Family · Food · Lifestyle

Rice Krispie Christmas Treats

I have always loved Rice Krispie treats! They are such a simple form of perfect deliciousness! They are also a great way to mold and create a cute creative treat for kiddos! If you can mold it, you can make it with Rice Krispies! Here are some of my favorite ideas that I’ve seen!

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Christmas Tree Krispy Treats

 

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Rice Krispy Ornaments

 

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Rice Krispy Wreath

 

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Rice Krispy Treat Gingerbread Men

 

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Easy Christmas Trees

 

Emily's Book Club · Family · Lifestyle · Uncategorized

Favorite Usborne Christmas Books! (for 12-24 months)

I love books! And I have been blessed to have a little girl who is already showing a love of books, creativity, music, and beautiful things. But we especially love our reading time. Twice a day in fact! My little Emily is about to be 18 months old, and I thought it would be fun to create a running list of her favorite books! Like a baby book club you could say 😉 Since I am also a consultant with Usborne Books & More, I’m going to start off with some of her favorite books that we have from Usborme! 🙂 I’ve included links for you to click and shop on my Usborne page, and also some helpful videos from other Usborne ladies 🙂

 

That’s Not My Reindeer

Not My Reindeer

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That’s Not My Snowman

not my snowman

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These are just 2 books from Usborne’s “That’s Not My…” series. This series has over 50 TITLES! We have quite a few more of these on Miss Emily’s shelf, but these are 2 of our favorite Chirstmas-y ones! I’ll feature some more of our favorites another time, but if you just can’t wait, click here to shop the full series!

The Nativity Touchy Feely

The Nativity

This Nativity Touchy Feely book has the cutest little pictures with vibrant colors and engaging touchy feely items on every page for your little one to discover. They are incorporated enough to keep my little 18 month old engaged for the full (baby version) of the story of Jesus! And that makes my heart happy 🙂

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Nativity Flap Book

The Nativity Flap Book

Another Nativity book that my little Emily loves! It’s fun seeing her recognize the story and familiar characters, but with a different look than the touchy feely version, and a different way to interact using the fun little flaps! She loves finding Baby Jesus behind the hay!

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Slide and See Christmas

slide and see Christmas

This book is a fun festive one that is more about the pictures and surprises from the “slide and see” tabs on each page. This book has hardly any words, but the pictures are so cute and fun. Since it’s not so much a story book, we like to use this book as another fun resource to identify new Christmas-y things together like ice skating, reindeer, and a gingerbread house!

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Pop-Up Christmas

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Love, love, love this adorable book! The pop ups are beautiful and elaborate! They are also sturdy, but to keep your book in good condition, it’s best for toddlers that are a little more removed from the “ripping and tearing” phase.

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Usborne Books & More has some really, REALLY cute books for your younger and older kids! Some of my favorites for my niece and nephews (and any other kid that loves Christmas) are the Christmas activity books! They are fun for keeping busy while traveling, (and waiting to open presents at grandma’s) or some down time over the school holiday break. I’ve included a video, in the link below, that some other lovely Usborne lady has made. Check out the video, but come back here to shop 😉

Usborne Christmas Books for ALL Ages!

See something you like? HURRY and grab it by shopping from my link. Many of the Christmas Books are almost out of stock! By clicking any of these “Shop this book” links, it directly takes you to my website where you can place your order 🙂

Shop Usborne Christmas books and ALL of our other collections for year round! Our books make the best Christmas gifts & stocking stuffers!

Join the movement. Balance your child’s Christmas by giving them…

“Something they want

Something they need

Something to wear

SOMETHING TO READ!”

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Just in case you’re interested…

I know there are so many more moms out there like me that have visions of walls and bookshelves full of dreamy books for their child’s home library. That’s the main reason I joined Usborne! Free books, discounted books, and a little money on the side!

If you’re interested in earning free and half priced books, You can always host an ONLINE book party, or even jump right in and become a consultant like me for even more rewards! Send me an email anytime at usbornebookskrystle@gmail.com

Those who book an online party before the end of January will have the opportunity to earn DOUBLE the hostess awards! That’s a good deal, y’all! Can’t wait to hear from you and share even more amazing books with you and your friends!

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Family · Food · Lifestyle

Christmas Treats with Kids!

I have been having a ball on Pinterest, finding so many FUN Christmas treat recipes and cute crafts to do with kids! From now until Christmas, I am going to be posting some of my favorite ideas to make your Christmas season even more magical for you and your sweet ones!

