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Let’s play with Diapers!

If you are like me, you spend countless hours on Pinterest saving potential DIY projects to boards with the intention of someday creating them. Hi, I’m Katie, and I’m a pinaholic who NEVER gets around to this projects!

I finally finished up with the wedding circuit (we had 8 this year!) just in time for baby shower mania. I love that so many of my friends are expanding their families…and determined it was finally the time to make one of the projects hidden away in my Pinterest black hole: the diaper cake!

One of my rockstar coaches, Nancy, had been making them for awhile, so between her wisdom and the various Pinterest boards this project seemed like it would be a piece of cake. It was! I was so pleased with how easy the diaper cake was to make, and I loved that I could customize it for whomever it was going to!

Let me walk you through how I made this super cute dinosaur themed diaper cake for my friend Ashley’s baby shower!

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My diaper cake!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

-Box of diapers, any brand. The amount depends on how large of a cake you are planning to make. I bought a box of around 50 Swaddlers (whatever that means) and used the majority of them for the size I made.

-A base. I used a cardboard cake base, but you could use whatever you want that is sturdy.

-Small rubber bands. I purchased a box of tiny rubber bands for hair (or braces) at the dollar store.

-Large rubber bands to hold the layers together.

-Ribbon.

-Decorations of your choosing. 

-Hot Glue Gun. I used this to secure the ends of the ribbon.

-A center base. I used a paper towel roll. You could also use a wrapping paper roll and cut to the correct size if you want to go a little bit bigger.

To assemble:

The most tedious task of this entire cake is rolling the diapers. Roll each diaper as tight as you can and secure with one of the small rubber bands. I put on an episode of Sherlock and knocked all of these out at once just to get through it! After the diapers were rolled, construction of this cake only took about 10 minutes.

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Who knew there were so many kinds of diapers?!?!?!?

You want to form your layers, but to make sure they stay put you want to secure your center base to the bottom of the base. To make my paper towel roll attach to the base, my mother had the idea to just cut the ends of the roll so the bottom fanned out a bit, which we then taped to the base. Nancy, my diaper cake making muse, actually uses a bottle of Barefoot wine as the center of her diaper cakes….a great option if you know mama is a wine drinker anxiously awaiting the day she can have a sip. Here’s an aerial view of layer one of my cake.

****PIECE OF ADVICE…..those of you who know ZERO about diapers like me…..some of them are printed. I did not realize this until I started rolling the diapers and realized I had bought Winnie the Pooh diapers. Fortunately the green coloring worked with my dinosaur theme, and I hid most of the Poohs, but be cautious!

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Once you have placed the rolled diapers around your center and have the layer the size you want it, you will want to place a rubber band around the ENTIRE layer. This helps keep them all from moving. Some tutorials excluded this step and just advised using ribbon, but I wasn’t taking any chances….I used both.

Repeat this for remaining layers. I wanted a three tiered cake, but you may want more or less depending on your vision.

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Here is a look at all three layers of the cake. Your center base will be hidden by the third layer. Look at all of those Poohs………..

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I really wanted to do a dino themed cake because, well, I freakin love dinosaurs and thought they would be super cute for Ashley’s little babe, Emerson, when he arrives in January. You don’t have to get crazy with decor….I kept it pretty simple using dinosaur onesies and little socks, as well as a teething ring and pacifiers. I tucked the items into the layers of the cake, but in some tutorials I saw people roll them like they did the diapers and place them in the actual layers.

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My absolute favorite thing about this cake? The adorable dinosaur slippers that I used as the cake topper! I found them at Wal-Mart of all places, but when I saw them I knew they had to be a part of this creation. I finished the cake off my securing a piece of ribbon around each layer.

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I was so pleased with how the cake turned out and felt like it was a fun and creative way to bring an item that I know the baby will be needing! I definitely encourage you to make your own for the next shower you have to attend!

Check this off my Pinterest “To Do” List. Only about 11,543,857,344 to go!

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Life is Short…Eat Dessert First.

Pinterest has it out for me.

Honestly…..If I cooked five meals a day for the rest of my life I STILL would have recipes left over to try! Please tell me I’m not the only one!

