5 Fabulous Spring Hairdos

Happy Spring!

I cannot believe we are finally in the Spring Season!  Woot Woot!

I don’t know how much more winter I can take, especially my poor hair!  I’ve had the worse hair season.  My hair has been dry, frizzy and because of the stinking snow, I had “hat hair” almost all winter long.. boo!  But no more…  With the days getting longer and winter behind us we can now focus on some fun spring styles.  Here is a list of great go to hairdos I do for me and my minions.

simple-ponytail-hairstyle

There are two styles I always rock when I am pressed for time (which is always) One is the ponytale.  I used to just grab my hair, tie it up and keep going, but lately I’ve been taking a few extra minutes to give my hair a bit more pizzazz.  Like this pony from Asiantown.net.  Very simple and not too time consuming.. which is a win for me :)

doublebun

My second go to hairdo is the messy bun.  The double bun from The Small Things Blog is awesome.  I do this hair style (whenever I’m not sporting the ponytail) prior to getting the kids ready for school.  My morning routine is not the best.  We usually have enough time for me to pack the kids lunch and snacks, help them get dressed, do their hair and make sure they eat their breakfast (which my hubby Tan provides -yeah he’s awesome ;) ) then it’s off to school then do my errands.

lowsidebraid

I have to admit, I love the low side braid.  This is so easy to do and takes me less than 5 minutes to create.  I usually do this when I’m on my way out shopping or having a casual day with the family.  Her Campus shows you how to create this super cute, super easy hairdo.

fishtailbraid

Here is a fun two in one hair style, the fishtail bun by Teen Vogue.  You can either stop at the fishtail braid or continue on and create a braid bun.  Although the fishtail braid is a bit tricky the results are awesome.  My youngest girl loves this style.

sideponytail

Last but not least is the side pony.  Very fun hairstyle that is easy to do.   No tutorial but check out Style Me Pretty for awesome inspirations.

There you have it, 5 of my favorite Hairdos for the spring/summer season.  What about you.  What’s your go to hairdo?  Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you :)

5 Fun Craft Ideas

Happy Humpday!  Today I’m sharing five fun crafts I spotted over the weekend and decided to share the fun finds with you.  Let’s get started:

ampersand thumbtack

I’m a sucker for typographical art and  found this adorable DIY Ampersand Art by Live Love DIY.

bathroomwallart

Here I found this awesome bathroom wall art by Two It Yourself.  She re-purposed an old picture frame, which I think she did an great job!

dahliacorsage

How gorgeous is this dahlia corsage by Not Martha.  I have some left over felt that I’m just dying to give this a try!

infinitylove

I would absolutely love this Love Infinity Wall Art by Life of a Craft Crazed Mom.

Pull-Out-Photo-Box-theDIYvillage

And finally this fantastic Pop Up Photo Box by The DIY Village.  I think it’s totally ah-mazing and I cannot wait to create one of my own.

There you have it folks!  5 truly creative projects from some truly creative people.  What about you?  What creative projects are you currently working on?

Peace Out!

Weekly Wrap Up

What up.

It’s Friday and I thought I’d do a weekly wrap up.

I’d like to say that this week has been a fun and fantastic week but it hasn’t.  We had a pretty bad snow storm in which my minions had no school on monday and opened an hour late Tuesday.  Bleh.  It did not make things easier for me.  Not.  One.  Bit.  I’m sooo over winter and cannot wait for warmer weather.  I plan on going out a lot.  Do anything, go anywhere just to leave this tiny cramped apartment.   Cannot wait I tell you!  {especially since we’re expecting more snow this weekend!  Grrr!!}

Anywho, for a while now whenever I feel a bit crazed I think of the positive things that’s happened and this helps me from going bananas.  So here I share with you all the cool moments of the week.

