Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chicken Caprese and Pasta


So on my trip to Costco,
I picked up three packs of fresh mozzarella!
I could pass it up, but you can only eat so much on it's own,
it was time to get creative :)
So most of us have tried a Caprese salad,
but I thought it might be interesting to try it on chicken!


Ingredients:

2 large chicken breast (or amount needed for servings)
2-3 slices of fresh mozzarella per chicken breast (1 ball gave 8 slices)
1 large tomato (sliced for 2-3 slices per chicken breast)
dried or fresh basil
salt and pepper
balsamic vinegar

Season the chicken with salt and pepper, grill indoor or outdoor.
When the chicken is fully cooked, remove and place in a baking dish. 
Top with 2-3 slices or tomato and mozzarella. 
Add a little salt and pepper and basil.
Broil in oven until the cheese begins to melt.
Plate the chicken and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
Serve with side salad or pasta.

We decided to try a quick and easy side too!
Have you heard of Suddenly Salads?
Grab a coupon here!
Classic
It was super easy to make and made a great light side dish :)
I am looking forward to trying some of the other flavors

So I was pleasantly surprised with our impromptu creation
It got the hubby's approval too ;)
I am thinking next time I might try to put some 
pesto on the chicken
under the tomato and mozzarella! YUM!

Delish,
Erica

Monday, October 17, 2011

Water for Christmas


Could you imagine even going a day without WATER?
We need water for more than just drinking,
it is a necessity for living.


They are a grass roots movement 
devoted solely to solving the world’s water crisis 
by getting the best ideas, the best partners
 and the most passionate donors in the same “room.” 
They are motivated to work together 
to help bring clean water to the world’s thirstiest.

TOGETHER---
we can help impoverished communities around the world tap into safe, 
clean water. 
In doing so, they believe we can help end the devastating power 
of water-borne diseases.

1 Billion Thirsty connects passionate donors, activists and innovators, 
enabling the best solutions to impact those most in need of clean water.
Not only are they a clearing house for best innovations and ideas, 
they also provide donors with tools to help develop their own campaigns, 
raise awareness and fund a particular or targeted “water-oriented” passion.

They strive to help donors raise funds 
and awareness in a manner that fits them and their community, 
while encouraging their passion and commitment to the cause. 
They believe this is a key element to successful, long-term fundraising.

At the same time, they help ensure that any funds raised, 
will produce real change in the lives of those affected. 

So what can you do to help!!


