Monday, April 6, 2015

Motorcycle Diaper Cake & Recipe

Hey everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Easter holiday!

I volunteered to make a homemade carrot cake with homemade cream cheese icing and a batch of deviled eggs! I even purchased a couple packages of miniature cupcakes for the kids!



Here is the recipe I used:

Carrot Cake
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2-3 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups Wesson Oil
3-4 cups grated carrots
4 eggs
1 cup pecans or walnuts

Sift flour and dry ingredients (except sugar).
Shred carrots.
Grease and flour pan.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
After sifting, mix everything in one bowl on medium 2-3 minutes.
Bake 1 hour.

Cream Cheese Icing
1 pkg. cream cheese
1 stick butter
1 pkg. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream together.


I wanted to share a couple of photos with you all. There were three ladies having babies within weeks of each other at work. One of my co-workers was a first-time mom and I wanted to make her a special gift that she could enjoy but that was practical, too. So I found a tutorial on YouTube for an adorable motorcycle diaper cake and watched it SEVERAL times before I finally got the courage up to try it. Guess what? It was so easy! Thom does an excellent job showing each step of the process and I made it right along with her. Go check out her channel. She makes adorable diaper cakes!!

So here is a look at the one I created:

Thanks for hanging out with me today! I hope you have a fabulous and productive week. Today is my day off so I am going to try to get everything done today since I will be working tomorrow through Saturday! Be sure to check back on Friday for another post!

Hugs,

Friday, April 3, 2015

HAPPY EASTER!

Hey everyone!

This is one of my favorite times of the year! Not because it is the spring season, although that is a wonderful event after a rough winter! No, I enjoy this time of year so much because of the new beginning and times of refreshing that always coincide with the resurrection of my Savior Jesus Christ!

I am so thankful that over 2,000 years ago, a man named Jesus came to this earth to die for my sins to set me free. The stripes He bore on His body was for the healing of mine! He took all of the shame and reproach that I deserve and in exchange gave me everlasting life! He is not dead! He is not in the tomb! He is risen and I am rejoicing!!!!

My daddy died on December 29, 2013. He is in paradise with Jesus today! My daddy is cancer-free! He is not disabled from a stroke. He is able to walk, run, jump, and wrap both arms around Jesus to thank Him for what He did at Mt. Calvary! My dad is finally able to experience what he lived his whole life to do...be in the presence of our Savior!

Heaven is sweeter to me with my loved ones there. I am looking forward to missing the torment of hell. I am eager to talk with the saints of old and see the beauty of heaven. I want to see an angel. But more than all of that, and even if none of that happened, I want to see Jesus! I want to kneel at His precious feet and thank Him for what He did for me. 

You see, Jesus saved me! He forgave me! He loves me! He blesses me! He helps me! He encourages me! He lifts up my head! He promotes me! He protects me! He heals me! He touches my mind! He carries me! He is with me!

Do you know Jesus Christ like that? I promise you that you will never, ever regret knowing Him. He is so amazing! He is so wonderful! He is so sweet and loving and kind. He wants to be the Lord of your life and He wants to live in your heart! If you only could see Jesus for who He really is and not what someone else says about Him, you would run to Him and fall at His feet and ask Him to save you, too! Don't wait! It's not too late! You can ask Him today to save you and He will do it!

Today is Good Friday and it is so good to know that Jesus died for me! He didn't stay on the cross, though. He didn't stay in the tomb, either! He is resurrected and sits on the right hand of the Father! He is alive forevermore! Hallelujah! HE IS RISEN!!!!

God bless you and I want to wish you all a very happy Easter!

Hugs,

Monday, March 30, 2015

New Posting Schedule

Hey everyone!

Do you ever place too high of expectations on yourself? I do this a lot! I started this blog on Wednesday, February 27, 2008. My goal in creating a blog? Just to have fun sharing with others. That's it!

So, in seven years, my life has drastically changed. My children are older, my hobbies and interests have changed, my priorities are different, and my content has certainly evolved along the way. The one thing that has remained the same is that I have always expected too much from myself!

