Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award!

Versatile Blogger Award

I was recently nominated  by Rock Bottom T-Shirts  for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I am quite honored to have been nominated. I have borrowed their style for listing this, because 1. It’s fantastic. 2. It’s easy. 3. It covers EVERYTHING to get this done!~ And so, tada!~

Versatile Blogger Award Rules

  • Add the award to your blog
  • Thank the blogger who gave it to you and include a link to their blog
  • Mention 7 random things about yourself
  • List the rules in the blog post
  • Give the award to 15 or more bloggers

Seven Random Things About Me

  1. I really am a “young mom”. (My daughter turns 2 in July!)
  2. I am a young mom in the sense that I am also 23.
  3. I love finding recipes online, and have a huge stack that I am dying to try.
  4. I have a recently developed a love for ground turkey over ground meat. (so healthy, and let me tell you, try making some baked Turkey Burgers! So juicy and delicious!)
  5. I have traveled cross-country 3 times (twice by myself!).
  6. I am slowly learning Spanish by listening (not by being taught, because my husband doesn’t have the greatest patience when it comes to teaching me. But not everyone has a teacher’s patience. *wink*)
  7. I love writing, but I only have one COMPLETE story. The rest are.. just kind of hanging around I suppose.

Fifteen Bloggers We Nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award

(Not in any order though. Just going through a list I have and these popped up first!)

1. “Ben” there, done that – My favorite Tumblr blog. XD Always so creative and shows interesting ideas.

2. dinutrition – They are ALWAYS showing healthy alternatives and recipes. And they’re good!

3.writingfrommyheart – She has interesting opinions that are definitely worth while to read. And she makes interesting points. (One of my favorites: how we don’t notice details of our daily life. For Example, what are the colors of the Google Logo?)

4. tattlestalesnthings – Cute and classy, a great blog to check out about fashion. And I enjoy it. ;D

5. yourhealthychicks – A positive blog about trying to improve your health! Take notice! Their advice and recipes are fantastic. (I need to start listening more often.)

6. whatsupyournose – Very cute. Love the different and diverse articles that they share. (Found my fair share of good stuff there.)

7. littlehouseofphotography – STUNNING. Love it. I love weddings planning and ideas. They are definitely a good source, and I just adore their page! They also do other photography as well.

8. modmissy – Good taste in decor!~ Enjoy reading her blog.

9. hackmyhome – Very cute. Love reading. It’s like getting to know her.

10. fashionenvie –  Love her taste in fashion. Yes, especially the lipgloss, bracelets… those are some of my guilty pleasures that I definitely don’t partake in enough.

11. yasmincruz – very stylish. I need to take tips from her.

12. rantingchef – He knows his stuff! I always seem to be hungry after reading his blog…

13. mythineats – Her tagline says ” Who says you can’t eat and be thin too”. So right! Pay attention to her posts… healthy and delicious! (Now, if I could get to the thing part. *wink*)

14. chelseanewsletter – Chelsea Football Team (Soccer Team) fan? This is the place for you!~

15. avynkaren – And my buddy Avyn! She writes what she wants to, and about what’s on her mind. We started the blogging journey at the same time!~

There are so many more good bloggers out there! I just ran out of time!~

 

In Honor of the NFL Draft

(that I somehow missed. T.T)

This is going to be dedicated to my favorite team: Carolina Panthers!

I know they got a new logo, but I am still attached to this old one.

And you may be wondering why I am a Panther’s fan out of ALL the teams in the NFL. Honestly, it’s because of my husband. He’s a hardcore, lifetime fan of the Panthers.

Because of my high school experience, I didn’t like Football. (Our team was one of the worst in the state, so the games weren’t that great. I was in the marching band, and had to sit and suffer through them. So much fun though when I wasn’t paying attention to the game.) But it grew on me because of my husband’s hardcore loyalty to them. He made it interesting to cheer and root for the team, even when they weren’t doing so great.

So yes, now I am a loyal fan, and rooting for them. (Cam Newton should have won the Madden Cover!!) Congrats to all those in the Draft, and wishing you all success!

And to celebrate, here is fun and random items:

The Fashion Trend That I Like?

I admit it: I am not fashionable.

I don’t have a fashionable bone in my body when it comes to clothes. I tend to not like most of what is going on with clothes, and do not wear what is considered in. But somehow I still got on Bazaar’s Magazine list and still get their THICK magazine haunting and filling my mail box.

But I got to curious about what is to come. And I was pleasantly surprised at what I found: Pale Pastel Colors are BACK!

This is the sight I saw on Style.Com and I was extremely happy:

Spring 2012 trend reports

PALE FIRE

After months of blaring neons and eye-searing prints, the pretty pastels we saw from Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein Collection and the new dut at Valentino were a welcome palette cleanser. Giambattista Valli and Louis Vuitton’s Marc Jacobs embraced the light, too, serving up color-blocked looks in sweet ice cream shades. Two scoops, please.”

Make that not just them loving it!

