Month: October 2012

Contest! Win $100 in Designs By Chelle Candles!

Win $100 in Designs By Chelle Candles

Are you excited? Well, I am! Who doesn’t like free stuff? Let the contest begin!!!!!

All you have to do is promote my Designs By Chelle business page on your wall, on your page, via message, or email, and ask that the person(s) to go like my Designs By Chelle Business page. Then they just have to come over here to the blog, and comment on THIS blog post, letting me know who sent them (please have your friends put down your name, if they don’t tell me who sent them you won’t get the credit). The person with the highest send over rate will win the $100 in candles. The more you post and promote on Facebook, the better your chances will be to win.. Friends can send friends over for you too.. the possibilities are endless.

I am keeping it simple, as always (well, maybe not always). Facebook has changed their rules on contests. So, I have my own rules to accommodate the legal stuff.

Here are the officially official rules – Please Read these before commenting below.

  •  The contest is open to any United States resident. We will ship but any shipping charges will be included in the $100 certificate.
  •  Any comments geared towards this contest, and posted on Designs By Chelle Facebook page will be deleted and not counted towards the total. The comments have to be posted on THIS blog post. No exceptions.
  •  We are not responsible for computer error. (i.e. comment not posting properly) If you don’t see your comment after a few days, post again. We will only count each name once.
  •  Anyone can like Designs by Chelle’s page, and comment. We will be checking that each name has liked the official page. It won’t be counted, if not.
  •  The value of this contest is $100 in candles and/or shipping and handling. It is non-redeemable for cash, non-refundable, and cannot be gifted to another person. Example: If shipping and handling is $25 the amount in free candles is $75.
  •  Winner must use the certificate by December 21, 2012 (December 17, 2012 if shipping). Sorry, but this is a seasonal gift.
  •  The results will be posted no later than 10 a.m. PST December 1st, or as soon as the comments are tallied, and double checked for accuracy.
  •  By commenting below, and stating your name, you are declaring that you have read the rules, and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • We are not choosing a winner. The number of comments for one particular person determines the winner.
  •  We are giving you a month to get your comments in. No comments will be counted after noon, pacific time, on Friday November 30th, 2012.
  • If you have been sent to this page by a friend and are wondering, “What’s in it for me?”, allow me to enlighten you (candle humor).  Your post counts as one entry for the friend whose name you have dropped, and as an entry for yourself!  You too are now in the running for free candles, go spread the word!

Another day in my life.

An Easy Toy Story Jessie Costume!

Marci told me her son Joshua was going to be Woody from Toy Story for Halloween.

Her husband Joe was going to be Mr. Potato head and she wanted to make a Jessie costume. We started to talk about it and I told her I could help her. Well, then I just ended up saying, “bring it over and I will make it for you”.

She bought a super cute pair of jeans from the thrift store, a white button up long sleeve shirt and a red foam cowboy hat from the dollar store. This is what we did…


I took yellow satin (the washable kind) and pinned it to the front and back yolk and then sewed it down. It helped to have Marci wearing the shirt while I pinned it on. I didn’t even stick her with the pins!


Then I drew on with a pencil where I wanted the sequins to be. I used Fabri-Tac fabric glue and glued the sequins on. You can see Delaney’s Jessie doll was our model. You have to be really careful with this glue because it can get really stringy and it gets EVERYWHERE!


Next I pinned the yellow satin on the cuffs and sewed it in place. Marci glued the sequins on.


I laid the jeans out flat and cut the cow print fabric (all we could find was fleece but it worked fine) to fit on the front. I flared the bottom of the fabric slightly.


I used the Fabri-Tac glue to flue the cow fleece to the front of the jeans. I also glued about a 5″x 4″ strip of micro suede to the bottom of the cow fleece (right about where it flared out). I cut the fringe before I glued but ended up trimming it to look right after the jeans were upright.


For the hat, Marci used a hole punch and punched holes (evenly spaced) around the brim of the hat. She then laced white cord through the holes.

With Marci’s natural red hair, this costume was perfect. She threw on some cowboy boots and was ready to go!

Yeeeee Haaawwww…Now aren’t they the cutest?!!!

Another day in my life.

Pumpkin Carving

Brad gets really into pumpkin carving and this year was no exception.

We went to the Howell’s the other night and carved pumpkins. We had such a great time with all our friends. The kids ran around and played and Dave grilled us some hot dogs. When we got there Brad realized he forgot his carving templates. Dave’s printer was out of ink, so Brad decided to run home to get his pictures (this is serious business). The kids had fun digging out the pumpkin guts and when we got home we toasted our pumpkin seeds (I am not a fan but they love them).


