Uncommon Designs http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com Creating Crafts and Home Decor Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:23:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.14 Chic Banquet Decorations on a Budgethttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/chic-banquet-decorations-on-a-budget/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/chic-banquet-decorations-on-a-budget/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:28:03 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=24371   Sports Banquet Decorations Can Be Beautiful! I don’t know about you guys, but even when I search Pinterest for ideas on how to decorate for a sports banquet, I come up empty handed. If I do see something, it looks like the party store was bought out.  You know how I feel about that if you read about last year’s cheer banquet. I can’t

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Sports Banquet Decorations Can Be Beautiful!

I don’t know about you guys, but even when I search Pinterest for ideas on how to decorate for a sports banquet, I come up empty handed. If I do see something, it looks like the party store was bought out.  You know how I feel about that if you read about last year’s cheer banquet. I can’t comprehend how spending gobs of money on something you have no choice but to throw away after the party is over makes sense. I also think that if you are doing a special banquet, that it can be very elegant and not cost a fortune.  Here was my latest bash thrown… our middle school cheer banquet.

How to have chic sports banquet decorations that don't break the bank. It can be done!

This year is the first time that our cheer team had its own banquet. You can imagine how tight our budget was, but you know me and my love for parties. I knew I could make it beautiful and on a shoestring budget.

How to have chic sports banquet decorations that don't break the bank. It can be done!

Table Linens: Invest and Re-use

The first thing is to narrow down your color scheme. Sports banquets make that pretty simple. Our colors are royal blue, gold, and white. So that was the party plan.  I let white be the backdrop for just about everything. We used white rectangular tablecloths and round tablecloths and for the chair covers, as well. You won’t believe how inexpensively you can purchase table linens. This is an investment worth making if you tend to throw parties. I have purchased at least three dozen pieces from Tablecloths Factory. Trust me, if you use them twice, you will spend the same amount that you would on party store plastic tablecloths. They also make everything look so elegant.

How to have chic sports banquet decorations that don't break the bank. It can be done!

These chair covers really were a wow factor addition. Guess what?  They only cost 98 cents a piece. Yep… and they are stunning.  I didn’t even have to iron them.  I only used them on the athlete’s table, so that was such a great cost savings and they felt like princesses! The dot chair ties and the tablerunner all came from a bolt of tulle that was cut into pieces. Another great way to save some money and tulle really holds up well and can be used year after year.

How to have chic sports banquet decorations that don't break the bank. It can be done!

Vases

Use what you have and shop thrift stores! You can collect bottles of all sorts from your local thrift store or purchase them in bulk.  The smaller the opening of the bottle, the less flowers you need to use. These were the perfect size. You can also just collect things along the way and borrow vases and jars from your friends and neighbors.

How to have chic sports banquet decorations that don't break the bank. It can be done!

Flowers

Not one single person at the banquet noticed my hidden secret… using some artificial flowers, some store bought flowers, and some greenery from my yard. Yes sir and it saved a ton of money. Now I’m giving away all of my secrets, but y’all are worth it and you know I’ve never been one to keep a good deal to myself. When choosing flowers , I think you totally need some real live beauties, but they don’t have to even come from a fancy florist. I always find a great deal at Publix or Wal Mart on fresh flowers, but you may need to shop around your local florist to price out something special.  I ended up using live spider mums, gerbera daisies, and some live greenery.

How to have chic sports banquet decorations that don't break the bank. It can be done!

You can see here that I’ve mixed one live spider mum with other artificial flowers. The greenery was literally just trimmed from bushes and trees in my yard. Just be careful to do this less than one day from your event so they don’t wilt. Another great tips is to divide up artificial bunches of flowers to keep things looking real. You’ll need a pair of pliers for this, but one bunch can go a really long way. I used one branch from the craft store and literally used it in about 9 different arrangements, so you can see how your savings adds up quickly.

How to have chic sports banquet decorations that don't break the bank. It can be done!

Gifts as Decor

I always use gifts, awards, or goodie bags as part of the decor. Here, the team moms gave the cheerleaders handmade wooden picture frames and included an inspirational printable, as well as a team picture. These were placed at each place setting and just looked so beautiful on the tables. The rich wood added a beautiful depth to the table and I love adding in that bit of texture, too.

