Monday, October 15, 2012

Blogger Fall Feature Week 4: Spray Painted Burlap Pillow

LOVE these awesome, festive pillows!!!

Thank you "Muralmaker & More" for your helpful tutorial demonstrated here: Spraypaint Burlap Pillow



Are you festified yet??? LOL~
Bree and J
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and CARRY ON Bree

This last week I have been trying my best to pack up the house to move. Saturday morning things started to hit me. Boxes lay half packed, unpacked, filled and marked all around me. I had a moment of sadness.
This house was nothing but a shell. Nothing but unfulfilled memories and hopes for a future here for my children...my family. The neighborhood where we could walk out our front door to go trick or treating and catch the bus. The beautiful mantel decorated with all our stockings, where my kids could imagine Santa dropping down the fireplace. Warm summer days spent outside in our backyard...
...All to never happen....
It's not necessarily the memories that wont be made as it is the moments I had dreamed and hoped for are no longer there. New ones I'm sure will fill there place as we move into our new "home" and settle into our new routine.
It is bitter/sweet to say the least. To look around and see what never was.


Bree's now on Instagram, find her and follow her "bmetzger4"

Happy Moving :(~
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Packing...

Sorry Everyone, No post today Jessi is helping me pack...
I have SO much to do! See you back here tomorrow!!!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tail-wagging Ending

Anyone who knows me, knows I love me a good blog, a cute dog, and a good story.  Here's a quick run-down of the story of a cute dog on a blog.  I'll try not to rhyme anymore :).
Bye Bye Pie's Puppy
There's this blog I like to check in on everyday, Bye Bye Pie.  The gal is funny, there is some language if you are sensitive but overall it's worth it for the "pet-speak".  She is a huge animal lover and blogs about real life.  Anyways, while she was in her local pet store, someone left a puppy in a box in her car.  She can't keep the puppy because she already has a full house.  The lady was interviewed on the local news and a new home has been found.  I'll let you read up on it here.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Here comes the rain...

Welcome FALL...and the RAIN!
Not that I'm TOO bummed because one of my favorite things is to do is run in the rain!!! =D

We live in Washington...you should feel lucky its been so nice~
Bree and J

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Blogger Fall Feature: Week 3 {Delicious Recipes with Pumpkin}

 {Delicious Recipes with Pumpkin}

Pumpkin Spice Rice Crispie Treats

 Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

 Pumpkin and Cheese Spice Bread

 Pumpkin Latte

 Pumpkin Chili

I normally like to go to the source for any blog sharing ideas but this is a simple and well done post by "Dream Book Design" on 

Enjoy!!! AND if you create any of these delicious ideas
 please make sure to SHARE! ;) 
Yes, of coarse I'm meaning ME but share with a neighbor, family or friend! 

Happy Fall~
Bree and J
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"KEY" Problem

Bree's Work Area...well the computer work area...;)
To the far left is of coarse my coffee...you won't find me without coffee!!! Then is my older but new to me computer that has editing software and the burning capabilities for my photography. This computer though has a security/internet connection pronblem that I need to have my "sister wife's" husband fix ;) And all the way to the  right is my trusty old side kick. With the editing software I'm comfortable with and my internet connection.
As you can see my keyboard is missing a few "key" components. LOL. Thanks to my beautiful children!
The one main problem I was having, was my fingers were starting to get raw from hitting the nonexistent "I" and "O"....do you know how many times when typing you need to type those letters!?!?!  
So I followed the advice of a friend of mine and took some not so common letters and replaced the "I" and "O" with them! 
GENIUS!
 Removed my "V"
I also had to take off the little rubber stopper off from where "V" was and place it in the new "I" letter spot. This rubber stopper pushes the key back up after typing on it.
Push the letter down, somewhat hard.
AND whalla! 
I now have and "I" and "O" key! Replaced with a "Z" and "V".

Ya,I know my simple "key" problem post is dumb but I was uninspired and exhausted, lol~
Bree and J
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Spooky Spiders

The kids and I did a little Halloween decorating.  I was inspired by Pinterest of course! It was pinned from Ms. Stewart and the tutorial is here.
Martha Stewart's Spider Nests
Instead of styrofoam eggs (who can find those easy this time of year?!), I used 3 bunched-up plastic grocery bags into one grocery bag to make a ball.  I also just hole punched a bunch of dots and irregular shapes out of black construction paper and tucked them down inside of the stocking with the stuffing for the inside spiders.
 
