Monday, May 12, 2014

Yummy Homemade Iced Mocha Latte Recipe

One of my favorite summer time drinks....Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Starbucks all make some good iced coffee. Now you can play barista at home, with this simple Iced Mocha Latte Recipe.

Brewed Coffee
1 Tbs. Chocolate syrup
1-2 tsp. Sugar/sweetener
*Both chocolate syrup and sweetener are added to your taste really so use as much or as little as you want.

Brew coffee and let cool. Take a glass and add a generous amount of ice. Add syrup and sweetener and fill half way with coffee. Stir and fill the rest of the way with milk. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Atlanta Bound for the Type-A Parent Blogger Conference

I'm ready to plunge into blogging head first. I can't tell you how ecstatic I am about Atlanta 2014, for the Type-A Parent Conference! I have made some fun pen pal relationships with some of my blog crushes and also met some really awesome folks face to face. Being a SAHM has kept me pretty busy lately, but it has also made me realize just how much I miss people! I have met some interesting and inspiring bloggers and cant wait to make new friendships at this next conference. Let the countdown begin!

I say all the time that being a mom has given me superpowers, the creativity that pours out when you have kids is off the charts. You grow so much, you get this inner strength that's fierce. It's truly an amazing experience. I credit my crafting/blogging drive to being a mom, my daughter is my inspiration.

Reflecting on this last year, when I first started Little Once Boutique and this whole blogging thing, I knew NOTHING. I have found this to be a satisfying outlet for me, combining my love for crafting and teaching. I have so many goals for 2014, and really would like to be able to focus more on the projects on my "list", which is growing exponentially these days. Can't wait to see what's in store.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DIY Minnie Mouse Tee Shirt for Disney

Have you seen our do it yourself tutorial HERE,on DIY Applique? Its VERY easy to do, and can be done with or without a sewing machine. Disney is an amazing experience, but not cheap. Get more bang for your vacation bucks by creating your own shirts. This applique t-shirt tutorial is not only good for making that perfect outfit for your Disney vacation complete, but can also be used in making adorable clothes for first birthdays, holidays, and pictures. Simply Print or draw out a template to trace out your fabric and iron on with Heat n' Bond adhesive sheets. Sewing can be optional depending on what kind of Heat n' Bond you use.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Burlap Wrapped Milk Carton Spring Planters

Farewell winter! Time to add some touches of spring to help celebrate the, long over-due, change of season. Create some quick and easy planters for pennies, with these burlap wrapped, recycled milk cartons.

You Will Need:
Milk Cartons
Box Cutter/ Scissors
Hot Glue Gun
1/3 to 1/4 Yard of Burlap

Cut the tops off of your milk cartons. I used 3 different heights to make mine.
Cut a piece of burlap to fit your milk carton. Do this part like you would with gift wrap. Hot glue the burlap over the milk carton.
 Fold over and glue the corners on the bottom. Cut away the excess so it will sit flat and that it is not too bulky.
 Fold the excess from the top part down into the carton and glue down to stay in place.
 Fill and enjoy! ***Planters tip- I placed a 1-2 inch layer of small rocks on the bottom of the planter before adding the soil. These planters do not drain water so adding the layer of rocks will prevent the roots from drowning. With that being said, careful not to over water.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

DIY Toddler Stamps with Recycled Wine Corks

Create these DIY stamps, for preschool aged kids, using recycled wine corks. The cork handle makes it easy for little toddler hands to grasp the stamps when painting. We love finger paint crafts in our house, so these stamps were a hit!

This project comes after our first visit to Marbles Kid museum. It's a "playseum" geared toward preschool and elementary aged kids, with educational and hands on exhibits. My daughter and I, had the best time!  She especially enjoyed the arts & crafts area. (takes after her mama) They had a stamp set there that she loved! The stamps had handles so her littler hands could easily hold on to, something I have yet to find in stores.  (Aside from this, Melissa and Doug Stamp Set, that I was about to purchase)

My favorite corks to use for this are those from sparkling wine, they make the best handles! Just a little hot glue on the end of the cork and press firmly on the back of a foam stamp, until cooled.

