Mini Pom-Pom Ornament Tree

With the Thanksgiving Holiday now over with, the kiddos and I embark on decorating the house the week after with Christmas decor. Today I bring to you a simple, budget friendly Christmas DIY project. This cute miniature pom-pom ornament tree is my little creation that I am submitting to The December Dollar Bin Challenge. Each month a group of some fabulous and very talented DIY bloggers participate in a Dollar Bin Challenge, where we select a certain dollar item to make-over, up-cycle and/or decorate. Be sure to head over to their blogs to see how they made over their mini dollar spot Tree in a burlap bag!Dollar Bin Challenge (577x650)

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Target’s Dollar Spot had these adorable Christmas Tree’s in Burlap bags that Dinah from DIY Inspired chose for our December Dollar Bin Item. Aren’t they just adorable?! I was so excited about these cute trees that I purchased three of them to place around my downstairs living space. I had complete designer’s block with what I was going to with mine, but as I was thinking about how I wanted to decorate simplistic this year I thought how soft and subtle the look of mini pom-poms bring into a space. I had some yarn left over from previous projects hanging around in my studio so I put my little fingers to work with some light cream yarn and some red and white bakers twine. mini pom pom ornament tree 1  zoo cutie printables

There are quite a few tutorials out here in blogosphere on how to make mini pom-poms. I have done two methods… using a fork, and using my fingers. I tend to favor using my fingers as I find I get a tighter pom-pom. Simply wrap the yarn around your pointer and middle finger a bunch of times. The more you wrap the fuller your pom-pom will be. Once it is wrapped it around my fingers enough, I pull the leftover string up and through the space between my two fingers and tie it to the beginning thread really tight, making sure to leave the end of the thread long enough to make a loop to hang the mini pom-poms onto the tree. Next I slip scissors through the loops that were created on each side and snip them.

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Making these mini pom-pom ornaments took me an entire 10 minutes and I think they are the perfect addition to my Dollar Bin Christmas Tree!

How about you friends? What is your seasonal look this year?

Don’t forget to go see how my super talented blogger friends decorated their Dollar Bin Challenge item this month!

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Creativity Corner on A Budget

If you have been following me here on the blog or other forms of social media such as instagram you may have seen some sneak peek pictures of a project I have been working on. Myself along with some of my favorite DIY bloggers participated in a #DollarBinChallenge for the month of November. I knew that this challenge was calling my name as I have been thinking of ways to incorporate inexpensive materials to organize supplies for my kiddos creativity corner on a budget.

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The product chosen for the #DollarBinChallenge were plain 2 for $1.00 white buckets in Target’s Dollar Spot. I grabbed two packs of them a long with some of the dollar spot bucket pales, chalkboard labels and clothespins. I had the scrapbook paper and burlap flowers already on hand.

The first thing I did was take my scrapbook paper and trace out the front of the bucket on the back side of the paper which I then cut out and modge podged to the front of the buckets.

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The Target Dollar Spot clothespins got a face lift also with some scrapbook paper, modge podge and the burlap flowers.

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I had purchased some of the Dollar Spot Pens and with the chipboard that they were packaged with I cut rectangles to be the backer for the chalkboard labels. These then were hot glued to the inside top of the clothespins. dollar bin creativity corner 1 - zoo cutie printables

Lastly I punched two holes in the back of each of the buckets to then place S hooks through to hang the buckets on the Milas Munchkins Creativity Corner Peg Board.

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I have some additional plans for the peg board in the two open spaces to hold the kids artwork, and will be showing you next week what I have come up with!

If you get a chance, definitely check out all of the other bloggers who participated in the #DollarBinChallenge!

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Made With Purpose, Born to Thrive

The excitement is growing…. the feels are real… the thoughts are never ending. The more I center my thoughts around why I write here and create my printables, the clearer my vision is… I know that I have been made with purpose.  In two days I will be making the trip out to Indiana for The Influence Networks 2014 Influence Conference, and the network has always held the intention of providing community amongst like minded women who want to make their online life mean something.  As I have been preparing myself for this highly anticipated conference I popped on my amazon music app and came across a song that just struck a chord. I started to get that lump in the throat you get right before you choke up and let some tears out. It just seemed to have come on at the exact moment I needed, and The Lord knew I needed to hear it.  I was thinking of the women I will be meeting, the friendships I will foster, the community we will build, the purpose we have been made for… We were made for so much more than ordinary lives…we were made to Thrive! 

