Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter: Peeps Rice Krispies Treats

My friend Tara and I had our first child around the same time (a month apart to be exact).  I'm so grateful that Little Muon and Little Man C are the best of friends.  When the kids were one year old, Tara and I thought it would be fun to host an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids and their friends.

This year will be hosting our 3rd Annual Egg Hunt!  Since Easter will quickly be upon us soon, I wanted to share some treats I made for last year's egg hunt  For our first treat, we made Peeps Rice Krispies Treats.  I found the idea from Christi at Love From the Oven.

This was such a fun and easy treat to make.  Here's what you'll need:
Rice Krispies Treats (pre-made or homemade)
White Melting Chocolate
Popsicle Sticks

I cheated and used the pre-made Rice Krispies Treats.  It was late and we wanted to keep this quick and simple.  We started by melting the chocolate.  You could use a double boiler, but I love using my small crockpot that I bought for projects like these.  There's no chance of water getting mixed with the chocolate (which will cause your chocolate to seize up and become hard) and it melts the chocolate into a nice and smooth consistency.

Next, we followed Christi's advice and cut the peeps in half.  They'll get a little smooshed, but let them sit for a bit and they'll spring right back into shape.

We inserted the stick into the Rice Krispie Treat and spooned a coating of chocolate on top.

Next apply the peep and add sprinkles.

We wrapped them in cellophane and tied a ribbon and added a little "Happy Easter" tag.

I thought they turned out adorable!  They were so much fun to make and made for an easy treat for the kids to take home with them!

All the kids had such a fun day especially Little Muon!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Organizing Ideas: Scarves

I love a good organizing challenge, so when my friend, Mel, sent me this email today, I was pumped!

Hey chick!!
I need some of your awesome advice!  I have a TON of scarves and I don't know how to organize or store them in our apartment.  Any ideas??

Here are a few options I found for her:

I actually use a hanging tie rack to hang my scarves.  My husband had room on his tie rack, so I claimed a few slots.  Here's an exmaple of a hanging tie rack.

Ikea has a simlar product:

But if I had enough walll space, I'd go for a wall of scarves!  This one utilizes tension rods.  The best part?  Everything is hidden behind the door if you want to hide it.  If not, it still makes for a colorful looking wall!

Towel rods and toilet paper rods would also be a great solution. 

The top one looks like it's a toilet paper rod like this:

You could also do a towel ring like this:

Mel and I both liked the tension rod idea because it's so PRETTY!  And you know how much I like pretty!  So, how do you organize your scarves?  Got an organizing challenge for me?  Send it my way and I'll come up with ideas for you too!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dirty Little Secret....

I've been on a mission... to clean out the clutter.  That's my New Year's resolution for 2012 and I've been hard at work.  So far, I've made two big trips to Goodwill and even had a donation truck come pick up at the house!  I'm slowly making the rounds, room by room.

We have a dirty little secret at my house... my husband is a borderline hoarder!  Lucky for him, I'm a little OCD and NEED to organize.  Otherwise, I think our house would be filled to the brim with STUFF!

My husband likes to collect:  computer parts, comic books, action hero toys, DVD movies, even 7-11 Slurpie cups!  See the problem?  See why I call it "our dirty little secret"?  Luckily, he is okay with the guidelines that I've set around said "collectibles" (for the most part anyway).  For example, his DVD collection is limited to ONE bookshelf in the basement.

The kid's category of our movie collection has grown since Little Muon was born.  And I found that her movies were slowly creeping out of the bookshelf and into my family room upstairs.  Soon enough, I had a basket filled with kids movies!

The basket was fine, but it was running out of space.  Plus, I knew I could do better; something that could hold MORE movies, but in a smaller container.  More storage in half the space?  Impossible you say?  Well, I thought the same until I found these.  Yup, movie sleeves!

36 sleeves holding 72 DVDS in a tiny little bin!  I was sold!

Each insert holds 2 DVDs and slides easily into a sleeve.  You can also slide the DVD cover art into the sleeve as well.  I couldn't wait to get started!

Here's the side by side comparison:

Wow!  That's more then half the space!  By the time I was done, I had several sleeves left, so we have room to grow!  The best part?  The new movie bin takes up A-LOT less space then the basket.

I wanted MORE storage for HALF the space and I think I got it!  So what dirty little hoarding secret do you have?
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