This week I made dinner for Kyle and my mother in law and thought it was finally time to try out one of the recipes I had pinned way back when…..lemon soufflés. These weren’t just any soufflés though….they were made in an actual lemon.

You know me, I am all about presentation with food, so off to the store I went for some lemons and ingredients! I was surprised how easy these little guys were to make!

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Look at these cute little beauties!

Katie’s Little Lemon Soufflés 

Ingredients:

-8 lemons ( go for the larger ones, trust me. Size matter here!)
-3 eggs
-1/2 cup sugar
-Confectioner’s sugar
-2 Tablespoons Flour (I used Cake Flour)

Instructions:

1. Line a pan with parchment paper and preheat over to 350 degrees.

2. Slice just enough off of the bottom of the lemon (stem end) so that it can sit level. Don’t slice it to where you can see the inside of the lemon!

3. Cut off the tip (that’s NOT what she said….sorry, I had to) approximately 1/3 of the way down from the top. You can choose to keep the lemon tops if you want….they can be your soufflé hats!

4. Using a knife, spoon, or some form of wizardry scoop the pulpy inside of the lemon out and place in a bowl. You will need the juice for later, so don’t get rid of that! For me, this was the hardest part, so if someone comes up with a really easy way, please let me know. Next time I may try a melon baller.

5. You will need 1/4 cup of the lemon juice, so extract it at this time.

6. Mix egg yolks (save the egg whites for later) in a heat proof bowl with the lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and the flour. I used a simple whisk for this task.

7. Place a large pot on the stove with water and bring to a bowl, then place the heatproof bowl inside of it, whisking for about 7-8 minutes.

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I used a Pampered Chef mixing bowl. It worked great!

8. Once thick, remove and beat with an electric mixer for about 8 more minutes, then move to a different bowl and set to the side.

9. In a bowl combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the egg whites and beat until frothy. I used my KitchenAid mixer and started on the lowest speed for about 2 minutes, then slowly increased the speed until the meringue had soft peaks.

10. Mix about 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk mixture. Once combined, fold in the rest of the meringue, then fill each lemon, stopping just a bit shy of the top so it doesn’t overflow.

11. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown. The mixture should have risen about an inch above the lemon.

12. Garnish with confectioner’s sugar and top with a lemon hat if you want. Serve immediately!

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Lessons learned while making these:

-They were tasty, but very, very light.
-I should’ve cooked them a smidge longer.
-I need to buy mutant sized lemons next time.

Everyone seemed to enjoy them, so I was a happy camper.

And so was my kitchen help for the night, Murphy.

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DIY Christmas Ornaments!

At my bridal shower last year, my best friend Kelly gave me an incredible present. She made a Christmas ornament out of my wedding invitation! I absolutely loved that a part of the greatest day if my life could be celebrated during the holiday season, and I went on a mission to make the same the gift for those in my life who were getting married. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make!

Today I wanted to share with you how simple this great gift is to make so you can create the same ornament to celebrate a wedding, birth of a children, or any special occasion!

What you will need:

-Invitation(s)
-Glass or Plastic Christmas bulb
-Pencil
-Ribbon

Here’s a look at my materials before I made the ornament for my dear friend Emily’s shower! For hers I opted to use both the shower invitation and the wedding invitation because I loved how the colors worked together and thought it would add dimension to the ornament.

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When it comes to the ornament, I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby. You can find the plastic ones there year round, and they cost about $0.99 each. The top will come off so you have access to the inside of the ornament.

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Take your invitation (or invitations if you are using multiples) and cut them into strips. I cut mine pretty thin, but not so thin that you couldn’t read the writing. Take your pencil and wrap one strip of invitation around the pencil so it forms a tight curl. Then all you need to do is take the curled paper (still on the pencil) and insert the pencil into the opening of the ornament. Drop the curl inside. Continue until all of the paper has been curled and dropped inside.

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Depending on the occasion, you may want to add other items in the ornament as well. I have used glitter or small curls of ribbon in the event colors and dropped them in, but you don’t have to. Once all of the invitation curls and any additional items have been inserted, close up the ornament by slipping the ornament top back into place. Finish by making a ribbon loop or bow so it can hang on the Christmas tree!

