Holiday Get-A-Way

So I am so excited and cannot wait to tell all of you where I am going in a few weeks.

Costa Rica at Peninsla PapagayoCOSTA RICA at The Four Seasons in Peninsula Papagayo

My sister and I are going for a full week to sit back and relax! They have so much to do and we are thrilled because neither of us have been before. The restaurants, food, and activities all look amazing! Look what we are in store for. 

Accomodations

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Dining

Di Mare Restaurant

Di Mare Restaurant

Di Marie Restaurant

Di Marie Restaurant

Caracol

Caracol

Caracol

Caracol

Caracol

Caracol

Papagayo Restaurant

Papagayo Restaurant

Congo's bar and Grill

Congo’s bar and Grill

Tico's Lounge

Tico’s Lounge

Tico's Lounge

Tico’s Lounge

Tico's Lounge

Tico’s Lounge

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Activites

Golf

Golf

Tico's Pool

Tico’s Pool

Blanca Pool

Blanca Pool

Quiet Pool

Quiet Pool

Tennis

Tennis

Volunteering

Volunteering

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

Snorkling

Snorkling

Paddle Boards

Paddle Boards

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Trail of Giants

Trail of Giants

Hiking

Hiking

Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day

Zip Line Through the Canopies

Zip Line Through the Canopies

The options are endless on and off of the Resort! We are so excited we can barely wait. I cannot wait to share with you all what all we do and how the trip goes! I will post pictures and I am sure I will have some interesting stories! Here we come Costa Rica, Watch out!

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from old to new

I have been working with photoshop and seeing what all it has to offer. We scanned some images and had to adjust them tomake them look better. Here is what I came up with it. It is an image of my grandmother from when she was a young girl and i adjusted the color to make the picture look more up to date!

original

original

Photoshopped

Photoshopped

a ball of yarn

a ball of yarn by frances jackson

a ball of yarn
by frances jackson

I started out small, plain and simple but time has taken its toll and I have begun to tangle.

I started out small, plain and simple but time has taken its toll and I have begun to tangle.

 
Some strands are weak. Some strands are small. Some strands have even traveled far and long.

Some strands are weak. Some strands are small.
Some strands have even traveled far and long.

I will be twisted and prodded and all of my threads will be knotted. As I grow into something big and tall,

I will be twisted and prodded and all of my threads will be knotted.
As I grow into something big and tall,

i will cherish each strand and remember what has made me into this crazy ball. The end.

i will cherish each strand and remember what has made me into this crazy ball.
The end.

clean while being green

Tis the season for the reason!

You know what that means..

parties, parties, parties!

So everyone is getting ready for all of their holiday parties with friends and families and what a better way to prepare your house then with

eco-friendly cleaning supplies!

Everyone has unexpected guest coming buy or they are planning on hosting a party for 100+ people. Everyone wants their house to be squeaky clean and when using these eco-friendly products your house will look better then every (and smell better than ever too). Yes, sometimes eco-friendly products can be a little pricey but you get what you pay for and the quality of each product is the absolute best! Check out all of the different brands and types of cleaning supplies below and go buy yours today!

Method Cleaning Supplies has come out with a special Holiday Scent! These are my absolute favorite. You can find them at local stores like Target and Lowe's!

Method Cleaning Supplies has come out with a special Holiday Scent! These are my absolute favorite. You can find them at local stores like Target and Lowe’s!

It comes in all different scents and sizes too!

It comes in all different scents and sizes too!

You can even give it as a gift!

You can even give it as a gift!

Their Laundry Detergent is my absolute favorite! It smells incredible and the fabric softener is wonderful!

Their Laundry Detergent is my absolute favorite! It smells incredible and the fabric softener is wonderful!

Simple Green has a great line of all types of cleaners for indoor and outdoor use!

Simple Green has a great line of all types of cleaners for indoor and outdoor use!

This eco-friendly floor cleaner will make your floors shine without making them sticky!

This eco-friendly floor cleaner will make your floors shine without making them sticky!

So everyone these days has dogs and not all of them are potty trained. Their line of dog stain and odor remover is a must for you animal lovers! It has great reviews and gets the stains out quickly.

So everyone these days has dogs and not all of them are potty trained. Their line of dog stain and odor remover is a must for you animal lovers! It has great reviews and gets the stains out quickly.

Perfect for your counter tops to give it that shine that it needs. This stone cleaner is great on all of your stone surfaces, even for the stone around your fire place!