How to have chic sports banquet decorations that don't break the bank. It can be done!

Do you have any great tips for sports banquet decorations? I’d love to hear them!

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You will love this Spring Cleaning Kitchen Checklist

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You guys…. I’ve had it. I’ve had it with my kitchen. It needs a major scrub down, clutter tossing, organizing makeover. I can’t take it anymore and I pretty much believe that the Don’t Stand for Dirty™ with Windex® at Kroger campaign was created just for my kitchen. I’m rolling up my sleeves and getting to work!

Spring Cleaning Kitchen Checklist Download

To help us all get our kitchens sparkling clean and in order, I’ve created a free printable for everyone to use.  Just click and print!

Windex Spring Cleaning

Here are a few of my favorite Windex® products. We’ve always been huge fans of the Windex® Original Glass Cleaner and Windex® Original Glass Wipes. I also can’t wait to try out the Windex® Outdoor Glass & Patio Concentrated Cleaner.

Let’s get started cleaning!

Cleaning light Fixture

Dusting and Cleaning light fixtures

Do you forget sometimes to clean your light fixtures? I normally don’t remember until I have to change a bulb and am horrified at how dusty and dirty they look. I won’t be surprised this time!  I used a duster to remove the majority of the lint and dust on the light fixture and then I used the Windex® Original Glass Wipes to give the shade a deep clean. I love these wipes because you can use them on so many surfaces and it gets clean the first time. Also not having to lug paper towels is a bonus, too!

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Walls

Wipe Down Walls and Pictures

Every once in awhile I like to get my walls clean and greasy fingerprint free. What I don’t do is clean the pictures that hang on the walls.  I used the Windex® Original Glass Wipes to clean this picture and you can see here just how dirty that picture was. I love that it left no streaks or lint on the picture. Perfectly clean!

Utensil Drawer

Clean Drawers and Cabinets

We are pretty good about keeping our cabinets and drawers clean, but we have a really nice problem with our utensil drawer.  My two sweet gals are so helpful with putting away the forks and spoons, but sometimes they end up in the wrong spot. I also like to dump out the entire tray and give it a good wipe down. Again, those Windex® Original Glass Wipes are perfect for this!

canned food

Toss Expired Food and Spices

Okay. My husband thinks this can be skipped, because things are preserved so well these days. Me… no way.  Periodically I believe it is a good idea to go through your pantry and toss expired canned foods, spices, and anything that is hairy.  Just saying!

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Appliances

Deep Cleaning Appliances

This I think really gives my kitchen a finished and polished look.  Take a Windex® Original Glass Wipe and clean off all of your appliances.  These can include coffee makers, mixers, dishwashers, ovens and anything else that takes up space on your counter. These things get really dirty from everyday activity and need a good clean every once in awhile.

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Plumbing Fixtures

Deep Clean Sink and Plumbing Fixtures

This is one of those tasks that I actually do more often some of the others, but it is so important.  I fill up my sink with warm soapy water and get to scrubbing every crevice and surface of my sink.  I use the Windex® Original Glass Wipes to clean the fixtures.  Once the sink is dry, give it a quick swipe with the wipes and it just sparkles!

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Counters

Declutter and Clean Counters

This usually takes me the longest because I try to deal with every single piece of trash, paperwork and re-routing of knick knacks when I declutter. After I have a clean space to work on a quick spray of Windex® Original and some paper towels and I am good to go! It is perfect for cleaning windows, mirrors, glass shower doors, glass top stoves, and more. Thanks to its formulation with Ammonia-D®, Windex® Original starts working on fingerprints, dirt, and other messes even before you wipe. It is safe to use on tons of surfaces, including granite, glass stove tops, plastic, vinyl… you name it. Windex® Original is America’s #1 glass cleaner!*. Trusted by generations for its famous streak-free shine and I have always used in in my home, especially the kitchen.

