Archive | January, 2013

Pinteresting Fashion Finds!

31 Jan

Pinteresting Fashion Finds with Layers!

I absolutely adore the layered look that’s going on these days!

I love the light colors in this one – the lighter the colors the lighter I feel! Sometimes being bogged down with dark dreary colors is no fun!

The comfy cozy layers – I love this for shopping and laying around the house!

Professional layering – you could even do a business pant leg to make this one even more work wearable!

Love, love, love – in love with this one! It’s so pretty but also looks warm and cozy.

A great way to layer and wear your summer dresses out in the winter time!

My one tip for layering is to mix it up with a different color or shade with each layer. If you layer it all in similar colors it just looks heavy and blends which I think isn’t pleasing to the eye sometimes. Add pops of color and changes in textures to make it stand out but also look perfectly layered.

Whats your favorite part of layering clothes? I like getting to wear my summery things all year long!

Love Always,

Jennifer

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Easy Canvas Art!

30 Jan

I love finding crafts on pinterest that seem easy enough anyone could do it! So I found one and gave it a try:

I found this three canvas whale wall art which I can just imagine in a little boys room or a play room! Since my husband and I are house shopping we might as well start getting ready for Emma’s play room right!? Haha!

Materials:

3 Canvases – any size

Three colors of blue you’d like and white paint

A couple different sized paint brushes

A light blue or gray pencil for tracing

A paint tray (or paper plate)

Scrap paper to avoid messes!

A cup with water and paper towel for your brushes

I know this is really light and hard to see – but I lightly drew an outline of the picture. You don’t have to be an artist to do this just eyeball the picture and attempt to do it similar on your canvas. The great thing about colored pencils is that they are erasable :D so keep trying until you are happy with it!

Take a small paint brush and your darkest color and outline the area so it’s easier to keep the paint where you want it. If you mess up don’t worry you are going to finish it off with white so you can still fix it.

Remember that this doesn’t need to be perfect at all! You can probably see goof ups all over mine but half the fun of painting is making a mess!

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Once you are done outlining you can fill in the larger areas with a larger brush (time saver) and don’t worry – it will need another layer so this isn’t the final look.

Outline the second.

Fill it in!

And repeat with the top! Let it dry for a good while.

The ending is TO BE CONTINUED!

What do you think so far?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Pumpkin French Toast

29 Jan

Emma and I make Pumpkin French Toast about once a week! It’s one of the things Emma loves to help me with the most!

Ingredients:

4 Pieces of Bread

3 Eggs

2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin

1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

Put all of these items in a bowl and mix, after it looks fairly mixed in pour onto a plate for dipping bread in! Turn on a burner to medium/high and get the skillet hot and ready.

Lay a piece of bread flat for 30 seconds to a minute, turn it over a do it again.

I like to spray a little pam on the skillet before reach piece of bread. Place the french toast on the skillet and let it cook until it’s toasty brown.

Flip and do the same on the other side & repeat!

Add whatever toppings you’d like! Syrup is a staple in this house ;)

If you are using a can of pumpkin and want to save some for later, use an ice tray and fill each section with pumpkin. Let it freeze for a few hours then pop them out and put them in a container in the freezer. We use about two cubes of pumpkin (almost two tablespoons) each time. It’s a money saver!!

I hope you enjoy! Do you have weekly breakfast treat like we do?

Love Always,

Jennifer

AwesomeNote Organizing

28 Jan

Getting organized just got that much easier!

I’m a stickler for writing things down on notebook paper. There’s something about being able to cross it off that just gives me pure satisfaction but remember to take my notebook of lists with me is something I ALWAYS forget to do. Going digital has been a serious struggle for me. I’ve tried many times but don’t seem to be able to break my pen and paper habit.

I’ve finally found a way to do both! AwesomeNote is an amazing app that can create calendars, lists, notes, and clip things from the web to remember for later.

I haven’t given up my pen and paper completely but this app really helps me when I need to take something with me! I used it for my grocery run this past weekend and it proved to be amazing! For our family, I like to shop every two weeks, which means I have a list of two weeks worth of groceries to buy, which means my list is gigantically long!! Before each trip I take out my list and make a new list of what I need.

