Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thrifty Thursday: Tools and Garden Helpers

Part 2 of our 3 part Spring Garden Series. Hope you learn something new and interesting. Check out Part 1 HERE.

Your gardening tools are meant to last a lot longer than your perennials, so you'll want to keep them clean and protected from the elements. And you want to keep your garden watered during droughts. You can do both by recycling some old containers.

For your garden hand tools, such as pruners and trowels, just fill an old coffee can with sand and a little motor oil and use them the same way to clean and oil them. {Meaning shove them into the sand as though it were dirt.}

To water your plants during dry spells, it's a good idea to place several drip irrigators around your garden that will get water down to the roots of your plants. Again the solution is in your recycling bin. Make your drip irrigators from 1-gallon plastic juice or detergent jugs.

Cut a large hold in the bottom of a clean jug, then drill two to five tiny -- about 1/16-inch -- holes in or around the cap. Keep the holes small so that the water seeps out slowly.

Bury the jugged caps upside down about three-quarters submerged beneath the soil near the plants you need to water. Fill them with water through the hole on top as often as needed.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Workin' Wednesday: Me

It's been a while since I showcased any of my own products, so this week I'm featuring My Tiny Sweet Cheeks.

My most favorite thing to make is definitely Diaper Cakes - primarily because they are never the same! {I will make similar ones upon request if you see one you absolutely fall in love with!}

My current bestseller is the Posh Princess Diaper Cake, complete with a tutu and matching flower headband. You can see other cakes HERE, or customize your own cake {for the price you want} HERE.

I also love making burp cloths, mainly because these are the only ones I have found to be worth using. They're big enough, soft enough, and absorbent enough. They also happen to be super cute, and the perfect low-budget gift.

Check out my new burp cloths HERE!

So, for the rest of April and all of May, My Tiny Sweet Cheeks is offering
on orders over $25
of $2 on orders over $10
FREE CUSTOM BABY CARD with all orders

Take advantage of our great spring deal-savers!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

**NEW** Burpies for Boys

Finally, some new Burpies that are geared towards the little guys in our lives. As always, custom orders are always available at no additional charge, but here are some fun ideas for anytime.

All Burpies come in a set of 4 and are packaged for immediate gifting!

Each Burpie measures 11"x17" and is double sided. Made of soft, flame-retardant, flannel.

Super absorbent - the only ones I'll use!

TRUCKS $9.00
set of 4


set of 4


set of 4


set of 4

Burpies (set of 4)

Tutorial Tuesday: Cake Stands

So, I've been wanting a cake stand for a while now, but I didn't feel like spending at least $30 or more. Found this great, super easy tutorial HERE. Try it out and let me know how it goes!

I went to the local thrift store and bought some sundae cups and glass plates.. less than $1 each.I used clear caulk (it looks like a white paste then dries clear) I used way too much here... about half this amount is good and not too thick.Wipe any excess caulk off with a wet q-tip.

Then let it dry for a few days (It took mine a good 2 days to dry)

Then once it dries.. you're all done!!

Then... I was at the dollar store last night and saw these... you can really make a cake stand with anything!

Here are some extra tips
  • Sand the areas you'll be gluing so it will hold better.
  • Use the E-6000 glue found at Walmart. I heard it's the best.
  • Let it sit for a couple days just to be extra safe:)
Have fun!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday Moments: Your Turn

I'll be honest, this past week and this week are full of finals finals finals for me - - leaving me few moments to be a mom. {Sad, but true.} I just keep telling myself four more days.

So, this weeks Monday Moment is up to you. Is there anything you'd like to discuss? Vent about? Just put out there?

Leave me a comment and next week we can discuss all the mom moments you're experiencing.

Thanks! Can't wait to discuss with you!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Freebee Friday times Two!

Happy Friday Everyone! Today's giveaway is on My Tiny Sweet Cheeks, and lucky you, I've decided to give out TWO freebee's! Those lucky few who commented last week already have a 10 entry start on the rest of you, so you better catch up!

Giveaway # 1
Hangable Bow Holder plus 3 Flower Hair Clips

The perfect solution to managing all those hairbows, clips, and clippies. Hangs on the wall and is approximately 22" in length.
*Note, the orange flower at the top is not a clip, but decor.

Giveaway #2
Crab Hooded Towel

The perfect size for the little man or lady in your life! Made of super soft terry cloth. One size fits 18 months to 5T!

1 Entry: Create a new post about this Freebee Friday on your blog & leave a comment here! If you don't blog, you can also email and CC it to me.
{Please leave your email address if it is not on your profile}

1 Entry: Become a follower of My Tiny Sweet Cheeks. Leave a comment if you follow, please!

1 Entry: Add a My Tiny Sweet Cheeks button to your sidebar! Again, please comment!

Bonus Entry: Suggest a site you frequent often you'd like to be seen spotlighted on My Tiny Sweet Cheeks.

