Healthy Holiday Appetizer

Healthy and EASY appetizer recipe with Ranch seasoning

This is my GO-TO recipe when I need to bring an appetizer to a party.  It is seriously easy!!! Oh, and be sure to enter this crazy awesome GIVEAWAY of $75 to a Color Me Mine Studio or a Duncan Ceramic Studio in your area + a bunch of Ranch seasoning goodies! All you need is: Cherry tomatoes {halved} Cucumbers {2 or 3 peeled and sliced} Plain Cream Cheese {8 ounces} Mayonnaise {1 tbsp} Ranch seasoning mix {4 tsp} Fresh herb {I used fresh Thyme} Directions: Mix ranch seasoning, cream cheese, and mayonnaise until smooth in a bowl.  {I usually let the cream cheese warm up a little before mixing} Slice cucumbers thick enough to hold the cream cheese and tomato. Put the cream … [Read more...]

“Bake Craft Sew Along” Babylock Sewing Machine Giveaway

Rustic Table Runner sewing tutorial

Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Crochet Along. I am sharing a wonderful sewn gift idea perfect for holiday gift giving. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas……..AND I get to be part of an amazing sewing giveaway too. Keep reading… I'm sew excited to share how to sew this Rustic Christmas Table Runner! This is one sew AMAZING! She is a beauty and her name is Rachel. One lucky winner will receive… this amazing Baby Lock Sewing Machine ($799 Value) Ready to take your sewing to the next level? The Baby Lock Rachel is the star of any sewing class, … [Read more...]

Wine of the Month $50 Giveaway!

Wine of the Month Giveaway

Ohhhhhh ... yes please..... FREE money for wine!!!! 50 BUCKS for you to use towards your order of wine and/or accessories from Wineofthemonthclub.com See what I have to say about this lovely wine gift I received from Wine of the Month Club!!! You can buy gifts for someone or for yourself.  There are lots of wine accessories to choose from! I'm always looking for a deal, they have an UP TO 60% off wines page as well! You could use the gift card towards throwing your own wine party!  Here's a Wine Party Kit and a video of what comes in the box! If you are located in these states and 21 or older, you can enter (they only ship to these states) Washington, Oregon, California, … [Read more...]

Family Pajamas GIVEAWAY!!!

Win a set of family pajamas! Don't pass this up!! #giveaway

Be sure to check back weekly to see what giveaway is up next! This is a relatively new tradition to my family and I.  Getting matching family pajamas every fall for the holiday season. We love having them and although the boys grow out of them generally by the next year, I get to wear mine till they get holes in them *wink* They'll get there one day too, I'm sure.  In any case, we got our family pajamas through Sleepyheads.com this year! We got our package and all of us changed out of our daytime clothes in to our PJs, I think it was only 7pm??  Cracked me up. The even funnier thing is that these are the 'Frozen' line of pajamas, although the boys like the movie; the song "Let it … [Read more...]

Unexpected Adventures + $25 Target Gift Card

Target Gift Card Giveaway

I'm teaming up with Target today and we're giving away a $25 Gift Card! {{See below how to enter to win!}} Pretty much every day is an unexpected adventure with me!   I want to talk about one in particular from several years back.  My BFF and her husband came from Canada to Albuquerque to visit and meet our new baby boy when he was just 4 months old.  It was their first trip to New Mexico and I wanted to make it so special and memorable for them. We took adventures all over the state but the most memorable and unexpected adventure was when I surprised them with a hot air balloon ride.  They had NO IDEA!  Not only was it special to surprise them but it was also mine and my husband's … [Read more...]

Quilt Kit Giveaway – Craftsy

Quilt kit Giveaway from Craftsy

Which quilt would you love to win? One randomly selected quilter will get to choose their prize, whether it's the starry True Blue Quilt Kit OR the elegant Blue Garden Quilt Kit. (Psst ... the prize also comes with the coordinated backing for the quilt!) **Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter.** Enter to win here: Enter to Win a Quilt Kit from Craftsy  … [Read more...]

How to Add Patina to Anything

Modern Masters Metal Effects can add patina to surfaces and update (or age) #diy

Modern Masters Metal Effects Patina finish is surprisingly simple to use!  You can use it on pretty much anything. Be sure to enter the Modern Masters PAINT GIVEAWAY at the end of this post ... I have this old chest that we were given years ago.  It stayed the way we got it for years because I hadn’t gotten inspiration on how to paint it.  Fast forward to now when I was offered an opportunity to try out the Modern Masters Metal Effects finish.  There may be quite a few furniture pieces in our house to have tried this paint technique on, but this chest won!  I wanted to try it on the chest mostly because it has a floral embossed type texture to it.  So, I wanted to experiment with the … [Read more...]

I’m a CoverGirl + Sew News Magazine Giveaway

Taradara is a CoverGirl!

Hey all!!! This has been such a great week!!!!  Life is pretty good, but it was certainly made GREAT when I received these in the mail. My design made the cover!!! {want one?  read on....} I'm sew excited to announce that the new winter edition of the Sew News Magazine is on the newsstands!!! So life is certainly great, but then it got even more AMAZING when I walked in to JoAnn's and saw it on the actual stand as a FEATURED TITLE!!! Then it opens up, the article goes on for pages ... and then ... the last page has an advertisement. An ad for Daily Craft TV.  The applique tutorial that I did is advertised! Would you like to win one?  You can just by entering below... a … [Read more...]

Holiday Bake, Craft, Sew-Along (HUGE giveaway!)

taradara christmas tree wall hanging decoration

I am over at Skip to my Lou guest posting today for the Holiday Bake Craft Sew Along. I've sewn and teach you how to sew this funky Christmas Tree decoration Dust your sewing machine off and create with me!  This is a super killer easy project that won't take you long at all AND you'll have FUN creating it! I get to treat you to a SEW Amazing giveaway as part of our crafty series. This is one AMAZING giveaway! We are giving away a fabulous Prize Package worth more than $1000! One lucky winner will receive... $600 JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores This will get your sewing room stocked and ready to create! Can you imagine? Singer Professional Serger This singer … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway time! Visa Gift Cards, yo!

Back to School giveaway! Enter to win a $450 Visa Gift Card!  2 people will win!  A total of $900!!!

Sticking with the Back to School theme this week, I thought I’d be a part of a HUGE AMAZINGLY GREAT giveaway!!!!  Not 1, but 2 Visa Gift Cards valued at $450 EACH!!! WHAT!!!???????? You HAVE to get in on this .... After dropping a wad on back to school schtuff, you can have this $450 Visa Gift Card to buy whatever you want! Buy some new clothes for yourself.  Buy those sunnies you’ve been eyeing for a gizillion months!  Buy your kids more school clothes.  Buy groceries (although that’s boring).  Buy WHATEVER YOU WANT with it!!! $450 can buy a lot of stuff!!  And you can win it! Taradara Made It and Pretty My Party have teamed up with some wonderful bloggers and businesses to bring … [Read more...]