AwesomeNote made this process SOOO much easier. I typed in my two weeks worth of groceries list, checked off all the things I didn’t need to buy, then as I went through the grocery store I checked off as I got things. When I got home I went through and unchecked all the items so my list is ready for next week. Saving paper, saving time not re-writing my list, and it’s easy and handheld so my daughter doesn’t want to steal it (she likes to draw on my grocery list). This makes for one happy momma!

I am a gmail fanatic, I like to link up my calendars with my friends and put important dates to remember on there and thanks to AwesomeNote it syncs up to my gmail account and all my dates are now saved in my calendar along with all my other calendar updates like doctor appointments and etc.!

One thing I use more than I thought I would on AwesomeNote is clipping webpages and photo’s. While I’m out and waiting for an appointment I’ll use that time to do some research – find great websites to show off to you all and pins I might want to try for later. I can clip that and put it in my calendar or idea list so I can remember it.

Having all of my lists, calendars, and notes all in one area is great and for those of you who are forgetful like me and leave my phone behind – if you can hop onto a computer you can access all your notes from your gmail account!

For the days that I know I’m staying at home and I want to write out a list of chores still can go the paper and pen method by using my App as a guideline so I don’t forget anything. It’s become a happy medium for me.

My life just got a whole lot easier!

What do you use to stay organized?

Love Always,

Jennifer

*These photos were found at 

Pinteresting Recipes!

25 Jan

Check out these feel good recipes I found on Pinterest!

Emma and I eat pumpkin french toast like once a week! A great idea to keep the can of pumpkin from spoiling is to divide up in an ice tray. Let it freeze and then pop each section out and put it in a container or freezer bag. We use two cubes of frozen pumpkin to make ours!

Mmmmm. Pretzel bites are must have at my families events. You can bet these are gone in minutes ;)

Soup is my weakness when it’s cold outside. Soup I can make in a crock pot is EVEN BETTER!

Anything with baked apples is a winner for me! This looks so easy to make!

Hope you enjoyed my recipe finds today and if you try any of these out please let us know and comment below! We’d love to hear about it :)

Love Always,

Jennifer

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Dollar Store Cupcake Display/ Organizer

24 Jan

Dollar Store Cupcake Display/ Organizer

This is a cheap way to make a $4 Dollar Store purchase FABULOUS!

From the Dollar Store I bought:

1 pkg of range top covers (comes with 2 sizes)

2 small glass candlestick holders

1 valentines day tin (the top is basically just like the range top covers, just perfectly smaller!)

*All of this came to $4! if you have the hardware supplies on-hand, this is the cheapest project ever!

From the Hardware store I bought:

1 can of KRYLON metallic silver spray paint

1 tube of all-purpose adhesive

*This came to about $10, and then I got home and realized I already had all-purpose adhesive….Oops!

Instructions:

1. Turn the Large range top cover upside-down so the design is on the bottom.  Take the bottom of one candlestick holder and place it directly in the center inside the large range top cover and trace around the base for the candlestick holder.  Glue the base of the candlestick holder to the center.  I would use something heavy to encourage the glue to adhere strongly and wait about 12 hours to dry for best results, but if it feels sturdy and the directions on your glue say 1 hour, then go for it and head on to the  2nd and third steps.

2.  Take the medium cover and do exactly the same thing.

3. Now you want to attach the large and medium range covers, with one candlestick holder between them. Take the medium range top cover and place it on top of the candlestick holder attached to the large range top cover.  Make sure it is centered and use your glue to attach the two.  Then wait for the glue to dry (I turned mine upside-down for better book balance, but do whatever seems right to you).

4.  Now you just take the small tin cover, turn it upside-down and attach it to the candlestick holder at the top of your structure using the glue and wait to dry.

5.  Spray paint, draw some designs, or otherwise decorate, and you are done!

I hope you all enjoyed my cheap craft of the day! Now go make cupcakes :)

Keep it real,

Leslie

Painted Cork Coasters

23 Jan

I found this idea off of Pinterest a long time ago and am finally getting around to trying it out! Hand Painted Cork Coasters! The best way to decorate your coasters the way you want them.