The song Thrive by Casting Crowns is the song I am referencing. You may or may not have heard it before. I encourage you to listen to the words. =) I absolutely fell in love with the song. So much so that I had to make up a printable to place on my desk to remind me I was made for so much more. 

Feel free to grab this FREEBIE PRINTABLE here >>Made to Thrive Printable – Zoo Cutie Printables

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DIY Vinyl on Travel Apothecary Jars

In one short week I will be on a plane on my way to beautiful Indianapolis to attend the Influence Conference. While getting myself ready to start my packing, I ended up doing a Target and Ulta run and picked up some travel items.  {more on my ulta haul later for my new updated mommy makeup routine} Target had these larger Travel Apothecary Jars in their travel section for .97 each and I immediately snatched up a bunch and just knew I wanted to do a DIY Vinyl project with them.  I love how these DIY Vinyl Travel Apothecary Jars turned out so much that I figured I would give you all the files to make your own! I have created .PNG and .SVG files for those who can or can not cut one or the other. To grab the freebie files click here. >> Travel Apothecary Vinyl Project If you use my files, and snap/share on a social platform I would love to see how yours turn out! Simply use the hashtag #ZooCutiePrintables

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Influence Network Meet & Greet 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some recent posts of mine that pertain to going to The Influence Network’s Influence Conference. Next week I will be flying out to attend this highly anticipated conference, where I will finally meet face to face “my people”, and together we will learn how to to use our influence to praise the Lord.

The Influence Network’s core is community. Women who are faith filled, creatives that are attending the Influence Conference next we were invited to post 3 meet + greet snippets [either on their blog or instagram] in order to introduce themselves and make connections! 

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My name is Tina Milas.  I am a wife of 9 years to my super soulmate Christopher, and together we have our two miracle babies [fertility induced] Olivia Autumn and Julien Alexander. I am a self taught graphic and stationery designer. I created my original company Invitations of Elegance in 2006 which has since blossomed into Zoo Cutie Printables.  I absolutely love anything to do with owls, paper and handmade goodness. 

A part of the conference I am excited about.

Honestly anticipating the entire experience has me simply bursting at the seams with excitement, but to narrow it down would be connecting with these like-minded women face to face and being able to hug-squeeze them finally! 

One thing I wouldn’t leave home without.

This is a tuffy for me as I have so many things I always have as a must take…but I would say the two things I would never leave home without would be my daily planner with my UniBall Signo 207 pens and my quick mommy makeup must haves [to keep me looking fresh and awake, of course!]

 

PF Chang Inspired Lettuce Wraps

Being a little over 5 months post op from bariatric surgery, I find myself struggling when it comes to dinner time. Dinner time has become a battle for me as I feel as though I am a personal chef. The Milas Munchkins are picky, picky eaters and Chris likes his favorites such as steak and potatoes, meatloaf and mashed… pure comfort foods… mmmm comfort foods! So in addition to the three of them, I  have to make something healthy, light in carbohydrates and high in protein for me. You can see why I feel as though I am a personal chef. ;o) 

I spent the past week strategically looking for some recipes that we could enjoy as a family, and last night these PF Chang Inspired Lettuce Wraps were a hit!

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I adapted the original recipe from Food.com

 

 

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These PF Chang Inspired Lettuce Wraps were devoured within 30 minutes. I was surprised that the kiddos didn’t even request some sort of condiment to drowned the food in… they were that good, my friends! These will be making a staple in our menu lineup for sure.

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2015 Blog and Home Day Planner

Here we are in September already….. What!?? How can this be? In all honesty it should could come as no shock to me as this year has flown bye incredibly fast. My daily routines are becoming more ritual again now being 5 months post op from bariatric surgery and I have been craving organization, routine and simplicity.  I lived, breathed and organized my life, business and blog with my 2014 Organized Prettiness, Life Full of happiness Blog and Home Planner and had such wonderful feedback from all of you, that I just had to bring it back for 2015! To skip the pictures and order yours now, CLICK HERE. 

