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Fun DIY Projects with All-New Tai Pei Single Serving Frozen Dinners

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

**This post was sponsored by Tai Pei and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.**

For as much as Justin and I love to cook, there are many days that it just doesn’t happen. I have a down day physically and mentally, Justin gets home from work, kids are ornery, we have plans to go out quickly, the house is a mess and there aren’t any clean cookware or dishes, we are out of groceries, or we just plain don’t feel like cooking. One those days, we typically have frozen pizzas, waffles, or cereal…or….we spend money on take-out. BLECH. It gets real old real fast. But, we don’t like a lot of frozen dinners. We think they are gross and way overpriced. Enter…Tai Pei single serving Asian-inspired frozen dinners!

I grew up with Tai Pei frozen single serving dinners. My dad loves them and takes them to work with him all the time. In college, I’d get them all the time. I remember my first year married to Justin, they were always on sell for $2 or less. So, we’d grab them for work lunches too. It was so nice to have Chinese rather than a boring sandwich or hummus and veggies. They were also in iconic Chinese take-out boxes. But, now they’ve done some major upgrades.

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Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Tai Pei’s All-New Flavors and Packaging

Tai Pei has totally revamped their entire product line. Instead of being in the Chinese take-out cartons, the frozen single serving dinners are now in durable, sturdy bowls. These are much easier to mircowave and eat out of. They don’t get as messy or goopy. Tai Pei has upgraded their recipes: they use all-natural, pure, real ingredients in each flavor. The best part is their new flavor-infused rice! Rather than have the goopy sauce melt onto the dish like the old style, the flavor and sauce is infused in the rice–I could eat just the rice by itself! The flavors really pop in your mouth now rather than tasting like day-old Chinese takeout.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

It is cheaper for us to buy an individual bowl for Rhys, Justin, and I then it is to get us take-out. Plus, Rhys can’t finish a whole bowl, so Justin gets seconds! There are a wide variety of flavors: my two favorites are Broccoli and Beef and Orange Chicken. The Pork Fried Rice and Chicken Fried Rice are perfect options for little kids.

Rhys ate a large portion of his bowl and wanted bites of Justin’s and mine. Justine says, “It is a lot better than their previous ones.  It’s crisper and has fresher tasting meat and veggies. I’m excited to try others.  Tayler wouldn’t share hers with me.”

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

And since the dinners are now in bowls, they are very easy to clean. Just take a Clorox wipe and clean off the inside. Now you are able to reuse the bowls for DIY projects.

Pinhole Exposure Camera

Last week, I was invited to an event in Dallas with other influencers that was hosted by Tai Pei. We tried some of their flavors: poststickers, egg rolls, General Tso’s chicken (not super spicy–was able to handle it!), Broccoli and Beef, and Chicken Chow Mein. The special guest at the event was the super creative and artistic Rachel Rushing. This amazing girl taught us about old-fashioned (and modern DIY) pinhole exposure cameras. And, we were able to make our own!

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Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects! Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Materials:

  • Tai Pei Single Serving Frozen Dinner Bowl
  • Black GAFF tape
  • soda can
  • resin photo paper
  • dark room exposure equipment

Directions:

  • Eat and enjoy your Tai Pei and soda
  • Clean out your Tai Pei bowl
  • Cover the entire outside (including lid separately) with black GAFF tape.
  • Cut a 1×1 inch hole in the front
  • Cut a small strip of the can and tape it on the inside of the hole
  • Poke a tiny hole in the middle–but don’t push it all the way through
  • Cut a 3×5 inch piece of resin photo paper in the dark
  • Place it in the bowl, close the lid, and cover up the hole
  • Set up the picture you want to take and place your “camera” in front of it
  • Unblock the hole and leave for 3-7 minutes depending on the size of the hole
  • Cover the hole back up and let it sit for about 5 minutes
  • Go into the dark room, and develop it. (This site has more specific directions)

