Ballerina dance bag

We started MR in ballet this year. I haven’t watched a lot of her classes but she kind of is the ballet equivalent of the kid playing t-ball in the outfield picking flowers. But she is so stinking adorable though!

We made sure she had the basics: ballet shoes, leotard, leggings. But her bag situation was embarrassing. The only thing I could find was a beach bag that looks like a crab. It is orange and has huge eyes. While it is extremely cute and I love having MR take it to the beach, it just isn’t really a ballet bag.

I got a heat press for Christmas and the first thing I wanted to make was a new ballet bag for MR. I found an adorable ballerina SVG and got to work. MR and I made this bag together and she loves it. She takes it to class and places it in front of the mirror carefully so that everyone can see the ballerina. Adorable!

Supplies

Instructions

  1. Use the Ballerina SVG file and cut in Cricut. Don’t forget to turn mirror on!
  2. Weed your purple vinyl.
  3. Set the Cricut Heat Press to 280 degrees.
  4. Press your blank bag for 10 seconds.
  5. Place vinyl on bag and use the heat press for 30 seconds.
  6. Flip bag over and use the heat press for 15 seconds.

Snowman face mask

This year I really struggled to find a good gift for our daycare teachers. They really have done so much by adapting to the new way of teaching that homemade chocolate covered desserts just doesn’t seem enough during COVID. Obviously the best gift is money or a gift card but that seemed impersonal. I needed to come up with something to accompany the gift card and not something they have 100 of. And then the light bulb went off what about a fun face masks for them to wear at work that the kids would enjoy? Enter snowman masks! We will probably get snow in April, maybe even May so this mask could be used for many more months.

Take a look at how to make these masks.

Supplies

Free SVG File

Instructions

  1. Use the Snowman SVG file and cut in Cricut. Don’t forget to turn mirror on!
  2. Weed your orange and black vinyl.
  3. Set the Cricut Heat Press to 280 degrees.
  4. Press your blank face mask for 10 seconds.
  5. Place orange for nose on mask and use the heat press for 15 seconds. Peel plastic off when complete.
  6. Align black on mask and use the heat press for 30 seconds.
  7. Flip mask over and use the heat press for 15 seconds.

What do you think? Do you know a kid that would love if you wore this face mask?


Dishwasher Safe Custom Vinyl Glass

I don’t know about you but I love all of those fun beer and wine glasses with cute sayings. I am a very simple person where I don’t really use them myself but they are great personalized gifts. Something else you should know about me is that if something can’t go into the dishwasher, I will NEVER use it. But seriously, my dishes revolve around the ease of cleaning it in the dishwasher. Needless to say making my own cute beer and wine glasses meant that they need to be dishwasher safe. Here are two of the designs that we gave to my husband’s sister and brother-in-law for Christmas. What do you think? They seemed to like them.

Supplies

Instructions

  1. Cut your customized saying or image in Cricut
  2. Place vinyl on glass.
  3. Apply 2-3 coats of Mod Podge to vinyl. You can go onto the glass but it will leave a film over the glass. It is kind of noticeable but if you make it look nice then it is okay. I ended up making a rectangle so that it looked consistent.


Kids Apron

As I have become busier in life with less time to myself I have discovered that I enjoy baking. And my kids love to join me which makes it even better. Although they probably just enjoy sampling the ingredients. I mean, I love baking chocolate chip cookies so I can eat the chocolate chips too!

My daughter loves wearing her apron when we bake and my son has been using my apron. He has no shame wearing pink! We will be baking and my daughter will all of a sudden yell “We forgot our aprons!” so we have to pull them out to continue. She is super cute.

For Christmas Santa brought him his own apron which I customized for him. Take a look!

Supplies

Instructions

  1. Cut your customized chef apron in Cricut
    • Cursive font – Magnolia Sky
    • Name – Lucida Grande (Bold)
  2. Use the Cricut Heat Press
    • Temperature – 270 degrees
    • Time
      • Front – 30 seconds
      • Back – 15 seconds

What does your apron look like?


Free Meal Planning Printable

One of the biggest money saving tips is planning my meals for the week!  Every Sunday morning I sit down and figure out what we will be eating for the week.  If I didn’t have a plan, there is no way I would cook anything during the week and we would just eat out!  Okay really I still try to eat out several times a week but this makes it harder for me to skip a meal.

Free Meal Plan Printable

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Enjoy,


Pepperoni Bread

Growing up we would have pepperoni bread all of the time.  When I would play volleyball on the weekend, my mother would buy a loaf so I could eat it between games.  For my bridal shower I received this recipe and I make it all of the time.  Best part?  You can put as much pepperoni and cheese as you want, yum!
Pepperoni Bread

The hardest part about making the bread is rolling the dough out.  Think about it, if thats the worst part it has got to be quite easy!  Once you get the dough rolled out, your just layer the pepperoni and then cheese. After rolling it up, you bake it. So easy!

