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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diwali Wishes


Wish you all a very Happy and Sparkling Diwali! 
May you be blessed with good health, happiness and prosperity today and always. 

Love and best wishes, 
Tanya








            
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The Easiest Princess Anna Inspired Cape

Ruffles And Rain Boots

Simple FROZEN Inspired Princess Anna Cape
This might come as a surprise to you, but it’s cold and rainy a lot here in Seattle in the fall and winter months. Newsflash, right? Anyway, it’s cold and rainy and fleece is cheap, so I am making some accessories for the munchkin’s dress up costumes. Whether trick-or-treating for Halloween or just traipsing about Disney (or the grocery) in the fall or winter, our happy-go-lucky little Princess Anna will be prepared with a caplet to accompany her Princess Anna dress up apron.


Chicken Bacon & Avocado Ranch Flatbread Pizza

I Thee Cook

Here is another super simple easy weeknight meal that your family will surely love. I have been on this easy dinner kick lately. Everyone loves pizza right? We only have one free weeknight in our house this school year so fast and easy dinner ideas are a must. I refuse to succumb to the drive through.  I just wont do it! 



Use what you already have.
Use colorful items as accents.
Add items from the great outdoors.
Use candles. Lots of candles.
Get creative and use different colors, textures and shapes.
Add a little silver or gold spray paint for some glam.
Vary heights and layer.


DIY Garden Tic Tac Toe Game
My boys LOVE playing Tic Tac Toe! Whenever my 8 year old gets a scrap of paper, it’s instantly filled with tic tac toe grids and he’s asking all of us if we want to play. On our road trip this past summer we came across a garden tic tac toe game at the Montana Zoo and I absolutely loved the idea and knew it was one DIY project that I had to make! It wasn’t too hard to make, either, but I didn’t have any motivation to work on the project once I bought the supplies until the weather finally started cooling down here in Phoenix so we could set up our garden tic tac toe game outdoors and try it out.



This Mama Loves

Kids and adults alike will gobble up these delicious and friendly Frankenstein frozen banana pops. A yummy after school treat or a sweet addition to your Halloween party.   They are so simple to put together that the kids can help from start to finish making it not only a great snack but a super fun activity to do together (you can also convince yourself that they are healthy since its fresh fruit).  If you want to lighten up this snack you can probably use yogurt in place of  white chocolate to coat your bananas. This recipe makes 8 small pops but can easily be doubled or tripled

A Scary Halloween

H and I took a little drive today to see the Halloween yard decor ......eek......I'm gonna have night mares tonight!   Who thinks I should have took a selfie with this guy!   


New Lil' Book Caddy

I found this little wooden caddy awhile back and painted it yellow.   I didn't like the results and decided to paint it a mint color.  I absolutely love this color right now and happened to score this quart for a dollar at Home Depot awhile back.  I actually would like to paint my daughter's room this color and accent her room with pink and yellow hues



How many times in your spiritual walk have you found yourself needing guidance or wish you had someone that you trust to talk about a problem you were having?  Over the last few years, I’ve become more intentional about reading and studying the Bible and I’ve became very interested in what it takes to be a Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 woman.


Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s finally here, my favorite season of the year, Fall! I love the cooler temperatures and the changing colors of the leaves during this time, not to mention it’s football season..Yaay! 
And while everyone else is making everything pumpkin and apple right now, I’m off in another direction, marching to the beat of a different drummer, going towards….wait for it…..peanut butter! Ah yes, the creaminess and peanutty deliciousness of peanut butter. 


Nanaimo Bars, and Some Canada Love

  Last year I shared a recipe for my favourite cheesecake, from my favourite Victoria restaurant.  It is truly the best cheesecake I've ever eaten.  Just like these Nanaimo Bars are among the best bars I've ever had.  They've always been one of my favourite sweet treats, and coincidentally also come from Vancouver Island.  Nanaimo, obviously. 


West Coast Mama

holland-in-his-sling
Just eight days shy of his second birthday, Holland took a spill off of the couch and broke a bone.
We had spent one night in our new home, I was upstairs in the kitchen putting the kids dinner together, and I heard a thump and some crying. I had left both children on the couch, watching a television show, innocent enough. But toddlers are not predictable. In fact, they are quite the opposite.


Cocktail: Candy Corn Pain Killer

We were playing around with pumpkin puree making two different kinds of pumpkin cocktails and this one was AMAZING! We started off with the intentions of using rum (traditional Pain Killer ingredient), which was great but not something I would rave about. We had some candy corn infused vodka remaining and substituted the rum with the infused vodka, the end result was FALL heaven. I hope you enjoy this Candy Corn Pain Killer Cocktail!



DIY Photo Collage Letters

A few weekends ago was spent celebrating with my friend that will be moving away to San Diego.  So today I am sharing this personalized gift that a friend and I made for her.  We wanted to make something that represented SLC and also all the fun times we had together with our group of girlfriends.  So being that we live in Salt Lake City, we decided to get some wood blocks that say SLC and put a photo collage of all the fun times we had together in with the girls!


