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DIY Wedding Favors!


This weekend, in our part of the state, was “Mid-Winter break” which, essentially is a week (or long weekend in our case) off of school to (hopefully) help rid schools of the endless cycle of colds and the flu.

That meant that I had a 5 day weekend (opposed to my usual 3!) The first day of my break, was spent helping a good friend, who, conveniently enough, shares the same name as me, though she spells it differently.

She and I have been working really hard helping piece together the plans for her wedding this spring. About a week ago, we went out and casually scoped out Hobby Lobby, and a few other stores just to see if there was anything we could get for their wedding. We ended up finding more than we had expected! We found these adorable little bottles for her wedding favors!

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While at Hobby Lobby, we also found moss, (two different kinds) and these adorable figurines. This shopping trip inspired her to make little mini “terrariums” as favors for her wedding guests. She got the idea from a couple of places. She had ordered her fiancé a super cute Chewbacca terrarium a while back (Sorta like this one, but a little different..) and from this pin she found on pinterest. (Follow my blog on pinterest, if you haven’t already!)

Here is a photo of the finished product:

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Enough with the back story, lets get crafting! to make these terrarium’s you’ll need:

Bottles of some sort, we bought these ones from hobby lobby. (still on sale!)
Moss, we bought this one, and this one.
Sand
Figurines
Twine
Tags
Tweezers
Glue (optional)

Above are photos of our supplies (most of them.)

Step 1:
Remove price tags from bottles (if applicable) – To do this, soak them in warm soapy water. To dry, we used a couple hair dryers, but you could also let them air dry.

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Step 2:
Once all the bottles are dry, put them out on your work surface. Then fill one by one with about 1 tablespoon of sand. The container of sand we purchased filled 35 of our bottles.

Step 3:
Cut your Spanish moss into small pieces, and place them inside each bottle. If you’re using the Spanish moss, remember to cut it first, we learned that the hard way.

Step 4:
Tear off a small piece of the other moss, and place inside the bottle on top of the Spanish moss. I made sure you could see the Spanish moss underneath the green moss.

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Step 5:
Figurines. We sorted ours first, and planned out how we were going to place them in each bottle. My friend grabbed some tweezers to easily place them in the bottles. We ended up sticking some glue on the bottom of a couple to keep them in place.

Step 6:
Put lids on each bottle, and use some twine to attach a tag.

Bonus Step Tags:
I made the tags for this gift using my trusty cricut. These were custom made, but there are plenty of options out there on the cricut website, and even pinterest. I suggest making something that fits the vibe for the wedding/event, but also goes with the bottles well.

Here are some more photos of the finished product!

 

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Vegan foods and a .com?!


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While we were in Colorado visiting Lauren we ate a little healthier than we normally do. Actually, during our entire stay, we only had a couple meals that weren’t vegetarian. Since we’ve been back 90% of our meals that I’ve made here at home have been vegetarian. For no reason other than it’s easy, cheaper, and healthy. We aren’t big meat eaters, so it really isn’t that big of a change.

Tonight, I decided to experiment a little. I made a vegan pasta dish with meatless “meat” and it turned out amazing.

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The only thing Mitchell noticed was the noodles not being the “normal” noodle. These were pretty good in my opinion! I used the brand Ancient Harvest, and their pasta was on sale, so I only paid $2.50 for the box, which for gluten free is super cheap! I probably should have grabbed a couple other boxes, but I wasn’t sure how the texture would be. Really truly there wasn’t much difference, though I know picky people would notice the difference.

Next, I used the Smart Ground Original. This stuff,  was SO delicious! The texture was spot on, and it added great flavor. I will definitely be buying their products again!

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first I boiled the noodles, and strained them. Sat them aside. Then, I sautéd the meat with some garlic, and spinach,  once it was heated and the spinach had the right amount of wilting, I added the sauce, You can use whatever pasta sauce you prefer, mine was just a classic tomato sauce. heat, add the noodles and voila! Ready to consume!

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Engagement Surprise!


