Friday, February 27, 2015

Just Jewelry Launch Party

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are pretty good.  I'm super looking forward to the end of cold and flu season.  It's been a rough one.

Today, I need a little help.  I'm hoping to sign up at a Just Jewelry consultant.  My sweet friend Elly has offered to help me try to earn my kit and website.  I'm hosting an online launch party.  If you'd be so kind to take a look at My Online Party and see if there's anything you'd like to purchase, I'd be so grateful.  The jewelry and accessories are gorgeous.  They are high quality and nothing is ever over $40!  They follow all the trends off New York runways.  The items are really cute!  I would not steer you wrong.  Just take a peek, seriously no pressure.  Only buy if you like something.  Here are some samples:

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to look!  Xoxo!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DIY Foaming Soap

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are pretty good.  I'm just trying to get the house in order because we are having some company tonight.  You know, because sitting down and blogging makes your house really clean...

Speaking of cleaning, I made a video today to show a tip for saving money on foaming soap AND using the soap that you can't ever get out of the bottom of the soap dispenser.  I like to use thick antibacterial soap for myself because I cook and change diapers and I want to know that my hands are SUPER clean afterwards.  However, I like to have foam soap for the kids since it's easier for them to wash off and they tend to use WAY too much soap to use the expensive stuff.

I think the thriftiest way to do this is to use soap dispenser from the regular store like the Softsoap one I have here.  HOWEVER, I think that they are catching on to people like me and I'm finding that the quality has gone down in these dispensers and they are only working for about a month and then they kind of crap out.  Here's a foaming soap dispenser you can get on Amazon.  I think I'm going to invest in one of these next.  The one I had from Pampered Chef (now discontinued) lasted for YEARS.

Have a great day, friends!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fun Toddler/Kid Snack and Raise Awareness

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are pretty good over here.  The baby is teething but other than that, we are pretty healthy.

Today, I wanted to share these little Valentine's Day treats that I made for Avery to give to her friends.  These are so cute and very well received.  They are fairly simple other than the filling of the bags part.  I had the most success with filling one side, zipping it shut, then using my fingers to create a clamp on that bag in the center and filling the other side then closing it.  I used the snack sized baggies because I wanted them to look more like a dragonfly than a butterfly.  I used a regular sized clothespin and covered the bottom part with washi tape.  I drew on a face with Sharpie pen.  I added pipe cleaners as antennae.  I printed out these cute Valentines (but I think you could use them for handing out a snack at school or a sports event or even party favors.  You can download the Unravel Color Valentines HERE or the black and white ones HERE.  I did the black and white ones since I don't have a color printer.  Then I used some glitter glue to fill in the hearts and dragonfly wings.   I ended up slipping the paper into the top of the clip so I could just hand them out as one piece.

For different ideas on how you can help Unravel Pediatric Cancer, check out their Give Us 12 page.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Simple Crowd Pleasing Pasta Salad

Hi friends!  I hope that you are well!  I think that we are finally turning a corner with health!  My doctor said that she didn't think that cold and flu season would last into March and I'm really hopeful that we will be done with it.

Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite potluck items.  This SUPER easy pasta salad is always a hit when I bring it to parties!  I also use it as a simple side dish especially in the summer when you want something cool.  This is also a great way to use whatever you have on hand.

Pasta Salad:
1 bag of rotini
Italian Dressing (regular)
Parmesan Cheese

Add Ins (pick which ones you like OR use up what's in your fridge!)
Grated Carrot
String Cheese

1. Boil pasta according to directions.  I like to use salt in my pasta water.
2. Drain off your cooked pasta and rinse with cold water until your pasta is no longer warm.  Since this is a salad, you don't want your pasta to keep cooking.  I cook it to the exact consistency I like and then do the cold water so it doesn't cook anymore as it stands.  Also, it gives the salad a head start on cooling.
3. Dress pasta with Italian Dressing.  Light and non fat dressings don't have oil which isn't great for this since you need a little oil to keep the pasta from sticking.  If you use light or nonfat dressing, add a little olive oil.
4. Sprinkle with parmesan.  You can use fresh or the grated kind in a can.
5. Chop and add your "add ins."  I always put celery for crunch but other than that, I use what is in season or what we need to use up in the fridge.  Adding string cheese (cut into rounds) and salami is a great way to bulk up this salad and make it more of a main dish.
6. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.  This gives the flavors time to merry.
7.  Give it a nice toss and serve.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  If you make it, please let me know how you like it!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DIY Pocket Scrapbooking Journal Cards

Hi friends!  I hope you are well!  We have been sick since Christmas and it's really starting to get old.  Is it spring yet??  This is why I haven't been blogging.  :(  Hopefully, things will turn around soon!

Today, I'm sharing a fun and simple way to make your own coordinating journalling cards to go in your pocket scrapbook.  For my cards, I used the Becky Higgins grid cards for the base.  I really like writing on the grid since I tend to slant my words as I write.  I used Pebbles Home For Christmas collection for these cards.  (Yes, I'm still scrapping Christmas.)  Confession time: all my weeks in my pocket scrapbook have their own paper collection.  I'm HORRIBLE at mixing and matching.  Also, I don't like to buy full kits of cards (like the Becky Higgins) for holidays since I feel like I don't use that many cards since I only make one layout for the holiday for each year.  I started making my own journalling cards and I thought I'd share the idea in case anyone wants to make their own too.

I really like making these because I use the printed bottom strips of 12x12 paper that I used to throw away.  I always said I was going to use them then I would leave them in the bag and they would get crinkled and I would toss them.  After adhering the strip, I either use chipboard, stickers, or cut out images from a paper in the collection.
 These are super fast and easy to make!  They match with all the papers I used and I can do tons of journalling on them.  No need to go out and buy matching journalling cards!

