We Got the FUNK: March 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub #Review & FLASH GIVEAWAY #Sponsored

What a week last week was.  In all the chaos, we had a 2nd birthday party, a trip to get x-rays done (well 2 actually) and two teeth make their way through a front lip.  To say that my kids keep life interesting is an understatement.  With all of this, there was a lot of hand washing to avoid germs and my poor hands dried out and were scaly.  Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub came to my rescue and revived and conditioned these poor beaten hands!


Colorado is already a pretty dry climate and add washing my hands consistently as I was handling tons of food for the birthday party and in and out of doctors offices and boy were my hands beaten up.  I just got my new Dial products to try out recently and was elated to see this conditioning sugar scrub in the mix.  I knew that my hands needed something and that lotion was only masking the scaly mess. 


I made sure to give my hands the spa treatment and really test this product out.  I am a huge fan of sugar scrubs but many just add to the drying out effect and I was hopeful that this scrub would really live up to its hype.  I was not disappointed at all, the micro-scrubber effects that were happening on my hand were great and after I rinsed my hands actually felt soft and supple and the scales were all gone!  I am definitely a believer. 

Dial has graciously offered one of my readers a combination of 3 coupons to try out their conditioning Boutique Collection.  What is great is that these are free coupons and you can try out a few different options and scents! 

I am trying something a little different today and doing a 1 day FLASH GIVEAWAY.  The Entries are very easy and a winner will be chosen at midnight tonight!  Good Luck and enter below!




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Disclosure:  The Dial® brand provided me with a sample of Dial® Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dogwood Easter Wreath #DIY

Told you I would be back!  I am so sorry for the delay in all my awesome Easter crafts and recipes and just general updates on all things Funky.  The combination of Jason's grandpa passing, my PC crashing and spring break from work, made for a tough week.  However, I am back with an Easy DIY Easter Wreath for under $10.00!


I apologize now for the lack of photos.  That goes along with my rant in this post.   The basics of all of this is that I lost some photos and most of those were for this post.  However, this wreath is super easy to make and really doesn't need photos. 


Tools of the Craft:
  • Grapevine wreath ($3 in Target Bins)
  • Easter Eggs ($1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Wide, Wired, Easter Ribbon ($1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Artificial Dogwood Vine ($4.00 at Michaels)
  • Hot Glue
Directions:
  • Take the dogwood vine and wrap it around the grapevine wreath.  Secure ends with some hot glue. 
  • Remove the eggs from the picks if necessary and then hot glue around the wreath.  
  • Tie a bow with the ribbon and secure it to the side of the wreath with hot glue.

That is it!  Told you that pictures were not necessary!

But I mean, just in case :)
It took a few days for the wreath to grow on me, but I really do love it.  I will probably leave this one up past easter because I just love the festive bright colors and really, eggs are universal right?

Do you like it?  Please PIN IT and SHARE IT! 

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$100.00 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I dislike technology very much

This week in technology has sucked.  Like epically sucked.  Last week I did an update on my PC which has all my photo editing software and pretty much my life on it and well the keyboard didn't like the update so it stopped working.  Or so I thought it was the update.  I replaced the keyboard and nothing changed...keyboard is still broken.  I did a system restore (external keyboard still works and so does onscreen) and well, still broken. So now well, I do not have a home computer.

Luckily I brought my school Mac home and I love this darn thing, but it belongs to my school and it there is a lot that I cannot do on it because the school has outlawed that (like install photo editing software or Silhouette software which I use all the time).  So basically I can just type like I am right now and well that is why the blog has been so quiet.  I have tons to write about and crafts and recipes to share but well, they are really not useful without photos.

This also makes doing homework for grad school difficult so I am about 1.5 weeks behind in that world too.  You know because I didn't actually need to spring break right?

Another thing that I needed to do was help create a video for Jason's grandpa's funeral and was in charge of scanning all the photos in.  Well guess how many times I had to do that before I realized that I could only scan 10 photos at a time.  I literally worked on scanning 120 photos for 6 hours and it should have only taken about 2.

Oh and let's add to this whole situation with the fact that I just somehow formatted my DSLR camera card that has ALL the peanuts 2nd birthday pictures on it.  I am broken.  Literally started bawling to the guy at Mike's Camera, and I am confident the man thought I was crazy.

I think this weekend I will be purchasing a new computer for home and will probably go with a Macbook Pro, but you know $1500.00 is just so easy to come by.  I know that after going through several PC laptops over the past few years that I am so done with PC.  So if you have any ideas on what I need to get on my new MacBook Pro, that would be excellent!

