Don’t Open, Dead Inside

We recently celebrated my sister’s birthday with a Walking Dead theme. She is a big fan of the Walking Dead, however I am not. So this has been an interesting experience trying to create a birthday about something that I know not much about.

Now first off, for everyone who loves the Walking Dead please don’t be mad at me. I have watched some of it, discussed plot points and characters with my sister, and occasionally ask how things are going with various situations in the show. Over all the show is just not my kind of show but I understand why others like it and that’s ok. Though if Negan kills Glenn I will be sad.

To start getting things ready for the party I brainstormed some ideas and decided to make some decorations to fit the theme, turn the kids and me into zombies, and zombiefy the food.

For the decorations I decided to make a “door” similar to the one in the first episode where the zombies were locked inside the hospital cafeteria, a bloody tablecloth, some zombie shirts and buy zombie face paint.




  • Twin sized sheet set, fitted sheet ( the flat will be used for tablecloth)
  • 2 hangers with clips
  • Red paint
  • *Black Paint (optional, I needed it to darken the red)
  • Black spray paint
  • foam brush
  • Drop Cloth

I was able to get all the supplies at Walmart, except the hangers which came from  my closet.

To get started I first made a couple small cuts into the edge of the sheet to remove the elastic, that way it would lay flatter and hang better.

Then I used the center fold crease on the sheet to mark the middle of the doors, where they will be able to open at, and traced the words “Don’t Open” (left side) “Dead Inside” (right side) with a pen. Make sure to draw your letters large enough to spray paint over. I didn’t and so my letters ended up smooshed together.

When done with that, clip the hangers to the top of your sheet and hang it where you are going to be painting. I worked in our garage (please excuse the mess because we actually use it and I have no intention of pretending otherwise) and hung it from a fluorescent light bulb (probably not recommended).

Before painting I placed the drop cloth behind the sheet to protect whatever was behind it from the paint.


Once all set I used the black spray paint to paint the letters. As I said before my letters were kind of smooshed and not very readable in the end. Hopefully you have better spray painting technique than me or perhaps just paint the letters on with the foam brush and black paint. Whatever method you choose it should turn out better than mine.

For added pizazz I mixed a little black with the red paint to get the desired blood color and used the foam brush to splatter “blood” on the sheet. I also painted my hand to make a few bloody hand prints on the sheet.

Once all dried I cut the sheet up the middle (along the center fold crease) so it could open like the doors and hung it over the doorway in the kitchen. (please ignore the fact that I ended up hanging the door upside down in my rush to get everything ready)


Bloody Tablecloth


Supplies: (you will need everything from the picture except the hangers and spray paint)

  • Twin size sheet set, flat sheet (fitted sheet is used for the door)
  • Red paint
  • *Black paint (optional, I needed it to darken the red)
  • Foam brush
  • Drop cloth

I was able to get everything from Walmart.

To make the bloody tablecloth I first laid out the drop cloth on the garage floor and then spread out the flat sheet on top of the drop cloth.

I then mixed a little black paint into the red until I got the desired blood color and used the foam brush to splatter the paint on the sheet. I made sure to concentrate the splatter more towards the center of the sheet since that would be the most visible part when on the table.

Once satisfied with the paint splatter I left it to dry for a few hours and it looked great.


Zombie Shirts



  • White shirts
  • Red paint
  • *Black Paint (optional, I needed it to darken the red)
  • Foam brush
  • Drop cloth

I was able to get all the supplies at Walmart.

To make the shirts I first laid out the drop cloth on the floor of my work space (aka the garage) and laid out the shirts in a row on the drop cloth, so I could easily go from one shirt to the next while painting them.

I next mixed a little black paint with the red until I got the desired blood color and used the foam brush to splatter the paint all over the shirts (front and back).

I then painted my hand and used it to make various hand prints on the shirts. Make sure to smear the hand prints and not be too neat, get creative with this.

Once done painting I left them to dry for a few hours and they turned out great.


Zombie Makeup

I had never done zombie makeup before and needed to make sure I got makeup that was safe for everyone’s skin (we all have very sensitive skin). So after some Googling around I found this family sized zombie makeup kit that was hypoallergenic.

Zombie Family Makeup

I also wasn’t sure how to correctly apply the makeup so that we all looked sufficiently zombieish. So I searched around YouTube and found this great little video. I was able to do everything in the video except the latex because of our sensitive skin and the neck appliance because I didn’t have one.