Outdoor Cleaner

Clean Windows and Window Coverings

I use the Windex® Original Glass Cleaner for my interior glass windows, but I can’t wait to try the Windex® Outdoor Glass & Patio Concentrated Cleaner. You simply attach it to a hose and you can clean windows, patio furniture, brick, siding, even playsets. Just spray and then let it dry. I’ve had to wait to do this because here in South Carolina the pollen is still falling and everything is yellow. We did have a random bit of snow yesterday, though. Strange!

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Floors

Clean Floors

Once I finish with everything else it is time to clean my floors. This is the way we do it, but I’m sure some of you have your own way depending on the type of flooring that you have! We like to run the vacuum and then use the Windex® Original Glass Wipes to go over the floors. I promise I’m not becoming Cinderella, but when we put our floors in, I wanted a high shine coat and the Windex® Original Glass Wipes are the one thing that actually cleans and leaves a beautiful streak free shine.  It is also almost immediately dry, so we have access to our high traffic areas.

kroger windex wipes

I found my supply of the Windex® Original Glass Wipes and Spray at my local Kroger in the cleaning aisle.  Stock up today if you want to have a sparkling kitchen or maybe you want to tackle another room in your home! It feels so good when it is done.  You can also find these products on Facebook and Twitter.

Tackle Spring Cleaning this Year with this handy Spring Kitchen Cleaning Checklist! You will be prepared and ready for a sparkling clean home!

What room would you tackle? 

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How to age a new galvanized pail to make the perfect vintage inspired Easter basket. Just look at that adorable bunny silhouette and anyone can do this! #ad #SweeterEaster

Easter is my favorite holiday for gifting. I think I love it most, because it is mostly about chocolate and the expectations are not so high. There are no gift lists and things for every member of the family, teachers and throw in friends and neighbors. The lists are short and the amount of sweets is high… score!

Today I want to show you how I took a shiny new galvanized pail, aged it to a beautiful vintage aged finished it off with my favorite bunny silhouette!

How to Age Galvanized Metal

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Supplies Needed:

  • Galvanized Metal Pail
  • Acidic Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Steel Wool
  • Rubber Gloves

Project Instructions:

How to age a shiny new galvanized metal pail. Go from shiny to vintage in just a few minutes.

Step One. Pick up a shiny new galvanized pail or tub from your local home improvement store. I wanted mine to be large so the girls can use them as trash cans under their sinks after the holiday has passed. Nothing like a little multi-tasking.

Aging a new galvanized pail to have a vintage aged finish. From shiny to aged in just a few moments.

Step Two. This is the most important step! Put on a pair of thick rubber gloves. You are going to be working with acid and I simply cannot caution you any more strongly. It is acid and unless you’d like to be burned. Put on those gloves! Now the fun begins… squirt the toilet bowl cleaner on the steel wool or directly onto the pail. I like to use this brand because it is more like a gel and is easier to work with.

Aging a new galvanized pail to have a vintage aged finish. From shiny to aged in just a few moments.

Step Three. Spend some time rubbing in the acidic toilet bowl cleanser with the steel wool.  You’ll definitely smell when it is working! After I worked it in well, I let it sit  for about 30 minutes and then rinsed it with the hose in the yard. Once it dried, I buffed it a tiny bit more with the steel wool.

Learn how to age new galvanized metal for a pretty vintage inspired easter pail. They make the cutest easter baskets and you can reuse them later!

Step Four. I added a bunny silhouette that I had printed on card stock to the front of the pail. The sky is the limit here, though. You can monogram, paint a name, paint a cute bunny… I chose the card stock option because we will be using these again for other things.

Now the real fun begins… sweets!

Easter Candy at Wal Mart

 

I headed to my local Walmart just like I do every year to load up on Easter candy and treats. I love rolling down the seasonal aisle and just being immersed by all of those candy smells!  I was so glad to see my old favorites and a few new goodies like the new DOVE® Peanut Butter Eggs. You can find even more inspiration at MyConfectionCorner.Com.