Thanks for your patience folks and please if you have advice put it in the comments below!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cheesy Nacho Bake #Recipe

It is spring time and let me tell you how much I DO NOT want to be hanging out in the house cooking.  These last few days have been beautiful and although I want to eat at home, I also want to play with my kids, so quick easy meals are all I am interested in right now.  When I was introduced to a Nacho Bake, I jumped all over it and made it my own. 


This meal only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish and is sooooo cheesy and scrumptious, you might just eat the entire pan. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 bag of Doritos Nacho Cheese Chips
  • 1 pkg of shredded cheese
  • 1 sauce pack of Velveta melted cheese
  • 1 small can of mild diced green chiles




The recipe is simple and easy to spruce up with some great veggies and sour cream and salsa if you want.  We love to put different toppings on and have tried olives, lettuce, onions/chives, diced garlic and bell peppers to name a few.
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Brown your ground beef in a pan.  When it is almost done browning, add in the diced green chilies and cook together until the ground beef is fully browned. 
  • Add the Velveeta sauce package to the ground beef mixture and remove the mixture from the stove heat.
  • Pour your bag of Doritos into a 13 x 9 inch cake pan and then spread the ground beef mixture evenly over the chips.  Top with shredded cheese.
  • Bake until the shredded cheese is melted.
  • Remove from the oven, and top with your favorite veggies and sauces and enjoy!


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Happy Birthday Honey

As you can tell March (particularly this past week) is full of birthdays in our family.  My sweet peanut, then my daddy and now my amazing husband.  This man is having a tough birthday this week as it is the first that his grandpa will not be calling him to sing "Happy Birthday."  It is a tradition that we all look forward to in his family.  His grandparents are literally the best and I know that today is a tough day for my husband.  Today he is 34!


I am pretty lucky to have spent almost 1/2 my life with this man and build a life with him.  He is my rock, my best friend and I could not imagine life without him.  I do not know a man that has undergone more loss in his life or faced more challenged but he continues to persevere and comes out stronger every single time.  He truly is amazing.

Happiest Birthday My Love!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Four Cheese Chicken Bacon Borsetti #Recipe

Do you ever just wander the grocery store deli section and find a good sale on something and then create a recipe that your family ends up LOVING!  Well, I did just that and stumbled upon a new easy family favorite, Four Cheese Chicken Bacon Borsetti and OMG you are going to want to pin this and save it for later.

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First of all you may be wondering what the heck borsetti is?  I was too.  It is a pasta that is similar to a ravioli with cheese and meat filling.  I found ours in the deli section and it only took 7 minutes to fully cook which was a big selling point for me.  Bonus...it was on sale for 2.09!

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This recipe was awesome and super easy.  It only took about 20 minutes from start to finish and was like hyped up amazing macaroni and cheese with a smokey rich taste.  I cannot wait to get more and neither can my family.  

Ingredients:
  • 1 package of Chicken & Bacon Borsetti
  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 2 TBS of minced garlic
  • 2 TBS of olive oil
  • 1 jar of Ragu four cheese sauce


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Step By Step Directions:

  1. Prepare your chicken by cutting into medium chunks, you should also begin to boil your water for your borsetti.
  2. In a sauce pan, saute the garlic and olive oil until the garlic is browned. 
  3. Add the chicken and saute it until it is cooked thoroughly.  You should also boil your borsetti at this point as well. 
  4. Drain your Borsetti and then mix it in the sautéed garlic chicken and add the Ragu and serve with your favorite sides!
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This is now my go to quick meal, what is yours? 



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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

12 Last Minute St. Patricks Day Crafts

If you are anything like I am, then you completely forgot that it was St. Patricks Day, even though you had decorated your house and purchased cutesy little shirts for everyone to wear and was just at the store looking at more St. Patricks Day things.  Yet, I still forgot and now I am scanning Pinterest looking for some quick and easy crafts to do today while I am at home with a sick kid.  Check out these 12 easy crafts to help get in the spirit!



1. Foot Art is all the rage.  Check out this great tutorial here. 


2. This fork art looks simple enough and most of us have the supplies just laying around. 


3. I love this easy Over the Rainbow craft.  It looks like I could do this with both kids pretty easily. 


4. I may have slightly ohhhh and awwwwed when I saw this paper plate Rainbow Twirler.

5. This rainbow chain necklace reminds me a bit of Flava-Flav, but is super cute and simple too!


6. My kids love a good mess and this Puffy paint Leprechan looks pretty fun, I think we may try it tonight before bed! 



7. I really like this recycled water bottle shamrock painting and thought it would only take a couple minutes to do and I am all about quick!


8. Although I do not think my kids are ready for this, some of my readers with older kiddos might enjoy this awesome Leprechan balloon racing game!