Pepperoni Bread
Doesn’t that look delicious?  It only takes 3 ingredients too!

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Pepperoni Bread
See the recipe below for details.
Pepperoni Bread

I hope you enjoy! What is one of your recipes from childhood that you have fond memories of?


Pepperoni Bread

Pepperoni Bread
Recipe by Levicky Landing

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • Rhodes Frozen Pizza Dough
  • 1 lb Pepperoni
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Clean and then lightly flower counter tops
  3. Roll pizza dough into a rectangle shape
  4. Layer pepperoni over dough
  5. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over pepperoni
  6. Roll up dough so you have a long roll.  The end of the bread should end up on the bottom of the roll so you have a smooth top.
  7. Spread oil over the top of roll and sprinkle garlic and parsley over top.
  8. Place on cookie sheet and then bake for 30 mins or until golden brown.
  1. Slice, serve and enjoy!

Happy Cooking,


Crock Pot Chicken Burritos

Using the Crock Pot is my new favorite kitchen appliance.  Until I borrowed my Mother’s Crock Pot, I couldn’t make anything in it without burning dinner.  Eric actually banned me from ever using it.  And then I used hers and my entire world changed.  This is by far my favorite recipe, I have to resist from making it every week!
Chicken Tacos

These burritos are incredibly easy to make, it takes 5 mins to dump everything in before work and then its ready when you get home 8 hours later.  What is even better is that even though you have to shred it, if you just stir the crock pot, it all falls apart!  To me, this is like eating out.  I think I might spend more time cleaning the crock pot than I do getting dinner together!

Crock Pot DinnerChicken Burritos
Doesn’t that look delicious?  It only takes 3 ingredients too!

Chicken Burritos 

See the recipe below for details.  
Chicken Burrito

I hope you enjoy!


Crock Pot Chicken Burritos

Chicken Burrito
Recipe by Levicky Landing

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: 8 hours 5 mins
Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • Taco seasoning
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla Shells
  • Toppings of your choice: Sour Cream, Lettuce, Mexican Cheese
Directions
  1. Place chicken on the bottom of the crock pot
  2. Cover chicken with taco seasoning
  3. Pour salsa to cover everything
  4. Cook in crock pot for 8 hours
  5. Shred chicken, you should be able to just stir and it will shred and mix itself
  6. Make burrito out of crock pot contents and toppings

Happy Cooking,


Repurposed Address Numbers

As part of fixing up the outside of our house, we got new house numbers.  We were too afraid that they would break when we took them off the house so we spent $10 on new house numbers.  But as always, after searching on Pinterest for ideas Eric and I just came up with our own idea.  I will give Eric credit for this, it was mainly his idea.

Repurposed


When we were redoing the kitchen, the cupboard that goes above the microwave came with the wrong door.  Instead of a sideways cabinet with double doors, it came as a vertical cabinet with a tall, skinny door.  They just sent us the new cabinet door so Eric stashed the wrong one downstairs and put the new one up.  Out of sight, out of mind for me.

As we were thinking about what to do with the house numbers, Eric went downstairs and grabbed the door and asked me if we could put it on there.  I’m not going to lie, it took some convincing but now I’m in love!

Check out how the house numbers look on the house!

home

What We Did

Here is what you need:

This was super easy so all we did was screw on the numbers where we wanted them on the cabinet door.  And then we hung it outside.
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Wrap Up

That’s it, that’s all there is to making it!  I honestly think I spent more time looking for ideas than I did actually making it.  

Have you done anything unique for your house numbers?

Happy Crafting,


House Warming Gift: It’s A Wonderful Life Theme

Growing up brings on lots of new experiences and celebrations.  You are no longer just going to someone’s birthday party once a year.  Now there are celebrations for marriage, babies, and new homes.  I am sure there are many more but I am learning as I am going.  One of the hardest gifts I have a hard time figuring out is what to get someone who just moved into a new home.

From now on I will always give this It’s A Wonderful Life themed house warming gift.

House Warming Gift

If you haven’t seen It’s A Wonderful Life yet then we can’t be friends.  Okay we can but you need to watch it.  My family watches the movie every Christmas Eve, it has gotten to the point where shush each other because everyone has their own favorite line that they say out loud during the movie.  
When my husband married the family, he thought we were ridiculous.  Let’s be honest, he still does but it is growing on him.  I think he is starting to appreciate why it is my favorite holiday tradition.
House Warming Gift
Since this movie has been such a big part of my life growing up it seems only fitting that I give people a house warming gift like the one from the movie.  
Bread, that this house may never know hunger
Salt, that life may always have flavor,
Wine, that joy and prosperity may reign forever”
~It’s A Wonderful Life

What is even better is that it is super simple to put together.  Without further ado, here is how to make it.

