Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: September 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sunday Blog Hop #20


Happy Sunday All!  This hop is a place to mingle and meet new bloggy friends  Be sure to follow your host. Leave me a comment letting me know you did. I will absolutely return the favor:>

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You can also find recipes in my Let's Eat section, Tutorials HERE,  and money saving tips below.
Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
Freezing Your Milk
Living on $14,000 a year
How Does She Q and A
Breakfast and Lunch: Meal Planning and Saving Tips 
Fresh Produce All Month Long   
Save Money at Costco
Weekly Menu Plans + Printable Shopping Lists

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Beauty Tips and Tricks: Using Dry Shampoo

Hi Blissful and Domestic readers!  My name is Jenny and I blog over at Modern Modest Beauty.  You can usually find me writing about fashion, beauty, travel and my life in general.  When Danielle asked me if I would like to be a fashion/beauty contributor here on her amazing blog, I couldn't say no to such a great opportunity!  So, a little about me...I'm a wife and mom of two, a part-time flight attendant and a blogger on the side.  In my precious free time I love to travel, shop (on a budget), craft (even if I'm not great at it), watch movies and spend time with my family.

Being a mother is the best thing to ever happen to me, but it definitely came with some lifestyle changes.  One of the biggest changes has been the amount of time I have each day to spend getting ready.  So today I want to share my favorite time-saving trick...DRY SHAMPOO. 

This little bottle will become your new best friend.  Note: I have no affiliation with Suave, this is just the cheapest dry shampoo product I have been able to find. 

Step One: Apply dry shampoo to the roots of your hair.  This should be the only part of your hair that is greasy.  If your ends are greasy, that is a whole different problem that I don't have answers for!

Make sure to get the roots toward the back of your head too.  I think it works best to spray from about one foot away.  If you hold the spray can too close, bad things happen.

That is, unless your goal is to have gray hair.  I prefer to dye my pesky gray hairs that are starting to pop up, not add more!  Spray from a foot away and don't apply too much.

Wait about 30 seconds to let the dry shampoo soak up the oil in your hair.  Then, brush through your hair and tease it just a little bit to give it some volume.

Now you can style it however you would like.  I put it up in a side ponytail, because like I said before, with kids I just don't have time to do much else!  Dry shampoo is probably my favorite product and if you haven't used it, I hope you will try it out and see how much time it can save you in the morning.  It's also healthier for your hair to not wash it every day.  Note: you will still want to shower/bathe...if you have long hair like me you can put it up in a shower cap, or just pin it up off of your shoulders!


I love to make new blogging friends, so come say hi over at Modern Modest Beauty!  
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

20 Fall Treats & The Feature Friday Linky Party


Good Afternoon Lovelies! I have compiled 20 D-E-L-I-S-H treats. Oh my do I want to go bake right now. I think my sugar tooth is rearing it's ugly head, after searching for this roundup of features. They look pretty dang good. So take a peek at all the treats you have been linking up and continue reading below the page break to join the party.

Pumpkin Spice Mini Doughnuts @ The Diary of Dave's Wife

Easy Pumpkin Pretzels @ Butter with a Side of Bread

Homemade Candy Corn Pretzels @ Sugar Swings!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins @ Echoes of Laughter

Apple Cider Spice Cake @ Bird on a Cake

Candy Corn Oreo @ No. 2 Pencil

Caramel Apple Munch Mix @ Shaken Together

Pumpkin Molasses Waffles @ Sweet Boutique

Pumpkin Scones @ Will Cook for Smiles

Caramel Apple Bites @ Echoes of Laughter

Pumpkin Spice Cake @ Blissful and Domestic

Perfect Pumpkin Roll @ Love, Pomegranate House

Apple Cinnamon Treats @ Feeding My Temple

Oreo Cookie Truffles @ Just Us Four

Dutch Crumb Cake @ Silver Boxes

Simple Apple Crisp @ Blissful and Domestic

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies @ Blissful and Domestic

Owl Cupcakes @ Phaedra's Adventures

Butterfinger Cake @ Posed Perfection

Scarecrow Crunch @ The Prairie Cottage

If you were featured snag a button HERE.

Now onto the Feature Friday Linky Party


The Rules:

Follow Blissful and Domestic and grab a button 


Link up YOUR recipes, crafts, ideas, projects, or fun posts to share. Please no etsy shops, giveaways, or ads. New or old posts are welcomed! Link up to your post and not your main blog. Visit some other links and have fun!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Incredible Egg: Tips and Tricks to Get Your Day Started Right

Before getting into today's post I have an announcement....The StyleLately  giveaway got all jumbled up. A lot of you entered, which I am so excited about. The  mix up is that I need you all to reenter. Lack of sleep and me having a blonde moment caused me to delete the post. I am so sorry and hope you all will be understanding. Please just leave all your comments again, so you can be entered to win the Style Lately giveaway. Remember there will be 5 winners! Lots of chances to win:)


Now onto to today's post.....

Did you know that eggs are incredible? Eggs are low in cholesterol. They are also one of the few foods, which are naturally a good source of vitamin D. A while back I was reading a back issue of Woman's Day Magazine. I got it from the library. You can read about how I read magazines for free from the library HERE. The article gave some great ideas on how to start your morning off right. One way to start your day was with eggs. The egg is where it is at. In this article I learned a few facts about how awesome eggs are and how they can really jump start your day. Eggs are high in Vitamin D. “Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption, helping to form and maintain strong bones” (Woman's Day Magazine, October 20122 Issue, pg #131). One egg contains 6 grams of protein and only 70 calories. This is great when trying to feed healthy nutrition packed meals to those munchkins of ours. I know that it can be hard to get our selves going in the morning, along with our kids and hubby's. It is for me at least. I am a snooze button feign, when it comes to the alarm. I seriously hit it at least twice each morning. My bed is just way too comfy. Oh and the fact I am a night owl probably doesn't help either. I usually need a quick breakfast idea, so we can get our day started. I know most of you are all busy ladies. Because of that, I wanted to share a few quick meal ideas. These will save you time in the morning, while feeding your family a nutrition packed breakfast.


