Tale as Old as Time

Last night, Brent and I went on a Double Date with our friends Matt and Rebekah to see Beauty and the Beast: The Musical! As a Disney fan for sure, I was very excited about seeing this!

The play was just like the movie but with some added songs and dialect. My favorite parts were when they sang “Be Our Guest” and of course when they sang “Beauty and the Beast”. I also liked how they made the Beast funny at times and the actor that played Gaston was really good.

Even with little miss annoying Chatty Cathy behind us for most of the fist act, it was still a great night with great friends and great music!! I think we might go see Peter Pan next!!

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple

The Most Anticipated Bachelor Announcement Ever!

The announcement has FINALLY been made!! Sean Lowe is going to be the next Bachelor!! THANK GOD, right?? I mean I really did not want to see a whole season of Roberto…. SNOOZE FEST! HA

I loved Sean on Emily’sĀ  season and he is from Texas! Yes I know Dallas, but we will just pretend it is Houston, Okay??

Anyone else excited about this breaking news?? šŸ™‚

Back to real life now… HA

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple

Pinterest Project Tuesday – Halloween “Countdown to Candy” Calendar

I am in full Halloween decorating mode at the house! It is the first holiday at our new house so I might be going a little crazy… HA! Keeping with the Halloween theme, this week I made a Halloween “Countdown to Candy” Calendar.

It was really easy to make and it does take some time with all the Mod Podge but well worth it!!

Here is the pin that inspired me. I know the pin does not show the calendar, but when you click on the pin it takes you to this blog The Happy Scraps. She lists what she made and where she found the idea. I plan on making the pumpkins you see but I first wanted to make the calendar she had listed. The calendar idea came from the blog Just Another Hang Up. I did things a little different but for the most part it was the same!

Here is what I did!

Items you will need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Distress Ink
  • Paper Cutter
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Vinyl Letters
  • Scrapbooking Paper (I used 9 different kinds)
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood Blocks (I will explain sizing below)

First thing you need to do is get the wood. I went to Home Depot and got a 4x4x7 piece of wood and had them cut it into 10 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 cubes and 5 7 x 3/12 rectangles. It is enough sets to make 5 calendars. So I will be using those for future projects!

Next, you want to sand down the corners and any other rough spots.

Then you off to spray paint! Spray paint all sides until well covered and let dry.

While those are drying, you can cut your scrapbook paper down to size. I cut the pieces for the numbers down to 3 x 3 and the one piece for the rectangle wood to 3 x 6 3/4.

Then you want to distress the sides with the distressing ink.

Then you number the cubes! The first cube has 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The second cube has 0, 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8. The 6 becomes the number 9 when you need it. Also, put your stickers on the rectangle piece that says “countdown to candy”.

Once your wood pieces are dry, you want to start Mod Podging your paper down. This does take ALOT of Mod Podge but its well worth it!

Once the Mod Podge dries you are done!!

Super cute and super easy!!! If you have kids, this is a great to have around the house! Everyone is counting down the day to Trick Treating and all the candy!!

I hope you give it a try!!

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs Ripple

It’s Fall Y’all

Today is the first official day of fall. While I love fall and it is absolutely my favorite time of the year, it makes me miss home back in Michigan. As a Michigander let me tell you, there is nothing like Michigan in the fall time.

The trees change to the most amazing colors and then the temperature is just so nice! I just love it!

 

BUT the best thing about fall in Michigan is not the weather or the scenery, it is the apple orchards! They open in the fall time and nothing, I mean nothing beats an apple cider donut from a Michigan apple orchard. It is by far the thing I miss the most about Michigan.

There is nothing like going to the apple orchard and getting fresh donuts and cider. It just screams home to me.

Okay, that is my rant for the day. I hope you all are having a great beginning of fall! It was a beautiful day here in Texas and I am looking forward to the Scarecrow Festival that is coming in 3 weeks!

Until next time.

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple

Bark Box – September 2012

Have you ever heard of Bark Box??? WELLLLL, it is very similar to Birch Box but for DOGS! Still not sure what it is? Birch Box is where you get a monthly delivery of all types of designer cosmetic and beauty products. Bark Box is just like that but for your dogs! Neat right! I heard about Bark Box from this super cute blog called Carolina Charm. You should give her blog a look.