I got to thinking, why not incorporate that into decor? And to make sure I don’t complicate it too much, I looked into some more solid tones, just to get a room started. That way, you can have other matching or complimentary items that will easily fit around the rug!

Yes, I said it. RUG. It’s been a while since I have shown to my favorite flooring, and so here are some pastel colored rugs to get you started for the season!

(Like always, if you want to see more pictures of these rugs, go ahead and click on them. They will link up their page.)

Good start right? Nice light colors to work with. Love it. And I may even partake in wearing some light colors this Spring Season. *wink*

But looking at those light colors somehow reminded me of sweets. So, here’s a recipe as well.

I’m a mom, I can’t help it. (Gotta love Good Housekeeping!)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon(s) salt

1/3 cup(s) confectioners’ sugar, see step 1

3 tablespoon(s) confectioners’ sugar, see step 5

10 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract

3 tablespoon(s) ice water

6 ounce(s) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened

1/2 cup(s) reduced-fat sour cream

3 tablespoon(s) chopped crystallized ginger

1 1/2 pound(s) strawberries, stems and leaves discarded and each berry cut lengthwise in half


Directions

  1. In food processor with knife blade attached, combine flour, salt, and 1/3 cup sugar; pulse until blended. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add vanilla, then ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing until moist clumps form. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 1 hour. (If chilled overnight, let dough stand 30 minutes at room temperature before rolling.)
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. On large sheet of parchment paper, with floured rolling pin, roll dough into 12-inch round. Using 11-inch dinner plate as guide, and with sharp knife, cut 11-inch round from dough; discard trimmings.
  3. Transfer round, still on parchment, to large cookie sheet. Press one index finger against outside edge of dough round; with index finger and thumb of other hand, push dough around fingertip toward center to form a flute. Repeat around edge to make a decorative border. Refrigerate or freeze, on cookie sheet, about 10 minutes to firm dough slightly.
  4. Bake dough 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Cool crust completely on cookie sheet on wire rack, about 20 minutes.
  5. When crust is cool, in medium bowl, with spoon, mix cream cheese, sour cream, crystallized ginger, and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar until blended. Spread cream cheese mixture on crust. Arrange strawberries, wide ends down, in concentric circles in cream cheese mixture to cover.

Read more: Fresh Strawberry-Cream Cheese Tart – Cream Cheese Recipes – Good Housekeeping

Beautiful But….

Beautiful. I love the stone wall and how the drawer just fits perfectly. But it also feels like something is missing.

Knowing me, I would add a rug.

And I know some PERFECT ones I would want to use. I would go with more natural rugs to keep the effect and the tone the room already has. It doesn’t have paint nor wallpaper, why add an intricate rug?

My favorite options are the Sea Grass rugs or like a Wood rug (yes, wood rugs exist. It’s FANTASTIC and gorgeous. And I cheat: eSaleRugs Seagrass & Wood section is where I looked).

My top choices are these:

I think these have a lovely natural design that would easily compliment. I chose a darker wood and a medium Seagrass, but either way any of the seagrass and wood rugs would be beautiful, don’t you think?

They are lovely, and people have gotten creative about where they use these eco-friendly natural rugs. I approve. There need to be more of these out there!

The Post of Many Colors

I was looking at some designs online, trying to find some inspiration for my own home when I stumbled across this photo:

What caught me on this is that it has bright and lively colors, with out blinding me. It does it with a fair amount of neutral colors or complimentary colors that I just fell in love with! This is something I actually would not mind in my own home. I will probably try this in my daughter’s room.

Lovely isn’t it?

And with that note, there was one thing that caught my eye: The flowers and the vase in the center of the coffee table. Do you know how much a nice piece like that can add so much to your room? With that in mind, I know there are a lot of things out there that seems expensive to look fancy, etc.

I have found this lovely tutorial to make your own “Centerpiece/Decorative Flower Vase” that is perfect for your home, or even as a wedding centerpiece!

(Thank you TheBridesDiary-DIY.blogspot.com for this! To see their entry, click on the link. Actually, go and go to it to comment and give them thanks for this wonderful idea!)

What you’ll need…
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook Paper or gift wrap with interesting designs
    Decorative ribbon
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Containers to cover like an empty can, old unused vases and soda cans
  • Floral foam
  • Flowers
DIY Tin Can Vases centerpieces
Instructions…
Step 1: Choose the container you would like to cover and measure a strip of the scrapbook paper to fit around the container.
Step 2: Cut the scrapbook paper into a strip that fits around the container.
Step 3: Spray a thin layer of the spray adhesive onto your scrapbook paper strip on the side you want adhered to your container.
Step 4: Wait one minute for the spray adhesive to get really sticky.
Step 5: Then, carefully adhere the scrapbook paper strip to the container.
Step 6: To add more interest to your covered container, spray measured pieces of ribbon with the spray adhesive and adhere to the container.
Step 7: Then, fill your container about halfway full with water. Cut flower stems at an angle to ensure they get the most water pumping through their stems. For a more hand-picked feel, simply cut the stems and place in the container. For more of a controlled, full look, you can use floral foam. Simply cut the floral foam into a piece that fits snuggly into your container and insert stems into foam.
Step 8: This method of covering different containers can work for a variety of containers and creates a fun, custom look for each vase covered. Great for bridal showers, centerpieces, place cards, and votives. For larger containers, you can use a fabric covering using the same methods of adhering the fabric. Be bold and be creative!
And, my blog wouldn’t be complete without a recipe inspired by this, right?
((Yes, it’s JUST the glaze. Something different and useful! Thank you http://www.mccormick.com))

