Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DIY: Sugar Body Scrubs! Brown Sugar & Honey, Peppermint and Sugar Cookie


Recipes for sugar body scrubs:  Brown Sugar & Honey, Peppermint and Sugar Cookie!

Peppermint Scrub:
Mix together 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup mineral oil, 2 T. corn syrup, 1/2 t. peppermint extract and a drop of green food coloring.

Brown Sugar and Honey Scrub:
Mix together 1 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup mineral oil and 2 T. honey.

Sugar Cookie Scrub:
Mix together 1 cup raw sugar, 1/3 cup mineral oil, 2 T. corn syrup and 1 t. vanilla.

Reposted from Inbetweenlaundry

Monday, August 29, 2011

DIY: Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint


3 teaspoons acrylic paint (color of choice)
1 1/2 teaspoons glazing medium (water based)
1/2 teaspoon powder tile grout (Not Sanded)



Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tie-Dye Nail Art!


1.Fill up a bowl with tap water
2. Pick out your colors and drop a few drops of each color onto the surface of the water. Do this quickly
3.Take a toothpick and swirl your colors together until you achieve your desired look
4. Dip your nail into the paint
4. Clean up your fingers with polish remover.

Taaaadaaaaa! Tie-Dyed Nails!!!

Picture: Pinterest

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

White Chocolate Bread Pudding

I love white chocolate bread pudding, it's the ultimate comfort dessert -- the kind of dessert you'll want to eat while snuggling up to a fireplace. Everyone will come back for seconds...and thirds.


Bread Pudding 
3 cups Whipping Cream
10 ozs White Chocolate Chips
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
8 Egg Yolks
1 Loaf French Bread

White Chocolate Sauce 
8 ozs White Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Heavy Cream


For the Bread Pudding
(Preheat the oven to 275)
1. Tear up your loaf of french bread into bite size pieces. Distribute the pieces evenly in a baking pan.
2. Heat the whipping cream in a double boiler and add 10 oz. of white chocolate chips. Stir. When the chocolate is melted, remove from heat. Pour pour into a large bowl and set aside.
3. In a double boiler, heat the milk, sugar, eggs and egg yolks until warm. Stir well. Blend the egg mixture into the cream and chocolate mixture in the large bowl.
4. Spoon the mixture over the bread in the baking pan, making sure that the bread is evenly soaked. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

For the White Chocolate Sauce
1. Melt 8 oz. white chocolate chips in a double boiler. Remove from heat and whisk in 1/2 cup heavy cream. Spoon over bread pudding.

Serve Warm.


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Monday, August 15, 2011

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

I made some chalk paint for Billy(7) and Boadie(5) today! They loved it! The boys pretended to be battling wizards and splattered this magic (chalk) all over the street with their wands (paint brushes).
Happy kids.

1/4 cup cornstarch + 1/4 cup water + 5 drops food coloring = Sidewalk Chalk Paint
                  


Picture: Shareandremember

Attitude!

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
~ Charles R. Swindoll


Simply by choosing to act a certain way, we can change the course of our lives.  By thinking positively and embracing optimistic attitudes, we welcome a multitude of opportunities.





7 Simple Tips For Improving Your Attitude


  1. Give Thanks – Be grateful for what you have in life. Give to others that have less than you.
  1. Monitor Your Thoughts – If negative thoughts are stressing you out, ask yourself where you learned this thought and if it is true or not. Shed your negative thought patterns by replacing them with something true and positive about yourself and others.
  1. Smile More – Smiling is contagious. You’ll find that when you smile others will smile back. Research at Mindlab International in Brighton, England, found that a warm smile can create a "halo" effect, helping us "feel more optimistic, more positive, and more motivated."
  1. Help Others — A study conducted in the US found that people who performed the most acts of kindness throughout a week were significantly happier than those who helped less or didn’t help at all. Little acts of kindness can go a long way. Give a sincere compliment, help your friend with the dishes or volunteer for a good cause.
  1. Exercise — I studied Psychology in college and my professors always stressed the importance of exercising as a natural method to improving mood. When you exercise your body will produce happy neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.
  1. Breathe Deeply – Deep diaphragmatic belly breathing can improve you mood and activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which will calm you down and reduce levels of stress.
  1. Set Goals for Yourself – I have always felt that people who have motivation to improve their lives seem happier than those who live day to day. It is important to set goals and follow your passions. Take sometime to work on yourself instead of constantly pouring into others. A dry well can’t give water…am I right? What makes YOU happy and excited about life? Run with it. Set goals, make a timeline and figure out the details along the way.

