Paper Garland

Tonight I felt like being crafty so I whipped up a paper garland for some of Tay’s B-day party decor. This project only took me about 15-20 minutes and I’ll probably make another one! This is such a cute idea I’m thinking it would be fun to make them for Christmas decorations as well! It sort of reminds me of the old school paper chains we used to make in grade school!


  • Paper  – scrapbook paper or construction paper
  • 2 inch hole punch (I got mine with a 50% Joann’s coupon)
  • sewing machine

I started by punching tons of circles in coordinating colors

I separated them into 3 piles and started sewing. Make sure you start with long tails of thread so you have a way to hang it.

Here is the finished product…it turned out so cute and this was the easiest project!! After the party I’m going to hang it in Tay’s bedroom!

This picture is only showing part of the garland it’s probably 20-30 feet long!

A Hotish Summer Weekend

This weekend was a super fun weekend…not a whole lot going on and just enjoyed some quality family time. Yesterday we went and looked at tent trailers and dreamed for someday when we will get one for our family! Taylin thought they were so fun to look at and demanded that she be the first one in EVERY single one of them!! We did some yard work , enjoyed a family dinner at PF Changs, feed the ducks (which is a misdemeanor  BTW!!!) and had fun playing at a new little park we just found in our neighborhood.

Tonight Tom was helping with youth group at church so Tay and I had a nice low key night. We starting things off with a nice bike ride on our street

Then she played in the sprinkler – which really meant she tried to drink the water!!

We topped the night off with a bowl of ice cream with sprinkle and an episode of Thomas the Train…I love the 1:1 time I get with Tay and am very grateful for a “hotish” summer weekend in Seattle. It’s nice to have a break from the rain and spend some quality time with the family.

Pull String Pinata

Tay’s birthday party is coming up next month and I’m having so much fun planning it this year! I’m doing a princess tea party in our back yard. I saw this cute pull string Pinata on Young House Love and knew I had to make it! I did this project in two different nights and I think it turned out really well.


  • Balloon (I used a “punching balloon” from the dollar store)
  • Newspaper strips
  • Paper Mache (1 part water, 1 part flour)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Hot Glue Gun

The first night night I did the paper mache and then let is dry. Then I cut a flap and put all the candy into the pinata. I added 10 pull strings to the flap and duct taped them on. I duct taped the flap closed and started adding on the tissue paper. I tried taping the tissue but it really wouldn’t stick to the paper mache so I used hot glue and it worked great. Here is the finished product. I hope Tay likes it!!!

For more detailed instructions follow the tutorial on Young House Love!!

5 Years…Wow

Yesterday Tom and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary…it’s amazing how time flies. I feel like we have done so much in 5 years and have grown so much in 5 years. 

We have lived in 4 different houses
Gone to Hawaii, Mexico, California, Honduras and many fun camping trips
We bought our first house 🙂 
Had an amazing daughter 🙂
And have learned so much about each other!

We have gone from teenagers, to adults, to a family! Love you babe and I’m so excited to see what the next 5 years will bring us!

New Shelf!

So another project has been finished at our house! Like i said in an earlier post I asked Tom to build me a shelf above my kitchen sink for my birthday. I love how it turned out and it really changes the feel of my kitchen. My grandma gave me a Home Depot gift card so I got a new light for the kitchen as well.
Here is a before shot
and here is what it looks like now!!!

In reality we would love to gut the whole kitchen and start over but that’s not a reality for a long time.  So for now I’m really enjoying my new shelf! I feel like it ties everything together and the new light really brightens up the kitchen and makes it feel bigger! Thanks babe for the awesome b-day gift!!
Another thing we need to tackle…the awful tile!!

Chinese Ramen Salad

This is my favorite salad, it’s one of my mom’s recipes that I grew up with…yum yum, I love to bring to potlucks or to make it for BBQ’s or large groups of people. It’s so easy to make and everyone always loves it! I just made it for our 4th of July BBQ so I thought I’d post it in case anyone wanted to recipe.


1 head Napa cabbage, shredded

6 stalks green onion, sliced

2 cups cold, cooked chicken, sliced thinly (optional)

1 cup toasted slivered almonds

½ cup toasted & salted sunflower seeds

¼ cup toasted sesame seeds

2 packages Top Ramen noodles, Oriental flavor


Mix cabbage, green onion & chicken in large bowl.  Put Ramen noodles in a Ziploc bag and break up with a rolling-pin. Pour Ramen noodles into skillet on medium-low heat and toast with nuts, and seeds until just golden. Set aside until the salad is ready to be served.


 Salad Dressing

1/3 cup Chinese Seasoned Rice Vinegar

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

¼ cup sugar

2 Top Ramen seasoning packets from Oriental flavor Ramen

10 drops of sesame oil, or to taste

1 cup salad oil

Mix together the first 5 ingredients in a jar or container with a lid.  Shake well and set stand to dissolve the sugar and seasonings.  When dissolved, add the oils.  Do not mix the dressing with the salad until just before eating.  Enjoy!