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August 31, 2011

Yogart goes Yummy - thanks Dannon!



I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour conducted by Clever Girls on behalf of Dannon. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program but my opinions are my own.

For more information and recipe ideas, visit www.oikosyogurt.com or www.Facebook.com/oikos. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.


Yep, we got to try the Dannon Oikos Yogurt (that "yogurt" is a tough word to spell!!  took me a few tries...)  - - we tried the plain and the fruit on the bottom.  Did you know:  Dannon® Oikos® Plain and Fruit on the Bottom contains 0% fat, while the Dannon® Oikos® traditional blended varieties contains about 3% fat. Both are an excellent source of protein, twice that of most regular lowfat yogurts.

It is a "Greek Yogurt" - I'll have to admit, I didn't even know what that was... so here's info to fill you in: Dannon® Oikos® is created through an authentic Greek straining process which gives it a rich and creamy-thick texture.  Ah-ha, that's why it's so different - extra creamy-thick!

I tried to write down what some of the household thought:

8 yr old "it's good!  I don't know how to explain it - usually I don't like yogurt, but I love that."

4 yr old "it takes like pudding!"

Trevor: "well that's thick.  good"

It reminded me something other than yogurt - you know that cream cheese spread flavored stuff - it had that type of consistency - really thick, nice touch of flavor.

I think this must be the hot new thing because when I went to buy mine, it was almost all sold out!  Luckily there were a few that I could grab - we tried plain, and fruit on the bottom in peach and strawberry.

You should read some of what fans have to say over on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oikos?sk=wall

Then run out and grab some to try for yourself.  Enjoy!!  You could even make Greek Yogurt smoothies - - here's a list of some great-sounding recipes....http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=464419985980

I have partnered with Dannon to help promote the Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt Series.  I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about the promotion and product.  However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.




Showing Off- Reader Features

Remember, each week one of you gets to write up a featured post - let me know if you're interested in being in charge of a Reader Feature one week (mandybeez at gmail).....

Hello all you sugar bees!!  I’m super excited to be here today.  Mandy was the first one ever to Feature me and so Sugar Bee Crafts holds a special place in my heart.  She has also been so supportive of my blog and I can’t thank her enough.
Let me Introduce myself.  My name is Connie and I blog over at Measured by the Heart.
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I have a crafty DIY blog that also hosts a Book Club.  Our current selection is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  If you want to join in on our discussion of this book please come over on Thursday.  It will be live then.   
I also LOVE to do blog design.  I run a monthly blog design giveaway and this month’s current giveaway is Animated Blog Buttons. 
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So come check out my little corner of the blog world and enter to win some blog bling!!
On to Take a Look Tuesday.  Here are some of my favorite link ups:
I absolutely LOVE this sign from Candace Creations.  I believe strongly in promoting our love for our family members and this sign is spot on.
How awesome is this Spaghetti and Meatballs cake from Maybe Matilda!!
I love these coffee filter balls from Shabby Loco.  I’m so making some for my girls rooms!!
Crissy’s Crafts made this awesome Tule Lamp. 
I’ve had this project pinned on Pinterest for a while now.  I’m loving Sew Blessed’s version.
Here are some great wooden photos from Just our style.  I love this pics they chose.  Great eye!!
Tie Dyeing with Sharpies.  Who knew??  Beneath the Rowan Tree did.  I’m so doing this!!
What a great saying Squeezing it all in etched into this mirror. 
I am definitely making a rag rug like this one from Turning a House into a home
And there you have it.  My roundup of links from Take a look Tuesday.  Thanks Mandy for having me.  Be sure to come  by Measured by the Heart and take a look. 

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Showing Off - my picks

I can't say it enough - I love Take-A-Look Tuesday!

Here we go on some fabulousness...

First off, I had my jewelry party and got to meet Terri from A Creative Princess - it was a dream come true to meet a blog follower!!  Check out what she did - an interchangeable necklace - so smart!  It's a washer, and then various magnets that you stick on the front of the washer - genius!  Head to her blog for more pictures and info...


If you haven't made fabric covered buttons before, you've got to give it a go!  Craft Buds shows you how:


Sew Delicious whipped up the cutest retro/vintage/modern dress:



This playkitchen at Naptime Crafters has running water - seriously!!  And so cute!


I love the look of reverse applique - just a little unexpected, but so great!  Here's a bag over at Flamingo Toes that works so well:
Second Chances made a cute dress out of some old pillowcases and a refashioned shirt- you know I'm weak for bedding-gone-clothing:


Love the rag rug from Turning a House into a Home - and love when I see you gals using my tutorials to make great things - love the colors!!

Want a creative treat??  You could make Pizza Pops, like Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons:

I have a PVC mirror on my to-do list!  Love this one over at Mom's Crafty Space: 



Check out this rag quilt from Quilted Euphoria - - so cute!!  I probably should make one of these....



