September 19, 2014

My Friday Favorites #2

This has got to be one of the coolest bath curtains I have ever seen and I'm in the market for one! I currently have a Black & White one in my bathroom and I need some color and something fun. I was on the hunt and this one caught my eye the most
Which brings me to another item I spotted that would match, this bathmat
This air plant, because I love airplants and am in the market to fill up a little glass plant house
Love these towels for kitchen
Adore these pillows and by the looks of it the more the merry!
These coasters are awesome! They have more wooden shaped modern coasters
So peaceful, wish I was there now.
Love these

September 18, 2014

Inspirational Rocks // Word Rocks

Inspirational rocks, that's what we named them. There is a tradition in my household, between my son and I. Every year we collect plain flat rocks and take them home to paint them and write inspirational words on. Once we are finished we take the rocks to a local park/playground and hide them in spots for other people to find. In hopes that someone who may need a slight pick me up will find it. You never know who needs to hear that message or see something good. Caleb reminded me this year that we had not created them, we always have so much fun painting them together at the kitchen table.

How too:
Find some smooth flat rocks, skipping stones shapes are best!
wash rocks firs if they are gritty and let dry
We use acrylic paint so if it rains the paint won't run
Basic brushes will do, but make sure you have some fine tips too for the smaller details
Paint rocks all colors with messages and images
let dry {this part can take some time}
find a local park and hide them

This year we hid them in a very popular kids part, so I'm sure we made a lot of kids smile that day. We always walk around before we leave too see if any were missing and half were already gone and tucked away in someone hand or pocket. Life can be hard and sometimes there are those little things in life that bring a smile to another's face. We love being part of that tale.

September 17, 2014

Sterling Silver Personalized Bracelet // Giveaway

Its time for another giveaway from my jewelry shop yourcharmedlife!!

This time is a chance to win a sterling silver hand stamped personalized initial bracelet, this comes in standard 7" size and you get to put your initial of choice.
This is open to only USA
This is open for 7 days
If I email you and get no response within 3-4 days it will move to another person, so make sure you provide a good contact email
Also I do check to make sure the action you filled out was completed! Please make sure you actually do the things on Rafflecopter
That's it! Have fun and good luck

September 15, 2014

Kale Pesto with Toasted Walnuts + Homemade Pesto

I bought the coolest cookbook at Barnes and Noble last week, fifty shades of kale. I am trying to incorporate more healthier things into my meals and wanted to take the extra step and add in more cooking ideas with super foods. I love cooking and coming up with new meals every week, I made it a habit to include at least 1-2 new meals per week. Kale is one of those foods that I just didn't know what to do with it, other than smoothies. This book solved it and notice the irony of the title of the book? I was snorting and laughing at the bookstore from the title. Clever.

So I found this book and have already tried four recipes from it and every single on of them have been hits and wins!! No disappoints as of yet. This meal today was adapted from the book, my goodness it was yummy and now is on my regular rotation of meals.

Adapted from: 50 Shades Of Kale

2 cups packed torn kale leaves, stems removed
1 cup fresh basil leaves
teaspoon salt
1/4" cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4" cup walnuts
4 cloves or garlic, chopped
1/2" grated parmesan cheese

In a food processor, combine the kale leaves, basil leaves, and salt. Pulse 10 to 12 times, until the kale leaves are finely chopped. Drizzle in the olive oil. Scrape down the sides of processor. Add the walnuts and garlic and process again, then add the cheese and pulse to combine. Toss with your Favorite Pasta and serve immediately

Kale Pesto with Toasted Walnuts

September 12, 2014

My Friday Favorites #1

Something new I'll be adding to my blog every Friday, are a few items that are my favorites! Great way to get some gift ideas and spread the love of products. I specially like to shop handmade, so there will be lots of Etsy community art forms here. Enjoy!

Just ordered this a few days ago and am patiently waiting for it too arrive, I just love it. Its going in my living room above a bookcase.
I have ALOT of rings added to my favorites list and this one is one of my favorite and I plan on purchasing for Christmas as a gift for myself. Its so sweet.
I am a fan of small trinkets and crystals, this shelf I just LOVE and is now on my want list. I have some minerals that would look just beautiful on it.
I am a huge fan of tea and this teapot has got to be one of the coolest looking ones I have ever seen, super modern and sleek. Would be pretty sweet watching the leaves brew
What a great idea, charge your phone from the Sun's solar rays, no more plugging into the wall!

