Monday, May 25, 2015

Geek Dad Gift Guide

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  Long time no talk!  Honestly, I have no idea what to blog about now that I'm not crafting everyday anymore.  Do you have ideas?  I'd love to hear them!  You can email me or leave me a comment below.

Today, I'm sharing a gift guide for gals like me who have a Geeky Dad (or really any guy) in their life that they need to buy for.  I find it challenging to buy cool gifts for my husband (who's birthday AND Father's Day are in June) and I thought maybe other people might have this challenge too.  I went combing through Amazon for Geeky but still chic items that would be cool gifts.

1.  Build-On Brick Mug - Legos and coffee/tea at the same time?  Awesome, right?
2.  Magic Jellyfish - It's like a pet but not at all a pet.
3.  Starwars Light Switch Decals - Hilarious without being too gaudy.
4.  Tungsten Triforce Ring - I'm in love with this ring!  It's kind of secretly geeky.
5.  Game of Thrones Board Game - Why wait for the TV series when you can try to claim the Iron Throne for yourself?
6.  Binary Clock - Tell time in binary.  Plus, it's cool to look at!

I hope this is helpful to someone out there.  Do you have fun new ideas on what to give your geeky guy or girl?  Please leave a comment below!  I'd love to get some ideas from you!  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Avery's Pink and Purple Birthday Party

Hi friends!  I hope you are well!  We are ok.  A couple of the kids seem to have a little cold.  Fingers crossed that it doesn't get worse than that.

Today, I'm sharing some pictures from Avery's birthday party.  Sigh...  I'm late in sharing the pictures.  I was late in having the party.  I guess the theme should have just been LATE.  ;)  Originally, we were going to do a Princess Tea Party themed party but we were so sick in late December and almost all of January.  We decided to throw together a little party for Avery and this is what I came up with.  I spent almost nothing on this party but we were all happy with it.

I always have this line and hook thing (I don't know what it's called) from Ikea up for the kids's art.  I decided to change out all the kid art with some pictures of Avery, doilies, and some Whisker Graphics Bitty Bags.  

I love this little area!  I framed a doily that I wrote on.  The writing says "Thanks for coming to celebrate our Cutie!"  We gave away Cutie oranges as party favors because I'm kind of done buying tiny cheap toys that will get thrown in the trash.  I added a jar with burlap and lace, a candle, and a framed pic of Avery.  I thought this was so cute!

I found this little chest in front of a neighbor's house one day with a bunch of stuff and a sign that said "free."  Woot woot!  I added a bunch of dress up items for the little girls to play with.  There was jewelry from the Dollar Tree, headbands, tutus, hats, etc...

Here's the gift table and back door decorated.  We also hung some balloons that I blew up from the light fixture.  So easy, so cheap!

Here's some of the food I made for the party.  Let me know if you want any recipes!

Avery LOVES balloons and lollipops so I made these little balloon bouquet cupcakes for her.  I used the cheap thin ribbon from Michael's to tie a bow around the center lollipop.  

I made dipped marshmallows in pink and purple.  I put them in a jar with some sprinkles at the bottom.  These were a HUGE hit and they are SO much easier than cake pops!

I made some colored popcorn for the party as well.  This is SO easy and everyone loves it.  Let me know if you want a recipe post!

I hope you enjoyed a look into Avery's 2nd birthday!  Have a great day, friends!  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Autism Charm Winners

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are ok.  I am suffering from allergies as the wind has really picked up this week.  Gah!  But it's supposed to be hot this weekend so hopefully my allergies will let up.

Here are the winners for the Autism Awareness Charm that I gave away in my Light It Up Blue for Autism Blog Hop post.  

Beautiful card!!! Adore glitter puzzle pieces. Thanks for sharing your story.

Lovely card, the sparkle is the perfect touch.

Awesome card for the hop! Love your sparkly puzzle pieces! The charm you are giving away is beautiful - thank you for sponsoring the hop!

Please email me using the "email me" link on the right side of my blog under my picture and I will mail those out to you!  
Also, my Autism Awareness Fundraiser is still going!  I'm donating 10% of my commission for all sales made in April from my Just Jewelry by Ashley site.  I'm also donating 100% of my commission from all Autism Awareness items purchased in the month of April.  If you're looking for some jewelry for Mother's Day or prom or any other occasion, now is a great time to buy!  My goal is to donate $250.  
Have a great day, friends!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Minnie Mouse Baby Sprinkle

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  I just got off two really busy weeks.  First, we went on vacation then I came back and helped with a baby "sprinkle" for my bestie.  It's been keeping me super busy!

Today, I wanted to share some pictures from the party with you.  I didn't get a chance to do as much as I would like but it still turned out super cute!

Here are the Minnie Mouse cupcakes I made.  I got the cupcake liners at Michael's and the bows at Target.  I saw a Mickey Mouse like this on Pinterest and adapted the idea.

This is the basket of party favors that I made.  I just put some ribbon on a basket.

