black thumb will be wanting to grow garden produce like she does. They even have their own greenhouse–which I’m pretty envious of.


This potted wall is a great way to bring color into a small space by Better Homes and Gardens

RMS-kmphelps_window-box-coleus-Supertunias-geraniums-Superbells-fuschia_s3x4_lg Find tips on how to plant amazing container gardens from HGTV.


This seed book by Lovely Greens is a great way to keep your seed packets organized, and help you know what you already have when you go to the seed store.


Sara from Our Best Bites shows how to create raised garden beds from start to finish.


The family Handy Man shows how to bring your grass from neglected to the greenest on the block.

PicMonkey Collage Creating curb appeal by Love of Family and Home.

90 Included in HGTV’s top garden trends of 2014 are gardening apps that let you plan before you do. This looks like a fun way to plan before you head to the nursery.


When choosing plants for your yard don’t focus so much on the color that you forget about the smells! Read more about planting a fragrant path on BHG.com

100684120.jpg.rendition.largest The hot summer heat can leave yards looking sad. This post on BHG.com shares a plan for heat-resistant plants that will look great all summer.

Running Belt

My husband runs. He doesn’t like to be called a runner, but he does run. Last year while training he was faced with a problem – he liked to run with his phone, but hated all the armband cases. He said the phone was too heavy to have on his arm, I said he could run with his old iPod Nano. He said he relied too much on a running app on his phone to leave it at home.

What to do, what to do?

Then one day he sent me a link to a running belt and asked if I could make him one.  It didn’t look too difficult, so I picked up some Spandex and gave it a try. He loves running with it, so I thought I’d share instructions in case you are stuck in the same predicament.

Running Belt Supplies

You’ll need Spandex for the belt. The stretch allows the belt to fit snuggly around the waist, and hold the contents close to your body to prevent bouncing.

Running Belt Cutting

First, cut a 14″ width piece. Spandex comes in 45″ width, so I fold it a couple times so it fits on my cutting mat.

If you can find thick spandex you won’t need this wide of a piece. The spandex I’ve found seems thin, so I double fold it to help hold everything tight. For thick spandex cut 6.5″ wide and skip straight to step 2.

Running Belt Measurements

Next, you’ll need to know the size of your waist. Measure where you plan to wear the belt. If you plan on wearing the belt lower on your hips, then measure there.  The chart above will give you a good idea of how long to make the belt, although there will be some differences depending on the type of Spandex and how much it stretches. I always err on the side of making it bigger because it is a lot easier to cut more off at the end than it is to add extra back on.

Cut the 14″ piece to the desired length (add a little extra for the seam allowance).

Once your Spandex is cut to size fold it in half and serge along the edge. If you don’t have a serger you could try using an overlock stitch or a zig zag, don’t use a straight stitch because it won’t stretch with the spandex. If there is any way you could beg a friend with a serger to help you out I think you’d be a lot happier with the results.

Running Belt Pinned

Then you’ll fold it in half again, and leave an opening for the pocket. The 2 pins are marking where the pocket will be, so I’ll serge up to the pink pin, and start again at the green pin.

Running Belt Turning

Then turn the tube right side out.

Fold in half length wise and serge the ends together, making a loop.

And just in case I’ve totally lost you, here’s some rough drawings that may help:

Running Belt Illustration

How to Make Your Own Running Belt

I tease my husband that this is the new fanny pack. Only it’s way cooler, sleeker and definitely doesn’t scream “tourist”. Although I think it would work just as well at Disneyland as it does at the gym.


Italian cream sodas have been deliciously popular over the past little while–and not only are they yummy to drink, they are really easy to make! I made them quite a bit this summer–at girls camp for our church, at our family trip to Lake Powell, and most recently we made them for our Back to School dinner.

Here’s what you need to make your own Italian Cream Sodas:

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I bought these bottles of flavored syrup at Orson Gygi in Salt Lake City. They were only about $4.99 for nearly 26 ounces of syrup–which is one of the best prices I found. They have tons of different flavors; our favorites were raspberry, peach, strawberry, vanilla, orange and watermelon.

I made a cute little printable to set up at the table so people know how to make their own Italian sodas! These are fun to put in a colorful frame for everyone to see. 🙂 I made both a simplified version and a more detailed version:


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As you can see, the instructions are very simple. And honestly, you can add the syrup, cream and club soda in any order you want, but it’s best to start with the ice.

Fill your cup halfway full of ice.

Add one ounce of flavored syrup. (This is according to your taste. Sometimes I added up to 2 ounces of syrup depending on the flavoring.) It’s also yummy to mix flavors! For example, you could do part raspberry and part peach for a delicious combo. 🙂

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Fill the cup the rest of the way with club soda.

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Then you can add one ounce of half and half. This is optional but it gives it a nice creamy taste!

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Be sure to stir it all up together to blend all of the flavors before you take a sip! These drinks are so pretty to look at and they taste delightful! Our favorite flavor combinations were raspberry peach, strawberry peach, orange and cream, strawberry vanilla, watermelon strawberry, etc.!


These were a bit hit with the young women at camp and of course with our family! Make some Italian cream sodas today! 😉

Last year for Mother’s Day we gave the grandmas silhouettes of our boys. It is a timeless gift that grandmas love! I plan to continue this tradition every year and they can swap out the new head for the old and watch the changes as the boys grow. I also hung some in our room, because once the silhouettes are complete there are countless ways to use them. And they are really simple to do! I’ve seen tutorials using Illustrator, but I am pen tool challenged so I used Photoshop. These DIY Silhouettes for Mother’s Day are the perfect gift!

First, you need a profile photo of your child. A solid wall would work best, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you have to. Here he is sitting in his bumbo as the older brother entertains him.

I’m using Photoshop CS4 here, but other versions should work just as well–all you need is the magnetic lasso tool.

Select the magnetic lasso tool and start selecting the child’s face. Pay special attention to detail and be sure to click to make the lasso stick. Smiles, eyelashes and hair add the greatest detail to the silhouette.

After you have it like you want it (it may take a few tries), select the inverse.

You’ll notice at this point I add a blank layer, moved my photo up a layer and shut off the original–but having a white background will work the same!

Press delete and watch a floating head appear. Ctrl + D (Command + D for the Mac users) to deselect. I used the eraser to clean up any stray debris remaining and the brush tool to add a little more neck. Remember it is going to be black and white–meaning everything that isn’t white will be black.

We are almost done. We just need to turn the little guy black.  Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation

Move the lightness slider all the way to the left and the image will turn black! That’s all there is to it.


I added his name and the year to the bottom just for kicks. It will be fun to see how he has changed in the last year! And I still can’t get over those eyelashes!