Having a hard boiled egg and a blueberry muffin is a great option for the morning. My kids gobble these up and it is a no fuss breakfast. I don't know about you, but those are my favorite type. When I make hard boiled eggs, I place my eggs in a big pot. I add water and bring them to a boil on the stove. I let them boil for 8 minutes. When they are done, I allow them to cool. I place them in a bowl or baggie and store them in my fridge. These are great for breakfast or for a quick, filling snack.

We also love toast and over easy eggs. I am so happy my kids will eat runny eggs. This took a while for them to warm up to. Before, I always did scrambled eggs. Now they ask for the “runny eggs”. I get out my frying pan and cook three eggs at once. I have my bread in the toaster, while I make the eggs. Once the toast is done, we add some butter. This is seriously a 5 minute breakfast. Add some yummy melon and you are golden.

Another way to get your day going right is to have a coffee cup scrambler. These are so easy to make. The munchkins can even do it themselves! I am all about them doing as much of the work as possible. It gives a minute of free time and it allows them to feel the satisfaction of doing it “all by themselves”. The look of pride in my red heads face is too cute not to let them try. Although sometimes the mess left behind is a bit hard to swallow. Just look away from the mess. Remember the cute smiling “I did it face”. That is what I try to do. Now back to the scrambler....

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 45-60 seconds
Makes: 1 Serving

What You Need:
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp of shredded cheese
salt and pepper

What You Do:

  1. Coat Your mug with cooking spray. Add eggs and milk. Beat until blended.
  2. Microwave on high for 45 seconds. Stir and then microwave again. Until eggs are just set. 30-25 seconds longer.
  3. Top with cheese and season with salt and pepper.

    Here is another favorite of ours....
Baked Egg Puffs


What You Need:

2 large eggs
4 egg whites
1/2 tomato (diced)
2 tbl. shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbl flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

What You Do:

1. Preheat your oven to 400'. Coat 4 (1/2 cup) ramekins or coffee cups with cooking spray. Set on a baking sheet.

2. In a large bowl , whisk eggs, egg whites, diced tomato, cheese, flour, baking powder, and salt until weel combined. Divide the mixture among the ramekins or cups. Bake until the tops are puffed up and the eggs are no longer runny in the middle when pierced with the tip of a knife. 15-20 minutes. Serve with some fruit and enjoy!

I have been trying to add more eggs into our morning menu lately. My kids are enjoying it and I am getting a great start to my morning as well. For extra nutritional goodness, you can add a sprinkle of flax seed or wheat germ to your eggs. It is another way to get a little bit more fiber into your diet and not taste it. I am all about being deceptively delicious.

So now I want to know how you start your day? Do you start it with eggs? How do you cook them? Let me know. I love reading your comments and getting new ideas.

Thanks so much lovelies and have a fantastic day!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

StyleLately Giveaway

***********THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED***********

Sorry lovelies something happened to my original giveaway post. I am re-posting it here. I also extended the giveaway to give everyone a chance to re-enter. Anyone who entered the giveaway should comment again for your entries to count. I am so sorry for this inconvenience.

Hi there lovelies! Today I have a giveaway to help make your Monday morning a tad sweeter. The lovely people over at StyleLately wanted to share a little love with the Blissful and Domestic readers. StyleLately is a fashion deal of the day site.  Each day you can go on and find cute, affordable lovelies at an amazing price. 

5 winners will get to choose whatever they want from the StyleLately Site.  So are you ready to find out what you need to do?

It's Easy Peasy....


Go to the Style Lately site and sign up for their daily events

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The giveaway will close on Sunday September 30 at 6 am.
A winner will be picked via and will be announced later that day.



Thanks so much lovelies and good luck! 

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Thrifty Crafts: Masked Pumpkins

Hello Blissful and Domestic readers!

My name is Lori and I blog over at Thrifty Decor MomI am so excited to be a monthly contributor to Danielle's blog. My passion is decorating and I also enjoy crafts and scrapbooking. I'm looking forward to sharing some thrifty decorating ideas, fun DIY projects and inexpensive seasonal decorating tips. 

Here are  just a few of my favorite DIY projects . . .

Dresser turned TV Stand


Goodwill Lamp
 From Brassy to Classy 


Today I want to share a fun Halloween project with you. These are easy to make and kid friendly. Last year I made several and gave them as teacher gifts. 

The Masked Pumpkin

Source - All You

Supply List:

*Plain white printer paper
*Mask Template (download from here)
*Black Felt
*White Chalk
*Rickrack - I used orange.
*Craft Glue or Glue Gun
*Black Ribbon
*Pumpkin - I used a faux pumpkin so I can 
  reuse this every year. 
 *Googly Eyes


1. Print and cut out template.

2. Place template on black felt and use chalk to trace it, including eye holes. Cut out mask and eye holes.

3. Decorate mask with rickrack. I used my glue gun because the craft glue wasn't adhering. Plus, you don't have to wait for the glue to dry, if you're impatient like me!

4. Cut ribbon into 2 lengths. Attach a ribbon to each side of mask, glueing ends to inside corners (wrong side).

5. Tie mask around pumpkin. When mask is in position, glue googly eyes on pumpkin.

Here is my masked pumpkin . . .

Isn't he just the cutest!!

Thank you Danielle and all of your fabulous readers! I hope you find some ideas and inspiration that you can use in your own home!

You can visit me at Thrifty Decor Mom
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Have an awesome day!

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