Monday, October 20, 2014

A Relaxing Weekend

I have been going to Tennessee multiple times a year since I was little.  I have kind of gotten burnt out on going there because we did the same things every time: shop, arcade, Dollywood, eat out.   We went to Gatlinburg this weekend with my aunt and uncle, and it was such a different experience than we're used to!

We left after work on Friday and headed down there right away.  My first priority was getting a snack, so we walked down the street and got an Ogledog from Fannie Farkle's.  If you've never been, it's a hole-in-the-wall arcade that also has some food.  I loveeeeee Ogledogs, but no one else was brave enough to eat one.

We walked around a little bit and I was so sad Jer wouldn't buy these matching shirts.  Every party has a pooper.  

The next morning, we all enjoyed a breakfast and coffee at Dunkin Donuts and headed to Cade's Cove.  Jer and my uncle rode bikes while we drove the car around the park.  I never would have made it eleven miles, so I am thankful we chose to drive instead.  I went to Cade's Cove when I was little, but I didn't remember any details.  

We saw this van and I'm thinking this will be us in a few years.

 I enjoyed taking pictures of all of the cabins and churches.  It was a perfect day; it was cool enough for the bikers, but not cold.

About halfway through the elven-mile loop, we stopped to have a picnic, watch a blacksmith demonstration, and look at the mill.  

I was hoping to see a bear, but all we saw were two measly turkeys. 

It was such a great day and completely different than what we're used to doing in Tennessee! After our all-day adventure, we went to Jer's favorite place to eat-Mellow Mushroom.  

Then, I had the most delicious caramel apple to end a wonderful day.  

The next morning, we woke up and ate (do you see a pattern here?) before we left town.  These were the best crepes I have ever had! 

I had the best of times! I am so thankful for opportunities to have weekends like this.  I love spending time with my family and enjoying little weekend getaways.  I was sad to come back, but so thankful we got to see Muffin again! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

How to Clean your Straightener like a Boss

I completely believe in the motto: "the bigger the hair the closer to God."  Unfortunately, I have really thin hair and have to use a ridiculous amount of product to get my hair to do anything.  Because of this, my straightener and sink get coated with hairspray daily.  Whenever this happens, I mix up a batch of this cleaner and it makes my straightener like new again! 

All you need is baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.  

Mix the two together and form a paste.   I am not exact about this and do not measure anything. I just put some baking soda in a little bowl and pour a little bit of hydrogen peroxide in it.  If it is still chalky, add more peroxide.  If it is too runny, add more baking soda. Place the ingredients on your straightener and let it set.  Sometimes I let this set for a few minutes, other times I have to let it set for about 30 minutes; it just depends on how bad my straightener is.  Then, wipe off the paste and the "gunk" should wipe off with it.  If it does not, you can add more paste and let it set again. It does get a little messy when you are working with this, so make sure you put a paper towel or newspaper down to catch all of the remnants.  

This is much better than my old method of scrape it with a sharp object until it is clean.  Voila! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

High Five for Friday

This has been a crazy/tiring week.  I am so ready for it to be the weekend.  I have another craft show, (so it's not going to be a very relaxing one) but I'm thankful for the weekend anyway!

Here are some of the things that got me through my week:

1.  I have been buying cute graphic tshirts lately to layer them with cardigans and scarves. This is one of my favorites! It's from and it's the softest tshirt I own. It's embarrassing how many times I've worn it lately.

2. I think this is a given, but looking around my house and seeing holiday decor makes me so happy! 
3. We eat Mexican once a week. We used to go after church on Sunday, but now we go on Friday night so the thought of chips and salsa are the only thing getting me through today. 

4. I am loving this bunch of goodies heading to the craft show with me this weekend. 

5. I've liked several quilters on Instagram lately, so now my explore feed is flooded with gorgeous quilts like this one from radandhappy.

 You are welcome for the high quality photos this week. 
I'm linking up again with Lauren. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Last Minute Halloween Costume

I had every intention of blogging regularly these past couple of weeks, but life got in the way.  I ended up getting sick a couple of weeks ago and had to take a sick day.  I probably should have taken more time off because I've been zapped for a couple of weeks.  Anyway, I was just looking through my draft blog posts and I had started this and wanted to post my Spirit Week outfits, but this is as far as I got. If you're like me and wait until the last minute for EVERYTHING, you might still need an outfit for Halloween.  This is honestly one of the quickest, cheapest things you could do.  I maybe had $10 and 30-45 minutes in this costume.

