Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 10 Posts of 2012

Before we move on into the new year, I just wanted to take a minute and review some of the fun stuff I've worked on this past year. 2012 was a lot of fun for me. I'm looking forward to 2013. But before it gets here, here's a look back at my
Top 10 Posts from 2012.























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Mommy Bloggers

I have been added to CouponAudit.com's list of top 50 Mommy Bloggers. Cool!

I'm not sure where they got their stats from, but here is the infographic they just released if you are interested.


Top 50 Mommy Bloggers
An infographic by the team at CouponAudit
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

No nonsense Fashion

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I tend to wear a lot of neutrals; blacks, browns, etc. And when I do have color, it's pretty monotone. That's why this whole color pop trend is really hard for me. Thankfully, tossing on a cute and colorful pair of No nonsense tights and leggings with something neutral that I already have makes the outfit just a little brighter, more fun, and on trend.

 

No nonsense issued me a fashion challenge. Have you ever tried No nonsense? They're great! You can find them just about anywhere; drug stores, grocery stores, and mass retail stores. And they are really affordable. I'm on a budget baby and have to find things that look great and don't cost me an arm and a leg. Know what I mean??

 

Anyway, back to the challenge. They sent me one pair of leggings and one pair of tights to try. I had to create two outfits, one for the leggings and one for the tights. Thank goodness the random selection of leggings worked in my favor and I got black leggings!! That one was so easy.

 

Leggings are super awesome; you just toss on a top and some boots and away you go. Perfect for this momma! I know some people are apprehensive about leggings because they worry about their bum in something so tight. I totally understand, but that doesn't mean you can't wear leggings. I have two youngin's and I don't really want my bootie just out there for the world to see. So, I paired my leggings with a tunic length sweater and it's perfect. The tunic length hits me mid thigh, so I don't feel exposed. Easy, comfortable and quick; just what I need in my everyday.

 

 

 

The second part, the tights, were a little more challenging for me. They're navy. Navy isn't bad. But like I said before, I just have a hard time with color. I tried on two outfits before finally coming up with the one below.

 

It's a tan pencil skirt with front split, a white henley sweater, and of course the navy tights. I really liked how comfortable and warm the tights are. I'm a pretty cold-natured person, so keeping warm even during mild winters is extremely important for me. I think the outfit turned out pretty good. What do you think? Don't you just love my, hey, look at these awesome tights, pose?

 

 

If you're interested in learning more about how to add more color to your wardrobe. Check out No nonsense on Facebook and Twitter. I'm going to be there because I still have a lot to learn.

 

You'll find Jill Martin newest Brand Ambassador and Style Expert there too. She will be featured in a series of online vignettes that show women how to wear the latest trends that include colored tights and essential leggings. She will also be active on social media, providing fashion tips via Twitter and will be featured in a Facebook contest where a winner and her friend will meet Jill in NYC for a shopping spree and lots of great style advice.

 

 

Not just a fashion expert, Jill is also an Emmy Award-winning TV personality and co-author of the New York Times bestselling style guide “I Have Nothing to Wear!” She is also the New York Correspondent for Access Hollywood.

 

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Just another little reminder of what Christmas is truly about. This song by Todd Agnew just makes me reflect on His birth and His purpose in coming.

Warning: It's not pretty.

 

I've decided to take the rest of the week off from blogging. I'll see you all again in 2013.


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Monday, December 24, 2012

The Christmas Story

It's Christmas Eve! I'm taking a little crafting break to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my family. I hope you are spending time with your loved ones today.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions before we open gifts, before we let the greediness of presents take over, we stop and read the Christmas story. Reading the scripture helps us remember what it's all about. That gifts are good, but the true gift was the gift of life that began with the birth of a baby in a manger and ended with his death on the cross, burial, and resurrection


 In the words of C.S. Lewis
"The Son of God became a man to enable men to one day become sons of God."

Or better yet, in the words of the scriptures.   

Luke 2
King James Version (KJV)

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.


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Friday, December 21, 2012

Easiest EVER Peanut Butter and Chocolate Candy


Fudgey, chocolatey, peanut buttery goodness that tastes just like a Reese's Peanut Butter cup and it took me less than 5 minutes to make. Oh Yeah!

