Holiday Cards with Minted

October 20, 2014
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions and ideas are my own.
 
I can’t believe I’m about to say this…but…it’s time to start thinking about Christmas cards. I know, I know, it’s not even Halloween yet.  Here’s the deal. Every year I think to myself oh, I have plenty to time to get Christmas cards made.  I’ll work on that next week. Before I know it December 1st has come and gone and I don’t even have a decent family photo. Then I’m scrambling to create a card online and have to pay out the wazoo for overnight shipping. There is a lot of cursing involved in this process. 
 

This year I am taking a different approach…I’m planning ahead. Kind of unusual for me, I know, but I have this opportunity to order my Christmas cards through Minted.com and I’m all over this.  Just call me Hugs, Kisses and Thinking Ahead. 

 
Dear Husband witnesses my frustration every year and asks why I even go to the trouble to send out a Christmas card  if it’s so stressful. 
 
Why?  Because I love seeing Christmas cards from our friends and relatives. I love seeing how their kids have grown each year. I love seeing the different styles of cards they choose. I love decorating with them and hanging them up in my entryway, they welcome anyone who comes to our house. Watching the cards increase in number is like counting down the Advent for me. With each card I hang up they are telling me that Christmas is getting closer and closer. 
 
If I get so much joy from the Christmas cards that pass through our door, then I have to assume those who receive our card get a little bit of holiday cheer from our smiling faces. 
 
I’ve tried several different holiday card websites. One year I even created my own card on Picmonkey.  This year I am trying out Minted.com
 
Minted has over 200 beautiful designs to choose from. I’ve combed their site and saved all of my favorites with our picture in them trying to decide which one I like best.  This is a really tough decision, I mean, seriously, these designs are just gorgeous.  Just check these out. 
 
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I might need some help deciding. Which one is your favorite?
 
Through October 27th you can receive 10% off holiday card orders.  Use code JOY2014
 
 

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Bubbling Slime Recipe

October 17, 2014

bubbling slime recipe

Recently I had the need to discover the perfect slime recipe (more on that next week).  I needed something that would make a big mess.  Slime made with Borax and glue is to clumpy.  I needed something worthy of Nickelodeon slime. I combed Pinterest (as one does when they need anything crafty) and I came across a blogger who has several great recipes for slime and sensory play.  Jessica at Epic Fun for Kids as tons of great ideas on sensory activities for kiddos.  

This recipe is made with vinegar and xanthan gum (found in the baking aisle).  You pour it over baking soda and the vinegar reacts with the baking soda in slow motion.  Remember the volcano science projects?  That reaction is really quick.  This reaction is slow because of the thick consistency of the slime.

bubbling slime recipe

Click here for recipe and directions for Super Slimy Bubbling Slime Recipe

  Harry brought out some Legos to make his bubbling slime playtime more of an adventure.  Thankfully, this is water soluble so it cleans up easily with just water.  The more water you add the thinner it gets until it is completely diluted.

bubbling slime recipe

bubbling slime recipe

bubbling slime recipe

 

bubbling slime recipe

The more you play and mix the baking soda into the slime, the foamier it gets.

bubbling slime recipe

bubbling slime recipe

 

bubbling slime recipe

bubbling slime recipe

 

This would be so awesome at a Halloween party!  Make it red and you’ve got a cauldron of bubbling gore.  Muaahahahaha

 

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Response to Shut The Eff Up

October 17, 2014

There is a blog post going around by a blogger complaining about stay at home moms who complain and asking them to shut the eff up.  In a nutshell the blogger (who is a SAHM herself) is tired of hearing/reading SAHMs complain about their mundane lives that revolve around juice boxes, play dates and mac & cheese. She is sick of hearing how they are drowning in poopy diapers, how messy their house is and how tired they are.  She wants SAHMs to stop complaining and start being grateful that they are able to watch their children grow up and are not missing the precious moments that make up childhood.  She wants SAHMs to realize that they are living an extremely privileged life that many working moms would love to live but just can’t because they have to have two incomes.  

She makes valid points but is pretty harsh in her presentation.  

My guess is that a majority of SAHMs are very grateful that they are able to stay at home with their kids.  They probably love seeing that first step instead of the day care worker seeing it.  They probably empathize with the working mom when she has to drop her baby off at day care each morning.  She probably appreciates how special it is that she can take her kids to story time at the library during the week when it’s less crowded.

This is just another example of mom shaming and the war women are waging on each other.  We’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t.  If SAHMs ran around all day telling everybody how great their life is and constantly reminded their friends how “blessed” they are to be at home with their kids then you can bet your lucky stars there would be a snarky blog post about how annoying the moms are who relish every spit up, pray over every diaper and frame every scrap of paper that their budding artist scribbles on. 

Here’s what it comes down to. Being a parent is hard.  Whether you are a SAHM or a working mom, its freaking hard and everybody wants and needs to be heard when times are tough.  The SAHM is stir crazy and needs validation in the toy explosion that used to be her living room.  Her frustration level is at code red and she sometimes questions her own sanity.  The working moms are anguished that the day care worker gets to help her baby take her first step or rub his back at nap time.  Her guilt is huge and real and she needs to voice it, have it be heard and for someone to understand before the guilt eats her alive.

We all want to be heard.  We all need validation in our struggle.  We need to vent now and then.  Once that steam has dissipated it is a little easier to see the positive in our situation and be grateful for it.  

So next time a mom is griping about her life, give her some grace and room to be heard.  And if she won’t stop then freaking hide her from your FB feed for crying out loud and stop complaining about it.  Geez.

