Saturday, November 28, 2009
My ALLLL time favorite thing to decorate is our Christmas tree! This year we purchased a new tree from an online vendor. I was super nervous purchasing a tree I had never seen but it all worked out! It was a great price (20% off), free shipping, and good quality. I was pleasantly surprised with the tree and the whole experience!
I wanted to do post about adding pizazz to your tree all while staying on a budget. Decorating a tree and making it look over the top can be extremely pricey but I’m cheap (as you know) and try to decorate my tree on a budget so I thought it would be fun to share a few tips and tricks. I started working on the post but it was hard to describe what I wanted to talk about and take just the right picture to explain it so I decided to break it down into a few video post.
Let’s gets started.........
But first a WARNING: I am by no means a video pro nor am I trying to be one so please excuse my bobbles and mess-ups along the way. We are all friends here, right? Decorating from the Inside Out
Giving your Ornaments a Little Extra Boost!
Giving you Tree some Love and “The Step Back”
Still lots more to do! Check back tomorrow for a few more video clips as I finish and fill the tree with flowers, sprigs, and even MORE glitter!
I'm linking up with:
The DIY Show Off
Between Naps on the Porch
Blue Cricket Design
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Rhoda crafted a few signs that I fell in LOVE with so I decided to tackle the project.
Click HERE to see Rhoda’s informative how-to.
At the bottom of this post I’ll give you a few extra tips and tricks in case you decide to make your own set.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The Pumpkin Spice Coffee family was hard to track down! I had to visit several Bed Bath and Beyonds before I found them. They were so popular I knew I needed to invite as many as I could to come home with me.
so I cut them into strips and added some extra paper so I had 25 strips total. You know where I’m going with this right? I’m keeping it old school…..a countdown to Christmas chain? I remember making one of these when I was in elementary school.
I bagged the strips of paper up with markers and glitter glue and headed over to watch my friends little girl who by the way is also my flower girl :o)
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I found these at Ross and purchased them for $4.99 for a box of 12; pretty good compared the $18.00 cards I really wanted. I thought they needed a little pizazz so I pulled out the glitter glue and gave them some love!
It was hard to get a good picture of the glitter but it just adds a little pop and makes them fancy. Kent even commented on them which is a BIG deal because he normally doesn't notice stuff like that.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
a gal can never have too many!
paint, and dressed her up with a littlebow.
I picked up some magnets at Home Depot and stuck them to the back. I knew it would get a lot of wear and tear so I outlined the back with magnetic strips so it has a lot of support.
Here she is all dressed up and looking good. She’s on the side our fridge. We don’t have a lot of wall space in the kitchen and I desperately wanted a menu board so I had to think outside the box. I have plenty of room to write and it even has a little chalk board tray at the bottom.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This is one of the draws in my master bath vanity. I use the plastic tub for all my hair frillies and organize my bobby pins and rubber bands in the two clear jars (from Ikea). Yes, I’ll admit it I own shower caps….and yes I said caps meaning more than one. I keep them rolled and tucked next to the plastic tub. I’ve read in a few magazine that shower caps are out but if you have naturally curly hair you know they will never be out! The knitted things you see on the side are a new Sam Moon purchased. I can’t wait for it to get cold so I can wear them. I’ll show you what they look like on a later date.
I bought these little white tubs at Wally-World. The one on the left houses random things and I put my manicure whatnots in the on the right side. When we first moved in our home we lined all our drawers and cabinets with cheap linoleum. I first talked about that HERE.
Ahh and the drawer I use the most…..my makeup drawer! Here’s the layout: eyeliners, lipliners, and mascara on the left, face makeup in the middle, makeup brushes on the right and all my eye shadows tucked away in the back. If I want to do something fun with my eye makeup I usually pull that bin out so I can see all the goodies. I put the colors I use often towards the front so they are easy to find.
This is the cabinet under my sink. A Lazy Susan makes it easy for me to get to all my lotions and hair supplies. Humm I should fancy it up and bit and decoupage some scrap book paper on it! I’ll add that to my never ending list.
This is also under my sink. I use this tub to house all my makeup bags. If I’m out of town or getting ready outside of my home I usually grab one of these to carry all my makeup, toothbrush…..whatever. This makes it easy for me to see what I have so I can pick the right size makeup bag; they’re organized smallest to largest.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
1. How was your week?
Humm…..let’s just say it was ok; not bad but not good. I worked out 2 times but kept extremely busy running all over the place. When things get busy it seems the first thing that goes out the window is my diet.
2. If any, what were the challenges you faced?
Our restaurant had a booth at an elementary school festival over the weekend. I was serving up pizza left and right! I ran out of time after getting everything set up for the event and didn’t eat lunch. I was starving and the pizza was looking real good but I didn’t eat any…..not one slice! Kent who was running pizzas back and forth during the event showed up with a healthy sandwich for me. I know, how sweet is he?
