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Trendy yet affordable

I have been hard at work in the Creative corner trying to get ready for this Holiday season(which is fast approaching)

What will be available in the shop

🎀Stickers

💕 Stationary/planner items

🎀 Charms

💕Leather earrings

🎀Hand-tied cotton tassel earrings

💕Keychains/zipper pulls/ pursecharms

🎀 Home decor

💕greeting cards

🎀scrapbook page kits

So far I have leather earrings listed and ready to make, I have a few reverse canvases and embroidery hoop frames, scrabble tile charms, tassel earrings and keychains

I still need to add greeting cards, scrapbook page kits, more home decor items

The Creative Corner is more than just jewelry, or gifts, or cards… Creative Corner is your one stop shop for all things creative and all gifts💕

Come on over to Creative Corner and find your perfect gift today!!!

Our own backyard oasis

a Review of intex pure spa inflatable hot tub!

The things no one tells you

I LOVE water whether it is a pool, hot tub, lake, or ocean, so it makes sense I would want to buy a hot tub.

As with any purchase I did a lot of research as to what type of hot tub I wanted to buy. Looking at my budget and the fact I really did not want to spend a lot in case I wouldn’t use as much as I thought I would, didnt want to be out a lot of money.

I found the Intex purespa inflatable hot tub and really began researching it thinking this is what I would end up with.

I decided to buy the larger version that sits 6 adults a 7 foot diameter inflatable hot tub.

It arrived in 2 days because of Amazon Prime:)

I was so excited I wanted to open it right away but knew I needed to create a space for it.

Now here comes the Hard work!

The desired place to set up my new hot tub was in the back yard beside the deck(which did not have steps down to the ground) the grass was bumpy and not level. I began thinking I wanted to rip the grass up and level it out and put river gravel in place of the grass along with concrete pavers(the 12X12 from Lowes) I had a vision in my head and so began working early one Saturday morning.

We did not have power tools only a hoe, a shovel, and a rake along with buckets and a lawn cart, we began digging up the grass. We quickly realized it was going to be harder than it looked so we called my uncle(next door neighbor) to come up with his rototiller to tear up the ground. He then helped us level out a 7X7 diameter circle for the hot tub to sit on. We used paver sand to create a pad for the hot tub.

We then sat the hot tub up, filled it with water from the garden hose and turned the heater on, it takes a long time to heat up, so make sure you account for that time when setting your tub up.

We built temporary steps but they are sturdy and nice made out of cinder blocks

I did not realize the hot tub did not come with any chemicals, it comes with a chemical dispenser but no chemicals. Chemicals are very necessary (more on this later)

The very next weekend we placed a garden landscape trim up around our square, our new patio, sat the 12X12 pavers around the hot tub and then a solid set of pavers. we filled in the spaces with river gravel. This was HARD work but well worth it.

I then bought some flower pots and bought some tropical type flowers to set around, flamingos for the yard art, and we sat out some lawn chairs and a patio umbrella table. Our backyard oasis is finally complete and we are loving spending time outside.

Realizing we cannot use in inclement weather or in the winter we have decided this is a temporary fix until we can enclose our patio in a sunroom(4 season room) When this happens a blog post will happen.

If you are buying a inflatable hot tub these are some things you will want to think about

  • do you want outside or in a sunroom?
  • do you want it on a covered patio or out in the yard?
  • make sure you have a good outdoor outlet
  • Make sure you have ample space to put it, check the diameter of the tub both external and internal diameters
  • decide how big of a tub you need/want they come in 2 sizes 4 and 6 adults

What no one tells you is that it is a lot of work not only to set up the hot tub but to also keep the hot tub nice and clean.

You don’t just plug and play… we had to create our space then once it is set up have to check the water every week and add the proper amount of chemicals. Guess what if you don’t add the proper amount and right kind of chemicals you could end up with pseudomonas folliculitis or hot tub disease, yep that happened to me see photos below.