I love connecting with those who read my blog. Some have been with me from the start and others joined along the way. You may be reading this as a first-time visitor. I welcome you all. I am so glad you are taking the time out of your day to spend a few moments with me.

So the big expectation I have always put on myself was posting. Whether it is on this blog, or my Stamping With Bridgett blog, or even my Bridgeing the Gap blog, I have this idea in my head that I need to post something every single day. It's hard to do that! I have a lot of reasons why it is really tough to post every single day but the bottom line is that, for me, it is an unrealistic goal. I simply can't do it. When I don't post, I feel like a failure and then days turn to weeks and on it goes...then it gets really tough to post at all.

I decided to make things easier on myself I would come up with a schedule. I will post only on those days. I will not promise myself to post every single day. I want to find that joy in sharing with others that I had in the beginning. So I will do that. I will be sharing again...and that will be fun for me! (And hopefully fun for you as well!)

Thank you for sticking with me. Thank you for subscribing to my blog. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read what I post. Thank you for the comments, questions, and emails. Your encouragement and feedback has been inspiration for me to keep sharing and posting, even if it has been sporadic.

New posting schedule for 2015 is going to be Mondays and Fridays! I hope you will begin and end your work week right here at my blog. I will share updates on my kids, our family, our projects, my faith, my projects, my hobbies, and whatever I am doing at the time. Please leave me a comment below or send me an email at either stampingwithbridgett@gmail.com or bridgettowens78@gmail.com to let me know what types of things you would like to see more of. Tutorials? Recipes? Organization videos? Before and After? Arts and Crafts? Or maybe you have ideas I haven't even thought of. Thank you so much for being a part of my online journey! Have a great one!! Check back on Friday for another blog post.

Hugs,

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dollar Tree Bags, Tags, and Paper

Hey everyone!

I am not usually one to get excited about Christmas. I do not get into the Santa thing and I do not tell my children about that. If you want to do that, I will not tell you not to, but it's not my thing and that should be okay, too. The Christmas memories I have are mostly good. The Christmas memories with my parents and siblings only were definitely the best. I remember the dinners the most...houseful of family, lots of cousins to play with...definitely very noisy with lots of laughter and fun. The food was of course delicious because my mother made most of it and she is an outstanding cook.

Now that my dad is gone, this Christmas feels different. I know it's not even Thanksgiving, and no I am not one to rush the holiday seasons. I love Thanksgiving for the same reason I just mentioned about Christmas memories. This year will be our first Thanksgiving without my dad. This will also be our first Christmas without my dad. And it will be the first Christmas living in my mother's home after many, many years of being gone. I am with my husband and our children so it will definitely be something very different this year.

I guess in an unconscious effort today I sort of got into the Christmas Spirit. Maybe I thought that buying some pretty wrapping paper and gift bags like I do every year would sort of be in keeping with tradition. After all, many of the traditions we held fast to before will be a thing of the past this year. Some things may remain the same, but nothing will truly be the same without my Dad here to celebrate with.

I was happy to pick up a few Christmas presents today, though, and I was delighted to find some gift wrap, tags, and bags today. I decided to create a YouTube video showing some of the bags I purchased. Here are a couple of photos:



Here is the video:

Thank you for hanging out with me today! I felt inspired to share a new post on my other blog: Bridge-ing The Gap called Before and After. Hope you will go and check it out!

Hugs,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

House of Aqua's Thrift Store Sweater Challenge

Hey everyone!

