Random Ramblings

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

YOUTH HOCKEY

It is a new year, so a new sport for Little Jacob.  This next semester his school is offering Hockey.  
Just like basketball everyone that comes out will make the team, and depending on how many kids come depends on how many teams they will be able to form.  


He had two days of "tryouts" and there were enough kids to be able to form 3 teams.  So those teams will play each other each week until the champion team is decided.  

He did really good with the puck and stick coordination.
The puck and the stick are both just plastic so I am not as scared as I would be if it was anything more than that.  :)

The second day of tryouts he asked if he could try the goaly position.  The pads were as big as him, it was quite funny.  But he did really good in that position, so we will see what he gets to play, or if they take turns.  

He found out the other day which team he is going to be on, His coach is going to be the same coach he had for basketball, and he really liked her so he is really excited.  

I have never watched a real hockey game before , nor do I know anything about it.  So I am excited to see him get out there and once again try his hardest at a new sport.  

Let's go Jacob!

~NICOLE

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CHLOE IS 6


Today we celebrated this sweet girl turning 6.  I really can't believe that she is 6, I just don't know where the time has gone.  
She is full of sass and attitude, but also so much sweetness.  I can't imagine our lives without her, or any of the kids for that matter.  


So last night, right before I put the kids to bed I had the idea to fill her room with balloons so when she woke up it would be a fun surprise.  
So I dug through a box in the closet and found our party supply stuff, and pulled out the bag of balloons of all shapes and colors.  (Yes I have some heart shaped balloons in that bag as well).  

I realized we had a bunch from her Doc McStuffin party last year left over and they matched her room, so daddy and I just blew up those ones.  
We spent a few minutes blowing them up and then threw them all in her room.  

However my idea didn't work so great, because she has been sick and came into our room at 4am and never even saw the balloons until I took her into her room after she got up.  But she was still excited they were there, so it was still a win. 


Luckily daddy didn't have to go in quite as early this morning so she got to open all her gifts from us, brothers, and some others that came in the mail, and some that were left here for her from other family memnbers.  

We got her an Easy Bake Oven, and brothers got her a necklace and earring set that are a "C".  

She also got a few outfits and  a Target gift Card. She also got $10 in the mail the other day too.  

So after daddy left I made them donuts for breakfast, and hashbrowns.  Topped with chocolate icing and sprinkles of course.  

We also made her first batch of mini (and I mean really mini) chocolate chip cookies in her new oven.  



She wasn't feeling good at all still but she did want to do some painting.  So I set her up that the table and let her go to town.  And oh did she.  She had paint all over her shirt, the table and the back of her neck.. ya who knows lol.  


We did run to Walmart and get all of the sickies some more medicine and while we were there we picked up some frozen pizza for lunch since that is one of her favorites.  
Then we had burritos for dinner since that is her other favorite.  That is all this girl ever wants, is pizza or burritos. Silly girl.  I think she would eat Taco Bell everyday if we let her.  


Then before I made dinner she insisted she was going to help me make her cake and decorate it.  She had requested a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and chocolate sprinkles.  Ok her wish was my command.  
So we made the cake and then let it cool while I made dinner, and we ate.  We iced it and she helped put the letters and sprinkles on.  




We sang to her she blew out her candles.  Now I know she wasn't feeling good becuase she only ate about 2 bites of her burrito for dinner and didn't even eat her cake. She only ate the hard candy letter off her piece and that was it.  
The cake was really good -very chocolaty that is for sure.  

I love Timehop and now the Memories feature that Facebook does.  
This was something I had shared in the years past and I was able to create this little collage of her turning 3, 4, 5 and now 6.  She no longer has a baby face that is for sure.  She even looks more mature to me from just last year.  


I put her to bed tonight, still not feeling great so we will see how she feels in the morning.  I hate when they are sick.  

HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY CHLOE!!!

~NICOLE