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Awesome Headband Holder April 17, 2013

Filed under: Accessories,Art Projects,Crafts — Lizz @ 12:00 pm
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So now that we’re back, it’s time to do a little spring cleaning.  I’ve been going through some unfinished posts and figured now’s the time to get them out there.  This first one I can’t believe I didn’t post, because it’s one of my favorite projects.  Basically ever little girl in my life has gotten one of these, because they are fabulous, functional, and totally customizable.  While I spring clean the blog, you can clean up your girlie’s hair accessories.  I present to you, the greatest headband holder ever!!!!

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Yes, these pictures are old but still…isn’t it so cute?!  Let me show you how to make this and then how it works.

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First gather your craftin’ stuff.

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  • 1 tall oatmeal tube, emptied and (quickly) rinsed out (keep the lid)
  • Mod Podge and sponge brush
  • Twine, string, or ribbon
  • Your choice of scrapbook paper, 2 pieces
  • Paper cutter (if available)
  • Razor blade and/or scissors
  • cutting surface (i.e. corkboard or mat)

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Once your oatmeal container is clean and dry, remove any paper from the exterior.  Some are printed directly onto the cardboard, which you would just leave on and simply cover.

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Cut your paper to size.  I found that scrapbook paper was not big enough to go all the way around, so I chose a plain complimentary color to use in the back, and my pretty paper for the front.  I used my paper cutter to do this for nice straight lines, but you could do scissors or a ruler and razor blade. Double check your cuts, since it would be very difficult to make changes once you start gluing.

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Cover a section of the tube large enough for the smaller back section of paper with plenty of Mod Podge.  Enlist a helper if needed.

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Stick the back paper to the tube, and smooth it out.  The repeat the process around the other part of the tube and attach the front paper.  I had my front paper overlap my back paper on both sides.

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Once the paper is in place, put a layer of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the paper, including the top and bottom lip.  This not only gives it a cool shiny glow, but it will also protect the paper from being scratched by the headbands.  Since the top and bottom were Mod Podged, I used our paper towel holder to allow the tube to dry.

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While that’s drying up, take the lid for the tube, and make 4 small cuts toward the outside with the razor blade.

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Then using your twine, string, or ribbon, run a piece through 2 of the holes and tie it off on the inside.  Repeat for the other 2 holes.  This doesn’t need to look pretty, since it should be covered.

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Now you can use these little strings to attach some fun clips, bows, or flowers.

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You can also store all of your extra bows, clips, and flowers inside the tube.

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Once dried, put the top back on the tube, attach something fun to the strings, and place your headbands around the tube itself.  It’s the perfect size and most headbands will clamp on tightly.

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Have a fab Wednesday Everyone!

Lizz

 

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Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, Chicago 2013 April 15, 2013

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Hello again Friends!!

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I am so excited to announce that I have been given the opportunity to be an Official GFAF Expo Blogger!!  The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo will be in the Chicagoland area on April 20th & 21st at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center. I attended this Expo last year, and I have never seen anything like it.  So many amazing vendors, so many amazing products, and so many amazing people sharing in their gluten free-ness.

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As many of you know, my kiddo was diagnosed with Celiac just under 2 years ago, so we are pretty well versed in the gluten free lifestyle.  As luck genetics would have it, I myself have just recently received my own Celiac diagnosis.  So my return to blogging is kick-started a combination of my need/desire to learn how to go GF as an adult and an amazing expo filled with answers.

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I think I am most excited to check out some of the classes being offered this year.  There are some really great topics this year, ranging from eating out safely to cooking for teens to autism and ADHD.  For a full schedule of classes at this year’s Expo, CLICK HERE.

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So….Who’s with me?  GFAF Expo or BUST!!!

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I missed you all, so happy to see you again…

Lizz

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P.S.  Be sure to check back here after the Expo for a special Gluten Free Friday with my review of the weekend.

 

Gluten Free Friday – Cheeseburger Pie April 27, 2012

Filed under: Food,Gluten Free Friday — Lizz @ 11:01 am
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Happy Friday Everyone!!