A couple of weeks ago, someone we know got engaged. I mulled for a couple days about the “right” engagement gift, and decided a gift basket for her, and a little fun gift for him would be the best decision.

First step, the “perfect” engagement card. Someone else had gotten her this card, which Mitchell and I thought was pretty entertaining. I thought I’d take a comical standpoint for the card, and since they have been together for over 5 years (I’m not certain HOW long, but I know it’s at least been 5 years, but probably 6 at this point.)

So I came up with my own idea for a card, and went to work. I have access to a die cut machine for free (thanks to being a Teacher!) So I was able to create a couple cute designs for the card.

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Above, is the outside of the card, I think (I truly hope) she and her fiancé’ will get a kick out of the “FINALLY!” 🙂

Below, I’ll include a photo of the inside card (before I wrote in it, but I figured that part didn’t matter any way.)

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Then, I added a few small touches to the back of the envelope (Their initials) and the front. I’ve blurred out her name, just for privacy sake.

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Now, onto the actual gift!

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I truly lucked out on that basket, how cute is it? I hope that in the future she’ll either be able to use it in her wedding (pending her style) or at home for things in the bathroom or even treats for her 3 dogs.

I gathered some items I thought she’d enjoy. I’ve photographed this process as well (of course I did…) The first things I got together for her, were a “pampering” jar. It’s simple, just a mason jar with some goodies for her in it. Pinterest is great for labels for things like this. Simple, and fun.

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Inside her pampering jar, I included two overnight face masks from Sephora, an under eye mask, Julep Nail polish, some hand cream and chocolates.

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Inside the basket, I also included a mini-bottle of Lamarca Prosecco, and two cans of Sofia. I chose these two drinks because she introduced me to Sofia (which is so tasty, and I love that it comes in cute cans with straws) and Lamarca is one of our favorite proseccos.

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Next, are two paper folders to help her keep her wedding planning organized. I purchased these from one of her favorite stores, The Paper Source. They’re cute, fun and colorful, just like she is!

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Then, I felt that though those things are fun, I wanted to include something… useful for her planning process. I looked around at all the local stores, and did some research. I decided to get her two books to help her with the planning side of her wedding.

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The first one, is The Bride-to-Be Book: A Journal of Memories from the Proposal to “I Do” I bought this one because the reviews were great, and it looked super cute. I know not everyone is into documenting everything like I am, but from the looks of it, this book is great for people who want to document things, but never know how, or never have the time. I hope it’s a great tool she enjoys using.

Next book I found while googling gift ideas for men. (For her fiancé’) Kinda funny how people don’t really give the male half of an engagement a gift. It’s The Knot Book of Wedding Lists. I guess the Knot is a huge wedding resource (well I knew that sorta, several of my friends have used their free wedding websites.) The reviews on this on Amazon are all over the place, but since they’ve only been engaged a couple weeks, I’m hoping it’ll help her out!

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Then, on to two cute/fun gifts I tossed into the basket. The first one, is a SUPER cute mug that is made specifically to be held in your left hand, to show off your RING! I found SO MANY variations on this, but this one was my favorite. I know she’s incredibly excited to be engaged, and I hope she enjoys this mug! I also thought it was pretty cute/funny that she had posted this photo a few days before I bought the mug. 😀

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Finally, the most necessary of all gifts, a tiara that says “BRIDE TO BE” It’s pink, It’s tacky, it’s full of bling, and it’s Furry. What else could a girl want?

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That’s the end of her gift basket. The photo above is one she took after she got the basket. We actually dropped it off at her Fiancé’s work so he could take it home and it’d be there to surprise her. I’m really hoping she liked it, and that the items will be enjoyable/yet also helpful to her.

Like I had mentioned above, I thought it was funny/weird how we don’t buy the guys engagement gifts, It’s just as exciting for them, right? haha. So I picked up a cute/fun book for her fiancé and one other small thing. It’s called The Groom’s Instruction Manual. It’s suppose to be funny but also serious and helpful for him. I hope he likes it 😀

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DISCLOSURE: This post was not sponsored in any way. The views and opinions in this post are mine.

