6.30.2015

Shopping Haul & Vlogging



Hello Friends


Eddie and I took to the interstate and went shopping this weekend. I love traveling with Eddie because its a great time to talk about our week and just laugh! Laughter is so important to have in your life. No matter what your budget is just get out and find something fun to do. There are many times we might go in one store but then just walk, talk, and window shop. I get some of my best ideas with outfits and decorating just from window shopping!




TJ Maxx had these very cute pineapple salt and pepper shakers. I picked these up for a special friend because I know she loves pineapples. I can't wait to see how she uses them.





Eddie and I went down the home isle and this was the only mug sitting on the shelf. I just knew it was meant to be! I love everything black and white so I had to have this.


This make up bag is perfect to carry my jewelry in when I fly or go on short business trips. I love the two short pockets which will help my bracelets and necklaces not tangle. It was only $5.99 and I love the colors. When I fly on short trips I like to carry my items in my purse on the plane with me so I don't have to worry about them. I have a trip coming up in July and this will be perfect in my purse.




You know I love straws and I could not pass these up! Lobsters and Crabs.....I mean how cute is that!



This it was time for dinner. Here are just a few photos of what we had and it was amazing! The photo below is an order of Flaming Oysters. They were amazing!


Eddie had a blackened fish with Blackened Shrimp on top which was also very good.


This was my dish which was crab cakes on top of fried green tomatoes with a crawfish cream sauce over them. YUM!



This guy was outside...............Its a .............well its a ..................not really sure but at least he looked like he would be a nice animal.


Take a look here for a video of our day! Hope you enjoy!



See you next time! Erica

6.24.2015

4th of July Ice Cream Bar



Happy 4th of July! 

This 4th of July I will have my Ice Cream Bar out again because its always such a big hit. Here is a look at how my station is set up. You can easily set this up at your home and your guest will have so much fun making their own ice cream bowl!



Having an Ice Cream Bar set up allows you to keep moving forward with the day without having to stop and serve dessert. It also lets your guest have fun making their own dessert and be part of the action!



I place my the extra dishes on the bottom of my cart so there is always a chance for anyone to pick up a bowl or cup and make what they would like.


This year I am going with fresh fruit and sprinkles. I am keeping with the red, white, and blue color theme but going a little healthy!






I am also going to have a Root Beer Float station to allow guest to make their own float. Just before time to serve I will pour the Root Beer into the blue pitcher. The ice cream is just to the left and they can fill their cup with as much as they would like.




I picked up the little miniature photo frames from Michaels in their $1.50 section just this month.




The little silver spoons are from the Dollar Tree and you can get a pack of 24 for a $1.00. What an awesome deal! These spoons really do look like miniature sterling silver spoons.



The blue bucket came from Target this past week and its in the dollar section and priced at $3.00. I also picked up the white bucket for more ice cream if needed.




Hope you enjoyed!!!

6.23.2015

Framebridge Photo Review




Welcome to my Blog





Today I want to share information with you about Frame Bridge. This is such a great company that allows you send in your photo straight from your Instagram account. You can pick one of the many frames they. 


Step One is Style It- 
Preview your art in each of their framing styles. The price is based on the size you pick. 



Then send in the photo from the link and within two weeks I received my photo. The packaging was great. 




I am so happy with the way this photo turned out. Every time I walk by it I just smile and remember the great memory of the day.





Hope you enjoyed today’s post, 


Erica


6.21.2015

Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe





This is a recipe I promised to share once I received my new oven so here we go! There is nothing easier than Homemade Hamburger Helper. My husband and son really enjoy boxed Hamburger Helper but I do not like it so I wanted to put something together that we would all enjoy.

I came up with this very easy homemade recipe and we all love it! All you need is:

Pasta

Spagetti Sauce

Alfredo Sauce

Meat


Brown your meat and cook pasta as per box directions. This is just like if you were making

 spaghetti with noodles. 



After you cook your meat you will drain it. Also drain your noodles once cooked.

Then put both back in their pans and pour one sauce in each.

You will then combine the meat/sauce to the noodles/sauce and mix well.



This has such a fresh and homemade taste that your family will love! 




You will love how good this is and I promise your family will go back for seconds.

Best of all, the left overs are just as good the next day!




Watch this video to see the step by step details on how to make!




Hope you enjoyed todays post!

Erica




6.19.2015

4th of July Celebration Cake Recipe



A celebration 
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Under the Stars






4th of July Cake

I wanted to share a recipe idea with you that I have made for the past couple of years and its one of my favorites. There are times that you should make a recipe from scratch and then there are times you use what is already put together for you. 


I have always been a fan of a the Devils Food Cake mix and the yellow cake mix. I like the boxed cake mix but I make homemade cream cheese icing which I will also share with you.



To start just follow your box instructions. As I mentioned in the video please do not use a Super Moist Cake mix. It is not firm enough to hold the weight of the homemade icing and fruit.



Let cool just as you would your normal cake. 


You will ice your cake once completely cool. Have it on the cake stand you would like to serve it on for your event.



Again please know I used a super moist cake mix so my cake had some splitting due to the weight of the fruit. I would rather you learn from me on the best tips and tricks. The cake was still very delicious and there were no complainants from my family while they had the opportunity to be taste testers!


This cake will be the perfect addition sitting at your 4th of July Party table! With the red, white, and blue colors its perfect and not to mention how yummy it is! 





Hope you enjoyed todays post!


Erica






6.18.2015

Friday Tip Day- Washi Tape Ideas



Welcome to my Blog, 







Here is a fun idea I want to share with you on this Friday Tip Day so you can work on this project over the weekend!

I have an idea to share with you that I know you will love. We have been running into an issue with not knowing which charger cord belongs to which person and someones cords always goes missing. Here is an idea to help you solve this problem. 

Start off my visiting hobby Lobby and purchasing Washi Tape that would work for both male and female owners. I went with black, brown, and gold theme as you can see below. 


Since this tape is so thin you can wrap your headphones up and never wonder which pair belong to you. I went with the brown and cream scalloped theme on all my pieces. 




One more reason why I love this idea is I travel on business and attend a lot of meetings. Someone always needs to borrow a changer an I am happy to help. With marking your base and cord you will always know which charger is yours. 




I love the way this turned out because I can use it or my husband would even be comfortable using it. Again, I tried to go with patterns that worked for both of us. No flowers or cute pink polka dots for him!



It only cost me about $2.00 once I used my coupon from Hobby Lobby to solve this issue. Pick all of your favorite colors and just have fun with this project.


Take a look here at the how to video which I am sure you will enjoy!




Hope you enjoyed today’s blog post! 


Erica

 
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