The Creative Princess: June 2012

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Hi guys!  How has everyone been?  Me?  Oh, busy as usual!

Last week I had the opportunity to go to Church Camp with the kids from my church.  It was VERY last minute but VERY fun!  We ended up taking about 16 kids and 4 adults.  Everyone had a great time!  I may, or may not, have gone down the zipline.....in the dark.....ok....I DID!  It was SO much fun!!  The children's pastor from our church made a deal with me and the girls, if I went down it....she would as well.  I went down the very first night, she waited until the last.  lol

The theme this year was Consumed.  What Consumes you?  I know the message was mainly for the kids but it also spoke to me.  God has a way with timing and working things out that way.  He knew I needed to hear the message being shared.  I have let social media, my blog, my online network, consume my life.  I have let it take time away from my family, my friends and my time with God.  Since being home from camp I have put all of that on hold and have focused on God and my family more, as it should be.  I am still here, online, but not NEAR as much as I have been.

I have gone back and forth about putting my blog on hold for a bit until I get in a better routine of God, Family, life, THEN social media but, I really don't want to do that.  I have worked so hard to get to this point and don't want all of that work to go down the drain.  Plus, as Pastor Bryan said, this is a gift from God and I should use it to glorify him.  I have been praying about what my next step will be and that God's hands guide me through it, which I know they will.  So, over the next few weeks I may not post as often as I have, some weeks I may post tons.  I just need to get my priorities in order.

I will post a few pics from camp later, I took nearly 400 pics!  That is a LOT of editing!  lol  I also have a few AMAZING stories to share!  God spoke to the kids in so many ways, it was truly amazing!

What else is new......

We are in full party plan mode!  Mads 7th bday will be here before we know it!  We spent today shopping for decorations.  My feet are KILLING ME!  We spent 5 hours SHOPPING!  Normally, I would not mind this but, we were literally running from store to store, trying to get to all the stores before we had to get back home.  We landed some pretty awesome deals!  But man am I worn out.  We came home and the girls and I went to a pool party for the Girls Ministry department.  Everyone had a GREAT time.  And now I am ready to crash!  HAHA!

What else....

MG started DANCEcamp on Monday.  She is having a GREAT time.  She is the youngest in her camp but is LOVING it!  I am excited for her to start dancing full time this fall.  She is so cute in her leo with her chubby little legs.  lol

That is all....for now.

That pretty much sums up how the last week has gone.  It has been a great week!  I have more exciting news coming up in a few weeks so be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don't miss out!

Much love,
Brandi

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Summer Fun Pinterest PARTY!

So, last week you guys remember me talking about all the FUN we had during the weekend with Nestle and Tombstone celebrating summer......right?  If not, or if you are reading for the first time (welcome!), you can find that fun post here.  We had a BLAST!  I love doing FUN things during the summer with my girlies and am always looking for new ways to break the boredom.  I am SO excited to tell you about an AWESOME party we are hosting on Pinterest!

To celebrate the fun and help you celebrate summer, we are throwing a Pinterest Party! Come join in, Pin and Repin and you could win a year's supply of Tombstone Pizza!
Here are the details:
Join the #GrabSummerFun Pinterest Party from June 15, 2012 - July 2, 2012. We are giving away a year's worth of Tombstone Pizza!
Party Rules
  1. Sign into your Pinterest account or if you do not have a Pinterest account, visit Pinterest.com to request an invitation to register for a free account. There may be a waiting period in between when you request membership and when you are issued an invitation.
  2. Create a #GrabSummerFun board on your Pinterest page. The title of your board must contain #GrabSummerFun.
  3. “Pin” five (5) summer fun and party ideas (Party Decor, 4th of July Fun and Treats, Summer Fun, etc.) on the #GrabSummerFun Pinterest Board, and tag each “pin” with hashtag “#GrabSummerFun” in the description.
  4. Grab one image from our #GrabSummerFun Pinterest Board of Tombstone Pizza or Drumstick Ice Cream and Pin it to yours with the hashtag.
  5. Come back and submit your name, email address and your #GrabSummerFun Pinterest Board link to bit.ly/grabsummerfunp.
That's IT!  I can't wait to see all the fun things you guys pin!

