Painting saying on a wall without a stencil

I have been wanting to paint the saying “Prayers go up, Blessings come down.” on my wall for a while but didn’t have a stencil and wanted a specific font and design. So… I started my research and this is my journey of painting the saying on my wall without a stencil. I’m sure this will help someone wanting to do the same thing. šŸ™‚

Supplies:
-Printout of saying wanted on the wall
-Chalk or pastel
-Masking/Painter’s tape
-Ball point pen
-Paintbrush
-Acrylic paint
-Cloth

Step one:
Type and print the saying you want in the font and size you want. You may need to piece it together like I did.

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Step two:
Color the back with chalk or pastels. Make sure you cover the entire area there is font.

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Tip: If you hold it up to the light you can see how much of the font you have covered.

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Step three:
Tape the paper to your wall where you want the saying.

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Step four:
Trace the outside of each letter while it is hanging on the wall. This will result in the outline of each letter being transferred to the wall.

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Step five:
Once all of the letters are traced, remove the paper. You should see the outline of each letter and can begin painting the letters with the acrylic paint color of your choice.

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Step six:
After your first coat on each letter is painted and dry wipe off the chalk or pastel that is likely to still be on the wall. After the chalk or pastel is wiped off the wall do a second coat and touch up any spots that need to be touched up. Then  your saying is complete!

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Here is my completed saying!
I love it and I was able to do it with items I already had in my home!

Happy painting!

Blessings,

-Emily

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Pesto tomato chicken

Nom nom nom… here I go on a food recipe kick again! Another quick and easy family favorite in the books. I love recipes that I can put in the oven for a while and then tend to other things, like the 2 year old demanding my attention. šŸ˜‰ 

Here’s how to make it…

Ingredients:
-1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
-basil pesto
-1 can of diced tomatoes (I like the ones with oregano, etc in them. This is based on your tastes)
-2 blue containers of shredded mozzarella cheese
-whole grain pasta of your choice

Preheat oven to 375. Then take chicken breasts & cut them into long, thick strips. Place the chicken into a 13×9 baking dish. Put pesto on each chicken strip then spread it evenly. Pour the can of diced tomatoes on top of the chicken,  cover the pan with foil & bake for 30-45 minutes or until cooked through. While the chicken is in the oven cook the pasta according to instructions on the box. After the chicken is cooked through, sprinkle the cheese on top and place back in the oven for about 5 minutes to melt it.
Top the pasta with the pesto tomato chicken and voila, delicious dinner is complete!

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Feeling Good Clean Eating

Let me start this post by saying… I LOVE FOOD! And honestly I never thought that I would be able to get fit, lose weight and have my love for food satisfied. Boy was I wrong! 21 Day Fix has been AH-MAZING! I have been able to enjoy the real flavor of delish, non-processed foods and fall in love with that. With that being said, I’ve got a couple more recipes for you all!

If you want more information on 21 Day Fix, visit my website.

Pork Carnitas – See, I kid you not about our love for Mexican inspired food!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of bonelessĀ pork chops
  • 21 Day Fix Southwest Seasoning
  • 2 cups of Free Range Organic Chicken Stock
  • Pico (find recipe here)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 10 Corn Tortillas

Add the pork chops, Southwest seasoning and chicken stock to your slow cooker and set on low for about 6 hours. When done cooking shred the pork chops. PlaceĀ one red container ofĀ pork on 2Ā warmed tortillas, sprinkle with one blue container of cheese and top with a green container ofĀ Pico! Easy and delish! This is 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green and 1 blue container.

Sloppy Joes – Everyone loves a classic and it is a comfort food that you don’t always realize you CAN have! We eat these open-faced to only use one yellow. šŸ™‚

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    Ingredients:

  • 1.25 pounds of lean ground turkey
  • 1-2 Green Containers of Pico depending on your tasteĀ (find recipe here) – when I said this was a favorite, no joking! It is super versatile too!
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 – 8 oz. can of organic tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of organic ketchup
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Whole wheat bread or buns

Brown the ground turkey. Once browned add the Pico and cook for a few minutes. Add the garlic powder, oregano, tomato sauce and ketchup. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes or until it is heated through. Toast the bread or buns if you wish. Top one slice of bread or half of a bun with a green container of the meat mixture then sprinkleĀ with a blue container of cheese. Voila! Dig intoĀ this American classic! This is 1 yellow,1 red, 1/2 green, 1/2 purple and 1 blue

I hope your love for clean foods becomes as great as mine!

Blessings,

Emily

21 Day Fix Foodie!

During my first round of Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix program I fell in love with food again… you know, the non-processed food that has REAL flavor. This journey has been amazing. The workouts… well they WORK (imagine that) and the foodĀ and meal plan is amazing. Beachbody made it EASY to eat the right food in the right amounts without going hungry. Then there’s Shakeology – the nutrient dense meal replacement. That was my craving lifesaver! If I have intrigued you at all… please visit my coaching website atĀ http://www.teambeachbody.com/emilylatina and choose me as your coach for free. I am working on getting my body back after giving it up for 3 beautiful baby boys – who’s with me??! After round one of 21 Day Fix, I am down over 10 pounds and almost 13 inches! Say whaaa??!! I cannot wait to start my next round and help others get the body they want too!

