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Wedding Hair Trial #1 – Rope Braid Bun

To save a little sanity the day of the wedding, I want to try to get a reasonable idea of what to do with my hair.

I have been doing my own up-dos for my work Christmas parties for 3 years… but they were basically “on the fly” involving clear elastics and bobby-pins… so I couldn’t replicate them even if I tried.  Oh dear.

The Challenge:
Find a GREAT DIY up-do for a June Wedding.
The Terms:
Island Wedding (aka Humidity!)
Bridesmaid Appropriate (not too plain, not to showy)
DIY-able (I don’t want it to the Cake Wrecks of Hairstyles!)
Google Searches!

Here is my 1st Hair experiment. (Original tutorial at
You basically make a rope braid, secure with a clear elastic, and pin into a bun!


I think it would be cute with a jeweled hair comb to the side of the bun.
I also only spent about 5 minutes before running out the door to work.  So for an event I’d get a more defined braid going, and do a little more to the sides/front frame of my face.  But this is cute enough for work and a little more professional looking than a basic pony tail.

I still have a little under a month to figure out something!  In the mean time, I’ll have some interesting hairstyles for work!


[National Sewing Month] Diaper & Wipes Pouch

Did you know that September has been “National Sewing Month” since 1982? It started with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan, declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

What a great opportunity to share one of my more recent home-sewing creations (beyond my typical quilts).

DIY Diaper and Wipes Pouch

There are fairly easy to follow instructions (and downloadable pattern) from Crazy Little Projects.

I was able to purchase 2 coordinating “Fat Quarters” of fabric and the matching Velcro at Wal-Mart. The only other supplies you’d really need are thread, fabric scissors and a sewing machine. A small quilting ruler can be used to check that all of your seams are consistent.

DIY Wipes Pouch Front & Back

Crazy Little Projects has some great step-by-step photos. They came in handy when I was inspecting my finished project. The arrows below show some little bunch parts where the top flaps meet the body of they pouch. Since I am a crazy perfectionist, it bothered me that they were not laying completely flat.

Minor bunches- Diaper and Wipes Pouch
But then I closely examined the original tutorial, and her example seemed to have little bunches  too.  So I stopped worrying and happily gave to to my cousin as a very-belated baby shower gift!  I’ve been told it is very handy size and nicer than ones you see in the stores.  Which makes me happy!  Even if they are just being polite!

BONUS: After baby is out of the diaper/wipes stage, it will still make a nifty carrier for various essentials… like pens and pencils… or coupons… or snacks. :D

I am chalking this up to a Pinterest WIN!  (You can follow all my Boards here)

Oops, you caught me Pinterest

Pinterest is a website FULL of information and ideas to be inspired by. And if you have been “pinning” long enough, you’re bound to come across an idea you’ve seen before.
Even if you don’t remember seeing it before.


This little reminder is a new feature. For the absent minded people like me.
I guess this also means I need to stop giving my mom a hard time about re-pinning the same things.  Eeep.

P.S. I added the arrow to the screen shot… in case you thought Pinterest was trying to be rude

DIY Gifts: Baby Washcloth Roses

Diaper cakes are super cute. And useful to any new mom going the disposable diaper route.
But. They have been done.
In a search for a new idea for a handmade Baby Shower Gift, I came across a video for these cute little roses made out of baby wash cloths and baby spoons (thanks Pinterest!). Technically, I came across several videos on how to make various “bouquets” out of all things baby… but I liked the look of these the best. Also, they require no tape, just tucks and folds.

wash cloth roses

I my mind, that means they’d be easier. But, like most tutorials you find online, it doesn’t come naturally on the 1st try.. or the 2nd or 3rd. That YouTube video most likely took several takes to get everything spot on, but they don’t want you to know that. ;)

Baby Wash Cloth Bouquet

All in all, the mini-arrangement was pretty cute. I added it to a basket with some hooded bath towels and bathtub toys. Handmade and heartfelt gifts are the best :D


Playing in the Kitchen: Chipotle’s Lime-Cilantro Rice

Sometimes your meal plan revolves around this notion: What do we have in the fridge that will probably go bad if we don’t use it soon? This week, that something was Cilantro. Create a whole dinner around a 30 cent bunch of herbs? Why not. Especially when there are limes lying around that need to be used up too.

Chipotle Rice

Chipotle’s Lime-Cilantro Rice
Serves 2

1 cup Basmati or any other long grained rice, rinsed lightly in cold water
1 tsp oil (for that authentic taste use 1 tbsp butter)
1-2 small limes, zested and juiced
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
about 3 tbsp cilantro
salt to taste

In a skillet, in low heat, add the butter/oil along with rice and sugar. Let the rice get coated with the oil. Once the rice gets aromatic add juice of 1 lime. Stir for a minute.
Transfer rice mixture to your rice-cooker and add water (quantity based on the manufacturer instructions, it should be around 2 cups).
When rice is finished cooking, transfer to your serving dish. Stir in cilanto and lime zest. Add salt to taste.

NOTE: The original recipes I found via Pinterest did not mention lime zest… and the rice turned out not tasting too lime-y at all. The zest (or some squirts or lime juice) at the end of the cooking process will help enhance the flavor.

Rice was a pleasant change to our typical at-home Mexican food dinner. It’s also an inexpensive way to bulk-up a meal/decrease the amount of expensive protein needed for a satisfying entree. Like a Chipotle Burrito!

Chipotle burritos were a staple in college… especially with those “bring the recipe back and get a free burrito” events. My friends and I would acquire lots of abandoned receipts… hey, free food is like GOLD to college students.

Recipe Inspiration:

Source: via Cindy on Pinterest

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