Saturday, December 10, 2016

#LifewithNathan #Kidsworkshop at local #HomeDepot for #Christmas


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On the first Saturday of December, Nathan and I spent our family time at the local Home Depot to create a holiday inspired woodcraft which was a gingerbread candy holder!! We had a lot of fun and support while have a good time together and afterwards treated to watching the Christmas decorations and getting Grandma/my Mom's gift (Shhh!!! Its a secret)

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Nathan's independent hammer skills have improved a lot and except doing "starter nailing" and some assisting (sometimes the wood is HARD and requires extra hammering) he did most of the work in a responsible manner with his woodcraft!!

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After building the craft, Nathan choose one paint color which is a gingerbread brown to paint his entire candy dish craft!! Once the project is completely dry, then we will placed the stickers on the gingerbread man!

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Nathan holding his finished Gingerbread Candy dish while enjoying the Christmas lights at the local Home Depot!!
 

Until next time....

Ursula

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#LifewithNathan Favorite Story of #ChickenLittle and a #Chicken dinner


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My son, Nathan, loves the story of Chicken Little especially the book above which he gets from the bookshelves, turns the pages, and laughs at each sense of Chicken Little and his bird friends because "the sky is fall"!! Over the years, due to living with severe Autism and speech delay, Nathan slowly has enjoyed story time with me or actively reading the pages by himself! After storytime, Nathan enjoyed a Southern dinner with including BBQ chicken on cold, evening!! And he loves dressing himself esp this dark blue Nautica shirt with anchors on it because Nathan loves water and water animals!!

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Ursula

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#Holidaycooking Featuring Homemade #OnionMushroomSausageStuffing (or Dressing)


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Today, I have made my version of homemade Onion, Mushrooms, and Sausage stuffing (or dressing) for a Christmas potluck dinner at my church!! Since turkey is one of the meats being served, I decided you gotta have stuffing to go along with it!! In the above picture are the gathered items that I have at home and bought at my local Kroger's !! Let's get cooking!

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I lightly greased a deep sided dish for the stuffing just in case I decided to put it in the oven to heat before serving!!
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Cooking the sausage flavored with sage seasoning in the pan and then sauteed the veggies next til tendered!!

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I mixed one bag of homemade, seasoned bread crumbs with one box of Stove Top Turkey Flavored stuffing!

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I added the fully cooked sausage and sauteed onion, celery, and organic mushrooms on top of the bread crumbs!! Now to heat the liquids that will help bind the stuffing together!!

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In the same pan, I warmed some chicken broth and one stick of butter til melted before adding to the stuffing mixture!! I am satisfied with my stuffing not being "too moist but not too dry" after combining the liquids and gently mixing it all together for the finished dish below:

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Voila...I tasted a sample of this finished stuffing (or dressing) and its good enough for the holiday potluck!! Yeah!

Until next time...

Ursula

aka Blueridge Beauty Blogger

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday #Bookreview of #HarryPotterandtheCursedChild by #JKRowling


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After a little bit of break in my book reviews, I currently back with one of  my favorite Fantasy Series of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with the latest book, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" by J.K. Rowling along with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne based on the play!  After the Battle of Hogwarts, all my favorite and infamous characters from the Harry Potter series are grown up with kids of their own!! If you have not read the book series nor watch the movies, then be prepared for surprises to what becomes of the classic characters plus additional new characters!! I waited so long until I found this book at my local college library and so I immediately checked it out and finished reading this book in three days!!

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I personally love reading the brief summary about what the book is about and I can't wait to read further of the mysterious "Cursed Child" and his/her identity!

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I love the quick part of "King's Crossing" which is also the same part towards the end of the final book of the Harry Potter series of  Harry and his friends being now parents and watching their children travel to Hogwarts!!

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This part explains the prophesy that addresses to the children about the coming of the Dark Lord from the past!! What I gathered is the struggles of fathers and sons and both sets grappling with identity and destiny in the shadow of Harry's popularity as "the Boy who Lived now defeater of Voldemort" and Draco being a former Death Eater and the Malfoy family legacy! Although the story is fictional it does relate about parents and children being honest and having open communication between each other!

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If you are Harry Potter fan or love a book that you can't put down, then I highly recommend reading this book and I personally hope to watch the play in the future, in personal or on video, for your holiday reading list!

Until next time....

Ursula

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

#LifewithNathan Doing Creative #3D Artwork Featuring #Snoopy


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Earlier in December, my son and I created this stunning 3D artwork for Christmas using a box, tissue papers, cotton balls, stickers including Snoopy and his feather friends, and lots of imagination!! Nathan took special care in placing each stick on the box scene and gluing the "snowballs" as well!! The best part of this Nathan creating his special artwork with his favorite winter scenes and characters from Snowmen, birds, dancing cookie man, and of course Snoopy!!