Zombie Makeup Tutorial — How To Do Easy Zombie Makeup

Between the video and the directions on the back of the package I was able to do everyone’s makeup pretty easily and quickly. I used my own makeup sponges when applying the makeup, which seemed to work pretty well. In the end everyone was happy and we had no bad skin reactions to the makeup.SAM_2191


Smoothie Recipes (with WWPP)

Sad to say I have gained back the weight I had previously lost and wish to loose it again. 7 years I have done well and maintained my weight. However a lot of personal changes in little bean and my life have made it difficult for me to maintain my weight.

My sister being supportive, helped me come up with these smoothies to eat for breakfast. They are tasty, filling and low in points (most of them are only 2 points!). We are both big into freezer meals/freezer cooking, so of course the smoothies got the freezer treatment too.

We plan out 5 different smoothies and make enough for each of us to last a month. We bought all the ingredients needed. Peeled, chopped and measured everything out into freezer bags (each bag containing a single serving of a smoothie). Make sure to label your bags with the smoothie name, any ingredients you need to add later (milk, water, honey, etc.) and how much and the points value for that smoothie (pictured below). It helps a lot when trying to meal plan for the day/week.


The following recipes are the ones we have so far enjoyed, I’ll include the WWPP for each ingredient. You’ll notice with all the smoothies that we add 3Tbls. of rolled oats. We chose to do that to thicken the smoothies and to make them a little more filling. You can always omit the rolled oats if you want. I will also provide links to websites that we used smoothie recipes from and include any changes we made.

Banana Berries Smoothie (2pts)

Got this recipe from a nice little blog post with some helpful suggestions for additions to your smoothies, One Step Closer

1 cup strawberries (0pts)

1 Banana (0pts)

1/3 cup Blueberries (0pts)

1/2Tbls. Sugar (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Almond Milk (1pt)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Almond Milk to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Almond Milk. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 18oz)

PB Banana Bomb (2.5pts)

1 Banana (0pts)

1Tbls. PB2 (.5pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Almond Milk (1pt)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Almond Milk to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Almond Milk. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 12oz)

Choc. Banana (2pts)

1 Banana (0pts)

1/2 cup Strawberries (0pts)

1Tbls. Coco powder (0pts)

1/2Tbls. Sugar (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Almond Milk (1pt)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Almond Milk to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Almond Milk. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 14oz)

Tropical Twist (2pts)

3/4 cup Pineapple (0pts)

1 cup Spinach (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Coconut Water (1pt)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Coconut Water to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Coconut Water. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 16oz)

Green Apple Smoothie (2pts)

I like my green smoothies and this blog has a nice one that we enjoyed. We did make some changes to the recipe and halved it because it was so large! Girl Makes Food

1-2 Dates (0pts)

1 Granny Smith Apple (0pts)

1/2 cup Spinach (0pts)

1/4tsp. Cinnamon (0pts)

1/8tsp. Nutmeg (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Coconut Water (1pt)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Coconut Water to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Coconut Water. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 12oz)

Raspberry Kiwi Smoothie (appx. 2pts)

Wanting some different fruit we chose this recipe, it is a bit tart but still yummy. We made a few changes and this recipe was also halved because of how large it was. Once A Month Meals

1/3 cup Raspberries (0pts)

1/4 cup Blueberries (0pts)

1/4 Banana (0pts)

1-2 Kiwis (0pts)

1/4Tbls. Ginger (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1/3 cup Cran-Raspberry Juice (appx.1pt, will vary on type of juice bought)

2 1/2 Tbls. Almond Milk (0pts)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Almond Milk and Juice to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Almond Milk and Juice. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 12oz)

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (4pts)

Ran across this smoothie recipe and had to try it and we love it! Great for in the Fall time. Family Fresh Meals

1 Banana (0pts)

1/2 cup Canned Pumpkin (0pts)

1/4tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (0pts)

3Tbls. Rolled Oats (1pt)

1 cup Almond Milk (1pt)

1Tbls. Honey (2pts)

Chop up fruit and add all ingredients except Almond Milk and Honey to labeled freezer bag. Put in freezer. When ready to use, empty contents of bag into blender and add the Almond Milk and Honey. Puree until smooth.

Makes 1 serving (appx. 16oz)

Quick & Easy Easter Decoration

Its Easter time and you know what that means….Eggs! All sorts of ways to decorate eggs, make eggs out of any random thing you can find, eat eggs and have everything at the store be egg shaped.

