How to clean up spilled Scentsy wax…

Can you feel your neck tense up & your body cringe at just the thought of spilled Scentsy?

It literally drives me INSANE. And we have certainly had our fair share at our house.

Just ask my kids….it seriously makes me crazy.

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When we moved into our new house, we bought a used little sectional from a friend. It was in excellent condition and even still had the tags on it! The only catch was he spilled Scentsy on one of the end tables and because he was a single guy…he left it there indefinitely.

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I actually left it for a few weeks because I had no time and no clue how to tackle it without ruining the wood.

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And then my good friend came over & showed me a little secret…

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Seriously…who knew?!

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The iron melts the wax and it sticks to the towel.

Seriously so simple you guys!

 

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And here’s a little video of her working her magic!

Creamy Spicy Chicken

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Chicken can get real old, real quick…so I’m always looking for new recipes to spice it up.

 

1. Preheat oven to  375F.

2. In greased glass dish, place the chicken pieces without overlapping. I like to cut mine longways into smaller, thinner pieces.

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3. Gather the Goods:

4 large chicken breasts

8 oz cream cheese

4 tbsp butter

4 tbsp heavy whipping cream

2 tbsp minced onion

1/2 roasted red bell pepper, cut into small squares

1 cup shredded cheddar

4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan

1/2  tbsp hot pepper flakes (or more to taste)

(FOR LESS JUST HALF THE RECIPE….This fed a family of 5 with leftovers for lunch!)

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4. Mix it up.

Combine: cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, butter, and minced onions.

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5. Spread over the chicken evenly.

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6. Add stuff on top.

This is where you can sprinkle on the roasted red bell pepper if you so desire. We didn’t desire. It’s not our favorite.  BUT FOR SURE add your cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and then red pepper flakes. As you can see I only put red pepper on one side for the adults so I didn’t have to listen to my kids whine.

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7. Pop it in the oven & BAKE uncovered for 45 min, until bubbly and lightly browned on top.

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8. Let sit 5 min before serving.  PS…all the saucy creamy goodness around the chicken is yum on veggies.

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Mad Knitter’s Tea Party

CAUTION! This is LONG, lengthy post with LOTS of photos! I had to break it up into several pages (6 total) so when you get to the bottom just hit the next number to go to the next page!

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This was one of the most fun, time consuming, & creative parties I’ve thrown to date! I have wanted to do the Alice in Wonderland “Tea Party” theme for a long time. This party was a fun little twist off that. My mom knits & crochets and has been a long time tea lover so I thought it would be fun to mix it up and have a fun theme!

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Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf Muffins

 

This was a fun easy recipe that the kids loved to help with!

1. Gather the Goods:

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1 lb ground chicken breast

1 whole egg

1/2 cup Italian style breadcrumbs

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tsp Italian seasoning

3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

3/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

3/4 cup marinara sauce

2. PREHEAT Oven to 350.

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3. Mix it all up.

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Throw all the ingredients EXCEPT marinara sauce & mozzarella cheese into a bowl & mix it all up.

4. Spray a regular sized muffin pan with some non-stick stuff.

 

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4. Evenly fill each cup with about  1/4 cup of the mixture.

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5. Top each cup with 1 tbsp marinara.

 

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6. Pop that sucker in the oven for 20 min. Then take out & cover with all the yummy mozzarella cheese your heart desires. Cheese is sorta our thing…so we use a lot. 

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7. Stick it back in for a few to melt the cheese into yummy goodness.

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8. EAT. IT. UP.

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My kids LOVED it!

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That damn dress…

Oh. Mah. Gaw.

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This gaudy dress is breaking the internet!

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We’ve seen explanations as to why it is or isn’t white/gold or black/blue. From simple to complex to WTF.

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“it’s about primal biology and the way human eyes and brains have evolved to see color in a sunlit world.

Light enters the eye through the lens—different wavelengths corresponding to different colors. The light hits the retina in the back of the eye where pigments fire up neural connections to the visual cortex, the part of the brain that processes those signals into an image. Critically, though, that first burst of light is made of whatever wavelengths are illuminating the world, reflecting off whatever you’re looking at. Without you having to worry about it, your brain figures out what color light is bouncing off the thing your eyes are looking at, and essentially subtracts that color from the “real” color of the object.”