9. If you are limited on supplies I think that this paper four leaf clover is a perfect project for you!


10. Another project that has a PRINTABLE associate with it and only requires some paper, string and coloring is the awesome Shamrock Lacing Card that works on fine motor skills. 


11. This Rainbow Stained glass art project is great for kids too!  I especially love the clear directions!



12.  This super cute Shamrock Man took me back to elementary school.  I loved these little guys and am definitely doing this with my kiddos today!



What are some of your favorite kids crafts for St. Patricks Day?  I have a day to burn, so please share it in the comments!


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Kids Spring Time Styles #SpringIntoCarters #IC #ad

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.”

The official start of Spring is only a few days away and of course that means numerous outdoor parties, Easter and Mother's Day celebrations and various other events.  I take pride in how my kids are presented and love to keep them in style, so I headed over to Carter's to check out their adorable spring line and I fell in love!


First of all I hit up their amazing doorbusters and snagged several outfits for both kids.  The little mister needed some new T-shirts and these mix and match playtime favorites were awesome.  The material is good quality cotton that still feels lightweight enough for playtime and the designs are too cute.  My little mister particularly loved the glow in the dark bug shirt and the mustache shirt as well. 



When it comes to the tiny peanut, I decided to start building our 18 month wardrobe a bit more. When you have a tiny abnormally growing child and you buy clothes expecting them to fit in one season and clearly they do not, you definitely need to snag deals wen you can get them.  I found several deals and was making lists of what I needed to come back and get with my Carter's Cash. The color choices of aqua and coral were so evident and the bright floral patterns were awesome in this spring line.  I really loved the mermaid outfit and could hardly stop fawning over this adorable coral romper!  


How cute are my kiddos in these clothes.  Carter's Spring Time & Vacation essentials really nailed it. I loved so much about everything this clothing line has to offer, particularly how light and airy and beautiful it is.  I also appreciate how appropriate the style of clothing is.  Lately, the trends in kids clothes have not been very modest and for children I feel like that is so important.  I want my kids to look cute but also have some modesty.  Carter's clothes never disappoint and are adorable and stylish. 


One of those must have items that I have on my list when I head back in a couple weeks is swim wear.  The peanut has grown a lot in a year and definitely needs a new suit as well as some matching sandals and a hat.  I absolutely love the anchor suit  and matching glasses and flip flops.  So cute!  For my mister I was thinking of the adorable Shark Rashguard and Multistripe swim shorts.   There are so many mix and match options to choose from and I am so excited to go shopping soon.  

One of the main reasons I decided to shop at Carter's was reputation and quality, however, I also was looking for coordinating Easter clothes that we could have professional photos taken in.  I was hoping to get these photos done in time to share with the husband's grandparents for their 65th wedding anniversary in April, however, this weekend we lost an amazing man to that awful C word.  I slammed through to get some photos done for them that looked 1/2 way decent and although they are not professional, they look pretty good.  Unfortunately I did not get them done in time. 


The coordinating Easter and dress up lines are adorable.  I had such a difficult time narrowing down the outfits I wanted the kids to wear.  First I had picked out this green gingham button down shirt with an bow tie to accessorize and then chose this white lace Easter dress for the peanut to match.

That all went out the window when I found the Boat Shoes and all bets on outfits were out.  I rearranged everyone based on these shoes and regret nothing.  How cute are those shoes on my little mister?  He said they are really comfortable too!  I chose the classic plaid button down shirt paired with grey canvas pants for the mister and for the peanut the crepe striped dress and matching sparkle bows and flower flats!

Did I mention that I spent a little over $100.00 on all these clothes and accessories. Between the amazing doorbuster sales and my 25% off coupon I saved almost $100.00 as well.  You really cannot pass up quality stylish clothing for those prices.


Hurry in though, this sale only lasts through March 25th!  Make sure to check out Carter's in store, on their website, on Facebook and twitter!

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Disclosure: I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping experience, however, my experience was beyond wonderful and the sales people were great.  The clothes are adorable and definite staples to my kids wardrobe. So what I am saying is these opinions were not influenced, and they are mine all mine. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy 50th Birthday Dad!

Today my amazing, loving, hardworking father turns 50 and in true fashion, he is at work for a 12 hour day. 


My dad (and mom) shaped many young peoples lives in the 13 years we ran the rink and is super loved by pretty much anyone that has met him.  I am so proud of this man and although he does not want to make a big deal out of it, if you know him, wish him a Happy Birthday.  I know I will be reading the comments to the old guy!


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Happy 2nd Birthday Peanut

Today you are two, and you have been every bit of 2 for your entire life it seems.  I have never met a stronger headed, more opinionated, girly girl in my entire life, and I love it.

