Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Celebrating the Ultimate Pi Day


Pi...aka the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter... aka 3.14159265359 and so on... Celebrating Pi Day (March 14th) is a beloved tradition for math enthusiasts and pie enthusiasts alike. We have enjoyed celebrating this "holiday" for several years (not that we need an excuse to eat pie, but can you think of a better reason to do so?!)

A few years ago we enjoyed this apple pie on Pi Day.

This year Pi Day is kind of a big deal, because March 14, 2015 is 3.1415. Some people are even taking it to the next level, marking 9:26 on the clock. We decided that we for sure needed to celebrate this once-in-a-century event, so we planned a Pi Day brunch celebration with a few friends.  On the menu: Quiche, Pineapple, and of course assorted pies.

I had fun designing an invitation (I used Inkscape and Silhouette Studio) with a math pun or two in it.


We'll be keeping the kiddos happy doing Pi art and activities, like this Pi in the skyline by What Do We Do All Day?, this Easy as Pi artwork by Pink Stripey Socks, this Circle Art by Momgineer, or this Pi bracelet.

My husband wants me to make Pi Day Tshirts; we'll see how it goes and I'll post pictures if I get that far.

Update 3/18/15:
Here are pictures of some of the things I made:

I used my silhouette machine to cut this design out of heat transfer material, then just ironed it on the shirts.
I did this onesie the same way as the shirts above.

Our welcome sign, right next to the Pi wreath on the front door. :)
I designed the shirts using Inkscape and Silhouette Studio. I'll share how I use those programs together in another post. Peace!

Do you have any fun plans/ traditions for Pi Day? Do share!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Remember me? Meet Cara

Hi! I'm another sister of the Homebodies. You may remember me from this post about fixing jeans with a broken zipper (they were my favorites!), or this post about my DIY wedding, that my sisters and mom DIY'd (I was in la la land, so I can't say I was super involved there). In any case, I'm excited to be here!

Here's a little bit about me:

I got married a year and a half ago (crazy!) and I graduated from BYU in April 2014 with a degree in Public Relations (also crazy!). I now work as a graphic designer/marketing coordinator/creative communications coordinator/social media manager at a small health professions university.

I love shopping and fashion, especially finding good deals and great classic pieces! I'm a firm believer in buying things that make you feel strong and powerful immediately. None of that "it's on sale, so maybe I'll wear it someday" business. If you don't love it now, you won't love it in a year. (I'm a reformed shopaholic).

I love to create things. Especially now that I've been married for a little bit and its socially acceptable to craft again. ;) As a little girl, I always had tape, scissors, string, paper etc. stashed under my bed, just in case I needed to whip up a little something. It drove our mom nuts (because I always stole the tape and scissors), but she loved that I was creative and she always encouraged me to create, no matter how many new tape dispensers and pairs of scissors I stashed. You'll see some of my latest crafts in future posts.

I love to be active and to exercise. I've slacked a bit lately (huge life changes can do that to you), but I love to run, hike and play volleyball. I'm even learning to like Softball! This Christmas, I also got my very first bicycle, so I'll be learning to do that this Spring as well. Rochelle and I started taking swimming lessons (who knew it was so hard when you're a grown up and never learned..) I'm a little nervous about all of it but I'm excited to try new things too!

I love to cook and bake- the healthy way. My husband Jeff is a personal trainer, so we don't keep junk food in our house. I have a lot of fun finding healthy, delicious recipes to try out on him. I also have found some great recipes for guilt-free treats that satisfy my (huge) sweet tooth, and are sugar and grain free! I'll share some of my cooking wisdom in the future too!

<3 Cara

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sunday Chicken


This is a recipe that we like to make Sunday mornings and have it ready by the time we come home from church in the afternoon. It is pretty low maintenance, but very delicious- my kind of meal for a day of rest!

I like to use these pretty, multicolored mini potatoes from Costco...


...so that all I have to cut up are a few carrots and an onion. It all goes in the pot (I love to use these crock pot liners because it makes the cleanup so effortless- I know it probably isn't the healthiest as it is plastic, but right now, it takes away a barrier to me actually cooking, which is a win. Priorities!)


The spices are added to the melted butter- ok, you can reduce the butter, but I don't recommend it, because chicken is pretty lean, and you want this to be tender and flavorful. To that end, I also recommend using the longer cook time on the lower heat setting.


Sunday Chicken
{aka Crockpot Deliciousness}

Layer in the crock pot, in order:
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • a bunch of fresh green beans
  • washed potatoes- mini, or regular sized, sliced 1" thick
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 white onion, sliced

Mix the following and pour over chicken and vegetables:
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. ground rosemary
  • 1-2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • fresh ground pepper to taste

Stir gently to coat, and cook covered in crock pot 5-6 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low. Serve and enjoy!


By the way, this meal goes rather nicely with this Rosemary Olive Oil bread (recipe from A Hint of Honey).


Enjoy!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DIY Can Stilts


Warm, sunny days are becoming limited around here, so we decided to make the most of the good weather and make these stilts. This is a fun activity that I remember doing as a child, and my kids didn't really even know what stilts were, so I though this would be fun to do with them.

I used #10 food storage cans that were going to be recycled anyway, but you could use any sturdy metal can (like a large soup can).  Just use your judgement on if it is strong enough/ big enough for your child.


My 4 year old loved being my helper and the look on his face when he tried the stilts for the first time was priceless.

