6/13/15

Giveaway! Paper Pumpkin Birthday Kit #DIY #crafts

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Everyone you know has a birthday coming up in the next year! This month's craft kit from Paper Pumpkin gives you everything you need to create some beautifully handcrafted birthday cards and gift bags. Birthday Bundle is so easy to do and comes with complete instructions, plus access to an online video that shows assembly.
Birthday Bundle comes with four printed die cut gift bags, six printed gift cards and white envelopes, a polymer stamp set of five stamps, Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Spot Ink, die cut tags, die cut banners, die cut circles, red and white string, yellow tissue paper, fifty 3D adhesive foam dots, and printed paper strips.
I stamped all the tags, circles, and banners, as well as the envelopes, with the stamp set and the ink. The die-cut accents are all excellent quality cardstock. Paper Pumpkin's monthly craft kit subscription is a part of the Stampin' Up! company so all the supplies are top-notch.
Each month, your subscription gets you a brand new box delivered to your front door, with all the supplies you need to create that month's project. Paper Pumpkin allows me to create wonderful things without having to come up with the creative ideas on my own.
You can buy a subscription for one month, three months, six month, or twelve months. At under $20 a month, a Paper Pumpkin one-month subscription makes a fabulous and affordable gift for your favorite crafty friends!
Once all my accents were stamped, I used the foam adhesives to attach the printed paper strips across the front of the birthday cards. You can use your own flat adhesives for this step, but I love the 3D look!
I then attached the Happy Birthday circles to the front of the paper strips with a foam dot. The inside of the birthday cards are blank so I can write any personalized birthday message. Since the cards and gift bags are multi-colored, they're perfect for both males and females.
I folded a piece of tissue paper inside the front of the bags against the balloon cut-outs and saved an extra piece of tissue in each bag to fold around the gifts when it comes time to give them to my friends and family.
I attached a red balloon die cut and the Celebrate banner to the front of the bag, tied the red and white string through the pre-punched holes in the bag, and hung a gift tag on the string. In less than an hour, I created four beautiful gift bags and six beautiful birthday cards!
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6/12/15

Giveaway! $50 SweetWorks Candy for July 4th #SweetWorksPatriotic Display

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Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

It's time to decorate your home for July 4th and I've got some great display ideas for you. Using SweetWorks Patriotic Candy, you can set up some sweet home decor with just a few simple things you probably already have on hand. 
Create a chocolate star plate by setting two 12x12 pieces of red and blue cardstock on your table. Set a glass or plastic plate centered in the middle. Fill the middle of the plate with SweetWorks White Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls, then surround them with SweetWorks Royal Blue Foiled Milk Chocolate Balls. Last, arrange Sweetworks Red Foiled Milk Chocolate Hearts in a star shape on top. This makes a perfect centerpiece for your July 4th barbecue!
Set up a red, white and blue candy trough by using a rectangular basket. Arrange SweetWorks Red and Blue Sixlets on the outer edge of the basket, then fill the middle of the basket with some SweetWorks White Gumballs. This is a great display for your picnic table!
Using mason jars is a wonderful way to display SweetWorks candy because the colors show through the glass beautifully. Fill three large mason jars with SweetWorks Red Gumballs, White Gumballs, and Blue Gumballs. This is a striking candy display for a kitchen counter or the kitchen window!
You can dress up your mason jars with red, white and blue ribbon or string too! I sorted SweetWorks Sixlets, Pearls, and Star Sweet Shapes by color, then poured them by layers into a small mason jar to add some extra flair to my mason jar display.
SweetWorks Ovation Sticks make for a cute "firecracker" display. These chocolate covered sticks come in great flavors like Irish Cream, Mint, and Orange. Set up this display near your coffee brewer so you and your July 4th guests can add some bang to cups of coffee.
No July 4th celebration is complete without an ice cream bar. Set up a cup of mixed ice cream toppings by mixing together SweetWorks red, white and blue Sixlets, Pearls, and Star Sweet Shapes in a little plastic cup. Fill a large plastic cup with SweetWorks Gumballs, and don't forget to set out SweetWorks Blue and Red Candy Crumble containers. It's so easy to create patriotic candy displays with SweetWorks! Order your candy today!
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One winner will receive a selection of SweetWorks Patriotic Candy including Celebrations Pearls, Sixlets, Gumballs, and more. To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and older. Giveaway ends on 6/29/2015. Good luck!