Starting now, kids are bubbling with a little extra energy & excitement as the Christmas season is upon us! Why not kick off your holiday baking traditions with fun little reindeer treats! We always made a variation of these little guys growing up. Any variation of these are usually real easy to make with barely any baking skills required!

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Traditional Reindeer Cookies

These are my personal favorite, just because these are the ones I grew up making with my mom and sisters 🙂

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Easy Red Nosed Reindeer Cookies

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Rudolph and Friends Reindeer Cookies

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Simple Rustic Reindeer Treats

 

These cute creatures are also great ideas for class Christmas parties, sleep overs, church festivities, cute extras for all of you Elf on the Shelf mommas out there, or my personal favorite…just simple bonding time with your littles!

Follow us on Pinterest, or check back later this week to see our next batch of my favorite Christmas treats to make with your kids!

Merry Christmas!

 

Lifestyle · Uncategorized

My Top 10 “Must Have” Beauty Products That You DON’T Have To Splurge For!

So here’s the deal…I love specialty beauty stores and products from the salon as much as any girl can. But let’s face it– bottles, jars, and tubes full of beauty promises can be ex-pen-sive! So whether you’re a college girl, or a young mom like me, or just any girl trying to make your dollars stretch, these are 10 affordable beauty products that I love!

10. Sally Hansen Gel Nail Polish

When it comes to nail polish, I’m like a kid in a candy shop, and initially, the colors and the pretty new style bottles are what drew me away from the obligable OPI, and the trendy Essie, to the throw back girl- Sally Hansen! The factor of a gel-like nail polish without the UV light, without making a trip to the salon, without spending more than $8, and much longer wear than any other nail polishes I’ve ever used, has made this my go-to, at-home nail polish! And I LOVE the colors! Just use your favorite colors with the Sally Hansen Gel Top Coat and you have an affordable alternative to the nail salon. You’re Welcome!

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9. L’OREAL Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

Disclaimer: my faaaavorite cream/serum/foundation/color corrector for my face is the Bare Minerals illuminating serum. But that’s one of my splurge items and does not apply for this list. Therefore, my next best choice that can be found at your local store is the L’oreal BB cream. I feel that L’oreal is usually one of my favorite inexpensive brands, and that was even before Blake Lively was their spokeswoman 🙌🏻.  Now it’s a shoe-in, because I will buy anything that Blake Lively tells me. An-y-thing! Anyway, I love how this L’oreal BB Cream magically transforms to match your skin tone for a beautiful light coverage! It has a sheer finish and really does do the 4 things it promises- primes, perfects, hydrates, corrects. It really is like magic, so I guess they were on target when naming this product.

Price Range: $7.96-$10.99

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8. Batiste Dry Shampoo

Ok…so for me, dry shampoo is a must have! It made the list, because as a mom to a toddler, a runner, and a girl with combination hair, (oily roots, dry ends) I have to confess that for the LONGEST time I have used the ever faithful (and ever available) baby powder! Now let me just say that I have predominantly blonde hair, so this has worked pretty well for me. I also couldn’t quite find a low expense dry shampoo that I really liked, and whom could compete with the reigning baby powder. Then I stumbled upon the amazing scent of the Batiste (Bright & Lively Floral) Dry Shampoo! I tried it out and now it’s mine! It’s affordable, it works, and it smells good! Triple whammy! (Though, I will still use baby powder if its the closest thing) It ranges in sizes from travel to a jumbo size. I bought the jumbo size.

Price Range: $7.99-$13.99

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7. Jumbo Lip Balm Crayons

There are so, and I mean SO many lip products out there today that it can be overwhelming. But for an easy every day look, I love these jumbo lip balm crayons. Most beauty brands have these, so if you want a different brand, they’re not too hard to find. Just by looking in my makeup bag, or shuffling through abandoned purses, I’ve noticed the affordable ones that I gravitate to are Covergirl and Revlon (Price Range:$6-$9). They must have the prettiest colors that catch my eye in the Target aisle. I love these chubby little gals because they give you a smooth, pigmented color, while also nourishing your lips! For me, they seem to even make my lips appear fuller, and when is that ever a bad thing? Helpful Tip: Apply after kissing baby 😉

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6. Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play

There are some things in life that just go together. Peanut butter & jelly, cookies & milk, Texas & big hair. As you’ll probably hear from me too many times, I am a forever Texas girl. Though I currently reside in Oklahoma, and previously in South Carolina (where hair is also a big deal), I was born, raised, and resided the majority of my life in Texas, where the backcombs are something serious! Back in my ‘serious’ hair days, Big Sexy Hair was my favorite discovery. Now we are in a long term relationship and I can’t break up with it. (10+ years!) It has great hold & flexibility, a little mist goes a long ways, and you can get it from $8-$14. Enough said.