Give-a-way ends April 30th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

The lucky winners will be selected by and will be notified by email. You will have one week to respond and claim your prize or another random winner will be chosen.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thrifty Thursday: Keeping your landscape lush

Planting costly permanent landscaping plants such as trees, shrubs, and perennials is a major investment that you want to pay off in the future. And here, too, you can use a lot of everyday things from your kitchen and recycling bin to make sure that these expensive plants thrive.
  • To reseed bare spots on your lawn in spring, don't shell out big bucks for a spreader. It wastes seed by throwing it everywhere, and only a small fraction will land on target. For precision seeding, fashion a spot seeder from an empty coffee can and a pair of plastic lids.
    Drill small holes into one lid to let grass seed pass. Snap this lid in place when reseeding and keep the other non-pierced lid snapped over the can's bottom end. When you're done reseeding, simply reverse the lids to seal in unused seed.
  • To secure a young tree, use a short length of old garden hose to tie it to its stake. Young trees often need a little help to stand up straight, but you must take care not to damage the tender bark when you stake them. A length of hose is perfect because it is flexible enough to stretch when the tree moves in the wind, and it won't damage the bark.
  • To stake young delicate plants or saplings, use strips of pantyhose to attach the stems to the stakes. The nylon will stretch as plants fill out and mature, and it is nearly invisible.
  • If a plant gets bent by blustery winds, wrap the damaged area of the stem with transparent tape and leave the tape on until it mends.
** Check back the next couple of Thrifty Thursday's for more Spring Gardening/Landscaping Ideas!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Workin' Wednesday: Peekaboo Bowtique

Peekaboo Bowtique is run by a mother and daughter. Mom (Cindy) loves to sew, and daughter (Brittney) loves to make bows! They are dedicated to making cute, high~quality Boutique items and selling them at very reasonable prices.
They have some darling products, as well as some for boys! I really like their pillow case dresses and their BYU boy gift set. (I'm sure any team can be arranged with a gentle prod!)
This week thru the 23rd, due to Spring Fever, they're offering FREE shipping on all orders over $14.00 so hurry over and get shopping.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday: Kid's Hooded Towel

There are a lot of tutorials online for a "big kid" hooded towels. After sifting through all of them, this one found HERE at Infarrantly Creative has been my favorite. These are easy, durable, and a great project for your own kids/grandkids, or that baby shower you don't want to spend a fortune on. Keep looking, you just might be able to win one later on this week...along with a few more surprises!

Here is what my final Hoodie Towel turned out like. I didn't have a cooperative model, so forgive it hanging on the doorknob and laying on the floor. I wanted you to be able to see the design on the hood, the pleat in the back, and the decorative edging on the main towel. Send me pictures of yours to display!!!

1. First what you need is a bath towel and a hand towel (not a face towel). I usually get mine when they are on sale! Get a nice, thick, soft one.

2. Cut the hand towel 10 inches on the short side of the towel. Make sure if there is a design you have that in the part you cut out.

3. Next fold the 10" hand towel right sides together with the sides you cut touching each other. Zigzag stitch the side you cut closed.

4. Next zig zag stitch a little triangle in the upper corner of the hood. Just wing it no need to measure or anything. Cut the excess off and turn the hood right side out.

5. This is the toughest part of explain. Fold your towel in half and put a pin in place (where the hood goes) so you know where the center is. Mark 4" from the middle on both sides of the towel. Take that point and bring it into the middle and pin in place. Do the other side. It should look like this.

Close-up view. You will be sewing through 3 layers.

6. Sew through all three layers on a zig-zag stitch.

7. Now take your hood and match up the center of the back of the towel with the center of the back of the hood. Pin that in place and now pin the entire hood to the towel.

8. Sew the hood on. I usually do a straight stitch through all layers and then go back and zig zag stitch for added strength. You can see all the place that were sewn in this picture.

Easy peasy. If you do make this please let me know how my tutorial was. I would love to see pictures of yours. There is a nice pleat in the back.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday Moments: The transition

I have been worrying and fretting lately over the upcoming changes that loom over my family. I realize I have time, but somehow summer ends all too quickly, and then WAM! baby is here.

To make this transition as easy as possible, I'm trying to get Bryson all ready for giving up his crib and moving into a toddler bed. Granted, I can't seem to afford one yet, but surely soon it will happen.

I'm thinking by June he needs to be in his new "big boy" bed so he has a few months to warm up to the idea before another little rugrat steals his domain.

So, I need mothering advice.

