Idaho blogger shout out

I would say that a lot of the craft blog world is over taken by the great state of Utah. Not that there is a darn thing wrong with that, but living so close to Utah, I feel a little overlooked here in Idaho! I have some great, talented friends (and family) that are fabulous bloggers here in Gem state. Here is a little shout out to them. They are definitely worth looking at…

Cupcake Diaries– This is my cousin’s cute wife Alli’s blog. She is an incredible cook and  features new recipes almost every single day! DSC_0693 edit colorShe is an incredible blogger and was even mentioned on the Our Best Bites Blog! She totally rocks (and has the cutest little boy ever). P.S. I want to make this sandwich so much it almost hurts. It looks SO good!

Life in My Heels– Cute Sheena has the best sense of style and such a fun little life with she and her daughter Miss T (this girl’s got a lot of attitude packed in a tiny body). Her blog followers her life, style, current fashions, and her home décor. She also has some incredible sponsors and fabulous giveaways!

Sullengers– I have a mutual friend with this couple that told me their story and I became an instant fan. Last year, their little girl fell into a canal and passed away due to complications a few days later. They documented every part of their journey while in the hospital with Preslee and have talked about their healing process. They were just blessed with a beautiful little boy this month too. It is an incredible read.

Simply Sadie Jane- This girl rocks. Sadie is not only has a great style of writing, but she has a sense of humor, is crafty as can be, can make some killer tutorials, and has the cutest little family in the whole world. She isn’t afraid of color and being totally open and honest. That is what keeps you reading her adorable blog. Well, her chubby little girl keeps you pretty entertained too. (isn’t she just the cutest?)

I hope you take the time to check out all of my favorite Idaho Bloggers. Their blogs are all unique, creative, and entertaining! If you follow them, tell them Girl Loves Glam sent you over!

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Home Address Plaque TUTORIAL

I am excited to share this easy tutorial with you to help bring a little more curb appeal to your home! Have you ever been searching for a house and can’t find it because the people don’t have their freaking house number anywhere to be found? It is a pet peeve of mine, and I realized that I WAS one of those people! It had to come to an end. And fast. This is what I have now…
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Isn’t it so cute? I love it! A few months ago, I got the Lowes Creative Ideas magazine in the mail and they had one of these plaques in it but for what they used, it was going to cost $68 and that just wasn’t ok with me. If you want to spend the money, go on their site and they have instructions there. This is what theirs looks like.
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I love it! Just not the price. I did want to give them my business because they came up with the idea, so I did buy everything you will see me use at Lowes. Dave and I went to Lowes to find some cheap lumber to make our plaque when he saw this.
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It is a wooden plant caddy with wheels on it. It was the perfect find and the perfect price! I had to take a picture of it while we were there. Dave is thinking “I am trying to make posing with a plant caddy (whatever that is) in the middle of a hardware store look natural”. He’s a total natural.
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I got the numbers for about $2 each and the spray paint for about $3 each. That makes it a grand total of about $31! That is less than half of the other one. You will need spray paint, primer, wooden plant caddy, house numbers, saw, hammer, screws, and a drill. Your first step will be taking the wheels off and sawing off the 5th row of wood. We want a rectangle, not a square.
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Then prime this puppy. I love the spray primer. It doesn’t take long, and it isn’t messy! Then paint your boards the color you want them.
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Next, spray your numbers with primer and paint.
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Place them where you want them to be on your board and nail them into the board.
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Find someone to help you hold your board up to your house and screw this baby in!
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It is so cute from the road now! I love it! Happy creating everyone!
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Embellished shoes you can change up!

Enter the CURRENT GIVEAWAY before it ends on June 2nd!

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I am so excited about my new shoes! I made a pretty lame-o tutorial for you. Let’s just say you will have to use a little of your IMAGINATION! (if you have seen that episode of Spongebob, you can see my hands flying in the air like a rainbow when I say that)

Anyways! I found these lovely white flats at Wally World for a whopping $3! They were perfect because they are in a neutral color and can match just about anything.

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The first thing you’ll do, is snip those interesting bows off. They are looking better already!

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Use a hot glue gun to glue a strip of Velcro to the toe of the shoes.

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Make embellishments to put on the toes of your shoes and put the opposite side of the Velcro on the back of the embellishments.

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I made these by cutting strips of fabric and sewing a stitch through the center. Then I pulled the string to make them ruffle. I glued a piece of ribbon over the stitching to make the ruffles lay flat. I used plastic rhinestones and glued them on creating a design. The most time consuming part was putting all of the rhinestones on, but it wasn’t too big of a pain. I really like how they look on the shoes!

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The other embellishment I have for my new shoes came off of a pair of shoes that were too big for me.

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I have plans to make more embellishments for my shoes including some rolled roses and tulle! I will post some pictures as I make them. Go find some cheap shoes and make them pretty!

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Wings… How we celebrate 3 years

When you think of a romantic evening with your husband celebrating your 3rd anniversary what do you think of? Dinner by candle light, a themed suite, or maybe a romantic picnic? Nope! Wings of course! Buffalo Wild Wings just opened in Idaho Falls and we HAD to go check it out the 2nd day it was open! That day just so happened to be our anniversary. Nothing quite says “I love you forever” like Hot Barbeque wings that make you want to cry and keep you up with a tummy ache all night!