Valentia Even Glow Serum - 6
I tested the Valentia Even Glow Serum by applying the product to my freshly washed face (using my regular cleansing products) once a day at bedtime – without moisturizer – over a period of a few weeks so I could see if I noticed a difference in the appearance and texture of my skin.



a house tour & a love story

The Honeycomb Home

mirror over fire place
I have an amazing home tour to share with you today!  This house belongs to my husband’s cousin, Cindy.  Cindy was gracious enough to have my daughter and I over to photograph her home and share her story with us. I called this A House Tour and A Love Story because to Cindy and her husband, Gary, creating this home was a labor of love. Wait until you see what they did with the place with an eye for design & an ultimate DIY attitude!


Stone Cottage Sweet Tea

Stone Cottage Adventures
Everyone who drinks my sweet tea always says, "How do you make sweet tea?  I love this!"  Here is the recipe: 


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Diwali-Ready

The 5-days of Diwali Celebration started today but the preparations in the Indian households had begun well in advance. Preparing sweets and delicacies, cleaning the house, re-doing the decor, adorning the garden with lights, shopping, planning the holidays and getting the travel tickets booked have kept all of us busy. 

Diwali related pins have been afloat on Pinterest like never before. Consequently, my post Diwali Decor has been getting hits around the clock and some inquisitive DIYers have also had questions.




Let me take up the 'How you did that' before anything else.
There are actually only two easy steps to it. 
  1. Paint the tea light candles with your chosen color of Acrylic paints, covering the wax-top and sides. Be sure to use a good consistency of paint. Keep it thick. That provides better coverage. 
  2. Use glitter tubes to make designs on the candle. The craft glitter tubes available in stores would be perfect. To get neat designs, make sure that the tip of the tube does not touch the surface while you are making the design. Hold it slightly above the surface, just as you would do for henna.

'Can these be lit?
Yes! If you would have the heart to ;) These candles can be used just as their not-so-fancy, pale-white, straight-out-of-box kins. Once the wax has all been used up, you'll see the layer of acrylic paint with the glitter, left as residue. Sadly, I don't think that can be re-used. However, if you think of something, do let me know!


How are your Diwali preparations coming along. I am just a tad-bit ahead of the start line. Thanks to Nayana from Cherish Dream Live for sending in these beauties and the lovely hand written note, just in time for Diwali. They now adorn my entrance. 





The kitchen had been looking at me with longing eyes since days, so I walked in last night to get started with some sweet making. My favorite from mom's kitchen, Coconut Barfi, like always, marked the beginning. In my head, I see myself preparing/doing a lot of other things but let's see how much of it actually gets realized. [Reminder to self: Just a day before Diwali!]



I shared this picture on IG and a few other groups, and have been asked for the recipe. Now the help-all-good-girl that I am being this Diwali, I thought to post the recipe for Coconut Barfi as well today. 



NOTE: 
1. Some milk can be used for grinding. Alternatively, the coconut can also be grated.
2. You might need to pat the grated/powdered coconut on the mixture. 
3. An alternative to khoya is fresh cream.
4. To set the burfi, keep it in the refrigerator for some time. Flip the pieces of burfi and refrigerate again. 


Are you thinking-talking-dreaming Diwali too? Don't forget to tell me all about it. And if you are still in the planning phase like ME, join these fabulous bloggers sharing their Diwali moments, easy Crafts, DIY ideas, Recipes and book recommendations with you. So sit back, relax and check out all the fabulous Diwali Dhamaka posts from the participating blogs in the linky and when you have done that RUSH to get started! Only a day to go!!





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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fever Is Still On || WUW Linky Party

Oh yes, the fever is still on- the Karwa Chauth fever! And why not! I had a pretty good one. Also, I have not shared the customary henna pictures yet and the video shared in the last post does not feature my 'karwas'! And the moon story is still untold. 

Let me start with my favorite part- Henna! Intricate designs always catch my attention. Less of empty spots and more of henna, is what I love. Unlike the last few years (2010 & 2011), I decided to go for something simpler this time.










Thanks to all the chemicals in the store-bought cones, the color was just perfect. Who cares about the skin that is peeling off, as I type this!



Because my sister did such a wonderful job with the design she made, I have to share her pictures. I haven't asked her, if it was OK with her for me to post her pictures but that's fine! Isn't it what sisters do all the time. Use one another's stuff without asking/informing *wink*. 






Now, for the puja (prayer rituals) I needed Karwas, which look something like this.

via



I obviously did not have it, so I decided to use glasses instead. Right before the puja, I reached for my acrylic paints and finger-painted the glasses and bowls to make my very own 'American Karwas'!