How do I do this? Is it better to just buy a twin size bed or are toddler beds really worth it? How old was your little one when you made the transition? Any tips? Please let me know!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Freebee Friday: Make More Cents

This GiveAway was found HERE from Baby Loving Mama- and while I quote the majority of her post, I will just add my two cents {no pun intended} about how now, more than ever, I feel it is so important to teach our kids from a young age the value of a dollar. I think it is important for children to know what the money in your household goes for, and how toilet paper doesn't just appear in the cupboards. That was a hard lesson to learn in college. Read on for more info!

"I'll admit that I'm a sucker for anything that involves saving more money whether that be an articles on ways to cut back or make wise money decisions. While I would never classify myself as cheap or frugal, I do enjoy a good deal and making smart money choices. For example, we've never taken out a loan to make improvements on our house but instead pay for them along the way. I think back to childhood and remember asking my Grandpa if he would let me count the massive amounts of change that he had accumulated in this gigantic red piggy bank for "fun". I don't know why but I loved the idea of counting money and trying to guess how much was in there. Growing up I was always careful with my money and was creative to find ways to make it so I could save more. I learned the value of money at a young age I'd like to instill these same kind values in my children. Chris Hayman, business entrepreneur and retail expert of Makes More Cents, wants to do the same.

Chris wants to help you teach your children the value of money and the importance of saving. He would like to give one of my readers their choice of any piggy bank on his website. There are a lot styles to choose from ranging from digital to classic to downright silly."

Win it:

Visit Makes More Cents and tell me which bank you would choose if you won. Who would it be for?


Want more entries? (shake your head up and down)
After answering my question do any of the following and leave a comment telling me what you did. Your comment is your entry so please leave the appropriate number of comments for each extra entry.
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This contest will end on 4/28/09 at 11:59 pm CST
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Leave a comment on My Tiny Sweet Cheeks for an extra ten entries for next weeks Freebee Friday!!! I promise you'll LOVE what's coming!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thrifty Thursday: Safe ways to clean grimy hands

Got your hands messy with grease or paint? Don't use smelly solvents to get them clean. Try one of these safer solutions:

  • Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray, work it in well, then rinse. Wash with soap and water.
  • Pour 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of sugar or salt into your palms. Vigorously rub them over your hands and between your fingers for several minutes, then wash with soap and water. Your hands will be clean and very soft.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Credit Due

I'm always so flattered when readers like what I post, leave comments and send it out to others to view. However, a lot of the tutorials I find/post aren't coming from me. I always have a link going back to the original poster, where credit is due. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you forward these on, be sure to note the original posting. I would hate for anyone's feelings to be hurt or become offended by anything My Tiny Sweet Cheeks puts out there for all to see.

Thanks - and check back tomorrow for some Thrifty Ideas!

Workin' Wednesday: Sew Chic

As an aspiring seamstress, I LOVE when people share their ideas, teach, and show how do make fun, simple projects.

I came across Sew Chic while searching for a way to make my own jeans into maternity wear. {Gosh darn being tall!} Click HERE for that tutorial. {Easy so far, I'll post pictures when I'm done!} But that's not all she has! There are links for bags and purses, embroidery, crocheting, smocking, and so much more.

This was one of my favorite projects of her's {so I'm now determined to have a girl so I can try it out.} I love the pleats in the front and the flow of the overall shirt.

Definitely worth a trip over to Sew Chic if you need some ideas or want to learn new sewing techniques!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday: Teepee

This Child-Size Teepee Tent is perfect for a rainy day or great for the outdoors! This easy, no sew project found HERE stays together with the addition of grommets! I love this idea and am so excited to get started on mine. Way cheaper than many an outdoor toy for kids to play with!


Materials Needed:

  • 6- 6ft bamboo garden post (can be purchased at Home and Garden Centers)
  • 3 yards of 60 inch wide white painter’s canvas
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Craft paint & brushes
  • 3 Strong rubber bands
  • 6 plastic 1 ½ inch rings
  • Embroidery floss or strong thread
  • Sewing needle with large eye
  • 12 Large Grommets & grommet setting kit (I used 1/4”)
  • Hammer
  • Ribbon approximately 3 yards for lacing (additional ribbon for decorating is optional)
  • Straight pins


Step 1
Hold all 6 bamboo post in your hands wrapping the 3 rubber bands tightly around the posts leaving about 4 inches at the top. Spread the posts making sure they will sit evenly on the ground.


Step 2 (Steps shown in diagram above)

  • Lay fabric out flat folding the piece in half lengthways.
  • Fold on the diagonal in to a triangle.
  • With a marker draw a half circle on the top and cut away extra fabric.
  • At the folded tip of the triangle draw a small half circle and cut away extra fabric.
  • Unfold the fabric. You should have a large half circle which will be the sides of your teepee.


