Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

I wanted to do a recap of the boys' year as I did in 2010 but I'm running out of time and I'm not sure if I'll be able to. So, just in case, I thought I'd pop in and wish yall the Happiest of New Years!
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It's Always Hard to Say Goodbye

Some time soon-ish (hopefully before Valentines Day) I'll be taking down Christmas decorations. I don't like this not only because it's a painful and time-consuming task but the house seems to look so bare afterwards. I will miss my little Christmas pretties.

When do you say goodbye to your Christmas decorations?
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Friday, December 23, 2011

Believing


What a difference a year makes. Last year I was concerned when Sun Kissed Boy #1 was questioning whether Santa was real. In my eyes, it was a slap in the face sign that he was no longer my little baby boy. This year he's trying so hard to believe. He WANTS to still hear the bell. 

He is looking forward to presents from Santa from the list he wrote. But there was something different this year. A belief that was very apparent. 

This year I overheard him telling his brothers what Christmas is all about. He read a book to them about the miraculous birth of a baby that changed our world. He explained that we celebrate HIS birth every year by gathering with family and exchanging presents to bring joy to all.

This year I'm amazed at not only his physical growth, but also his mental development. It's hard to notice on a day to day basis since the mind of a typical 9-year old takes over. He acts so grown up sometimes that I forget he is only 9. But when I reflect on his actions through out the year, I do believe he's turning into a fine young man.

I hope you all spend this holiday season with the ones you love and hold dear to your hearts. Merry Christmas, everybody!!!
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sand Dollar Ornaments

It's a past time of mine to collect sea treasures whenever we go to the beach. It's something now the boys enjoy doing with me which makes it even more special. Sand dollars are a favorite because they can be turned into Christmas decorations. Here's how I turned our sea treasures into tree treasures.

Spray the sand dollars with Elmer's Spray Adhesive and sprinkle with a generous amount of glitter. Let dry, flip the sand dollars and repeat in the opposite side.   
Tip: The type of spray adhesive used is very important. I used a different one in the past and, after a while, the sand dollars turned yellow.

After both sides have dried, shake off excess glitter. It is not unusual for the glue and glitter to be trapped in the little holes. Use a knife to open up the space in one of them to be able to loop the ribbon.

That's all there's to it! Your beautiful and sparkly sand dollars are ready to be displayed. 

If sand dollars are not readily available in your area, there are several companies that sell them. I did not include a link to any because since I've never bought any, I can not vouch for their quality. If you know of a company that sells top-notch shells and such, feel free to share it in the Sunny Notes.


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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sausage Egg Casserole

I originally posted this over at Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM this past summer. With Christmas around the corner, I thought it'd be appropriate to repost. You see this is my go-to breakfast recipe for Christmas morning. It works out great because it's prepped the night before. I pop it in the oven Christmas morning and then we go open up gifts. By the time unwrapping is done, so is breakfast!

Here are the ingredients and directions. 
Cooking is not my favorite thing. But I do love making meals that involve togetherness. The type of meals where you can gather up the kids to help while you chat along. Plus, it's a pretty fool-proof recipe that happens to be delicious!

My little assistants and I made this casserole while we were on vacation this summer. My family and my BFF's family rented a beach house for a week this summer. Here are the steps in pictures.

Brown, drain, and set sausage aside. 

In a large mixing bowl, tear up bread into bite size pieces.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, mustard, salt, and half & half.

Pour over the bread, add sausage, cheese and mix well.

Pour mixture in a greased 9x13 baking dish, cover, and refrigerate overnight. 

In the morning, bake at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes or until top is golden brown.

I had visions of taking at least one really nice picture of the served dish with a glass of juice, some fruit and a pretty little vase with a flower but.... The kids ate like if they hadn't been fed in a year!


I hope yall enjoy, not only the casserole, but also the fellowship that comes with working together with family and friends.


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How to Open a Link in a New Window

Am I the last blogger to now that there's a quick and easier way to have links open up in a separate window without having to mess around with HTML codes?

Just check the box the reads "Open this link in a new window" in the Edit Link pop-up box and it takes care of it for you!

I can't believe I've never noticed this before. 

Have you found any easy tips you'd like to share?

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Card Photo & Outtakes 2011

Ah, Christmas photos! Probably the only time of year when I make a conscious effort to take family photos. There usually is some kind of theme and coordinated outfits. I set up my tripod and run back and forth behind and in front of the camera. This year I decided to save on some of the running and sought out help from Chloe Gerena Photography. I wanted a beach locale but the weather was not cooperating on the days we had set up and time was running short so we ended up at the lake instead.

I ran to the mall and, in what must have been a record time for the Christmas season, walked out with a shirt for Sun Kissed Boy #1 from The Children's Place in ten minutes flat! Once again, I turned to Shutterfly for my Christmas cards printing needs. Chloe took care of our photos and as it turns out, the outtakes are some of my favorites.

Some of the photos are perfect for gifts...

... or just cute for cards for a any time of the year.

This year's cards are a little late. They might arrive to their destination after Christmas day. But hopefully they will still deliver the joy and happiness intended to pass along.

Boys' outfits: The Children's Place
Cards: Shutterfly
Photos: Chloe Gerena Photography
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Friday, December 16, 2011

Still Not Too Late for a Personalized Gift!

Are you stuck trying to find something unique to give this Christmas? Then I have the answer for you! Personalized "Floating" Ornaments. It's not just an ornament, it's a keepsake. 

Choose between a photograph or an initial image layered on a hymnal music sheet.

With their pretty, glittery, and "snowy" backgrounds, they make great gifts for teachers or even clients with company logos.

Photograph/Logo ornaments are $10 and initials are $8.

How do you get yours? Simply send me an e-mail letting me know what kind of ornament you want. Pictures can be in JPG, TIFF, GIF, or PNG formats. Full body photos work better than close-ups. Logos are considered photographs.

For initial ornaments, let me know if you have a font or color preference. Otherwise, I will gladly pick one for you.

Shipping is $5 per ornament, per individual address. Combination shipping is available.

Payment is accepted via PayPal. All ornaments are custom-made, therefore payment is required before orders are executed.

Don't delay, e-mail me now! Christmas is in just 9 days!!  I look forward to sending a stunning ornament your way. 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our Christmas Trees

At one time, I worked for someone that owned several restaurant franchises. When the restaurants were sold, I was given the opportunity to take some of their Christmas decorations. That's how I acquired a 4-foot, artificial, pre-lit tree. 

The artificial tree became the solution to my the-kids-want-their-own-decorations dilemma. The little tree is now the kids dedicated tree. They display Christmas ornaments they have picked. They can also show off their handmade Christmas-themed creations they've collected through the years. 

Even though the artificial tree is fun and easier to set up, I am a sucker for gathering up the family to buy a fresh tree. It's become something the boys look forward to every year. Plus, I love the way it makes the house smell like Christmas.

This tree is known in our home as "mommy's tree". It holds pretty decorations that I've made. Along with lovely ones that I've snatched on the-day-after-Christmas-sales.

I have to admit putting up two trees can be a little time consuming. Even more so when I'm putting them away! But it's the perfect solutions for creative mommies and little ones alike. 

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