Monday, August 30, 2010

Paint, Paint and Decorate!

If you haven't gotten fabric paint yet, go get some! There are so many cute projects to do. Pick up a couple of plain shirts (any color will do), it is your turn to make shirts! I was looking through this Disney Fun magazine and this adorable little owl was on the front, so with owls being a "hot" style for kids these days, I just had to make the girls shirts this weekend. While I was busy doing my project, I let Alea make a shirt for her Daddy (which he loved of course)! Here are a few pics.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Since I didn't do the eyes great I just used silver glitter paint instead of leaving the area blank. Here is a direct link to the templates. I printed the templates out on card stock and then used an exacto to cut the owl out. You can leave lines to contect the eyes so you will have a stencil and then go back after you remove the stencil and touch up the areas. I used a paint brush, to give the shirts a nice smooth finish. They almost look like silkscreen! For the baby's shirt I just reduced the template before I printed it. Remember to put a piece of paper in the middle of the shirt so the paint won't bleed to the back. Let me know what you think and Have fun painting!

Bebe Dulce

Friday, August 27, 2010

Just Call Me Martha and Be Inspired!

I will have to admit, I really like Martha Stewart in so many ways. I admire her entrepreneurial spirit as well as all her amazing craft ideas (not that they are all her idea but you know what I mean). She was actually part of my inspiration to start Bebe Dulce. I love looking through magazines and getting inspired to create. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to create all my ideas that come into my head so I have decided to start sharing them so hopefully others will make and create as well.

Before Emme was born I started hand-painting shirts and onezees for babies and kids. I used to have them on my website and I might put them back on, but right now I need a website break after the makeover! Anyway, when I was pregnant I had Alea paint a onezee for Emme. I had the onezees and the fabric paint and Alea loves to paint, so I thought it was a perfect idea and it was! She also made one for Tigey for Father's Day which he loved as well! It is so simple even if you are not crafty. Go to Walmart and get fabric paint, I recommend 2 or 3 colors anymore and the kids will just saturate the shirt. Pick up a pack of onezees. The kids can use their fingers (hand prints are great) or a paint brush, both work well. I folded a piece of paper and slid it in the middle of the shirt to absorb the paint and so the front doesn't stick to the back. Let the kids have at it!

Here is Alea with the onezee she made for Emme. She just loved that she created something special for her baby sister. I even let her wrap it and "give" it to Emme at the hospital. I also let her make one for herself, which she loved, as well as telling everyone that she made it herself! Here is a pic of the one she made Emme.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

In Love

Last month I had the pleasure to shoot Sarah and Adam for their engagement photos. It was really fun, they are such a cute couple and were up for anything. Here are a few of my favorites! Congrats you guys!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Am I Being Tested or What?

So we just got back from a great vaca in Nashville visiting my family and friends. When we got on the plane leaving Aspen we sat there for 2 hours. The de-icer light was on and we could not fly even though we clearly did not need de-icer for any reason! It was HOT (not as hot as what we were about to experience in TN but pretty darn hot). Finally after the LONG 2 hour wait, with 2 kids on a very small plane with no air, the problem wasn't fixed but we got the okay to fly with the malfunctioning light. By the time we took off we had already missed our connection in Denver. Boooo! When we got to Denver we had to race to customer service and cross our fingers that there was another flight with 3 seats available to Nashville. Luckily there was and a mere 4 hours later we were happy and sweating in Nashvegas.

We had one of the best trip I can remember. Saw lots of old friends and had tons o' fun! Yea!

