Thursday, April 14, 2011


I'm not sure how familiar everyone is with Scensty but I wanted to take a moment and share it with you. I am so happy to be part of such a great company - who make such great products. Scentsy is a wickless candle system that can be used just about anywhere. I use it in my home EVERY day. 

I attended a Scentsy home party right after I found out I was pregnant with Jasper and had such a great time smelling all the different scents. After I left that party - and after buying a lot of Scentsy - I thought I can do that! I could sell that on the side! I didn't actually sign up to be a Scentsy Independent Consultant until this past October (I had a lot going on with a new baby). I couldn't be happier I did! 
It's such a great and easy way to make extra money every month. I haven't actually had too many home parties - but have had multiple basket parties. 

Here is the difference: a home party is when you have a party at your home and I come with my scentsy goodies and we have fun talking and smelling Scentsy! A basket party is when you take my Scentsy Basket with you for a week - just around with you - to work, or to the hair salon, anywhere you are going and have people check it out. You seriously don't even have to do much - the product sells itself. Being a host at either at a Home or a Basket party earns you SUPER rewards. For example, my mom had a Basket party last month - he party total order was $552 (I know it sounds like alot but she had less than 10 people buy from her party!) So this is what my mom got for being the hostess:

2 Full Size Warmers
1 Scentsy Buddy + 1 Scent Pack
3 Room Sprays
2 Travel tins
1 Scentsy Mid-Size System
(1 Mid-size warmer + 3 scents)
1 Fragrance Foam
1 Scent Circle
1 Mid Size Warmer 
6 Light Bulbs

Total product value $195 and she paid ONLY $54! She saved $141 for hosting this party. It is such a great deal! It is a great way to stock up on future Christmas/Birthday presents for friends and family as well. Here is what my Basket looks like - it's small and very easy to tote along with you. 

So here is how Scentsy works we have a Full size warmer, a mid size warmer, and a plug in warmer. They are all heated with a low voltage light bulb and a food-grade petroleum based wax. Only the scent is warmed out of the wax therefore no danger of chemicals being released into your home.

Then all the scents come in Scentsy Bars or a Scentsy Brick (you better really like the scent because this one is HUGE)

In the Scentsy Bar - It comes with 8 squares that you break off and put in your warmer. Each individual square will last you anywhere from 70-100 hours. You simply pop the old wax out and put a new square in after the scent is gone.

Other things Scentsy offers are Room Sprays (great for the bathroom), Scent Circles (most commonly used in your car), travel tins (good for a linen closet, a students locker, or a gym bag), fragrance foam (antibacterial hand foam that smell yummy), and also we have Scentsy Buddy's (a super soft plush animal that comes with a scent pack inside)

If you love candles you will LOVE scentsy - it is much safer than a candle and also kid friendly! I honestly wish I would of had waited and had a party instead of buying everything at the first party I ever went to. I could of got so much more bang for my buck! I was too excited though!

I have plenty of extra warmers and scents if anyone is ever wanting to try it out. You can borrow a warmer for a week - and just let me know how you like it! Like I said before but it is something I use in my home everyday and I love everything about it. Check out my website for the Spring/Summer catalog. Also, if anyone is interested in making some extra money every month let me know it is only $99 to get started - and a great company to work for! 

Monday, April 11, 2011

The "Joys" of Motherhood

Jordan and I had our first weekend off together since I've been staying at home - so we have been super busy doing chores around the house (hence the no blogging). I had a "joy" of something happening to me this past week that I thought I would share.

