Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baby Shower Gift Candle Melt DIY

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends. I wanted to share with you a quick and easy DIY. This is the perfect gift to give a new mom decorating a nursery. Candle melts give a pleasant scent, without the safety hazard of candles.

ITEMS YOU WILL NEED
Candle melt warmer 
Soy Candle Wax
Candle Scent
Wooden stick
Pyrex Container
Silicon baking molds
Small clear plastic bags
Gift Box recycle an old box
Raffia box filler 
Ribbon

Directions
Place your Soy wax in the Pyrex container and melt in the microwave. Stir the melted wax with the wooden stick and add desired scent. Pour melted wax into the silicone molds. Allow wax to cool for one hour. Remove melts and place into bags. Tie bags with desired ribbon and place all items on top of raffia inside box. 



Thursday, December 25, 2014

DIY Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Merry Christmas! Our family loves to spend the day together on Christmas. Finding activities that are easy, fun and involve the whole family can be challenging at times. Baking together can be rewarding and exciting, especially for the little ones. We love to make Christmas shortbread cookies together. Everyone lends a hand making them, and enjoying once they are done. Here is our fun Cookie DIY.

ITEMS YOU WILL NEED 
Tubes of Icing
Sugar Sprinkles
Icing Tip Set
Cookie Cutter
Baking Sheet
Parchment Paper
Rolling Pin
Shortbread Cookies see recipe below.

Shortbread Recipe
1    cup Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
2    cups Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix ingredients into dough. Roll dough out evenly and cut cookie shapes. Place cookies on baking sheet, with parchment paper underneath. Apply sugar sprinkles. Bake for 8-10 mins. Let cool then decorate with icing.






Saturday, December 20, 2014

Easy Holiday Treats & Gift Ideas - Sweet & Salty Chocolate Pretzel

While the Holidays can be fun, hosting guests, while preparing meals and gifts may become overwhelming. Here is an easy party treat, that can easily be turned into a holiday gift.

Chocolate Pretzel Rods
1. Pretzels from CVS
2. Candy Melts from Michaels
3. Baking Sheet
4. Parchment Paper
5. Paper Container and Ribbon from Michaels
6. Pyrex Container

Directions
Melt candy melts in microwave, dip Pretzel in chocolate and place on parchment to cool.
After cooling serve or place in decorated paper container with ribbon for gift giving.
See below red reindeer ribbon from Michaels.

Monday, December 8, 2014

DIY Rose Bath Oil



Women, we work hard. Sometimes, between juggling the kids, career and everything else, we barely have time for taking a shower, let alone a proper bath. This DIY is meant to inspire you to TREAT YOURSELF! Budgets can be tight, especially when you have little ones, leaving very little to splurge on expensive bath products. So, I decided to make my own bath oil. Bring a candle, a good read and remember to lock the bathroom door.

Items You Will Need
1. Dried flowers
2. Soap Making Fragrance.  I used Artminds from Michaels. 
3. Bowl
4. Jar with Lid
5. Olive Oil




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Top Three Pregnancy Style Tips


When expecting your first child, the last thing on your mind is fashion. But it's important to plan ahead and purchase clothing that will work not only through your pregnancy, but also after the baby is born. Some women experience weight gain and may suffer from negative feelings and low esteem. Purchasing clothing that fits your body will not only help you feel great but flatter your newly discovered curves. 

Top Three Tips

1. Shop the plus size section of your favorite retailer. Prices here will be lower then a specialty maternity store. Try pieces on to make sure the shoulders and cross back fit properly. Your body will gain weight, but your shoulders are not likely to get wider.

2. Stretch garments are your friend. But test the garmet to ensure that the fabric stretches both horizontally and vertically. This ensures a better fit around and below the belly.

3. Long tank tops are the secret to wearing some of your favorite tops. Layer longer tanks, and camisoles, underneath your blouses. This gives your belly the coverage it needs, while still allowing you to wear your favorite pieces well into your pregnancy.



Check out my feature in Pregnancy Corner where I share other style tips!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Top Five Money Saving Tips

Suffice to say, when it comes to budgeting, there is a lot of information on the internet. Below are my top go to websites for saving my family money, while saving myself an online search headache.


1. Living Rich with Coupons provides match ups for manufacture coupons and updates local circular sales accordingly. It also provides links for all online coupons and informs you if the coupon has expired. I generally use this when grocery shopping.
Living Rich Website

2. CVS is rather generous with their discounts, especially when using Extrabucks together with manufacture discounts. Accounts are easily updated online, while ExtraBucks and other CVS coupons can easily be sent to your CVS card.
CVS Website

3. Ebates is a wonderful website for easy cash back on a large selection of consumer goods and services. Use this site, together with manufacture coupons, to maximize savings.
Ebates Website

4. RetailMeNot is a great reliable source for coupons and online codes. What I especially appreciate is the coupon expiration dates it provides along with the percentage of people who have successfully used the discount. This prevents you from wasting precious time discovering the coupon code may not work. Use this sites coupon codes in conjunction with Ebates, to maximize savings.
RetailMeNot Website

5. Coupons.com is my go to for reliable manufacture coupons. I find that coupons print easily, however often have a limit to the number one can print. Use these coupons, coupled with Extrabucks  at CVS, to maximize savings.
Coupons Website