I told you he gets really into this.


Ours are the ones in the middle. The little Mermaid and the storm trooper.


I thought Brad did such a great job. Maybe he should be a professional pumpkin carver, heh heh. All he had to do for the little mermaid pumpkin was look at the picture and carve away.

Delaney wasn’t into modeling with her pumpkin. She would rather play but mom is snap happy with her camera!

Teagan was getting a little bored watching Dad carve the pumpkins so he went back to running around with the kids.


We ran out of time at the party and we had 2 more pumpkins that needed carving. So, Brad was at it again. Can you tell Delaney likes princesses and Teagan likes Star Wars?

Another day in my life.

My Girls Trip To Palm Dessert

This year, since I was turning 40, I decided I should spend the month of September celebrating. So, I rounded up seven of my girlfriends and we headed to the JW Marriot in Palm Dessert. It is kind of like mini Las Vegas for bachelor and bachelorette parties, but without the gambling, really posh clubs, and the fantastic shows (alright, so it isn’t like Vegas at all). I just wanted a cocktail and little sun by the pool, read my books and hang out with the girls. Be careful what you wish for.

The trip started out great.

Five of us met at my house and we crammed all of our luggage and crap in the back of my Tahoe. A little side note on the Tahoe, I bought it when I was single (10 years ago) to haul my girfriends around (not thinking about future kid hauling) and I still love that I can cram 8 girls into it (including luggage and shoes!). We picked up Karen on the way and we were off (Cortney was flying in from Texas and she met us there).

On the way we stopped at Carl’s Jr. for lunch (only the healthiest of fast food for these girls!). When we go to sit down and eat I notice that Naomi has a giant Jack in the Box cup she is drinking out of. I was cracking up. Did she really bring her Jack cup to Carl’s and fill it up? I had to call her out on that one. She swore she paid for the drink but she likes her Jack cup. She said, “Why waste a cup?” Uh huh, sure. She kills me (I love that girl).

We got to the hotel and we were going to be cheap, so we tried to take off with a luggage dolly. Come on, there are 7 of us, we are capable of maneuvering the luggage dolly. I guess not because they sent over this bellman (his name was Tim just in case you ever go there) and he turned into the annoying bellman who wouldn’t go away!

We checked in with Benjamin at the front desk and Cortney met us in the lobby. It was so great to see her because she moved to Texas a year ago and we all miss her like crazy. After our little reunion, we were on our way to our rooms (we had two adjoining rooms with two queen beds in each). Our bellman, Tim, ran his mouth the whole way there and when we got to our room he wouldn’t leave! He was saying things like, “What happens in Palm Springs stays in Palm Springs (I told you mini Las Vegas)” and “Ladies, I won’t tell your husbands”. Then he asked if he could bring us some ice and we made the mistake of saying yes. Then he came back and we shooed him out.

Cortney’s husband Josh (who is so sweet and thoughtful) asked her to call him when she was settled in the room because he had a little surprise for us. The next thing you know here comes the room service cart with 2 plates of HUGE chocolate dipped strawberries and 2 bottles of Dom Perignon! Talk about sweet, we felt like royalty. Just as we started the festivities the jack hammering started. Apparently, they were remodeling our wing of the hotel and it was LOUD. We thought maybe it would just be for a few minutes and then stop but it went on for about 30 minutes. Talk about putting a damper on our Dom! This was rediculous. We had to yell just to hear each other. We went out on the balcony to see if we could see what was going on and we were greeted with a cloud of dust. I looked down and saw I was standing in quite a bit of dust (I wrote Michelle was here) and caught the attnetion of a construction worker who waved up to me. Yep, this was not good.


Naomi called the front desk to see how long they planned on making noise and was put on hold and then sent to hotel phone la la land. When someone finally came to the phone we asked to switch rooms and asked them to send a bellman (we specifically asked for someone other than annoying Tom) to help us move our stuff. Naomi was still on the phone trying to talk to a manager (no one seemed to know where Justin, or maybe it was Travis, the manager went) when Phillip (the new, nice bellman) got there. He was super nice and not annoying (he also did a great impression of Tim the annoying bellman) and he trucked all our stuff back down to the lobby. While on the way down he told us that he couldn’t believe they put us in that wing because no one else was booked there and they were not to put guests where the construction was going on. Whoops!