I have 2 different styles of cloth diapers I use - ones that snap closed and ones that Velcro close. I hardly ever use the Velcro ones unless I have no other choice. I was at the bottom of my diaper stash and had to use a Velcro diaper - so I put one on Jasper and just let him run around with just his shirt and diaper - I didn't put his pants back on. Mistake! He came running into the living room - he had been playing in the kitchen... No diaper on! At first I was thinking oh it's kinda cute! So I snapped a picture.
Then I started to panic - Where is that diaper?! I found it, in the kitchen - needless to say Jasper had poop smeared EVERYWHERE on my new kitchen floor! Not only on the floor but in the cracks on the floor! YUCK! I think I learned my lesson about not putting on a Velcro diaper without some kind of pants over the top! I know it won't be my last time to clean up poop - but it was my first :)
bumGenius Diaper Sprayer
No way I would cloth diaper without my BumGenius sprayer!
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Canisters, Value 3 Pack 105 ea
I use clorox wipes everyday! They help me keep my bathroom nice and tidy.
Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper and Laundry Detergent (Classic Rock, Bare Naked Babies)
My favorite cloth diaper detergent! Currently using Motley Clean scent
Swiffer Wet Jet Starter Kit
Another product I love that keeps my bathroom floor nice and clean
Bummis Tots Bots Easy Fit Pocket Diaper, Lime, 8-35 Pounds
Not the cloth diapers I use but an example of what one looks like!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Godfather's Pizza

This is a recipe that my Mom made when I was growing up - and one of Jordan's favorite meals so I thought I would share! I made my own dough - but you can always use the dough out of the can or - I have also used the frozen bread dough in the freezer section of the grocery - just let it rise and it is ready to go.

Dough: (In my bread machine)
1 1/2 cups of beer (you can use water if no beer)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp shortening
4 1/2 cups Bread Flour
2 tsp yeast
1 tsp Italian dried herbs
I placed everything in my bread machine and selected the dough/pasta setting.
It took my machine about 2 hours. Next I divided the dough into 2 portions (I froze the 1/2 I didn't use) and placed the other half in a greased bowl - covered it with a damp towel.
Wait for the dough to double in size - then it will be ready to shape.

Godfather's Pizza
Mozzarella cheese
Black olives
*I don't measure anything... sorry!*

Brown sausage with the onions and garlic - then add the mushrooms, black olives, and pepperonis
After sausage is cooked through - add the mozzarella cheese until it is gooey
Add this mixture to the dough - I shaped my dough into a rectangle and put the meat mixture onto 1/2 of the dough (leave enough room to place the remaining dough over top of the meat mixture)
Seal all the edged by folding the dough over and pinching the edges together - Yikes I really need new cookie sheets!
Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes
We use marinara sauce for dipping since there is no sauce inside - Enjoy!
Breadman TR2200C Ultimate Bread MachineThis is the bread machine I own - and I love it!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Making Pillows

Alright so I though that this blog could be a sewing for dummies, which I am - I usually have to call my Mom multiple times when making something to make sure I'm doing it right! So this is how you make a simple pillow.

What you will need:
Fabric (I got 3/4 a yard of each of the prints and 1 1/4 yards of the plain gray - I'm making a total of 4 pillows)
Measuring tape
Stuffing or batting
Sewing machine (You could sew by hand - but would take a long time)
Marking Pencil

How to:
I am the worlds worst cutter - I cannot cut a straight line to save my life! So here's a tip my mom gave me. Take the measuring tape and measure every couple of inches how long you want your pillow and mark with the the pencil. So I wanted my pillow to be about 17-18 inches so I marked 18 inches vertically and horizontally with my fabric pencil so it would make it nice and easy to connect the dots and cut a straight line

Next you will want to cut out your fabric(s)

Lay the 2 pieces of fabric so that the fabric side you want to show facing each other So one on top of the other - the pillow will be inside out when you sew it

Next you will sew a 1/2inch seem on 3 of the 4 sides

On the 4th side only sew about 1/2 way into the pillow - so you can leave room to stuff your pillow

Turn the pillow right side out

Stuff your pillow (I had old pillows that I ripped open and used the stuffing out of there) - be sure to stuff them very well in the corners

Next there are multiple things you can do to stitch the pillow closed
I hand stitched mine (It does take a while - and be sure to pin it first it will help - and this was my first time to hand stick - so it's not great)

You can also just use your sewing machine to close up the stitch (This will not give it a very finished look)
Also you could use Heat N' Bond - that iron on quick hem material (I don't know how secure this will make your pillow)

Finished Product! 4 Pillows only cost me $20 pretty good deal!