Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#OrnamentExchange2015 Party

Please Go and Check Out All of the Other Participants Ornaments!

Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!
Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?
We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!
Let's all get inspired this season!
The Hosts of the Exchange~Ornament Exchange Hosts
We want to say a huge "Thank You" to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.
DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha's House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama's Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | | The Chilly Dog | Try it - Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me
We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

An InLinkz Link-up

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ornament Exchange

Welcome to the 11th day of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! Erlene at My Pinterventures is hosting the exchange and has partnered up 80+ bloggers to exchange ornaments. Visit her blog to see the previous ornament posts that have been shared. We could either create a ornament or buy one for our partner. 

Here are some of the other ladies that are particapating in the 2015 Ornament Exchange;
~ Pat from Gypsy Heart & Soul
~Jen & Rachel from The Evolution of Mom
~Emily from Simply Home Love
~Jackie from Run with Jackabee

My Story

So I joined a Ornament Exchange. 
1. I LOVE LOVE Swaps/Exchanges! (I love to meet other bloggers!)
2. This one was rather inexpensive and allowed the creative juices to start flowing....
3. It also got the blogging juices flowing

So I was paired with Joy who blogs over at Books and Life! Joy is a part-time librarian, who loves angels, snowmen and recently started collecting precious moments (the older ones). 
So with that in mind I turned to Pinterest.
\I came across wood slice ornaments. I have been planning on doing homemade ornament s for my family as well and this was perfect! You see our new house came with a wood stove. So I have an over abundance of logs.  We also have a chop saw, so I convinced my husband to turn one of these logs into wood cookies.

One of the MANY wood cookies!
I then drew a design onto the cookie and burned it into the wood.
Burned Design

I then decided to add a POP of color to my design. So I used my colored pencils and colored in the design. 
I then drilled a hole in the top of the cookie so  that I could thread a ribbon through it. I also clear coated the ornament to protect it.  I hope that you love it Joy.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Family Pictures ... & What We Have Been Up Too..

This past weekend we had my cousin Elizabeth take some family photos of us. I have been wanting to have some photos done of our little family for awhile now. Plus they make great Christmas gifts. 
So I thought I would share some of them with you all. 

 We spent all last Sunday installing our new floating floor in the dinning room and living room.
We used TrafficMASTER Hand-scraped Saratoga Hickory which we purchased at the Home Depot for $.99/sqft. The installation went fairly easy, all things considered. We had Liam here at home with us, so I spent some of the time entertaining him while Dan laid the flooring down.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Top Baby Items for 1-3 Months

This travel system is GREAT! Very easy  to use and portable.

This bassinet is a life saver! Not only is it extremely portable but it is compact enough to fit in smaller spaces (like between the bed and wall) for when baby is having difficulty falling asleep at night. This model gently rocks and vibrates to help calm and soothe baby.  

 Must have for cloth diapering! For when your little one has a sore bum, you just spray a little of this on and it wont affect how your cloth diapers absorb.

 Makes cleaning those poopy cloth diapers a little easier. They are also 100% flush-able, so you can throw them in the toilet to be rid of them. 

 This product may gross you out like it did me at first. Everyone remembers those bulb syringes that have been around forever, right? Well this is a new version of that that works 10x better. The grossness will go away when you a desperate to clean out your babies stuffy nose. Okay visit this post to see our review of this item.

 Before we got this drying rack we had to dry our bottles by hand. Allowing your bottles/pump parts to air dry is a huge help because of all the little crevices that water gets into.

 Okay you may be wondering why I am saying both an electric and manual pump... The reason is because if for any reason your electric pump stops working... example: your electric model stops suctioning and you have to wait for the company to overnight you a new one (and you are exclusively pumping to feed your baby) then you will need one of these! Or if the power goes out and you are totally out of batteries.

These little bad boys help with stinky baby breath. I know I know we don't want to picture our sweet little angles with bad breath but they do have it. They also promote healthy gums and teeth, and can help you get into a pattern for teeth brushing later.

Making Our House, Our Home!

So I have mentioned this before but didn't delve into it to deeply, 

That's right, we entered into the all-consuming world of home ownership. 
We have a HUGE list of project to do around our new home. (See the list HERE)

Here are a few of the things we have crossed off that list, in between work, getting firewood and having a life: 

- Dining Room has been painted except for the trim.
We Paneled 1 wall and then painted the walls Slate (CW-700)
We built the 1/2 door!

We have built 3 Radiator boxes to protect Liam and Alice from getting burned.

 We have also managed to installing a chandelier type fixture in the dining room and replacing the existing ceiling fan with one we already owned.

