Monday, April 14, 2014

Jamberry is easy as 1, 2, 3 - Giveaway

OK, confession time. My friend Ashley who lives far away from me (like all day on an airplane far away!) started to wear and sell Jamberry nails forever ago. I poo pooed the whole idea...thinking eh' it's not for me. I'm not interested. The amazeballs thing (yes, I know I am a 34 year old women who is no longer supposed to use certain words...such as amazeballs. But you know what? I said it twice so thppptttt!) is she never once pressured me to even try them. It wasn't until I finally said "OK, I wanna try one!" that she mailed me a sample!

Here is where you have my approval to hate Ashley (totally kidding of course!)...her hubby is the doppelganger to the hottie above. Yup. Makes you wanna throw a snowball at her doesn't it?! She is a busy mom of 4 (Were in this super cool made up mom's of 4 club. Its so prestigious...were the only members!)


"Hi everyone! My name is Ashley and I am a team manager with Jamberry nails. As a busy mom of 4 adorable kiddos I am always washing my hands and using my nails as tools to scrub off those messes my adorable kids leave behind polish doesn't last for more than a day and I very rarely had a half hour to sit and wait for them to dry so more often than not, my polish was smudged from the very beginning. A dear friend introduced me to Jamberry in October of last year. I was able to maintain a beautiful and fashionable manicure for weeks! They held up to all of my normal activities including scrubbing my floors and cupboards! I was sold! Within a few days of trying them out I had decided that I loved them so much I wanted to become a consultant. Jamberry are unlike anything else you can get on the market! They are vinyl nail wraps applied with heat and pressure. They last for up to 2 weeks on fingernails and 6 weeks on toenails. Each sheet will yield 2 manicures and 2 pedicures for the average user. We have over 300 designs to choose from and we even have a nail art studio where you can design your own custom wraps! On top of all that, we have a juniors line for a the little ladies in your life! There truly is something for everyone. I'm positive that if you try them, you will love them just as much as I do!"

Isn't she the cutest?! Well...first off I have a step by step how to! It was super easy and I need to give a shout out to P-daddy because he, being the amazing blogging husband he is. Stood next to me photographing the steps for us! He even did it on manual and not "dummy mode" as we call it! So I am proud of him!




1.  I started out by pushing back the cuticles. I wanted to be sure the product could adhere properly.

2.  Using rubbing alcohol, I wiped the nails clean and then let dry.

3.  I held the decals up against the nails to find the correct fit. For myself I had to trim a few of them to get them to fit and they turned out FABULOUS! (Think Robin Williams!) 

4.  I cut the nail decals in half to get 2 nails per decal.

5.   Remove the clear paper from the back of the decal. Then using your blow dryer heat for 10 seconds to activate the adhesive.

6.  Place directly on prepared nail.

7.  Press firmly. I rotated my finger nail around the edge to make sure was secured.

8.  Using your small scissors (mine are made for nails!) I clipped away as close to the edge of the nail as I could.


9.  Using your nail file...in a DOWNWARD motion I filed the edges so they were smooth and finished looking. DON'T go up!! You will lift the decal a bit!

10.  I reheated the decal with the blow dryer about 5-10 seconds and re-pressed firmly to make sure were fully adhered. 

11. Voila...finished results!

Mushy's "what you talkin' bout Willis?" face!



Ashley sent me mint and gold striped to try out. I LOVE them!! Emily Grace went for multiple choices on her nails. I love her fun 7 year old style! If you would like to order with my open Jamberry party (closes on the 20th of April) you can do so by clicking HERE and after you fill up your cart with some super fun goodies you can then select my name (Aleisha Rust...boy I hope you knew that already. Or this might get kinda awkward!) at checkout. DON'T forget to take advantage of the buy 3, get 1 free special that is going on now!

  How's about we do a giveaway for some Jamberry of your very own?!! It's easy. You must be 18 or older to enter. Open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends on Wednesday April 16th! Good luck my lovelies!


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Olivia in Onederland


I am blown away. My baby is one. I cannot believe how fast this year has flown. My heart breaks at the thought of my children growing up. With each year they need me less and less. But at the same time its a year of celebration. Milestones met. New experiences made. Olivia Joy is one of the greatest blessings. The theme of her party was "Olivia in Onederland". I contacted my friend Jessica of 4th and Market and she helped me come up with the absolute best invites! I loved working with her so much she will be creating my next ones for sure! I was late to the game and I had them printed and cut at my local FedEx Office store...but will utilize her printing services in the future.


They had the wonderful "Dick and Jane" vintage feel that I was going for. I am so happy with them! I wanted her entire party to be a reflection of my style for her. Sweet, fresh and classic. The cake was simple, yet stunning. All the items I used for her party were made to be reused as decorations in her room. I found awesome thrifted crates, shutters etc.


