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Making tortilla shell salad bowls…

Okay, so one of my all-time favorite and yummy things to order when we go out for Mexican is the taco salad.  The reason?  Simple: the edible salad bowl :D. Yum! I’ve seen the “make-your-own tortilla bowl” ceramic bowl on t.v. and have had some serious thoughts about buying one.  “But, do I really NEED it?”,  I always think to myself.  Everytime the answer is no, not really, so I either leave it on the shelf at the “as seen on t.v.” section of Walmart or change the channel and don’t buy it off the boob tube.

Well, tonight was taco night and as I was checking out the new bloggers on OneArtsyMamas New Kids on the Block series (just follow the link below if you wanna check out her new bloggy buddies):

http://www.oneartsymama.com/2012/09/new-kids-on-blog.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OneArtsyMama+%28One+Artsy+Mama%29

Anyway, as I was checking out the newest bloggers, I stumbled across something so awesome, I felt I MUST try it and share! So, here it is:

http://temptingthyme.com/2012/08/22/homemade-tortilla-bowls-as-seen-on-tv/

Homemade tortilla bowls! So cool!  Okay, so I followed the directions — mostly. Instead of the jars (because I only have a couple that I haven’t crafted with already – man, I really need to beef up my pickle jar collection LOL), I used drinking glasses.  These glasses are super thick!  I mean, we got these glasses for our wedding 10 1/2 years ago and they’ve made it through… A LOT of moves and not one single glass has broken!  They’re really amazing glasses :D.

Okay, so back to the directions.  I DID actually read the directions before trying to follow them this time, which is difficult for me most of the time, and I was afraid my indestructable glasses my actually shatter (what she was afraid of for her glasses and the whole reason she used mason jars!).  So, instead of freaking about it too much, I just lowered the temp on my oven to 350 degrees and baked my bowls a little longer.  All was well in the world again once I figured this out. LOL

So, here is a pic of the glasses and a shell draped over one of them:

and here is a pic of the bowls fresh out of the oven:

Aren’t they cute!?

So, once they cooled, we all sat down to dinner – so YUMMY!

And they were pretty good, if I do say so myself!  I would prefer for them to be a little more crispy, so I think next time I will keep them in the oven even longer than I did this time.  Maybe they’ll have to right amount of crispness :D.

So, if you decide to try this, I’d love to hear about your efforts 🙂 and how your taco salad bowls turn out.  So, leave a comment and let me know how yours turned out or if you tried something different that worked!

Good luck and

til next time…

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A cute earring holder…

I’ve been seeing these super cute DIY earring holders made from a picture frame all over the bloggy world.  It didn’t take me long to  decide I want one!

So, if you love it… make it, right?

Here’s the one I made:

Instead of using thumbtacks to hold my screen on, I whipped out the hot glue gun and went to town!

And here is it all dressed up:

I hung it with similar frames above my desk and next to the bedroom door so maybe I’ll actually remember to put some earrings on as I’m heading out the door — I guess we’ll see.

What do you think?

Have YOU made a cute jewelry holder that you wanna share with me? Leave me a comment! I’d love to see what you’ve done!

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s an example (it even includes a handy-dandy tutorial :D):

http://trashionbymush.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/diy-earring-holder/

Til next time…

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Ahhhhhh, Alaska…

Ahhhhhhhh, Alaska…

A gorgeous view from the ship

Hubby and I enjoying the view…

There was so much to do and rather than try to explain it all, I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves 😀

It was a wonderful trip!  I would most definitely recommend a trip to Alaska to anyone who wants to go on a vacation that’s relaxing and has breathtaking scenery — oh, yeah, and WHALES!!  That was my favorite part (betcha couldn’t tell, huh?).

Anyway, it was fantastic!

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A Sweet little Shrug…

So, LB2 LOVES to wear tank tops and tank dresses all year long.  Since the skinny straps aren’t exactly on the approved list for her school’s dress code, we usually buy a few little short sleeve shrugs in different colors so she can continue to wear her favorite tanks to school and all year long (well, I do put them all away when the weather turns super cold, but here in the south, that doesn’t happen often and it never stays cold for too long).  This year, the only little shrug we could find in her size (ummm, without a super big prize tag — because Mama can’t afford a $30 shrug, ya know?) was a purple one.  Now, the purple one IS super cute, but we need a little more variety than that SO… I decided to try to make a shrug.

Okay, so I decided to do this even though I haven’t really been sewing all summer and I haven’t really gotten to oomph to start back with my sewing as of late, so I set out to find a non- sewing, DIY cute shrug for an 8-year-old.  Well, you all know that I love some GOOGLE, so I went to my favorite search engine and found this:

http://brassyapple.blogspot.com/2010/11/refashion-girls-shrug-tutorial.html

Super cute, no sewing involved and all I needed was a couple of cheap tee shirts in her size so I could get started.

