Friday, September 20, 2013

Baby E is GROWING UP! - Pulling Out ALL The Safety Stops

Well, over the past few weeks Baby E has COMPLETELY found the cabinet doors. She doesn't pull anything out, but she does LOVE to open and close them.

So, after I fixed the door (I seriously couldn't stand looking at a crooked door any longer)... I pulled my husband in to help me put the safety latches on. I marked where they were to go and he drilled.

It took us about an hour. Mostly because we were also entertaining a 10 month old at the same time with silly dances. We couldn't resist.

Here's the beginning with the sticky tape holding it up.

Here's the end result. 

I will say that these things are awesome! Baby E doesn't play with the cabinets as much since she can't fully open them. However, it does pull out a few dammit moments. I FORGET EVERY TIME!!! Seriously, I go to open the door and it automatically shuts. Great for babies, horrible for adults ;). 

Still Available! - FREE Mrs. Dash Seasoning Packet: Chili or Taco

Through the next 37 days when you "like" Mrs. Dash on Facebook you can play to win a free seasoning packet or entries into the contest to win $2,500.

You can play up to 3 times a day, as long as you share to earn more entries.

It's a fun little game that tests your hand-eye coordination.

Good Luck!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Slightly Fixing Our Kitchen Cabinets

When my husband and I moved into this house 9 months ago one of the cabinet doors was slightly off. We ignored it and figured "hey, we can fix it once we get settled." Here we are 9 months later, still not settled, and it's still not fixed.

However, this go round we had a little motivation to fix the cabinets. Our daughter. She's figured out how to open/close each of them and that's the first thing she does every morning now. Unless she sees the dogs bowls.

So, I grabbed the drill and pulled out the screws. It was completely noticeable on why the cabinet was off. With this picture, I've pulled the screws out. But, just imagine that the gap is pretty much like this with the screws in.

I then just sat there and patiently placed it in several different positions. Holding it up with my foot each time. When I finally got it the way I liked it without any real noticeable gaps (the door clearly did not fit there)... I went ahead and drilled the screws back in. 

And it looks A THOUSAND TIMES better!!! See...

Now, onto the main project and motivation for this.... Baby E's Cabinet Safety Locks!!! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Baby Pool Ball Pit

A few weeks ago, I grabbed a baby pool on clearance at my local Walmart. I couldn't beat the price and I since I needed to take a part the pack and play for our vacation. The balls needed a place to go. 

This also gave Baby E a little more freedom while playing with them. She hated being confined. Plus, she has the opportunities to throw her balls and roll out whenever she feels like it.

A cheap and easy play toy that barely cost $5.00. 

Now, all I have to do is teach our puppies that they can't sneak into her room and steal them whenever they want. They are obsessed! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FREE Mrs. Dash Seasoning Packet: Chili or Taco

Through the next 40 days when you "like" Mrs. Dash on Facebook you can play to win a free seasoning packet or entries into the contest to win $2,500.

You can play up to 3 times a day, as long as you share to earn more entries.

It's a fun little game that tests your hand-eye coordination.

Good Luck!

FREE Nexcare Waterproof Banadages

Today and through the next 3 days, Nexcare is giving away 25,000 samples of their waterproof bandages. All you have to do is like them on Facebook, watch the short minutes video and fill out the corresponding form.

Good Luck!

Monday, September 16, 2013

FREE Munchkin Click Lock Cups!! Tomorrow 9/17

Munchkin Click Lock 7 Oz Trainer CupI just noticed this on my Facebook and am super excited about it. Starting tomorrow (9/17/13) at 3:00 PM EST, Munchkin will be giving away click lock cups to the FIRST 100 people who fill out the form. This will go everyday until 9/20/13.

However, if your unable to get one you'll also receive a $1.00 off coupon.

Good Luck!!

Click here for the link to Munchkin's Facebook

FREE Bag of Snickers Bites

Free Bag of Snickers BitesHere's a chance to score a FREE bag of Snickers Bites. All you have to do is "Like" Snickers on Facebook. Fill out the form to receive your free sample. A coupon for a free bag will be mailed to the address provided within 4-6 weeks.

Good Luck!

Cork Board Project Part 1 : The Possibilties

I haven't quite figured out what I'm going to do with this cork board yet, but I'm thinking of quite a bit of possibilities! 

Here a few:

Thinking of maybe a place to store important notes in my makeshift office...
An art space for Baby E during each of the holidays...
A place to store menu's/weekly meals in the kitchen...
A place to store some of my husbands mini tools in the shed...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

My Favorite Thing...

Just the beauty of living out in the country. I love waking up and looking at this everyday. 

What's your favorite thing? 

Baked Onion Straws

The other night I decided that I wanted some onion straws. I have no clue why I was craving them, but I wanted them. So, I decided to take the rest of an onion and make some. My absolute first time making them and they turned out pretty good.
All you need: 

- an onion (whole or left over) - I had half of one left and it made quite a bit.
- 1/2 cup of bread crumbs 
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 bowls
- baking sheet
- fork (to scramble eggs)
- old bay seasoning (any other seasoning you feel like adding)
- salt


Heat the oven to 400 degrees. 

Line up your three bowls and place your pan at the end. 

Add 1/2 cup of flour into bowl.

Add 1 egg into one bowl. (add other egg when wash becomes low)

Add part of the 1/2 cup of bread crumbs into the last bowl. Sprinkle with old bay seasoning. (add the rest of the bread crumbs when it begins to clump)

** You're adding half because you will need more as the dry ingredients begin to clump **

Take your mandolin/knife and cut your onion into thin slices --- but not to thin!

Once you've sliced your onions. Begin by placing a few of your onions into the flour mixture.

Coat the onions well.

Then dip into your egg wash.

Then coat with bread crumbs/old bay seasoning.

Place on pan. 

Continue to do this until you have used your entire onion. 

Cook for 7 minutes. Check it. Flip over. Cook for another 7 minutes. 

Watch very closely.