June 30, 2014

Star Spangled Ice Cream

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To celebrate the July fourth holiday fast approaching, we enjoyed this simple, fun, festive ice cream dessert with our friends over the weekend! 


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I scooped the vanilla ice cream into a bowl and let it soften just a bit, until I could stir it.  Then I transferred it into these foil pans to freeze overnight.  When we were ready to have dessert, I used a star shaped cookie cutter to cut the ice cream and then topped it with red and blue sprinkles.  It was so simple, but the kids loved it!  It's amazing what shapes and sprinkles can do to plain vanilla ice cream :)

My plan for the next time I serve this, is to cut the shapes the day before and freeze.  This will speed up the serving process a bit.  Can't wait to try our other cookie cutter shapes and different sprinkles for more summer occasions.  Thinking this would also be so fun for birthday parties as well!

Have a great Monday everyone!

June 25, 2014

Easy Summer Craft

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Hey there!   I hope everyone's week is going well!  With Preston at a day camp last week, Lyla and I had a few hours of one-on-one time.  She loves to draw, color, paint and do anything crafty, so we came up with this easy little project last week.  She has a small desk in her room that needs some decorating and organizing.  So after seeing this post as inspiration, we decided that a cute clipboard for her desk/room would be both decorative and functional. 

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Here's a reminder of my sweet girl's room :)

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Really a super easy project, but fun her!  With all the supplies already on hand (clipboard, paint, heart stencil, small paint brush or Q-tips), we got to measuring and painting immediately.  And in no time we had this adorable diy heart clipboard completed <3


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It definitely added some instant cuteness to this plain, brown clipboard.  And she is, of course, so proud of her new desk accessory ;)


Have a wonderful day!



June 23, 2014

Patriotic S'mores

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Did I mention how much I love the Fourth of July?   So much fun associated with this holiday and a perfect time to celebrate with s'mores!  Using scrapbook paper, I created these individual s'mores cones, so guest could grab and go.

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With just some basic supplies these cones all grouped together made a fun patriotic decorative piece as well.  To make the cones, the large 12x12 scrapbook paper cut in fours was the perfect size.  I wrapped the marshmallows and graham crackers in small treat bags to keep them fresh until it's time to roast the marshmallows and make the s'mores!

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Enjoy your day!


June 21, 2014

Rodan + Fields Highlights, Specials & Giveaway

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It's hard to believe the school year has ended, and summer is upon us! I hope you have some fun filled plans in store!
At Rodan + Fields, things just keep heating up...I wanted to share with you a little about what Rodan + Fields has to offer. I've been able to work this business in part time hours around my busy life, as it is all conversational and there are no required parties. I've loved the brand credibility that comes with partnering with the world renowned dermatologists that created Proactiv®, which is still over 20 years later the global leader for acne. Between happy product users and business builders, my organization is always growing which really testifies to the power of this brand! I love sharing the possibilities of R+F, and would love to discuss either our award winning products or the business venture with you.

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We are proud to say our company was recently featured on Fox Business Network's Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo. Bartiromo has covered business and the economy for more than 25 years and was one of the building blocks of CNBC. Bartiromo writes a monthly column for USA Today. She has also written weekly columns for Business Week and Milano Finanza magazines, as well as monthly columns for Individual Investor, Ticker and Reader’s Digest magazines. She has been published in the Financial Times, Newsweek, Town and Country, Registered Rep and the New York Post. She is famous for her ability to book big-name guests. And she was especially excited to feature what our doctors are doing and how they are empowering entrepreneurs (me)!
Pictured below, you can see some of our best lines and what they tackle. And here are some great before and afters Real Results

