Friday, September 19, 2014

Fitness Friday: Custom Made Medal Hangers

I decided I was going to try my hand at making Custom Medal Hangers. I have acquired several medals myself and they have just been hanging out in a dresser drawer. I know I am not alone and that some of my friends are storing their medals in similar ways. My daughter has her swim and Tri ribbons and medals just hanging from her reading tent in her room and really wanted to have something more too. I am not completely finished making them all yet, but I can share this one that I have already given to a friend for her birthday present. I think the picture makes it hard to see exactly what the paint is like, but I painted a base coat of yellow on it then a coat of crackle medium and then a coat of gray. You can see the yellow through the crackle.

I enlisted the help of my husband and asked him to cut up a board I bought from Lowe's so that I could make 5 different Medal hangers, each one custom to the person I am giving it to (including myself.)

Here are a bunch of the other supplies I used including hooks, frog tape, scissors, letter stickers and iron-on letters.

I spray painted the base coats (2 coats of each) on the wood that I sanded.

Next I applied frog tape so that I could I could add a pattern detail to them board. My daughter wanted to help make them as well (since one was hers) and I put her in charge of painting the crackle on the ones that we were using it on and then painting the stripes on hers.

Here is what they looked like when I painted the colors over the frog tape (and crackle medium in some instances) . I don't want to spoil the rest and will share them with you another time, but for now you can enjoy the one I made for my friend Jennifer and imagine what the others ones look like. I will share the ones I made for myself and my daughter soon, but the other 2 are gifts for friends and they have not received them yet.

$10 off $25 on Lovable Labels Sept. 19-21 ONLY!

It's time for some SPOOK-TACULAR savings from Lovable Labels with their Spooktacular Weekend Sale. THIS WEEKEND ONLY (September 19-21) you can get $10 off your order of $25+ using coupon code: SPOOKY2014

Be sure to check out the new Halloween Products, including the Halloween Pack (pictured above) that help you personalize treat bags from your child, or these darling Halloween Fun Stickies (pictured below) that include these cute little images of a black cat, ghost, owl, and bat.

These Halloween products are only available for a limited time, so don't miss out on them.

Or maybe you need some other multi-purpose lablels? The coupon code is good on those too! Don't you just love these Polka Dot Sticker Labels? They are so fun!! In fact, order whatever on the site that you like and you can get $10 off your order of $25+. It's not too late to label all that Back to School Gear and get the Back to School Packs.

Coupon Code for $10 off $25+: SPOOKY2014
Valid Sept. 19-21 ONLY

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Slow Cooker BBQ Roast

Do you have some leftover BBQ sauce sitting in your fridge you need to use up? Why not toss it on your roast next time you out on in the slow cooker. I used only about 1/4 of a bottle and it will coat and cook in to the meat nicely as it cooks all day in the slow cooker.

I also add 3 large carrots (sliced), and 2 medium potatoes (cubed) to my 2.5 pound roast in the slow cooker that I cooked on low for 8 hours.

Below is a picture when it was all assembled in the slow cooker and ready to cook.

Review: Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue

My Thoughts:

In case you missed it, Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue was just released at the beginning of the month. We just received it in the mail last week to review and my son has been enjoying it. He actually likes it so much that he said he wants to get this movie for his friend for their birthday too! I would say that speaks pretty highly of something when a child has it and enjoys it and thinks a friend needs to have it as well.

This DVD is 110 minutes long with 5 different episodes:

  • Countdown
  • The Haunting of Griffin Rock
  • Spellbound
  • Blame the Gremlins
  • Feed the Beast

About Transformer Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue from Shout Factory:

The TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, CHASE, HEATWAVE, BLADES and BOULDER, are charged with the important task of protecting the town of Griffin Rock. Relying on their courage and friendship, these Transformers are also aided by a family of first responders, chief among them is a young boy named Cody. This is a big task at the best of times, but even more so when uncovering the mysteries of Griffin Rock! This mystery-themed collection of TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS was released on DVD September 2nd, 2014 from Shout! Factory Kids, in conjunction with Hasbro Studios.

he small, happy town of Griffin Rock has a mystery on its hands. Make that FIVE mysteries! And it’s up to CHASE, HEATWAVE, BLADES, BOULDER and the Burns family to solve them. Do they have the sleuthing skills for the job? Join the suspense and the fun as Cody and the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS confront ghosts, search for the legendary Maine Ridge Monster, chase gremlins and more!

