Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Craft: Gold Trimmed Mug

Happy Tuesday Friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with exciting or relaxing things.  This past weekend was filled with some fun and exciting events!

First things first: Christmas is ONE MONTH from today! I am so excited!

One of the fun things I did this weekend included reconnecting with an old friend and making a Christmas craft and I'm going to share the tutorial with you all today!

Original Tutorial from Garland of Grace Blog
I was so excited because my friend Mary-Keith reached out to me about a month ago asking about my blog because she came across my blog on Bloglovin'.  Mary and I actually went to high school together and have kept in touch for the last 7 years since we graduated.  It was so great to catch up with her and make a fun craft together - and let me tell you, the craft is rather simple and would make a perfect gift idea for friends/coworkers.

  What You Need:



Step One: 

Use your painters tape to layout your design that you chose for the mug.  I originally was going to do a candy cane stripe on my mug, but I could not get it to space the way I wanted, so I turned it into a "dipped" look for the handle and the bottom of the mug.  





Step Two: 
Once all of your items are taped and ready to go, lay out some newspaper and prep your items for painting.  I would recommend doing this step outside because the fumes from the paint can be very strong. 

Shake your spray paint well before use then begin spraying the non-taped portions of your mugs.  It is advised that you hold the can about 12-15" away from your item and spray the paint in bursts instead of one consistent stream.  Mary and I did not follow the 12-15" rule and it create some drips on the cups.  It takes a little bit longer, but it is worth the even consistency on your mug.  Let your spray paint sit for two minutes.  


Step Three: 
Spray your mug with the clear coat spray paint - this process is similar to the gold paint, but you do not have to worry as much about the consistency of the coverage.  Let your mug sit for eight minutes.

Step Four: 
Once your mug has set for eight minutes, begin removing the tape from your mug.  If you wait too long, the paint could begin seeping underneath the tape and create streaks.  

Step Five: 
This process is only necessary if your have streaking on your mug or have spots that you went out of the line.  Because it was windy, some of the paint got on areas that we had not intending - if you act quickly you can use a Q-Tip to get the streaking off of the mug.  I used the Q-Tip to straighten some of my lines up which gave it a cleaner and more fresh feel.

Once you've done that, let your mug sit for another twenty minutes or so and then you're ready to use the mug or give it away as a gift!


You should check out the designs that Mary made on her mugs on her post - plus her adorable plate that she made! 

Question of the Day: What holiday craft do you look the most forward to making? 






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Friday, November 21, 2014

5 Things Your Emoji History Says About You

Happy Friday friends! I hope you are as happy as I am that this week is almost over.  We have some fun things coming up this weekend: Crafting day with my girlfriend & 2nd Annual Friendsgiving! I am excited to be celebrating Friendsgiving again with great company and some new friends! 


Today I wanted to share with you a fun little post that I came across on my friend, Mary's, blog.  Her and her girlfriend were discussing how you could tell a lot about a person based on their most recently used emojis, so I thought I would join them and share my most recently used emojis.  

Okay, here goes nothing.... here are my most recently used emojis as of today! 



+ One: I can be silly when talking with people.  It seems I am constantly winking or sticking my tongue out at people via text which is my way of showing endearment 

+Two: I love all things love - I love making kissy love faces, using hearts with people, and making lovey eyes at people.  I tend to be a person that likes to spread the love around to people in my life.

+Three: Weddings/Marriage tend to be a topic of conversation often (see the ring and the diamond).  I wonder if this is my subconscious telling me something more than I would like to even admit to myself.  I guess it is time to pursue area of my life.

+Four: I like checklists and I clearly like checking things off of my list.  As someone who is almost constantly busy, I need to have a to do list by my side at all times.

+Five: I love the Fall.  I love the changing leaves and love the smells/sights.  Unfortunately mother nature did not get the memo and has been dumping snow on us for a few days now.  


So, do you want to participate in the game? I would love to see what everyone else's emoji history looks like and see if we have any in common.  Also, if you decide to participate, make sure to link up to Mary's Linky Party! 

Question of the Day: What is your favorite emoji? 




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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

IndieARCS Read. Review. Share

Happy Thursday Friends! Today I wanted to share with you a spotlight about a new book review opportunity that I have been invited to participate in and one that you can participate in too! 

Have you been looking for a good book to read but you were not sure where to begin, come check out IndieARCs.  It's a great opportunity to connect with Authors/Publishers for a chance to review up and coming books. 



IndieARCs is FREE for bloggers and readers/reviewers!

What is IndieArcs?

IndieARCs central location for indie books. Readers can request indie books to review from a variety of indie authors. 

