Guest posting @ Blissful and Domestic today...

Today I am guest posting at Blissful and Domestic. Head on over to see how I make these adorable shoe clips to freshen up your shoes.

Winner of Nine by Thirteen Giveaway!!

I want to thank Annalisa @ Nine by Thirteen for sponsoring this giveaway!

The time has come to choose the winner

And the lucky winner of the $15.00 credit is:

Mary from the Tall Chick who said:

Also now following the lung family blog

Mary, Annalisa will contact you about the credit.

Thank you all who entered.

And a Big thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my blog :)

Trip to Pacific City

We made a last minute decision on Sunday morning and decided to drive out to the Oregon Coast.
We packed up the car, stopped by the grocery store and loaded our cooler with food, drinks and ice and were on our way.

The kids were getting tired and cranky towards the end of the ride, but all in all we made it to Pacific City.

We met up with friends and had lunch and played in the sand and water.

Then we cleaned up and went to the Pelican Pub for dinner.

Both of the kids slept the whole way back.

It was a great day!

Here a few pictures I wanted to share:

The beautiful coast:

Our family of four:

me and my baby boy:

It was a beautiful day. :)

Adding Sleeves to Sleeveless Dress

I think we all ladies know how hard it is to find a cute dress that is modest in length and has sleeves. Yeah, sure.. there is shabby apple. But after getting two dresses from them at $80 a pop, I just don't think I will be buying anything else from them. Don't get me wrong, the dresses look great online, but when you get them, the quality doesn't seem to fit the price.

So, out to the mall I went... In search for a dress for my sisters wedding.
I found this cute dress. I loved the 50's feel to the dress. It was perfect in length, had pockets and was flowy and comfortable.

The straps were thick enough to add sleeves, so I decided to give it a try.

Here is my dress with the cap sleeves I added:

At first, I was planning on going to go and find some matching fabric.
Then I realized that the belt sash was made out of the same fabric as the top portion of the dress. I figured I could somehow use that for the sleeves and use a thin black belt I had in place of the sash:

I took my seam ripper out and ripped opened up the sash, and ironed it flat:

Then I measured my upper arm. Mine was 12 inches around.

Since the sleeve won't be going all the way around the arm (cap sleeve),
I cut the fabric 11 inches long.
My fabric piece for each sleeve ended up being 11X4:

I needed to hem the bottom portion. Fold over twice and iron:

Hem the bottom edge:

Then I needed to cut the rectangles into a half circle like so:

Then finish up the edge.
( I don't have a serger (I asked hubby for one for my birthday.... )
so I just used a small zig zag stitch) :

Next, you need to ruffle the sleeve. Sew along the marked lines:

Use the longest stitch you can:

Ruffle the sleeve:

Next determine where you want the sleeve to start and end (mark with pins):

Pin the middle of the sleeve and spread the ruffles evenly until you get the desired length of the sleeve (pin):

Sew the sleeve on:

Ta Da!!

Now I have a nice dress which I do not have to wear a cardigan over:

Don't forget to enter the Nine by Thirteen giveaway!!!
you can get $15.00 credit to use in the nine by thirteen shop!!

GRAY Felt Pompom Hair Clip

Week Wrap Up #5

Time to wrap the week up.

This has been such a stressful week for me. I honestly have to keep telling myself to breath.

What to do when you are stressed? Check out all the awesomeness in the blogland, off-course.

These are a few of my favorites from this week:

I LOVE this painted rug @ J and J Home:

This chalkboard caught my eye, Love the color and lines. Go see how Lina at Fancy Frugal Life made it:

I love chevron print, however I am to intimidated to paint it on the wall. Check out and see how Megan from Miss Madison's Charmed Life did it, It sure makes me think that I can do it now to:

Check out this spray painted canvas. Looks super easy, I think I will have to make a few, go check it out at Annabellea:

Ok, I just noticed that I have been pretty much scoping out all the home decor DIY things, Not sure why this is. I am looking for inspiration for my home. It is in major need of some love.