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I am so excited to share this recipe, because it is one of the best tasting new GF meals we’ve made in a while. Not that the other meals were bad, it’s just that this one was just particularly good =)  You would never even guess it was Gluten Free.  I’m going to just jump to a photo of this amazing Cheeseburger Pie…

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Right?!  Okay, now comes the confession that this is not an original recipe.  We have recently discovered that Betty Crocker is now offering a Gluten Free Bisquick (Yay!)  To go along with said GF Bisquick (and a whole line of GF cake mixes, ect.), the Betty Crocker website has a ton of GF recipes.  You can *click here*, or go to the Betty Crocker site and search for “gluten free”.  All the GF recipes say Gluten Free right in the title, so they are easy to spot.  There are so many I want to try: Cherries and Cream Devil’s Food Cake, Tirimisu Cupcakes, Fudgy Banana Pudding Pops, HELLO!!! (I obviously want some dessert right now), but I digress….

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Cheeseburger Pie (Adapted from Betty Crocker)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 shallots chopped (onion would be okay too)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup Bisquick® Gluten Free mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs

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Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a 9″ pie pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Brown the ground beef.  Add shallots halfway through and cook until they are no longer opaque and slightly soft.  Drain, and add salt and pepper to taste.

In a bowl, mix the GF Bisquick, milk, and eggs, until well combined.

Grab that pie dish, put the meat in, and spread it to cover the bottom.  Cover the meat with the cheddar cheese.  Pour the Bisquick mixture evenly over the whole dish.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Stick a toothpick into the center and make sure it comes out clean.

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We served our slices with a dollop of ketchup, and it was the perfect final touch.  This would go great with a side of fries, tator tots, or a salad.

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This was so easy to make, and it tasted like a real cheeseburger!  Skylar was in heaven.

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I wish you all a wonderful Gluten Free weekend!

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Lizz

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Chalkboard Wine Glasses April 25, 2012

Filed under: Crafts — Lizz @ 12:11 pm
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For this past Christmas, my sister came up with an awesome idea of exchanging handmade gifts.  I had such a good time putting my crafty skills to work, and the gifts were so personal and unique.  I (obviously) couldn’t post them before the holidays, so I saved them for a bit.  With Mother’s Day approaching, I thought now would be a good time to share.  And I will be starting with the gift I made for my mama…chalkboard wine glasses.

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I went to the blue and yellow beacon (more commonly known as IKEA), and got some simple wine glasses, and one of their cardboard glass holders to wrap them in later.  Since I planned on only making the base of the glass into chalkboard, I used masking tape to tape a nice straight line at the bottom of the stem.

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Then I used some saran wrap to cover the top of the glass completely, and taped that as well, leaving only the base exposed.

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Then next part has no photos since I was by myself, spray painting.  But it’s pretty easy.  Get a can of chalkboard spray paint (available at hardware and craft stores).  Hold the glass by the top (I recommend wearing gloves and long sleeves), and spray the base of the glass on both the top and bottom.  Be sure that you are holding the can about 12 inches away from the glass, and spray in short spurts, so you don’t get runny parts.  Place the glass upside down to dry completely.  Do a second coat.

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Once completely dried, peel off all of the tape and wrapping.

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They turned out great!!  Now nobody will lose their glasses during a party!

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I seemed to not have taken a picture of the wrapped product, but I just put a few pieces of chalk and curled ribbons into each glass, and Skylar made holiday chalk drawings on each of them.  I put them into the cardboard glass holder and put the whole thing into a bag.  Very cute!

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Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Lizz

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Gluten Free Friday – Gluten and Allergen Free Expo April 20, 2012

Filed under: Gluten Free Friday — Lizz @ 11:32 am
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Last weekend Skylar and I had the opportunity to attend the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo!  We’ve been waiting a long time for this event to come back to Chicago, and it was definitely worth the wait.

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The first thing I noticed was that this expo was PACKED!!!  I’ve never seen so many people at an event like this.  The picture below was just part of one of the 2 rooms they had filled with vendors.

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(Please excuse my mixture of phone and camera pictures!)

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We had a great time going around to all the booths, trying samples, gathering take-home samples, and collecting information about all of the amazing companies there.  We found so many new great foods that I can’t wait to start looking for in our local stores.  Skylar’s favorite?  We found GF Pierogies and Gnocchi!! (I plan to give more information about individual products when I find them and try them at home) 

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Schar had a great kid’s area set up.  After working our way through the super crowded vendor hall, it was great for Skylar to get to take a break and have some fun.  They gave the kids free t-shirts to color, snacks, coloring pages, and there was a man making balloon animals.