Here is a basic help video that gives an overview about IndieArcs



IndieARCS has three words to describe its services. Read. Review. Share

It’s that simple.


Read:
• Join author’s review clubs and receive free ebooks in exchange for reviews/feedback.

• Participate in the IndieARCs Book Club.

• Create your own book clubs, forums and blogs under your profile and invite others to join you on

your latest literary adventures!

Review:
• Provide feedback to authors directly through review clubs, street teams, forums, etc.

• Post reviews, feedback and become part of the IndieARCs Book Club

• Coordinate blog and review tours

 Share:
• Send out email updates via the newsletter function

• Manage and share files for blog tours

• Join in discussions on forums and blogs, either as a moderator or a member


Interested?

Ready to try IndieARCs? Register for IndieArcs now for free.


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#FoodNetworkOnX1 Blogger Event

Happy Wednesday Readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and past week! I'm sorry I was absent the past week, I was super busy getting ready for my step-dad's surprise birthday party on Saturday (post to come later).  

Today I wanted to share with you my very first blogger event that I ever attended! 

Disclosure: I received something of value for attending the blogger event. However, I was not compensated in any way for this post nor was I required to write a post. All opinions are my own.


The purpose of this event was to watch the premier of Holiday Baking Championship on Food Network.  On top of watching the show, there was also a cookie baking contest held for the attendees.  I was unable to participate in the cookie baking contest because I just did not have time to bake cookies the day of, but I can say with 100% honesty that all of the cookies were delicious.  I'm hoping to grab a few of the recipes from my fellow bloggers.


Another fun part of this event was the ability to check out the Xfinity Store and get more information about Xfinity from Comcast.  I have never been into a Xfinity store and I was very impressed with the neatness and modern feel to the store.  You can walk into the store and try almost all products and an associate will gladly show you how to use everything - and I am pretty excited about their newest feature of using your phone to voice control the television/cable box.  


Another fun part of the event was the swag bag that we were provided with - I am so excited about all of the exciting products we were given to try out.  


I want to give a big thank you to all the generous sponsors that made this event possible. Comcast of MichiganFood NetworkPeanut Butter and Company, and Boardwalk Food Company.



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Friday, November 7, 2014

It's Friday!

Happy Friday Friends! I hope you have had a wonderful week and have something exciting planned for the weekend!


Congratulations to Lyza J. on winning the Eat Well Sweat Often book! You have been emailed for your information to mail your prize.  


This weekend I will be working with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law at the biggest show Infantly Cute has ever attended! I love craft shows and working with them, so it will be a fun day all around.  If you are a Michigander and are looking for something fun to do tomorrow come check out the show! It is bound to be a fun day - I guarantee it.   

On Sunday during the day, we will be heading to the Snow Show for my third year in a row.  This year I am hoping we can get me a pair of boots and snow pants, but it will all depend on what is available.  I think Justin is looking to get a few items for himself.

Sunday evening I will be heading to a blogger event - my first ever event! I am a bit nervous but more excited to go check things out and enjoy some delicious cookies with fellow bloggers.



The last thing I wanted to share with you all is this video! If you have not seen it before, make sure to take four minutes to watch it.  Someone discovered that this old 1989 Aerobics Championship video matched almost too perfectly to Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" song and the result is just too good.

Question of the Day: What fun things do you have planned this weekend?

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 Craft Roundup


Hello Readers! Today I wanted to share some fun Thanksgiving-themed crafts {and one recipe} while browsing around Pinterest the last few weeks.  One of the crafts, you'll notice, is one that can be done with multiple people which is totally neat.  The rest of them seem to be simple enough to where you can work on them without too much effort.  

I am hoping that I will be able to make a few of these myself and share my results with you, just like I did last time with the Fall Decor Ideas

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Give Thanks Painted Wine Bottles from Etsy - you can find a tutorial to make your own here.



Thanksgiving Printable from Craftaholics Anonymous



Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry







Turkey Cookies from Hi Cookery



Modern Fall Wreath from Tatertots and Jello






Book Page Pumpkin from Sugar Bee Crafts



Glitter Pumpkins from Rachel's Nest



Wreath of Plenty Craft from Parents.com

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 These look so cute and so fun do they not?! I have already started working on a few of them and will be posting my tutorial on how I made them.  Also, make sure to check out my other pins on Pinterest for some more inspiration.

Question of the Day: What do you look the most forward to for Thanksgiving?








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Monday, November 3, 2014

Eat Well. Sweat Often.

Happy Monday readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are recovering from the festivities of the weekend.  Today I wanted to share my thoughts with you on a Health Journal that a fellow blogger friend Sara Evanchick released on November 1st! 


