Wedding Card

My cousin recently got married, so I FINALLY had the chance to make my first wedding card!  It helped make our present really unique.

Wedding Card

Bing Rewards – Free Stuff!

So let me tell you about something pretty damn cool – Bing Rewards.

I’ve been using Bing for years because Google doesn’t like to celebrate patriotic or religious holidays, and it -around sucks. Well, I noticed a little medal icon in the top of the homepage every time, and finally I decided to click on it. Apparently, for each search I was making, I was accumulating points…

But what were these points for, exactly? Free stuff, of course! Who knew my decision to use Bing would get me free rewards? They have gift cards for Amazon, Domino’s, Applebee’s, Gamestop, and more, but you can also use your points to donate money to charities like the Boys and Girls Club of America or the Kids in Need Foundation.

There are levels (Member, Silver, and Gold Status) and you can move up and get freebies for fewer points.

I just got my first reward today: a gift certificate to Domino’s!

All you need to do to join is log in with your Facebook account or Microsoft account. Accumulate points through your computer and mobile device by making searches, and get free stuff! It really can’t be much easier than that!

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters!

Been itching to use that sheet of scrapbook paper but feel bad because you want to make sure you use it for something special?  What about those of you who want an easy DIY to make presents for your friends?  Then do I have the thing for you: DIY scrapbook paper coasters.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters

Materials
scrapbook paper
white tiles ($0.16 each at Home Depot)
sponge brush
black foam sheets (REALLY cheap at hobby stores)
Mod Podge – Matte waterbase glue
Mod Podge Gloss – Clear Acrylic Sealer

Here, you can see what the Mod Podge bottles look like.  Make sure you’re buying the right stuff.  They can be purchased at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and probably even Target.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters

Step 1:
Measure your paper to fit almost entirely onto the top of the tile.  I’d leave like 1/8″ max of the tile showing, otherwise it’ll look weird.  Believe me, the first ones I made had too much white around the side and looked weird.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters
Step 2:
Cut your black foam into small squares (about the size of a quarter) as seen in the photo below.  Place one in each corner of the tile.

Step 3:
Using your sponge brush, coat your tile with a layer of the Mod Podge glue.  You want the layer to be thick enough to hold the paper but not too thick that it’ll be a gloppy pile of glue.   Slowly place your scrapbook paper sheet on top and press down to smooth the paper, using your fingers to remove any air bubbles that may be under it.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters

Step 4:
Add another layer of Mod Podge to the entire top of the tile.  Try to use one direction with the glue strokes.  It’ll look kinda weird unless it’s all going in one direction.  Let the layer dry.  

Step 5:
Repeat step three 2-3 more times.  You want it to completely cover the scrapbook paper and make a reasonably thick layer.

Step 6:
Once you have 3-4 layers of Mod Podge glue on your coaster, you’re ready to use your Mod Podge sealer.  The sealer will seal whatever surface you spray your tiles on, so spray them on top of some cardboard in the garage or in the yard.  Spray one layer every fifteen-thirty minutes about three times.  You again want this layer to be thick.

Step 7:
After you’re finished with your third later of sealer, your tile will be shiny and glossy.  Make sure though that you give it time to dry completely before you start using it as a coaster.  I usually give it at least 24 hours before putting a cup on it.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Coasters

Book Review: The Tenth by Joanne Moudy

This is the first book I’m reviewing officially on my blog, and hopefully it won’t be the last.  I got The Tenth from Joanne Moudy herself, and she even signed it for me.  She’s a really sweet, wonderfully talented woman.  While will go into parts of the book vaguely, there will be no spoilers!

After seeing some reviews, I realized The Tenth was her first book.  Wait.  What?!  There’s no way!  It’s a highly intelligent, well put-together novel that is so easy to read.  I figured Moudy had been writing for years, which is probably true, but you know what I mean.  I couldn’t believe this was her first book.

The Tenth is a fast-paced thriller about faith.  The story centers around Elizabeth, a trauma nurse who has experienced great loss throughout her life and has given up her faith.  On a daily basis, she experiences dramatic situations that often end in death, so she believes that even if there is a God, he is uncaring and remorseless.  However, she soon experiences things that lead her toward God’s path and she slowly restores her faith in Him.

Some chapters focus on The Nine, a group of elder-esque beings in Heaven.  Joseph, the Sixth, discovers a darkness in one of the realms.  In my opinion, these are the chapters that make The Tenth a real thriller.  Readers don’t really know what is going on until later, when the two stories intertwine.  The supernaturality and spirituality weaving into the real world creates an interesting effect that kept me turning the page.

The story is really well written.  The characters are believable; while I was reading Elizabeth’s story, I found myself thinking, “When I wasn’t a Christian, I thought the same negative things, too.”  (Note: when I was a teenager, I did not believe in God.  I have since realized my own faith.)  They were well developed, and I found myself rooting for a lot of the characters trying to help Elizabeth, particularly Jackson.  In fact, I probably liked his character the most.

