3.25.2013

*HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!*

Don't you love posts that start off like that? You just know you're about to get a juicy bit of information. Okay, back to the announcement. Many of you may not know this, but I'm a licensed esthetician (skin care specialist). For many years I've had a dream of developing my own body/skin care line, and that dream is finally coming to fruition. *squee!*

On June 1, 2013, I will be launching my new business, Yellow Wood Road. We offer luxury home and body products that are handcrafted using only the highest quality ingredients we could find. Even better, my Etsy shop is NOW OPEN and is accepting Pre-orders on more than 30 handcrafted products from bath teas to cuticle creams. All pre-orders will be ready to ship with the official launch of Yellow Wood Road on June 1, 2013! 

Here's only a few of the luxury products we're currently offering: 

LIP BALMS










BODY BUTTER/LOTION/GLITTER GEL








BATH TEAS







BATH SALTS







Please feel free to stop by my shop, take a look, and be sure to take advantage of 10% off your order of $5 or more using promo code PREORDER0613. :)

3.24.2013

A New Found Love


I love making graphics. Its one of my favorite things to do on a rainy day like today. Just relax, look up some amazing quotes, advice, song lyrics, etc., and combine the words with backgrounds and pictures that really speak to me. If you had asked me a year ago if graphics was something I'd ever be even remotely interested in, I would have answered with a resounding, "No". It's only through my blog (and a love for being cheap frugality, that I've found a new love. My blog was pretty basic when I first started, and it took me a long while to work up the nerve to make any changes other than a pre-made background from The Cutest Blog on the Block.  I got to the point where I thought it was worth investing some money into having a custom blog design made, and when discussing the purchase with my husband, he looked at my like I was CRAZY for not doing this myself. It is a pretty hefty expense for our household, so I decided to give it a whirl myself first. So I tried it, and designing my blog wasn't too bad at all! Now I'm hooked. I'm certainly no professional, or even close to it, but here's just a few of the hundreds of  many graphics I've made.


The first graphic I ever made - very basic, but I was so darn proud of myself!



Lyrics to me and hubby's first dance on our wedding day, in the shape of a heart. I have plans to have this one made into a print to hang next to our wedding pictures:
Marriage advice - the background is an engagement picture of me and my hubby:


One of my favorite quotes:


The truth about love:



and last but certainly not least, my favorite Bible verse:



Which one is your favorite?

3.13.2013

Who's Ready for a Giveaway? **TIME'S UP!**

The time has come once again for another giveaay - and this one's the best yet! I'm completely in love with this beautiful Catappa two-piece serving set from Hometrends:




So much so, I wanted to share it with you! Check out the giveaway below to enter. You can enter anytime between now and midnight EST on 3/21/13, and the best part? You can come back and enter each and every day!


    a Rafflecopter giveaway


Once chosen, the winner will be announced on my blog, so don't forget to check back and see if you won!



****EDIT**** Be sure that upon completion of each of the above, you choose it from the drop down menu and click the "enter" button to submit your entries! Thanks for participating! :)


TIME'S UP! Congratulations Jennifer P.S.! You're our winner! I'll be contacting you soon so you can claim your beautiful 2-piece serving platter set!

3.02.2013

Decadent Chocolate Mug Brownie


In the midst of all the "Mug Brownie" madness on Pinterest, Mackenzie convinced me it was worth a try. I was very skeptical (a real Brownie in less than 2 minutes? Ha!). I'm a Brownie lover through and through, so if this was just a lump of cakey-chocolate disguising its self, I'd be the first one to know. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was really good, a genuine Brownie. It was incredibly rich, and totally busted my Brownie craving - and the best part is, there wasn't an entire pan left to devour taunt me over the next few days. A great alternative for a once-in-awhile treat, and it pretty much rocks with a scoop of ice cream on top. (Personally, I cut the sugar in half when I make it.) Be sure to pin this recipe (below the picture)!





What you'll need:
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar ( I use 1/8 cup)
2 tablespoons cocoa 
pinch of salt 
1 tablespoons chopped nuts (optional)
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil (do NOT use olive oil as it is too strong)
3 tablespoons water

Preparation:
Add all dry ingredients to mug, then all wet ingredients. Mix well to combine. Microwave for 1 minute 40 seconds. Top with ice cream if desired. Enjoy!