5.  I was able to go out this week for a tiny bit and do a itty bitty bit of shopping.  Although I really didn’t get anything worth mentioning, I’m just glad I was able to leave the salt mines for a bit :)

4.  The minions received their progress reports from school and I’m happy to say they are doing great and i so hope to see some straight A’s this semester.  *fingers crossed*

3.  Because of the weather, the powers that be allowed Tan to work from home on Monday.  Which helped me out big time because that meant I had another adult to converse with and also he yummy to look at ;)

2.  My younger sister and i chatted for a bit and I realized my baby nephew is about 6 weeks away from being born.  I cannot wait to meet him and spoil him!  {I have a lot of nieces and nephews and love them all} My youngest brother and I had an awesome chat this week as well and his baby girl will be born any day now.  I’m excited and anxious {when is she getting here!}

1. Although my old computer done died on me.  Tan was able to buy a new toy for me the family and I have to say I love it!  He was finally able to transfer all my files from the old PC to this one {it only took him a about an hour after work but what can I say, he spoils me} and now I’m a happy girl ;)

And that’s pretty much it.  Now that I look back this week wasn’t so bad after all.    Now I’m off to enjoy another snow filled weekend!  Be safe and stay warm.

Peace-out.

Winter Craziness

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  Lately it’s been crazy hectic for us here at Casa de HNC, with school being closed because of snow days, our boy Nemo (our Pomeranian) is having health issues (bladder stones, dislocated knee, arthritis) and Tan’s grandfather has been having some troubles as well (Alzheimer’s) ,  I was practically pulling my hair out!  Everyone has been stressed and not having a good week month.  I have been doing my best to keep things cool but it’s been hard.  Every time we try to get a moment something happens.  Just the other day the kids were with their grandmother for the night and Tan decided at the last minute to go out to dinner.  Of course our luck we waited 20 minutes and no one even took our drink orders.  It wouldn’t be such a big deal but the restaurant wasn’t even packed!  We bumped into out kids at the restaurant and they were seated and their drink orders taken and we were still waiting.  We would of stayed a bit longer but Tan was on call and we had to leave.  :(  Which of course sucked big time.  That would of been our first “date night” in a loooonng time!  Usually we just do dinner at home with the kids and that’s it.  (We don’t have a lot of options when it comes to babysitters).

But what really sucked (for me) was that our PC died.  Yup.  Just up and died on me.  About a week ago I noticed the computer was a bit sluggish.  I mentioned this to Tan my expert pc guy (lucky for me he’s a programmer ;) ) but before he could even troubleshoot what’s wrong it just choked!  Darn thing wouldn’t even turn on.  So after a bit of research Tan replaced the computer with a totally awesome totally fast totally NEW PC! totally!  Woot Woot!  It’s pretty awesome so far but this is my first time using it, it does take a bit of getting used to but I’m sure I’ll rock it soon enough.  We got the pc last night (would of gotten it sooner but the weather made that a pain in the tukus!)  And that’s one of the reasons why this awesome blog has been silent for a bit.   I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things and post some awesome stuff soon!

Until then!

Valentine Love Wreath

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I cannot believe how quickly this month is flying by!  I’ve been thinking of ways to decorate the apartment without it being overly done. During the Christmas Holiday I made a paper wreath that was loads of fun and I received many compliments from my friends and family.  This time around I decided to make a wreath out of felt and this is what I made.

Hip 'n Creative Valentine's Day Wreath tutorial

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 8″ foam wreath (available at any craft store)
  • soft felt
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • Valentine Paper or construction paper (optional)
  • 2″ cup or anything to draw circles on felt
  • Ribbon or Twine (for hanging)

Directions

First thing I did was trace and cut 2″ circles using an old cup I had for holding my pencils (you can use anything you have available).  Be patient because this step is a bit time consuming since you’ll have to trace then cut about 100 of these felt circles.

Hip 'N Creative's fun and easy wreath tutorial

Next I folded the felt in half then in half again until the I have a triangle shape (like below).

