Saturday, May 28, 2011

Find me on Pinterest

So my friend Nichole over at Mrs. Lavespere really introduced me to Pinterest. I'd seen it before but never really paid much attention. Until now.

You have to request an invite. It took a little less than a week for me to get my invite to my email. I just accepted this morning and now I'm HOOKED!

It's a great way to bookmark things you want to remember, things you like, just whatever!

So come see me on Pinterest :)

And you can follow other people to see what they like. And like what they like.

a few people I follow:

Nic from Mrs. Lavespere.

Ashley from Little Miss Momma.

Amie from Kitty Cats and Airplanes.

Suzy from Joy is at Home.

Hannah from Young and Crafty.

You should check it out, go see those fine ladies, and come find me :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

5/23 Meet Me Monday- The 12 Numbers of Courtney

12- the number of formal dances I went to during junior high and high school. 7th grade formal, 8th grade formal. 9th grade homecoming. 10th grade homecoming. 11th grade- my homecoming, boyfriend's homecoming, my prom, boyfriend's prom. 12th grade- my homecoming, boyfriend's homecoming, my prom, boyfriend's prom. AND I had a different dress for each one. Can we say sales rack? The key is to get them AFTER prom season BEFORE your dance. Get them all on sale! The most we ever paid for a dress was $50 and that was for my senior prom.

11- the number of fairly regular babysitters I had growing up. I got my mom to help with this one. Most I remembered, some I didn't. Some were all summer long, some were just every now and then.

10- the number of years I've known how to drive using the pedals. You know, there's always the times when you crawled into your parents lap and they let you steer while they worked the pedals. But I'll never forget when my aunt let me drive her vehicle in a parking lot. I felt so grown up!

9- the number of schools I attended from kindergarten to the finish of college. I attended my first school for K/1st. Second school for 2nd grade. During 2nd grade I was tested for gifted and passed. That meant I needed to be put in accelerated classes. So I moved to a third school for 3rd grade. We moved during my 3rd grade so I spent the last month or so at another elementary school (4th school). 4th-6th was at the middle school (my 5th school). 7th-8th at the Junior high (6th school). 9th-12th at High School (7th school). Freshman year of college (8th school). Changed majors and moved schools to finish out college (9th school).

8-the number of cheerleading competitions I competed in. 8th grade- fair (local) competition, regionals, nationals in San Antonio, another nationals in New Orleans. 10th grade- fair (local). 11th grade- no fair due to hurricane Katrina (the coliseum was turned into a shelter)- instead went to a regionals competition. 12th grade- fair, and regionals (I wasn't supposed to go because of a foot injury but a girl got in a bad accident and I went to fill in).

7- the number of "real" jobs I've had before becoming a nurse. Not including short term or babysitting. I worked cleaning offices and stuff during the 11th grade. I had to quit that because it was in a bad part of town and it wasn't good when it got dark earlier. Plus it was easier to focus on school without a job. After I graduated, I worked that summer in a frozen yogurt/deli place. At college, I first worked as a ticket writer. Then I found out I didn't like confrontation. Then I was an RA. Then after I moved back home, I worked at a pool store, testing water and sales stuff. Then, I worked at a tanning salon. Also took on a part time job at a house/apartment rental place. Then quit the tanning salon because I got hardly any hours. Then later quit the rental place when school got too tough.

