Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Paper bunting - tutorial

I made a fun paper craft and it was so easy and I cannot believe it's taken me this long to try it out.

Paper bunting.  Who knew it was so painless, quick, and easy?  Well, it is and I'm sharing with you step by step today so you will know it's true.


The first thing you want to do is gather your supplies, which if you're like me, you've got lying around the house already and hubs is so happy to see you using them for something. 

Supplies:
Scrapbook paper (12x12)
Scissors
A pencil
A paper cutter
String
Gluestick


Next, fold your paper in half and the cut in half to make little squares like the one below.  


Next, you want to draw your triangles.  I recommend using pencil and a ruler and drawing them on the inside of the paper.  


Use your scissors to cut the triangles out and take a minute to admire them all on your floor.


Put your string in the fold of the triangle and use a glue stick to glue both sides of the paper down.  You can also use glue dots for this, but I'd be careful about liquid glue.  Especially if you're working on the carpet like I tend to do.  


And there you go!  Aren't they precious?!


I actually made these for a baby shower, but these ended up being too long, so I made separate buntings with the words "Mom" and "Dad" for the chairs of the parents to be.  Of course, I kept the too long one at our house because I was so happy with how it turned out.  

Has a project ever surprised you with how easy it is?  

Friday, October 24, 2014

High Five for Friday!

Another week in the books and another high five for Friday...only I won't high five you today because I've got a seriously yucky cold and I cannot stop blowing my nose.  Well, I can, but then it's stopped up or it itches, or I sneeze and it's gross.  But, I've had a great week aside from that and I'm excited to share the highlights!

ONE - sweet friends and new babes.
No, we don't have babes yet, but we did get to celebrate a couple from our Bible study who is expecting and is due in less than one month!  A very happy Thanksgiving gift for them!  Anyway, I got to help host a shower for them this week and I made these sweet and simple little party favors.  They were a hit.

I just used favor bags with ties, cut out cardstock for the tags and stuck on scrapbooking onesies to be special.  Easy peasy.



TWO - apples.  
I know it's pumpkin season, and I do love pumpkin things.  But apples also remind me of fall and the smell of them baking in the house...with some cinnamon...yuummmmm!  

I made a super duper apple crumble this week and I'll be sharing it with y'all soon so be on the lookout!

THREE - an awesome mail day.
I'm affiliated with a review company called Influenster and recently had the opportunity to try and review Herbal Essences new Naked line.  And a few months later, I got the full size items on my little front door step.  I do love some good old customer appreciation.  Also, if you haven't heard of influenster and you'd like to learn more, check them out here.

FOUR - meal planning.
Or really, meals prepared ahead of time.  Hubs was busy on Sunday afternoon last weekend, so I made all of our meals for the week and put them in their own little lunch tupperwares and dinner tupperwares for reheating/the final touches throughout the week.  Quesadilla night was by far my fave!  I had already cooked the meat, so I just needed to throw it on the stovetop with the tortilla shells, cheese, and avocado.  I can't promise to do this every week, but it sure has helped us this week. 


FIVE - sinex and tissue boxes.  
Wish I was kidding about that one.  

We've got a super duper fun weekend planned though, so I'm ready for this cold to cut it out.  

Hope you & your's are happy & healthy!  Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diversifying my palette: My first time eating Indian food

This may come as a little bit of a surprise, but I am a pretty predictable eater.  I wouldn't call myself particularly picky, but I definitely do not always go out of my way to try new things.  

But, a co-worker of mine took a trip to India this past summer and when she came back one of our Indian friends suggested that we go get Indian food one afternoon during lunch.  I'd never had it (although for a few of my friends, it's their favorite kind of food), so we all decided it would be a fun little treat.  


And then a couple of months went by, but we didn't get Indian food.  


And then finally, last week, we put it on our calendars and just like that, we had firm plans to get lunch at a local Indian restaurant.  So, obviously I took some pics to commemorate the occasion.  (Remember I'm trying to take more photos these days.)

Our friend was so kind to explain all the different kinds of food and in what region of the country they are most common.

