First Day of School Chalkboard Art

first_day_school_ChalkboardI never know what to expect with my oldest daughter.  Some days she cares about how she looks and other days she doesn’t even brush her hair.   I was happy to see that today, she cared.  She let me curl her hair and she even wanted to wear lipstick! I had to steer her away from the bright red to a more school friendly subtle color but I was happy non the less! She picked out her own outfit and was proud she did.    She is nervous about riding the bus and loosing her backpack but other than that she is excited.  She said that today is “practically the biggest day ever”.  The biggest day ever deserves a cute first day of school chalkboard sign.  I don’t know what I am going to do with my helper gone all day long! I am going to miss this girl!

Duck Tape® Tastic

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With school coming up, school supplies are on the minds of many moms.  You spend your money on them and send your beloved child off to school with the hope that the supplies make it home again.   Sometimes that is not always the case.  If you have to purchase your own school supplies, marking them with your child's name on them is the way to go.  Why not take it one step further though and make them really easy for your child to identify!

I did this by simply wrapping a cute patterned piece of Duck Tape® around the supplies.  This will help my daughter to quickly see which ones are hers and lets other students easily distinguish her supplies from their own. I used the Wallflower Duck Tape® to embellish the supplies for my daughter.

It was harder to pick a style of Duck Tape®  than I thought it would be.  I embarked on a trip to Walmart to check out their selection of Duck Tape®.  The Duck Tape® in Walmart is located in the craft section and near the paint section.  I was pleasantly surprised when I turned the corner by the paint section in my Walmart.  Whoaza.

Now maybe I have had my head in a hole for the past while or so but when did Duck Tape® get so many fun colors and patterns? That was crazy awesome! I chose my favorite styles for boys, girls and for myself.  I couldn't pass up those metallics!  I would definitely recommend that you buy Duck Tape at Walmart for a great selection and price.  After I coordinated the school supplies, my refashion sense kicked in.  I remembered a couple of pairs of broken sandals that belonged to my daughter.


I thought this cute Wallflower pattern Duck Tape® would be a perfect fix for them.  When my youngest daughter saw them, she wanted something for herself so the Duck Tape® crafting continued.  

She wanted me to make a dress for her doll.  Well if little sister got a dress for her doll, big sister's doll of course needed one as well.  I was happy to oblige.  Duck Tape® is so easy to work with and of course holds like crazy. It was fun trying to be creative and come up with different designs and crafts to make.  I am pleasantly surprised to see how many fun uses Duck Tape® has.  You can find TONS of more Duck Tape® inspiration by following @TheDuckBrand on your favorite social media sites.  


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Banana Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

banana chocolate chip zucchini breadAre you swimming in zucchini as much as I am? My zucchini and squash plants took on lives of their own this year.  Not only did they cross pollinate to make a new variety, but they also sent out shoots and grew new zucchini plants.  This has never happened to me before.  I have been pinning zucchini recipes like crazy.  One that I found was an interesting take on zucchini bread.  It combines two classic bread recipes- banana and zucchini.  The original recipe is from Taste of Home and I first found it through the blog Life’s Simple Measures.  It got a thumbs up at our house with just a few tweeks.

Banana Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

adapted from Taste of Home

3 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Cups Sugar
2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
2 Eggs
2 Cups Mashed Ripe Bananas (about 4 medium)
1 Cup Canola Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Shredded Zucchini
1 Bag Milk Chocolate Chips



Preheat oven to 325°F.  Prepare 2 loaf pans by coating them with cooking spray.   In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  In a small bowl, beat eggs, bananas, oil, and vanilla.  Combine with dry ingredients and beat until moistened.  Mix in zucchini and a little over half the bag of chocolate chips.   Divide the mixture into the two loaf pans.  Place remaining chocolate chips on top of each loaf.  Bake approximately 60-75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Watch carefully that you don’t burn the top.  If it is looking too brown, drape tin foil over top of it.  Cool bread completely before removing.

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Join Me at Brassy Apple Today!

oversized white shirt refashionI am thrilled to tell you all my latest news! I am one of the new refashion contributors at Brassy Apple! Say what?! Thank you, thank you.  I am beyond excited to be working with Megan.  She has refashion down pat and not just with clothes either.  That girl can refashion anything!  I will be sharing a new refashion once a month starting today! So head over to Brassy Apple to get my tutorial for how I transformed my husbands white linen button up and a shirt of my own into a stylish oversized white shirt.

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

Easy creamy crock pot chicken recipe_2I had every intention of busting out my next refashion for my Wardrobe Revamp and Refashion this past weekend.  Unfortunately I didn’t count on a being held hostage in my bed by fever, chills, body aches and a cough.  Boo.  At first I thought it was the flu, classic flu like symptoms.   Then my second child in the course of 2 weeks got diagnosed with pneumonia.  So the jury is still out. Instead of getting a cute refashion you get an easy and taaasty recipe straight from my Mom’s kitchen.  This screams comfort food which is so what I am wanting right now.  This creamy crock pot chicken recipe started out as a way to try and duplicate the French Chicken from Molly’s, a little homestyle restaurant in Provo, Utah.   It doesn’t taste exactly like Molly’s French Chicken does but it is surprisingly similar and incredibly simple.

brown chickenYou start by dredging chicken breasts in flour and then seasoning them with salt and pepper.  Heat up a skillet with extra virgin olive oil and brown the chicken on both sides.  Place your chicken breasts in the crock pot but leave the juices and browned bits in the pan.

cream cheeseDeglaze your pan with a can of chicken stock.  Add the cream cheese and heat until combined.

pour it_chickenPour the mixture on top of the chicken inside the crock pot.  Cook on low for 3-4 hours.  Add parboiled carrots the last hour.  You could also add onions if you want but I am not a fan of onions so I didn’t do that.

I like to serve mine over homemade mashed potatoes.  The extra sauce left over is like a creamy gravy for the potatoes.   Now that is comfort food with minimal effort.

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

2 Chicken Breasts

1 Can Chicken Stock

8 oz Cream Cheese

Salt and Pepper, Flour

1/2 lb-3/4 lb Mini Carrots

Heat a pan with extra virgin olive oil.  While the pan is heating, dredge the chicken breasts in flour to coat them on both sides. Season coated chicken breasts with salt and pepper.   Brown the chicken in the pan.  Once browned, remove the chicken and transfer it to the crock pot.  Leave the juices and browned bits in the pan.  Deglaze the pan with the chicken stock.  Add the cream cheese and mix until combined.  Pour mixture on top of chicken in the crock pot.  Cook on low 3-4 hours.  Add parboiled carrots the last hour.  Serve over top homemade mashed potatoes if desired.

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