Archive | August, 2012

Where did you get that yarn!?

31 Aug

Hey everyone! I’ve been getting a ton of questions about where I get my yarn and since my usual place closed down I thought I’d share with you now, the only place I can find my yarn!

 

Knitting-warehouse.com  is now the only place I can find the yarn that I’m absolutely in love with. I’m really picky when it comes to yarn because I can’t stand anything scratchy touching my skin. You will never find me wearing wool sweaters, scarves, or hats. I just can’t stand the itch! So when I was hunting down some incredibly soft yarn I found a brand I couldn’t resist.

Now that Hancocks has decided to leave our town and the next closest one is way to far for me to drive I’m now an only online purchaser! If you go online and check out what this brand costs for the amount you get – you might look at me like I’m crazy but it’s worth the price. Even better it’s always on sale online which makes up for shipping and pretty much even’s it out.

The other brands that I buy I can find at JoAnn’s no problem, you just can’t always find the color you are looking for which has brought me back to knitting-warehouse. Because each brand is cheaper online – it completely makes up for the shipping cost.

This also helps when I’m buying bulk orders, which tends to me more often then not, because it’s always cheaper to buy multiple things that come together in one box than it is separate. Especially since yarn is lightweight. As for shipping time it says 3-5 days but it’s unusual for it to take more than three days. If it does I just assume they are slam packed with orders but since I purchase year round and hardly have to wait for it – I’d say that’s a win/win!

Hope this helps ❤

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

 

P.S. Knitting-warehouse.com did not ask me to write this post, pay for it, or give me anything for free – this post was written upon request buy readers interested in where I purchase my yarn and was completely written by my own opinion.

 

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Officially Coupon Crazy

30 Aug

Today is my shopping day! After two days of hard work and preparation I found one three free items and one item for .67 cents. I’d call that a jackpot when it comes to couponing! Seeing as how I am brand specific and I only shop at Harris Teeter and Target, as well as get all my bulk items at Sams Club – it really limits your chances of finding items for free. Well this time I WIN!! ❤

 

Wish me luck 😉

 

Love Always,

J

 

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Picture Time: Birthday Recap!

29 Aug

I got Emma’s birthday pictures in this weekend and I had to share it with you – so here’s a recap of my little girls DIY birthday party craziness ❤

Here’s to being Three ❤ Love you baby girl!

 

** A big thank you for the pictures to Leslie from LeslieGallery – You rock! **

Love Always,

J

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Keeping Priorities Straight.

28 Aug

For those of you who know me outside of the blogging world – know that this past week and weekend I didn’t get a single thing accomplished! Between my sisters wedding, work, and other plans; I didn’t get much down time at all! So I hope you all aren’t disappointed but this weeks magazine post will be delayed! Not sure if I’ll get to it later this week or just save it for next week but I will say I am pretty excited about doing the review.

Today I’m going to talk about priorities. These days I’m having to pick and choose my battles and what really deserves my attention. It’s not easy for a person who loves to dedicate their time to everyone else – to stop and think about themselves but in this post I’m going to put every little thing aside and talk about my main priorities for a while.

Priority number one:

 

My little family. They are the most important in my life and as much as I’d love to add a bunch of other people to my priority list I need to stick to the ones who need me the most and that’s my husband and baby girl. (Sorry everyone else!)

Priority Number Two:

My little business which I have huge goals for. I’ve been working so hard on this part of my life but it seems like I let the slightest things hold me back. This is where a lot of my current priorities are going to change. I don’t give myself enough time to make this part of my life something that will give my family my next priority.

Priority Number Three:

I need to start looking at the future as a priority in my life rather than a dream. I love to imagine what it would be like, hope for the best, and play the what if game when it comes to my families future but it’s about time I set some things in stone here. Instead of dreaming and waiting for things to fall in line – I’m going to make it happen. This is going to be the second hardest when it comes to my time as well as my need to help everyone else. How am I suppose to support everyone else and my family if I can’t even support myself?

So now that I’ve laid out these priorities in my life I’m printing this out and putting it beside my bed to wake up every morning. I have three jobs to focus everything in me on and that’s all I’m going to focus on for as long as I can because honestly, my priorities are supposed to be what I want them to be – not what anyone else wants.

Love Always,

J

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Purchases and Presents!

27 Aug

Hey everyone! It’s been another fun filled week of buying things so I thought I’d show you what all I’ve gotten as well as a few things I received in the mail 😀

 

More Yarn! You can never have enough yarn..

More frames and fabric! I had custom ordered these since I bought them out of frames last time we went shopping and they came in. Of course I had to check out the remnant section while I was there. My dad actually found all of these – he has such a good eye!

Two new magazines to review! ❤ Anyone excited for a certain one?

I go this big old box of crafts for the crafty party my group is planning! My etsy team the Northern VA Craftaholics joined in on this event that Michael’s sponsored it so we got sent this awesome box of goodies!

Here’s a sneak of what was inside! The theme of the party is to create something that’s influenced by the area you are from. It’s called “Wish You Were Here”! Since this is a worldwide event it will be interesting to see what everyone makes. I’ll be posting about the event and what I made on Wednesday if you are interested!