Our Spider Nests
I bought knee-high stockings from Walgreens.  They are the kind in the little plastic containers like the ones you get from the candy machines, and were only 50 cents a pair.  For $2.00 we have 8 stockings.  The spiders were also from Walgreens and I bought 2 packs for $1.99 each.  They were orange and  black spider rings with the ring part cut off.  I only used the black spiders and there are 7 spiders per nest, 3 on the inside and 4 on the outside.  The spider webbing is $3.99 at Walgreens and I bought one package and the leaves are from nature :).  That's how for less than $10, you can have some spooky spiders!
 
Plastic bag ball tutorial

 
Get four bags together.

 
Bunch them up together,
 
 
into one bunch.
 

 Put your one bunch into the remaining bag.
 


Make a ball shape and twist the bag under the ball shape.
 
 
I generally do one twist.
 
 
Then open the bag below the twist and wrap it around the ball shape.
 
 
Twist one more time below the ball shape. By now you should only have the handles left with maybe a little bit of bag.
 
 
Wrap those handles around and tie in a double knot on the other side of the ball shape.
 
 
The finished shape is a little larger than a baseball but smaller than a softball.  I'm sure you could experiment with more or less bags for a more compact or larger/smaller ball.
 
I hope that helps!  Link up your own spooky spiders on our Facebook page!
 
Spider webs in your face,
 
Jessi and B

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Karma Cleanse


Still working on the forgiveness but my Karma is GREAT~
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Rockin' Pandora

If you come over to my house I'm usually always rockin' (not really...my phone has horrible sound quality when you crank it...plus I don't want to blow the speakers, lol) whoa...ok got off track there. So I have Pandora playing 247 at my house. I listen to basically everything  Classical, country, rock, jazz, rap, etc. I do have my favorites depending on mood, child appropriate, activity  etc. If you don't listen to Pandora your cuuuurrrrraaaazzzy! ;-p 
I am also super stoked because I bought a cord-thingy (not really what its called, baaahahaa) to get Pandora from my phone to play over the speakers! YEEEEYaaaaya! Anywho, don't have Pandora??? GET IT!
Here are my favorite station's and songs on them. Enjoy! (lots of videos prepare yourself! LOL)

Most Played Station: Coldplay
Artists included on this station: John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Red Hot Chilli Peppers (my fav ALL time band)
Favorite Song on the station right now: Gravity by John Mayer


Working my a** off or just want to ROCK out station: Limp Bizkit
Other Artists on this station: Linkin Park, Kid Rock, Rob Zombie, Saliva, P.O.D., Korn
I have MANY favorites on this station. Here are my top 3...SO hard to choose : 
Boiler by Limp Bizkit
(music video is a little...odd..be prepared, lol!)
American Bad Ass by Kid Rock
(again...I choose to add the uncensored version so here's your warning...language ahead LOL)
Boom by P.O.D.


When I'm in a funky/fun kind or mood and all the others have disappointed me station (lol): Black Eyed Peas
Other Artists on this station: Gwen Stefani, Usher, Fergie, Pitbull, Lady Gaga, Timberland
Favorite Song on this station right now: The Only Exception by Paramore


When I want a good beat and (2nd favorite) station: Mike Posner
Other Artists played on this station: 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Maroon 5, Jay Z, Cher Lloyd
Favorite Song on this station: You Think Your Cooler Than Me by Mike Posner

When I wanna get back to my roots and be a country girl...more like red neck girl station ;): Carrie Underwood
Other Artists on this station: Hunter Hayes, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Brad Paisley
Not really my favorite song on the station but HOW FUN WOULD THIS BE LADIES!!!! LMFAO!!!!
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood


When I'm feeling or want to feel "sexy" LOL station: Beyonce
Other Artists Included: Justin Timberlake, Ciara, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Rihanna
Favorite Song on this Station (its a tie) :
Un-Thinkable by Alicia Keys
Or
Go Girl by Ciara 

Rock ON~
Bree and J
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January 25th, 2013 BOOKED!!!

