A minnie birthday

Birthday parties for our kids…we try to make them such a memorable event for our kids (funny thing is they probably won’t remember any of them at their ages now…3 and 5). We spend the whole month prior trying to plan what we are going to feed people, what kind of theme the party is going to have, what things we will have to do for people that come over. It all gets a bit stressful for the me. And then on my loved ones come over and I realize how worth it it all is! My friends and family are so amazing too, I do so much work before the party that once the party starts I get kind of lazy. And they totally pick up the slack for me. Help with the kids, the dishes, cutting the cake and serving ice cream because Zola wouldn’t detach from me. My people are amazing. Zola decided she wanted a Minnie Mouse birthday, so that is what we did. I got some upcycled wine bottles and spray painted them black and made them look like Minnie Mouse bottles. And I painted a few pink to make a centerpiece for our kitchen table too. I kept it simple when it came to decorations, I felt like that was enough other than a couple of small things. Zola was so cute..she got tired of all the commotion and went upstairs and passed out in the lazy boy upstairs! We were all laughing..she loves her alone time, always has. She always asks to go to one of our rocking chairs to watch her ipad and relax…alone. She was woken up at the party shortly after by screaming kids of course…just in time for cake and presents. We got a bounce house this year, and it started storming the afternoon of the party and I freaked out that we weren’t going to get to use it! Thank goodness mother nature got her sh*t together and the storm passed and everyone helped get the water out of the Bounce House. The kids had a blast in it all day!!! And us old folks(lol) had a blast too! Lots of yummy treats and adult drinks..it’s not all about the kids yo!!! We need to have fun too! Zola is lucky she has the summer birthday. Evalynn’s birthdays are in the Winter are pretty low-key at our house! We just sit around and eat and hang out…by the warm fireplace! Ugh..I don’t even want to think about Winter yet..Summer us too yummy. Late nights, cold drinks, salads, late night trips to the park and to get ice cream. It’s going to be so hard getting my kids back in school schedule!! This will be our first year of school Monday-Friday and I am nervous! Time to get my butt in gear…I knew this day would have to come eventually. I don’t want to even go there yet…save that for another anxiety filled post!

Monday banter

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a great day..and those of you that had a case of the Mondays..stop being pessimistic. Monday is a chance to start anew! (sarcasm does not come across well in blogging I noticed..are emojis allowed!? My dry humor needs some emoji assistance.) Nothing felt new about my day..except the new dust particles all over my house..how the heck am I supposed to keep up with all of this dust! The light shines just so in the morning where you can literally see EVERY spec of dust. It drives me insane..and the OCD in me grabs a microfiber cloth and chases after them like they are pokemon…GOTTA CATCH EM ALL!!

It was a gorgeous day outside..I took the girls to the park and realized it is now time to get the sunscreen out. My girls have pink sunkissed skin and as cute as they look with rosy cheeks..mom guilt set in. Time for sunscreen and the dreaded daily showers. They came home sweaty and full of sand. It has been so nice not to be so cooped up inside!! I was getting sooo sick of my Fall clothes too..like was ready to throw them all away. I wish I could totally revamp my wardrobe every season..just throw every piece away and start over. I bet I just described every girls dream.

So as you all know I started my Etsy page..and it’s doing horrible. I don’t really mind because I know these things don’t become successful overnight..but I still have this urge to create things. I have been practicing paper flowers to make a pretty backdrop for behind my daughter’s beds. That should keep me very busy!! Those things are harder than they look! I also decorated more vases for my master bathroom. I tried using spray paint for the first time..and loved it!! Much easier than hand painting. I will do a little bit of both. This project was 5 large vases..so spraying was necessary!! I would have been hand painting those suckers all night! I spray painted my bathroom vanity vases too..they were too light of a gray before. Do you guys like!?!?  Next project with be a bath tray with some cute candles and/or bath salts in it.

An Etsy Adventure!

I am not sure if any of you have been following me on this blogging journey..but it was my new years resolution to concentrate on ME this year (when my kids let me hah!), to concentrate on things that make me happy. It was January, a couple months into our new home, and we were finally feeling settled-ish (major ISH) and I had a some free time to take up a hobby. It wasn’t for a couple months that I saw the article on redbook on how to make a rope basket (I also blogged about this.) Well, that was a fun hobby, and I am still working on making a couple yarn-wrapped baskets, but my interest has traveled a bit (still in home décor) but on to vases. I basically just want to decorate vases all day. Like..I would all day if I could and the day gets away from me so fast now because when I am crafting..I am in craft heaven and time flies! I still have been forgetting to fit that workout in at the end of the day..hmm..oops! Need to get back on that. I got 2 days in last week that’s good right!? And scrubbing all that paint that Zola got crafty with out of my carpet all day Monday was like 10 days worth of cardio. So..yeah, I’m good.

Anyway!! Phew..always get off topic. I started wrapping yarn and twine around vases and wine/beer bottles and was super loving it. But one day at Michaels I found myself wandering around the paint section..and thought what the heck, let’s buy a bottle of chalk paint! So I get home and set up my brush, paint, vases, newspaper and what have you (no idea what I was doing but how hard can painting a vase be right!?) and I started painting a vase. WHOA! This was fun. The gliding of the paint across the smooth, glass vase was like therapy! And for 1.49 a 2oz bottle of paint, this is CHEAPER than therapy! Isn’t it funny when you are passionate about something how amazing you can make it sound. Like accountants that love their job could probably make it sound more delicious than an ooey gooey chocolate fudge brownie from TGI Fridays. That sounds so good right about now… Anyway, painting this vase was so fun that I grabbed 2 more and started painting them too, not even knowing what was going to happen after this. Well, that painting extravaganza turned into this right here.