As many of you know I love to go shopping at thrift stores. It is something my mother and I enjoy doing from time to time and we always manage to find really nice things for next to nothing. I've been wanting some sweaters and maybe a couple flannel shirts but they are usually so expensive that I haven't wanted to spend that much money on a single piece of clothing...especially for myself. I had been looking around and found some really nice pieces at some different second hand places and I want to share those with you now.
This coat by St. John's Bay was only $3 at St. Vincent's Catholic store. It looked brand new and it is so soft. It feels like suede on the outside and the inside is so soft. I know my daughter will be super warm when she wears this coat this winter.
This short-sleeved denim jacket caught my mom's eye and she asked me if I liked it. I really do. It will be nice to have an extra layer for those fall days when it's still warm outside. The weather we have been having lately is perfect for that. It was only $2 at St. Vincent's Catholic store. I can wear a tank top or camisole underneath and one of my long skirts.
Another score for Kadesia! She loves purple so I thought she would really like this sweater. It was only $1 at St. Vincent's Catholic store. There is a cable-like weave pattern that I thought was so nice and it's light enough that she can wear this throughout the fall.
This striped shirt is bigger than I normally wear but I thought it was cute and I can always layer it. I was looking for some button-front tops since I don't own any ... until now! For only $1 at St. Vincent's I thought I would grab it!
Mom and I went to the Goodwill store in Bloomington. It's north of us about 40 miles (+/-) . It had been a while since either of us had gone up there and I just wanted to look at the sweaters. We got a lot of items for cheap and this sweater by Land's End was one of the great finds! It was $4.29. I really like the color and it still looked really good.
Mother bought this on a different thrift store trip we took to Jasper. I have a YouTube video about it that you might have watched. This was only $2 or $3 at St. Vincent's Catholic store down there. It is nice and big...super soft and oh so comfy! I love it!
When I saw this shirt hanging on the rack at Kara's Kloset I really liked the colors in it. It just looks so fallish to me and I really loved that it was short-sleeved. I have worn this a lot since getting it. My mom had taken some of my kids' clothing in and was given in-store credit for the items. So this shirt was totally FREE!
This is the last item I am sharing today. I really like how this has just the one big button and two small pockets on the front. The sleeves come about to my elbows and it's another great layering piece. I got this at Kara's Kloset also for FREE!

What do you guys like to find at the thrift stores? I usually like to get home decor items, storage solutions, strawberries, and clothing. I created a video featuring these clothes for the House of Aqua's Thrift Store Sweater Challenge. You can watch the video below.
Be sure you check out my contest video where I am giving away $100 in gift cards to 10 stores! You can see that video here.

Thanks for watching! Have a great day!

Hugs,

Monday, October 20, 2014

$100 GIVEAWAY!

Hey everyone!

I have over 100 subscribers to my YouTube channel. I think that is so exciting and I wanted to do something fun to celebrate! I am giving away $100 to one of my subscribers! I am going to pick up a $10 gift card from each of the following stores:

*Rue 21*
*Walmart*
*Target*
*Lowe's*
*Joann Fabric*
*Maurice's*
*JC Penney's*
*Victoria's Secret*
*Bath and Body Works*
*Dollar Tree*

The rules are very simple:
You must be 18 years of age or older.
You must live in the United States.
You must be a public subscriber.
You must leave a comment below the video on my YouTube channel.

Hugs,

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mail Call: Erin Condren, Walmart Beauty Box and The Greeting Farm

Hey, everyone!

Let's face it when you become an adult, getting the mail is just not always fun. Usually there is a handful of bills to pay, maybe a few magazines or junk mail, but rarely is there anything exciting sitting in the mailbox waiting for you.

Recently though I have had a lot of FUN mail! Let me show you what all I got!

Mail Call #1
I received $10 from Erin Condren's website. I could hardly wait to get some customized stickers for my planner. The colors are vibrant and I love how I can create stickers that say exactly what I want for the events that my family enjoy the most.
You can personalize your stickers here. To get your $10 coupon click here.

Mail Call #2
Sample Box Prom POV
Here is a look inside the beauty box I received from Walmart:
For $5 I was able to get all of these products to sample. There will be four beauty boxes per year mailed out and the $5 includes shipping and handling. If you enjoy getting samples of beauty products to try before you buy, you may want to sign up for this offer.

Mail Call #3
The third and final package I am sharing with you all is from The Greeting Farm. My sweet friend Christina Wernstrum from Christina's Creative Expressions sent me a gift card for my birthday to TGF. I absolutely love their stamps and these are the ones I purchased. Thank you, Christina!
You can watch the video I created that shows you all the items I received in the mail. Be sure to watch all the way to the end to find out about an upcoming giveaway I will be doing! More details to come very soon!
Thanks for hanging out with me today. Check back soon for more ideas and inspiration!

Hugs,