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Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I thought I would share some

tin can treats

quoteable kids journal

i love you more than i love pie

pears

http://thecraftingchicks.com/2012/04/mothers-day-questionaire-free-printable-download.html

http://thecraftingchicks.com/2012/04/mothers-day-card-kid-craft.html

http://www.etsy.com/listing/93716369/mothers-day-love-you-mom-three-handmade

http://www.etsy.com/shop/sjengraving?section_id=11334259

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorites- 6/1

Hey guys and happy Friday! Another week has gone by, and here are another round of Friday Favorites!
Favorite Top- Superhero Shirt
Perfect!!! I totally want one for my son.  

Favorite GameNoodle Racing
Easy, cheap, and bound to provide hours of fun for your child anyone!

Have a great weekend!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Hey guys! Race day is coming up in few days (eek!) and I have a few more thoughts I’ve been wanting to share. This time, about the power of proper shoes.

Now, by a proper pair of shoes, I mean shoes from an actual running store that have been fitted specifically for you. These stores have people who know what they are talking about, (not someone who just works in the shoe section) and usually have a shoe for almost any budget. 
In the Milwaukee area we have a store called Performance Running Outfitters. They have a great selection of shoes as well as a very friendly and knowledgeable staff. They watch you walk barefoot to see how your feet (work) and watch you jog on a treadmill to make sure your feet are pronating properly. The best things is they do this for each client who walks in the door- for free! 

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorite- 5/28

Happy Friday! I hope your long holiday weekend is off to a great start! 
Favorite BiteMini Pigs In A Blanket
I’m not even gonna lie, I made these for breakfast this morning. There is something about a little smokie and a crescent roll that is just so good. 

Now, before you judge, let me explain. My husband used a couple vacation days so we could enjoy a long weekend together as a family. It’s his birthday weekend and we had a lot of fun activities planned. However, instead of the beach tomorrow, he has to get a root canal. Yep, a root canal, during vacation, right before his birthday. That’s like a triple whammy. No matter what happens, I am going to give him the best darn birthday weekend I can, root canal and all! Today that meant mini pigs in a blanket. Tomorrow it might mean milkshakes. 🙂

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorites- 5/11

Good morning and happy Friday! Thank goodness! Not only is it Friday, but it’s also supposed to be a gorgeous day out. I am planning to spend the day biking to the numerous parks we have in our town. Should be a good day!
Favorite AccentDecorative Pear
Adorable, simple, and handmade. Perfect.
Favorite Sign- Memories

So true. I try and let as many “memories” happen as possible. My house proves that 🙂

Favorite Baking Accessory – Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat 
Apparently it’s amazing. Based on the reviews, it seems pretty impressive. Cinnamon rolls with rolos inside were made on it and it came right off. That’s my kind of mat.

Favorite Kitchen GadgetZoku Quick Pop Maker
A Popsicle maker. A batch is ready in 8 minutes! Totally unnecessary, and totally cool.

Favorite Bag- Ruffle Clutch
Nice bright colors. Makes me happy!

Have a great weekend! Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for all you do!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Mother’s Day Card

This weekend I had the pleasure of spending the day with my Mom. It was great. My hubby was gone, so us girls treated ourselves to a little early Mother’s Day shopping. Nothing grand, (as we spent more time at Toys R Us than the actual mall) but it was a lot of fun to hang out together! 
In addition to shopping, I had a few gifts for my Mom. Some gourmet chocolate and an Amazon Kindle gift card went perfectly with this adorable homemade card. She of course, loved it! 
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d share how I made it. I started with two pieces of Micah’s artwork, a cute picture of him, a utility knife, and a glue stick. That’s it!
Both pieces of artwork were made on card stock using this Do-A-Dot Rainbow Art Set. The Do-A-Dot set is great. My son is 10 months old and he can do it all by himself. It’s less messy than painting, yet still creates great masterpieces! We used Do-A-Dots, but really any artwork will do. 
*Toddler Tip: Tape all four edges of the paper to the table with a little painters tape. It makes this project much easier when there is not paper to crumple, rip or eat 🙂

Fold both of the pieces of paper in half. Keep one piece with the artwork on the outside, and one piece with the artwork on the inside. Next, mark and cut using an exacto knife, four small slits on the “inside” piece of artwork, one for each of the corners of the photo.

