Girl Scout Cookie Time!!!

Ok… so like I told you last week, my daughter began her educational road by starting kindergarten back in September.  She also joined the local girl scouts and became a Daisy!  As you also know, I am the leader of her troop (which has been sooo much fun for me!!!) and therefore organize everything.

Well, I am sure many of you parents are doing what we are right about now… PRE-SELLING GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!!!  With my Alexia being an only child, as well as the only grandchild on BOTH sides, she has a lot of adult help selling those yummy boxes!!!  My SIL brought one of the order forms to her job in the city, and it was soon filled up and she was in need of a new one!  At my job there are just too many people that I do not know yet (c’mon I only started at the very end of September!) plus the building is HUGE!!!

So… that brings me to this weeks post… I wanted a personalized order form so  1. we knew who the orders belonged to easily once we get the orders in to fill and 2. for the people who are buying from Alexia to be able to see her beautiful face if she was not around.  A quick Google search brought up many different ones… but I ended up going to HERE and downloading this form.

Just so you guys know… I have played with Photoshop a little bit in the past but DO NOT get it at all lol!!!  So into paint I went (hahahaha)  and here is the end result: Alexia's gs order form

Sooo… thoughts, comments?!?  Please feel free to use the template with your own info and pic!!!

Welcome 2014

So, not gonna lie… but TOTALLY forgot about my blog!!!  2013 brought so many ups and downs that life got in the way, yet again!  I have received such positive feedback that I made it my New Years Resolution to post 1x/week… wish me luck!!!!  I even set up some cool gadgets to keep me on schedule!

Lets recap my past year quickly so we can keep on moving forward…
I had prob one of the most AMAZING summers of my ENTIRE LIFE!!!  My daughter, Alexia, started Kindergarten and then chose to join her local Daisy Girl Scout troop (which, of course, I am the leader of… would you really expect anything less?!?!)  My parents and brothers chose to move from NY to FL… which has been extremely hard on us, especially Alexia!  They moved at the end of September and we just returned from our 2nd trip there!  Oh and the biggest news of all… I GOT A JOB!!!!  Part time, and PERFECT!!!  My boss is wonderful and I am able to be home every day to get Alexia on AND off her bus, plus every Friday off to lead her troop meetings and such!!!

Those were the big things that really got in the way of my time… but no more!!!

So, with that being said… are any of my lovely followers into girl scouts?  I will be starting to add some posts on that as well since I have really enjoyed it so much!!!  Considering some travel posts, def more DIY and recipes, gonna tap into a bit of budgeting and a few other topics that have caught my attention recently!  Are there any specific topics you would like to read more about!?!

Also… am most DEFINITELY going to be adding some beauty advice.  Since I have been a professional makeup artist for 12+ years, I thought YEA I NEED TO DO THAT!!!  How many of you would like professional advice etc or general???

As you can probably notice, I always respond to comments, and will always continue to do so; so PLEASE give me your opinions and ideas!!!

Looking forward to this new year and all the wonderful new opportunities we will share together!!!

XoX,

Karen

 

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DIY Tub Scrub

Ok so our tennants moved out the other day , and our new ones are leased to begin on June 1st, therefore we went in to clean everything up. The whole place was going as good as can be expected from renters dirtiness until we got to the last bathroom… ugh!!!! It literally looked like they never once cleaned the tub/shower once… SUPER YUCKY!!!! So, of course, I went to Pinterest to find a bathroom cleaner. If you are as obsessed with Pinterest as I am then you know there are a few different bathroom cleaner recipes on there… so trials began (hehe).

The first one we tried was THIS, and after 3 different attempts did nothing great, plus the smell was HORRIBLE!!! I literally had to open every single window, put on a fan, and leave for like an hour or I would’ve passed out! IDK maybe I made it wrong somehow, but anyways did not pass!

Number 2 looked more promising since the dirt looking like it would need something more abrasive to get out and the baking soda would def do just that!) Only problem was the I had run out of the blue dawn trying the first one out. Still had my trusty Dawn with Olay Hand Renewal for scrubbing dishes… Nothing to lose, right? Well let me tell you… WINNER!!! I barely had to use elbow grease to get the ickyness away (there’s a technical term for ya lol). Here’s the pic and below you will find my recipe for it (yes, you know I modified it a tad)!

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Tub Scrub

1/2 cup baking soda
3/4 cup Dawn Dish Soap with Olay Hand Renewal
Dish Gloves
Scrub Brush

Mix the baking soda and Dawn in a bowl.  Take some in your gloved hands and smear all over, then go back and in circular motions lightly scrub.  Rinse with water until no more residue appears.  Love your clean bath!

(Also used this on the glass shower door and it took every speck of water buildup and grossness off!!!!)

 

Spring Cleaning Part 1

Happy spring, almost summer!!! We have been working tirelessly outside for the past few weeks to get ready for summer and our annual memorial weekend BBQ. After Sandy and the horrible snow storms this winter we lost 2 sheds and about 6 trees, so needless to say it was time to revamp the outside landscaping!!! What do you think?