I adapted this recipe from the one at Mom on Time Out. And let me tell you it was really hard to adapt it considering there are only 2 ingredients. Yep, you read that right 2 ingredients! (Well, three if you count the butter on the pan, but still....) Anyway, I read her post and just HAD to try it out for myself. I'm so glad I did too because these are amazing! I will definitely be making these more than once.

You need:
aluminum foil
butter to grease your pan/foil
1 pound chocolate bark (or chocolate candy coating)
1 1/3 cups peanut butter (creamy or chunky is totally your choice, I used creamy)

Line a square pan with foil.
Rub some cold butter on the foil so your candy doesn't stick to it later.

Melt chocolate according to package instructions. Typically 90 seconds in the microwave will do it.
Stir in your peanut butter.

Pour into foil lined pan.
Put in fridge until set, about an hour. I know it's hard to wait, but it will be worth it. I promise.
Cut into small pieces. Eat the first one and then plate the rest.

Keep refrigerated.

Although you can't see the peanut butter, you can certainly taste it and I swear they taste just like Reese's peanut butter cups. So good!


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Show & Tell #6

Are you ready for Christmas?? Ready or not, it's here. This is our last weekend to get any shopping, crafting, wrapping done. Even though it can be pretty chaotic, I'd like to remind everyone (myself included) to slow down just a minute. I have a couple of posts planned for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day that are not my usual craft posts. They talk about what Christmas is truly about. Let's remember that before we get too caught up in the presents, food, and family. And if you don't know the true meaning of Christmas, I'd invite you to come read about it next week.

Ok, so... features! Thanks to everyone who linked up last week. We had a lot of great ideas linked up last week. Since we are in the last days for Christmas prep, I thought I'd highlight quick and easy things you can do before Christmas gets here. And if you want to check out the other link ups, click here.

Love the rustic wooden nativity ornament by Shaken Together!

DIY rustic wooden nativity ornament // {create this} at shaken together

It's Christmas. You HAVE to have chocolate chip cookies. And with a name like The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER, you've got to check out The Kurtz Corner's recipe.


Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk's Santa in Shapes is great for occupying little hands and helping them learn at the same time. 

 

The most viewed link: No Sew Sock Snowmen by A Crafty Cook. Aren't they just darling!



So let's get to it. Link up your projects below. But first please...
  • Link up as many posts as you want, but please only link to your post once. Don't link the same project every week.
  • Keep it family-friendly
  • Link directly to your post and not to your home page
  • Please do not link up other link parties, advertisements, or etsy shops
  • Remember we all love comments. If you can, stop by some other links and share the love.
  • Grab a button or direct link back to me. I'd also love if you became a blog subscriber.
  • Have fun!
  • Be inspired!

Gingerly Made


Gingerly Made




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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Footprint Reindeer Towels


Christmas is officially a week away! The girls and I are feeling back to our normal selves today, but since having a cold put us on the couch for a few days, we have more easy craft and present ideas for this week. Sorry for the cruddy picture. Apparently having a cold also effects my photography.

Anyway, I'm going really cheap today because I didn't even make this craft. How's that for lazy? Caitlin came home from her Mommy's Morning Out program with this. Isn't it adorable! They are always bringing home some fun little crafty something.

If you can't tell, that's her cutie-pie three-year-old footprint. What a great memory craft! I know I'm going to keep this one for a long time. And it looks pretty straight forward.

You need a white hand towel, some brown and red paint.

Put the brown paint on a paper plate and let your kiddo step in it.
Press her footprint down onto the towel.
Wash foot so your kiddo doesn't track paint all over your house.

Add antlers and eyes with eye lashes.
Then use the red to make the red nose and write your kid's name underneath.
Let dry.

Now you've got a sweet grandparent present or memento to put in their memory box!
Quick, easy, done.

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Tip Hero and $100 Walmart Giftcard Giveaway

Have you heard of Tip Hero? I hadn't until a few short weeks ago. Their site is awesome! It's completely dedicated to helping you save money. And I don't know about you, but I love being able to save money.

