I hope you all have a fabulous time celebrating the new year! 

I finally turned on the Cricut today and created my first masterpieces...TOASTING GLASSES! (I decked out the champagne bottles, too)

Aren't they adorable! I can't wait to share them with my friends tonight!!! What will you be toasting to at midnight! 




I just don't even know where to begin with this.... like not just this blog post, but this machine. It is out of the box. Sitting on my counter. I made the "first project" I ordered some vinyl. But I HAVE no clue what I'm going to do with it.

Something awesome and EPIC...or so I hope! 

Stay tuned for future projects and most likely a few fails :P I can't wait to share this new crafting adventure with you all!
When your Sister-in-law insists she only wants socks for Christmas....no, you are not just getting socks, you also get a handmade penguin coffee cup cozy! 

To make the cozy, I made a starting chain the juuuust fit around the cup, joined and then hdc in rounds until in looked right :) 

Here is the Penguin Pattern! Thanks Google ;)

I hope she likes it!
Oh....and just one more :)
Alright you all....I just had the biggest cookie decorating revelation EVER.

I've always had a love hate relationship with decorating cut out cookies. I get really excited about the idea, and have a perfect cookie image in my head... and then 3 cookies in, my idea never turns out quite how I imagined, my kitchen is a mess... and there are still 50 cookies left to decorate. 

So today, I was down to my final 12 cookies. They were turning out okay, but not even close to my best, and NOWHERE close to how adorable I imagined, and then I had the greatest idea EVER.

I'm a little ashamed of myself for not thinking of it earlier...especially given my profession of a pediatric nurse, but the best thing I've ever found to decorate my cookies....a SYRINGE! We have an entire drawer full of them, they come in the box of children's tylenol/motrin/benedryl/allergy medicine. I'm sure can purchase them alone as well! 

Hope this helps make your cookie decorating more enjoyable! I just wish I would have realized before my final cookies....

First of all...why didn't I think of this? I seriously have the most giant messy bun...EVER. There are a lot of patterns going around... and a lot that you have to pay for...sad face.

So... I decided to come up with my own and share it with you!

I used Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand and my 6 mm crochet hook. 


Stitches: Ch(chain), sc (single crochet), hdc (half double crochet, dc (double crochet), dc2tog (double crochet 2 together)

Hat Brim: Ch 7, 
Row 1: hdc in second chain from hook and in remaining 5 chains. Chain 1, turn.
Rows 2-33: hdc in first stitch and each across, (6 hdcs), chain 1 and turn. (Depending on how big you would like to make your hat, you can add rows here! 33 is what worked for my head using the yarn I was using)

Slip stitch short sides together and turn work sideways, remainder of hat will be worked in rounds.

Hat Body: You will be starting with a circle, just choose a side and work around the edge. I just continue on from slip stitching the sides of my hat brim together. 
Row 1:  *make 1 sc in the end of first row, make 2 sc in end of second row* repeat around and join
Row 2: Chain 2 (work in back loops for this row only) dc in same stitch and each stitch around and join
Row 3-5: Chain 2 dc in same stitch and each stitch around, join (If you are using a less fluffy yarn or making a larger hat, you can add more rows in addition to the 3-5. It shouldn't make much difference in the decreases in the following rows :))

Row 6: chain 2, *dc2tog, dc in next 10 stitches* repeat around, join
Row 7: Chain 2, *dc2tog, dc in next 3 stitches* repeat around, join
Row 8: Chain 2, *dc2tog, dc in next 2 stitches* repeat around, join
Row 9: Chain 2, *dc2tog, dc in next stitch* repeat around, join
Row 10: Chain 2 *dc2tog* around join (if you have one stitch left at the end, just dc one to complete your round and join, Fasten and weave in your ends! 

Something to consider when making hats, yarns come in different sizes, and so does everyone's head. So don't worry about counting every stitch and making it perfect. If you have a thicker yarn that requires a larger hook...you won't need as many rows in your brim and vice versa if you have a small yarn requiring a smaller hook, you'll probably need more rows!

