Sunday, November 2, 2014

Recipe: Caramel Popcorn and Halloween 2014

I had a hankerin' for some good ole' fashioned
caramel popcorn and this easy recipe did NOT dissapoint.
Here's what you'll need:

I medium bowl of plain popcorn (microwave or air popped)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
dash of vanilla 
12 large marshmallows

I used my air popper to pop the corn. 
 Then I melted my butter in a saucepan. 
I added the rest of the ingredients and mixed them while stirring. Lastly, I added the marshmallows and melted them into the mixture.

Immediately pour it on the popcorn and using a spoon coat all the popcorn.
Transfer to a glass baking dish and enjoy!! 

Sinfully gooey and delicious!!

And last but not least, here are a few pics of my last minute Halloween decorations. First up my  mantle. 

The stencils for the wood blocks were cut with my new Cricut Explore which I absolutely love!!
The cat face was also cut with the cricut.
We put the outdoor decorations the day before Halloween. Talk about cutting it close. For some reason I haven't been in my "game" this year for decorating :(
These are our Nightmare Before Christmas themed decorations that we made as a family years ago.

 My sweet little guy dressed up as an old time photographer/"press guy" as he called it. 

Easy and snazzy don't you think?

The camera is a working Pentax film camera. 
It's from the 1970s I think.

So much fun. 
Enjoy the cool weather!



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Days and State Fair of Texas 2014

You thought I had disappeared for good didn't you?
Ha! I've just been so busy with life that I hadn't had a chance to share any projects here. 
A couple of weeks ago, we enjoyed the cooler weather by going to the State Fair of Texas. 
A kind co-worker gave us free passes! Score!
We went on a Tuesday when the majority of the rides are 1/2 price. We mostly like to go and walk around and see the car show. 
I don't like to ride the rides :/
My youngest son does.

Here's a few pics of our day there:

 We also went to the pumpkin patch and took some pics of my grandbaby:

She's growing so fast!
I'll be back with some projects. I promise!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Protect Your Privacy and Your iPhone

am reviewing this awesome pouch for your smartphone simply because it
has been so hard to find something that truly protects your phone.
before I get into the positives, I'd like to point out that this is a
protective case. You cannot talk while it is in its case.
With that being said, I received a free Snugg case for me to review. 
I did not receive any compensation for this and I only will share what I really like with you guys.
case is for my iPhone 4S but they have them for a variety of phones. I
like it because I can carry it in my purse without having my phone get
all scratched up. 
can also keep it on my desk at work ready to make a call while still
maintaining privacy in case I step away and I receive a text or phone
In the past, I'd have to cover up my phone with a note pad or anything I could find when I stepped away. 
Here's how it works:


 The case itself is very well made and is aesthetically pleasing.

    Snugg also makes cases for other phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy. I'm thinking of getting one for my iPad as well.

It would be so useful when traveling :)

This would make a great gift especially with the holidays creeping up on us (did I just type that?!)

The Snugg iPhone 4/4S Pouch Case in premium distressed brown leather.

case has been designed to provide the perfect fit for your iPhone 4/4S.
The sides have been reinforced to give a sturdy and supportive hold,
while the soft, brown, nubuck fibre interior, keeps your phone snugg and
free from scratches. With a brown stitch finish along all the edges and
the Snugg logo pressed into the corner, this case looks and feels high
quality. We've included a great, easy to access place to keep business,
bank and oyster cards - there is a card slot on the back of the case!
the front of the case there is a tab, debossed with the Snugg icon,
which pulls out to pop your iPhone out of the pouch. The tab is on a
strong elastic strap that retracts quickly back into place when you
release it. The tab is also magnetic so it sticks to the side of the
case, meaning it always stays in place.
We think this product is great, it also comes in black leather and a tan suede. As with all our products it comes with the Snugg Promise of high quality materials and craftsmanship and a Lifetime Guarantee.

Anywho, I think you guys would like this case and I thought I'd share my thoughts about it with you. Again, I think it affords the most protection because your screen is completely covered. It does have small speaker perforations on the bottom so you can hear it. 

You can buy them here:

And I am really loving this stylus pen that attaches 
to your smartphone or tablet via the earphone jack.

 Can you say "clean screen"? 
Yeah, my iPad and phone's screens are yucky. 

Come back soon as I share more of the things I like and my DIY projects. 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Product Review: Skindanavia Make Up Primer Spray

This is a sponsored post. The good folks at Skindanavia sent me a free sample to try and tell you what I think of their product. All opinions are 100% mine. 
 Skindanavia Makeup Primer Spray

Now if you are like me, you dread the summer. Not only for the heat, but for the oily mess your face will become, especially the forehead. 
I have VERY oily skin.  I always, always struggle with shinyness on my forehead and nose. So much so that even my kids come up to me and wipe my forehead :(
When Skindanavia contacted me to see if I'd like to try their product I jumped at the chance. 
I have tried almost everything. The blotter papers, the special corn silk powders, oily control foundations, etc. Nothing worked. I was a bit skeptical with this primer spray but I gave it a try.
I spray it in an X form over my face and wait about a minute before I apply my make up. 
Lo and behold my shinyness was not bothersome at all!
All day long I could see where my makeup had begun to fade by noon but the oilyness was not very noticeable. 
I loved it!
I now use it everyday. 
Try it for yourself.
Heck I'll even give you a bottle. 
Leave your name and why you need this make up primer spray and I will choose a winner on August 30th, 2014 at 10 p.m. CDT. Winner picked by
Shipped to the continental US only please.
In the meantime, check out their website. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Super Saturday at the Dallas Arboretum

 Staycation 1

This Saturday I decided to take the boys and my grandbaby out to the Dallas Arboretum. They are having $1 days everyday in August including the new Children's Garden!!

