April 11, 2014

DIY sun catchers

 


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This one was seriously fun, we are going to do it again this summer. I had seen the idea on Pinterest many times and I was on the hunt for Spring break activities to keep my kid busy. Very easy to do and little supplies needed.
 
What you'll need:
Tub of  "Pony" beads, you want transparent beads
Bag of suction cups
yarn or ribbon
drill
metal baking pans, we used cupcake pans

 
How too:
 
line the baking trays with beads, making different patterns with the colors.
Bake the beads, I seen people do this in their home in the over, no thanks. Guys it STINKS like melting plastic. You don't want this smell in your home. I baked ours out on a the grill and it worked perfectly. You want the temperature of the grill to reach 400, any lower than that the beads won't melt right. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until melted.  Take them out with a mitten and place them someplace SAFE too cool. I let ours cool outside right on the grill. Once done fully cooling, take the tin indoors and pop them out of the trays. After they are popped out, you'll need to drill holes at the tops so you can string ribbon through them to hang. I used a Dremel tool and a small bit. Once the holes are drilled cut some yard up, we used some Ombre super neon colored yarn from Wal-mart. Then tie them to the suction cub bars and hang them on the windows! All done! Ours all went in my sons room, they look super awesome in there and adds a pop of color.



 

April 9, 2014

Mothers Day TWO WINNERS GIVEAWAY


 
In light of Mothers day fast approaching, I am running a mothers day DOUBLE WINNER contest. This contest is for TWO giveaways for a hand stamped personalized sterling silver initial and heart necklace, made by me Kelly*Yourcharmedlife Inc.
 
The contest will run for 7 days! Feel free to share this wonderful contest with your friends and family

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I LOVE this time of year, its a exciting time for my business as I get hundreds of orders for all you special mothers & grandmothers!! I have so many amazing designs in my shop that would make the perfect gift for you this year!! I am also running a 10% off discount in celebration coupon code "Mother2" will save you money!
 
Here are some wonderful examples of what you can get for this Holiday!
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April 8, 2014

Quinoa Buddha Bowl

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I'm dieting. I have successfully lost 7 pounds in the last 2 weeks and feeling great! Every summer I loose weight and tone up with all the bike rides I get in and I tan, eat rite and I'm over all healthy and happy. The winter sets in and I'm like a Black grizzly bear, I gain weight, I go pale and feel homely. I can't do it anymore, my weight was getting up there. I have been on a strict tea/smoothie light dinner diet and its working. I made this meal the other night to slim down on calories plus I heard that Quinoa was pretty darn healthy for you, so I bought a bag at Sprouts. Its actually yummy, I thought it would be gross. Nope, try it if you can. Dinner was great, biggest surprise? Caleb at it all.

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (any variety)
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1/2" peas
  • 1/2" carrots
  • 1/4" teaspoon minced garlic 
  • half a onion
  • 1/2" spinach
Instructions

Cook the Quinoa according to package, or however you cook it. I use my Rice Steamer to cook mine and turns out perfectly every time. One way of knowing if its done is the rice gets "tails" on them at the end.

Heat the stove top up, Med. heat add tablespoons of oil. Then add in and saute the onions and carrots together. Addi n the salt and pepper and minced garlic. Once slightly soft, add in the spinach.

I boiled my peas on the stove top.

Once everything is done, simply toss it all together and enjoy!! I added a touch more salt and pepper after for more flavor. Wanted to also let it be known this bowl you can seriously add any veg's too and its amazing, specially if you have left over vegetables and not sure what to do with them.


April 6, 2014

Spring Break


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My son had his Spring Break last week and we kept busy every day of the week, I'll be sharing more with you with the activities that kept us entertained and busy. This particular day we packed up and headed out to one of my Favorite parks in the city. Its quite, hardly anyone here and space to run around.
 
 
We packed up some bubbles, two handmade marshmallow shooter guns {purchased at a kid consignment sale for only 2$}, a large ball to kick around and a lunch. We had a great time, good to get out. We spend a large amount of time indoors during the winter months. We live in Colorado and starting November we don't spend any time outdoors. We are just not getting 60-70 degree days and they are small and little. Yet we gladly take what we can get! Can't wait for Spring!!


 


April 4, 2014

Blue CHALCEDONY Stone Bracelet GIVEAWAY



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March 21, 2014

Metal Detecting

 
Winter....I love it for Christmas and that's where the love ends. Living here in Colorado, we get winter and all her glory for 6-7 months. We finally got a small break in the weather, it was 65 degrees and sunny! A perfect day to break away and spend it all outdoors, I wasn't the only one thinking this. Tons of people biking, walking, jogging, golfing. All waiting for one little day of pretty weather. I feel like a hibernating bear during the winter months, weight gain and all.
 
 
So over Christmas holiday Caleb got a metal detector and decided to take it out for a run at our local state park, which has a small "beach" front on it. We spent HOURS scanning, who would have thought this is so fun!! Its so fun in fact that for mothers day I'm getting a adult large professional one for myself. I may have had more fun then he did HA! So his little Jr. detector works good, thanks Amazon and your good reviews. We found all kinds of metal junk, things like: bottle caps {un-limited amount of these} silver spoon, zipper, some coins, metal tie downs, cans etc. Caleb's favorite part was digging up the treasure. We will be going again soon for our Spring break next week, can't wait!
 





