7/3/15

Giveaway! Paper Pumpkin Craft Kit - Happy Thoughts #DIY

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This month's Paper Pumpkin craft kit includes everything you need to create eight gorgeous Happy Thoughts cards. I love the quilted look of these cards -- they've got sort of an old fashioned flavor to them. Every month is a different theme and you can see some of the others here.
All of Paper Pumpkin's supplies are high quality and come from their parent company, Stampin' Up! This kit includes a polymer stamp set and ink, 8 card bases, 8 envelopes with liners, cardstock pieces, sticker sheets, die cuts, wood cutouts, 4 clear buttons, twine, and two types of adhesives. All you need is a pair of scissors!
To make the first set of cards, I placed the stickers onto the square cardstock. I followed the pattern that was on the instruction pamphlet that comes with the kit, but you're free to add your own flair to any Paper Pumpkin project.
Then I used the "it's your day" stamp and the flower stamp to decorate the cardstock piece and the card base. The cardboard scrap that comes in the kit is the perfect place to stamp because it keeps the ink off my table.
Then I used the 3d double-sided adhesives to place the cardstock piece onto the base. I put mine in the center, but it can be placed to one side or another. I also folded my cards to open at the bottom, but they can be turned to open on the side which is what the instructions suggest.
Using the die cuts, I created the flowers by attaching the white circles and leaves to the back of the flowers with the flat double-sided adhesive circles. The layered design of these embellishments give handmade cards so much personality!
Then I took a piece of the twine and sort of bunched it up around the back of the flower. Since there was already adhesive on the back, I just stuck a few edges of the twine to it so it would stay in place until I was ready to place it on the card.
I put two pieces of the 3d adhesive on the flower back, catching an edge or two of twine, then placed it on the card. Lastly, I put a clear button in the middle of the flower with some of the flat adhesive circles. The envelope liners just slide right into the envelope, and my card is ready for giving!
The Happy Thoughts for You card is just as simple. The stickers go on the large pennant-shaped cardstock, alternating with the wood cutouts, which I attached with the flat adhesive. I simply love the colors in this kit! The stickers are cardstock stickers so they are really easy to work with because they don't fold up or roll up.
I attached my quilted pennant to the card base and tied a piece of twine around the top fold of the card, tying it in a knot. Then I used the "Happy thoughts for you" stamp and the star stamp on the card base, and added two little wood cutout stars partway on top of the stamped stars.
Then I slid the liner into the envelope and this one is ready to give now too! I love having handmade cards on hand to give to family and friends. The Happy Thoughts card kit is a wonderful way to spend an hour, creating something meaningful.
Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription craft kit. It's so easy to sign up and costs less than $20 a month. There's an online video available for each kit if you wish to watch someone actually create each project. Sign up HERE and be sure to follow Paper Pumpkin on Pinterest for more great crafting ideas!

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Nagare Wrap from FBF by Checka #fashion

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If you've ever watched the haute couture (high fashion) shows on television, you've probably giggled at some of the outfits. Most of those fashions are things no regular person would wear. Only a few of us regular people weigh 100 pounds and stand 5'10" tall. There's a new designer on the scene and she's creating high fashion pieces that anyone can wear!
FBF by Checka is created by Francesca Skwark (aka Checka). I received this Nagare Wrap which is her top seller in boutiques and online. It's a combination of a wrap and a poncho, in that it wraps around the shoulders, but it cut in a double layer so the arms can go through it like a jacket. It's perfect for tossing over a summer sundress, or for layering with leggings and boots in the winter months.
In all honesty, I was at first a bit perplexed about how to wear it because of the layers, but once it was on me, both my husband and I loved the style and agreed it looked fabulous on me. It's super comfortable, made with double-knit, and features a textured white contrasting with a smooth black/white bonding. Best of all, FBF by Checka apparel is affordable!
Since my standard dress is blue jeans, I slipped on a black tank top, then the Nagare Wrap over it, then grabbed one of my favorite hats. This wrap is truly perfect for a woman of any age. FBF by Checka clothing is designed to make women feel classy, luxurious, sophisticated, and confident...and I have to say, she definitely succeeded!
You can grab your Nagare Wrap at www.fbfbychecka.com and check out the entire collection of skirts, minis, tops, and more! Checka is currently running a Kickstarter project to get these fabulous designs into stores across the country. Get on board and help her launch her next collection! Be sure to follow her Instagram and Twitter accounts to get the first peek at new pieces too.