Photo Courtesy of: Krista Haffner Photography
In the last year, we have watched you FINALLY grow a bit and your little sassy attitude and vocabulary emerge something fierce.  You talk a lot, and we carry on conversations that are funny all the time. You are stubborn and impatient (like your daddy) and sometimes it drives us nuts.  Like the other night when I went to return our 2nd copy of Big Hero 6 and you didn't want to (we do not need 2 copies), you laid on the floor of Target screaming and crying.  Nothing was going to make you budge.

You love baths and hate being dirty.  In fact you want napkins and wipes all the time and wash that little face and those hands constantly.  You are sneaky and love to hide away and get into whatever you can that you know will get a reaction from us...like the dogs water, or my make up or your brothers toys.  It is a game for you and us too.

Photo Courtesy of: Krista Haffner Photography

You adore your brother, like I have no way to explain the adoration happening in our house...but you are also a little instigating brute and you fight with him (probably for your own amusement).  Go easy on him, he is a lover, not a fighter.

You are a caretaker at heart and will make sure your babies and all your stuffed animals are warm and fed and you have carried that on to your actual doggies here at home.  You like to be a helper, but only on your terms.  If you do not want to pick up toys you have perfected the art of wandering around pretending to be helping but really making a larger mess.

You love to get dressed up pretty and pick out outfits and get your hair fixed.  In particular you love jewelry and shoes.  I am in trouble with this aspect, because I love those things too, and although I hate paying $30.00 for a pair of shoes for myself, I will easily do that for you because you just love it so much.

You understand the word No very well, but you refuse to believe that it would ever be directed at you, which in turn sparks some pretty funny tantrums or a pointed finger in our direction with the words "No, YOU NO!" You can crawl out of your crib, open doors and get into even child locked doors and cabinets.  Nothing stops you from getting what you want...except extreme supervision!

You are still so tiny comparatively.  This afternoon we go in for your 2 year check up and some more testing and I will bet that you are still around 21-22 lbs (hoping for 23 though!) and you are in 12-18 month clothing.

You my sweet girl are one of my greatest accomplishments and I just cannot imagine life without you.  You are destined to be a strong headed, compassionate, no bull$hit woman and for that I am very proud.

We love you to infinity and beyond, forever and a day!

Love Mommy.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

End of Preschool and Teacher Gift ideas

So right after our Valentine's day party at little misters school, his teacher announced that she was being promoted and that preschool would be closed temporarily so a new teacher could be placed. Little Misters school is non-traditional but amazing and accelerated, so finding a new teacher this late in the game that can challenge these kids is critical but if it doesn't happen, then it is an early summer for our little class of 8.

I apologize for the grainy iPhone photo. 
We knew the end of our close knit group of kiddos was coming soon and although 3 of them (my guy included) will be at the same school next year, most are going their separate ways and this will most likely be the last time our kiddos will be together.   The large majority of our little class has gone to preschool for 2 years together and attended each others birthdays and developed very close friendships.  Our teacher has been great and worked with these kids at their own levels, differentiating material so that each kid feels value and excitement about what they are learning.  She worked her butt off and at the start of the school year decided that her 4 year olds were ready for a bigger challenge and started to teach them to read.  My little guy can read simple books and site words like a champion and I owe that to our awesome teacher.  We will definitely miss her (however, we will get to see her because her kids go to the same school that mister man will go to in the fall)!


So before our kids had to say goodbye, the parents got together and decided to make her a little gift and have a little party.  We planned to meet the last hour of class on the last day and present her with a little vase that had fake flowers in it with the kids faces at the center and their thumb prints as little bugs all over the vase!  I did NOT come up with this idea, but loved it so much I thought I would share it with you.

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One of the mom's showed up to school early the day before and snagged kids as they came in and had them put their finger prints on the vase in their favorite color and then drew little legs and antennas to on each thumb to turn them into bugs!  How adorable is that.  She also took pictures and then cropped the kids photos onto each flower in the kids color of choice.  I also loved that she added the little quote about teachers.  It says "Teachers plant the seeds of knowledge that last a lifetime."

The one idea that I did have was to create a little personalize dictated letter to our teacher from each individual student.  Our teacher always writes what our kiddos say about various pictures or stories that they are working through and sometimes they are funny, so what a better way to repay her, but ask our kiddos some simple questions and write their answers down and give them to her.

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The above questionnaire is PRINTABLE!!! Feel free to steal it and fill one out with your little people.  Our teacher loved the personal letters and silly answers.  One of mister mans was that his favorite part of pre-K was whistling.  He can't whistle :). 

We are eager to see where the rest of the school year takes us and even more excited for the start of kindergarten in the fall!

Do you have any great teacher gift ideas???  Comment below and share a link.

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