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June Specials

This is a great time to get on your journey to the best skin of your life.
For NEW PREFERRED CUSTOMERS in June who purchase one of our Multi-Med Therapy regimens, our AMP MD, or our Macro Exfoliator (all pictured above), I will cover the one time $19.95 enrollment fee via paypal.
ANYONE who connects me with a friend that turns into a Preferred Customer or joins me in business receives your choice of our Summer Essentials Products pictured below.
Preferred Customers receive 10% off, free shipping, and your own account that enables you to customize your order and ship date at any time!
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HOW DO OUR PRODUCTS WORK?
While everyday skin conditions can be complex, the solutions don’t have to be. That’s why our products are based on a philosophy of Multi-Med Therapy—using the right medicines and active cosmetics, in the right formulations, in the right order. Consistent use over time is clinically proven to visibly transform the skin. We are so confident you will love the results, all of our products and tools come with a 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
Not sure what line is right for you? Start your consultation with the solution tool.
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And now on to the fun part -- one lucky reader will get a chance to see what all the buzz is about and sample some of these amazing products!  This giveaway is for 1 mini facial (that includes 1 microdermabrasion paste sample packet, 1 night renewing serum capsule & 1 lip renewing serum capsule) and the winners choice of one summer essential product (tanner, sunscreen, or moisturizer) pictured above.
You can use the Rafflecopter below to enter.
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This giveaway has ended and the winner is Brittany!  Congratulations!  I will email you soon.  Thanks to everyone who entered :)



P.S.  Here is my product page and business page.  And if you have any questions or interested in becoming a consultant, you can email me at beckykubecka@yahoo.com 

June 20, 2014

Friday Favorites

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One -- My sweet friend, Kris @ Driven By Décor made these super cute Watermelon Slice Rice Krispies Treats.  These are definitely on my agenda for our next summer get-together!


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Two -- Another favorite blogger, Jen @ Migonis Home, who lives in the most charming town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA shared her summer home tour that I just adore.


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Three -- The amazing Jenny Collier has shared so many posts that I just love.   I never get tired of seeing her stunning home, but she recently shared her beautiful family video that really caught my attention.


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Four -- Julia Ryan always inspires me and I love following her new home progress, including this family room update.  She has the most adorable family and amazing style!


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Five -- I've followed Jenny's blog Blessings and Raindrops for years now and just love her gorgeous home, family and touching adoption story.  Love this room she recently created for her girls.

So, do you have any fun plans for this first official weekend of summer?  We are pretty low key this weekend, which is always the best!  Hope yours is great whatever your plans may be :)





June 18, 2014

Front Entry Style

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Happy Wednesday!  Our front entry/porch area could use a little sprucing up.  It's a small space, so I would like to keep it simple and stick to classic elements.  I created an inspiration board below to get an idea of what might work out here.


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I would love a large doormat and boxwood planter.  And a door knocker and hanging lantern would also add a little style.  I think a welcoming entry is so important.  It's the first thing your guest see when they pull up and come to the door.

Hope everyone's week is going well.

XO




June 16, 2014

Festive Treat to Celebrate the Fourth

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Good Morning! How was your weekend? My daughter had her dance recital this weekend, so most of Friday (for rehearsal) and Saturday revolved around that. We celebrated Lyla's great performance at her recital and an early Father's Day celebration, by eating out at one of our favorite restaurants Saturday evening.


Now that her dance and my son's baseball is over, I feel like we can really focus on enjoying our summer.  And one of my favorite summer celebrations is the fourth of July!  I love it!  Next to Christmas, I think it's one of my favorite holidays!  Here are some super easy treats that I plan to remake to celebrate the fourth. 

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I used a simple box cake mix for the cupcakes.  I think the Duncan Hines butter recipe is really good and it's usually the one I make all my cakes and cupcakes with.  For the toppers, I used paper rosettes and pinwheels from Michael's and then cut the blue star from scrapbook paper and attached it to a red and white striped straw.  Simple, cute and festive!

*linking with tatertots and jello



June 14, 2014

Shop It Saturday

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Happy Saturday! I usually don't post on the weekend, but I was doing some online browsing and came across several cute fashion finds that I added to my "SHOP" tab and wanted to share them here too.  Some are definitely splurges, but there are a few steals as well :)


I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and summer.  And Happy early Father's Day wishes to all the wonderful dads out there!!