I was super excited to try this project. As a historian, I love looking at old photographs, so I was thrilled I could do one myself! But, as soon as I got outside…my lid popped off and completely ruined my picture by over over exposing it to light!!!! =( =( =( But, it was still a fun experience to see the variations of everyone else’s.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Kindling Box

If you are camping this summer, bring a kindling starter box with you. Gather dry twigs from around your yard (or store small ranches from your old Christmas tree) and place in a Tai Pei bowl. But some dryer lint in it. Start a fire in the box and close the lid. Place the box in the fire pit or fire place. The whole box will eventually catch on fire with hot and strong flames.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Pinata Lights

Take strips of tissue paper and cut fringes into it. Tape it around the bowl with the fringes facing the opening. Poke a hole in the bottom of the bowl and string lights through them to create your own party pinata lights.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Plant Potters

Place a piece of a PCV pipe in the bowl and pour cement mix around it. After about 12-24 hours, take out the pipe. Let the cement harden for 3 days. Tear off the paper. Now, you have a plant potter. You can even paint and decorate it if you want.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

Toy Holders

I don’t do many DIY projects with my son. I’m not creative with very young kids–there’s a reason I’m not an elementary school teacher. I have done one or two with him, but they weren’t big or very clean/sophisticated.

Rhys loves to use our wipe boxes in his imaginary play. He loves to put his toys in it and act as if they are trapped. Or, he’ll put random toys and random items from around the house in the wipe boxes and hide them. A lot of times, he keeps them open and the wipes dry out. We’ve told him many times they aren’t his. We’ve also tried designated one empty wipe box for him. But, it doesn’t work.

So, after we had Tai Pei for dinner and were left with four empty bowls, I knew exactly what to do with them. I gave them to Rhys. But, to make them more fun for him, we let him decorate them.

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Materials:

  • Tai Pei bowls
  • Markers
  • Paints
  • Disposable table cloth

Directions:

  • Clean out the Tai Pei Bowls
  • Set up the disposable table cloth and undress your young child
  • Set out all the decorative materials
  • Let your kid go wild
  • Let the Tai Pei bowls dry
  • Give them over to your child and let them have fun

It was actually Rhys’s first time ever using paints. He had a lot of fun using them, although he didn’t go as crazy with actual painting as I thought he would. He did want me to help decorate though.

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects! Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

I love this new packaging and delicious new flavors from Tai Pei. And, I want you to enjoy it too! So, here is a coupon for one their single serving dinner bowls! Since many stores are getting rid of the old inventory (the Chinese take-out boxes), make sure you use this store locator to find were the new bowls and flavors are near you!

Tai Pei's all new infused flavors and new packaging not only make dinner a delicious snap, but also is perfect for DIY projects!

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Decorating Your Dressing Table | Guest Post

You know I love Wales. So, I was surprised in the best way when I was randomly emailed by a girl named Llinos who said she had found my blog. She was a native Welshwoman! Welsh was her first language! She loved British history (especially the Tudor Dynasty), and was a bibliophile like me. We became two peas in a pod. Llinos also has a very cozy, comfy lifestyle. So, today, she is talking about one of her favorite areas in her house.


Welcome to my dressing table! I can’t wait to show you around. I’ve had it for four years, since we moved into our house, and I really love the wood.

My dressing table is very much my space, and I like that it’s a bit kitcsh with lots of variety! On the very left you can see my perfume, and the tin where I keep my makeup so it’s easily accessible. The spotty box is usually where I keep gift cards or cash which I’ve received as presents.

Here’s what’s on the far right of the table. The decanter is a birthday gift from my mum. Then I have my little pink teddy from Harrods, my purple nosed bear and a My Little Pony. I used to love them as a child and I would collect them if I had the space, but for now I’m happy with just this one.

On the left I have my shoe fund money box, and some cute bunnies which my mum has given me. Then in the front, it’s my rubber collection. I love the colourful koalas! Then there’s a black and white penguin and the pink penguin is a polymer clay ornament which I picked up at a craft fair. The little dogs at the front are magazine toys.