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Giveaway! Adora Bag - Three Winners $840 Value #FashionistasAdora

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It's time for an Adora Bag Giveaway! Three lucky readers will each win this gorgeous Italian leather bag. Check out my review of the blue Adora Bag and see how much I love this bag. I know the winners will be thrilled with it too!
This bag works perfectly with both my casual outfits and my dressy outfits. It is a high-quality, luxury bag in every way. The design and detail in the Adora Bag is impressive. I'm so excited to be participating in this fabulous giveaway!
Be sure to check out the blog posts below to see how bloggers have styled this bag! This giveaway is open to US residents and will close at midnight on July 6, 2015. By entering this giveaway you are agreeing to provide your email address to Adora Bags.
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6/11/15

Unique Chocolate-Covered Strawberries for Father's Day

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This Father's Day, tell your dad he is the sweetest dad ever with a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries made just for him! The "Celebrate Dad Berries" are extra-large strawberries, loving hand-dipped into incredibly luscious Belgian chocolate.
Three of the chocolate-covered strawberries are decorated with the letters D-A-D to make sure he knows these are just for him. There are also a couple decorated with chocolate tuxedos! Some of them are decorated with delicious ribbon toppings and some are sprinkled with crunchy nuts.
The "Celebrate Dad Berries" arrived packaged quite well, with foam padding above and below the strawberries, and a cold pack that kept them cold until they reached my refrigerator. They taste absolutely scrumptious! My husband and I devoured a few too many last night.
Get your dad this sweet treat at GourmetGiftBaskets.com. They have so many wonderful gifts for dads, like the "Barbecue Boss Grilling BBQ Gift Basket" and the "Cigars and Beers for Dad Bucket." See their entire line of gifts that dads will love to receive!

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Giveaway! Preservation Society Home Preserves Book

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I'm willing to bet that your grandmother and great-grandmother are very familiar with canning. Long before we had grocery stores that offered food with preservatives, most families canned food from their own properties and traded those canned foods with their neighbors. Recently, canning has come again to the forefront because so many people are starting backyard gardens to avoid the pesticides in many of our foods. Since harvesting fruits and vegetables often comes all at once, canning makes perfect sense so that none of that delicious homegrown food is wasted. Canning can be intimidating if you've never tried it, but it's really not that difficult. I recently received the Preservation Society Home Preserves book by Camilla Wynne and it's filled with 100 modern recipes for preserving foods. Not only is the author knowledgeable and creative with her recipes, she is also a wonderful author. I loved reading her personal little stories throughout the book.
The Preservation Society Home Preserves book covers so much more than just making jam. There are some fabulous jam recipes, but there are also recipes for jellies, butters, canned fruits, syrups, pickles, chutneys, relishes and more. The book begins with the basics of preserving, followed by Camilla's creative recipes, and concludes with how to cook with preserves. The book is loaded with gorgeous full-color photos too. You'll learn how easy it is to make Apricot Jam with Honey and Chamomile, Brown Butter Apple Butter, Pickled Poblano Peppers, and Red Currant Syrup. Be sure to try the Marmgarita, a marmalade based on the classic cocktail. I can hardly wait to harvest my garden veggies and fruits, so I can get canning with Camilla's recipes this summer!