Here are the party favors.  I made baby rattles using dipped marshmallows and regular mini marshmallows.  I used a printable from The Lovebug Blog for the Minnie bows and hubby put text on them in Photoshop for me.  I used tiny favor bags and a tiny attacher.

I made up a special recipe for the party, Minnie's Bows and Dots pasta salad.  It's bow tie pasta, tomatoes, black olives, and string cheese.  I dressed it with a balsamic vinaigrette.

I made bows similar to the ones I saw on The Lovebug Blog.

 I made these garlands from punched card stock and Divine Twine.
 My friend Karen made this GORGEOUS beverage bar.  Aren't her Minnie Mouse decorations SO cute??  She even decorated the red solo cups with little white dot stickers to make them look like Minnie's dress.  She also made the hanging Minnie Mouse heads on the ribbons that you see on the other pictures.

Hope you enjoyed a look into this special party!  Have a great day, friends!  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Autism Awareness Fundraiser

Hi friends!  I hope that you're doing well!  We are pretty good!  We had a great vacation/honeymoon in Mexico and we are back to enjoy the rain here at home.  It's really nice because being in Mexico reminded me that I'm not quite ready for summer yet!

I want to thank each and every person who took the time to read my Autism Awareness Blog Hop Post down below!  It was awesome to read the comment and some of them brought me to tears.  I'm still slowly going through all the awesome projects and leaving comments.

Today, I'm inviting you all to my Autism Awareness Just Jewelry Fundraiser.  If you click on the link, it will take you to a Facebook event with all the details.  To sum it up, I will be donating 10% of ALL my commissions in April to Autism Speaks.  If you purchase any of the Autism Awareness pieces, I will donate 100% of my commission on top of the 10% that Just Jewelry donates from each item.  All you have to do is order from my Just Jewelry by Ashley website and get the item shipped directly to your home, USA only sorry!

The items pictured above are the ones I will donate 100% of my commission from.  I'll give you the links real quick: BRACELET, CHARM, EARRINGS.

If you'd like to have a Just Jewelry fundraiser, please feel free to contact me and we can work something out.  I'd love to help you!  Have a wonderful day, friends!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

***There's a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!***

Hi friends!  I hope you are well!  By the time this post goes live, I will hopefully be on a cruise to Mexico!  YAY!  Let's hope this publishes!  

Today's post is very near and dear to my heart.  My friends Veronica and Tenia have teamed up to create an amazing event for World Autism Awareness Day.  Today is the day we LIGHT IT UP BLUE!  I invite you to wear some blue today in support of Autism Awareness.  The blog hop is hosted on Veronica's post HERE.  Please go to her blog and check out all the links, become more aware, and enter to win in the HUGE amounts of AMAZING prizes!  I'm offering up a prize for the hop and TONS of great companies are offering up all sorts of amazing things!

April is Autism Awareness month.  I will be donating 10% of my Just Jewelry by Ashley commission to Autism Speaks for the entire month of April.  I will also donate 100% of the commission I make from any of the Autism Awareness jewelry on my Just Jewelry site, the BRACELET, EARRINGS, or CHARM.

My backstory:
Before I had Brady, I was a therapist for children with Autism.  I mostly worked with kids 5 and under.  I've always loved working with children.  I started babysitting from a young age.  I was at one point nanny and a preschool teacher.  But I found my real passion in working with children on the Autism spectrum.  I loved teaching them life skills, academics, social skills, and getting to be there for them!  I loved being able to make a positive difference in the lives of these children that held such a special place in my heart!  These kids are so special.  Life is hard when you cannot think, function, or process like other people.  Once you are able to understand that their behaviors come from an inability to cope, you can see people with Autism in such a different light.

To do this, society must become more aware.  I'm so proud of Veronica and Tenia for putting together this blog hop to spread awareness!  I'm so happy for the over 200 bloggers and crafters who are joining together to light the blogging world up blue!  Here's my card for today.  I might have maybe borrowed (ahem stole) some puzzle pieces from the kids to make this card.  I colored them with Copics then added TONS of Stickles.  The paper is from Echo Park and I used several different kinds of tiny alpha stickers to make the sentiment.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post!  Today, I'd like to giveaway 3 of Just Jewelry Autism Awareness Charms to 3 people who leave comments!  Just tell me how Autism has touched your life or how you heard about this hop.  Giveaway will end Friday April 10 at 11:59pm.  Winners will be announced on my blog and will need to contact me to claim their prize.
Have a great day, friends!  Don't forget to go to Veronica's Post and check out all the fabulous creations and enter for the prizes!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Love for Lila Fundraiser

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well.  We are doing ok.  Hubby and I are going on our very first "real" trip for our 10th anniversary this weekend.  I am nervous and excited!

Today, I'd like to tell you about a fundraiser I'm having.  My sweet friend, Julie Masse, and her family have been on a long journey to adopt a child from China.  I've known Julie for YEARS through stamping and she's a wonderfully kind person!  In March of last year, Julie announced that she wanted to adopt a child from China.  She started an Adoption Blog.  I've been following her story for a year.  I've always wanted to adopt a child from China but I don't think it's financially possible for our family.  I guess I'm living vicariously through Julie.  I'm inspired by all the fundraisers she's done to bring her daughter home.  The picture above is Lila, the little girl the Masse family has been matched with.  They are in their last stages of raising money so they can go to China and bring her to her forever home.  I really wanted to help her and her family in any way I could.

