Monday, March 2, 2015

Holiday Plaques {The Wood Connection}

I love how the wood connections allows you to let your creativity sour. The raw wood that you get to make your own, and bring your creativity into your home is so fun. I am happy every time I go and leave with much more than I planned on. My kids also love it and love coming home with a little craft for themselves to bring home and work on with mommy. 


I loved my Valentines plaque so much that I created from the Wood Connection goodies that I just had to share with you my St. Patricks and Easter versions. They are so simple, easy to put together, cheap, and so fun to be able to put up during the holidays on your mantel, the wall or a little side table. All three versions I used the same technique and the supplies are from the Wood Connection.

Supplies Needed


-Small Wooden Plaque
-Small character wood pieces
-Paint
-Paint brushes
-Glitter
-Wood glue
-Sand block
-vinyl
-painters tape

***All of these items can be found and were purchased at the WOOD CONNECTION

What I did
For the St. Patricks plaque First I just painted the plaque gold. Then once it was dry I placed the vinyl on the wood plaque and painted over it with the ivory white.  I did two coats letting it dry completely between each coat and that was plenty of coverage.


Then Once the white was dry I peeled off the vinyl so that you could see the gold "Lucky" underneath.


On the easter plaque I simply painted the whole thing a pale yellow. I did two coats letting it dry completely between each coat. Then once it was dry I taped off stripes with painters tape and painted the middle of the plaque a light blue. Two coats letting it dry completely between each coat and then once dry peeling off the painters tape

Then on both the plaques once all the paint was dry I sanded down the edges to make it look a little worn. I feel like this makes it look more finished. 



Next it was time to paint the little wood character pieces. For the pot of gold I simply painted the top gold and the bottom black, then once it was dry I sanded down the edges and then painted on wood glue and put on the glitter. For the clover I painted it green and added glitter and she horseshoe is gold with glitter.  Once those were all dry I glued them to the plaque with wood glue and your all done.



With the easter one I did an egg that I plainted pink and added glitter, a bunny just white and sanded down and a carrot with orange and green glitter for the top. Attached with wood glue.


This was my valentines version I created last month. You can find the tutorial for this one HERE.


All three and I am sure I will keep on with this tradition and make one for every season and holiday I am excited to make more. Thank you to The wood connection for having me and providing me with these awesome products. Now go and get your craft on!!!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

You are a Machine & Albion Fit Giveaway


Photo Credit: Tyler Ulrich
Fitness Clothing: Albion Fit


The human body is an incredible, miraculous and powerful machine. It really is crazy what our bodies are capable of when we freakin tell our mind yes I can. Why is that so hard. Why is is so hard to trust our bodies. Trust what we have worked for and trained it to do. I don't know if that will ever be an easy thing for me to believe in my body and myself but I am determined to work harder on that mental game, because deep down I know that human bodies are amazing! 



This year one of my goals is to trust my body, trust my mind, trust my heart and trust its power and my physical capabilities. It is hard, yes. We all have doubt, and at time fear, but how can you know, how can you know your true potential, your true strength if you don't push to find it. This is true in your fitness journey, but even more so in your life long journey. 




Push to find your strength in life, push the fear aside and just see what you are capable of. I am way too scared of failure. We as humans are way too scared to fail. But that is what life is. It is failing and succeeding it is falling and brushing ourselves off and getting back up stronger than ever. If we don't go through the hard times or the times we get knocked down we couldn't appreciate the good, or our strength we learn and grow from those experiences. Which honestly I hate. We don't want failure, we don't what hard when I look back on those moments I am so glad I was about to learn the lesson I needed to learn from it. 




So push yourself. Push yourself and trust yourself in your fitness journey, in your business, in your art, in your career and in your life. So what am I training for you ask? LIFE! I am training for life. To be in the best I can be. The healthiest, the strongest, the kindest, the most hard working me I can be. 



So to help yall keep on keeping on and feeling good during your fitness and life journey I have teamed up with my favorite fitness company Albion Fit to bring you an amazing and fun giveaway. They are giving away 3 $50 gift cards to their shop. That is right there is going to be 3 winners! I am so excited and can't wait for you to be able to find that perfect piece for you. Albion has the most comfortable, stylish and high quality fitness clothing and swimming suits I have ever worn. 


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Friday, February 20, 2015

3 ingredient Nobake Cheesecake


This is one of my very favorite go-to desserts. It is super easy to make, it is quick and there are very few ingredients involved, and best of all it is so delicious. I got this recipe from my sister in law, Brooke, when we first got married and I have made it for many many occasions as well as just for our little family for a little Sunday night dessert. If you like cheesecake you will love this it is the best flavor in every single bit. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I think I am going to make some more of these now. Who wants one??

Ingredients 

filling 
1 package cream cheese 
1 container of cool whip
1 cup powdered sugar 
and that is it
You will also need a graham cracker crust either homemade or pre-made 
You can also get your topping of choice if you are wanting some fruit or chocolate on top 

Directions

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, dump in a graham cracker crust and let it chill in the fridge for 30  minutes to an hour to harden up a little bit and it is that easy!!! Easy peasy! Easy as pie! A piece of cake. Mix, pour chill and you are done. Once it is chilled you can top with your favorite fruit, filling or chocolate and enjoy!



Yum yum! Go try it out you will not regret it and then let me know what you think. Have a happy Friday, a wonderful weekend and smile because we are blessed and life is good. Hugs and butt slaps for all today!

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