Go Go Mommy Ranger

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Because who doesn’t love the Pink Ranger??

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, this post might be nothing new! Just an update on life and some of the things we’ve been doing lately.

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Summer vacation is almost here and I feel like I could dance a jig just thinking about it. I. Am. Pooped. There’s just a whole lot of running around required in this life, amirite? And the kids aren’t even in sports or anything yet — I don’t know how some of you mamas do it! At the moment, one of our cars is out of commission, so we all get up and drive across town to drop Justin off at work, then back across town to get Maddie to school on time, then run whatever errands need to be done and have a little bit of time at home, then we go get Maddie, drive across town again to get Justin, back home to cook dinner and asdl;kfajsd;kajs;dlfkajsdlkfjasdf. I know ya feel me. It’s a lot of time in the car for three wiggly children all squished together in the backseat.

And there are only so many Disney soundtracks a woman can listen to before her eyes start to cross and she starts fantasizing about smothering a singing princess with a pillow. For real. I’m so ready to trade up these running-around days for a few months at a slower pace with these guys before we have to send Jack off to Kindergarten in the fall. I KNOW, WUT. I can’t even deal with how quickly 5 years have gone by!

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Jack has been my buddy and I’ve loved having him at home with me, but he’s SO ready for school. He’s such a character — funny, charming, witty, surprising —  I just don’t think I could adequately explain what he’s like in person. People who know him will agree — there’s no one quite like Jack.

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He and Maddie want a YouTube channel reeeeaaaally badly and they’re constantly pretending they’re talking to an audience. “Hey guys! We’re going to show you our new Shopkins! Leave a comment, like and subscribe!” I don’t even know. Apparently, this is a thing with kids right now? I asked Facebook about it and a ton of my friends said their kids are the same way. I say this summer, we’ll be taking a YouTube break and playing with other REAL children. lol

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And then there’s little miss Ruthie butt. She’ll be two in August, which blows my mind. She’s definitely a spunky one, that Ruth. She loves to dance, talk, and EAT. Current loves are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Snapchat filters, the color pink because that’s what Minnie wears, Corn Chex and her Uncle Daniel. She does NOT appreciate being talked to before she has eaten her breakfast. Maddie’s usually chipper in the morning and Ruth is like, “Maddie, no.”

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There’s no one louder in our home than this girl. And no one more cuddly.

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Justin and I have been tending to our poor neglected backyard for once in our lives and we’re really quite enjoying it! I don’t have the best track record with keeping plants alive, so this is a big deal, people. All the plants in the photo above are still alive and it’s been like a whole month. SWEET VICTORY! I’m not even joking. I have been known to kill fake plants.

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(I told Justin to look normal for a photo.)

We like to hang out back there with our basic white people strand lights and succulents and pretend we know a thing or two about being grown ups. It’s a work in progress, but we’re having a lot of fun having something to work toward together.

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Creatively, I’ve been pretty busy with my Etsy shop, which has been a lot of fun. When I’m not making headbands and felt thingamabobs, I’m still plugging away at watercolor. I really want to take a class sometime soon. I pretty much just play around with it and I think I’m ready to learn some actual technique. That freaks me out a little though — I’ve never taken an art class in my life, not even in school. It’s time though. Time to be a big girl and learn something new.

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By 6:00pm, I may be frazzled, sweaty and feeding my kids cheese rollups for the 4th night in a row — but, the crazy is just part of the package. I do really love this time in our lives.

#blessed #livelaughlove #smotheradisneyprincesswithapillow

Dollar Tree Finds Part 2: Arts & Crafts

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See Part one here: Weekend Dollar Tree Finds

Hello dears! I have some more great Dollar Tree finds from a recent trip. This time, it’s all craft supplies!

Dollar Tree Finds Mrs Priss Floral Tape

Adorable floral fabric tape — makes my heart go pitter patter.

Dollar Tree Finds Mrs Priss Kids Craft Supplies

I was very impressed with the selection of arts and crafts supplies for kids (…aaaaand adults who have no shame in their crafting game). That assortment of modeling clay! ONE DOLLAR for all those colors. I mean, I have no idea what to do with it, but I couldn’t resist. We’ll figure it out. I bought the beads and thread for Maddie to make some friendship bracelets.

Dollar Tree Finds Mrs Priss Pom Poms

Pom poms — again, with the no plan or purpose for these things. Ideas?

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss

My recent tutorial for these Easy Floral Letters used flowers I bought on this shopping trip. I didn’t find ALL of these flowers there, but most of them! Those sunflowers, large hot pink and purple flowers… nice sized bunches for a buck. You really can’t beat it.

Have you found anything great at your dollar store lately? Let us all know in the comments!