Hope you all have a great weekend :)

OK, I am going to go practice my breathing now.

Breath in, breath out

Breath in, breath out

Breath in, breath out

breath in.....

Russian Eggplant Appetizer

So... My neighbor was over visiting a little while ago, she tried these little eggplant patties, and loved them. So I figured that the next time I make them, I can do a post.

If you are Russian, or know someone Russian, you probably had these...
But for all the other folks out there, let me tell you... they are GOOOOOOOOOD!!
First you need some eggplant.
I usually make 2 for out little family (they are super addictive)

wash and slice up your eggplant (about 1 cm thick):

Season and cook the eggplant- any way you wish:
deep fried

This time I grilled mine (drizzled with olive oil) , it being summer and all:

Prepare the garlic mayo

1/2 cup mayo
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3 minced garlic cloves

Then you need some tomatoes and baby dill:
I used 3 vine tomatoes for my 2 medium sized eggplants:



Prepare your platter-
(I always line my platter with napkins to soak up all the grease, Since I grilled my eggplant, there wasn't much grease, but if you deep fried it, this step is a must)

Spread some mayo on the eggplant, like so:

Place the tomato and dill on top:

That's it!

Simple and delicious!

I have also done this with zucchini.
I fried the zucchini and then did the rest of the steps.
(you will need to dice up the tomatoes when you place them on top)
It makes cute and yummy bite size appetizers


Giveaway: $15.00 credit to Nine by Thirteen- CLOSED

My readers are the best!!
I love all of your comments on my posts, they are what keeps me doing this week after week.
That is why you guys deserve a giveaway!

This special giveaway is sponsored by Annalisa from Nine by Thirteen .
Annalisa is a very creative mama of a little 5 month old girl, she records her journey and adventures on her blog The Lung Family.

She has a etsy shop called Nine by Thirteen, she has a little bit for everyone: something for you or your little girl. Here are a few of my favorites from her shop:

I love all of the color choices on these felt pom pom clips:
PEACOCK BLUE Felt Pompom Hair Clip

These little felt button hair clips are just adorable:
Grey and Yellow Felt Button Flower Hair Clip

Cute pacifier clip, sigh... Baby girls get the cutest things:

Pink Fabric Paci Clip with Felt Button Flower

I love these burp cloths:
Army Bear Camo Burp Cloths

Annalisa is giving away $15.o0 credit to her shop!!!

Annalisa is also offering my readers a 10% discount on their orders!! Just use the code SUBURBSMAMA when checking out.

Ready to be that winner? (must be one of my followers first)

You have up to 3 ways to enter:

Mandatory entry:

Head on over to Nine by Thirteen and let me know what you would use your $15.00 credit on

Bonus Entry's:

Head on over to Annalisa's blog The Lung family and become her newest follower (and leave a comment here)
Like Nine by Thirteen on facebook (leave a comment)

Please include your email address with each entry

Open to US only

Winner will be chosen randomly

Giveaway will close on July 27th .

Good Luck :)

Looking for giveaway sponser..

I would love to host a giveaway for all of my wonderful followers. So I am looking for that special someone with a creative side to them who owns a business or has a etsy shop.

Not only will I be giving away your product/service/gift certificate, but I’ll be promoting your business and putting your website/facebook page out there for other people to visit.

If you are interested, please send me an e-mail at:

Please include in the e-mail:

  • your name
  • e-mail address
  • link to your online shop/blog
  • what you would like to giveaway
  • How soon can you participate in the giveaway

Thanks so much!

The Starboard Skirt

I saw this post at U Create Crafts.
I knew that I must make one of these skirts, It looks adorable, don't you think?

And I knew that I had the perfect fabric.
(I got this queen size sheet from the thrift store for $3.99 last week)

I followed the instructions.

This skirt is very easy and fast to make!

I was able to whip up both of the skirts during the kids nap time.

One for Emily:

And one for me:

If you haven't made one, you should! The tutorial is very easy to follow, you will be surprised on how simple it is.

Thanks for visiting!


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