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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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Business!

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are doing pretty good.  This year is going by SO fast!  Don't you all agree?  I can't believe we are 1/3 the way through March already!

I posted last week that I was trying to earn my starter kit and website with Just Jewelry.  I MADE IT! YAY!  You can shop on my website HERE.  You can shop 24/7 and the items will be delivered to your house and you'll be helping our family to pay for extracurricular activities for the kiddos.  The boys would really like to take martial arts, so fingers crossed!

You should come like my Just Jewelry Heart Hugs Page on Facebook, too!  I will be posting promotions and GIVEAWAYS there.  In fact, when I reach 50 likes, I'm giving away a pair of earrings.  I'm only 24 people away, can you help me out?

Thank you so much for any support!  Have a great day, friends!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Hi friends!  I hope that you are doing well.  We are doing pretty good around here.  The sun has been out a lot and we've gotten to go outside a lot more.  

Today, I'm sharing a recipe that has been a big favorite of mine and my oldest son.  It's a vegetable, can you believe it?  Brady gets so excited when I make a pan of this roasted cauliflower.  The trick is to cook it until some parts are brown.  Those brown spots give a great caramelized flavor and a little bit of crunch.

Roasted Cauliflower

1 Bag Cauliflower Florets (or you can cut up your own head)
Olive Oil
Garlic Powder

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line a cookie sheet with foil (for easier clean up) and dump a bag of cauliflower on it.  The reason I buy the pre-cut is that breaking down a head of cauliflower takes a little bit of time and a bit of cleanup (read, tiny pieces of cauliflower ALL over my kitchen).  I am usually trying to make dinner with helping the boys with homework and keeping the baby from climbing the stove so I take what help I can get.
3.  Drizzle a bit of olive oil on your cauliflower.  Then season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
4.  Roast for 40 mins or until the cauliflower is soft and has some brown bits.  You'll probably want to  flip it half way through.

1. In the last 5 mins of roasting, drizzle balsamic vinegar on the cauliflower and turn the oven up to 425 degrees.  Put it back in the over until vinegar evaporates.
2. After removing from hot oven, toss with lemon zest and a little lemon juice.
3. While hot, toss with parmesan cheese.

I hope you enjoy this simple dish!  Have a wonderful day, friends!

Friday, March 6, 2015

New TV Show Fave: Fresh Off the Boat

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are great around here!  Spring is in the air and we are getting our allergies under control.  ;)  A little NorCal humor for you.

Today, I wanted to talk to you about a new show that's on TV.  It's called Fresh Off the Boat.  It's about a Taiwanese family that has immigrated to the United States to make a better life for themselves and their kids.  It's set in Orlando, Florida in the 90's.  It has LOTS of throwback music, clothing trends, and all sorts of fun stuff from when I was growing up.  It's a comedy.  (I'm in no way affiliated with this show, haha, I wish!)  

This show is REALLY important to me.  Why?  Because growing up in the US in the 90's as an Asian kid was hard.  There was NO ONE on TV that looked like me.  There was ONE Asian Barbie doll.  No Asian singers in US music.  Since there was a lack of Asians represented on TV and in music, no one really understood me and my culture.  

Things that people don't understand often make them uncomfortable. People who look different than everyone else you're used to seeing often get treated differently.  From being called racist names to people pretending to "speak Chinese" to all the nail shop jokes, I've heard it all.  You get used to it and that's just sad.  I, like Eddie, had to go to middle school in a town with predominately white people.  It's hard when you don't have anyone to identify with.

Fresh Off the Boat is a fun and funny show that depicts what it's like to have immigrant parents.  It shows a generation of kids that don't really know who they are.  We don't want to stick with the "old ways" but we don't want to lose our culture either.  The Huang Family struggles through a lot of things that my family struggled through i.e. fitting in, making friends, having people question your food, etc...  

If you are Asian, have Asian friends, or ever wanted to know what like was like for an Asian family transitioning to the US, you should watch this show.  ESPECIALLY if you are in a mixed race relationship!  Oh my gosh, it's so nice for me to point at the TV and tell hubby "this is what it was like when I was growing up."  This is the first show in over 20 years that has an Asian family as the focal point and that truly embraces what being Asian American is all about.  You should check it out.  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

We Go Together Card

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well!  We are doing pretty good.  It's warming up around here so we get to spend more time outside which makes everyone happy.

Today, I'm sharing a card I made for my hubby.  Ok, confession, it's a late Valentine's Day card but it still works as a love card.  This card is a little different for me.  It's a 4 by 6.  I know, crazy right?  I used the Pebbles We Go Together collection for this that I bought at Butterfly Reflections Ink.  Oh my gosh, I could not love this collection more!  I can't wait to do an entire pocket scrapbook page with this!  Again, this card is just cutting apart elements and gluing them down.  I also used the vellum/ephemera pack and enamel hearts from this collection on this card.

And I'm linking this up to the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  I can't make a LOVE card without COFFEE on it!  Teehee!  I'm obsessed.

Have a great day, friends!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Just Jewelry Reminder

Just a quick reminder that my Just Jewelry Online Launch Party is open until 5pm Pacific time today. I'm trying to earn my starter kit and website.  If you love jewelry, please come take a peek.  There's no pressure to buy, just buy if you love something!  There are a few giveaways on the page too!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi friends!  I hope you are doing well.  Guess what?!?  It's March!  Do you know what that means?!? Cold and flu season is OVER!  Hooray!  We are doing ok here.  Let's hope it keeps up.

Today, I'm joining in the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  My friend Amy T co-hosts this super fun group and does events like blog hops.  If you know me, you know I LOVE me some coffee!  I also haven't made a card in a really long time.  It's coming harder to me these days.  I mostly do pocket scrapbooking.  I ADORE this paper collection from Pebbles so I decided to give making a card a go.  I struggled and it's not my favorite card ever BUT it's ok and I thought I would post it.  Everything from this card is from the Happy Day collection even the sentiment.  It's all cutting and gluing.

Have a great day!  Go check out the hop!  It's super fun and there's lots of prizes!

PS My Just Jewelry Online Party is going through March 2 at 5pm Pacific Time.  Check it out if you like jewelry.

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!