Tutorial: Easy Floral Letter Decor

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A few weeks ago, I was at my local Dollar Tree and I found some surprisingly nice looking fake flowers. I grabbed up a few bunches for crafty purposes, naturally! This weekend, Maddie and I got to work on a cute idea I’ve seen floating around for a while now — floral monograms!

It’s a very simple project that only took about half an hour. It was great to spend some time with my girl and give her a chance to have some creative say in how her “M” looked.

Here’s what you need:

  • A variety of fake flowers — I purchased mine at The Dollar Tree. (Wasn’t in the mood to make felt flowers, to be perfectly honest, but that is another adorable option!)
  • 3D Paper Mache Letter
  • Exacto Knife
  • Hot Glue
  • Felt (optional, but helpful)

Here’s what you do:

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss Flower Cut Letter

Use your exacto knife to carefully cut out the front of your letter, leaving it hollow.

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss Hollow Letter

Trace and cut out felt to fit in your letter, then glue it inside. It’s okay if it is too big or too small — no one will see it. The felt should help with keeping the flowers in place. Another layer or two would help add a little height if you are using smaller flowers.

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Choose your flower arrangement and start gluing!

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Voila! They turned out pretty cute, I have to say.

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Maddie loves her creation and it fits right in with her uber girly decor. ;)

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And we had to make one for Roo Boo too. She couldn’t care less, but I love it. :)

Have fun!

Healing Story: I know it sounds crazy, but I believe this crazy stuff

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I’m going to be real here, it’s taken a bit of stretching for me to be so vulnerable and talk about what I believe, especially knowing most of you don’t believe it. I’m not naive to think everyone is going agree when I put these pretty radical, insane, crazy thoughts out there about healing. Shoot, people tell me I’m nuts and need professional help! I’m not kidding! I’m actually used to having people not like what I stand for, what I have to say, who I am. That’s happened my whole life. I am a little radical!  But after all I’ve seen, no amount of negativity is going to convince me it’s not real. I still love people. I still believe in God. Most importantly — I’m not here to argue or debate theology, and I’m not trying to convince or convert anyone by force… that ain’t me. This is just my blog and I’ve said it before — I share every facet of my life on here. I always have. And considering how important God is to me and how I see Him involved in every part of my life, I actually keep it pretty tame for you guys, hahaha.

I’m not even just talking about my readers who don’t believe in God… there are a lot of Christians who don’t believe that God heals. I understand, I do. It wasn’t that long ago that I didn’t fully believe it or understand it. But I couldn’t get past how the Bible says He is the Healer. Even when I wasn’t seeing any prayers answered in my own life, I still heard of cool stuff happening over in Africa and I wanted to know that was for me too. I think most Christians have heard stories of healings, but we don’t see it a lot here in America. I wanted to see the Healer in action. Not in theory, not just in other countries, but in MY LIFE. I want tangible, undeniable evidence.

See, I couldn’t pick out parts of the Bible to believe anymore. If I believe in part of the Bible as truth, I have to believe in the whole thing or it just doesn’t work. I can’t choose the easy parts to go along with and then turn around and ignore, debate or argue that the rest isn’t true or isn’t for us today. I can either believe the whole book is a load of garbage or I can believe it’s completely the truth — it’s really that simple. No more picking and choosing things that I’m comfortable with believing. I believe God is good, that He never changes, that the Bible is true, but there are these parts I don’t get and that make me feel uncomfortable? Then I am the one that needs more understanding! Pretty simple. That’s Christianity in a nutshell. Growth and stretching.

So yeah, I completely believe in healing now. And I’ll tell you one of the first things that fully freaked me out (in a good way!) and convinced me of it. A few years ago, I was just puttering around the house one Saturday afternoon and all of a sudden I had this feeling in my heart to go pray for my Dad’s back and legs. At this point, I had received prayer at church for recurring UTI’s and kidney problems and had them completely disappear after being in pain and hooked on meds for 8 years, so I was open to healing at this point TO SAY THE LEAST. That’s a story for another day. But I’m being real here, I thought I was making it up in my own head. And I had no idea my Dad was in any pain or needed prayer. My Dad is not one to complain, exaggerate, or look for attention, so if this was true, it was news to me. I thought it was a little crazy that it was such a specific thought, but it was just so clear that I couldn’t ignore it.

So I called my Dad. “I feel like I’m supposed to pray for your back…” and he was like, “Honey, if God told you to pray for me, go for it!” This was so new; I had never prayed for healing for anyone. Sure, I had asked God to heal me, my kids, help me in times of need, etc., but I had never prayed a focused prayer for a specific injury and saw the prayer answered before my eyes. Never. Didn’t even know that could happen. Maybe somewhere in Africa, haha.

