Friday, December 31, 2010

Something blog worthy...

Since Christmas I've kind of been on a blogging break.  Rian has been sleeping better at night (only waking up once or twice and going back to sleep), but staying awake during the day, so that gives me less time to blog.  If you all didn't know, that's when I do most of my blogging, during the middle of the night when I'm up feeding Rian.  I have to be focusing on something, or doing something on the computer while feeding her or I end up falling asleep while nursing her.  Which means I end up sitting in our reclining chair all night long and wake up holding a sweaty baby and feeling terrible. 

It's been nice having a little break, getting to sleep a bit more, but to be honest I haven't really felt like I've had much to blog about. I have a few projects on going on, but mostly things have been at a standstill due to the rain and now freezing cold weather.  So while I am enjoying my time on the "inside" I thought maybe I could yell you about some awesome things I won from General Mills.  That's blog worthy right? Hope so.  If not then feel free to skip this post entirely.

Okay first off, a couple of months ago I entered a blog contest to win some Gluten Free products from General Mills.  The giveaway was hosted by Reeni at Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice, if you have a minute or two you should swing by her blog.  She has some really great recipes.  And even though I don't have a problem with eating gluten, I know people who do and I really was interested in trying these products.  You can even purchase one of these food packages and send or give to someone you know who needs to eat gluten free foods.  They have their own site, Live Gluten Freely, where you can buy products, get coupons and check out recipes if you are interested.

Here is what comes in the package
It didn't take my husband any time at all to bust into the fruit snacks, the chocolate frosting, and the brownies.  Yes, I am married a sugar addict.  Another reason why I have trouble losing ANY weight.  But I was interested in the Chex cereal and the gluten free Bisquik.  Both are pretty great.  I even enjoyed gluten free Bisquik more than the regular Bisquik.  This package came at just the right time too.  We were low on groceries, and so everything was put to use. 

And by complete surprise, on Christmas Eve we received another package from General Mills in the mail which included more food products from them, a cookbook, and a dessert booklet.  I don't remember entering any giveaway or contest for this package, so I told everyone it must be a Christmas blessing from Jesus.  Again, we were low on groceries at the time and it was Christmas Eve so we definitely weren't going shopping anytime soon.  And I promise I do grocery shop it had just been a busy couple of weeks, and my schedule was all off because Justin's paychecks were coming later than they normally would have. 
So here's what the other package looked like.



I must say I loved the Chipotle Cheddar Chex Mix, great flavor and would be great to have at a New Year's Party.  My husband liked the Wheaties Fuel.  It's not like the old Wheaties, there are whole grains, and it has a honey cinnamon flavor. (Can you believe my husband didn't even know what Wheaties were?  I asked him if he's been living under a rock his whole life.  Goodness.)  And like last time the fruit snacks didn't go unopened for very long.  But I think one of the favorite things we both enjoyed from the box was the Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Bars.  They were Peanut and Sunflower Seed ones, perfect mix of salty and sweet.  I only got to eat half of one and my husband selfishly hoarded the other 5 1/2 bars for himself. 
I think they are perfect for an on the go kind of snack.
 And just look below, don't those cookies look delicious?  They are a recipe from the dessert booklet that was included in the package.  Yum, I am looking forward to making those.  I think anything with peanut butter in it tastes pretty great.

Hopefully you'll be interested in some of these great products and enjoy them as much as we did.  Or if you know anyone who has trouble with gluten, then tell them about the Live Gluten Freely website so they can check out great recipes and products that fit their lifestyle and diet. 

Monday, December 27, 2010

How we spent our Christmas...

Did this Christmas seem to go unbelievably fast or what?  I really think having two littles made each day fly by.

On Christmas Eve I was fortunate enough to get some much needed cleaning done before we headed over to my parent's house.  I know that might not seem too exciting, but I get all warm and happy inside when I see lines on the carpet made by our vacuum.  I know you know what I'm talking about. 