The medical scenes, by the way, are amazingly written, as they are vivid and wildly creative.  I often wondered if Moudy experienced them herself because of how specific they were.  I did cry during some parts (but don’t worry, I won’t tell you which ones!), and I found myself becoming attached to the characters more than I thought I would.

This is the first novel I have read that has such a prominent religious plot and setting, and I have to admit, I loved it.  The values set in this book are some that many, religious or not, should consider.  The Tenth is captivating and I would absolutely recommend it for all adults and young adults.  It’s eye-opening and could possibly be life-changing.

Buy The Tenth here!

Dollar Tree Savings – Airborne + Energy, HBoO Greek Yogurt Mixed Berry Cereal

HO-LEE CRAP!  So excited to write this post tonight!

I just started a new job, so I haven’t had much time to go spree-shopping lately.  Well, while I was in Dollar Tree earlier today, I found two major things that I just had to share with you guys!

Airborne Plus Energy Immune Support Supplement with Vitamin C and B.
Walmart: $6.82
Dollar Tree: $1.00
Savings: $5.82
Ohhhhh boy!  This stuff is delicious and wonderful!  If you don’t know what Airborne does, it’s a vitamin supplement specialized for people who travel a lot.  Every time I visited my boyfriend, who used to live in Pennsylvania, I’d get nasty allergies and get sick and have horrible congestion after only a few days.

Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Yogurt Mixed Berry Cereal
Walmart: $3.24
Dollar Tree: $1.00
Savings: $2.24
I’ve already done a post about regular HBoO regular Greek Yogurt Cereal, but this time, I saw Mixed Berry cereal!  I’ve never tried it before, so I bought two boxes!  I can’t wait to try it!

Does apple cider vinegar get rid of acne?

I’ve already once shared my love of zinc oxide in the form of diaper rash cream for nasty pimples, but my face has been getting on my last nerve. It breaks out randomly and it’s getting depressing.

Well, the other day I found a few articles describing apple cider vinegar as a good fix. I have a whole bottle sitting alone in the pantry, so I figured I would try it.

Warning: the smell of apple cider vinegar is pretty potent. It’s like soy sauce and regular vinegar mixed together.  Only put it on before bed or if I know I won’t be showering for a few hours, because I can’t leave it on my face when I’m going to be around other people. 

BUT my face hasn’t looked this fresh in months! Apparently apple cider vinegar balances the pH of your face which helps with acne and breakouts.  If you have open acne sores, you can water it down to deter the stinging sensation, but I haven’t.  The stinging lasts a whole second and a half, and it’s worth the results anyway.

I’ve only been using it for about a week, but I love it so far. My pimples are calm and my keratosis pilarsis isn’t so red and inflamed. I haven’t had a breakout and I’m pleased.

Another pro: a huge bottle at any store is really, really cheap.

Do you have any other miracle acne solutions?  Let me know so I can try it and/or write about it!

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Glade Plugins Scented Oils and Wax Melts

I was given some Glade products through BzzAgent.  For a full explanation of BzzAgent, click here.

In my kit, I received Glade Wax Melts and Glade Plugins Scented Oil Customizables.

Wax Melts: I love these things.  I love candles, but I don’t like spending an arm and a leg for something that smells fantastic and lasts a reasonable about of time.  I think these are perfect for my needs!  I purchased the Fresh Berries and Raspberry melts, and ohhhhh boy.  GREAT idea that was!  My mom and I are in love with the scents! One cube so far has lasted about 5 hours and there is still about half of it left to burn.  There are a total of twelve cubes in one package that doesn’t cost much!

Plugins Scented Oils Customizables: I’m not a huge fan of plugins because they take up outlet space and they get really hot, which makes me uncomfortable.  Since I wanted to try this, however, I bought the nicely designed plugin (pictured below). It’s cool because you can have two different scents, and they change often so your house is always smelling nice and different. The only downside was that this is too powerful, even when it’s on the lowest setting. My mom kept getting headaches from the scent and had to keep unplugging it. I wasn’t irritated by the strong smell, but if you have any sensitivity, this may not be what you’re looking for.

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Tone Body Wash – Pink Peony and Rose Oil

As a BzzAgent, I occasionally get free things from companies in exchange for reviews and feedback.  For full details of BzzAgent, click here.  In my most recent BzzCampaign, I got a free, full-sized bottle of Tone Pink Peony and Rose Oil Body Wash, so this is my review.

I have fairly sensitive skin, and Tone body wash is really soft and gentle on my skin. I used Tone in the past and loved it, and it never gave me problems or irritations. After showering, my skin felt so soft! It also lathers easily, which is something I look for in a body wash (I know I can’t be the only one, right?). The only complaint I have was that the scent wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. When I bought Tone in the past, I bought Vino Moisture, and it smelled AMAZING. This scent, however, was subtle and not very rosy. I’ve never been a fan of sweet pea or subtle floral scents, so that’s probably why.

Verdict: I like Tone a lot and will be probably purchasing the brand and body wash in the future, but I won’t be getting this scent.  

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