So, as I was perusing Target’s clearance stuff (I do love some Target clearance!), I found this  $3 grey tee shirt in her size:

And, even though it made me a little bit nervous, I decided to go for it and got out the scissors!

I cut up the center (just like the directions said ;D)

I drew my lines (sorry, I forgot that picture), and then cut the “ties”.  I cut the back and then tried it on my girl :D.  She already loves it

So, what d’ya think?

We like it 😀

Til Next Time…

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DIY iPad case…

Before Hubby and I went on our cruise (yep, I know you’re jealous and it WAS great!), I decided I needed something to carry my iPad in while it was being carried in the backpack.  I didn’t want it to get scratched or dinged or anything like that, so it just need a one of those nifty little cases that you’ve probably seen everywhere.  I’ve seen them too, but they’re kind of expensive, don’t ya think? I mean, the cheapest one I’ve seen was like $20 and it wasn’t even that cute.

So,I was feeling a little antsy because we were set to leave for our trip the very next day and that led me to decide I needed a case for my iPad.  I GOOGLED (yeah, I know, shocker) “DIY iPad cases” and I came up with this:

http://psimadethis.com/post/4234283571/welcome-to-stripe-city-the-global-destination-for

After looking around my parents’ house (because we were leaving the kids at my Mom and Dad’s woot woot!), I found these supplies:

Yeah, I can make that work 😀

So, after reading all the directions carefully (hahahahahahaha), I got started and ended up with this:

There’s some bubbling, but I’m thinking that’s because the red is felt so the duct tape kept slipping around so maybe next time I’ll use something else.  Maybe I’ll even use the suggested materials.  Huh, I guess we’ll have to wait and see :D.

Til Next time…

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My Crafty trash can…

Okay, so a while back my hubby started to put together a couple of bookshelves to make an armoire of sorts so that I can organize my craft supplies.  I was so excited and I dubbed my soon-to-be craft area, my “crafty corner”.  I purchased two old bookshelves for super cheap from our local yardsales website to put them together as I had seen on

http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/diy-craft-armoire

Okay, so my awesome hubby started painting and sanding and taking off the flimsy backing and cutting, then attaching a new backing and painting it… So, I felt really bad when I told him… I changed my mind :D.

I know, I know, I should have kept the original idea what with all the effort Hubby had put into it but it has seriously been taking FOREVER and I’m not really a patient person — hence the reason I rarely read directions — and I really DID have a better idea! Well, the new idea I will save for another post but in THIS post I’m going to tell you about my crafty can :D.

My original thought was to make this match my crafty corner, but then I changed my mind and, well, you get the idea.  I still wanted my trashcan — mainly because LB2 wanted her trashcan back in her room and it DID have her name on it — so I decided to paint stripes on it matching my bedroom and set it next to my desk.  All over the internet, however, I’ve been seeing chevron stripes and I really LOVE ’em!  So, right before I started painting my stripes, I decided to go with chevrons.

Here’s my final product — I forgot the “before” pictures so all I have are the “afters”

And here is my new crafty can next to my desk in my room.

Isn’t it cute :D?

I like it a lot!

Til next time…

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A Day of Hope: A military spouse conference

So, last week I attended the “A Day of Hope” military conference.  There was free food, door prizes, free books (yipee!  I LOVE reading, so this was a huge boon!), there were activities, a band, a guest speaker (who was completely awesome!), and lots of women who were in one way or another associated with military life.  These women know my story, live my life and have a complete understanding of what it’s like to be left on the homefront when their other half is sent overseas  :)!  It was really a great day and I just wanted to share with you a little bit about it…

First of all, the guest speaker, Marshele Waddell, was really funny and I truly understood her stories.  In case you weren’t there, here’s her website.

http://www.hopeforthehomefront.com/home/

  I really wanna get one of her books! She was a great speaker and I really don’t think they could’ve picked a better one for this conference.

Here’s a few pics from the event:

Here’s the loot that I won — yeah, I know, and I assure you, I DID in fact win a door prize! It was surprising to me as well LOL.

And the band was awesome!

There were so many great people there and I was really impressed with all the hard work that must’ve gone into making this thing happen.  The most impressive part was that all of it was for the sole purpose that the military wives there that day feel the Hope and Love that God intends for everyone to feel.  Sometimes, moving around so often and being left alone a lot of the time, makes us feel alone and we sometimes forget that we are not alone no matter where we are or what we’re doing.  It really was awesome and there’s just no other way to put it.

Like I said earlier, I really had a great time and all those great people really inspired me to try my best to connect with the Lord and become more of the person He wants me to be.  It was really inspiring and just… awesome.  I left there with a great feeling of Love and Hope.