I mean…I don’t know about alllll that BS craziness…all I know is:

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That dress is OBVIOUSLY white & gold.

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I have looked at it every which way possible. It don’t change. & the folks out there saying it changes…you crazy.

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BUT…the BEST part about The Great Dress Debate of 2015?!?

 

The jokes….

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No shortage of chuckling to be had.

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I rounded up a few of my faves.

Enjoy.

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Teen Mom OG…

Well well well….

My favorite guilty pleasure is back!

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These are the girls that spun my reality show addiction into a full fledged obsession!

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I was giddy as I set my DVR to snag the Getting to Know specials.

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So let’s talk a bit about it…

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First…Amber…

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First things first…thank the lort she got rid of those atrocious eye lashes & overall ghetto girlfriend style she sported in Teen Mom…but dang she forgot about the nails.

She used to be ranked right next to Jenelle for me. I cringed during her parts and blew up my Bookface news feed with statuses blasting the crazy psycho.  And now…

Well…as I said in the Being Amber special post… prison did wonders on Amber. I love that she chose to go and I love that she came out a totally different person. Amber is now tolerable on the show. I’m excited to see what she is up to in the new season. She has an amazing story to use for some good and help people….let’s see if she does.

I did cringe a bit during the scene when she flipped on her mom…but honestly…we don’t know that background there and I’m sure MTV did some fancy editing for dramatic effect. Obviously.

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Although…sometimes I do wish she could regress back to her drug induced boyfriend battery for a minute to put that douche Gary in his place.

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Now..Catelynn..

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OMG…what’s not to love?!? Her & Tyler have stayed strong as the cute mature little couple that America loves!

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Even when revisiting  Catelynn’s mom’s verbal & emotional abuse from past seasons…Catelynn & Tyler address her & her actions with love & forgiveness.

It was an emotional episode for sure. But these two handled it well.

Those TWO…..can they get anymore awesome?

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Just wait…they totally can….

 

LOVE it Catelynn!!!

Which brings me to Maci…

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Does the girl age?!? She looks exactly the same as she did in 16 & Pregnant!

I love Maci. Like LOVE her. I think she’s a strong, positive role model. She is a GREAT mom & her choice to not have her kid on the same show as a porn star reflects that.

The only thing that I’m a little iffy on when it comes to Maci…is those darn ear things! WTH?!

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And to the shock of no one….Ryan is an even bigger douche as displayed in this heartbreaking scene:

 

 

You can see the pain on Maci’s face as she watches it. GOOD MOM.

And last but CERTAINLY LEAST….the whack job Farrah…

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I can’t stand her, don’t like her, wish I could slap her. Just like in the Being Farrah special… I could barely sit through her episode.

Her parents can not even speak without her flipping out and making them out to be villains.

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At one point…her dad tried to pay her a compliment and Farrah was a huge B to him before he could even get the words out!  This clearly demonstrates her need for it to be ALL ABOUT HER.

 

 

And then….there’s the elephant in the room always….her porn that’s not a porn but really is…

 

 

This is where MTV has MESSED UP. This show is geared toward TEEN GIRLS and making better choices. With Farrah on the show there is constant references to her pornos, sex toy line, plastic surgeries, dogging her own looks, bad parenting, & disrespectful behavior.

This clip clearly shows how sad it is & what a poor parent Farrah represents…

Not cool MTV. If you want to showcase  Farrah…give her her own show & call it WHACK JOB.

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Get it?! Whack Job…as in her crazy AND her messed up plastic surgery?! hahahaha…sometimes I crack myself up.

No Farrah. No.

How does this girl even still have custody of that poor child?!

So basically…Farrah’s  Getting to Know episode was the same as her Being Farrah episode which hasn’t changed much from her Teen Mom & 16 and Pregnant days.

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I’m so aggravated that MTV would welcome that crazy B back that I started a petition to get rid of her!

Sign here: https://www.change.org/p/mtv-kick-farrah-off-of-teen-mom 

50 Shades of Christians…

I want to clarify something about my earlier post referencing the the “judgy holier than thou churchers” ….I am not talking about my church, which I love. Yes, I’m sure that there are a few there, as there are many in this world. But for the most part, my church is full of loving people that desire to love Jesus AND His people, despite their sins and differences. As I’m sure you are aware, I can be a bit over the top, rough around the edges, & full of sin. I have never walked into my church and felt anything less than welcome & loved. I go to church because I desire to be closer to God and church is the place I can do that. So please don’t generalize from my post that all church going Christians think they are better and will judge you. My church is proof that that is not true.

