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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mega Birthday Giveaway

I hope you're ready--It's a special day today! We're celebrating blogger birthdays this week with The Cards We Drew and we've rounded up a great group of bloggers and vendors to throw the ultimate birthday bash and party like it's YOUR birthday! We're giving away over $950 worth of prizes for three lucky winner (U.S. residents only--sorry). You can enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below, but first check out the great prizes and bloggers involved and please be sure to read the fine print!

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Each blogger picked their own gift card to giveaway...so here's what's up for grabs!! You could have so much fun with these!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #38 and Google + Link Up

I know most of you with kids are back in school, but we get to squeeze one more week out of summer. I'll be back to check on everything that's linked up though of course!


Kindergarten Lunches with Del Monte

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

We're hanging onto the threads of summer over here. I know many of you have kids that have gone back already, but if you're lucky like us and don't start up until after Labor day, I hope you're enjoying your last few days of sleeping in and playing outside all afternoon.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

More BIG News!

Today's announcement is a little different than the ones I've made over the last couple of days with working with Cricut and FloraCraft.

But I'm going to tell you a little story first.

You may or may not know that after high school I attended BYU. I was there for 2 1/2 years, studying microbiology. Right around the time I turned 21, I decided to serve a church mission and then spent 18 months serving in Portugal (and Cape Verde.) Within a week of coming home I was back on the campus of BYU and within the next week (though I didn't know it at first) had met the guy I was going to marry.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fabric Covered Foam Head

{Sponsored by FloraCraft}

I have some cool news: I'm so happy to announce that I'm on the 2014 Make it Fun team with FloraCraft

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vinyl Decorated Sweatshirt

A couple of months ago I got to try out the new Cricut Explore at an event in Portland. Just recently they sent me one and asked me to be part of the the Cricut Design Space Star challenge. So exciting!! It was totally easy to get the program set up on my computer and just start cutting.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Repurposed Shutters

{Ways to re-purpose shutters}

My friends over at Hometalk recently asked me to find some of my favorite ideas for reusing shutters. I had a great time looking through all the Hometalk submissions to find some great examples of ways people have used shutters in home decor. Even in their gardens! 

They've been painted, cut, sanded, and turned into unique organizers, holders and decorations. I hope you'll go check out the whole list -- Click Here!

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Citrus Plates

{Citrus recipes and crafts}

I've joined up with some of my creative friends again for our themed monthly post. This time it's citrus! I made some citrus plates, specifically lemon and lime, and you'll love how easy they are to make.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to Make Wooden Apples

{Turned Wooden Apple}

It may not surprise you that this is not actually a tutorial by me. It is however, a video my husband just posted of him making two awesome little apples made from wood. I WILL take credit for the above photo though :)  

It is pretty cool to watch. And if you know anyone who does lathe work, feel free to send this along to them too. Honestly, they're perfect for Fall and Back to School, right? 

He's got an Instagram too full of bowls, pens, and wood shavings and all of his woodturning videos are posted on YouTube. 
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #37 and Pinterest LInk Up

Thanks for joining us again for another link party! Take a sec to check out the features and share your own posts as well. Link up your Facebook page in the Social Share section and go follow a few new people!


Red and Metal Dresser Makeover

{Red Dresser with Metal Drawers}

I love a good furniture makeover, don't you? And these unfinished IKEA wood pieces are a perfect place to start. They were great for working into my son's room makeover.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Trends: Pineapple

{Pineapple crafts and projects}

I'm sure you've noticed that pineapples are all over the place. Honestly, it keeps making me super excited for when I get to eat fresh pineapple on my first ever trip to Hawaii in the fall! If you're a long time fan of the fruit or a recent convert to the craze, you will love all these creative ideas I found.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Purse Wall with Crazy Stripes using FrogTape® Textured Surface™

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I'm sure you guys remember my purse wall--it's time for it to make another appearance! It's been turquoise with chevron, purple with spots, and now it's getting a little more busy. You may have been like me and hated the idea of painting any stripes on your walls because you know how paint can seep under and make the whole process very frustrating.
How to Paint Crisp Lines

Monday, August 11, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #36 and Instagram Link Up

I'm back from a fabulous vacation and can't wait to see what posts you've created lately, and be able to find you on Instagram in our Social Share linkup!


Summer Road Trip Paperless Coupons

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WalgreensPaperless

{How Walgreens paperless coupons made our road trip easier}

We just got back from a 2 week road trip to Idaho and Utah. We had so much fun spending time with family, eating yummy food, and even camping and going to a wedding! All that traveling meant a lot of time in the car though.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Dry Ice Experiments

{Dry ice experiments}

**Please note that children should be very closely monitored so that they don't touch the dry ice with their skin, or especially try to eat any!**

I'm so excited to be joining in the Summer Survival series with The Joys of Boys today. All summer moms of boys have been sharing fun ideas and you can see all the previous ones at the end of this this post

Monday, August 4, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #35

*as I'm on vacation, please click through to one of the other hosts so you can still link up and be featured!*


Meet Stacey from Glued to My Crafts

Hi guys! I'm introducing you to a blog friend today--this time it's Stacey from Glued to My Crafts. She's taking over for the day to tell you a bit about herself and share some of her favorite posts.