Tuesday, February 11, 2014

martha stewart enamel paints {jewelry}



I saw this Martha Stewart enamel paint in the jewelry aisle at Michael's the other day and wondered what it was. Then I saw they are featuring it in the January/February 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living, which you can find on newsstands now. These are a few examples of brass jewelry painted with Martha's new paints. Check out the full article online for more ideas, links to buy the jewelry blanks, and full instructions. These would make fun Valentine's gifts!


Photos by James Ransom. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living. Copyright © 2014.

 Everywhere you see color is where they have painted with the enamel paint. So pretty!
 

The paint, if applied correctly, has a very smooth finish and almost looks a little raised in the middle, so you can have professional results. And a lot of this brass jewelry is very inexpensive.


There are some really fun Valentine's in this issue, too. Check it out!






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Monday, February 10, 2014

cottonelle clean care routine {with a special offer!}


This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CtnlCareRoutine http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

We fellow moms know that there are so many tips and tricks to parenting and it can be quite an adventure! I love that I have such a community of moms to turn to when I am looking for advice and for the best recommendations of products to help me in raising my kids.

I recently discovered the Cottonelle Clean Care products and I want to share them with you!


Two of my boys have really sensitive skin and had eczema as babies. I am always conscious of ways that I can protect their skin and I love the Cottonelle Clean Care routine. The flushable wipes are so great for protecting their skin since it is wet and not harsh. The Clean Care toilet paper is so great with its touch of soft cotton for them.

I also love that the flushable wipes are easily accessible for little hands and they can be independent in the bathroom while still keeping clean.


If you are anyone in your family have sensitive skin this is a great way to stay clean and protect your skin with the Cottonelle Clean Care routine. When I heard about a special deal at Walmart on these products, I hurried on over to snag mine!



For the month of February, Walmart has a special deal on these products. 
In a single transaction Buy any TWO (2) of the following items at Walmart: Cottonelle® Upright Dispenser, Cottonelle® Flushable Cleansing Cloths refill (33 ct or larger), Cottonelle® Toilet Paper (6ct., 12ct. or 24ct.) and you will receive a $5 Vudu credit.
Take a picture of the receipt showing that you purchased both items and text or email your picture to clean@drvsusa.com. You will receive a text or email back with a code valid for a $5 movie credit! Sweet, right? Who doesn't need some movie credit in their life?  For more information visit www.DRVSusa.com/cottonellemovies

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

30 crafty valentine's day {tutorials}



Here's a round-up of 30 of Little Birdie Secrets' favorite Valentine's Day projects, crafts, decor, packaging, recipes, and more! Enjoy!


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superbowl & valentine's chex mix {recipe}




Sweet Coconut Chex Mix. I'm not gonna lie--you will hate me for sharing this recipe with you. But I must. My sister-in-law made it at Christmastime and I was hooked. That's why it has been affectionately named "Christmas Crack." You will become addicted. No matter how much your brain tells you to stop eating it, your body will tell you to keep eating. And you will obey.

This would be a perfect snack for your Superbowl party (go Seahawks!), or add some heart-shaped sprinkles and it's a perfect Valentine's treat. I made it two nights in a row this week (and it makes a lot). Don't judge until you try it. Look how cute it is wrapped up in a cellophane bag, or shaped in a heart like a rice krispie treat in a cute treat bag for Valentine's day! I know what my kids' teachers are getting this Valentine's!


  

Superbowl Sweet Chex Mix Recipe


1 - 12.8 oz. box Rice Chex cereal
1 - 12 oz. box Golden Grahams cereal
1 - 7 oz. bag shredded coconut
1 - 4 oz. bag slivered almonds (optional, but delicious!)
2 cups sugar
2 cups light corn syrup (a full size bottle)
1 cup butter

Combine Rice Chex, Golden Grahams, coconut, and almonds in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. In a large sauce pan, cook butter, sugar, and corn syrup to the "soft ball" stage, about 234 degrees on a candy thermometer (see below for "soft ball" explanation). Pour over cereal mixture and stir until all is well coated. Spread mixture out onto to large cookie sheets to cool. Stir around occasionally to prevent large clumps. Store in an airtight container.


Valentine Sweet Chex Mix Treats Recipe


 

1 - 12.8 oz. box Rice Chex cereal
1 - 12 oz. box Golden Grahams cereal
1 - 7 oz. bag shredded coconut
1 - 4 oz. bag slivered almonds (optional, but delicious!)
1 bottle heart-shaped Valentine's sprinkles (mine were Wilton brand)
Other pink and red candies, if desired (I used red, pink, and white candy corns)
2 cups sugar
2 cups light corn syrup (a full size bottle)
1 cup butter

Combine Rice Chex, Golden Grahams, coconut, almonds, sprinkles, and candies in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. In a large sauce pan, cook butter, sugar, and corn syrup to the "soft ball" stage, about 234 degrees on a candy thermometer. Pour over cereal mixture and stir until all is well coated. Spread mixture out onto to large cookie sheets to cool. If you wish to make heart-shaped treats, press warm Chex mix into a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Remove cookie cutter carefully and allow mix to cool.







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