Easter Candy at Walmart

 

Here is what I brought home and they are loved each and every year:

  • DOVE® Milk Chocolate Bunny
  • SNICKERS® Bunny Cane
  • DOVE® Peanut Butter Egg
  • Skittles® Bunny Cane
  • Starburst® Funsize Cane
  • Hubba Bubba®

Filled Easter Galvanized Bucket

I added dark green grass, a few brightly colored eggs, bunny ears and all of my treats to the bucket and now all I have to do is wait until Easter morning.

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What is your favorite way to decorate an Easter basket?  I’d love to hear!

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Hey y’all!  Easter is a tad bit later this year, but that doesn’t bother me one bit.  There is more time for creating special memories with your family and a whole lot more Easter fun! I have been planning this Easter tablescape in my head for quite some time and am super excited to share it with you today… an Easter Egg Decorating Party!

Celebrate Easter with an Easter Egg Decorating Party... Perfect for the Entire Family!   www.uncommondesignsonline.com  #Easter  #EasterEggs #PartyIdeasEaster is one of the most fun holidays to celebrate.  I love teaching my children about the Easter story and how Christ has Risen more than anything. I really want me know why we celebrate this special day, but bringing in  a little crafty fun is something that they enjoy, too.  We have the best conversations when we are around the table creating!  I also love setting a beautiful table to share this special time with friends and family.  You may remember our Burlap and Bunnies Easter Tablescape from last year.  This year, we are going to share some fun decorating Easter Eggs together.

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Each of our guests has a their very own monogrammed Easter basket that is filled with eggs just begging to be dipped and dyed and all gussied up!

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We have some butterfly tattoos just waiting to make their mark.  You guys have just adored the Temporary Tattoo Easter Eggs.  My girls can’t wait to make some just like their mama’s.

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The centerpiece for the table incorporates more… Easter eggs!  It was fitting for an egg decorating party and one can never have too many eggs.  I also found the blue pots at the Dollar Tree and just adore them.

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The hot pink sisal baskets were picked up from Hobby Lobby, as was the burlap runner.  Those adorable madras napkins were from the Dollar Tree.  Nothing like thrifty finds to dress up a table.

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These sticker will be used to monogram dyed eggs.  I can’t wait to use them.  If you are looking for some awesome egg decorating ideas, you will definitely want to check out our Ultimate Easter Egg Decorating Collection.

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To finish off the table, I included a nest of nest cupcakes. You are going to love how easy these guys are to make!

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Will you be entertaining this year for Easter?  It is so easy to create a fun and beautiful table like this one.  Happy Easter!

*Trish

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Were you guys missing a little Bonnie here on the blog?  I know, me too!  Today I wanted to share her beautiful Bird’s Nest Napkin Rings all over again.  They are worth an encore.  Have a nice weekend!  

I really do love spring. The warmer weather, signs of life, beautiful colors, and the sounds of chirping birds. It all makes me smile and warms my heart. He really does make all things new.

My parents were here this weekend. They are in their mid-seventies and still oh so active. My kids are old enough now that the conversations about life and future are so relevant and meaningful. I love that my parents tend to just sit back and listen attentively and patiently with them. Then offer bits of wisdom that my teens may or may not fully grasp at this point but will…someday hopefully.

So after their visit and with the sounds of spring out my porch door this weekend, I headed up to my craft room to gather the supplies I have had for quite sometime { can anyone else relate? } to create these sweet reminders of God’s new creations.

Bird’s Nest Napkin Rings 

How to make Bird's Nest Napkin Rings for your spring and Easter tablescape via Uncommon Designs.

The sweet little eggs nestled in the nests, are a constant reminder that the circle of life continues, and each spring brings new hope and a new beginning.

The simplicity and natural elements are perfect in your home for the spring months ahead.

 How to make Bird's Nest Napkin Rings for your spring and Easter tablescape via Uncommon Designs.

I snuggled a simple osnaburg linen napkin into the napkin ring for a very casual feel. Place these on ivory plates and add a woven charger to complete the natural, simple spring place setting.

So let me walk you through making some of these for your own home decor. They are really easier than you might think.