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Sephora Play!


Are you ready for this month’s Sephora, PLAY! subscription? Here’s what I got! I’ve put descriptions of each photo in the captions of the photos, because I’m short on time today. I promise a better post next month!

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Opening the box!

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This month’s bag!

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A photo of all the items

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TARTE TARTEGUARD 30 SPF SUNSCREEN: You can never be too careful!

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BECCA BACKLIGHT PRIMING FILTER: I don’t use primers, but I’m interested to see how it works for me!

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BENEFIT COSMETICS THEY’RE REAL MASCARA: I am really REALLY excited for this!

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TOCCA BEAUTY FLORENCE: I’m disappointed in the size of the purfume samples, as you can get these free inside any Sephora…

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BAREMINERALS bareSkin bronzer: I’m not a bronzer type person, but the paper that came with the box has me intrigued and I will be trying it this time!

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Bumble and Bumble don’t blow it: SUPER excited to try this – as It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for, in regards to my hair!

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“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.”


I sat down this evening with no intentions to write a blog, but here I am.

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged, I just haven’t had much to blog about. I mean sure, there are a few things going on but not enough forth a whole blog post — or I just plain forgot.

I would like to state one thing, and I’m going to make this clear as day. If you don’t like what I post here, then don’t read it. Plain and simple. Don’t like a photo I post? Cool. I don’t expect everyone to like everything I post. The wonderful thing about the internet, is you don’t HAVE to read anything on it.

Moving on, there has been so much anger, hate and frustration going around. 2016 has been a rough year for some, and I can tell you there was a short period of time in 2015 where I struggled.

Teaching preschool really has helped me see that many of us adults have it all mixed up. Mitchell and I have run into people in our lives that are so full of anger and hate that they’ve lost sight of what is important.

Religious or not, you should agree that we need to be kind to one another. Stop holding grudges and going out of our way to make people feel little, or worthless.

I brought up religion because there are a few things that have helped me over the past few months. One of them being personal experience, I have been on the receiving end of some awful things. Another thing that has helped are bible verses I learned as a kid.

Leviticus chapter 19, verses 17 and 18:

You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur in sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people but you should love they neighbor as thy self.

Hear me out before you quit reading. I’m not trying to force religion or my beliefs down your throat, but I do think this is incredibly powerful. Don’t hate someone. You know that saying “Forgive but don’t forget.” That is something I think more people need to follow. We all sin, we all make mistakes, we all have flaws. It’s what we learn from them that is important. Just remember that guy that rudely cut you off in traffic, is someone’s brother, son, father, friend. Just like you are.

Often now days people let their anger and hate consume them. Something happens, and it morphs into this nasty beast inside of them and next thing you know they’re spreading their anger, upset and frustrations around them.

I will from here on out not let other’s actions and behavior alter who I am. At least that is what I am working to achieve. I still have some great hurt and upset buried down inside me thanks to others, but my first step is to be able to walk away from all of that.

 

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“A life lived in love will never be dull.”


It’s that time of year again! Mitchell and I will be celebrating our 7th anniversary this month…which means for a short while it’ll be acceptable for me to express just how much I love him in one of those sickly adorable, and annoying posts. So here goes.

Last year, I posted about our adventures and how far we’ve come. I’ve included a link in case you’re interested.

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Mitchell and I met almost 8 years ago, May 2008. It wasn’t until November 2008 that we started talking. He reached out to me first, and because I didn’t know him really well I was really hesitant. The friend I lived with at the time talked me into hanging out with him when he asked.

Obviously, if when he first asked, I knew where we’d end up I wouldn’t have hesitated. If I had truly known who he was I would have been thrilled that he even considered talking to me.

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Mitchell is just the sweetest and most loving person I’ve ever met. I am in awe each and every day at the capacity he loves others. He has taught me so much, and I am so incredibly lucky to have met him. Mitchell, has such a large heart, and I think even all our friends would tell you just how loving and kind he is. Over the years I’ve watched his relationship with my family (specifically my nieces and nephews) grow. Watching him with them, I know that he considers them his family too. He is such a wonderful influence on all 5 of my nieces and nephews, which is just another extension of how loving he is. He came into a family with a bunch of kiddos that were EXTREMELY energetic and he saw the relationship I had with each and every one of them.