After cleaning up our house and getting ready we headed out to my parents' house for dinner.  It was very simple, and quiet.  Just our family, my parents and sister, and one of my Grandma's.  We used to do very big family get togethers during the holidays on my mom's side, but through the years it seems as if each family has their own thing and separate get together to attend. Truthfully though, I prefer being able to relax a bit on at least one of the days during Christmas. 

We had a great dinner, opened a few gifts, and had some embarrassing but fun moments playing my sister's new Wii game Just Dance 2.  Let's just say I am really glad no one busted out a video camera when it was my turn. 










So did you all have the Christmas you wanted?  Or at least the one you expected?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Little Miss Momma is having a Silhouette Giveaway

That's right, she's hosting a Silhouette Giveaway, and in case you don't win you can use an awesome discount code Silhouette has given her to purchase the machine for only $175 instead of the normal $299!!!  Isn't that awesome?  Hurry and go enter now.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I was featured at...


I'm excited to say I got featured at Better After for the $10 Craigslist Dresser redo I did for our bedroom.  That's exciting to see, because every piece on Better After has been amazing so far.  I could pretty much go through every post just looking at all the great transformations. If you want to see the other featured pieces just click HERE.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wouldn't we all love to win this Giveaway from The Graphics Fairy?

She is hosting an awesome giveaway for a chance to win a $250 Best Buy Gift Card.  Sigh, that would take care of one awesome surprise gift for my husband if I won.  Head on over if you're interested!  And once you're over there check out the amazing free graphics she has on her blog. 

Time to get real...if we're going to BFF's and all.

Okay, here is some info on me in case you do or do not want to be my friend after reading.  But hopefully you'll still want to be my friend :)

I check Facebook way to often.  Seriously, about 2 years ago I was like Facebook what? Facebook who? But now, oh goodness I love me some FB.  Yeah, that's it's nickname, cause we're tight like that.

My favorite hot chocolate is Swiss Miss.

I don't like fish or any seafood, I've tried plenty of it but it's just not my thing. 

I also hate bananas. My grandma tried to get me to eat one when I was 5, she told me I couldn't go with her and a bunch of my cousins to some amusement park thing in our little town if I didn't eat it.  I really didn't want to eat it, I told her I didn't like them and that my mom didn't make me eat them, but my grandma forced me to eat them.  I then started gagging and threw it up. I never ate a banana again.

I am pretty clumsy when pregnant.

I LOVE CHEESE!

I've only been outside of the USA one time. I was 13. We only went into Tijuana for about an hour, then headed back to our hotel in San Diego. BORING!

I want to adopt children, yes child-ren as in more than just one.  My sister is adopted, my "dad" adopted me, and adoption has always been a desire of mine.  I was a teen when I read about Haiti being one of the poorest countries in the world and right then I knew that's where I wanted to adopt from.  Now I would adopt from anywhere there was a child in need.

Most physically painful experience I've gone through is having to walk for the first time after my c-section with my daughter Rian (RY-AN).  Second most painful thing, having to pass a large kidney stone.  It took over a month to pass it. 

I've never considered myself pretty. But I sure am glad my husband does ;)

I am the type of person who needs 10 or more hours of sleep, but I only get about 4-5 hours of sleep each night due to nursing one baby and co-sleeping with our other.

Sometimes I pretend I don't know what my son is saying because I want to hear him say it again.  He says "took-ee" when he wants a cookie, "peek milk" when he wants milk because it has a pink cap for the lid, and "mood" when he wants you to move out of the way.

I love cheerios, captain crunch, and waffles.

I wear my flip flops in December and January.

When I was a junior and senior in High School I forged my own notes to get excused from going to school or class when I didn't want to go or when I was late.  I still got straight A's both years and was a few of my teachers' favorite.  How did I do that? I bribed them with baked goods ;)

If you want to learn more about some of your blog friends or want to divulge any secrets head over to Little Miss Momma's blog and link up.







Monday, December 20, 2010

How to make a BROWN SUGAR & CINNAMON BODY SCRUB

4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2-3 Tablespoons Almond Oil
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 cups brown sugar
1-2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
Vitamin E oil (I used 8 Vitamin E oil capsules, just poke hole in the pill and squeeze the oil out)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, making sure to mix everything well.  Once mixed you can add more oil or sugar, or any other ingredient to achieve the consistency you prefer.  I wanted the consistency to be like a wet sand.