Here are some extra goodies I bought at the thrift store fro the craft party event.

I go these from the thrift store for me for my craft show in October – a money box and a glass jar!

The last shopping we did for the week was to buy the rest of Emma’s birthday presents with her leftover birthday money. We went to Toys R Us and ha a great time picking out a bunch of goodies!

When we got to the DVD section we had a tough time deciding what we wanted. There were so many choices!! I love watching her little brain make a decision. She came out extremely happy with her purchases and not one single whine or tear! I’m so proud 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Please & Sorry

26 Aug

Please and Sorry have been major words in my vocabulary the past few days. I don’t exactly know what my problem with it is, but I have a hard time asking for help. I make myself a list full of things that are longer than the amount of hours in a day and then beat myself up about not getting them all done.

Another thing I like to do is add on tasks for other people. I hear someone say, “I need this” and I come running ready to solve the problem leaving behind my trail of things that still aren’t done yet.

This past week it really hit me hard and got me into a point of self-sabotage. My list was so long and overwhelming that I just kept putting it off and it just kept getting longer. At one point I remember sitting down on the floor with my list and computer and crap that piled up too high and cried.

I’ve noticed when I’m completely at the end of my rope the best way to deal with it is to email my husband. Knowing he’s at work and he doesn’t even get it sometimes until he gets home doesn’t matter. Sometimes he can answer me right away and it’s nice to hear what he has to say but either way – he comes home and it’s like everything wrong in the world just turns right.

He has a way of calming me down in seconds, sometimes without even saying a word. I love that man.

This time I asked for help. I cried out in an email that was probably three paragraphs longer than it needed to be (much like this post 😉 haha) and gave him a list of things I needed him to do so I could breath again. Then I went to the next best person in the whole wide world.

My Mommy. Nobody fixes a problem like Mommy’s do. I told her what was going on and she gladly took on a few things on my list and knocked them out in seconds and asked for more. I love her so much and now I see where I get my need to do things for people from. She’d gladly do all my work for me if she could just watch me raise my baby girl. I’m going to do the same for Emma without a shadow of a doubt.

So here’s to all those people out there that are stressed, exhausted, and burnt out. Go ask for help. It may make you cry, it may feel like the world is upside down, and you may feel like a complete loser; but it will be the best thing you ever did.

Thanks for stopping by,

Love Always,

J

 

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Congrats <3

25 Aug

A big congrats to my sister and her soon to be husband. You two are hours away from saying your I do’s and I couldn’t be happier to be by your side on this day!

Check out her awesome engagement photo’s by Lovestruck Images:

Congrats to the gorgeous couple!!

Love Always,

J

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My Favorite Thrift Store!

24 Aug

I talk about going to Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift shop a lot – but I’ve never shown you what it’s like to shop there so I thought the next time I go I’m taking pictures – and I did!

My favorite things about this thrift store are:

  • All the proceeds go the Blue Ridge Hospice
  • You get a points card and a punch for every time you shop there! I’m halfway through mine and I’ll get $10 off my next purchase of $20 bucks or more (which is not hard to do here).
  • They have everything in sections that are clearly defined so if you are searching for something specific you can easily find it.
  • They have two floors of thrifty goodness!! (This place is huge)
  • They have a room dedicated just to craft supplies ❤ They had me at hello.

This mirror was so cool – I am actually mad I didn’t buy it. I’ve been seeing these pins on pinterest where people design things around a mirror and this one seemed like a perfect match – but since my storage is overflowing I’m not allowed to buy any new big projects until I finish the ones I have 😦

These chairs were AWESOME! In this family we like dark wood and these would be perfect for us. I even like the fabric choice but it was a little stained so I would need to reupholster it (not a problem). The problem? We don’t need chairs, nor do we have room to store them. Another bummer.

Apparently I have a thing for chairs – but can’t you see these in a little kids playroom!? Oh so adorable 🙂

Then we come to the craft room -which I only took to pictures of because I was entirely to destracted by all the goodies to stop and take more pictures (sorry!) but check out this wall of baskets! If you can’t find a basket here – I’m afraid you need to make your own! They have every size and every kind you could as for – even cute picnic baskets!

Tada!!! The fabric section. I could probably spend a lifetime in here if they let me. In fact the lady checking me out said she might almost pay me to take it away ❤ I told her I’d gladly take her up on that offer any day!!

So the pictures you are missing from the rest of that room are ribbon, yarn, thread, patterns, paper crafts, and more. It’s like a mini craft store in there! They even have a sewing machine!

More on my thrifty shopping later – this isn’t the last Blue Ridge Hospice post and I can promise you that 😉

Love Always,

J

 

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The Pocket Pillow

23 Aug

After doing my zipper mess up pillow last week I decided to show off how I make my pocket pillows. I also wanted to show everyone what it was in case they didn’t understand. I’m not really sure what these pillows are really called – so pocket pillow is my name for it!