September 11, 2014

Food Organization, Dieting

 I'm dieting again. One of the things that got my jump started this time was purchasing some very cute containers from The Container Store. These are great to store all the fresh produce in for the fridge. I specially love the one above, it was perfect to hold all my seeds for smoothies!

 These were perfect, because you can write what is in the container along with a date, so its easier to keep track of its freshness. It included a eraser, pencil and extra tags

Why I didn't have this a long time ago, I don't know. Genius. It keeps the Greens fresher, longer and it really works!! I have had some Spinach in mine for 3 weeks now and its still great.

September 10, 2014

Target Toy Clearance, How To Be A Smart Shopper

See all those awesome toys above? Got them from Targets annual toy clearance sale, all 70% off! Most items were only 4-5$ and these are good toys that my son will enjoy. I stock up a "gift closet" every year doing this and swear by it too save money. I'm already a frugal money saving person with lots of things in my life, this is just another one of those fantastic ways I find to save even more.

Twice a year Target has this sale , once for Spring and once for end of Summer. I am already a Target shopper and noticed weeks before the sale they were moving toys to end caps and marking 30% off and from there I kept my eye on it. When it had reached 50% I would literally call the store once a week on Tuesdays to see if they planned on marking the toys down further. Seems like a lot of work to do, but its 100% worth it!

This sale was last month and I hit up three Targets in my city, with a large Starbucks coffee in hand and loaded up my shopping cart to the top.  Each store offers something different and some stores are better then others. I spent a total of 125$ for all the above and full price would have been near 300$+. These gifts are then divided between my sons birthday in November and Christmas. Then my mother splits those costs with me and gifts are divided between us. Smart huh? I also have a few in reserve for birthday parties we may be invited too.

So there's my secret. Its out of the box. Its a wonderful way to save money

September 9, 2014

Pony Bead Necklaces!

My son has caught the crafting bug, he sees what I do for a living selling hand stamped personalized jewelry that he wanted to do something as well. To earn a occasional dollar I added a listing to my shop just for my 7 year old son Caleb. I am teaching him the value of a dollar and that you can make things and sell them for profit. He is having so much fun doing this and has received a few orders already, he gets so excited when he makes a "sale" mostly from family, but its fun. Wanted to share and spread the word, here is a link to the listing in my shop for my sons beaded necklace. Its been quite some time since he has had a "sale" and sure he would love seeing a few. Thanks!

You can purchase one here!

September 8, 2014

Lemon and Arugula Rigatoni

This one was pretty good, its light on the tummy and a healthy meal. Nothing heavy and its a great way to get some Greens into the mix.

Makes: 4
What You Need
  • ¾ pound whole wheat or gluten-free rigatoni (or any pasta shape)
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 15-ounce can cannellini (white) beans
  • Zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ to ¾ cup grated Pecorino (or Parmesan) cheese, plus more for serving (optional)
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
What To Do
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the white beans and place them in a large bowl with the arugula. Add zest and juice of the lemon into the bowl; add 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and black pepper. Toss gently to combine all flavors.
  3. When pasta is done, drain it. Add it immediately to the large bowl with beans and arugula along with oil and cheese; stir to combine. The warm pasta will wilt the arugula and warm the beans. Serve immediately, topped with more shredded cheese, salt, pepper, olive oil and or/lemon zest if desired.
Adapted from Martha Stewart

September 3, 2014

Don't go, Summer.

Please please don't go Summer, we love you and will miss you. The days are becoming slightly cooler and the trees here in Colorado are just starting their process of changing colors. I figure we have a few more weeks of great weather and then its full speed ahead into fall.

We got to enjoy a brand new water park, it was free for the first year and had some really cool slides to go down. Caleb was just under the height requirement for two of them, but he had a blast anyways. We spent a lot of time this Summer outdoors and we wouldn't have it any other way. We live for the outdoors, indoors is just so boring.