Sunday, December 27, 2015

Glass Straw Review

I was recently given the chance to review some glass straws and I am so glad I did!
This is the product I reviewed -

I want to start with saying that over the years, we have tried many reusable straws, all plastic and they never last. They either break or get disgusting on the inside.

While these are made of glass, they are made of a durable glass they is near shatter proof. I had one roll off the cupboard while washing dishes and it bounced, no cracks or breaks.

They are wide, perfect for all drink types. Easy to clean and even come with a wire brush for easy cleaning.

Since we got these, almost two weeks ago, they have been used almost every day. They are very well loved and used in this house!

I would highly recommend these to anyone who is looking for a durable, easy to clean, environmentally friendly drinking straw.

I did receive this product at a discounted rate, all all views shared are my own. I do not guarantee a good review.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Boot Cuff Knitting Pattern

Boot Cuff Pattern

I love the look of the boots that have the pretty cuff on the top and even more, I like having plain boots and making cuffs so I can change out the colors depending on what I am wearing. I came up with this cute pattern and wanted to share with everyone.

This pattern is free of charge. All I ask is that you link to where you got the pattern.

Items needed -
Chunky yarn ( pictured is using I love this chunky )
Size 15 needles
Needle for sewing

Abbreviations -
CO - cast on
K2 - Knit two
P2 - Pearl two

Pattern -
Siz:es are XS/SM in ( ) or M/L

CO on
(30) 35 stitches
Row 1 -5 - K2, P2 across row
Row 6 - Pearl across row
Row 7 - Knit across row
Row 8 - Pearl across row
Row 9 - Knit across row
Row 10 - Pearl across row
Row 11 - 15 - K2. P2 across row
Cast Off
Seam together.

Bow option 1 - 

You can use the same yarn or a solid color if you want the bow to stick out more.
CO 6 sts
Knit 15 row
Cast off
Wind in middle to create bow look
Attach to cuff ( I attached so the whole bow was sewn down flat.

Bow option 2 - 

You can use the same yarn or a solid color if you want the bow to stick out more.
CO 15 stitches
Knit 7 row
Cast off
Seam together. Wind in middle to create bow look
Attach to cuff but do not sew whole bow down. This makes the bow pop more. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A reminder to be kind

Christmas is just around the corner and while this time of year is very joyous for many, it brings a lot of heart ache and pain to others.

Every single day you pass someone who is struggling and you may not even now it. Reaching out to those around you is especially important around the Holiday season.

I teach my kids to be giving all through out the year but we take time to do special things around Christmas, we want to make sure our children see just how important being kind to others is and just how easy it is to touch a life, there are so many simple things you can do that would mean so much to someone else.

I have included a small list of some simple things you can do to make someone else feel special -

1. Visit them
- If you know someone that is lonely this season, take the time to go and see them. Bring a batch of freshly made Christmas cookies and some hot chocolate, sit and visit with them. This little gesture takes little more than just your time and would mean the world to that person.

2. Give a little gift
- You don't even have to say it was from you. Wrap something and leave it in their car, on their front steps or somewhere else you know they are sure to get it

3. Write a letter
- Don't just send a generic Christmas card, take the time to write a letter to those that are far from you. Include an updated picture of your family.

- Take the time to do some random acts of kindness this season. Pay for a strangers coffee, pass out flowers to people you don't know, just do something kind and unexpected.

5. Invite someone to your home
- Know someone without family or friends to spend Christmas with? Invite them to your house, spread the love that this holiday season is truly about.

Giving up meal planning ( this time for good )

After several months of taking a lot of time to make it, and still not following the meal plan I made,  I have decided to give up on meal pl...