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This is a gift that is very inexpensive to make but that has such a great meaning behind it. I can assure you anyone who receives a custom ornament like this will love it!

Happy Crafting!

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What to Expect When You are Expecting…

Ahhhh, yes.

What to expect when you are expecting.

No, I’m not talking about that movie with Cameron Diaz. Or any new additions to the Kramer household.

I’m talking about what to expect when you are expecting……to buy a house.

Kyle and I recently purchased our first home after a year long search, and boy, was it an exhausting experience. I learned a few things I wanted to share with all of you who are expecting to purchase a new home in the near future….a few things that I hope can help you!

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So what should you expect on your house hunting search????

1. It’s pretty much the same as giving online dating a try. I can’t begin to tell you how many people fooled us with the pics they listed of their home. It’s like on an online dating profile where someone claims to be 6’4 but ends up being 5’6. Seriously people….using the panoramic picture option on you iPhone camera won’t work once someone steps into your kitchen and realizes it is the size of a shoebox. Also, much like photoshop, I can tell when a doorframe has a weird curve because of your editing. Not everyone is a moron. Just show the house like it is.

2. Ok, it’s a lot like dating in general. Dating can be an emotional roller coaster. House hunting…..I actually think it can be worse. You find something you love…..you get your heart set on it…..you start visualizing how you will decorate rooms….you might even start putting things into your Amazon Prime cart…then you find out that you lost the house to someone who was faster with an offer. Then you get bummed out. Then you begin the process again. I felt like my heart got tap danced on by football cleats over and over and over again.

3. Have a list of non-negotiables when you start the search. Kyle and I had many long talks about what was important to have in our home before we started looking. We knew things we absolutely HAD to have and things we just wanted to have. This helped us when we were searching by eliminating houses right away. You should never settle with a house, so make that list of non-negotiables so you don’t regret it later.

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One of my non negotiables…..an awesome kitchen. Got it!

4. You no longer spend hours on Pinterest…..you spend DAYS! The best part about the house hunting/purchase process was no longer having to explain to Kyle why I was on Pinterest so much. I think he actually realized what a great site it is during the whole process! Honestly though….I logged some serious Pinterest hours and show no signs of stopping soon, but that is ok! Finding DIY solutions for some of the projects I want to do will save us money and be fun……score!

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Part of my beautiful makeup room, thanks Pinterest! All I have left to do is have the Hollywood lights installed!

5. Always do a drive by. I fell in love with two different houses based on the pictures. When we drove by the first one, I realized it was in a shady neighbor where I am positive that I saw a prostitute walking down the street. The other we skipped the drive by and realized when we showed up that the beautiful house pretty much was located on a car dealership lot. After that we made a deal: no drive by, no appointment set to view.

6. Hire the kind of realtor that will get the job done. We started the process using one realtor who was nice but not a good match for us. I am very much a no nonsense kind of person and a shark when I want something, and we wanted a realtor who was the same. After all, if this person had to negotiate for us and go to bat for us, I didn’t want some timid mouse. Fortunately, a friend of mine who knows my style recommended Mark Young, who got the job done. If you are in the Cleveland/Akron area and looking for someone awesome, this guy is the one to call.

7. Cross reference like it’s your job. Don’t just look on one site or one app. Look on THEM ALL! In the beginning I focused on just one app…what a mistake. I found so many different listings on other sites that I would’ve missed if I didn’t check out everything. In fact, the house we ended up buying was listed on a random website when I first noticed it. Thank heavens I did!

8. Strike while the iron is hot. I understand you shouldn’t make any rash decisions, but you don’t want to miss out on your dream house either.Don’t take days or weeks to determine what to do. Go with your gut and make moves. We lost out on multiple homes we loved because we didn’t move fast enough.

9. Be prepared for unexpected expenses. The joys of home ownership means unexpected random expenses. People always say that buying a house can be a money pit, and that sure is the truth! The house we bought had brand new EVERYTHING and we still had random things come up, like the unexpected visit from a fat raccoon and her babies who decided to live in our chimney for a week. Prepare for the unexpected. Pay for inspections. Cover your butts!

