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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PROJECT LIFE WEEK 10 AND 11

I told you I was committed to really getting caught up here on the blog with my Project Life pages.  
So here is another installment of getting caught up.  

WEEK 10
FEBRUARY 28, 2016 - MARCH 5, 2016

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  • Finished the boys KTM shirts.  
  • Jacob's last Hockey game of the season.  I have enjoyed watching him play because he has loved it so much. 
  • Today I reached the next level up in my YOUNIQUE buisness.  
  • The kids played outside and caught lizards. Something they love to do.  


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    • Working on some YOUNIQUE products for some of the other presenters. 
    • I love how our M wall is coming along.  It is so much fun to find another one to add to the collection. 
    • A whatever kind of night for dinner and I came up with a pizza grilled cheese.  Mozarella cheese and pepperoni on the bread, grilled and pizza sauce to dip it in.  It was pretty good actually. 
    • The start of Spring Break. 
    • A new recipe for chocolate chip cookies and they turned out amazing!


    WEEK 11
    MARCH 6, 2016 - MARCH 11, 2016

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    • Huge rain storm, which I love so much. 
    • Starting a painting project for our Spring Break.  Painting a cheap bookcase cabinet thing I got to go in Chloe's room. 
    • Finishing up some projects I started.
    • Working on the collage wall in the hallway.
    • Jacob is not feeling well.  Not a fun way to start Spring Break. 
    • Enjoying some time outside in the nice weather. 


    RIGHT SIDE
    • Working in bed on the laptop tonight.  Working my YOUNIQUE business. 
    • I woke up not feeling great so Little Jacob made me breakfast and brought it to me in bed.  He is so sweet.  
    • Little Jacob still hasn't been feeling good this week so after trying some medicine and nothing helping I took him to Urgent Care.  He had an ear infection. 
    • All the kids fell asleep on the way home from Urgent Care.  
    • Trying to find a pharmacy that had his medication in stock was a pain.  I had to call UC and have them call in something else so that we could get some medicine for him. 
    • Playing 8ball pool against Little Jacob this morning and he of course beat me badly. 
    • Found a new yogurt that I love so much. 
    • Watching our favorite supercross rider earn the most consecutive wins. 

    How are you doing on your Project Life pages?  

    ~NICOLE

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    NAIL POLISH TIE DYE PAINTED COFFEE MUGS


    I wasn't quite sure what to call these mugs.  They look like nothing I have ever created or seen before. I have seen this idea before to paint your nails, and then recently I saw them done on a coffee mug and I knew I had to make them too.  


    So I was deciding exactly what I wanted them to look like so I decided that I wanted them to match our kitchen.  

    I started by going through my nail polish stash.  Now for this project you by in no means have to have fancy or expensive nail polish for this at all.  Dollar store stuff will work just fine.  But before I went out and bought any I wanted to see what I had on hand.  I had three different turquoise/teal ones which was perfect and exactly the look I was going for. But since I have just a hint of navy blue in our kitchen too I wanted to have that slight contrast on the mugs as well.  I didn't have any dark blue so I just picked some up when I went to Target. 



    The next thing you need to get started are plain white coffee mugs.  Wash and dry them.  


    Then grab a bowl of warm water.  Now let me note I do not know if it has to be warm, I just used warm. I didn't try this with cold water, although I don't know that it would really make any difference.  Take all the tops off the nail polish bottles.  

    I laid out a cookie sheet with paper towels to set the mugs on to dry after we dipped them. 

     Once you have everything together, slowly drip and swirl the nail polishes in the bowl of water, one color at a time.  




    I drizzled it completely random each time.  

    Once you have done this with all the colors you want to use, which I did forget to mention you don't have to only have 4 colors, you can have more or less.  But I think if you get too many then they will not show up as well.  

    Now grab your mug and you will dip it in the water, and you can swirl or spin or whatever.  I do not recommend  moving fast though, go slow in your motions so the colors don't mix into one blur of a color.

    Then repeat drizzling the nail polish in the bowl before each mug you dip in the water. 



    Something to note also is not to go all the way to the top of the mug. You do not want it where your lips will touch.  So I told the kids not to go past the first row of dots on the mugs we had.  But you don't have to go that high even you could just do a small part or you can go that high. It is your creation so the details are what you make them. 