I remember the first time he met them, he just kept telling me how awesome he thought it was that I was so close to all of them. That I would play board games, and throw water balloons and have nerf wars with them. I knew then, that once he had adjusted to having them in his life, he’d make an awesome addition to their lives.

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He’s so amazingly kind, and is always there to lift me up when I’m down. No, I don’t mean in the same cliche’ way everyone else does, I mean truly through and through. When I come home from a long exhausting day, or an emotionally draining day he’s always there to listen and talk to me.

He has this ability to make me smile no matter what is going on. When my stepdad died, he was there and sat up with me all night playing video games. When I fell asleep (on my then, twin sized blow up mattress… what can I say, I was poor…) He curled up on the floor next to me and held my hand.

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He has dreams and goals. Not just the typical boring ones, he has some beautifully creative hopes and goals for his life, and mine too! He’s conquering the fear that we all have, you know, the fear of not succeeding at something, and doing all that he can to complete those goals.

He is constantly thinking and working out new ways to get to where he hopes to be in 5 or 10 years…all while learning new things and coming up with new ideas for activities for him and I to do together, or even ideas for me to do while I’m at work!

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He’s so creative and an amazing artist. He doesn’t always believe me when I say that, but it is true. Sometimes he’s shy about his artwork, but to me, that is far better than rubbing it in everyone’s faces. Especially this day in age, everyone is trying to “make it big” via the internet or instagram. Mitchell is humble and though I know he knows deep down that he has a beautiful artistic eye, he’s humble about it.

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He loves me. I love him. That’s all we need in this crazy world. I know that every morning when I wake up, he’s there for me, and I certainly hope that he knows that I’ll always be there for him. 7 years. 7 short, yet long, fun but hectic years. 7 beautiful years together. Somehow I managed to snag the guy that is the most perfect addition to my life. I love everything about him, and I love how he so willingly puts up with my flaws.

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Every day I wake up with a smile on my face knowing that I get to experience life with him by my side.

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Review: Julep Maven


My last post I reviewed ipsy. Today, I’ll be reviewing Julep Maven, the subscription service from Julep. As some of you may remember from my first Julep post, I was kind of dreading the customer service standpoint from Julep. I had heard horror stories on the beauty box group I’m a member of… I was not looking forward to having problems with the polish, or my monthly box.

I felt a little bit of pressure to actually LIKE Julep because Mitchell’s family knows someone who works at their Seattle office. I felt like if I didn’t like their products, then I’d be causing more problems for myself than I needed. This caused me to be apprehensive about the subscription box. I never would have imagined I’d fall in love with not only their polish, but their makeup!

The first few days, I did have some issues with the polish. After some stressful posts online, a friend of mine mentioned I needed a bonding base coat. This literally solved all my problems.

Their polish quality has gone up a LOT over the two years I’d been getting them from Mitchell’s family. I love every one of my Julep polishes.

I didn’t get make-up until a few months into the subscription service, and my oh my do I love their products. Their gel eye liners are my absolute favorite– I have to say though, Navy Smoke seems to be my top favorite. I never could have imagined loving them enough to get one in EVERY color they offer.

One month, I got their Konjac Sponge in my box. After tons of research I noticed a lot of people telling me that their sponges are over priced and not worth your money. I ordered a second one off amazon for myself and gave the Julep one to Mitchell. Big mistake. The Julep Konjac sponges are more than worth their current cost (they’re on sale for $9.60 and they usually go for $12) It’s lasted much longer and does a better job.

Overall review:
Julep has never gotten my order wrong, and has wonderful products. I will be keeping this subscription as long as I can afford to! 🙂 I love that I can edit and customize my box, so if I want only polishes one month, great! If I want only make-up, done! They really do a great job with all their products!