A quick week later we were on our way back to Colorado. We get on the plane and take off without a hitch! We have about 20 minutes left on our flight and the captain comes on the mic and tells us that Denver airport is closed due to thunderstorms. We are now going to circle around Denver until it re-opens..umm okay. Almost an hour after that, the captain comes back on, tells us that the airport just re-opened but there are 30 airplanes waiting to land and we are out of fuel and can't wait for our turn. So we are off to Pueblo to refuel! Seriously?! The airplane turns and 5 minutes after that, we turn again and we are told that they are letting us cut in line and land in Denver!! Yahoooo! We land at the exact time that our plane to Aspen was suppose to take off. We are not too worried since the airport was closed and we doubt our plane is ready to take off. Sure enough our plane has not taken off and we are waiting for the plane to come from Colorado Springs. So we wait and we wait and a mere 3 hours after that our plane arrives! Yipeee! or so we thought... Before we know it they cancel our flight because the pilot is over his hours and there is no one to fly our plane. Just in case you don't know the flight from Denver to Aspen is about 30 minutes....He can't fly for 30 more minutes? It is now 9 pm and I am just about to loose my head. The Frontier lady tells us that we have to go to customer service to re-book, they will not re-book anyone there (there is a 9:30 flight and that is the last flight of the night) and there are a few seats on that flight, so the entire flight takes off running to customer service. I tell Tigey to run as fast as he can. The customer service desk is seriously about a 1/2 mile away from our gate at least. I can feel myself about to fall apart. We have one more diaper left that I had been saving in case of a poop (poor Emme was in a pee diaper for way too long), no more snacks and I just think there is no way we can stay in Denver for the night. I am going to cry..but I don't! I go up to the lady at the gate (the one that say she is not re-booking anyone) and BEG her to please re-book us on the 9:30 flight, please I have 2 kids and we have to get home. She says YES but don't tell anyone else and give us seats on the flight! I want to hug and kiss her, thank God for this woman! Meanwhile Tigey calls my phone and says "the good news is that he beat all the people from our flight to customer service!" I have such a fast hubby! The bad news is there is approximately 300 people already in line for customer service from other flights. No worries, this lady has completely taken are of us! Another hour goes by but we are finally on our way to Aspen. We land, no bags came with us but we are home, it is 11:30pm and I could not be happier to be in my bed! I don't care about anything else at that point, just sooo happy to be home!

I will have to say that my kids were awesome during our airport delays and Tigey and I didn't even argue (typically we argue while traveling, stress I guess). We made it, whoever and whatever we were being tested for as a family during our traveling, I'd say we passed! I feel strong and happy that we made it through and quite happily I might add.

Thursday morning I get up and am getting ready to go to the airport to look for our bags and Tigey calls. His boss just told him he has 30 days left of his job. Her business isn't good (she is in real estate) and she can't pay him after this month!!??!? WTF! Oh My God! Really!?! I guess our test isn't over after all. He has worked there for the last 13 years! WOW!

I spend the rest of the day looking for jobs for either one of us in Aspen (there are about a total of 15 jobs in the paper, none of which are anything we are qualified for) and in Boulder/Denver (I have been wanting to move for a while now and since there are no jobs in Aspen....) Well there is hardly anything there either. Unfortunately my photography biz and Bebe Dulce are not full-time income since I have 2 kids at home. I apply myself for 3 random jobs and there really isn't anything for Tigey. He can do just about anything and has many qualifications but there are NO jobs!

I guess our test as a couple and a family are not over. I have no idea what is going to happen in the next month or so... until then I will keep looking for jobs and keep my faith that we will pass yet another test, happily as a family!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Quick, Yummy and Kinda Healthy

Quick, yummy and kinda healthy, that is the recipe for my recipes. I say kinda healthy because most of the time if you get too healthy the yummy part goes out the window! Quick is just essential for anything I do that doesn't involve my kiddos. Although Alea does like to help in the kitchen with her helping if it isn't quick without her than it will take forever with her, if you know what I mean. So here is a recipe I found in a magazine and changed it up a little. Yummo!

I love muffins because they are so quick and easy snack or part of a meal with kids.

Peanut Butter, Banana Muffins

1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1 ripe mashed banana
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
optional: ( I made mine without any of these)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup brown sugar

In a large bowl combine the first 7 ingredients. In a small bowl combine the eggs, milk, bananas, peanut butter, applesauce and vanilla. Stir the the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in any optional ingredients you like. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Fill greased or lined muffin tins about 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until toothpick is clean when inserted.

Enjoy! Without the optional ingredients they only have about 50 calories per muffin!