Monday, October 29, 2012

Hello Monday

Hello Sandy! We are hunkering down for her arrival later today. I grew up on the coast of South Carolina and have been through more hurricanes than I can count. I usually don't get to worked up about storms, but this time it feels different. Now that I'm a mama and can't help but be nervous. I just want to make sure they are safe but also entertained when the electricity goes out. In case you forgot, this time last year (Halloween day) we had a big snow storm. Crazy Halloween weather!

Hello gorgeousness! Saturday we had a family photo session with the amazing Holly from H&E Photography. We had such a great time and she was amazing with the girls. She's a wonderful friend with a heart of gold. Make sure you go check her out. Maybe you'll see some more sneak peeks of our session. 

Later that night Jesse and I went to an invite only dinner at the Texas Roadhouse. We have one opening in our town and they had a test night. Hello free dinner. I was so yummy and I LOVED my date! He has a big (40th) birthday Saturday. I can't believe we've been together for 14 years. It feels like we met just the other day. 

Hello busy hands. I've been working like crazy to build up a nice inventory for my first craft show, I Heart Handmade Marketplace. I'm so excited and a tad bit nervous. Two of my amazing friends, Angel and Sasha are producing the show and I'm honored to be in it. If you live in South-Central Pennsylvania you should come check us out! 
Hello new notepad organizers.  I've also been busy making these new little lovelies. The one on top is going to be my lifeline during the craft show. I would be completely lost without my organizer. I've been using it to keep track of my to do lists and inventory for the show. 

What are you saying hello to today? 

Linking with Hello Monday and Miscellany Monday

Friday, October 26, 2012

{on} Repeat

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Freezer Meal Exchange Guidelines

When I decided to start a freezer meal exchange group I knew we needed to have some general group guidelines. We use a private Facebook page for our group discussions and sign up. This is what works for our group.

* Freezer meal exchange takes place on the first of every month.
* Anyone that wants to participate in the exchange must sign up with the name of your dish by the 10th of each month. Example: To participate in the exchange on November 1st the sign up deadline is October 10th. 
* Everyone will bring an extra meal each month to donate as a ministry meal. Each month the group will choose a new family to bless.
*Each main dish should feed 4-6 people.
*Each main dish, based on regular prices, should cost between $8-10. When buying ingredients for your dish feel free to use coupons, sales and buy in bulk. If your main dish, based on regular prices, is under $8 please provide an additional item at the exchange (bread, cookies, muffins, etc).
*Each dish should be labeled with the name of the meal and how to prepare it. You can write on the meal with a permanent marker or use a label. You should also provide a printed copy of the recipe with each meal.
*Meals should be frozen flat for better storage. They can be frozen in a freezer bag or disposable pan.
*On the day of the exchange, bring your frozen main dishes in a cooler.
*If you cannot attend the actual exchange but still want to participate, make arrangements with the host to drop off your meals ahead of time. You will need to pick up your meals within 24 hours of the exchange.

Our next exchange is November 1st and I'm very excited about the menu. This month their of ten of us participating. Now I just need to find time this weekend to prepare my meals.

Come back next week to see the exchange and get some more recipes.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bloom Notepad Organizers

I'm excited to announce that October Morning now offers Bloom Notepad Organizers. The notepad organizer is a great way to keep your notepad, pen, cards, coupons and receipts organized. There is even room for your Kindle or Nook. The Bloom Notepad Organizer is a great for moms, students, teachers and anyone who likes to makes lists. There are two fabric options in the shop with more to come later this week.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hello Monday

Hello to being a two time winner of our annual MNO scavenger hunt.
Hello to harvest party fun.
Hello to lacking artistic skills. Each year we decorate trick or treat houses for the kids. I need to stop volunteering to decorate a box, because I cannot draw. 
Hello to new material. I'll have some a brand new product and bookmarks in the shop later today. If you want a sneak peek check out October Morning on Facebook
What are you saying hello to today?

Linking with Hello Monday and Miscellany Monday

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Handprint Art {monsters}

We are continuing our Halloween theme with monsters. They are so cute I think we'll make some more another day. I think they would be cute with mouths too. 

What you need:
paint, various colors
paint brush
googly eyes

1. Paint you child's hand with paint and stamp it on the paper to make the monster.
2. Let the paint dry.
3. Add googly eyes to the monsters.
4. Enjoy!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Handprint Art {spiders}

Today we started doing Halloween inspired handprint art. Yay! I love Halloween and these spider  thumbprints are too cute.

What you need:
black paint
paint brush
black pen
white pen

1. Dip your child's thumb into black paint and stamp spider bodies on the paper.
2. Let the paint dry.
3. Use a black pen to draw spider legs and a white pen to add eyes.
4. Enjoy your eight-legged friends.

Hello Monday

Hello Monday! I can't believe you are here again.

Hello to a quite weekend at home. Jesse has been working evenings so our schedule is off. It'll be off until Friday. Just in time for a fresh new weekend.