For my meal, I picked Saag Chicken, which was described as chicken tawa cooked with spinach and mild Indian spices.  I also got to try chicken chettinad, lentil fritters, and tikki masala.  Suffice it to say my little taste buds were going crazy and I was stuffed after.  But it was so good.  

I'll definitely be eating it again in my future.  

What's something you've been meaning to try?  Or someone you've been meaning to catch up with?  It really is as easy sometimes as just writing it on the calendar!  Do it today!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Favorite cookie recipe roundup

If you've been around here for any length of time, you know I'm a little bit of a cookie monster  major sweet tooth.  I love me some baked goods and frankly, cookies are one of the easiest desserts to whip up for a treat.

Today, I'm sharing my favorite cookie recipes - all previously share here before - in a lovely little roundup format so they'll all be in one place.  I'm sure I'll eventually add to this (I want to make red velvet cookies for Christmas this year), but for now, these are my go-to's.


1.  First up are my favorite chocolate chip cookies.  These are a classicmy friends rave about these whenever I make them.

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2.  Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I know what you're thinking after I just posted my favorite chocolate chip cookies above these.  But the bisquick ones bake in bite size little cookies and smell de-licious baking.  These are the perfect ones for grab and go treats.  

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3. Soft Brown Sugar Cookies.  These are the ones I'm baking next.  The brown sugar cookies melt right in your mouth.  I love the twist on the traditional sugar cookie and it's been way too long since these have been in my kitchen.  

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5.  Cheesecake Cookies Dipped in Chocolate.  These are the most recent ones I made.  I halved the original recipe to create a batch that makes 1 1/2 dozen - perfect for the hubs and me.  If you like cheesecake, you've got to give these a try.  

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What are your favorite cookies?  Or desserts in general?  I always love new treats!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Five on Friday

HAPPY FRIDAY!!  I cannot even tell y'all how happy I am to be sharing a Five on Friday post with you today!  I used to do these posts regularly and always looked forward to them each week.  I love recapping some of the fun things that are going on in a quick post, almost a snapshot tour of my day to day.  I finally started carrying a camera with me more often and making a real effort to take photos so I can share more here on this ole blog.

So, here it is for this week ladies and gents -

-ONE- Sister shopping day
First up this week is going shopping with my sister.  I've got two sisters of course, but A is the next oldest after me and she just moved closer to me, which means we can see one another way more often.  It also means that if we have time on the weekend, we can spend hours going shopping together.  Love having family close.


-TWO- This little guy.
I'm not a huge small dog fan.  But having my sister nearby means also having this little one nearby also.  And sometimes...just sometimes he stands nice and pretty and lets me take a good photo.  (And even if he is small, I do enjoy getting to play with him sometimes.)

He is cute though, am I right?
-THREE- Making my own coffee
Ok, so I'm still getting better at this.  But it is SO.MUCH.CHEAPER than buying coffee from the shop regularly.  And because I'm going to have coffee, I've recently started making my own at home.  It also gives me an excuse to use the pretty mugs we got for our wedding.  :)


-FOUR-Pumpkin Carving
Because it's the fall.  Also, because it's fun.  Also, none of these pumpkins are mine.  My friends made these and mine didn't make the shot. But, didn't they do an awesome job?  Not one of them traced a stencil either.  They are so good.  


 -FIVE- Jamberry nail wraps.
I love these so much.  This is after a full week of wear compared to regular polish and after washing lots of dishes and scrubbing the bathroom.  Don't forget, I'm hosing a facebook party for these on November 11-15!  Contact me for more details to learn how you can get your own nail wraps!


And that's a wrap, friends!  Do y'all have fun plans for the weekend?  I'm hoping to get some relaxing in...hopefully some blogging, and spending time with lovely friends.  

Until Monday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jamberry Nail Wraps: Follow-Up

Remember last week when I told y'all that I was trying out Jamberry Nail Wraps (if not, go ahead and see post below)?  It's been a week and y'all.  The wraps are still going strong.