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5. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

When this mascara came out, I instantly fell in love with it! Then I told every female about it, then bought one as a stocking stuffer for every female in my family! I wowed my mother with an eye to eye comparison during a car ride to the lake that I basically turned into my personal, front seat infomercial for this mascara. I love bold, beautiful lashes with volume AND length. This baby does the trick! Plus the bottle is very appealing to me and my obsession with pale pink. $7

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4. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder

This powder cracks me up because it still has a “NEW” sticker on it. Which I’m pretty sure I’ve been using it since some time in college, and that would have been more than 5 but less than 10 years ago. I keep waiting to see when they’ll remove that sticker. I’ll probably document it. Anyway, I became committed to this powder because of the “skin clearing” benefits. I’ve always had combination skin (just like my hair) and would always have an oily, shiny forehead in the days before handheld photo editing.  It had to stop. This product not only prevented my shiny forehead in photos, but it really gave me a matte finish, and would speed up the clearing process of my face whenever I did have a breakout. I don’t have many breakouts now, but at the same time, I’ve been using this product for so long, I might just give it credit for keeping my skin decently clear. 🙂

Price Range: $9.99-$12.99

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3. Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum

I’ve been using anti-aging products since I was a teenager. Because I always had the theory that if I used them now, before I got “old” then I wouldn’t have a meltdown moment when did get old. But one day, along the way I started to notice that I still was developing crow’s feet anyway. I knew they would come, it was just a matter of time. So I found this sweet little serum and I loved it. Now listen! I don’t know much about the REAL expensive anti-aging serums or creams, (I’ll save that for my 40’s) but I have tried most of the Wal-Mart & Target options, and I keep finding my way back to this one. Neutrogena is another brand that I really do love because it has proven, over the years, and the course of trying out many, many products, to be tried and true. This wrinkle serum has a gel like feel, and has a faint vanilla/oat scent. It might sting a tiny tiny bit, but that tells me it’s working? I’ll say yes. I do know, that even if my fine lines and wrinkles are still minimum, I can definitely tell the difference the next morning after using this product. Now my husband uses it too…but don’t tell anyone 😉

Price Range: $15.00-$21.99

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2. St. Ives Face Scrub

Ok, into the top 2! And this one really is a MUST-HAVE for me. I said earlier that I would give the skin clearing powder the credit for my skin being predominantly clear most of the time. I changed my mind. Well, not really changed my mind, but am giving it less credit, because this item deserves the MAJOR credit! With its 100% natural ingredients (yes, puh-lease!) it is just literally the best at exfoliating and refining your face– leaving it pure, soft, and glowing! I have used every single variation of this scrub and they are all perfect for whatever your facial need. I love it so much that sometimes I even will just rub it all over my body…TMI? Sorry. And listen to this…this face scrub is LESS than $4. Yes! I may or may not have bought it by the armfuls in the past. Just sayin’

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1. It’s a 10 Leave in Conditioner

Dun-Dun-Duuuun! My #1 beauty product that I also cannot live without is It’s a 10 Leave In Conditioner! Ok, ok, so maybe I stretched a little, and this product can get a little pricey. BUT you need to at least buy the travel size for $9-$12. Another item that I claim “A little goes a long way!” And by the time you finish this little bottle, you will want to splurge for the bigger size. Me and my hair can testify!

Once upon a time I worked at a Christian summer camp where I was outside AAALLLLLL day, in the sun, in the lake, in the pool, and showering in outdoor showers…yes, it’s true. (If you know me, you know this was a real call from the Lord to drink water from spigots and shower outdoors.) Nonetheless, my hair was suffering from it. Big time!  I have always been a “hair-girl” and this realization was severely bothering me. The next time I had a day off, I went straight to a salon to beg for help. Here she comes, presenting me with this glorious bottle that does TEN things to help your hair! I had never used or even heard of leave in conditioner before (this was 2008), but I was desperate and gave it a try. A true O-M-G moment as my hair transformed to the most beautiful state it had ever been in! Now nearly 10 years later, I am still using this product religiously. If I have gotten complements on anything about my appearance, it is at least 7 times out of 10 about my hair. And for that, I really DO give the majority credit to this product for rescuing my, colored, hot tooled, teased, and sprayed strands since 2008! You da real MVP!

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Xoxo,

Krystle