Happy Valentine’s Day y’all! This Valentine’s Day photo backdrop and photo frame were made possible thanks to my left over crafting bin. All items are from the dollar store by the way and collected in the course of about 2 years from previous crafts. I decided to use everything Valentine’s Day related today in stead of tossing it,

The actual backdrop was created using various heart shaped doilies taped to the wall.

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I made the heart “frame” from a white poster board by simply folding it in half lengthwise and drawing half a heart with a pencil, I then used my scissors to cut the heart from the center of the poster board. I then took the heart, folded it in half and traced a 3-4 inch heart inside that one to get a heart outline like the picture above👆🏼

Next I glued tissue paper confetti circles (1) all around it and done-zo!

Cute right?!

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day! Remember that love is worth celebrating every single day of our lives.

By the way, today was doubly special as it was also Ash Wednesday!

Here’s how we celebrated LOVE day ❤️

 

We started our morning with sprinkles & strawberry hearts hot cakes

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I made these cute little brown baggies for the ladies in my family. I simply took a good old lunch paper bag and filled it with candies and goodies, I folded the top and pinned a white heart paper doillie with a clothes pin. Super simple yet it looks pretty fabulous if you ask me.

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xo

TURMERIC GOLDEN MILK AND ITS BENEFITS

Turmeric “golden milk” Tea is a very flavorful little drink that I have come to LOVE, so much so, that I try to drink it every night right before bedtime. It helps me wind down from my hectic days with its sweet aroma & frothy taste. This drink is the perfect “subtle” way to start incorporating healthier and beneficial alternatives to our lives if we are looking to make healthier choices with what we put in our bodies.  I first learned about this drink from an Ayurveda website I came across a long time ago, unfortunately I don’t remember the site’s address but after learning about it I did a lot more research on it and I was amazed at what I found.

Turmeric has SO many benefits it’s crazy! Turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidants, antivirals, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also loaded with many other health nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, zinc among many others. For these reasons, it’s been a go to drink for centuries in South Asia in aiding with improving arthritis, cancer prevention, maintaining a healthy liver, blood purifier, aiding in diabetes control and weight management to name a few. This little drink is very well deserving of its nickname “Liquid Gold”.  View Post

BACON & BLACK BEAN SOFRITAS RECIPE

I have a super spicy bacon & black beans sofritas recipe for you guys today, delicious but very very spicy. Although this recipe has bacon, it can easily be altered to a vegetarian version by simply removing the bacon; I added only 2 slices of bacon to minimize the meat intake since I’m trying to consume less animal products with the goal of vegetarianism.

*Quick side note* I tried to quit animal products cold turkey (no pun intended) in 2014, we were set to leave for summer vacation to Florida in 2 weeks and I decided to just do it. I failed….I made it 19 days…and I failed. I intend to use the remainder of this year to wean myself off of all red meats. That is my end of year goal. Now, lets continue.

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GOLD ABC FRIDGE MAGNETS DIY

I’m bringing ABC fridge magnets back baby!  This fun DIY/hack is easy, inexpensive and so fun to use for the entire family. Leave your loved ones cute little messages with these modern & chic gold ABC fridge magnets. I especially like to use them with my 4 year old to practice his ABC’s, sight words and numbers. I LOVE how chic and modern the gold looks against my grey/stainless steel appliances, gold just makes everything very lux don’t you think?

I LOVE using Krylon’s spray paint, especially in gold, it’s very lasting and fast drying and very versatile to use with many different materials.  I like to finish all my projects off with a clear protective coat of Krylon’s Crystal Clear Acrylic, which makes my projects last for a long long time. View Post

SPIDERMAN SUPERHERO BIRTHDAY PARTY

Saturday we celebrated our littlest dude’s 4th birthday party and it was AMAZING!

So Jaxon is obsessed with Mr. Spiderman right now, he likes them all but Spidey is his all time favorite. He begged for a Spiderman superhero birthday party and that is exactly what he got. Now, I know I could have done MORE Spiderman, but this is my third Spiderman birthday party y’all. My other 2 boys also went through a superhero obsessed age and so I try to switch it up a little every time so that I don’t feel like I’m throwing the same party over and over again. This theme as you will see is more of a generic superhero theme but I made sure to include Spiderman in posters, invitations, cake and goodie bags.

Since we hosted his party at his favorite indoor jumping playground, our time in the actual party room was limited to only 45 minutes, so I didn’t want to go crazy with decorations that would both take too long to set up and break down. I kept it simple and still I had a lot of other moms peep through the window to take a looksie. Some even wanted to use our picture backdrop for pix. Always a good sign when others appreciate your creativeness.

I simply allotted a corner for cake and selfie photo backdrop with props, I used sticky tack on printed “Daily Bugle front pages” all over the walls along with superhero action word cutouts, the centerpieces were mod podged paper mache letters with comic book strands.

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