We will be busy on this day because YOUNG HOUSE LOVE will be at the Tacoma Home & Garden Show signing books on their tour and we WILL be attending because of my obsession with YHL.  Remember that I dreamed about them here
Seriously stoked!
In other important news, I am still around.  Just kicking butt at being a mom/sitter for the most part.  Our household downsized-upgraded to one vehicle.  Yep, the "Xbox" and the "Grandpa Truck" were traded in on a new-to-us 2007 Ford F-150, King Ranch edition.  I am in LOVE!  Look at the seats and the white gauges!  *Sigh*. 



Also...so random...but here's my mantle. 
Just felt like being a smart-@$$ because everyone else in the blogosphere is posting
awesome pics of their Halloween decor. 
Can you tell I'm in a mood? :) 
So I'm around and I've got stuff to do so see you later!

Winky Face,
Jessi and B

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

FREE Halloween Printable's!!


FREE Halloween Printable Tags


Straight from "Celebrations at Home" Bloggers


Follow this link to get your FREE Halloween Printable's!!!

Great job YOU for preparing for Halloween early~
Bree and J

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Blogger Fall Feature: Week 2 Fall Harvest Bar


Fall Harvest Bars
A fall-themed cereal bar with candy corn and peanuts.

Ingredients
  •     1/2 cup butter, softened    
  •     1 package yellow cake mix with pudding
  •     1 egg
  •     3 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  •     1/2 cup light corn syrup
  •     1/4 cup granulated sugar
  •     1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Crispix Cereal
  • 2 cups peanuts, lightly salted
  • 1 cup candy corn
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.2. Combine the butter, egg, and cake mix in a large bowl until well combined.3. Press cake mix "dough" into the bottom of an ungreased 15"x10"x1" jellyroll pan.4. Bake for 12 -15 minutes or edges are lightly browned.5. Remove from oven, sprinkle marshmallows over hot crust, then bake for an additional 1 - 2 minutes or until the marshmallows have puffed.6. While crust is baking, combine corn syrup, sugar, and brown sugar in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring until it comes to a boil.7. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.8. Gently stir in cereal, peanuts, and candy corn to coat.9. Spoon over warm crust and marshmallows, then wet your hands and gently press the cereal mixture to spread it over the marshmallows.10. Cool completely, then cut into bars.

    Details
    Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 48 bars


    The website recipe is originally found and  printed it from no longer exists.  I found similar recipes at Land O Lakes and at Recipe Quick.

    YUUUUUUM~Bree and J
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TOP Viewed Post EVER!!

Our very first "Monday's are for complainers" installment has been our top viewed post of ALL TIME and wont be surpassed any time soon!!! We've had SO many wonderful compliments on this that it makes me feel better when I b**ch ;) Glad to know your not alone, right?!?!?!?! LMAO!

Are you out of the loop??? Well check it out!

Top viewed post of ALL TIME:

Monday's are for Complainers

Who doesn't love when we complain ;)~
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Weird Morning

Extremely foggy this morning out the back yard but with light blue sky's above. So odd looking.
Lightening up...

 Below it was still foggy but up above we have beautiful blue skies!

Looks to be a nice day around here...lets just hope the day goes well too~
Bree and J

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Bitter/Sweet....

.....should be the title of my book.
So many things can be summed up into one word or two depending on how you choose to spell it. ;)
Bittersweet....Bitter Sweet...I choose to add a / and settle for both ways.
Either way it has the same meaning. You can't have the sweet without the bitter. And the bitter comes first.
Any one, any situation, any person can relate to this.

Here are some bittersweet, bitter sweet, bitter/sweet quotes, saying and definitions for you to relate to....

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bit·ter·sweet  (btr-swt)
n.
1. A woody vine of the genus Celastrus, especially the North American species C. scandens and the eastern Asian species C. orbiculata, having small, round, yellow-orange fruits that open at maturity to expose red seeds. Also calledstaff tree.
3. A dark to deep reddish orange.
adj.
1. Bitter and sweet at the same time: bittersweet chocolate.
2. Producing or expressing a mixture of pain and pleasure: a movie with a bittersweet ending.
3. Dark to deep reddish-orange.

[After its roots, which are said to taste bitter, then sweet when chewed.]
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The term "bittersweet" is applied to situations that involve mixed emotions.
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Producing or expressing a mixture of pain & pleasure: 

pleasant but tinged with sadness
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If there is meant to be a sweet I can manage through the bitter~
Bree and J


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