Tip Hero is hosting a giveaway offering 1 person a $100 Walmart gift card! The gift card will be delivered either electronically or via snail mail - winner's choice.


This giveaway will run for 2 weeks and end on January 2, 2013 at 11:59pm US Eastern time. Open to United States & Canada, 18+

Enter for your chance to win this helpful prize by filling out the PromoSimple entry form below. Good luck!



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Monday, December 17, 2012

Peppermint Sugar Scrub


The kids and I have been battling colds over the weekend and it has left us all pretty drained. So, this week's crafts are going to be quick and easy things you can make in 5 - 10 minutes. Which considering that this is the last week before Christmas is just perfect. Can you believe that Christmas is next week!! So crazy.

Anyway, if you need some small, quick, last minute Christmas gifts, these peppermint sugar scrubs are perfect. They make great gifts for stockings, teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, etc. I'm going to be putting a couple in stockings and keeping one for myself. Hey, why not?

All you need are some mason jars (I like the wide mouth jelly jars, but any will do), sugar, peppermint extract, olive oil, and optionally coarse salt.

Fill your jar with sugar.

If you want, you can add some coarse salt on top. Not too much or it will absorb moisture from your skin, but a little bit helps open up your pores and the coarseness adds some extra exfoliating power.

Next pour in a couple drops of peppermint extract. Again, not too much. A little dab will do ya.

Cover with olive oil.

Mix well. You may need to add more oil as you go. You want the scrub to be slushie texture.

Add your lid and a little lit decoration if you want. I used some scrap Christmas fabric.

When you get ready to use it, you may need to stir again before use because the oil has a tendency to rise. That's easily done with your hands as you grab a little to use.

You can apply the scrub to your face or body; anywhere that needs a little exfoliation and moisture during these dry winter months.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Show & Tell #5

Hi all! It's been a fun week around our house. My hubby has been home for the past three days and we've had a lot of fun just hanging out with him. He's back at work today and we're into our normal routine again. I've been doing some crafting, but not too much. How about you? I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week.

But first, here are the features from last week's party

These Chewy Pecan Squares from Taste of August look so delicious!


Vixen Made stamped T-shirts with a simple yet oh so cute tree pattern.


 Oh, and did you see the Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramels from Sweet Boutique. I'd love to get some of those for Christmas. 


And the most viewed link... Amy Stebbins' Red Trench Coat


So let's get to it. Link up your projects below. But first please...
  • Link up as many posts as you want, but please only link to your post once. Don't link the same project every week.
  • Keep it family-friendly
  • Link directly to your post and not to your home page
  • Please do not link up other link parties, advertisements, or etsy shops
  • Remember we all love comments. If you can, stop by some other links and share the love.
  • Grab a button or direct link back to me. I'd also love if you became a blog subscriber.
  • Have fun!
  • Be inspired!

Gingerly Made


Gingerly Made



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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chevron Apron Kid Craft

Last Christmas my mom bought me this plain canvas apron to customize. It has taken me almost an entire year to finally get around to doing something with it. I just couldn't decide how I wanted to decorate it. Finally I had an idea to paint it chevron and add ruffles all around the edges. It looked great in my mind.

I used painter's tape to mark off the chevron stripes.


Then my 3 year old daughter asked me what I was doing. "I'm getting ready to paint this apron." Of course she wants to help me. So I let her. I'm still not sure if that was a brilliant idea or a purely stupid one.


She did fairly good. There were of course some painting outside the lines, but really, who cares.


Ok, so I actually like that Caitlin loves to paint and help me with my craft projects. But it also means that the things she helps me with just aren't going to turn out perfectly the way I had planned in my mind. We did an ok job painting. I decided not to add the ruffles. Maybe I'll save that for an apron from scratch.


Linking Up To: Christy's Cuties,Crafty Cousins, Family Ever After, Frugally Sustainable, JAQS Studio, Just Us Four, Lines Across, Momnivore's Dilemma, Not Just a Housewife, One Artsy Mama, One Little Momma, Our Delightful Home, Sew Much Ado, Serendipity and Spice, So You Think You're Crafty, Sugarbee Crafts, Tatertots and Jello, Tip Junkie, Tip Junkie


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