Thursday, March 27, 2014

$10 off of $25 at JC Penny Coupon!

I love these coupons!  Super great to get essentials you know you will need to purchase later.  Head on in with this coupon!  It's good through the 30th!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Shop Highlight: Northwest Handmade Goods

Last week I mentioned I was going to do a shop highlight on my blog, and I finally have a few moments to fill you in on this little treasure in Downtown Lewiston!

Northwest Handmade Good is exactly what it sounds like.  A store filled with Handmade Goods made by Northwest Artists.  

They are located at 527 Main Street next to Ridinger's photography studio.

Here are a couple panoramics of the store! 

Seriously adorable right?  Downtown Lewiston NEEDS business like this!  

They have everything: Toys, clothing, home decor, jewelry, greeting cards! They even have a few of my items!! How fun is that!  Stop on in and let them know I sent ya!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

TSFL Update: Week 3

Well I didn't post last week, and It's not even worth posting this week either.  I have lost only 1/2 lb in the past two weeks.  Mostly because I have not been super disciplined!  We had a date night, then we had birthday celebration that involved delicious meals out and wonderful chocolate cake.  Thankfully the scale did not go up though!!! We also are traveling the next week, so I'm sure I will struggle again.

That being said, my activity level has increased from the lovely weather so that is super exciting.  If that hadn't happened I probably would have gained!

Cheers to everyone else on a health journey!  It's hard and I'm right there with you! :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Birthday Banner

Yesterday was Miss Addy's birthday!!  We will actually be celebrating on Saturday when some family is in town visiting, but I made this super fun banner to hang in our living room for the week!

Right after I posted a photo on my facebook page I had a friend ask if she could order some custom letters for a banner.  I did those for her her right away and thought maybe some other people might want some.  In one evening I sold 6 banners!  Crazy!  I am now making and packaging some for a local shop!  Stay tuned, as I will be featuring the shop next week.

I do all the cutting on my cricut. The creativity comes into play when picking my paper combos and layouts. It has been fun.  I even did one for a newborn baby photo shoot.

Also stay tuned for Addy's birthday cake post.  I'm planning a Disney's Frozen cake. I haven't worked with fondant in a while, so I'm hoping I haven't lost my knack for it!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Family Year Books (and Shutterfly Deal!)

One of my goals the past couple of years has been to stay on top of our family's photos.  With the digital age, and cell phones it is super easy to just store everything on our computers and Facebook and call it good.  I definitely want photos to be tangible and in order so I don't have a mess on my hands 10 years from now.

I used to be a scrapbooker, but I have found that I just don't have the time and it had become quite a burden to me.  I now have been making digital scrapbooks!

The only way I have managed to "keep up" on this is my husband allowing me time to sneak away to a coffee shop and work without distractions.  I got 3 months behind after I had Cece so I spent 3 hours a few weeks ago finishing up our 2013 album!

I make all my albums on Shutterfly and then I wait to order them until they have their awesome photo book sales!  Currently they are offering up to 50 percent off depending on the size of the album (sale is good through 3/18/14).

My albums end up having 70+ pages in them and this one cost about $80.  I just love them, and so does Addy!!  She goes through them often talking about what we did and remembering things.

I sort everything out by month so there is some order to it!
I have 2011, 2012 and 2013 Done and in our home.  I think I will just combine our "life before kids" into one big album in not as great of order.  Life was just a lot more boring then!

What do you do to preserve all your photos??

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Homemade French Bread

So I decided to try my hand at making some french bread.  I have been buying the three pack of Sourdough loaves at Costco which are DELISH, but are over $7 for the pack.  I'm not a super big carb eater when I'm being on track with my plan but I've found my family needs a bit extra carbs so yummy bread is the best way to give it to them without much effort.

I used Frugal Girl's French Bread recipe and it is SOOOOO easy!  And it is delicious for it's simplicity.  I turn one dough batch into two smaller loaves since I am not eating them except for yummy nibbles, and then I freeze the other so I don't have to make it all the time.

I'm not sure how much a loaf costs me, but since the ingredients are flour, wheat flour, water, sugar, salt and yeast I'm guessing it's a lot less that $2.50 a loaf!!!