If you don’t use cork coasters already then you won’t mind me RAVING about them for a few minutes right!? Here are a few reasons why I love cork coasters:

  • They are lightweight
  • Easy to store
  • Doesn’t clash with furniture
  • When you put a cup on it, it makes it harder to move the cork – therefore less spills!
  • Easy to clean – wet paper towel with a spot of soap, wipe, rinse, let dry!
  • THEY SOAK UP WATER! There’s nothing worse than having a coaster for your cup, it sweats, and then the water drips onto the table. Defeats the purpose of a coaster I think!

Where can you find cork coasters? Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Crate & Barrel, World Market – pretty much anywhere you can buy home accessories.

How expensive are they? Around $3 to $5 for a set!

You’ll also want a paint pen or two to go with it. You can find those at any craft store for about $4.

So today I am going to decorate some of my own!

The hardest part is coming up with a design or idea of what to draw!

For this project I just decided to have fun with it and do whatever came to mind first :)

I think they turned out pretty cool! The best part is you can flip them over and have a different design on the other side!

What do you think?

Love Always,

Jennifer

String Cheese Mozzarella Sticks, Crescent Rolls, & Sweet Marinara

22 Jan

String Cheese Mozzarella Sticks

Who loves cheese? Everyone!  Sorry for those of you who are lactose-intolerant, because you are really missing out on these scrumptiously simple hors d’oeurves.  Both adults and kids will go crazy for these morsels and this is a fun and easy recipe to try out with the little ones.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bag of String Cheese (12 Sticks)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 5 tbsp Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 5 tbsp Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • Canned Pasta Sauce

Instructions:

Cut string cheeses in half and  put them back into the bag.  Put into the freezer until fully frozen (this helps to keep the mozzarella sticks from melting into puddles in the oven, but you should still monitor them closely while baking).

Add some flour to a plate

Whisk an egg in a bowl

Mix seasoned bread crumbs, panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley flakes, and oregano in separate bowl.

After you remove your string cheese from the freezer, roll each one in the flour, dunk into the beaten egg, and then coat with bread crumb mixture. Repeat this with all of your string cheeses.

If you want to bake now, set your oven to preheat at 400 degrees fahrenheit, line a baking sheet with foil, and spray cooking spray onto the foil to keep from sticking.  Then just place your cheese sticks onto the foil and spray the tops with a little more cooking spray.  Bake in the bottom third of your oven for 3-4 minutes and then turn over and bake on other side for 2-3 minutes (If you wish to save these to bake at a later date, you can place them on a wax paper and save in the freezer! So convenient).

*Watch these little guys closely! If you cook each side too long, they could melt into puddles!

My friend Connie and I decided to make this project a girls night with champagne and we added some of the sweet marinara (the last recipe in this post) to dunk our salty, juicy mozz sticks in!  You can thank Connie for all of the mouth-watering pictures!

String Cheese Crescent Rolls

Once more, a tasty mozzarella snack you can make in just minutes!

All you need is one bag of string cheese and a package of Pilsbury crescent rolls.

1.  Cut your string cheese in half (Just like the string cheese for the mozzarella sticks!)

2.  Put the halved string cheese back into the bag and place in your freezer until fully frozen

3.  Place one string cheese half to the top of each crescent roll and roll ‘em up!

4.  Place the crescent rolls onto a non-stick pan sprayed with a bit of cooking spray (I used some aluminum foil for an even quicker clean-up)!

4.  Cook at 350 for about 15 minutes and voila!

This is one of my favorite easy snacks and they are great after school snacks for the kids!  Just add some pepperoni and dunk in my simple marinara for a  pizza effect! If you are making something yummy for a grown-up party (or just wanna get some veggies in the little ones), you can add mushrooms, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach or anything you choose!

I hope you enjoyed these snack creations!

