Thursday, February 25, 2010

New look...with a little help from some friends!

Like the new look???

I did it all by myself....well with a little help from some friends!!!

I've been following Sneaky Momma Blog Design for a some time now and have picked up some pretty neat tricks. Most have been used over at my other blog Steals, Deals and Heels, but today she posted about something that I new was perfect for Tessa's Tidings!

It was a tutorial on how to make a photo header. Actually Sneaky Momma referred me over to Clover Lane who I started following STAT! Thank you Sarah and Jill!!!

Click HERE to visit Sneaky Momma and HERE to read the header tutorial!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Just had to share....

I am soooooo proud of my recent transformation that I JUST had to share it with ya'll!!!

This is a VERY old Victor Record Player Cabinet that belonged to Tessa's Great-Great Grandma.

I recently decided our house needed a little design facelift and started asking my mom if she had anything she could spare....YES I am CHEAP and I knew Tony would NOT want me spending money anyways!

Just so happens this beauty wasn't being used....

Beauty???....well not yet!

For THREE days I scraped the top off....can you see that water damage??

I had plans to crackle it like my kitchen cabinets...
My first, second and third attempt to crackle her backside were a big FAT failure so I just painted on Valspar Mudslide then a coat of Valspar Filoli Ballroom.

Oh....I CAN'T seem to capture the TRUE color of the Filoli Ballroom. Dang lighting or Canon camera or me!?? But this color is DREAMY!!!

I am soooooooo over the moon I love with it!!!

Don't forget to visit Steals, Deals and Heels and enter the giveaway!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Tessa suffers from a BAD case of...


Ever since the start of her cronic ear infections a few months ago the sweet little loving girl I used to go pick up out of the crib in the morning is gone!

Now I wake to a SCREAMING raging mad woman that looks like this.....

She must toss and turn, flip and flop while screaming to accomplish this look.....right????

While still as cute as ever! I CAN'T wait for that sweet little girl to come back and that morning screaming to stop!!! Tubes are scheduled for March 15t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can you tell I'm excited!!!

I leave you with more of BED HEAD....

I think this last one is the look I should be giving her when I enter her room in the morning!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cakepops ~ a Valentine's Day treat

So today I tried attempt #3 at cakepops.

Attempt #1 failed I am pretty sure because the icing I used was almost 3 years old....YUCK!

Attempt #2 failed because I didn't even have half of the correct ingredients and tried to improvise...

Here is attempt #3....

Let me first say I got my inspiration from Bakerella. Never heard of her....go check her out!! I did alter the recipe a tad but not as much as attempt #2!

Here is what you need:

Red Velvet Cake Mix
Wilton Candy Melts (Bakerella uses chocolate bark)
Cream Cheese Frosting
Any sort of sprinkle or colored sugar
lollipop sticks (from Michael's)
lollipop bags (from Michael's)
ribbon to tie the bags
styro foam or something to keep them upright in the freezer
wax paper

If you are not giving them away, as we were, you really don't need the lollipop sticks or bags or foam....just pop them in your mouth!

Mix and bake the cake according to the directions

let cool or you will burn your little fingers on the next step

can someone PLEASE tell me why ALL my cakes fall apart like this????

crumble the cake in a bowl with your hands...this is VERY messy!

mix in the calls for the whole 16oz tub but I would say 3/4 of it would do...this is even messier!!

no....that is NOT a Valentine's Day french manicure....more like a red velvet manicure!

scoop out spoonfuls and roll in to balls

I decided to place them in the freezer for 45 minutes on the wax paper before putting the sticks in because they were so moist that the stick was going straight thru the ball

after they have chilled for 45 minutes put each ball on a stick and place the stick in the styro foam...put them in the freezer as soon as you can

I left mine in the freezer for about an hour

melt the Wilton melts (or bark) dip each one...the coating hardens pretty quick so dip into your sprinkles right away

place back in the styro foam continue with the rest

Make sure to leave the balls not being dipped in the freezer until you are ready to dip them so that they stay firm!

Since the coating hardens so fast you can serve or bag them within minutes.

To fancy them up I knotted ribbons around them!


Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Rub A Dub Dub...

A preemie in a tub....

Tessa is FINALLY feeling MUCH better! We are just waiting to get the a-okay on getting tubes. I have a GREAT feeling we will all be MUCH happier once they are placed!

Thanks for all the prayers!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Simple Pleasures....

I follow Kelly's Korner....doesn't everyone!? LOVE HER! And she posted her Simple Pleasures today...

Here are some of mine....

Opening a new bottle of formula and knowing it will only need about 30 seconds to heat up! We use ready feed!

Freshly cleaned and still warm sheets!

My favorite pair of jeans....the second day!

New mom parking at the mall!

Our Angel Care Monitor....for my blanket over the face sleeper!

Realizing I don't need to wash my face at bedtime because I am still in my PJs and didn't go anywhere that day!

Finding a FAB new blog like THIS one or THIS one!

When Tony wants to order pizza and I don't have to cook dinner!

Freshly mopped floors - even if I'm the one who just mopped them! (borrowed this one from Kelly but I feel the same way!)

Knowing my mom and dad live 5 blocks away and can be here in a flash!

Going back to bed (and snuggling) in the morning with Tessa and Tony!

Tessa's "sponge" face....Tony's always saying her brain is a sponge and it is amazing when you can really see her "sponge" soaking it all in!

I could go on for days...

What are some of yours?