I  have been having a lot of fun playing around with different colors and just making a lot of different vases that way I can reach a wide variety of people! I know not everyone likes bright yellow and turqouise, so I will have some neutral options too. Also, I would love for people to know I love making custom items as well. Example: someone likes a purple vase I made but their bathroom is coral instead..so they can message m and ask for this same type of vase but in coral. And I will say, YES..YES I would love to!! I would love making a piece knowing someone will be enjoying it in their home or as a centerpiece for a party they are throwing. Or maybe someone is having a baby or a housewarming party..or whatever! A custom vase would be a great gift. I love homemade, thoughtful gifts like that. And I love giving them to the people I love as well.

Moral of this story is, the new year has brought me 2 hobbies that I love, blogging and crafting. If nothing more comes of it than it just being a hobby, then I will still be fulfilled..because I truly found something to do with my spare time that makes me HAPPY And that is really what is important in life.

Therr are a couple of projects that I have been working on this week, they will be up on my etsy site soon! To see what I already have on there visit http://www.craftybeachdecor.etsy.com


A crafty obsession

Hobbies. Something we do in our spare time that we love. Something we CHOOSE to do but never have to do. Part of the joy of doing a hobby is you know nobody is making you do it. The downfall of a hobby is you get mad because you never have enough time to do it. (or maybe it’s just me who gets mad, I’m Italian..don’t judge) You wake up, you make breakfast for your family, you work, you take care of your kids, you clean, you run your errands. And then how much time do you have for this hobby? It never seems like enough, does it? I have a few things I enjoy doing.. that is what my blog is about – things I enjoy! Hair, beauty products, fashion, cooking, and crafting are my passions. My hobbies go in rotation..one will take precedence over the other. Unfortunately for my husband I am not always in cooking/baking mode. When I am in craft mode he gets PB&J…or tacos. Or nothing.

Right now…crafting has taken precedence over basically everything! Ever since I saw that article in my Redbook a few weeks back showing how to wrap rope around a dollar store basket..my life has changed. I literally want to wrap yarn around everything. It’s become a problem. I have been filling every corner of my house with yarn-embellished baskets and vases. I have even been skipping my workouts this week to finish projects! At least I am not gaining weight because my hands are too busy obsessively crafting to shovel unhealthy food in my face.

The fun part about crafting is there are endless possibilities to what you can make!! Especially when it comes to decorating baskets and vases…there are too many fun ways to craft! Pinterest has given me too many ideas. First I start searching for the task at hand…then I see all of these other ideas! Wrap yarn around a large wooden letter..wrap tweed around wine bottles…make your own flowers out of duct tape (which is super fun btw!). Before you know it I am at Michaels and the dollar store just throwing stuff in my cart because “I might need it for some future idea Pinterest might give me!” God forbid I see a pin like making coasters out of popsicle sticks and washi tape and I don’t have those on hand!?!? Panic attack!

Anyway..slow down Mary Ann..here are some of the things I have been making…


This was the easiest thing ever to make..I got the vase and flower at the dollar store and I wrapped some gray yarn I had laying around with a glue gun. You can also use craft glue or maybe even double sided tape to achieve this look I’m assuming. My cousin put this in her bathroom..


Below: This is a vase I made for my mom who loves the color orange more than monkeys love bananas. I got the rope and flower at Michaels and the vase and flower from the dollar store.

Below: gatorade bottles wrapped in yarn and decorative tape. Stuffed with dollar store flowers.

Above: These are the duct tape flowers..it was my first go at them eek!


Above: a small flower in an even smaller vase to dress up my daughter’s night stand.

Above: This was my favorite so far..I found the perfect yarn to match my camel colored leather couches and there is a touch of gold in the cream colored yarn I put at the top of the basket. I needed something to fill the empty corner in this room for the time being until we purchase accent chairs. Plus I needed somewhere to store that huge, comfy turquoise blanket!


Above: This was not technically a “craft”..but it was still cute enough to share. I put water and pearls in a small dollar store vase and cut a couple dollar store flowers to fit nicely in there. This is filling space in my powder room until we have time to decorate it.


That’s all for now!!! Back to Pinterest I go for more inspiration…

Play Doh, I hate you I love you…

Ahhh Play Doh, all kids love it and most parents have a love/hate relationship with it. Why?? Because it is MESSY. It always ends up everywhere! Play-Doh crumbs everywhere. And it never lasts long. The store bought play-doh is so sticky when brand new that it gets in my little nugget’s fingernails, and sticks to their clothes. I occasionally let my girls play with it because they do love it so much and it sparks their creativity. We also have a zillion play-doh toys so we can’t let those go to waste now can we! Today was a day that Play-Doh was necessary. We have been couped up in the house for over a week now, as we have turned into an epidemic. Runny noses here, goopy eyes there. Now I make my own play-doh. It doesn’t have the stickiness of store-bought..and I can toss it after we play with it (before it dries out and really gets everywhere). It is so low-cost to make I don’t feel bad tossing it. But it is supposed to last up to 6 months if you make it right. I found the recipe on…dundundun..wait for it..Pinterest! (shocker, I know) Here is the link to the play-doh recipe I use. http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/04/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe.html It kept them busy long enough for me to make homemade chicken lemon rice soup (see last post for recipe),and I stored half of the play-doh in a ziploc bag to use later. It dries up quick so I toss it as we use it. It is my fault it dries, I always add extra flour at the end and probably shouldn’t, so if you do it exactly as the recipe says, you won’t have that problem. Maybe next time I will remember not to do that! You can make it all the same color or even split it up in 4 or 5 different balls and give each their own color. If you have extra, this is an awesome gift to give to your kid’s teacher! Evalynn’s nursery teacher last year was so excited to learn I made my own play-doh, and happily accepted the donation. Happy playing kiddos, and happy cleaning, Mommas. 😉