Udderly Smooth Back To School

Udderly Smooth hand lotion and foot lotion have 'udderly' saved my skin.  My hands and feet get sooooooo dry no matter what time of year it is!  So I try to share the love and what works for my skin with others if they ask ... and sometimes even if they don't. Psssttttttt.... at the bottom of this post ...  You can WIN an Udderly Smooth prize pack as well as a $100 gift card to Wal-Mart!!! After washing my hands 3 million gazillion times a day back when I worked in the hospital, living in the desert, having kids and washing my hands, walking around in bare feet (because I like to) ... to now, recently having foot surgery ... I can imagine that teachers are the same way as far as washing … [Read more...]

Painted jeans

Painted jeans make a statement!!! Why don't you paint your jeans and make them unique just like you?The girls from FIX THIS on 9 News Denver had me on to teach them how to paint jeans! Worth a watch to learn how to paint your jeans I've been on a cherry blossom painting kick lately. I bet you have a pair of jeans that you love but never wear for various reasons, why don't you paint them and make them amazing again!! My boys love to help me with the first step of splattering the paint.  This is a fun step!!! If you're reading this and am thinking to yourself that this might not be something you'd do yourself... For those who LOVE these painted jeans, but have no desire to … [Read more...]

Snacking on the Go – An Unexpected Flavorful Surprise

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Lately, snacking on the go has been at an all time high between sporting events, working, traveling, and my recent foot surgery.  I've upped my snacking slightly out of a bit of necessity and convenience. Why am I snacking so much? My 'always painting, always multi tasking, always creating, always driving' persona has had to take a step back slightly to heal from my foot surgery, so 'slowing down' is an unfamiliar and unexpected territory for myself, my family, and for those who know me.  Surprisingly, slowing down has been refreshing (aside from post-operative pain) to settle … [Read more...]

Top 5 Kid Places to visit in Albuquerque + Bucket List item

Places to visit in Albuquerque are in abundance and fun for the whole family.  I have included 5 of my top picks ... plus a bonus at the end! When we lived there, the boys were little and our days could easily be filled with things to do with kids. The Albuquerque Convention & Visitor's Bureau is a great resource when planning your trip to New Mexico. Sandia Peak Tram The Sandia Peak Tram is celebrating 50 years! The tram has served over 11 million people during those 50 years, including the likes of Australian, Hugh Jackman (whom we missed by a week!! Bummer!), Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others.  During the tram ride up the mountain, the attendant shares facts about Albuquerque as … [Read more...]

DIY Chalk Paint Furniture Makeover – Before and After

Don't you just love before and after chalk paint projects?  I've been painting everything in my path with chalk paint these days, including this amazing dining room hutch I picked up at Goodwill for next to nothing.  It has sat in our garage (much to my husband's dismay) for months waiting for me to get inspiration to paint it. Well, inspiration finally hit and I went to town on it with red chalk paint! Here is the before: Here is the during: I painted the inside a beautiful blue that accented the red quite nicely. The solder was the traditional bronzey-goldy colour so I wanted to get rid of the glass all together and replace it with something different.  But since I've been working … [Read more...]

How to use Watercolor Pencils – Change the way you color

Watercolor pencils are so fun! In fact, if there were more hours in the day, I would color pretty much everything with them! They take creativity to a whole new level for me and the boys. Here is a YouTube video I made showing you how to use these watercolor pencils. I hope you have as much fun with them as we do! … [Read more...]

Alcohol Ink Ideas + how it can be incorporated into business

How does alcohol ink and business tie into one another? I was recently asked to appear on a business talk show and do something artistic/crafty.  I thought to myself, how am I going to pull that off with it relating to business? I'm not much of a business person, I'm the typical ADD artist who is flighty and is always seeing color and art and ways to improve things with paint or whatever!  I have been working with a number of different art mediums and had to focus on one. Alcohol ink projects came to mind! How would alcohol ink art be incorporated into business? Well, a couple of ways.  One, alcohol ink is very fluid and hard to control at times. So, if a business person is … [Read more...]