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Friday, November 22, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 11.22.19

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!  Last week I just didn't have enough to warrant doing a whole blog, but I've managed to scrape together a few things for this week.  This week has been long.  Smudge has been sick since last Friday, and has had several vet visits and medications.  This morning, she got a sedative and went to stay at the vet for a few hours.  They think they have figured out the problem and she is on an antibiotic and some other medications.  I also have not been feeling the greatest, I developed at UTI on Saturday morning and ended up having to go to Urgent Care for some antibiotics.  I still don't feel amazing but I am sure the stress from worrying about Smudge hasn't helped. Hopefully we are both on the mend, as Josh and I leave on Wednesday for New Orleans and I don't want to have to worry! I also had my Glucose Screening this morning while Smudge was at the vet.  It wasn't bad at all and I just read a book for the whole hour.  Fingers crossed I don't have to go in for the 3 hour test next week!
Chad and Chrissy are coming over to meet us at at Busch Gardens tomorrow which should be great.  Christmas town is up and running there and it is supposed to be beautiful.
Everyone enjoy your weekend and a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Two weekends ago, Josh was invited to a Luxury box to watch the Buccaneers play the Cardinals.  We met up with his co-worker and wife for some pre game tailgating and then we got to watch the game in the air conditioning with tons of food and drink.  No better way to do it!


I got my hair done this week, it made me feel a bit better and I really wanted to have it done for our trip next week.  As usual Serena at Sola did a great job. 


I got my nails done this week too, it was a cute idea that my friend Jodie sent me, great for fall! 
 I haven't been out shelling too much lately but I try to get out once a week.  This is my haul from last week at low tide.  It has been so nice to get out and not be sweating by 6am. Also, you can't beat the sunrise!



Cheerios came out with a toasted Coconut flavor, I'm not sure when, but if you know me I am a sucker for anything coconut.  These are delicious!



 I've gotten a couple pregnancy boxes in the last couple weeks.  The first one was a free one I got from  babylist.com for adding a certain amount to my registry.  I was actually shocked at how awesome it was, some really great things in it.  If you are interested, you can find our registry HERE.
The second box, I paid for, from bumpboxes.com I got some great stuff for me and for baby.  The box is $40 a month and I really love it.  If you are interested, you can use this link to purchase http:/bumpbox.co/Dmqht

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Mason Jar Lid Pumpkins

So I have been looking for some new crafts to do, and since I love Fall and Fall decorations, I have been on the look out for a few easy and cute ideas.  When I was in Saskatchewan, I saw these adorable little pumpkins at the Fall into Christmas Tradeshow and knew I had to try them out when I got home.  The concept is really easy, just Mason jar lids (about $5 for 12 at Walmart) tied together and then you can then add any embellishments that you want. The biggest trick to these was that I chose to make the lids rustic looking, and had to figure out how to rust the lids.  Not necessary, but I really liked the vintage farm look.  I have seen some that had the lids not rusted and fully painted orange, which were also cute.  I made one, (see third photo) that I just used some orange spray paint on the top of the pumpkin, over top of the rust.  Below I have the instructions for these cute little guys, even though they are pretty easy and open to interpretation. I also have the instructions for rusting the lids, this can be used on most metal items that you may want to rust as well.  You may also be wondering what you do with the left over sealers for the lids.  Stay tuned for a cute christmas craft using these! 




How to rust the Lids

Materials and tools
  • Sandpaper- 100 grit or higher. 
  • plastic bin
  • gloves
  • safety goggles
  • plastic spray bottle
  • white vinegar
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • table salt
  • acrylic spray sealer (optional)


Step one:

Prepare the work area: 
If you can do this outside, it will turn out better.  Direct sunlight will speed up the oxidation process (this is very true, I did one set outside on a hot day, and one set in the dark garage and the ones I did outside changed quicker and looked better). Also, if you do it outside, you won't have to worry about the fumes. Regardless, work in a well ventilated area. 

                         

Step two:

Sand the Metal with the fine grit sandpaper:
Lightly sand the entire surface of the lids to take of the protect coating. It doesn't take much, I spent probably 30 seconds on each one.  Place the lids in the plastic bin.

Step three: 

Spray vinegar on the metal and wait:
Put on your gloves and safety goggles and then pour about 1 cup of vinegar in to the spray bottle (how much you need will depend on how many lids you are rusting) and generously spray the lids. Let them air dry, preferably in the sun for about 10 minutes. If you have no sun, maybe leave them longer, like 20 minutes. You should see some rust start to form. 