Calling All Crafters!!
 Christmas is right around the corner!
Over the past two years, the Water for Christmas etsy shop has raised more than $10,000 for clean water projects around the world.
This was made possible thanks to more than 50 donors generously offering their goods and services to help stock our shop.
~~~
CRAFTERS!!!  We need your help to supply our 2011 Water for Christmas etsy shop.
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Water for Christmas™ is a holiday fundraising campaign of 1BillionThirsty™
As always, all proceeds go to support clean water solutions to the world’s thirstiest.

Hope for Help,
Erica

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My "OWN" Bag

So I have just been loving 
the design aspect of having my Esty shop!

So I thought since I have so much fun with it,
I would pass the creative torch to my customers
and let you have some creative edge as well :)

is now offering
You choose the fabrics
and I make it!
Completely customized
just for you!!


So I am, of course, offering all the fabrics 
already listed in my shop,
but I have added some new ones as well,
to help mix and match ;)

So stop by and make your "OWN" bag!!

And because I love my loyal readers so much
I am offering 30% OFF to the first 5 custom orders!!
Use code OWN30 at checkout :)

"OWN" it,
Erica



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Happy Chaos


I was a BIG fan of 
Punky Brewster
(Soleil Moon Frye) 
as a kid!

Now she is all grown up
with kids like us :)

She just wrote this book  
I can't wait to read it
and see what insight she has 
to embracing the chaos of having small kids
and living through it happily!

Happy Chaos

I picked up my copy,
be sure to get yours and tell me what you think!

Happy Chaos,
Erica

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Autumn/Fall 2011 Preview & Final Cut SALE

Here are just a few of the styles I have been working on 
for my new Autumn/Fall 2011 collection in my shop!

Hope you like them as much as I do :)

 Royal Purple and Plaid


 Pretty in Pink


 Show your rugged side!


 Polka Dots!


 Art Deco


And be sure to check out our "FINAL CUT" items!
All final cut items are 25% OFF!!


Ready for Fall,
Erica
xo


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A SWEET 1st Birthday!!

My SWEET Aria turned 1 last month and I meant to post this!
Anyway, here are a few shots from her 
SWEET SHOPPE
1st Birthday party!


Preperations


Sweet Shop Banner 




Mini Truffles that look like cupcakes :)


SWEETS!!!


Goodie Bags
(with a toothbrush and floss of course ;)




Thanks, for making Aria's birthday SWEET!


Remembered to get a family shot with the
Birthday Girl!


Happy Birthday Aria!


I was so impressed with this Cupcake Cake
(Safeway of all places too!)


Sharing with friends

It was a beautiful day and I think she really enjoyed it!

WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH 
SWEETIE!!

xo,
Mommy

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Crowdtap

Have you had a chance to join Crowdtap yet? Crowdtap allows you to tap in to engage with brands, test products, and earn cash while helping charities at the same time! Through June 22nd, Crowdtap Level 3 members (i.e. members that have earned at least 2500 points) can even apply to host an Old Navy Decorated Tank Party! If you’re chosen to be a host, you’ll receive a kit that will include the following items…
* 1 FREE tank coupon for you
* 3 FREE tank coupons for your best friends
If you are a Level 3 Crowdtap member, login to your Crowdtap account and click on the “New Actions” tab. You may then find an application for the newest Sample and Share from The Old Navy Style Council. If you’re not yet a Level 3 member, do not fret. Keep in mind that by simply signing up, logging in every day, inviting your friends, and participating in actions, you’ll earn points towards the next level.
(Thanks, Wheel N Deal Mama!)
New to Crowdtap?
If you’re looking for a way to help out charities and get rewarded in return, you may want to check out Crowdtap. Crowdtap is an online community that connects consumers with brands so they can directly influence new product and marketing ideas, while earning cash and free products in return! With Crowdtap, you’ll get to tap in to engage with brands, test products, and earn cash while helping charities at the same time! Here are a few well-known charities promoted on their site:

*Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – funds efforts for breast cancer research, education, advocacy, health, ect.
*Autism Speaks – goal is to find the causes, treatments, and cure for autism and help those with autism and their families
*Pencils of Promise – help build schools for children who may not receive any education in developing nations around the world.
*ASPCA – mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of animal cruelty to animals
*American National Red Cross – provide emergency assistance, disaster relief, and education in the US and other countries.
…and more!
How Does it Work?
By signing up with Crowdtap, you’ll be presented with a variety of opportunities to complete and you’ll be helping brands make major marketing decisions as well as help spread the buzz about products you like! You’ll also be able to answer “Info questions” that will help them better match you with more opportunities. How do you earn cash rewards? You can earn cash by earning top awards as a result of providing meaningful responses in discussions and participating in discussions daily. Also, once you reach level 5 you will receive a 5% cash bonus for every $10 you earn.
1.) Just head on over here and sign up for a Crowdtap account with your Facebook account
2.) Answer a few polls (click on Quick Hits) to help brands target you by your interests
3.) View Opportunities and participate with the brands and offers that interest you
4.) Earn status, rewards, and charity – the more you do, the more you get, the more you give!
How do the Rewards Work?
After your account reaches at least $10, you’ll be able to redeem your earnings in the following ways…
*Cash Rewards – Certain activity launched by brands will earn you cash rewards.
*Gift Cards – Your Crowdtap cash can be redeemed for Amazon.com gift cards
*Help Charities – You can choose to help your selected charity
*Free Products – Some activities will also offer free products and other goodies
Keep in mind that you’ll need to earn at least $9.99 before you can “redeem” your earnings (you’ll just click on the “redeem link at top”) AND 5% will automatically go to the charity you select on signup which Crowdtap will match. Then just choose to donate the rest to a charity or get an Amazon gift card e-mailed to you!
Also, the points you earn determine your “level” and each level you obtain gives you privileges on the site and showcases your accomplishment. However, keep in mind that points and dollars are completely separate in Crowdtap. Points will help you level up, unlock badges, and compete with your friends while moving up the leaderboard. Dollars translate to real money and can be redeemed for Amazon gift cards or donated to your selected charity. Individual actions can earn you points, dollars, or both but points and dollars are not directly related to one another.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Planting Project


The past couple of weeks 
we have been saving our used yogurt cups {YoBaby}
for a FUN planting project!
The weather finally cooperated 
and it was nice enough out for us to spend some time outside :)
Cadee was really excited and wanted to do it all herself!

We started with our empty cups all lined up
 Filled them up with dirt
 made little holes for the seeds
She did a GREAT job!
 Close up ;)
 Gave them a little water
And now we wait for them to sprout!

Try it with your little ones :)

Happy planting,
Erica

Friday, April 1, 2011

Blogiversary & a Mother's Day SALE!!!

I have been meaning to do a post 
on my 1 year anniversary for my blog,
{which was actual back in February ;}
but life gets busy, yadda yadda...

So I thought I would just say 
thank you
to all my wonderful followers :)
Thanks for hanging in there with me, 
even though I am not always consistent
in my posts, 
spelling, 
grammar, 
etc. ;)

During this year of blogging,
I have learned so much!
I also had the courage to start
my own etsy shop!

This blog has been a great launch pad for
I love adding new styles for you all to see!
Here are some of the newest for Spring/Summer

 Spring's favorite hue, NAVY blue!

 Summer is near, CORAL is here!

 Out with the old, in with the GOLD!

 Flutter by day, FLUTTERBY night!

 This Spring add a hint of mint!

In this year,
 I also became a mom for the second time
 to another beautiful little girl!
and can't believe she will be turning 1 
in a matter of a month 
{Mother's day weekend}

To celebrate my blog turning 1
{as well as my daughter ;}
and
in honor of 
Mother's Day
being right around the corner!

I am offering
15% OFF 
at 
use code MOMS15

{Offer available until April 30th @ midnight PST}

Thankful,
Erica
xo

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