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Meet April ~ She really is delightful!

Hi! *waves* I'm April, and thanks to Amanda (our lovely hostess) I get to share yummy recipes with you!
She asked me to take a few lines and let you get to know me better, so here we go!

Do What You Have To {A Desperate Momma}

Please click here to vote for my blog for the top mommy blog!
 

Why don't they make (mom) cars with windows like limousines have?
A window between the driver and people in the back seat.

A window the driver could roll up that would block out the sound in the back of the car. I would pay quite a bit extra for an option like that. My kids are really loud in the car. They are talking all the time too and frequently crying, screaming, and asking me to do things for them I can't do while I am driving.
 

How To Make An Infinity Scarf

Hi friends!  Today Jacinda is going to share a really simple infinity scarf tutorial.  
You only have to sew two seams! You can make a bunch of these as Christmas presents.  

How to make an infinity scarf from mommy is coocoo
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Elf On The Shelf ~ Please, STOP the insanity!

Last year, I read several blog post about The Elf on the Shelf. We have an elf, "telly" and I love this new family tradition. If you aren't familiar the general idea is Santa sends your family an elf around the beginning of December. Your family names the elf. Every night the elf goes back to the north pole and reports the kids naughty or nice behavior to Santa. Brilliant! The elf sits in a new place everyday (i.e. you move it after the kids  go to bed each night) so your child knows the elf has been to see Santa.
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Happy Thanksgiving

Today, I hope you get to be with the ones you are most grateful for... 
 

How to make an Almond Poppy Seed Loaf


What scrumptiousness do we have from April's kitchen today?

How to make Almond Poppy Seed Loaf

My dear friend Cherie (Cherie of the Fabulous Carrot Cake) asked me a question a few days ago: "Do I have to put lemon in EVERYTHING to be part of your club??" LOL!!

Point taken, Cherie! I am a bit of a lemon addict, aren't I? I guess I'm just getting it all out of my system, before the days of spices, pumpkin, apples, and chocolate move in permanently. Well, this one is for Cherie, and any other not-so-much-lemon fans out there! I hope you like it! It's great for delivering to new neighbors... :)

Meet Jacinda the Sewing Contributor

Sewing Contributor


I e-met Jacinda when she and I did a blog swap several weeks ago.  We bonded immediately and we look forward to meeting in person one day (is she totally coocoo or what?!?). Jacinda is very talented and I can't say enough about her kind heart. 

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Hi!  I'm Jacinda.  Since I've been around here the last few weeks sharing sewing tutorials with you, Amanda wanted me to tell you a little more about myself.


Sunday Night Depression

Sunday Night Depression

 


Most people dread Sunday night.  Not me!  I don't like Fridays.

 

Sunday Friday Night Depression

I'm so excited on Sunday nights!  Why?  My nanny is returning on Monday and I've just spent the whole weekend (alone) with my husband and children.  My husband is a VERY HARD WORKER and he would like to relax a little on the weekends (what the hell is wrong with him?), play with our kids, and work in the yard.  Also, my husband has his own idea about how and when to do things with our family and my dear, sweet nanny just does what I ask her to do.  Seriously, how could it get any better?

Shop til You Drop coocoo Momma Style

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{Mom, click on any of these pictures and you will be taken directly to the site}
 
It's black Friday from home!  I'll be shopping for the holiday's in my pajamas most likely sitting on my couch.  Here are some of my affiliates so you can join in on the fun.  These are stores I personally have bought from.


 
The Land of Nod is AWESOME!  They have children's furniture, bedding, everything for your playrooms, accessories and baby gear.   Even if you are on a strict budget they are worth looking at for inspiration!
TOYS
 
I have received many cute cards and invitations from tiny prints! Tiny prints has stationary for both family and business.  They have fun photo birth announcements, baby shower invitations, holiday photo cards and a lot more.  Get your Christmas cards ...
 
One Kings Lane is the leading online home and lifestyle shopping destination. Featured in InStyle, Better Homes and Gardens, People, Lucky, The New York Times, and other publications, it sells spectacular designer furniture, accessories, antiques, and vintage finds, in a curated setting, at prices up to 70% off retail. More than 3 million registered users shop One Kings Lane to get inspired, find their favorite home and lifestyle brands, and discover new ones.

Shutterfly offers photo services, including sharing photos and videos. You can order prints, make photo books, greeting cards and stationery with shutterfly.
Shutterfly
 
CafePress is where folks from all walks of life gather online to create, sell, and buy "print on-demand" products. Their products cover every possible topic – humor, politics, baby, pets, knitting, military, global warming, education, holidays, music, you name it!  They have something for every one (I personally love their onesies)!

Buy Wine Here!

Easy Canvas Prints lets everyone turn their treasured photos into works of art. In a easy 4 step process you will be able to get your photos printed on high quality canvas, professional stretched and gallery wrapped. Prices starting as low as $29.99 with free shipping!

EntirelyPets makes the highest quality health products available to pet owners online. The products they sell include Advantage flea control, PROGRAM, Frontline, Cosequin and much more.  They sell their products at up to 70% off vet prices and will match any price from our competitors!
 
Frecklebox is on a mission to educate and entertain with personalized children's books and other unique gifts for kids.  Frecklebox uses a child’s name to customize books, growth charts, posters, puzzles and much, much more! What kid doesn't love stuff with their name on it?  I've bought lots of gifts from frecklebox.
Shop for personalized gifts at Frecklebox.com now.

I LOVE Layla Grayce!!!  They are known for a mix of traditional, cottage, European and coastal decor as well as accessories for home, baby and child. They represent hundreds of well-known brands with complimentary interior design service, assisting customers transform their baby nurseries and living spaces in their homes.  Basically, they are awesome!
 

