Thursday, April 17, 2014

Summer's Coming to Dollar Tree!

We just finished our Spring Break, but it's never too early to dream about summer, so I'm partnering with Dollar Tree and showing off their new summer products.


Dollar Tree Summer Fun is a collection of brightly colored party supplies, toys, and table ware to help you kick off all your summer celebrations. These would be perfect for a neighborhood BBQ, birthday, or picnic. 

The event begins April 21 in Dollar Tree stores and at DollarTree.com with the Flip-Flop frenzy. Stores will open 8 am (or if your Dollar Tree is located inside a mall, check their posted hours).


Of course since we're talking Dollar Tree, all items are only $1, and selection may vary by store. Get there first for the best selection! Since these items are BRAND NEW, once they're gone, they're gone.


And then there are the flip-flops! I'm already thinking ahead to Craft Camp this summer, and these would be perfect to have for the girls to decorate.




They are available in solid colors (blue, pink, turquoise, lime, purple, yellow, orange, and black) as well as other colorful styles and patterns, which may also vary by store. Available in children's, women's and men's styles, your whole family will be warm-weather-ready.

To learn more about Dollar Tree products and contests, you can sign up for weekly emails or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. And speaking of contests, Dollar Tree is running a contest where you can submit a photo of your original flip-flop craft at DollarTree.com and be entered to win a $500 Dollar Tree gift card! That would get you a lot of goodies.


What are you most looking forward to this summer?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

15 DIY Leather Projects

{Craft projects to make with leather}


Find leather pieces or bags of scraps from craft stores even Etsy shops. Click each link below for the tutorial.

Off Tract

Carolyn's Homework

The Country Chic Cottage

M&J Trim

Henry Happened

A Beautiful Mess

Say Yes

By Wilma

Crafting in the Rain

Creme de la Craft

Saint Salvage

Whimsey Box

Crafting in the Rain

Melissa Esplin

Vintage Revivals

Which of these leather crafts is your favorite? Have you done some of your own you could show me?

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Handprint Spring Art

{Handprint flowers for kids}



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Kids love painting and making messes, so today we're combining the two for a huge spring poster.

To make this hand print spring art you just need a large piece of paper (we're actually using a paper roll from Ikea) some paint and paper towels.  Acrylic or finger paint would both work.

I just put bits of paint on a paper towel and spread it over their hand, they'd press it down, and then repeat.


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Pink and yellow handprints made flowers.


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Blue paint stamped down with the side of the hand and curved pinky gave us clouds. 



A fist and then lines drawn out with our fingers created a sun.

My hyacinth was just finger dots in light and dark purple.


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We drew stem lines with fingers and added some leaves too.

Then it was time to clean up, so I put together a quick sugar scrub to help us get all the bits of paint off of our hands.

What's your favorite thing about our spring poster?

I first posted this at Brassy Apple, and you can see my last post over there now where I talk about no-phone time with kids. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Date Night with Tony's Pizza


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Tony’s Pizza, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #tonyspizzeria http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

We had our Spring Break this last week and we just hung out at home, enjoying the welcomed sun at a few different parks, trips to the library and science museum. We even managed to have a little date night at home, with the kids around!



I started out by giving this card to my husband in the morning (print your own) that says I ♥ U MORE THAN {pizza} and on the inside I wrote an invitation for him to have dinner with me that night.

While I was at Walmart picking up a few different things, I also took along this coupon I found on Coupons.com: SAVE 75 ¢ on any two (2) TONY'S multi-serve pizzas (11.04 oz or larger) in the freezer aisle. (while supplies last)  
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I grabbed some Tony's Pizza, a salad kit, and some cheesecake slices from the bakery.



At home, I baked up the pizzas in the oven--one for us, and one for the kids. With its real cheese, sauce made with real tomatoes and new crispier crust, it was a great affordable dinner for the whole family! They ate at the dining table, but we ate by ourselves where I'd set up our dinner on the coffee table.



To make it a little fancier, I set out a few fake candles, put our plates on chargers, and dressed up our dessert. I drizzled some caramel sauce on the plate before placing the cheesecake on it. Yum!



It was a fun way for us to have a little alone time, the kids were occupied by their own dinner, and it's good for them to see that we place importance on having date time, even if it's during the middle of the week and we don't go anywhere. :)



Find more about Tony's Pizza on Twitter and Facebook.
What are some of your favorite ways to set up a date night at home?

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easy Glitter Notebook

In just a couple of weeks I'm heading to SNAP in Utah--a blog conference for creative bloggers. So I've been working on getting a few things ready (like an outfit for the 80's prom party and little gifts for my secret sister) It's seriously going to be so much fun.
(Want a little sneak peek?)

80s Dress Refashion


Aside from the vacation aspect of it, I'll also be learning about actual blogging. Ways to make things easier for me, and better for you as my readers.

Glitter Vinyl Notebook || Crafting in the Rain

Since there's no way I'd remember it all without taking notes, and a plain notebook is just begging for something cool on it, I cut out some vinyl.

Then I "painted" over the vinyl (using a toothpick) with some glitter paint so now it sparkles!

Paint Glitter on Cut Vinyl || Crafting in the Rain

Much better, don't you think? 

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