More often than not my hair ends up in a messy bun. But I’d really like to put some of these ideas into action. None of them are too complicated, so I don’t have an excuse not to try!
Braids Pinned Back – source unknown – split hair as if you were going to make pigtails, braid away from face, tie into not and pin loose ends
Twists To Bun – Bella Mumma
Half Up Bun – New Hair Style
Low Rolled Updo – Twenties Project
Bow In Hair! – La Mademoiselle UK
3 Tier Topsy Turvy Ponytail – source unknown – my hair isn’t long enough for this, but I love it
Half Up Twist – Real Simple
Tiny Bow! – Sorakeem Tumblr
Check out my pinterst board (here) for more ideas! And Happy Friday!
On the menu for this week:
Baked Chicken Taquitos – Very Culinary, already had these, they are great
Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps – Damn Delicious
Chicken Parmesan Dippers – Reservation for Two, must serve with marinara
Chicken Dish – Source Unknown – Spray a pan, green beans on one side, red potatoes on the other, chicken breasts in the middle. Pour a little melted butter over the top and a packet of italian seasoning (by the ranch seasoning at the store). Cover with foil and cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup – doesn’t get old when it’s freezing outside!
Egg & Cheese Bagels – half of a toasted bagel, slice of cheese, over easy egg on top
For the Super Bowl:
Skinny Poolside Dip – Home Trends Utah, serving with wheat thins and celery
Easy Sausage Balls – My Blessed Life
Reeses Pieces Chocolate Chip Cookies – Lil Luna, oooooh yea
As you can see I went the healthy route for the Super Bowl. 😉 Enjoy!
With a new year upon us that means more birthdays, weddings, graduations, showers, etc. Here are some gift ideas, and check out my pinterest board (here) for even more ideas!
Lover of all things design: Bird Alarm Clock – $40
Your best friend: Besties iPhone Case – $25
The artist: Calligraphy Return Address Stamp – $26
The wino: Stacking Wine Glasses – $3.95/ea.
Dog lover: Watchdog Doorstop – $24
Anybody!: Acylic Monogrammed Keychain – $19.95
On a budget: Homemade Snack Idea – DCWV Diary blog, put a homemade snack in a ziploc and staple scrapbook paper on the top, then add a bow.
New homeowners: Housewarming Gift Idea – source unknown, wrap a bottle of wine with a dish towel and tie a ribbon at the top.
The foodie/cook: Elephant Salt & Pepper Shaker Set – $12.99
Just in time for Valentines Day: Letter Press Valentines Day Card Set – $9.99
Happy birthday/congratulations/many blessings!
Ever had a day when you’re stressed or anxious? Me neither. 😉 I have a board on pinterest (here) dedicated to inspirational quotes and I thought I’d share some of my – of the moment – favorites:
The last one is where I got the title of my blog from, but right now I’m really liking the first one: Freely you have received, freely give, Matthew 10:8. Sometimes if things aren’t going my way I get frustrated because I feel like I’m not getting something that I deserve. Reading that verse is a good reminder that I’ve already been given so much; being alive is a privilage. Putting my desires aside can feel like giving up, but more and more I realize that it opens my eyes to the things in life that really matter.
Budgeting is one of those things nobody wants to do, but it actually ends up making life much easier. Here are the things we do to budget.
1. Excel Spreadsheet – we have a line for all of our expenses (mortgage, insurance, groceries, gas, savings, utility bills, fun money). We divide out our entire take home pay into one of these categories (every dollar is accounted for). Then each month we fill in the actual cost of each item. The idea is to keep everything consistent and to know if we’re over spending.
2. Balance your check book
All money coming in and all money going out we record in one of these registers. That way we know exactly how much we have and can check later to make sure everything goes through our account correctly.
3. File Receipts for the month
We use this LBF (little blue file) to keep all of our receipts for the month. That way at the end of the month we can fill in our excel spreadsheet to see how we did. We have tabs for groceries, gas, and other. After we add them up for the excel spreadsheet we trash them and use it again for the next month.
It’s hard to stay accountable with finances, but we’ve found that these 3 things help us a lot. It also diminishes a lot of stress from not knowing where all your money goes. Definitely worth the time.
Here is what was on the menu for this week:
Pizzadillas! (source not found – sorry). I used whole wheat tortillas, but the pic’s are pretty self explanatory. Dipping into marinara is a must.
Chicken Parmesan Dippers! from Reservation for Two.
Chicken Lo Mein! from the Wholesome Dish.
Other meals on the menu:
1. Egg/Cheese/Muffin – slice of cheese and over easy egg on a toasted english muffin
2. Sweet Potato – learned a new fun way to cook these, here. I put cheese, tomato, black olive, and a little ranch on mine. If you think it sounds gross, you’d be wrong.
3. Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup! What can I say, I can’t seem to get enough of it.
No cookies for this week, it’s a really big bummer. I don’t think I’ll be making that mistake next week. 😉
I only have a couple more pages of my current (and 2nd) Smash Book. Here are some of the most recent pages that I’ve done.
This page has the scores of a card game that we played with friends.
The page on the left is an article on organization tips that I cut out of Real Simple. The page on the right already had the big sentence so I colored it some, but didn’t cover it up.
Mostly cutouts from magazines and a tear out from one of the smash book notepads.
Christmas gift tags that my Mom had made.
Our Christmas card on the left along with bowling scores on the right.
For more Smash Book inspiration click here and here!