The Keys to Effective Scrapbooking

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Of the many activities at home to do with our children, one of the best ones that encourages creativity, design, and some peace and quiet is scrapbooking. Scrapbooking brings about so many different benefits; for example, it can improve creative decision-making, which boosts memory. It can be therapeutic, and improve fine motor skills, but it can also help families build stronger connections as scrapbooks can become cherished heirlooms that can be passed down through generations. Scrapbooking is something that not many people do in this day and age, but if you have been thinking about this type of crafting for a while, let's show you the keys to effective scrapbooking:

Focusing on the Fundamentals

Choosing a theme or a subject is an excellent place to begin because you can then start to carefully select the elements that complement your chosen style. Whether this is die cut stickers, vinyl-cut ones, patterned paper, or a variety of different colored cards, you can focus on the personal touches that will make your scrapbook stand out to you. When it comes to choosing a subject, there's no need to overthink it because it could be something like a family scrapbook for everybody to put entries in or just a diary for your thoughts and feelings.

Don't Forget the Right Tools

There are plenty of essential supplies and tools that you would need, not just scrapbook albums themselves, but page protectors, paper trimmers, adhesives, hole punches, as well as versatile tools that you may need further down the line like die-cutting machines as your skills progress. The key is to start with the basics and gradually build up your collection of scrapbooking tools and materials as your skills and projects evolve. It's an amazing method, not just to preserve some of your treasured memories; scrapbooking can be a fine art, so give it the time and attention it deserves and invest in the right tools.

Preserving the Scrapbook

The big problem with paper is that it deteriorates over time, so if you want to make sure it goes the distance, you need to find ways to preserve its longevity. One of the best approaches is to use acid-free and lignin-free pages, as well as ensure the cover and the binding of the scrapbook are made of durable, high-quality materials such as leather, fabric, and laminated cover options. In addition to the pages themselves, you should also use archival-quality materials such as inks and page protectors. If you want to preserve the visual quality of the layouts, quality page protectors that are non-glare can work wonders.

As you can see, a scrapbook is an excellent antidote to the modern digital format scrapbooks can take. That's not to say that digital work is not useful, but it can be very impersonal. A scrapbook is an excellent point in time that is also a hobby that can last the test of time. It is an excellent well-being tool that everybody in the family can make the most of.

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Moisturizing With Clarins Multi Active Jour and Nuit Creams

 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own. 

   Trying out Clarins Multi Active Jour and Nuit moisturizing creams for day and night, thanks to @influenster and @clarinsusa 💕 These products are said to help target the first signs of aging, refine pores, and smooth out the skin and wrinkles. You will get a nice glow with these lotions, as they help strengthen the skins moisture barrier. 

   I have enjoyed trying these samples, as my skin absorbed them well and felt hydrated and supple after each use. The scent of each is pleasant, like a bouquet of flowers, although it doesn’t linger or overpower for you to smell all day, which is good if you’re more sensitive to smells. I have enjoyed using these products and could see keeping them in my future face care rotation!   

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Easy Homemade Hot Cross Buns Without Yeast

    Happy Easter!! I wanted to try my hand at making Homemade Hot Cross Buns, and found this recipe by The Gardening Foodie, I decided to give a try! 

   This recipe is simple, quick, and doesn’t require yeast. To make these buns, you mix the dry ingredients separate from the wet ingredients, and then whip them all together into a beautiful dough. Split into six separate balls and drizzle the X’s with a flour paste, bake in the oven and enjoy with butter or jelly. 

First mix together dry ingredients: 

2 1/3 Cup of Flour

2 tsps Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

2 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 

2 1/2 tsp Allspice (I didn’t use)

1/2 tsp Nutmeg (optional) (I didn’t use)

In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients: 

2 Large Eggs

1/4 Cup of Sugar (I used Maple Syrup)

2 TBS Melted Butter

8 oz Cream Cheese (I used Yogurt)

Combine Wet and Dry ingredients together, then add in your choice of Dried Fruit. I use Raisins for ours. 

Make a paste of 3/4 Cup of Flour and 1/3 Cup of Warm Water, add to a piping bag and apply across dough balls to make the X’s. Bake in the oven at 350° for 35 minutes, brush butter across the tops, allow buns to slightly cool, then enjoy with butter and/or jelly. 

These Hot Cross Buns were so easy to make and my ingredient adjustments above didn’t cause me any problems, just less sweet than usual. The buns look so festive and cute, I will definitely be making them again! 


The Best Cup of Coffee With The Braun MultiServe Plus Coffee Pot

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   The Braun MultiServe Plus is such a beautiful Coffee Pot!! I love the design and ease of use. Add coffee grounds and water, then choose the setting you want and you can have hot or cold coffee within minutes! You can choose from four different settings to customize the perfect cup. Have your coffee over ice, cold brew, gold, or bold, with your option of a pod-free single cup, traveler cup, or carafe. You can even keep your coffee hot, for up to four hours, with the programmable built in hot plate! 

   There are so many great things about this coffee pot. It makes me want to have a Coffee Party to have all my friends and family try it out! I like everything about this piece, although the beeping the machine does, to signify that the brewing is complete. It’s so loud and goes on for too long, I wish that it could be turned off. It is a nice thing to have, to let you know when your coffee is done, but if you’re trying to make coffee on a sleepy early morning, that’s not really something you want to be hearing :) Other than that, this coffee pot is amazing, easy to use, and brews an excellent cup of coffee!!

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Dissolve Away Daily Cleansing Balm by Hero.

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   Dissolve Away Daily Cleansing Balm by Hero. is made to remove makeup and cleanse your face from any dirt or oil buildup, without clogging pores. This balm is very soft on the skin, rubbing on easily and washing off while leaving a hint of oiliness to it. 

   The balm doesn’t really have a scent, so it shouldn’t be bothersome but I don’t think it’s good for acne prone skin, due to the oily residue. It does say to use your regular face cleansing product after using this, but it kind of just feels like this product is an unneeded step in your routine. I really wanted to love it, as it washed my eye makeup off nicely, but it was a bit too greasy for my skin, that it seemed to encourage blemishes. 

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I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Watch 'Forty-Seven Days With Jesus' Movie


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   I was looking forward to watching this film, as I expected it to be much different than it was. It has a very slow process and I didn’t realize it was going to be basically a musical!! Every time the story of Jesus was being told, the characters in the Biblical theme would be singing. If I would have known this, I would have been less apt to want to see this film lol. I’m sure the family in this movie is very relatable to some, so it is nice to see everything come together in a positive way in the end, but I’m just not fond of musicals…if you love a musical, and are looking for a new movie to watch this Easter, then check it out and be sure to enter the giveaway below!! 

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