Tis’ the Season to Sparkle and Shine!

Tis’ the Season to Sparkle and Shine

(My Favorite Items for Entering into the Holiday Season!)

(All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any additional outside sources.)

Goodbye to a calm and relaxing Thanksgiving. (I could really use a 4 day weekend every week!) Hello to the “Most Wonderful” time of the year! The beautiful lights and decorations make the cold weather (which I’m not too fond of) a little bit more bearable this time of year.  My calendar is filling up with with fun and traditional (both new and old) events this month. I’m starting a bucket list, but not sure how I’ll fit everything in. I’m trying not to stress and just enjoy each day, one day at a time. The important stuff will get done, it always does…

One of my favorite times of the year will be here soon! I feel there are never too many decorations or too much glitter, sparkle, or shine during this final month of the year. It just brightens the days. My days during the work week often seem quite long as I start my day leaving while it’s dark outside and leave work to drive home in the complete darkness. It’s nice to see the bright lights and creative designs that people come up with to decorate their homes.

Things that I’m loving right now on a personal level are scented and flavored lipsticks and glosses. The more holiday tees, the merrier! I need to stop myself from purchasing anymore holiday inspired tees, although I still keep adding to my collection. Metallic, faux fur, and faux leather also seem to be a favorite of mine.

Here are a few of my favorite items that I am loving this holiday season! Many of these items are on sale for better prices now. The prices listed below are the original prices of the items. Let me know which items are your favorites!

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  1. The Sweet Smell of Christmas Melted Matte Lipstick Set

I love these lipsticks! All of the colors are great and they smell amazing, plus the lipstick is long lasting!

https://www.toofaced.com/shop/lips/melted-lipsticks/the-sweet-smell-of-christmas/90694.html?cgid=melted-lipsticks#start=1

  1. Santa Baby Sweatshirt

This sweatshirt caught my eye from the minute I saw it! It’s a comfy sweatshirt made by Grayson Threads found at Target.

https://www.target.com/p/grayson-threads-women-s-holiday-santa-baby-crew-sleep-sweatshirt-red/-/A-53868237?preselect=53738429#lnk=sametab

  1. Sheeny Metallic Gunmetal Leggings

Let me just say, these leggings are a bit bold for me, but when I put them on, I smiled so big! Completely a bold statement for me, but they are comfortable and I think you can dress them up or down to make them fit into your style! It is the season to “Sparkle,” so why not be bold and beautiful and remember to “Shine!”

https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/f21/bottoms/2000299402

  1. Apt. 9 Christmas Tees from Kohls

    This shirt was one of my favorites. I like the casual grey tee with a little bit of metallic and I liked the wording on this one. There are many other Christmas tee prints that you may fall in love with too.

https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-3568842/womens-apt-9-graphic-v-neck-christmas-tee.jsp?color=Christmas%20Nap&prdPV=1

  1. Revlon Kiss Sugar Scrub Lip Gloss

My lips get super dry from the cold weather and wearing a lot of matte lipstick (for long wearing, long days). This lip sugar scrub isn’t too rough on your lips and has a light minty flavor! It is a great moisturizer as well!

https://www.target.com/p/revlon-kiss-lip-balm-with-spf-111-sugar-mint/-/A-52466941

  1. You’re the One that I Want, High Waisted Leggings in Burgundy

These are also a little bit bolder than I’m use to…They are definitely form fitting and they are quite warm. You can also dress these up or down. Perfect for a night on the town!

https://shopthemint.com/collections/leggings/products/youre-the-one-that-i-want-highwaisted-l?variant=17194617602106

  1. Junior’s Checklist Fleece Sweatshirt

This sweatshirt is so soft and comfy. Cute, metallic wording and great to throw on for a chilly day outside. Pairs nice with a warm cup of hot chocolate!

https://www.kohls.com/product/prd-3419988/juniors-christmas-checklist-fleece-sweatshirt.jsp?prdPV=27

  1. Philosophy Holiday Lip Shine

I loved these years ago, they were one of my favorite glosses to use! I liked how they smelled and tasted and weren’t too sticky. They are a nice additional shine on your lips. I originally looked for one of my favorites and then I saw this holiday collection, which actually is a great deal on QVC compared to buying just one and having it shipped.

https://www.qvc.com/qvc.product.A341871.html?colorId=000&sizeId=000&ref=GBA&cm_mmc=GOOGLESHOPPINGFEED-_-GShopping|

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DIY Photo Frames

DIY Photo Frames

This is such a simple DIY Project! Create your own customized photo frame. The holidays are right around the corner and this could make a perfect personalized gift for someone or create one for yourself to match your holiday decor. If you want something more permanent, create one for everyday use!

Materials

  • Wooden Frame/Wooden Clip Frame ($1.00 each Michaels)

  • 1 Sheet of Scrapbook Paper per Item ($0.69 each Hobby Lobby)

  • Mod Podge (I use clear matte.) ($5.99 Hobby Lobby)

  • Foam Paint Brush ($1.99 Hobby Lobby)

  • Acrylic Paint ($1.99 Hobby Lobby)

  • Ruler

  • Scissors

  • Glue (I use Elmer’s.)

