Tuesday Giveaway Linky

Welcome to Tuesday Giveaway Linky with Simple Sojourns and Finding Debra. Link up your giveaways and find some to enter!

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Join us every Tuesday (giveaway linky will go live 6pm Pacific time Monday) and link up your current giveaways. Easy Peasy! Or if you love to enter giveaways, stop by every week to see what giveaways are listed. Join the party, it’s going to be fun! 

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DIY Old Door Headboard

I’ve been wanting to make an old door headboard for one of our guest rooms for quite awhile. I had my heart set on giving an old door a distressed finish. That was the plan. Since the other guest room is entirely furnished with the distressed look, we went with  basic black to highlight the Parisian Taupe walls.

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 We love the black headboard! And it was fast and easy to make.

First, find a door. Just about any door will do. We happened to find this one curbside around the corner from us.

We bought a quart of black paint with an eggshell finish. I used an inexpensive sponge brush for the first coat then switched to an old bristle brush for the second and touch up coats.

I had my heart set on an old antique or reproduction crystal door knob. That idea wasn’t feasible. There simply wasn’t any way to connect a regular knob to the door while still keeping the back side of the door flat. NY spotted this barn/gate handle and I immediately knew it was the answer.

The door had been sitting out in the weather so it was in need of a good scrubbing.

I gave the door its first coat of paint. I set it in the sun thinking it would dry quickly, which it did. It also became quite hot so we moved it into the garage.

 This is when I switched to the bristle brush and added the second coat.

With just a bit of touch up the painting was done.

 We added the door hardware.Both the handle and the T-plate were easy to attach.

We didn’t actually hang the door ourselves. Our trusty handyman was doing some work in the attic so he hung the door for us. He used four washers and four lag bolts, one in each corner of the door.

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Voila!

The only thing missing is a set of antique skeleton keys to hang on the door handle. They’ll turn up. I’m sure of it.

He said: Recycled and reused, this former door makes for a great headboard. And Cathi’s to do wish list has one more item accomplished.

She said: I love it! It’s the perfect look for our guest room. Until we come across a vintage set of skeleton keys, this over sized patina key will do just fine.

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Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it – Confucious

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Mission San Miguel Arcángel – March 19, 2016 – iPhone 6

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How to Make a Money Tree

Who ever said money doesn’t grow on trees?!?

A long standing family tradition has been receiving a money tree for the big/sweet 16th birthday. Each of our children celebrated by counting cash, and now our grandchildren are doing the same. How to make a money tree, you might ask? It’s a whole lot easier than you may think!

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We always go the easy route by clipping a few branches from our trees. With the still leaves on, fill a large vase halfway with pebbles and stick the branches in. Easy!

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Supplies:

  • Two or three small branches
  •  A vase of container to hold your branches
  • Pebbles, small smooth stones or marbles to fill your vase/container 1/3 full
  • Baker’s String or Ribbon to tie money on branches (affiliate links)
  • Money in bill form. Ones, fives, tens, twenties … you get the idea. It all depends on how much your gifting. 

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Now comes the fun part. NY (aka David) is the pro at folding money and he enjoys doing it. He tries to make sure faces and numbers show on the folded bills when possible.

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Fold each bill however your heart desires, then tie it with the baker’s string/ribbon. Fold it like a fan or …

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… fold it and tie it in a knot, or …

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… fold it into a ball, or …

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… make a funnel, or …

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… get a little abstract. Abstract. That’s NY’s love!

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And there you have it. Your very own money tree that you can keep or gift it to someone special!

So, what do you think? Who would you give a money tree to?

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay at the Disneyland Hotel

The Disneyland Hotel is the original hotel at Disneyland Resort. It’s where the overnight magic all began! There have been numerous changes and additions over time since it first opened in October of 1955. It’s grown from 144 guest rooms to over 900, including a variety of themed rooms. We’ve been lucky enough to stay at the Disneyland Hotel  a few times. It doesn’t matter if we’re on a romantic holiday alone or romping with our grandkids, the magic is there. And our stays have always memorable. Here are our Top 5 reasons to stay at the Disneyland Hotel:

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#1 You’ll be treated like Royalty!

