I found this awesome recipe on Pinterest, not only is it easy to make but it sure taste just like the lemon pound cake at Starbucks.
1 box yellow cake mix
3.4 ounce instant lemon pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces sour cream
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray your loaf pans with cooking spray or use butter ( I used the mini loaf pans 5 1/2″ x 3″ x 2 1/4) but you can use anything you have.
Mix all ingredients together in no particular order with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes, place batter equally in the loaf pans.
Bake approximately 40-45 minutes , all ovens are different so I usually stick a wooden stick in to make sure the cake is baked.
Icing: Sift powdered sugar into a bowl, add the fresh lemon juice and stir. Make sure the loafs are cool before drizzling the icing on top.
Halloween is around the corner and of course we are obsessing about costumes… but when you have your 4 year old daughter make the final executive decision, it gets a little complicated! It changed from being Elsa, to being a llama, to Katie Perry in the “Roar video”. Even though Katy Perry would have been so funny specially because she wanted her little sister to be the tiger from the music video. I finally got my way because we are going to be a fox family.” Yay!!
The inspiration is the Fantastic Mr. Fox. I wish I could do a full-on mask but I’m afraid Arden (9 months old) would be too scared, so I found this cute mask tutorial from Handmade Charlotte.
Walk-ins welcome, the only catch… you have to make your own pizza! We had our little friends over making their own dinner and keeping those little fingers busy.
We bought the dough and sauce from our local Italian market, Angelo’s in Belmont Shore, but Trader Joe’s carries pizza dough for about $3 as well as Pizza Sauce. For the cheese we used cheese sticks (kid Friendly) and easy to use.
The pizza turned out great, and the kids ate every single piece!
1. Set oven to 450
2. Split the dough in 3 pieces
3. Using flour, start making a round shape with the dough
4. After you made a round shape for your pizza add the sauce and cheese.
5. Put in the oven for about 12 minutes and serve.
Last night while looking for ideas to take on the plane for my 4 year old, I found this awesome tutorial from Prudent Baby. Last week we made the chalkboard with the alphabet letters and finding this was just perfect for our previous project.
So this morning I went to my little studio to find any scrap fabric to make this awesome travel pillow. I’m not a seamstress by any means and it sure didn’t turn out as cute as the original but it works for us. Here is the Tutorial
This is our version of the travel pillow.For the handles I used my old wraps from kickboxing. I have’t been back to kickboxing for about 18 months, I’m just glad I got to re-use them.
I’ve been looking for ideas to entertain my toddler on the plane and knowing she is really interested in writing and spelling. I think this will be perfect…
Things you need:
Cookie sheet, painters tape, Chalkboard spray paint for the cookie sheet, Magnetic letters and spray paint for the letters.
1.Tape around the area of the cookie sheet you want to paint . Once that is ready, spray paint with Chalkboard paint.
You might need to spray paint a couple of times and let it dry.
2. Place the letter facing up and spray paint with your favorite color. After they dry, rotate them and spray them again.
You might need to repeat this a couple of times till the letters are covered with paint.
Now let the Spelling Bee begin.
Cookie sheet /Dollar Store
Chalkboard paint /Home Depot
magnetic letters /Toys R US
Spray paint for letters / Home Depot
Today I wanted to blog about my friend Lyndsey, owner of “Jack & Lola Photography.” I’m always so impressed by how she can freeze moments in time with her camera. When I was going to Ad School, photography wasn’t my forte, too technical for me… But seeing how beautiful her pictures are… inspire me to try.
Here are some pictures she’s taken of our family.
Jack & Lola Photography
We go at least once a week to our favorite shop “Blue Windows” in Belmont Shore. Not only do they have the cutest things but the whole store design is inspiring to me and the staff is super friendly. On one of our many walks we saw on their chalk board “story time” and we were in! Once we got there they didn’t disappoint, It was such a cute book, they also had quilts to sit on, snacks with labels, crafts & favors. The favors were Rocks with the characters of the story so the kids could recreate the story while playing! Super cute!
Thank you Blue Windows!
Peanut Butter and jelly fish Book / Blue Windows
I’m always looking for projects to do with my kids.These Tin-Can Stilts are easy to make with materials you already have at home. Hope you enjoy them as much as my daughter does, the only draw back is they might be a little noisy if they are playing inside the house. Otherwise they are super fun!
To make make one pair of stilts you need:
2 tin cans
rope, twine or string
paint ( I used paint my daughter already had)
medium or large nail
1. Remove label from cans. Wash with warm water and dry.
2. Decorate the cans with paint and let it dry.
3. Turn cans over (bottoms side up)
4. Using the hammer and nail, punch two holes in the can.
5. Use twine or string and push it through the holes in your can. Pull string through the inside
of the can and push it out through the other hole. Make sure you make a knot in each end of string.
Now stand on the stilt and pull the string tightly as you walk.
The kids love this super cheap and easy activity. I love it because it keeps them busy for at least 30 minutes. The only tricky part is finding the Sta-Flo liquid starch. I finally found it at Walmart, for $2.47.
Stay Flo liquid starch (Walmart, $2.47)
Bottle of White Glue (Target, .34¢)
Glitter (Oriental Trading)
1 drop of blue food coloring
It’s really this simple: Pour the bottle of glue into a mixing bowl. Keep the empty glue bottle and fill it up with Sta-Flo (you want the same amount of each ingredient). Then pour the Sta-Flo into the bowl and start massaging both ingredients together. Add some glitter of your choice and a drop or two of food coloring. Then prepare to get SLIMED!
photo credit : Jack & Lola Photography
I wanted to share this great non-profit organization, “Bows for Autism.” 100% of all profits are donated to Autism Speaks, an advocacy group that sponsors Autism Research. Not only are all the Bows handmade, they’re also beautiful!
Please check their site: Bows For Autism