I do however want to caution those “holier than thou judgey Christians” about allowing the devil to use your passion for Christ to do his dirty work.

I am ALL about standing up for what you believe in and spreading The Message. BUT you should be careful in your pursuit so that you do not actually work against your cause by turning people away from Jesus and Christians and the Church. Be careful that your message is not seen as looking down on the person. When your message is one of judgement and condemnation, it is in fact YOUR message and not that of the Father.

Your message, delivery, and your hypocrisy are often what makes the unsaved uninterested and drives the saved away.

One thing I have learned from my social media & blog platforms is that people like to relate to other people and feel like they aren’t alone in their own struggles. They are turned off by fakes that try to project a perfect image. Therefore, when a person finds you unrelatable, they also find your message undesirable.

Back when I first began attending my church, I was intimidated by all the perfect little church couples everywhere, meanwhile I couldn’t even get my husband to attend. Then one day, a woman from one of those perfect little church couples opened up about her past struggles in her marriage and how years before they were close to divorce. For the first time since attending, I felt a connection. This couple that I viewed as perfect had the same struggles in life as the next guy. I could relate. From then on, I felt like a part of a church of people like me, not a sinner struggling to conform to a church full of perfect people.

Everyone sins. Be careful of judging others because they sin differently than you.

The big difference between me and you, is that I don’t try to hide my sin. I don’t flaunt it and celebrate it, but I also don’t pretend like it’s not there.

Be careful of the sins you point out in others. Sin is sin. So, my adultery and your white lie you just told your kid are one in the same in the eyes of the Lord.

Jesus loves me. PERIOD. I am going to Heaven. PERIOD. My sin doesn’t change either of those facts.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

As a saved follower of Christ should I try to be better everyday and hold myself to a higher standard? Absolutely.

But here’s where we will probably have a fork in the road.

To WHO’s standard shall I hold myself to? Yours?

The judgey Christian that has condemned a book & movie they have not seen nor read?

There is no debate that there is content in 50 shades that contains unchristian-like behavior. For instance, they are an unmarried couple engaging in sexual relations.    My husband and I lived together for 10 years before we got married. If a Christian thinks I shouldn’t watch this movie based on the adultery, then should people also have covered their eyes or refused to be around me and Danny before we were married?

As far as all the other particulars in the movie, who is to define right or wrong? I will judge it for me and you should judge it for you. But please, do not judge me for not judging it the same as you. In the end, God is the only judge that matters.

I am a mature adult capable of watching and/or exposing myself to anything and deciding how I will apply the experience in my life.

I don’t  believe watching this movie made be any less of a Christian or lover of Jesus. I didn’t commit adultery. I didn’t do anything sexually immoral. I didn’t lust. My husband was fine with me seeing it. If anything, it made me love & appreciate our marriage more. I enjoyed the love story and it was entertaining. The end. Plain & simple.

 

Everyone will take away a different experience from the movie, as with ANYTHING in life. Like I said in an earlier post…I chose to take away from this the story of a broken man that was saved by love from himself.

People in this world are flawed. Many are broken.  Followers of Christ should not turn their back on those people just because they are full of sin. Not everything in life is rainbows & butterflies, & buttermilk pie. Christians want to save, but they don’t want to get their hands dirty doing it.   The main character in the movie is one of those flawed broken people. His story is rough, graphic, and hard. But in the end he was changed.  I would love for it to have been Jesus that in the end saved him….but in the particular movie…it was love. And isn’t that what Jesus commands us to do? LOVE?

So that is my message. If Christians want to win the battle of good and evil, they should do it with LOVE. Concentrate on that when spreading your message, not what you percieve as the sins of others. But, really, what is your intention? Were you trying to win a soul over to Christ or bring the saved closer in their relationship by condemning their choice in entertainment? Doesn’t it seem like that is counter productive? In the grand scheme of things…what is worse…me watching a movie you don’t agree with, or you driving people further from Jesus in your quest to prove your image?

