Saturday, May 7, 2011

Guess Post Megan

A Please to introduce you to a great blogging friend of mine. Her name is Megan and she has some pretty cool stuff going on in her blog. Fell free to get to know her a bit and visit her.

Hi everyone! I'm Megan from Loving the little
things and I'm so excited to be doing my first ever guest post!

Make sure you take the time to read my post here, and then hop on over
You'll be glad you did.

So I'm assuming most of us are busy moms. Or for those of you who
aren't a mom, I'm willing to bet you're still busy. That's just the
way life is. I'm a mom to two girls, and I stay plenty busy keeping up
with them, my husband, and our house. However, there are always some
tips and tricks you can include in your daily routine to make you life
a little easier and better. Here are a few I'd like to share with you!

1. Put your cleaning supplies near the things that need to be cleaned.
For example, we keep cleaning wipes in the bathroom, and use them on a
daily basis.
Every morning when you get out of the shower, wipe down the sink or
the shower walls and perhaps the bathroom floor.  A little bit
of cleaning will help keep you from having to spend lots of time
cleaning later on.

2. Utilize products you already have.
Vinegar and baking soda can clean a lot around your home! Vinegar is
great for windows and mirrors, and baking soda is awesome for anywhere
you'd scrub, like sinks and bath tubs. You can search on google for
many more uses as well.

3. Take a multi-vitamin.
 I still take a prenatal vitamin, because I'm nursing, but you
should take whatever works for you. My prenatals include DHA and Omega
3s, but if your multivitamin doesn't, then you should try to take
those as well.
I'm nearly certain that no matter how healthy you think you eat, you
probably aren't getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Do your health a favor and start taking a vitamin :)

4. Get some sun.

On days when I'm not in the best mood,

whether it be sad or angry or moody or just a little off, I try to
force myself to go outside, even if I think I don't want to. A little
sunshine can work wonders on your mood! Plus you'll soak up some
Vitamin D too :) 

5. Lay out clothes for you or your kiddo the night before.
Mornings are hectic! There is no denying this. Save yourself some
stress and do the prep work the night before. You'll be thankful for
it come morning!

6. Recycle, donate, or throw things away when you're done with them.
Trust me, there is no reason to keep things lying around. This just

leads to clutter. And no one likes clutter! In fact, I resolved to get
rid of 55 things in February, and was glad to see them go! Some

people have a hard time with throwing things away or donating them or
otherwise getting rid of them, but trust won't miss it when
it's gone!

7. Make a to-do list!
Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time remembering all the little
things I need to do. For me, a list is a necessity! And not only does
it help you keep track of all that needs done, it also helps keep you
focused. Make a list of things to do in the morning, and do your best
to complete all the tasks that day. Bonus - you'll have a feeling of
accomplishment when you're done!

8. Don't leave dishes in the sink.
It is way too easy to let dishes get piled up in the sink, and the
more full your sink gets, the harder it will be to convince yourself
to take care of them. It's so much nicer to do the dishes as you dirty
them, one or two at a time, than it is to do a whole sink-full.

9. Settle for semi-homemade.

You can see the whole "recipe" here,
but it's really more just a process. In this particular dish, I used
all natural precooked chicken patties, smothered them in marinara
sauce and mozzarella cheese and baked them in the oven.
I feel much better when I feed my family something I make a home
rather than running through the drive-thru. I won't lie and tell you
we never eat fast food, but I do prefer to limit it!

10. Make enough for leftovers.
And then feel free to jazz it up! You don't have to eat your leftovers
in the same way you did originally. I love to use leftover chili to
make chili cheddar salad. Or leftover roast tenderloin (beef, pork, or
turkey) to make sandwiches or stir-frys or a pasta dish. But you can
definitely save a lot of time if you cook once and then just have
assembly and re-heating the next meal.

So there you have it! 10 tips for simplifying and improving your day
to day life. Yes, they are little changes, but hopefully you'll find
them helpful.
I hope you'll come visit my blog, and when you
become a follower, let me know so that I can follow you too! You'll

find lots of good stuff, like easy
reviews and giveaways, and lots of pictures of my sweet
Thanks for coming over Megan...It was a pleasure having you :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Polka-dot Flower Bows

I love those polka-dot Daisies...They are way cute and great for summer.

You can find them in my SHOP

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bottle Caps Bows and Matching Necklaces

Made those last night..What do you think? Do you like them?

Find Them in my SHOP !!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Blog Swap with Polkadots on Parade

Today is a pleasure to Swag blog to a blogging friend of mine. She has some pretty cool thing going on in her blog and she also have a linking party where you can show off your stuff...So, I will stop rambling and let you meet her, don't forget to visit her and let her know you stop by.

Hey Everyone!!

I'm Jaime from Polkadots on Parade and I'm so excited

to be trading guest posts today with Suze!!

She's such a sweetie and a good bloggy friend!

Today I'm going to show you how to make a beaded bracelet!

You will need:

Assorted beads

Crimp Beads

Beading Wire

Jewelry Clasp

Crimping Tool

Wire Cutters

Decide on a pattern for your bracelet and line up your beads.

I always change mine around a million times, getting it just right!

Measure the wrist and add 2 inches on each end. My daughter's wrist is 5 inches around, so I cut 9 inches of beading wire.

Slide your crimp bead on the wire, followed by one end of your clasp. These toggle clasps are cute, but I've also really like the lobster clasps as well.

Take the end of your wire and fold and tuck it into the crimp bead.

Place the crimp bead into the lower notch of your crimping tool and squeeze. Then turn the bead 90 degrees and place it in the upper notch of your crimping tool and squeeze again. This makes it double folded. Tug on your crimp bead. If it doesn't move, you're done! If not, crimp it again until it doesn't move. If the crimp bead breaks, no worries! Just start over. :)

Slide your beads onto the wire in the order you laid them out, making sure that the short wire is covered by the beads.

Once the beads are all on,  double check that the bracelet is the right size on the wrist.

Slide another crimp bead on the end, followed by the clasp.

Fold the wire and tuck it into the crimp bead and then through the first few beads of the bracelet. Pull the end of the wire taut so there are no gaps between the beads.

Use your crimping tool as before, once in the lower notch, and then in the upper notch. Tug to ensure it doesn't move.

Use your wire cutters and cut off the excess wire.

So sweet!!

My daughter couldn't wait to wear it!!

Enjoy making bracelets for all the little girls in your life!

And the big girls too!!

Just think of all the colors and possibilities!

Thanks Suze for having me today, and I hope you will all come visit me over at Polkadots on Parade!

Thank you Jaime for a wonderful tutorial...Little miss Princess G will love one of those, so I am going to get to work and make her one of those :)

PS: Working on some cool bows with matching necklaces, can't wait to show them off :)

Wordlessly Wednesday

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Now is the time...

Have you told your love ones how much you love then and appreciated them... Well, if you haven't now is the time...So, get off the computer and go tell them, because one day, it maybe too late. 
Found out today, That one of my Aunt pass away this evening and I do wish I had told her that I love her even though I have never met her but she is my dad' sister and I do LOVE HER VERY MUCH. I do know that one day, I will get to see her and meet her until then she will be miss :(

Photo Tuesday!!!!

Took those yesterday when Princess G and I were taking a walk to kill time while Prince A was in school. We are having a cloudy day today, hope this will brighten your day a bit if you are too :)

Click HERE if you want to see more.