Supplies

Instructions

Read carefully because it is so easy you might miss a step!
  1. Place the basket shred in the basket.
  2. Place the bread, wine and salt nicely in the basket
  3. Print the first picture on this post onto your card and write a nice sentiment inside.
Think you can do it?  I do!

Wrap Up

I hope you enjoy giving this basket as much as I did.  And don’t forget, if you haven’t seen It’s A Wonderful Life make sure you add that to your watch list!

Does your family have a tradition or movie that means a lot to you?  What is your version of our family’s Christmas Eve tradition?

Before I let you go, make sure you take a look at these last few pictures!

House Warming Gift
House Warming Gift

10 Activities To Do Outside This Summer

It’s summer time!!!  That means for 3 months we can be outside and enjoy the warm weather while we can.  Yes I understand that when I state that it seems crazy that I still live in Cleveland but its home.

I have been making bucket lists lately and as I complete one I instantly create another in my mind and have a whole new list of things I want to do.  Well, I just finished one now and now its time to create a bucket list for this summer.  Here are the 10 things that I will be doing this summer, will you be joining me?

Activities To Do Outside

1. Attend A Baseball Game

I don’t think I have been to one in a few years.  Progressive Field got a whole new bar section and has been updating it and I have yet to check it out! Eric tends to go with his friends so I just haven’t made it a point to go myself.  But you better believe I will make this happen this summer and eat a ridiculous number of hot dogs for dollar dog night!

Attend A Baseball Game

2. Participate in a 5K Race

Before you keep scrolling, I do not mean that you have to actually run the entire thing.  If running isn’t your thing, find a fun race.  My family participates in the Warrior Dash every year and there are lots of people that walk the entire course.  If you can’t do an obstacle, no big deal you can just walk around it!
This is a great way to have fun, move a bit and support a good cause!  Not to mention that when you finish, you feel great about yourself.  I took this goal a little farther and I wanted to medal in my age group.  This past weekend I took 2nd place for our company’s 5K race!
Participate In A 5K
Warrior Dash 2015

3. Go On A Hike Or Bike Ride

Find some mountains or even a park nearby and go for a walk or a bike ride.  Maybe there is a city nearby that you can bike around and explore the area for the day.  The flowers are in bloom and the view will be beautiful no matter where you go.  This will also be sure to beat your FitBit friends step count for the day! Don’t forget to put your FitBit on your shoe if you are biking for the day!

Go On A Hike Or Bike Ride
Put-In-Bay With My Parents 2015

4. Have A Picnic

I live in Cleveland so there are only so many days that you can be outside when it is nice and you don’t have to work.  Take advantage of the beautiful weather and go to a park, a beach, or even your backyard and lay out a blank to have lunch on!  You can either
My brother on our family vacation.  I didn’t get permission before posting this first, I’m sure I will pay for this later!

5. Plant A Garden

We tried this last year and I think we might try it again.  We might try to start small and just do a herb garden instead of a vegetable garden.  Grab a pot and plant those veggies and/or herbs!  When they are ready to be picked you will have a delicious, fresh cooked meal.  It is always better when its your own garden!  Get directions here for this beautiful herb garden.
Plant A Garden

6. Go To A Farmers Market

If your garden fails like mine probably will, head over to the local Farmers market.  We can let the professionals handle the gardens and we can enjoy the fruits of their labor!  The West Side Market in Cleveland is the best place to go in my opinion.  Definitely a land mark in our city!
West Side Market in Cleveland Ohio
My friend and I at the Cleveland West Side Market

7. Go To A Flea Market

If you want to find that next upcycle project or try out the latest chalky paint trend, find your local flea market!  I really want an old mirror or large picture frame so I will fight your for it if I see you at the Cleveland Flea market!
Go To A Flea Market

8. Visit A Water Park

A water park has to be on the list of activities for a summer, its a given.  If you can’t make it to the water park to ride some cool slides, go to your nearest beach or pool and relax!  Sometimes relaxing is just what the doctor ordered.

9. Grill Out And Have A Bon Fire

Grilling out is perfect for the late night after work where you just want to enjoy what is left of the night.  Turn on the grill, throw on some burgers or hot dogs and enjoy not wearing a sweater in the cold air conditioned at work.
For the Bon Fire, S’mores.  Enough said!
10 Activities To Do This Summer

10. Volunteer

Take some time and give back.  You can go to the APL nearby and walk dogs or pick up trash on the highway.  Find something that you enjoy while giving back to your community.  Who knows, maybe it’ll be something that you will do regularly.
10 Activities To Do Outside This Summer
Hyland’s Summer Of Service Day painting a graffiti bridge
What is on your bucket list this summer?  I look forward to hearing how all of your activities are going, be sure to share in the comments below!