6- the number of cell phones I've had. #1- got it for my 15th birthday. I had just made cheerleading and I needed to be able to call parents after practices and stuff. I was super excited. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. It was just an Erikson. Before Sony. It was black and white, candybar style with a 1 inch antenna. It had 4 things in the menu. Text messaging (which I did not have and cost a billion back then), Settings, Contacts, and some other pointless thing. No games. It didn't even tell me the time. But hey, it was a phone! #2- my parents friend gave me their old motorola flip phone. Still B&W but oooh it was a red case! And it did tell me the time and stuff. Even had games like blackjack! #3- one of my favorites. A Nokia phone. It was blue and it had.... wait for it... a color screen! WHAT? I know, high-roller now. It was tiny and rectangular. No antenna. So cool. #4- Motorola Razr. Yes, I went with the crowd and got one of these. Like a year after everyone else but still. Hey, it had a CAMERA on it! Exciting right? Had that during my senior year and freshman year of college. #5- an older Blackberry. No camera but it did so much more! And I had had texting for a bit now so it was much easier. #6- we switched to AT&T so I got an iPhone! This was about a year and a half ago. And I LOVE it still! I can upgrade pretty soon though. Haven't decided what I want to do.

5- the number of surgeries I've had. All of them were under anesthesia except one. When I was 12, I had what we thought was a cyst removed from my knee. Turned out to be a calcium build up. Age 13- had a broken nose fixed. Age 15, had my wisdom teeth removed (without anesthesia I might add- let's just say me and the laughing gas were best friends that day!). Age 16- had my tonsils and adenoids removed. Blech. Worst surgery ever. Best decision. I never get strep throat anymore. Age 19- had my nose repaired after an old rebreak injury.

4- the number of casts I've had. 1st one when I broke my arm at the age of 6. 2nd one when I broke my nose in the 8th grade. Yes, I had a cast on my nose. How humiliating. 3rd one when I broke my arm again in the 9th grade. And then one during college when I messed up my foot and we couldn't get the boot to fit right.

3- the number of dogs at our house right now. Meeko, a black miniature poodle. Tigger, an apricot miniature poodle. And Duke, my brother's MASSIVE black lab puppy. 7 months old and like 70 pounds.

2- the number of times I've been to Disney World. Once in the 8th grade. And I had dislocated my kneecap so I had to ride in a wheelchair. Couldn't walk for very long on it and certainly couldn't use crutches all over Disney World. Oh darn. Guess we'll have to go to the front of the lines :) And then again a few summers ago.

1- the number of guys who hold my heart. Only 1. Aww. I texted my boyfriend and told him I was going to put this as the number 1. He texted me back with "eww yuck". I text back "what?" And he said, "I dunno, I was being immature." Yep, my oh-so-romantic boyfriend. How sweet, huh? Yea, I kinda like him :)

Friday, May 20, 2011


Last night I shared one of my favorite de-stressing drinks on my Not So Homemade Facebook page. Head on over to find out what it is and I'd love to hear YOUR favorite de-stress drink or snack!

Monday, May 16, 2011

We took a painting class!

So this weekend, my mom, 2 of my aunts, and I took a 2 hour painting class!

Where we painted these...

Here's mine:

My Aunt Jennifer:

My Aunt Tye:

And my mom's... I think her's turned out the BEST! And she says she messed up so she just started throwing paint on there :)

It was a lot of fun! We plan on going back to paint other things :)

It turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be. I've always seen paintings like this and thought "I could NEVER do that!".

Maybe later I'll try to write up a tutorial on what the lady told us so you can try it too!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Dump Cake over at What Happens at Naptime

Ok I literally bounced up and down when I saw this...

Dump Cake!

Don't let the name fool you... it's ABSOLUTELY delicious!

It's one of my dad's favorite cakes... we had it all the time growing up. For his birthday, Father's day, just because!

And her recipe is EXACTLY how we make ours. I'm really wanting some now!

Mmmm... Go check it out...

Dump Cake from What Happens at Naptime

Why, hello Blogger... are you done neglecting me?

How many people were COMPLETELY annoyed by Blogger's absence yesterday?

How am I supposed to stalk read other blogs if I can't even get to the Dashboard?

Yea, I get it... upgrades... blah, blah, blah.

I NEED my blogging fix!

No, no I don't have an addiction!

I can stop anytime I want!
(insert crazy person laugh here)

Yea... which brings me to a list of my Blogger annoyances:

1. Blogger goes down for maintenance when I'd rather procrastinate reading blogs than doing other things (like cleaning, sleeping, work stuff...)

