Archive | January 2015

The Ultimate DIY Bundle

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If you’re like me, you love the feeling of creating something of your own – and you know that the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is pretty hard to match.

The great thing about crafting and DIY is that there’s so much to get involved in! You may have started with decorating, or creating gifts, or photography, but there’s this huge world of crafting opportunities out there, and you’ve probably only scratched the surface!

The only problem is… how do you decide which project to dive into next? Not to mention, it can get expensive so quickly, buying more resources, more books, more patterns. What if you had a wide variety of inspiring resources right at your fingertips, but for a fraction of what you would usually spend?

That’s why you need to check out The Ultimate DIY Bundle! It’s your instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from pet photography and home decor to chalk pastels and sewing.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.

 

 

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, and a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value).

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by midnight on Monday, January 26!

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Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.

 

 

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

 

The Body My Babies Built

Love My Body

This is the first week I am participating in the Wellness Wednesday link-up over at Scoops of Joy, and one of the prompts this week is “Why I love my body.” I immediately knew that this was the prompt I wanted to write about…not because I have some smokin’ hot, perfect body, but because I really have come to love my body how it is.

I didn’t always “love my body.” Growing up, my body was always way taller than anyone else’s. I hated it! I was always trying to make myself smaller, by hunching over, or bending one knee and kind of leaning to the other side. I’m sure I probably looked ridiculous. Plus I have been struggling with bad posture and the resulting back pain all my life because of those bad habits I adopted as a pre-teen. I can remember whenever a loving relative would comment on how tall I was getting, I would have to hold back tears. Why did they always have to point it out? Like everyone couldn’t tell I was a giant freakshow!

If I only had known then what I know now. Tall is beautiful! Even more beautiful is confidence, something I surely wasn’t exuding in my hunchback of Notre Dame stance.

Confidence is Beautiful!
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Fast forward to me now-30 years old and 5 babies later. I finally come to embrace my height, and something else comes along I surely don’t want to embrace. FAT. I miss the days when my tall, lanky body could eat pizza and cheeseburger and junk food all day, every day, and not gain an ounce. But add age and back to back pregnancies into the mix, and it seems like if I even look at food I gain weight. At least with my height it seems to proportion pretty well. Thank you tall gene! I’m sorry I was so cruel to you before.

But you know what? I do love my body. Extra baby weight and all. Of course I am going to try to lose it, and one of my goals is to lose 30 pounds this year, but right now I’m not stressing over it. You know why?

Because my body has packed on the extra pounds to carry a healthy baby to term.

My body is carrying a little extra weight to make milk so my baby can gain weight and be healthy.

I even love the stretch marks I’ve accumulated over the past 5 pregnancies. Because they remind me of how miraculous it is that my body can stretch that much to hold a life inside it. (Even though ever since I’ve been rubbing Young Living Frankincense oil and coconut oil on my tummy, they have faded so much you can’t even see most of them anymore. My mom was amazed when I showed her!)

No, my body isn’t perfect. But it’s mine. It’s the body God gave me and that my babies helped redesign. I’m happy with it. And that is why I love my body!

This is me, 6 weeks after having my baby.

This is me, 6 weeks after having my baby.

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Pigskin Wrapped Poppers

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The Big Game is coming up in just a couple weeks, and that means parties and lots of yummy football snacks. I don’t know about you, but we really like football at my house. Unfortunately our favorite team, the Raiders, hasn’t won a championship in a while, but we will find someone else to cheer for. Plus the commercials are always awesome!

We will be watching the big game after we come home from church, so I will need some snack foods that will be easy to make. I am always looking for quick and yummy recipes to take to parties, so I decided to create one that I knew I would love. Do you like spicy appetizers? Do you like bacon? Doesn’t everyone? If so, try this recipe for bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers. These bite-size pigskin poppers will satisfy your snack craving while you’re watching the pigskin get thrown around on tv. If you’re like my family and love anything with jalapeno or bacon, you should make a couple batches, because they won’t last very long. And make sure you have lots of beverages handy, because these have a kick to ‘em. They are best served warm, but you can make them up ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator until it’s time to pop them in the oven.

Need an appetizer for the Big Game-Try these poppers!
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Here’s the recipe:

Pigskin Wrapped Poppers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 20 poppers

Serving Size: 2 poppers

Ingredients

  • 10 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package thin-sliced bacon
  • 1 (16oz) package of cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut jalapenos lengthwise and remove seeds and membranes
  3. Fill each half with approx 2 TB cream cheese. It's easiest to just cut a slice off the block of cheese and fit it into the jalapeno.
  4. Cut bacon in half and wrap each half around one of the cream cheese filled jalapenos.
  5. Arrange in a single layer in baking dish and cook for 25 minutes or until bacon starts to crisp.
  6. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!
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I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! If you make these, I would love to know how they turned out and how much you liked them.

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Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #54 and a Giveaway

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Valentine’s Day Blog Hop

 Some amazing bloggers have gotten together to do a Fantabulous Valentine’s Day Favorites Linky Party!

The hosts of this blog hop have their posts linked up to the beginning of the linky at the bottom of this post. You can link up your own Valentine’s Day posts below, and we will pin many of them to our Pintabulous Mom’s Valentine’s Day Favorites Pinterest Board.

Valentine's Day favorite posts


For Valentine’s Day this year, my family is doing a Love Letter Mailbox. Just click on this picture and it will take you to the post with instructions on how to make your own.

Family Love Note Mailbox


You can go to the following blogs to see their Valentine’s Day posts and to link up your own posts:

Creative K Kids:  Printable Frozen Valentine’s Day Cards
Gypsy Road:  Melt Their Hearts with Handmade Gourmet Chocolates
My Life Abundant:  Love You More
Tag Thoughts, Recipes & Reviews:   Welcome Love ~ A Valentine’s Door Wreath
A Life in Balance:  13 Valentine Gifts for Kids at School
Rahab To Riches:  Make A Family Love Note Mailbox

You can also follow our Pintabulous Moms’ Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board HERE to see all the  posts that are linked up below plus some other great Valentine’s posts that we find!

Still want more? Head to our Pintabulous Mom’s Valentines Day Board!

Follow a group of mom bloggers' awesome Valentine's posts and pins!

We would love you to link up any Valentine’s Day post that you have.   (They do not have to be craft/diy posts, but we would ask that it would be family friendly and related to Valentine’s Day.)   This linky will stay open until February 14.  We would love it if  you would like to get our button to remember to come back or to put it on your party page,  but it is not a requirement!

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