Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Hello, Sweet Stuff readers!
I'm Michele, and I create at The Scrap Shoppe.
I'm really excited to be here to share a super fast last minute New Year's project!
What could be quicker than some free New Year's subway art?
This printable features all of the classic words and phrases that you think of when you think of the coming New Year. And because kissing my hubby at midnight is one of my favorite traditions, I wanted the word "kiss" to stand out so I made it red! The rest of the subway is done in black and shades of gray with a faint gray chevron background. Very New Year's chic, right?
Its as easy as print, trim, and put in a frame!
Before framing my art, I wanted to add an extra detail...
When I think of New Year's I think of sparkle, so I dressed up my favorite word on the subway art using a glitter pen (you can find a glitter pen in the scrapbook section of your local craft store).
You can click the image above or click here to download the printable from Google Docs.
The subway art will print as an 8x10 on 8.5x11 printer paper.
I suggest printing on cardstock and adjusting your printer setting for print quality to high for the best printing results.
We don't decorate much for New Year's. Honestly, a lot of our Christmas decor is still up!
But I'm loving my little bit of New Year's decor!
Bring on midnight!
Thanks so much for having me over, Sumo!
Enjoy your time with that new little baby.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I hope you like it, and I hope you have a great New Years!!
Be sure to come on over and say hi too!!
Thanks for having me Sumo.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I'm sure you've all seen the buzz about PartyLite around the internet lately. To be honest, I hadn't heard of PartyLite until I started seeing those blog posts pop up. Where have I been? Apparently PartyLite is the number one seller of premium candles in the world. Not only do they have people selling their products in the US, but also in 17 other countries!
PartyLite has 60,000 people who sell their products, with 12 million people attending parties each year. Did you know that means there is a PartyLite party happening every 18 seconds? Wow! I always love to have a girl's night. What better way to connect with your girl friends than gabbing over some great products? And if you feel like hosting a PartyLite party, you can win FREE products! Who doesn't love free?
I know that I love to keep my home scents in line with the season. For me, fall smells like pumpkin spice or wassail. And nothing says Christmas like a good, strong pine smell. PartyLite has their Winter/Spring 2012 catalog out already, so you can get a jump start on some new fragrances for your home and the upcoming spring!
You can also stay updated on special offers for hosts and guests by liking PartyLite Facebook.
PartyLite sounds like an amazing way to keep your home looking - and smelling - its best!
Monday, December 26, 2011
this is our house...is it your too? if so, i bet working out isn't on your mind either. or is it? is it one of your resolutions or goals for the upcoming year? let's face it, we all get real happy about moving more but come march, we've found so many other things to occupy our time. i have done this for years....until i found this workout in a magazine. i wish i could remember, maybe it was fitness or even family circle.
i immediately adapted it with my own choice of upbeat music (because we all know good tunes are essential to enjoying a workout). you'll only need 33 minutes and can be done inside on a treadmill or outside at a park. the best part is that the activity changes when the song changes. honestly, i loathe the thought of just straight running. it's good to get off and do something new every few minutes.
i personally prefer this one on the treadmill in my garage. just make sure you have plenty of open space around it.
you ready? come on...it's only 33 minutes and it will be fun! promise. i mean, check out these amazing songs you get to hear! you can subscribe to this playlist on spotify.com.
Disclaimer: Not all exercise is suitable for everyone. To reduce the risk of injury, consult your doctor before beginning this or any exercise program. The instruction presented herein is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. The Creators, producers and distributors of this program disclaim any liability in connection with the exercises and advice herein.
A 33-minute workout
The Heart of Rock n Roll – Huey Lewis and the News
5-minute warm-up: Walk at a comfortable pace.
Here It Goes Again – OK GO
Speed it up: You can talk but only in short sentences.
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – The Beatles
Tone your arms:
Bench dips: Sit on a park bench or chair, scoot your butt forward, and grab onto the seat. Slowly bend your elbows and drop your body downward until your triceps are parallel to the ground. Return to your starting position. Repeat 20 to 30 times.
Bench push-ups: Stand a few feet behind a park bench. Grab hold of the back of the bench with straight arms. Tuck your bottom in and think of yourself as a plank of wood. Bend your arms and slowly lower your body toward your hands. Repeat 20 to 30 times.
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Quick steps: Return to your walk, moving briskly.
Ants Marching – Dave Matthews Band
Tighten your tush:
Walking lunges: Slow down your walking speed and take a big step with your right leg. Lower your body down until your right knee is at a 90-degree angle. Pull shoulders back and tighten abs. Push off with your left leg and keep moving forward as you then lunge into the left leg. Repeat 20 to 30 times.