Here are some of my favorite 21 DF recipes… come back later for more! šŸ™‚

Pico – This is my absolute favorite because I use this in so many of my dishes. We love Mexican inspired food and you don’t have to give that up on 21 DF!

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Roma tomatoes
  • 3 multi-colored bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • juice of 1 lime
  • sea salt
  • chili powder
  • ground cayenne pepper (optional – depends how spicy you like it!)

Directions:
Dice the vegetables to desired size and mix together in large bowl. Sprinkle sea salt sparingly, chili powder and cayenne pepper to taste. Squeeze the juice of the lime over all of it, stir and store in the fridge until ready to eat/use. Easy and delish!

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Mexican Lasagna– I was not kidding when I said we LOVE Mexican inspired food!

Ingredients:

  • 1.25 pounds of extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 green containers of Pico (from recipe above)
  • 1 can of organic black beans
  • 1 can of organic diced tomatoes w/ green chiles
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Taco/Southwest Seasoning (to desired taste)
  • 6 blue containers of cheddar cheese (or cheese of choice)

Preheat oven to 375. Brown ground turkey, drain grease (there should be little to none if you are using the extra lean). Next add your pico, drained and rinsed black beans, can of tomatoes/green chiles andĀ taco/southwest seasoning. Simmer the meat mixture for a few minutes to heat everything up. While the meat mixture is simmering place 6 of the corn tortillas on the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish. PutĀ half of the meat mixture on top of the tortillas then sprinkle with 3 of the blue containers of cheese. Place the last 6 tortillas on top of the cheese, layer the rest of the meat mixture and lastly sprinkle the remaining 3 blue containers of cheese on top. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the “lasagna” is warmed through. This makes about 6 servings and uses about 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green and 1 blue container. Enjoy!

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Super Hero Valentines!

My boys family is really into super heroes. I mean reeeallly into super heroes. Every super hero movie, action figure, t-shirt, hoodie, piggy bank, pillow, poster, etc must be owned by my family. So, I decided to take it to the next level and make super hero lollipop Valentine’s day “cards”.

Supplies:
-colored cardstock
-lollipops (tootsie pops and blow pops work best)
-pencil
-scissors
-colored markers

First, I drew and cut out a template to use that looked like a cape. Then, I proceeded to trace it on different colored card stock. Once I had them all traced, I started to write the phrase I wanted on each one. See below.

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After I finished writing the phrase, I cut each one out and then cut a little slit towards the top of the cape, where the neck of the super hero would be.

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After all were cut out and there was a little slit in each one,  I simply slid the lollipop stick through the slit and used the wrapper to ensure it stayed up. And voila! there you have super hero lollipop Valentines. ā™”ā™”ā™”

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Happy Valentine’s day!  ā™”ā™”ā™”

Blessings,
Emily

Science fun!

With winter break upon us and Christmas in the past, a house of boys gets antsy fast! It’s science experiment time!

Things you’ll need:
-5 white carnations
-food coloring
-water
-scissors
-5 empty water bottles
-science experiment form (here’s the one we used)

First, we filled out the handy form and researched online, making our hypothesis and all.

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Then, we filled each empty water bottle about halfway with water. Next, we put a lot of food coloring in the water to ensure the carnations would get enough of the coloring – one yellow, red, blue, green and orange (mixed yellow and red). Then, we cut the stem down at an angle on the carnations and placed one in each water bottle with colorful water.

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Last we waited… and waited… and waited.
It really only took about an hour for some of the color to start to show. 24 hours later this is what our flowers liked like.

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Overall, it was a great experiment and learning experience for my boys to learn about how flowers work. Here’s additional info on the experiment, some questions to ask and a wonderful, easy to understand explanation as to what is happening to the flowers.

36 hours later…
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Happy experimenting!

Blessings,
Emily

I want to hear from you!
If you did this experiment what worked best for you? Any variations?

DIY Lego Table

My middle son badly wanted a Lego table from Santa this year.  When I looked at purchasing one I couldn’t find the right size for the right price. That’s when I set out to make one on my own.

Supplies:
-table (end or coffee table)
-Lego base plates (I used 3, but this will depend on the size of the table and what exactly you want)
-chalkboard paint
-hot glue

I found the perfect end table at Goodwill and it was 50% off! So, I spent $2.50 on it (score)!

First I cleaned the table and let it dry.

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Then I painted the top with chalkboard paint where there would not be a base plate at.

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After it was all dried I hot glued the base plates to the top, drew a road with chalk and wrote a Iittle message for my son. Voila!

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Total cost for the project was a little over $20 (I already had chalkboard paint and hot glue) and took me around 2.5 hours to complete, most of which was waiting for paint to dry! Extr a bonus: Seeing the joy on his face and him playing with it on Christmas morning!

Blessings,
Emily