Then, place the photo’s corners in the slots that you have created.

Now, place the pieces of cardstock ‘white sides together.’ Using a glue stick, glue one half of the paper, and press evenly until the paper is smooth. Do it again on the other side of the card.

Put the card inside something heavy, such as a big book to help the card dry flat. It’s that easy! When the glue is dry, you can add any embellishments that you want. I wrote, ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ on the front of the card and Micah helped me add a couple foam flower stickers.

Happy early Mother’s Day to all you Mamas out there! 

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorites 5/4

Happy Friday. Happy almost Cinco de Mayo. Happy Friday Favorites! Sorry for all the food this week- I guess I’m a little hungry!



Favorite Indulgence- Frozen Lemonade Pie

I like anything I can eat out of a jar- and these look awesome!

Favorite Side- Chinese Chop Salad
Looks so good. Perfect for summer.

Favorite Slab- Personalized Stone

These rock! (pun intended) This Etsy site has some good stuff! Especially if you’re looking for a nice, personalized gift for Mother’s Day!

Favorite Bite- Spinach Lasagna Rolls
I could eat lasagna everyday, especially these! Yum!

Have a great weekend!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Two Months To A 10K: Update

You may have read a few weeks ago that I am training to run my first 10K!  I am also blogging periodically throughout the process. Well, after 3 1/2 weeks of training, things are looking good! I am up to 3 1/2 miles, which I can run comfortably at around a 9 minute pace. A month ago my lungs could not take longer than a mile. It feels good to have endurance again!

One of the main contributors to my success has been scheduling my workouts. I’ve always heard about people doing this, but I never thought it would make that big of a difference. Well, so far, it has! Every single workout until race day is already written on my calender. This helps in a few ways:

  • Writing something down makes me more likely to do it.  
  • Each day I know exactly what my workout is, which leaves more room for focus and less room for excuses. 
  • Instead of running whatever distance I feel like running, I run the number of miles my calender tells me to. 

Here is a copy of my training plan. It is a great training plan. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get in shape and build endurance!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Friday Favorites- 4/27

It’s that time of the week again, Friday is here! 
There is just something calming, yet exciting knowing it’s the weekend. It makes me feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve. However, instead of the anticipation of opening presents, I am excited for a long, hot shower all to myself. A time without any little munchkins trying to climb in the tub with me 🙂 
Don’t get me wrong, my little boy and I have a lot of fun together during the week, but we love it more than anything when Daddy is home to play with us! Yay for Friday! Here are some of my favorite finds from the week. Enjoy! 
Favorite CookieCinco de Mayo Pinata Cookie
A sugar cookie and a surprise!  
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Favorite Rainy Day Activity Cardboard Kitchen
Too cute, and hours of fun!
Favorite Flower- Spring Bouquet 

Beautiful!

Favorite IndulgenceMonster Magic Cookie Bars
Any dessert that has monster, magic, and cookie in that name has to be good. The best part, you only need 6 ingredients, most of which you probably already have!

Favorite Swimsuit Retro Yellow and Turquoise 

Have a great day!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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Fingerpaint Handprint Card

A few weeks ago (well over a month ago already) it was my mom’s and my mother-in-law’s birthday. Their birthdays even happen to be on the same day! I wanted to make something special for each of them with my 8 month old son. Art, however, can be tricky with a baby. This craft is a little messy, but well worth it!

To make this fun and colorful card, start with painters tape. I like the green frog tape the best. I have found that masking tape is too sticky and will take off part of the card stock when you take the tape off. Stick a few rows of tape together and trace and cut out your pattern. I used my son’s hand-print, but you could use other patterns too.

Next, place it on the card stock.

Then, let your child add some color! (Toddler tip: If your child still likes to put everything in their mouth, have them suck on a pacifier while they paint)

Then, when the paint is dry, peel off the tape and decorate as you wish.

The nice thing about this craft is that the possibilities are endless! Here’s the inside of the card Micah made for my Mom. This would be great for Mother’s Day!

Happy Micah. Happy Grandma. Happy Mama. Mission accomplished!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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