Saturday, December 31, 2011

Here Comes Twenty Twelve!

I don't think you are ever too old to get REALLY excited about that huge sparkly ball dropping from the sky in New York City! 3...2..1... HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's like one of those moments that time slows down and you are on the edge of your seat just counting the minutes and seconds as they go by. Then a NEW year comes and its such a crazy celebration of all the things you have to be thankful for from the year past and a celebration of the year that is to come.
Here are a few Fun idea for this new year:


Capture notes of great things that happen and keep them safe in a jar, then read them when the new year comes {Idea & Photo via "Inchmark"}

Make festive snacks to enjoy, like this Pizza bread in the form of the year

Make your own New Years Eve Ball to hang and enjoy
{Idea & photo from "The Mother Huddle"}



GLAM it up!! Glitter is an easy way to feel fancy & fun!
{Photos via}


So See Ya Later 2011 & Welcome 2012!

Happy New Year...



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Childhood Fav-O-rite

This tasty OJ treat is one of my Favorite Childhood memories! Every time my Mom would take me to the Mall we always had to stop at "Orange Julius" so I could get an Orange Smoothie. 
Last night my parents had us, my grandmother and my in-laws over for dinner and I decided to make us all a reminiscent tasty treat. For some reason we always have oranges around the holidays so I thought this would be a perfect recipe to make for this time of year.


I found this recipe here at Sweet Treats & More:


Orange Julius Smoothie
serves 2-3  

1/2 cup low-fat or skim milk
1/2 cup cold water
2 tbs sugar or sugar substitute
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 ice cubes
6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate (I cut a 12 oz can of frozen orange juice in half and save the other half for your next smoothie)

Place everything in a blender and blend for several minutes until smooth and frothy.  



(photos via, via)


Hope you enjoy these as much as we did!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Cheer- Day 3

Outdoor Luminaries

Our neighborhood does  a luminary night once a year, they give each house 5 bags and we put them out by the road, we all light the luminaries at 7:00pm and then walk around the neighborhood to see all the pretty lights! It is so pretty, and really VERY easy!

Directions:
use white paper bags
fill the bottom with rocks or sand
add a tea light to the middle of the bag
fold the top of the bag down 1 inch
then Light!
Dierks wanted to help :)


Use these to light up your drive way or walk way for guests to enjoy who arrive for the Holidays!

Pictured Here and Below are the streets of our neighborhood

ENJOY!



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Cheer - Day 2

Today's Holiday Cheer idea is brought to you by "chicks who pick" 

My BFF Jacee and I LOVE vintage "picking"and we cannot stay away from Ball Jars, needless to say if you ever go into our basements you would think that we were avid peach canners- Nope we just collect any & ALL types of Ball Jars!

Frosted Ball Jars
Directions:
Use a high gloss white spray paint, or a frosted glass spray paint, put the nozzle of the spray paint into the jar and spray a couple quick sprays, it should take on a "frosted" look, if it gets to close to the sides the paint will run, so you may want to turn the jar upside down, when you are done spraying. Tie some twine or a bow around the top and put a tea light inside. So quick and easy and very cute! You could give a bundle of different sizes & shapes as gifts or use for fun decor...

I used them on my mantle:












Monday, December 19, 2011

Spreading Holiday Cheer - Day 1


I am such a Seasonal/Holiday junkie, I just can't stop! And I happen to love EVERYthing about Christmas! The food, family, awesome decor, MUSIC oh yea, and some gifts too :)

This Week I am going to pass along some quick and easy Holiday ideas that my family and I have been partaking in, these are simple ways to spread some Holiday Cheer!

{COOKIES!}
My Mom and I tried to copy a "pin" that we found on Pinterest, needless to say the Pinterest picture looked so much more professional but we had so much fun making these little guys, we also used the left over peanut butter cookie dough to make m&m cookies and hershey kiss thumbprints.


Recipe for Reindeer Cookies [free printable recipe]











This guy is just too funny!



My lovely Mom and I with our finished products!


Target has little boxes that are really cute to put a little tissue paper and some cookies in for your friends, neighbors and relatives. They cost $1, who doesn't love that, or you can use a cute kraft paper bag and tie a ribbon through the middle like Mique did from "30 handmade days"

Here are the cute tags for your cookie bags and boxes [free printable tags]




Monday, December 12, 2011

Thought for the Day!

This is the philosophy in which I LIVE my life by! I thought that I would share it with you today! I try to wake up everyday and enjoy every little thing that happens, some people may think that this is annoying to be so positive but I think it is the ONLY way to live! :) Your thoughts really pave the way for the direction in which you go with your life. So remember to Always Enjoy the Little things, they are usually the most important...


Monday, November 14, 2011

Holiday Card Time!

Yay it's that time of year again time to start thinking about what you will send off in the "snail mail" to all your friends and relatives.  I just love cards ESPECIALLY Holiday Cards they are such a nice surprise in your mail box and a great way to keep tabs on everyone. My husband and I recently purchased a new house so I am so excited to send out our Holiday cards this year with a New address! 

If you aren't hand making making your cards this year, here is a site that I Highly recommend, they have such ADORABLE selections and you can easily personalize all of them. They are all printed on lovely luxe heavy paper, professionally typeset and offer exclusive designs,  I have no idea how to choose from all of these styles!

Minted.







Minted Loves Paper!
50 cards from Minted vs 50 cards from the competition

Photo's provided via Minted