Friday, January 31, 2014

Disney on Ice is back in Salt Lake City March 5-9 2014

I have been given tickets to Disney on Ice in exchange this post and subsequent giveaway.  All opinions are 100% my own. 
 I just got word that Disney on Ice is headed back to Salt Lake City in March with a brand new show. We are so excited to get to see Merida on ice skates, something my 5-year-old has been waiting for since Brave came out. The show, Rockin' Ever After will feature some of our favorite princess adventure stories. We have watch the Rockin' Ever After Video over and over again this morning.
 Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney•Pixar film, BRAVE, compete to win the heart of adventurous, sharp-shooting Merida, making her on-ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel.  A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. 
We absolutely can't wait to head to Disney on Ice and we hope you will join us. Tickets go on sale Today, January 31, 2014, for the shows, March 5-9th at the Energy Solutions Arena You can buy tickets online at Smithtix.comby phone at 800-888-TIXX, and at the EnergySolutions Arena Box Office. Ticket price levels are $20, $25, $40 (VIP) and $52 (Rinkside); Opening Night special discount prices available for only $12 each (not valid on premium seating; limit 6 tickets per order). 
For more information, visitwww.disneyonice.com or Disney on Ice on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Excited about Disney on Ice? Stay tuned for a giveaway for a family 4-pack of tickets from Disney on Ice and Housewife Eclectic. 
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

You Make My Heart Saur Valentine with Free Printable

Housewife Eclectic: You Make My Heart Saur Valentine with Free Printable
I have enjoyed making and sharing our Valentine's this year so much. Today I am sharing our sixth printable. This Dinosaur Valentine is really easy to pull together and perfect for anybody.I found these Grow and Glow Dinosaurs at the dollar store with four to a package. If you buy just regular dinosaur figures, you can get more out of one package, but I thought my nephews would love the glow and grow dinosaurs, so I went with them. 

You will need:
  • printable valentine found at the end of this blog post
  • scissors
  • tape and/or twine
  • small dinosaurs

Housewife Eclectic: You Make My Heart Saur Valentine with Free Printable
Cut out the Valentine's and have your child fill them out for their friends or class. Using tape or twine attach a dinosaur to each card. I like the look of the tape because it is cleaner, but the dinos stay better with the twine.

With Valentine's Day only a couple of weeks away, we are pulling out our red hearts decor and addressing all of the Valentine's for my daughter's cousins and friends. We usually do a nice family dinner on the day of Valentine's and have our date night another night when the restaurants aren't so crowded. Do you have any Valentine's traditions?

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What I Have Been Reading: The Winner's Curse and Defy

Housewife Eclectic: What I Have Been Reading: The Winner's Curse and Defy

I didn't mean to read The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski in one sitting, but I couldn't help it. The hours ticked by and it didn't matter that it was 2 AM and I was still reading. I had to know where Kestral's story was going to lead. 

The Valorians are a conquering people. One of their biggest conquests was the Herrani Pennisula and with that the Herrani people. Almost all Valorians now own Herrani slaves of one sort or another, and Kestral, an aristocratic general's daughter is no exception. The process of buying and selling people makes Kestral uncomfortable, but when she comes across a slave, Arin, at an auction who is promised to share her love of music, she can't help but buy him. 

At first, Kestral leaves Arin to work in the black smith shop, but slowly they spend more time together and start developing an unlikely friendship. A friendship that could lead to disaster for both of them, since Arin wants nothing more than to be free which means overthrowing the only life Kestral has ever known. 

I really loved all of the action in The Winner's Curse, so many first books take forever to build up to anything, because they are trying to save things for the next books. I didn't feel that way at all with The Winner's Curse, especially the second half moved quickly and the power shifted between the two main characters many times. 

I loved Kestral's character and strength. She isn't physically strong or champion fighter, but she is cunning. She can outwit and out maneuver almost anybody which makes her just as kick butt as if she was phenomenal at wielding a sword. Arin is also cunning and physically strong, but he has a sense of understanding to him as well. That both characters clearly have minds for strategy adds to the intrigue as they slowly out maneuver each other for most of the book, for one reason or another.  It is an extremely slow moving romance, but one of my favorites in recent reads. 

I would recommend The Winner's Curse to anybody who loves their YA fiction mixed with romance and political maneuvering. I can't wait to read the next one! 