Hello to fall leaves. We have five large oak and maple trees in our yard and they are slowly starting to change colors. In two weeks we won't be able to see the grass or driveway but we'll have nice big piles of leaves for the girls to jump in.
Hello to new products. I've been a busy bee this weekend and now I have bloom hair clips and bloom headbands available in the store. I'm very excited about them. I use elastic bands for the headband and they are so comfortable.

What are you saying hello to today?

Linking with Hello Monday and Miscellany Monday

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Handprint Art {family forest}

Today we made a fall family forest. I'm so in love with it. I want give it a few more finishing touches and frame it. 

brown paint
yellow paint
red paint
orange pant
paint brushes

1. Paint each family member's hand and arm brown and stamp the paper to make a tree. 
2. Let the paint dry. 
3. Dip everyone's finger in the red, yellow and orange paint and stamp on leaves to the trees. 
4. Let the paint dry and enjoy! 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Handprint Art {Indian Corn}

Today we made Indian corn. It's the same technique as the corn we made earlier this week. We just added another step. 

What you need:
yellow paint
red paint
orange paint
green construction paper
paint brushes

1. Paint your child's foot with yellow paint and stamp it on the paper to make an ear of corn.
2. Let the paint dry.
3. Use the construction paper to cut out two leaves.
4. Glue the leaves to the footprint.
5. Dip your child's finger in red and yellow paint and stamp on corn kernels. 
5. Enjoy your "foot" of Indian corn.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Handprint Art {dandelion}

Today's dandelion handprint didn't turn out exactly how I envisioned it but Jesse figured it out in one guess so I'll count it as a success. 

white paint
paint brush

1. Paint your child's palm white and stamp it on the paper to make the flower.
2. Dip your child's finger in the paint and stamp the dandelion seeds. 
3. Let your painting dry and enjoy! 

Loves on a Thursday


Welcome to Loves on a Thursday! 

We'd love for you to join us,
Lish from Imprintalish
Colleen from Paisley Boulevard
with special guest host
Angee from October Morning
in showing off what your loving this week!!

I'm so excited to be a guest host on Loves on a Thursday! Thanks for having me ladies. 

I'm sure I've mentioned this before but I have a love affair with socks. I simply cannot have enough big, fat wool socks that keep my toes warm and cozy. I have friends that hate wearing socks and I think they are cra.zy! Are you a fan of socks? 
Source: via Lucie on Pinterest
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Are you a Pinner? Etsy stalker? Blog hopper? Photographer? Have cute kids? Loving life? Always looking for pretty things? I would love to see what your loving lately!

Grab a button and link up your pretty finds!

Loves ona Thursday


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ten on Ten {October 2012}

Ten on Ten: One photo, every hour, for ten hours on the 10th of every month.

I can't believe it's already the 10th! 
Braiding pony tails. Literally.
Making yellow playdough. They love takes turns dumping ingredients and stirring. 
New fabric means new booksmarks.
Playdough donuts. Yum! 
Blogging about my freezer meal exchange group
Creating today's 31 Days of Handprint Art. 
 The "I don't care how cold it is, I'm not wearing pants" battle is back for round two. Someone needs make tights that are as thick as pants. Last year I got her to wear leggings but she's not falling for it this time. "They make it hard to walk".
 We went on a leaf hunt and found some crickets. After dinner Olivia found a slug on one of the leaves. Eww
Yay for not having to cook dinner. Thanks, Angel.
How was your tenth?

Handprint Art {leaves}

Both girls made a picture today. After we made our leaves, we went on a leaf hunt. We gathered some leaves and compared them to their pictures. Olivia and I talked about leaf veins and lines in our hands.

What you need: 
orange paint
yellow paint
paint brush
brown crayon or a pen

1. Mix yellow and orange paint.
2. Paint your child's hand and stamp it on the paper to make a leaf.
3. Let the paint dry.
4. Use a crayon, marker or pen to draw the veins of the leaf.
5. Enjoy you masterpiece.

Freezer Meal Exchange

Update: What to find out more about our freezer group? You can see our guidelines here

Life is busy. I'm a wife, mama to a two and three-year-old and now I'm a homemade business owner. Over the past few months I've learned that there really are not enough hours in a day. During brainstorming with a friend during a freezer cooking session I decided to start a freezer meal exchange group. After a Facebook status update the group was born. 

Currently there are 15 members in the group but not everyone participates in the actual exchange. Our October exchange had eight people. Each of us made one dish eight times (one for the other seven members and one ministry meal that is used to bless a family in need). It was so much fun and exciting to know that my freezer is full of meals I didn't have to cook. Score! 
We have loved all the meals and I've loved not having to cook. Last night we had the Cilantro Lime Chicken that my friend Ashley made for the exchange. It was soooo good and it's definitely something we will make again. It's the perfect dump, freeze and cook in the crock pot meal.
Cilantro Lime Chicken

1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast
juice from 2 limes
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn
2 minced garlic cloves
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp cumin 
salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Mix together and zip bag closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on LOW for 8 hours (or HIGH for 4 hours). 

Serve with tortillas and your favorite toppings (sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cheese).

Do you participate in a freezer meal exchange group? What is your favorite meal to freeze?