If you are a wine drinker, or know someone else who is, ask them to save the corks for you. Being a Wine Shop at Home consultant allows me to stockpile some wine corks for fun little projects like this! So I will have plenty for future crafts too.

Just a disclaimer- avoid using cork that is damaged or crumbling, to prevent small pieces from breaking off and posing a choking hazard. Always carefully inspect the corks before each use and watch children carefully when using them, along with other small parts, do not leave unattended.

Here are some of my favorite Wine cork projects that some others have done .
Bath mat- CraftyNest Candle holder- TwoTwentyOne
Canape knife- YarniGras
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Homemade Slow Cooker Pot Roast Seasoning Without Onion Soup Mix

Bone stickin', savory & simple, pot roast in the crock pot using homemade seasoning instead of onion soup mix. Quick and easy! In the midst of the sleet and ice of Winter storm Pax, and making my hardy, slow cooker roast, it occurred to me that I forgot to get onion soup mix. Handy in the kitchen, I whipped up a mean homemade version this beloved meal. A few hours later the results from this experiment were collected....conclusion, better then the onion soup recipe! I think I may have a new way of making an old favorite in our house. Sharing!

Homemade Pot Roast Seasoning:
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
1/4 teaspoon Thyme
2 Beef Bouillon cubes, crushed
3 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (10 oz) can of Condensed cream of chicken soup (you can also use cream of mushroom)
2 Tablespoon Butter, quartered

I use the following in my roast:
3 lb Chuck Roast
1 lb bag of Carrots
1/4 med. Red Onion, sliced
5 ribs of Celery, sliced
1 large Rutabaga, cubed
8-10 small Red Skin Potatoes, halved

Place roast in crock pot. Mix the spices and rub onto meat. Drizzle with Worcestershire sauce. Pour cream of chicken soup on and around the meat. Add the vegetables on top. Place the pats of butter on top of the vegetables, spread out evenly. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or high 3-4.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Make This Precious Finger Print Heart Necklace

It's almost Valentines day and what could be sweeter than this finger print heart necklace? It is another quick and simple project from Little Once Boutique. Preserve sentimental art, or pressed flowers from a special occasion, into something wearable, unique, and priceless!

Jewelry resin or clear coat 
Mod Podge
Resin Pendants
Paint Brush
Decorative Paper
Toothpick (optional)

For the finger print heart, acrylic paint works well, however, you may also use water color. Just be sure to make several hearts so you can pick your favorite and have extras in case of mistakes later on. I dated and saved the unused prints for another project, or just to have.

 Once your art piece is dry and ready, use your pendant as a stencil and cut out your art. Make sure your art is centered and be careful not to cut too much off the border. Check your art to see it properly fits inside the pendant before the next step.

Use your paint brush to paint a thin coating of Mod Podge on the inside of your pendant setting. Place the art inside, smoothing out the edges and corners. You may wish to gently use a toothpick for this. Set aside to dry for about 15-20 minutes.

Add two more coats of Mod
Podge over top of the artwork, allowing time to dry in between coats. This step is important because it will preserve the colors in both the paper and the artwork by sealing them. It will also serve to keep everything in place for the next step.

Once completely dry, add your clear coat or jewelry resin, whichever you prefer to use. (I used Crystal Coat Glaze, $4.99 at Hobby Lobby) At first, the coat will look milky and semi transparent, but after a few hours up to a day or two (depending on the brand) it will cure into a clear, hard finish.

There are limitless options for this project. Cut up little doodles from your childs' artwork, preserve little seashells from a family vacation, you can even a\use a photograph in your pendant!

Pressed flower art. (from the first flowers my daughter ever picked for me.)

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