I found adorable mini bird houses at Michael's and the chalk board tags as well. I used a white crayon the tags and attached them to the bird houses to hold the forks. I found the most perfect spray paint at Joanne's called Robin Egg Blue that I used to spray paint things to the perfect "blue". Vanilla wafer cookies were dipped in pink candy melts and then we used heart shaped valentine sprinkles on top. The chocolate below the wafer cookies are flower shaped chocolate cupcakes I dusted with powdered sugar. And the wreath is a favorite, an adorable tutorial I found over at The 36th Avenue blog! She was sweet enough to tell me where she bought the cupcake liners to make it (YES...cupcake liners! Genius right?!) The tissue poms are polka dot tissue paper from Target and the Dick and Jane book I thrifted BRAND NEW for $3! I felt rather guilty cutting pages out of it...but it was for a good cause! The Coca Cola box held mason jars with pink polka dot paper straws.


I bought the mason jar drink jug at Bed Bath and Beyond. It was the very last one and was marked down to $19.99. When I went to purchase it...it rang up for $14.99! SCORE! I served a few different dips, rice krispies and the beverage was actually iced water that I cut up fresh strawberries and frozen blackberries. It was delicious and I will be making it again for everyday drinking.


The watering cans were from the Dollar Spot at Target and once again I spray painted them. Inside there is a mason jar holding the roses and the babies breath was placed in around the outside of the jar.


I always go with Gus and Ryan at Lambs Bakery in Wilsonville, Oregon. We have had an amazing relationship for the past 10 years. I came in with an idea and they add to it and make it even better than I could have imagined. I asked for a 3 layer cake as I wanted tall. Mint frosting simple, smooth with the deco you see on the sides. They coordinated the large cake with her smash cake that was included at no charge. They have my business for life.


Olivia's party was perfect. She had a great time and she loved being the center of attention. Watching her do the cake smash in the middle of our dining room table was the best yet. One of the little boys at the party thought the smash cake was for everyone and whispers to his mom "Geez mom, she's not giving us a chance!" What a blessing a year makes.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Faith & Fellowship link up: Spirit lead me...

OK, first off I am a sap. As I have spent this week contemplating on what I will write to you today. I am rarely at a loss for words but for some reason I felt...held back. I find myself praying over and over, "Spirit, lead me. Help me to share your truth, wisdom and divine grace. Spirit lead me." Then it clicked...

What does your heart say about you? How do we even know the answer to the question? What are the words that your mouth is speaking? Our mouths are a window to our hearts. Your mouth speaks what your heart is full of. God's word gives us instruction to take heart and obey. Speak life giving words every chance you get. To do this we need to remove the negativity.

Ephesians 4:17-32 teaches us to not live with a hardened heart. But first we need to be made new. "Be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth."

I got a phone call from a friend the other day. A friend I look up to dearly in all things "God". But this phone call was her calling to ask ME questions about my relationship with my Mom in love. You see we are apparently an anomaly. I have a strong relationship with her. For me I have never second guessed this. Yes, we have our hiccups every now and then. But she is my confidante. When I married my husband this included his family as much as people try to deny. They are my forever family and I adore her. She asked me what I thought were a common reason for people having "mother in law issues". I told her its because people take too much time being selfish when they need to look inside and be selfless. It takes prayer, trial and hopefully little to no error. Do not sin out of anger. Peace makers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness {James 3:17-18} why should your mom in loves be any different?
 

Be child like. Not in a bratty, tantruming terrible 3 year old way...but with child like heart. Full of love and life. Find your strength in HIS presence. I know...this topic may come off goofy to some or you may be saying I don't have one, so no worries. But really this rings truth in every aspect of our lives. In order to show that you are wise and that you are understanding we must first take into account our actions. Especially our deeds done in humility. As its this humility that brings wisdom. From this wisdom we grow in maturity.

I read in She Reads Truth one time that a happy heart makes the face cheerful...heartache crushes the spirit. We must speak graciously, as these words are pure in his sight. The Lord hears the prayers of the righteous.

We are made imperfect for a reason. But through our trials and our tribulations comes freedom. Freedom in the knowing we are called to do greater things. What can you do today to honor someone else. Be selfless? It could be as simple as a smile or a random cup of coffee. Go out. Be a blessing and know that you are loved!

Now HURRY! Read about the link up below:


It's that time again - time for us to join together as a body of Christ and get to know and encourage our sisters in Christ!  Link up any and all posts you've written in this past week (or dig into your archives!) that are an encouragement for the Christian community!  I can't wait to read your testimonies, find out what God's doing in your life, or learn what you're learning in your quiet time!