There’s a dish I’ve had for years in the middle of the dressing table where I keep my brush and comb, and lipbalms and concealers. They’re quick to hand that way. And that’s my dressing table!

Tell me about your dressing table?


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Llinos Thomas is a lifestyle blogger from Cardiff, Wales, UK.  She loves to write about her trips around the UK, her creative projects and her love of books, reading and history.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

DIY Winter Pine Ornament

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

I love creating my own ornaments. Thank you so much to my Mother-in-law who got me into making them every year for her annual DIY Christmas ornament exchange. This year, I decided I wanted a minimalist ornament and something that reminded me of Utah. Since we wont have any snow here in Texas, nor pines in a close proximity, I decided to make a winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Supplies:

24 plastic (or glass) clear ornaments

5-7 picks of frosted pine– similar to THIS product

1 bag of fake snow

3 spools of ribbon

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions:

  1. Cut off all the sprigs of frosted pine branch picks.
  2. Stuff the sprig into the top of the ornament.
  3. Funnel in some fake snow and then place the lid back on.
  4. Tie on some ribbon to make a cute bow.

See. It’s super easy! It seriously took me maybe thirty minutes to complete all two dozen!

Here are my previous ornament DIYs.

2015 “A Savior is Born” ornament

2014 Santa’s Lost Sleigh Bell ornament

2013 Christmas Song Lyrics ornament

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Directions to making your very own minimalist DIY winter pine ornament.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I Make My Apartment Look & Smell Clean

Keeping a house clean can seem daunting. But, with these simple 10 tips, you can constantly keep your house looking AND smelling clean all the time!

Moving to an apartment complex can have its setbacks, especially after living in your parents’ basement for half a year and a town home for almost two years before that. We do love our little apartment: it’s one of the nicer ones in the complex, it’s right by the office, pool, and parking lot. The inside is gorgeous and I love the off-white (grayish kahki) wall color and the fake wood floor. It’s the absolute perfect fit. And, the 750 square feet makes it a lot easier to keep clean! Hallelujah! Because, with a toddler and an infant on the way, it’s just going to be harder and harder to keep up work. However, I have some little routines that I do just about every day to help keep our apartment looking and smelling clean. (Now, don’t get me wrong–it’s not perfect and there are definitely days it looks like a hurricane swept through it! But, these tips still help keep those hurricane days to a minimum!)

Keeping a house clean can seem daunting. But, with these simple 10 tips, you can constantly keep your house looking AND smelling clean all the time!

3 Minute Rule

I was heavily inspired by Gretchin Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, when I read it years ago. One of the biggest take aways from that book was her 3 minute rule–if something takes 3 minutes or less, just do it. Thus, instead of throwing clothes on the floor, I put them in the hamper. Rather than leave dirty dishes on the table, I at least get them to the sink. If I run out of toilet paper, I change the roll. Really, the only 3 minute or less chore I constantly forgo is making my bed. 1) I’ve never done a good job with that chore (neither has my husband) and 2) Rhys and I nap in my bed, so…..

Clean as You Cook

The kitchen has always been one of the biggest messes in our married life. But, I try to make an effort to clean as I cook. After dinner, we also make sure to clean off the table, sweep around the table, do the dishes, and wipe off the counters. It is amazing how much this helps the next morning: by cleaning right after dinner, you don’t have the terrible urge to put off dishes till the morning when you go to bed.

Keeping a house clean can seem daunting. But, with these simple 10 tips, you can constantly keep your house looking AND smelling clean all the time!

No Shoes in the House

Justin and I personally don’t like wearing shoes when we don’t have to. So, we keep a shoe basket by the front door. We kick off our shoes right when we get home, and throw them in the basket. This way, we keep the shoes in one spot, and we also keep the furniture and floors clean from mud and dirt on our shoes.