I Can’t resist those Reese’s eggs, they are the best!

Being the wonderful person that I am I figured I would add to the egg awesomeness with a great little tip on how to easily hang plastic eggs outside. The idea came from my sister, who is slightly ocd and likes to find the most efficient way to do things (her words, not mine)

We had never hung plastic eggs before but had seen plenty of them hanging outside of homes and we remembered our grandmother hanging hers in the little tree in her front yard. We both knew what was needed and how to do it but my sister being her ever efficient self thought of this little handy way of stringing all the eggs.


Lots of you may already do this type of decoration but hopefully this tip will help you out this year. What you’ll need is:

Plastic Eggs, the kind with two holes on the top/narrower end (however many you want)

A needle that’s large and not sharp

Spool of thread, yarn, ribbon, twine, etc (we used the kind of ribbon used for balloons)

Instead of cutting multiple pieces of ribbon to string on each egg, we strung the eggs on to the ribbon while it was still attached to the spool. This saves a lot of time from having to cut each piece of ribbon and string it on each eggs.

First we threaded the needle with the ribbon and threaded 10-20 eggs onto the  spool of ribbon  (if you do more it results in having to do a lot of extra egg sliding). When you have strung your eggs onto the spool make sure to leave a few feet of ribbon on the end.


Easter Garland anyone?…might be a future post. Also did I mention my sister is slightly ocd…

Now take the needle off the ribbon and slide the egg closest to the end down the extra few feet of ribbon that you left (this is why you don’t string too many eggs onto the ribbon. If you did then you would have to leave many feet of ribbon on the end to slide the egg down) make sure to not slide the egg off the ribbon but instead leave a few inches, now bring the ribbon together (as pictured below) and cut it at a length that you feel would be good to tie and hang your egg.


Once cut just tie a simple knot, to make a loop and they are ready to be hung! We had the kids help hang them on a bush outside,now its all pretty despite the lack of greenery.


Its The Final Countdown!

Ok so this isn’t a post about the band Europe, though I do enjoy that song and can totally rock it on SongPop! lol. Instead this post is about the Advent Calendar I just finished making for Little Bean. This is the first year we are doing this kind of advent calendar so I hope it goes well. We’ve always done an advent calendar that goes through the Christmas story that has little books that you can hang as Christmas tree ornaments. We are still going to do that calendar too because I feel it is important to keep our focus on Christ and the real reason we are celebrating Christmas. However I wanted to do more this year so after poking around Pinterest and the internet I came up with this.

Advent Activities Calendar!thanksging and calendar 020

That’s only part of the Advent Calendar but you get the idea.

To make this I made 25 activity cards.  Each card has a special activity on it such as “go see christmas lights in our pajamas and drink hot chocolate” or another was “Eat breakfast in bed and watch a movie” ( a full list of our activities are listed below). Make sure each card is made out of something sturdy such as cardstock or laminate the cards if you can, that way you can reuse the cards every year!

Now most of the blogs I had looked at had you make your own envelopes or something like that. Now anyone who knows me knows that I HATE paper crafting, I don’t have the patience for it and it stresses me out. So there was no way I was going to make envelopes! Instead I just used wrapping paper and wrapped each activity card like a present. This works well for two reasons, one its sooooo much easier to just simply wrap the cards instead of taking the time to make envelopes and two when little bean opens the activity card it will be like opening a present!

I then used a sharpie to write a number (1-25) on each wrapped card. I would suggest beforehand (before you wrap them) to look at your calendar and assign an activity to days that it works best for (easy simple activities on days that are more busy and more time consuming activities to days that are more open). Keep a list of what days you assigned what activity to so you will know what activities to expect and can be prepared for them.

Now after you have got the activity cards assigned to a specific day, wrapped them up and put their corresponding number on them its time to hang them up! If you have an advent calendar with pockets in it, you could just put the cards in that or you could do like I did.

I got 3 command hooks and stuck them to my wall spaced sufficiently apart (however far apart you want just make sure there is enough room to hang the cards). My dear mother gave me some gold ribbon that I strung on the hooks. I then got some clothes pins and bows from the Dollar Tree. I hot glued the bows onto the clothes pins to “pretty” them up, this is completely optional you don’t have to do the bows at all  you could even do something else like bells! After that I hung up the cards on the ribbon using the pretty clothespins. That’s it! now we have an advent calendar and a Christmas decoration all in one! I also hung our Christmas stockings on the hooks too, it looks really cute together.

