Walker Boutique

Those of you who follow Skinny Latte Mommy on Facebook saw that I received this gorgeous packaged from Walker Boutique a few days ago.   I am so excited to finally show you all the super fun items that were inside!  
The Walker Boutique website includes a wide variety of personalized items. Seriously, how adorable is this pink monogrammed hat?  The quality of the hat and stitching is simply outstanding.  I know that this adorable hat is going to become one of my favorite summer accessories.

Since my move to South Florida, I have become obsessed with all things nautical.  I was beyond excited about these precious little anchor earrings.  Beside being incredibly fun and trendy, these earrings were also super gentle on my sensitive ears.  I am in love!

So many more affordably priced items can be found at Walker Boutique.  They carry everything from  children's and adult's apparel to home decor.  This fun boutique is also a fabulous place to find one-of-kind gifts.  I love that many of the items can be personalized.  I will definitely be visiting the Walker Boutique website on a regular basis!  Make sure to stop by and LIKE the Walker Boutique on Facebook as well.

Miss Cupcake was thrilled to see that Mommy now has a pink hat like her.  
We decided to wear them on a Mommy & Me outing at the park.

Easy DIY Yogurt Pops

Cupcake and I are still adjusting to the hot South Florida summers.  We both have a weakness for deliciously refreshing ice cream.  However, I have been trying to come up with a healthier option to keep us cool on sunny days.  These DIY yogurt pops were positively yummy and a huge hit with Miss Cupcake!

Step 1: The first thing you are going to need is popsicle sticks. 
I picked up this 50 pack of craft sticks at Walmart for less than a dollar!
Step 2: Choose the yogurt you would like to use for your pops.  Smaller containers work best.  Also, make sure that the container is the same size from top to bottom.  Some brands, such as Yoplait, have a slight cone shape which makes it nearly impossible to remove when frozen.
Step 3: Cut a small slit on the top of each container of yogurt.
Step 4: Stick the craft sticks into the slits.  Now it's time to stick them in the freezer and wait...
Step 5: I let my yogurt pops freeze all night.  This left them quite firm.  If you prefer a more creamy texture decrease the freezing time to 2-3 hours.
Step 6: Push from the bottom and the yogurt pop will slide out.  If you freeze it overnight, you may need to run the container under warm water first.  

3 Organizational Tips That Saved My Closet

In the past, I have always attempted to organize my pants in one of two ways: fold them or hang the traditional way on pant hangers.  The problem that I had with stacking folded pants was that it was extremely difficult to locate a particular pair of pants. Ultimately, I always wanted the pair on the bottom.  By the time I obtained the pair I wanted, everything else looked a bit unruly.  The problem that I had with hanging pants the traditional way was that they were so long they covered my shoes (more about this later).  I was recently shopping in Plato's Closet when I noticed the unique way that their pants were hanging.  Every single pair of pants was neatly organized in a way that made them visible and easy to access.  Of course, I took a closer look and decided to try it at home.  The following three steps demonstrate this innovative way of hanging pants that greatly improved the appearance of my closet.
1. Lay pants out on a flat surface and hang diagonally.   
2. Fold the leg that is closest to the hanger and clap it.
3. Fold the other leg up to join the first leg.
Hang them in your closet and enjoy being able to find the pants you want within seconds!

Next is a relatively obvious organization tip, but it made such a difference in my closet that I had to share.  It involves one of my absolute favorite items in the entire world: shoes!  I picked up a bunch (I won't confess how many J) of these plastic shoe bins from the Dollar Store.  My closet immediately looked a million times more organized, and I loved that I could see my shoes through the clear plastic.  I stacked the bins on the floor of my closet and on the top shelf.  The only downside is that extremely high heels and boots obviously won't fit, but I simply line those up around and on top of the bins.  This is such a great way to keep your beloved shoes organized, visible, and dust free!  This is really a must-do for any shoe lover.  

Another great love of mine is handbags.  I used to keep them all stacked in an extra large container on the top of my closet.  This may work for those who do not change their bag often, but I am not one of those people.  I decided to pick up some clear plastic shower hooks from Walmart and use them to hang my handbags from the bottom of a shelf that I have in my closet.  I was quite pleased with the outcome and can now change handbags frequently without pulling out a stepladder or digging through a disorganized pile in the container.

I am constantly searching for new ways to keep my extremely small closet orderly and accessible.  These are three of my favorite methods, but I have many more that I will be sharing in the future!

May you all have tidy closets. J



15 Minute DIY 4th of July Wreath

I opted to reuse a wreath that I already had. The berries were easy to pull off, and it was as good as new!  If you don't have an ugly wreath laying around your house like I always do, you can purchase a new one at any craft store.

I purchased rolls of red and blue burlap for $3.47 each and the wooden initial for $1.97 at Walmart. The natural burlap and twine were left over from a past project.

Next, I wrapped the red burlap around the wreath quite loosely leaving spaces.  After I was sure I had it positioned correctly, I secured it with hot glue.  I repeated the exact same process with the blue burlap in the spaces that I had previously left.

I positioned the "R" several times before I was happy with how it looked.  Eventually, I settled on placing it in the bottom left corner of the wreath.  I hot glued it onto the burlap. 

Once the glue dried, I was ready to make the bow/hanger for the top of the wreath.  This was easily created by taking a long piece of burlap.  I used approximately 4 feet, but it will vary depending on how large and full you want your bow to be. 

After deciding how long I wanted the tails of the bow to be, I made a loop pinching it together   I continued to make loops and add them between my two fingers.  I typical make around 4-5 loops before tying the loops together with a piece of twine where my fingers had been pinching it.

I tied the bow to the top of the wreath and used the excess twine to make a loop that would be used to hang the wreath.  All that was left to do was hang it on the front door and show Miss Cupcake (who had been snoozing away while I made this).  Happy crafting to you all! J