 

 

 

50 Shades…

So last night I saw the long awaited 50 Shades of Grey movie.

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And I loved it.

It was better than I thought it would be. I just knew they would butcher the movie like most movie’s made from books that they try to reenact on the big screen. Surprisingly, they followed the book pretty closely. Close enough that I really didn’t catch anything that they changed and felt like it was coming right from the book.

The casting could have been better…but of course…a movie actors will never live up to the book’s characters you have built up in your head.

I wasn’t sure about Dakota Johnson as Ana at first….but I ended up liking her in the part. Although…the whole movie I kept thinking…does she brush her hair? She needs to change clothes she’s been wearing them too long. She hasn’t bathed in days. Eww…don’t those shoes make her feet stink? Can he smell her? Also…does she NEVER wear a bra?Obviously, I’m an over critical thinker and the logistics of things were irritating me. But to be fair, they totally did in the book too.

Now for Christian….Jamie Dornan didn’t really do it for me. At times he looked hot…but he just didn’t portray the part in it’s entirety to me. Sometimes he seemed too young & teenager-ish. Other times…he just wasn’t dominate enough.

The sex….it was just eh. It wasn’t near as hot & steamy as I was expecting & they barely touched on the erotica part. They mostly showed him tying a bunch of damn knots! #boyscout

 

All I could think about during the movie was…damn Christian must’ve been a Boy Scout because… #allthoseknots

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Also…they showed her boobs too much. I get it…it’s pretty much all they can get away with showing. But hello….this movie was made for women…cater to us a little bit more. We have boobs. We’re not interested in seeing how hot SHE is (well not all of us) We want to see more of HIS yummy hotness.

So that’s it…I loved it & can’t wait until the next one!

PS…After seeing waaayyyy too many 50 shades bashing posts…I finally had to add my 2 cents in on FB:

I personally liked the movie & the books (even though they were a grammatical & literary nightmare). I think it’s all in how you choose to view them and what you choose to take away from it. I never saw Christian as sick or abusive. I saw him as troubled. He was someone who was abused and therefore grew up with a skewed view of himself and love. The story is about Ana & Christian’s connection and how she saves him from himself. She shows him how to love and be loved. She also helps him find a healthy balance in his sexual experiences by the end of the 3rd book. Ana was a very strong character. She is very vocal about right & wrong and what she would & wouldn’t put up with. I love the story that this book/movie tells. People are flawed & not everything is black & white. But in love, anyone can change. With all that being said…we must remember..this is FICTION. This was written purely for entertainment with millions of women’s fantasies in mind. Women love to think they can change men. Most of the things in the book & movie are for pure entertainment value. They are filled with mature adult content & only mature adults should be viewing them. And again…this genre isn’t for everyone. It doesn’t mean anyone else is right or wrong for seeing it or even enjoying it or the movie is right or wrong. (Unless, you take the whole religious route…then yes..valid argument, that can also be applied to 99% of entertainment and life experiences) My point is…50 Shades is just like anything in this life…everyone will walk away with something different. I choose to walk away with the story of love that saved a broken man from himself. Annnd the fantasies I got to live out through Ana ;)

Here’s a good article regarding it:

Five of Christian Grey’s 50 Shades We Should Be Discussing (Instead of Sex and Bondage)

I’m just ganna go ahead & leave this little slice of perfection right here too:

50 Shades of Blah (a man’s perspective) 

because #ALLOFIT.

Hilarious. Spot on. & #1!!!

Did you know…

So…I’m a food loggin slacker. Actually, I’m pretty much a dieting loser, but most definitely not in the literal way.

I wrote this post about Why I Love My Fitness Pal like forever ago in my faithful calorie counting days…and then…completely fell off the L-B losing wagon for awhile.

But now that 2015 is here, along with the new year, new me bandwagon mentality…I dusted off my ol MFP app & took another go at it.

And surprise, surprise! New features on my beloved app!

The coolest, most rad new feature…it tracks your steps! Oh yeah!

Forget the FitBit, there’s a new tracker in town! Of course…if you have a FitBit that you just die over…you can use that instead & sync that baby up to MFP to automatically give you some cookie calories for those crunches.

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So…hop on over to your MFP app & take a looksy around.