Melted Snowman Bark


Melted Snowman Bark is an incredibly easy and adorable treat to make and share this holiday season! Perfect for sharing with friends and family, it comes together in a flash. This is a snack that melts the hearts of all who see and taste it!



This is such an easy recipe, you guys! It takes easy to find ingredients and creates an unforgettable treat with less than 10 minutes of prep!

Ingredients:

1 lb package of candy quick coating, in white chocolate or vanilla flavor.
Pretzel Sticks
M&Ms
Orange Food Coloring
Edible Eye Decorations
Mini Reese's cups, cut in half

                       
Directions:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.

Melt your candy coating in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds until it is smooth.

Take about 2 spoonfuls of the melted white coating and place it in a baggie with one drop of food coloring. Make a tiny cut in the corner of the baggie and make tiny little carrots for the noses.

Spread the melted white candy coating on the lined cookie sheet.

Add Reese's halves to make hats, adding eyes below them, an orange 'carrot' nose, stick pretzel arms, and add M&M's for buttons.



Keep spacing in mind as you make these, as after it hardens, you will break them into chunks.
This should set in the refrigerator for an hour to harden, maybe longer depending on how thick you spread the white candy base.


Mini Mickey Mouse Jingle Bell Ornaments



As soon as a hint of winter is in the air the kids and I start to clamor for Christmas. We want to decorate, bake and shop! And we want to do it now! This year we started asking Adam about getting our tree ready in October. He knows us too well and he reminded me that we did this with Halloween and by the time it rolled around we were so over that holiday already.


This year we got our early Christmas fix by making a lot of fun ornaments! There is nothing like giving or receiving a kid made ornament, and these are especially fantastic because they are Mickey Mouse themed!

 These are so easy and economical that you can make a dozen of these for $3. To make mini Mickey Mouse Jingle Bell Ornaments you will need:

2 sizes of jingle bells; You will need 2 smaller and one larger bell per ornament
Super Glue
Thin ribbon


Instructions:
Begin by threading a 6" section of thin ribbon thru the loop on the larger of your bells.
Tie a double knot in the end to keep it secure.
Next, glue one of the smaller jingle bells onto the side of the larger bell.


 Now glue the other bell onto the other side.
Allow to dry.


I loved these mini sized Mickey Mouse Jingle Bell Ornaments! They were really fun to make and display and we will absolutely be sharing these with friends this Christmas!

We used hot glue to begin this project because the kids can handle the glue gun, I added a bead of superglue to hold these securely. You can use school glue or hot glue, but I recommend the drop of superglue as a precaution. These are so cute that little hands are going to want to grab and shake them!


Green Button Tree Kid Made Ornaments


Making a handmade ornament with the kids can be a lot of fun for the holiday season! These button trees are so easy to make and adorable for gifting something handmade from the heart this Christmas. Everyone loves a kid made ornament to display on their tree! 


Last weekend I found a great deal on dyed craft sticks! 80 for $1. What a bargain! This inspired us to make a ton of fun craft stick ornaments to share this holiday season. I am going to be bringing them to you, so that you can make something cute with your kids to share with friends and family.



These kid made Christmas ornaments came together in just a few moments. We used hot glue for instant gratification, but you can use white or PVA glue if you have patience!

You will need:
4 craft sticks, I used green.
Buttons
4" of  thin ribbon
3" of thin ribbon
One small bell
Glue

 Make a triangle shape and glue it together.
With your remaining stick, cut it in half. This will be your tree base. Glue it on the bottom.


Glue buttons on to the tree in any pattern you prefer. We used blue and green for this ornament and loved the way it turned out!


Flip the tree over. Thread a small bell on the 4" section of thin ribbon. With the bell in the center, glue it on the tree so that it dangles to the middle section of the tree.

With the other 3" of thin ribbon make the loop for hanging from the tree!

Now your button tree ornament is finished. Hang it from your tree, attach it to a wrapped gift, or share with someone special!




This was a cute and fun project to make with Rolf. We love kid made ornaments and have several other variations of this to show you over the coming weeks. From my family to yours; Happy Holidays!

