Friday, November 29, 2013

Easy and cute holiday cards

I always enjoy making cards for my loved ones at the holidays but boy does it take a lot of time! Last year I decided to make digital cards and couldn’t have been happier. I was able to get 50 cards with envelopes and four mini calendar cards for $9.99 through Costco! Currently they are $14.99 for a set of 50, 6 x 7.5” in size. You can create larger ones and more elaborate ones if you like.  I couldn’t believe how cute the designs were! I highly recommend making them there if you are looking for an easy and affordable Christmas card. Below are the cards I made last year. I need to figure out what to do this year as I haven’t found the “perfect” picture. I had an amazing idea for a photo but the idea got shot down by someone…
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What do you do for your holiday cards? Hand make them, digitally make them or just by generic cards?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Recipe Review: Crispy Chicken

I remember my mom making this crispy chicken I always loved because it was so moist and I loved the crispy coating. I recently came across a similar recipe from Real Simple and it pushed me to make it. One trick I remember from my mom making it was using a stoneware piece. I recently got a stoneware platter from a friend who sells pampered chef. I haven’t used it as much as I should but it is great for making pizza and chicken. I know with the chicken it makes it a lot juicier. The recipe calls for crushed multigrain cereal flakes (I used corn flakes as that’s my moms recipe) and it is delicious! I highly suggest trying this recipe out, especially if you have picky eaters!
  • 1 3 1/2-pound chicken, cut into 10 pieces and skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups multigrain cereal flakes, crushed
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, toss the chicken and mustard to coat.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the cereal, 1 tablespoon of the oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Coat the chicken with the cereal mixture and bake on a baking sheet until golden and cooked through, 45 to 50 minutes. This time varies greatly if you chicken is frozen or thawed and how big the pieces are. I cooked my thawed small pieces for 30 minutes and it was a tad too long.
Recipe from Real Simple

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Inbox out of control?

My personal inbox has been out of control for along time now. I continued to sign up for things wanting to be in the know, receive coupons, follow blogs/websites, etc. As you can imagine, it soon became way to overwhelming as I had 5,000 emails in my inbox. Often times I would briefly see it and not have time or the interest to thoroughly look at it, so they kept accumulated. I recently read about an amazing program called I do not remember where I initially heard the concept, but forgot to do it then and just revisited it. Essentially, it connects to your email, finds all your subscriptions( I had over 200) and then allows you to add them to your rollup, keep receiving by themselves in the regular format you are use to, or unsubscribe from them in one click. Daily you will receive a digest (called a rollup) of all of these subscriptions, instead of clogging up your email with 50 sale notifications at all your favorite stores. I was able to QUICKLY go through and identify things I no longer cared about (or really hadn’t subscribed to) and click unsubscribe and it was done. Then I added most my subscriptions to my rollup. Some emails were important enough that I wanted to keep them separate and to continue receiving them by themselves.

your rollup
As you go through it, I love that it gives you a visual of what the email is. If you are interested you click on the image and it opens up the full email. From this rollup, you can easily unsubscribe, stop including it in your roll up and categorize it.

This is a game changer. I can’t wait to start living in a simplified world with my email. Now, if I could just get my client emails this organized and to the point…

PS I was not paid to post about this I just thought it was an amazing tool that others would find useful!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

1920’s Flapper Costume

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I have always wanted to dress up as a flapper for Halloween. This year I neglected to buy a costume and was just going to wear something from a year before. I was lazy and didn’t want to drive across town to my parents so I threw together a flapper costume for a last minute party I attended. It was super easy! First I looked up flapper costumes and descriptions to make sure I had a clear idea in my head. The standard costume is the fairly shorter red or black fringe dress, but I actually read that oftentimes the dress was below the knee and above the calf. I found a perfect dress hidden in my closet that I haven’t worn in years and it was just right. I grabbed a long pearl necklace I had, looped it around my neck and knotted it at the bottom. The only fishnets I had were thigh highs and they never stay up so I went with  fun kinda lacy nylons with patent leather mary jane small heels. I used hot rollers to curl my hair, but I did see this cute tutorial on how you can do the classic bob when you have long hair!  For my makeup I did a semi dark smoky eye with lots of mascara and the reddest lip gloss I could find. I really wanted a super red lipstick but when I searched, I could not find one at my house. Now for the fun part! I made the feather headband/headpiece and it was super easy! I went to the fabric store and picked up black sequin stretchy trim material, measured it around my head making sure it was tight and had them cut it. Then I really scored when I was looking for feathers, I was going to just get one large feather but they had a huge assortment! I was able to get a clump of feathers already on a clip for $3.99! I had never been to this store before so I didn’t know how much they would really have. I highly suggest the Mill End Fabric Store if you are in the Portland area. Then at home I hand stitched the piece of stretchy sequin material together to make the head band. Anyone can do this, its easier than sewing a button. So all in all, I put together an adorable outfit for $5.11! I’m use to spending at least $50 on a costume and I hate it, so I was just thrilled with this!
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Hope you had a wonderful time celebrating Halloween!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Adorable Nurseries

A very close friend of mine is about to have a baby. She did an amazing job designing the baby room, everything is so cute! With all the baby talk, I have started looking at the design of nurseries. I love the more sophisticated design and not the super cheesy primary colored spaces. Here are some nurseries I am loving!

Finn's Nursery by Sissy + Marley
Very Rosenberry

All Women Stalk

Traditional Home (Guilliana and Bill Rancic’s nursery for Duke)

Sadly the link to this photo does not go to the correct site. Does anyone know where this image originally came from? I would love to properly cite it.

All Women Stalk

I Heart Organizing

Which nursery do you like the best?