Saturday, December 22, 2012

DIY: $4.99 Hair Accessory Organizer

When you 3 month old daughter has this much hair, hair accessories are unavoidable. You can try your hardest to resist, but once you clip that first barrette in her hair you are hooked for life!

In addition to me buying every cute little headband or barrette I see, many people have made me hair accessories for her and that is where the problem lies. I am overflowing with hair accessories and needed a way to organize them. I was talking it over with my sister Luci one day and she said something about seeing an accordion hat rack that would work to organize them and from there the ideas began to flow...

First I went on Amazon in search for an accordion hat rack. I found this one below for $4.99!

 I took it apart.

Painted it pink with the leftover paint I had from decorating her room. (Notice I attached all the knobs on cardboard for easier painting.)

Next, I used some leftover ribbon I had from her room and looped it through the holes of the pieces.

I ended up with all the pieces looking like this: 

I secured the ribbon with a drop of hot glue to the backside of all the pieces.

Then I made sure to press the ribbon down until it stuck and wiped off any excess.

I ended up with all the pieces having ribbons glued to them and just needed to reassemble the hat rack.

I decided to change out the center knobs for some more decorative ones I found at Target.

I hung it up in her room,

and then filled it with all the hair accessories.

Let's just say this is one of the quickest and ONLY projects I have done since she was born. (Just a little busy with a toddler and a 3 month old if you can't tell by the lack of blogs!) It functions great to organize all of her hair accessories and adds some cute decoration to her room. This one is almost full, so I might have to make another one!

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

20 Minute Meal: Low Calorie Salmon with Creamy Lemon Caper Sauce

I had a hot date tonight, my son. I am trying to add more fish to our diet and because my husband doesn't like it very much I decided to try to eat it on the nights my husband is working. I came up with this yummy recipe tonight! Not only is it super good, but it's low calorie!

4 (4 oz) salmon pieces (You will notice in my pics I only made 2 pieces for my son and I)
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
3 tablespoons light butter
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed

Season salmon with salt and pepper. Place in baking dish and cook for 15-20 minutest at 400 degrees until flaky.

While the salmon is cooking, melt butter in a small pan over medium heat.

Once butter is melted, whisk in evaporated milk

Then add in dill

Lemon pepper seasoning

And lastly the capers

Whisk continuously until reduced to sauce consistency, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat. (Make sure you whisk continuously  In between and whining toddler and a crying baby, I stopped whisking and my sauce is not as smooth as I would like it to be.)

Pour sauce over salmon and served with a nicely sized portion of green veggies!

The Skinny: Serves 4 @ 316 calories

*calorie information from

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