From the moment you drive up to the front doors of the Disneyland Hotel the magic begins. You’ll be greeted by the valet staff who set the mood for your stay. If you don’t already have a bit a chivalry in your life, prepare yourself. The valet staff is friendly, attentive, and oh so courteous. You’re vehicle doors will be opened and you’re luggage unloaded. Let the magic at the Disneyland Hotel begin!

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Greeting you at the doors to the lobby are Mickey and Minnie Mouse. As always, they’re thrilled to meet and greet! Whew! All this magic and you’ve yet to even enter the doors of the hotel! 

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The lobby is spacious and touched with a bit of nostalgia from Disney days gone by. The front desk staff could not be more welcoming or accommodating. There’s a wall of framed photos displaying a history of the hotel and Disneyland itself. There are a variety of seating options including (are you ready? … ) Fantasyland tea cups! The carpet is inspired by Mary Blair who has very her own history with Disney. And you just might see a wee bit of ‘it’s a small world’ while checking into your room. 

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The hotel rooms are located in three different theme towers: Fantasy, Adventure, and Frontier. The Frontier Tower is where we stayed this particular time. The lobby of each tower is celebrated with it’s Disney theme. The housekeeping staff goes above and beyond to make certain rooms as well as hallways, etc., are clean and tidy.

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To say we were more than surprised when we entered our room would be an under statement. We had no idea we had a gorgeous corner room. It was large with two of the four walls almost completely window. There was a long balcony that looked over California Adventure Park and Disneyland. It was amazing!

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We had a perfect view of the nightly fireworks from the comfort of our own balcony. And the pixie dust feeling is sprinkled throughout the room. The Mickey magic is everywhere from the mirror with the magical frame above the desk, to Mickey’s hand holding the bathroom vanity’s light fixture. And the Hidden Mickey shaped water faucet in the bath tub/shower. We were, after all, at Disneyland

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My favorite Disney song is, (and has been since I was a young child) “When you wish upon a star.” When staying at the Disneyland Hotel, you can fall asleep listening to that favorite song of mine while headboard fireworks gently light up the room. 
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#2 Both Disneyland and California Adventure Park are a short walk from Disneyland Hotel.

Take a short stroll through Downtown Disney and you’ll be at the main gates for both Disneyland and California Adventure Park.

And because you’re staying ‘on property,’ you get to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hour. Enter the parks an hour earlier than general public admission. Use this time to sneak on your favorite attractions, hit up your fav stores,and grab a bite at your favorite dining locations!

AND with your valid theme park ticket in hand, you can take a short-cut entrance into California Adventure Park through the Grand Californian Hotel. It’s awesome! We love this ‘secret’ entrance. 

AND… with your valid them park ticket again in hand, you can catch a ride on the Monorail from Downtown Disney. Seriously!! It’s not far from the hotel and you’ll get a quick and scenic ride to Tomorrowland.

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#3 The Swimming Pools.

Yes, the swimming pools … plural. There are three swimming pools, each with their own personalty. Our grandkids spend 95% of their time at the Monorail Slide Pool and Splash Pad.

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Modeled after the Mark 1 Monorail Trains (pre David’s time at Disneyland. He piloted the Mark IV Monorail Trains), the large monorail slide twists and turns and pops the rider out into its own private pool. As you can see, our granddaughter had so much fun on this slide. 

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The smaller monorail slides wash the rider out right smack dab into the middle of the splash pad. With water spouts and water raining from above, there’s plenty of entertainment for all the little ones.

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I think the DTicket Swimming Pool is the mellowest of the pools. Partially shaded and 4 feet deep throughout, it meanders from the Monorail Swimming Pool to the E-Ticket Swimming Pool flowing under a bridge. This, my friends, is my kind of pool!

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And then there’s the E-Ticket swimming pool of them all. That’s right! The E-Ticket Swimming Pool. It’s 4 feet deep throughout, so there’s no diving. But boy oh boy … just look at the size of this baby! There’s plenty of room and places to ‘hide’ during a fun game of Marco Polo. If swimming pools aren’t your thing, you might enjoy the two hot tub/spas. 

An “Oh” Alert!: the poolside cabanas are over the top! TV, ceiling fan, refrigerator, wait service … everything you could possibly need!

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#4 Downtown Disney is practically right outside your door.

Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat is where Downtown Disney begins. It’s just a few steps from the hotel property. Downtown Disney is an experience in and of itself.

There’s live entertainment both in restaurants and clubs and throughout Downtown Disney. From a single serenading musician to full-on bands (that get the crowd dancing), you may find yourself moving to the beat. 

