Happy Bloggiversary Give-away Winner!

Let’s talk about who’s been a bad blogger?

This girl. Aware. Got it. Apologies.

Life has been insanely crazy recently, perhaps I’ll share a bit in my next post, but I wanted to stop by and let you know who won!

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Congrats to my favorite SMASH-Booker, SuperCraftiFragilistic! Shoot me an email to heatherk06@gmail.com with your address and I’ll send the box your way! Some fun stuff in there you can use in your Smashbooks! 🙂

Thanks all who liked and commented!

If you don’t hear from me before tomorrow: Have a wonderful and safe Independence day! Don’t forget the past crafts from last years Independence Day!

 

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Broad Stripes and Bright Stars Shirt

 

 

Independence Mason Jars

 

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I died and went to spaghetti squash heaven

A week ago my nephew graduated high school. HIGH SCHOOL. Screw quarter life crisis, more like quarter life meltdown at this point! I was not able to attend due to each graduate getting a limited number of tickets but was definitely there in spirit as my teacher and father were sending me pictures of the days events. The week before that, my niece graduated from preschool. The reasons we’ve learned that these two amazing kids are related to me is:

  1. They’re awesome.
  2. Zoe’s plans were the following: “Zoe is going to kindergarten. And she wants to do EVERYTHING!”

Yup, sounds like moi. I’ve actually been struggling a little bit because I have no idea what I’m going to do anymore. The reason? TOO many things interest me.

Talk about first-world problems.

Seriously though, I always do feel really stupid saying stuff like that, but unfortunately, it’s true. With work contracts coming to a close, I’ve been thinking about my next move in life. The one definite I have is that I’m going to go to grad school. (HOLY CRAP!) I am set to take the GRE’s mid-August and am baffled by why it is so expensive to sit in front of a computer for 4.5 hours to take said test. Regardless, now I have to narrow down the grad school choices. Determining what I wanted to study was another problem. I would love to get into infectious disease research, but I also really enjoy health psychology. But then there is neuro which, I’ve hung around in for the past two years and thus leading to wanting to become a PA in the future…

Maybe that’s why I always wanted to be an actress growing up. That extinguishes the issue because you can be so many different things in such a short amount of time. After all, I always liked getting to be someone else for a while, someone new and different… But the reasoning of why I never divulged into the performing arena is going to take more than just a few paragraphs and will require a lot of alcohol.

What I’ve actually decided on has been Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Health and Physiology. My goal upon trying to lose weight and get healthy the first time was then to help others the same way my trainer helped me. I often feel really bad that I let myself get back to this place and like I’ve let her down. There were a lot of situations that led to this issue, but again… more paragraphs, more time and more alcohol. I’ve been talking with my current trainer and we were talking about this idea again: becoming a personal trainer/health coach extraordinaire. See, she has been there. She lost a ton of weight, was a figure competitor for a while and now is a fairy-god-sister disguised as a personal trainer. Having done this journey once already and now again, I want to help people who have been in the same predicament and just can’t seem to get ahead of the game. Because this time it’s going to happen.

Anyways, back to the story… since I had the house to myself last Tuesday, I decided to make up the spaghetti squash I had sitting on the table for a week. Spaghetti squash is fantastic, but sometimes takes some getting used to! You’re expecting a mushier texture, like pasta, since that’s what everyone compares it to but it is a little crunchier. I was super lazy so instead of dishing it out of the rinds, I decided to use them as bowls!

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The perks of eating it right out of the rind is that you don’t have to worry about extra dishes! I decided it was a good idea when I discovered we obtained more paper plates and I was too lazy to dish out the “noodles” from the squash rinds.

Spaghetti squash is so easy to cook:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut each squash in half and then clear out the seeds (note: you can keep the seeds and cook them like you would pumpkin seeds!).
  3. I like to sprinkle some safflower or olive oil on top and then sprinkle some spices: salt, pepper, sometimes garlic, old bay, or even greek seasoning.
  4. Cover in aluminum foil pretty tight and put in for a half hour.
  5. After a half hour, check with a fork and see if you can easily peel the squash away in little strips, usually it takes an hour or an hour and a half.
  6. If not, put back in for another half hour and check again.

Now here is where the fun part comes in…

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Spinach and Crab with Cheese

Mix in a bowl 1/3 cooked crab meat, a sprinkle of old bay seasoning, a handful of shredded baby spinach, about 1/8 cup of cheddar cheese and a little alfredo sauce. After shredding the squash, pour the mixture into the “bowl” and then top with mozzarella cheese.

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Chicken Parm

Add a mixture of cooked chicken pieces, tomato sauce (I used tomato and basil), and some sprinkled parmesan cheese to the “bowl” of shredded squash. Top with mozzarella cheese.

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I didn’t have any meat left over, so I stuffed the remaining two with just sauces and cheese!

Stick under the broiler for about 5-10 minutes (don’t forget to leave the door open a crack!) but keep an eye on it. It’s done when the top of the cheese is cooked.

DIG IN!

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I topped it off with a little extra old bay and DIVULGED. So good you guys!

How do you like your spaghetti squash?!

And don’t forget about the giveaway!

