Archive for December, 2012

8 Fabulous Hairstyles that Take Less Than 10 Minutes

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 by by

10 minute hairstyles

Do you normally walk out the door with a pony tail or messy bun?  Mostly because you tell yourself you don’t have time for anything else. Well then, you’re going to love these less than 10 minute fabulous hair do’s that will have you looking glamorous in no time. Now you don’t have an excuse because you can look fabulous in less than 10 minutes. (more…)


Hugs Pretzel Sandwich

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 by by

I saw this easy recipe for a kid’s treat on Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, and decided to make it with my girls. I did make a few changes. One of my daughters is on a gluten free diet, so I used gluten free pretzels and added sprinkles to give them a little holiday flair. This is the perfect thing to make with kids. There are many opportunities for them to help and it’s pretty hard to mess up.

You will need:

  • Small pretzels
  • Hershey’s Hugs
  • Sprinkles (not shown below)


Homemade Laundry Detergent

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 by by

Hope ya’ll are having a great Holiday with family and friends. I think we’re having a great time! ((These posts are scheduled)) We are out of town and I hope you enjoy this post from Amanda at Simple Saving Savvy. Thanks to Amanda for sharing her recipe with us. I think ya’ll will love it and if you try it out let us know! I have also wanted to make my own fabric softner. I usually don’t use any, but when hubby decides to wash his own clothes (once every few months or so) he goes out and pays full price for that stuff. If you have a recipe that you like to use, feel free to share it with us. Click HERE to see the original post. Enjoy & Merry Christmas!  – Cinella

1 bar  Fels-Naptha (grated finely)
1 1/2 cups Borax
1 1/2 cups Washing Soda
Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load of laundry.
Your total cost for the batch will be around $2.19. If you use 2 tablespoons per load, you’ll get 36 loads out of the batch which works out to just $0.06 per load.
If you would like, you can also add 1 cup of oxi-clean to the mix to increase stain removing ability. This will increase your cost to about $0.08 per load. (more…)

5 Simple Ways to Use Glue with Kids

Monday, December 24th, 2012 by by

When I think about the craft supplies we constantly restock at our place, glue is at the top of the list. What I love about glue is it’s versatility. The same item that can help kids create art can also be used to make fun sensory products, like gak. Well, gak is probably fun for lots of kids. We made some once and the kids were not big fans of how it felt. So we stick to more artsy uses for glue. Here are some of our favorite projects using this sticky substance. Click on the link to get to the post.

Make black glue

Use some black paint to turn glue black and make your own stained glass pictures. (more…)


Christmas Family Game: Snowball Toss

Monday, December 24th, 2012 by by

Shaving Cream Snow Ball Toss Game

This game Shaving Cream Snowball Toss can be played with family members of all ages or for your holiday party.  It was our boys favorite mostly because it was so silly. I love to hear their belly laughs and watch them have so much fun with us. Seriously, it’s hard not to laugh when a grown man is wearing a shower cap with shaving cream, I mean snow on it.

Snow Ball Toss Game

Here in our neck of the woods there is no snow. You have to drive an hour away and go near the top of (more…)

One Sleep ‘Til Christmas

Monday, December 24th, 2012 by by

“Mom? I saw my name on that present. It’s for me.”


“That means I can open it now.”

“Nice try.”

“No, seriously.”

“Seriously, no. It doesn’t work like that.”

“That’s disappointing.”

“Sorry, Bud.”

“I’ll be in my room. I’m requiring privacy.”

Christmas Baking: Salted Caramel Sweet Square {Starbucks}

Friday, December 21st, 2012 by by

starbucks christmas baking

Salted Caramel Sweet Square Starbucks Wannabe bars is oh so very yummy. I love Starbucks little petite collection of goodies but let me tell you the price isn’t so petite. So after love at first bite, of this yumminess I was determined to figure out how to make these at home.  I think I have come close.

This is part of my Christmas Baking with Kids series, as with all recipes and crafts figure out what your child is capable of helping with, can they crack eggs, take things out of the oven etc…. I share basic ways they can help but you know your child’s ability so use your judgement when having them help you in the kitchen.  If you plan on making these as a gift for someone (great teacher or neighbor gift) make sure you make a pan of your own otherwise they may never make it out of your house. Seriously, they are that good! We started the series with: Soft Gingerbread Men Cookies and then we shared Girls Scout Wannabe Thin Mint Cookies and now we have another wannabe cookie: Salted Caramel Sweet Square.

christmas baking

Salted caramel and chocolate filling with a layer of (more…)


Last Year It Was Lego Wisemen

Friday, December 21st, 2012 by by

Today I came upon this tender scene atop the piano. What nativity is complete without two little sheep and three angry birds?

Holiday Gift Card Offers – 2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012 by by

Tis the Season for Holiday Bonus Gift Card Offers!
This time of year many Restaurants (and some retailers) will offer bonus deals when you buy gift cards. Use the bonus for yourself or pass it on as a gift too. Either way, now is the time to stock up. Most are available till the end of the year, unless otherwise noted.

Thanks to Mission to Save for some of the offers. Check out her blog HERE and some of the other gift card offers she has!

Restaurant Bonus Gift Card Offers 2012!


One of Those Days

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 by by

It’s 4:15 on a Thursday, and I’m sitting on the couch with a sleeping baby sprawled across my lap, small mountains of crumpled up Kleenex around me from blowing my nose way too many times, and a mess of baby toys on the floor in front of me – one of the many reasons I’ll never be mom of the year. It’s early release Thursday, so Eric is home already. Instead of doing something educational or crafty or athletic, like Perfect Mom would, I have a play station controller in my hand. He’s finished his homework, and when asked what he’s like to do, he insists he wants to watch me play Final Fantasy. I should say no, but hey, let’s be real – if your kid begs you to play your video game, and it’s something appropriate for them to watch, you check if he’s sure than you pop that sucker in with a silent “finally! I haven’t gotten to play in weeks!”

Andrew stirs as I get to a boss, so I offer him some milk and he gladly sucks away while I try to finish just one more battle before turning it off. Suddenly, warmth. Wet, seeping warmth all over my lap…and though I may pee a little when I sneeze, I’m not prone to relieving myself without feeling it, so I know something has gone amiss with Andrew’s diaper.


I pause, much to Eric’s dismay, and rush (more…)