Calf raises: Find a curb or stable step. Stand so the backs of your feet are hanging off the edge of the step. Slowly drop heels down below the level of the step. Then, just as slowly, push all the way up onto your toes. Hold on to a railing or the back of a chair for balance, if necessary. Do 20 to 30 reps.
If these calf raises start to feel too easy, try doing them while balancing on just one foot.
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
Push it: You can hear your breath as you walk.
Survivor – Destiny’s Child
Cool-down: Slowly bring your breathing back to normal.
Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) – The Hollies
Flatten that belly -- you can do these on a rug in your home:
Scissor kicks: Lie on your back with your hands under your hips and buttocks. Keep your head on the floor. Raise your legs straight up in the air so your toes are pointed to the ceiling. Contract your abs and scissor your legs one over the other as you lower your legs down toward the floor. Keep your lower back on or at least close to the ground. Scissor down for a count of 8 and then back up for a count of 8. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
Plank: Lie face-down resting on your forearms. Push up onto your toes -- your body should be in a straight line from your head to your ankles. Contract your abdominals to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air. Hold for 20 to 60 seconds. Lower and repeat 3 to 5 times.
THAT'S IT! I bet you feel great...told you!
retrohipmama is a mommy and wife in a house full of boys. she stays sane by crafting, scrapbooking and taking pictures. her blog, she*sCRAFTY is a fun place with tons of ideas for making. life. creative.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Here's the whole gang on vacation this past summer:
I enjoy all things crafty and have lots of DIY and tutorials on my blog. I even have a link party on Tuesdays so I can see your craftiness - then I show off a bunch of you on Wednesdays. You might know me from a couple of my posts (click picture to check them out!):
Today I want to share - - -
QUICK Cinnamon Rolls!! (ready to eat in less than an hour!)
Every year on Christmas Eve, my aunt Sally gives every family a pan of Cinnamon Rolls to eat for breakfast Christmas morning. LOVE that tradition. Here we are last year (we eat upstairs in the bedrooms before checking out Santa's loot - also another tradition).
Well, if you aren't lucky enough to have them delivered to you, don't worry. I know it's Christmas Eve, but you have time to make these - they take no time at all!!
In about 45-60 minutes, your cinnamon rolls can be ready to eat. I've had better cinnamon rolls, but you can't beat this recipe if you're looking for something to make fast. Enjoy.
1/3 C Sugar
3 Tbsp Yeast (yes, that's right - I know it's alot)
1/2 C oil
1 1/4 C water
mix above ingredients, let sit 15minutes
2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 tsp salt
4-5 C flour
knead for 5 minutes; let sit 10min
divide in two - roll each into a rectangle; cover with inners (1/4 C melted butter, 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon, 1/2 C sugar); roll and cut into cinnamon rolls
bake 425 for 10-15min
Enjoy - and Merry Christmas!!
Hope to see you over at Sugar Bee Crafts!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Music and movies make the holiday season for me. When I was a kid, the Christmas specials on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon plus my mom's many Christmas albums on repeat were what really signaled "Christmas time!!" to my brain.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Rudolph the Red-Noses Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys
If this movie doesn't remind you of Christmas then you probably did not own a TV growing up. I'm fairly certain that, starting December 1st, this movie is always on somewhere.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Probably one of my favorite movies of all time.
I know this isn't a Christmas movie but with all the snow and "for the beauty of the earth"ing it just feels like Christmas to me. Weird but true. It puts me in the Christmas spirit every time. Plus: Christian Bale as Laurie! I melt.
The Forgotten Carols by Michael McLean
This album has been a family favorite for so long that it kind of feels like Christmas in one tiny package for me. It has a wonderful book to go along with it.
Noel by Josh Groban
Oh Josh. Your voice speaks to my soul. A couple weeks ago I was all annoyed at my kids and needed something to turn my mood around. I turned on Pandora's Peaceful Holidays station and Josh's rendition of Little Drummer Boy came on. Instant joy and peace. And the whole cd is like that. Gorgeous.
(It's not on this album but his rendition of O Holy Night reduces me to tears)
The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas
Chock full of classics. One of the ones my mom played each year. The 1987 original had 45 songs and is weirdly hard to find online. Apparently Time-Life has released a couple "updated" versions that contain only half the songs that are readily available but the original can only be gotten through the Time-Life TV ads. You can find the full original track list with previews here. The Amazon link above might be for the full version but it's hard to tell.
Anyway, I love it in all it's hard-to-find glory. This is one of my favs from the collection.
I have about a million others but don't want to completely take over Sumo's blog with my reminiscing. What are your favorite Christmas movies and albums?? Do you gravitate toward the ones you listened to growing up or have you made room for new favorites?