Birthday Chocolate

25 Aug

When you walk to the checkout at Joann’s the isles are lined with what I call impulse buys. Well I am a horrible impulse buyer. I mean horrible, I would buy it and then get home and realize I had three of them and never used any of them. But they sure looked handy and they were only $3. Well, I only $3 myself to death. Well, as Joann’s the other day, the line was really long, so I was looking at all the impulse buys. Well, Wilton had these little cupcake chocolate pick molds that spelled out Happy Birthday. And they were only $2. Well, I’m super glad I got them. I made them for my mom for her birthday. I even made them into crunch bars with rice crispy in them because those are her favorite.

Sorry about the flashy picture. I left my camera at home and I used mom. I’m not use to hers. They turned out really well. I piped the letter and circle in the mold and let that harden. Then I filled in the back and pick part with the crunch mixture. They were super easy but really add some to the cake. It would be super cute to do them with white chocolate that was colored.

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New Hair Cut!!

23 Aug

So along with everything else, my mom also cuts hair. We went home this weekend and I got a new hair cut!

I really like it. It was down to the middle of my back. We cut it so I can send it to Locks of Love. Mom did a great job!!

CSN Product Review

23 Aug

Well as you remember I told you I was doing a product review for CSN stores. It was a hard choice between an electric fondue pot and a new duvet cover for my bedroom. I had been planning on making a duvet using Meg’s tutorial but I hadn’t found any sheets that I liked that were cheap. So I went for the duvet cover because it was such a good deal. This is the one that I chose.

To start off with, has anyone ever priced duvets? They are expensive, like $80 – $100 for a cheap one. Well, I wasn’t going to spend that much. This one was only $49 for a queen. So the first thing I was drawn to was the fact that it was cheap but still stylish. So many cheap ones are tacky.

The second thing I really liked about it was the pattern. I loved the paisley like print and it was reversible. So it can do double duty.

The third thing that drew me to it was the colors. I have been searching for something new for my bedroom, for a while now, but I finally found it. I have several different bedspreads that are all pretty different so everything else has to be kind of neutral. Well this duvet was a great place to start with the neutral colors.

So I pulled the trigger and picked the duvet!!!

It was an exciting day!

And here it is on my bed!

I love it. Here is a picture of the reversible side.

These pictures don’t have a duvet in there. The highs have been in the 100’s here so I thought the cover would be good enough by itself for a bit.

So my overall opinion? I love it. It is super soft and a great pattern. I’m really happy I chose the duvet cover! Like I said we don’t have a duvet actually in it yet but it’s been on the bed for about a week and a half and I still love it. I love sleeping with it and am very pleased with my purchase. The only thing I would change would be on the brown one there is a black outline around the design. At first I didn’t like that at all, but now it’s growing on me. The only other thing I would change is to wash or steam it before I took these pictures! 🙂 It is right out of the box. I was that excited. So my overall opinion: I would definitely purchase this duvet cover again and will purchase things from CSN stores again!

*note: I did receive a $40 gift certificate to pick any item I wanted. So this duvet cost me something like $18 after shipping costs. So I was paid to do this review but it is my true opinion. I really love how soft it is and how my whole room looks with it.

Apron!

21 Aug

So my  mom decorates cakes. She is amazing at it. She, in fact, does it for a living. I like to refer to my mom as the cupcake lady. Although she does more cakes than cupcakes, cupcakes are just by far more cute. She is super talented. She even took the time and made my wedding cake. You know I have to share pictures now:

So needless to say, Mom is amazing. Well she goes to work everyday with a plain black apron! When there are a ton of the best cupcake fabric out there, she wears a plain black apron. So I had to remedy that. I just copied one of her old aprons and made a few improvements that she requested, like a pocket. I even made it where you can flip it over and it’s a different fabric. Here is the two fabrics I picked out:

And my favorite:

I even made a little card to go in the box  before I shipped if off to her:

I thought it turned out really well. My mom likes it too!

Some of my projects really do get used!

19 Aug

So do you remember my tiered, interchangeable trays? Well, I use one of them in my home everyday. It has my homemade pears on it. But sometimes my stuff actually gets used for a real event. My older sister plays Bunco once a month. It’s really just an excuse to get together and eat. It travels to each Bunco players house once a year. Well my sister got her turn and used my trays!

It was a super cute theme of gardening. She made dirt and worms for desert and then to mark what each thing was, she printed off seed packets!

She said it was a really fun time. My younger sister did to, Yep I was the only one not there. But soon the tables are going to flip. My younger sister, Amber just moved to the east coast and in a year I am going to move back to where my older sister lives. Yep! Moving, but I have a year left. Oh ya, I just said I graduate in a year!!! But then I have to start real life. Eeeek!

Meg’s 4 Simple Goals

16 Aug

Elsie from A Beautiful Mess did a 4 simple goals challenge a few days ago, and I jumped on the bandwagon. So, without further ado, here are my 4 simple goals to accomplish before the new year…

1. Eat healthier – I don’t necessarily eat that unhealthily right now, but I would like to get some more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet.

2. Make weekly menus – I think this will help in accomplishing my first goal, but I probably only cook one meal a week simply because I don’t plan ahead. I would like to start making a weekly menu on Sunday afternoons in order to save money, eat healthier, and make my husband happy. ( Also, I hate going to the grocery store, but Luke said that if I make a menu and grocery list, he will do the shopping!! That’s some major incentive for me.)