Perfect for your counter tops to give it that shine that it needs. This stone cleaner is great on all of your stone surfaces, even for the stone around your fire place!

This natural hand soap can be poured into your own dispenser or you can use the bottle that they give you!

This natural hand soap can be poured into your own dispenser or you can use the bottle that they give you!

"We launched Common Good in November 2010 with a line of products in simple packaging that is nice enough to keep. We have designed an easy to use refill container to encourage customers to reuse their bottles. All of products are formulated to be safe, green and hardworking. "

“We launched Common Good in November 2010 with a line of products in simple packaging that is nice enough to keep. We have designed an easy to use refill container to encourage customers to reuse their bottles. All of products are formulated to be safe, green and hardworking.

Check out their full line of cleaning products and the beautiful reusable containers.

Check out their full line of cleaning products and the beautiful reusable containers.

Dish Soap!

Dish Soap!

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They even have a line of candles! Lavender is my favorite!

They even have a line of candles! Lavender is my favorite!

Check out their laundry detergent too!

Check out their laundry detergent too!

"Using our innovative built-in measuring cup, you can easily mix concentrates with your own water at home. By reusing the bottle and replacing the Concentrate Pod, you get more safe, hardworking cleaner instead of paying for water and plastic. This simple act of reuse will help keep billions of pounds of waste out of the environment."

“Using our innovative built-in measuring cup, you can easily mix concentrates with your own water at home. By reusing the bottle and replacing the Concentrate Pod, you get more safe, hardworking cleaner instead of paying for water and plastic. This simple act of reuse will help keep billions of pounds of waste out of the environment.”

Check out the website to find out more about Replenish!

Check out the website to find out more about Replenish!

These lovely liquids are genuinely earth-friendly, naturally effective and kind to your skin (no SLS/SLES). Plus, they smell some kind of wonderful. Who knew green cleaning could be such a beautiful thing?

These lovely liquids are genuinely earth-friendly, naturally effective and kind to your skin (no SLS/SLES). Plus, they smell some kind of wonderful. Who knew green cleaning could be such a beautiful thing?

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Nellie's Cleaning Supplies brings everyone back to the good ole days! There classic design just makes you smile everything you look at it. Their vintage design makes it stand out from the rest.

Nellie’s Cleaning Supplies brings everyone back to the good ole days! There classic design just makes you smile everything you look at it. Their vintage design makes it stand out from the rest.

Beauty Engineered Forever makes me laugh every time I read the bottle! These great line of eco friendly products is a must.

Beauty Engineered Forever makes me laugh every time I read the bottle! These great line of eco friendly products is a must.

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Enjoy

Homemade Goldfish and Butterfly Crackers!

I have a weakness for Goldfish so when I stumbled upon this recipe I just had to try it. I swear I think i could eat one of the jumbo boxes in one sitting if I let myself do it. When I saw the recipe, I decided I was going to try the healthy route. Instead of white flour, I used whole wheat flour. Instead of butter I used Smart Balance Light Margarine with Flax Seed oil which is only 5o calories per table spoon. Also, in the original recipe it said to use sharp chedder cheese… wellllllll once I made it to the diary aisle in publix my mind started to go in all different directions. So manny different types of cheese to choose from, I could not just choose one. The cheese is where I did not go healthy, except for the sharp chedder cheese. I decided on Cabot Pepper Jack cheese, Fat Free Sharp Chedder Cheese and Cabot Chedder Habanero Cheese. I love putting a little kick into everything so I thought I would try the Pepper Jack and Habanero out. (Pepper Jack is my all time favorite!!) They turned out fabulous! You can make them in any shape or size. I made my own fish cookie cutter out of a sprite can and then i had a small butterfly cookie cutter that I used too! Love the way both of the final products looked! Check out the recipe below and step by step instructions to make your own at home! Great for the holiday season so put around the house for small get-to-gather or to bring out when an unexpected guest drops by!

Goldfish and Butterfly Crackers

8 oz. (grated) of whatever type of cheese you choose!

(I did once batch of Fat Free Sharp Chedder, Cabot Pepper Jack, and Cabot Chedder Habanero)

4 tablespoons of butter

(I used Smart Balance Light Margarine with Flaxseed oil)

2 tablespoons of water

3/4 teaspoons of salt

(add more if you wish)

Directions

Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees

first grate the cheese. if you want you can buy already grated cheese but I like getting my hands a little dirty so I went with the block

first grate the cheese. if you want you can buy already grated cheese but I like getting my hands a little dirty so I went with the block

 

Add the flour, butter, salt and cheese to the food processor! Pulse

Add the flour, butter, salt and cheese to the food processor! Pulse

Before Pulsing Before Pulsing

Cheese, Flour, Butter and Salt mixed together. Once you have completed this step, add one tablespoon of water and mix. Once mixed well, add one more tablespoon.