7/2/15

Giveaway! Yummy Mitt Teething Mitten

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Babies often begin teething at a very young age. The daughter of the creators of Yummy Mitt began teething at two months! Since their daughter was too young to properly grasp traditional teething-relieving toys, they created the Yummy Mitt which slips over a child's hand like a mitten. Inside the Yummy Mitt is an absorbent material that prevents moisture to baby's hand, plus the cotton on top absorbs moisture.
This ingenious design combines 100% cotton and medical food grade silicone in a functional and stylish way. A baby's hands naturally end up in their mouth all the time, so the Yummy Mitt allows even the youngest babies to provide themselves relief. Parents are relieved of the task of constantly picking up teething toys dropped on the floor. The Yummy Mitt has a slit and velcro closure that makes it easy to put on or take off baby's hand.
Yummy Mitt's design provides multiple sensory textures, patterns, and colors, which makes baby's experience both enjoyable and developmentally beneficial. Each Yummy Mitt exceeds all safety requirements and is BPA-free, PVC-free, Lead-free, Latex-free, and Phthalates-free. Plus, it can also be tossed in the washer and dryer. Each Yummy Mitt comes with a convenient travel bag too!
Visit www.darlyngandco.com to order your Yummy Mitt. What a fabulous baby shower gift or gift for a new mom! It's an affordable, safe, and very thoughtful gift that mom will certainly appreciate and baby will absolutely love.

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Giveaway! Love Share Pray T-Shirt

Time for another giveaway from TMSN!

 Giveaway- Love Share Pray T-Shirt
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Giveaway- Love Share Pray T-Shirt
Sponsored By: Love Share Pray

  The Icons of Life shares the message to love everyone, share the message about Jesus with everyone and to pray about anything. The icons are similar to the icons on our phones, tablets or laptops why not use them for Jesus to Love…Share…Pray in Jesus Name. T-shirt is printed on 100% cotton. Sizes available are S, M, L, XL, 2XL, and winner gets to choose size. 
Spotlight Mom Featuring LaTasha Parkmond with Love Share Pray 
This giveaway is sponsored by LaTasha Parkmond with Love Share Pray. LaTasha is our Spotlight Mom of the week. If you missed her featured post, you can check it out here. You can visit Love Share Pray and see what they have to offer here. This giveaway will run until Thursday, July 9th at 12:00 AM. Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below, and share this giveaway on your favorite social media networks!  
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Giveaway! ColoreScience and Paul Mitchell Beauty Products

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When I am traveling anywhere, there are a few beauty items I carry besides my everyday makeup and hair products. Those would be my flat iron and sun protection products. For the kids, I have travel size sunscreens, but when I use those for myself on my face and neck it leaves my skin so oily and if I want to use my moisturizing or makeup products with it I can't get it to stay on and look good. ColoreScience Sunforgettable Brushes allow me to have an SPF50 protection under my daily beauty products and each colore tube falls within TSA size guidelines for packing.

As for my hair, I tend to travel to warm spots or for date weekend getaways with my husband and I love my flat iron for quick hair fixes. If I need to add a bit of volume, turning under a few sections of my hair with a flat iron accomplishes that in minutes, I also can run it down my hair quickly for a smooth look when the sun or swimming is causing my hair to frizz or to not cooperate.

ColoreScience Sunforgettable Brushes


The ColoreScience Sunforgettable Brushes come in single tubes or a multipack like this set above. You can keep one in your purse, travel bag and bathroom for easy access when you need to protect your skin from the sun. The ColorScience Sunforgettable is a mineral formula and great for any skin tone. I can use this in place of my powder foundation. It is a high proprietary blend of minerals with no fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol or talc. It is a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen and is waterproof for up to 80 minutes. Just brush on and stay skin safe through the day.