2. It does not work well with Google Chrome. As much as I like that browser, I deleted it because it was not Blogger friendly. Which you'd think it would be... since it's all made by Google... Way to be slackers Google :)

3. Blogger likes to tell me "You are not following anyone" on my Dashboard sometimes... LIAR! I'm definitely following people. And it's frustrating when I have to refresh a billion times to bring my list back up.

Ok so help me add to my list... what are some of YOUR Blogger annoyances?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Easy French Toast & 5/11 What's Cooking Wednesday

There's nothing like homemade french toast!

And today I'm sharing with you guys our SUPER TOP SECRET recipe.

Just kidding. It's not that secret. But it is REALLY easy!

First grab some bread and slice it however you want. Our bread was a little squished already so I cut it in thirds. You could also leave it whole or cut it into triangles.

Then mix up a few eggs (I used 2 for 4 slices of bread). Dip your bread into the eggs.

Toss them into a hot skillet. Cook until golden on one side.

Flip and cook the other side until golden.

Top with whatever you want! I usually use cinnamon (although we were out so I used apple pie spice which turned out REALLY good!). Also used powdered sugar and topped with pancake syrup... YUM!

Now for a few of last WCW's favorites!

Mmmmm... I LOVE potatoes and onions! And this recipe for Potatoes and Onions over at Cricket's Cafe looks MOUTH-WATERING!

This recipe for Tomato Pie with Pancetta and Basil over at Mama Schell Says looks SO YUMMY! Cheese and tomatoes? Yes please!

Check out this recipe for Fajita Pizza that Gin's HUSBAND made over at Life as Topher's Mom... And we all know how much I LOVE my Mexican food... Mmmmmm :)

Now.... It's time to see what you've been cooking up!

Add as many recipes as you'd like! Look for featured ones next week too! Your recipe could be a favorite!

Grab a button and share with others!


YAY! You guys ROCK!

We reached 30 fans on facebook... 30 fans!!!

Now Not So Homemade on facebook is OFFICIALLY :)

Thanks a TON you guys!

Seriously... you are the BEST followers :)

Oh and I'm working on today's What's Cooking Wednesday... it should be done soon!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

So close... So how about a contest?

We are SO CLOSE to 25 fans on facebook :)

Reasons why you should be a fan of Not So Homemade on Facebook:

#1: SO many more features... they could be YOU!

#2: Find new and exciting recipes and crafts :)

#3: Because you really want to help me reach 25 fans so we can get an official FB page!

#4: Who can resist my adorable pout face ;)

#5: Because you might just find BONUS stuff....


I'm thinking of having a facebook fan referral contest.

Ok, it's decided... Let's do it!

I'll run this contest for a month... so it ends June 10th!

Refer your friends to fan Not So Homemade on Facebook... make sure they let me know you sent them by commenting on the wall!

3 winners (based on the number of people who they refer who become facebook fans)...

1st Place- Full Blog Design Package

2nd Place- Mini Blog Design Package

3rd Place- 3 Month Sponsor Spot

And if you have a Facebook page you think we'd be interested in, leave it in the linky below so we can all go check it out!

Facebook Pages ONLY please :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Confession Time

Ok... I'm going to be honest with you guys...

I have a SERIOUS blogging pet peeve.

I get a little REALLY annoyed with people who are all about followers. You know those people.

"I followed you now you have to come follow me"

(And I TOTALLY do not have a problem with people leaving links to their blog! I just don't feel like I'm being guilted into going to their blog)

And then you go to their blog and they have nothing but junk on their blog.

I actually had someone leave a comment the other day that said if I went to their blog and became a follower, AND left my blog URL, then they would come follow me back. And that irked me. I did actually go and check out their blog but it was NOTHING I enjoyed.

If you have a blog with things I'm interested in, sure, I'll follow you. But if you just post the bloghops you entered, nope, not interested.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE finding new blogs! Just not ones who only care about having 5 billion followers and have nothing good to actually post about.