June 11, 2014

pulling it together

Good Morning!  Last week I did a guest post for a home décor series called "pulling it together" and thought I would share the full post that I wrote for that series on my site as well.  Here it is below:
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Hi there!  I am so excited to be here today to share with you a fun, cheerful space in my home...my children's upstairs kids' zone.  I have an eight year old boy and six year old girl and even though they have their own rooms, they are joined by a jack and jill bathroom and then both open up to a playroom.  So when I thought about which room to share for this series, I felt like this would be a perfect space to show you how I "pulled it all together" for my children

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First up is my daughter Lyla's room.  We changed up her room a bit at the being of this year and my main goal was to create a space that would fit her personality and that she could grow with.  Previously we had LOTS of pink and I really wanted to bring in another color.  I had a yellow room growing up, so I wanted to incorporate some yellow in her space :)  We started with purchasing the oversized, metallic gold heart from Urban Walls and then worked on the bedding.  At first, I was focused on keeping it just yellow and white, but she still had so many pink dolls and accessories, that we added some pink in as well.  The pom-pom garland and gilded arrow were DIYs that added some fun touches to her room that she adores!

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Next up is my son Preston's room.  I love the gray, orange and turquoise combination for a boy's room, so I decided to go with those colors in his room.  I started with purchasing this gray and white striped bedding and then added in the other colors.  The white horns were my grandfather's and the wall initial and desk were DIYs.  He really wanted a desk, but his room is on the smaller side, so we created this space saver desk next to his bed.  It's simple, functional and most important made him happy!

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And the final area in our upstairs space is our playroom, which both of my children's rooms open up to.  In here, I went with bright, bold colors and lots of cubbies for toy storage.  This room is rather large and gets lots of use.  I love the end result with this space.  It's comfortable, functional and organized which makes clean up a lot easier :) 


XO,
Becky
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June 9, 2014

Ice Cream Pie

So how was your weekend?  Ours was finally one with no set plans, which is always a welcomed change.  We spent much of Saturday at our friends' home swimming and grilling out and then Sunday at church, cleaning and organizing at home.  I have been waiting for the right occasion and warm weather to give this ice cream pie recipe a try and this weekend was perfect to do just that.  And it was even more delicious than I imagined!!  Graham cracker crust + vanilla ice + candy pieces + warm caramel sauce = scrumptious!!

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Ice Cream Pie with Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

Crust

18 graham crackers (1 cracker equals the whole large 4 section graham)
1/3 cup of melted butter

Filling

2 pints vanilla ice cream
4 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, roughly chopped
2 Butterfinger bars, roughly chopped

Caramel Sauce

1 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 cup half and half
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vanilla

Method

For the crust:  Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Crush graham crackers in a resealable plastic bag.  Pour crumbs into bowl with melted butter and mix.  Press into pie pan and bake about 5 minutes.  Set aside to cool completely. 

For the filling:  Remove vanilla ice cream and allow to soften slightly.  Mix in candy pieces and then pour mixture over cooled crust.  Cover with foil and freeze until very hard - 1 to 2 hours or over night.

For caramel sauce:  Mix the brown sugar, half and half, butter and salt in saucepan over medium-low heat.  Whisk gently while cooking for about 5 to 7 minutes or until thicker.  Add vanilla and cook another minute to thicken.  Allow to cool to desired temperature.

Serve with cooled or slightly warm caramel sauce over the top.

Enjoy!

*recipe from here

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This is a perfect summertime dessert that I will definitely be adding to my go to recipe list!

XO


June 5, 2014

May Top Five

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One -- Created this simple Mother's Day Table

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Two -- Curated some of my fashion crushes here, here and here

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Three -- Shared some of my favorite kitchen accessories
 
Four -- Made these delicious sweet treats for Memorial Day Weekend

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Five -- Changed up my front entry table for summer


And that wraps up May!  Today is the last day of school for my kids, so we are officially on summer break as of 12:40pm today!  They are really excited and ready to enjoy a little more laid back schedule.

 P.S.  I'm guest posting at A Stroll Thru Life today.  Hop over and tell Marty "Hello!"  She is the sweetest :)

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