I was out and about the other day when I ran across the cutest little camper. With it's sweet little pink curtains inside and a cute cupcake on the side I had to investigate. In Raleigh you just never know what treasures you will find. If you follow my Pinterest you will see I like little campers with a unique flare like this one. This campers name was Belle. Well Belle is a cupcake truck! She delivers smiles in the form of little adorable cupcakes (cupcakes are my favorite desert by the way). The owner Rowland Boksleitner gave me two cupcakes on the house to review at my review site. I can't turn down cupcakes! So off I went home to put these cuties to the test.
First up was the Oreo cupcake. Sweet Traditions signature cake topped with Oero butter cream. Let me tell you this cupcake was so moist but not to moist it was perfect. The butter cream was light & spot on good. And just look at it. It is so cute! I honestly have to say this was my favorite of the two and the best cupcake I have had in a while. Cupcakes like this make me so very happy.
Next up is a gourmet raspberry filled cup cake with butter cream & raspberry on top. What a site to see!
Typically I am not to big on raspberry but I am brave from time to time and love to give things a shot. This was the perfect time to be brave because this little cupcake did not let me down one bit. I think I do like raspberries again as long at they are baked by Sweet Traditions in a sweet treat like this! WOW this was awesome. So moist. So sweet. So fun! It truly won me over.
I got this free for testing purposes as a Purex Insider. All opinions are my own.
Ok just look at that. It looks so refreshing for the skin. You have heard the benefits of coconut water right? Well Dial has found a way to do it again bringing the latest healthy thing to it's products. With these hot summer days wouldn't you like to win a bottle? This new product will be out in retailers this month. I am giving away one bottle each to TWO winners! Yep that is right two winners. So enter to win below!
This project is so much fun & so very easy to do. Me and my daughter made some of these today. They are great to make to wash your hands with after gardening to get rid of dirt. They are also great to use to exfoliate your skin. Even those callused heels from summer time flip flop wearing. These make super frugal gifts. People will think you spent a lot of time doing this when in fact you did not!
All you need is :
You simply fill what ever size jar you have 3/4 th full of sugar. Then fill the rest with Palmolive Soft Touch, then mix. Make sure it is not to runny nor to thick. It should look like in the picture below. Mix well before each use. So if your giving as a gift you might want to include a little stick or spoon with it to mix & dish out the scrub each time they use it.
This Country Girl Sugar Scrub feels amazing. It is something you can get the kids in on to help too for frugal gift making! We took some scarping paper and cut a circle to fit on top for a little added flare. How cute is that?! Enjoy.
Recently my husband gave me a gift card to Massage Envy for my Mothers Day gift. I recently cashed it in to get a much needed one hour relaxation massage. I just had such a fabulous time I had to share it with you! I am new to Raleigh so I had never been to Massage Envy. I was so thrilled to try it. My massage therapist Heather was amazing. I left feeling totally relaxed which is something hard for me to obtain. I slept like a baby that night! something else I noticed for days was that my dark circles under my eyes were not as dark after this massage! As you know massage increases circulation in the body &( for to many purposes to list here) it is really healthy for you. I highly recommend the North Hills Massage Envy location & Heather! The service is stellar! If you have a Massage Eny in your area give them a try ladies you deserve it. If you are ever in Raleigh go visit the North Hills location! The staff an the so very kind & sweet Clinic Manager Amanda Bennett will be glad to see you.
Massage Eny is open 7 days a week. They offer a special introductory price for your first time. They offer a wellness plan ,facials,sugar foot scrubs,skin care & so much more.
Ok my dearest friend in the whole world was having a birthday. She is a very practical lady like I am & frugally minded. She loves yarn so very very much. She has more yarn than anyone I know. She loves to craft & knit and make beautiful & useful things. But she has everything she needs for crafting. So I had no idea what to get her for her birthday. So I really had to think. Then it came to me to make a whimsical knitting wreath to celebrate her passion. So I already had a straw wreath I had gotten on sale for a dollar a while back I just had not used yet. I took one of my husbands old stained up shirts and ripped it up in strips and covered the wreath. Then I went to my small stash of yarn. I already had some small balls of yarn that she herself had given me, olds scraps she had no need for. So I used those and my teen girl and I sat and rolled more balls out of my yarn. We chose to use lots of different colors because she is a very colorful lady herself! I used some scrap cloth I had in my sewing box to make a floppy bow. I added knitting needles to give it that final touch. Hot glue was perfect to mount everything! The yarn scraps got upcycled well I think. She has since already received her gift from us and she loved her new gift! I was so happy!
I hope this inspires you to think outside of the box! Making gifts from the heart mean so much more.Also it is so rewarding knowing not a lot of money was used and I was able to use what I already had on hand keeping things frugal.
On the 4th of July 2014 my family and I spent the day at the Joel Lane house right smack dab in the capital city of Raleigh N.C.! Joel Lane was the founder of my new city we live in Raleigh so we had to go and experience it.The home is just like it was back in the day! What a wonderful day it was and very educational. We learned so much. It was a wonderful way to spend the 4th of July. The pictures below are just some of the highlights of the day. I have many more pictures but these are just to give you an idea of the richness of the colonial day we had together. So come along on our local colonial field trip! Enjoy! O and if your ever in Raleigh be sure to stop by they even host tea parties!
Alex the Ambassador of Play has been spotted giving love & fun to baby Quinn at a friends gathering at her home recently. Quinn loved Alex as we shared him with her! Alex is a toy designed to be played with. No batteries or fancy frills just simple good old imagination. Alex has a mission to remind kids or ALL ages how to play. Sometimes in a day of digital everything kids forget & simple can be better. Alex also has another mission to bring love & comfort to kids all over the world. When you give Alex a home, Roughy Toys donates another Alex & his book to a child in need. Alex recently told me of a toys drive they are having for kids in Haiti & Wednesdays child ( children waiting to be adopted in D.C.) . What a great mission Alex carries. So how about it, would your child ( any age) love to give Alex a home? Enter below! Please also share this giveaway so we can bring awareness to this great mission. Also check out my original post that gives more detail about Alex and my recent experience with him here and how he came to our house!
Alex had received my Homemaker-Mom Seal of Approval in last weeks review! Way to go Alex!
I love the beauty & simplicity of Spellbinders Celebrations items. With Spellbinders you do not have to worry about being an expert in artistic crafting. They have made it very easy to make beautiful creations to celebrate any occasion in life and allow your natural creativity to flow. With these high quality products it will leave a lasting impression on the receiver of the gifts! Simple,beautiful,fun!
Leave me a comment below on any crafting topic! Tell me what you like to craft? Tell me what you are making lately? Or tell me what you would like to get into. Every comment counts as an entry to win the Spellbinders Celebrations stamp set to the left!
Giveaway closing on July 24!
Visit Spellbinders web site today, it is truly so much fun!
Update: COntest now closed!
I love this! So simple & easy. Homemade liquid laundry soap! I had shared how to make laundry soap before but I want to add different variations to choose from at the site. I want to bring another great blogger to the spot light today. Visit Grace to see all of her upclose photos on how to make this soap at Queen Of The Red DoubleWide. I just love her blog. She is a Christ following lady who shares her rural homemaking adventures with us!
Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
Author: Queen Of The Red Doublewide