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I am squealing with excitement for this years planner you guys! It has some new updated features, one of which I know you will all be so happy about… It is available in the Junior size [half size 8.5×5.5″] this year as well as the standard Jumbo! [Full letter 8.5×11″]

All features are included in both the A4 Jumbo and the A5 Junior Organized Prettiness, Life Full of Happiness Planner.

  • September 2014 – December 2015 Pre-dated and National Holiday monthly Calendar with Monthly cover pages.
  • 16 month Year At A Glance Calendar.
  • Personalisable Cover Page.
  • 7 Day Weekly Schedule.
  • 7 Day, 3 Course plus Snack Meal Planner
  • Shopping List
  • Grocery List
  • Editable Weekly Cleaning Checklist
  • Income and Expense Tracker
  • Annual Bill Tracker
  • Blank Journaling Pages
  • Lined Note Pages
  • Blog Editorial Calendar
  • Blog Editorial Topic Sheet
  • Social Media Engagement Checklist
  • Blog Maintenance Checklist
  • Goal Tracker

I am still loving my A4 Jumbo as I just find I need the space! Now for some awesome news….Are you ready for it?

I am going to be giving away one A4 Jumbo 2015 Organized Prettiness, Life Full of Happiness Planner with some extra goodies to help get you organized and ready to conquer 2015!

 

The Contest starts today September 2nd, 2014 and will end Next Wednesday September, 10th at 12:00 AM. The Winner Will be announce on Thursday September 11th!   Good Luck!

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Looking to order and download now? CLICK HERE! 

 

You can find me linking up to some of my favorite blog hops here: Share your Stuff Tuesday Work It Wednesday

Tropical Paradise Protein Smoothie

Good Morning! If you follow me on instagram, you may or may not have seen a snapshot of one of my absolute favorite protein smoothies at the moment. There is just something about the island feel of this Tropical Paradise Protein Smoothie that has my taste buds smitten. Could it be the delicious combination of pineapple, peaches, bananas, mango and berries? Or perhaps it is the finishing touches of whipped coconut cream and organic unsweetened coconut flakes… Tropical-Smoothie-Pinable---Zoo-Cutie-PRintables

Being almost 4 months post op from weight loss surgery, I still find it so much easier to get my protein in by way of smoothies and or parfaits. I am always trying to come up with new smoothie recipes that pack a powerful protein and fiber punch and this Tropical Paradise Protein Smoothie has definitely moved to the top of my list. 

 

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DIY Drawer Organizer

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I have always been a gal that gets so excited about trips to home organizing stores, and the abundance of cute and practical prettiness that comes in the form of bins, baskets, sorters etc. However, I am also an avid DIYer that gets a thrill out of saving money and creating something all of my own, that is of course in my style. Several weeks ago I snagged an AWESOME executive desk from a local thrift shop and gave it a pretty face lift. {reveal to come soon!} As the hubby and I are purging our home to get ready for a move that is hopefully in the near future, one of the things I decided to give up was my makeup vanity. I figured I could just do my makeup at my desk since I spend most of my morning routine upstairs by our office anyways. I ran into one problem… the makeup organizer that I currently had wasn’t working out well with the drawer that I wanted my makeup in.  Everything was jumbled together and I had to pull the drawer out really far to get to things that I needed that were behind the first organizer….FRUSTRATING and NOT pretty!

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Before I knew it I was searching The Container Store site and Amazon to find a longer, prettier organizing makeup tray. With no luck for the size drawer that I had I made it my goal this past week to create my very own custom DIY Drawer Organizer. After finishing and seeing my results I want to create a DIY Drawer Organizer for every drawer in my home! If you would like to see
how you can create your very own DIY Drawer Organizer for whatever you may sorting and organizing, I have outlined the steps below for you! 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Tape Measure
  • Ruler or T-Square
  • Pencil
  • Craft Knife or Box Cutter
  • Foam Board
  • Fabric {quantity needed will be determined by the size of drawers you have} in one to two prints. 
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue

STEP 1: MEASURE YOUR DRAWERS WIDTH, HEIGHT AND DEPTH.