Finding an Efficient Plumber for your Home or Business

Finding an Efficient Plumber for your Home or Business
Plumbing issues are a part of daily life. It is common for people to encounter challenges such as defective water heaters, leaking pipes, clogged drains and many other problems. These situations should always be addressed by experts and professionals in the industry to prevent complications. You need to ensure that the plumbing service you hire is efficient and effective. Choosing the right plumber contractor is crucial for your peace of mind.
Track Record
Identify a plumbing company whose track record is solid. Online resources are useful for finding reviews that have been shared by previous clients. You can also ask trusted friends and neighbours for recommendations. They will be ready and willing to inform you about quality service they have experienced with certain service providers.
Consultations
Contact a prospective plumbing service and speak to a representative of the company. Ask various pertinent questions regarding aspects such as the costs of specific jobs, when the plumbers are expected to arrive at your premises and whether there is a provision for service warranties. It is advisable to create a list of your questions and concerns before consulting the plumber.
Knowledge and Skills
It is important to make sure that that you plumber has the required licensing and certification to do their job. Plumbers should possess the necessary values and skills that are associated with professionalism and credibility.
Plumbers should be able to read and evaluate water supply and waste system layouts, know about different repair tasks, installation and maintaining domestic and industrial plumbing systems. Find a Plumber Brisbane here.
Plumbers know how to use or operate plumbing machines and tools while ensuring that all safety and legal issues are duly dealt with.
Plumbers should work cautiously and safely and have the experienced that is required to practice their job.
Importance of Hiring Professionals
Everyone dreads plumbing emergencies that range from burst pipes to leaking taps. Attempting to carry out your own repairs without the experience and knowledge of a professional plumber may make the situation worse.


Licensing
One of the key factors that should be considered before you choose a plumbing company is licensing and certification requirements as stipulated by the region. Along with licensing, you can check for any complaints that may have been formally issued against a prospective plumbing company.
Licensed and certified plumbers offer their clients the assurance that your property is in safe hands.
Experience
A considerable level of experience is essential for a plumber. It makes economic sense to ensure that you hire a plumbing service that has been in business for a substantial period of time. Using the services of experienced plumbers increases the possibility of the job being done in the right way.
Estimates
Ask the plumber for an estimate, preferably after visiting your premises and assessing the situation. Reputable plumbers can determine the extent of the work by inspecting your plumbing system or over the phone. An experienced, skilled and licensed plumbing company offers value for money by charging for quality services.
Emergency Services
A reliable plumbing company will always be available to fix a problem as soon as it arises through emergency plumbing services. These services are accessible throughout the day to ensure that customers can get help whenever they need it.

What Role do Pre-Workouts Play in Your Exercise Program?

What Role do Pre-Workouts Play in Your Exercise Program?
Supplements have a critical role to play and when consumed pre-workout, they help in providing that extra strength and energy required for improving the performance level during the fitness session.
Why Should You Opt for Pre-workouts?
Pre-workout supplements, if taken properly, following a perfect time interval and in the correct amount, can definitely help in improving the performance of your workout that follows later on. They help in building more muscles while protecting the body from injuries. The supplements help in increasing your agility level and energizes your body cells, and muscle tissues to perform beyond your normal capability.
Well, I am not going to talk about the brands that manufacture nutritional and food supplements. I am here to talk about the benefits of the supplements. By the way, you need to keep in mind that whey, creatine, BCAA, glutamine, etc., are different forms/types of supplements. There are numerous brands that manufacture these supplements, be it in the purest form or even in the mixed integrated form. To experience the best benefits from good pre workout supplements, you need to talk to your gym trainer or fitness coach. You can even approach a fitness nutritionist to learn about the options available.
Increase in Energy and Power
The primary goal of pre-workout supplements is to provide energy to the muscle tissues and cells of the body. That's the reason almost every pre-workout supplement contains a good portion of caffeine that has the ability to boost your body's metabolism rate while making you feel more energized and active. Some more expensive pre-workout supplements also feature a high volume of creatine that also helps in energizing the body. With additional energy, your performance in the gym will definitely improve, letting you perform the workouts with more intensity and higher repetitions. There will be no feeling of drowsiness or fatigue. Also, the supplements will help in preventing muscle soreness in between heavy sets of a workout. As a result, finishing the workout on a stronger and more positive note becomes easily achievable.
The Right Way to Consume a Pre-workout Supplement
It all depends upon the type of supplement you are using, as well as, your aesthetic goals, but if seen from a general perspective, you should take 3-5 gm of supplement powder (1-2 scoops) in lukewarm water or even normal temperature water, 20-30 minutes before starting your workout session. And, yes, never consume anything else after you have had the supplement before the workout session. The pre-workout meal should be taken 90 minutes before the consumption of your pre-workout supplement. These are the thumb rules for a pre-workout meal plan that should be followed strictly to witness the maximum benefits.
If you are a beginner at the gym or doing it for long without achieving much gain, the time has come to include a good pre-workout supplement to your diet plan. Use it as instructed and witness tremendous improvement in your agility, strength, stamina and overall muscle mass. Go for it!
Author Bio - Venice Goodman is an IFBB pro fitness model and athlete. She has been in this fitness industry for the last 7 years. She is also an active fitness blogger and tries to focus on benefits that gym goers can achieve from good pre-workout supplements.