I told ya'll here, how upset I was to miss the moon on Lunar Eclipse but that was completely overwritten by the joy on seeing the moon on Karwachauth evening. For the first time, I witnessed moonrise. It was amazing! The silver ball appearing from behind the dark trees made me forget about the fast for a moment. The mesmerizing beauty flooded the sky and the land grew from darkness.







Those wondering what Karwachauth is all about, visit this, this or this page. 
Those who'd like to party with us tonight, keep reading.

And all the others, don't forget to show some comment love before you leave.





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 Welcome to the 38th week of Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 


25 Blogs  -  1 Party
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We are so excited to have you all party with us.
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Last week we had  337 awesome linkups!   

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... and a Denim Shirt Cushion Cover

I randomly found a denim shirt in my fabric stash.... probably bought from a charity shop 'just incase'! I'm glad I did buy it though, as it meant I had something to upcycle into a cushion cover!



In my last post, I shared Part 1 of my Fall/Halloween Decor in our Living Room.
Please Click HERE if you missed it!




halloween spooky pumpkin carvings
This year why not try  give your jack-o’-lantern a new groove with these unique pumpkin carving ideas and designs.



Easy Taco Pizza

We love pizza, as most people do! I make it normally about once a week using those pizza crusts you can find in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. My parents gave me this tip about how good they were about 2 years ago and I haven’t looked back since! 


Burlap & Lace Garland

 
As much as I LOVE this time of year, for some reason I’ve never really gotten into decorating for it. But, this year’s a little bit different! As a new blogger, I find myself getting swept away by the excitement and beauty of this Fall decor that’s surrounding me. 





Mini Oreo Cheesecake

from Titi Crafty



I learned the bease for a cheesecake recipe from my mom when I was a teen and I hadn’t changed it  a bit.







ORGANIZE OCTOBER | ADVENTURES IN…

CLEARING OUT THE BEAUTY STASH

from AM to PM Blog



Doing a full-on beauty stash clear-out after neglecting it for a while is pretty grim.   It’s really not pretty.

What do you look for in a friend?

from Penny A. Zeller



I recently watched the movie Mom’s Night Out for the second time. I love this movie and highly recommend it. One of my favorite things is the friendship between Allyson and Izzy. They’ve been best friends since grade school, and while they have totally different 0personalities, they can rely on each other no matter what. Even when Allyson has a major meltdown, Izzy is still her best friend, cheering her on…and being there for Allyson through thick and thin.







Olaf Dress Up Costume

from  Ruffles And Rain Boots



I wasn’t going to make a FROZEN inspired Olaf dress up apron until some friends of ours suggested that all of our kids go together as the cast of FROZEN for Halloween this year (thanks Ang and Kris!). Because I’ve already made FROZEN inspired Princess Anna and Queen Elsa costumes, the only one left was this little cutie. When sketching out this Olaf costume, I designed it while keeping a certain young man in mind. That adorable, precocious little flirt of a fellow has a sensory processing disorder so whatever I designed couldn’t have a hood or anything on his face because he doesn’t like that.





HONEY SPICE STREUSEL MUFFINS

from  Annie's Noms

Honey Spice Streusel Muffins | Annie's Noms - These Honey Spice Streusel Muffins are just perfect for your breakfast! Soft, sweet and spicy with the added crunch of a streusel topping. Yoghurt makes these muffins tender and soft, whilst the honey sweetens and adds a tang which is perfectly complimented by the spices; an Autumnal taste sensation!

These Honey Spice Streusel Muffins are just perfect for your breakfast! Soft, sweet and spicy with the added crunch of a streusel topping. Yoghurt makes these muffins tender and soft, whilst the honey sweetens and adds a tang which is perfectly complimented by the spices; an Autumnal taste sensation!





How to Have a Backyard Scavenger Hunt with FREE Printable

from My Big Fat Happy Life

We have done scavenger hunts in a couple different ways 1) creating a chart with photos and words on the computer (see below for a FREE printable) or 2) hand drawing the pictures of the items and writing out the word.  For older children you could just write out a list of items to find.  I also like the idea of re-enforcing numbers by having S find 5 rocks or 8 leaves.




There are lots of items I would consider absolutely essential as a mom, but honestly there’s only one item I can’t go 20 minutes without and that’s my phone. And it’s not because I’m playing Candy Crush or posting pictures on Facebook. It’s because of the collection of free apps I’ve gathered that tell me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Ones that calm my baby, put him to sleep, then calm me. And ones that tell me what’s going on outside the world of baby. And for those moments when I do have time to post on Facebook, it makes the process possible (and fun).







Turn Coke tins into Beautiful Candle Votives

from Let's Make It Lovely



Be it Diwali or Christmas, this is a perfect craft for the coming up holiday season. Wouldn't it make a lovely gift for friends or family? Or how about just adding a little accent decor piece to any corner in your home? All you need to do is save some soft drink tins and get started. Before I begin on how I did it, let me tell you my inspiration for this one came from these Brass Candle holders when I was searching google images for Diwali decor ideas. Let's get started.


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