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Monday, December 31, 2012

Clean Slate {2013}

2012 has been quite the year. Not quite the year like I accomplished a lot and Im proud of it... The kind of quite the year I say with an eye roll. I just look back and say "mehh" I got lazy this year, and things got all disorganized and out of hand and I don't like that! Im better than that! So, that is why im really looking forward to 2013! It is going to be all about new beginnings and fresh starts! A clean slate. Im gonna kick twenty-twelve in the booty! 
Now the dreaded word... resolutions. Do people still do that?! Im a big stickler for keeping my word and I HATE when others don't stick to there word! So when I think of resolutions I just think its just a bunch of unkept promises that are forgotten and never thought of ever again, basically I'm not a fan. So obviously I'm not going to make any twenty-thirteen resolutions, but I am going to do everything in my power to get and stay organized this year! 
{Thats a promise... NOT a resolution!}
To start off my {project organization} Im taking the 20 Days To Clean & Organize Your Home challenge! It is basically a 20 day plan with set tasks and goals each day and after the 20 days your house is supposed to be in tip top shape, plus it helps you gain new habits so all your hard work doesn't go to waste! I felt like it is exactly what I need to boost my motivation for the new year and to start getting organized! Why am I telling you this? well, I just need to be held accountable! 
Here is the day one sheet, I stole the sheets from The Organised House Wife who is the fonder of this grand challenge and is so fantastic! She has day by day post of the whole project so I recommend you take a look at hers if you're planning on doing this! The only problem is that I wanted it to be a little more personal, and I wanted the date that Im actually working on to be on the sheet {hers was done in September}, so I redid the sheets to kinda do my own thing.
So here is mine:
{If you don't like it there is always another one on the other blog I linked you to}
So today is all about your kitchen!
For the cleaning:
  • Load dishwasher
  • Wipe over sink
  • Clean the benches
  • Wipe down the cupboard doors
  • Dust on top of the overhead cupboards   
  • Clean the microwave
  • Wipe over walls
  • Clean window and window sills
  • Dust light fittings
{Make sure you ONLY do these things! Other stuff is reserved for other days! And really give those things listed an extra clean!}

Good luck! I hope you really consider doing this challenge! And I want to hear about your progress! 

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Little Thing I'd Like to Call Christmas Crack

Guys. Yumm.
This stuff is AHHHHmazing! 
So good.
Andddd not that bad to make!

I needed something cute and Christmassy to give out to those who I adore! And I came across these lil beauties and was like… yup.  

Tutorial time!! But first... a story.

So I came home from the store {if I learned one thing today its don't go to Wal-Mart the weekend before Christmas.. Just don't.} and I realize need DOUBLE STUFFED Oreos to make Oreo pops! I got regular. So I had to go BACK to that crazy place and get more Oreos. 
{I was not happy} 
And then I had all these extra Oreos! And I was not about to let those go to waste! Or myyy waist!! So I made regular {Not as adorable} plain ol' chocolate covered Oreos. 

{But it ended up being good, because since I had so much extra I wrapped them up and gave them to my little swimmers! And they were a huge hit!}

Christmas Crack Oreos!

    EMelting Chocolate {I used a pound per Oreo package}
    ECandy Canes {Like 3 per package}
    ELollypop Sticks {I used 6 inch ones}

Separate all the Oreos
 {These are the regular Oreos {before I knew I needed double stuffed!} the double stuffed separated a lot cleaner!} 

Use one of your lollypop sticks to create a groove like this...

Melt your chocolate

Add a good amount of chocolate on the half without cream. 
 Dip your stick in the melted chocolate and place it in the grove and push it into the cream, then squish the halves together.

Freeze the pops for 10-20 minutes {Crush your candy canes while they are freezing, I used a blender}

If your Oreo breaks while you are separating them don’t you worry! Mend the two halves with chocolate! {Chocolate covered Oreos are very forgiving!}

To dip the Oreo in the melting chocolate I just dropped one side in then covered the other side with a spoon 
 {This is just a regular covered Oreo, but its basically the same thing whether you’re covering a pop or not}

Lift out of chocolate and shake off extra chocolate over the bowl
The lollypop sticks make covering them in chocolate a breeze, because you don't have to grab the Oreo out of the chocolate and ruin the smooth chocolate coat {or burn your fingers a hundred times.}
If you are making them without the sticks just fix them with a little extra chocolate .
All better!

Place onto wax paper and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

Andddd you’re done!

Just freeze them until they’re hard. 

For the pops I individually wrapped them in cake pop bags and tied them with holiday ribbon

And with the regulars I wrapped in goodie bags! The ribbon just makes them 10x cuter! I love it! 

Well I hope I didn’t post this too late to make your holiday goodie list! Because I’m not joking when I said they are delicious! And everyone loved them!
Merry Christmas!