Blame it on Frosty

I investigated further into the hilarious Leaf Daddy/Pipe thing from Jonah’s Leaf Family Portrait.

Frosty the Snowman, the lovable, magical guy we all know and love is to blame. Specifically, his corn-cob pipe.

And thanks to Leaf Mommy, I got the video to load for you…she’s one smart cookie :)

Enjoy!

(Having trouble viewing the video? You can view it HERE)

Leaf Family Portrait {and commentary from Jonah}


We’ve been having a blast at the Happy Brown House with some of our favorite Fall/Leaf books, specifically Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. It’s lead to quite a few activities–most of which you can read about over at Totally Tots today!

But because I love you, dear readers, and feel like you might need a laugh just as much as I do, I will share with this gem of a picture and the “behind-the-scenes” commentary from Jonah….

Leaf Family

We’ll call this masterpiece “Leaf Family”…if you will. Jonah’s words are in bold. Mommy’s words are in fancy-shmancy brackets {’cause they’re pretty and all the bloggers use them}.  You’ll have to excuse my commentary, it’s 4:00 AM when I’m writing this, and after a sleepless night, I’m feeling a tad “testy”. I’ve finally given up on sleep since Asher will be up to eat again soon.

Leaf Mommy (far left) has big hair. {This picture was made while I was still in my “morning-glory-still-drinking-my-first-cup-of-coffee” stage and yes, I had big hair. Fresh from the bed and sticking up all over big hair. Apparently, this is how it translates on paper.}

Leaf Jonah (second from the left) has a tiny head. {I’m not sure what this was about. I thought it was supposed to be Asher, but he informed me that wasn’t the case. Maybe he’s been to see the head-shrinking tribe? That would account for the manners lost since the baby came.}

Leaf Daddy (third from the left) has a pipe. It’s one of those things that you put in your mouth and blow and smoke comes out. {Say what?!? Not only has he never seen a pipe or someone smoking one, but where in the world did this come from? Real Daddy doesn’t smoke. This led to a “smoking is bad” conversation. We’ll revisit it in the future.}

Leaf Asher (far right) has blue hair. {At this point,  that’s the least of my worries!}

By the way, I got all of this conversation on video. Classic. If I wasn’t technology-challenged when it came to my video camera, I would share it. Wonder if Leaf Mommy knows how to work a video camera?

Update: You can see the Leaf Family Video and all of Jonah’s personal commentary. Apparently, we should blame it on Frosty.

Boutique Baby Series: No-Sew Pacifier Clip Tutorial {Guest Post}

Note from Sara: My friend Jenny from The Southern Institute is here today to share a tutorial with you while I snuggle up with my newest little guy. Let’s give her a warm welcome to the Happy Brown House!
Hello, everyone! It’s so good to be here today as a guest… my first time at Happy Brown House!  Sara asked if I would share a project with you and I thought this was the perfect thing.  This pacifier clip requires no sewing and it takes about 15 minutes!  It’s perfect for baby showers.

What you’ll need:
  • 1/2 inch velcro
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • grosgrain ribbon (about 12 inches)
  • one mitten clip (they come in packs of two)
Step One: Cut a piece of velcro to match the width of your ribbon.
Step Two: Apply hot glue to the edge of one end of the ribbon and fold over about 1/2 inch.  Press firmly to adhere.  This creates a “hem” of sorts.
Step Three: Take the velcro (both sides stuck together) and glue one side to the edge of the “hem”.  Place hot glue on the second side and fold the ribbon over about 1 1/2 inches.  Press firmly.
This is the side that will be attached to the pacifier.
Step Four: On the other end of the ribbon, place hot glue along the edge and fold over 1/4 inch, just as you did the first side.  Feed the ribbon up through the back side of the mitten clip.  Place hot glue along the edge, fold over, and press firmly to secure the mitten clip to the ribbon.
You now have a completed No-Sew Pacifier Clip!
Your friends will be so impressed!

Disclaimer: Please, use common sense and DO NOT leave your baby unattended with a pacifier clip attached to them.

Boutique Baby Series: Wipes Case

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Boutique Wipes Case Tutorial

Materials:

Directions:

1. Lay wipes case on top of fabric. Cut fabric larger than wipes case. {Optional Step~For a truly custom wipes case, monogram on the top fabric piece.}

measure

2. Lay batting on the wipes case. Using a marker, trace around the case. Use spray adhesive to attach it to the top. While this step isn’t completely necessary, my Huggies brand wipes case had an opening tab on the top that needed to be covered up(see above photo). If yours doesn’t have this, by all means skip this step!

batting

3. Using hot glue, attach the fabric. Go slowly, working on small sections at a time. I didn’t go all the way to the edge, but don’t worry, we’ll cover it up! Once all the fabric is attached, use your scissors to trim the excess fabric.

