Thursday, March 28, 2013


My mother {my best friend} sent Caleb and I Easter cards, this year it had a picture of me as a little girl sitting on Easter bunny's lap. Got a good smile out of me which was needed, think I was smiling more at the fact that I had a chili bowl going on. ha!

We have a few things planned out for Easter, I'm searching for a church to take us too. For years now I have been to different ones but not one that I feel right in. I know in time I'll find the right place, I went to one in Texas that I just adored it was a non-denominational one and that's what I'm searching for now.  So Easter service and then his dad will take him for the evening to be with cousins and do a mini egg hunt.

I have been on the prowl to find a "largest in Colorado" egg hunt and found it, at copper mountain {ski area} about 2 hours away from us. Then decided NOT to do it, worried that its going to be insane seeing its the largest in CO and over 50,000 eggs. Found one 20 minutes away that we'll do instead and that will go down a few days before Easter. His basket is made and ready to go. Time is flying by

So, our trip to NM went fantastic. Stayed busy the entire time and got to do some pretty cool things, Caleb was beyond happy to spend some quality time with his uncle. Time go's by way to fast when your having fun. Will take a few days just to re-coop and get back on track again.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

spring break vacation time..

like my spiffy shop banner? haha

well over due, way over due and very much needed. Its been awhile since I have been able to step away and just enjoy some personal time with my son. I will be gone from March 22 - March 28th, taking a road trip to visit my brother in New Mexico. Caleb and I are both stoked and super excited to go visit and get out of "dodge" so to speak. We have a few things planned out to keep us engaged and going, my brother managed a few days off and will house us the entire stay. Will be back with some vacation pics to tote, you know I'll be taking tons!



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I had some left over supplies and decided to make a ONE OF A KIND never will be made again necklaces just for you, seriously I'm thinking of things you would like in giveaways.
What do you think, should I add it to the shop?  
This ones for the Dog/Cat lovers out there! Sterling silver top rustic disk with paw prints on it, underneath is a textured and oxidized copper charm. All hung on a 16" black leather chain with sterling silver clasps.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

gearing up

gearing up and getting ready for the move, the big day is not till another month away. HOWEVER I want to make sure that we are fully prepared and not rushing things, I started to pack. Got tons of boxes and newspapers and got quite a bit done. Caleb and I are also gearing up for our spring break that's going to spent with my brother in NM, very excited to visit and have a little fun.
Caleb and I went to a comic book store today and bought his first two comics, he wanted Indiana Jone's and I picked out a superman one. To top it off, I found {while packing} a box of my old child hood items. Things like popples, chubbles, rainbow brite, barbie dolls, baseball cards, coins and garbage pail kids cards. I purchased a nice clear box for the garbage pale kids to put in Caleb's new room, he looked at a few today and found them funny {as I did when I was his age}. I also purchased a shadow box today for the 6 silver dollar coins my grandpa gave me as a young girl, I am passing them on to Caleb and will frame them and hang in the new house. Also went to the thrift store the other day and purchased over 10+ 1930's "all about" books, educational and really neat to look through.

This week has been a hard one, Caleb wound up in the E.R. and missed a few days from school. Now he has this horrible cough that is worrying me.
Caleb's was fevering in the pic{luckily that's over now}, my mom as a little girl would put cool towels on my head and neck to get the fever down and I now do the same. I swear by it

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


There is just something about rustic, that I love. Its earthy, real and aged. Something that has been around for years and may/or may not have a story to tell. Its the touch, that's cool and a smell that's woodsy and damp. If I had my choice, I would live somewhere way up in the mountains, or deep in the country and have my own haven in a country cottage. It FEELS like peace should feel, maybe one day?

