Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mail Call

Ok, so this is just a small sample, but have you ever seen the prices of Origins products? I'm not paying that kind of money just to see if I like it. Free is much more my style. 

If you head over to their website, they usually have something up for grabs. It changes often so keep checking. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mail Call

The best thing about this coming in the mail today was that I didn't even request it! I had signed up for one of Target's beauty bags in the spring, which was awesome by the way, but they are no longer sending those out. Bummer. However, I guess that put me on a list to send samples when they have them. 

Now I get to try this John Freida shampoo and conditioner. Keep it coming, Target. This is much better than just getting bills in the mail.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pinterest Round Up #7

It looks like I'm not the only one who liked this pin. I just love the look of this bracelet. Simple, yet so pretty. You could easily make one to go with with each outfit. The pin contains all of the instructions, so no need to click through! I've got this one on my list to make ASAP. If you make one, I'd love to see it!
DIY Bracelet

Friday, July 19, 2013

Headband Holder

Hair accessories are taking over my girls' bathroom. Now K1 has taken a particular interest in headbands, so I needed to come up with something to wrangle this mess in. I had come across several ways to organize headbands on Pinterest, but I finally went with the good ole oatmeal container because it doubles as storage for other accessories inside. Oh ok, plus it's free and I love to upcycle.
1. I took the label off the outside and glued some batting around the container.

2. After the glue dried, I cut off the excess batting.
Time to grab that leftover fabric from a dress I made K2 years ago.

3.  I measured around the container as well as the height and added 1 inch to both height and width to allow for tucking the fabric under. Just because I'm not sewing it, doesn't mean I don't want a nice finished edge!
4. This particular container has a plastic rim that I decided to use to tuck the fabric under with a butter knife. You could easily just fold over the top and glue to get that same finished edge if you don't have the rim.
5. After folding over the side for a finished edge and gluing down, I tucked the bottom under and glued around. Ta da! You're done! 

I've seen some that were glued to glass candlestick holders and they look so pretty. I didn't have one on hand, but I did have this plastic martini glass that I got from Crystal Light (yes, for free). I don't use it, so thought this would be better than just throwing it away. It fits perfectly and without glue!
The girls love it and it looks so pretty. This is so much better than over-stuffing the one drawer they have.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Eat your Veggies

The best thing about summer is all the fresh fruit and veggies, don't you agree? I wish I had the time to grow my own. Someday, maybe. 
It gets pretty warm here in Florida during the summer, so fresh, cut up veggies are a perfect side to any dinner without adding heat from the stove. I found this little serving tray (it comes with a lid, too!) at Wal-Mart a few years ago and I still like pulling it out for finger foods. 

The carrots are for my hubby because I think that's the only veggie in this bunch that he will eat. I try to just pick up whatever is in season, such as summer squash and zucchini. This is perfect for parties, too, and super fast to put together last minute.

Add a little fat-free dip and enjoy! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mail Call

What's in the mail today?

Have you tried anything from the Burt's Bees product line? I love their lip balms. Well, now  they have another line called güdThese are all natural beauty products such as lotions, shampoos, and body wash. Plus they don't test on animals, which is always a plus.

If you like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter, you'll be the first to know about future giveaways.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Business Card Holder

So, remember that pin from a week or so ago?
This one is really easy, so for all you beginners this is a perfect project to sew. 

I love mixing and matching different fabrics for a fresh, funky feel. This tutorial is pretty good, so I'm not even going to duplicate or change it. You should head over the the Crafty Cupboard to check it out.

Note to self: Don't wait until the last minute to make your gifts or you'll leave out steps.

Yeah, I forgot to sew around the edges. I didn't even notice until after I had given the gift. Guess I need to make another one. I also didn't have any fusible fleece and I think that would work better than the batting I replaced it with. Live and learn. I still think it's cute and can't wait to make more. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Newman's Own

I'm sure I've mentioned it a couple hundred times, but I really like winning stuff. My most recent win is a box full of full-sized Newman's Own snacks. How cool is this?!?
See how much was in there?

