Jumpstart the Holiday’s Belleza Mia Jewelry Giveaway!

It’s giveaway time!   This is hands down the biggest giveaway of the year I do over at Belleza Mia Jewelry just to jumpstart the holidays. The winner will receive $150 worth of their choice of Belleza Mia Jewelry to get all those hard to shop for people off their list. a Rafflecopter giveaway // ]]>

Easy Harry Potter Cake – Monster Book of Monsters

  Easy Harry Potter Cake Harry Potter fans are you ready to make an easy Harry Potter cake? This is the year of cakes in our family. Every other year we do big fun parties with decorations, friends, games and everything. But with super simple cupcakes because who has time for all that and a fun cake? Not this mama. Read More…

Black Friday Sales with Belleza Mia Jewelry

              It’s that time of year again. Time for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Holy cow that’s a lot of buying going on! This year I have different sales going on all weekend long with different sales for each day. I’m not going to say what they are but they are Read More…

Easy Army Camo Cupcakes Recipe

I made these for my son’s half birthday last year. He’s a summer birthday so he gets to celebrate his half birthday at school. He wanted an army theme so I made these up and all the kids loved them. I loved them because they look (and taste) awesome but actually didn’t take too much work. I mean, buying them Read More…

Easy Peasy Halloween Sugar Cookies

Decorating sugar cookies was always a fun holiday family tradition growing up and I especially loved making Halloween sugar cookies (my birthday is just before Halloween and it is one of my favorite holidays!) I loved to decorate them. All of my siblings were long gone while I was painstakingly lining up sprinkles in a pattern or something equally time-intensive. Read More…

Crustless Quiche, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, and Other Recipes for Pi Day

Tomorrow is 3/14, Pi Day. You know Pi, the mathematical equation for getting the circumference of a circle or 3.14. Anyway, my husband and I are just nerdy enough to celebrate it. That, or I just like reasons to celebrate. You might wonder how to celebrate Pi Day, well you do it by eating pies. Pretty simple. There are so Read More…

Having Active Kids Indoors

I don’t know about other kids but my daughter is not happy without being physically active during the day. She gets grumpy and jittery and it’s frustrating for all of us. Unfortunately we live in the land of eternal winter (at least that’s what it feels like to me) so on days we can’t get outside we have to get Read More…

Valentine’s Pillows

I may have mentioned this before but I don’t change my decor much for holidays. I have friends who change their whole living room depending on the season but that is not me. This year though I have felt like January and February is so doldrums sometimes that maybe a little bit of love wouldn’t be bad for Valentine’s Day. Read More…

Emily?

You may have noticed that under some of the recent posts on this blog it says they were posted by an Emily Hayes. In case you wondered, I am Emily. Looking for a picture of me I realized that most of my recent pictures were taken by my three year old daughter, you can probably infer a few things about Read More…

Etsy Explained

Since the majority of my jewelry business right now is on Etsy I thought you might like a little insight into how Etsy works. If you are going to use Etsy as a buyer or seller the original sign up is the same. It’s pretty simple sign up, give an email and come up with a password. The Absolute Basics Read More…

How I Got Started Making Jewelry

 I have loved using my hands since I was a little girl. For Christmas I didn’t ask for dolls but for anything and everything crafty (that and books, I’m kind of a nerd). My first experience with beads came in the form of a native American bead loom, similar to this one, that my grandfather got me in grade school Read More…

N is for Nike

My husband Jason has been working for Nike for over 6 months and we had yet to visit him. Jason Lester, sponsored by Nike did a run across America ended at the world headquarters with a big party to celebrate and all family and friends were invited to go. So we decided to head on over. The boys were decked Read More…

M is for Marbles and M&M’s

Every other Wednesday we have some friends over to do some fun crafts and play. This one was an easy one. I didn’t get any pictures of them doing it, too busy helping, but it’s so simple. Put a piece of paper in a box (or you could use a pan, just something with high sides) put drops of paint Read More…