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We took down the 3 trees over growing the front of the house, re-slated, filled with dirt and new flowers (3 azalea bushes, 10 creeping phlox, and 2 large planters filled with different colorful bulbs), did a layer of overlapping wet newspaper (to prevent weeds!), then finished with some black mulch to pop all the new colors!!!

It was a lot of work, but so satisfying!!! I’m very happy with the end result! We have some more to do, that’s why this is part 1… So stay tuned!!!!

Meal Planning with Pinterest Inspiration

I love meal planning, but have to admit it takes a lot to stick to because I feel like we repeat the same meals so much and I’m bored 2 weeks in!!! So a few months ago a made a new board on Pinterest “Dinner Time”. Last weekend the hubbi and I sat down together, went through the board and planned a weeks worth of dinners (some old recipes and some new recipes)… And we actually cooked every night we planned to!!! Yay go us, lol!

Anyways… my first step was finding a printable weekly meal planning template to make the plan on, and then a recipe template to add to my recipe binder (and not have to go bak and forth to the computer for each step!) here are the links for the templates I used:

For the meal planning template I chose Weekly Planner, Download #4 (I like the streamlined design, so its not too busy when you need to take a quick glance).

For the recipe template I chose Mesa’s Place templates (because I am obsessed with Zebra print!!!)
So once the plan was made and the food bought it came time to try them all out! These were the new recipes on the menu last week (with links, of course!)
A. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake
B. Italian Crescent Casserole
C. Meatball Bites

As you know, I never follow a recipe properly; I like to add my own “flair” to it. First things first, my own opinions on each of these meals…

A. This was very tasty and hot, which I love, but no one else in my family does. With that being said I most likely will not be making this again, for that reason.
B. This was a hit with my husband and my 5 year old daughter!!!! To quote my hubbi, “This is the best thing you have ever cooked. I don’t know what you plan on making tomorrow, because nothing will be even close to this!” Looks like we have a keeper!!!
C. These we served with some elbow pasta to make it a meal. They were really yummy but I don’t think I will use the string cheese again… fresh mozzarella all the way!!!

Sooo I want to explain how I changed each dish to my liking and I’ll add some picks of the final products!!!

A. Followed this pretty closely except I added a little less of the franks red hot and more ranch (hoping to lessen the hotness factor, which did not work btw!)

B. Used regular sauce (not a big garlic fan here) mixed with a pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and sugar. Didn’t have Italian blend of cheese so we used the four Mexican blend (non spicy). And definitely used way more cheese than the original recipe called for!!! Lastly about 5 min before it was ready to take out of the oven I brushed the entire top with a mix of melted butter and garlic salt. I don’t know if my changes made much of a difference to the original, but this will be how it’s made in my house!

C. We used turkey meatballs (I like them better). Sprinkled the top with Italian seasoning and, like B, 5 min before it was done brushed each roll with the melted butter and garlic salt mix. YUMMY!!!

Well I would love to hear how everyone’s come out and how the families like the dishes! (Also if you deviated from the originals like me, what you changed and how it worked out for you).

Happy cooking 😉

xKx

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Lets warm up!!!

Well we just got bombarded with over 32 inches of snow this weekend and I needed a nice little reminder of warmer days, and I thought everyone else would appreciate it too!

This past summer my husband and I came across a LOT of paving bricks and slate pieces in our yard.  So we made a nice big pile until I could figure out exactly what I was gonna do with them.  While browsing Pinterest one day I saw a pic of a homemade fire pit with a beautiful surrounding area made with pavers and such… Bells went off!!!

I clearer the area I wanted our pit to be and used our existing portable fit pit as inspiration… and here’s what we got!

IMG_1650 I snapped this pic right after we finished and hosed the area down, that’s why all the wetness!!!  I used the old swing that was not even being used anymore and that little white wrought iron and glass side table.  That large bench… 4 PALLETS!!! My dearest hubby and his BFF have been hoarding any and all pallets they come across for me.  The base was made of 2 pallets that were used to ship a friend’s toolbox and then I took 2 regular sized pallets, measured and cut them to fit as the back board then nailed into place.  The cushions are just 4 chair cushions i got for free off Craigslist

I used the fit pit piece from our portable fire pit and put it inside the bricks, so it would be easier to clean out when needed. (and supposedly wood ash is great in gardening… thats a project come spring time).

This project took me about 2 weeks in all and my hubby only helped move the 4 corner HUGE slate pieces… because I couldn’t do it myself!  I know this area will be done more come springtime, but for now I love our new little hang out area and hope it inspires you too!

 

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!!!

This is going to be a fast post… and I have to start by saying HOLY MOLY!!! I knew it had been a while since my last post, but WOWZA! As much as I wish I had posted more, gotta say that I am grateful for the reasons I did not… Summer 2012 was BY FAR the best summer EVER!!!!!! We made some new friends, made some amazing memories, and did EVERYTHING we possibly could think of :-) I will cherish the memories of this past summer forever!

With that being said… I did have a chance to do a few more DIY projects around the house, tried some new recipes out, and gave a few pinterest posts a chance!!! So, stayed tuned and I will show you pics, and as always give my opinions on all of it!!!

In the meantime, please post some comments about projects you tried over the summer and let me know what you thought :-)

xKx