Thanksgiving Dinner Sandwich

There is no shame in my game. I get way too excited about Thanksgiving! The actual meal is pretty wonderful, but the days and days of leftovers are what dreams are made of for me!

There are so many ways to serve them, but my favorite is the Thanksgiving Dinner Sandwich!
I like to serve this on croissants. The flakiness adds so much yum to this! 



This sandwich can be made anyway you like it, with whatever leftovers you have on hand.
I like to stick to the basics, but my husband adds the veggies to his!




To make the Thanksgiving Dinner Sandwich, Sara Style:
Cut a Croissant in half.
Add a layer of stuffing,
a drizzle of gravy,
Then top with turkey and another drizzle of gravy.
Pop in the microwave for about a minute and a half, or better yet, warm in a 350 degree oven for about 13-15 minutes.




This is the way to eat your leftovers on a crusty, flaky open face sandwich! You will need a knife and fork for this one!

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

3 Ways to Live Like a Fashion Blogger




Sites like YouTube and Instagram have made it easier than ever for beauty and fashion gurus to offer their best beauty tips and tricks, as well as some insight into the most popular current fashion trends out there.
Ever dreamed about what it would be like to trade places with your favorite makeup or jewelry blogger? Well, now you can. Here are three ways to step up your fashion game and start living like the pros.


1. Step Up Your Technology Game
First and foremost, if you plan to step up your fashion game, you’ll need to have the latest and hottest technology. After all, how will you capture those gorgeous shots of your beautiful new jewelry pieces or post your outfit of the day?
Beyond taking crystal-clear photos of your fashion-minded must-haves, smartphones like the Galaxy S8 plus also feature dual-pixel technology and a front-facing camera, allowing you to take some great, candid selfies. In addition to stepping your selfie game up, Samsung’s newest smartphone will also allow you to improve your beauty product buying game.
In fact, the Galaxy S8 contains a voice-powered virtual assistant called Bixby, allowing users to input simple voice commands and, much like Amazon Alexa, provide answers or buy something right then and there. That means if you see a hot, new piece of jewelry or must-have makeup product online, you can buy it instantly.

2. Be a Real-Life Fashionista
Fashion bloggers all over the world must keep current with the latest and hottest fashion trends to stay relevant and offer value to their followers. So if you want to live like a beauty guru, you’ll need to stay informed. Not sure how to go about it? Start by watching celebrity TV shows and awards ceremonies, and checking out industry magazine websites like Vogue and Cosmo to keep you up to date with what’s hot — and what’s not — in the fashion world.
Once you’ve found what inspires you, see if fits your brand identity. Don’t be afraid to try out new trends or add your own personal touch when creating new looks. In fact, try mixing it up with a cool piece of jewelry or learn how to provide a modern spin to old or outdated clothing. Remember, the sky is the limit in the fashion world, and successful real-life fashion bloggers always offer their own unique twist on things.
3. Dress The Part
If you want to be seen as a beauty pro, you've got to start dressing like one. But don’t worry — if you’re budget-conscious, there are still a number of ways to look like a fashion blogger without spending a fortune. And no, that doesn’t mean you have to be sponsored by a huge clothing company, either.
However, you can use the unique coupon codes that fashion bloggers tend to promote. When it comes to finding high-end discount jewelry, clothing and shoes, make sure to check out your favorite celebrities' Instagram pages to score some hot deals. There are also tons of budget-friendly fashion bloggers out there who are all about getting the most bang for their buck.
Ultimately, you may not have a million or even a thousand followers yet, but these tips are bound to help improve the way you think about and buy jewelry, makeup and clothing. Indeed, with the right tools, you’ll be well on your way to living like a legit jewelry or makeup blogger in no time.