Before you decide to jump in and buy a inflatable hot tub please consider the space, the work involved and how much you will use the tub, and the financial impact of water, electric, chemicals and accessories!

This was all well worth it to us and we have used the hot tub 95% of the time when we get our sunroom I feel like we will use it even more!

Hot tubs and swimming pools are a lot of fun, helps with relaxation as well as exercise and recreation, what no one tells you is the amount of work hot tubs and pools truly is. Now with that being said, I find the work associated with maintaining a hot tub is interesting and fun😁I may be a bit of a nerd though

I take a water sample to my local pool/spa store to have my chemicals tested

The chemicals and the amount thereof is very important for your safety

Have a great day

Girls day out success

Well our Girls day out with Ruby Ribbon was a SUCCESS!!!

Would have loved to have had a better turn out since I invited close to 80 friends and only 10 showed up(its okay because we had so much fun and got some really good deals!!!)

girls day out

See my 2 mini fashionistas and future Ruby Ribbon models(love them so much)new blazer

When your friend brings her samples for sale and you take a peek!!! I got this professional suit and LOVING it… Ladies listen when I tell you if you need to dress up for work Ruby Ribbon is where it is at, this literally feels like I have pajamas on(no seriously the pants are cropped trouser pants but no zipper or button they are the same make as our ever so popular leggings! and the blazer is so slimming and the length is so GREAT!!!)

Go here to find this outfit on sale

You have to have this outfit plus check out the 15 items on our SALE tab

Have a GREAT day with your gal pals

 

May the 4th be

🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

Strong with your cami!!!

Say bye bye bra once and for all with a Ruby Ribbon Cami

Hey did you know we are more than shapewear now?

We have

🎀career wear

❤ lounge wear

🎀active wear

❤swim wear

🎀formal wear(well yea perfect solutions for your cocktail, weddings, galas…)

❤shape wear

Come to Fratelli’s in Barboursville to see what all the hype is about

May 4th 2-4

Much needed girl time, shopping, friends, Italian food😊

Happy Cinco De Mayo

So Sunday is Cinco De Mayo one of my favorite days of the year!!! (Any excuse to eat good Mexican food)😍

Thursday night is my turn to have my family up for dinner years ago when we started family dinners twice per week we would have up to 13 at every dinner

We are missing a couple, with us forever in our hearts we now have up to 11

Well last night was the 2nd of May but a great Cinco De Mayo celebration we had🌮🎉😍🎉

How are you celebrating? A taco bar, homemade, your favorite Mexican restaraunt, with family, with friends, or alone?

I hope you have a fantastic Cinco De Mayo

Oh how I miss

Morrisons Cafeteria(piccadilly) at the Huntington Mall😫

I have the fondest childhood memories going there for dinner then walking around the mall and always ending up at KB toys😁

My favorite dish was the mac n cheese

My mom and dad always got the fried chicken, mac n cheese or mashed potatoes and cucumber salad a roll and for dessert we would have red jello or pudding😊

I have tried numerous recipes looking for Morrisons Cafeteria perfect recipe

I found it yesterday 😍

And here it is

The source is Seasonal Florida: A Taste of life in North Florida by Jo Manning

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cup milk, warmed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (extra sharp) divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions and drain
  3. Heat butter in small saucepan, medium heat, stir on flour and cook 1 minute
  4. Use a whisk add milk, stir constantly until sauce thickens
  5. Add salt and pepper
  6. Beat eggs, slightly add some sauce to egg mixture
  7. Add egg to sauce stir in
  8. Set aside 1/3 cheese
  9. Add 1/3 macaroni to a buttered 2 qt. Casserole. Alternate layers of macaroni and cheese
  10. Pour sauce all over top of macaroni and cheese
  11. Top with cheese
  12. Bake 25-30 minutes and serve

Enjoy as a main dish or a yummy side dish

Tgis nostalgic dish brings back awesome memories❤