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Friday, September 19, 2014

Jamberry Nails- Buy 3 get 1 free

I recently got into Jamberry nails.  They are just awesome and I love them!! 

For the past few weeks I have been wearing them non stop and I just can't get enough of them!  So I wanted to share with you guys that they have this deal that when buy three wraps you can get one free!  They have lots of different styles to choose from and they all just plain awesome! 

Here is one of my most recent manicures.  I actually changed up the black and painted them purple at one point too, it was fun!

These nails are awesome and hold up really well.  You can have them on for as long as 2 weeks and they look amazing for the full two weeks!
I love having a couple nails painted and then a couple with the wraps.  It's so fun to change up the patterns and colors. 

They even have little girl sizes and they just look adorable.  My little girl loves them and I love that I don't have to worry about her getting paint everywhere.  My little girl's friend came over and we had a little nail party.  They had such a blast!
They are super easy to apply and there are hundreds of videos that help you put them on.  My favorite thing to use is a rice bag that I heat up in the microwave.  Here is a great video that helps get the bubbles out.

So if you been wanting to try out the Jamberry nails, now is the time to do it!  Take advantage of the buy 3 get 1 offer.  Go here to buy some now.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

French Toast with Cinnamon Syrup

French toast is our go to meal right now.  We always have everything on hand, it's easy, it's yummy, it's inexpensive and my family just loves it.  My 5 year old requests it almost every week for dinner and I don't mind one bit.  I like to change up the syrups every once in awhile, just to get it a little bit of variety.  I usually put on a fruity syrup, but this time I used a cinnamon cream syrup and it was delicious!
French toast with Cinnamon Syrup
For the french toast, you will need:
1 loaf of bread (I use Texas Toast because it's nice and thick)
5-6 eggs
1/3-1/2 cup milk
1/2-1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon (I sprinkle on a little bit every time I dip a piece of bread in)
All you do is mixed those altogether, dip both sides of your bread into it and then cook it until the bread is cooked (not moist or wet) on both sides.
For the cinnamon syrup, you will need:
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup evaporated milk
Put all of the ingredients except the milk into a saucepan and then heat to a boil.  Boil for 2 minutes while constantly stirring. Then remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes stir in milk and then let sit to cool.
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I added some whip cream to the top.  And it all was very delicious.  Want to know an awesome trick for french toast, pancakes and waffles.  Cut them up using a pizza cutter.  It's AWESOME!  We can cut all of the kids' french toast up in just a few minutes.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Easy Halloween Spider Decoration Idea: Paper Straw Spider

I love to decorate for Halloween.  It's just so fun.  It means that it's the start of the holiday season and there are just so many fun things to do this time of year.  I usually try to wait until October to decorate for Halloween.  But let's be honest, with this blog I just can't wait that long.  I need to start making things in September :).  You all know how I love to make super easy and fun decor.  I love going through my house and figuring out things to make with stuff that I have on hand.  Since I'm like most crafters (aka hoarders) I have a nice stash of paper straws.  I love making things with them, so I thought it would be fun to make a spider out of them for my holiday table.  Spiders seem to be the theme of my Halloween decor this year.

Halloween decoration Paper straw spider
This how I made it:
I used some different designs of black and white straws, a white frame, 5x7 piece of glitter paper and a glue gun to make it.  
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I started with the body and I glued the cut straws onto the paper.
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Then I made the legs.
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Finally I glued some eyes and fangs onto it.  And that's it! Super easy to make.  So easy that my little girl helped me out.  
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I put it into the frame (without glass) and then put it onto my holiday table.
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I love that it is 3D and sticks out of the frame.
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And here is a start of my holiday table.  Not quite done with it, but it's a start :).
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Minecraft Boy’s Room Décor Idea: Large Wood Minecraft Characters

If you saw my home tour post, then you saw my three boys' room all decked out in Minecraft stuff.  I had so much fun making their Minecraft themed room.  Some of my favorite pieces in there is this large statement piece with these Minecraft characters, including a zombie, Steve and a creeper.  Each face is about 21x21 inches.    These were so easy to make and the best part was that they were very inexpensive.  I just reused some wood that I had for another project I did for my last house. I just used the backside.  And that wood was cheap, only about $2 for all three pieces.

This is how I made them.  I took some ply wood and cut them into 21x21 squares.  As you can tell by the paint, this is the back side of painted wood.  I then drew a grid onto the ply wood using a L square to line it up.  Each line was 1.5 inches apart.  As you can see, I always have "helpers" when I do projects :).
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Once I got all the squares drawn out, I then taped off the hair and painted it black with some grey and white squares.  Then I taped off the eyes and painted those.
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I continued to tape and paint all of the squares.  As you can tell they weren't perfect, but that's fine because altogether it looks good.
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The creeper I did it a little differently, I painted it green and then drew on the grid lines.  Then taped off the face and painted it black.  Then I went back the green and painted it different shades of green all over the place.
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I did the same thing for the zombie.  They were a lot of fun to paint and they look awesome in the boys' room!
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And here they are in their room.  I love that they are a huge statement piece for such a long and big wall!
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