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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Favorite Things

It has been awhile since I shared some of my favorite things.  I have some that I want to share this week!
Chocolate- Over the summer we took a little road trip to Chicago.  One of our  family favorite stores to visit is the Ghirardelli store.  You can buy large quantities of their products as well as enjoy yummy Ice Cream treats.  Yes, we did partake.  We also purchased a large bag of their "mini" squares.  There are a few different flavors that I ended up loving however, the caramel is still our family favorite.  
A couple weeks ago at Target I noticed these new packages of chocolate covered treats.  I decided to try the Sea Salt Cashews and Cranberries.  Yum!  Go get some!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough- One of my favorite cookie recipes is this Chocolate Chip Cookie.  (Don't judge my cookies in the photo.... they needed a little more flour. ) Trevor wanted me to make some dough to try the Stuffed Oreos so I thought appropriate to share the recipe with you too! Thank you Michelle for your yummy recipe.

1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup White Sugar
1/3 cup Margarine
1/3 cup Crisco
1  Egg
1  capful Vanilla
1 1/2 cup Flour (rounded)
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Chocolate Chips 
Mix well brown sugar, white sugar, margarine, crisco, egg and vanilla.  Add flour, salt, and soda.  Continue to mix well.  Stir in lots of chocolate chips.  Bake at 375 for about 8 minutes.  

Crest Brilliance Boost-  This was recommended to me recently and I decided to give it a try as I'm always wanting whiter teeth.  I like the results.  You have to use toothpaste first and then the Brilliance Boost.  I don't know if it necessary to use Crest Brilliance Boost toothpaste but I did.

MiO Liquid Water Enhancer-  I wanted to stop drinking soda but I have a hard time drinking plain water.  When I was looking at different water flavors I saw this brand had 2 things that stuck out to me.  Pomegranate and an Energy option.  I have not had soda in about 3 months and don't miss it at all!

Joggers-  The pants shown above are one of my favorite things in a very long time.  I'm all about the comfort of these pants.  I can dress them up a little or wear for pajamas!  Win Win!
I got these at Target on promo for $17.99

LittleHoots App-  Perfect app for keeping those funny or special quotes.  Right now it is only available for iPhone but will be ready for Android soon.  Right now it is FREE so check it out!

E.L.F. Makeup Setting Mist-  I heard this brand worked as well as expensive options so decided to give it a try.  At $3 it was an easy choice.  Turns out I really like it.  It's purpose is to set your makeup for longer lasting loveliness! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Attention Dishwashers!

Last month, I had the opportunity to travel to Cincinatti and take part in the #CascadeBloggerDay and #KitchenDishCouncil.  You may have seen some crazy tweets from me and wondered, "What in the world"? As it turns out, I learned so many interesting and useful facts about dishwashing that I want to share with you!  

It all started with an invitation to be part of a Cascade Kitchen Dish Council.  I wanted to be part of something that is important to me as a mom.  As part of the trip, I got to meet a bunch of wonderful & fun mom bloggers, stay in a pretty swanky hotel, 
and eat some yummy food for a couple of days. 

My favorite part about the trip was getting to tour the P&G Archives.  I personally love antiques and history, so I absorbed all of it with great delight.  I wish I could share all of the amazing things I learned.  I even told them that they really needed a public version or museum because they truly have some interesting history that all of you would love to see.

Throughout, the day we participated in all kinds of demonstrations, 
experiments, and discussions.  

What does all of this mean to YOU? There are some things that most of us are doing wrong in our dish washing.  There is time and water to be saved!  
Cascade teamed up with Marie Claire and did some research 
that you should know.  Read the full article here.

