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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What I Prayed For This Diwali? || WUW



This has been a difficult post to compose. I tried hard to wrap 'what I prayed for this Diwali' in shiny and colorful packaging but failed miserably. I thought, I'll drift the attention to childhood memories of Diwali- to the 'plain Jane' mitti ke diye (lamps) and the oil used to light them, to the chini k khilone (edible toys made of sugar), to the well lit neighborhood, to being together with family and to all the fun- but I soon realized that it was not a good idea since most of us are already/still in the 'I-miss-home' mode!


I decided to repackage it, focusing on how the marketing and preparation for the festival has changed over the years but I soon realized that nobody is in a mood to listen to lectures right after the festive season.


I tried to hide 'what I prayed for this Diwali' behind innumerable other reasons but they all seemed lame. So, I came to the conclusion that I'll stop beating around the bushes and share 'what I prayed for this Diwali' straight up. 

I prayed for NOTHING!

Yes! Honestly. 

I got so engrossed in the preparations and the rituals and the clock ticking at the back of my mind that I completely forgot to pray. May be it was my content-self that has all the items on the 'I-want' list struck-out (only for now!) or may be I was so overwhelmed with the rituals that are performed only once every year that I missed saying 'Thank You, God'. Whatever it was, it just happened!

I did bow in gratitude but I definitely do it better on the other days. May be I am a less-rituals-and-more-heart-to-heart-talk-with-the-Almighty kinda person! Or may be I should not bother much because God knows that I love Him and my faith is unending. Or may be, it's time for me to get used to the customary rituals and not get boggled by them. 




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{No Bake} Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops

Pumpkin and Mummy No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops- Hun... What's for Dinner?
I have to tell you that these pops were a total hit. The kids (and moms alike) LOVED how cute they were and how delicious they tasted. By the end of the party, I think there was only 2 or so left. Just enough for Mr.B to try one. I decided to decorate my pops as pumpkins and mummies, because I had some fun black and orange, and black and white, paper straws that I had bought over the summer. 


spiderweb mom and baby cookies



i just used betty crocker cookie icing. everything ready made to make these cookies. that way they're done and done in a little over 1/2 hr.



Thanksgiving Craft: Thanksgiving Colored Eggs


thanksgiving craft colord eggs
We often associate colored eggs with Easter. But with the emphasis today on Cage Free Chickens, we’ve not only got greater humanity—we’ve got eggs the color of turkeys. They make great decorations for the Thanksgiving table or sideboard. Farmers setting their chickens free is wonderful news. In this fun Thanksgiving craft, children can see how the farmer’s actions are a lot like how Jesus sets us free from the cages of sin!




Cheesy pasta shells coated with rich, slightly sweet pumpkin puree, bite size kale, and just a kick of garlic. Fall meets comfort food in this deliciously creamy pumpkin kale mac and cheese.
I think I just found a new side dish for my Thanksgiving dinner. Or maybe it’ll just be my main dish.Seriously. That good.



Summer is gone and it’s taking a lot of humidity, warmth and
fun times in the sun with it!
I still have my holiday tan and was naïvely hoping that home
would still be holding on to summer as tightfistedly as I was.  Unfortunately, I stepped out of the airport
to rain, overcast skies, cool breezes and brilliantly covered leaves. Either
strewn on the pavement or still hanging on to their branches.
I have to face reality: winter is coming.


1930's Drum Table Makeover


This old, once a beauty, was sitting at the curb.  I ain't shy... so I snagged it up. Once home, I discovered why. Obviously the original front and drawer are gone and replaced with a repurposed one... and ...


750+ Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils

free-pumpkin-carving-stencils
Wow! I can’t believe how close we are to Halloween! There are so many fun activities during Halloween, but carving and decorating pumpkins is one of my favorite activities! This is an awesome list of over 750+ Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils! These are a GREAT way to help your family give each pumpkin a little personality! 


Source
Please tell me that you are watching everyone’s new guilty pleasure, How to Get Away With Murder, the latest hit TV show from über creator Shonda Rhimes. If you are not, you must. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a murder mystery author.
Here’s why…with NO SPOILER ALERTS!


Pasta and Sauce Recipe

Pasta and Sauce Recipe
So last night I was trying to figure out what to make for diner. I did not really feel like going to the store so I just looked at what we had in the fridge and went from there. I was super nervous and joked that if it tasted really bad we would have cereal for dinner instead. However I was really amazed by my awesome skills.



Adding Personal Touches In Decorating



Hello Sweets, today I want to talk about how adding special personal details

to Home Decor adds so much character to your home. For instance, 

I found this old window frame for 20 bucks at a local craft show the other day. I printed 

out some B&W prints of our boy playing in the dirt and placed them in the window frame. 

I know that you can order custom prints online at Shutterfly.

I added the word "WASH" (more on that project coming soon) on top of the frame to

give the wall even more character and interest. 










Hey everyone! My Ipsy bag came a little late this month, this past Friday actually. I was just busy all weekend and I can now get to showing you all what I got! I have to say, I'm impressed this month!







Sewing with Kids – Make a Halloween Garland

homespun sprout
Halloween Garland 1



Doc has asked me every day since our first time sewing on my sewing machine if we can make something else together. Since he did such a great job on our first project, I figured I’d better get on the ball and come up with something else to make. So I put together another idea for sewing with kids – Make a Halloween garland!


Washi Tape Halloween Treat Bags

I got a wee bit carried away buying Halloween washi tape this year. I have so much of it! More than I can ever use… or can I? I am on a mission to use up some of my craft supplies, beginning with these simple washi tape Halloween treat bags.
These little Halloween treat bags are perfect for cookies or candy, and make a sweet presentation for gift giving. If you’re really feeling ambitious (which I am not) you could make these up for your trick-or-treaters.




Things No One Told You Would Happen As A Parent

what every parent should know
It has come to my attention that there are just things that apparently moms never share with expectant parents. Sure they share many highs and lows of parenting, but never random information. Tell me I'm not alone in this?


DIY Vapor Rub
Winter is fast approaching and so are colds and stuffy noses and congested chests! Little people and big people alike do not rest when they can’t breathe, so we grudgingly put on smelly rub in order to open up our airway passages. The upside is that vapor rubs work great; the downside is that it’s typically made out of petroleum jelly a byproduct of different carbon sources and in today’s crunchy world petroleum jelly is so 1980’s!


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diwali Wishes || WUW


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








            
Welcome to the 39th week of Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

   

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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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