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Funday Sunday

Today was a glorious Sunday -- church, an ice cream truck, a ninja lego birthday party, and a fabulous family dinner. Ya couldn't ask for a better day!

We thought it would be fun to relive our childhood.

Our friends son was having his 6th birthday party. The theme was Ninja Lego! Too funny.

This cracked me up. Zeke's Birthday schedule.


Shanny and me helping with the pinata bags.

Danny maken-it-rain

 Jason leading Ninja moves.

Dan volunteered to participate in "Lego Head"- which involved shaving cream and cheese balls. The kids competed to see which team could stick the most cheese balls to their volunteer!



I really loved the custom hats that Jason and Malia made for the party -- A picture of Zeke with sunglasses and Lego Ninja written on the side. I'm going to wear my hat everywhere! P.S. looken  good Danny


Dinner with the family. Beer can chicken, strawberry salad, garlic bread and BBQ beans. So good. For dessert we had white chocolate bread pudding (I need to post that recipe)!

Here we are watching Grandpa and Bette's video from their trip to Germany. I loved seeing all the little towns they visited and to hear Grandpa speak German. It was nice to see where he grew up and listen to him reminisce about his family and life as a child. 

Thankful for a wonderful weekend. Thankful for my family and friends.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Daydreaming: Where Should We Go For Our Honeymoon Next Year?

Ahhhh so I have the wedding on my mind. My latest obsession is looking at all the wonderful pictures on Pinterest for wedding ideas. Today I have been daydreaming about travel! Where should we go for our honeymoon? I LOVE traveling! Sometimes I'll drive through our local airport for fun -- just thinking about traveling gets me excited!
Where is the greatest place you've traveled? I need details!
Here are some beautiful places from around the world. Where would you go?

 Riomaggiore, Italy

Visayas, Philippines

Prague


I could see Dan and I riding these bikes all over!

Monaco


Venice, Italy

Morocco


London, England

Belize Great Blue Hole


Greece

Paris, France

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany


Tuscany, Italy

Athens, Greece

Portugal

Italy

Bonifacio


The Gardens of Marqueyssac, Vezac, France 

Amsterdam

Madakaripura Waterfall, East Java, Indonesia



Pictures from Pinterest

Monday, August 8, 2011

Creamy Organic Tomato Soup

Oh how I love creamy tomato soup! My Grandfather has a big garden full of tomatoes and he's always bringing them over by the buckets! Dan and I just made the best tomato soup for lunch today! My recipe is adapted from the recipe found on allrecipie.com.       



Ingredients
4 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
1 slice onion
4 whole cloves
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of black pepper
2 teaspoons white sugar, or to taste
2 tablespoons half and half


Directions
1) In a pot, over medium heat, combine the tomatoes, onion, cloves and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, and gently boil for about 20 minutes to blend all of the flavors. Remove from heat and run the mixture in a food processor until blended. Strain the soup through a mesh strainer and into a large bowl. Set aside. Discard the tomatoes that were left in the strainer.

2) In a pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour to make a roux, cooking until the roux is a medium brown. Gradually whisk in a bit of the tomato mixture, so that no lumps form, then stir in the rest. Now add 2 teaspoons of white sugar and 2 tablespoons of half and half. Stir. Season with salt and pepper, adjust to taste. Turn of your heat and pour the soup into serving bowls.
Notes:
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-Garnish with whatever you desire! Here are some tasty ideas: cilantro, a dollop of sour cream, cheese etc.
-I love to serve this soup alongside a grilled ham and cheese sandwich! It's perfect for dipping.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

We’re Engaged!

This past weekend, Daniel PROPOSED to me! I can’t believe it happened. It was so wonderful and perfect. I’m still on my proposal-high and catch myself glancing at my ring every other minute. Today I was driving Gavin (a sweet baby that I nanny) to his grandparents and the sunlight caught my ring and spread little dancing sparkles all over the car! Oh happy day! I am in LOVE with the greatest guy in the world. I am blessed.
I would love to tell you the story of how Daniel and I met and the romantic proposal that happen on Friday, July 29th 2011.

We are honored to share our story with you.

Our first kiss.
Danny and I met the summer of 8th grade on a church water-ski trip. During that summer, Danny taught me how to surf, skateboard, shoot soda cans and make go-carts; a year or so later he mustered up the courage for a first kiss.

I was helping him clean out the attic at the Magnolia house. We organized those giant boxes in that stuffy, dusty attic all day long. At the end of the day we sat down on one of the main beams to relish in the completion of a job well done. That’s when Danny leaned over and snuck a sweet peck on my lips.