You can buy Transformers Rescue Bots: Mystery Rescue

Disclosure: I received this DVD for free for the purpose of review. No additional monetary compensation was received. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GIVEAWAY: $25 Ruby Tuesday GC & BOGO 50% Off Coupon for Everyone!

Starting TODAY you can use this high value coupon for Ruby Tuesday of BOGO 50% OFF and it will be valid for 2 weeks after you print it. So, if you print it today you will have until September 30th to use this awesome coupon! 

Don't worry if you can't print it today, you have until THIS FRIDAY (September 19th) to get it printed and it will be good for 2 weeks after you printed it. And GUESS WHAT!!! You can use the coupon with the gift card I am giving away. How awesome would that be!!!

You can also show the coupon code on your phone and get the discount that way as well!

I will be going to Ruby Tuesday soon with my family to try out some of the new menu items or perhaps the Endless Garden Bar. The Endless Garden Bar is M-F at lunch and is only $7.99 and sounds like the perfect excuse to take my son to a Toddler Tuesday event at the Mall of America and go out to lunch together. Any friends want to join us there soon?

Ruby Tuesday introduces endless choices, endless combinations, endless lunch for $7.99 with our Garden Bar. 

Try unlimited trips to our Garden Bar and choose from over 30 ingredients to mix and match as many times as you want. Available Monday – Friday at most locations.

Garden bar includes: Spring mix, fresh garden greens, crisp vegetables, premium cheeses and toppings, our famous croutons, and a variety of dressings.

Add on 2 Minis (Sliders), 2 chicken or fish tacos, or a quesadilla for $2 more.

New entree items to try: Coastal Trio, Crispy Fried Shrimp, Hickory Bourbon-Blazed Pork Chop, Southern Style Chicken Tender Dinner, Low Country Shrimp and Grits, or Baked Ravioli

Our full kid’s menu starts at $3.99

Also, be sure to sign up online with Ruby Tuesday. You can get a FREE Burger for your birthday!

Now, I am super hungry and can't wait to go there!!!!

I was just looking over the kids menu and it's awesome! There are the traditional kids favorites for the main entree (sliders, grilled cheese, chicken strips, popcorn shrimp and more!) but what I love is that you can swap out the side item that comes with it (fries) and get some other kind of healthy option. Those options include: grapes, fresh grilled zucchini, apples, fresh green beans, broccoli, or mashed potatoes. 

Kids meals start at just $3.99! That is a really good price for a kids meal.

I keep thinking about the Garden Bar. I am pretty sure that I want to get that and add on some fish tacos for only $2. What a deal!

What are you hungry for now from Ruby Tuesday?

You can also find Ruby Tuesday on Facebook. Go check them out and "Like" them!

$25 Gift Card to Ruby Tuesday

I will be receiving a gift card so that I can go to the restuarant with my family and do a future review on them. No additional monetary compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions are my own. All photos were provided to me.

Try It Tuesday: DIY Clay Dinosaur Bones and Dino Dig at Home

I enlisted the help of both of my kids in making our own dinosaur bones. We used Crayola Air Dry Clay (I bought it from Michael's Craft Store) and we just began shaping it into our version of what we think various dinosaur bones look like. We let them air dry for 24 hours to make sure they are completely hard. Then I buried them in my son's sand box so that he could go on his own dino dig.

He thought this was pretty neat, both making the dinosaur bones as well as having his own dig. I will caution you that this is air-dry clay. It is basically hard dirt so they can break and are will dissolve in water. My son thought it would be fun to "hide" his bones in his water table and quickly discovered that he had milky colored water and no bones. LOL! He didn't mind though, He thought of it as some interesting discovery he made.