I made sure to measure the dimensions as close as I could as this measurement will make your DIY Drawer Organizer fit snuggly inside of your drawer so you will not have to glue it to the furniture. 

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STEP 2: TAKE THE WIDTH AND DEPTH MEASUREMENTS AND MARK THEM ON A PIECE OF FOAM BOARD. {This will be the bottom of your DIY Drawer Organizer}

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STEP 3: MEASURE, MARK  & CUT OUT THE WIDTH AND HEIGHT {minus .25″} OF THE DRAWER ONTO A PIECE OF FOAM BOARD X 2. {These will be your front and back pieces to your DIY Drawer Organizer}

I subtracted a .25″ off of the height from the drawer because the bottom piece of foam board is a thickness of approximately .25″, and you will want your drawers to shut! 

STEP 4: MEASURE, MARK & CUT OUT THE DEPTH AND HEIGHT {minus .25″} OF THE DRAWER ONTO A PIECE OF FOAM BOARD X 2. {These will be your left and right sides to your DIY Drawer Organizer}diy-drawers-two---zoo-cutie-printables

STEP 5: TEST THE BOTTOM, SIDES, FRONT AND BACK INSIDE THE DRAWER TO MAKE SURE THEY FIT. 

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STEP 7: TAKE YOUR SPRAY ADHESIVE AND LIBERALLY SPRAY ONE SIDE OF THE BOTTOM PIECE OF FOAM BOARD AND THEN PRESS ONTO THE FABRIC. 

Make sure to press and rub all of the air bubbles out right away so you do not get wrinkles in your liner! drawer-dividers-six---zoo-cutie-printables

STEP 8: SPRAY ALONG THE EDGES OF THE BACK OF THE FOAM BOARD AND PRESS THE BORDER OF FABRIC DOWN. 

STEP 9: LAY OUT YOUR SIDES, FRONT AND BACK ON FABRIC AND MEASURE OUT THE WIDTH, AND THEN THE HEIGHT X 2. 

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STEP 10: SPRAY ADHESIVE ON BOTH SIDES OF ALL PIECES AND THEN WRAP, PRESS AND RUB WRINKLES OUT.

STEP 11: PLACE ALL PIECES INTO DRAWER. FIRST BOTTOM, THEN BACK, THEN SIDES THEN FRONT. IT SHOULD BE VERY SNUG!drawer-dividers-seven---zoo-cutie-printables

STEP 12: FROM HERE YOU CAN DESIGN YOUR DIVIDERS. FIGURE OUT HOW MANY CUBBIES YOU WANT AND HOW BIG YOU WANT THEM. MEASURE FROM THE INSIDE OF YOUR FRAME FROM SIDE TO SIDE AND FRONT TO BACK DEPENDING ON WHICH WAY YOU WANT YOUR DIVIDERS TO GO. 

For my makeup drawer I made two vertical pieces which are on the left and right side. I then made smaller cubbies for the center by taking the measurement between both long vertical pieces which gave me one horizontal divider. Next I measured out the distance from where I wanted my horizontal divider to the front of my organizer which gave me two mini vertical dividers. Lastly I measured from the single horizontal divider to the back of my organizer and that yielded one vertical divider. With these four pieces I hot glued them to each other to give them more stability once placed inside the organizer. They are free floating from the main structure so should I want to change up the spacing I can without having to make an entire organizer all over again. 

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If you are wondering why the bottom is teal and not the pink paisley print above, it is because the pink paisley drawer is being used for my office supplies. =) 

I am absolutely LOVING my new DIY Drawer Organizer as the pop of color makes me happy and of course seeing everything within seconds of opening the drawer makes my daily morning routine that much faster, which is what every mama needs right?! 

If you create your very own custom DIY Drawer Organizer I would love to see it! Simply use #ZooCutiePrintables on instagram and I will pop by and leave you some love! 

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