Zinc Door is where you’ll find furnishings and decor inspired by and evolved from iconic 20th century classic designs appealing to modern design aficionados as well as shoppers who appreciate classics with an updated edge. With a keen eye for design, Zinc Door has carefully curated a diverse collection of furniture, rugs, lighting, d├ęcor and bedding from the notable design houses of Arteriors, DwellStudio, Jonathan Adler, Oly and more. They have really cool stuff!

Joss & Main is a members-only site that offers limited-time sale events on the world’s best brands for home and life.  Their prices are up to 70% off retail.
jossandmain.com home decor

I have several wall decals and I recommend Lot 26 Studio!  They creates a wide array of wall decals in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and themes including peel-and-stick designs, adhesive acrylic mirrors, Words...Adhesive Inspirations, and more. Designs range from fanciful florals to bold graphics to the best paintings and images that contemporary artists have to offer.

Finally, I recommend Tea. They  have awesome clothes for woman and children. Tea designers find inspiration during their journeys, interpreting their discoveries into unique, beautiful clothing.
 

Are you a Black Friday shopper?

What special find are you looking for this year?

Happy Shopping!
Amanda

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How to Make Ginger Chocolate Chip Scones


From April's kitchen... Ginger Chocolate Chip Scones

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Scones, scones, wonderful scones. Tell me, when you think of British Food, what's the first thing that comes to mind?? For me, it is always either crumpets or scones. (I don't know how to make crumpets... yet) Maybe that's why scones have been one of my favorite goodies for as long as I can remember. Maybe it's their semi-biscuity texture and light sweetness. Who knows, but I adore them, and always will. By the way, I am making a concerted effort, for my readers and my chocoholic husband, to find more deep, dark, delicious chocolatey recipes.

These are addicting. Really.

Meet the coocoo Cousins

How taking care of five young children kept me sane during a totally insane time

meet my kids coocoo cousins (my niece and nephew) 

My brother celebrated his tenth anniversary recently and I offered to keep his kids so he and his wife{my dear, sweet sister-in-law} could go away for a few days alone.  I love my niece and nephew like they were my own children.  I don't get to spend a lot of time with them so I really enjoyed our time together. 
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coocoo party of five + two {pants optional}

How to Grow Your Blog

How to Grow Your Blog


I wrote two post over the summer for new bloggers or for people with small blogs who are looking to grow their audience. 
 
See Post 1 here.  See Post 2 here.
 
As part of my tips, I suggest you participate {and try to cohost} in blog hops
 
I frequently participate in and have cohosted these hops...
 

How to Make a Toiletry Bag

Hello, CooCoo readers!  Jacinda from yellowcloth here. Today I'm going to show you how to make the greatest toiletry bag ever.  This is a good sewing project for the confident beginner.

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Happy Veterans Day

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 American Flag Pallet Artwork

Thank you for your service and dedication to our country! 
 
Thank you for the sacrifices you and your brave families make. 
 
A special thank you to my favorite Veterans...


The Ornament Wreath (It's A Give-A-Way!!!)

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Christmas Ornament Wreath

I am thrilled to announce my second

 annual Christmas Ornament Wreath give-a-way!

Flying with Kids

What shouldn't happen when flying with your children:


Flying with Kids

My family is flying home from what's suppose to be a vacation in Florida.  It's been a VERY LONG DAY because we are on the late flight out in order to save $500.  I am traveling with my husband and our three children (ages four, three, and just turned one).  Clearly, its not that much of a vacation.  My husband and I are seated across the aisle from one another and we each have one of our boys with us.  My daughter (our one year old) is primarily sitting with me but there is only so much I can take in 18 inches of space so my husband and I pass her back and forth when I need a break.

Vote

Did you vote today?
 
 

1. Vote
 
2. Read this blog.

 
 
If you live in America, be grateful.
 
 
 
Have a lovely day!
Amanda
 

How to Sew a Small Pouch

Take it away Jacinda!

I love starting my week a little coocoo!!!  
Hope you're ready to sew, because I have a cuuuute project for you today.

how to sew a small pouch, tea bag pouch tutorial.
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Chevron Stripes that'll Make You SWOON

How to Paint a Chevron Stripe



*Update-I know how to paint a chevron stripe now!!!
See my detailed, easy to understand tutorial here 
 

I've been intimidated by the Chevron Stripe for months now.  Because I am dumb To help conquer this fear, I offered to make Superstar a Chevron Pallet Sign for her annual Halloween party.
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 Painting the Chevron Stripe on this pallet was the hardest craft project I've ever done.  the. hardest. ever.  If you ever see a Chevron painting tutorial that says something like, "easy" or "simple" those people are lying, as in they are freaking liars!!!

I'm over the moon!

I am thrilled to be cohosting this blog hop! 

Thanks for joining us! So let's get to it:
 
1. Follow your hosts.
 
They will be numbers 1 - 4 on the list. I try to always follow back, but it's a tad easier for me if you leave a comment letting me know you're new here. :) My co-hosts this week are Amanda over at Mommy is Coo Coo Niki over at Glossy Blonde +   Megan over at Our 5 Cents!

2. Link up your blog's main page
3. Try to stop by at least 3 blogs and follow ones you love. 
I'm sure they'd love it if you left a comment, as well :)
4. Take a button! 
 
Sharing is caring :) The more awesome blogs = the more awesome bloggy friends you make.
 


How To Make Spiced Plum Cake

How to Make Spiced Plum Cake

How to make spiced plum cake.  Spiced plum cake tutorial.
Today: Lesson on Plums! April is so talented, She can mix education and food!

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