Limited Edition Rose Gold Express Ion Smooth+ from Paul Mitchell


This limited edition style of Ion Smooth+ iron and brush combo comes is a fun finish of Rose Gold. This set is in in honor of the 2015 Big Night Out collection from Paul Mitchell. It's temperature is digitally controlled in an LCD display and heats up to 410 degrees in 60 seconds. The brush is great with even teeth that keeps hair from pulling or tangling. 

Having sun protection and a quality flat iron makes your traveling so much easier when they offer effortless and effective results. They pack well wherever you may travel to.

Learn more: ColoreScience and Paul Mitchell

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6/30/15

Mother Tucker Shortie - Fashionable Comfort Underneath

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Very few of us are perfectly shaped and summer clothing can be much more revealing. The Mother Tucker Shortie from Belly Bandit is shapewear that is perfect for wearing under summer dresses. It's lightweight and super comfortable.
Mother Tucker Shorties don't roll, pinch or pull. They tuck in my bumps and lumps without squeezing too hard. They come down far enough on my legs to eliminate hot weather thigh-rub and come up far enough on my belly to suck it all in. They come in black or nude and in sizes XS to L.
Mother Tucker Shorties are virtually invisible under clothing. What little stitching is on this shapewear is flat and tight. Best of all, the way the material is cut, they don't ride up in my, um, netherlands. They're like a second skin.
Belly Bandit offers a full line of Mother Tucker products, including leggings (a favorite of Christina Aguilera's), scoop neck tanks, bras, corsets, and even nursing tanks. I can't wait to try some of their other shapewear. Doesn't 30% compression sound great to you?
Grab a pair of Mother Tucker Shorties for summer at www.bellybandit.com and check out their other shapewear too. Smooth out your silhouette and be sexier! Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Ruggable 2-Piece Rug System - Machine Washable Home Decor

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Let's face it, rugs get dirty and they are a pain to clean. I'm constantly vacuuming up dog hair, dirt, mud, and grass clippings, but that doesn't really get them clean. Sending a rug to the dry cleaners or hiring someone to come clean them is terribly expensive, and most rugs are not machine washable. The Ruggable 2-Piece Rug System is an amazing solution!
Ruggable is machine washable, fashionable, and affordable! I received this gorgeous Modern Fretwork Set in Rich Grey/Cream from Ruggable. There are two pieces in each Ruggable Set - a beautiful Ruggable Cover and a water-resistant Ruggable Non-Slip Base. Basically, it's like any other rug, except the top and the bottom are separate pieces, so the top can be tossed in your washer and dryer when it gets dirty! Ruggable can also be vacuumed.
The Ruggable covers are made of 100% Polyester and Polyester Chenille, so they are naturally stain resistant. The covers can even be purchased individually which means you can change out covers anytime for a fresh, new look in any room. Ruggable even offers seasonal and holiday covers!
The non-slip base is placed on the floor, then the cover lays right on top. The cover is just slightly larger than the base so that the corners and edges lay flat to the floor. The rough material on the top of the base tightly grips the cover, so there is no bunching, no shifting, and no moving of the cover. Even when my 80-pound dog runs across it, it doesn't move!
I received one that measures 2.5' x 7' which is perfect for a hallway, entryway, or any high-traffic area. Ruggable also comes in 3' x 5', 5' x 7', and 8' x 10' so you can use them anywhere in your home. There are so many colors, patterns, and designs from which to choose. The Ruggable 2-Piece System is patented so you can ensure you're getting quality with every purchase.
Ruggable is comfortable to walk upon and I've found that it performs as well as all my other area rugs (which were more expensive and are not machine washable). Since the covers contain no wool, there is no concern about allergies either.
I am absolutely thrilled with my Ruggable and highly recommend you put them in your home and office. Ruggable would also be perfect to send off with your college student this fall. There are woven styles and even shag styles, so you're sure to find one that goes with your home decor.
Visit www.ruggable.com today and search for your new Ruggable by size, design, room, color, or season. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to be first to hear about new styles and special offers!