I really like this type of advent calendar because I can make it be whatever I want it to be! I planned activities that cost little to none and this was a convenient way to include some of our normal Christmas activities and not forget them! lol. So as promised here is the list of activities.

1. bath (little bean has really sensitive skin so he usually doesn’t get to have baths)

2. Put up Christmas tree and decorate

3. board games

4. Make Christmas ornaments

5.Wrap Christmas presents

6. Buy a present for Toys for Tots

7. Window Wonderland

8. Stay up 15 mins. past bedtime

9. Go see Christmas lights in pajamas and hot chocolate

10. Christmas Movie

11.One extra bedtime story

12. make paper snowflakes

13. eat a candy cane and share with neighbors

14. bath

15. Get your teacher a gift and card

16. Go see Christmas Lights

17. make a gingerbread house

18. one extra bedtime story

19. 15 mins. past bedtime

20.Breakfast and movie in bed

21. Bake cookies

22. Board games

23. Make snow dough (aka Cloud Dough)

24.Christmas Eve Box

25. Its Christmas Day! Enjoy time with family and friends

Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

So Fresh and So Clean Clean

Its been a looooong time since I last posted but I am back! Not sure how often I’ll post but hopefully more frequently then I have been.

I have been wanting to do this post for awhile and even took pics of me making everything but unfourtunately I lost the pics when my iPad met an untimely death in my bath tub (I mourned my loss for several days). However I shall still write a post about it, just minus the pics *sigh*.

I enjoy making a lot of my own cleaners because it saves me money and I think its fun to try new things. Besides it  feels great when something actually works out. Several months ago a friend of mine, Mama Gail, gave me a recipe for her homemade laundry soap. It looked really easy to make and seemed to do a good job cleaning clothes. Also only having to spend a few dollars to make 5 GALLONS of laundry soap seemed to good to be true.

Homemade Laundry Soap

1/2 bar Fels Naptha soap

1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda!)

1 cup Borax

1 5 gallon bucket with lid


Grate the 1/2 bar of Fels Naptha soap and put into a large pot. Add water, about 8 cups of water is fine. Heat over medium to medium high heat, stirring until the soap is all dissolved/melted. Add the Borax and Washing Soda and stir until all dissolved. Fill the 5 gallon bucket halfway with warm water and add the soap mixture. Stir the mixture together with a wisk until well combined, fill the bucket up the rest of the way with warm water (leave a few inches at the top for stirring room). Give the mixture another stir and let sit 24 hours to thicken. Use 1 cup of laundry soap per larg load of laundry, adjust amounts according to size of load.

I have been using this laundry soap for about 2 1/2 months and love it! It cleans our clothes really well and leaves the clothes smelling clean but not strongly scented. It also does well with sensitive skin. I was concerned at first about how this would do with little beans and mine skin because we both have eczema and can’t use many products because they hurt our skin. This laundry soap however caused no reaction, rashes or anything!

I will break down the cost of the laundry soap soon. I had all the prices for everything but lost those too with the sinking of my iPad:(

Thanks again Mama Gail for the great recipe!

Mothers Day craft and fun

I am sorry for not posting anything for a week. I was busy last weekend and didn’t really feel motivated this week to do any posting (though I really wanted to do this post). So I have finally kicked myself into gear and getting this post done!

I had a great Mother’s Day, I didn’t do anything really special just hung out with my mom for the weekend which was nice. For Mother’s Day little Bean gave me  some solar lights shaped like flowers to put in our garden (he is really proud of our garden) and he also gave a pack of Reese’s because he knows its my favorite candy:) I love my little bean, he is so thoughtful.

However I wanted to share what I did with my preschool class for Mother’s Day. I searched around on Pinterest for ideas and came up with the following things to do: hand cutout cards (I know very generic), homemade bath soap (the kids loved doing this) and homemade bath salts/foot soak.

We spent a week making all of these things (making it, drying time, assembling, etc). We first started with the cards by folding a piece of construction paper in half, hotdog style. I then traced the child’s hand onto the piece of paper but made sure that their thumb and pointer finger were on the crease. Cutout the hand print and when you unfold it, where the thumb and pointer finger connect it will make a heart shape. We then glued the hands into a card, put a poem on the front and helped the children sign their names on their card. I didn’t take any pictures of us making the cards but there is a picture at the bottom of this post that shows “the finished product” including the card. Here’s a link to the blog where I got the idea for the handprints from (I don’t know what language it is in but the pictures show you easily what to do)

Also here is the poem we put on the front of our cards. I have seen this poem throughout the web so I don’t have a specific site to give credit to for it.