After the event we treated ourselves to a movie. Kent left to go to the bathroom and came back with a huge and I’m talking jumbo size bucket of buttered popcorn. We never get popcorn at the movies I have no idea why he thought it was good idea that night. He thought he was doing something sweet….”We can share it” he said. Ahh that popcorn smelled so good but I stayed focused on the movie and made through most of the movie without having any; even with it being passed over me to our friend who was sitting on the other side of me. The last few minutes of the movie my hand decided to dive into the popcorn bucket (all on its own)! It hung out there for a few minutes while I talked it down :o) I pulled my hand out of the XXXXXXL size bucket popcorn free! I was so happy that I didn’t cave. I was tempted but didn’t do it. After the move Kent made a comment about gross he felt after he ate all that popcorn, and that he had no idea why he thought it was a good idea to buy it. You can guess what I was thinking.
3. Do you have a favorite motivational quote or saying that you think about when things get tough? Include that here or find a new one that you can think about next week when something is trying to sway your progress next week. Be sure you share your quote or saying with us.
At the end of every WW meeting we end with a motivational quote. I write them down so I can look back at them during the week.
*"You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." -David Viscott
*"Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat." -Jill Johnson
*"Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can." Unknown
*This is one of my favorites:"I shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me. Or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsbility. Win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny."-Anonymous
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
become my treasure with a little help from E-6000.
I took some time looking for the right plate to complete my project. I wanted something fancy but of course cheap. I came across this guy at Ross. He was only $3.00! For $3.59 I had my self a new cake stand, fruit stand, dessert dish, we can just call it a whatever stand (I can place whatever my little heart desires on it).
I’m not going to lie I originally planned on making this as a gift but it sure looks super cute on our island and I’ve been wanting to add a little yellow to our decor.
Hummm maybe I’ll be bad and keep it ;o)
*Just follow the directions on the package and you’ll be all good.
*When looking for a candlestick to complete this project you want to be sure it has a flat surface to adhere the plate to; the thicker the surface the more surface area to apply glue.
*After I applied the glue and everything stuck together I placed some weight on the plate while I waited for the glue to dry (I used a juice bottle).
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Kent showing off his props. I found some huge clip on ear rings at Sam Moon. They were a hoot!
One of the many cool costumes we saw that night. I wish I would have
taken more pictures but I felt bad asking people.
Monday, November 02, 2009
Let's get started with this weeks questions.
I had a good week! I made it to the gym 3 times (still not my original goal but a vast improvement from last week). I lost 2lbs so I guess staying on track and working out did me good!
2. Did you have any challenges?
I attend a Weight Watcher meeting every Thursday morning. I woke up Thursday feeling a little off but I went to my meeting anyway. I decided that I was going to weigh in, skip the meeting and head to the doctor. I made it out to my car and realized that I was breaking one of the goals I set. I set a goal that I would not miss a meeting…..no excuses! I put my keys back in my purse and went right back inside. Pardon me while I give myself a BIG pat on the back!! Don’t worry I knew it I didn’t have anything contagious. I went to the doctor after I finished the meeting and am doing much better. Today is the first day I’m feeling more like myself (I had a bladder infection in case you’re wondering). Since I was sick it interfered with my workouts a bit but I’m glad that I got a few sessions in earlier in the week.
I’m having a problem with making poor choices during the weekend. I do great during the week but for some reason when Friday hits I go a little crazy. I’m thinking about changing my meeting to Monday evenings so I have to be good during the weekends too.
3. What are some of your favorite healthy foods items that are a must have?
I love anything mint flavored and mint chocolate chip ice cream is my fav! WW makes a really good 2 point ice cream.
I just found these guys a few weeks ago and love them! The veggies are already pre-portioned and topped with Italian seasoning.....good stuff. I usually heat one up and eat it with a Lean Cuisine for lunch.
1. Frozen blueberries: I add these to my oatmeal in the morning. The heat from the oatmeal warms them up.
2. Kashi waffles: I topped these with a little honey and diced walnuts. Great for a weekend breakfast when I have a little more time in the mornings to sit and enjoy.
3. Valley Fresh Steamers: These come in handy when I want to whip up a quick side to go with our meal. It's a good mixture (red potatoes, snow peas, and read bell peppers tossed in an Italian sauce)
If you follow the WW program you probably know about all about
Nature's Own bread. It's only 1 point for 2 slices.....LOVE IT!!
1. Wasa Crackers: Great for snacks and 0 points for 1 portion.
2. Fiber One Bars: Ahh if you haven't had a Fiber One bar you must! If I want something sweet these guys hit the spot and for 2 points make a wonderful snack or dessert.
3. Laughing Cow Cheese: Comes in little wedges. It's creamy and delish! So many things you can do with it. I spread it on crackers or melt in in a bake potato with a little fresh cracked pepper...YUM-YUM!
4. Share a healthy recipe you enjoying. It can be a snack, appetizer or a meal. Whatever your little heart desires as long as it’s something healthy.
Something else simple that I like to make for breakfast or as a snack.
Toast with a little fat free cream cheese, sliced banana, and cinnamon.
I love to have this with a cup of hot tea in the morning!