Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Slow Cooker Bean Soup with Kale

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello friends, it's so cold outside and it's always nice to have a bowl of soup to warm you up! I'd love to share with you this healthy and delicious soup recipe that is made in the slow cooker.




Here you can see it cooking in my slow cooker and it is so easy to make.



SLOW COOKER BEAN SOUP WITH KALE

Serves 8 people

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups kale - chopped
1 package dried navy beans or cannelloni beans - rinsed clean with water
1 tablespoon olive oil 
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 - 8oz. can tomato sauce
1 chicken bouillon cube or chicken stock
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. dried parsley
9 cups of water

DIRECTIONS:

Add everything to the slow cooker and put setting on HIGH and cook for 6 hours. 
Enjoy!


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Julie


A Beautiful GYB Gift

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hi friends, I'm so excited to share with you this pretty and beautiful gift I won from the Grow Your Blog party 2015.  I had participated in this event that Vicki from 2 Bags Full had hosted.

I entered a lovely giveaway that KimM from Wisdom with Needle & Thread had hosted on her blog and I was picked as the winner!

If you get a chance please stop by and visit her wonderful blog and see how creative and talented she is!


I opened up my package and this is what I found waiting for me to open!

A box filled with colorful yarn and a pretty business card along with a lovely note for me.

Here is all the yarn that was included inside the box.



I love all this beautiful yarn I received and I'm very excited to make some projects with it all. 

A big thank you Kim for your thoughtfulness, kindness and for being so sweet!  I love how Kim took the time to visit my blog and see that I love knitting and crocheting.  I can't wait to use this yarn and I love the colors and it all so much. 

Thanks!



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Julie

Makeup Monday - Nail Art

Monday, February 23, 2015

Welcome to Makeup Monday on Julie's Lifestyle.  I will post about a certain type of makeup, nail polish, face or hair product etc.  It will be a fun place to come visit about anything to do with beauty.  



Week 34 - Nail Art



Hi friends, nail art is all the rage and there are so many different designs that are popular.  There so many different companies making bright colored nail polishes such as the aqua and navy nail polish as shown above.


I love wearing bright colored nail polish in the summer and when I'm wearing opened toed sandals or flip flops.  I love wearing a little bit of sparkle on both of my ring fingers.  It's a pretty look and does not look too over the top for me.  Spring and summer are the perfect time to try out different styles.

I have a few blog friends that are very talented at painting their nails and doing nail art. 

There is T'onna from Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty and you can see her beautiful manicured nails here.

There is the talented Liz from Rose Vignettes and you can see her pretty nails made up for Valentine's Day here.  She posts on her blog Manicure Monday and you don't want to miss that!

There is a popular product out now called Jamberry Nails and Kim from Exquisitely Unremarkable did a wonderful blog post about them here.  They are nail wraps and no polish is involved which is perfect if you don't like the smell of nail polish.

I hope you enjoyed Makeup Monday today.  Have you ever had a nail art manicure or pedicure?  I did during the holiday's when I had a gel manicure.   I had them add sparkle on my ring fingers.  (Next time I will make sure I take a photo to show you).

Thanks for stopping by and see you all next time for Makeup Monday.



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Julie




Five on Friday

Friday, February 20, 2015

I am happy to be joining Amy from Love Made My Home for her Five on Friday Series. 

I'm taking five minutes of my day to share five things:

1)  I love looking at magazines occassionally and I have a new one that I'm trying out.  It's called REAL SIMPLE Life Made Easier.  I really like the articles they share and it has a little bit of everything such as makeup, fashion and recipes to name a few.  This is my way of relaxing a little bit during the day or evening.   



2)  I love my dog Bosco and he is so adorable when he is relaxing or sleeping in his bed.  He sometimes pushes his cushion in such funny ways like he is doing in this photo.


3)  I love going to the book store and looking at all the various non fiction and fiction books out at Barnes & Noble Book Store.  I used to read all the time and then stopped once I started crocheting, knitting, and blogging.  I decided last summer to get back into reading books again and I'm so glad that I did.  I love the books that my blog friends recommend to read too. 



4)  I love going out to eat at different restaurants and here I have a crab hand roll that I had for lunch that was just amazing.