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DIY: Iron-On Vinyl Shirt

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First off, I’ve extended my give-away! It will now be up through June 21st: The First Day of Summer! (Ah em, are you catching the clue here? No, seriously, it’s going to be a fun give-away. 🙂

I was out of work sick yesterday and realized that in the midst of making all of these t-shirts, I haven’t made one for myself in a while! I had this design up for weeks in my Cricut Craft Room, but just hadn’t gotten around to making the shirt!

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DIY: Family Canvas Wall Decor

Happy Wednesday!

I’ve been a blogging slacker for the past few weeks. A few weeks ago I took a “staycation” and decided I was going to focus on me, myself and I. Unfortunately, the social media blogette side of me also went on holiday and thus, the updates having been occurring regularly: including “Treasury Tuesday”, etc.

So, I missed Mother’s Day a few weeks ago. But I hope you all had a GREAT Mother’s Day and enjoyed it with your kids, mothers, wives, sisters, etc. After taking my nephew to get his driver’s license that Friday, we all went out for celebratory froyo. My 5-year-old niece turned to my sister and said “Happy Mothers Day Mom!” and then turned to me and said “Happy Mothers Day Heather!” While I have not physically had children myself, I feel very protective and maternal towards my niece and nephew as well as our pup and all of my little craft projects. So I smiled really big and said “Thanks darlin!”

For my mother, I made a wall decoration that we’ve placed in the kitchen. It has one of my favorite quotes, that I think sums up our family pretty accurately. As she gave me my Cricut for my birthday, I wanted to use it to make her something she could see everyday as a reminder of:

  1. What an awesome daughter I am 😉
  2. What a great family we are

We really are and it’s not to say that we haven’t had our ups and downs (and sometimes disownments) but that’s what makes our family so ridiculous and amazing. No matter the hardships, we’ve all stuck together.

In the great words of Caroline Manzo: LET ME TELL YOU-A SOMETHING ABOUT MY FAMILY! WE ARE THICK AS THIEVES.

It’s true.

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Happy Birthday Blog Giveaway!

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So, only a short time ago, my itty bitty blog turned one! ONE! YAY!

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I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! I want to thank YOU for following, trying, and just checking out my little piece of internet heaven! So to thank you for being amazing Glitterettes, I’m doing a…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG GIVEAWAY!

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That’s right! YOU could win a bunch of crafty goodness from moi in celebration of “Glitter in the Air” turning one!

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How to enter:

1. Like this post!

2. Like the “Glitter in the Air” Facebook page and comment to let me know!

3. Comment on this post about your favorite birthday memory/celebration!

4. Share your favorite “Glitter in the Air” post!

5. Reblog this to your blog and put a link in your comment!

6. Pin this post and put a link in your comment!

Each one is a chance to nab some crafty tools, hand made items and love sent from me! Enter by May 30th June 21st for your chance to win! Winner will be announced the following weekend!

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So get crackin’ and tell all your friends! Because who doesn’t like free stuff?!

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Love, hugs and fairy dust,

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Treasury Tuesday: Put a lid on it

Good Morning!

Today’s Treasury Tuesday holds a little place in my heart. Mason jars have made a huge comeback in the past few years as a key piece of decor or usage, especially within the crafting world. We know from past posts that I adore them, especially being from the country. Who knew there would be so many different ways to use them now besides preserving fruits and veggies!IMG_5513

Last Sunday at my cousins baby shower, my Mom’s cousin gave us all a special gift. She had found my Great-Grandmother’s old canning jars and gave us each one as a memento. How special is that?! She wrote up the whole history of the jars, some of the original blue Ball jars (which, I found out were blue due to a mineral they used in the sand) and some the Atlas jars with glass tops, and no one knew which jar they got until they opened their bag.

Upon opening my bag and reading the history of these fantastic jars and how long they had been with our family, I found that I got received one of the original Atlas jars with the glass and clasp lid. Knowing that this was once owned by my great-grandmother, someone I never had the pleasure to meet, made my heart swell. I love learning about my heritage and always know that my family has some great stories and history to share with us. Such an amazing and special gift Dolores gave us all. I can’t wait to be able to pass this down to my children and relay the story to them some day.

Dolores, thank you so much for the kind gift! And I promise–crossing my heart many times–that I will NEVER put glitter or deface that beautiful jar. 😉

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Without further ado, here is this weeks treasury:

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I can honestly say I’m not sure which item is my favorite out of this weeks treasury! Check it out!

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Treasury Tuesday: Color Blocking

‘Ello! Welcome to spring!

We had a great weekend in our family! It was baby shower time for my cousin Courtney, which, turned into a family reunion for us! So wonderful to see everyone! And what a gorgeous day to celebrate!

In conjunction with favorite spring colors from last week, I’m also loving the neon color blocking trend that’s come back in-style in the past few years! I always feel very mod with color blocking, especially with the addition of geometric patterns and shapes!

Check out my favorite finds from Etsy that feature color blocking!

Treasury Tuesday: Color Blocking

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First off, I FLOVE the color combinations! I am obsessed with the tote bag by meilingerbags and the orange and pink beaded necklace by JustineJustine!

How do you rock the color blocking?!

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