These can be found on my pinterest board if you wanna see more

Monday, March 18, 2013

Homemade DIY wipes

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Ready for another frugal money saver? Homemade DIY wipes. Seriously, watch out I'm on a roll and have around 5-10 more things to share with you!  Excited to be saving money its almost like playing a game. So this one was a no brainer and super easy to do and make. The costs was low and in the long run will save. I tested them today and sure enough no shredding and they are tuff and will hold up to use. Found here
The math on making your own wipes?
$.005 to $.008 a wipe!
that's around $10 a year on wipes!
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  1. Bounty Paper Towels Mega PLUS Roll - These paper towels are very thick and will not break. Do NOT get thin cheap paper towels or you won't be very happy, trust me!
  2. 2 T. Baby Wash - Any brand will do, I get the cheap brand from Wal-Mart.
  3. 1 1/2 T. Baby Oil - Again, any brand is fine. I get the cheap brand from Wal-Mart.
  4. 2 Cups Warm Water
  5. Waterproof Sterilite Container - I got mine from Wal-Mart for about $4. Any waterproof container large enough (3 Liters) will work.
Take your paper towel roll and cut it in half so it looks like a large roll of toilet paper. (Its not hard at all, I was a little intimidated with the thought of it} Remove the cardboard tube from the center, as shown below. Next, mix your warm water, 2 T. baby wash and 1 1/2 T. baby oil in your waterproof container. Place your cut paper towel roll in the container and put the lid on. Now flip your container upside down for 1 to 2 hours so the warm water and soap can soak all the way through the paper towels. When using the wipes, pull from the center, as shown.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Melt In Your Mouth Meat Loaf

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 mhmm..that's right. So I have this "thing" with cooking meatloaves, for years they just would never turn out right for me. They would burn on the outside and be RAW in the inside. Hours and hours in the oven and each time I tossed it and it failed. UNTIL I found this crock pot meatloaf receipt, it worked perfect. No more rawness! Its super yummy and have done this one several times, Caleb loves it. It works great with some mashed potatoes and vegis! Found here

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What you'll need:

  1. Combine eggs, milk, bread crumbs, onion, salt, sage, and mushrooms in a large bowl. Crumble ground beef over mixture and stir well to combine. Shape into a round loaf; place in a 5-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F (71 degrees C), 5 to 6 hours.
  2. Whisk ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl; spoon sauce over meat loaf. Return to slow cooker and cook on Low until heated through, about 15 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

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Did you know......
You can use a wooden spoon on top of whatever is boiling and it will prevent it from over boiling? No more mess!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

DIY Homemade Laundry Soap

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Its time to start SAVING money and being smart about it, one of these ways is for me to create my own homemade laundry soap. My mothers immediate comment was "Oh your not going to like that", or "its going to leave a filmy residue". No other way to know without trying it right? Let me tell you, I LOVE what I made. I made it, I tried it and it prevailed. No residue/filmy stuff. It smells fantastic and pulled out those dirty spots on the bottom of socks. No itching the skin, my son and I have sensitive skin and this even passed the test! It was easy to make, a little time on the grating. It was cost effective and easy to find the ingredients.
Each load only takes 2 tablespoons of detergent, so this one batch will cover 288 loads of laundry. All together, the ingredients cost around $23, which equals about 8 cents per load.
I will never go back to regular detergent long as I'm needing to pinch those pennies and I'm needing to be frugal now more than ever with the big move coming up for Caleb and I. I have been searching and reading tons and tons and receipts on Pinterest over the course of the last few weeks and found this one to be the most appealing, here's the how to if interested. Found  here
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Here's what you'll need:

4- 4oz. bars of grated Castile soap

1- 78 oz. box of Borax

8- 16 oz. boxes of baking soda

3 tblsp. lavender essential oil
We grated our soap using a cheese grater, Caleb loved to help on this part.
Once the soap is grated, toss it in a large pail/bucket/tub and toss in the other ingredients. I used my hands to mix it all up ! Homemade powder laundry detergent, that simple!
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As if thats not enough coolness, I also found and printed this beautiful label to stick on the laundry soap container to dress it up! Found here

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

carrer day

It was career day for Caleb's Kindergarten class and I got the chance to setup a table and show the kids my job as a jewelry maker! It was so fun and exciting to be able to share my craft, I think it went well. I got to personally meet the kiddos and send them off with a business card, plastic necklace and a coupon code for their moms/dads. Then I got to enjoy lunch with Caleb at his school


Monday, March 11, 2013

TWO hand stamped bracelet {GIVEAWAYS}

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As if ONE isn't enough, there are TWO of these beauties being given away!! TWO lucky winners.
Simply let me know your bracelet of choice and what you would like it to say!
Both are for hand stamped personalized brass bracelets, from my Etsy shop yourcharmedlife.
These are a new and affordable addition to my shop, directly found here.
Simply don't want to wait and want one now at a amazing deal?
Use coupon code "BRACELET" at checkout and get 20% off of your bracelet!
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