This is my hand.

My hand will do

A thousand loving things for you

And you will remember

When I am tall…

That once my hand

Was just this small.

After the cards we then made the soap because it needed several days to dry. You need the following things to make our Homemade Soap:

A bar of Ivory Soap (however many you think you need)


paper towels, wax paper or parchment paper (to put the soap on)

large bowl


cookie cutters, small molds, etc. (optional)

First put a bar of unwrapped ivory soap in the microwave on a paper towel, wax paper or parchment paper. Then turn the microwave on for 3 minutes (it takes less than that but that will give you plenty of time) and watch what happens!

A Soap Cloud! The children really loved watching the soap “grow” and become a Soap Cloud. We made 3 Soap Clouds so there would be enough soap for everyone. The Soap Cloud was kinda warm so I didn’t let the children touch them until after they were all broken up.

After we made the Soap Clouds they were then put into a large bowl and crumbled into a powder using my hands. You could stop here with the project and just let the kids play with the Soap Clouds and powder, maybe pretend its snow or use the soap powder for another project (if anyone has ideas of what you could do with soap powder let me know by posting a comment and maybe I’ll feature it in another blog post).

(Me crumbling up the Soap Cloud)

However we wanted to go further and make Homemade Soap so we continued onto the next step.

I added water to the soap powder and mixed it together until it became kinda like play dough (slightly drier). I then gave a ball of soap to each child and had them press it into the cookie cutter of their choice. Make sure the soap is firmly packed in so it wont crumble or fall apart when being removed from the cookie cutter. We let the soap dry for two days and then removed them from the cookie cutters. If you don’t have cookie cutters or small molds you can just let the children squish the soap into whatever shape they want and let it dry that way too.

Homemade Soap after the children first put them in the cookie cutters (sorry for the bad editing)

Next we made the Bath Salts. Here’s a list of what you need:

Epsom Salt

Essential Oil (we used Ylang-Ylang)



seran wrap

Our recipe called for us to put 20 drops of essential oil in for every 2 cups of epsom salt. I put the drops of essential oil in and then we let the children take turns stirring it. After it was well mixed we covered the bowl with seran wrap and let it sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours we put 1/2 a cup into snack baggies (that’s enough for 1 bath or 2-3 foot soaks).

Adding the salt

 Adding the essential oil

So after a week of fun and the classroom smelling really pretty here is the end result. The Mother’s all really loved their gifts and thought they were adorable.

Finished Product

We put the soap in a snack baggy with crumpled tissue paper to dress it up and protect it. Though not pictured on the inside of the card where the handprints are we wrote Happy Mother’s Day and had the children (with assistance) sign their name. We also hole punched and threaded the bags together with a little note explaining what the children made and how much bath salt to use for a bath or foot soak.

I can’t believe I ate the whole thing…

A couple weeks ago I decided to read the whole bible. I have never actually read the whole bible and have tried several times in the past but always seemed to get bogged down in some of the old testament books. So this time around I decided to do one of those reading plans and so far it is going well. My reading plan will take a year to complete but that’s fine with me, I don’t have the time to read large portions of the bible each day. So having it spread throughout a year makes it much easier for me to accomplish.

Making the time to read the bible reading plan wasn’t a challenge for me, years ago I had made the commitment to read my bible every day and have managed to keep that commitment. I would read either in the morning or at night before I would go to bed. So starting and fitting in the reading plan every day was fairly easy, I now read a few chapters every morning and a few chapters each night.

I am enjoying the reading plan because before I would just skip around in the bible, read a few chapters here and a few chapters there. Now I just simply turn on my iPad and see what chapters I am going to read that day (I am currently working my way through Genesis and Job).

If you have never read the whole bible or are just tired of “skipping” around in the bible then I would suggest trying a bible reading plan. You could do a reading plan for the whole bible like me or find one that’s about a certain topic addictions, money management, raising a Godly family, relationships, etc. There are a ton out there that could fit your need. The app I use on my iPad is the YouVersion bible app. It has many different bible translations and lots of bible reading plans. If you have an iPad or something similar I would strongly suggest using that app. They also have a website that has a lot of the same things as the app (different translations and reading plans)  Go take a look and see what you find.