Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Big Reveal

Wordless Wednesday....Alright, the time has come for me to make the announcement. I have certainly been MIA lately and here's why!


I always loved math :)
 
 
You read it right...baby #2 is coming soon!

 
 
Feeling blessed beyond words right now!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Hidden Treasures

It has been about a week since I last posted. I have been enjoying some much needed time with the family. Valentine's Day came and went. Hubby and I swapped our gifts to each other and reminisced about our first Valentine's Day together and how far we have come since then. My gift to him was of course Pinterest inspired (what isn't these days). I did a "101 Things I Love About You" gift basket. I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of it, but Dan loved it! I wrote out 101 things that I admire about the guy, typed it all up, and cut out the little strips. The great thing about this gift is you have the flexibility to be serious, funny, silly, and corny all at once. Of course I didn't actually buy 101 things to fill in a basket but I picked some of the cute and funny ones and found little gifts to put with them. Here were some of the corny and silly ones he really liked:

  • I'm hooked on you (attached a bag of sour gummy worms with a hook through the bag)
  • You're O-Fish-Ally the coolest dad (attached some goldfish crackers)
  • You have lots of energy for a first time dad (attached an energy drink)
  • You kill bugs for me (attached a little rubber bug)
  • You give the best hugs and kisses (attached a combination of Hershey's Hugs and Kisses)
  • You are perfect to the "Tee" (attached a golf coupon to go golfing with one of his best friends-My friend Tina also did a similar gift basket for her husband and we both put the same coupon in there so that they could play together...worked out great!)
Hubby had put together a scrapbook of our life for my gift. Very thoughtful! Dan is not a crafty kind of guy, but I was pleasantly surprised at the layout, paper choices, and stickers he used. And of course he brought in a dozen red roses and some chocolates. A must have Valentines accessory.

Today, as my roses were starting to really open I noticed that one of them looked like a heart! Soooo cool! One of my favorite bloggers (Theresa over at Theresa's Mixed Nuts) did a post about a heart shaped strawberry she stumbled on, so I figured I couldn't just let this one go without its own post. I always smile when I find little hidden treasures like this in nature. Enjoy!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Crafter's Dream Giveaway, Valentines Style



The time has finally come (again)! Cupid tracked me down with one of his love infused arrows... and I am thrilled to announce that I am doing my second Crafter's Dream Group Giveaway Hop! My first #ACraftersDream Giveaway was back during the Christmas holiday and was a huge success! So I couldn't say no when I heard the group had decided to a Valentine's version! If you saw one of most recent posts on Valentine's Day, you'd know it is one of my favorite holidays! So I am literally squealing like a little school girl just writing this post!! Thanks to our three lovely hostesses: My Merry Messy Life, Tutus and Tea Parties, and Earning My Cape you can participate in the fun all over again, or if you are new, join in on one of the biggest giveaways this loving season.

So here's the deal...I know many of you have expressed interest and commented on my shop's ribbon wreaths from the last giveaway. I listened :) and I am giving away this adorable pink, red, and white Valentine's themed ribbon wreath to one of my lucky readers to celebrate such a loving holiday!


Unique & Chic Creations


Unique & Chic Creations
I have also teamed up with my absolute favorite blogger, and partner in "bloggy" crime, Ashley Brooke to give away one of my Valentine's burlap banners too! So make sure to hop on over to her blog and enter to win it as well! In addition to my banner, she has also graciously decided to throw in a JoAnn's gift card. Everyone loves a gift card! This is a little sneak peek of the banner up for grabs:

Unique & Chic Creations

If you thought there weren't enough goodies out there on the table, there's MORE! There will also be a chance to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway. The entry will be included within the Rafflecopter form below. Here is what the Grand Prize includes: (only one Grand Prize winner will be selected)


  • Total Prize Value -  $230
  • Prize package from Red Heart Yarn- $150 value
  • Free class from Craftsy- up to $50 value 
  • 1 Year Subscription to Crochet Today- $19.95
  • Special Issue of Baby and Kids Crochet from Crochet Today - $9.99
  • Giveaway is worldwide! Anyone can enter!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Palmolive Fresh Infusions Review

I recently received my second VoxBox, complimentary of the coolest product review team I know, Influenster. Inside my box, I was excited to find three full sized bottles of Palmolive's Fresh Infusion dish soap, and lots of coups to share with my friends! I know you're thinking, "how excited can you get over dish soap?" Well I will tell you why...our dishwasher is broken (yes, it's on our mile long to-do list), and I have to hand wash EVERYTHING! So finding a good dish soap is so important to me. Especially one that smells good and won't kill my hands. When I was given the opportunity to try out a new brand, I felt like a kid in a candy store!


I decided to try the Lime Basil scent first. As I filled up my sink and the suds began rising, the aroma hit me. I am not lying when I say this soap smells like candy! Like a combination of Skittle and Starbursts or something. Even though doing dishes is one of my least favorite things to on my list of chores, Palmolive has made the task much more bearable thanks to the awesome scent and effective products they have to offer. It's available at Walmart for around $3.00. Totally worth it!


Pay no attention to my dirty sink please...maybe Palmolive will offer to come clean my kitchen for me next!

