Birthday Giveaway~Starbucks Gift Card!

Well, it is my birthday, technically.  Yep, March 11th is the day.  Today I’m 35.  So, what do I do on my birthday……..

One Artsy Mama

CELEBRATE, of course!  By giving away at One Art Mama!

Well, Happy Blog-Iversary to Miss Amy {who we all know as One Artsy Mama}!  I am sooo excited to be a part of her party going on right now!  I can say I remember “way back” when One Artsy Mama was about as big as my blog.  And to watch her flourish over this year is awesome!   I first “met” Amy over a lampshade. Yep, a lampshade.  I had seen her boy version of the lampshade she did for her son’s room, and I was inspired to make one for my daughter.

I am also the proud recipient of some of Amy’s craftiness in the blog world~the buttons on my blog were all made by her.  Thanks, Amy!  Amy has also joined me for my Blog Birthday Bash where she shared with my readers her favorite piece of jewelry to make~an Anthro knock-off necklace.  To be truthful, I am so jealous of Amy’s jewelry making skills!  

As part of her Blog-Iversary, I am giving way two gift cards to Starbucks {something else Amy and I have in common}.  I can’t wait to see which One Artsy Mama reader will get some coffee goodness in the mail from me!
Head over to ONE ART MAMA

to enter the giveaway.  I hope a My Favorite Finds reader wins one of TWO $10 Starbucks Gift Cards, courtesy of moi.

One Artsy Mama

Birthday Giveaway~Starbucks Gift Card!

Birthday Giveaway~Starbucks Gift Card!

Well, it is my birthday, technically.  Yep, March 11th is the day.  Today I’m 35.  So, what do I do on my birthday……..

One Artsy Mama

CELEBRATE, of course!  By giving away at One Art Mama!

Well, Happy Blog-Iversary to Miss Amy {who we all know as One Artsy Mama}!  I am sooo excited to be a part of her party going on right now!  I can say I remember “way back” when One Artsy Mama was about as big as my blog.  And to watch her flourish over this year is awesome!   I first “met” Amy over a lampshade. Yep, a lampshade.  I had seen her boy version of the lampshade she did for her son’s room, and I was inspired to make one for my daughter.

I am also the proud recipient of some of Amy’s craftiness in the blog world~the buttons on my blog were all made by her.  Thanks, Amy!  Amy has also joined me for my Blog Birthday Bash where she shared with my readers her favorite piece of jewelry to make~an Anthro knock-off necklace.  To be truthful, I am so jealous of Amy’s jewelry making skills!  

As part of her Blog-Iversary, I am giving way two gift cards to Starbucks {something else Amy and I have in common}.  I can’t wait to see which One Artsy Mama reader will get some coffee goodness in the mail from me!
Head over to ONE ART MAMA

to enter the giveaway.  I hope a My Favorite Finds reader wins one of TWO $10 Starbucks Gift Cards, courtesy of moi.

One Artsy Mama

Friday’s Finds {Soups to Try}

Soups are something we REALLY look forward to in the fall and winter months.  There’s nothing like pulling together a comforting meal in the crockpot, simmering it all day, and enjoying it for dinner.

But, soups can be a year round food, too.  We’re still experiencing some chilly days.  As ready as I am to trade my crock pot of soup for a grilled pizza and some steaks, I am still adding soups to our menus.

Chicken Enchilada Crock Pot Soup from Homemade by Holman

Tomato Basil Soup from Everyday Occasions

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup from Chef Mommy

Chili from That’s What Che Said {I’ve made this recipe, and it is SOOOO good}

Friday’s Finds {Soups to Try}

Soups are something we REALLY look forward to in the fall and winter months.  There’s nothing like pulling together a comforting meal in the crockpot, simmering it all day, and enjoying it for dinner.

But, soups can be a year round food, too.  We’re still experiencing some chilly days.  As ready as I am to trade my crock pot of soup for a grilled pizza and some steaks, I am still adding soups to our menus.

Chicken Enchilada Crock Pot Soup from Homemade by Holman

Tomato Basil Soup from Everyday Occasions

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup from Chef Mommy

Chili from That’s What Che Said {I’ve made this recipe, and it is SOOOO good}

Follow Along :)

You may have seen on a lot of blogs that Google Friend Connect is going away soon.  That means that for blogs that are NOT hosted by Blogger, you won’t see them show up in your reader.
This doesn’t affect My Favorite Finds {at least not right now}.  However, I know that this isn’t the only blog you read, so I wanted to encourage you to start following your favorite blogs in different ways.
Also, you can follow My Favorite Finds in the following ways:

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Blog lovin’ {My personal “favorite”.  As I see my favorite blogs posting this as an option, I’m always clicking it to follow them}


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Linky Followers {A new way to follow blogs, too.  It’s showing up in side bars all over the place.}


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All of these options are available on many blogs.  I encourage you to choose one {or two} and follow along.  If you’re happy with GFC, and your blogs are still showing up, then stick with it!

