Monday, November 29, 2010

Madison's Cyber Monday Deal


We are packing up the baby toys and this Christmas we are buying Madison a couple Toddler/ big girl toys. I have had my eye on this cute kitchen set by Kidkraft for a few weeks. The cheapest I found it was on amazon for $147.44. I missed it on Amazon this past Friday for $119.00. Well, today I got an even better deal.

JR saw Toys R Us had it on sale for $129.00. I just happened to check Kohl's online because we had some Kohl's cash and I got an email for cyber Monday deals and free shipping. I am so glad I happend to look up the kitchen.. and yay they sell it!!!! BUT......they sell it for $179.99. We had $80.00 in Kohl's cash, so I wanted to buy it from Kohl's. It would of been only $80 plus a $10 shipping charge for big items. So I was still getting it for cheaper than Amazons lowest price of $199.00.

Well, JR had a brilliant idea to give Kohl's a call and see if they would price match Toys R Us. Great thinking babe!!

I was on hold listening to Christmas for 40 min. But, it was worth it.

I was able to work on 2 blog posts, lol. Plus...... I got the kitchen set for $45.47. Plus free shipping. Can I hear a whoot whoot!! One more time whoot whoot!!

Here is how I managed that.

Kohl's price matched Toys R Us.

Subtotal: $129.99

Kohl's was having a cyber Monday sale... 15% off -$7.50
Kohl's Cash Applied: $80.00

She gave me free shipping.

Tax: $2.98
Total: $45.47

I can't wait to set it up with JR on Christmas eve. Madison is going to love it on Christmas morning.

I found a cute little pot and pan set at Ikea. I also bought her a little kitchen towel there.

I want to get her these to go with her new kitchen. I am putting them on her Birthday Wish List. So cute!!

Kidkraft Wooden Toy Baking Set- In Bright
Kidkraft Toaster set- Bright Colors



Melissa & Doug Wooden Sandwich-Making Set

Fried Egg - by HABA
Haba Chicken

Popovers


I made these yesterday and they are so yummy!! So easy too! I found this recipe in my country living magazine.
I bet you have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. Make them for dinner tonight!

Popovers
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
4 tablespoons butter
Directions:
1- In a large bowl, mix together flour and salt. Make a well in the center.
2- In another bowl, beat eggs and milk. Pour into well.
3- Stir egg mixture mixture into flour until the batter is the consistency of heavy cream, yet slightly lumpy. Don't over beat.
4- Allow batter to rest for at least 30 min. No longer than 1 hour.
5- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
6- Place 1 teaspoon of butter in each cup of a 12- cup muffin tin. Heat in oven until butter melts, about 1 min.
7- Divide batter among the cups, filling each 3/4 full.
8- Bake until popovers are puffed and golden brown, about 20 min.
9- Enjoy!

Elf on the Shelf- Day 2







Christmas Tree 2010

Last weekend we decorated our Christmas tree. Last year we just did ribbon and bows since Madison would of pulled off all the ornaments. She pulled off a couple this year, but puts them back on the tree. She loved looking at all the pretty ornaments.
Video of Madison checking out the Christmas tree.

Madison- Chistmas Tree 2010 from Kelly Becker on Vimeo.

Christmas Tree 2010

My favorite ornanments:
Wedding 2006

Our frog family, gifted to us from JR's sister Sarah. So cute!








I made these candy canes in Kindergarten.

We bought him last year when we saw the Nutcracker.

Check out last years post HERE to see how much Madison has grown! Her hair grew a ton!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Elf On the Shelf- Day 1


Last year for Christmas we bought Madison Christopher Pop-In-Kins. I am so excited to start this yearly tradition.

Each year you read Christopher's book. Everyday you hide Christopher and the kids can search for him in his hiding place each day until Christmas. He is a magical elf, and kids should not ever touch him or he may lose his magic. I bought him on Amazon, but I am sure you can find him at your local bookstore too! There are 2 types of the elf on the shelf. I think Christopher is cuter. You can see my post comparing them last year. Click
HERE.

Here is Christopher hiding in his first hiding spot of the year.

B is for Bowling

Yesterday we met some friends at the bowling alley and it was a ton of fun!

Madison's first time bowling. Thanks for the pictures Abby!! :O)



Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day! Gobble Gobble!! (and a moving/ not moving update for family/friends).

We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and has a fun filled holiday weekend with friends, family, and loved ones. Safe travels to those on the road or in the air!

I wanted to make these last year, but forgot to get candy corn during the Halloween season. This year I made sure we saved some!

We are headed over to spend today with friends. I think the kids will love these and even a few adults will too :O) I am in charge of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce (which I made myself for the first time. It was super easy- only 3 ingredients- cranberries, orange juice, and sugar). I will also be bring over these guys.......






Here is a little update for family and friends (I think and hope family and friends read our blog) I am sure we will talk to parents on the phone today as well......

We will be staying in our home for another few years. JR graduates from his masters degree program on March 21, 2013. That's right it is his Birthday too!! :O) I am sure that day will be a great day!