This is where it got good. Benjamin (remember him? The one who put us in the closed wing of the hotel.) quickly got on the computer to find us a new room. I firmly expressed (Brad says I can get “volatile” so I tried to firm but sweet) that we were not happy. One of our husbands had spent a small fortune on Dom so we could have a fun time. Now our fun was ruined by noise and packing up our stuff and that we should be in a suite drinking our Dom instead of the lobby sitting on our suitcases (did you hear my say suite). I then told him the presidential suite would be fine. He straight face told me that the presidential suite only had one bed and that he was moving us to a suite that had 3 bedrooms so that we would have enough beds for all of us. Wow, sweet!

So now we were back in the elevator headed toward our new room (which is now a suite) and we have the nice bellman, Phillip, with us. Phillip is on his best behavior because he knows we were so irritated with the last bellman. He opens the door to our beautiful suite, unloads the goods and is gone. We rolled in our room service cart with our Dom Perignon and our strawberries (yes, we had been rolling the whole cart with us everywhere) and decided we were very happy with our new accommodations. Benjamin had hooked us up three bedrooms. One with with 2 queen beds and a bathroom, one bedroom with a king size bed and a bathroom, another bedroom with a king size bed and a couch (all with flat screen TV’s). We also had a huge living room with a giant flat screen, a dining room and 2 balconies (we later found out the suite was $1500 a night but we only paid the price of one of our old rooms we left behind). So, I guess they made up for our little inconvenience. Now we are spoiled and will want a suite next year when we go back.


We packed enough snacks for a week not a weekend.


Here is our dining area/mess.

We lounged in our room for a while and then decided to go down to the lobby bar/restaurant for dinner. All 8 of us sat at the table and the right half ordered salads, tacos and whatever and the left side, we all ordered sushi. Oh boy, here we go again. So, Naomi and I always order 2 rolls and split them. I think we ordered a dragon roll and a crunchy roll (I don’t know, it was something like that). I had about 4 bites and we are all talking and having fun when Naomi starts gagging and coughing. I look over as she is pulling a 6’x 1/4″ piece of saran wrap out of her mouth. Eeeeew! Gross. She said it was like when you were a little kid and you ate a piece of spaghetti and you swallow it half way and then you pull it back out. She could feel something not right going down her throat. She started to cough and gag and then she pulled it out. We completely lost our appetite after that.

Naomi Saran Wrap Sushi

The waiter came over and took the food away and said he would replace it. We looked at each other and both of us shook our heads. We both knew we could not eat any more. So we sat there talking about what just happened and you know what? No one came over to check on us. Naomi got up and walked over to the sushi bar and told the chef we didn’t want a replacement. We must have sat there another 10 minutes talking when the manager came over. She said she was sorry and said she was sending over a round of waters for all of us! Really? Waters? OK, that was nice but how about a free sushi roll or a cocktail or something? We were in shock over this.

The next thing you know a security guard came to our table. He wasn’t dressed in your typical security guard uniform but he had a name plate on that said security pinned on his polo shirt. He asked Naomi if she needed medical attention (she did almost swallow plastic wrap) and she told him,”no, I am fine”. He then began to ask her for her name and address. She was not having this and came back with, “am I under investigation or something?” He told her no, but that he needed to document the situation (as I was saying under my breath he needed to give comp our bill or something). I think they were just trying to cover their butts in case she ended up in the ER with her intestines tied up in saran wrap!

The waiter came over and apologized and Naomi ordered a shot (she needed to calm down after the little incident). Then Naomi got smart and said that her shot should be on the house for the trouble and the waiter agreed. He then told us if it was up to him he would comp our whole bill (ya, that didn’t happen). Naomi got her complimentary shot and we spent the rest of the night laughing and drinking and reliving the whole situation.


Here is a photo of all of us. It isn’t very high quality (all of our eyes are zombie white!) but you get the picture!

The rest of the weekend was pretty hilarious but that is a story for another day.

 Another day in my life.


My Garage Sale Find This Morning

We found a Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker at a garage sale this morning!

We were driving home from soccer and the kids spotted a garage sale (they actually spotted a stuffed sponge bob but that was not happening). Do you remember a few weeks ago when Delaney spotted Justin Bieber (the cut out) at the garage sale and now he is living with us? Well, I stopped and looked around and what did I find… a Mickey Mouse waffle maker.


Oh, you know we soooo needed it (NOT), but it was only $3 (so was the Bieb-$3) so it came home with us. I cleaned it up and turned it on and it worked great. I would say we got our $3 of fun out of it already. I used pancake mix (I have no idea if waffle batter is any different).

Since we are not going to Disneyland in the near future, this is going to have to do.

Another day in my life.