I hope that all my readers (well, my Mom and my other handful of readers :D), have that feeling of Love and Hope everyday because it really just boils down to one thing…

God is Love 😀

Til Next Time…

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Just take a minute…

Today is a day when we should all just sit back and take a moment to remember all those who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy.

I am hopeful that their families have been able to find some peace in their passing and move forward with their own lives.

I know that I will never forget the thoughts going through my own mind while watching the horrible events take place on the news.  My thoughts were with all the souls in the twin towers as well as those on the planes as I imagined how terrified they all must’ve been.

My hope is that we never forget to take a moment to remember them and realize how truly blessed we are to be here with our own loved ones.  Always remember to take a little extra time to be thankful for all that God has given you.

Til next time…

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DIY Dry-Erase Board

So, I’m always seeing things online or in catalogs or… somewhere, and I think to myself, hey, I can make that!! My idea came from all over cyberspace but here are a couple of examples that I like:

http://www.homemakerinheels.com/2011/07/chevron-dry-erase-board.html

and

http://www.makeandtakes.com/wipe-off-weekly-menu-board

I just LOVE these ideas!

So, now that I had my plan, I decided to look around at my “inventory” (A.K.A. stuff I have in my poor, super-stuffed garage that is waiting for the day I decide to craft with it), and selected the right items.  Then, all I had to do was decide who needed a dry-erase board.

My supplies:

I had several scrapbook size frames, and some scrapbook paper and, after a short discussion with LB1, I just put together this dry-erase board for him.  He said he’d rather have a calendar so he can write his work schedule down and things like that.

He liked it 🙂

It was so easy and I love the idea because it doesn’t HAVE to be a dry-erase board.  It can still be a picture frame or calendar or… whatever you want it to be.  So, I decided, since my niece is having a birthday soon and she just started her second year in college, she MUST have one to decorate her room.  So, I texted her to ask what colors she has in her room, thinking I would paint the frames to match her room.

Yeah, so then I decided it would be very difficult to match the colors seeing as I live a whole state away from her and can’t see them in person.  White it is! I tried to match the colors from the pics she sent me with the colors on the paper, but I put a few in there so she could easily change the color depending on where she wants to hang it.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

this project — it’s so versatile!

So, again I gathered materials and used some white spray paint and a clear gloss spray paint to try to keep the finish from chipping

and the finished product:

Of course, I had to include a couple dry-erase markers as well as a teeny tiny eraser.

I hope she likes them :D.

Once those were finished, I decided I REALLY wanted one for my self!

Once again, I got all of my supplies together and painted and clear-coated and…

I decided for mine, I’d like to have sections for my list-making.  Anyone who knows me, knows I love my lists!  So there you have it.  Simple, easy and versatile!

I love this project 😀

til next time…

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DIY Laundry Powder

Okay, so you already know that I make my own Dishwasher powder and the reason for that is mostly to save a buck.  Boy, do I like saving moolah!  It’s because of this (along with my many friends who have started making their own laundry powder — and raved of its easiness) that I decided to try some DIY Laundry Soap; in the powder form.

I was pretty stocked up on the store-bought laundry soap, so I waited until I ran out (which took a while) and then got started.  First thing to do is to look up the recipe online :D.  Basically I just did a google search for “Borax, Washing Soda, Fels Naptha” and up popped many results.  I then added “powdered laundry soap” and wah-lah!

http://www.blessingsoverflowing.com/2012/02/homemade-powdered-laundry-detergent/

 So, this is the site I got my recipe from and since I already had everything except the bar of soap, I started my measuring.  Now, instead of doing the amount in the recipe (partly because I didn’t really want to start with that much soap just in case I ended up not really liking it, and partly because I have a slight problem with reading directions and just kind of going my own way.  Then reading the directions and thinking “Ummm, whoops!”).  But, it did turn out okay, so here’s what I did…

The supplies:

1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Washing Soda

and 1 bar Fels-Naptha soap, finely grated

Once I gathered my supplies, and measured them out, and grated the bar of soap, I just mixed all the ingredients together.  I stirred and stirred and stirred until the mixture was super fine (well, except for the grated soap, since it couldn’t really get any smaller…).

This is what it looked like:

Then I just poured the mixture into my air-tight container:

Found a scooper:

I measured out 1 Tbls of detergent and saw that it almost fills up my scooper.  Since that’s the amount for 1 load of laundry, I just make sure to only put in a little less than one scoopful of detergent.

**if the load is very soiled, use 2 Tbls.  Use your own judgement, I trust you 😉

Anyway, so there you have it.  Super simple, right?

If that’s not enough for you, read that lady’s blog because once you read it all the way through (Yes, I did FINALLY read it all the way through — hence the Ummm, whoops moment), you’ll be convinced as well.  If the easiness of it doesn’t make you want to run out and buy your supplies, the cost breakdown will.  I mean, pennies for 1 load of laundry?   Yes, Please!

Til Next time…

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