You will need:
-a white polo
-royal blue ribbon
-white pants (or light khaki)
-a white apron
-iron-on paper
-blue shoes (she wears Converse)
-safety pins

I bought my apron and iron-on transfers from Hobby Lobby.  The transfers were the most expensive part (maybe $7.99), but I used my 40% off coupon for them. 

Progressive is brilliant because they already have the logo and name tags on their website.  It makes it way more convenient for us and it gives them some good advertising.

1. The first thing you need to do is flip the Progressive logo.  I copied the image in paint, clicked on the image, and then chose flip/mirror image.  Then, print the Progressive logo onto your iron-on paper.  Cut the image out, getting as close to the letters as you can without cutting the letters.  Iron the image onto your apron.

2.  Print off her name badge (you will have to type FLO into it). 

3.  Print out this button.

4.  Cut both of the buttons out.  Cut cardboard a little bit smaller than the paper and glue/tape the paper onto the cardboard.  Then, hot glue a safety pin onto each of the buttons and pin them on your apron. 

5.  Tease your hair, put on some red lipstick, and you are good to go. 

I think it's my coloring, and maybe my outlook on life, but my students loved my costume and I still catch them calling me Flo.  One of the middle school kids stopped me that day and said, "um are you a teacher here?" Unfortunately, I didn't think quick enough to say, "No. I'm really Flo; would you like my autograph?" Maybe next time! Haha. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

High Five for Friday

1. I've been taking a quilting class on Thursday nights and I am in LOVE! Now I need to find some babies to make quilts for.
2. We've been spending our evenings drinking apple cider and binge watching House on our new smart TV. 

3. Fall is here which means craft shows and festivals. Yee haw! (I don't actually say that) 

4. I have been wanting to watch Father of the Bride for months, but we couldn't find it anywhere! Jer finally saw it at FYE and surprised me with it; I know what we're doing this weekend. 

5. This dog lets me do anything to her. I always put my scarves on her and she doesn't even protest or try to get it off. Her tail is wagging so hard. I don't know what we did before her. 

I'm linking up with Lauren today 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Golden Anniversary

My grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July.  My mom, uncle, and I plotted to throw them a great surprise party to celebrate them.  I volunteered for decorations because I loveeeeee that sort of thing.  Unfortunately, this was in their wood paneled church fellowship hall without any natural light so my pictures all look really dull.  

I saw several examples of numbers covered with pictures on Pinterest, so I sneaked (I hate that word even though it is grammatically correct.  I still say snuck.) into their home while they were in Alaska and got about sixty pictures of them and got black and white copies made.  I wish I had three more because the top of the "0" really bugs me. I cut out poster board into the shapes that I wanted, then taped the pictures on the poster board with double-sided tape.  I then cut around the pictures.  If you are just doing one number, or if it's in your home, you could just tape the pictures to the wall, but I knew I wouldn't have time for that on the morning of the party.  It's a good thing I didn't because these numbers are now hanging up in their house haha.

I used a lot of spray paint for this day.  I spray painted the welcome sign, the "S" and "50", and all of the vases.  The spray paint and primer sticks fairly well, but if you let it touch another painted surface, the paint peels off.  Some of my vases touched each other during the commute, and small pieces peeled off.  

I made a guestbook on and had it printed there.  I used a calculator online to calculate how many days, minutes, seconds they had been married and used those numbers to tell a story about them in the book.  Guests enjoyed looking at all the old pictures and writing them a message in the back.

I cut out little circles out of tissue paper to scatter on the table as well. 

My mom had the cake made and it turned out beautifully!! So did all of the cupcakes. 

I printed out little signs out of card stock and folded them to label the cupcakes. 

I bought some plain white labels and designed them using Microsoft Word.  I filled little party bags full of gold candy and left them at each seat. I used Werthers, Snickers, Twix, and Rolos. 

I spray painted the mason jars with glitter spray paint and the regular vases (that I purchased at the Dollar Tree) with the gold paint and primer.  

I then filled them with daisies, baby's breath, and some roses I purchased from a local florist. 

The food was the best part. 

My grandparents were so surprised! They thought they were going to one of their friend's birthday party, so they came with a gift.  

Even though we stated no gifts, the guests still brought some really sweet presents.  

My grandma opened the gifts while my grandpa socialized. 

It was such a sweet day! I am beyond thankful for these two people and I loved getting to celebrate them!