One Artsy Mama 4000 Followers Giveaway

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As most of you know I’ve been working pretty closely with Amy from One Artsy Mama learning how to better my blog. She has taught me so much and now I am so excited to help her celebrate that she has reached 4000 likes on her Facebook page! That is a crazy number!

So now Amy and a bunch of other awesome ladies, myself included, have gotten together to bring you a crazy giveaway! If you win, you have your choice of a Silhouette Portrait or a $200 Amazon gift card or a $200 Target gift card! These are amazing prizes! I am so excited to be apart of this great giveaway and so excited for Amy reaching such a huge milestone! Congrats Amy!

Now all you have to do is enter below… Good Luck!


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Low Carb Dinner

As most of you know I have been trying to lose my baby weight after my darling boys. It is a long process and sometimes it gets very frustrating and seems like it’s not worth it. Especially since I LOVE to eat and I love to cook. But a lot of the things that I make are not very low fat! So when I am getting discouraged and can’t think of new things to make my hubby always steps in and helps me come up with new things. A few days ago he started searching for low carb recipes online and found a site that we are really enjoying! It’s called Spark People. On there we found a bunch of new healthy dinners that sound great! Last night we tried Low Carb Coconut Chicken.

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It turned out so delicious and surprisingly different than what I expected.

Here’s what you need:

3 Chicken Breasts

1 tsp Salt

2 Garlic Cloves

1 Tbsp Ginger

1/2 onion chopped

1 Jalapeno minced

3/4 C Coconut Milk

1 C frozen Peas

( I changed it a little for personal preference. I didn’t use a Jalapeno because I’m not a huge fan and I used fresh snap peas in stead of frozen. )

Directions:

Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium heat, then add chicken. I cut the chicken breasts into strips. Let them brown on one side then flip over and add the garlic, ginger, onion (and jalapeno). Cook until onions start to get soft. Add the coconut milk and stir. It will be pretty saucy at this point so try to stir it all together as much as you can. Cook on lower hear (simmer) for another 7-10 minutes (until chicken is just a little pink inside still). Toss in the peas and cook for another minute or two.

I put one or two strips on to the plates and poured the peas, onions and sauce over the top.

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I had never cooked with coconut milk before so I really didn’t know what to expect. I thought it would have a definite coconut flavor. But it didn’t at all. It was just sweet. So when we pulled up this recipe I thought that it would be a very coconut flavored sauce. But to my surprise it was not. There was no coconut flavor at all. So if you are thinking you won’t try this because you don’t like coconut give it a try any way, you will be surprised!

It was just a very moist delicious chicken with a really subtle, sweet sauce. The onions and peas were really tender and added a really great touch to the whole meal. Overall it was a really great dinner and wasn’t hard to make.

Best of all it was low carbs, low fat, and something new that was healthy!

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Thanks hubby for helping me get out of our rut!

What is your favorite meal to add to your menu when you are in a eating rut?

Lots of Love,

Tawna

Time for Hummingbirds

My moms very favorite animal are Hummingbirds. My whole life she has had a special love for them.

So every spring she hangs a hummingbird feeder just outside her door in hopes that lots will come.

This year I finally decided that I should hang one outside my door so that my kids could enjoy seeing the birds flying around outside our house.

I found a very pretty little bird feeder at a local store and brought it home to get ready to hang.

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Then I needed to make the hummingbird food. It’s a really easy one to make at home0.

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I only made half this amount because my bird feeder is really pretty small.

I filled it up and hung it outside in my backyard.

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It looks so great! I love looking out my window and seeing it there.

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I haven’t seen any hummingbirds yet but I am still hoping they will come!

Do you get birds at your house?

Lots of Love,

Tawna

Crochet madness

When I started this blog I was thinking that I would make it about the crochet projects that I make, then I realized that since I don’t write my own patterns yet there isn’t a lot to say about crochet. So I started telling you about all the other projects that I do with my kiddos. I do love telling you all about the things we get into but my first love is crochet!

So I thought I would take a minute to show you some of the projects that I have been working on.

A very good friend of mine asked me to make her several pairs of fingerless gloves for her and her daughters for Christmas, she found the style that she liked on Pinterest and I went and found the pattern from Cult of Crochet on ravelry.com

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Well her daughter in law (who is also a very good friend of mine) loved hers so much that she asked her a few more pairs. I made another pair from the same pattern

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and then decided I wanted to try another pattern. So I went back to Ravelry (I love finding patterns there!) And found this pattern from Nichole Verville.

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I love them! They turned out super cute!

After I got the gloves finished I started making some Mickey and Minnie Mouse hats for some giveaways I am a part of. These are my favorite! They are so cute I love them!

