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When you first bring home your newborn and all your friends and family are coming over to see you and your baby, they are all giving you so much advice. Usually your head is spinning with all the “be sure to do this” and “make sure you watch out for that”. One piece of advice that I never ignored was “Check your baby’s toes and fingers to make sure hair, or string wasn’t wrapped around them.” It seems like such a silly thing to pay attention to but it can actually cause the baby so much pain. In severe cases the baby could even lose their toe or finger. So, I checked all the time, and we never had that situation. So now I have a question for you to ask yourself. Now that you no longer have a newborn, and you have probably dismissed this piece of advice. When was the last time you checked your toddler’s socks?
My answer to that question, was NEVER!
Last night we were driving home, my fiancé and I were in the front seats and my toddler was in the back in his car seat. During the drive he took his socks off and started talking about his toes. He is obsessed with his toes so neither one of us really thought anything of it. We just let him go on and on about his toes. He never sounded like he was in pain or uncomfortable. So, when we made it home it was almost bedtime. We curled up on the couch to get our toddler to wind down, and that’s when I noticed a deep ring around my son’s toe.
It was extremely hard to get a good look at it while he was awake. I think it was sore, because he would not sit still when I touched it. However, the ring on my toddler’s toe looked deep enough to still have a hair wrapped in it. So, we were really concerned.
Luckily for us, he fell asleep quickly, and we could carefully investigate his toe. We never found a hair wrapped around his toe, so all we could think of was…
It had to be his socks.
We then went on a sock hunt to find the socks he was wearing that day. One of us finally remembered that he took them off in the car and went out to search for them.
The socks we had on him were dark blue Paw Patrol socks, with a white pup sewed into it. They are just normal toddler socks, I think they came in a 5 pack from Walmart.
We turned the socks inside out and what we found was socking.
THEY WERE SO STRINGY!
All over the inside was full of strings, I couldn’t even believe it. No wonder he had a deep ring around his toe, I think even I would, if I put a pair of socks on like that. I am just so glad he is old enough to know that didn’t feel good, and he took his own socks off. Our toddler could have lost his toe last night, and that is a scary thing to think about.
This has inspired me and I hope it inspires you, to go and check all your toddler’s socks to make sure they have no strings hanging from them.
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Who doesn’t love a beautiful elegant decoration that can sit out from the beginning of fall all the way through to the New Year? Especially one you can do YOURSELF! A homemade pinecone wreath may just be the decoration you are looking for.
Let’s dive on in and see how I created my very own pinecone wreath.
Since you’ve decided to work with pinecones, something we find in nature, you are going to have to prep them. Of course, you can ALWAYS skip this step and just buy pinecones online or in a craft store like Hobby Lobby because those are ready to be used right away. But my goal of this project was to keep it cheap, so I’m going to explain how to prep pinecones for crafts.
You’re going to want to head outside and find some pinecones, and for this particular project you are going to want to gather about 50-60 pinecones. While you’re collecting them, be sure to pull off any pine needles or debris that may be stuck to them. We have a Pine Tree in our back yard, so I took my toddler outside and had him help me collect pinecones in a big bowl, it was a lot of fun for the both of us.
Using a large bowl, or even just a sink full of water, soak the pinecones in the water, and be sure to add about a cup of vinegar to send those bugs packing! Soak them for about 20-30 minutes, and trust me this is long enough to make so many bugs come out! Be ready to kill them, or safely transport them outside which ever you prefer. This step it also going to cause the pinecones to close so don’t be alarmed now that they look different.
After the 20-30 minutes of soaking, lay the pinecones out to dry overnight. You can lay them out on a towel, or some newspaper, which ever you have on hand.
The next morning, they should be dry and they should have opened slightly. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the pinecones on the sheet. Put them in the oven and bake them for 3 hours at 200°. This will get rid of any bugs that were pesky enough to stay, and it will open the pinecones up making them look beautifully full. Baking the pinecones is going to cause all the sap inside of them to come out, but we want this to happen because it makes the pinecones look glossy and give them a nice finished look.
*Don’t worry the pinecones won’t come out sticky anymore.