3. Downsize the amount of clothes and shoes that I own – I’m really not a pack rat when it comes to anything besides clothing and shoes, but when I look through my closet, I try and justify owning everything in there (even if I haven’t worn it in a few years). I always say, “but if this situation came along, then I would need this outfit.” Not OK…I need to do some downsizing. Not to mention, we don’t have a very big closet, and it’s bursting at the seams.

4. Visit the dentist and eye doctor – All I have to do is look up the phone numbers, and make the appointments. For whatever reason, I am really bad at doing things that require a phone call and an appointment. I actually enjoy going to both, and we have insurance so there won’t be much of a charge. I just can’t seem to remember to pick up the phone and make the appointments.

So there they are…I will try and keep you all updated on my progress. In the meantime, go visit Elsie, and consider taking the challenge as well.

She’s Baaaack!

14 Aug

Sorry friends for the lack of posts lately. Emily has an excuse…she was gone on vacay, but I have just been doing some serious slacking in the blogging department. No worries though, I’m back this afternoon with a post about my latest craft.

Emily’s sister got her the book “One Yard Wonders” for her birthday, and I was totally jealous. Emily, being the good friend that she is offered to let me borrow it anytime, and I gladly took her up on the offer.

I just randomly chose a project, and am not sure what I will do with these now (you guys can help me out with suggestions, right?). I have two of them…both the same. In the book, I think they are called mailbags…but I don’t really need them for that, so leave a comment and tell me what you think I should do with them.

Anyway, the project turned out great, and I would totally recommend the book. While we’re on the subject of craft books, I’ll also say that I got these two little goodies for my birthday, so watch for some projects from them coming soon.

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Well, we had a great time on vaca

13 Aug

Dan and I went on vacation to go see a friend of mine and both sets of his grandparents. We had such a blast. It was so good to see my friend Deena and did both of us a world of good just to be able to spend time together. Then we ventured on to Texas to see one set of Dan’s grandparents and his aunts, uncles and cousins that all live there. It was so good to see everyone there. We got to spend time on the lake and time just chilling and relaxing. After that we traveled on to Arkansas and spend time with the other set of family and had a blast there too. Dan’s grandpa goes to craft shows all over the state of Arkansas selling wooden things that he makes. The things he makes the most out of are pens. These are some of the coolest pens you’ve ever seen. He has other things too like necklaces and kaleidoscopes. Well, we went to the craft show the last day we were in town and I got to help out at his booth. I loved it. I loved talking to the people and telling them about Bapa’s goods. Plus I got to help them out so it was a win win. One of the many things I love about being married is the fact that my family is huge now. Growing up we didn’t really have a lot of extended family and Dan has a ton. My grandparents died when I was pretty young and half of them had Alzheimer’s Disease for the last part of their lives so, my memories of them are when I am really young. So the perk of marrying into Dan’s family is that I have grandparents as an adult now!! It was so much fun to interact and just talk to them. I like old people, most of them more than people my own age. I love to hear their stories and learn about their lives. So we defiantly had a great time.

Then shortly after I had finally recovered from being back from vacation and back to the blogging world, I got sick, so hopefully now that school is starting I’ll start blogging more regularly. I have bunches of projects that have been made and pictures that have been taken, just none posted. So hopefully I will just sit down and schedule a bunch soon. Oh and did you hear what I said, school is starting soon. What the heck! what happened to my summer? Sigh. Another summer gone. But I did get lots of books read and much relaxing done. I might actually be ready for this semester to start. Then I remember I’m taking 15 hours of graduate work and realize, I’m not ready for this at all. Here is to making it through the last year!!

Oh and because you can’t have a post without a picture here is a picture of some gators we saw at the Gator and friends park when we visited Deena:

Whew,

2 Aug

I just got back from vacation and had an awesome time! I’ll tell you all about it in the next few days. For now, the good people at CSN have decided to let me do a product review. Remember the giveaway I had last time? That was from them too. Don’t forget you can get everything from a bedroom vanity to things to hang on your walls!!

Happy Birthday Meagan!!!

15 Jul

So, today is Meg’s 25’th Birthday!! I’m super happy that we have become such great friends and I’m also really excited about her posting here at Licking Lollipops. I met Meg when we were both in our undergraduate degrees at the Baptist Student Union. We were friends and knew each other pretty well but I didn’t become close friends until we both ended up in Kansas City and didn’t know anyone else. The first semester I was going to grad school here was a really lonely semester. But then Meg’s husband joined me at school and Meg and I got to become really good friends. So here is to you Meggie! Happy Birthday!!!

Meg’s husband is throwing her a birthday party tonight and I volunteered to bring desert! The first thing I made was a strawberry trifle I saw over at Sit, Relax and Read. One of Meg’s favorite cakes is Angle food so, I thought it would be perfect. It turned out so pretty.

The second desert I made was of course a cake. It was a four, layer white cake with strawberry jam between the layers. It was really pretty and awesome in my head. In reality…. not as much. It is so hot and humid here today that my icing just turn to liquid and melted everywhere, but at least it should taste good. You should have seen the cake before I put the strawberries on it…….