Supplies for Bird’s Nest Napkin Rings…

  • Unfinished Wooden Napkin Rings
  • Miniature Plastic Bird’s Eggs
  • Miniature Bird’s Nests
  • Faux Fern Stem
  • Americana Decor Multi-Surface Metallic Paint in Champagne
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Glue gun and Glue Sticks

 STEP ONE

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Using the foam paint brush, paint each of the unfinished wooden napkin rings with a coat of the champagne colored multi-surface paint. Allow each to fully dry.

 STEP TWO

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Apply a light coat of the metallic paint to each of the miniature bird’s eggs. This will give them just a bit of sparkle to contrast all the natural elements. Allow them to dry fully.

STEP THREE

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Using your glue gun, attach 2 pieces of faux fern to the wooden napkin ring. I used 1 fern stem that had about 20 smaller pieces that I could pull off to use.

STEP FOUR

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Attach the mini bird’s nests with the glue gun to the napkin ring on top of the fern stems. Almost done!

STEP FIVE

How to make Bird's Nest Napkin Rings for your spring and Easter tablescape via Uncommon Designs.

Arrange 3 little painted eggs in each nest and attach with the glue gun. Don’t they look sweet all nestled in the nest!

That’s all! A classic and simple idea for your spring decor. Your Easter table would be adorable with these added to it. Use them year after year to welcome the warmer months.

How to make Bird's Nest Napkin Rings for your spring and Easter tablescape via Uncommon Designs.

The contrast of the champagne gold and warm browns and greens are the perfect compliment to my dining room.

We ate in our dining room with my parents while they were here and had a great family dinner. The furniture may be formal but the atmosphere is always casual. I try to add things to the table to tie in our casual lifestyle with the formality of a dining room.

You would be surprised how it can take a simple, southern dinner up a notch. The dump cake we had for dessert even tasted better in the “fancy room” as my kids say!

A few Easter’s ago, I shared another tablescape using sweet little bird’s nests filled with decoupage eggs.

Easter tablescape via Uncommon Designs.

Can you tell that I am a sucker for bird’s nests? They are a great decorating and crafting idea.

We have so many ideas for tablescapes and Easter. Be sure to check them all out!

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Today I am sharing some great meal prep tips and a recipe for our favorite baked ziti!

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A while back, I was waving the white flag and surrendering the fact that I needed help getting a decent meal on the table. Weeknights are particularly difficult for our family because we all have a packed schedule. We were making the time to eat together, but I struggled to find the time to prepare something that didn’t come right out of a box and something that was remotely healthy. Something had to change… I needed to come up with a meal plan.

When coming up with my way to plan I knew that I wanted two things: one shopping trip to the grocery store per week and one weekend afternoon to prepare the bulk of our meals. I usually cook the most elaborate meal on Sunday (don’t worry… these are super simple recipes)  when we are home and have the most time and do a little prep for the rest of the week at the same time.

Here is a look at a sample meal plan for our family:

Sunday: Baked Ziti, salad and bread

Monday: Leftovers (this is our busiest night of the week)

Tuesday: Chicken Soft Tacos with Refried Beans

Wednesday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Fresh Fruit and Sliced Cucumber Salad

Thursday: Chicken Parmesan with Caesar Salad and Green Beans

Friday: Eating out

Saturday: Chili and Cornbread

Here is what my Sunday meal prep looks like:

  • Cook and shred boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Brown ground beef
  • Cut vegetables and fruit for snacks, lunches, and salad
  • Roast peppers for snacks and tacos
  • Cook full meal for Sunday night
  • Brew a Gallon of Tea

Rubbermaid Brilliance Collection

Wal-Mart is now carrying the new line of Rubbermaid® Brilliance™ storage containers and I love them. They are clear so anyone in the family can grab what they need and also help to throw dinner together. You can find the Rubbermaid® Brilliance™ products in the food storage section.

Meal Prep Tips and a Delicious recipe for Baked Ziti by Uncommon Designs

These storage containers are also 100% leakproof and perfect for leftovers. Take a look at my leftover baked ziti… yep help upside down and that rubber seal prevents any leakage! There is also no worry that the red sauce will stain my container.