 We went right as they opened at 9 a.m. because we knew it would be stifling hot.
They allow you to bring in coolers so we packed up a small insulated tote with water bottles and a frozen pack.
We also brought along some snacks and a portable misting fan.
I tell you that was a life saver. 
Here is the gorgeous entrance and a few photos from the Children's Garden from their website:

 This is the plant lab inside the Exploration Center. We took respite from the heat in this really cool building. My sweet grandbaby loved exploring and feeling things out! 

                                     My not-so-little guy loved exploring the outdoor hydro power station. It served to cool him off some too!
And how about this gorgeous sculpture?! We were in awe with all the beautiful flowers. We will become members for sure so we can return again and again. Before we left I had my big guy take a quick pic of me and my grandbaby. 
Time goes by so fast that I want to record every moment of our lives through pictures.

What fun things have you done this summer?

P.S. don't forget to enter my summer giveaway here:


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August Giveaway-Better Homes and Gardens Cottage Style

It's almost back to school time and believe you me I'm ready for summer weather to be over!
Whew! It's 101 degrees here today and when your car's AC isn't working to swiftly, well you don't want to go ANYWHERE. 

I've been slacking. I haven't promoted my giveaways lately and here's one I would love to share with you. 

It's for this beautiful book.

Achieve a casual, easy living style
"Cottage" is a perennially popular decorating style, with the flexibility to adapt to changing tastes over the decades. It's associated with comfort, simplicity, and family-friendliness, and allows for a great deal of personalization. This all-new edition of New Cottage Style is packed with decorating ideas and inspiration to achieve a cottage look that's clean, simple, and light—all from the experts at Better Homes and Gardens.
Completely updated, New Cottage Style shows you what cottage style means today, with new interpretations that keep it fresh, different, and current. You'll discover the secrets to creating harmony and simplicity with paint, furniture, fabrics, and accessories. Examples of homes in a variety of settings—the country, the beach, the city, and suburbia—will inspire you to bring cottage style to your own home, wherever you happen to live.
A peek inside:

I am giving one of you lucky readers this book for free.
I am not sponsored by anyone on this, I just love decorating and would like to share my passion with you.

All you have to do is comment with your name and that's it!
If you want more chances to win you can follow me on Instagram by clicking on the IG icon over there>>>>>>
Make sure you come back and comment that you follow on IG. 
I will draw the winner on 8/31/14 at 10 p.m. CDT.
Open only to residents of the continental US.

I'll be back with a fun project for you later this week.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekly Click and Chat Social Media Link and Living Room Makeover

Oh Happy Day!
Do I feel super accomplished today.
And why am I feeling this way, you ask?
Well it's nothing more than a project(s) is done.
It seems like forever and a day that I've been working on the vintage sofa upholstery project AND the ugly coffee table makeover. 
I shared that coffee table make over with you before and here's a few pics of the before:

I used home made chalk paint to make it over :)
Now, drum roll please.....
Here's a little looksee at my living room now 

The small pillows were made out of a real coffee burlap sac
The other pillows are from Target bought on clearance! The ones behind those are made out of drop cloths. I'm still debating on whether to stencil something on them or not. Remember the ugly coffee table? I still have to recover the wing chairs (those are slipcovers) in the same color as you see them now. I just have to find some cheap but durable fabric. I am also on the look out for a decent priced rug and script type fabric for the ottoman. Ignore the hideous speakers that my husband insists on having :-I With a little money and lots of imagination you can decorate anything!!
I hope I have inspired you!
Oh, don't forget to enter my giveaway this month!!
 I've been slacking in promoting it. Please share it with all your friends.

 And in the meantime, social up!!

  The Click and Chat Social Media Link Up! Ready to grow your social media like a champ? Come on by and take part in this awesomely effective link up party! @ Adventures in Mindful Living  

The Click & Chat Social Media Link up Party #15!

Thank you so much for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up Party!
We are all about networking and helping you grow your social media numbers!
This month we are excited to announce that this linkup will appear on 13 amazing blogs!! That is 13 times the exposure for you and your links!
We are also looking for co-hosts for the coming up months, so if you are interested please contact either Amber or Kim on any of their social media and we will chat about it!
We will also have a featured blogger every week. Being chosen for our featured blogger spot means that we will share your picture (or logo) and your social media links just to let even more people see your awesome blog! To be considered for that spot you must have shared about the link up on at least one of your social medias and of course had good blogging manners and followed or liked the hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias.
Ready to meet this weeks featured blogger?
Making My Apt a Home
Makin my Apt a home
Go on by and say hi and check out all of her great social media links!
Now come and meet your hosts and co-hosts!
13 blogs = 13xs the exposure for your blog! Ready to grow your social medias? Then come on by and link up at the Click and Chat Social Media link up party!
Crystal- Hugs and Tugs Mom Reviews /Brenda- Daily Mayo /RebeccaFuture
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