Saturday, August 30, 2014

DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms!

Woot, Woot! College football season has begun! Allison likes to pretend to get into the game with us, so I thought I would whip her up her own set of pom poms so she could cheer on our team. These tissue paper pom poms are so simple to make, they can be thrown together in about 5 minutes. Best of all, you can customize the colors to match your favorite team. Since we are huge Notre Dame fans, I chose blue and gold for our poms.

Start by stacking 4 pieces of tissue paper together. Fold stack in half. Starting from the open end of the stack, cut slits towards the fold, stopping about 1/2 inch from it.

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Hot glue the end of a wooden dowel at the end of the stack.

pom poms

Start rolling the folded end around the dowel until you reach the other end. Secure in place with another dab of hot glue.

 Flip it over, fluff it up, and you are all done! (For a more poofy pom, group 2 or 3 sets of the tissue paper cut outs together, then secure with glue and a ribbon.)

pom pom craft

Do you watch football? What team are you rooting for?


Friday, August 29, 2014

Life of Crime Fandango Giveaway #LifeOfCrime

*Disclosure- I was not compensated for this post. All assets have been provided by Life of Crime 

One of my favorite things to do is to curl up on the couch with my husband after the kids go to bed and watch a good movie. We do love a good drama or comedy, but we really tend to gravitate towards more dark humor movies. Pulp Fiction, 7 Psychopaths, anything by Tim Burton we just love. When I heard about this new movie, Life of Crime, I knew it was one we were going to have to add to our must see list since it sounds like it has all the elements we look for in a movie. 

When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.



One lucky Theresa's Mixed Nuts reader is going to win a $15 Fandango Gift Card so you can go see Life of Crime! The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S., 18+. NO PO Boxes will be accepted. The giveaway will run through 9/7/2014. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

**All entries are verified. Please make sure you are following all task guidelines you claim entries for. Failure to do so will result in your entries being removed from the form.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mia Mariu Giveaway!

I have been using Mia Mariu's makeup and skincare line for the past several years and can say it is one of my favorites. The makeup is long lasting and the gel cleaners feels like silk on my skin. That's why I am happy to partner with some great bloggers to bring you this Mia Mariu Refreshing Gel Cleaners giveaway!

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Mia Mariu’s Refreshing Foaming Cleanser - New and Improved anti-inflammatory formula with 8 natural botanicals! Aloe, marigold, sea kelp, sea lettuce, plus nourishing essential oils: orange peel, lemon, lime and grapefruit are at the heart of this soft pampering cleanser. This improved formula has increased levels of Aloe along with the addition of anti-inflammatory Sea Lettuce and essential oils making it an extra gentle cleanser. Suitable for all skin types, non-irritating, paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free. The Mia Mariu philosophy makes the connection between beauty and health inside and out. Mia Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out. Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides. The result? healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value. Mía offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes, fine fragrances and nutritional supplements to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty!


One lucky winner will receive one full size Refreshing Foaming Cleanser. This prize is valued at $21.00. This giveaway is open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States & D.C. 18+. This giveaway will end on September 11, 2014 at 11:59. Winner will be contacted by email within 24 hours of the giveaway ending. To enter for your chance to win please use the Giveaway Tools application below. Good Luck! 

Theresa's Mixed Nuts is not responsible for shipment of prize. The sponsor is responsible for the shipment. Winner may have to submit full address and phone number to receive prize. This is not the requirement of the blog but of the sponsor. Your information will not be traded or sold. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social network.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday- Spiders

Spiders are icky, but I have this thing about not killing them since they eat the even ickier bugs. I usually come across common house spiders here and there, but this summer I found a few that I had never seen before. They fascinate and creep me out at the same time.

Crab Spider
This crab spider was really tiny. Like the size of a pea. He must have gotten into a scuffle since 2 of his legs were missing.


beach spider
This guy was chilling between my husband's feet at the beach. Hard to see since he blends into the sand so well.

Do you smash the spiders or let them be?

Harvest Snaps Are A Tasty & Nutritous Lunchbox Snack #LunchSpiration #HarvestSnapsFan

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

My girls have just headed back to school, and most days insist on packing their lunch. I can't say that I blame them. I tend to each lunch with them on occasion at the school, and the food served up never looks or tastes very good. Since they do take their lunches often, I try to keep things healthy as possible, but also let them think they are getting a treat too. I've found the best of both worlds with new Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps.

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There are 6 varieties available:

• Snapea Crisps Black Pepper
• Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted
• Wasabi Ranch
• Caesar
• Lentil Snaps Onion Thyme
• Lentil Snaps Tomato Basil

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Harvest Snaps are crispy and bursting with flavor, so they make a great alternative to snacking on unhealthy potato chips. They are:

• Baked, not fried
• High in protein and fiber
• Low in sodium and fat (40% less fat than regular potato chips)
• Snapea Crisps are made from 70% pea
• Lentil Snaps are made from 65% lentil
• Gluten Free

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Munch on them while watching television, at a sporting event, after school... they are great any time you want a tasty snack! Additionally, I have been packing them in my girls lunch boxes a few times a week. So far their favorites are the Lightly Salted and Caesar varieties, and my husband is nuts for the Wasabi Ranch and Cracked Black Pepper. I like to crumble them and sprinkle them over salads and as a coating for my chicken dishes.

Harvest Snaps

Harvest Snaps is also giving you the chance to win up to $1000 in their #LunchSpiration Contest! Simply create a custom LunchSpiration Lunchbox, then share it through Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for your chance to win!

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If you would like to learn more, visit the Harvest Snaps website. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.


One lucky Theresa's Mixed Nuts reader is going to win a box of Harvest Snaps Snacks! The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S., 18+. NO PO Boxes will be accepted. The giveaway will run through 9/7/2014. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.

**All entries are verified. Please make sure you are following all task guidelines you claim entries for. Failure to do so will result in your entries being removed from the form.

Monday, August 25, 2014

DIY Countdown to Disney Yarn Wreath

We are taking the girls to Disney this fall, and I thought it would be fun to make a Countdown to Disney Yarn Wreath so they could get excited about the trip a little every day leading up to our departure. Since it's going to be a one time use kind of craft, I didn't want to spend a lot of money. The circular craft wreaths were running over $5 at the craft store for the large ones and the smaller ones were around $4 each. I really didn't want to spend more than $10 on all the supplies, but thanks to Pinterest, this nifty idea helped keep the cost to under $5, which included all the yarn and supplies.

Simply pick up some of this foam pipe insulation at the local hardware store (mine only cost 98¢), wrap it in a circle to the size you want your wreath, then hold it together with some duct tape.

I picked up some red and black yarn for a little over $1 each at Michael's, as well as a wooden cut out piece. 2 yellow buttons were under $1.

Wrap the bottom half of your wreath with the red yarn, securing ends with a little hot glue. (TIP! Do not put hot glue on the foam. It will melt it! Instead, place more duct tape where you want to glue, and glue to that!)  Repeat with the black yarn for the top half.

Wrap your smaller circles (for the ears) in black yarn, then attach them to the bigger circle with more more black yarn, followed by a dab of hot glue to secure.

Glue on 2 buttons at the base of the wreath.

I painted my wooden piece with a little chalkboard paint and secured it with some hot glue. Then my wreath was complete.

Tell me something you love about Disney! A favorite place to visit in the park, your favorite character, or even your favorite Disney film :)

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