Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Triple Chocolate Nutella Strawberries

What is better than strawberries and chocolate? Strawberries and MORE chocolate! It is for that very reason I came up with my family's new favorite dessert: Triple chocolate Nutella strawberries.

Not only are these super delicious, but they are quick and easy to make.

1 jar of Nutella
White chocolate chips
Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Wash your strawberries and hollow out the centers. Dry the outsides with a paper towel. They are much easier to fill and dip once dry.

Fill the insides of the berries with a mixture of Nutella and white and dark chocolate chips. I prefer to layer the ingredients and finish them off with chocolate chips.

Next, dip those babies in melted semi-sweet chocolate and set them on wax paper. Once the chocolate has hardened drizzle them with white chocolate. Doesn't that look fancy?

I know what you're thinking. Isn't all that chocolate a bit overkill? The answer to that question is no. No it is not. It is just the right amount of kill. Saying something has too much chocolate is like saying there is too much happiness, or too much democracy, or too many movies on Netflix.

Philly helped me with the left over chocolate.

Once you've finished your chocolaty masterpieces feel free to share them with your friends and family, or save them for yourself and a marathon of New Girl.

Don't forget to Pin this recipe for future reference!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Confession: I am the Nursing Ninja

This was on my Facebook feed this morning.

I had quite the giggle when I realized my superhero name was The Black Breast Pump. Being the nerd that I am, I immediately went to PicMonkey and created this little gem:

I decided to take it a little further and create my own superhero name: The Nursing Ninja.

A mild mannered, baby-wearing, breast-feeding, craft blogger by day, and a crime fighting ninja who shoots glitter from her boobies by night. She is....The Nursing Ninja. *Cue theme music*

I explained the glitter in a previous post where I found glitter in my son's diaper. I came to the conclusion that I'm so crafty I lactate glitter. You can find the post and some fun freebies here.

Also, feel free to use the picture above. You go, nursing mamas!

What is your superhero name and power?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I'm so crafty I lactate GLITTER!

The other day Calvin had a speck of glitter on his upper lip after nursing. This morning there was glitter in his diaper. This confirmed what I have long suspected: I'm so crafty I lactate glitter. In honor of this awesome fact I made a fun printable to share with all you nursing mamas out there. It is also available as a Facebook Timeline cover, and wallpaper for iPhone and iPhone5.

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I hope you all enjoy these fun freebies! Don't forget to pin and share if you do. :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bullies Suck: Caitlin's Story

Last week I addressed the subject of bullying here on the blog. Today I'm going to focus on Caitlin: An amazing girl who has been on the receiving end of bullying. I'm going to avoid the term "victim", because try as they might, the bullies have not brought this girl down.

This school year started like any other, and Caitlin was close friends with a group of girls. The trouble began when Caitlin was hurt while playing with one of her friends. Her leg was pulled out from under her and she broke her tailbone. It was never the girl's intention to hurt Caitlin, but it eventually led to the end of their friendship. Long story short: Gossip started, sides were taken, and Caitlin found herself cast out.

Like a lot of these situations things just snowballed from there.  In the past few months she and her family have been harassed and bullied by people they once trusted and cared for.  Her parents have gone to school officials, but not much has been done. According to Caitlin's mother, "Girls will be girls", has been the attitude of some of the school employees and the parents of some of the girls involved.
One solution that has been presented is to have Caitlin walk with another student in the halls to be a  witness to any activity. This stemmed from her being accused of calling another girl a name. She was disciplined by a teacher and the accusation was later found to be untrue. All of this has made school feel like a prison for Caitlin, rather than a place of learning.
I asked Caitlin to think about her situation with the bullies and captured her reaction. Her expression changed from perplexed, to angry, to hurt within seconds.
Changing schools or homeschooling seems like an easy solution to the bullying situation, but Caitlin has refused to do either. She wants to show the bullies that she is stronger than their tactics. Her strength is an admirable quality and proof that while bullying sucks, how you react to it can define who you are. To quote Eleanor Roosevelt: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

When asked what she had learned from this situation Caitlin replied: " I have learned that you have to be true to yourself and know that it is going to be okay. You have to stay strong and don't give in. Don't let it ruin who you are."

Her message to others being bullied is: "Let an adult know what is going on. Find someone that you can count on and help you through it and keep your spirits up, like my friend Desi! Don't give in on the temptation on gossiping about them. You just have to concentrate on the good stuff. Stay Strong!"

She's such an amazing girl and I wish her nothing but the best. I hope those that are bullying and those who are being bullied can take something from Caitlin's situation and learn from it. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Do You See the Blood? A Message to the Bullies

I try to keep this blog fun and lighthearted because the world can sometimes be a harsh and heavy place. I like to think of Crafty Confessions as a place to escape from this and just get lost in creativity. Today, however, I need to address something dark. Something that effects every single one of us: Bullying.

Whether you have been a bully, been bullied yourself, or have watched your child go through it, bullying has touched all of us. It has hurt all of us, including those who are doing the bullying. Today I'm putting out a plea to the bullies and the parents of bullies:

Bullies: STOP. Not just for the sake of those you are hurting, but for yourself. Every cut you make to someone else is a cut to your own soul. You may not see it now, but one day those wounds will appear. Have you ever cut yourself, but didn't notice until you saw the blood? Suddenly it hurts. This will inevitably happen to those who bully others. Do you understand what I'm saying? YOU ARE BLEEDING. If you don't stop to see and feel the damage you may not stop the bleeding in time.

Parents: Do you see your child? Your bully? They are injured. Don't ignore it. As a parent it is your duty to point it out. You might not want them to feel the pain, but if you don't do something the blood of your child and the child they are hurting is on your hands.

I also have a message to those who are being bullied: It WILL get better. I don't know when. I wish I could tell you, but just know that it will. I know if feels like you can't just sit around and wait for that someday to arrive. The pain might seem like too much, but hold on. Hold to your family. Hold to your faith. Hold to the knowledge that there are people out there that have made it through the same storm.  Stay strong and know you are loved.