We painted the living room Anderson Blue 9CW-565) and Ludwell White (CW-275)

We are supposed to be laying down new floor in the living room and dining room this weekend!
Stay tuned for more updates on the house...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ok ... Back at it Again!

I have been working on losing weight for the past couple of weeks. My husband and I have talked about expanding our family again in the next few years and I really don't want to be where I am now with my weight. I would like to lose at least 50lbs before I get pregnant again.

I have been aiming to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, counting calories and trying to eat as healthy as possibly. I need to come up with some good low calorie foods and a good exercise program that doesn't take more than 15-20 minutes out of my day really. We go on walks as a family but it just not enough..... 
I guess what I am really looking for is help and suggestions on what more I should be doing. I want to not only lose weight but lead a healthier lifestyle for my family and myself. So any suggestions would be helpful. 
Thank You 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Long Time no see or write...

Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                 Let's see since the last post I wrote a whole lot has changed. Dan and I have celebrated 3 years of marriage, celebrated Liam's 1st birthday and we purchased our 1st home. I plan on writing a post I. the next few weeks she we have settled in a little more and life has slowed down a little bit more, expect a posted filled with pictures of the new house and Liam's 1st birthday pictures.                                                         until then Kayla

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Key Smart

**Key smart was given to us to review from at no charge for our honest opinion of the product.**
So I took on the task since I am the only one in the family that puts keys in pants pocket. My initial thoughts on this items is that if I was to have actually purchased it is on the expensive side for what it is. It is simply 2 pieces of metal, some gaskets and 2 bolts, not exactly worth the $19.99 plus shipping they charge on there website

These are my personal keys, before and after key smart (sorry if the pictures are out of order).

I have had Key Smart for about a month now and had it with me basically every waking moment. I had no issues with the function of the Key Smart. My keys stay organized, and dont stab me in the leg which occasionally happened to me. 

Key Smart has all kinds of accessories including a up tp 64GB USB Drive, Bottle opener, and even a Divot tool if your a golfer. I did not get any accessories to review,so I cant say how good they are, just putting the knowledge out there.

I am going to keep using the Key Smart. It does function good, and I want to see if it can hold up to my day to day work and play without falling apart. I may do a additional review in the future if something happens to it.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

#XOVoxBox Reveal

 Okay Okay I know it has been FOREVER since my last post. 
I will be trying to post more often in the future. But back to business we received the #XOVoxBox a few weeks ago and here our opinions on the products.

The box included: 
Colgate Optic White Toothpaste with Whitening Pen & Optic White ExpressWhite Toothpaste
John Frieda's Frizz Ease Shampoo, Conditioner and Primer
Skinfix Lotion
Tide Pods with Febreze
Coupon Codes for Adore Me and Lands End

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Kayla: I used all if the Colgate products that we received. I noticed a difference in the whiteness of my teeth as long as I continued to used the products but as soon as I went back to my normal tooth paste my teeth seemed to go back to normal. I also found that the toothpaste had an extremely strong flavor for my taste.


 Dan: I used only the optic white tooth past. I noticed no huge difference in shade. I did notice increased sensitivity to cold.

John Frieda's Frizz Ease Products
Kayla: I noticed after using these products that my hair became soft and smoother. I also didnt have as many fly away hairs around my face. 

Dan: I used the whole product line in my beard. I noticed a change in how soft my beard was when I used these products. when I stopped, my heard went back to its normal course and unmanageable state. 

Skinfix Lotion
Kayla: I developed eczema spots after my pregnancy with Liam. I used this lotion on the spots and it seemed to make them better. I have to say that the smell isn't all that pleasant and I know that fragrance will tend to make eczema worse but I have tried other eczema lotions that smelled better. 

Tide Pods with Febreze
Kayla & Dan: We washed  our bed comforter and sheets with one of these pods. Both of  thought that the smell left behind after washing was to strong. We would not use these on our clothes even if I had a choice.

Adore Me
I used the code for a piece of free lingerie. I loved the lingerie online, I ordered the size it said I would need and everything. I was so excited when I received the order to only be disappointed when it didn't fit correctly. It has not come out of the box since. I know they have unlimited returns for their VIP customers but I found that it was just a waste of time and to use it as a goal for losing weight.

Lands End
Didn't Use

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Project day!

I have time on my hands most weekends when Kayla is at work. Most the time I am stuck however unable to do much since Liam is only 6 months old and it is winter. In about a matter of a few hours I managed to do one of many projects that I would like to do. This weeks project was inspired by Pinterest, much like all my projects I would like to do. We have been trying to make our selves more space in our apartment and get rid of clutter. Kayla and I have similar tastes in home design and we both like the rustic farm house look. One way to get items that have that look is to re-purpose pallets. The project for this week is a rustic pot/pan rack.