July 21, 2014

Crystal Point Necklace GIVEAWAY


So I had this giveaway up and running last week and then ran into a prob. with my server for this blog and everything was held up. Things have resolved and I'm back in business! Sorry that happened everyone! So lets try this again!

Your chance to win a sterling silver plated quartz crystal point necklace from my shop yourcharmedlife
 
Open for USA members only, runs for 7 days
 
 

July 15, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie


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I make a lot of smoothies and this one is a personal favorite as a treat for something sweet when your on a diet or anytime you need a boost of goodness.
 
First add 4-5 ice cubes
2 bananas
2 tablespoons of peanut butter {feel free to over due it}
1 tablespoon coa coa
I also add in teaspoon of Chai seed, or flax
1/4" cup of Chocolate Almond Milk, I use the dark
 
Blend it all up and enjoy!!  
 

July 11, 2014

My Work Space



Caleb & moved to a larger condo, one that has a large enough bedroom to also serve as my work space! No more stamping on kitchen counter tops,  hello work bench! My mother & father drove from New Mexico to help me with the big move, so grateful for all their help. I couldn't have done it without them. My dad was awesome enough to purchase my work bench for me, what a great gift huh?  Here is where I work and create all those personalized jewelry pieces. Of course this is just one area where all the magic happens, I also have a space for the oxidation process and my computer desk for shipping/customer service.

 

July 10, 2014

Time to catch up!


Everything about my life is busy and crazy, which lead to me getting way way behind on my blog posts. I truly can say I LOVE to blog. I have been away for awhile and not running things like I use too and I need to change that and get involved once again.
Thanks to Googles major changes to the way we "renew" our blog domains, I couldn't figure out how to log into that dreaded "admin" area. Even with their special user temp name they provided earlier in the year. Mine was expired and couldn't be dug up. So literally after spending 1 full month trying to figure out how to save Yourcharmedlife Blog, I found out just how to un-lock my domain and have it transferred with another company. Now Godaddy is my new provider and I'm paid up for 5 years. PROB. SOLVED
Moving on, I have had these pictures literally for months in my blogging folder and now can share. Took my son to a local skate park near by us. Most times its packed with oder kids doing wheelies with their bikes. Caleb got a few minutes in before it became over crowded. He loved it, need to take him back.



May 7, 2014

Paper Airplanes

 


I attended a large kids consignment sale here in Denver, I go twice a year and is one of the main ways that I save money through out the year. I find amazing used name brand clothing/toys and games. This year we found a really cool book that had cut out paper airplanes, this was one of the things we did for Spring Break. Caleb loved it!





April 23, 2014

Easter Day


Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!! Caleb and I spent the better half of it in Urgent care, my little one tore some muscle in his knee cap and has been using crutches for four days now. Hoping it will heal fast, as we may need to take him into a specialist he can't bare weight on it soon.
 
 
We did get a good morning Easter day, Caleb enjoy his basket and all the goodies. We also got to celebrate Easter at the children's museum in Denver. We make sure we go every year, always fun.
 
 






 

April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!



Wishing you all a beautiful fun filled Easter day, what are your plans?
Caleb and I will be going to church and having lunch at the cheesecake factory, then relaxing the rest of the day.
 
 
We colored some eggs the other night, we meet up with Caleb's cousins and got together at a park. It was COLD, but we all had fun. Then the day before Easter we meet up and did our first "Glow in the dark" Easter egg hunt and that was really cool. Worked beautifully and we agreed too get together next year and do it again. Starting a new tradition.
 

April 18, 2014

DIY Easter Egg Garland

 


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I have never decorated for Easter, I never had the SPACE to store decorations or to really decorate. However 3 months ago, Caleb and I moved to a much larger and much needed 1,050 sq foot condo. So this means, I have space to store things! I couldn't wait to start hunting down items. I am a super thrifty gal and like to save my pennies on lots of things. Why not Easter d├ęcor as well, right?! I found this adorable DIY Easter egg garland idea here and did it! It was super easy and super cheap and looks awesome on our fire place mantel! Worked like a charm, all under 4$!
 
How too:
 
1) Buy cheap plastic eggs (the kind with the holes in both the top and bottom – try the dollar store)
   2) Thread ribbon, fishing line or yarn through the bottom of the first egg making sure to leave some to tie into a pretty bow at the end
3) Thread ribbon through top half of egg then attach the egg
4) Repeat, repeat, repeat until you have the length you want

That's it! That simple
 
 

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

Open to USA only
 
 
 
 
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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!
Come visit my shop
 
 
 
 

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!!