To use, scrub all over your body when taking a shower or bath. 

The scrub mixture should be enough to fill 3 half pint (8 oz.) jars or containers.


Store in a sealed container to prevent moisture from seeping in. Do not get water in the container when you're using it (unless you plan to use it all up at once) because introducing water into the product can cause unwanted bacterial growth.  You can store this in a refrigerator or in a cool, dark place(out of the sun light).

This has a 6 month shelf life.

Add a small spoon tied to the top of the jar with string or ribbon and this makes a perfect gift.

*I also added cute tags to mine that gave the name, ingredients, how to store, and "shelf life."

And the credit for bending the spoons goes to my wonderful husband, without his strength I would be SOL, ;) .


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How to Make a VANILLA SUGAR & SALT SCRUB

2 cups sea salt (medium or fine texture)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups raw sugar
Vitamin E oil (I used 12 vitamin E capsules, you can poke a hole into them and squeeze the oil out)
Almond Oil (I used about 3/4 of a cup-1 cup, but you can use more or less depending on the consistency you prefer)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix the salt and both sugars together.  Add the Vitamin E oil, vanilla, and Almond oil and mix well.   I chose mine to be like that of wet sand. But you can make it more oily or even less oily by the amount of oil you put into it. 

 Put in any size jar or container you would like. This recipe should fill 4 or 5 half pint jars (8 oz.). 

Tie a ribbon around the top of the jar and add a small spoon to give as a perfect gift. 

Vitamin E oil and Sea Salt are natural preservers so this scrub should be good for 2-3 months or longer with no problem.  Store in the refrigerator or in a cool, dark place (out of the sun light).  Do not get water in the container when you're using it (unless you plan to use it all up at once) because introducing water into the product can cause unwanted bacterial growth.

*I also added cute tags to mine that gave the name, ingredients, how to store, and "shelf life."

And the credit for bending the spoons goes to my wonderful husband, without his strength I would be SOL, ;) .

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How to Make a CITRUS SUGAR SCRUB

3 1/2 to 4 Cups of white sugar
1 to 1 1/4 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 Tablespoons Lemon juice
The zest and juice from 6 small Tangerines
Vitamin E oil (I used about 8 Vitamin E oil capsules, just poke a small hole in  the pill and squeeze the oil out)

I mixed the sugar, vitamin E oil, Lemon juice, and olive oil together.  Then I added the zest and juice from the tangerines.  At this point you can add more juice, zest, sugar or oil to get the consistency you prefer.  I wanted a slightly more runny texture.


 Vitamin E oil is not only good for the skin it is a natural preserver.  Olive oil lasts longer than other oils before spoiling, so this scrub should easily be good for 2-3 months or longer. 

You can store in refrigerator or in a cool, dark place (out of the sun light).  Do not get water in the container when you're using it (unless you plan to use it all up at once) because introducing water into the product can cause unwanted bacterial growth.

This scrub if perfect for hands, feet, or the body.  It even tastes good ;)

There should be enough scrub mixture to fill at least 4 half pint (8 oz.) containers or jars.


Add a small spoon and a ribbon tied around the top of the jar to make a perfect gift.


*I also added cute tags to mine that gave the name, ingredients, how to store, and "shelf life."

And the credit for bending the spoons goes to my wonderful husband, without his strength I would be SOL, ;) .


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sorry for the delay---WINNER!!

Okay so I would have posted the winner right at 12 AM, but there was a little accident. 

Rian, decided she wanted to puke all over my face and hair.  IT WAS NASTY.  I felt like I had throw up in my brain because it went into my ear...and yes I know that is completely irrational, but ugh, you just don't know how yucky it is until a baby throws up in your ear.  And I am used to throw up, what with Levi's condition and all...(in fact, it was the second time this week that one of my kids threw up on me. Thursday Levi had his turn.)