Use Scentsy

I am a huge fan of Scentsy. No, I don’t sell it, no I don’t exclusively buy Scentsy brand (not when I can get the same amount of wax cubes at Wal-Mart for $1!!!). But, I love using them. We have a normal candle in both the bathroom and Rhys’s room–the two stinkiest rooms in the apartment–to help burn away bad scents. And, we have a Scentsy burner in our room and the main living area. We turn on the scentsies almost every day to allow the scents to fill our house. We change out the wax at least once a week for ultimate scent power.

Keeping a house clean can seem daunting. But, with these simple 10 tips, you can constantly keep your house looking AND smelling clean all the time!

Clean Toddler’s Room Before Bed

Rhys’s room is typically the messiest room of all–it’s small and he loves to dump out all his toys, all the time! It makes me cringe sometimes. I’ve tried cleaning as we play and cleaning a few times a day, but it never works. So, I don’t try to clean his room until the end of the night. Before we put him to bed, we have Rhys help us clean up his room. He is very good about putting toys away where they go and he’s gotten into singing “Clean Up Clean Up” as we do it.

Use a Diaper Genie

I know some people don’t believe they work, but we think they do. When we lived in Utah, we had a regular trashcan with a lid in Rhys’s room. His room always stank like teenage boy and he wasn’t even two yet! And the closet where we kept his trashcan was almost unbearable! So, we decided when we moved here, especially knowing we’d have another little baby making poopy diapers all the time soon, that we needed one specific place to seal up the smell. We bought a diaper genie, and we believe it works! Diapers only go in the diaper genie in Rhys’s room–and that will stay the same when Evelyn is born, even though she will be living in my room. It really has helped the smell!

Open the Windows and Use the Fans

At least once a week, I’ll open the windows and turn on the fans to get fresh air circulated in the house. When you don’t keep your windows open, your inside air can actually become stale and start to smell weird. When it’s super hot (as it’s been a lot here in Texas), I’ll typically do this when we are taking a nap, or at night.

Keeping a house clean can seem daunting. But, with these simple 10 tips, you can constantly keep your house looking AND smelling clean all the time!

Make Cleaning Part of Your Morning Routine

Our morning routine looks like this: Rhys wakes up and comes in my bed while I read scriptures. Then, we turn on the TV while I workout. Then, we have breakfast. Then, we clean up the house before getting ready for the day. Also, I make sure to sweep every day. Since our main living area has fake wood flooring and we have a toddler, it gets messy quickly with crumbs and spilled drinks. I make a point to sweep it every day and spot clean it (I only swiffer once a week). Because I do it every day, it really only takes me about 5 minutes or less.

Use TV to Keep Your House Clean

Especially when I’m expecting guests, I don’t want Rhys undoing all that I’ve done to clean–including his room since it’s literally right next to the front door. So, when I want to make sure the house is clean and stays clean, I let Rhys watch TV or Youtube.

Use Febreze Air Purifier

Since moving in our apartment in mid-July, having some water damage done because of the upstairs neighbors, and having a super sniffer from my pregnancy, sometimes I smell a stale/moist smell. It’s kind of hard to explain, but it’s definitely there, especially when we walk into the apartment from outside. I’m really the only one who can smell it. Justin can every now and then. But, it really bugs me. So, I was glad to receive the Febreze Air Purifier tower courtesy of Influenster.com.

Keeping a house clean can seem daunting. But, with these simple 10 tips, you can constantly keep your house looking AND smelling clean all the time!

It is a HEPA-Type Air Purifier and is “the only air purifier that circulates fresh Febreze scent.” It removes up to 99% of air pollutants, including garbage odors, gym gear odors, cooking and pet odors, and smoke and household dust odors. Dirty, stale, odor-filled air is drawn into the air purifier by a strong fan. The filters trap the odors and larger airborne particles. The scents that are included in the tower then are added tot he filtered air before it is released back into the room.