The Winner's Curse will be released on March 4th, 2014. You can read the first five chapters of the book for free here and pre-order it here

Housewife Eclectic: What I Have Been Reading: The Winner's Curse and Defy
In Defy, after Alexa's parents are killed by a black sorcerer, she has no choice but to cut her hair and join the king's army with her twin brother, as man to save herself from a horrific future in a breeding house. Alexa, now just Alex is a talented fighter and soon makes it onto the Prince's own guard, but even her excellent fighting skills won't be enough to save her from her fate if she is discovered as a girl.  Alex's secret is in jeopardy when she, along with Prince Damian and Rylan, another guard member, are all kidnapped by the enemy as part of the ongoing war. 

I have really torn feelings about Defy. It was an interesting read that kept me turning the pages, but I didn't love it. Alexa is a true kick-butt heroine, capable of beating any man in a sword fight, but rather weak when it comes to emotion.  It seems like the second people find out that Alexa is indeed a girl, her entire personality changes, I feel a persona you have been putting on for more than three years would be harder than that to get rid of. Also, it seemed strange to be that a girl who has spent so much time disliking the arrogant prince would change all of her opinions about him so quickly, before honestly that much had been revealed about his secrets and true character.

The political intrigue held so much potential in this book, but instead that focus seemed to fall to the pseudo love triangle. I say pseudo, because it is pretty obvious from the introduction of the love triangle which man she prefers, but even still there is a lot of conflicting emotion, mostly pain from the other part of the triangle. I wish there had been just a little less of Alexa staring at shirtless Damian and Rylan and a little more background and political maneuvering. 

I really did love the setting of the book. Much of Defy is set in the deep jungle adding to the danger and mystery of the story. The book broke my heart in places and kept me flipping through the action in others. In the end I felt like the author made some choices that I hated and loved. Hated that they had to happen to the characters, but loved that everything wasn't too fairytale ending for everybody. 

Defy didn't make it to my list of favorite books, but I do plan on reading the rest of the series when it comes out. You can find Defy here. 
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Our Friendship Ties Us Together Valentine with Free Printable

Housewife Eclectic: Our Friendship Ties Us Together Valentine with Free Printable
This Printable Valentine using small stretchy hair ties is one of my favorites. Although it doesn't work for an entire school class, it is colorful and fun with something that little girls will actually use. We are making these ones for my daughter's dance class. 

You will need: 
  • The Valentine Printable found at the end of this post
  • Scissors
  • Hair Ties


Housewife Eclectic: Our Friendship Ties Us Together Valentine with Free Printable
This Printable Valentine comes six to one page. The best part is that it can be printed completely in black and white, since the hair ties is what gives this Valentine its pop of color. To give it the stability it needs when the hair ties are on the Valentine, it will need to be printed on cardstock. Cut out the Valentines and have your child fill them out before adding the hair ties. Cut out squares on either side of the empty space below "Us Together." Make sure you cut in far enough on either side that the hair ties don't have to be stretched out to sit on the card. Add the hair ties, by stretching them over the paper to the cut out area of the Valentine. 

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Monday, January 27, 2014

You Are A Gem Valentine with Free Printable

Housewife Eclectic: You Are A Gem Valentine with Free Printable
I have a confession to make. I might just absolutely love Ring Pops. Who doesn't like awesome bling that is tasty too? Just me? Even if I am the only adult who still loves them, at least I know the kids go crazy for them. 

You will need: 
  • Ring Pops 
  • Baker's Twine
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Printable Valentine found at the end of this post
  • Scissors


Housewife Eclectic: You Are A Gem Valentine with Free Printable
I bought the Disney Princess ring pops from the dollar store because the suckers are in clear packages inside, giving the Valentine a pop of color. Cut out and address all of your Valentines. Secure each ring to a Valentine using the double-sided tape. Tie a piece of twine around the ring pop on the card to keep it secure and give it a little more color. 

Now to open a bunch of Ring Pops and put them on all my fingers. ;)

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Friday, January 24, 2014

You Are Out Of This World Valentine with Free Printable


Housewife Eclectic: You Are Out Of This World with Glow In The Dark Stars and Free Printable

My third Valentine is perfect for just about any kid. Who doesn't love those little Glow in the Dark stars that you stick to your ceiling and stare at instead of going to sleep? This Valentine's are super affordable to make because so many of those little stars come in one package, but they have the wow factor of being something the kids actually like. Bonus points for the favor not being candy. 

This Valentine comes together super fast and most kids could probably make them all by themselves. 