So I had to re-shower and redo my hair.  One thing I hate is going to bed with wet hair in the winter.  It makes me feel so much colder than I already do.  And now I am sitting here feeding the beautiful baby who caused such chaos.

Okay enough chatter. Let me go pick the winner, be right back....
And the winner of the $20 HOME DEPOT gift card is...

 The Winner is AMY!
Simply Amy said...
I just blogged about it!

http://purelyamy.blogspot.com/2010/12/so-many-projects.html

Congratulations Amy! I'm so excited for you. Hope you can put it to good use.  I'll also be emailing you to let you know that you've won.  You have 48 hrs to contact me back or I'll choose a new winner. 

Thanks everyone for stopping by and following along. I'm excited because this giveaway was so much fun I am already planning another one. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

GIVEAWAY REMINDER

Just want to remind all readers that the GIVEAWAY for the $20 HOME DEPOT GIFT CARD ends TONIGHT at 11:59pm.  If you haven't entered yet you still have a chance.  Just go to the GIVEAWAY POST and enter by answering the question "What is one thing you are doing to help someone else this Christmas?" 

And if you want extra entries tweet it, facebook it, or blog about it.

Can't wait to pick the winner Sunday Morning.  And knowing Rian I will probably be picking the winner at 12am (Pacific Time) SUNDAY morning.  :)

Good luck to everyone.  And thank you so much for entering.

Simple Mod Podged Art and Another Framed Chalkboard Art

I really meant to post these awhile ago. I took pictures and was going to upload them to my computer, but my Compact Flash Drive crashed and burned.  A little boy who shall not be named (hint: LEVI), was the culprit for destroying the memory card I have had for the past 6 years.  Oh well...I bought a new one from Office Max a few days later and just now remembered I wanted to post about these pieces I made.

For the past two years the wall space in our bathroom has been completely bare.  Yes there are two mirrors above the sinks on our vanity but that's it.  No pictures, just a blank, completely boring wall the rest of the way down.  So I decided to make a few pieces of art to go there. 

I basically took old art that had been my mom's when she was little, painted around the edges with some acrylic paint, and then mod podged scrap book paper over the top of them.

BEFORE:
 

AFTER:

I love them.  They're simple, yet they give our bathroom a cute feminine touch without over doing it. 
And the middle piece is my chalkboard.  I took a simple framed picture from my little sister's old nursery decor that my mom was throwing out, painted over the glass with chalkboard paint, and painted right over the frame with Rust-oleum's Heirloom White.  I then wrote love using one of my chalk pens. 

I love art that you can easily create yourself don't you?



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A New Hair Cut and My Anthro-Knock-Off Necklace from Flamingo Toes

*There's still time to enter the $20 Home Depot Gift Card GIVEAWAY. You have until tonight, SATURDAY 11:59pm.

Isn't it amazing how a new haircut can make you feel like that?  I finally got an appointment on Friday and went in.  Justin stayed with Levi and Rian (which made me feel oh so anxious, as it was his first time), while I went to go "pamper" myself by chopping off my long locks.  It was the first time I have gone anywhere by myself (without kids or husband) in 5 months.  And boy did it feel good, and strange all at the same time.  After my haircut I even stopped to look in an antique store for a few minutes, allowing myself to marvel at the prices, and even covet a few pieces.  I came home and Justin said he handled the kids just fine.  Guess I should have had more faith in him, huh?

So here is the BEFORE
And the AFTER


And you see that pretty necklace?? Yeah, I won that from the wonderfully talented Bev over at Flamingo Toes.  She does some A-Mazing Anthropologie knock-off necklaces.  Just like this one.  I am in love Bev, seriously in love.  This necklace makes me feel so cute and trendy.  I don't even want to take it off. 

Bev even has complete tutorials for her necklace knock-offs and so many other awesome things she makes. Go HERE for her tutorial page.  And if you want to make this necklace you can find it HERE.



Thanks again Bev for creating such wonderful pieces.  Oh and I am determined to win me one of the Anthro Limitless Strands Necklaces you make.  ;)