Day 5: My Three Blind Mice

For the last day of the shop palooza, I’m going to feature My Three Blind Mice. My Three Blind Mice features handmade crocheted accessories, like scarfs, hats, purses and brooches! Look at some of her work below!

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Her work is so beautiful and creative. The items in her shop are so cute, and it almost makes me want to fork out the needles and yarn again to get to work on making cute things. Unfortunately, time is not in my favor right now, so those things will have to wait.

My Three Blind Mice is offering all readers 10% off anything in her shop if you mention the code “nifty” in an Etsy conversation. She’ll then give you the discount via Paypal! Awesome!

And, even though there is no giveaway for this shop, you **might** want to leave some comments about what you like from her shop, because there **might** be a surprise from me next week for those who do. :) I just like to keep things interesting and sneaky…

Have a good weekend!

Surviving the Holidays: Buying handmade gifts

As a crafter, I’ve always had a huge appreciation for all things handmade. I love the idea of craft fairs, because that’s where I tend to buy a lot of gifts for others. The great thing is, you don’t have to go to a craft fair anymore to get those handmade items. There is a great website called Etsy, where the craft fair is now on your computer screen. All you do is select your items and the seller will ship them to you. It’s convenient for me and my wallet is a little lighter because of it. :)

If you are like me, with just a couple more things to get as gifts, I hope you consider buying handmade gifts. It supports the crafters, and most of the time, you save money! Also, it would definitely be great knowing that you got them something that no one else got them (what are the chances, right?).

To help show you the great gifts that are out there, I have a huge surprise for my readers!


That’s right! This week, everyday, I will be showcasing some great shops on Etsy. Specifically, I’m featuring sellers from my local area of Baton Rouge, LA. These sellers have so many great gift ideas at very fair prices!

A bonus? There will be giveaways ALL week, so be sure to stay tuned and comment, comment, comment!

I’m very excited about this week, and I hope you are too!

For more Surviving the Holidays ideas, check out other posts in this series.

Just a short post today…

It’s DECEMBER!

This means…

  • no more hurricane season
  • 24 days til Christmas
  • 30 days til 2010 (whoa)

I can’t wait to see what this month brings. :)

Surviving the Holidays: Pay It Forward

Thanksgiving was last week, and it made me realize that there is so much to be thankful for that I take for granted all the time. With the holidays coming up, I want to pay it forward.

JCPenney’s is helping Salvation Army with their Angel Giving Tree campaign. Angel Giving Tree is where you choose a child and get them some items on their wish list to help make their Christmas a little brighter.

I’m doing Operation Baking Gals for the third time in a row, and especially with this time of the year, this is a great opportunity to show the troops how much you appreciate them! If you are interested, definitely sign up for a team!

Of course, you should consider donating any food in your pantry that you think you won’t need or use anytime soon. You can also volunteer your time at your local food bank. I used to do this in college, and as generous as people are with donating, they need people to package the food in boxes to give to families! It only takes a couple of hours of your time, and it’s very rewarding to know that you are helping!

So, if you are thinking of helping out during the holidays, these are all great ideas. If you’ve done volunteering during the holidays before, are there other organizations that you’ve helped out that you can suggest?

Interested in the rest of the Surviving the Holidays series? Check out these topics. :)

 

 

Our Christmas Cards…

Originally, I bought Christmas cards from Target last year at 75-90% off for us to use this year. However, this was a deal I couldn’t pass up, because I was planning on putting a wedding picture in the cards anyway.

SeeHere is a new photo site that I just heard about, because the Internet has been buzzing about this deal for 50 FREE, yes, free photocards for the holiday season until 11/30/09. (Yeah, sorry about the last minute notice!)

Here’s the code: freebies4mom-1109

It took me about 30 minutes, because I am pretty particular about things haha! I think the hardest part was choosing one picture of us from the wedding. Here’s a preview (aka print screen…sorry for the quality!)

So, definitely consider this deal if you’re in the market for photocards.

Also, for more steals and deals, Shutterfly is having a promotion for Buy 1, get 1 50% off for their photo books (in all sizes/styles) AND is offering free shipping with a $25 purchase. I guess this will be my Black Friday project. :P

Happy Thanksgiving!

The day is finally here. Turn on NBC for the Macy’s Parade. Fork out the jersey to watch some NFL…oh yeah, and of course, spend time with family and friends over food and fun!

The ever-burning question on this day is to ask yourself what you’re thankful for. Well, I’m thankful for a wonderful and supportive group of family and friends who do nothing but lift me up. I’m thankful for my husband, who is absolutely wonderful to me. I’m thankful for a roof over my head and a steady job. I’m also thankful for y’all who read my little ol’ blog. It makes me so giddy when I see comments from y’all, and I just love sharing my thoughts on here. :)

Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving everyone!

Timeline for Thanksgiving!

I can’t believe this week is here. It’s Thanksgiving week folks, and there is so much to be done. I’m so excited about seeing family and spending time with them for the first time in months!

(Small shout-out to my husband…Happy 6 months of Married-ness!)

Image taken by Amanda Meyer

So, since I’m taking a break from the house cleaning and dusting, here’s what’s going on in the household of the newlyweds!