I went to my parents’ house and my Dad told me that his back has been stiff for years and it was just such a normal part of his life by now that he didn’t really think about it any more. Wow. The feeling was right on. So I prayed for Dad. I said something super simple — that in Jesus’ name, healing would come to his back and legs. I was so nervous! What if I was wrong? What if I was making it up or imagining that I heard God tell me to go pray for him? I’d look like a lunatic. I did it anyway. We have to be childlike in this Christian thing.

Next thing I knew, “Amen” happened and my Dad was testing out his back and legs to see if anything changed. He bent over and kept going, all the way until his palms touched the ground! He couldn’t reach past his knees earlier. He stood up and I remember him saying something like, “This is so cool…” and on the verge of the giggles. I had never seen him like that! He tried twisting his back from side to side, his back made a loud pop and loosened up right in that instant. He moved and twisted and bent down to touch the ground in ways he hadn’t been able to in years! I was just standing there like, “Seriously?? It worked??”

Seriously, it worked.

That was the first of many times that someone close to me has experienced immediate pain relief or healing in their body as a result of someone praying. I know it can seem like a coincidence, or you can explain it away saying your body has ways of naturally healing itself — yes, it does! Our bodies are amazing! But these things have happened immediately after someone prays and lays hands, after needing relief for years and having nothing else work! That’s quite a coincidence there! It’s a lot harder for me to believe that all these things I’ve seen are coincidences than to believe it was God. None of it makes sense in my reasoning mind, but my heart just knows.

There is a place for medicine — thank God for doctors and nurses and modern medicine! Don’t misunderstand me and think I’m calling out people who need medicine — no way. But sometimes medicine doesn’t heal you completely. Sometimes you need a miracle. Sometimes, you don’t want to be hooked on pain relievers your whole life, like me with those dang UTI’s. It was miserable and obviously God cared about it or I wouldn’t have been healed that day at church when I wasn’t even expecting it. I couldn’t deny God’s healing power after that day I prayed for my Dad. And I keep seeing it over and over and over and I know He wants Christians to get this and believe it and walk in it. People need relief. People need to know God loves them and wants them well and that He’s not the one that made them sick — He’s the Healer. 

So random blog commenters and even my dearest friends can call me crazy, but I am seeing it alive and active in my life and in the lives of others who also believe in it. I know it sounds crazy. I thought so too. But it’s real. It’s for everyone. And God’s awesome.

Tutorial: Another Felt Flower (as promised!)

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In this crafty post from a few weeks ago, I mentioned something about doing a tutorial on those big felt flowers. So here I am to deliver! Don’t let all these photos fool you — they’re really quite simple.

Mrs Priss DIY Flower Box Repurpose Display

You will need:

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I cut three small petals and 5 larger petals for this particular flower. Sorry, no template — just eyeball it. Even circles will work!

The long yellow rectangle will be the shaggy center of the flower. Let’s tackle that first.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Snips

Fold the long rectangle in half, hot dog style and make small snips with scissors all along the raw edge.

I stand by my awesome “hot dog style” description.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Fringe

This is just to show how you want it to look after the snips. Keep it folded over.

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Your folded fringe piece will want to pop open and can be kind of a pain to keep straight, so you may want to dab a few dots of glue (I use hot glue) along the inner crease to hold it in place as you do the next step.

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“Roll it like a sleeping bag”, adding a few dots of glue along the way.

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When you reach the end, dab a generous amount of glue to hold it together reeeeaaaaal secure-like.

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BAM. You have your center.

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Now let’s assemble!

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Start with one of the three small petals and glue it to the yellow center. I make a little line of glue near the tapered edge of the petal and just stick it on there. Build on your flower by overlapping the petals until it looks appealing to you. When you’re finished with the small ones, move on to the larger ones.

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You may find you like a more loose look with big floppy petals or you may prefer it tidy and compact. Sometimes I’ll use a few different shades of felt to give it more depth, as seen in the flower box post. Feel free to add more petals to make the flower larger and experiment with different petal shapes as well.

You do you, girl. You do you.

A note on leaves:

Mrs Priss DIY Leaf Tips

It can be difficult to freehand-cut leaves and have them all look the same, so here’s a little tip on making them more uniform. Start with a small square of felt.

Mrs Priss DIY Leaf Cut

What I do is eyeball how big I want the leaf and make a little poke mark in the felt with the tip of my scissors where the point will be. Then I’ll cut in to that point from two outer edges of the square. I hope that makes sense! It’s not perfect every time, but it gives you a similar shape. Sometimes I’ll use the 90 degree corner if I’m wanting a super crisp look.

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There you go! I hope you have fun with these flowers. Please feel free to ask any questions! xoxo