New goodies up in the shop!!!

Hello lovelies,

I’m popping in here to let you know I’ve added four new items to my shop and I LOVE them. Are you ready for this? I have a fried chicken pin. Finally. Took me long enough to make one. I’ve also added my Mer-corg (Corgmaid?), a tan dachshund, and a set of metal enamel teeth earrings!

Head to the shop to see all my new items and check out all my other product while you’re in there.

– Chelsey


Prosecco Mango Margarita Recipe

My husband and I don’t get out very much anymore. I mean, we get to go out to eat on the weekend, but it’s never alone. We usually have the kids tagging along with us. So when we do get a kid-free day we like to make the most of it! My husband will plan out an amazing meal and before dinner I’ll get some happy hour snacks and drinks together for us to enjoy.

Today’s Prosecco Mango Margarita drink recipe is a fun little spicy drink. The chili powder salt rim adds a little heat to this drink and the frozen mango and VOVETI Prosecco cools it down. VOVETI prosecco is dry and features flavors or pear, green apple, melon and ripe peach that endure on the palate and invite a second glass (it goes perfectly with mango). I love margaritas, but I’m not a fan of hard alcohol. This drink is just as tasty as any other mango margarita out there, minus the tequila flavor and with a little bit of bubbles!

It’s pretty darn easy to make and I really think it will be perfect for your happy hour summer time! Just add some yummy snacks. Doesn’t it look good? I wish you could smell it and taste it right now.

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients (enough to make 2 yummy Prosecco Mango Margaritas):

  • 2 mini VOVETI Prosecco bottles
  • 8 ounces of frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup of mango smoothie juice
  • 1 lime
  • salt
  • chili powder

Directions:

Step 1: You will need a blender or food processor for this drink (our blender broke so we just used our food processor and it worked great). Blend them until the mango is cut into tiny pieces.

Step 2: Add the mango smoothie drink at a 1/2 cup at a time and blend. Add more smoothie to the processor if you want a smoother margarita.

Step 3: Cut your lime in half and squeeze the juice into the mango mixture and blend.

Step 4: Mix together some salt and chili powder on a small plate. The amount of chili powder is up to you (I like it a little spicier, so I added a bit more). Rim the top of your glasses with a bit of lime juice and dip it in the salt.

Step 5: Put your mango mixture into a pitcher. Pour the two VOVETI prosecco mini bottles into the pitcher and stir. Serve your drinks ASAP! They are best freshly made. Check out my video below to see how easy it is to make!

Let me know if you make this drink. I think it’s the perfect faux margarita for the summer. VOVETI is a Prosecco crafted from vineyard to cellar meant to share, inspire, and entertain the senses. Enjoy the adventure!

– Chelsey

P.S.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Perler Bead Bracelets Kid Craft!

As my daughter gets older our crafting days get more fun! She’s able to do so much more and I love how creative she is. Most recently we decided to get crafty with some Perler beads that I picked up from Michaels. I thought it would be a fun challenge to turn our Perler beads into 3D jewelry, so we made some bracelets.

Making bracelets out of Perler beads was a bit of a challenge at first, but once we figured it out it was pretty easy and fun. All of the bracelets we made are too small for my wrist, but fit my daughter perfectly. If you do want these bracelets to fit an adult wrist, I made a note of how to do that in the directions below.

There are a few items I recommend for this project to make it easier, but they aren’t completely necessary. I’ve also provided some patterns you can use with the Perler board that I used with an iPad. Or make your own! My daughter made one of the flower patterns on her own. When making your own pattern just remember to have 2 or more beads on each end that will meet up when you turn it into a bracelet.

Supplies needed:

Directions:

Step 1: Measure your wrist. You will need to be able to slide the bracelet on and off. When you have that measurement, find a glass that measures about the size you need for your wrist. I used a small juice glass for my daughter’s wrist.

Step 2: Plan out the pattern! You can do that freehand, or use the Perler App (it’s pretty fun to use). Make sure the ends of the bracelet will match up. Save my patterns to your iPad and open the image if you want use them.