Key Findings:  "Survey Proves People Need to Stop 'Dish-Wasting' 
their Valuable Time and Skip the Pre-Wash!
  • 89% of those surveyed did not realize that most dishwashers feature a garbage disposal.
  • Nearly half (46%) of survey respondents believe that skipping the pre-wash will lead to dirtier dishes. 
  • If people stop pre-washing, how would they spend that time they've saved?  Almost half of those surveyed (46%) said they'd spend it shopping on line. ( I like to think we would use that time reading blogs and viewing YouTube as well ;)  ) 
Now that you know you don't know need to pre-wash let me give you a few tips to loading the dishwasher to maximize sparkly clean dishes every time you wash!  

Check out what my fellow Mom Bloggers had to say about the experience.  Each of us retain and explain things differently so please check them out too! #kitchendishcouncil

What are YOU going to do with all of your extra time? 
Share your comments and questions below!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Instagram / Photo Projects

Have you ever wondered what you could do with all those Instagram Photos you post?  Or.... your summer vacation photos that seem to just take up space on your laptop ? This week I posted a video showing 5 different ideas you can use for those photos!  

Instagram Photo Album Kits

I rate this idea on the cute meter as "off the charts" CUTE!  When I saw these I thought knew I had to order immediately.  I saw the books on Pinterest which led me to this blog post at Polka Dot Chair .  She has a coupon code for 20% savings at the bottom of the post!

To order your "off the charts" CUTE Instagram Photo Album Kits go to Shopwer .

Mini Instagram Polaroid Magnets

  • Adhesive Magnetic Sheet:  I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  You can find at other craft stores as well.
  • Mini Polaroid Photos:  I printed them using Picasa.  Print instructions found Here. 

Framed Photo Display

  • Frame
  • String
  • Paper backing
  • Mini Clothes Pins: Find them in the scrapbook section of your local craft store.
  • 4 X 4 Photos:  Send "square" cropped photos to Walgreens for One Hour pick up!

Mod Podge Canvas Photos

  • 4X4 Canvas:  I got them at Hobby Lobby.  You can find them at Michaels or Joann as well.  
  • 4X4 Photos:  You can either print your own or send them to Walgreens for One Hour pick up!

Additional Ideas:  You can see these shown just sitting on display.  I want to find a spot to hang several on the wall.  You could do all different sizes or a bunch of 4X4.  I used this same technique in 8X10 shown here.

Instagram Polaroid Coasters

  • HP Photo Paper:  I printed my own pics.  You could use any photo.
  • 4X4 Ceramic Tile:  I bought mine at Home Depot for a whopping $.13!                      Can I get a Wahoo?
  • Adhesive Plastic Dots:  Found with felt dots at Home Depot.  Either will work the same.  Your intent is to save your surface from scratching. You could even glue felt on the bottom.

Watch my video to see step by step instructions for all of these projects!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

DIY Marquee Symbol or Letter

I have been wanting to try this project for so long.  I love the marquee letters you can buy at Restoration Hardware child/baby but they are quite pricey for this girl.  Last week I posted a video on my YouTube channel showing a Michael's "haul".  I purchased all kinds of initial letters in various sizes, shapes, and material.  I also purchased supplies to make a few letters.   
The process to make these letters or symbols is easy but has several steps that take a little bit of time.  The time is so well spent though.  I love my letter and my hash tag so much they made me squeal! 


  • Foam Board:  You can get these a ton of different stores.  Look for them with poster board.  Wal-Mart sells them for under $2.  I purchased the 20X30 size board.
  • Poster Board:  I used one whole board for each letter I made.  I recommend you feel the board and make sure you are buying a better quality board.  Some are thinner and don't work as nicely.  My favorite is think and glossy on one side and matte on the other.
  • Spray Paint:  I used a metallic silver because I wanted mine to look like metal.  But you can make your letter any color! I would recommend you make it to compliment or match the room its going in.
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Drill:  This is to drill holes for the lights.  If you don't want to make your letter light up you don't need a drill.  If you don't have access to a drill you can poke the holes manually by starting with something like a pencil and then move to a larger utensil to get holes large enough for your light socket.  I used a butter knife to make holes larger enough.  Simply spin it around to carve out a round shape.  Be careful! If you are a child make sure to ask mom what she prefers.
  • Lights:  I used the globe lights from Target.  These are sold at lots of stores especially around Summer and then Christmas.  They are used as outdoor lights for deck umbrellas and as Christmas tree lights.  A box is usually around $10.  Check stores like Wal Mart, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, JoAnn, Target, or Home Improvement stores that carry outdoor furniture.  
  • Misc:  Ruler, pencil, xacto knife, scissors, and black craft paint & brush.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Floral Bun DIY