You will need:
  • The printable found at the end of this post 
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glow in the Dark Stars 


Print and cut out each of the Valentines. Three Valentine's come on each page. Have your child address each of the Valentines to their friends. Attach a glow in the dark star to the blank space on each one, just below "You Are Out." 
Housewife Eclectic: You Are Out Of This World with Glow In The Dark Stars and Free Printable
For this particular Valentine, you want the smaller stars. You can use the big stars if you want to make a package of stars go further, but they won't fit in the spot on the actual card. I found this package of stars at my local Dollar Tree and it had enough small stars to make at least 6 Valentines.

You can find the printable for this Valentine below. All Housewife Eclectic Printables are for personal, non-commercial use. Be sure to check out all of the Valentine ideas over at Just Between Friends too! 



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Thursday, January 23, 2014

A New Year for a New You at Cafe Fraiche and Vivesque Hair Salon

 It always seems like everything changes right around the new year. I always find myself in deep cleaning mode in my house. Everything I have been saving for that yard sale I always say I am going to have end up in the donation pile. I scrub everything down and set goals for pretty much every aspect of life. I usually end up with somewhere between 30-50 resolutions, a completely crazy amount. On the list for this year was to feel better by eating better and to finally find a hairstyle and color that I love which are low maintenance. 
 Cafe Fraiche at Brick Canvas is one of my favorite new places to stop for lunch. It is delicious and the choices are healthy. I was eating really well before I found out I am pregnant. Lots of veggies and lean proteins, then the morning sickness hit. Everything that was healthy sounded gross and I began the "whatever doesn't make me sick" diet. This kind of eating takes its toll really fast.

 I found myself stopping by Fraiche more and more for healthy options that tasted good. It is the kind of place you stop when you want to feel good after lunch, and not hit that slump that says I ate stuff I shouldn't have.  All of their juices are fresh pressed and incredibly delicious. My absolute favorite thing on the menu is the Islander Smoothie. Pineapple, Banana, Coconut Cream and fresh orange juice.
 I always find myself wanting to change up my hair at the beginning of the new year. I have new goals and a new hairstyle always seems like it should go along with the process.
 When I was in high school, I dyed my hair all of the time. I was always adding highlights or lowlights or going platinum. It seemed like such a fun way to express who I was and since I wasn't doing anything too crazy, my mom always let me. In college, I was so confident in my hair dying, that I let a roommate experiment on my hair. It was an absolute disaster. My hair was one-quarter red, one-half orange and one-quarter blonde. My mom took pity on my sad fate and paid to have it fixed. That day I swore I would never dye my hair again until I was covering grays.

My resolve to never dye my hair again last until about a year ago. Then the dye bug bit me and I went a few shades lighter for summer. Winter came around this year, I had atrocious roots and no desire to keep dying my hair. I called around the local salons, but all of their suggestions on how to fix the problem would involve a lot more dye jobs in the future, until I called Vivesque.

When I called Vivesque Salon and explained my desire to stop dying my hair without having hideous roots for the next few years, they offered a lot of suggestions on ways to bring my current hair color more closely aligned with my roots, so that it would grow out easily and naturally. I felt like they weren't trying to get me back in the salon as much as possible, but wanted me to look and feel great. I have never had just one stylist before, bouncing around between a lot of different salons, but I loved the whole experience at Vivesque so much. They really listened to my hair needs and made sure I always had a drink if I wanted it and the most important part? I loved how my hair looks.
This year is full of new changes for our family, including goals for looking good and feeling good, goals we rely on Vivesque and Fraiche for.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

You Are Stamped On My Heart Valentine with Free Printable

Free Printables, Free Valentines Printables.
There are few things I loved more as a child than stamps. My mom had a huge collection for crafting and scrapbooking and I loved some of them so much, that my mom actually gave me my own copies of those specific stamps as a baby gift when my daughter was born. Combine that with the fact, that for numerous reasons, including my daughter's egg allergy, I prefer non-food related Valentine's and you come up with this one. 
Valentine's Printables, Homemade Valentines
 You will need:

  • Printed copies of the Valentine found at the end of this post. (These Valentine's have very little color on them, so they could easily be printed in black and white instead.)
  • Stamp set, I found mine at the dollar store. Each set had four hearts in it. 
  • Stamp pad, either from the set or another one. I decided to not give each kid their own stamp pad too. It makes them a little less fun initially until they get home, but less mess for a teacher. 
  • Double Sided Tape

Valentines, Stamped Valentines
Stamp the stamp you are going to be using on to each card. Clean the stamp off thoroughly. This will leave a cute heart on the card, even after they pull the stamp off. If you are making quite a few, use one stamp set to stamp, that way you don't have to clean every stamp. If you want to make these Valentines one step easier, forgo the stamping and just attached the a heart stamp to each. 