I've tried the Chocolate Cups with Peanut Butter Centers and they were so yummy with the dark chocolate.  
The pretzels are really good, but I haven't made my way through the dried fruit yet.

Ok, this group about did me in. I've finished off 3 of these by myself. The chocolate creme cookies are all that's left. The vanilla creme cookie is good, but I still prefer the ones from Trader Joe's. K1 likes Golden Oreos. They are all generally the same, but slight changes. However, the Orange Chocolate Chip cookies were Ah may zing! I'm definitely going to buy those.

I didn't have to do anything special to win this package. Just a simple rafflecopter submission. You can't win if you don't try! Don't forget to checkout my Facebook page. I post contests on there all the time when I find something good. Let me know if you win...I love to hear from you.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Mail Call

As much as I like getting samples in the mail, I like getting full sized products even better. Plain water is actually what I prefer, but my family does not. Using a little MIO is the perfect way to get them to drink water and cut out the sugary drinks.

My mom, bless her heart, carries around some in her purse. Actually, it's a great idea as some restaurant water is awful tasting. She usually gets the curiosity of the server and ends up talking them into getting their own glass of water so she can let them try the MIO. I think the MIO company should supply her with as many bottles as she wants since she is so good at advertising for them!

So where did I come across this freebie? On Facebook. I had already liked their page and when they released this promotion, I was the first to know. If you go to the MIO website, they are still giving away free samples!

Friday, July 05, 2013

Towel Seat Cover

For those of you who know me personally, you know that I spend a lot of my free time either running, at the gym, or - more recently - kickboxing. Yes, I know I'm crazy and it's a little bit above insane, but it's my stress relief and I love it. What I don't love is getting into my brand new car wearing my gross, sweaty clothes. I came up with a quick, easy, and practically free solution for that.

Towel Seat Cover

Materials Needed:
  • Towel
  • Ribbon (1 yard)
  • Sewing Machine - or just needle and thread
Note: Satin ribbon is slick and will probably slide out. Stick to Grosgrain ribbon, which has little ridges. I have box of ribbon that I keep for impromptu projects like this. The ribbon used here I bought on clearance for 50 cents and the towel is um...borrowed from someplace I won't mention the name of.


1. Find the center of your towel by folding it in half lengthwise (A). Line that center up with the center of your headrest and then mark just to the outside (B)where the ribbon will tie around the back. No need to be exact - this is a very forgiving measurement. 
2. Unfold the towel, cut your ribbon into equal parts, and pin to those outside marks (B).
3. Make sure your ribbon is perpendicular to the edge of the towel. I placed mine just below the outside seam so I would have enough room to put in a secure stitch.

4. Sew to towel.
How you sew on is unimportant. I made a little box and then double backed over the ribbon with an X. You can do this with a thread and needle if you don't have a sewing machine. Just give the ribbon a good tug to make sure it is secure.
5. Place on your seat and tie in a bow around the back.

See how cute that is? Not too bad for a 5 minute project. I need to make another one for K1 because she is usually with me for kickboxing. Plus, I can remove it easily and throw it in the wash for the next time. You can even roll up the towel and tie it with the ribbon to store in the truck until ready to use.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad

Gimme Some Oven
A few weeks ago I shared a favorite pin with you with my intentions of testing it out. This was definitely a Pinterest Success! I'm not a big fan of bacon (hush all of you bacon lovers) but even I liked it in this salad. It was pretty easy to put together as well. The hubby isn't a fan of avocado, but he ate it anyway (mostly) and I like it too much to leave it out. K1 requested to use Gorgonzola cheese next time - only because she likes it better than blue cheese. Make sure you have some hungry diners, because this salad makes enough for 4-6 people.
I love the fresh vinaigrette. Light and tangy. It was my first time making my own dressing and I think that I will start making my own from now own. The flavor is so much better and I really like knowing that I'm not putting unnecessary chemicals and preservatives in my food. This is one salad I will make again. Yum! I hope you will go visit Gimme Some Oven and check out what else she has that is good to eat. I know I am, but I've placed this recipe below just for you. Thanks, Ali, for an awesome dinner!

Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Chopped Salad
(c) 2012 Gimme Some Oven. All rights reserved.
20 minutes
Yield: 4-6 Servings


Salad Ingredients:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 Tbsp. olive oil
8 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
8 slices bacon, cooked and diced
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
2 avocados, pitted and diced
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup garlic vinaigrette (see recipe below)
1/4 cup chopped green onions

Garlic Herb Vinaigrette Ingredients:
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard (optional)
pinch of salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
1 Tbsp. dried Italian seasonings
1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil

To Make The Salad:
Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add chicken. Cook for 3 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside. (Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken.) Remove chicken and let rest for at least 10 minutes. Dice chicken into small pieces.

Add the diced chicken, lettuce, bacon, blue cheese, avocados and tomatoes to a large bowl, and toss until combined. Drizzle or toss with garlic vinaigrette and serve immediately.

To Make The Vinaigrette:
Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Mail Call

Look what came in the mail!

Have you heard about Wen hair products? I got caught up watching an infomercial the other day and it really got my attention. Because I have a thyroid condition, my hair needs special attention and I've already been told to try to use as few chemicals as possible on it. Wen is organic and doesn't contain sulfates - which I have to avoid since they strip hair of it's natural oils. 

Let's be honest here. This stuff isn't cheap. But when I saw what it is capable of, I knew I wanted to try it. I came across a link to sign up for a free trial on freeflys.com and entered my info right away. I'm all about trying before buying and I love me some free stuff.

There is another organic line that I like called JĀSÖN and Wen is similar, but I think Wen is more conditioning for my hair, albeit more expensive. The biggest difference you will see in comparison with traditional hair care is the lack of suds. This is a good thing for your hair, but it can seem unproductive if you are used to having it. Once you get past that, you'll love how much cleaner your hair feels in-between shampoos. 

If you are a facebook user, you can like their page, WENhaircare, and be notified when they offer free samples.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Pinterest Round Up #6

It's Monday again, but that doesn't mean we can't start the week off right. Let's get pinning!

Favorite Pin #1
Leaping Strips and Blocks blanket
This free pattern is available on Moogly, which has tons of free and paid patterns for crochet, knitting, and quilting. I'm actually right in the middle of making this one. So far, I love the pattern. It's quick and easy and something I can do without constantly referring back to a pattern. What I'm not thrilled with is the cotton yarn. Normally I like cotton yarn, but it's not cheap and it's a little heavy for a baby blanket. I'm thinking of making it into a lovey - a hugable blanket with an amigurumi friend attached. More on that later. Perhaps next time I will make with a soft, acrylic yarn.

Favorite Pin #2
Sheep Cupcake
How cute are these little guys? They remind me of Wallace and Gromit. No instructions with this one, but it looks simple enough. Cupcake + mini marshmallows + fondant face = too cute to eat!

Favorite Pin #3
Garbage Disposal Refreshers
You probably already have all these ingredients at home. This is definitely going on my to do list. I've purchased pre-made deodorizers at the store before and used my own home remedy, but this looks like a cool and cheap way to be ready to fix that smell on the fly. This would be a great gift as well.

Favorite Pin #4
Peppermint Foot Scrub
Summer is the time to show more of your feet, so they need to be looking good. This recipe only calls for three ingredients and super easy to make. The peppermint will surely refresh those little tootsies and get you ready for your favorite sandals. 

Favorite Pin #5
Business Card Holder
There were 24 people who immediately re-pinned this after my initial pin, so I'm guessing that I'm not the only one who loves this. What a great way to use up scrap fabric and make an awesome gift for someone who deserves it. I'll let you in on a secret...I already made this just a few days ago, so you'll see more on this soon.

If you don't already, be sure to follow me on Pinterest and if find something great, let me know and I'll share it here!