Cheese, Flour, Butter and Salt mixed together.
Once you have completed this step, add one tablespoon of water and mix. Once mixed well, add one more tablespoon.

This is what it looks like once it is all mixed together.

This is what it looks like once it is all mixed together.

Roll the dough into a ball and place into the refrigerator for 20 minutes! I left one of mine in over night because I did not have time to finish it before bed!

Roll the dough into a ball and place into the refrigerator for 20 minutes! I left one of mine in over night because I did not have time to finish it before bed!

The Pepper Jack and Habanero Cheese Balls!

The Pepper Jack and Habanero Cheese Balls!

Once the dough has refrigerated, roll out into a flat sheet. The thinner the dough the crisper the cracker. I made some thick some thin and love them both! just adjust the cooking time.

Once the dough has refrigerated, roll out into a flat sheet. The thinner the dough the crisper the cracker. I made some thick some thin and love them both! just adjust the cooking time.

Place the dough on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them because each time i made these the time would change depending on how thick or thin the batch was!

Place the dough on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them because each time i made these the time would change depending on how thick or thin the batch was!

My last batch in the oven!

My last batch in the oven!

The Final Product!!Let cool and them store them in an air tight container so they will last longer!

The Final Product!!
Let cool and them store them in an air tight container so they will last longer!

ENJOY!I absolutely love these and they look just as good as they taste! They are extremely easy and fun.

ENJOY!
I absolutely love these and they look just as good as they taste! They are extremely easy and fun.

eco-friendly gifts

Everyone is going green so why don’t you! Giving eco-friendly gifts to your friends and family will inspire them to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. Everyone is going

GREEN

why don’t you!

Give this thank you card kit to your children as a stocking stuffer or give them as gifts! They are sold exclusively at Target stores so get out to your nearest target and pick up some staintionary! They have a wide variety of stationary for every occasion!

Give this thank you card kit to your children as a stocking stuffer or give them as gifts! They are sold exclusively at Target stores so get out to your nearest target and pick up some staintionary! They have a wide variety of stationary for every occasion!

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoodie for women is a an eco-conscious jacket that is perfect for a day outside this winter season. You can never have to many jackets so why not add add an eco-conscious jacket to your closet

Patagonia Nano Puff Hoodie for women is a an eco-conscious jacket that is perfect for a day outside this winter season. You can never have to many jackets so why not add add an eco-conscious jacket to your closet

This set of 2 Shesham wine racks that can either sit on your counter or it can even be wall mounted! This eco-friendly gift from Crate & Barrell would look good in anyones home!

This set of 2 Shesham wine racks that can either sit on your counter or it can even be wall mounted! This eco-friendly gift from Crate & Barrell would look good in anyones home!

The pramana magazine basket from Crate & Barrell is just what we need this holiday season to help us keep all of our holiday magazines from getting cluttered on our kitchen counters!

The pramana magazine basket from Crate & Barrell is just what we need this holiday season to help us keep all of our holiday magazines from getting cluttered on our kitchen counters!

All of Burt's Bee's products are eco-friendly and they come in these great gift packages. You can either pick out different products and create your own gift basket or if you are on the go pick up one of these great boxes!

All of Burt’s Bee’s products are eco-friendly and they come in these great gift packages. You can either pick out different products and create your own gift basket or if you are on the go pick up one of these great boxes!

Everyone is seeing succulents all over! they are the new big "thing" and look great in any home and are EXTREMELY low maintenance. If you know someone who doesn't have a green thumb, these plants are exactly what they need if they want to add some color to a room!

Everyone is seeing succulents all over! they are the new big “thing” and look great in any home and are EXTREMELY low maintenance. If you know someone who doesn’t have a green thumb, these plants are exactly what they need if they want to add some color to a room!

Mrs. Meyers Hand Soaps are a great gift for any household! Flu season is here and we all need to be washing our hands so why not use something that smells good and is eco-friendly at the same time! Mrs. Meyers has a wide variety of products. Go check them out!

Mrs. Meyers Hand Soaps are a great gift for any household! Flu season is here and we all need to be washing our hands so why not use something that smells good and is eco-friendly at the same time! Mrs. Meyers has a wide variety of products. Go check them out!

