Easter Dessert – Bunny Pops

Bunny Pops

Today I’m sharing a simple way to make a simple and fun Easter dessert with very little effort. I like to bake cookies instead of loading up on the candies.

Bunny Pops

This worked perfectly with my schedule because I had an accident with my eye last weekend and that put me out of commission for a couple of days. I am healing slowly and thanks to the ability to zoom my computer settings, I am getting back to work. I am very thankful that my eyesight is coming back and for the wonderful support I received from friends.

I love putting Easter gifts together for friends and family too. I remember it was so exciting as a kid to open up the Easter basket and go on egg hunts in the backyard. Then we would get dressed up in uncomfortable ruffle dresses, tights and patent leather shoes from J.C. Penney for church. Now, these days, I love getting dressed up, but  thankfully they are making clothes much more comfortable than they did when I was a kid.

This fun Easter dessert is very simple to do and even simpler when you use a store-bought cookie mix. All you is cookie dough, icing and some lollipop sticks. I prepared the dough for rolled cookies about 1/4 inch thickness and used a bunny cutter. before baking the cookies, I inserted the sticks into the middle of the cookie.

Easter Dessert

Once the cookies have baked and cooled completely, I frosted them and uses candy eyes for the face.

 

Easter Dessert

 

They can be put in cellophane bags and tied with a ribbon, placed on each plate.

Easter Dessert

Or you can arrange them into a fun centerpiece. This also makes a fun gift for friends or relatives.

Easter Dessert

Do you know someone who needs a cookie bunny?

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Productivity Apps I Love

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It’s been a while since I’ve talked about apps but today I wanted to share with
you a few apps that help me not only save time, but help me keep up my productivity.

The first app is TinyScan. Have you ever had a document or paper and wished you could
scan it right then and there?  You may try to take a picture with your smart phone, but it’s not quite the same.
TinyScan allows you to actually make tiny scan of the document on your phone. Tiny scan allows you do copy receipts letters, invoices and other documents into PDF format

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The second app I love is to do list. I’ve tried many different types of to do list apps in the last few years, and this one is my favorites. One of the reasons I like it is because it allows me to access my to do list from my desktop, iPad, and iPhone.
The free version allows you to create to do lists, priorities and projects, complete with sub-tasks. You can even have tasks that you have assigned to yourself differentiated to those you have delegated to others.

Many times a to do list item will come into my head I need to just jot it down somewhere to do list is perfect for that because of the mulitple access capability. If you have the premium version (I do not), you can also set specific deadlines that will sync  to your calendar and you can also post dealines with reminders to yourself. Todoist is available for Apple products and Android through Google Play.

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The other app I love is Google Drive. Google drive allows you to save photos, documents, files and is accessible from different devices without having to download and worry about which version is the one you want. It also makes it easy to share documents with others. You can view these files, even if you do not have an internet connection.

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Have you used any of thes apps? What are your favorite apps to stay productive?

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Dollar Store Wedding Decorations

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It’s wedding season soon! I’ve got a couple of invitations to weddings and I’m helping someone plan hers. Weddings are so expensive nowadays and  although there are a lot of cute ideas out there, it’s still important to keep costs in perspective. One of the easy ways to keep costs down is by making some dollar store wedding decorations.
 

Wedding decorations from the Dollar Tree

Today I want to show you some beautiful wedding decoration ideas made from items available at Dollar Tree. That’s right, these supplies cost a dollar a piece.  You can still have beautiful decorations, and no one has to know that you saved money by making your own.

 

I always walk down every aisle of the store because I do not want to miss something that I can use.I found some vases that I wanted to decorate and fill with flowers.

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I chose white flowers because I found these cute flower embellishments, and I wanted the blue to stand out.

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I took the vases and wrapped each one with tulle and tied with a bow.Then I secured the blue flowers and added some flowers to the vase.

Frugal Wedding Decor

Next I printed out a cute gratitude message on card stock and put it in a frame for the table. The frame and the stand were $1 each.

