Our 2017 Christmas Card!

The Paper Mama Christmas Card

Another year, another card! This Christmas we really worked with Willa’s personality. Guaranteed she would tattoo Ruari if she could. The lovely Minted provided the cards for us and we shipped these beauties out to all our friends and family. I love going through Minted because of their quality and the huge variety of cards they have. I also love the fact that they will print all the addresses onto the envelopes. For free. I really don’t like addressing 100+ cards, so this is amazing.

It’s a little difficult to read the back of the card so I’m sharing what it says below. Our little disclaimer for going to Willa’s Tattoo Shop.

“NO REFUNDS. Willa (“The Tattoo Artist”) is a 2 year old that draws and writes at a 2.5 year old level. Requested tattoos should not include any words or complex shapes or pictures. By agreeing to have The Tattoo Artist perform tattooing services, the customer hereby assumes all risks that are inherent or patently obvious in having a 2 year old with 3 months (ish) experience in tattooing perform these services. The Tattoo Artist and her lovely and attractive parents take no responsibility for any surgery, skin grafts, infections, laser removal treatment or therapy that result from the tattoo application. The Tattoo Artist works best with her amazing parents out of the house and preferably at a movie, bar or restaurant. As such, customer is responsible for changing The Tattoo Artist’s diapers during the tattoo application if any peepee, doodies, or wet tooties occur. The Tattoo Artist works with the aid of pacifier. If the paci falls out of The Tattoo Artist’s mouth during the tattoo application, customer will be responsible for locating said paci on the floor (it’s probably under the couch with the rest of them…), washing said paci, and replacing said paci in the mouth of The Tattoo Artist. Please refrain from crying during tattoo application as this will likely upset The Tattoo Artist and require cuddle time. Tattoo application may take anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 days. No matter how long the tattoo application takes, customer is required to watch The Tattoo Artist for the entire period while The Tattoo Artist’s lovely and attractive parents are out at a movie, bar or restaurant. In no way is this tattoo session to be construed as “babysitting” services and, as such, no compensation for such “babysitting” services will be made by the wonderful parents. A tattoo from a cute and talented—albeit unlicensed, unapproved and likely grumpy with a runny nose—2 year old should be sufficient compensation for customer’s time. The Tattoo Artist’s sister, Ruari, will be “assisting” during the tattoo application. Watch out for her—SHE’S TROUBLE!”

Below are all our previous cards throughout the years:

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

– Chelsey

Disclosure: Minted provided me with gift store credit to share this post with you. I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.


Hap-Hap Happiest Christmas Banner

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Yay! It’s my favorite time of year. We are headed toward Christmas and I usually have a hard time waiting to put up my decorations. I wandered to Michaels and they have quite a few different Christmas collections right now and I love them all. My favorite of all is the Boho style. A lot of my Christmas decorations are along this same color scheme so it works out perfectly. Look at those vintage style ornaments! I love them. I think I’ll eventually hang them on the tree when we get one, but for now they look pretty cute in a bowl on the mantel.

To add a bit more fun to the whole set up I used some colorful paper to add a beard and hat to one of my paintings, a beard to our little bust and a “hap-hap happiest Christmas” banner. This quote is from one of my favorite Christmas movies, ‘Christmas Vacation’. If you have a Silhouette machine I provided a file for you to use this at home to cut out this quote!

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To download the banner just head on over here and here to download the Silhouette cutting file to use with your machine. I used museum putty to adhere the happiest banner to the front of my fireplace (along with the beards and so on). This putty will not hurt the paint on your walls or fireplace and hold up your decor.

Santa’s MAKEshop is now open at Michaels! From holiday décor to trimmings for your tree, you can find everything you need to make your holiday magical!

 

– Chelsey

Disclosure: Michaels provided me with gift store credit to share this post with you. I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.

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Low Carb Crispy Chicken Recipe

I’ve been eating low carb all day everyday since July and the hardest part has been when I start craving some delicious crunchy and yummy and oh so tasty fried chicken. I’m not completely giving up carbs for the rest of my life (or fried chicken), but eating low carb is a life style change that has been working great for me and I do allow myself some cheat days on special occasions. For now my low carb crispy chicken recipe is the perfect meal to satisfy my fried chicken cravings while avoiding wheat flour.

It’s an easy meal to make if you plan a bit ahead. The actual prep of the chicken takes me about 10 minutes for me (now that I make it so often). It’s just letting the “breading” sit on the chicken for about an hour that you’ll need to plan ahead for. Trust me. It’s worth letting it sit on there.

 

Are you ready to make this for yourself?

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Low Carb Crispy Chicken

My low carb crispy chicken recipe is the perfect meal to satisfy my fried chicken cravings while avoiding wheat flour.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 8 small to medium chicken thighs bone in and skin on
  • 1.5 cups almond flour I like Bob's Redmill Almond Flour
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 - 2 tsp salt to taste
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • olive oil for baking

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken thighs dry. We like to let them sit for a bit in the fridge to dry them a bit longer.

  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs.

  3. Coat each chicken in the whisked eggs. Coat the chicken in the the dry ingredients.

  4. Let the chicken sit for about 45 minutes on a plate before baking. My husband (the best cook in this family) tells me this will help ensure that the coating won't fall off while baking.

  5. Bake on a lightly oiled baking sheet (the baking sheet should have sides) at 400°F for 20 - 30 minutes. You will know the chicken is done when you've checked the internal temperature (over 165°F).



I’d love to find out if you have made this recipe for yourself and if there are any yummy recipes that you love and want to share.

– Chelsey

Disclosure: I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.



Keeping Veggies Fresh for the Bunnies (and us)!

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid®.

I hate it when I go to grab some veggies from our vegetable drawer and they are already a squish mess even though I purchased them the day before. It drives me nuts! To keep our mass of vegetables fresh longer I tried out some Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver containers and they truly worked. They are easy to use. I just toss all my vegetables that I got from the store (or the garden) right into the containers and they lasted longer than keeping them in the bags I brought them home in. The containers have a FreshVent technology to keep produce fresher up to 80% longer* than traditional produce packaging. I’ll probably be saving some money now that I won’t be wasting as many vegetables. The containers come in six different sizes so you can fit all types of fruits and vegetables in these containers.

We typically eat a ton of veggies in this home and we’ve recently added two new family members to the home: Carl and Cheetah, the bunnies. They require fresh leafy greens every day, so instead of running to the store every couple of days to make sure we have fresh veg at all times for our bunny friends I can buy more veg at one time and they will keep fresh longer and that’s less trips to the store (which is awesome).

Food prep is easier when I know that my fruits and vegetables can last longer and I’m sure Carl (the white bunny) and Cheetah (the spotted bun) appreciate having the fresh greens. If they could talk they would say, “Thanks, Chels!”.

What are your favorite veggies? I LOVE roasted Brussels sprouts.

If you want to check out these FreshWorks containers head on over to their site!

– Chelsey

*Based on strawberries in FreshWorks™ containers vs. store packaging. Results may vary depending upon produce and use. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid®.

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