Honestly - I'm shocked.  I've washed dishes this week and scrubbed the bathrooms, which understandably takes a little toll on your finger nails.  I was also a little shocked because after a day, I realized that I had left a small bubble in the jam wrap so I just knew it was going to peel off totally due to user error, but still totally not giving a fair run this week.  (Don't worry though, I just clipped that nail a tiny bit shorter to get rid of it...there are tips and tricks to smooth it out, but I just didn't.)


Seriously though - look at that.  I can't even.  You can see where my nails are growing back at my cuticle, which accounts for some of the needed touch ups on all my nails, but I really don't see any comparison between the polish and the wraps.  


So with that, I'm sold.  I love the fun designs and definitely do not have the time to create them myself.  Most importantly, I really love that I can do all the things I normally do - like clean the house without my nails paying for it.

I'll also be hosting a facebook party on November 11-15 if anyone is interested in getting your own nail wraps!  There are TONS to choose from and they would make GREAT stocking stuffers this Christmas...I'm just saying.  Be sure to "like" Thrift for Today on facebook here, and let me know if you'd like to get in on the party!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trial run: Jamberry Nail Wraps

Have any of you tried Jamberry Nail Wraps?!  I've seen it, heard of it, and even read of it, but hadn't actually tried it until just this week.  A friend of mine contacted me to let me know that she had recently tried it and loved them so much that she bought in and is now working as an independent consultant.  And so of course, I agreed to give it a try.

I love having my nails painted, but can't handle them chipping so quickly, and as far as jamberry, I was a little nervous about having lots of patterns on my nails.  I decided to go with something a little darker for fall and picked Pomegranate Pop (below) since I had orange nail polish at home.

I used this video to help understand the best way to apply the nail and it ended up taking about 5 minutes to do both of my pinkies.  (I also used a hair dryer on low heat for the application process.)


This is how they turned out: 


Forgive the furball rolling around on the floor.  ;)  I actually wished I had the whole set for all my nails - I really loved the dark shade and the dots are really subtle - so cute for the fall.  

And so before I jump in all the way, I'm doing a fun little test run for the next week to see how it holds up.  I already guess my regular nails will be chipping by the end of the week, but I would like to see how they compare.  I'm excited to share the results with y'all next week.  

I'd love to hear if you've tried Jamberry before and what your thoughts are?  

p.s.  I'm totally hoping to have a facebook party with these wraps before the holidays - so be sure to let me know if you're interested in the wraps.  :)





Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Venus embrace sensitve #itsnotme

*The products in this post were provided to me free of charge from Influenster.  The opinions are all my own.  

Happy Monday, friends!  Today I am super pumped to be sharing a review of Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive razor, which happily found its way to my door stop via Influenster.  I was SO excited for this box because not only is my skin crazy sensitive, but my hair is also really coarse, which means I have to shave basically everyday or I'm likely to get razor burn or little knicks on my legs...no fun.  

I'm always looking around for the best razors to keep my legs and underarms soft and smooth while minimizing the likelihood of redness and burn.  


I've actually been using this razor for a full week at this point so that I would be able to write a helpful review.  The razor itself was packaged with the razor and 2 cartridges, which I appreciated.  It's got 5 blades and aloe vera to be extra soft on your skin.  

Overall, I really liked the razor.  My legs have been nice and smooth all week long.I haven't had razor burn and not a single little cut.  I also really like the suction cup holder that sticks on the shower wall to hold the razor...it's the little things, right?  

And, as a side note and little #thrifttip (because you know I like to be thrifty), if you already have a venus razor, you can interchange the cartridges - so just get the embrace sensitive blades - easy peasy!  

The only thing I didn't like about the razor was how skinny the razor handle was.  I wish it was a little bit wider and easier to hold.  Frankly, when the handle is so skinny, it feels more like holding a disposable razor, which is not how I want it to feel when I buy a razor.  That said, this size seems pretty standard for lots of razors, so it might not be an issue for you.  

Overall, like I said - the embrace sensitive definitely holds up to its promise of a close shave and worked great on my sensitive skin.  

