Thursday, November 26, 2015

Black Friday Silhouette Sale

My most used tool is my craft room is my Silhouette Cameo -even above my glitter! I use it all the time for all kinds of things, every holiday, birthday party, baby shower and even just for everyday needs. I have recently made some planner stickers using the sticker paper and the print and cut option within the software and they turned out great! If you are a teacher, have small children or just like to decorate and craft like me, this machine and the Portrait (the smaller version) would be a great tool for you!
This year, Silhouette has come out with two brand new machine that both look amazing. The Mint is a personalized stamp making machine and the Curio which is a machine that can etch, debs, emboss and stipple. I don't have either of these machines but the Curio is on my wishlist this year for sure. It looks like a lot of fun to play with!!
This year I'm thrilled to be apart of the Silhouette Black Friday sale which starts now, Thursday morning at 12:01 am MST and goes through December 4th! In order to get the discount, you must use my code BEAR! So here are some of the big deals:

- Free Shipping on order over $50.00 to the contiguous United States
-40% off almost everything in the Silhouette America store
- machine bundles as low as $99.00 including 
   *Silhouette Mint $99.99
   *Portrait & Mint $189.99
   *CAMEO $199.99
   *CAMEO & Portrait $289.99
 Lots more bundles featured on the site! 
-20% off Silhouette Design Store Subscriptions using the code BLACK 

Head to to see all the deals and Remember in order to get the discounts on these items, please use my code BEAR at checkout!

Maxwell bought me my machine using a black Friday sale and I'm so glad he did! Have a great Thanksgiving and have a great holiday weekend!! 
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November 2015 Meal Plan

Can you believe it's November already????? Christmas shopping, Christmas music, cooler weather for us(hopefully), Thanksgiving dinner!!...I cannot wait! November kinda snuck up on me so sorry I didn't get this up before the month started like I usually try to do but here it is. I really hope this helps you in your planning and gives you some inspiration. I was lacking in the inspiration department this month but I hope this helps you.

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Ham and Pineapple with Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
Beef with Snow Peas (and Broccoli)
Grilled Veggie Burritos with Grilled Chicken
Honey-Orange Chicken Stir-fry
Noodle Bake
Sloppy Joes (We use the sauce from this recipe cut in half and ground beef because thats just our preference.)
Steak with Roasted Pumpkin Puree and Mixed Veggies
Fried Rice (We add any meat we have leftover and make this a complete meal)
Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Thanksgiving Casserole- I'm ready for thanksgiving flavors so I may be making this soon!
Thankgiving Day!!! And Leftovers the next day
Enchilada Casserole
Chicken and Noodles
Chicken Parmesan using Parmesan Shake and Bake
Fresh Ham with Maple Balsamic Glaze with Veggies and Potatoes
Breakfast for Dinner once a Week
As always, I'd LOVE to hear what you are having for dinner! I need some more on my list but can't think of things that sound good. Hoping that next month I have a bit more inspiration and recipes for you!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Summer Mantel

When the 4th of July festivities ended I was feeling the need to do a little something different. I'm a decorate before the holiday type person and then pretty close to the end of the actual holiday it "tear it down" time :) I know some are the opposite but I am an impatient anticipator so I like to sit in the holiday glory for a while before it occurs.
Anyways, I was feeling the need for something transitional from American to September so I went it a very fun summery look.
 As I typically do, I shopped my house and found Maxwell's old fan that my mom had refurbish for him. I thought it fit perfectly for the feel of our hot summer days....which are still here in October! I also remembered my Aidies Hideaway flower garland that I won at the Queen Bee Craft Night. It was the perfect thing to base my color inspiration from. I decided to pick turquoise, lime green, orange and yellow as my colors.

I then made the pinwheels from craft paper and paper straws I had around the house. I glued all the pieces down so they don't really spin but I thought they looked great for a summer fun mantel!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Memorial Day/4th of July Mantel

I love seasonal decorating! Whatever the holiday or season, the decor in our house will be changing. I don't really have any standard big pieces because of this. For each holiday, I usually create something and then shop around our house for things that would work well.
So starting in May, I decided to decorate our house in an Americana style. With Memorial Day leading into the 4th of July, it bridged the 2.5 months together.
So for the Memorial Day decor, I kept

Monday, October 12, 2015

Our New "Fireplace"

One thing that I was sad about our new house was that it did not have a fireplace. I have great memories as a child of fires in the fireplace and getting warmed by it. But in San Diego, the need for a fire in the fireplace doesn't happen often so some houses just don't have them. I was also bummed because I've always wanted a mantel to decorate and if we didn't have a fireplace I couldn't do that.

So after we moved in and started making plans for furniture, Maxwell said that we could build a fo-fireplace. We have a friend and one of Maxwell's co-workers who is a carpenter and we asked him if he could build it for us. He was very excited because he doesn't get to do creative work like this very often!

The search was on to find something we liked. We finally found a design we thought could work and using tape so we could get our measurements, we taped the design onto the wall. Our living room had a tape mantel in it for about 3 weeks and it was fun to see what was going to come!

Work began in mid-Novemeber and Mark was super fast at getting it built. Maxwell was sending me pictures daily of the progress and I was so excited!!

Max and Mark brought it home one day after work and installed it right to the wall. It can be removed if we ever move or want/need to move it!
After it was installed, I used black chalkboard paint to paint the inside. I haven't written anything on the board but it's there if I want to use it in that way. We hope to find some kind of stone or tile to inlay, but nothing has stolen our hearts so for now, it is complete and I'm loving having another place to decorate!
This finished product, decorated for Christmas!
I'm so excited about sharing my mantel with you and plan to show you some of my seasonal mantel's soon :)
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Too many good Bible Studies....Not Enough TIME!!!

Today, I heard of another new Bible study and my text to my husband was, "To many Bible studies I want to do, not enough time!!" There is SOOOOOO much

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Chili Recipe

I know there are a ton of Chili recipes out there but this one is mine and is our favorite and the best part? It's super easy! During the fall you can add a small can of pumpkin and it adds a rich and creamy texture to the chili. I know it sounds a bit strange but it tastes good.

Samantha's Chili
3 small can's diced tomatoes
2-3 can's of beans, rinced (I use a mixture of kidney, black and pinto beans)
1.5 pounds ground beef
1 small can of tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons of my Taco Seasoning
  1. Brown the ground beef adding a little salt and pepper in a large pot. (I use an enameled cast-iron dutch oven for most of my soups and stews.) Drain.
  2. Return pot to the stove and add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to low for about 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend together. Taste to see if you need some more salt or seasoning.
  3. Serve with your favorite condiments.

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