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This raccoon weighed more than our dog!

10. It’s not over until it’s over………So true! The house we bought was put on the market Easter weekend. Since we were out of town we couldn’t see it until Tuesday morning. The minute we saw it we knew we wanted it, so we put the offer in that minute. Seriously, we didn’t want to lose it. Our realtor contacted the listing agent to tell him the news…..and then found out the seller had accepted an offer literally about an hour before. I was so upset. After crying and cussing like a madwoman, I contacted Mark and told him that if ANYTHING fell through on that deal to let us know. The next night he let us know that the initial deal had fallen through. YESSSSSSS! Of course we submitted everything and had an accepted offer late that day.

Kyle and I are still working at getting settled in, but I love how the house is coming together. It’s been a crazy and emotional process for me, but at the end of the day I love that I have closed the nomadic chapter of my life….the one that included 24 documented moves in about 12 years (yes, that’s a lot) and started a new one with my husband. There have been moments of frustration and sadness, as I am finding things of my dad’s as I unpack all of my things and being forced to accept that all of the big milestones in my life will take place without him physically being here. At the same time, there have been so many wonderful happy moments that I know will only continue.

Here’s to FINALLY getting rid of my storage unit and adulting!

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No Needles Needed!

Pinterest.

One simple word that makes me giddy with joy. I know I am not alone on this one.

When Pinterest graced us with its presence back in 2010, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I remember having a few casual conversations about it with friends who started using it right away and me stating that I didn’t think I would find it very useful. I’d like to publicly state that was one of my most ridiculous thoughts EVER.

I can honestly state here, on my blog, aka my safe space and trust tree with my internet followers, that I am a Pinterest addict. I have it on my computer as a favorite, and I have the app on my iPad and cell phone as well. Monfort, a digital marketing and social media agency posted some interesting stats (which you can access by clicking on their name) regarding this site, and one in particular really made it apparent to me that I have a problem. According to their research, females post about 158 new pins a year. A YEAR!

Hello, Pinterest, I pinned that amount yesterday #nolie.

I strongly feel I can debate the need and relevance of my addiction with Pinterest until the cows come home. After all, I can go there for inspirational quotes. I can find cute hair and makeup ideas. I can find recipes that are healthy and that Kyle would enjoy. I can learn how to properly clean suede should I ever want to or learn how to make magnets out of household items. Yes, it is a devil’s playground, and I love every minute I waste on there (Sidenote: 1 “minute” really equals about 2 straight hours on the damn site). I especially enjoy seeing Pinterest fails….where people attempt something they see on Pinterest and just butcher the heck out of it. Here’s just one lovely example that I found on (you guessed it) Pinterest:

So many great fails.

So many great fails.

This week I attempted something I have had on my Pinterest ” To Do” list for quite some time: arm knitting. You heard right…you knit with your arms. Since I really don’t like crocheting or knitting things due to my lack of patience and large fingers, I was convinced that I would have to own up to this being a fail once I tried it and bombed at scarf making.

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Yeah…I did it!

WRONG! I did it! And I actually liked it so much that the next day, I cruised right on over to the fabric store and hooked myself up with some more yarn. The first scarf wasn’t perfect, but that is okay….I am a beginner….but it was made the way I wanted as far as chunkiness, it was a color I wanted, and it was super soft. Oh….and I only paid about $10 for the 2 skeins (is that how you spell the term….i don’t even know)….and I got 2 scarves out of them. $5 a scarf? Katie likes that.

If you want to try arm knitting, which I strongly encourage you to do, I posted a video on my Youtube channel teaching you how I did it.  Here it is:

Two final comments:

1. Be smart about arm knitting. Go on the internet (hey, you’re already on it), go to the craft store of your choosing, and print off some coupons. There is absolutely no reason to pay full price for yarn. Be shoppertunistic.

2. If you aren’t on Pinterest, I invite you to please abandon my blog, as well as everything else on your agenda, and go there immediately. Seriously.

And please, repeat after me....

And please, repeat after me….

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