Thanks to my gorgeous sister Karissa, I am addicted to the most flavorful, fun cupcakes my mouth has ever laid its taste buds on–Gigi’s Cupcakes. My mouth was first introduced to Gigi’s cupcakes a couple years ago when my hubby and I were visiting Karissa in the dirty south. I lovingly refer to the ATL as the dirty dirty. Anyways, a couple of weeks ago I came to find out that there is a Gigi’s Cupcakes location in Minnesota! But alas, it’s all the way over in Golden Valley and I live clear across town. Here’s where my sister Chastity comes in–she is just a doll because when we all met up at my parents house to greet my oldest sister Melissa and her family, Chas had Gigi’s cupcakes in tow. I immediately cued the gates of heaven opening chorus and bowed on my knees, praising Chas and her awesomeness.
So, a few words about Gigi’s and why I love their cupcakes so damn much… Everyday Gigi’s has a different menu of cupcakes available. Today’s menu included mini cupcakes, which is what my sister opted for in order to give me the best value for my taste buds. Today’s assortment included wedding cake, birthday surprise, peanut buttercup and miss princess. My favorite is wedding cake. NOM NOM NOM! See the delectable pictures below!
The results of my DIY gel air fresheners… drum roll please…
They turned out really pretty, however, the scent is just not there. I did some research and found that I should have added my essential oil AFTER the liquid has cooled. Apparently, essential oil loses its smelly goodness once heat has been applied. NEXT TIME, I will be using my peppermint essential oil and adding it after the liquid has cooled!
Stay tuned for part 3–which probably won’t be seen until Christmas! Until then, I’ll keep you informed on how long the gel lasts. Toot-a-loo!
I have been eyeing this DIY project since reading about it in the latest issue of Parents magazine (June 2013).
It’s a DIY recipe for gel air fresheners as seen on the blog One Good Thing by Jillee.
So I got my supplies together and enlisted the help of my hubby. Much to my chagrin, he obliged! A quick shout out to my SIL MacKenzie for helping me chose the silk flowers at Michael’s craft store today (I totally cheated on JoAnn’s, my usual go-to DIY craft store).As Jillee said in her recipe instructions, I substituted the potpourri with distilled water and Young Living’s Lemon essential oil. A month or so ago, my hubby and I attended an introductory class on Young Living essential oils. While I wasn’t completely sold on the homeopathy of the oils, I did enjoy some of the samples passed around–both the Lemon and Purification essential oils. I did what any thrifty person would do and took to eBay and bought both oils and a substantial discount than what I would have actually paid through Young Living.
Tonight, hubby and I brewed up our first batch of gel air fresheners using Young Living’s Lemon essential oil… it’s cooling down right now, so tune in tomorrow to see and hear the results!
Okay, I would have just titled this recipe something simple like “Mediterranean Wrap,” but Kate Gosselin says otherwise. Her Healthy and Delicious Mediterranean Vege Wrap is delectable! Hubby loved the taste so much, he had seconds!
I used Mission’s sun-dried tomato basil wraps, Target’s Archer Farms spinach & artichoke hummus, and Athenos traditional feta cheese. I forgot to snap a picture of the jar of roasted red peppers I used, but there was only one brand available at Target, so that’s what I had to deal with. Still, it was awesome.
And yes, I do follow Kate Gosselin’s blog from time to time. I have enjoyed her Turkey Corn and White Bean Chili on many occasions. I know my sister Chastity loves that recipe. Kate Gosselin also has a cook book coming out in September that you can pre-order now. Someone let my husband know about this book so that he can surprise me for Christmas. k, thx.
*I am an unashamed Kate Plus 8 fan… what can I say…
I’ve been dragging my feet on this project for some time. Well, this morning I FINALLY finished it.
This is a curtain rod hanging frame project I was inspired to do after I saw it here and pinned it to my Pinterest “For the Home” board. I bought the curtain rod and frames from Goodwill. My younger sister bought the table from Goodwill and gave it to me (thanks, Chas!). I spray painted the table a lovely shade of purple–it took a couple coats. The ribbon is from my fave DIY supply store, JoAnn’s. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the looped ribbon to the back of each frame. Then, I cut long piece of ribbon and tied it in a bow around the top of each hanging frame. Each picture is of my son with each set of his grandparents, GrandmaShell, GranJan & PaPa Dunlevy, and Nammy & PaPa Seidel. I don’t post pictures of my son on social media, so this is a real treat for everyone who knows that!
I’ll be posting more completed projects to this blog in order to keep myself motivated when it comes to all those damn pins on Pinterest! (And to get my house cleaned up, it’s been messy since I became a mother, 6 1/2 months ago. Motherhood is hard work, but also rewarding.)