ANYWAYS! We received our first Bark Boxes yesterday and boy were the dogs happy! We got one Medium Box and one Large Box since we have 2 dogs both different sizes.

Brent and I were very excited to open the boxes and see what the doggies got! Each box was very similar, the Large Box had a bigger toy and a different type of bone then the Medium Box.

Ali’s Medium Box

Bella’s Large Box

The box had so much stuff in it and theĀ  product cost would have been a lot more than the monthly subscription of $17!

Al’s Box

What was in the box:

  1. The Crinklit toy by Zigoo Pets: What you do is take any plastic empty water bottle and slip it inside the toy and you have an instant crinkle sounding toy!! When the bottle is destroyed you just put a new one in!
  2. Whole Life Organic Dog Treats: These are freeze-dried treats in our case Sweet Potato that are really healthy and made just with the one ingredient. Bella and Ali loved these!!
  3. Barkworthies: A braided bully stick. The pups were eye this one!
  4. Whole Life Organic Dog Treats: This was a smaller sample then the Sweet Potato ones but this was Pure Chicken.
  5. Zukes’ Z-Bone: A breath freshening bone in Clean Apple Crisp flavor.
  6. W.A.G. (Wash-and-Go) Pet Wipes: A sample wipe that use for quick clean!

Bella’s Box

The Dogs had so much fun playing with the Crinklit toy! I can’t wait to see what comes the next month!!

Simba on the other hand was annoyed with this…

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple

Pinterest Project Tuesday – Boo Burlap Wreath

Another Tuesday here and another PinterestĀ Project! With Halloween quickly approaching Ā I thought it was time to get some Halloween themed projects done!

One of the first Halloween pins that caught my attention was this Boo Burlap Wreath. It was so cute and seemed pretty easy to make.

Here is the pin that I chose this week. The pin takes you to blog called Eighteen25, which is a cute blog with lots of different crafts! They also feature other crafters tutorials as well.

So here is my version of the Boo Burlap Wreath!!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 yard of black burlap
  • Modge Podge
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and hot glue
  • Wood letters to spell out BOO
  • 14′ foam wreath
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Sponge brushes
  • Newspaper
  • Paper plates
  • Black paint

First, you want to paint your letters and the wreath foam black.

While those are drying, cut the black burlap into 1in x 16in strips until you have used it all.

Double knot a strip to the wreath.

Knot the next strip overlapping the other slip slightly and continue until the whole form is covered

Once you are done with the burlap, you are going to start Modge Podging the letters. Put a layer of Modge Podge on the wood letter.

Stick down piece of scrapbook paper and let dry. Once dry you can cut out the letter and sand down the side if needed.

Once all letters are covered with their paper and dried, Modge Podge another layer over the paper and let dry,

Once dried, you want to Hot Glue the letters down to the wreath spelling BOO.

Once glue dries, you are done!!

Super easy and super cute!!

I hope you give it a try!!

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs.Ripple

Let’s Go Texans, Lets Go!!

Are you ready for some football??? It’s that time of year where fall is coming and football is back! On Sunday, I got to go to the Texans first game of the season with my Mother-in-law and sisters-in-laws.

We had a ton of fun!! This was my Mother-in-laws first time ever to a game so that made it even better! Apparently, on the first home game of the season it is White Out. Everyone is supposed to wear white to the game… well I didn’t get that memo! HA Nor did Kari and Debbie, only Kelli did! HA Luckily we weren’t the only people to not follow protocol. This tradition however, caused one of the best quotes. “Where your White, Bitches” I don’t think I have laughed that hard in a long timeĀ  when I heard my mother-in-law say that! It was just too funny!!

The Texans were playing the Miami Dolphins and we kicked their butt!! It was a great game!! Not only did we get to see some men in tight pants, we got to see Clay Walker sing the national anthem and Billy Ray Cyrus sing during halftime. I was a little bummed that he didn’t sing Ache Breaky Heart but I will live. We also got to enjoy some Ballpark food, who doesn’t love that??

It was a great day and I had a blast with the family! I can’t wait to go to the next game!

Remember “Where your White, Bitches!!”

Until next time.

Love,

Jessica aka Mrs. Ripple

M&M Cookies

This weekend I will be heading to Wimberley Texas for one of my good friends Bachelorette Party!! I am super excited about spending the weekend with the girls and making great memories. Anyways, I was asked to bring a dessert to the party and of course I said yes!! I had to ask the bride-to-be what she would like me to bring since it is her weekend and she said M&M Cookies. Of course I had to fulfill that request!