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Snappee Snap-Off Hair Tie - Review

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I love my long hair, but it really drives me crazy sometimes. It is curly and very thick, and even the slightest amount of humidity sends it frizzing to the moon. I wear my hair in an elastic ponytail tie nearly every day. At the end of the day, when it's time to remove the ponytail tie, I always pull out a bunch of hair. I thought it was ingenious when someone invented ponytail ties without that evil metal thing that connected both ends of the elastic, but Snappee has gone even further to make hair ties much better!
Snappee is a snap-off hair tie. It's made with a soft, stretchy spandex-nylon material. It's very comfortable to wear and when it's time to take out my ponytail, I just unsnap it and it gently falls away from my hair. Not a single hair gets yanked out! Amazing!!!
The snaps are made of plastic and fit securely together. I can put a Snappee in my hair the same way I would with an elastic hair tie or I can unsnap it to wrap it around, like for a topknot, and then snap it together. Snappee hair ties come in all kinds of great colors too!
Snappee hair ties are machine washable too, which restores them to their original shape if they begin to stretch out over time. I am so incredibly impressed with Snappee that I doubt I'll wear a hair-pulling elastic ever again!
Here's a bonus...I can even snap two Snappee hair ties together to make a headband! They come in packs of five for just $12.95. Check out all the great colors and place your order today at www.snappee.com!
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6/10/15

Master Bathroom #Makeover #DIY #Renovation #BeforeAndAfter

The master bathroom in my "empty nest" home is far from grand, but it's an adequate size for what we need. I do love soaking in the huge garden tub! When we got the keys to our home last August, we soon noticed a funny smell in the bathroom and decided the toilet needed a new seal. We discovered the previous homeowner had actually GLUED the toilet to the floor. There were more problems. The "flooring" was vinyl tile that had been poorly cut into geometric pieces and stuck to the floor in a haphazard way. The previous homeowner had also screwed the wooden curtain rod bar into the wall with three inch screws. The walls were painted with what I would call "baby puke green."
The first order of business was to get the toilet off the floor to replace the seal. Fearful that a crowbar would break the toilet, my husband finally got it loose by using an angle grinder. My husband also peeled up the vinyl tiles and put down a beautiful sand-colored ceramic tile, the same one we used in the main bathroom. I painted the walls with Behr Gobi Desert (710C3) which is a warm tan color.
We removed the tiny shelves above the toilet and I bought two cabinets, then stacked one on top of the other to give us more bathroom storage. We removed the slatted blinds and the screwed in curtain rod and hung one properly with a chocolate brown valance. We also covered the inside of the window with a patterned, stained glass looking film, to let more natural light into the bathroom.
We hung a towel rack below the window, since there wasn't one in the room. I also stained the bathroom sink cabinet with the Java Gel stain that I used in my kitchen renovation and in the main bathroom. We installed hardware on the sink cabinet doors, where before there was none. My husband also replaced the painted metal sink that was rusting with a ceramic sink.
Although I liked the mirror that was hanging above the sink, I didn't like the antiqued gold-ish color of the mirror frame, so I took it down and spray painted it. The old metal shower curtain rod was replaced with a sculpted dark wood rod. We replaced the funky globe dressing room lights with a more contemporary light fixture too.
I have a love of tropical places, so I chose a palm tree theme for the shower curtain and toothbrush holder. I also purchased a little wall hanging of a palm tree and hung it near the bathroom sink. We also installed a wireless LED motion-sensor night light on the inside of the door for late night trips to the bathroom.
I am so glad the master bathroom renovation is done! There were so many little things to do, and a couple of big things, that the completion dragged out for months. Now everything looks nice and new! What do you think of our makeover?
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NEW Tropical Mango Coconut THINaddictives

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Nonni's THINaddictives are an incredibly sweet, guilt-free way to snack. I'm excited to share with you that there is a brand new flavor - Mango Coconut! Doctors are always telling us we should eat more almonds, but they're only tasty to me when they're embedded in THINaddictives.
THINaddictives come in portion-packs and each one is 100 calories or less. They are crunchy and sweet like a cookie, but packed with healthy goodies. THINaddictives come in delicious flavor combinations, like Cranberry and Almond, and Cinnamon Raisin with Almonds.
I love the portion-packs because I can toss one in my bag when I'm headed out for the day and having one on-hand for snacking keeps me away from vending machines. The new Mango Coconut with Almonds is a delicious blend of sweet mango, grated coconut, and California almonds.
The new Mango Coconut THINaddictives are delicious and are now my favorite flavor! They're low-fat, low-carb and contain 3g of protein/per serving. They are available at grocery stores nationwide, so grab a box and taste for yourself!
In celebration of the new flavor, Nonni’s THINaddictives is hosting a “Summer Giveaway” on Facebook. 50 winners will be selected to receive a free box of the new Mango Coconut THINaddictives. Fans can also download a $1 off coupon of a box of THINaddictives on Facebook by selecting the coupon tab. Check out their Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram accounts for other special offers.

