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Hi friends from social media! Isn’t it a pain sometimes to track down the corresponding link to a post you saw on someone’s social media account? Below you’ll find posts for pictures I’ve shared on social media. And hey, if you haven’t found what you’re looking for, just post a comment below and I’ll let you know where you can find it ASAP! Thanks for visiting! 

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Studio Adorkable Planner Sticker Haul – Harry Potter, Hamilton, Gilmore Girls, Supernatural, and more!

 

Studio Adorkable is full of some of the cutest planner supplies I have seen! The artist, Lacey, not only is any amazing artist, but also does a great job of adding action and feeling into her characters! Check out my PR team haul to see what all Studio Adorkable has to offer!

https://www.studioadorkable.com/
https://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioAdorkable
https://www.instagram.com/adorkablestickers/

 

Pick up a set from your favorite show or movie in the Studio Adorkable shop. Use the code Meryisadorkable to get 15% off your order (excludes custom work).

 

 

I am part of the Studio Adorkable PR team for this quarter and received this as part of my involvement with the team, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Momma’s Derby Pie Recipe

This video is based on a post from one of my much older blogs that you can read below. Since this post was originally written, I’ve made this pie many times. A true testament to just how easy this recipe is, even for a novice cook like myself!

I’m not a natural cook. While I wish I were, I guess we all have to learn somewhere. I’m slowly learning to make some of my favorites from my mom’s recipes. This past week I gave my favorite pie – Derby Pie – a shot!

It turned out great! This is an easy pie to make, even by my standards. You basically mix everything and pour it into the pie shell. In the oven, it (almost magically) turns into a beautiful pie!

It’s definitely not a healthy pie or anything like that, but it is so good!

My Momma's Derby Pie
Perfect for Derby week!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup flour
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 stick melted butter (cooled)
  4. 2 eggs (slightly beaten)
  5. 1 cup walnut or pecan pieces
  6. 1 cup chocolate chips
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, sugar, eggs.
  2. Add butter & mix
  3. Add chips & vanilla & mix
  4. Pour in unbaked pie shell.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes @ 350 degrees.
  6. It is done when it doesn’t jiggle when you shake the pie pan.
Notes
  1. This pie is especially yummy if you heat it up just a bit in the microwave!
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Disney World First Haircut Review

It was a year ago this week that we went to Disney for the first time as a family. My uncle planned a group trip that we joined in on and, while I was very nervous about taking a 17 month old to Disney, it was a wonderful trip! 

I was talking with a friend who is a Disney expert before we left and she asked if we were going to get our little girl’s haircut while we were there. I believe my reaction was something “At Disney?! Huh??” She explained that Disney had a barber shop on Main Street where haircuts actually happened and that you could get a kid’s first haircut there. I didn’t have plans to get our little one’s haircut at that point, but days later the thought was still spinning in my head. I’m a sucker for a memorable moment with my little one and this seemed like an awesome one. 

After chatting with my hubby and the others that we were traveling with (who were all so sweet and said they would be excited to watch her get her haircut also), I called and scheduled a first haircut appointment for my little gal on the day we had planned to be in the Magic Kingdom. I was also informed that since we had the Disney PhotoPass as part of our vacation, a professional photographer would come to the barber shop if we asked and take pictures of her haircut. I was so excited that we were going to have professional photos of her first haircut and that we could focus fully on enjoying the experience without having to catch the photos ourselves!

Naps didn’t go as hoped (but did go as expected) on our trip and by the third day when we were headed to the Magic Kingdom, I was really unsure how the haircut was going to go. Little gal wasn’t cranky, but wasn’t having as happy of a morning as we would have hoped. About an hour before her appointment, she fell asleep in her stroller, which was both a happy time but also caused me apprehension because we would have to wake her up for her appointment. We woke her up right when they called us in and she was still in a bit of a daze when we sat her in the booster seat. The wonderful lady who cut her hair, Diane, got to work right away, giving me a toy and covering her in Mickey stickers. Our little gal lit up at the stickers and was in a pleasant mood throughout the entire haircut. Diane did a great job and I was so happy that her first haircut was a positive experience for us all and that the photographer did a great job capturing it for us. 

In addition to the haircut, we got a locket of her hair to take home, plenty of pixie dust, a certificate, and a “first haircut” set of mouse ears. So adorable! If you’re on the fence about scheduling a first haircut while you’re at Disney, it’s definitely something you should go for! Such a sweet and memorable time. Worth the small financial and time investment for sure!

DIY No Mess Easter Grass

Update: 

I can’t even decide what the best part of this no-mess Easter grass is!

First, it’s no-mess. No more plasticy strands clinging to everything in sight and showing up weeks after the basket is put away.

While I totally love this lime green color, it can be customized to match the little one’s basket!

It’s reusable! No more spending each year on something that’s just going to go in the trash.

It’s even washable! Have an unexpected melty chocolate in your basket? Throw this grass in a laundry bag and wash it up for next year.

I’ve really loved this Easter grass both years we have used it in our family. This year I created a video to show how to make your own Easter grass. You can see it here: 

 

 

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DIY No Mess Easter Grass

Do you ever finish a craft project and get super excited because it turned out great? That’s how I felt with my Easter grass project. When I started making Mudpie’s Easter basket I thought “wouldn’t it be cute if I sewed in some yarn ‘grass’?” I contemplated this for awhile and since I’m trying to go with the “let’s not overly complicate something that has already been done” technique I decided to look around and found this post from Lady Behind The Curtain (http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/making-grass-from-yarn/) that I based my Easter grass on. I didn’t use the plan exactly but it helped having that idea to go off of. It wasn’t difficult but took much longer than I expected. I kept reminding myself that this is a project that will hopefully last through her young years at least since I get frustrated when projects take longer than expected. When I got all the grass poofs done and in the basket I was so excited. They were the last touch I needed to really love the basket it seems. I’m so happy with how it turned out!

 

Here’s how to make your own DIY No Mess Easter Grass: 

Pick your favorite color acrylic yarn. I used neon green, but I also think hot pink would be super cute. You’ll also need scissors and something to wrap the yarn around. I used a small container of labels I had but an old gift card would be perfect as well.

Hold one end of the yarn and wrap the yarn several times. I found 45 times worked great for me. Cut the end of your yarn.

DIY No Mess Easter Grass

Slide a piece of yarn under your yarn wraps and tie a very tight knot in the middle of your yarn. Do not cut yarn.

DIY No Mess Easter Grass

Carefully slide wraps off onto your hand. Slide your scissors in the middle of the wraps and cut the loops across from your knot. Hold on to the knot area while doing this if you can.

DIY No Mess Easter Grass
At your knot hold the yarn strands together and wrap the tail of the knot around the bundle around 5 times. Use the other end of the knot tail to tightly knot these threads. 
DIY No Mess Easter GrassCongrats you’ve made your first Easter grass poof! Now keep going until you have enough Easter grass to cover the bottom of your basket. 
DIY No Mess Easter Grass
I thought that I might try to connect the grass to the bottom of the basket or connect the grass poofs together, but I ultimately opted not to. Since this Easter grass is no mess, I don’t mind if baby girl decides to throw the poofs all about when she gets older. Plus this way I can take out the grass if I need to later for any reason. 
 
What do you think of this DIY Easter grass? Does traditional Easter grass end up in odd places in your house or just mine? Let me know in the comments below!