Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pinterest 7/20: The Ponytail Trick

I'm always looking for new ways to fix my hair... my hair is longer than its ever been, but it doesn't really have much shape... and it won't hold much either... my sister has tried different haircuts, but nothing really works... I wear lots of ponytails because of working near food, but they get old.  Anytime I can "mix up" a ponytail, I'll give it a shot.

Inspiration Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/6051780719864903/
I knew that mine wasn't going to be as full as that pic, because again, my hair has no shape... but I liked how it lengthened a regular pony.


Yes, I had a big bow in... you really can't tell that its 2 ponytails... I love that I don't lose the length like I would if I wore a high pony, but still can get my layers pulled up, unlike a low pony.  I will definitely be doing this again! 


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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July "Oops Cake"


You're probably thinking that "Oops Cake" is an unusual name for a dessert, but there is a back story to this one.  Every year, our family has our traditional 4th of July Cookout.  A few years ago, I decided that I was going to make a cake that looked like a flag. Pretty traditional right... and super easy.  Here's a visual of what I was going for... 

Well, I didn't let the cake cool long enough before I decided to dump it out of the pan and it fell all to pieces. I panicked...  At first, I tried to piece it back together, but it was never gonna work... it was crumbling... so I had to refocus what I was going to do.  I decided to go with the crumbling, and just mix everything together in a bowl.  It was a hit!  We discovered that leaving it in the fridge made it taste even better.  My sister requests that I make this every year... so now, it is a July 3rd tradition that I make "Oops Cake" (My sister named it) so that it can sit over night and be ready for the July 4th Cookout. 

Here's what the finished product looks like.  I didn't get a picture before people started digging in... 
Here's how to make it: 

Ingredients
1 box of cake mix (I use white cake mix)
16 ounces of Cool Whip (2 tubs... I use the light version)
Strawberries (I used about 1.5 pints)
Blueberries (I used about a pint)
optional: 1 12 ounce can of soda

Directions
You can prepare the cake as directed on the box, but I leave out the eggs and oil and simply combine the cake mix with 12 ounces of soda (I used Diet Sprite).  Another shortcut that I take is that I "bake" my cake in the microwave.  It only takes about 10-12 minutes and cuts down on the heat in the kitchen.  Just put your batter in a microwave safe container and microwave uncovered.  The great thing is that you don't have to worry about what it looks like when it comes out because you are going to crumble it up anyway.  Wait for the cake to cool. 

Rinse Blueberries.  Remove tops and quarter strawberries then rinse. 

Once cake has cooled, crumble it into tiny pieces in your bowl.  Then add berries.  Then add Cool Whip.  Mix everything together.  

Refrigerate overnight. 

Enjoy! 

I've made this for about 4 years now... and every year, people at our cookout act like its the first time that I've ever made it.  It is so simple!  And it tastes so good.  The leftovers (if any) taste even better the next day.  It can be done anytime, but for our family, it is a July 4th tradition now.  And, because of the reduced fat cool whip, and lower calorie cake, its not that bad for you... so we don't have to feel guilty for having a large portion!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tupperware Tuesday: Special Olympics NC Fundraiser


I love that Tupperware is a company that loves to give back.  Since we have an Olympic theme for the month, our Director, Debby, decided that she wanted to help give back to the Special Olympics in North Carolina.  She asked all of the consultants in Full Circle Enterprises to run a fundraiser for SONC.  I decided to participate.  I have a friend, Katie, whose stepdaughter has participated in the Special Olympics program in her home state.  Seeing her pictures of the athletes and the huge smiles on their faces it heartwarming.  

Special Olympics is such a wonderful organization.  This is their mission from their website: 
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. 

If you would like to participate in this fundraiser, Click Here to shop the Fundraiser Catalog.  Anyone who places an order for me will get a chance in a drawing for a set of 4 snack cups!  Wouldn't it be great to get some wonderful Tupperware Products and help out a great organization at the same time?  Two Birds. One Stone!

PS: I made lots of updates to my Tupperware Facebook Page today with all of the new July promotions! Make sure you're a fan!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Music Monday: Come Wake Me Up by Rascal Flatts

I have been a Rascal Flatts fan forever.  I love their music!  I have often said that if I ever had enough money when I got married that I would try to convince them to come and sing at my wedding.  There is something about Gary LeVox's voice that moves me.  I can't recall a Rascal Flatts song from over the years that I did not like.  Their latest song "Come Wake Me Up" is no exception.

The first time I heard it, I immediately wanted to listen to it again... too bad my car radio doesn't have a rewind feature... (someone should invent that already...) I heard it again before I got home (it was a long trip) and once I got home, I played that youtube video several time.  The voice, the lyrics (which are so relatable), the emotion, the fire simile, the plea to be woken up, the conflict of wanting to hold on but needing to let go (hello, that's me!)... all of it is beautiful.  I'm not ashamed to admit that it made me cry... more than once!

"Come Wake Me Up" is quickly making its way into the "listen to all of the time" category for me.  What are you listening to today?

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

27 Before 27 (and a half) Update

In my last update, I made the decision to extend the time period to complete my list. I'm making this post so that I have an updated list of goals for my 27 before 27 (and a half) list. The end goal is to have all of these things completed by November 28, 2012.  Some of the numbers have been increased, and I've added bonus items to replace the 2 items that were completed before 27.

  1. Get a handle on the paper clutter in my house. 
  2. Make all As and Bs in my classes for the Fall 2012 semester. (The semester will end after November 28, but I should have a good idea of where I am by then.)
  3. Make at least $1000 profit from selling Tupperware. 
  4. Actually make or do 20 things that I have pinned on Pinterest.
  5. Go through my closet and throw away/donate/sell things that I no longer need or wear. Then organize closet with a system I can keep up with.
  6. Set up Home Office/Craft Room. 
  7. Read 20 books.
  8. Try 15 new recipes.
  9. Watch the entire Sex and the City series in order.  (Including both movies.)
  10. Take a winery tour. DONE! 
  11. Put money into savings every paycheck. 
  12. Throw my Daddy a 50th Birthday Party. DONE!
  13. Lose (at least) 40 pounds.
  14. Quit smoking… for real this time. 
  15. Go on a first date.
  16. Wear a dress everyday for a week. 
  17. Finish my Alphabet Blog Series. 
  18. Turn in a school assignment a whole day before it is due. Completed before 27, but keeping it as motivation not to procrastinate next semester!)
  19. Blog more... have more than 83 posts by November 28. 
  20. Have a picnic.
  21. Have people over for dinner. 
  22. Go a week without Twitter or Facebook. 
  23. Drink 100 gallons of water. 
  24. Send 10 people cards through the mail.
  25. Cook dinner for my whole family, including dessert.
  26. Finish the photo album for my parents’ 25th Wedding Anniversary party.  
  27. Blog about my progress on this list. 
BONUS Items (to replace the ones I actually completed before 27)
  1. Sew something. Anything. (I have a sewing machine that I haven't used in years.)
  2. Kill the weeds on my patio and make it look nice... seriously, these are the tallest weeds I've ever seen! 

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