Step four:

Apply the Peroxide, Vinegar, Salt solution:
Pour 2 cups of Peroxide, four tablespoons of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of salt into the spray bottle and shake it until the salt is dissolved. Spray the lids all over the lids (the outsides are most important for this craft. The peroxide should begin to bubble and rust should start tot form immediately. Let them air dry in the sun again for a few minutes, if they need a second of third treatment, go ahead and do that.  Once they are to your liking, rinse them off, just to get the smell and dried salt off. 



Step five (optional)
Spray with a sealer:
If desired, spray the lids with a sealer.  The only real reason to do this is so that he rust doesn't rub off on anything it might come in contact with.


Now for actually making the pumpkins. 

I just took the lids and stacked them together in my hand, they naturally start to form a circle.  I then take some twine and tie it around the middle and then fan the lids out to complete the circle. 





I really love the idea of using a cinnamon stick or two (depending on the size) but you can use anything that works. 



Again, these are so open to interpretation and creativity. But I really like some Raffia and burlap ribbon tied around and then a brighter festive ribbon to complete the look. 


Again, this is the one I did with the paint on the top.  It is still sort of subtle, but really makes you realize what it is if you didn't already know.



Again, the completed product, so festive and fun!









Monday, November 11, 2019

*Recipe* No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Pie

My dear friend Jodie loves to send me cards and sometimes she will throw in a recipe card for me with a favorite recipe on it.  A few months ago, she sent me this recipe, and I have been waiting and excited to make it!  I finally had a reason on Saturday, for a get together with some friends.  I knew it would be delicious, and that was definitely the consensus amongst the group! It isn't really a Fall recipe but isn't anything lemon delicious anytime?


Ingredients

Crust
  • about 30-35 (1 pkg) Lemon Oreos
  • 6 Tbsp butter


Filling
  • 3 fresh lemons
  • 2-8oz pkg cream cheese (room temp)
  • 3/4 of a 14oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
Directions

Crust
  • Crush entire package of Oreos in a blender and put into a large Ziplock bag.
  • Melt butter and add to the Oreos.
  • Mix well in bag (squish it around for a while).
  • Dump into a deep pie dish and press evenly onto bottom and sides.


Filling
  • In a large bowl, mix cream cheese until all clumps are gone with a mixer. 
  • Add condensed milk, juice from the 3 lemons plus a bit of zest.  I actually also used about 3 drops of Food Grade lemon essential oil to make it extra lemony. 
  • Slowly mix for about 5 minutes.
  • Pour into prepared pie plate.
  • Add some zest on top and refrigerate two hours. 
  • Enjoy! 









Friday, November 8, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 11.8.19

Hi Everyone, happy Friday! It's been quite a busy but non exciting week, the only thing really was an ultrasound on Monday.  Everything is still great and looking good enough that I don't have another appointment for a month! That will be the longest by far that I've gone without a doctor visit for my whole pregnancy. Hoping for smooth sailing.  I'm 24 weeks tomorrow so the 3rd trimester is closing in.  Josh and I are planning a Babymoon to New Orleans for Thanksgiving weekend which should be fun.  I'm really excited for some cool history, ghosts and amazing food.  We are going to a cookout with some friends tomorrow afternoon and on Sunday we are going to the Buccaneers vs. Cardinals game in the Luxury box which is always a good time.

Everyone have a great weekend!


I started getting the house ready for Fall this week.  Honestly, Fall is my favorite time to decorate for, I may just start keeping pumpkins all around year round. This is just the fireplace but it's pretty much everywhere is decorate. 



We went kayaking on Sunday on one of our first nice, cool mornings.  It was beautiful and relaxing.  I'm hoping I can make it out for a few more paddles before this bump gets too big! 


On Friday, we went to First Friday in Tarpon Springs (which by the way, if you haven't been, it is really amazing!).  I got this amazing chocolate covered cherry pie cup from Glorious Pies... ummm hello... this thing was to die for and they have a ton of different flavors. 



I started going to a new yoga studio, in Tarpon Springs, GypSea Air.  It is super cute and they have a few great gentle/prenatal classes that I really enjoy.  I highly recommend yoga during pregnancy, its so centering and really helps with breathing and relaxation. 