Until next time....

Ursula

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

#NovemberEmpties Featuring #Oribe, #Birchbox, #Lindt, #RodanandFields, and More!!


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For the month of November, I have made a personal goal to use up as much of my beauty samples as possible including the numerous fragrance, hair, and skincare samples!! With a much lighter beauty drawer and countertop, these products did an excellent job in restoring my dry hair and skin, scents that flatter my mood, body chemistry, and Fall/Thanksgiving season!! And loving one of my must have chocolate brands, Lindt's!! Read more about my review below!

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I have used up the most skincare samples for the month of November...reviewing Rodan + Fields skincare serums and microderm to samples from my Birchbox!! I enjoyed the resent GLAMGLOW Supermud from the local Sephora Inside JCPenny which has done wonders for my dry skin which does break out!! All of these items are pricey but if you purchase these on sale/deal and practise a good skincare regimen that focus on quality ingredients based on your skincare needs, it will last you for months!!

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I enjoyed trying new perfumes and although all smelled pretty good there are a few that I would keep if I bought them full size (particularly the small jar...since you don't want a BIG bottle) including Lancome "La Vie est Belle" featuring Julia Roberts in its ads, CLEAN Cashmere, and surprising Juliette has a Gun "Not a Perfume" which is a single note!!! Although all are pricey, when I find a good sale in the future I will definitely choose these brands! :)

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I enjoyed using this lipstick sample from my local Walgreens beauty counter during my recent purchases and I really love the Blushing Mauve lipstick for being moisturizing to my dry lips and flattering shade of pink/mauve for my skin tone!!

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After getting my relaxer touch up for my long, dry hair I have been enjoying these samples from Matrixx Biolage RAW which is salon's natural reconstructing shampoo and conditioner, Mizani Supreme Oil which is perfect for my dry hair and scalp without feeling "heavy or greasy", cult vegan hair care favorite Number 4 Hair Care Smoothing Balm, and Oribe Gold Lust for refreshing my hair between shampoos!! Although these products are pricey, when you followed the directions and use best hair practices these can easily last for at least 2 months depending on your lifestyle and hair type but I would glad try these products again!!

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I love these two freebies with purchase from my local Bath and Body Works which both smell delicious and put me in a fall nights mood!! Highly recommend these scents in beauty and candles!

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I have always wanted to try the "Chili" from Lindt Chocolate without paying the full price just in case I don't like "Spicy, hot chocolate" but I was pleasantly surprised in the flavor and mild heat from this dark chocolate!! Thank goodness I got one in reserves for snack or movie time! :)

So this concludes my Empties Review for the month of November and make sure to check out my final Empties post for 2016 towards the end of December!!

Until next time...

Ursula

aka Blueridge Beauty Blogger










Tuesday, November 29, 2016

#BloggersWanted and #Influensters #ChloeandIsabel NOW with #InternationalShipping and #HolidayPerks




FTC: This blog post contains affiliated links and I am a Chloe + Isabel Merchandiser, all my opinions are my own!

I got some amazing news about Chloe + Isabel that women and men customers will love for the Holidays and globally...this company now offers International Shipping to over 26 countries, sells not only jewelry for women and now men, fashion accessories, and beauty such as the signature perfume Jardin Du Midi !! Founded by Chantel Waterbury, Chloe (Trendy) and Isabel (Classic) represent two (imagine but similar to everyone) girls who have passion for jewelry!! Chloe and Isabel is also social media driven by smart Merchandiser to enter act online or in person plus share your love of fashion in our #candifamily !! 

What I need from bloggers and influensters  is to collaborate with me, as to give intro to your blog readers or check out the features on Chloe and Isabel through my online boutique 





This is open to teen to mature bloggers of every background that has a love for fashion:

Men : Honest input in on the items for Guys and gift/comment features 

Women: Honest input on the items for Ladies and Gentlemen and gift/comment features

Beautybloggers or lovers: Honest input on the items for perfume, lip gloss, and nail polishes

Lifestylebloggers or lovers: Honest input on the jewelry, lifstyle, beauty, and gift giving or favorite pieces!

International shoppers or bloggers: Honest input on the jewelry, lifstyle, beauty, and gift giving or favorite pieces!

You don't need to shop to participate only if you want to!! My earnings from Chloe and Isabel helps me earn money as social entrepreneur to provide for myself and my son, who we both have medical conditions that we are both overcoming together! As owner of Blueridge Beauty Blogger, I hope by the start of January 1, 2017, I will turn my blogging from "hobby" to "Full Time Professional" blogger!!

If you have any questions, let me know below in the comments or at my email : ursulamball@gmail.com
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Ursula

aka Blueridge Beauty Blogger