January 29, 2014

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup


I tried a soup at "Noodles and Company" that is called a "Tai Hot Pot", one pot and I was in love. I had to have it, like every week. The taste was amazing and spicy {which I love}. So after awhile I got to thinking I should try and make this, or something at least close. I found a outstanding recipe from foodiecrush that had the same kind of concept. From there I made it my own and made some changes to mimic the Noodles and Co bowl. It was AMAZING and I'm not just saying this, this may be my new favorite soup
Here's the how to if your interested, let me tell you. You wont be disappointed.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons red curry paste {bought mine at Sprouts}

2 12 ounce cans of coconut milk {I scooped out some of the fatty stuff on top}

2 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons fish sauce {bought mine at Sprouts}

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons peanut butter {left this out}

1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces 

1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 1/4 inch slices {left this out}

1 onion, thinly sliced
1 heaping tablespoon fresh ginger, minced 
1 cup frozen peas, thawed {left this out, instead added fresh spinach at the last 15 minutes of cooking}
1 tablespoon lime juice {used 2}
cilantro for garnish
cooked white rice {I subbed for rice noodles, like at Noodles and co}
I also added: Fresh sprouts and a Red hot pepper

Instructions
  1. Mix the curry paste, coconut milk, chicken stock, fish sauce, brown sugar in a 4-1/2 to 6-quart slow-cooker bowl. Place the chicken breast, red bell pepper, onion and ginger in the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
  2. Stir in lime juice and serve with cilantro
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January 27, 2014

Snow Sledding



Its one of those things if you live in a Winter/Snowy state that its a must to go snow sledding at least once for the season, we have a hill that we have been going to for years now. There finally enough snow to slide down it, now just need to build a snowman. We had fun, it way super super cold {maybe in the negatives} but good to know we weren't the only nuts out there. Didn't last long, 45 minutes tops and we all had red snotty frozen faces. TOTALLY worth the smile on my sons face.







January 22, 2014

Sterling Silver Tree Key Chain GIVEAWAY


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I need to pick it back up again in the giveaway department, I LOVE gifting out free products from my shop yourcharmedlife. This time you have a chance to win a sterling silver plated hand stamped personalized tree key chain. You choose what initial you want on it!
 
Simple entries via the rafflecopter below.
Open to USA only at this time.
 
 

January 21, 2014

DIY Fabric Softner Crystals

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Here comes another one of those, wow I can do that posts. Its so easy and a easy way to save a little money. This one is for DIY fabric crystals. I made a batch and have been using it all month, it leaves a very light subtle tone of smell. Nothing over powering at all. No chemicals and affordable compared to what you buy in store. 

DIY:
A bag of Epsom salt, I happened to have 2 bags laying around glad to be using them finally!
30-40 drops Essential Oil, I mixed Lemon and Lavender

container with lid for storage, I store mine right on the washer
plastic container or bucket to mix it all together in 

I scooped out 4 cups to start with, add the oils and mixed them around with my hands in the container. Until no clumping and that's it! That simple. I use 4-6 tablespoons of the mix in the laundry 


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January 20, 2014

Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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I'm on the hunt, all the time for new things to eat and new things to put into the rotation. Its funny before I learned about the world of food it was always a dread to make that grocery list and struggle with what to have that wasn't a constant re-peat and I was getting burned out on food in general. Its been 2 years and I always add in a new recipe weekly. It keeps cooking interesting and fun for me, it actually opened up a whole new door of enjoyment and admiration towards food. I love it and having so much fun, who knew there was so much to do out there and so many options? Just have to search a little.

I was hunting for something to use up a broccoli head I had left over and this is what I found, adapted from cookingclassy its a Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Not just any sandwich but a super beefed up semi healthy one. My son and i loved it. Its good as it looks above.

Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Yield: 1 Sandwich
Ingredients
  • 2 slices Double Fiber Bread or Whole Wheat Bread {I used Wheat}
  • 1.5 oz Medium Cheddar Cheese, grated (about 1/3 cup packed)
  • 1/2 oz Parmesan Cheese, finely grated (about 2 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped quality ham* {I bought some quality farmer market ham and blended it}
  • 6 small broccoli florets, steamed then diced into small pieces**
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
Directions
  • In a bowl, combine grated Cheddar Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, ham, steamed broccoli, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Layer mixture over one slice of bread then top with additional slice of bread gently pressing down. Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium low heat then drizzle 1/2 Tbsp olive oil into pan and tilt pan back and forth to evenly coat, immediately place sandwich in pan (I don't preheat the oil because the outside would darken before the inside cooks through), cover pan with lid and cook 2 - 3 minutes until bottom becomes golden brown. Carefully lift sandwich out of pan with a spatula then add remaining 1/2 Tbsp olive oil to pan and tilt to coat. Carefully flip sandwich returning to pan, cover pan with lid, and cook opposite side until bottom is golden brown and cheese has melted about 2 - 3 minutes. Serve warm.
  • Recipe Source: inspired by BS in the Kitchen, recipe Cooking Classy