Okay, on to the coveted title of Most Viewed Link - - drumroll......

Ruffled Clippies from Mndy.Made:

Great minds think alike - - I have ruffled clippies in my etsy shop....
Green: Mini Messy Ruffled Clips


Thanks for linking everyone!!  If you were featured feel free to grab the button:  (oh, and if you were featured on FB, you're included - grab away!!)



Recipe Book for the Red Cross

Recipe Book -  I got mine.....


And it is UNBELIEVABLE!!  So nice and hardcover.  And look, I'm published!!

So far, about $14,000 has been raised for The Red Cross - - amazing, right?!?

Today is your LAST DAY to order.  It's only $10 - PDF or Hardbound copy.  ALL the proceeds benefits The Red Cross.  It's a no-brainer.



*The American Red Cross name is used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, individual or political position.  For more information about the American Red Cross, please call 1-800-HELP NOW or email info@usa.redcross.org.





WIWW - revisited dress shirt thingy

Yep, I can't give this dress up!  Here's from a previous WIWW post:
So this time I tried putting a colored shirt under it - pop out the pink.  It's too short, so hence the leggins (although someone suggested one of those peekaboo slip things, and I think I need to whip one up).   So, do you have a favorite look with this dress shirt thing??  Should I just give up trying to make it work!?!?
Um, speaking of things I wear on Wednesdays, I thought you'd get a chuckle out of this fashionable number  - yep, I head up the 9 year old cub scouts - they're crazy!!
Speaking of revisiting things, I love my black dress from DownEast - - so versitile - - earlier I used it to show off my DIY elastic belt:
But then this week I revisited it with a cardigan over the top.  I used the purple sash that came with the cardigan and tied it around the dress - I thought it was a pretty cute look.  Note the necklace I'm wearing - $5!  Yep, it's one of the ones I'm selling - cute, right!?!

August 29, 2011

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Can't wait to see what everyone's been up to -  - and who will be the most viewed link - maybe you?
- - just a run down- -
  • Link to a Specific Post, not your whole blog - no more than a couple of posts please
  • Try to visit a few other people on the list - it's fun to support and encourage fellow craftiness - and everyone LOVES comments
If you're new to link-ups and have questions let me know and I'll do my best to help










Pleated Headband Add-On


Just in case you missed me over at See Kate Sew.....


So, what's up for the Pleat Week Specialty??  I'm sharing my Pleated Headband Add-Ons:

These are so simple, quick, and fun - - they add that extra pizzazz to a boring ole headband.  I made them for my girls, but with the right fabric/headband combo, these could easily be worn by us grown-up girls.

Materials needed:
--Cheapo headband (I like to buy mine at the Dollar Tree, where they're $1 for 6!)
--2 scrap strips of fabric, about 2 inches wide.
--Sewing equipment

Please note - - I made the one in the tutorial with large pleats, but ended up making more with smaller tighter pleats, and those ones are used in the final pictures - either way works!

Take one strip of fabric and fold it into pleats however you'd like.  The imperfections and unexactness are part of the charm.  Then take your other strip and cut it to match the length of the one with folded pleats:
Put the 2 strips on top of each other, with the wrong sides of the fabric together.  Sew down each side as shown:

With the two strips sewn together along the sides, this will create a channel in the middle:
Simply slip the headband into the channel.  Then drop hot glue inside each end of the channel to secure it to the headband (I don't have pictures of this step because I couldn't work with hot glue and take a picture at the same time!)

That's it - wear it in style!!


My Friendship Maker Review

My Friendship Bracelet Maker tween craft toy




I don't think Friendship Bracelets will ever go out of style - don't you remember them when you were younger?  And they're still all the rage!  I get lots of things in the mail lately, and one day my girls are like "why isn't it every anything for us" as they were helping me open the box - but inside was the My Friendship Maker - so their wish came true!

We've been using it alot.  I could make a friendship bracelet without this holder tool, but it's so much easier with it.  Plus my 6 year old can make them with the holder tool, and I'm not sure she could otherwise.  I love how the extra strings store inside of it - that's so handy.

So you know how the first of school outfit has to be just so??  Well, check out the up-close picture - yep, she had to wear friendship bracelets to complete the outfit:



Here's another model - she loves them too!  This one I made with a fancier "v" shape.
This is the standard way to make them, so my daughter made this fun rainbow one:
I love how the My Friendship Maker is portable - everything is contained.  We took it on a long car trip and it was a perfect activity to do on the drive.  I swear I took a picture of her while we were traveling, but I can't seem to find it....

But here's one when she's working on it at home:
 It was fun to review the My Friendship Maker - really, head over and check it out!!  You can buy it at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or a variety of places - just check their website.