Monday, January 23, 2012

It's the Little Touches-Bathroom Decor

I have been crafting a lot lately, but this project is one of my favorites ever!  I wanted to put some art in our bathroom just to help finish the look.  It took a long time to decide what we wanted but then I came across this:
So I made my own:

 Every time I see my new creation it makes me smile.
 I also bought these smaller glass containers at the dollar store to add even more character.
 So cute!
 And  I don't know about you but I think folding the toilet paper makes it feel like your home is a hotel.
 I love the punch of color these add.
 And of course everything is tied together by these cute towels.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Started My Family History

In Relief Society we had a great lesson on Geneology and about getting started.  I was impressed and decided I would take her advice and get going.  The best part about is that once I signed up and logged in, and fill out a few things I found that most of the information was already there because someone had already done it.  I look forward to continuing the work for my relatives as well as making sure I keep good records of my own history so that I will always be remembered. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"Go-To Meals"

These are dinners that are tasty and fast.  I use them when I just need to get something on the table and there's not enough time to get fancy.

#1 Mac and Cheese with pigs in a blanket (hot dogs rolled up in pillsbury cresent rolls and baked)
#2 Cambell's Chicken Noodle or Tomatoe Soup and Grilled Cheese (or toasted cheese: simply put slices of cheddar cheese on bread and toss it in the broiler)
#3 Spaghetti or Pasta with sauce (1 can tomatoe sauce, Tbl. garlic, Tbl. italian seasoning, 1/2 Lb. pre-cooked hamburger meat)
#4 Missionary Delight (Mac and Cheese with 1 can tomatoe sauce (fill up can with milk and add), don't use butter, add 1/2 Lb. hamburger) We also like to make garlic bread with hamburger buns (hot dog buns work too), some butter, and garlic salt.  We throw them in the toaster oven.
#5 Chicken and Rice (Cut chicken into cubes, season w/ salt and pepper, brown, and 1 can cream of chicken and some water... simmer until meat is cooked through.  Pour over rice and eat.)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Easy and Inexpensive Craft- Decorative Plate

I was given this pretty plate for my wedding but didn't know what to do with it because it isn't safe for food.  I had this cute stand already had had bought some stickers from the dollar store with the intention of using them for my scrapbook.  When I put 2 and 2 together I changed my mind.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Glasses Keep Falling Off- Try this.

I have a pair of glasses that I love but almost never wear because they always slide off my nose.  My mom told me once that you could fix them yourself by running the plastic under very hot water and bending it to fit.  I finally tried it.  It was super easy and now they fit great.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Neville Longbottom...a hotty?!?

I saw this on Facebook and just had to look into it further.  I honestly couldn't believe it... See for yourself.

Neville Longbottom (Mathew Lewis) is a hotty!!!  I even choose the best looking pictures of all the actors to be fair and he still is much more dreamy than Daniel Radcliffe, Tom Felton, and even Rupert Grint.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

LDS Life Style Magazines

I had no Idea that there was a life style magazine out there written for Latter-day Saints.  In fact I have found three. If you are looking for something uplifting to read other than the Ensign or New Era give these a try:
Latter Day Woman Magazine

LDS Living Magazine

Stowaway Magazine

Friday, January 6, 2012

Dates for 2012

I gave this gift to my husband for Christmas this year.  It's a list of date ideas for 2012 and I bought gifts that go along with most of the ideas.  We decided to spend $20 a month on dates and so I used a years worth of money $240 to pay for all these gifts.

Here are 52 date ideas –one for each week.  Use the family gifts for our dates this year.

