Random Ramblings

Sunday, February 14, 2016

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!

Do you have any big plans for today?
Jacob is making us all breakfast right now as I sit here and type this and it smells so delicious!

Then he has to pick up a part real quick for his truck and then replace the brakes.  After that we are going to take the kids to the park.  They have been asking everyday this week and the weather has been beautiful here in Arizona.  So we promised them today we would.
They want to walk and ride their bikes there, and the park isn't very far so I think we might actually do that as well.  :)

Then tonight Jacob is going to make us bbq ribs for dinner.  
I have some wood sign orders to work on and other than that we don't have many plans.
To me now as a wife and a mom, my favorite kind of plans are just spending the day with my family.  I love the weekend days when we just spend time together, even if we do nothing but sit on the couch and watch some tv.  

Oh and ALSO of course we will be watching The Walking Dead tonight!  YAY! for season returns.  

The kids are off school tomorrow too for President's Day - which I plan to stay home the entire day and just work on orders.  I am going to make a big batch of crock pot mac and cheese for me and the kids and enjoy the extra day off. 

Well... so much for those plans.  Which is usually how it works around these parts.  Jacob got called to work for an important meeting today.  If the plant manager is calling a last minute meeting for the supervisors something is not good.  So we hurried and ate our breakfast that he made (which of course was delicious), then while he showered and got ready, I ran to the part store to pick up his break rotars that were ready.  He put them on so fast and headed out to work.

I am about to clean up the kitchen and then as soon as he gets home we are going to walk to the park.  No one got to open their little gifts yet, we will do that too as soon as Jacob gets home.  

I just hope he isn't stuck out at work too long so we can still enjoy a nice relaxing rest of the day.  

Happy Valentines Day to you and your family.  

~NICOLE

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

VALENTINE'S DAY HEAT TRANSFER SHIRT with MY VINYL DIRECT


Hello! Can you believe it is almost Valentine's Day?  Me either, I feel like this year is already flying by!




I am so excited to share this project with you.  

I teamed up with MYVINYLDIRECT (the only place I buy all of my vinyl and heat transfer vinyl from) for this project.  


To see how I created this Valentine's Day shirt for Chloe, head on over to the MYVINYLDIRECT - MVD blog and check out all the directions.  

Have you ever made your own shirts?  What kind of shirt have you made?  

~NICOLE

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I AM NOW A YOUNIQUE PRESENTER


I am so excited to become a YOUNIQUE presenter. 

I was first drawn in my this amazing 3D Lash Mascara.  I mean WOW!! Just look at this transformation of my eyes.  

TOP : no makeup
MIDDE : just the right eye in the picture has the mascara

BOTTOM : both eyes done with the mascara

There are so many products that I am already so in love with.  Anyone that has known me over the years, knows I have not been a huge makeup person.  I buy the cheap stuff and it takes me 10 mintues to get completely ready for the day.  So you have to know that if I am so over the top in love with this makeup, this company and these products it must mean I LOVE it that much!

I have been using the moisturizer and my face has never been so soft in my life.  The primer - OMG I will never wear makeup again without it!  

I am just telling you I love this makeup so much, well not just the makeup, all the products!

Now let me tell you a little about YOUNIQUE, which makes me love the company even more.  

  • The products are long wearing, and they really do last all day. 
  • Not tested on animals
  • No chemicals
  • The Younique Foundation which offers a healing retreat free of charge to any adult woman who was sexually abused as a child.




I am looking forward to this adventure with the amazing company.  

If you are interested in checking out the products, hosting an online party or even ordering here is my website https://www.youniqueproducts.com/NoticeablyNICOLES/business


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions as well. 

~NICOLE

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Homemade Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese


This entire week the kids have all been really sick.  NO FUN at all.  They missed school and I am hoping that this weekend will finally be the last few days they have needed to be on the mend.  

So when I was writing the grocery shopping list this week I was trying to think of something different for a weekend day lunch.  Since the weekdays are so busy with school and sports and after school clubs, and Jacob working 45 minutes from home the weekdays are sometimes just a blur.  So it is so nice to be able to stay home and relax on the weekends and spend some family time together.  


So this week when I was thinking of ideas for the list macaroni and cheese came to mind since it is a good comfort food, especially when you are not feeling good.  I like mine cheesy and creamy, not dry and bland.  
I have never made homemade mac and cheese before, not on the stove, in the oven and especially not in the crock pot. I figured it couldn't be that hard, but still did a little recipe scoping on pinterest and the internet and I think I came up with a really good one.

It cooked so fast in the crock pot, I started it after breakfast and it was ready by lunch time.





Here is what you need.  

INGREDIENTS
  • 16 oz. box of macaroni noodles
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans of evaporated milk
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 16 oz block of velveeta cheese - cut into cubes
  • 1 stick of butter
DIRECTIONS 
  1. Cook macaroni and then drain.
  2. While the macaroni is cooking turn the crock pot to low so it can start heating up.
  3. As soon as the macaroni is done and drained add it to the crockpot.
  4. Add the butter - slice it up to add smaller chunks 
  5. Mix the butter in. Since the macaroni is hot it will melt the butter right away.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
  7. Cook on low for about 2 hours - stirring from time to time.
Once mine was all done I did not want the cheese to burn so I just turned the crock pot to warm until we ate it.  



It was so good and creamy.  So good. The kids loved it.  It was so easy to make too.  I think this will become a regular for us.  

This would be a great dish for pot lucks and family get togethers.  It cooks so fast in the crockpot, and easy to travel with as well.  

Have you ever made mac and cheese in the crock pot before?  

Let me know if you try this dish and how it came out. 

~NICOLE

Thursday, January 21, 2016

PROJECT LIFE - WEEK 3

PROJECT LIFE ` WEEK 3:  LEFT SIDE

  • Title card from the CLEMENTINE EDITION
  • Filler card from the CATHY ZIELSKE VALUE KIT
  • Journaling cards from the NEUTRAL PACK


~Pudding pops on the weekend
~New Sport for little Jacob - Hockey




PROJECT LIFE - WEEK 3 : RIGHT SIDE


  • Journaling cards from the NEUTRAL PACK


~New signs for Chloe's room and a bake shop back in CA.
~A powerball ticket - which we did not win
~Caleb with his bike, he rides it everyday
~Daddy and Chloe snuggle time
~ Our neighbor had hip surgery so we left a Welcome Home banner on their garage
~The boys asleep on Chloe's bed when we woke up one morning.
~Chloe is loving learning to read


How is your Project Life coming along this year?  I would love to see some of your pages too!

~NICOLE