The last couple of weeks have been a bit stressful. A few weeks ago we found out JR didn't get the job in New Hampshire we hope he'd get. A couple of weeks ago we found out JR was accepted into a program here to get his masters degree. It turns out 1 day after he was accepted to school he also got a job in Mass that we were hoping and praying A LOT for after the NH job fell through. This would of been so awesome since we BOTH have family in ME and in NY. Long story short since he got orders for going to school first that takes preference. ONE DAY!! Yeah, JR tried very hard and even his boss- The Col called them to See if orders could be switched. Well, it is a no go. JR was under the impression that he could turn down the school if he didn't get his program, or if we got the Mass job. No way Jose. It was a sucky ducky week!!! He tried really hard.

But on the upside we LOVE Ohio. We have met and have been blessed with the most amazing friends here. Madison and I have a wonderful play group- I have the best mommy friends ever!! We have lots of fun activities that we do during the week. Mondays is tumbling class, on Tuesdays we go to story time at the library, once a month on Wednesdays we go to a special music gymboree, Thursdays are for playgroup, and soon she will be taking a kinder cooking class. I love how we have everything we could want here (minus family). We go to a wonderful church and a house church that we love. I feel comfortable here and it feels like home. I know what to expect and where to go when I become pregnant again. I felt really good at this military hospital. I worry about weird things like that, such as if we did move next year.... what if I were pregnant and then I would have to move and I can't finish my pregnancy here (where I know I am comfortable, know what to expect, ect). I am horrible with directions and I know how to get most places here on my own that I care to go to. LOL. It might be silly, but that is one thing I stress about when I move. lol!! I hate feeling/ getting lost. So if we just had all our family in our town this place would be perfect! There is so much to do and this area is really great. I guess this is one of the nicest Air Force Bases that we can be stationed at too.

JR was bummed about going back to school for a few minutes, but he is over it and I think he is actually excited. I think? He will not admit it, but I am sure he will be happy when the time comes. He didn't exactly get the program he wanted. He got Electrical Engineering (what he went to college for) he didn't want to get his masters in EE. He wanted to going more into the business area. This school is a great opportunity. The military is paying for him to go to school and he doesn't have to work while he goes. How sweet is that!?? He will get paid to go to school.

Another positive thing is that JR can continue his ortho treatment. If we moved, there was a possibility they would have to take off his braces since we weren't going to be near a military base. He will also be able to get his implant for his baby tooth that he had extracted a while ago.

So we are sad and happy all at the same time. We truly believe this is where we are suppose to be and this is God's plan. His plans are always better than ours in the end.

Thanks for reading our little update with our family. I hope things are going well with all of you as well!

I love this quote from Oprah......

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough...."

Happy Thanksgiving dear friends and family!!
xoxo

Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek at one of Madison's Christmas gifts.

She LOVES tutu's and still wears her 12 month old one she wore for her 1 year pictures. It is getting small, so I went on an Etsy search for a new one. I ordered a 3T so she can have it for a couple of years.

It arrived last week and it is beautiful!! If you have a little girl on our Christmas list this year, I highly recommend you add this tutu to your list!!!

I ordered from Trinity's Tutus. They are on vacation until Friday afternoon, but defiantly check back then!


All the tutus come with a free hair accessory.



Madison is going to LOVE it!! I can't wait until Christmas morning :O)


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pottery Barn Burlap Sack Advent Calendar- DIY

I when I open my mail box and see the Pottery Barn catalog I always run back inside and can't wait to check it out. The have great decor ideas and it is usually really easy to copy the look.

I was looking through my latest issue and started drooling when I saw their
burlap sack advent calendar. Then, I started crying when I saw the price......... just kidding! But, there was no way I was going to make it mine at the price of $99.00.


So, I looked it up online and then decided I could make it myself.



I bought a set of these small burlap gift bags on line at Bridesvillage.com. They came 24 per pack. The pottery barn version has 25. But, I don't see myself moving santa to the 25 Christmas morning, so a coutdown to Christmas Eve was fine with me.

I found a code on retailmenot.com for 10% off. The code is preferred. So my total including shipping was $19.05.

I bought a black paint marker at Hobby Lobby for under $5.00.



Then I wrote the numbers on the bags in the same style as the Pottery Barn Version. I liked the way it looked with different styles, but you can make them however you'd like.

I cut the handles off.



I bought this burlap like fabric at a yard sale. (Hobby Lobby sells burlap though). The one I used was a bit thicker and it was scraps left over from an old air plane that they used for the walls. He told me I could take as much as I wanted for $1.00. I am sorry I didn't take more than 2 sheets.



I used Heat and Bond to hem the raw edges that I already had from another project.



I made a rope hanger for the top using some twine I already had. I just tucked in under the flap while I was sealing the heat and bond.



So it looked liked this before I put the numbers on.

UPDATE- I am not really sure why I decided to put velcro on them. I didn't ever plan to remove them. After hanging it up, a few bags fell off. I am going to hot glue them to the back. I should of done that before and saved $6.00 :)

I attached the numbers with double sided velcro. I bought 2 packs at Hobby Lobby. Total price- $6.00

Make sure you attach them toward the top so they don't sag.



I bought the Santa stuffed ornament at Hobby Lobby for $2.50 (50% off sale)



All Done!


I am not sure where I want to hang it yet. I think I am going to put it behind the front door attached with suction cups since we have 2 glass squares on top of the door.

Total cost was a little less than $35 since I already owned the Heat and Bond and twine.

I have a few more projects I am working on, so make sure you visit again soon :O)

XO,