You can find the printable, with 6 cards to a page below. All Housewife Eclectic Printables are for personal, non-commercial use. 

Stay tuned tomorrow for another fun Valentine idea! 

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

You Make My Heart Glow Valentines with Free Printable

Housewife Eclectic: You Make My Heart Glow, Glowstick Valentines with Free Printable
I love Valentine's Day. My mom always went out of the way to make Valentines really special for each of us. I remember finding a little box of chocolates in my homemade lunch every year on Valentine's Day. It always made the holiday so much fun, even if you didn't get the day off school. 

This is really the first year that my 5-year-old has cared about Valentines and I am so excited to bring out some of my favorite traditions. When I was a little kid, it was all about the elaborate Valentines boxes, and the store bought Valentines. Now it is all about the fun Valentines. This year, I was a little excited to finally get the chance to design my daughter's Valentines that I went a little overboard and designed 10 different ones from her to pick from. I will be sharing each one of the next couple weeks complete with free printables, so you can use whichever ones you like. 

Today's Valentine is one of my favorites. It is a simple card that come six to a page and could easily be printed in black and white if you are trying to save your pennies. I found the hot pink glow sticks at my local Dollar Tree for 7 for $1. They had lots of different colors, but I thought pink worked for the holiday. Make sure to attach the bracelet connector piece to your glow sticks before taping them to the cards, so the kids can wear them if they want. 

You can find the printable to make these darling Valentines below. All Printables on Housewife Eclectic are for personal use only and cannot be used for a profit of any kind. 

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Affordable and Quick Super Bowl Party Ideas

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Super Bowl, Super Bowl Food, Superbowl party
I am pretty sure the only thing my husband loves more than football is the food that goes along with it. Every year, we throw a Super Bowl party and every year involves hours of prep work as well as hours of cleanup. This year, I decided to try something a little bit different with one of our play off game parties and I loved the results. This party was easy to pull together, the guys loved it and cleanup was the easiest it has ever been.
With Sharpie and Rubbermaid I pulled together some fun Super Bowl themed decor and food without breaking the bank. I decided to use Rubbermaid containers for all of the food because I knew that storing leftovers would be so easy. At the end of the game all I had to do was put the lids on the containers that still had food in them and pop them in the fridge. I wanted the containers to match the theme of the party, so a couple of Sharpie-marker drawings later, they were perfect.
I picked up both the regular Rubbermaid containers, the Take Alongs and a drink container for our party as well as Sharpie markers at Target. I loved having both the Take Alongs and the Regular containers because I was able to send leftovers home with guests in the Take Alongs and not worry about maybe never seeing my nice containers again.
I took an image of a football and one of a helmet and taped them on the inside of my containers. Using a Sharpie marker, I traced them onto the outside of the container. I loved decorating it this way because I was able to personalize the helmets with our favorite team's colors. After I finished tracing, I simply moved the images to another part of the container and traced them again.
For the ease of clean up, I covered the food table in green butcher paper, because at the end of the day I can just tear if off the table and throw it away. I found the green paper for the football field at my local craft store. I rolled the paper out across my table and then trim on all sides, so there is an inch or two over hang. I folded the paper underneath the edges of your table and kept them in place using tape. Then I used a Sharpie and a yardstick create yard lines along the "football field." For the particular length of my table, the yard lines were about four inches apart, but if you have a longer or shorter table that will vary.
 For us, football isn't complete without 7-layer bean dip, some great guacamole and wings. Everything else is just extra. You can find the recipe for the 7-layer dip here and my guacamole here. I love to had a couple of football stripes to my guacamole with a couple spoonfuls of sour cream to top it off.
   I finished off the table with some little trophies filled with salted peanuts and little stuffed footballs. The guys loved munching on the peanuts AND throwing the little footballs around. The table made the perfect place to host their own little football game using the miniature footballs.
  The whole spread came together really fast. It is probably one of my favorite Superbowl set ups ever. Everything is set up to be low maintenance, easy to refill and easy to put away.
 The best part of this whole party? The clean up. Throw a few lids on the containers, pop them in the fridge and throw away your football field table cover and you a done.
Just in time for your Super Bowl party, Target is offering coupons for $1 off any Rubbermaid Food Storage and $1 off any Sharpie 4-pack or larger. The coupon makes for a really good deal on the Take Alongs. Text the word COUPONS to TARGET anytime to get the latest available coupons and the Sharpie and Rubbermaid coupons will be available January 25th through February 8th, to make sure you have everything you need for your party.
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