LOTS of Spring giveaways going on this month!!!!

Aug 18, 2014

Inexpensive and Easy DIY Abstract Painting


Secondhand canvas (framed or unframed)

Paints (cheap craft paint works great!)

Paintbrushes (cheap foam brushes also work great!)

Painter's Tape

Step 1: Look through your Pinterest boards to decide what kind of a painting you would like in your desired room.  Keep it pulled up on your tablet for a reference

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Step 2: Place painter's tape around the mat of the frame

Step 3: Paint white or a light color over the original painting

Step 4: Try your hand at an abstract landscape or something that looks easy enough to do

Step 5:  Laugh as your painting gets worse and worse and looks like something a little kid just did in 5 minutes

Step 6:  Just for the heck of it paint with your fingers - its fun, trust me

Step 7:  Paint over the landscape because you really aren't as good at painting as you had hoped

Step 8: Mix a few of your favorite colors and start painting thick lines faded into one another.  Add some white once you finish the base to lighten it up and blend it together more.

Step 9:  Take a step back and add more darks for a little more contrast where it needs it.

Step 10:  Paint the mat and/or frame if desired.  I opted for a white mat and gold frame because those are just the best.


I'm thinking I need another coat on the mat and frame...and I might lighten the gold on the frame a little...it's a work in progress.

Love how it adds more color to my living room.  Shout out to my mom who did 75% of this painting with me...I just helped a little ;)

Aug 15, 2014

5 New Back-to-School Necessities and Giveaway!!

Wow!  How is summer already over?!  I have been having lots of fun the past month with the family and now its time to get back to a routine, especially as Allie will be in 1st grade this year and starting earlier in the morning!  I am a little nervous to have to pack her a lunch and have her gone the whole day, but I know she will love it and it will be awesome!  I have a few new products I have tried and thought would be helpful for back-to-school schedules...

1. Downy Wrinkle Plus:

This new spray will help a lot in the hectic school mornings while you are trying to get your kids out the door (or even yourself)  Who has time for ironing in the morning???!!  Just spray those pieces of clothing that have been folded in the closet a little too long and they will look and smell like they just came out of the dryer!  You can see the difference when I tried it out:

 Before (back)                                                             After (front)

You can buy at your local Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Kroger, Publix and many other grocery, drug, and mass retailers.  See more about it here

2. Emi-Jay:

Some days you just need to put your hair in a ponytail and call it good.  Emi-Jay bands make your ponytails cuter and less painful too!

 I can keep my hair in one of these all day without any headache- unlike other hairbands!

3.AR Cell Phone Portable Charger and Panic Alarm

As I now have a daughter leaving home most days I get a little paranoid in this scary world we live in.  Although Allie won't have a cell phone for a while, I am planning on sending her with one to school in a few years just to be able to contact me and for emergencies.  Often I have to leave the house quickly with not much of a charge, so the AR cell phone charger is a must-have for on-the-go cell power!  Not only does it charge your phone when you don't have access to your wall charger, but it also includes a panic alarm.  Plus, its just really cute :)

They have other really cute cell accessories- go take a look.

4. Live Happy Magazine:

Nothing is worse than being at school the first week and sitting around by yourself all awkward with nothing to do, right?  I know we have all been there...so why not send your teen with some light reading that also has a positive and uplifting message?  Live Happy magazine is just that.

5. OmieBox

This lunchbox is such an awesome idea and I really can't wait to get my hands on one! 

• A lunchbox with a built-in vacuum insulated bowl, so parents can pack hot and cold food all in 1 box.

• 3 leak-proof compartments that keep food separate and mess free.

• Special features that are so easy to use, kids never need to ask for help again.

You can read more about the OmieBox here

Now you can have a chance to win your own little back-to-school prize pack from Emi-Jay and Live Happy!  A one-year subscription to Live Happy and a couple packages of Emi-Jay hairbands!   Just use the rafflecopter below to enter!  Good luck!

Jul 7, 2014

4 Diet-Friendly Treats

If you read my post on 5 new favorite weight loss tools you know that I really don't like the idea of dieting.  I do, however know that sometimes people can't eat certain foods for allergy reasons or have to keep certain foods off-limits to help them with their goals.  So, with that idea in mind, here are a few of my new favorite "diet-friendly" treats:

1. Low Carb All-Natural PB Crave:

This peanut butter with a twist is a great "splurge" that will still keep you on track with all-natural ingredients and healthy fats and protein.  I like using it in my green protein breakfast smoothie to add a little more flavor.  You can eat it straight out of the jar or even spread on fruits to keep it healthy.  They are also AMAZING on rice cakes, which leads into the next treat..

2. Lowfat Gluten-free Rice Cakes

I was crazy about rice cakes in high school and for some reason forgot about them for a few years there...but once again I have rediscovered rice cakes and I LOVE the Chocolate Crunch Quaker brand.  Sometimes I even add a few dark chocolate chips when I eat them.  Totally takes away my chocolate craving!

3. Gluten-free Lucy's Cookies

These cookies are crunchy and sweet and come in lots of different flavors.  My favorite was the Chocolate Cookie, which was only 40 calories each and all are gluten-free.  I personally have no gluten allergies and eat gluten often, but I liked that these didn't contain high-fructose corn syrup and were lower calorie.
While I will probably always prefer a Chips Ahoy to these, they are definitely a LOT better for those unfortunate people trying to stay away from gluten and also those that are watching their calorie and high-fructose corn syrup intake. :)

4.Nonfat Low-calorie PEEPS minis

PEEPS just recently came out with their new PEEPS minis, which are available in stores year-round.  I was able to sample the Strawberry, Sour Watermelon, and Chocolate and I think I have to say my favorite was the Strawberry, which is crazy because I am such a chocaholic!  The thing I love about these is they are very easy for an on-the-go snack being non-messy and portable in their cute little bag.  They are also only 14 calories each and nonfat!  Perfect for a quick little sugar fix ;)

When it comes to indulging in treats when you are trying to lose weight you really do have to figure out your own goals.  For me I need a treat every day instead of having one cheat day, so I want it to be either low-calorie or keep the ingredients on the healthier side.  I hope that some of these will be helpful for some of you and your weight loss goals!