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Don’t worry though, I did have a romantic lunch with him earlier that day in his 3rd grade classroom. Panda Express in elementary desks. We probably deserve the “Most Romantic” award this year!

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Springtime Nest No-bake Delights!

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HURRY! Go buy the 50% off Easter candy for these yummy treats! This recipe came from the Cookie Bible. It is one of my favorite recipe books for obvious reasons!

1 cup butterscotch chips

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup sugar

2 1/2 cups chow mein noodles

2 cups cornflakes, slightly crushed

Jelly beans or malted milk egg candies

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1. Combine butterscotch chips, corn syrup, peanut butter and sugar in large microwavable bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30 second intervals.

2. Stir in chow mein noodles and cornflakes until evenly coated. Quickly shape scant 1/4 cupfuls mixture into balls; make indentation in centers to make nests. Place nests on waxed paper to set. Place 3 egg candies in each nest.

Makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies

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Yummy Mexican “Lasagna”

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I just made this for the first time and it was SO good! I am a total Mexican food junkie and this was so easy to make. It is a new favorite at our house. I got this recipe out of the Dinner Doctor recipe book. I love that book! It has the greatest foods in it!

Here is what you need:

1 lb. ground beef (lean is best)

1 jar chunky salsa (when I went to make mine, I realized I didn’t have much. I ended up subbing some of it for some taco seasoning)

6 corn tortillas (10 inch)

1 can (16 oz) refried beans

1 cup sour cream (I used more)

1 package (8 oz/2 cups) Mexican style cheese

Chopped fresh tomato (optional)

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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cook ground beef in a skillet thoroughly. Stir in 1/2 cup of salsa. Or you can just use the taco seasoning.

3. Spread remaining salsa in the bottom of a 10 inch pie pan. Top it with 3 tortillas. Spread half of the beans over the tortillas, then half of the meat mixture, then 1/2 cup of the sour cream, then 1 cup of the cheese. Top with the remaining 3 tortillas and repeat the layers, ending with all but 1/4 cup of the remaining cheese. Cover the pan loosely with foil.

4. Bake until it is hot throughout and the cheese is melted, 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes. Garnish the top with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese and chopped tomato.

Serves 6-8

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Trying new things on Studio 5

I love watching Studio 5 when I am in Utah. We need to be able to watch it in Idaho! Today, I had a few pictures on it!

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When we first came to SLC this week, Dave decided that we needed to try new things. We went to the Sweet’s Candy Factory and took a tour. It was so cool. Not too mention, you get free samples!

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We also decided to go to Gilgal Sculpture Garden. It is so random, but totally awesome! You have got to check this place out.

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We also were planning on going to the Bees season opening baseball game because we love them. BUT it was snowed out! So to try something new, we scalped tickets to the Jazz game for $10!

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Try something new this weekend!

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I’ve got a beef

With my sewing machine. I never have, nor will I ever claim to be a sewing expert. But I’m pretty sure this isn’t supposed to happen…

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If you are wondering why my cute shirt tutorial isn’t up yet, ask the Singer. Grrr.

I hope you’re having a happier day than I am!

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Stenciled Curtain Tutorial

In our bedroom, we have little cubby areas that are great for storage. We don’t have many storage areas in our house, so this space is extremely valuable! The only problem is that you can see all of your ugly storage all of the time! This had to come to an end. That is why I decided to make some curtains! I will teach you how I did it.

Ugly before pictures…

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What you will need…

*Burlap (as much as you need for your area)

*Paint (Nothing special, just the cheap stuff in whatever color you want)

*Stencil (I got mine for less than $5 at Walmart)

*Foam paintbrush

*Broken down box (This is used to protect your table. You can use anything else that will work to keep the paint from getting on a surface you don’t want to be ruined)

As far as sewing them, of course you will need a sewing machine and thread, and then you will also  need a curtain rod to suit your needs. I just got little spring rods for about $3.

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#1 Look at your fabric as a whole and decide the general areas of where you want your stencils. I kind of wanted mine to be at random, so I got a very general idea and just went with the flow.

#2 Set your stencil on your fabric (you can tape it there, but I decided that it took too much time). Dip your brush in a small amount of paint and start tapping the paint onto the stencil. It is best to start with a smaller amount of paint and add more.

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#4 After you have stenciled all of your fabric, let it dry.

#5 Hem all sides of the burlap. This stuff frays like CA-RAZY! Make one thick hem on top of your curtain where your curtain rod will go through.

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Easy as pie! I love them now!

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They are the best way to cover our nasty storage areas!

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Pottery Barn Moss Letter Tutorial

I have the most talented momma!

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This picture was taken on my senior trip at the Mall of America! We have changed a bit, but it is one of my favorite pictures. My mom made a tutorial for us today! I am so excited to show you.  Did you know that Pottery Barn is now carrying live plants? My mom saw these and fell in love.

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I love them! Well here is her version.

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This is what she had to say about her very first tutorial…

“I really think I did it the hard way though. It would be so much easier if you just found a cut out letter and covered it with sheet moss. Also, it would take a lot less moss. I used half a box on mine because I stuffed the chicken wire tube with it too. You can get sheet moss from most florists. My cost was $35 for a banana box full so I figure I only have about $20 into it. I think making a “P” would be tons easier!   I know you could easily do it with sheet moss, spray adhesive and a little wire. It would look more finished with a firm letter backing too. Good luck!”

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I’m so lucky to have my talented momma! I need to make of of these too!

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