    Once you pull the mug out of the water, turn them upside down on the paper towel to dry. We let ours dry overnight.just to ensure they were completely dry. 





    After they were dry completely I took a black sharpie and wrote the kids' names on the bottom so they would not fight over who's is who's.   


    Now if I had left them this way they would not be washable.  So I had grabbed some Mod Podge dishwasher safe sealer and coated the mugs.  This is also not good to put where your lips would touch.  So I only put it right over the paint.  I let this dry overnight too.  

    Now the only thing with this product is that you can not actually dishwash it for another 21 days.  So you have to pretty much put it aside.  It is so worth it in the end though because then you will have these beautiful custom mugs forever.  


    After they are done curing, enjoy something wonderful in your beautiful custom mug that you made. No one will ever guess that you created these amazing mugs using nail polish and a bowl of water.  :)




    Ours are still curing, and I cannot wait to enjoy mine.  Not that I drink coffee, but I do have a slight obsession with cool mugs lately. I love my Rae Dunn mugs and I even drink my diet pepsi in it.  And in the winter we drink a lot of hot chocolate so hey it works.  

    I told my mom after I did these that I want to make some of these as Christmas gifts this year.  I think I will do them in different colors that match the color kitchen of the recipients.  

    I would love to see what kind of mugs you create.  

    ~NICOLE

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    OMBRE HELLO CARD SETS

    I haven't made any cards in quite a while, so two weeks ago I sat down and make some really simple cards.  





    I started by tracing a hello and hello friend design from a stamp set I saw online.  
    I then cut them out on white adhesive cardstock.  

    I used my blender tool and gave each design an ombre affect. I started at the bottom of each design and worked my way to the top. I used a lighter hand towards the top and applied extra on the bottom.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks.  I have the mini ones in several colors.



    Once I was done inking them up I added them to some blank premade white cards I had on hand.  
    Since it is adhesive cardstock I did not have to get out any glue.  This makes it so easy. 


    I really liked how they came out but decided that the hello ones I wanted to add a little extra something to.
    So I grabbed all my enamel dots, and sequins and rhinestones and color coordinated them to the words on the cards.




    I wanted to make several cards so that I can have a few on hand if I need to send any out in the near future.  Since I have none currently I figured this was also a good sentiment because it is very versatile.  




    Now to sit down and actually write out the cards and get them in the mail. That is on my list of to-do's this week. 

    Do you like to make card sets when you create basic simple cards?  What is your favorite basic card sentiment?  

    ~NICOLE

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    PROJECT LIFE 2016 WEEKS 7,8 AND 9

    Gosh I really dropped the ball about being caught up with my Project Life pages on here.  Ok time to get cracking.  

    So here goes.  

    WEEK 7 
    FEBRUARY 7, 2016 - FEBRUARY 13, 2016



    LEFT SIDE

    RIGHT SIDE

    HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK :
    • Superbowl Sunday.  Ryan, Melissa and Brandon came for a visit this weekend and today we made some frozen pizzas and homemade hot wings and then they headed home. 
    • Working on Chloe's Valentine's Day box for school.  Of course it has to be cheetah print and we did it by hand. I drew on all the lines and she colored them in brown. 
    • Caleb can text me from his ipod that he got for Christmas.  I love getting so many I love you texts from him.  
    • Playing outside after school since the weather was really nice.  
    • The boys finishing up thier school valentines. 
    • Being asked to work with the vinyl company I order from was super exciting. 
    • No school one morning so little Jacob made breakfast, a bagel and scrambled eggs.  
    • Little Jacob helping me sand a piece of wood for a sign. 
    • Helping in Chloe's class for her Valentine's Day party.  