These eco-friendly disposable hand towels are great for your guest bathroom or for the table! You can even get them monogrammed!

These eco-friendly disposable hand towels are great for your guest bathroom or for the table! You can even get them monogrammed!

holiday tasty treats

Chili and Cheese Spirals

Ginger Bread Cookies!

Peppermint Whip Cream

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Nutter Butter Reindeer Pops! Kids and Adults would love these!

found this great recipe for Candy Cane Kiss Popcorn!

try these great holiday recipes! i cannot wait to try each of them. either make them for a family get together or you could even give some of them out as cute gifts or take to your childs holiday party at school! YOU CHOOSE

Happy Holidays

holiday decorating tips and ideas

Ive been searching the web and have come across some great inspirational sites and articles to help me prepare for the holidays! I always need something to inspire me and I also just like looking at all of the fascinating table decorations and decor. Here is a peak and what all i have found! click on the images to go straight to websites!

Great Inspiration for Party Planning Tops!

Great Inspiration for Party Planning Tops!

Architectural Digest Top Designers Decorating Tips

Now if you really want to give yourself a project to do, try remaking this table decoration! If you have a giant chandelier this would look gorgeous!

Now if you really want to give yourself a project to do, try remaking this table decoration! If you have a giant chandelier this would look gorgeous!

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Over sized wreaths look great in any space! especially with the garland to accent it!

Over sized wreaths look great in any space! especially with the garland to accent it!

this simple and elegant table topper is a great way to get good use out of your silver!

this simple and elegant table topper is a great way to get good use out of your silver!

jazz up your display case with pine needles and pine cones! it will look great

jazz up your display case with pine needles and pine cones! it will look great

using repetition when designing a room is always a good go to! you can never really go wrong unless you go crazy and put too much! these wreaths make a great statement yet elegant at the same time!

using repetition when designing a room is always a good go to! you can never really go wrong unless you go crazy and put too much! these wreaths make a great statement yet elegant at the same time!

Something for the kids to enjoy and even the parents if you want to add a little baileys :) to your hot coco! these set  up is classy and fun all at the same time!

Something for the kids to enjoy and even the parents if you want to add a little baileys 🙂 to your hot coco! these set up is classy and fun all at the same time!

Southern Living has 102 great design inspirations for your home! I love this idea of mini christmas trees used in mint julip cups on the mantel. ADORE!

Southern Living has 102 great design inspirations for your home! I love this idea of mini christmas trees used in mint julip cups on the mantel. ADORE!

Southern Living 102 Decorating Ideas!

Frozen Hot Chocolate Experiment

First Break up 6 (1/2 Ounce) pieces of chocolate. melt them over the stove using a pot with water and then gently place a bowl untop so that it will slowly melt the chocolate.

First Break up 6 (1/2 Ounce) pieces of chocolate. melt them over the stove using a pot with water and then gently place a bowl untop so that it will slowly melt the chocolate.

After the chocolate is melted, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of your favorite hot chocolate mix!

After the chocolate is melted, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of your favorite hot chocolate mix!

We had some swiss miss sitting around the house so this is what i used! it only uses a little bit of the packet so you can seal it up and save the rest for next time!
We had some swiss miss sitting around the house so this is what i used! it only uses a little bit of the packet so you can seal it up and save the rest for next time!

Finally, Add 3 Cups of ice, 1 cup of milk and the chocolate mixer into a blender and blend until completely smooth and WAHLAH! Here is your frozen hot chocolate! Enjoy

Finally, Add 3 Cups of ice, 1 cup of milk and the chocolate mixer into a blender and blend until completely smooth and WAHLAH! Here is your frozen hot chocolate! Enjoy

So after the final tasting, i thought i should have added more chocolate! I am a huge chocolate fan so i like it to be as chocolaty as possible! I used 72% dark chocolate but in the original recipe that I found on pinterest it said to use whatever types of chocolate you wanted. I think pepermint chocolate would be delish to add a little kick in your drink! Kids would love this and it is a healthy hot chocolate since you are using dark chocolate and not full fat milk and a store bought package!

playing around with logos

For our class, we had to come up with a logo that would represent who we are or a business logo about those big hopes and dreams we all have one day to own our own business. I came up with two different designs…. take a look

The Franimal Logo.. I have a love for the toy business and would one day love to work in that industry. One thing i would change about this is i wish i would have had more time to develop the F into the ear

Simple and to the point