I found the pattern by Pattern Studio for these adorable hats on Ravelry as well! (what can I say I love Ravelry!)

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I sent two away already to a woman who has twin girls! I can’t wait to see how they look in their Minnie Mouse hats.

And I am donating two more to the One Crafty Contest over at One Artsy Mama. We’ll know soon who put their craftiness to use and will win some new hats!

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I also made a tiny little Minnie Mouse hat, for my next door neighbor who is expecting a baby girl in June, to go with this tiny little newborn ruffled skirt.

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Another one of my favorite projects to make! They are so cute, and this one was the smallest I have ever made. I loved it! I found the pattern for this one on a crochet blog called The Horse Town Hooker

These are the crochet projects I have been making lately. I love how they turn out and I love making them for other people!

Do you crochet? What have you been making lately?

Lots of Love

Tawna

Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I just wanted to to take a minute today to wish all of you beautiful mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.

And to thank some of the incredible mothers in my life for the amazing example they are to me.

My own mother,

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who is my best friend and everything that I strive to be as a wife and mother. Everything that I am I have her to thank for. She is truly an inspiration to me everyday.

Her mother, my Grandma,

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she is an amazing woman. She is so compassionate and loving. She does everything that she can to take care of other people. She has taught me to do so many things, and I can only hope that I can be half as wonderful as she is!

And my dad’s mom, my other Grandma,

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she is also absolutely amazing. She is so sweet and loves all of her children and grandchildren so much and is always incredibly giving.

Now that I have become a mother,

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I appreciate them, everything they have done for me, and all the ways that they have shaped me to be the woman that I am , so much more than I ever have.

I love you so much!

I hope that you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day and that you can share it with the special mothers in your life.

Lots of Love

Tawna

Everybody likes parfait!

I love springtime! Even going grocery shopping in the springtime makes me excited! Look at all the delicious fruit I brought home from the store!

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Every morning I wake up so excited to make our breakfast: Fruit and yogurt parfait!

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It is the best in spring when all the berries are fresh and so delicious!

I make mine with vanilla yogurt.

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I am on Weight Watcher’s and the Light & Fit is only 2 points!

We also use blackberries

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raspberries

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strawberries

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and bananas.

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My hubby laughs at me because as I am pouring everything in the bowl, I am so excited every step of the way!

STEP 1: I put a little yogurt in the bowl and add some blackberries

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STEP 2: The RASPBERRIES! (my all time favorite!)

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STEP 3: Strawberries

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STEP 4: Bananas

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STEP 5: A little more yogurt

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STEP 6: finally I like to add some granola on the top to give it some crunch

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My boys love it as much as I do and we are so excited to eat every morning!

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What other fruit do you like to put in your yogurt parfait?

Happy Springtime!

Lots of Love, Tawna

Finger painted picture frames

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I love getting inspiration from other people, especially all the talented ladies that I call friends in the blogging world. So when I saw this project by Amy from One Artsy Mama back in February I was really excited to try it with my little munchkins! I thought that it would make a great Mother’s Day project for us, so I waited patiently for April to come so that we could start it . (I knew I couldn’t start it earlier than that or I would be too excited and give them away early!) April finally came and we had so much fun making them.

I went to JoAnn’s (my favorite store, where I spend WAY too much money!) to buy some paint and frames. I found some great plain unfinished wooden frames and about a million different colors of paint. I finally decided on blue, yellow and green, plus a primer and a gloss finish. I sanded the edges of the frames and painted it with the clear primer a few days before and let it dry. Then I apinted each frame a different background color.

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(RM was so excited about the green and I LOVE this color blue!)

After letting them dry, they looked so great I almost just left them plain!

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Maybe I will make some more plain ones- they would make great shadow boxes for some Spring time decorations!

But since we started this project with a mission and the kids were so excited we decided to stick to the plan.

I gave each of the boys their own frame and a plate with two different colors of paint. I showed them how to put just their fingertips into the paint and place it lightly on the frame to make a fingerprint.

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(JR is the only one who would cooperate for a pic! but he’s adorable so I’ll take it!)

The fingerprints were going really great for a little while, but then they decided it would be more fun to spread the paint around!

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After the kids artwork was all dry I painted them with a clear glossy finish to give them their final touch.

They turned out really cute and completely unique to every kid!

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The kids loved playing in the paint so much they ask me all the time if we can do it again!

It was such a fun little project and easy enough for my little ones (3 and under) to do with just a little direction. It was so fun to watch them experiment with the paint and have fun getting creative. It was even funny to find where they managed to get paint when we were done! (belly buttons and earlobes…)

What do you think? Would you like a finger painted picture frame from little ones for Mother’s Day?

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