I'm a crafty, cooking, photo kind of gal... so naturally I'm attracted to those kinds of blogs :)

Ok, I'm done ranting...

So how do you feel about those kinds of bloggers?

I'm not ashamed to beg...

My Front Porch Makeover was nominated for Best in Show over at Lamb Around!

And being out of town this weekend, I didn't get to tell you guys and ask you to vote!

So please head over to Lamb Around and vote for me :)

Seriously, it takes like 2 seconds...

I'm worth 2 seconds right (insert really sad face that you can't resist here)?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

5/8 Spotlight Sunday BLOGHOP

So if you caught my last post about my birthday, you'll know I spent the entire weekend chaperoning a youth trip with my church.

I'm exhausted!

Those kids have SO much energy! I'm 22 and they still wore me out!

But it was a really great weekend :)

Anyways, that being said, I have NO energy for a feature today... can ya blame me?

I do want to mention that we are up to 18 fans on facebook! Let's make it 25 :)

Then I can get a "real" page on facebook... become a big girl. Like all Let's make it a goal!

So come be a Facebook fan of Not So Homemade!

I am going to add the Spotlight Sunday blog hop.

So, my friends, go forth and MEET people :)

Now for this week's Spotlight Sunday! You don't have to link to anything in particular... just share your amazing blog with us :)

Add your blog to the list! Be sure to check out other blogs and leave them some comments or even become a new follower! (We all love comments and new followers right?)


Be sure to add the button to your blog so others can join in on the fun!

Want to add the blog hop to your blog?

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Me :)

Today's my birthday!

The big 22 :)

I'm spending the weekend chaperoning a youth trip for my church... Yay for 3 days of little sleep! It'll be fun though :)

Hope you guys have a good weekend!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

5/1 Spotlight Sunday & BLOGHOP with Born-Again Crafter

Hey everyone! I'm really excited for you guys to meet Lyssa over at Born-Again Crafter... she is SUPER TALENTED and has some AWESOME things on her blog! But before I get to bragging on things I love, I'm gonna let Lyssa tell you a little more about herself :)


Thanks for having me over here at Not So Homemade! Very excited to be part of this awesome blog!

You can find me over at born-again crafter where I blog about thrifty finds, redos & bit of craftiness like scrapbooking and home decor :)

I live in the Cascade Mountains up in WA with my Joe & 3 kids. I've dedicated my blog to trying to find my crafty self again after having lost all "me" time with, you know, the kids and all :)

So what can you exactly find over at born-again crafter?

Well let's see...some tutorials:

You can find Some Thrifty Finds:

Organizational Tips

I have a weekly "Tidy-up Tuesdays" post to try to organize my crazy life!

And weekly linky parties!


You gotta come and join the fun!

and of course, LOTS more! But you gotta come check it out for all the goods!

Speaking of goods, I just opened an etsy shop a few weeks ago.

pretty grey bench has some wonderful items!

Fun stuff huh?

So that's just a sampling of my life!
And I know you want more so head on over there and check me out!
I love making new friends!!


Isn't Lyssa TALENTED? Here's a few of her projects that I LOVE!

I think think this shabby junk decor is AMAZING! She used an old, falling apart stool!

And with that project, she also made the book puff balls that I LOVE SO MUCH!

Find yourself uncoordinated when it comes to making stuff (ahem... me)... She sells her amazing creations in her ETSY store! Like the book puffs and coordinating wreaths :)

So be sure to head on over and check out Born-Again Crafter and stay awhile... you'll LOVE all the amazing projects you can find :)

Now for this week's Spotlight Sunday! You don't have to link to anything in particular... just share your amazing blog with us :)

Add your blog to the list! Be sure to check out other blogs and leave them some comments or even become a new follower! (We all love comments and new followers right?)


Be sure to add the button to your blog so others can join in on the fun!

Want to add the blog hop to your blog?

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