 

 

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Burlap and Yarn Fall Wreath

October 8, 2014

 burlap and yarn fall wreath

This wreath was an experiment in what can I make with out having to go back to the craft store.  It’s been a while since I’ve made a wreath so I decided to see what I could come up with.  I knew I wanted a purple wreath for fall but I didn’t have very much purple yarn left.  A little digging in my craft basket and I found some burlap ribbon.  Turns out I didn’t have enough of either of those to cover a wreath.  A little more digging in my box of fabric scraps and I found the perfect fabric to go on my purple wreath.   Continue reading

Natural Makeup Eraser Giveaway

October 6, 2014

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news.  Let’s get the bad news over with first.

Remember when I got the regular gig on the show Oklahoma LIVE?  Well, I did.  I was asked to do a monthly segment on the show and I had the freedom to come up with all of the topics.  The bad news is that Oklahoma LIVE has been canceled.  I don’t know the reasons why the show was canceled.  My guess is 1) they didn’t have me on as a guest often enough and 2) the show was on opposite Ellen.  Seriously, who is going to watch a local talk show when they can be watching Ellen? Continue reading

Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Chili

September 24, 2014

turkey sausage sweet potato chili

Another recipe inspired by my friends at Red Gold Tomatoes.  A few weeks ago they sent me a box of tomatoes with slow cooker recipes.  So far I’ve made 3 of the recipes and this one is my favorite by far.  I don’t mean to brag, okay maybe I do, but this was de-lish.  I made a few of my own adjustments to the original recipe, like using sweet Italian turkey sausage instead of pork sausage and taking out the chili powder and adding garam masala and coriander.  I also added apples and cut out one of the cans of tomatoes to make it less like soup.  This Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Chili is the bomb! Continue reading

OU Game Day Observations

September 23, 2014

I love OU football.  I love going to the games and watching it on tv.  This has been an acquired taste.  After 14 years of marriage to a lifelong OU fan I have learned that if I want to spend time with my sweet heart on any given fall Saturday, I better learn to love what he loves.  14 years of watching college football and I must say I’m pretty impressed with my football knowledge.  Not nearly as much as some, but maybe more than the average bear. OU game day is a lot of fun…not just for the football but for the people watching.  For your viewing pleasure…OU game day observations from the OU/Tennessee game two weeks ago.

This crowd parts for one thing and one thing only.  The Pride.  Don’t be the idiot who tries to turn left from Boyd to Asp.  It happens…I see it every week and I want knock on their window and ask them what the heck is wrong with them.  Moses couldn’t part this mass of humanity.  The crowd will. not. part for a minivan.  Just won’t.

ou game day

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Slow Cooker Rustic Italian Chicken

September 18, 2014

slow cooker rustic italian chicken

Guess what?!? It’s finally here!  FALL! This is my favorite time of year.  The temps are still a little warm here in Oklahoma but I can see a light at the end of the summer tunnel.  Fall means college football, crisp morning air, changing leaves, cardigans and slow cookers.  Ahhhh, the slow cooker.  

A few weeks ago my friends at Red Gold Tomatoes sent me a box of canned tomatoes with lots of slow cooker recipes.  They even sent me a Red Gold Official Blogger wooden spoon.  I really love this spoon but something about it made me giggle.  

Slow Cooker Rustic Italian Chicken

Ohhhhh….look, I’m all official now.  Better watch out or I might whack you over the head with my official blogger spoon if you get out of line.  I take my tomato blogging very seriously…cuz I’m official.

Back to the slow cooker.  All of the recipes included sound delicious; slow cooker pulled pork, black bean and pumpkin chili, slow cooker mac & cheese, sausage & sweet potato chili.  Oh yum.  I’m making the sausage & sweet potato chili this weekend but for this post I made the slow cooker rustic italian chicken.  Visit the Red Gold website for all these yummy recipes and check out their slow cooker giveaway on Facebook.  They are giving away two crockpots everyday through October 8.  I know I certainly could use one.  I think my trusty Rival crock pot was a wedding gift…14 years ago.  

Before checking out the other recipes…have a gander at this one.  

Slow Cooker Rustic Italian Chicken

Red Gold Slow Cooker Italian Chicken

 

Slow Cooker Rustic Italian Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 2 lbs.
  2. 2 large carrots, roughly chopped
  3. 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  4. 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  5. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 2 Tbs. Italian seasoning
  7. 1 (14.5 oz) can Red Gold diced tomatoes
  8. 1 (14.5 oz) can Red Gold crushed tomatoes
  9. 3 cups pasta of choice, cooked and drained
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in slow cooker and top with remaining ingredients, except pasta.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve over pasta.
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Disclaimer:  I received free tomatoes and a free wooden spoon (which is super official) for this post.  All opinions, thoughts, words are my own.

Happy Anniversary

September 16, 2014

14 years ago today I was surrounded by my girlfriends, laughing and talking about whatever 20-somethings talk about.

Today I’m surrounded by little boys who like to back up against me and fart.  

Happy Anniversary

14 years ago today I was wearing duchess satin Vera Wang dress.  It was stunning. Continue reading

How to recruit younger women to your volunteer organization

September 15, 2014

recruit younger women to your volunteer organization

This post could also be called “How in the world did you get all of those young moms to join a volunteer organization?!”

recruit younger women to your organization

(look how cute we are…learning at Assistance League National Conference)

Two weeks ago I attended the Assistance League National Conference.  (<– click to see all the fun pics from Disney World) 4 of the 6 of us attending from our chapter were “younger” women, meaning, we have school age children.  I was the baby of the group at a ripe old age of 38.   Continue reading