Meal Prep Tips and a Delicious recipe for Baked Ziti by Uncommon Designs

The set is stackable so you can save precious space in the fridge and you can reheat right from the container. They are microwave save and splatter proof… that puts even more time back when I don’t have to clean the microwave after a major re-heating bomb. This is just a great and convenient product and it is so durable that my children won’t “borrow” them for crafts and things. It is definitely food storage options

Now let’s make some Baked Ziti!

Meal Prep Tips and a Delicious recipe for Baked Ziti by Uncommon Designs

Baked Ziti Recipe

This is a family favorite recipe at our home. It is delicious and filling and just is so simple to make. No need for a long ingredient list when I can use a delicious Bertolli’s® Organic sauce that is Tuscan cooking at its finest. They’ve perfected the taste of a delicious sauce and their Organic sauces come in several flavors including:

  • Tomato/Basil (This is what I used)
  • Creamy Basil Alfredo

Let’s get cooking! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar Bertolli’s® Organic Tomato and Basil Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground sausage (I used mild)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 15 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups of water
  • 12 oz. ziti pasta
  • 1 TB  italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • shredded Mozzarella cheese; optional

Bertolli's®

This is what the bottle of the Bertolli’s® Organic Tomato and Basil Sauce  looks like. You can find it in the spaghetti sauce section of your local Wal-Mart store.

Directions:

  1. Drizzle olive oil in a large pan and brown ground sausage, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic paste and stir well, cook for 2 minutes
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, the jar of Bertolli’s® Organic Tomato and Basil Sauce and italian seasoning and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the water and dry pasta. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to a low boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  5. Add the half and half and parmesan cheese. Top it off with a little dash of the italian seasoning and you are done!

Meal Prep Tips and a Delicious recipe for Baked Ziti by Uncommon Designs

You can add mozzarella cheese if you like, but we are trying to watch our waistline and decided to skip the additional cheese.  Now… let’s save a little money using Ibotta!

Meal Prep Tips and a Delicious recipe for Baked Ziti by Uncommon Designs

Use the Ibotta app to save big with these products!

  • $0.75 off any Bertolli pasta sauce variety at Walmart
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My Morning Coffee Just Got More Amazing

Can I tell you a secret?  I am secretly a homebody. I love having loads of people at my home, but I just love being here. Working from home was never something I thought would be possible, but thanks to this wonderful world of blogging I am able to and I love it. That isn’t the only thing I love these days.  There is something new and fancy, and super easy (totally my speed).  I’m in love… with International Delight® One Touch Latte™.

International Delight® One Touch Latte™

Please don’t get the wrong idea, working from home is wonderful, but as an entrepreneur, full-time mom, and leader of many wonderful groups in my community, my cup is full. Therefore, my coffee cup needs to be full, too.  I find myself squeezing productivity into every moment of the day, but there are about 15 minutes in the morning that are for me to relax, journal, pray and enjoy a good cup of coffee.

International Delight® One Touch Latte™

Within those precious 15 minutes, I can now enjoy my coffee and it now has just gotten an upgrade! I love a good latte and now I can make my own sweet, frothy delight at home in just seconds! There are just three simple steps to create this drink. Fill your coffee cup ⅔ full, give your latte can a shake and point, press and enjoy!

International Delight® One Touch Latte™

I’ve been an International Delight® creamer consumer for years, but I have to tell you that I am so smitten with this new International Delight® One Touch Latte™. I feel like I am getting a real coffee house style drink right in my own kitchen without having to get out of my PJ’s! You won’t believe how easy it is to make your own. If I’m doing it, you know it is easy, right? There is just no extra time for the fuss… until now!

International Delight® One Touch Latte™

Once you brew your coffee, all you need is the International Delight® One Touch Latte™. You can use it up to seven times and it comes in three delicious flavors: Vanilla (my favorite), Mocha and Caramel.

Watch this video to see how simple it is to make:

How easy is that?  Just shake, point, press and become completely obsessed. I feel like a barista in my own kitchen. The great part is that it doesn’t cost nearly as much as it does in the coffee shop!

 International Delight® One Touch Latte™

If you are wondering where you can find this little bit of heaven, head to your local Wal-Mart to the refrigerated dairy creamer section.

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What flavor will you try? 

International Delight® One Touch Latte™

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