First I cut out the fabric in three pieces. The two back pieces I ironed down a half an inch to make it a finished edge.

After sewing down the half inch edges I pinned the pillow all the way around in preparation to sew!

That zig zag triangle stitch is obviously my favorite 😉 I feel like it makes everything so sturdy!

Once it was done I flipped it inside out!

Put the pillow in through the pocket in the back and it’s ready to go! Pocket pillows are my favorite because they are easy to sew, easy to get the pillow in and out for washing (I do have a messy toddler in my house), and you never have to worry about laying on an uncomfortable zipper when you are taking a nap 🙂

The one negative to a pocket pillow is because it has the opening in the back it doesn’t hug the pillow extremely tight. I don’t mind that so it’s not a problem for me.

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

 

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Preparation Meets Opportunity

22 Aug

In this case – preparation meets the opportunity to spend less being grumpy in the kitchen 😉

So I did it! After all those lists, coupons, and shopping – I prepped the heck out of this weeks meals. I sat down a decided out of the two week list that needed to be prepped – which ones I was going to do for this week. Here’s the list in case you forgot:

  1. Taco Soup
  2. Enchiladas
  3. Vegetable Soup
  4. Tortilla Roll Ups
  5. Muffins
  6. Banana Bread
  7. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  8. Meat Sauce: (3 meals)
  9. Red Sauce: (2 meals)
  10. Crockpot chicken in broth for meals: 8 meals worth
  11. Hard Boiled Eggs: 6-8

So for this two weeks I did:

  1. Hard Boiled Eggs (8)
  2. Crockpot Chicken (3 Meals Worth)
  3. Meat Sauce (3 Meals Worth)
  4. Taco Soup
  5. Banana Bread

I’ll be doing the rest later as I go (you may notice a few things came off the list – those are the ones I’m going to make when I want them and save the rest for leftovers).

I started off with the meat sauce and the hard boiled eggs. Since meat sauce takes attention and a lot of standing in front of the stove I decided to pair it with eggs since those are easy peasy and I could easily check on them.

One of the tricks I use to my sauce is to let it cook for a while on medium low. Get all those seasonings in there and cooked really well so it’s even (this takes a little stirring too). Once it was done I put it in a container and put in the freezer. When it’s time to cook I’ll just defrost in the fridge the morning of, throw it in the pan on medium to warm up and TADA we are done. Easy peasy.

When the eggs were done boiling I cooled them off under the sink with cool water and put them in a container (shells still on) in the fridge. Later I can decide if I want to make egg salad sandwiches, put an egg in a fresh made salad, or have a hard boiled egg for breakfast! I made enough to have all three options. Leaving the shells on is something I chose to do so the eggs wouldn’t absorb all the other smells in the fridge as well as making them last longer. But now I won’t have to wait 15-20 minutes for these suckers to be ready to eat.

After that I put chicken broth in a crockpot with three meals worth of chicken. We buy chicken tenders at Sam’s Club because it’s cheaper to buy it in bulk and chicken tenders cook faster that big chicken breasts. Since there’s three of us in our family I use three chicken tenders. These cook on high for 2-3 hours. I kept checking them to see how they were doing.

While those where cooking I moved on to the banana bread! The first time I did this recipe it took FOREVER so I always make sure I am going to have plenty of time and not try to do anything else while I’m making this. Which meant while I was waiting 2-3 hours for the crockpot I had plenty of time!

Now that I’ve done this recipe a couple of times it’s getting easier and faster to do and my confidence in making this has spiked since I haven’t messed it up yet 😉 After it was all ready I popped it in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Yummmm. It came out looking fantastic! I let it cool for 10 minutes and then came back ready to cut it up and give it a taste test.

Brian helped with the taste test and decided it needed chocolate chips in it. I told him this was supposed to be a somewhat healthy breakfast or snack alternative and if he wanted chocolate chips he’d have to ask his mom to make him some 😉 haha. Good thing she lives five minutes away – so I can get away with that!

After all that the chicken was ready. I pulled them out of the crockpot and put three tenders in each container and stuck them in the freezer. When it’s time to make a meal I’ll defrost them in the microwave throw some sauce on them and heat them up in a pan 🙂 (I just saved myself 30 minutes of cooking in the kitchen!)

Since I had just bought some fresh hamburger meat I went ahead and made mini hamburger patties to freeze. I thought sliders would be the perfect lunch for the girls and I one day since they have little fingers and big buns are hard to hold. Emma and I actually had a taste test of these Monday and they were DELICIOUS! ❤ It took about 15 minutes to make.. maybe less than that and one pan to clean 🙂 I can handle that!

Taco soup was the other thing on my list but we previously made that so I was off the hook there 😉 If you haven’t heard of taco soup click this link and you can see the recipe for it. It’s so easy and so yummy I make a batch every time we run out so there’s always some on hand at my house.

This entire process took about 3 and a half hours including stopping for 30 minutes to eat dinner. Doing this every Sunday night might just be worth it to make each meal during the day cut in half with easier clean ups.

I’ll keep you updated on how it goes 🙂

Love Always,

J

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