I have donated a little, I've bought from her fundraisers, and I really wanted to do more so I decided to have a fundraiser with my Just Jewelry to see if I could donate more money.  You can view the Love for Lila Just Jewelry Fundraiser event on Facebook.  I am donating 100% of my profits from the event to the Masse Family.  It's simple.  If you buy ANYTHING from my Just Jewelry by Ashley website, I will donate my commission to the Masse's adoption fund.  The fundraiser ends on March 31.

If you'd like to donate directly to the Masse Adoption, you can do so on their YouCaring Page.  Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Friday, March 20, 2015

That One Time I Voluntarily Made a Masculine Card

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are doing pretty good.  I'm actually having a great day since my middle son has been accepted into the music program at his school.  He loves music and I didn't think we'd be able to afford a program for him but the school has a very affordable program.  We applied and he was accepted, really you just had to be one of the first ones to fill in your application and turn it in.  I'm excited for him!

Today, I'm blogging a card I made the last time I went to a crop.  I usually work on my pocket scrapbook when I go to crops but I forgot my album at home that day so I decided to make cards.  You know, because I do that or something.  Anyhow, I had made 3 cards and I decided that I would challenge myself to make a masculine card.  That's right, a masculine card when I didn't even have to!  (I joke because masculine is the hardest for me since I'm super girly and cutesy.)  I used Pebbles Happy Day paper pad and Happy Days Icon and Phrases Sticker sheet.  It's just a clean and simple card but I like how it turned out.
Have a great day, friends!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Broiled Lemon Asparagus Recipe

Hi friends!  I hope you are having a great day!  We are pretty good.  Just keeping busy around here.  Spring break is coming up soon.  We are excited!

Speaking of spring, I wanted to share one of my favorite spring recipes with you using two of my favorite spring ingredients.  The lemons on our tree are ready to go come Jan/Feb but we have tons going for a few months after that.  This recipe is what got my oldest son (he's 7) to like asparagus.  He will eat it in other preparations now but this is his favorite.

Broiled Lemon Asparagus

1 bunch of THIN asparagus
3-4 lemons
olive oil

1. Wash and drain asparagus, cutting off tough ends.
2. On a plate, season the asparagus with olive oil then salt to taste.  I try to use as little oil as possible while still having my asparagus lightly coated.
3. Slice your washed lemons as thin as you can and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with foil.  You want to cover the whole cookie sheet with lemon slices as a bed for your asparagus.
4. Place asparagus on top of lemon in a single layer.
5. Broil for 7-10 mins until there are little brown spots on the asparagus and some of the lemon caramelizes.
6. Serve immediately, garnishing with a few slices of the cooked lemon for those who want to use the juice for more lemon flavor.  This is when I add the pepper because you don't want it to burn under the broiler.

Here's what you want the pan to look like.  I forgot to take the picture before this went in the oven so these are about 1/2 done.  I pulled the pan out and took a picture because you know, blogging.  ;)  This recipe is an adaptation THIS recipe from Two Tarts.

Have a great day, friends!  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St Patrick's Day Flash Sale!

Hi friends!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I hope you are having a WONDERFUL day!  We are enjoying some beautiful weather and a few small pranks from the leprechauns today.  

I just wanted to offer a SUPER QUICK Flash Sale for all my blog readers.  I will be placing a Just Jewelry order TONIGHT and if you want to order with me, I'm giving everyone 17% off in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  HOWEVER, you must email me or message me on Facebook or call me to get in on this offer.  I cannot make a coupon code for my website because those orders are fulfilled differently.  You can take advantage of this sale by checking out my Just Jewelry Website and then emailing me (you can use the contact me button on the right hand side of my blog) with the item names/numbers you'd like and I will give you the discount.  Here are some GREEN items to get you in the St. Patrick's Day spirit.  ;)

You can also keep in touch with my Just Jewelry promos and giveaways by joining me on my Just Jewelry by Ashley Facebook page.  Have a great day, friends!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello Birdie

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are doing pretty good around here.  Spring has sprung in our neck of the woods and let me tell you, it's gorgeous.  But really really heavy on the pollen.  I digress.  It's still pretty.  :)

I wanted to make a pretty spring card.  I used the Pebbles From Me to You line.  I had the hardest time with this line because the paper didn't come in a 6x6 pad.  It came in a 5.5x8.5 (I think) pad that was pre-scored.  I get the concept but it took me over a year to use it because it pushed me out of my box and you know what?  I like it in my box.  (Do you remember when I used to say that I was comfortable in my A2 box?)  Anyhow, I still love how this card turned out.  I used a doily and a little washi tape.  The hello journaling thing is a sticker as is the bird from the Pebbles From Me to You Sticker Sheets.

Have a great day, friends!

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