Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Valentine's Day Card Inspiration - Part 2

This is Part 2 of my Valentine's Day Card Inspiration series.
If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.

I love these! ♥

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Long Term, Short Term by Neat Things


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Valentine's Sweethearts Card by Rifle Paper Co.


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Messenger Bird Letterpress Love Card by missive


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Scratch-Off Hearts Card


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Letterpress Valentine Card - You're My Favorite by Steel Petal Press


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Grow Old Along With Me Valentine Card by Adore by Nat


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Love Card by Mindy Miller


Monday, January 30, 2012

2012 Health Show

This past weekend my sister and I went to the 2012 Health Show. This was our third year going and I have to say that it is one of the best shows ever! The health show provides a wealth of information on practical diet, supplement, exercise and lifestyle tips that promote healthier living.

There were tons of booths with over 100 exhibitors. We got to sample lots of tasty food and beverages and learn about innovative health products, services and fitness techniques. And there were tons of free samples to take away. There were also opportunities to shop at most of the boths with special event pricing. Just fabulous!

Here are a few of the samples and information booklets that I got to bring home.

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I even got to meet Sam Graci, creator of Greens+ and one of North America's leading experts on nutrition. I also got a free autographed copy of his book, The Path to Phenomenal Health. My sister got one of his other books, The Bone-Building Solution. So when I am finished reading mine and she is finished hers, we can switch. Cool! :)

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One booth that I was particulary intrigued with was the Laundry Ball by SmartKlean. A Laundry Ball replaces traditional soaps and detergents to wash your clothes. It also replaces fabric softeners and dryer sheets while conserving water and energy.

The active components inside the Laundry Ball are derived from Earth minerals and are formulated to leave zero residues behind. And since there is no residue, I can skip the rinse cycle on the washing machine and go directly to the spin cycle, thus saving water! Yay!

All this information and the testimonials they had, sold me and I purchased one. I'm really excited to try it, but I'll have to wait a bit because I just opened a big bottle of Ecos Laundry Detergent a couple of weeks ago. So I will have to use that up before I use my Laundry Ball. I'll do a follow up post when I use it and provide a review for any curious minds out there! :)

And introducing my new Laundry Ball...

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I loved this health show and will definitely be going again next year!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Valentine's Day Card Inspiration - Part 1

One of the fantastic things about Valentie's Day is not only may I get some quality chocolate and flowers, but I also get a beautiful card. :)

This is a two-part series on some fabulous Valentine's Day Card Inspiration.

Here are a few I would love to get!


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Bee My Valentine by Vicky Papaioannou


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Tiny Envelopes with Custom Messages by Lemon Drop Papers


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I Like You Card by happy dappy bits


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Printable Class Valentine by Sara Westbrook


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I Love You Card by A Paper Affaire


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Valentine Envelopes by Shimelle


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Peronalized be mine valentine cards by Ms. PRINT


Stay tuned for Valentine's Day Card Inspiration - Part 2...coming soon!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Etsy Favorites

Here are this week's fabulous Friday Etsy Favorites. I love each of these! ♥

1. Two Sad Donkeys ► Natasha - Felt Dachshund
2. poosac ► Pin-back Button Badge - You're My Cup of Tea
3. dualchocolate ► Little Cotton Crochet Bear
4. Quotes & Notes ► Favor Bags - for you
5. lacasadecoto ► Rug Crochet - hexagon
6. redstitchlab ► Black Wrist Cuff - Linen


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Valentine's Day Treats - Part 2

This is Part 2 of Valentine's Day Treats. If you missed reading the fabulous tasty somethings in Part 1, you can read it here.


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These Heart-Shaped S'more Pops would be so fun to make! It would be a neat idea to make heart shaped ice cream sandwiches too. Mmmm...


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I love the idea of these pink Peppermint Patties.


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These Valentine's Day Coconut Cookies would be great. I love coconut!


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These Stained Glass Valentine Cookies are so pretty and would be so fun to make. The stained glass effect is really cool!


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These Valentine's Day Sandwich Cookies are so cute. I especially love the added touch of the small heart cut-out on the tops.


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Oh, wow these Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Covered Strawberries
look so good!



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Latest Wall Prints

Here are a few of my latest wall prints that are available in the shop.

Each print (with the exception of the Set of 26 - 5x7 Alphabet Cards) can be customized with the colors you would like.

You can choose your color scheme from the mateo & tobias color palette in the listing or I can also create a custom color scheme for you.


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Be Mine


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Set of 26 - 5x7 Alphabet Cards


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Love Heart Personalized with Names and Date


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Me & You is Love


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Chevron Owl Birth Announcement


Monday, January 23, 2012

Valentine's Day Treats - Part 1

I love to bake. I especially love to bake for special occasions like Christmas, birthdays, and Valentine's Day.

This is a two part series on Valentine's Day Treats.

Here are a few recipes I would love to try. Now to narrow it down to just two or three or four. :)


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These Chocolate Covered Pretzel look so good. I love the heart shaped sprinkles. So cute!


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These Chocolate Sugar Cookies look way too pretty to eat. I love the heart designs on the icing. Lovely!


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These Strawberry Heart Oreo Cookies look scrumptious and good to eat!


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I love the idea of the traditional Rice Krispie Squares being made into a heart shape. So cute!


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Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. The name says it all! :)


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Who would not like a chocolate chip cookie on a stick? And heart shaped to boot. Love these!


Stay tuned for Part 2...coming soon! :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Pet Hamster

Mateo was so happy to be able to bring home his class' pet hamster this weekend. Last month, his teacher started allowing the kids to take the hamster home for the weekend. Mateo's been asking me for the past month when we can bring her home. So finally I said that we could take her home this weekend.

I have to admit that this hamster is pretty cute. :) It's actually quite amazing how perceptive and alert she is. Carlos was watching her in the cage and I was turning around a corner to go see her and as soon as I did, Carlos said that she moved her head in my direction and watched me as I approached the cage. She also likes it when we put our finger up to the cage so she can smell it. :) It must be the goat milk soap we've been using. :)

There's these little heart shaped treats that we are supposed to give her twice a day. They are about 1cm in diameter. She just takes them in her cute tiny paws and gobbles it up in one bite. Wow!

She also came with this little 8" hollow ball that you can put her in. We tried it and it is SO funny! She will 'walk' in the ball and it rolls her around the floor. It is seriously the cutest thing that I have ever seen.

It was hard taking pictures of her because she moves so fast within her cage and the lighting wasn't the best. I didn't want to use my flash either because I didn't want to blind her!


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Isn't she cute?


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Her paws are so tiny compared to the rest of her body.


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What a sweet face!


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