Hip 'n Creative fun and easy wreath tutorial

fun and easy wreath tutorial by Hip 'n Creative

Using my glue gun I poked the tip of the gun on the the foam wreath and filled it with glue.  Then I stuck the folded felt tip in and held it for a few seconds making sure it didn’t pop back out.  Sorry I don’t have picture for this step. :(

fun and easy wreath tutorial by Hip 'n Creative

fun and easy wreath tutorial by hip n creative

Continue to glue the felt until your done.  Your final step will be to tie an 8″ ribbon to the back of the wreath and hang.  An optional step you can do is grab your favorite scrapbook paper or construction paper and write a word like “love” “amore” or whatever floats you boat!  Either way this is a fun and cute project anyone can do!

Hip 'n Creative Valentine's Day Wreath tutorial

What about you?  What project(s) are you working on for Valentine’s Day?

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole}

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole} | Hip N' Creative

I like trying different recipes.  Especially recipes that are easy to make and require no extra effort on my part.  Not that I mind making meals from scratch -on occasion, but when you have a million things going on on  any given day, it’s difficult to make a yummy meal everyone will love.  That’s when my totally awesome slow cooker comes out to play.  I just throw my ingredients, set it and forget it (until dinner time) ;)

This recipe comes from The Country Cook.  Boy is it goo-ood!  It’s definitely a crowd pleaser in my home and I hope it will be at your home too.  Now on to the recipe.

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole} | Hip N' Creative

Ingredients:

  • 32 oz. Bag of frozen Tater Tots
  • 3 oz. bag of bacon (Since I didn’t have enough bacon at the time I used a combination of bacon bits and microwave bacon.)
  • 1lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken (cubed)
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Cheese (I used Mexican Blend: cheddar, mozzarella,
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Cooking Spray or Slow Cooker Liner

Directions:

Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray.  Add a layer of tater tots to the bottom of the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole} | Hip N' Creative

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole} | Hip N' Creative

Add 1/3 of the bacon pieces and 1/3 of shredded cheese.

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole} | Hip N' Creative

Now add your diced chicken and season with salt and pepper (mmm-mmm doens’t it look good already?)

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole} | Hip N' Creative

Now add 1/3 of the bacon pieces and 1/3 of the shredded cheese.

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole} | Hip N' Creative

Another layer of the tater tots…

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole} | Hip N' Creative

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole} | Hip N' Creative

Finally finish adding 1/3 of the cheese and 1/3 of the bacon on top.  Don’t forget to add 3/4 of Milk (I almost did!)

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole} | Hip N' Creative

Cover and cook for about 4-6 Hours.  Now doesn’t this look good?  Told ya…

Slow Cooker Recipe: {Chicken Tater Tot Casserole} | Hip N' Creative

You can add a side of greens (we added steamed veggies) and your done!  Now go on and try it… You’ll love it!

Pipe Cleaner Rings Tutorial

BlingRing

Hello Hello!  I just wanted to share this cute craft I did with my girls a couple of years ago.  It’s a very simple project you and your little one can do together in an afternoon.  Great for Valentine’s Day or any other day! Let’s get started..

pipecleaner

What you’ll need:

  • Pipe Cleaners a.k.a. Chenille Stems (any color you like)
  • Hershey Kisses

Directions

First take 2 pipe cleaners and cross them over each other and twist them in the center, this will hold the pipe cleaners in place.

pipecleaner2

Place a kiss in the center of the  and bring the pipe cleaners up the to tip of the Hershey kiss.  Twist to secure the kiss around the tip of the candy.

Mold the pipe cleaner into a ring.  I used my thumb as a guide to make the ring base (or if you have little ones, you can use their finger as the ring guide).

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You can wrap the excess of pipe cleaner around the base of the Hershey Kiss or snip off the ends with scissors.  The end of the pipe cleaners can be sharp and we don’t want our little ones getting hurt.

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If your little one is giving these away for Valentine’s Day, you can add a cute little note to your ring!