I love all the readers!  Please continue to follow along, or find another way to follow!
In fact, I’m only ELEVEN readers away from reaching 200!!!  That means a giveaway is right around the corner :).

Must Try Monday {The Features}


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This week’s Must Try Monday party has been so great!  I am excited to roll out this week’s features, in no particular order :).
The best part about this week’s party was YOU!  All of you who linked up, who wanted to share something you’ve made with all of us!  Thank YOU so much!
If you were featured, here’s a button for you to grab and display on your blog.  

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Spinoccoli Pizza from Semi Homemade Mom {This one went STRAIGHT to my pizza Pinterest board}

Maple Bacon Popcorn from White Lights on Wednesday {What a fun way to celebrate Popcorn Day!  I’m a huge popcorn fan}

Cherry Almond Vanilla Cupcakes from Life is Sweets {If I chose favorites on visual appeal, these are gorgeous!}

Grandma’s Best Ever Gingerbread from A Nest in the Rocks {My husband will love this for breakfast}

Thank you all again for linking up to Must Try Monday! I look forward to next week’s party!

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites {St. Patty’s Day Fun}

We all love having a reason to have fun and celebrate, don’t we?  Since St. Patrick’s Day is ALSO my mother-in-law’s birthday, we’re always with family having fun on March 17.

Here are some cute ideas I pinned for St. Patrick’s Day:

St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Covered Pretzels from Love from the Oven

Leprechaun Floats from Make and Takes

Handprint 4 Leaf Clover from Meet the Dubiens

Rainbow Fruit Tray from Sarah’s Blog

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  With simple ideas like these, it can be easy and fun for your family!

No Bake Energy Bites

Do you love eating cookie dough?  Or need a little something sweet in between meals or late afternoon?  
Or any time for that matter?  My answer is YES to all of those questions.  
But….eating cookie dough isn’t exactly healthy, and chocolate bars and cookies between meals add more to my waistline.
Until now.  I had pinned these, and was wanting to make them.  I finally got around to it, and I am so addicted!  I don’t feel at all guilty eating a few at a time.  They’re very filling, and satisfy  my sweet tooth and that “treat” of cookie dough feeling.
Energy Bites {adapted from Food Doodles }

Ingredients:
*2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
*1/3 cup honey
*1 cup rolled oats
*1 cup ground nuts or crushed graham crackers
*2 teaspoons vanilla
*1/2 cup chocolate chips
*1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
Directions:
1.  In a mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla until well combined.
2.  Add the oats, ground nuts, chocolate chips, and cinnamon.  Mix well.
3.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  
4.  Roll into balls and place in a mini muffin tin or on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
5.  Place in freezer for 90 minutes, or until solid.  Remove from muffin tin or cookie sheet into a sealed container.  Store in the freezer.
When I leave for work, I throw a few in a snack size bag, and by lunch they’ve softened and are my dessert.  They are also REALLY good right from the freezer.  

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites {St. Patty’s Day Fun}

We all love having a reason to have fun and celebrate, don’t we?  Since St. Patrick’s Day is ALSO my mother-in-law’s birthday, we’re always with family having fun on March 17.

Here are some cute ideas I pinned for St. Patrick’s Day:

St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Covered Pretzels from Love from the Oven

Leprechaun Floats from Make and Takes

Handprint 4 Leaf Clover from Meet the Dubiens

Rainbow Fruit Tray from Sarah’s Blog

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  With simple ideas like these, it can be easy and fun for your family!

Birthday Camouflage Dog Tags

Birthday Camouflage Dog Tags

Matthew and Lucas’s birthday theme this year was camouflage everything.  And, with them being twins, people STILL mix them up.  To avoid any confusion, AND make it fun for them….I made them each a set of dog tags to wear as part of their camo themed birthday.

Of course, we had the typical black, green, and brown camo pattern.  I even found them some camouflage pattern t shirts at Target to wear for their party.

But, their ensemble was complete with these “birthday” dog tags I whipped up for them to wear.

All I used was my Cricut, card stock, and some Army themed stickers from JoAnns.

I used the Georgia/Basic Shapes cartridge and cut out 8 “gift” tags from dark green card stock.

Then, I used a glue stick to paste them together, back to back, so they were a little more reinforced.

Next, I cut out two rounded corner rectangles using silver card stock.  I have these nifty markers that you can replace your cutting blade with, so I used those to draw an “M” on one and an “L” on the other.

Finally, I glued the silver in the center of the green tags. I glued them a little offset.   I added some stickers to the front and for their ID number on the back, I used silver number stickers.

Their ID numbers are their birthday, with an “A” at the end of Matthew’s and a “B” at the end of Lucas’s.

Voila!  Add some string, and they were happy and added a fun detail for their party.

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