Christmas Shirt

November 30, 2010

I had good intentions to make Little Monkey and Little Monkette Thanksgiving shirts, but it just never happened. I decided that Christmas would be different for sure.

While Little Monkette was napping the other day, I let Little Monkey pick out his shirt. I gave him a couple of options online and he picked out a Christmas tree with his name on it (Since his name isn’t really Little Monkey, it is blurred out in the photo below.).  We went into the large cedar chest of fabrics and pulled out a bunch of Christmas themed and colored fabrics. I explained to Little Monkey that he needed to pick out something mostly green for the tree part. He picked out the fun snowmen on a green background. I asked him what color he wanted the star to be, either red or yellow. He went with red and picked out the ‘ho, ho, ho’ fabric. I picked out the ribbon for the stump of the tree. Lastly was his name. I tried to suggest a plain red, green, red, green pattern like the picture we saw but he wouldn’t have it. He picked out a black background fabric with red and green candy canes (This is the blurry part of the picture below.).

I love how it turned out. I love that it was all his decision. If I had picked out the fabrics, it would have turned out very differently but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love that it is all his. He was so excited when I finished it and said that he wanted to wear it that night. He didn’t end up changing his shirt but did wear the shirt all day the next day!


Little Monkey's Christmas shirt

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Banana Bread

November 28, 2010

Lately we have been buying bananas by the bag from Aldi (Our local Aldi finally opened!!! Yay!!). Some weeks we end up not eating all the bananas, so I make banana bread. I have been using a recipe that I found online and we like it. Big Monkey would like it if we put some nuts in it, but the recipe does not call for any. You can do as you choose.

Banana Bread


  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup-but we don’t!)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour


Preheat the oven to 350°F.
With a wooden spoon (Luckily I still have one…Big Monkey hates wooden spoons!), mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large bowl.
Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla.
Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.
Add the flour and mix.
Pour mixture into a presprayed 4×8 inch loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour.
Cool on a rack.

Slice and serve! Enjoy!! This doesn’t last too long in our house! It is yummy!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

November 26, 2010

(Yes I know….It is almost December…but I’ve never posted about it yet!! I’m a slacker!)

Thanks to Radio Disney, Little Monkey won a set of four tickets to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! We had talked about it and he knew that we were going to go, he just didn’t know when. When school was over, the Friday before Halloween, we packed up and headed down to Disney. The Halloween Party didn’t start until 7 but we found out that we could get in early, starting at 4. Little Monkey had no idea where we were going…but he figured it out…and I managed to snap a picture of him when he saw the sign:

Mickey's House!!!!!

He was SO excited! It was so fun and such a great surprise. (You would think he has never gone to Disney with how much he loves it each time.) Before the party started, we hit up a few rides. Buzz Lightyear, Dumbo and the Carousel. Little Monkey really wanted to ride the race cars but Little Monkette was too short to go on them. Lucky for Little Monkey, GrandMom and Uncle K were coming later and I let him know that they would take him.  Little Monkette liked the Carousel but was not as sure about Buzz Lightyear or Dumbo.

First Carousel Ride

When GrandMom and Uncle K got to the park, we headed to the front to meet them. It was almost time for the party to start, so Little Monkey wanted to put on his costume.

Mini Buzz!

We rode Buzz Lightyear again and then started hitting up the candy!! Uncle K was SO excited for candy. Little Monkey was excited too because Mickey handed out many kinds of candy that he is allowed to eat! (Thanks Mickey!!! That was probably the BEST part for me!) In the end, we rode quite a few rides, watched the parade, met some characters and got TONS of candy. It was a long day but we had a great time. We would not have gone to the Party had we not won the tickets from Radio Disney–Thanks again Radio Disney!

Big Buzz, Little Buzz!

Free 8×10 Collage Print!!!

November 25, 2010

Now through Saturday, November 27th, you can get a free 8×10 collage print from Walgreens.

When you check out, enter code: THANKSGIVING to get your free print. (Choose in store pick up and pay nothing!!) Christmas is coming up and these collages can be a great gift with a frame! 🙂

I’m printing up a collage for Big Monkey of the golf tournament that we just helped put on!

Money Envelopes

November 23, 2010

As the hectic-ness of last week was giving us a short calm before the storm, I decided that I would make some money envelopes. We needed to collect cash and checks at the golf tournament but realized the day before that we had nothing to put the money in! After taking the kids to Grammy and Pops for the weekend, I headed home and thought I would try my hand at making some type of envelope that we could use. (Big Monkey was out for the night at the races and sewing is relaxing to me-most of the time-so it worked out nicely.)

I used a piece of construction paper as a general guideline for the size. I cut some fabric and batting and went to town. After I completed the first one, I cut the batting and fabrics for three more. I added some velcro as the closure also. (One for check-in, mulligan sales, 50/50 raffle and raffle prizes) They were pretty quick to make and I love how they turned out. Easy project and reusable envelopes. They could also be used for coupons I suppose.

Fabric Envelopes

Opened Fabric Envelopes

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Shutterfly-More Than Prints!

November 22, 2010

Did you know that Shutterfly offers more than just prints? Shutterfly offers prints, invitations, calendars, address labels and mugs-just to name a few!

This year we will be using Shutterfly to make our Christmas cards. This is the first time we have used Shutterfly for our Christmas cards but I have made calendars with them before. (And will likely do so again, as this is GrandMom yearly Christmas request!) The hardest part of the Christmas card decision each year (other than the photo selection) is deciding on the card layout and design. I would like to say that Shutterfly makes it easy for you and they do! (The hard part is deciding the design you want to use because there are SO many great options!)

I have previously designed my own card ( a bit tough but it was cool) but this year will be MUCH easier with Shutterfly. I am leaning towards the Flat Card designs. I am really loving these two cards:

Top Ten Memories Card
Love 2010 Card

Both cards have great options for giving some updates on our family. I think this is a great option instead of some lengthy family update letter!

Check out Shutterfly for all your Christmas photo gift needs (and more!). They even have personalized gift giving tags! You could have a perfectly matching themed Christmas this year! Grab your Christmas photo cards, address labels, holiday party invites and gift tags-all in matching themes!

Shutterfly is offering me (and other bloggers) 50 free holiday cards for my review. All opinions are my own. If you are a blogger too, check out this link if you are interested in the program too!

I’m Still Here

November 21, 2010

Did you think I disappeared? I promise that I did not. 🙂 I have had a crazy busy week and writing a blog (or seven) just never found its way into my schedule. This weekend we had the first ever Memorial Golf Tournament for Big Monkey’s previous work partner who passed away from injuries he got in a car accident. As the past week was happening, the golf tournament went out of control. Tuesday morning we had 12 teams. By lunch on Wednesday we were up to 22 teams! We had a lot of work to do during the week, prepping team lists, stuffing goody bags, making awards, preparing raffle prizes, you get the idea. Every night last week we did something for the tournament. The tournament went pretty well, especially considering we had never put on an event like this before. We learned a lot of things and next year will be better because of it. We had a great turnout (WAY better than we had expected).

I hope to be back to blogging this week. I have plenty to share with you (I think!).