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At one point, we heard an announcement over the loudspeaker that there were free massages being offered.  Skylar shouted really loud: “Mom!  Gluten Free massages!!”.  Everyone in the immediate area got a pretty good laugh out of that.

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This expo was a great way to expose us to GF companies that we had not heard of before.  They also offered cooking classes, which I was unable to attend this year, but I overheard several people saying they had enjoyed them.  These events are currently held in Chicago and Dallas, but they have an area on their website where you can vote for other cities for them to expand to.  They also have a blog!

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I think the best part about attending the expo was that Skylar got to see that she is not alone.  There are lots of people out there that need to eat the same special food she does.  There were several booths there for companies that were geared towards kids.  She ate food all day long without having to ask if it was safe.  She was stuffed and happy (and ready to get out of that crowd!).

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So, the expo was a great success, and we can’t wait for it to come to town again!

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Have a great Gluten Free Friday everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Skylarism – Multilingualism April 19, 2012

Filed under: Skylarisms — Lizz @ 10:59 am

While hanging out with the neighbors last night, this funny little exchange happened:

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Skylar: Adios!!

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Neighbor #1: No hablo español.

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Skylar: Huh?

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Neighbor #2: He’s saying he doesn’t speak Spanish.  It’s a joke.

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Skylar: Oh!  Was that French?

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Thank you Skylar, for making me laugh on a daily basis.

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Lizz

 

Strange things people search for to land on my blog April 11, 2012

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Lizz @ 12:15 pm

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I don’t know if the rest of you lovely bloggers out there do this, but I occassionally check out the Search Engine Terms section of my stats pages.  I like seeing what people are looking for, and how they landed here.  What really keeps me going back there is seeing some of the totally random stuff that people have typed into a search engine, and somehow end up at my website.  Sometimes they are funny, but I know exactly what they are looking for, like…

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the game where u put the hair on the guy

Ah yes, you are looking for a game called Wooly Willie, and I wrote about  it in a post where I made a basket of car activities (check it out *here*).  Had I not known what this person was talking about, this would have been a little awkward.

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Or…

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how do you defeat the sock monster

One of my earliest posts is called Goodbye Sock Monster, and gives an easy tip on not losing little toddler socks in the washing machine.  But I do have to wonder if this person is actually planning something sort of other-worldly battle, in which evil comes in the form of a stealing-one-sock-from-the-pair-just-to-make-you-question-your-sanity sort of creature.

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Some searches, however, are not so clear.  Allow me to share a few of my favorites….

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little bit of this little bit of that meaning

I can get behind this one.  But does someone really not know this?

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Baby background paper

What does that even mean?

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Teacher gifts with a conscience

I thought my teacher gifts were cool, but maybe not…

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Bacon and perogie pie, bacon and pierogie pie, bacon & pierogie pie, pierogie bacon pie…

I got all of these in one day!  I fully understand this person’s need for Bacon Pierogi Pie, because it’s delicious!!!  Alright fine, just let me help you with this one… *Click Here*

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Supermarket owl cake

I’ve never make anything with owls.  Certainly not a supermarket cake.

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ромашки

What is that?  It’s not even in english!

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search gonegf

Don’t think this one is either

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swan tin foil pipe

When I first read this I of course thought of the leftovers wrapped in tin foil shaped like a swan.  But what’s the pipe about?  Now I’m confused.  And there’s no swans here…

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jelly belly harry potter bertie bott beans collectible tin

Does this really exist?  If it does I want it!!

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uncooked skin on brats

Eww!

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round boiled icing cakes

Since I don’t know what this is, it sounds really weird.  Can anyone clue me in?

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daughter mouth

Umm…yeah what about it?

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child’s index finger

Um…I hope you’re not looking for one.

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www.lizzandlittlebit.wordpress.com

I hope you found what you were looking for =)

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https://lizzandlittlebit.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/gluten-free-friday-orange-teriyaki-chicken-and-shrimp/

I really hope you found what you were looking for.  P.S…why didn’t you just put that as the web address instead of searching for it?  Just curious…

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So there you have a very interesting collection of random things people search for to find my blog.  I hope you got a little chuckle out of it.  I think I will need to occasionally list these!

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Have a great day!

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Lizz