Faith and Fellowship Guidelines
1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!
4.  Share this blog hop on social media using #faithandfellowship or pin the button on pinterest.

Simple Moments Stick


Your Host:

Susannah1
 
Susannah from Simple Moments Stick


Your Cohosts:


Aleisha from Britches and Boots  //    Britney & Hillary from The Quiet Place

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com


The Spring break blues...

I am midway into Spring break. I have looked at this week with excitement. A week to unwind. Take deep breaths. Sleep in. Drink lots of coffee and get outdoors as much as possibly can. Well. We had a few nice days and its back to the same old wet, rainy "liquid sunshine" Oregon days. I know. There are people that would give their right arm for rain, but I am big fat over it. With an all caps OVER.


The Winter brought us back to back sickness. Something our house has never experienced. Hindsight is the pediatrician says Livy Joy will have perfect attendance award when she starts school. In the meantime every sniffle I get paranoid. I have never been more thankful for a boogie sucker and my pink cool mist humidifier in my life. Throw in my "hippie" oils and you got yourself a wild and crazy partay. No. But for real. I am a wee bit stir crazy!! And although I love my green state of Oregon...I wanna kick it in the keester and get my warm ball of sunshine back.

I really have to laugh at my fantasy of "sleeping in" cause lets get real for a moment. I have 4 kids ages 7, 5, 3 and turning 1 in a mere 10 days. What IS this magical world I call sleep? Hasn't been in my vocabulary for a really long time. I do however have the entire movie Frozen memorized from start to finish. I have started about 15 projects. Left said 15 projects and moved onto other things. My home looks like a crime scene as I decided now would be the perfect week to go through and reorganize. Insert crazy here _______ . 

Behind the blues of lack of sunshine and lack of running around without getting drenched I have had some pretty amazing moments. I went on a run with my boy the other day and we laughed and joked around the whole time. Took my oldest on a run yesterday and while we were out it started to down pour. Like buckets, hoses, oceans, lakes, rivers, bathroom sinks. We were soaked to the bone. At first I was annoyed. But the annoyance took over with nonstop laughter which made my daughter laugh and pretty soon neighbors were coming out to their porches smiling, waving and laughing along with the 2 drowned rats out on the sidewalk. I have never liked to be caught in the rain except for that very moment. That was a God moment. A moment he intervened to show me some good ol' Oregon liquid love.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Yo-Yo Headband - Tutorial


Since March is National Craft Month my wonderful friend Steph over at Crafting in the Rain asked if I would want to join in her A-Z crafts for the month. Not going to lie I was a little intimidated at the thought especially when it came down to the "perfect letter" to choose. Then my 7 year old was bugging me to make her some new headbands for school and I decided to pick "Y" for yo-yo. The thing I love about making yoyo's is they are easy, take very little time and you can make so many amazing things out of them. I plan on making a bunch to string together and make a garland to hang from my mantle. OR how about hairclips, embellishments to shirts or even a necklace?! The list seriously could carry on!

The easiest way to make a yo-yo is to purchase a kit like you see below. Fairly inexpensive when you combine with a Michael's, Joannes or Hobby Lobby coupon and they come in various sizes. The size I used for this project is Extra Large.

 Another great thing is you can use scraps of fabric that you already have. You will need a yo-yo maker, a pair of scissors, fabric scraps, a needle and thread. Chocolate and iced tea is optional!


I have made a collage to go step by step...truly once you get one down you will be able to make these in about 2 minutes!

  1. This is your X-Large yo-yo maker!
  2. Pop the center piece out and place the outer part over top of your fabric with the print side going inside.
  3. Flip your fabric over and pop the center piece back in. You will want to make sure your lines are matched up (how I do this is make sure the wording on either side is the same direction).
  4. Cut your fabric leaving 1/4" to 1/2". The more you have the thicker the yo-yo. I do sometimes leave more to give a bulkier affect.
  5. You are going to start at the top and press your fabric down against the inside piece.
  6. Work from the bottom portion of the yo-you maker moving your way to the top with a thread and needle.
  7. Go from one corner to the next weaving in and out till you've gone all the way around and are back at the beginning. Once at the beginning stage you will go through the first hole one more time.
  8. You will then grab both ends of the thread and pull lightly and pop the center portion of the yo-yo maker out. Setting your outer layer aside.
  9. This is wear you pop the center piece out of your fabric.
  1. Face your fabric, pattern facing down as shown in the picture and pull the side of thread that has your needle on it. 
  2. Pulling slowly you will see your fabric starting to fold into itself. You can tuck the edges of the fabric in a bit as you pull.
  3. Your yo-yo is finished and you need to tie a couple knots in your thread so that it does not come apart!
  4. Cut your threads and there you go! This is the front of your yo-yo.
  5. This is the back of the yo-yo.
  6. They are super easy to embellish. Here I used a fabric covered button found in the scrap booking supplies. Made a small bow and using hot glue I embellished to give it a clean finished look.
I had a package of plain elastic headbands from Target that matched perfectly with my fabric. Line the elastic up with your yo-yo making a stream of hot glue and press down. You will then make a circle of felt and glue over top the elastic and the back of the yo-yo to give a cleaner look. There you have it! Super easy and fun to wear!