6/29/15

7 Gardening Activities You Can Do With Your Kids This Summer

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Image by Evonne used under the Creative Commons license.

Summer is a great time to get out in the fresh air with your kids, and gardening facilitates this, whilst teaching children important skills such as patience, and respect for the natural world. If you’re struggling to find activities to keep your kids occupied while you dig around in the earth and water your plants, here are seven great things that you can all do together.

1. Pick up some kids gardening tools

Kids can tell when something doesn’t feel authentic, so in order to make them feel like an important part of your gardening activities, be sure to head to your local garden store where you can pick up tools that suit their age—plastic for the young ones (maybe even a bubble-making lawnmower), and wooden for the older ones.
2. Plant something that will last

If you have the space, you and your kids should try planting a tree in your yard. This will not only allow them to see it grow alongside them over the years, but it will give them a lasting connection to nature.

3. Get your hands dirty

There is nothing kids love more than getting dirty—heck they somehow manage to do it even in the cleanest environments—so having your kids help you with tasks like laying or turning over soil will get them excited to get to work in the garden.
4. Introduce good bugs to your garden

Along the same line as getting your hands dirty, introducing positive insects to your garden is a great way to involve your kids and to teach them the importance of balancing a sensitive ecosystem. Whether its beetles, lapwings, or damsel bugs, there are a whole host of bugs that can help various plants in your garden.

5. Decorate

Just like adults, kids enjoy getting new things, so why not work with your kids to pick out some new garden furniture for your backyard. Be sure to get different sizes of furniture, that will allow all members of the family to sit together and enjoy the beautiful job they’ve done planting and maintaining the garden.
6. Make your own compost

Composting is one of the best ways to make your garden ecologically friendly, and it can be as simple as buying a bucket and lid to place in a grassy corner of your backyard. Inside you can place old kitchen waste, plant waste, soil, and used animal or pet bedding, and the motivating factor of filling up the bin is a great way to keep kids going.

7. Become a seed collector

Seeds are the important part of gardening and are a life-sustaining source on earth. Using simple materials like envelopes, you can help your kids collect different varieties of seeds from your garden, which they can label and later plant.

There are plenty of great ways for you and your kids to enjoy the beautiful summer weather together, but working in the garden can be both fun and a great tool for learning.

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How to Fix Your Crazy Hair #180Pro

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My hair isn't just curly. It's also thick, dry, and very frizzy. I'm on a constant hunt to find products that will make my hair healthier and more luxurious. There are lots of products in the 180Pro damage-repairing hair care line that are designed to fix traumatized tresses and repair up to 2 years of hair abuse. The 180Pro line of hair products from Zotos Professional is definitely improving my hair!
There are two types of color-safe shampoo and conditioner - the Intense Reconstruct Shampoo and Conditioner (instantly restores strength to broken, brittle hair that’s severely damaged from thermal styling or harsh chemical and coloring services) and Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (delivers hydration to overly dry, rough, or frizzy hair that’s lost manageability, softness, and control). I could feel a difference in my hair the first time I used these products.
The 180Pro Rapid Restorer is a weekly conditioner that is rinsed out after use. My hair is so dry that I've been using it twice a week and it makes my hair so soft and bouncy. This is probably my favorite product from the line!
The 180Pro Total Tamer is a foaming mousse that seals the hair cuticle and softens hair. It gives my hair more hold and helps to tame my frizzies even on the most humid days. I found that just a small amount is needed and I use it to scrunch up my curls.
The Heat Rescue product is a leave-in hydrator that is a protective treatment to be used before styling with hot appliances. It conditions and detangles, but best of all it will protect hair against heat up to 450 degrees.
The Frizz Resister is another one of my favorite 180Pro products. It's a dry shine oil micromist and it smooths my hair down, even those wild flyaways on top! It leaves my hair sleek and shiny, but not heavy. I've been using the 180Pro line for about three weeks now and I'm very happy with the results. It delivers a 180-degree turnaround for hair, whether it's damaged, dry, frizzy, or just plain driving you crazy!

Find 180Pro products at Sally Beauty Supply Stores and online at www.zotos.com!