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6/9/15

Giveaway! doTERRA Essential Oils Travel Kit

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Have you tried essential oils yet? I'm sure you've heard of them, even if you're not yet using them. I use several oils on a regular basis and love the results!

Whether you are taking a road trip, flying on an airplane, or just running errands around town, you never know when you’ll need your essential oils. These essential oils can be easily stored in your purse, diaper bag, carry-on, or car. Customize one with your favorite essential oils and other travel necessities and take it with you wherever go.

 I often travel by air and always have a little jar of Melaleuca Essential Oil, aka Tea Tree Oil, with me! I take a q-Tip and get a little oil on it and wipe out the air vent above my seat on the plane! Keeps the air purified that is directly over me and keeps it smelling good to boot. dōTERRA has put together this great little Travel Kit (AV $44.00).

We are giving away 1 Travel Kit to 2 lucky readers! The following oils are a must to have with you on a trip.

This kit includes:
  • Lavender Essential Oil (5 mL) Lavender can be used for sunburns, bug bites and itching, and to help you unwind and relax! 
  • Wild Orange Essential Oil (5 mL) Wild Orange helps with anxiety, digestion, insomnia, nervousness and more. 
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (5 mL) Peppermint will help ease the nausea for boat rides or car sickness. It is also used for indigestion with all the meals out and help with cooling if you get too much sun. 
  • ArōmaTouch Essential Oil Blend (5 mL) After a big day out nothing better than rubbing on AromaTouch for muscle pain and aches and to help you relax.

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Shiny Little Blessings - Unique, Meaningful Jewelry

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There are so many times we want to give meaningful gifts to our moms, sisters, grandmas, and girl friends. Shiny Little Blessings creates unique jewelry that celebrates the blessings in our lives. These beautiful, handcrafted items include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, headbands, and so much more.
Each item arrives already ready for gift-giving and are perfect for weddings, prom, religious events, birthdays, anniversaries, new moms, and there are even gifts for dads. I received two headbands from Shiny Little Blessings and they are simply gorgeous!
The Gold Rhinestone Olive Leaf Headband is very sparkly and delicate-looking. It features a stretchy headband and is very comfortable to wear. I can wear it to hold my hair back from my face, or boho-style like I wore them in the 70s.
It's beautifully crafted and would look so lovely on the heads of a row of bridesmaids! It's an inexpensive way to dress up any outfit and makes a great gift. It came in a pretty jewelry bag, attached to a gift card, and wrapped in tissue paper.
Many of the gifts at Shiny Little Blessings, such as the necklaces and keychains, can be engraved with special messages to make them even more meaningful. Some can even be engraved with your photograph!
The Pastel Rhinestone Crystal Headband sparkles beautifully and features soft pastel colors of crystals. The stretchy elastic makes it super comfortable to wear, and can be worn in multiple ways as well. Its classic look is great for both dressy and casual looks!
Shiny Little Blessings is owned by Sabine Schoepke and I love this quote of hers: “Make it meaningful and shout it from the roof tops or quietly wear it close to your heart. Either way, live it, love it and pass it on to the ones you love!”
I absolutely love my Shiny Little Blessings headbands! I know I'll be visiting her online store again soon to shop for unique, meaningful gifts for my friends and family. I really like their selection of Christian gifts.
Visit www.shinylittleblessings.com today to see all their stunning jewelry and gift ideas. Follow Shiny Little Blessings on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!