Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Black Friday Sale!

All custom designs are only $100 this week! 
Thats a $50 savings! Bring in the New Year with a fresh new blog design. And turnaround time is about a week or less right now!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Star Wars Donuts and Holiday Gifts from Hallmark Gold Crown

I am back at it again with Hallmark Gold Crown! After visiting the store a few weeks ago,and seeing all of their Star Wars gifts, I could not pass them up. Specifically this R2D2 mug that plays jingle bells as if R2D2 was singing it (amazing) and this little Yoda Itty Bitty.

And what better to go with a hot cup of coffee in my new Star Wars mug, than Star Wars themed donuts! Ladies and gentleman, I bring you, Princess Leia and donuts!

I used gel frosting for the designs, Oreos for Princess Leia's buns, and Swedish Fish for their mouths. I am pretty impressed with myself on this one. Mila couldn't eat them fast enough though.

Here is a video including Jingle Bells sung by R2D2 and Mila having fun with her new Star Wars breakfast. Be sure to head on over to Hallmark Gold Crown to see the rest of their collection. Perfect for the Star Wars fans in your life! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Baking Up Memories with Hallmark Gold Crown

 Out of every holiday memory that I have as a child, there is only one that really sticks out.That memory is baking cookies with my grandma. We used to call her "Grandma Faraway" because she really lived so far away. The one time of year we were guaranteed to see her was for Christmas, and I will never forget being so excited to make our annual Christmas cookies.

I wanted to start a new tradition like this for Mila as well. In hopes that she would grow to love and cherish these times as much as I did and still do. To help make this memory more magical, we headed to Hallmark to pick up some Christmas decorations and after playing around with all of their new Star Wars toys, we found the perfect baking set for Mila.

She is crazy about Disney and Minnie Mouse so when we saw this kit that includes everything needed and the most adorable apron for her, we couldn't pass it up. She immediately grabbed it and ran to the register to buy it, and has been wearing the apron around the house ever since. It comes with a toddler sized spatula, rolling pin, and whisk that were a huge hit. They made it so she could do almost everything on her own and we will be using them for years to come.

We had an absolute blast making cookies and starting a new holiday tradition. It will definitely become something we do every year, and I can't thank Hallmark enough for making it that much more fun and special!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Florida Life.

You guys, I forgot how much I loved living in Florida. We were gone for so long that I forgot how amazing the sun, and sand, and theme parks were. Pretty sure we are never leaving here again and that my new life goal is to make enough money to get a house on the beach. A log cabin on the beach. Perfect.

What are your favorite things to do in Florida?! Or maybe things you are wanting to do here?

Monday, November 2, 2015

5 Ways You Can Thank a Veteran

Being an Army spouse gives you a completely different outlook on military life. I honestly never had any respect towards service members because I had no idea whatsoever what they go through. Horrible pay, minimum benefits, spending long periods of time away from family, and the list could go on and on. Now that my husband is a Veteran, it is a thousand times worse. When you leave the military, there is no assistance for you. You are thrown out into the world, no house, no job assistance, no nothing. No one wants to hire someone who just spent the last however many years doing a job they most likely can't translate into the civilian world, or give them a house using their VA loan. Seriously you guys, we are living in this transition period right now and it is tough. Because like I used to be, not many people have the respect that they should for active duty military and veterans. So if you can, please take a minute and thank them in any way you can this Veterans Day. The smallest gesture can mean the world to someone.

Here are 5 simple ways you can thank a Veteran this November 11th:

1. Support a Veteran owned business. I had no idea these were even a thing until recently. It is an amazing way to give back and support those who fought for our country. You can find Veteran owned businesses here and here. 

2. Own your own business? Hire a vet. Most of them have years of experience, training, education, and the drive needed to excel in any job environment. 

3. Buy a meal for a homeless vet. I have seen so many homeless men on the side of the road with signs that tell of their military service, asking for food or money. Whether you believe their claim or not, don't question it. Buy them a meal, a drink, or even a few snacks. There are 50,000 homeless vets and the number is growing. Chances are, the one you buy a meal for is being honest and really needs your help.

4. Visit your local Great Clips and get them a free haircut card. For Veterans Day, Great Clips will give you a free haircut card to give to the active duty or retired military member of your choice. You can learn more about this promotion here.

5. Reach out and talk to them. A simple thank you could mean the world to someone. Listen to their stories on when they served. Ask them questions. Just take the time to hear what they have to say. I guarantee it will change the way you view the military and give you an appreciation for what they have gone through. 

What have you guys done in the past for Veterans Day and what do you plan to do this year?

Thank the veterans in your life and visit your local Great Clips on November 11th to redeem a free haircut card to share with a veteran of choice!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Caramel Apple Cookie Cheesecake

Want to make your own delicious recipe including these Nestle Toll House holiday flavors? Head over to my Instagram page for a $10 GIVEAWAY!

Germany's selection of fall flavored deliciousness is non-existent, and for the past four years that we lived there, I was craving all things apple and pumpkin spiced. We recently moved back stateside, and I could not wait to get my hands on all of the Fall goodies that the states had to offer. So when I saw Nestle® Toll House now has Harvest Apple and Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough, I went nuts just thinking about all of the yummy desserts I could make with them.

After trying to narrow down which flavor I wanted more, apple or pumpkin, we decided on the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE Harvest Apple Cookie Dough. I couldn't be happier with how this dessert turned out. Nestle® Toll House's Harvest Apple Cookie Dough combines apple pieces, apple-flavored filling and cinnamon with a sweet cookie dough. Super easy and super delicious, just perfect to go with cheesecake and caramel topping.

NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE Harvest Apple Cookie Dough

8 ounces soft cream cheese
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1⁄3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Any caramel sauce. I used a store bought, salted caramel sauce.

Heat oven to 325. Press about half of the cookie dough onto the bottom of a pie plate or pan. Just enough to cover it entirely. Bake for 14-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add milk and stir until well mixed.
Blend in juice and extract.
Pour into prepared Cookie Dough crust and refrigerate for 4 hours.
Drizzle with caramel sauce and serve.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Nickelodeon Spooktacular Halloween Thanks to Party City

With Halloween just around the corner, and it being the first year that Mila really gets what's going on, I have been super excited for this holiday. What better way to team up with Party City and Nickelodeon to help her pick out a costume she really loves.

From the moment we entered the store she was completely enthralled by all of the decor and costumes.
We spent 2 hours in Party City just trying on accessories and picking out our favorite things. It made the experience of picking out her first costume all that much more fun! She even took a nap in the car on the way home, and this girl NEVER naps.

 I had my heart set on creating a 90's Nickelodeon costume and Mila insisted on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but once she put it on I knew she made the better choice. She has been running around the house "ninja kicking" the walls and wears her TMNT hat outside with her normal clothes.

Right now, get a FREE digital poster when you make ANY Nickelodeon in-store purchase at Party City! It is personalized and autographed featuring your child's favorite Nick character. 
Offer only valid in-store at Party City through 10/31/15.