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Nestle #CBias #SocialFabric #GrabSummerFun
All opinions are my own!

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Well Isn't That Pinteresting!

I am smack dab in the middle of planning Mads 7th birthday party.
Where does the time go?

Mads has decided she would like a Hello Kitty Luau themed party this year.  Do you know how hard it is to find Hello Kitty Luau?  It's REALLY hard!  But, we are making it work.

Thanks to Pinterest, I have been able to morph a few ideas together.

You know how much I love Pinterest but one of my FAVORITE things to do on there is find cute party ideas.  If you can think of a theme, someone has pinned something to go along with it.

Here are a few of my FAVORITE themes from Pinterest.....
kate at and everything sweet
This Monster Bash party from Kate at And Everything Sweet is SO cute!  She even let you design your own monster cupcake, how cool is that?!  While you are checking out the post about this party, be sure to take a look around her blog.  She has some pretty AWESOME cakes on there and TONS of other party ideas!
chickabug

Heather, over at Chickabug, put together some AWESOME Sesame Street party ideas!  I LOVE the tissue paper puffs made to look like our favorite friends (number 3).  You will also find great party ideas on her site as well.
I think this Baking Party featured on The Party Dress would be SO fun for a sleepover!  For the "treat bag" each girl was given a cupcake in a jar.  FUN!

Now!  Let's get to MY dream party!  If I were to through myself a party RIGHT NOW it would be one, or both, or a mix, of the following parties:
sweet designs
This Sugar and Spice party, featured on Sweet Designs (a blog by Amy Atlas), is just breathtaking!  I LOVE the torn fabric garland, the puffs of cotton candy, the colors, just everything!
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 I also LOVE this Sweet as a Peach party, featured on HWTM Daily, is equally as breathtaking as the Sugar and Spice.  The cake is just AMAZING!  The warm glow of the candles, all of the goodies.  It's just beautiful!

So, there you have it!  My favorite party themes from Pinterest!  Isn't it so Pinteresting?  I would LOVE to know some of your favorite themes, feel free to link to them in your comment.

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Weekend Wrap-up 11

We had SO much FUN over the weekend!

Friday was spent working outside.  I started cleaning the pool and hubby continued working on the fence.

We did not winterize our little pool last year, nor did we ever put the cover on it.  So to say it was gross was a gross understatement.  Growing up I would watch my aunt clean our pool wearing black trash bags, held on with rubber bands, on her feet and legs, long rubber gloves, a mask and she may or may not have worn ski goggles at one point, maybe it was just her sunglasses and I am remembering that part wrong.  Now I totally understand why she wore all of that!  YUCK!  I think I took 15 showers over the weekend!  HAHA!
I was just about done when I decided "Hey, I should take a pic of this for the blog" so...all you get of the before is that tiny spot.  lol  But trust me, it was nasty.

I started off using my garden hose and a scrub brush, I was not getting very far like that though.  Then I decided to get the power-washer out!  Oh my goodness!  What a difference THAT made!  It took no time at all before I was done with the really gross parts.  I still need to go back and really scrub some areas but, we should have a pool by next week!

Saturday morning was more yard/pool work.  That afternoon the girls and I went to my friends recital, she owns a dance studio in town.  Mads and I LOVED it, MG...not so much.  She just can't sit still that long.  We had to leave after intermission because she started screaming.  Lovely.

Saturday night we took my mil with us to watch my friend sing.  It was REALLY hot in the building and again, MG did not last long.  But, we still had a great time and the girls got to dance and I got to see my friend.
She sings with Corky Davis and Cowboy Swing.  They sing old country swing songs.  Michelle has an AMAZING voice, you can hear it if you go here.
Hubs took the girls outside to play while I listened a bit more.
This was the theater.

Once we left there, we headed to Cherry Berry.  YUM!

Sunday we took it easy, went and had lunch at Clanton's then headed to Walmart so I could do a shop.  After WM we went to Lowe's and Dairy Queen.  Then it was back home to get ready for church.  After church we came back home and the girls played outside a bit longer.
I know it is hard to see but Mads was tracing the reflection of the lights, it made it look like her pic was glowing.  She was pretty excited about it.