We grew-up together and fell in love. Fast-forward to 9 years later, and we've been inseparable ever since that first summer. We try to live life to the fullest and spend time with our wonderful friends and family. We’re eager to see the world and to meet fascinating people such as yourselves.  Danny is the “bee’s knees”, the cream to my coffee…basically one of the greatest people you’ll ever come across. I couldn’t imagine life without him.


The Proposal
Last Friday he proposed to me!


I had noticed  for over a month that people had been acting a tad strange; calling me during the day to see how I was doing, taking bets on when he would propose, and asking me for old pictures etc. So, one could say, I had a hunch that something was coming.
Last Friday Daniel told me that he wanted to go out to dinner. I was a little taken back, because I had been sick with a head cold all week and I wasn’t feeling 100%, but who can say no to a fancy dinner, am I right? So I got dressed -- tried to find something nice to wear. I had a strange feeling that he might propose.

He picked me up at 4:30 and we drove down towards Dana Point. We were going to eat at Salt Creek, but he took the exit towards San Onofre. He said he wanted to check the waves. My heart was racing! Why would he want to check the waves if we had a reservation in 20 minutes? He looked over his shoulder at the the Trestles break and kept driving, “Wait, I thought you wanted to check Trestles?” He drove past. “What are you doing? Why are we going to the bluffs? Dan!” He laughed at me and kept driving.

We parked the car and proceeded to walk down Trail 2 that leads to the bluff overlooking the ocean. As we walked down the path, I noticed two men sitting on a bench in the distance. They looked over at us and ran away into the bushes by the cliff side. By now I knew he was going to ask me. I started crying…literally shaking and crying. I haven’t experienced such an uncontrollable, happy urge to cry in my entire life. I was a bit ridiculous, but I couldn’t help it. Dan hugged me and made some funny comment about my blubbering and we continued to walk down to the edge of the bluff. Just then he got down on one knee and opened a little brown box with a BEAUTIFUL ring. He said “I promise to love you forever and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I can't imagine life without you...will you marry me?” I was bawling and shaking -- I'm sure my lovely head cold gave me an attractive snotty glow. Ha-ha. I was a complete happy mess. "OF COURSE I’LL MARRY YOU!" And he slipped that gorgeous diamond ring onto my finger.

Our friend Jeremy jumped out of the bushes and played the Beatles “And I Love Her” on the guitar while our friend Ryan took pictures. Danny had a big picnic with peach champagne, prosciutto, sandwiches, and German chocolates.

San O has been a big part of our relationship and it was the perfect place to propose. We sat there and talked, ate, prayed, I cried…he laughed at me some more and then we drove home. I was thrilled to tell my parents (who had supposedly known for 3 weeks and kept it a secret). On the drive back, Dan insisted that we stop off at Shannon and Melissa’s (my best friends) to tell them the good news. I was a little reluctant to tell them before my mother, but thought that it might be more convenient because we were passing by their house.

We parked the car and walked up to the front door. I was still crying when I knocked—thinking about sharing the exciting news with my girls. The door swung open and a roar of “SURPRISE!” was shouted by 50 of our closest friends and our parents. I was completely stunned. I had no idea that the proposal could possibly get any better! It was the cherry on top to the perfect day. I felt so loved and so happy. It was the greatest weekend ever.

Thank you Daniel for being my best friend and love of my life. I can’t wait for our adventures to come. U are my heart.


P.S. I also posted pictures from our trip to L.A.!

Laughin', cryin', kissin' and smilin' all at once.







SURPRISE!!!!!

My Mama and future Mama in-law

Papadoo

Danny <3


Our Suzy Cake and candy counter!

My Ring!!! The diamond is from the 1920's! I love it Dan!



Here are pics from our trip to L.A.
@ the Getty







Dan touched Marie Antoinette's sisters tapestry. What a kook! Someone needs to kick him out!
 
Our new home ;-)



Inventor of the Snuggie





 JJ's Sandwich Shop in Downtown L.A. was the first place we ate as an engaged couple. The little lady behind the counter gave us cold watermelon and the owner took a picture of us. Nice people. He even gave us a prediction of how many children we'll be having. It looks like we're destined to have 4 kids...2 boys and 2 girls! Yay, I always wanted a big family!




Mmmmm a passion fruit martini, teriyaki stakes and a mai tai at Trader Vics.

Roof top pool


Danny looking handsome at the Edison.


Cappuccinos at Illy

Shopping near Santee. I got a very cute tan blazer!

Dogs wrapped in bacon and smothered with onions, peppers and other goodness.

Showing off the bling! Yay! Being engaged is fun!