Today – finishing dusting/cleaning living room and kitchen/dining area

Tuesday

  • bake cornbread for dressing
  • bake cake for cutesy Turkey Cake Pops
  • wash/iron cloth napkins and placemats

Wednesday

  • make cake pops
  • make cornbread dressing so flavors can meld overnight

Thursday (YAY TURKEY DAY!)

  • make sweet potato casserole
  • make roll dough and let proof throughout the morning
  • reheat all sides/smoked turkey/bake rolls/make gravy
  • just enjoy the day with family

Friday

  • chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool (name the TV show theme song!)

This week is gonna be fabulous! :)

By the way, if you have a minute, could you vote for me in a foodie related photography contest? It’s just a clicky poll and shouldn’t take more than a few seconds. :) I know my photography skills aren’t amazing, but I’m learning and would appreciate the support! Thanks so much!

Surviving the Holidays: DIY Decor

A lot of stores like to take advantage of the holiday season. Prices for decor can be completely outrageous, but it’s classic, beautiful and you feel like you gotta have it for your home.

Well, if they can make it, there is a good chance you can make something similar or almost identical for a FRACTION of the cost!

For example, I came across this wreath and was seriously smitten.

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Really? $79? How about MAKING it for $20? :)

That’s right folks, $20. I bought a fake pine wreath and sparkly foliage at Michaels for $5, as well as a few boxes of ornaments from Wal-Mart for $15!

Supply List:

  • fake pine wreath
  • wire cutters
  • floral wire
  • hot glue gun/glue
  • ornaments in different sizes
  • ribbon
  • fake snowy or sparkly foliage

First, fluff up the wreath. Basically move around the branches to make the wreath look fuller.

Now, hot glue the ornaments to the top part of the ornament. This is to ensure that the ornament ball doesn’t just pop off in the wind or anything like that.

Then, wire the ornaments, 2 or 3 per wire and tie each wire around the back of the wreath and twist until secure.

After you have it situated the way you like it, start hot gluing in foliage randomly on the side of the wreath. Hot glue a bow to the bottom of the wreath and voila! Instant classic ornament wreath. :)

Here’s a close-up of the ornaments with the sparkly winter foliage that I chose.


I can’t wait to put this bad boy on the door! :)

Less than a week?!?

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away! The hubs and I are so very excited to have our families spend their holiday in our little house. We’re having 11 people over! It’s unbelievable.

At first, I was really trying to plan how to make all of the food, but over the past week, our parents have really insisted on bringing more and more food. It’s to the point to where we are only making about 1/2 of the food that we originally planned on making. To me, that’s fabulous, because I have more time to make the house pretty!

This weekend, I plan on putting up our tree. I know it’s early, but really, my family never has seen our house in full-on holiday glory, so I’m giving that to them (and me…I love Christmas!).

I’m excited about all of the little last minute preparations that we’ll be doing, including:

  1. washing/ironing cloth napkins (which we’ve never used before!)
  2. setting table up with the cute decorations I have planned
  3. buying cheap dollar store food containers so we can push tons of food away to family
  4. the grocery shopping
  5. making a plan for how the food will be laid out
  6. decorating the inside of the house for Christmas (don’t judge)

Are you excited about Thanksgiving?

I Cheat Sometimes!

Everytime I vow to lose this weight, there is a temptation coming. Sometimes, I do it before my birthday, when there are ever-flowing frozen margaritas and delicious cakes to attack. Sometimes, I do it before Mardi Gras (which happens to be around new years)…hello, KING CAKE?

Right now, I’m doing it before the holidays. God forbid I start a diet before the holidays! I mean there’s sweet potato pie, eggnog, potatoes with gravy…ooo, GRAVY!

I feel like I’m a disservice to everyone else around me when I start my diet.

Two things typically happen in social events. I’m sure I’m not alone here!

  1. You go for that one tiny sliver of pizza and your friend sees you. They say, “That’s all you’re having?” You say, “Yes, I just wanted to TRY this…” They say, “Well, you already cheated today, might as well eat some more.” Ugh…
  2. You’re at a nice dinner with family and you fill your plate halfway. Still considered a normal portion by dieticians (and is still cheating because of the 4 sticks of butter they put in the dish). However, this half plate isn’t good enough..you were known to eat two plates FULL of this stuff before.  So, you’re asked if there is something wrong with the dish or if you didn’t like it. GREAT…now the host’s feelings are hurt. Seriously…ugh!

Yes, I cheat. It happens, but don’t force me to blow my day or my week, because your food is some sort of amazing. I can have two bites of the amazingness and it’s still FINE! Erg…portion control all the way!

It just peeves me so hard when I do slip that people surrounding me do not support my efforts. It’s impossible to be perfect, and if I try to be perfect, I’m just going to fall off that wagon even harder when I finally do.

This holiday season, I will be the picky one barely eating at my plate until I’m satisfied. No more unbuttoning pants, unable to move after eating. This time, it will be different…and I hope I don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.

Here’s some portion control tips I will be keeping in mind for the upcoming holidays…I will not gain this holiday season!

Does anyone else feel this way around the holidays with your diet plan?