Oh!  I also worked in the garden this weekend.  I need to get in there again and finish weeding.  But for now, that will have to wait.

I am leaving tomorrow for church camp!  I am pretty excited and hope there isn't much drama between all the little girls.  We get back Saturday and I have a birthday party that night and Father's Day on Sunday.  Monday MG starts dance camp.  Phew!

I hope you all had a GREAT weekend and are having and awesome week so far.

Much love, 
Brandi

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Celebrating Summer with Nestle and Tombstone

Now that school is out and the stress of dance recital is over, we can focus on SUMMER!  YAY!
#grabsummerfun, #cbias, playing outside
My girls would live outside this time of year, if I would let them.  We are usually outside from the time breakfast is over, until it is time for bed.  We have a few breaks and come inside when it gets really hot, but the majority of our day is spent outside.

A few days ago we decided to have a little celebration to officially welcome summer.  We headed to  Walmart and picked up a few items so we can #GrabSummerFun!

We picked out some new sidewalk chalk, some new bubbles, a Tombstone Pizza and some Nestle Drumsticks.  To see my entire path to purchase, check out my Google+ story.
Nestle, Tombstone, Walmart
They were giving out free samples of pizza and mini Drumsticks while we were there!  AWESOME!
They were also passing out pizza and Drumstick shaped fliers with coupons inside!  WooHoo!
bubbles, pizza, ice cream, drumsticks
Everything we needed was very easy to find.

Once we got home it was time to CELEBRATE!
We decided to grill the pizza, while the grill was heating up the girls played with their new sidewalk chalk and bubbles.
 
 The grill was finally ready!  I put the pizza on, waited the 15 minuets and......
 
  The top looked great, the bottom was BURNT!  Not just a little burnt, the above pic is deceiving, it was the color of charcoal!  HAHA!  But, it was still good....once you picked the charred pieces off.

After we got through that fiasco it was time for ice cream and more playing.
ice cream

We had such a great time!  Now just to finish cleaning the pool out so we can REALLY enjoy summer!


I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Nestle #CBias #SocialFabric All opinions are my own.



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Eclos Beauty Winner!

Thank you all for entering the Eclos Beauty Giveaway!

Congrats to Anna G!  You are the winner!

If you did not win, don't worry, more giveaway's are coming soon.

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#EclosBeauty Review and GIVEAWAY!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of éclos Skin Care. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have never really thought much about anti-aging serums, creams, potions, etc. until recently.  In my 20s my main focus was moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.  While I still think that is important, now that I am in my 30s, it is time to take it a step further.
beauty before
A few weeks ago I received a package that included the Eclos Anit-Aging Starter Set. 

Included in the set is:
• Facial Cleanser Skin Prep - to get all the dirt, makeup and pollutants off and helps balance your skins pH level.
• Cellular Activator Face Serum - lightweight moisturizer, helps skin become smoother and softer, and also visibly reduces the sign of wrinkles (yep, I am starting to get them)
• Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream - helps skins ability to renew itself!
• Restorative Eye Cream - reduces fine lines, slows signs of aging and firms delicate skin
• Instant Radiance Facial Scrub - removes dry, dull skin and improves texture and tone
• Skin Renewal Clay Mask - tightens and reduces pores, absorbs dirt and impurities
• éclos Terry Cloth Head Band - to hold your hair back
and........ a COUPON!
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Having never used anti-aging products before, I figured it was time to learn what each one was for.  A quick visit to the éclos Skin Care website and I was well on my way to beautiful skin!
What sets Eclos apart from other anti-aging products is the fact that it is plant based!  I was so excited to find this out, my skin is extremely sensitive so I have to be careful with what products I use.  Knowing that this is a plant based product set me at ease.

Eclos uses Plant Stem Cells extracted from a rare Swiss apple (Uttwiler Spätlauber).  Researchers have found that the plant stem cells show tremendous ability to stimulate skin stem cells, encouraging aging skin to behave like younger skin.
How cool is that?