     WEEK 8 
    FEBRUARY 14, 2016 - FEBRUARY 20, 2016


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    RIGHT SIDE

    HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK :

    • Walking to the park today.  Well I walked and the kids rode their bikes.  Jacob ended up having to work so I just took them myself. 
    • Had a nice steak dinner for Valentines Day. 
    • Chloe loves for daddy to brush her hair.  It is so cute.
    • Found out I am going to be an aunt again.  My brother and his wife are expecting. 
    • Little Jacob turns 11.  WOW!  We had a nice dinner and cake out on the back patio.  
    • Realities of trying to be a work at home mom. 
    • Ryan Dungey commented on my instagram post.  I think I died of excitement.  
    • Love getting fun things in the mail. My friend Tabitha made these with some of her friends and sent me a set too. 
    • Playing outside on the weekend.  Caleb and Chloe caught a spider and claim it is their new pet.  NO WAY!




    WEEK 9 
    FEBRUARY 21, 2016 - FEBRUARY 27, 2016

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    RIGHT SIDE 

    HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK :

    • Walking down to the park again on the weekend.  Best kind of family time - together. 
    • More Caleb I love you Texts.  They never get old!
    • Always enjoy a clean kitchen.
    • Jacob's been frustrated with work lately, but I always tell him how much I appreciate how hard he works for me and the kids. 
    • Little Jacob's 2nd band concert.  I love this.  I love seeing him out there.  I always get emotional. 
    • I used gas my Safeway gas rewards and got gas for only $1.19 a gallon.  It cost me only $12 to fill up the Kia. 
    • Fuller House on Netflix.  Life is complete now!
    • Spring is in the air with all the trees blooming what seems like overnight. 
    • Was able to finish Jacob's Valentine's Day gift.  A custom KTM sweatshirt like the one I made the boys. 

    Are you caught up on your Project Life? 
    I am caught up on my phone thankfully, now just need to work on getting all my pages printed and into an album, and of course sharing them on here too.  

    ~NICOLE


    Monday, July 11, 2016

    CLEANING UP WITH SCOTCH-BRITE® DISH CLOTHS AT WALMART

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScrubCloth #CollectiveBias #ad





    We all have those dishes that after you make them you dread having to clean up the pans.  Those are the "have to soak over night" kind.  I know I have a few of those.  
    But boy do I have some fun stuff to share with you today.  

    I recently discovered this new product - Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths.  I personally also have a love hate relationship with my sponge and always think it is easier to wash things with my dish rag, but they just don't clean quite like a sponge does.  Until now people!.  This has all the ability of a sponge yet it is a cloth.  BRILLIANT! Let me tell you this cloth takes cleaning to an entirely new level.  

    The Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth is not like a sponge though .One side of the cloth  is a high quality fiber dish cloth  and the other side has Scotch-Brite® scrubbing dots that give you scrubbing power and make it quicker and easier to clean.

    This scrubbing power makes cleaning easy.  

    To test out this amazing cloth, I used it a few times in the kitchen.  I made my dish that I usually dread to clean - Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas.  Then I also cleaned the counters with my new home made cleaning solution.  

    So let me share a little with you.  

    Last night we had the enchiladas and let me just tell you that clean up was a breeze.  It really was that easy.  



    Within minutes of scrubbing all the baked on cheese and mess this pan was sparkling clean. 

    To get this kind of clean I usually have to use my wire scrubber and that leaves scratches, but I have never had a choice before in order to get it this clean.  Those Scotch-Brite® scrubbing dots are like magic dots I tell ya.  
    When cleaning the dishes like this with a sponge I really have to put in a lot of  hard elbow grease and can never get deep into the nooks and crannies with the sponges, but with the Scotch-Brite Dish Cloth I can really get in there and with the extra help from the scrubbing dots get it clean.  

    Well I am going to share this recipe with you so that you can test out the Scotch-Brite dish cloth yourself.  



    WHAT YOU NEED :

    2.5 LBS of boneless skinless chicken breast
    2 large cans of green chili enchilada sauce (just use your favorite brand)
    1 small can of cream of chicken soup
    about 5 cups of shredded cheese
    corn tortillas

    Now really enchiladas are rolled up, but I do it the lazy way, and layer them the same way you do a lasagna.  

    * So first start by boiling the chicken until it is cooked all the way through.
    * Drain and then shred all the chicken up. 

    **HERE IS A LITTLE FUN TIP **
    ~If you place your warm chicken in your stand mixer and turn it on low it will shred the chicken for you.  No more burning your fingers or taking forever to shred the hot chicken with forks. 