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Mix confectioners’ sugar, milk and extract in small bowl until smooth. Stir in corn syrup until glaze is smooth and glossy. (If glaze is too thick, stir in small amount of additional corn syrup.) Stir in 3 to 4 drops food color until evenly distributed and glaze is smooth. Add additional drops of food color until glaze is of desired color.

2. To glaze cookies, place cooling rack on foil-lined baking sheet. Holding a cookie by its edge, dip the top of cookie into glaze. (Or spoon the glaze onto cookies using a teaspoon. Cookies can also be glazed using a new small paintbrush.) Place glazed cookies on cooling rack to dry. (The foil-covered baking sheet will catch any drips.)

3. Use contrasting glaze colors to decorate glazed cookies, if desired. Spoon small amount of contrasting glaze into small resealable plastic bag. Snip off tiny piece of the corner of the plastic bag. Create design by squeezing contrasting glaze onto cookies. Allow glazed cookies to dry thoroughly before stacking.

 

In Love With David Tutera’s Designs

David Tutera.

If you do not know that name, let me tell you about him.

He is a FANTASTIC designer/planner. He is known for his Wedding Designs and Party Designs, they are just BREATH TAKING. (as you can see above.) He has a great eye and taste. Sounds familiar? If you are channel surfing, you may have come across his name on TV. He had a show My Fair Wedding, and has also been on a Special on Disney Weddings.

Yes, DISNEY Weddings.

(And from what I was reading, he may have designed some wedding dresses as well.)

I know all of his designs look so grand, but the same thing is at the back of our minds: it also looks very expensive. If you are like me, I wanted to let go of my dream wedding, but you know what? We don’t have to. We can use his designs and inspiration, and find little ways to do a lot more ourself. And slowly, we will have the design of our dreams. Next blog, I want to try to find some little DIY ideas to possibly create a few things, but let me say, I need to post more photos of his work. They are just beautiful!

Guess what, it is doable. Next time, we’ll figure some of this out. ;D

♪ I Want You Back ♪

Now, there may be many who have no IDEA where my title comes from.

It comes from my childhood. Specifically, my favorite band back when I was a kid: *Nsync!

♪ You’re all I ever wanted
You’re all I ever needed, yeah
So tell me what to do now
‘Cause I want you back ♪

Ah, what nice lyrics! Seriously, have your READ the lyrics? (Hint, go here.)

I am REALLY half tempted to post the video up here, but I don’t want to scare some of you readers away!

But having this random urge to listen to this, it made met think about a lot of things from the Good Ol’ Days that I miss. And so, this is a tribute to being a kid.

1. Rice Krispie Treats!~

Yes, we still have them, but it just feels like some kids of today just don’t know nor understand the enjoyment of making these goodies! And it’s something I haven’t done in a while. I’ll need to whip these up pretty soon.

(Thank you Rice Krispie Site! for providing the original recipe!)

Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • – OR –
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal

Directions:

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS:
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

2. Music!

Music these days are just not the same! You can even compare the Lyrics between Justin Timberlake back in the day, and more recent!

Then:
“It’s hard to say I’m sorry
It’s hard to make the things I did undone
A lesson I’ve learned too well, for sure
So don’t hang up the phone now
I’m trying to figure out just what to do
I’m going crazy without you”

Recent:
“I’m bringing sexy back
Them other [bleep!] don’t know how to act
Come let me make up for the things you lack
‘Cause you’re burning up I gotta get it fast ”

Clearly, it has changed in the meaning. *tears*

I remembering listening to *Nsync, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, S Club 7, and many many others. The “bubblegum” music has changed! It’s gotten dirtier! Gah!

(What were some of your favorite artists from the day?)

3. Disney movies.

I’m spoiled rotten. I lived when a lot of the Disney Classics came out. Oh yeah. I love this style of movie, and it is missed. They have done some good ones lately (Cars 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) but well… don’t you miss the old ones? They’re still on the TOP of the “most liked” kids movies. Oh yeah.

There are many other things (easy homework, no responsibilities, etc) but it also scares me seeing the kids of today. They do things that I would have never dreamed of doing, saying things they shouldn’t be saying, and dressing in crazy ways. What happened? I am hoping to raise my daughter with some of the things I grew up with…

but it’s terrifying. O.O

Then again, maybe I’m just in a older mindset. (Ah, kids of 1989, do you understand what I am talking about? No? Huh…)

What about your childhood do you miss?

And now, we shall end with my favorite Disney “Princess”: