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Spring Ball

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Today is the first day of Spring Ball!

I can’t believe we are already back into Football!

Honestly, I’m not ready.  The Mr. did three sports this year: Football, Basketball, and Baseball.  We have had less than a month of no sports so I’m not ready for Spring Ball.  The daily practices and so forth.

Originally they weren’t going to do Spring Ball because the head coach is taking a job at another High School and they haven’t hired a new head coach yet.  I was relieved that there wasn’t going to be Spring Ball with the wedding a little over a month away.  I mean, it would be nice to have priority for the wedding and all the final details.  But…here we are, back in football.  When the game comes around I know I will be singing a different tune since I love watching it, but as for the long days and extended practices…so not looking forward to it.

Etsy Sell!

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Many of you are big-time, amazing Etsy Sellers, but I’m a small-time, beginner Etsy Seller.  So…I got my 2nd sell ever on my ETSY (http://www.etsy.com/shop/AandECreations) and I couldn’t be more excited.  My mom and I do this as a hobby and therefore don’t have many products, but you can be guaranteed that every one of them is made with LOVE!

I just LOVE this Texas Longhorn Hook Em Wreath!

That’s all!  I just wanted to share it with you!  One day…just maybe…One day…I could do this full time!  Dreams can come true!

DIY Sunburst Mirror

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Wall decor…I never know what to do with our wall decor because I never want anything too permanent.  We live in an apartment right now, so I don’t want to purchase large/expensive pieces of decor in fear that they won’t fit with our next place.

The solution…searching on Pinterest!

I found a DIY Sunburst Mirror which I can’t find now (SORRY!!  I would love to give credit to the original creator).   Well, I liked the look of this one and it didn’t require me to go out and get a lot of supplies.  Score!  This was the one for me!

The base of the sunburst is actually a  Metal “Sticks” Pillar Candle Holder from Hobby Lobby!  Genius!

There were two sizes of these so you can also create a smaller sunburst mirror.  The one we got, the larger one, creates a sunburst that is about 2 feet in diameter.  I liked this size since it was going up on our wall next to the couch, I wanted it larger.

When at Hobby Lobby, you also need to go and buy some mirrors.  I took the candle holder back with me to make sure that the large, center mirror would be the best size.  I got one that was just slightly larger than the base of the candle holder so that it would be completely covered (~4″).  Then I got some small mirrors to put on the ends (~1″).  You’ll need about 32 of these if you have one on every end.  If you don’t have  a glue gun and glue sticks you will need that and also a way to hang it on the wall.  I had a metal bracket that is used to hang picture frames on hand and that’s what I used.  The candle holder was $9.99 (Got it during 50% off sale), the center mirror was $2.99 (Used 40% off coupon), and the small mirrors were $2.47 a bag, bought 2 bags (Used 40% off coupon on both of them).  Grand total: ~$9

To get started, you will need to slowly and carefully pull each one of the “sticks” on the candle holder back so that they are flat with the base.  I left mine a little higher so that they would project from the wall.  Be very careful when you are doing this because the metal will snap.  I broke one off when I was doing it.  I could have super glued it back on, but I liked that it added a little bit more variety on to the orientation of the sticks.

Once you have pulled them all back, using hot glue or super glue to glue the larger mirror into place over the base of the candle holder.

Once this is done, you can glue the smaller mirrors onto each end of the “sticks” that you have folded down.  Make sure those are set, flip it over, superglue the bracket on the back.  I let this sit over night because I didn’t want my mirror to come tumbling down once I put it up.

And viola!!  You have yourself a homemade, DIY SUNBURST MIRROR!!

I love ours and I’m pretty sure that no matter where we move in the future, that this will remain a part of our decor.

Hope you enjoy this!  Stay tuned to for more DIY projects as I make my journey towards being a wifey!!  Follow us on Facebook!

Brown Sugar Scrub- Simply Amazing!

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I came across a Brown Sugar Scrub “recipe” on The Idea Room and decided I would give it a shot.   In the past, I haven’t made them in fear of not liking it and wasting all that olive oil.

It’s a good thing I tried it…I love it!!

Here’s the “Recipe”:

1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons honey

Now, it’s not the prettiest thing, but the results are amazing! It makes my skin feel so soft!

I put the scrub in a mason jar since that is what I had on hand, but you could easily find a cuter jar and bottle this for friends for Christmas gifts.  Any girl who likes to spoil herself a little would love this because it’s a mini spa treatment.

The brown sugar definitely exfoliates, and the oil and honey hydrates your skin.

When writing this post, I wanted to learn more about why olive oil and honey are so great for your skin.  I found a lot of really interesting information from a lot of different website.  They were all summed up on the “Skin Care” section of Wikipedia.  Olive oil is known as a deep penetrating moisturizer that will actually soften your tissue.  One of the most interesting benefits of Olive Oil is a study that shows a “Protective effect of topically applied olive oil against photocarcinogenesis following UVB exposure of mice”.

Wow!  Who knew?!

Now on to honey…What does honey do for you?  Well, it’s pretty much just as amazing as the olive oil!  Honey is a natural source of anti-oxidants and anti-microbials!  Wow!  I’m LOVING this scrub more and more!  On top of that, honey is a moisturizer.

So, with all of the benefits of olive oil and honey for your skin along with the exfoliation of the brown sugar…no wonder this scrub makes my skin feel amazing!!

So, go for it!  Go make it and let me know what you think!

Bridal Shape

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So…as many girls know, the time you want to be in some of the best shape is your wedding day!

For several reasons:

  • You want to be an absolutely stunning bride!  (The prettiest to ever exist)
  • You will look back at these pictures…forever
  • With the internet today, your pictures will be posted for eternity
  • You want to look good in your bikini for the honeymoon
  • You want to get in shape before you have kids (Once you start having kids, it only gets harder)
  • And many more!

Here I am, less than 5 months before my big day and I still haven’t lost the weight.  Back in August when we first got engaged I started doing the stairs at work on my lunch break.  Then the holidays came…Oh yes…the holiday weight gain.  Then I just got discouraged and stopped all together.  Well, I just signed up for MyFitnessPal and I hope that this will encourage me.

I was slightly disappointed with the lack of exercise entries that they have, but am happy with their food entries.  At least this way I will be able to keep track of my food intake.  I think that will probably be a big one for me.  I’ve been doing better with the exercising (started at nothing), but I haven’t really been limiting my food intake.  We’ll see how long I will keep up with this.  Hopefully longer than I did with the Special K diet.  That one only lasted 2 meals.  Yep, 2 meals!  I was so hungry that during class at church my stomach was growling loud enough for the people around me to hear.  So not worth it to me!

Savor Each Other

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I think a large part of having a successful marriage is to truly treasure each other and like this Dove chocolate says, “Savor small romantic moments”. After all, it’s the little, daily things that keep our relationships going for years and years. I have always said that I would rather have someone who is by my side day by day than someone who does grandiose romantic gestures once in a while. I mean, I’m still a girl, and I still need some romance, but not the large, extravagant type because I savor our small romantic moments.

***This is a post that I had written for South Texas Wedding but I wanted to share it here as well.

Cooking Pot Roast

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Not sure how I want to set up these recipe posts, but here goes the first one!!

So, the temperature is dropping down to 30 degrees tonight so what better food to cook then pot roast!!

Couple reasons:

  1. You have to cook it for 4 hours so it will keep the kitchen hot.  Great for your electricity bill for a couple of hours.  :-)
  2. It’s a cozy meal!
  3. When you are done cooking and turned off the oven…open it!  Let all that heat escape into the house!

To start this COZY MEAL, you will need to pick up several things at the grocery store.

  • Chuck Roast (size dependent on your family)
  • Red Potatoes
  • Corn (frozen, can, or raw…up to you!)
  • Carrots
  • Vegetable Lipton Soup Pack
  • Corn Bread (I buy Jiffy Corn Bread pack for a quick corn bread)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Take a 9 x 13″ pan that has a lid and place the chuck roast in it.  fill the pan to where it is covering the chuck roast about 1/3 of the way up.  Sprinkle one of the vegetable Lipton soup packs around the roast in the water.   Put the lid on the pan, stick in the oven and go!  Cook for about 1 1/2 and check on it.  If it’s about a 1.5 lb chuck roast then you can add the potatoes at the hour and a half mark.   Cook another 30 minutes and add the carrots.  I had baby carrots on hand so that what I used.  Cook the corn separately based on the directions.  I buy frozen sweet corn that is steamable in the microwave in just 4 minutes.  The corn bread can be placed in the oven along with the chuck roast based on the cook time needed.  I like to use a muffin pan for the corn bread and I just slid it in next to the pot roast when I stuck in the carrots.

And ta dah!!  Chuck Roast, Carrots, Potatoes, Corn, and Corn Bread are served!

(This picture is taken from a previous cooking time, but the same thing!)

Hope you enjoy your Hearty Meal!