I have another freebie for y'all. I have created a simple Dear Santa form letter. I did not like to waste a lot of ink doing these kinds of projects for my kiddos but I do want them to still be fun for them. This is what I came up with this year. If you would like it also click HERE. Happy Holidays!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I enjoy this time of year and have fun trying to come up with neighbor gifts. I get excited about the season. I often reflect this time on all of the wonderful blessings I have. I wanted to quickly share with you all these cute tags that I have created. Click HERE for link to tags. You can use them free....Tis' the season!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Have you heard of Influenster.com? I know I am a little slow when it comes to technology and trends. But this site it great. You get to place you opinions and reviews for different products. I have put several different reviews in for items. When you have done this so many times you are then offered surveys to see if certain products are good for your household. I just got my first VoxBox. I got it from Suave. I love Suave products. I think they are great quality for a great price. I use many Suave products in my home already. I received a lotion, body wash and a kids mousse. Get this...they are full size items! How awesome is that. I love that they gave us full size items. Often times when you get a sample it is hard to know whether you like something because you run out of it too fast. Here is my opinion on what I got.
The Suave Naturals Sweet Pea and Violet lotion. The smell is floral but not strong. I love that this lotion makes my skin feel like lotion really moisturizes. I am a runner and running in the cold it makes my skin really dry. This lotion is yummy to my skin!
The Suave Men's Body Watch. The smell is wonderful. It is a manly smell without being too strong. It is something that my teenage boy loves.
Who knew that there was a Mousse for children? I love the smell of the Suave Kids Mousse. I would use it myself. I like that it styles without feeling heavy. My teenage daughter is enjoying this item.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Isn't this just about the cutest quilt ever? I think every baby and mommy would love to receive this as a blankie. I choose this size specifically for a baby quilt (34 x 45) but you can make it as big as you want.
Here is the square detailing. Which the next few steps will show you how easy it really is to do.
Here is the back detailing...I love the different colors of jeans. I saved up all of the old jeans from my hubby and cut them up.
First thing you will need to cut your circles. Mine were 8 inch circles. I just used a manilla folder. measured 8 inches on the fold and from center I measured 4 inches in. Cut out and got an 8 inch circle.
This is now my template to cut all my circles. My quilt is 6 blocks across and 8 blocks down. I needed 48 circles.
Next I cut my fabric. I used six different kinds of fabric. ***The fabric in these photos is purely for the tutorial photos. Not used in quilt.*** The reason I used six fabrics was to make it easy to make sure no two fabrics were next to each other. Since I had 6 blocks across...6 fabrics. You will need to cut 48 squares at 5 1/2 inches. You will also need to cut your batting at 5 1/2 inches. I used warm and natural batting. It is warm not bulky.
Now that you have to work all done the fun begins. You will first lay out your quilt. I layed all my circles with the fabric inside the circle (you will see your fabric will lay corner to circle edge) out and placed them where I wanted to them to go. I then joined the circles and and squares by making sure the circles lined up and the corners of the squares lined up.
Sew them along the edge of the square about a 1/4 inch in to catch the fabric and batting. Continue to join all the circles in each row until you reach the end (mine was six).
Imagine that my photo above has more circles. Now stack your rows on top of each other in the pattern you like. If you laid them out before hand just lay them back in the rows. Now you will join the rows where they are not together. Just pin them the same way. Edge to edge and corner to corner.
Once the quilt is attached to each other, you will need to iron down your flaps. Yes...it is important.
Next you will sew in an "S" pattern along the edges of the flaps. Start on one side and sew along the edges all the way down the length. Once at the edge, leaving your needle in the quilt re-direct your sewing to go up the other side of the same flaps. Continue until you get all the flaps sewn. First up and down. Then side to side.
Next you will sew the crosses in the squares. You will start at one corner and sew at a diagonal until you get to an edge. Then leave your needle in and re-direct your sewing across another area. Continue until you have all your crosses in the squares.
Last put a side seam on the edges. You are almost done...you now need to wash and dty it to get the edges to fray. If hope you understand these directions if not leave a comment and I will try to help out.
Isn't she a thing a beauty?
Ever see something before and know YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT? Well that is how I feel about a BlendTec Mixer. But I cannot seem to justify to my hubby the reason we should spend that kind of money on a blender. He just tells me that you can buy one for a fraction of that cost. He just does not understand. Being a runner I drink a protein drink every single day. I love them when they are icy and cold and well mixed. He doesn't drink them but my kids do and I have a recipe that tastes like an Orange Julius (recipe below) and they go nuts for it. They drink them every chance I will make one for them. I need to win one! Right now Discover Your Happy is giving one away. Go over there right now...yes leave my blog...now! And enter to win. Good Luck!
Banana Orange Smoothie
2 cups OJ
2 Cups Ice
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein
1 frozen (slightly overripe) Banana
Place everything in Blender and blend until creamy smooth! Enjoy...
Friday, June 14, 2013
I have been a runner for quite sometime and I
like love have to run with music. I often will take my little iPod for my short runs. However, on my long runs, trail runs and races I feel it necessary to carry my iPhone with me. I have tried just about every system out there to carry my iPhone. But I run into a huge problem...I am a klutz. Seriously, my parents would call me butterfingers when I was little. I have broken more phones in the history of phone devices. I have resorted to using an OtterBox. Anyone who has one has one story or another on how it has saved their phones, right? Me too. With all of the selection of arm, waist pocket contraptions to hold my phone I ALWAYS have to take the phone out of the OtterBox. Hence, my problem, I then have my precious phone exposed to me dropping it. I have recently seen a product that looks promising. It is called the Armpocket. They make it to fit all different kinds of phones and they even have one that holds an iPhone with an Otterbox case on it (listen to the heavens singing)! I want need one of these babies. Arent' the cool? And they come in different colors, of course my choice is pink the best color ever. I, however, have spent so much money on different armbands, waistbands, etc. that I am a bit nervous to buy another one. Justkeeprunning.com has solved my solution. They are giving one away. If you are a runner or an exerciser that likes to keep your phone with you check out the contest and good luck! If you win let me know what you think and if I should get myself one.
There are just somethings that stick with you from when you where young. I remember my baby sister, Kristy loving German Pancakes. I have had them in the past but my sister had a deep love for them when she was younger. My son was in a rut as to what to have for breakfast this morning. Bored with eggs, cereal, waffles and pancakes. I asked him if he wanted to try a German Pancake..."um...sure?" Was his response. I whipped up this pancake and couldn't help but go back in time when Kristy's eyes would light up seeing it done. Here's to you Kristy...
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup whole milk
3 TBSP sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 TBSP butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place 2 TBSP butter in pan (Preferrably a cast iron skillet but I just used a round cake pan). Allow butter to melt. Mix eggs, flour, milk, sugar, salt and vanilla together. Pour into skillet or pan. Cook for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with fresh fruit.