Step 3
Drape the cut fabric over the bamboo posts and pin the fabric in place at the top to make sure it will fit properly. After fitting, remove the fabric, lay it flat and use fabric paints & brushes to decorate the fabric anyway you like! The kids had a lot of fun with this step!


Step 4
After paint has dried, drape the fabric back over the post and pin in to place spreading each bamboo post approximately 18-20” apart leaving the front two a little further apart for an entrance. Then measure 8” from the bottom of the fabric at each post using a straight pin as your marker so you will know where to sew the plastic ring into place. Continue to measure every 18-20” at each post where the other 5 rings will go. Take fabric down from post and using strong thread or embroider floss sew the plastic rings into place. These will help hold the fabric in place when the teepee is standing and keep the posts separated evenly.


Step 5
Grommet time! Measuring 1 inch in from the side edge of the fabric and 1 inch down from the edge of the small half circle which is the top of the teepee, mark every 2 inches with a pen. A grommet will be set on each mark for a total of 6 grommets. Once you have marked where the grommets will go, cut the small circles out and then set your grommets.


Step 6
On the opposite side of fabric, measure 1 inch down from the top half circle and 2 inches in on the side of the fabric. Mark with a pen, every two inches for six grommets.


Once you have six grommets set on each side, lay your fabric painted side down and fold the side flaps over until you have both sides of the grommets matching up. Start on the underside, lacing the ribbon back to front through the grommets in the same style you would lace a shoe. Pull the ribbon to the front of the bottom two holes so you can tighten the fabric in place on the bamboo post!


Step 7
Sliding the bamboo post through the laced top part of the fabric, pull the bamboo post down through each ring on the inside of the fabric one at a time until all 6 post are through the rings. Then holding on to the top of the fabric, set the posts up spreading each post evenly, leaving the front two slightly further apart as this will be the entrance. Tighten the ribbon laces so the fabric stays on the post and finish in a knotted bow. Note: This process is easier with two people! I pinned my fabric in place at the top with a straight pin to help hold the fabric in place until the ribbon was tightened then I removed the pin!


Finished Teepee with the side flaps folded back and flaps down.

Step 8
Optional and Additional Views
I added a handful of ribbons around the rubber bands at the top for decoration.


Interior views, top of teepee and plastic rings around post.

Step 9
Have lots of fun!


Monday, April 13, 2009

GiveAway Update

Go HERE to see if you were one of three lucky winners from Make It and Love It.

Monday Moments: The Name Game

Picking a name for your child is one of the hardest things to do out there. You have to consider all the possible nicknames, good and bad. You have to look at the initials. And if you're a member of my household, you have to battle between classic names and more unique names.

Now, with all those celeb baby names out there like Honor, Apple, and Shilo, I use "unique" in the loosest sense of the word. No, I will not be naming my child after a piece of fruit.

However, my DH prefers classic names. I guess this goes with the fact there isn't one name in his entire family that I didn't have three of in my third grade class. I refuse to have my child be Jennifer {Last Initial}. I just won't let it happen.

And thus our battle began...

After only a few minor squabbles and my favorite name of all getting the boot, we finally settled on two names:
if it's a GIRL Aniston Brie {Last Name}


if it's a BOY Colton Emmett {Last Name}

I think we compromised fairly well. How do you pick names in your house? Did you let your kids have a say? How do you feel about the modern versus classic debate? Weigh in and let me know!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Freebee Friday: Make It and Love It

Time for another awesome Mompreneur giveaway! One of my favorite blogs, Make It and Love It is having an awesome giveaway. Keep reading for details!
of you will be winners this week. Wahoo!

I have an apron to give away for all of you who want to keep tidy while cooking/cleaning.

Also, I have a boy (peas in a pod) and girl (buggy) Bootie/Onesie set to give away.......

These sets are size 0-3 months but were made before I really determined what my 0-3 size shoe would be. So they are 1/4 inch smaller normal, but they will still fit most babies this age.

The onesies are Gerber brand onesies, size 0-3 months.

Do you have someone to gift one of these 3 things to? Or would you like to keep one of them for yourself????

You can enter all 3 giveaways. will be used to select one winner from each category.

How to enter?
  • Leave me a comment HERE, telling me which item you'd like to win, or if you'd like to be entered to win all 3. And PLEASE leave your email address so i can contact you if you win.
Want to be added in again?
  • "Follow" THIS blog. (Already are? You're automatically entered in again. Just remind me.)
Another entry?
  • Put my button on your blog. (Already have one? Just remind me in your comment.)
Okay, just ONE more entry......
  • Mention this free giveaway, with a link, in a post on your blog. (And then tell me you did so. Don't have a blog? Tell me why you'd like to win.)

The giveaway closes on Saturday, April. 11th at 11:59 p.m. (mountain)