If you’re yearning for the latest big screen entertainment visit the AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theaters. Yup! Twelve theaters!

And the shopping! From toys to clothes, to sports and Disney memorabilia and everything in between. Shop ’til you drop or lookie-loo to your heart’s content.

Downtown Disney boasts a plethora of restaurants from formal settings to counter service. If it’s snacks you’re looking for you’re in the right place, too. There are ice cream shops, bakeries, juice shops and the like. You name it.

Different seasons of the year bring different activities to Downtown Disney, including an ice rink during the Christmas holidays. I’m here to tell you that an outdoor ice rink in Southern California is indeed a sight to behold!

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#5 You never need to leave the hotel.

We’ve talked about the hotel rooms and the swimming pools, but those are just the tip of the Disneyland Hotel iceberg. Beside the excellent room service (Kennedy ordered pizza and chocolate cake, which of course was delivered under a silver dome on a white linen covered cart), there are 5 on property restaurants. Enjoy steak and seafood with an elegant Old Hollywood twist at Steakhouse 55; character dining at Goofy’s Kitchen; quick/counter service at Tangaroa Terrace; Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar; and also The Coffee House. Oh! And if you’re relaxing about the pools there’s always poolside service.

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The hotel grounds are gorgeous. Take a stroll and enjoy serene waterfalls, fireplaces with sitting areas, the beautiful wedding gazebo, and so much more. You might even see a wedding party or two!

Take home all the souvenirs and gifts you want/need at the on-property Disney’s Fantasia Shop and small world Gifts & Sundries

On select nights there’s ‘movie night’ on the Magic Kingdom Lawn. Beach chairs are provided and you can bring all the snacks and drinks you’d like. Outdoor theater at its best!

Get your fitness groove on at the Goofy About Health Club, or take a short walk to the Mandara Spa, located at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.

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What did I tell you? You need not even leave the hotel. All this is only a smattering of the activities and amenities you’ll experience at the Disneyland Hotel. There’s so much more. We’ve yet to experience everything, which simply means we need to go back again … and again. 

He said: Having piloted the Disneyland Monorail in the mid 70’s, lots of fond memories come to life. So many changes from a by-gone era (which was ahead of its time at the time) to all the up-to-date ammenities and modern conveniences. Disney always was a visionary. 

She said: I’m a fan of staying on property. I love the convenience of having the theme parks a short walk away and never having to get in my car. But it was the swimming pools that I loved most this trip. Kennedy could not get enough of the large Monorail Slide. Her delight will stay with me forever!

~ The Nitty Gritty:

Why: Disney time with the grandkids

When: July 2014

Who: Four of us. Grandpa, Grandma, cody and Kennedy

What: Disneyland Hotel – One of three Disneyland Resort Hotels

Where: 1150 West Magic Way Anaheim, California 92802

Amenities: High-speed Internet with wired & WiFi, hair dryer,msatellite TV with Disney channel & ESPN, USA Today newspaper (weekdays), alarm clock, telephone with voice mail, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, vanity kits, in-room safe, Crib Pack ’n Play, interior corridor access.

Local Interests: Disneyland, California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney.

Website: Disneyland Hotel

Want to see more? Just check out our Disneyland Hotel video. So, what’s your favorite feature at the Disneyland Hotel?

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Tuesday Giveaway Linky

Welcome to Tuesday Giveaway Linky with Simple Sojourns and Finding Debra. Link up your giveaways and find some to enter!

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Join us every Tuesday (giveaway linky will go live 6pm Pacific time Monday) and link up your current giveaways. Easy Peasy! Or if you love to enter giveaways, stop by every week to see what giveaways are listed. Join the party, it’s going to be fun! 

Debra’s Giveaway:

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Disney Channel’s ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ movie on DVD ends 7/19

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There are only two ways to live your life

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein

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Living Green with the Kobalt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower

Living in harmony with the environment isn’t always easy. But taking little steps each day to live a greener lifestyle can help. We work hard to conserve energy and water (in current Southern California drought conditions); we recycle as well as compost food waste. We also decided to step it up a notch with our yard equipment. We’re happy to partner with Lowe’s (our favorite go-to home improvement store) to tell you all about the newest member of our green family: the Kobalt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower.