-Ice skating in our new socks
-Pizza from Little Caesars and a movie in
-Game night
-Movie Night with homemade popcorn
-Nerf Gun Fight
-Go to the beach and roast marshmallows to make s'mores
-Lets go blow bubbles off the balcony
-Be spontaneous- take me any where you want with this $20
-Love notes with sidewalk chalk
-Do a puzzle with me
-Lets go play catch with a football
-Let’s watch one of your favorite movies
-Make cookies like our first date
-Let’s have a picnic
-Teach me how to play your new video games
-Take me out to dinner at Chilis
-Go for a jog around campus
-Camp indoors make some s'mores
-Go out for ice cream
-Have a water balloon fight
-Go on a walk –try out your new pedometers
-Wash the car together with sponges
-Go out for ice cream
-Drive to a secluded spot and make out in the car with the radio on
-Heart attack friends
-Go see a movie playing in theaters
-Play pool at the apt. Billiards
-Go get some Jamba Juice and then feed the ducks at the park
-Get dressed up, make dinner together, eat by candlelight
-Splash in some puddles
-Build a fort – you might need your flashlights
-Go to the library and out for Starbuck’s hot chocolate after
-Go to a movie at the movie theater
-Service project
-Have a spa night –massages, ect.
-Go get some Jamba Juice
-Let’s color pictures for each other
-Dance party for 2
-Window shop
-Pizza at the park
-Hot tubing
-Finger paint
-Go stargazing
-Turn off all the electricity and light some candles- have fun!
-Play group games in the dark –sardines, kick the can
-Watch the sunset
-Read books together. I will convert you to be a Harry Potter Fan
- Make breakfast for dinner and eat it in bed

We now have a date envelope where we keep our date money and gift cards.  I can't wait for Friday Date Night!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bucket List -Pre Kiddos

This post was inspired by this post (of course I found this via pinterest).  Ever since I got married (well really since forever) but especially now...I find myself searching the web and in life for all things baby.  I really want to be a mom but I also know that these days that Anthony and I have before we start our family are precious and I don't want to waste any of them.  So I found myself looking for ideas of things I can do to entertain myself (and my honey) until we are ready to start a family.

Here's My Pre Kiddos Bucket List:
-Go skydiving!!! Anthony and I both really want to.
-Go horse back riding
-Go Camping
-Hike at Yosemite
-Stay in bed and just do nothing all day (pj' marathon...and order pizza)
-Go on a road trip or at least a long drive somewhere with my man
-Enjoy our privacy
-Go out on lots of dates!!! 
-Eat at Restaurants
-Get a mani -pedi
-Go on 2nd Honeymoon to Carmel/Monterey
-Get all the things on my wishlist for my wardrobe and home
-Purchase a car
-Run a 5k or Marathon with hubs
-get super fit
-get better at playing piano
-do all the projects on my list

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Zones -cleaning the easy way

This tool is the best way I have found to help me keep my house clean.  I don't like to clean on Saturdays or Sundays (those days should be left for relaxing and having fun with the fam) I split my home up into 5 different categories (I call them zones) and I do one category each day (Monday -Friday).

Laundry & Bedroom
loads-fold and put away
change pillow cases
towels in bathroom and kitchen
change sheets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays
closet organized
tidy up bedroom

Living Room & Dining Room
tidy up rooms
vacuum all floors
dust all rooms

inventory update
sweep all floors
spot mop all floors
clean out fridge
grocery shop

sink & counter

Balcony, Doorstep, Car
tidy up car
pay bills
check mail
take out trash & recycling

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

I found this recipe via Pinterest.  It is deliceous! great as a side dish or potluck dish. equally as great all on it's own. feeds an army!!

Here's the recipe.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Need a Good Read?

I apologize this post isn't about crafting...
I just finished reading The Hunger Games Series and I loved it!  I am not the fastest reader but these were such good books I finished them in no time.  I strongly recommend them. 
...and the movie comes out on March 23rd.  I cannot wait!  Watch the trailor here.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Years Resolutions


New Years is one of my most favorite Holidays.  I  absolutely love making new goals and resolutions.  
Here are my goals for 2012:
-buy a car
-read more books
-go on more dates with my man
-put more effort toward visiting teaching
-get a pet goldfish
-craft more
-keep up my blog posts
-do things on my spare time that I would be proud of (something other than tv watching)
-exercise more and eat healthier
-spend more time with friends