We placed this in the middle of our living area and I’ve been able to tell a difference, albeit subtle. I really like how small and slick the tower is. You can choose and change out the scent cartridges. I also really like how you can choose the level of scent and the cleaning level. It also helps to cool down the room just a bit. It’s not a fan, but it does act like a fan, and it’s nice to sit right in front of it.

Keeping a house clean can seem daunting. But, with these simple 10 tips, you can constantly keep your house looking AND smelling clean all the time!

* I received this product free of charge in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

How do you keep your house looking and smelling clean?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Welcome Home to Texas

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

We have been here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for almost two months now. And, last weekend, we finally unpacked the last boxes and put away the last decorations. It feels like home, now.

It is definitely smaller than our town home in Sandy, but we are so grateful that we can be in our own place again rather than my parents’ basement! We are very lucky to live in the apartment complex that we do. We have some friends from Utah/Virginia that live two doors down from us (they moved in just last week!). The mall, stores, restaurants, our church, all of our doctors, the airport, the hospital, and the library are all within 10 minutes of us! Our apartment is in the first building, right next to the office, so it’s one of the nicer ones (and it’s right next to the pool).

We have a year-long contract and will be staying out that contract, even though Evelyn will be born in January. We will just have to squeeze our little infant girl into what space we have available…which means, she’ll be sharing our room and sleeping in the pack-and-play until we move.

Living Area

I absolutely love how much light comes into our living area. We have three windows and then a screen door which leads to our porch. We don’t need the lights on during the day, which was the complete opposite of our Sandy home. It is probably my favorite feature of the apartment. I also love the faux wood floor–it’s gorgeous. The color of the walls is nice, too. I don’t really like plain white walls, but I like this soft, neutral color since it still lets light in.

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

Kitchen

The kitchen is quite small, but not as small as our very first apartment. However, we are able to fit everything in it. There is a coat closet sized pantry, and in the utilities closet is even a washer and dryer! Hallelujah! I hate the cupboards…it kind of cheapens the rest of the apartment since everything else is updated. I also don’t like that we have electric spiral burners for the stove top. But, beggars can’t be choosers. I do like the open window by the sink. It separates the kitchen from the rest of the area, but still keeps it open.

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

Rhys’s Bedroom

Rhys’s bedroom is actually technically an office. But, they are able to call it a “bedroom” because it has a window and a closet. However, there isn’t even a light fixture in the room. And, it is tiny! There is no way I’d be able to fit a crib and toddler bed in there! I even have to keep Rhys’s dresser in the closet as it is! And, it doesn’t get cool, even though there is an open vent in his room connected to our AC. But, we are perfectly able to fit all of his toys (like his car play area, racing tracks, and Lego bin) (and a standing fan) in the corners. And, Rhys loves it, so that’s all that really matters.

We recently transitioned Rhys’s crib to toddler bed, and let him choose his own sheets. It was a tough choice between Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, PAW Patrol, and Lion Guard. His bedroom is also in the front of the apartment, right next to the front door, so he likes to look out his window and watch kids play soccer in the common area. He spends the majority of the day playing in his room independently.

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

Our Bedroom

Our bedroom is a decent size, with a nice walk-in closet. It also has a huge window that looks out to the pool. We kept it kind of plain in decoration and space since we will be fitting a little dresser, pack-and-play, and rocker in there come January.

It is actually the coolest temperature-wise in our apartment, especially when the AC and the ceiling fan is on, and I spend a lot of afternoons on my bed when I am feeling hot and pregnant. The water color painting above the bookshelf was actually a Christmas gift from Madison, my sister who is 3 years younger than me. She is quite talented at art. It is one of my favorite Christmas gifts I have ever received.

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

#blogtemberchallenge 2016 Day 8: A tour of our first home in Texas!

Sorry, you won’t get any pictures of our one bathroom, or our porch (it’s kind of boring…).

So, that is our apartment. It is our 3rd place we’ve rented since getting married, and our 4th place we’ve lived.

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.