Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How to Print Your Pins

I don't know about you but I.... am..... a.... Pinterest.... Addict. There it is... I said it. I have spent many, many, many hours collecting things on Pinterest. And what do I have to show for it? PINS! But what happens if for some reasons those pins disappear or something happens to my account? What will happen to the fruits of my hoarding labors? I'd really rather not find out. Ya hear me?

So this week, I have a little tutorial on how to save your pins on PicMonkey. If you are a planner like me you have already started thinking about Fall, so here is the first set of pictures I put together with my Halloween collection. 

Head on over to PicMonkey and click on Create a Collage. 

Click on the picture on the far left that says "Layouts" when you hover over it. Choose the category "Square Deal" and choose the amount of squares you want... I used the third options which has 16 squares. 

Under your collage it shows the dimensions 1024 x 1024. Click on the little lock button so that when you hover over it it says "Lock Proportions." This will allow you to change the proportions and make your picture 8 x 10 for printing. Change the proportions to 1920 x 2400.

Go back to the far left options and click on the picture you hover over that says "Images" and then click on "Open Photos". 

Upload the pictures you have selected from Pinterest. (I previously right clicked on the pins I wanted to save, clicked "Save to My Computer" and then saved them all in a common folder.)

If you want to add any words to your collage now is the time to click on "Edit". Just make sure you have the pictures exactly the way you want them because you won't be able to go back and change them once you enter the Editing section. 

Save to your computer and print that puppy out!

Hope that helps and Happy Pinning!!!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Honey Bee Baby Shower

The Honey Bee Baby Shower is a perfect theme for any Mama to Bee!  It's gender neutral, yet still colorful and fun! Just mix up some black and yellow napkins, plates and cups and you've got yourself some Honey Bee action!

 I made a cute (yet practical... hello diapers!) little Bee diaper cake that I LOVED! I found this yellow hexagonal ribbon which was perfect and the mini bee pillow pet will be just right once baby is ready for a toddler pillow! You could also go with some Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo and Bubble Bath but I went with the old standby, Johnson and Johnson.

 For a game we played Guess-How-Many-Honeycombs-are-in-the-Baby-Bottle. And for the few kids that tagged along for the party, I made a little snack bag of Honeycombs & Bees (M&M's). 

Now onto the super fun honey themed menu!!! I'm not gonna lie, I had a really fantastic time looking at honey laden foods and could have made much, much more... but I managed to rein in my inner over-doer and went for a more appropriate sized spread. =)

First, and my favorite, was the Honey Buttercream Frosting on the cupcakes!!! OMG! I wanted to lick each and every one of them... but don't worry, I didn't. This recipe is a MUST!

Secondly, I made a version of a great Fruit Salad with Honey Dressing from Food Network, compliments of Paula Deen. I wasn't so keen on the idea of using ALL fruit (I thought that might be too sweet) so here is my version of the recipe which received thumbs up all around!

1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 tsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
Romaine lettuce
Diced apples (I used Gala)
Mandarin oranges
Candied pecans

Finally, we had some simple Honey Ham and Cheese Croissants but these Honey Ham Biscuits Sliders and Honey Prosciutto Flatbreads look like pretty amazing alternatives!!!

Hope you have fun party planning! I'm more than happy to bee of service! =)