Thursday, August 25, 2011


Yep, wish I would have thought of this for my kiddos. Just gave one of these sun tea containers to the Goodwill last year. I might have to go buy it back. This is genius!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Workout Inspiration

My husband is in awesome shape. He bikes to work, which is a round-trip of 60 something miles a few times a week, he is the PT leader in the Reserves, he goes to the gym every night, and he signed up to do Tough Mudder, which if you haven't had a chance to check out, you really need to. Think Marine obstacle course on steroids. His wife, me, can't run a mile to save her life. Well, I can, but I'm really slow. Super slow!!! Being 5'2, my strides seem to be that of a mouse or a 6 year old kid. Last year I tried doing couch to 5k and I did make it to week 3 and then quit when I got a bad cold. I know, I suck. I need to get moving again. I have been walking the kids to school in the morning and then home and then back up again for lunch and home and then to pick them up. Yesterday I did three miles of walking but I really want to start running. My goal is to be able to run a 5k by Christmas. My husband runs 5 miles a few days a week like it's no big thing. I want to be able to just run three!! So I'm going to start my couch to 5K on Monday again, and I will let everyone know how I'm doing. If I stay accountable to you guys, maybe I will acutually accomplish it. I love this great sign that I found on Pinterest. Good inspiration for running. I love the words! Hope everyone has a great day!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

First Day of School

I really don't know how it's possible that I have a first grader and a fourth grader? How did that happen? I just brought them home from the hospital, didn't I? Feeling a little old today on our first day of school. It's always bittersweet for me. We had an awesome summer and took several trips including Disneyland and two camping trips to the ocean. We went bowling almost every single day, went to the dollar movies once a week and had a few swimming lessons in between. All in all, it was a beautiful summer.

Both Scout and Peanut were more than ready to start school today. They had their outfits picked out, their backpacks ready, and were up before their alarm clocks went off. They both have awesome teachers this year which always makes a mama happy.

I love it when you get to school and see all of the new school shoes, outfits and lunch boxes that make their way through the halls. I also like to see the teacher gifts that kids bring to their new teachers. This morning I spotted flowers, apples (which I love), school supplies, etc. Here is what my girls brought to their teachers this morning.

Hopefully the chocolate will get them through the day today. Especially Scout's teacher, with 36 first graders. Yikes! Here are a few of my other favorite teacher gifts that I pulled from Pinterest. Most all of them have tutorials attached, so please check them out. Remember, it doesn't have to be the first or the last day of school to bring a teacher a gift. These dedicated people teach and help mold our children into the people they become. Any time is a good time to show our appreciation to them!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Engraving Spoon Tutorial

I so love this tutorial. I have always wanted to make spoon necklaces that were engraved with sayings or names. These metal stamps can be found at good old Harbor Freight, or as we like to refer to it, The Big Store, for very little $. Here is the link to the metal stamps! Just click on the link below for the full tutorial.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stuffed S'mores Cookie

I think I have died and found cookie heaven. Does it get any better than this?????? I may have to make these today. You can click on the link below that will take you to the to get the recipe. YUM!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Upcycled Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

We here at the House of Pink Petunia love a good bottle of wine. Who doesn't? There is nothing better than a little upcycling your bottle into a fantastic project after you finish. I love this project and would easily be able to acquire plenty of bottles to go around the backyard. *Hiccup* ;)Click on the link below for complete tutorial. Cheers!