Thursday, March 26, 2015

#TBCCrafters Craft Hop - Upcycled Popcorn Tin into a Memory Can

Check it Out!  Since my husband passed away I have found and been given different things that I know I want to keep in one place.  From poems to letters to objects, these are all things that I want to keep not only so that I can reflect on them but for our children.  There will come a day that they will be leaving our home and I want to be able to share these things with them.  As they have been piling up over the last few months, I realized I needed to come up with a way to store them.  But I needed a way that would allow the children and I to access them but also protect them.   

I have a few of these popcorn tins that were given to the kids at the holidays and since they have a lid and plenty of space inside, I realized one would be the perfect solution.  I just needed to upcycle it. 

My supplies for this project included:
  • Popcorn Tin
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Knob or drawer pull for the lid
  • Gemstones
  • Word Stickers by Jolee's Boutique
  • Wide ribbon
  • Lace
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue
To get started I spray painted my tin with the black spray paint.  It took a few coats to get it to cover completely.  Remember to do this step outside so there is plenty of ventilation. 
I then wrapped my ribbon around the center and glued it in place.  

I chose the words "treasured" and "memories" from my sheet of word stickers and added them on top of the ribbon strip.  I spent a little time pressing and rubbing them so that they would stick well and added a few gemstones to the end swirls for accent. 

My can was looking a little plain so I decided to add some more of the gemstones to the base.  In order to keep them evenly spaced I used my ruler as a guide for the spacing.

My lid was already black so I didn't need to do anything to it except add a knob to the top.  I didn't have a knob or drawer pull so I created one with a few wooden pieces glued together and painted white.  After finding the center of the lid, I glued the knob on and added a gemstone to the center top of it.  Then I glued some lace to the rim of the lid to finish it off.
This memory can now sits next to our memorial table and the kids and I can add to it and look through it whenever we want.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Product Review: Pruning Shears #pruningshears

*I received this product for purposes of testing. All photos and opinions expressed are my own.

Check it Out!  I have a pretty large yard and being a widow I now have to take care of it all by myself!  Yikes!  Having the proper tools is very important in being able to do the jobs that I have to do to maintain not only the grass and flowers but the trees and shrubs. From rakes and shovels to pruning shears, there are a ton of tools that will make these jobs easier.  
I recently received a pair of pruning shears for review and I had a ton of things to use them on!

One of the first things I had to prune was my fig tree.  I am so looking forwards to a new crop of figs this year.  My mom really loves them and they are so expensive in the store. These pruning shears made the chore so easy.  These shears are sharp and they have a very comfortable grip that allows for prolonged use.  They have a simple and easy to use locking mechanism that keeps the blades closed when not in use.
Made from all steel and solidly constructed, these shears have no weak aluminum parts and come with a no hassle 180 day unconditional guarantee. 
You can get more information on this product and purchase them on Amazon HERE

@Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap Review & #Giveaway #PurexInsiders

*I received the product in this post compliments of The Dial Brand for purposes of review.  All photos and opinions expressed are my own.

Check it Out!  I have a fabulous new product to share with you all today!  Thanks to Purex and the Purex Insiders I get to introduce you to the newest member of the Dial Boutique Collection Hand Soap line, new Sugar Cane Husk Scrub! 

With an amazing scent inspired by freshly cut sugar cane, this premium formula contains gentle micro scrubbers that clean deeply while moisturizing and smoothing skin.

I have always loved soaps with micro-scrubber beads because they do a wonderful job of getting dirty hands cleaner.  This new Sugar Cane Husk Scrub is a great family soap and is tough enough to get everyone's hands clean yet gentle enough to leave them soft and refreshed.  I absolutely love the smell!  So fresh!  And I really like the bottle design.  It's tall and sturdy, perfect for the bathroom or the kitchen.
You can get more information on this and all the other amazing Dial products at  And if you are interested in a chance to win a coupon good for a free bottle of Dial Sugar Cane Husk Hand Soap just enter via the Rafflecopter form below. There will be 2 winners!
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Product Review: Jesus Sees Us Doll & Picture Book #JesusSeesUs

*I received the product in this post for purposes of review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Check it Out!  In my opinion, one of the most important jobs we have as parents is to make sure our children know Jesus Christ.  And I really think starting young is the best way.  However there are not really a lot of toys geared towards introducing Faith and Jesus to children.  I find that disheartening and sad.  But recently I was introduced to and offered the opportunity to share a fabulous product that offers parents an engaging and fun way to introduce Jesus and their Faith to children ages 2 - 6.  The Jesus Sees Us Doll and Picture Book.

I have seen through my own children that when they are young, they respond to the comfort of tangible items.  Blankets and dolls are typically favorites, so why not give your child a Jesus doll?  What an amazing way to foster the love of Christ!  

The Jesus Sees Us doll is soft bodied with a hard molded head.  He has a loving and warm face and his arms are open and welcoming.  He looks exactly the same as he does in the accompanying picture book.  But this is not just a picture book, it's also a lesson book.   Full of wonderfully illustrated Biblical stories with scripture references and correlating lessons, this book allows children to relate and engage in new ways. The combination of lessons and the doll is a fabulous tool to have to help young children develop and keep a personal relationship with Jesus.

This product was created by two Mothers of pre-school aged children and would make an excellent Easter gift.  The perfect time of year to bring the wonders and promises of Jesus to your families life.
You can get more information on this product at and is available for purchase on the site or at Amazon HERE.  You can also follow them on Facebook.  
I am super excited that I get to offer my readers a $10 off coupon for this product!  Just use coupon code:  JSBlog10 at checkout.  

Friday, March 20, 2015

#TBCCrafters Craft Hop - Beach Themed Wine Glass Candle Holder

Check it Out!  Last week I posted my DIY Sea Shell Candle craft and showed you how to make your own candles with sea shells and tea light candles.  This week I am going to show you how I created a beach themed candle holder that is perfect for displaying those Sea Shell Candles. 
This idea was born from the desire to display some of the wonderful treasures that my husband and I found on our last trip to the beach together.  Most of these treasures were collected by my husband.  We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, our last trip together, and I just have a need to want to see them on a daily basis.  A memoir of sorts.
It all started with a wine glass.

My supplies for this craft include:

  • 1 Stemmed Wine Glass
  • 1 Small glass plate
  • 1 Pringles Can Lid
  • Twine
  • Mod Podge
  • E-6000 Adhesive
  • Sea Shells & other beach treasures
  • Sand
  • Charms & Beads

The wine glass was picked up from the Dollar Tree and the little plate is one of a set that is now incomplete after our house fire 3 years ago. 
The first thing I did was wrap twine around the top of the wine glass stem leaving tails. I used the E-6000 to adhere it in place. 

I wanted to have a layer of sand on the base of the wine glass so that it would be a bed for my sea shell candle.  I applied a liberal coat of the mod-podge and then dipped the base into my bucket of sand.  I then allowed it to dry.

I needed a base to keep my treasures inside the glass from moving around and to trap the sand inside so I used a Pringles can lid.  I trimmed the edges off leaving a flat piece of plastic that was the exact size of the glass rim.  Using hot glue I arranged my treasures on the base and secured them adding some sand into the cracks to cover any hot glue that was showing.  To add my sand to the glass I tilted it on it's side and poured in enough just to cover the base and around the treasures. Using the E-6000 I glued the base to the rim of the glass while holding it upside down.  I allowed it plenty of time to dry before flipping it back over and shaking it a little to spread it out.

I could have left it just like that but I wanted to add some more of the treasures around the outside of the glass.  This is where the plate comes in.  I placed the glass in the center of the plate and added some more sand and treasures around the plate.

I added some shells to the ends of the twine along with some beads and a charm.  I also added a raffia bow. I then added a little spanish moss to the top and placed my candle on top of that.

I love how it turned out and I am now gonna make a pair!  I like being able to touch the sand on the outside and move the shells around.  And I really love the memories I get from looking at it!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Product Review: AYL Premium Silicone Heat Resistant Gloves #AYLSiliconeGlove

*I received this product for purposes of review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Check it Out!  I spend a lot of time cooking.  With three homeschooled kids that means at least three meals a day.  I only have three pot holders to help with hot pans and dishes and although I love a handy pot holder, they tend to get dirty and grimy really quickly. I have also noticed that if you get them wet, they don't work and you will end up burning yourself.  So, when I received a pair of AYL Premium Silicone Grill Gloves to review I was a little excited!    

AYL Silicone Grill Gloves are heat resistant for temps up to 425 degrees fahrenheit and are made so that one size fits all.  These FDA approved and BPA free, pure food grade silicone gloves are 100% waterproof.  
AYL Silicone gloves are perfect for the kitchen as well as the grill.  They are great for use when smoking foods as well.  They would also be very handy while camping.

 I found these gloves to be easier to use than pot holders.  They fit over the entire hand and also cover the wrist which keeps them safer.  I love that I can grab hold of trays, pans and even a hot baked potato without worry of burning myself.  And the silicone is very great for gripping. These gloves are lightweight and flexible as well.   And one of my favorite things is that they can be thrown right in the dishwasher to clean.  
I can't wait to use these this summer with my grill.  They are going to make it so much easier.  
You can get more information on this product and get yourself a pair HERE.   These would make a great gift.

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