I would recommend it to a friend for sure.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Favorites: Fall Fashion

Y'all.  It's getting cooler.  And I don't know why in the world, but I have seriously been itching to update my fall and winter wardrobe.  What is even going on with me?  

I have so much trouble buying new clothes and I don't even know why.  I can buy lattes and treats like it's a second job, but I can't drop $$ on a new pair of pants or and awesome pair of shoes.  But, I really want to get some more professional, put together, fall/winter pieces.  So, I think I might be cutting back on the little treats and postponing those for some new clothes.  

I've been scouring pinterest these days though, and these are some of my favorite finds.  

leopard loafers leopard hair belt zara camel double breasted blazer steve madden steven j. crew brooks brothers shirt gorjana triangle pyramid necklace fine gold sideways charm cross necklace asos stacked stackable rings midi wool kelly cropped pants club monaco prada sunglasses essie fishnet stockings polish street style fall fashion trends 2013 new york city nyc the classy cubicle fashion blog for young professional women females woman girls 20s 30s 40s appropriate work wear office attire outfits professional corporate suit dos and donts crimes top ten day to night transition interview preppy office style dress for success step up lean in suit up
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tour through blogland

Y'all.  It's October.  It is already October and I don't know about you, but I am obsessed with the cooler weather this time of year.  Okay...I'm obsessed with the low humidity and the cool mornings/nights.  I still really love the warm sunshine in the afternoons and I'm not that excited about winter because I definitely do not love cold weather.  

Today though, I want to follow up on a fun little project that I was tagged in exactly one month ago by my fun blog friend, Melanie over at Melanie Gets Married [check her out!]  Some of my favorite recent projects are her fall fabric balls and this fun, sparkly garland!

Anyway, the tour through blogland is essentially another meet the blogger questionnaire, which I know you all just love.  But in all seriousness, this post from Melanie was just the thing I needed to get back to snapping photos and thinking of blog content, so I wanted to do it!  So here goes!


I think my little "about me" blurb over there on the right really says it all.  I'm first a follower of Christ.  Secondly, I am the wife to that handsome man right above.  I am a daughter and a sister and a friend.  I work full time and blog on the side so the blogging, although I try to be consistent, is sometimes sporadic and is always about whatever I'm doing or thinking about at that time.

1. What am I working on?
Oh, you know a little of this and a little of that.  I try to try out at least two new [to me] recipes/month and when they're yummy and I remember to take photos, I share them.  In terms of home projects, we're hoping to be able to get down to the beach in the next few months to start some projects there.  We're working on some serious tree trimming in the yard and hope to reseed this fall, and I think we might re-do the garage in 2015....I know that seems far out, but I need to think through these things.  I also want to start reworking on my wardrobe....cue a few fall outfit posts in the works...

In terms of my life, I'm trying to become a morning person so that I can be more regular with my quiet times, more fruits and veggies and more physical fitness.

2.  How is my blog different from others of its genre?  
Not totally sure.  I blog about a little of this and a little of that, so maybe that's different?

3.  Why do I write about the things I do?
Because I want to?  Is that too straightforward?  Honestly, I write about things that I enjoy and that I hope you'll enjoy also.  I write about things that are fun or that I've found particularly helpful.  I write sometimes about things I just think as a way to process them.  I write about these things because I think that writing is good for you.  It's a good way to keep track of things you've done and also to help you think through things.

4. How does my creative process work?
It starts with me remembering to take photos.  And it ends with me turning on the computer to edit said photos and get them out there on the blog.  I work full time and we are often on the go, so recently it's been tough to even want to turn on the computer once we settle in at night.  I also rely on hubs to some degree to help me think of content.  He reads the blog regularly and helps me remember when I haven't posted in a while, he gives me constructive criticism when it's needed, and he is AWESOME at thinking of content ideas.

And that's that, friends.

I'm tagging Ericka over at This Crazy Thing Called Life to join me in this fun little tour through blogland.  Seriously check out her blog.  It's awesome.  And she and her husband have a pretty cute pup, too.  :)