But wait...you have got to see what these other talented ladies came up with for you! Have a blessed day!

T is for Table runner  ||  The Happy Scraps U is for Upcycled skirt  ||  The Potter's Place V is for View finder  ||  Crafting in the Rain W is for Wagon shelf  ||  One Krieger Chick X is for Xacto knife stamps  ||  Chicken Scratch NY  Y is for Yo-yo headband  ||  Britches n Boots Z is for Zig Zag tray  ||  Up to Date Interiors

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's my Blogiversary!! ::{GIVEAWAY}::


Be forewarned, this is where the tears are streaming as I type. All those above have played a huge role in my 3 years of blogging. They might not even realize how much their love and their friendships have impacted me. Funny thing...I have only physically met 3 face to face (soon to be 4 as we plan a weekend away together!). This world of "blogging" is an interesting one. There are different blogs with different niches. Some won't give you the time of day...but then some. Some open up their hearts to you. Some share the triumphs, the trials, the pitfalls and the joys. These are the solid rock friendships that push you to be a better you. The days you feel like you are gonna fall flat on your face, they pray over you and tell you to push forward.

In my 3 years of blogging I have grown more confident in who I am. I have found the me in the words I type. I have opened up my heart and grown closer to God through writing to you. You have been present in so many pivotal moments in my life. Through the loss of a parent, almost losing my own life and the birth of 2 of my children. You have been there as I have transformed rooms, planned parties, created new recipes and crafted to my hearts content. For this, I am forever grateful.

Carrie of True Lovely Good (above!) is the push behind this entire blog. I was asked so many times how I made a project or a recipe on Facebook. And so many times, I would write a tutorial out under "notes" adding in pictures and editing it the way you would a blog post. Finally she said, "let's do this." So the brainstorming began for the perfect blog name. I knew I wanted this blog to be a reflection of me. I want YOU to know and see who I really am and what I am about. I grew up "farm" and that is a big part of me...hence how the name Britches & Boots: A place I call home came about. I have to be honest, my one and only fear with my blogging...is that I forget the 'R' in Britches!

This giveaway would not be possible without the following people, so please take the time to help me thank them:


And a huge thank you to my amazing affiliate Pick Your Plum which is the most amazing company to work with...like ever. Thank you Em, for everything you do. I simply adore you!

WHO is ready to try and win some awesomeness?! How does $75 in PayPal cash and a $25 Plum box sound? Giveaway is open to U.S. residents, 18 years or older. Giveaway closes on March 23rd. Now go grab yourself a celebratory cupcake and enter below!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Blogiversary Week Giveaway - Day 3



Goody goody gumdrops do I have some excitement to share...er...giveaway to you today!! I can hardly contain my excitement! Who will it be?!!

First up is my darling friend Breanna. She is a homeschooling mama of 3. And one of the most talented artists I have ever met. Seriously her doodles are jaw dropping good! Her heart is at home with her adorable family and she is...well...someone I am very blessed to have in my life! She has a heart of gold and is a genuinely delightful person. I big fat bubbly heart her!


Her shop Noggin Novelties has sweet items that are sure to bring a smile to your face. Today she is giving away a Noggin Novelties original coloring book and a fuzzy hoot!


Aren't they adorable?!! Makes my wanna bust out my colored pencils now!!

I am so giddy that one of you gets to endure my addiction for the Vintage Honey Shop!! Jennifer and Melissa are not only bff's but they married brothers! Yup, they're family too! This adorable duo is why I need to go to Bee-aholics anonymous cause I for real have an addiction!  


Besides being insanely sweet and gorgeous...they make stunning teething necklaces that anyone can wear. Mama rocks em' baby chomps em' is their motto! My daughters love to wear them and I get compliments everywhere I go (especially from my barista's which for some reason makes me feel UBER hip and cool).


I do have more than one in my collection and have my eye on a few more. Like I said...I am addicted! One of my favorite items is a Ruffle Bracelet Cuff. When I ordered it with a necklace they noticed that the ribbon choices on each were different colors and immediately asked if they could make them matching for me! Uh, yes please!


They are giving one lucky reader $18 shop credit to spend on anything they like in their shop! Lucky little bee's!

Remember contest is open to U.S. Residents only and you must be 18 years or older to enter. Giveaway ends on March 22nd. Good luck!




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