Have a great day, friends!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Thankful for You and a Winner

Hi friends!  Happy New Year!  I hope that you are all doing well and had a fabulous holiday!  We are not so hot.  Well, actually we are hot but with fever.  :(  Two of the three kids are sick.  Hubby and I aren't feeling great either.  Hopefully, we can get rid of all this crud soon and start having a fun 2015!  

I put together this card a while back and thought I would post it.  All the elements I used are from Pebble's Homemade collection.  I really love this collection, it speaks to me.  I can't wait to pocket scrapbook a week with this!

I want to announce the winner of my Amazon gift card.  It's Tifany DeGough!  YAY!  Contact me, Tifany, so I can get you that gift card!

Have a great day, friends!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Top Ten of 2014 Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's that time of year again for the Top 10 Blog Hop!  This year, Christine (the amazing organizer) has put together not only a blog hop but also an amazing giveaway of $75 gift certificate to Paper Issues!  WOWZA!  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on each stop of the blog hop and a random winner will be selected.  You have until Jan 4 to leave your comments and a winner will be announced on Jan 5!  You can start the blog from Juliana Michaels blog.  You should be coming here from Marcia Dehn-Nix's blog.

Here are my top 10 favorite creations from this year, in reverse chronological order:

1. Always = Us card from Paper Craft Swan Song Blog Hop.

2. Neon Coffee Love Card.

3. Cute Little Polka Dot Elephant Card.

4. Fluttering Cookie Bags.

5. Have a Lovely Day card from CTMH Card and Party post.

6. Teacher Thank You Card.

7. Remember, You are First Place.

9. Hoppy Easter with Solid Divine Twine.

10. So So So So Loved.

That's it!  Up next on the blog hop is Kathy Skou!

Here's the full list if you get lost:

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!  I hope you have a day full of joy and love!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dancember - Giving Back

Hi friends!  I hope you're having a wonderful day!  We are starting winter break!  Hooray!  I'm excited to have my kids at home and relaxing for a while.  The last few months have been a little rough.

Today, I wanted to share a video that we made as a family for Dancember.  I'm a HUGE fan of ItsJudysLife on YouTube.  This is the third year that I've watched them do Dancember which is when they dance everyday in December in their vlogs to raise awareness for a charity.  Judy and Benji are a wonderful inspiration and they are raising their children to give back to others.  Of course, we love to give back and we LOVE to dance.  I hope you enjoy this video and if you are so moved, please donate HERE.

This year, the Travis family is donating their Dancember proceeds to Rescue Freedom which is an organization that helps survivors of human trafficking.  Human trafficking is a horrendous problem.  There's an estimated 35 million people in slavery TODAY which is more than any other time in history.  Human trafficking is the #2 biggest criminal enterprise in the world.  This happens in the United States too.  You can find these and more stats and information in THIS VIDEO from ItsJudysLife and Rescue Freedom.

We are making a donation and if you'd like to donate go to the Dancember Fundly page.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Merry and More Winners

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are having a rough time right now.  I'm sure at one point it will get better but it's a little overwhelming.  Sorry if I'm slow responding to emails or comments and posting new blog posts.  

Today, I'm sharing a card I made at my friend Rachel's crop last month.  She gave us all the pieces to make this super sweet mini card and she made us a sample.  I decided to change it up a little bit and put my own spin on it.  All the products are from Close to My Heart.  I think it turned out really cute and I like that I used pieces I never would have put together since she had all the layers picked out in advance.  

Ok, more winners:
SRM- Giorgia
Bossy Joscie- Marie
My Little Clothesline - Miriam
Whisker Graphics - Christine
Paper Smooches - Tessa
Craft Fail - Tessa
Close to My Heart - Andrea

Have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top 5 Mommy Must Haves and GIVEAWAY - Collab with This Bliss Life

Hi friends!  Today, I'm doing a blog collab with my friend Tiffany from This Bliss Life.  She and I have known each other for a VERY long time.  We decided to do a Top 5 Mommy Must Haves list for our posts.  We have really different blogs but we are both moms of kids about the same age so I suggested we do this list.  Please go check out her blog, see her list, and enter her giveaway!

1. Amber Teething Necklace.  If you've seen pictures of my daughter, you'll notice that she always has her necklace on.  I wasn't sure it worked but we lost a necklace and she was grumpy for weeks until we got a new one.  It's made me a believer.

2. Hyland's Teething Tablets.  Teething is a huge issue for my kids.  These tablets seems to help so much.  I've tried Tylenol as well and I feel like these work better for us.  My kids always seemed to be happy (well, happier) when they saw the bottle come out.

3. Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention Jar.  I've talked about this before and this is the ONLY diaper cream that I have ever reordered.  It smells good, it doesn't leave a visible residue, and it works well and quickly.

4. Munchkin Snack Catchers.  I've tried higher end snack containers and I've tried the really cheap ones.  This is a happy medium.  I like using a snack catcher so that the snacks don't spill all over.  These work great while being a really good price!  The cheap ones are really sharp and I didn't feel comfortable giving them to my kids.

5. Thermos Funtainer.  I adore this!  I actually have a larger size for myself.  It keeps drinks cold up to 12 hours.  These are great to take on vacation or even a day trip.  I would put milk in them for my kids and it would stay cold.  I've also put water with ice and it's great if you are going to the beach or the park on a hot day.

In the spirit of the season, I'm giving away a $15 Amazon Gift certificate sent via email.  (I've used my Amazon referral links in this post, if you use them to shop, I get a small commission.)  This post is not sponsored and I am paying for the gift certificate out of pocket because I appreciate you all so much! I wish I could afford to give away more.  Be sure to check out Tiffany's post for her giveaway too!

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