Feel free to share! 
Okay, so not just my favorite Christmas cookie, but my favorite cookie all around... Chocolate Chip with M&Ms and pecans! These cookies are sooooo good with a cold glass of milk and even better with coffee in the morning!



8 tablespoons butter (sweet unsalted butter)

3/4 cup brown light sugar

1 egg

1tsp vanilla (I usally go a little easy on the vanilla)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

1 3/4 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. (don't over mix). Add in your baking powder before the rest of your dry ingredients(I heard this helps the cookies retain shape, I'm not willing to waste a batch to test it though!), and then mix in the baking soda, salt, and flour. The dough will seem really dry! Don't add anything else though, that's how it's suppose to be!

Now the fun part...my favorite things to add are pecans, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and M&Ms. I add about 1/2 cup of each...maybe a little more! Be generous!  I like my cookies small, so I can eat like 5 of them...so I use a small cookie scoop and bake them 15 to a sheet. Bake at 325 for 11 minutes. They will be super soft when you pull them out of the oven. I let them cool a bit before taking them off the pan.


We are talking about crochet needles here. 

I like to craft and am generally pretty good at it. I started crocheting about 2 years ago, basically self taught. My grandma had taught me a stitch or two when I was school age, but I didn't really remember how at all. So, I am no expert by any means, but I can rock out some baby blankets!

So, last year, I really wanted to crochet Christmas stockings. I tried a cable knit pattern and just gave up...I am TERRIBLE at counting stitches, and that is crucial to patterns that vary row by row. 

I decided to give it another go this year. I kept seeing this pattern by PrettyDarnAdorable on Etsy pop up on Pinterest, so I finally gave in and paid for my very first pattern. 

And I kind of failed. It started off okay, but I didn't quite have the right size hooks, and didn't count my stitches....was just going to eyeball it... and it didn't work! 

However, I didn't give up this time! and I am soooo glad I didn't! 

Check out my giant FAIL! and see how adorable the "good" ones turned out to be! 
I've been trying to be a better wife. Legit trying. Marriage isn't always rainbows and butterflies, everyone knows that. And when you and your husband have ridiculous schedules and a wild 3 year old, well, it's tough. 

So, I've been trying to not be snippy and just do something nice every now and again. Last night, I called my husband on the way home from work and he asked me if I was stopping anywhere. I wasn't, but asked what he needed. Beer, of course. He is only home a couple of nights a week, so he deserves to have a few when he wants them. 

Reluctantly, I stopped...for beer. I decided to go to a small grocery store, so I could grab some Christmas M&Ms for cookies, sour cream for my chicken tortilla soup leftovers, and grabs some pretzel dippers for Ellie. I browsed the Christmas decor before heading to the one open checkout lane. 

There was a lady checking out ahead of me. Smiling as she added Christmas bags to her cart for all the "the kid's toys". I set my odd assortment onto the conveyor belt, complete with an 18 pack of Coors Light. I'm sure I looked like hell....I had a slight black eye from being clocked with a plastic toy, I didn't sleep well the night before thanks to 3 year old feet kicking me in the back/face, and I had just worked a 12 hour shift. I hadn't eating since 1, and it was 8 pm. I was tired. 

As the checker finished up scanning her items, and mine groceries were up next, he asked her, are these yours. She took a glance at my purchases, disgustedly said "Oh, NO!" Glanced back at me, I smiled politely, as she pursed her lips and continued with her purchase. 

Would it have killed her to smile back? No I wasn't wearing designer boots like hers, and buying over prices Christmas decor. My hair was in a messy bun, and I haven't had it done in God knows how long, I'm sure it looked horrid compared to her perfectly styled hair. 

For a few seconds, I let her change the way I felt. I was thinking it over as the checker rang up my groceries, and to add insult to injury, as I handed him my I.D., he stated, "oh, I don't need that." Fair enough. I can laugh that off, he was quite  young, and I'm sure I looked every bit of my 32 years.  I walked out the my car to see that women loading the last of her purchases into the backseat of her Mercedes. 

Good for her. I hope she enjoys the luxuries life has allotted to her. They may be things, I may only dream of, but I pray to God, I never become her and NEVER make anyone feel the way she made me feel in those 5 seconds.