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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Benefits of Cricut Explore

There are several electronic cutting machines on the market these days - I have owned a few. You may have owned a few. And for someone looking to buy one, or upgrade, or switch brands, it can be confusing to know what the best machine is!

Monday, March 20, 2017

What is a Cricut?

Post contains affiliate links - if you make a purchase I get a small percentage and your cost stays the same. So, thanks!!

Cricut - noun, (pronounced just like the bug, "Cricket"), and pretty much the greatest crafting tool you could ever have. 

I've written about Cricut machines for years - I even owned one of the original small ones all the way back in 2006. As much as I talk about it, there are still people who don't know what it is (or how to say it!) But don't worry, when I first read about it I thought it was "cry-CUT" too :) 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tips for Using Stretch Heat Transfer Vinyl

Siser North America sent me some HTV to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Some links in this post are affiliate.

Stretch Heat Transfer Vinyl is an iron-on vinyl that has, well, a bit of stretch to it! This makes it ideal for applying to all kinds of fabric. It works great on stretchy materials like Lycra®/spandex or cotton, and it's also fabulous for cotton poly blends, polyester and even leather! It has an ultra matte finish that is really pretty. I used it to dress up a baby onesie and it came out so cute because it layers perfectly.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Make Cricut Stickers with your Own Images

Custom stickers have never been so popular, or so easy to make, when you have your Cricut machine to help you out. Want to make your own stickers for your planner? an upcoming party? your business? Watch how easy it is to upload images to Cricut - then turn them into stickers!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Make Foam Look Like Concrete

If you want the look of concrete without the mess or the weight, this is the perfect way to do it. Starting with a foam block, the perfect gray paint, and a secret ingredient, you can make a lollipop stand like I did, or a planter for some fake succulents, or whatever you want!

Must-Have Cricut Tools and Accessories

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By now I'm sure you know what a great crafting machine the Cricut is. You've seen me rave about it, you've seen others rave about it, and maybe you have your own that you love too! Did you know there are also tool sets and accessories that can make your projects even easier and take them to the next level? This post is all about Cricut tool sets and what you can do with them.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Script Fonts from FontBundles

This post is sponsored by FontBundles. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Some links are affiliate, which just means they send me a few cents if you make a purchase. Your cost doesn't change, so thanks!

Do you guys love fonts as much as I do? I love collecting them and using them for prints, design work, and Cricut projects. I want to introduce you today to FontBundles, where you can find loads of fonts (including free ones) as individual ones, or of course in bundles. You can grow your collection in leaps and bounds! They also have tons of design products like templates, graphics like backgrounds, textures and illustrations. And, there are free designs and free fonts available every week!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Reset Your Day in Just 15 Minutes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MilkaMeetsOreo #CollectiveBias

You know those days when you can jump out of bed totally rested and ready to take on the day? Everything you need is right where you look for it, everyone gets ready for school on time, and you get through your to-do list with no snags at all? Um, can I have one of those days? Most of the time, things come along and throw us off, and we just have to adjust a bit to make it through. No big deal.
Milka Oreo Big Crunch Bar Chocolate Candy Bar

But sometimes there are days where I really feel like I'm dragging. Maybe I stayed in my pajamas too long working on my own homework after the kids went to school. Maybe something happens that messed up what I had really been looking forward to. I'm trying to not let those things ruin my whole day any more though, and I've found some things that help and I want to share with you. In 15 minutes or less, you can do an activity from this list and reset your day. Take charge, and decide that the rest of the day will go better! 

As a bonus, pair any of these activities with new Milka Oreo Chocolate bars from Walmart. 

You can try it too and save $1 with this ibotta offer -- click the picture!

• Spend 15 minutes cleaning your kitchen. You'll be invigorated with the quick difference in the before and after. 

• Relax your neck. Warm the back of your neck with a heating pad for 5 minutes. Then do some neck stretches. Do shoulder rolls forward and backward, stretch neck leaning 30 seconds each side. Move slowly, and remember to breathe.

• Text a friend to say hi and let them know you're thinking of them. This always helps me feel less isolated.
• Release muscle tension. Lay on a bed or couch in a dark room. Add relaxing music if you like (try an app or YouTube for some spa music.) Starting with the muscles in your feet, tighten or flex for 8 seconds, then relax for 8 seconds. Move up to leg muscles, core muscles, arms, and even face muscles. Repeat a couple of times, then to finish, flex all muscles, hold for 8 seconds, and then relax. It's magical how this makes you feel less stressed!

• Enjoy a treat. These Milka OREO Chocolate Candy bars that I posted about last week are becoming a fast favorite. A few little squares wake up my taste buds and just make me happy!

Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar
• Get some fresh air and take a 15 minute walk. Just a quick circle around your neighborhood will get those endorphins pumping and you can handle what you have left at home or work.

What about you? What seems to work for you when you need a little pick-me-up, or something to turn your day around? And, try these Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bars and tell me what you think!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Cute Jewelry from Cents of Style

Springtime is the perfect time to freshen up your accessory collection just a bit! A new necklace or pair of earrings can make you feel like you've got a whole new outfit for just a few bucks! 

Cents of Style has a great sale happening right now -- with 2 for $12 pricing, it's a day you can't miss! (affiliate links)

When you check out, use the code 2FORJEWELS and it will make the final price $12 when 2 items are added to the cart. As always, we have FREE SHIPPING on every order. 2 for Tuesday - 3/7/17 - Earrings & Bracelets, 2 for $12 + FREE Shipping w/code 2FORJEWELS

Monday, March 6, 2017

Siser StripFlock Coasters

Review of StripFlock vinyl sent to me by Siser North America. Post contains affiliate links.

Have any of you guys tried StripFlock vinyl on any of your projects? It's got such a great soft texture. It's perfect for baby onesies, like this Where the Wild Things Are onesie I made a few months ago. 

For today's project I wanted to try it on something other than fabric to see if it would work, and I like the result!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Rainbow St. Patrick's Decor

I partnered with Oriental Trading on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hey guys, St. Patrick's Day is  just a little over a week away, but there's still time to go order these items from Oriental Trading Company and get them in time for your rainbow party!

I want to show you how I used everything I ordered, and hopefully give you some good ideas of your own. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pretty Spring Mantel and Milka OREO Chocolate Bars

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MilkaMeetsOREO #CollectiveBias

We just can't seem to get rid of the gray skies around here this winter! Even if it's not actually raining, the sky just stays dark. So I figured what better way to cheer myself up than with some spring-y crafting, and some chocolate!

Let's start with the chocolate, then I'll get to details about my spring mantel. OREO and Milka Chocolate have teamed up to make these NEW delicious treats. There's the Milka OREO Choco-Mix Snack Mix featuring mini OREO cookies, chocolate buttons, and candy coated chocolate pieces. This would make a fun trail mix or snack for your family movie night. The Milka OREO Chocolate Candy Bar has OREO cookie pieces in vanilla cream, all coated in Euoropean Milka chocolate candy. This was really popular with my kids. Then my favorite was the Milka OREO Big Crunch Bar Chocolate Candy Bar was my favorite. I definitely enjoyed it while working on these projects. This bar has a crunchy layer of OREO cookies in the center. I found them all at Walmart in the candy aisle.