No Bake Cheesecake

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Oh my gosh you have to try this super easy No Bake Cheesecake recipe!  Not only is it easy to make and requires NO BAKING it also tastes good!  I mean really good!  I made some over the weekend and had my little minions taste them and they all loved it :)  Which is a win for me.  This recipe is for 12 mini cheesecake muffins.  Here is what you’ll need to make these bad boys yourself:

CheesecakeIng

  • Graham Crackers (1 box)
  • 1 stick of butter (or 8oz of margarine)
  • 14 oz. of Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2 packages of cream cheese about 8oz. each
  • Cherry Pie Filling

Cheesecake Frosting

First let your cream cheese come to room temperature.  Once your cream cheese is ready, whip with marshmallow fluff and place in a piping bag (i used a sandwich bag) set aside.

Graham Cracker Crust

Grab your box of graham crackers (I actually used 2 packae -about 18 crackers rather than the whole box), using your food processor or mini processor, grind your crackers into crumbs (or you can whack them silly in a sandwich bag).  In a medium bowl, combine 1 stick of butter and cracker crumbs (until kind of sticky).

Next, pack your pie crust into your container -I used 7 oz. plastic cups I had available (but you can also use a muffin pan lined with cupcake liners.  You will need to ‘mush’ them down  (I used another cup wrapped in plastic wrap) until nice and tight.  Next snip your sandwich bag at the corner and pipe in your your cream cheese and finish off with with cherry pie filling.  Refrigerate overnight or for a about 4 hours.  Boom.. Done!  Easy Peasy right?  If you’re not fond of cherry pie fillings you can definitely substitute it with your favorite toppings.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe, I will be adding more fun recipes I try.  If you have any suggestions, please leave me a comment and I will definitely give it a whirl!

I LOVE You Mom…

It’s been a long day.  Actually a long year.. emotionally.  As I sit here I think back to a year ago today, at this exact time: 10:30pm.  I received a phone call, a call that drained my soul and tore my heart.  It was the hospice nurse at my mother’s nursing home.  They called to tell me that she passed away.  I remember it as if it was yesterday.  I was sitting on the couch with my husband and we were planning on visiting my mother early the next morning.  I always visit her on the weekends and spend as much time as possible with her.  Especially towards the end when she was so weak, she couldn’t get out of bed.

I remember seeing her the night before she passed.  She was laying in bed with her eyes closed, she was having difficulty breathing.  I went to her bed and gave her a kiss.  Afterwards I lay on the bed with her and talked to her.  I told her how much I love her and I hoped to make her proud.  I also told her stories of Tan and the kids.  A few hours later my sisters arrived and we all chatted with her as if she was sitting up on the bed listening.

The one thing I will never forget is my final moment with her.  As I was sitting beside her on the bed she grabbed my arm.  I mean really grabbed it.. hard and opened her eyes.  I couldn’t believe it.  She looked me straight in the eyes (something she hand’t done in all year) and tried her hardest to say something.  I’ll never know what she said, but my heart tells me she said ‘I love you’.  That night I cried myself to sleep.

I miss you Mom.

 

Keeping Things Organized

As I’ve mentioned once or twice in this blog, we are temporarily living in a two bedroom apartment while we shop for a new home.  You would think that living in a small space everything would be neat and tidy.  But I’m sad to say that’s not the case at Casa de HNC.  It’s been pretty difficult to find a home for everything.  This place is over flowing with things and I feel like I’ve been on a daily basis picking up and cleaning after everyone!

One night I was on Pinterest (my obsession!) and was pinning away all the creative ways I can organize our living space, in the hopes that one day, I’ll have a nice, clean and organized living space.  But in the mean time I’ll just keep pinning away all my favorite organization ideas.  Here are some of my favs from out in Blog Land:

housekeyframe

Key Organizer from Martha Stewart

KidsKitchenCabinetstorage

Kids Organize Cabinet by iHeart Organizing

slidingstoragegaragesystem

Garage Storage by Handyman

storage_redchairblog

“Transient Items” Storage by The Red Chair Blog

undercabinetdrawerstorage

Under cabinet drawer by Handyman

How about you?  Do you have any awesome organizing tips you’d like to share with me?  If so, chat me up, I’d love to hear your awesome ideas!

Oh and if you get a moment, stalk I mean follow me on pinterest!  See you soon!