Step 3: Follow your pattern and place the beads.

Step 4: Following the directions for the Perler beads, place the ironing paper over the design and heat up that side with your medium heat iron.

Step 5: While the beads are still warm, wrap the ironed bead side around the glass. Place the ironing paper over the beads and seal the edge to secure the bracelet. Let that cool down and then iron the rest of the bracelet. You want to iron it enough to get the beads to attach to each other.

Leave the bracelet to cool on the glass and then you are done!

Note: If you want to make a larger bracelet and your board isn’t long enough, don’t worry! You can add another section of bracelet on another part of the board and just iron the pieces together. Easy.

That’s it! My favorite bracelet we made is definitely our breakfast piece. So cute. My daughter wants to make more and give them to her friends. I bet we will be making a lot of these during the summer. Michaels is your Kids summer fun headquarters! They have everything you need to spark creativity in your children.

Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ summer project ideas.

– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Michaels gift card to create this fun project and share it. I use affiliate links.


The Most Delicious Coconut Flour Paleo Tortillas, Ever.

In the past few years I’ve tried all the “diets” out there to find out what works for my body, and what does not. It’s not about losing weight. It’s about feeling good and having more energy in the day. There are things I’ve figured out on this journey and I’m slowly learning what works for me. I’ve gone mostly meat free for a year with lots of grains and felt great, but that wasn’t realistic, or for me (I love steak, pork, and chicken). I’ve done gluten free (probably the wrong way… hello gluten free cookies) and felt fine. I’ve done Whole 30 and have felt amazing with a lot of energy, but Whole 30 is a little extreme for me because I LOVE food, and I think that’s okay, but I do not want to be on that “diet” forever. I just need to be sure I’m eating these foods that are bad for me as treats. Not everyday. I don’t ever eat sweets (it’s not really my thing, unless it’s Oreos) and I need to make the way I eat a lifestyle.

I know that wheat, corn, rice, and dairy (that’s the hardest part for me) are very hard for me to digest. When I eat those delicious things I get real tired and bloated and just not happy, but I know I still want these things on occasion. So I’ve decided to create my own “diet”. It’s not really a diet. Just a way of living. Lately I’ve been eating what my body can easily digest (and I feel great after eating) and giving myself a cheat day once or twice (or thrice) a week (yeah, that’s fried chicken/nap time). It’s sort of a gluten free whole 30 paleo life. I’ve been feeling a LOT better and I’m happy. I get to go out to eat with my friends and it’s okay if I have a corn tortilla with tacos. BUT, when I’m home I’m doing my best to eat the way that makes me feel good.

So here I am today to share a very successful recipe with you. We are having taco night and I was really sad to not have any tortillas with this meal (omg, I love tacos), so I found this amazing paleo tortilla recipe on Stupid Easy Paleo. I adjusted some of the recipe and I’m sharing what I did below, but these tortillas are so yummy. They are soft and perfect for taco night.

The Most Delicious Coconut Flour Paleo Tortillas, Ever.

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Step 1: Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk them. Melt the water and butter together until it’s medium heat. Whisk and combine with the eggs.

Step 2: Add your dry ingredients (tapioca flour, coconut flour, and salt) and combine.

Step 3: In a pan heated over medium heat (preferably non stick) pour a 1/3 of the batter into the pan. After about 30 seconds to a minute you will be ready to flip the tortilla. When the tortilla is done place in on a paper towel to cool.

Step 4: I’ve stored these tortillas for the evening and they are still good. So easy to make ahead. If you have extras maybe you can make something with it for your breakfast?

That’s it! Enjoy these tortillas. Don’t worry about how odd shaped they are, they still taste delicious and are grain free. Yay! You can adjust the recipe to your needs. Some people prefer to use ghee, but we always use Kerrygold butter. It also seems like the arrowroot powder and tapioca powder are interchangeable. The original recipe called for arrowroot, but I was very successful with tapioca.

Have a great Wednesday!

– Chelsey

P.S. I use Amazon affiliate links.

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