4. Beginning at the back, attach the cording with hot glue. Once again, work slowly on small sections at a time. When you get to your beginning point, glue your cording down BEFORE trimming (it will unravel if you don’t…just trust me on this!) To prevent it from unraveling from frequent use, seal the ends with Fray Check.

trim

5. Voila!

Boutique Wipes Case

The Mighty Macs {Review}

I had the opportunity to watch an advanced screening of  The Mighty Macs this week {from the comfort of my own couch while nursing the babe during a marathon cluster feeding, I might add}. I was really excited to have the chance to preview The Mighty Macs because we had seen the movie trailer a while ago, and like all good movie trailers, it went on my list of movies to see. The Mighty Macs did not disappoint~it totally lived up to the trailer.

Here’s the trailer in case you’ve not seen it (email subscribers will have to click over to view it)

About the movie:

It’s 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time … and she’s about to embark on an adventure for the ages. A new era is dawning in the country and in collegiate athletics, where a national champion will be crowned for the first time in women’s basketball. In the lead up to this historical season, major universities are preparing their game plans to win that first title. Meanwhile a tiny all-women’s Catholic college in Philadelphia has a more modest goal: find a coach before the season begins. Providentially, Cathy Rush is about to find Immaculata College. Recently married, Cathy is dealing with the aftermath of a truncated playing career. While cultural norms would have her staying at home, she’s willing to do the hard work necessary to help her new team reach their goals—or perhaps she’s just trying to achieve her unfulfilled dreams through them. From the beginning, her challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams Immaculata will face on the court. Cathy learns there is no gymnasium on campus, she receives little support from the school’s Mother Superior, and the school is in dire financial straits. To top it off, she may not even have enough players to field a team! While it appears the Macs don’t have a prayer, all hope is not lost. With the help of Sister Sunday—a spunky assistant coach—and the support of a booster club of elderly nuns, Coach Rush creates a new game plan that just might bring the team—and the school—together. Will this pioneer buck cultural norms and spur her rag-tag team to unexpected heights? Or will her hard-driving ways create a wedge between the coach and everyone around her? One thing’s for certain: there’s never been anyone like Cathy Rush at Immaculata!

My Thoughts:

The Mighty Macs is a “feel good” movie that I would place in the same movie genre as Hoosiers or Rudy, only with a girl perspective. (That’s not to say it is overly “girly”, just girl characters with some women’s lib thrown in.) It’s a story of underdogs digging in, beating the pants off of the expectations placed on them and reaching for their dreams. It’s a true story that I think will inspire girls everywhere. I hadn’t heard the story before now, but was so excited to see how this story had impacted women’s sports. I loved the balance of the basketball scenes with the focus on the stories of each character. The movie was very clean and I found it safe for most of the whole family (although I really don’t think it would interest Jonah our 4 year old). The only scene I thought was unnecessary was after winning a game the coach and the nun assistant coach go into a bar and ask for “the coldest thing on tap” and a man hits on the nun (she had her head covering off and a coat over her outfit). It was a fairly mild scene (he asked her to dance), but I feel the need to tell you about it~it wasn’t a deal-breaker for me though. I did, however, think the lines of the nun during this scene were hilarious. (Does that make sense, the lines were cute, but the context was silly~a nun in a bar? Really?) Overall, I’d give it two thumbs-up and will watch it again.

If you’d like to find out more information you can visit The Mighty Macs: Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Channel

Also if you’d like to see The Mighty Macs content grade/review from the Dove Foundation you can view it here. (Scroll down and you’ll see the breakdown of things that you might be concerned about like sex, language, violence, drugs, nudity, etc.)

The Mighty Macs opens in theaters today!

Disclosure: I was provided the opportunity to view The Mighty Macs for free. All opinions are mine. I blog with integrity. :)

Hermie Giveaway Winner!

Wow! Hermie really brought people out of the woodwork! Thank to all who entered!

The winner of the Hermie books is ColeyR! Congratulations!

Just a reminder~the way I pick winners is through a WordPress plugin called “And the winner is…” that randomly selects a winner based on the entries.

P.S.~If you’d like another chance to win, go visit my friend Vanderbilt Wife and enter the Hermie giveaway at her place!