5)  One of my favorite things is bright colored cotton yarn.  I am in love with this cotton hemp yarn from Martha Stewart Crafts and it's by Lion Brand Yarn.  This color yarn is called Heather Flower.  I love making crocheted dishcloths and cup cozies with this cotton yarn.  Using bright colored yarn makes me happy.





I will be sharing this with Amy from Love Made My Home for her Five on Friday link party that she is hosting.

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Julie

Wordless Wednesday - Chicken Noodle Soup

Wednesday, February 18, 2015



Soup for lunch at Panera Bread!



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Julie

Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy

Monday, February 16, 2015

I recently just finished reading the book Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy.  I'd love to share with you a little bit about this book. 


Nights of Rain and Stars is the story about how one summer four strangers with nothing in common all take a trip to a little seaside village in Greece.  When a sudden tragedy strikes the small village the four strangers are all thrown together and become friends.  It then goes into their lives and how the trip heals them from their past and what they were running away from and why then ended up in Greece.

 I do not want to give away the whole story but I would recommend this lovely book.  To read more about this book you can click HERE.  


I will be sharing this book at Book Musing Monday at Mary-andering Creatively.
Book Musing Mondays final (1)

I will be sharing this at Read with Me at Mama Mummy Mum.
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I will be sharing this with the Book Nook at Create With Joy.
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Julie


Grow Your Blog & Giveaway Winner 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

MY GIVEAWAY!


Thank you to everyone who visited my blog and entered my Giveaway for Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party!

Thank you also Vicki for hosting this Grow Your Blog Party 2015.  I appreciate the work you put into arranging this event for bloggers to get together and meet.  If you would like to visit Vicki's blog at 2 Bags Full you can click here.



I am so happy to announce the winner of my Giveaway:

Debbie from Debbie's Corner
Debbie please email me your name and address using my contact form on my sidebar.

If you get a chance please take a minute to stop by her lovely blog!


Thanks again everyone who entered my giveaway and a big welcome to my new followers!  I enjoyed visiting all of your blogs and looking forward to forming new blog friendships!

P.S.  I hope you are all enjoying the Valentine's Day weekend!


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Julie


GYB 2015 & Giveaway CLOSED!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!



If you are visiting from the Grow Your Blog event that Vicki at 2 Bags Full is hosting than you can click my post HERE.



Please take a few minutes to enter my GIVEAWAY because time is running out and you only have until Saturday February 14th to enter.  



This is what one lucky winner will receive!

1)  Two Books - Julie & Romeo by Jeanne Ray and Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber.

2)  A crocheted Cowl & Handwarmer set handmade by me.

3)  A Bookmark.

4)  L'Occitane hand cream.

So please enter my giveaway on my blog post HERE or you can click on the Grow Your Blog & Giveaway button on my sidebar.  You can see all the details there.  

Thanks to everyone who has already taken the time and entered my giveaway!   


GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!



Wishing you a happy Valentine's Day and weekend! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

See you all on Sunday for the announcement of the winner for the Grow Your Blog & Giveaway! 




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Julie





Crochet Tea Cup Cozy & Pattern

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I thought I'd share with you this easy crochet tea cup cozy pattern with you.  This was so much fun to make and can be done in one afternoon.





Crochet Tea Cup Cozy & Pattern

Yarn for Heart:  Martha Stewart Crafts by Lion Brand Yarn, cotton hemp - in the color Heather Flower
Yarn for Tea Cup Cozy:  Sugar'n Cream, Lily Cotton - in the color Lavender
Crochet Hook:  Size I - US
2 Buttons

Crochet Pattern is in US terminology.

PATTERN FOR TEA CUP COZY

Measures:  9 1/2 inches x 2 1/2 inches 

Ch = chain stitch
sc = single crochet

Ch 25.

Row 1 - sc in 2nd ch from hook across until end of row.

Row 2 - ch 2, turn and sc all the way until end of row.

Row 3 - 9 - Repeat this until the piece measures 2 1/2 inches.

When finished take crocheted rectangle and on left hand side on opposite ends make a loop (used for button) as seen in photo.  On right hand side on opposite ends of each corner add a button as shown in photo. 

* To make the crocheted heart the pattern for this can be found HERE.