We considered getting a battery powered electric mower for awhile. Not only is safe for the environment, it’s extremely easy to start and to use. Gone is the pull-start of a traditional gas mower. And gone are electric cords associated with traditional electric mowers. Green and user friendly!

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The official name: Lowe’s Kobalt 40-Volt Lithium Ion (Li-ion) 19-inch Deck Width Cordless Electric Push Lawn Mower. Kobalt is Lowe’s Improvement Center house brand. And Lowe’s recognizable signature logo color is blue. So Kobalt blue seems quite appropriate. And mowing the lawn doesn’t get any simpler than doing so with this “green” blue machine.

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Why battery operated? Less noise is one of the many reasons. Is it silent? No, but it’s only 71 decibels compared to the normal 90+ decibels for gas powered mowers. Another great reason: no gas. You don’t have to worry about storing gas or running out. No gas, no oil = no fumes. Maintenance is low to nothing. You won’t be changing spark plugs, air filters or oil. Yet another great reason is Kobalt’s line of garden and power hand tools that are interchangeable with the same battery. The possibilities seem endless.

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All these awesome features add up to less weight too. The mower weighs less than 50 pounds and is easy to fold up and store. The handle folds forward twice to the size of the wheel base. It’s easy to fit into smaller garages and garden sheds or to transport.

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The Kobalt mower has an easy to use 7-position single lever height adjuster. It’s perfect for all grass types (and easy enough for Cathi to use). 

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Being environmentally friendly is our favorite thing about this Kobalt. Cathi’s next favorite thing is the push starter button and go! 

He said: Quick and easy. The lawn is done in no time. Easy to store. 

She said: Pretty blue? Push button start? You betcha! Now that I can start the lawn mower aaaand … it fashionably matches my denims, you’ll find ME mowing the lawn!

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Vegan Multigrain Pancakes

Finding a great pancake recipe that’s both vegan and gluten-free is near impossible. But I’m here to tell you … we found one! Made without oil and eggs, this recipe is absolutely delicious. Since going 100% plant-based, I’ve even been able to introduce gluten back into my diet. Made with 100% whole wheat flour, gluten-free flour or regular flour, this recipe from ‘Fork Over Knives’ is delicious and no-fail.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour – 100% whole wheat or gluten-free 
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder – I use aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon – I grind mine fresh
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg – I grind mine fresh
  • 1 3/4 cups plant milk – we use original unflavored almond milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Fresh berries for garnish
  • Pure maple syrup

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  • Do not use an electric mixer. Use a large bowl, wooden spoon and/or whisk. 
  • In large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, oats, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. 
  • Add plant based milk, apple sauce and maple syrup.
  • Using a large spoon, fold all the ingredients together but don’t over mix. 

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  • Heat griddle or pan to 325 degrees.
  • Pour 1/3 cup batter for each pancake onto hot griddle.
  • Cook 2 – 3 minutes on each side being careful to not burn.
  • Serve immediately or place in warm oven to keep warm
  • Serve with warm maple syrup and garnish with fresh berries

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Enjoy!

He says: Great find. These are the best. And quick to make makes them quicker to eat!

She says: I’m over the top in love with this recipe. It’s quick and easy to make and the ingredients are pure and healthy. 

 

Vegan Multigrain Pancakes
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups flour – 100% whole wheat or gluten-free – I grind our wheat fresh
  2. 1/4 cup corn meal
  3. 1/4 cup rolled oats
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder – I use aluminum-free baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon – I grind mine fresh
  7. 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg – I grind mine fresh
  8. 1 3/4 cups plant milk – we use original unflavored almond milk
  9. 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  10. 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  11. Fresh berries for garnish
  12. Pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Do not use an electric mixer. Use a large bowl, wooden spoon and/or whisk.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, oats, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Add plant based milk, apple sauce and maple syrup.
  4. Using a large spoon, fold all the ingredients together but don’t over mix.
  5. Heat griddle or pan to 325 degrees.
  6. Pour 1/3 cup batter for each pancake onto hot griddle.
  7. Cook 2 – 3 minutes on each side being careful to not burn.
  8. Serve immediately or place in warm oven to keep warm.
  9. Serve with warm maple syrup and garnish with fresh berries.
  10. Enjoy!
Adapted from Forks Over Knives
Adapted from Forks Over Knives
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One Nation Under God

If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under. Ronald Reagan

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