Cute message for your wedding guests will add a touch of gratitude!

Finally, I wanted to put a pretty little favor on each place setting. (By the way the plates are also from The Dollar Tree,) I wrapped some candles with lace and secured the lace with a pin.

Laced Wrapped Candles from the dollar store!

The candle is still wrapped in plastic and because the lace is for decorative purposes only, it can be easily removed by the recipient when they use the candle.

As you can see together everything  makes a very nice table decoration.
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Materials for Flower Vases (all items are from the Dollar Tree unless otherwise noted)

Materials for all these wedding decorations are listed below. Be sure to check out The Dollar Tree Website for more wedding decor ideas!

Vases

Flowers
Tulle
Rocks
Flower Embellishments

Materials for Candle Favors

Candles
Push Pins
Lace (purchased at craft store)

Thank You Plaque

Frames
Thank you note (done on computer)

Do you know someone planning a wedding soon?

Be sure to follow The Dollar Tree on Facebook and Twitter for new products and features~
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This is a sponsored post from one of my favorite stores – Dollar Tree!

Celebrating with Elements Massage Costa Mesa

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As a working mom, it can be really hard to take some time off and really give yourself some R & R. But if you’re like me , when you do, you often feel refreshed and relaxed. For me I feel like I’m a better mom and a better person when I’m taking care of myself.
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I recently attended Elements Massage in Costa Mesa to check out their facility. Elements therapeutic massage supports well-being and wellness through massage. I heard that Elements was celebrating their one year anniversary party and they were offering free mini-massages to anyone that attended so it was the perfect reason to check them out.

 

The friendly staff checked me in and I was greeted by a knowledgeable therapist.
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I work at a computer in my day job and also as a blogger in the evenings,  so my stress spots are my neck and back. I try to not hunch over the computer, but when I am on it so much, I still feel tense. My therapist did an awesome job of hitting those areas and to be honest, by the time my massage was over, I was not ready for it to end. It was an amazing and relaxing massage!

 

One of the things that makes the Elements different from other places is that there is one price based on the length of your massage, not the type of massage. This allows the therapist to provide a more customized and personalized therapy session for the client. The rooms were dim and there was relaxing music in the background.

That evening there were  some amazingly refreshing drinks from Clean Cocktails and light bites from My Fit Foods Costa Mesa.  

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To continue the celebration, Elements Massage Costa Mesa will be offering a month-long promotion! Book two 55-minute massages at $69 for each appointment, regularly $99, between now and May 31, 2014 and receive a free complimentary upgrade to an 80-minute massage during your second appointment, a total of $100 in savings! Mention the promotion “Anniversary” when booking to redeem this special offer! Both services must be redeemed by May 31, 2014. They also have a great Wellness program that is worth checking out.

 

Elements Massage in Costa Mesa is located at:
Location
Mesa Verde Center (At Harbor and Adams)
2701 Harbor Blvd, Ste E-3
(Between Vons & CVS)
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.850.0500

 

You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook for events and special happenings.
Have you ever treated yourself to a massage? Do you go regularly?
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Disclosure: Complimentary mini-massages were given to all who attended, including me. All opinions are my owns.

The Ultimate Blog Party 2014 #UBP14

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Hello! Do you know what the Ultimate Blog Party is? It is like a big festival sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom where bloggers of all kinds meet and greet each other.

For those of you stopping by for the first time – Hello!

Welcome to Organized Island! I am so happy to have you here.

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I am a mom of two that lives in Southern California. I started this blog when my kids were in high school as a way to share my recipes and tips with other moms. My favorite things to do are to spend time with family and friends. I believe that every day is an amazing gift and should be celebrated.

You may be wondering what you can find on Organized Island. To give you a little history, I am am one of those people who loves to make lists, check things off and keep things organized. Before I had kids, I was a productivity manager, so I am very adamant on time management. On my blog, I share things going on my island of life.

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