While I've been out doing Back to School shopping I came across these really cute hair bun accessories.  They were priced at $7 each.  That is just too much for me when I know they can be so easily made for a fraction of the cost.  For under $20 I purchased enough supplies to make 22! 

Items Needed For This Project:

  • Elastic:  1/4" black elastic is what I used.  My package came with 3 yards for $1.29. 
  • Flowers:  I would suggest looking in the seasonal bunches of flowers.  They usually have special pricing.  I purchased a few garlands that had tons of flowers.  I purchased my flowers at Hobby Lobby.  You can also find lots of options at Michaels or Joann.
  • Misc:  glue gun, glue sticks, felt, scissors
TIP:  I used black elastic and it blends very well in my daughters brown hair.  I also made some for my niece who has light brown/blonde hair and it blended well.  The elastic gets hidden in the hair. ( I don't think white would work well unless you have extremely light blonde hair.  )

I would love to see your cute creations.  Please share pictures with me on instagram, twitter, Facebook or email.  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

School Supplies 2014

I can't believe it is almost time to go back to school again!  This summer has literally flown by! We have had a super fun summer and made many great memories.  I am so thankful that I am able to spend time at home with my children.  It is truly a blessing.

I love to plan back to school "themes" with the kids.  It is something we have done together since all of my kids started school.  It is really a fun bonding & creative time for us! I am down to just my baby with this process.  Once they reach Middle School & High School were done.  It's not cool anymore.  


  • Canvas Tote:  I used the natural color.  They come in white as well.  I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby but they can be found at Joann & Michaels as well for about $3 per bag.
  • Fine Tip Sharpies:  Light Blue & Red
  • Ruler & Pencil

I have seen this DIY idea for awhile and have been dying to try it.  Oh my heck!  This is so much cuter in person.  I thought this would be so cute to have Bella take all the things she donates to her classroom on "Meet the Teacher" night and then give the bag to her teacher.  


  • We purchased ours at Tilly's.  If you don't have a store near you look at their huge, adorable & affordable selection online.
  • Charms:  we added feather charms to the zippers.  I found adorable options in the jewelry or scrapbook sections.
  • Patches/Buttons:  patches and buttons can be found at most fabric or hobby stores. 

  • Composition Notebook
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Misc: paint brush, scissors, stickers as adornments (found in scrapbook section of local hobby store)
  • Canvas Pencil Pouch:  I found several options at Hobby Lobby
  • Craft Paint:  Metallic Gold & Foam dotting tool (paint isle with craft paints)
  • Pencil Can:  empty soup can (any size)
  • Scrap Book Paper
  • Misc: Tape, scissors

  • Spiral Notebook:  I buy tons of the super cheap $.25 every year to last until they are on sale again next year! Target or WalMart 
  • Faux Chalkboard printed scrapbook paper:  The pack shown was purchased at Target
  • Misc: Mod Podge, scissors, paint brush
  • Black Binder with Clear Sleeve Front: purchased at Target but you can find them all over.  Target, WalMart, or Office Supply Stores.  

The US Map notebook is double covered.  First glue the stripe paper then cut out the map so it will fit on the notebook sideways.  

Frames on the Binder are cut out and glued on the polka dot paper.  Both are found in the pack of paper shown above from Target. 

  • For a tutorial on the custom notebook Mod Podge process watch my previous tutorial