A few months ago I got a Soda Stream 50% off at Target.  I told Josh is could be a Christmas present but since I have been drinking an obscene amount of water lately, I thought instead of buying tons of  La Croix etc I may as well fire this bad boy up.  I love it (I don't drink pop so I haven't tried it for that) and the sparkling water is great.  I even found some mocktail Pina Colada drops for it so thats been making things a little more exciting.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 11.1.19

Happy Friday everyone! It's my first Friday blog for a month and I have so much to share but I'll keep it at things that area actually from this week.  If you missed my blog about my trip back to Saskatchewan, just look at the last post to check it out. I had such a great time but it is nice to be back and start focussing on baby.  I had another anatomy scan and fetal echocardiogram on Thursday and everything is perfect with our little man.  He is 1lb2oz and growing right on schedule.  He is also wild, it took over an hour again for the ultrasound because he keeps flailing around, which is no secret to me, he kicks and moves most of the day, thankfully not much at night yet though.  Lets hope he keeps sleeping at night for the next several years. I am feeling good besides the severe carpal tunnel and Bernhardt-Roth syndrome (when the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve in the outer thigh becomes compressed) that are both fairly common and not dangerous in pregnancy but really annoying as I can't sleep or stand or walk comfortably for more than a few minutes. I also still really have no use for food, I just eat because I know I need to.  On the positive side, I'm not back up to my pre-pregnancy weight yet, which is good since my doctor gave e a hard time for gaining 2 whole pounds when I was in Saskatchewan.

Alright, everyone have a great weekend and see you next week!

While I was in Saskatchewan, my door project got completed.  Thanks to Josh and Toby for the hard work.  It really updated the look of the house and I LOVE the color.

After

 Before

Here he is! Our little man, from the ultrasound on Thursday.  The managed (after a few tries) to get a great shot of his face).  He's got daddy's lips for sure and is so darn cute already.  


Smudge and I in our costumes yesterday for Halloween.  We had 49 trick or treaters and enjoyed a very hot evening out in the driveway handing out candy.


Since I only got back to Florida a few days before Halloween I didn't do an indoor/outdoor decorating frenzy but I did put a few up outside.  I also didn't carve a pumpkin but I did make a flaming-o-lantern. Everything is down already this morning and the house is ready for my extensive Thanksgiving decorating.  



On Saturday, we went to Keel and Curley Farm for their Farmfest.  Chad and Chrissy and the boys joined us and we had a lovely afternoon, minus the on and off rain.  Also, that donut I have in the bottom picture is a meyer lemon and coconut donut and is AMAZING.


My sort of Halloween nails.  They actually look better in real life than in this picture.


I have been making some little Mason Jar lid pumpkins and they are so cute.  I'm experimenting with some different styles.  If anyone wants one let me know! Stay tuned for a DIY blog soon.



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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

SK 2019

I had my annual trip home to Saskatchewan for a big chunk of October (the reason why you haven't heard from me in so long!) and I had such a great time.  It was really my only chance to get there before my 3rd trimester and between all of my doctor's appts (I have more than more people because of some high risk aspects).  This trip was a little quieter than my trips usually are, as I didn't want to get worn down and end up sick, but it was still busy and went by far too fast.  As usual, most of my pictures are scenic in nature, but I managed to remember to get some fun friends and family ones too.  I didn't spend as much time outside as I would have liked, it snowed 3 or 4 different days, and when it wasn't snowing it was warmer but so windy, which obviously is nothing new for Saskatchewan, but it sure makes it cold!

I spent my first night in Saskatoon with Michelle, she picked me up at the airport when I got in Wednesday night late and we went and did some shopping at some of my favorite places (Hardpressed, The Bay for Canada apparel, Superstore for Loads of Ketchup chips etc)  I got myself a couple cool shirts, a lot of cute baby clothes and yes, some ketchup chips and a few other Canadian snacks. We went for a nice lunch and my parents and brother picked me up after that.  It was so good to see them! 







Once we got to the farm, we had a couple really nice days and of course had to go for a walk at one of my favorite places on earth, The Landing.  It is 7 miles from the farm and I grew up here.  It is so beautiful in the fall. 

On Saturday of my first weekend, mom, Cheryl and I went in to Swift Current to Fall into Christmas. This is one of my favorite trade shows ever and I have been able to attend it the last 2 years.  I got some of my favorite dips, some beauty products  I love and my favorite purchase was from Nancy Anderson's Living Landscape photography.  I don't have a picture of the beautiful metal print I purchased because sadly, I misjudged my suitcase size by about 1.5 inches, but it will get to me by Christmas (thanks mom!).  This is a similar metal print, but mine is vertical and about 2 feet high.  It is the North Landing School, we can see it from the farm, and Grandma Evelyn taught there when it was open: 

I also bought small print cards of these 2:


This is Horse Butte church, a couple miles from the farm. 


And Goodwin house, the visitor center at the Landing.


That night, I went out to White Bear with my BFF Miranda, Sean and Jesse.  They were so sweet to bring me gifts and even brought in some OJ and fake champagne so we could have our tradition of Mimosas.  We had a great supper and it was so good to catch up! 