Here's how to make your own tin can stilts:

1. Gather your materials. You'll need two metal cans that are the same size, some twine or strong cord, scissors to cut the cord, a thicker- sized nail, and a hammer.


2. Using the nail and hammer, make two holes- one each on opposite sides of the can, just under the rim of the sealed end of the can.


3. Cut a length of cord or twine and poke each of the ends through the holes you just made.  The length you should cut the twine depends on the height of your child.  When they are standing on the stilts, the twine should come high enough that they can grip it easily but have no slack in the string (slack makes it easier to fall off or trip).


4. Tie the ends of the twine together inside the can for a hidden knot- or, if you want easier adjusting, string it though the opposite way, with the knot at the top where the handhold is.


5. Repeat steps for the other can.

Photo credit goes to my 4 year old!

Test it- you know, quality control!  Remember that the strings need to be pulled very tight as you walk in order to keep the cans next to your feet to avoid tripping or falling. It may take a little practice!


My first grader wanted to get in on the fun when he got home from school and both boys spent about an hour tromping in and out of the garage and down the sidewalk.


Yay for homemade (recycled) toys!  Do you remember making stilts like this as you were growing up?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIY Ring Pillow

Here is a quick photo tutorial of the ring pillow I made for my sister Cara's DIY wedding.  Cara's colors were light pink, eggplant, and champagne/gold. I had one afternoon to make a pair of these pillows, since we were driving to the wedding the next day. Luckily, I am a fabric hoarder and I didn't have to waste any time running to buy fabric since I had a variety of fabrics in exactly the colors I needed. :)


This pillow ended up being about 8 inches square.


I used two 9" squares of cream colored sateen fabric, one 9" square of cream colored lace, a 9x4" strip of eggplant colored linen, and a 5x20" strip of light pink chiffon. Obviously, use any variety of fabrics and colors that you like- this would look great in all white or cream too.


1) I basted along each long edge of the chiffon and 2) gathered it on both sides.


3) The lace is layered over one of the plain cream pieces. 4) The gathered chiffon goes across the bottom and is pinned in place. 5) The chiffon is basted in place. 6) The long raw edges of the eggplant accent strip are folded towards the middle and ironed.


7) The accent strip is pinned on top of the gathered chiffon, covering up the raw edge on the top. 8) It is then sewn in place with a straight stitch.


9) Right sides of the cream pillow fabric are pinned together and 10) sewn, leaving a small opening to turn the pillow right side out. Clipping the corners will give a nice pointy finished corner.


11) The pillow is turned right side out, stuffed, and the opening sewed shut.


12) It is a good idea to add a ribbon (which can be sewed on by hand) to secure the rings during the ceremony


Then just get yourself some adorable ring bearers and you're good to go!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cara's DIY Wedding


I was looking through my pictures and realized that I totally forgot to post about my sister Cara's outdoor/ indoor wedding that happened in October.  Which is sad, because it was a completely beautiful, totally DIY wedding.  So I'm going to remedy the situation, and post some of the awesomeness now.

First, my husband BJ and I took engagement photos:


My sisters Marissa and Anna and I threw Cara's bridal shower, and a friend was kind enough to host it for us.


Here's the shower invite that I designed using Inkscape (a free Illustrator-like program).


Here's a somewhat better view of the refreshment table.  We had a tea and hot chocolate bar as well.


Here are the favors for the guests- a packet with an herbal tea bag and a honey stick.  The tags were designed by me- again in Inkscape.


Cara and I spent hours making bridesmaid jewelry using beads and findings she bought online and at Hobby Lobby. Each piece was totally unique, but had a unifying theme. There was a necklace, bracelet, and earring set for each of the 11 bridesmaids.


The house and yard was transformed for the wedding and reception by the tireless help of many friends and family members.  Tables and chairs were covered with fabric from the stashes of my mom's friends and sisters.


My cute and talented mother did all of the flowers- bouquets, boutonnieres, table arrangements, indoor/ outdoor, etc.

This photo doesn't do them justice, these are just the only flower photos I could find.

Here's one of the bridal bouquet.

Photo credit to Giffy Pix.

My mom also made the cake pedestals by gluing together glass plates and vases, filling the vases with dried flowers, and tying ribbon around them.


My aunt, sister Marissa and I did Cara's makeup, hair, and nails respectively.


My mom made this lovely wedding gift with words of advice, featuring a hand- crocheted doily (My grandmother made one for each grandchild before she passed away, and my mom saved them to give at each wedding).


My mom and my aunts took a basically strapless wedding gown bought for under $200 and using their brilliant sewing wizardry, transformed it into Cara's dream wedding dress- a much more modest, and classy looking frock.  I wish I had a more close-up detailed photo of the dress, but you can get an idea by the picture below.


My dad is a bishop- a lay clergyman in our church, so he was able to be the one to marry Cara and Jeff.  My sons were ring bearers.


These 2 photos courtesy of Giffy Pix
I made the ring pillows my sons are holding in the above pictures (tutorial to come).

Marissa was the fantastic artist behind this lovely cake and multitude of cupcakes. (Check out her baking accessories shop on Etsy!)



I also made marriage advice cards for guests at the reception to fill out and compiled them into a book for the newlyweds to enjoy down the road.


It was a bit crazy to arrive just a day or two before the wedding and everybody work like mad to throw it together (after a several months of distance planning), but I think it turned out fabulously!  And the newlyweds are still doing great!

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