"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Peanut Butter Playdough



1 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. honey
2 c. powdered sugar

Mix. Play. Eat!



Entertained kiddos = happy mommy!


The Shabby Nest

Friday, December 30, 2011

Rocking leg-warmers!

My sister put in a special request on how to wear leg-warmers. They seem to be really trendy this winter but I have always had a love for them. What can I say I am an 80's child. 

Remember my DIY cashmere leg-warmers post? I am wearing those here.

Here is how I rock my leg warmers.

Skinny jeans and lace up boots.
Just got these boots at GW (Goodwill) for $8 today!! I have been wanting lace up boots forever! Aren't they cute?

Booties and leggings.
I like to keep in the same color palate as the booties because I am not that brave with fashion!  

And my personal favorite, with tall boots and tucked in skinny pants.
I aways go with skinny pants when I wear boots to avoid bunching at the knees.

I hope that was helpful.

Now rock those leg-warmers like an 80's rock star!

~Nicole~

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Make it! Hair Conditioning Spray




1 part your favorite conditioner + 4 parts water = 

very, very cheep leave in conditioner!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DIY Monogramed Hurricane Vase

I printed out a font that was about 6 in tall on computer paper. Then I traced the letter onto an adhesive stencil sheet.  Next I cut it out.

This stuff is awesome! I would wear gloves though. My skin is still pealing!

I applied the stencil on the vase and painted on a thick layer of etching cream. It is supposed to cure for 5 minutes but I recommend letting it sit a bit longer.

Wash with soap and water.

How pretty would these be with lemons or candles in them!

I am totally obsessed with monograms and I think they make wonderful personalized gifts for all occasions.

I made three vases for both my sisters and mother in law for Christmas and filled them with candy.


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What I wore... Christmas/New Years Party Outfit

I am not a fan of this picture! Its not the outfit either. Just throwing that out there! But its all I got. I have been wearing hoodies and yoga pants all week, its been heavenly!
This is what I wore to my Hubbies Christmas work party but it would make a perfect New Years party outfit too.  I love the sparkles! I found this Tahari top reg. $180 for $25 at Marshals!  It ties into a bow in the back too! Love!
Jeans Joes from Macys clearance, peep toe heals Payless and jewelry Stella and Dot.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas!

We had a very low key Christmas this year.
 Here is what we did.

Cuddled in warm blankets and played with new toys.


Played our new Xbox Kinect from Papa and Gram.


Sipped Hot coco with marshmallows.

Pretended to be Angry Birds.

Made sugar cookies.

Decorated cookies for Santa.

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas too!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Homemade Granola for Christmas Gifts




I thought homemade granola would make a good gift for teachers and neighbors. Jar, label, granola, fabric and ribbon, sweet and simple.

This is my sister Carley's recipe and it is DELISH!

1 C melted butter
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C honey
1 1/2 C brown sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
6-8 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 c oat or wheat bran
1 1/2 c sunflower seeds
1 1/2 c coconut (flake unsweetened)
2 c each : walnuts, almonds and raisins (add raisins after baked)

Mix first 6 ingredients over the stove until they become like a syrup. Mix remaining dry ingredients (except raisins) in a BIG bowl, add wet and mix. Bake at 250 for 1 hr stirring every 15 minutes. Add raisins when cool. I used cranberries and almonds. This will make 16 cups.



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Monday, December 19, 2011

What I wore... I got my hair done.

Hair not done. Blazer H and M thrifted, top J Crew thrifted, jeans Paige Ebay, Dr Scholls booties Macys,  Jewelry Stella and Dot.

Rhea Bangles

The Anabelle Necklace
Hair totally not done! Lazy Nicole! Top Target, scarf thrifted, vest online (?),  jeans Macys, boots ebay, leg warmers made by Moi.

Hair done! I wanted a less boring look. She added some layers for fullness. I like it! Top Old navy, jeans A&F, boots from Hubs, cuff and necklace Stella and Dot of course!

I love this cuff, it looks like antique lace! Sold here: Limited Edition Chantilly Lace Cuff












Momma Go Roundpleated poppy


Saturday, December 10, 2011

GIVEAWAY TIME!




I am giving away two sachets and one candle to one lucky person! They are made of super cute fabric and smell so nice. The candle scent is imperial lemon and it smells wonderful too!

Rules:

To enter you must be a follower of Blissfully Blessed. If you are not a follower please become one.

Please look at my Stella and Dot web page and comment below telling me what you would like to give as a gift or something you would like to receive this Christmas. Your comment will be one entry. 
Link below.


For an extra entry post a link to this giveaway on Facebook. Please leave me an additional comment that you did this. This is a second entry.

This giveaway will end December 22.

Please consider doing some Christmas shopping on my Stella and Dot web page and support a stay at home mom starting a new business adventure. : ) There are 50 items under $50. Perfect gifts for teachers, mothers (in-law, too!), sisters, friends, neighbors, and the person you can never figure out what to give them. 
They ship so quickly you will have it well before Christmas and it comes in a cute little gift box at no extra cost or effort. Or get yourself what you really want for Christmas and treat yourself!

Thank you and good luck!

~Nicole~

what i wore.... coats and boots.. cause baby, its cold outside!

Top local boutique, jeans Macys, boots Steve Madden, jewelry Stella and Dot.

Nugget Wrap Bracelet in silver

Stella and Dot Charm Necklace

Ouch.... the sun is in my eyes! Coat Macys, scarf thrifted, jeans Macys, boots Macys, leg warmers made by me, and earrings below.

Black boots Steve Madden. Yes, they are the same ones as the brown ones. I love this style and they are so comfy!

Stella and Dot, Chantilly Lace Earrings


Coat (Urban Outfitters), scarf,  jeans all thrifted! Boots from Hubby Steve Madden. Why do I look pregnant in this picture? I assure you I am not!


Dont forget to enter my giveaway for a yummy candle and two beautiful sachets here: http://nicole-blissfullyblessed.blogspot.com/2011/12/giveaway-time.html


Momma Go Round


Sweet Serendipity

pleated poppy

Friday, December 9, 2011

DIY Spiced Honey Face Mask






My skin is suffering this winter. It's extremely dry, which is not typical of my skin. This mask is really helping. It brightens, exfoliates, moisturizes, smoothes, and restores your skin. Your skin will be so soft! Plus its very inexpensive and smells devine. 


3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

Mix well. Apply on a washed face. This will be enough for a few masks so store it in a jar with a lid. It should last for a few weeks. Let it sit on your skin for 30 minutes. Wash with luke warm water and rub your skin lightly in small circles, the nutmeg will act as an exfoliant. Use a moisturizer after to help lock in more moisture. I recommend using this mask up to three days a week, especially if your skin is dry like mine.

It smells so yummy you will want to eat your face!

nutmeg is good for eczima and rosacea. It has anti-inflamitory properties

 Honey is good for everything! Hair, skin and of course to eat. It is a natural anti-oxident. It protects and rejuvenates. It also locks moisture into the skin.

Cinnamon is a natural exfoliant. It has been used an anti-oxident, anti-fungal and many other things.