Thanks again Influenster for this awesome opportunity! I gave my mom the Ginger scent to try and I will share her findings soon.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Love Struck

I don't know if I have ever mentioned it here before, but I LOVE VALENTINE'S DAY! It is definitely up there on the list of favorite holidays. I am a huge fan of pink, so the fact that Valentine's Day is surrounded by pinks and reds, is one reason why I am hooked. The other and more important reason, of course, is that it is a day to celebrate love. Love is something that is so hard to put into words sometimes, but it can be the best feeling to send and receive. It is human nature to want to love and be loved by someone else. It just makes us feel good! And to designate a day to celebrate our love for one another, is the icing on the cake!

When I think of Valentine's Day, so many childhood memories pop into my head:
  • The innocent elementary school days of sending cards and treats to my classmates, and working so hard on choosing the BEST one for that cute boy I liked at the time.
  • Reading the sweet messages from my friends
  • Saving the Valentines from my favorite teachers and, yes, from that same cute boy I admired.
  • Creating adorable pink and red masterpieces in art class to bring home to my Mom and Dad.
  • Enjoying the chocolates and other treats that always accompanies this sweet holiday.
It was fun then, and it still is now. The love spark will always be within me. I am a little love puppy at heart and fall for the romantic stuff every time. I will never forget the first Valentine's Day Dan and I had together. This was actually back in college, when we had just met and were newly dating. We had only been together for a few months, and were headed out to a concert to see Dierks Bentley. I assumed since we were so new, that this type of date was very casual and I saw it as appropriate for us at the time. I wasn't expecting anything else, just to have a great time with him, as I always had on the dates leading up to this night. When he arrived, he had a dozen beautiful pink roses (which I thought was super sweet, and glad that they weren't red because we hadn't said the "L" word yet haha) and a tray full of chocolate covered strawberries with "Happy Valentines Day" spelled out on each one of the strawberries. So the fact that he took the time to write one letter on each strawberry was so thoughtful and romantic! (and I remind you, Dan is not a baking-kind-of-man) I will never forget the Valentine's Day. Such a sweet memory that I get to hold onto forever! Ahhh... and I can't believe I was able to find a picture of it! Sorry for the crappy quality. College students couldn't afford good cameras.


I would love to hear a story about your favorite and most memorable Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

10 Days, $10, 1 Baby

I have been following a story from one of my favorite bloggers, Christie from Satisfaction Through Christ, and I have been so touched by her efforts, that I wanted to share it with you. I had always heard that adoption was expensive, but I didn't realize HOW much families are required to come up with.  Christie's strength and faith in this process is very inspiring and uplifting! One of my favorite quotes is, "many hands make light work." and this case, it is certainly true. I have included one of her posts below for you to learn a little more about the fundraiser that is taking place:


Friends, I have been so overwhelmed by the generosity shown towards our family over the last few days.  The response has been amazing and I'm at a loss for words on how to say thank you.  I'm praying that the Lord will give me the proper words at some point.  Words will never be enough, though.

For the full story and to read our adoption announcement post, visit here!

Today has been an emotional day, but I now know {without a doubt} that the Lord has called us specifically to bring this baby girl home.
Last night we had a $10 donation come in from a friend.  I emailed her thanking her for her donation and she quickly expressed sadness at not being able to give more.  I told her that every little bit helps...and it does.

If you're anything like me, all you've seen is $35,000 and thought, "There's no way I can help with that."  

I get it and I know -- it's so much bigger than any one of us but it's not too big for God!

This morning the Lord laid an idea on my heart and I've fought Him all day about presenting it to you, but I know that He hasn't called us to walk this road alone.  So, I'm excited to present our biggest fundraising effort yet....



Operation {Adoption} 10:10:1
10 Days: $10: 1 Baby Girl
Goal = $10,000

Our adoption agency has given us 15 days to raise the initial $10,000 we need.  The remainder will be due in increments until she is born.  But for now, we are praying for 1,000 friends to come alongside of us and donate just $10 each.  

I know $35,000 is overwhelming.  

I know $10,000 is overwhelming.

But $10 is a little less overwhelming.

So, would you commit to partnering with us and would you commit to praying for us?

If so, simply use the PayPal donation widget below (if you don't see the PayPal widget you can donate here, too).

Please leave a comment with your first name.  I'd love to use each of your names in a special project for our little girl; something she can always have to remember how many people helped bring her home.

And, if you're so moved, would you share this post?  On your blog, on social media, through email?  May the LORD be glorified in it all...



Monday, February 4, 2013

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Even though my hubby was working the night of the Super Bowl, I still wanted something tasty to snack on. So I made a spinach artichoke dip. I always love ordering it at restaurants when we go out, so I thought I'd give it a whirl myself. My mom gave me her recipe, except I tweaked it a little to make it my own.

What you'll need:



  • 1 can artichoke hearts (I like the ones are already quartered so you don't have to cut them)
  • 1 frozen box of creamed spinach, thawed in microwave for a few minutes
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1.5 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1/3 of the bar of cream cheese (give or take, I don't really measure this amount)
  • chopped tomatoes on top for garnish


 
Mix all of the ingredients together, except for the tomatoes.


Pour into a sprayed casserole dish, and top with a little extra mozzarella cheese and the chopped tomatoes. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes, or until the dip is bubbly and a little toasted around the edges of the dish. I took the foil off for the last 5-8 minutes to really get things gooey and melted.

 
 
 
Happy Kraftin!