Babble Roundup: Crockpots, Fall Cleaning and Kid Projects

I write daily for Babble.com’s The New Home Ec. Here are a few recent roundups and posts I’ve written….click image to view:

 

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The Next Li’l Designer: Addie

 

A new ongoing series on Lil Blue Boo: The Next Li’l Designer.

They design it…..I try to interpret it.

 

 


 

Addie is the daughter of Annie (of Paint the Moon Photography). Annie is an amazing photographer so Addie has pretty much grown up in front of  the camera and knows her stuff!  I thought she would be the perfect guest designer for the debut of this series. Addie sent me her sketch, I made the outfit from her design and then sent it back for photos. I think she did an amazing job!

 

 


 

 

Addie doesn’t grant many interviews but we were able to catch up and persuade her to answer a couple of questions for Lil Blue Boo.

 

1. What are you up to these days?

Going to Discovery Village, riding my horse, riding my new big girl bike, drawing, playing with my baby sister and making artwork.


2. Do you have a name for your dress creation?

The brand new rainbow party play dress.


3. What kinds of things inspire you?

Booorrrrinnnggg stuff!!

Is that your final answer?

Doggies, love and rainbows.


4. What do think the best and worst fashion trends are right now?

Nothing.  No.  Nothing.  Arrggghhh – this is boring. I don’t even know what you are talking about! Nothing.


Okay, let me rephrase the question….what do you like to wear and what DON’T you like to wear?

Best fashion trends: tall boots and skinny jeans, ruffles, puff sleeves, lacy things, leggings, poofy skirts, knee high socks, rocker stuff, rompers, clothes like my mommy wears, sparkly and sequins that are shiny.

Worst: uncomfortable clothes that are tight or itchy or if you can’t play in it. Dresses that aren’t soft or look like big potato sacks with flowers on them.


5. If you could be any animal what would it be?

A jaguar.


Why the Jaguar?

Because I like them…..

 

 

Thanks so much Addie! I loved your design!

 

STAY TUNED!

An identical dress will go up for auction soon! Proceeds will benefit the charity of the designer’s choosing. Auction winner will pick the size of the dress!

 

Photo of the Day: Comics

Boo: I’m going to go and read the newspaper.

P.S. She doesn’t get this from me.


 

Dear Boo,

I promise when you get a little older,  I’ll replace the doorknob on your bathroom door with one that locks.

Love,

Mommy

The “Mother of All” Fall Cleaning Checklists

I’m a bit of a clean and order freak. I’ve compiled my ultimate fall cleaning and winter preparation wishlist. It’s a bit overboard but it’s full of safety items and things often overlooked. There’s also a few things that will help you save energy this winter if you live in a really cold area. Click to download the PDF for easy printing!

The Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist Free Download via lilblueboo.com

Booism: Good vs. Bad

 

Boo: OWWW, my knee hurts even worser now!
Me: That’s because the antiseptic is working and killing all the germs.
Boo: So it’s like a war, they are punching inside of me.
Me: A little like that.
Boo: But the BAD GUYS are winning!
Me: Don’t worry, the good guys eventually win.

 

Easy Balsamic Dressing and My Favorite Salad

Easy Balsamic Dressing and Salad Recipe via lilblueboo.com

 

This is one of my favorite dressings and salads. I used to order a similar salad a few times a week from Dean and Deluca when I lived in NC. Then we moved to Palm Desert where there isn’t a Dean and Deluca so I was forced to recreate it for myself.

To make the dressing I use:

Balsalmic Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Fresh Ground Pepper
Minced Garlic

 

Easy Balsamic Dressing and Salad Recipe via lilblueboo.com

 

I measure out 1 cup of EVOO and 1 cup of balsamic vinegar….

 

Easy Balsamic Dressing and Salad Recipe via lilblueboo.com

 

……and pour it into the blender. Then I add some fresh ground pepper and a 1/2 tsp of minced garlic. Then I blend on medium for about 2 minutes:

 

Easy Balsamic Dressing and Salad Recipe via lilblueboo.com

 

The dressing ends up creamy and just like the restaurants serve it. I store it in a jar because it will keep for a few days. If it starts to separate I just shake it up really well:

 

Easy Balsamic Dressing and Salad Recipe via lilblueboo.com

 

For my salad I buy fire roasted red peppers and cut them up in to small pieces:

 

Easy Balsamic Dressing and Salad Recipe via lilblueboo.com

 

I layer mixed organic greens, the fire roasted peppers, feta cheese and pine nuts and then toss in the balsamic dressing:

 

Easy Balsamic Dressing and Salad Recipe via lilblueboo.com

 

Yum.

 

Easy Balsamic Dressing and Salad Recipe via lilblueboo.com

Photo of the Day: An Unlikely Friend

Diesel doesn’t like women. At 2.5 lbs, he’s attacked 99% of all female visitors to our house. But every once in a while, if he’s not feeling well or is scared of something, he’ll take to Lisa. He scratches at her leg and hangs out at her feet until she picks him up and puts him on her lap or right in front of her computer. Every other day he’ll snap and growl at her if she even says “hi” to him.


Southern Style Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Southern Living Style in a giveaway I’m holding over at The Home Ec! Click through the image to enter through Sunday night:

Boo Style: A Digital Short

I took Boo to Old Navy yesterday.  She never gets to shop for anything “store bought” and I thought it would be fun to let her get a few outfits for the fall. She calls the mannequins her “other family” and has a slight obsession with the doggy….so I lugged my T1i camera along to test the HD video out.  I love how the video turned out and I love the outfits Boo picked.  We ended up spending $150 and ended up with the most fabulous faux leather riding boots and 7 amazing outfits….some of which Boo pulled from the Boys section!

 

 

Here is her $150 wardrobe…..plus a pair of Joe’s Skinny Jeans (which are from her grandparents because I don’t even own Joe’s Jeans):

 
Old Navy Camo-inspired via lilblueboo.com

Old Navy Tee and Camo Pants (from the boys section)

 


Organizing Electronics

Tips for Organizing Electronics via lilblueboo.com

 

This is what my electronics box used to look like. I could never find anything and had no idea which cords went to what. During my organization spree last month I empties out the box, gathered every electronic manual, accessory, software CD and box from around the house and set to work on creating an organized system.

 

Tips for Organizing Electronics (Before pic) via lilblueboo.com

First I created envelopes for items that are rarely used or need to probably be donated or sold:

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