Sweet Marinara

This is a dynamic marinara that goes great with the taste of a salty mozzarella snack!  I decided to do this tutorial based on a recipe I found on a website, but the marinara was a bit too tangy for my tastes, so I changed it up a bit and made it a bit sweeter.  I tested this marinara with my family and friends in combination with both of the string cheese snacks featured above and the reviews I got were very positive. :)

Ingredients:

  • 1 can diced tomatoes (with most of the water drained)
  • 1 can tomato puree
  • 10 Leaves fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano (you can use fresh, but I didn’t have any on hand)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Drain the water from your diced tomatoes and empty into a medium sized bowl.  Use a tool or your hands to squish them up a little more.
  2. Add tomato puree to the drained, mashed diced tomatoes (this makes it chunky and smooth at the same time).IMG_0295
  3. Grab a stove-top pot and add 1 tsp of olive oil on medium-low heat, then add all of your smashed garlic, making sure not to scorch it. Then begin chopping up your basil if it is fresh.
  4. Add the bowl of diced & pureed tomatoes along with the basil,oregano, salt, and pepper.
  5. Turn down the heat and cover; let simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Add 2 tbsp of sugar and stir
  7. Add a couple of whole basil leaves to the top if you are looking for a good party presentation :)

Fashion for Dummies!

21 Jan

For those of you who are like me and don’t have time to keep up with what’s in style

go shopping

or tend to buy things for yourself at all..

This is the perfect place for you!

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I consider myself too busy to do all of those things because I’m a wife, mom, blogger, admin, and shop owner! There isn’t really much room in between those things to shop or really know what the heck I should be shopping for!

After becoming a stay at home mom my fashion knowledge went out the window! It was then replaced with comfy lazy around the house clothes. This past year I had enough of it and decided I needed to distinguish indoor and outdoor clothes. Luckily I found swirl.com and they also have an app for your phone!

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Swirl is like a mixture of all my favorite apps! It’s viewed like Pinterest, you can search by only stores located around you, they have a tab for sales and coupons, and you can “clip” your items to a board to remember them for later. The best part for those of us who are too busy to shop? You can buy it right off the app!

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Although all those things are awesome – the best thing about this app for me is the fact that they have a Trending section for each store! You’ll know exactly what everyone else thinks is amazing!!

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Still not sold yet? You can follow other friends or famous stars boards! Check out what they are clipping to their boards and if you want to create a board but don’t want to show it off to others you can create a private board that no one can see!

It didn’t take me long to fall in love with this app and the fact that I can go online and look at it too is a double win! This is just what this want to be fashionista mom needed ;)

Do you have other apps you use to keep up with what’s in? We’d love to hear about them!

Love Always,

J

Finding Inspiration the Cheap Way!

18 Jan

Sometimes when all else fails and things don’t seem to be going right around here, I just need a little inspiration. Everyone has their own way of finding things that make them happy, creating settings around them that are calming, or getting away from it all – but to me finding a little inspiration can go a long way!

It doesn’t seem to matter what my mood is, how stressed out I am, or where exactly I am. When I get that inspired feeling I get so excited that nothing else matters! Today I want to show you a few ways that I find inspiration that will hopefully give you the same opportunity!

1. Pinterest of course!

Sometimes all it takes is a few clicks on pinterest and I find a new project I want do! Whether it’s crafts, recipes, home decor, fashion, or the most random thing. It’s sure easy to find something interesting there!!

2. StumbleUpon

This is a great website! You sign up, tell them what you are interested in, and then hit stumble. They pop up with a website that they think would interest you! You give a thumbs up or thumbs down – hit stumble again and you are on to the next one!! This to me is seriously exciting!

3. Thrift or Consignment Stores

I love walking around thrift or consignment stores around here! There’s always something  worth finding that could turn into a project – and it’s always budget friendly ;)

4. Home Goods or Habitat for Humanity Restore

If you are more interested in Home Decor, Furniture, and Home Accessories these places are priced great and always exciting. You never know what you are going to find!

5. Open House!

This may seem a little ridiculous to you – but my mother and I will take ANY opportunity to go through an open house. Seeing the way other people decorate and design their homes is always interesting!

Hopefully a few of these websites can help you when you are stuck feeling uninspired!

Are there other places you’ve found that are great for finding inspiration on a budget? Please let us know! We’d love to hear!

Love Always,

Jennifer

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