I was a bit skeptical at first but after 2 weeks of using this system I am AMAZED!  My skin feels tighter and I can tell my pores are starting to shrink, which is good because they are pretty big.  I have also noticed the bags under my eyes (which I can fit small children in) are starting to reduce as well!
skin care, anti aging
I plan on continuing to use the Eclos system now that my trial is over to see the full results.
Are you tired of seeing pics of me yet?  I promise, that was the last one....for this post at least.

I am also excited to share that not only was I given a kit for myself, I was also given a kit for YOU!  YAY!  Yes, one of my wonderful readers has the chance to WIN a starter kit!  The contest starts TODAY, 6/6/12 and ends on Monday, 6/11/2012!


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Weekend Wrap-up 10

So, we already know it was a CRAZY busy weekend for us....right?  I warned you all 10 weekends ago how insane this time of year is for us!
side by side
Friday and Saturday pretty much revolved around this little girl.  Friday was her rehearsal for dance.  She was a bit nervous but did GREAT!  I did a double french braid in her hair, her daddy was tired of the ballet bun, then tucked the ends up and under.  I have NEVER done that before and I think for the first time, I did a pretty good job.  It was only my second time to french braid!  I must get better at this!  lol
She got a little lost during this song and kind of wondered around the stage for a bit but, she figured it out soon enough.

Saturday was THE BIG DAY!  It was time for RECITAL!  She gets SO excited to dance on the big stage and when we get the DVD of the recital in the mail she thinks she is a super star.  HAHA!  SO cute!  lol  
side by side, broadway
 The songs she danced to were Side by Side (the blue and black costume) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (the purple and colorful zebra costume).  The theme of this years recital was Broadway.  I LOVED it!  I think this was my favorite recital so far.

My favorite part of the recital is always the daddy daughter dance.  You have to be around 10-11 to participate and there is a 2 YEAR waiting list!  The dads have a GREAT time out there and it is hilarious to watch them!  lol  
This is only half of the dancers for the DDD, I think she has close to 20-30 sets.
Mads fan club was 11 strong at recital this year with many more cheering her on in spirit.  She received roses from daddy and Grams and Grandpa and lots of hugs from everyone else.
I love my girlies!  MG was so tired, it had been a long day for both of them.
I get a pic just like this every year after recital.  It amazes me how much she has grown since just last year!
After recital we went to Braum's for ice cream then headed home.

Sunday was spent baking and relaxing.  I went to a friends church Sunday night to their women's meeting.  It was a lot of fun!  The theme was Tea Party and they put on a little murder mystery skit with the help of The Desperate Housewives of Hysteria Lane.  lol  It was pretty cute.
tea party
My friend A made these wonderful chocolate covered strawberries!  YUM!
For centerpieces we used the jars I tinted and pretty fresh flowers that A picked up on her way.
tea party
We started the night off with the scones course.  I made the scones for our table, I used PW's recipe but did not have heavy cream.  I used Caramel Vanilla coffee creamer instead!  HAHA!  They turned out pretty good, a little flat, but good.
Some of the other ladies brought a sweet or a savory dish.  Everything was great and everyone had a great time.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and I also hope you are enjoying your summer so far.

This weekend we do not have much planned.....yet!

Much love,
Brandi

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Today I am posting at Mom It Forward!

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Hey guys!  I have some EXCITING news!  Today I am posting over at Mom It Forward!

I have shared my Fiesta Chicken Tacos recipe, it is SO good!  Go check it out!  While you are there, check out all of my other posts I have shared there.

The Fiesta Chicken Taco mix is GREAT on nachos as well!  I also made a quesadilla with some of the mix last night and it was AMAZING!  This is also a very frugal meal, the total cost for me was $2.67!

Here is the breakdown:
Leftover Chicken - Free
Black Beans - $0.50 for 1 can
Frozen Corn - $0.17 (it was on sale and I used coupons, it was $0.33/bag and I used half a bag)
Tomatoes and Green Chilies - FREE (again, on sale and I had a coupon)
Tortillas - $2

Total- $2.67!
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 Now, if you had to buy all of that at regular price it still equals out to a very frugal meal.

Enjoy!

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