That following Wednesday, I got to spend the day with auntie Lorri.  We don't see each other enough but always have such an amazing time together.  We went to see Mac the Moose and his new antlers, making him once again, the world's largest moose (Norway tried to take the title a couple years ago but it didn't last long).  this picture is in the visitor center beside Mac.


We also went for a delicious lunch and then desert at the Yvette Moore Gallery in Moose Jaw for one of the best dessert's I have ever had, a Saskatoon Berry crepe.


That night, mom and I continued on to Regina, to The Hillberg and Berk Gala, Nature en Nuit.  This was a gorgeous, fancy event with jewelry releases, great food and drink, and an awesome surprise performance by Brett Kissel.









Mom and I got some glamour shots done as well.


Brett Kissel


 Another surprise was a local hand poked tattoo artist "Of the Woods" was commissioning 10 unique tattoos. I hesitated at first, but was assured by her and several other people that it was totally safe.  The end deciding factor was that she had the exact west sheaf tattoo I have wanted for years to commemorate my life growing up on the farm.


We had such a great night, it was amazing experience, and we got these amazing swag bags worth over $300, including  beautiful Hillberg and Berk necklace and a coupon for an item from their new sparkle ball collect that actually was released yesterday.  I also got myself another necklace and mom's Christmas present.



On our way back, we stopped at one of my favorite pottery studios, Kim Undseth.  I always visit and buy way too much.  Normally I buy the beach theme stuff but I expanded my horizons this time. These wine glasses are amazing, this picture does not do them justice.


Jost one of the gorgeous sunsets while I was there.


Hanging out with the parents and the cats. 


Retard and Mama Cat.  Mama cat is actually Smudge's great great great great (maybe more) Grandma. She's very old.

On Saturday, when my parents went to a wedding, Jesse and I went on a road trip to the Great Sandhills, just over an hour from the farm.  We took a "shortcut", literally through a field but saw some cool stuff. Neither of us have been to the Sandhills since we were about 12 (many years part obviously) so it was cool to get to go.


This is thousands of Sandhill Cranes flocking up to head south.


Some of many antelope we saw.


An old school house. 


Literally through a field. 



The Sceptre museum and Sandhills visitor centre. 





At the Sandhills.


Sandhills in the distance that we were too lazy to walk to.


This place is so amazing, and so random.





We found a couple Geocaches along the way.


In Cabri on our way home.


Fiver the cat playing in a tub. Sadly, Fiver was hit on the highway on my last day.  He was the sweetest cat and reminded me so much of Jinx. 


A sunset picture I snapped one evening on the way home.



Willow and I out for one of many walks around the farm. 


Mama cat again. 




Some of the cats on the farm. 

Jesse and Fiver eating veggie sticks. 


We had Thanksgiving at the farm with grandma Jean, grandma and grandpa, Amanda, Christopher and Kyle.  It was so nice to see everyone and have my first Canadian Thanksgiving in Canada in 7 years. 




Amanda has always been on of my BFF and I miss her a lot! 


One of our snowy days.


Polly, thinking she should probably come back to Florida with me.






Some pictures I took at one of our other farms. 


Polly sleeping on the window sill. 

I was lucky enough to have another on of my BFF Erin come over and visit for a couple hours, of course we forgot to take a picture, but we had such a good visit. 



Mom and I went for one last walk at the river on probably our nicest day of my trip.


One last Tim's Chili, Cheese tea biscuit and Apple Cinnamon Fog. 


We stopped for a visit with Auntie Mavis, I just love her. 


Since I didn't get Miranda a birthday present, I took her to get pedicures.  It was a wonderful pedi and so nice to have some one on one girl time. 


My last day! Jesse took me to Saskatoon and we stayed overnight to make it not such a long day of travel for me. We stopped to take a picture of some Tundra Swans and Snow Geese by Rosetown.


We went for supper with my long lost friends Bryan and Cheryl and met their baby, Rhys for the first time. I also enjoyed my last real poutine!  Funny how the thought of fries makes me want to throw up but I can enjoy poutine! 


 Did I mention I had to get another suitcase to get all my stuff back with me?  I completely filled it with the stuff mom bought for baby (most of this picture) but thanks to Auntie Lorri, Michelle and her mom and Linda for helping me fill my wheel carry-on I had brought just in case. This picture also doesn't include all the stuff I bought for myself haha. I also brought back my mom's beautiful ceramic and wood nativity scene (keep an eye out for it in my Christmas pictures) that she painted many years ago, it will look so good by the fireplace.

 Thanks to everyone for making my trip so great and sorry to everyone I didn't have time to see.  Next time I'll have the baby, so it will be better anyway!