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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Olaf- Frozen Cake w/ Fondant Ruffles

My friend asked me the other day if I could help her mother out and make a cake for her to celebrate her neighbor's upcoming birthday. I told her I would love to help.. She wanted an Olaf cake from the movie Frozen. A disclaimer... I've NEVER watched the movie Frozen so this was an adventure...

The best part.. I had 24 hours to make it..
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I had an idea in my head and decided to go with it.. After several trips to Pinterest to get Olaf inspiration and a quick trip to the store for supplies I was off and running. I decided not only to invent Olaf without really knowing who he is, I decided to make my very first ever fondant cake.. Can you say crazy person!!!

I decided to do a lace technique after looking at a few pictures.. I dyed the fondant a light blue since I see everything in the store that color that had anything to do with this movie.. Then thankfully my hubby came to my rescue when he got off work. Still doing the ruffles on the bottom cake and it was after 7pm and the cake needed to be done by 10pm I needed help. Olaf was NOT made.. After he looked over the photo I saved, he went to work.. Just a hair passed 9:30 Olaf was done and the cake was completed.. After delivering the cake we noticed he's missing his eyebrows and the little hair wisp on the top of his head.. but like I said, haven't watched the movie so I'll say a win for us..

I was told she loved the cake so I'm happy... This was also the first cake I've ever made for someone outside of my family.. I'm happy with the results..

Friday, March 25, 2016

Instant Happy Journal-365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude & Joy


Brighten your day with this colorful journal from happiness expert Karen Salmansohn. Jam-packed with 365 “happiness prompters” including motivational quotes, scientific studies, and thought-provoking questions, this journal amps up your ability to notice (and create!) moments of joy and gratitude in your life—one day at a time.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK:

This past year I've noticed the movement of journaling. I know this concept has been around for generations but in today's fast paced world, it seems harder and harder to take the time and journal, writing down your thoughts and visions, goals and happy moments. This wonderful book can jump start your desire to 'write it down'. The best part?, this book gives you daily prompts to help you share your life's joys, inspirations, and happy moments and after 365 days you will have a book of your life, memories to share or to save for generations.

This book is colorful, and can start on any day. The dates on each page is blank so you don't even have to follow it from page to page, You can make this journal your own.. Skip around, find the question or motivated entry that strikes you that day or you can go cover to cover until done. Make it your own.

Start today on your personal journey of journaling your life by using this book. I love it and look forward to finishing up at the end of the year...

About the Author:

KAREN SALMANSOHN is the best-selling author of more than 25 books with over 1 million copies sold. She has been a featured happiness expert on the Today show, The View, CNN, Fox News, Real Time with Bill Maher, and is an online columnist for Oprah, Psychology Today, AOL, and the Huffington Post. She and her work have been covered by the New York Times, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, TimeMarie Claire, Fast Company, InStyle, Self, Elle, and the New Yorker. Salmansohn has also worked as an image consultant for MTV, Nickelodeon, Oxygen Media, and L'Oreal and speaks on how to increase happiness, creativity, and productivity, most recently in the TEDx talk, "Fun Is a High Performance Fuel."

Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh



A Colorado senator’s wife, Evelyn Brandt seems to have it all. But her carefully constructed life comes toppling down when the FBI crashes her society brunch with news that her husband has been arrested for embezzlement, and he’s far from repentant. It turns out this was only the start of his indiscretions—for which he has little regret.

As the weeks following the scandal turn into months, Evelyn withdraws, even shirking her duties with the philanthropic Valentine Volunteers. The inquisitive women of the group are determined not to let Evelyn’s divorce destroy her. They have big plans for her to use her long-forgotten artistic talent to reimagine the city’s iconic lamppost hearts. But doing so will force Evelyn to work closely with Trevor Whitney, her ex-husband’s former best friend. Though she and Trevor used to be close—and he’s been letting her hide in his guesthouse—his gruffness conveys his unease with the situation.

Amid the beauty of Trevor’s farm and the comfort of a paintbrush, Evelyn starts to reclaim the dreams she sacrificed to become the perfect politician’s wife. And as creativity inspires them both, Whit begins to see the girl he fell in love with before his friend—and his own mistakes—stole his chance. Possibilities for a new beginning emerge, but long-kept secrets threaten to ruin everything. After so much time, is a change of heart too much to hope for?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK:

This is the second installment in this series. The first "Paper Hearts". I didn't read the first book but decided to read this one and found it not lacking at all. I was able to jump right in and enjoy it from page one. As we follow the storyline of Evelyn, a senator's wife that finds her husband embezzling and being unfaithful, the author gently shares in a Christian viewpoint of the trials this marriage goes through and how things unfold for Evelyn as she tries to put her life back together and make new memories moving forward from the scandal.. Can she turn her life around and use this time to help her build her life and find love again?

 This is a must read. I couldn't put the book down until the very end. The author holds you captivated and you want to know who it turns out so you keep reading.



Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh is the author of Paper Hearts and the Sweethaven series. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller and a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. In addition, she has written two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright. Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.


I have received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

TruVision Health Combo Pack Update


Back in June 2015.. I started using TruVision Health's Combo Pack to help aide me in my weight loss. At the time I gained back up to 159lbs from where I was sitting from my 2012 weight loss of 142lbs. I posted an original post about these products, what I used and the end results at

This is an update since at the end of this original post back in mid January 2016 when I decided to stop using the products. (Reasons are described in the My Two Cents post above..)




Since my post in mid January where I was off the TruVision Combo Pack that you see above, I gained up to 134lbs from 128lbs. Today I am now sitting at 138lbs. I gained 4 more pounds since I stopped and its sad. I now wish I didn't try these products, got me extremely excited to be down to the 120's after not seeing this weight number since before I had my daughter 21 yrs ago. I was doing well when I lost my weight back in 2011-12.

Got introduced to these products just as I was deciding to lose the weight I put on.. I wish now I would of continued on the same track I did and wrote my food down in a journal and exercised regularly. I now truly believe my body is completely out of sink and more than likely will need a deep food/health detox..

For the future non use of these products.. meaning after you are done losing weight and decide you don't want to take them anymore because you've reached your weight loss goal, you will more than likely gain your weight back, if not all you will gain some back. I exercise 5-6 days a week, eat organic wholesome food and watch my calories and 10 pounds came back on. I wouldn't even know what will happen to those that have taken this product, stop and don't exercise and watch food intake..??

MY RECOMMENDATIONS:

I highly recommend those considering taking these products to decide against it. Follow a journal approach by writing down what you eat and exercising at least 3 days a week for no less than 30 minutes. That approach overall will be the best way to lose and keep off your weight long term and the best for your health because these products are not all natural and have chemical based ingredients including food dyes and sugars..

I will be posting more exercise programs and weight loss tips over the months. Things that have worked for me and would love to help you with your weight loss and health journey!