  • Pencil

  1. First, choose scrapbook paper and acrylic paint to your liking.

  2. Second, measure the paper needed for each item that you are making. I place the paper on the object and then I trace around the frame or any places that will need cut out.

  3. Next, cut out the border for each frame.

  4. Then, paint the sides and the back of your frame with the paint color of your choice.

  5. Use glue on the paper and place on the wooden surface to fit your frame. Smooth out any creases. I usually will let it dry for about 12 hours. Add a second coat of paint if needed.

  6. Take your foam brush and use the mod podge to seal your scrapbook paper to your frame.

  7. Finally, choose a picture and add it into your frame!

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Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Here is a new fall recipe to try on one of these chilly nights that we’ve been having lately.

Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1lb Ground Turkey

  • 2 Tbsp EVOO

  • 15oz Can of Pumpkin

  • 15oz Can of Kidney Beans

  • 15oz Can of Pinto Beans

  • 15oz Can of Diced Fired Tomatoes

  • Onion Salt

  • Garlic Salt

  • Nutmeg

  • 2 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • 2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar

  • 1 Cup of Water

  • 1 Chili Packet

  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

  • Tortilla Chips (0ptional)

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan pour in about 2 tablespoons of EVOO. Add your ground turkey and cook on medium-high heat until cooked thoroughly.

  2. In a stock pot, add your pumpkin, brown sugar, kidney beans, pinto beans, diced fired tomatoes, chili packet, and pumpkin pie spice.

  3. Cook on medium-high heat and stir to blend the flavors. Once your ground turkey has finished cooking, add that into your chili mixture.

  4. I added one cup of water to loosen the mixture. Then, I added the garlic salt, onion salt, and nutmeg to season my chili to my liking.

  5. Set on simmer and let all of the flavors blend together for at least 30 minutes.

  6. When ready to serve, add some shredded cheddar cheese or whatever cheese you like on top of the chili. I also added tortilla chips to mine!

  7. Enjoy your pumpkin chili!

 

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Back to School Teacher Favorites

(All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any additional outside sources.)

Hey friends! Sorry that I haven’t posted in a few months. I’ve had that blogging itch and all summer long I have wanted to post articles, but while starting a new job in May on top of still working two part time jobs from time to time, there are many nights that I’ve been completely exhausted and too tired to write. As the summer school program that I taught is coming to an end, I decided that a great way to get back on track would be to write a new blog post, so why not share some of my favorite items for going back to school if you are a teacher!

It’s that time again…Summer was here and flew by and now it’s time to get ready for “Back to School!” One of my favorite places to shop for items for the classroom would have to be at Target in their “Bullseye Playground” section. Fun classroom items that are sold at such a great price! You will see some of the ones that I chose below.

One of my favorite subjects to teach is reading, along with children’s literacy. I love introducting new books and authors to my students. Kohls has an awesome program called “Kohls Cares.” When you purchase one of the select items from “Kohls Cares,” 100% of the net profit is donated to charitable organizations. Each item is only $5.00. Some of the items this year are Pete the Cat, Biscuit, Batman, Pinkalicious, as well as others. I also love how there are stuffed animals that go along with the books.

Here are a few of my favorite purchases to start off the school year!

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My Favorite Gingham Picks

My Favorite Gingham Picks

You can never go wrong with a black and white print.  I’m loving anything that is gingham print lately!  Whether you are going to a farmer’s market, having a picnic, or meeting up for brunch, this pattern is a perfect pick!

Here are some of my favorite gingham picks for spring.

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How do you feel about gingham?  What are some of your favorite gingham printed items?

Lemon Lavender Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon Lavender Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

One of my favorite plants and scents would have to be lavender. Last year, my lavender bush tripled in size and I harvested a ton of lavender from it. I really enjoying cooking with lavender. It’s not a super common herb used in cooking, but I love the unique flavor that it can add to any recipe.

If you love the taste of lavender like myself, these cupcakes need to be put on your “To Do List” to make! They were delicious! Here is the recipe for Lemon Lavender Cupcakes. (It’s actually quite simple and easy to make!)

Lemon Lavender Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes approximately: 24 Cupcakes                                                        Time: 30-40 Minutes

  • 1 box of Pillsbury “Lemon” Cake Mix

  • 3 Eggs

  • 1 Cup of Water

  • ½ Cup of Vegetable Oil

  • Dried Lavender (1-2 tablespoons, depending on how strong you want the lavender flavor to be.)

  • Pillsbury Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Muffin Tin

  • Cupcake Liners

  • (Pre-made Cream Cheese Frosting) or substitute with your favorite frosting

  1. Set your oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating, line your muffin tin with cupcake liners.

  2. In a large bowl, add your lemon cake mix, eggs, water, and vegetable oil. Beat and mix well.

  3. Add your lavender and gently stir into the mixture.

  4. Pour batter into your cupcake liners until about half full in your muffin tin.

  5. Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 19-23 minutes.

  6. You will want to allow your cupcakes to cool for about 10-15 minutes so the icing will not melt on them.

  7. Finally, ice your cupcakes with cream cheese frosting or a frosting of your liking.

  8. Enjoy your Lemon Lavender Cupcakes!