Monday, April 29, 2013

Sunday Snapshot: Chatting with Daddy

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Ni Hao Yall

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Homemade Pancake Mix and DIY Container Labels

 We are a family who loves pancakes and in this house my husband is the pancake maker.  We have always relied on store bought pancake mix but one Saturday morning, we discovered we were out and had one toddler who was very excited for breakfast.  I realized that we probably had everything we needed to make them from scratch, so I found a recipe and we proceeded to make our son the breakfast he was hoping for.  I never bought another box of pre-made mix and we have continued to enjoy our from-scratch pancakes.  The only downfall to making them from scratch is that they aren't as convenient to make, you have to get all the ingredients out and measure each one individually.  While this is not difficult, it is more time consuming and on a weekend morning, before coffee with two crazy toddlers, convenience is everything!

I finally decided to make my own pre-made mix and just store it in a container with the recipe all ready to go.  I bought a container at Target and used my Silhouette to add a label to the side of the container and the recipe to the front.  This is a screen shot from my Silhouette program of the labels I designed and cut out of black outdoor vinyl.  I used outdoor vinyl so that it would hold up through multiple washings.

The left photo is the container I used and the right photo is of the vinyl after I had weeded out the extra and added the transfer tape.

This is the finished product, now all I have to do is find my favorite recipe for pancakes, mix all the dry ingredients together and store it in my new container!

Having the recipe right on the side of the container makes it just as easy as store bought mix.  We just have to measure the required amount of mix, add an egg, milk and oil, cook and then enjoy our pancakes!

I also added some labels to my flour and sugar containers.  As soon as I figure out what I am going to put in my small container, that will get a label too!  Here is a little before and after:

I am loving my new labels and have a few more ideas for mixes and labels that I want to make!  I think a homemade brownie mix is up next...

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Photography Tip: Back Button Focus

I have just recently switched my camera to back button focus (BBF) and I have been trying to practice with it every chance I get.  I had heard a lot about it, but never really understood why it would be beneficial to have another button that I needed to deal with in addition to taking pictures of my two young kids who never stop moving!  It finally clicked when I read a post on the Clickin Mom's forum.  I had been having a hard time getting a really clear focus on my pictures, so when I saw this post about BBF and kids, I had to read it.  The example used was like reading about photographing my kids, fast moving subjects, going in every direction.  

If you don't know what BBF is, it is where you separate the focus from the shutter.  Most of the time, you just press the shutter button down half way to focus your picture, then you press it all the way down to take the picture.  With BBF, you press a button on the back of your camera to focus, then you press your shutter button to take the picture.  This really becomes important when you are taking pictures of moving subjects (especially if they are moving toward you or away from you).  Once you get your subject in focus, you can continue to hold down that back button while you pan your camera with your subject, it will continue to keep that subject in focus.  This is great for those times when you want to take a picture of your toddler who is walking toward you or away from you, and if you have a toddler, you know this happens ALL THE TIME!

This also allows you to lock your focus in one point.  You get your focus on your subject, then you release your thumb from the back button and the focus is locked.  You can recompose your picture (without changing your distance from the subject) and then snap your picture without losing your original focus.  That allows you to keep your cameras focus point in the middle, without always having your subject in the middle of your picture.

As you can see below, I still need to practice some more...

It is something that is going to take some getting used to, but I have already noticed a difference, so I am going to stick with it.

Do you already BBF or is this something that you would try?

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Ni Hao Yall

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Little Things: Black and White

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Little by Little

Monday, April 15, 2013

My Little Photographer

I found my first digital camera this past week while I was doing some much needed house cleaning.  I put some new batteries in it and much to my surprise, it fired right up! 

I gave it to Levi, taught him how to use it and set him loose!  He loves it and it has become his new favorite toy.  It is probably close to 10 years old and is only 4 megapixels but that doesn't matter to him, it's his and he loves being able to take real pictures like his Momma!  He has pretty good aim too, below is a photo that he took (please ignore the just woken up look and pjs).  I even put a little watermark on it for him :)

He loves to take pictures of people, but he will not take the photo unless that person says "cheese".  I have heard "cheese momma" many, many times over the last week.  

I am hoping that I can nurture this love of photography and that we can have fun learning all about photography together!

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Snapshot: Spring Snow

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Ni Hao Yall

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear House, you ARE going to be cleaned this weekend!  Clutter be warned...  Dear Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla Coffee, I am not sure how I could have survived this week without you!  Dear Mother Nature, Get with the program!  We are supposed to get 2"-5" of snow today...NOT ACCEPTABLE!  The kids and I are supposed to be outside enjoying warm weather instead of stuck inside due to snow and colds!  Dear Goody,  Thank you for Spin Pins! This is the easiest way to throw my hair up without leaving a crease and the curls I get when I take them out are an added bonus!  Dear Levi, I am so proud of you for learning how to pedal your tricycle!  You really are becoming such a big boy!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Little Things: Spring

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Little by Little

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: New Sounds

Lily was walking across the driveway when she stepped on a leaf, the sound stopped her in her tracks...

What was that?

I will move it off the driveway and out of my way...

Daddy was cheering her on, so she was very happy with herself!

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Live and Love...Out Loud

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Create 2 for Tuesday: Pink

Welcome to week 6 of Create 2 for Tuesday!

This link-up is co-hosted by Lauren from Create Something out of Nothing.  You can read more about it here.

This week's prompt is Pink, here are my 2 interpretations:

Pink nose
Favorite pink sweatshirt

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The prompt for next week is: Technology

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