July 31, 2011

The TV babysitter

One thing Grits loves? The tv. Especially the Discovery Channel. Watch how he becomes interactive with the show. . .

video

Weekend in Boydton

We just got back from a hot weekend in Virginia, where Justin is from. His parents and sister live there and it's only a short drive for us to get up there.
My mother-in-law is quite the gardener. This summer, though, has been hot and dry, but I was able to get a few photos of the flourishing flowers that are able to take the heat!



Tallest sunflower plant EVER.





Yummy grapes.





This is a cardinal flower. The red is vibrant!

This weekend was also spent working at my sister-in-laws house! Let me be more specific: Justin and his dad spent saturday on the roof, while the rest of us spent saturday under the roof.Oh and it was only about 100 degrees. 




There's my man up there! My heart was beating fast because they were only attached to the chimney with a thin blue rope! But if I have learned one thing at all about my father-in-law, it's that he usually knows what he's doing. :)

July 29, 2011

Ruffle Flower Tutorial

{This tutorial was one of the most viewed links in a link party last week!}

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Here is a $3.00 project that anyone can do!

Felt: $1.00
Glue Gun: $2.00

Felt Ruffle Flower Tutorial

1. cut circles out of felt approx 1.5 inches in diameter.



2. place a dot of hot glue in the center of the circle and fold in half. (like a taco!)



3. squeeze and hold in place until the glue cools.



4. place a dot on the outer crease of the "taco" and fold in half again.


5. squeeze and hold in place until the glue cools.

6. Create a different shape by placing a medium dot of hot glue in the center and  sqeeze the felt together between all your fingers.








7. starting with the edges, glue each ruffle to a circle of felt in a clockwise position.


8. finish it off by placing a ruffle in the center.


And there you have it!


You can make these any size you would like! And there are a ton of uses: glue it onto a bobby pin for a hair accessory, use it to finish off a gift wrapping, add to the corner of a picture frame, glue to a pin and wear it on a shirt, pin it to a string of pearls, etc!

Good luck! And send photos of your finished ruffle flowers so I can see what you did with them!



July 28, 2011

My cats are aliens.

So I snapped this photo with my atrocious iphone camera. (I have an appointment tomorrow to get it fixed. I mean it's just ridiculous) They each have their favorite place to lay in the garage.






Then I just wanted one more with them looking at me and. . .






ALIENS! 

I literally laughed out loud. And then I thought of one of the scariest movies I ever saw: Signs

And then I ran out of there.

July 27, 2011

Redken Extreme Strength Builder Giveaway!

{UPDATE: The WINNER is KJ&J (Kelley)}

Congratulations!

I'm feeling generous today. So I'm hosting a giveaway for an incredible Full Size (8.5oz) Redken hair mask! A $17.00 value!

The New Extreme Strength Builder fortifying mask is one of my favorites for distressed hair. And this time of year, everyone needs it. It features Redkens new Interlock Protein Network and Fortifying Complex to make your hair feel brand new. It will soften and strengthen without leaving a nasty film on the hair.

Here's how to enter to win:
1. Become a Follower of this blog (bottom right sidebar). Click "Join this site". Then leave a comment here so I know you joined.
2. Another way to win is to post a status about this blog on your Facebook with a link included ( you can even simply advertise that I'm hosting this giveaway and give your Facebook friends a chance--which then lowers your chances so we'll see how nice you all are) and then comment here letting me know you did that!

The winner will be chosen and announced HERE by Random.org on Friday July 29th at 10:00am eastern time. So be sure to check back on Friday to see if you won!

Health Nut

My husband Justin and I have recently decided to make a change in our eating habits. We decided that now is better than ever to try to eat healthy and begin creating habits that would be beneficial in the long run. 

In other words: VEGETABLES!

We have a serious lack of vegetables in our diet. And fruit for that matter too.
So I Googled "Food Pyramid" and was taken to ChooseMyPlate.Gov. There are a ton of resources on this site including easy to understand printables!



So I spent a few hours on Monday figuring out what we both needed. I also had to figure out how on earth I was going to cook some of these vegetables that I avoided all my life. After a bit of research, I found that steaming is one of the healthiest ways to eat vegetables. Since we were diving into this new eating lifestyle, I decided that we would maximize the health benefits and get the most out of each new item. Steaming it is. 

Thanks to my trusty weekly meal planner, I was able to literally see what I have planned for the week and also see what I needed each day. From there, I made my list and headed out to the store!

For dinner on Monday night, I baked chicken, steamed vegetables, and warmed up a piece of whole grain bread. 


Look at that color! You can practically see the vitamins and minerals!


Here is my "steaming pot". It is simply a pot of shallow water, a colander and a lid. And it worked like a charm. 


One pot had red potatoes and the other had green beans, broccoli and carrots. The red potatoes took a full 30 mins while the other vegetable medley only took 5 minutes!  They were tender but not soft and mushy. I was very pleased.

I plated our food and brought it to the table. We had SmartBalance "butter" and salt & pepper for seasoning. Justin immediately crammed a piece of broccoli in his mouth to " get it over with" and sort of scrunched his face up like an 6 year old would while eating brocolli. I did the same. It's just not as good as, say, a brownie. 

So we put some "butter" and a little bit of salt on the veggies and they went down much easier. :)

I'll keep updating as we go through this process to share new recipes or ideas for healthy eating. If you have any tips or tricks PLEASE SHARE!

July 26, 2011

Fall Colors

Ready for Fall? I think everyone in America is.

Here is what we can expect for trendy fall colors:



I personally love emberglow and quarry. :)


July 25, 2011

Gravy

Last night, Lauren and I went out to eat downtown Raleigh at a restaurant called Gravy.
Here is my cat named Gravy. 


He loves my husbands shop bench in our garage. 

Grits became jealous when I was snapping photos of gravy.

show off. . . 


But then he got camera shy: 





ANYWAY, we went to Gravy and it was delish. It's an italian restaurant--apparently they call Marinara sauce "gravy" in Italy.
After we filled ourselves to the brim, we asked for the dessert menu. We ordered this Chocolate Torte. It.was.amazing.



And then, all to quickly this happened:


After dinner and the best dessert ever, we decided to walk around the city for a bit.


The nice thing about Raleigh on a sunday is that there is nobody downtown!




And then this happened:


We really wanted to see what the big deal was.


And we definitely got a good laugh, but probably no more planking for us. :)

July 24, 2011

"Messy" Ponytail

"Messy" Ponytail

Here is an example of the "undone" ponytail that I've mentioned before. My hair was styled curly (if you want to know how watch the video!) and finished with hairspray. Then, as the day passed it sort of relaxed and "fell" a bit. I grabbed a small clear hairband and loosely grabbed my hair behind my ears. I only wrapped the hairband once. In order to achieve lift at the crown, slowly loosen hair from the hair band until you have reached the desired lift.
The key here is loose. . .you can always pin, or spray, back any other pieces that fall!



Comment with any questions!

July 23, 2011

New Clock!

Tonight was Craft Night for Lauren and I. It was much needed after each of us had a busy, busy week!
She was working on a new jewelry display and I was working on a DIY clock! We both had great success. She still needs to finish tying off her "boxes" and I'm waiting for 1 hour to pass to make sure the hour hand works. Other than that, we're finished!

 That's a hard worker right 'der.

Isn't it lovely?




Ugly Ugly Clock. Time to go away boring clock!



Here is the replacement! DIY clock made out of a canvas!







So what do you think?!