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Creating the Pinecone Wreath
For this part, you are going to need:
- 18” wired wreath
- Hot glue gun
- Prepped and ready to use pinecones (50-60)
- Decorations to go on finished wreath (optional)
Honestly this is a pretty easy process, I was really surprised and quite relieved! I finished creating the pinecone wreath during my toddler’s nap time. If that can help shed some light on how long this is going to take.
I picked out the large pinecones and laid them on the wire wreath how I wanted them to look, which I did this to make sure I had enough, and to strategically place them so they fit together nicely. Once I had them the way I wanted them I picked them up one at a time and placed some hot glue on the wire where I was going to place the pinecone. I then put the pinecone on the hot glue and made sure it was securely attached. I did this all the way around the whole wired wreath.
Then I decided I wanted the wreath to look fuller, so I gathered all the small pinecones and placed another layer of them on the wreath. Hot gluing the second layer is just a tad bit harder because you’re gluing pinecones to pinecones, but it you plan where they are going to lay before you glue them, you can see exactly where to glue
Where I decided was the top of the wreath, I left 2 pinecones off from the second layer. This way I had some room to add a burlap bow.
I bought some wide burlap ribbon from Walmart, it’s actually rather cheap, and I tied my own bow onto the wreath. This added the HOLIDAY feel I was hoping for. I also found some really cheap, tiny synthetic flowers that I cut apart and placed them throughout my wreath. Just remember the burlap ribbon bow, and the synthetic flowers are optional. The plain pinecone wreath is absolutely gorgeous, but sometimes your own personal touches make the project perfect.
Good luck making your pinecone wreath, I hope you have a lot of fun because I know I did. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with our daily activities.
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Mmm, did someone say chicken enchiladas?
Do you need a quick and easy dinner tonight? Something you don’t actually have to slave over? Or maybe you just want something that isn’t going to take any longer than 30 minutes. Well you have found your perfect dinner for tonight.
My favorite way to have chicken enchiladas is to use rotisserie chicken. 😊 I know I am not Betty Crocker and I am not that “perfect” stay at home mom that makes everything from scratch. However, using rotisserie chicken makes this dish even more delicious.
Be sure to preheat the oven to 350° before you start anything because this won’t take you long to prepare.
You can use 3 boiled chicken breasts or a whole rotisserie chicken for this, but whatever kind of chicken you choose you need to shred it all up and set it to the side. Now is the time that you want to lay out all the ingredients you want to go in the enchiladas that way making them goes smoothly. For our enchiladas, I laid out sour cream, diced banana peppers, lettuce, pico de gallo, diced tomatoes, and some shredded cheese. This recipe makes about 6 enchiladas, so be sure to distribute all the ingredients evenly through all the wraps.
Lay the wrap flat on the clean counter, and spread some sour cream in the middle of the wrap. Then you are going to want to take about a handful of shredded chicken and lay it on top of the sour cream. Next you are going to want to put YOUR desired amount of diced banana peppers and tomatoes on, followed by a little dab of pico de gallo. Then finally you are going to want to sprinkle about half a handful of shredded cheese.
Rolling the Wraps
The best part about making these enchiladas is that you really can’t wrap it wrong. If you don’t know how to wrap them, then you can wrap them any way you can get it to work. Here is how I wrap my enchiladas.
Once all the enchiladas are wrapped, lined them in a greased casserole dish, and then begin putting on the toppings. Again, this is another area where you can make it your own. For our enchiladas we put a can of Verde Enchilada sauce all over and topped it with some queso blanco.
*If you’re feeling extra cheesy, you can also add some shredded cheese on top. *
Then you put it in the oven and bake it for 20 minutes!
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- 6 Burrito wraps
- 1 whole Rotisserie Chicken
- Sour cream
- Banana peppers
- Pico de gallo
- Shredded cheese
- 1 can Verde enchilada sauce
- 1 jar Queso blanco
Preheat oven to 350.
Add sour cream, chicken, banana peppers, pico, tomatoes, and shredded cheese to large burrito wraps.
Roll them into enchiladas.
Line them in a greased casserole dish.
Pour the verde enchilada sauce and queso blanco over the enchiladas evenly.
Bake for 20 minutes.