    This truly saves me so much time and frustration from having to shred it by hand.  

    * Once the chicken is all shredded I poured it back into my pot I cook it in and season with salt and pepper and a little garlic salt.  Mix it well. 

    * Open the can of cream of chicken soup and add that to the chicken mixture.  This just gives it a little bit of a creamy smooth texture and it is so good!



    * Open the cans of green chili enchilada sauce.  Pour a tiny bit from one can into the bottom of the pan you will be cooking the enchiladas in.  Just enough to coat the bottom of it.  Pour the rest of that can into the chicken mixture.  Mix that up.



    * After that is all mixed up, add a little sprinkling of the shredded cheese to the mixture and mix that up. 

    Now it is time to get the enchilada layers put together. 

    * Right on top of the sauce in the pan, lay down your corn tortillas to cover the bottom, and yes it is fine if they overlap. We laid down 8 in each layer.  

    * On top of that scoop out 1/4 of the  chicken and sauce mixture.

    * Spread that out and top with some cheese.  

    * Now take the unused can of enchilada sauce and just pour a little over the top. 

    * Repeat the same steps 3 more times.  The last layer we just pour the rest of the can of sauce over the top.  

    *Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until heated all the way through.  



    * Serve with a dollop of sour cream (if you like sour cream) and spanish rice and refried beans.  

    I like it heated up the day for left overs too.
    One of my favorite things to do as well when I make this for us for dinner is make extras in foil trays and freeze them for easy make ahead meals. I follow all the same steps, cover in foil, mark the outside with marker telling me what it is and when I made it and toss it in the freezer.  Then in a few weeks we can have it again without all the prep work.  

    Cleaning up dinner had never been so easy though, I cannot even tell you how nice it was to have it all cleaned up in no time, versus having to stand there and scrape it with my nails, or scrub and give up to let it soak until the next morning.  I even got crazy cleaning everything in the sink by hand just to use my dish cloths. 

    Now the next way I tried out my new favorite Scoth-Brite dish cloths were to wipe down the counters after I did all the dishes.  I wiped down my counters and stove with my new home-made cleaner.  Let me tell you how incredibly easy this was to make too!.  It takes a few days to set, but it is nice to know there are no harsh chemicals and makes cleaning with my new Scotch-Brite Dish Cloths a breeze to clean the kitchen. 
    When I clean with sponges on the counters I feel like it really just leaves behind a mess of what is inside the sponge, so it really doesn't get it that clean.  But with the cloths I know they are clean. 



    There is no exact measuring or set amounts for this exactly.
    I took a mason jar I had in the cabinet and used that for my soaking.  

    You will need a jar, vinegar and some citrus peels.  ( you can use lemons, oranges hey even grapefruit if you wanted) 

    *Peel your oranges and stick them right in the jar. 


    * Pour vinegar in the jar to cover the peels.  




    * Now the key is to let it soak.  I have seen this recipe online and they tell you to let it soak anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks.  So I usually let mine sit for no less than 5 days, but if I don't get to it right then that is fine too.  

    *Once the set time is done, just simply take a funnel and pour just the liquid into your spray bottle.  


    * Toss the peel after that and then you have a home-made citrus smelling cleaner that is not full of unheard of chemicals and cleans nicely. 





    Both of my kitchen tests uses for my Scotch-Brite Dish Cloths really passed the test.  They have made my cleaning issues no longer issues.  This is so nice to have.  Who wants to waste time cleaning dishes and counters, not me.  

    I picked my Scotch-Brite Dish Cloths at Walmart in the sponge aisle.  


    What I love too is that for this affordable $4.98 price you get 2 cloths.  I picked the dark blue color to match our kitchen but there a few color choices you can pick from.  You can get tan, coral, and navy. 



    Now if you want to get more recipes and inspiration?  Check it out HERE.  Look for $1 off instant redeemable coupon available on the product, redeemable when you checkout.  Which makes the deal even sweeter with a coupon, and we all know how much I love coupons!


    So I would love to hear what your messy clean up dish is.  Share with me in the comments section.  Remember not to worry because the Scotch-Brite Dish Cloths will make cleaning easy. 


    ~NICOLE