Eyes On The Prize: Getting That Dream Career


Everybody’s looking for that dream career but very few people seem to get it. Is that because there just isn’t room for everybody to have the perfect job? Or is it because people just don’t know how to get the perfect job? The latter seems more likely. We like to play the safe game and stick to what we already know. But changing course in your life to find that perfect career doesn’t have to be quite as scary if you have a structured plan for doing so. Here’s some help with creating that plan.

Figure out your future path.
The reason so many people to struggle to follow their dream career is that they’ve no idea what their dream career might be. They know which jobs they don’t want to do (and that might be from experience working in a certain industry or simply from reading a job description) but they don’t know which job they’d actually enjoy. Is there such a thing as a job you’d enjoy? Yes. You just need to find something which appeals to your interests and your skillset. It’s about finding the right combination of something that’s personally-gratifying and intellectually-stimulating. Ask yourself what you’d do if you had the right education or spare time on a Saturday. That’s a good start to helping you figure out your future career path. Remove all mental obstacles that tell you certain careers are off-bounds.

Think about your existing skills and your potential to learn new skills. It’s never too late to improve your education. You might want to look into a masters of engineering management online course if you’re of an engineering mindset but you’ve always wanted to further your business knowledge. You might want to look into a teaching course if you’ve always been passionate about a certain subject and the possibility of passing on that knowledge to others. The point is that there are many different courses available in the modern age for people of all backgrounds and all skill levels. Whether you’re new to the working world or you’ve been in a different career for 20 years, you shouldn’t ever feel excluded from a certain path. At the end of the day, all that matters is you have the determination necessary to get the qualifications and experience for that specific career. Age doesn’t factor into the equation. It just has to be something in which you’re interested, above all else.

Get experience.
Ah, experience. There’s the buzzword that everybody hates. Perhaps you’ve known your dream career for a long time. That isn’t the problem. The problem might be that you can’t find an entry point into the industry because you don’t have the “experience” necessary for a certain job role. Qualifications aren’t always enough. They’re important, of course, but most employers want qualifications and experience in this day and age because there are too many potential candidates for job vacancies. But how can you get experience without an employer giving you a chance? It’s a never-ending cycle. That’s why you might want to look into voluntary work to boost your CV. You could do an unpaid internship in your field of interest to build up your experience and prove to future employers that you have spent some time in the industry. It’s all about finding that entry point.

Join in the Goodness of Giving - November 18-25!



Loacker, the premium wafer and confectioner, is celebrating this Season of Giving by supporting No Kid Hungry!

The Loacker #WeekOfGiving offers you a chance to win Loacker treats while raising funds for No Kid Hungry, a global cause to end world hunger.



The holiday season is a time of giving and I hope you’ll join me and Loacker in fighting to end child hunger with No Kid Hungry. Together, we can help children get the food they need.

The Week of Giving Fundraiser and Giveaway is November 18-25, 2017

How to Participate for Your Chance to Win!

Post a video or picture of yourself conducting a charitable act or making a donation to No Kid Hungry on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram any day from November 18 to 25. Charitable acts may include volunteering at a local food drive, school or place of worship.

In your post, use the hashtags #LoackerLove and #WeekOfGiving to enter for a chance to win.

The first 100 verified charitable participants (using the hashtags) will receive a Loacker Insider box filled with Loacker treats.

All verified participants will be entered into a random drawing where 10 winners will receive a Special Loacker SWAG BAG full of Loacker swag and tasty treats in time for the Holidays.

Get started by making your donation to No Kid Hungry now at: nokidhungry.org/loacker

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends 11/25/17 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Open to legal residents of the continental United States of America, DC, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Prizes will only ship to the aforementioned locations. No P.O. Box addresses accepted. You must be 18 + or age of majority at time of entry to win.  Limit one winner per household. This contest and drawing are wholly run and operated by Loacker USA Inc. Loacker USA Inc. is a partner of Share Our Strength, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Any donations made will go towards Share Our strengths and their “No Kid Hungry” initiative. Visit www.loackerlove.com for more info.

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