Who doesn’t love the classic M&M Cookie?? I know I do! They are super easy to make and the house smells so good when they are baking.

Here is my recipe for M&M Cookies!

What you will need:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fo light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 12.60 ounce bag of M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350Ā° . In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until fluffy. Make sure your butter is softened or this will be a lot more difficult.

Once butter is creamed, add your egg and vanilla incorporating well after each.

On medium-slow, start adding in your dry ingredients until well mixed together.

Remove bowl from mixer and add in M&Ms. You want to hand mix the candies in so that you do not break them apart .

Drop a full teaspoon amount of dough onto your cookie sheet about an inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Let cool completely and your done! Super easy right?

I had to give them a little taste and they were super yummy! I can’t wait to share them with all the girls! I hope you give them a try!

Until next time.

Love,

Jessica aka Mrs. Ripple

X Marks the Spot

Now I had no intention for watching The X Factor this season as I did not watch the last season. I already watch enough Reality crap TV shows that adding another one was too much. However, when I found out Britney Spears was going to be a judge, I was intrigued. As a huge Britney fan, I had to what shenanigans she was going to cause. Was she going to be the next Paula, acting a drunken mess or was she going to be like the old Britney. I just had to find out!

The show premiered yesterday and boy was I glad I DVR tuned in!! Britney’s facial reactions alone are enough to watch the show. Whatever she was thinking was written all over her face! As someone who shows all emotions and thoughts through facial reactions, I can relate to this. Case in point the photo below…. (not the best quality photo but proves my point.)

What can I say, you want to know what I am thinking/felling, just look at the face I am giving you.

I thought Britney was HILARIOUS!! Audition after audition she was giving great face along with equally funny commentary. “I want to know who let you on the stage.” “You need to get a new teacher to teach you how to sing.” HAĀ  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season is like.

Oh and the show itself is okay. It’s just another singing competition.

Until next time.

Love,

Jessica aka Mrs. Ripple

Pinterest Project Tuesdays – State Nail and String Art

Okay… I am a little late, Sorry!! However, I love the project that I did this week!! I kept seeing this on Pinterest and then started seeing it on Etsy. I just knew I could make one and I did!! I love how it turned out and I can’t wait to make one of Michigan next!

Here is the pin that inspired me for this weeks project.

The pin takes you to a blog called The Harpster Home, which is a cute blog about their family and has a ton of DIY projects! You should check it out!

Now back to the project! I changed the project up a bit. I didn’t want to paint my board for 2 reasons 1) I didn’t want to wait for it to dry and 2) because I wanted it to have a textured look. So instead of painting the board, I used burlap! I loved the way it turned out!

So here is what I did!

Items you will need: (Cost $15-$20 and takes about 2-3 hours)

  • Burlap
  • Wood board (mine is 11×11 from Micheal’s)
  • Nails (Small length)
  • Tape
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • State shape
  • Pliers
  • String

The first thing you want to do is cover your board with burlap. I used a lighter color burlap, but they make a ton of colors to choose from! Using your staple gun, staple the burlap to the back making sure you pull and wrap it around tightly. Cut off any excess burlap.

Next cut out your state of choice and cut a heart around the city you live in or choosing; in my case it was Houston.

Tape down your state to the board, putting the tape on the back. If you choose to paint your board you are going to want to use painters tape for this step so that you don’t accidentally take up any paint.

Then you start nailing around the map. You can use the pliers to hold the nail in place and then start hammering away! This is the longest part but easy to do while watching TV, in my case The Voice. Don’t you just love Adam Levine?? So cute!

Anyways! Once you are done nailing all the way around your map, you can remove the actual map from the board. Leaving you the outline of the state in nails!

From there you are going to start stringing from nail to nail. Tie a knot at on nail and then start stringing from that nail to the heart and back. You are going to use the heart nails more than once and that’s okay!

Once you done stringing, tie the string to the same nail you started with. AND your done!

Isn’t that super cute?? I like that is not perfect and I think it turned out rustic!

I hope you give it a try! Let me know how it turns out!

Until next time!

Love,

Jessica AKA Mrs. Ripple