As someone who has participated in Weight Watchers for several years, I am all too familiar with food journaling - a task I must admit is not one that I am the most fond of.  However, Eat Well Sweat Often has turned my attention back to the excitement of tracking your food and exercise. 


What I Love About this Journal:

In your typical health journal, you only have slots to track your food and maybe your water in take, which is nice, but it is not always realistic.

In Eat Well Sweat Often, Evenchick provides you with a place to track your monthly goal, your weekly food plan, your weekly exercise plan, and your daily tracking.  One thing I loved about the daily plan is the slot where you can review and assess what went well for the day and what could have used improvement.  It seems like such a simple concept, but it was nice to sit down and acknowledge my accomplishments and my failures.  

As a left-handed person, I am always thwarted by books with regular binding, but Evanchick thought ahead and made her book spiral bound, SCORE! On top of the spiral-bound binding, the book is also 6" x 9" which means it will fit easily in to a purse or gym bag and will travel easy.  How neat is that?



About the Author:
Sara Evanchick is a busy mom that finally decided to take charge of her health! Using real food and exercise, she has lost over 100 pounds and overcome several serious health problems.  Now she works to inspire and motivate others on their quest for a healthy life.  Facebook | Website


Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will win One (1) copy of this book! Just follow the instructions below.  



**Disclaimer: Sara Evanchick provided me a copy of her book in exchange for a product review.  However, all of the opinions expressed in the post are my own. 
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

November: Month @ a Glance


Happy November Friends!

Happy Saturday everybody! I trust you had a Happy Halloween last night! Justin and I decided to stay in a relax for the evening since I have a busy weekend ahead of me.  Can you believe we have officially hit November and the beginning of the Holiday Season? I truly am having a hard time believing it myself.

First things first, the winner of the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy prize is Rhonda Clemens. Congratulations! Please send me an email at runwithjackabee@gmail.com so I can get your information to mail you your prize! 


November is going to be a fun and busy month for Justin and I - but I am looking forward to all of the upcoming excitement.

In Chronological Order:
  • Couples dinner with a few of my girlfriends and their spouses
  • Big craft show for Infantly Cute
  • Snow Show in Ann Arbor
  • Celebrating my step-dad's birthday - my grandma is coming to visit!
  • 2nd Annual Friendsgiving
  • Thanksgiving with the family
  • Caroline's Bridal Shower 
  • Christmas Tree Shopping (possibly)
Other happenings in November:

On top of all of those exciting things mentioned before, I also am trying to keep up with my 2014 goals.  I have to admit that I have not stuck with my reading plan for the year; however, I have been reading quite a few books so I guess that makes up for the ones I missed.

I am also hoping to get some craft tutorials up on the blog this month - I have been doing quite a bit of knitting that I would like to share with you all.  Plus, with Thanksgiving coming up, you know I will be working on some fun craft ideas.

Also, I hope everyone enjoyed the October 2014 Photo a Day challenge last month! If you would like to participate in one for November, grab the picture below or come check it out on my Instagram.  It was so fun seeing everyone's pictures last month, so I really hope you all continue to participate for November. 





Question of the Day: What fun things do YOU have planned in November?
I'd love to hear from you all! Either comment on the blog below or come share on Facebook.  

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

National Cat Day - October 29th 2014

Happy National Cat Day and hump day friends! I hope your day is going swimmingly so far and you have something fun planned for the day!


In case you did not know, today is national cat day! Obviously, Justin and I have two kitties that we love very much and if we could we would get more pets, but where we live does not allow more than two animals (and for some reason three cats seems a bit excessive haha).

I wanted to share some fun ways you can participate in National Cat Day today - all of these ideas were found on the National Cat Day website - so make sure to check their site out! 



1. Adopt a cat from your local shelter or rescue.  Here are some good websites to check out for adoptions in your area: Adopt a Pet,  Pet Finder, & Humane Society.  If those do not cater to what you are looking for, make sure to check out your local Animal Rescue Leagues.

2. Donate blankets, food and toys to your local animal welfare organizations

3. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to play with some cats available for adoption, clean cages and litter boxes or anything else they need help with.

4. Bake some cat shaped cookies for your kids, friends or office and bake some tuna cookies for your cat.

5. Spend the day taking photos of your cat and posting them on social media to raise awareness

6. Buy your cat a fun new toy....condo, bed or treats!

7. Buy your cat a collar and tag with your name and number, just in case they get outside and happen to become lost.

8. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by cleaning their cat’s litter box and playing with their cat.

9. Give your cat a calming massage.

10. Have a National Cat Day party and invite all your friends and their cats!

Photo found on Pinterest

Happy National Cat Day friends! I'd love to see a picture of your furry friend so make sure to share them on my Facebook Page or via Twitter





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