For Heart - Attach in the middle of the cup cozy and tie onto the back of the rectangle.



I hope I have inspired you to make this fun and easy crocheted tea cup cozy.  It also makes a great gift or perfect for Valentine's Day!


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Julie



Makeup Monday - Discontinued Makeup

Monday, February 9, 2015

Welcome to Makeup Monday on Julie's Lifestyle.  I will post about a certain type of makeup, nail polish, face or hair product etc.  It will be a fun place to come visit about anything to do with beauty.  



Week 33 - Discontinued Makeup



Have you ever bought makeup and really loved it and then discovered that it's discontinued?



Well that is what happened to me last fall when I discovered this lipstick on the left called Nude Delight 642 by RIMMEL!  This lipstick was recommended by one of my Instagram buddies when she showed a photo of it and I loved it so much I had to buy it.  I fell in love with this lipstick and thought it looked great on me.  When I was almost finished and you can tell by the photo on the left, I went searching at so many stores for this same color and could not find it.

My dilemma was what am I going to do now?  Well I just went with the lipstick to the drug store and bought a similar looking lipstick color and same brand that matches.  My lovely daughter saw this new color that I bought and she too fell in love with it.  It's called Notting Hill Nude 720 by RIMMEL.

When this situation happens all you have to do is is try and match up the color with a color that looks the same or similar.  I do hope this tip was helpful.

This lipstick is a nude color and last year nudes were all the rage and I still love light colors for day time.  When I tried on the lipstick without lipliner I thought it did not look good on me, so I used lipliner.  I thought it looked much better on me that way.  Do you ever play around with your makeup?  I love doing that and it's alway good to experiment a little.

Have you ever experienced a situation with discontinued makeup?

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Thanks for stopping by and see you all next time for Makeup Monday.



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Julie


Blog Recommendations!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hi blog friends!  I was the lucky winner of a giveaway that Gina from The Gentle Art of Homemaking had.  I won this lovely cookbook called Mother Nature's Candy Cookbook by Alison Candlin and to see the blog post you can click HERE .  

Thank you Gina for your thoughtfulness and your lovely giveaway.  I'm so excited to try out some of these lovely recipes.  Please take some time to visit Gina's lovely blog called The Gentle Art of Homemaking as she is new to blogging.



Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose has a lovely blog party every Tuesday that she hosts called Roses of Inspiration and she featured crocheted hearts that were made by Shoregirl's Creations HERE.  I saw how lovely the hearts were and made two of them the other night.  They were fun to make and there is a lovely tutorial included which helps in making them.  Thanks Stephanie for featuring these cute hearts and Shoregirl's Creations for the crocheted hearts you made.

Diane from Welcome to Lavender Dreams shared a healthy recipe last week for Flavorful Chicken Salad.  When I saw this recipe on her blog I just knew I had to try it.  It was so delicious and it's healthy too.  To see the recipe that Diane made please click HERE.  Thanks Diane for sharing this healthy chicken salad recipe with us.

I love when I see so much inspiration and how creative my blog friends are.  I love getting new and fun ideas and trying the out!  Thanks blog friends for sharing your ideas.

Wishing you all a lovely end of the week and weekend.  If you live where it is cold, then please stay warm.

REMINDER - There is only one more week left to enter my GROW YOUR BLOG & GIVEAWAY and to see the post click HERE.


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Julie



  


Chinese Cinderella Book

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hi friends, I do love reading books and I'd love to share with you a book that I read last year.  It's called Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah.


This book was recommended for me to read by my daughter who had to read this book for school.  I'm so glad that she suggested I read this book because I totally enjoyed it and it's a true story.

This book is a memoir of an unwanted daughter from a wealthy Chinese family taken place back in the 1940s.  This is the sad story of how she was treated by her own family after her mother dies giving birth to her.

I would recommend this book and you can read more about it HERE.  I hope I have inspired you to add this to your book reading list.  

What are you reading right now?




I will be sharing this book at Book Musing Monday at Mary-andering Creatively.
Book Musing Mondays final (1)


I will be sharing this at Read with Me at Mama Mummy Mum.
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I will be sharing this with the Book Nook at Create With Joy.
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I will be sharing this at Circle of Pine Trees The Year in Books - February 2015


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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie