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September 29, 2012

Accessorize. Invite. Become.

I have found my niche for making a little extra money.  I've told you about it before, but it's been a while, so I just wanted to give some brief info again.

For all those who have struggling Etsy Shops - - have you noticed I don't stock my Etsy shop much?  Well, it's because it's a lot of work sewing, posting pictures, shipping, etc - all for minimal profits.  I'm sure you know.  And now I tell myself - instead of working for a week straight on my Etsy shop, I can just have a Paparazzi Party and make double the profits of my shop anyway.  And a party is just a couple of hours. Way easier!

SO - - if you are looking for a way to earn extra money on the side - consider Paparazzi!  I know, it sounds crazy.  I have never thought I'd do home sales, and look at me now - I'm really loving it.

Why Paparazzi??
--it's something I would actually buy - - I would never want to sell something that I think is too expensive or homely or whatever - this is stuff I love and wear all the time.  And it's $5 - THAT'S WHAT SOLD ME.
--you make 45% commissions - what?!  yep.  45%.  that's awesome.
--on top of that, you can build a team and earn even more - it gets crazy how fun it is!  My friend above me, AND her husband, quit their jobs because Paparazzi is taking off for them.  What a dream - go get it!

You can learn all about Paparazzi on their new website, Paparazzi Accessories.

You can check out the jewelry/accessories by color or style here: Products.

And you can sign up to be a consultant - my ID is #1768 and I would LOVE to have you on my team!: Consultant Enrollment.

There is a cost to buy a starter kit, but it covers the product you receive (like you actually GET something for your money, it's not just an enrollment fee) and then some.  AND, I paid myself back for my kit in my 2 parties.  So it didn't take long at all to start making money.

I {heart} Paparazzi.  I would love to answer any questions you have about Paparazzi, the product, making extra money, how it's working for me, etc.  Just shoot me an email, mandybeez at gmail.

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A few things I want to give shout-outs to...

--the first niece on my side of the family - so excited!!

---My NEW CONTRIBUTORS have all done a post this month - they're amazing.  If you want more of that amazingness, check out their blogs:

Kids Crafts (first Friday) - - Shatzi, Love and Laundry
Fashion (first Saturday) - - Kilee, One Little Momma
Photography (second Friday) - - Lizzie, The Dancing Toad
Party (third Friday) - - Jen, One Thrifty Chick
Printables (third Saturday) - - Amber, Amber Williams Design
Food (fourth Friday) - - Shannah, Just Us Four

--Don't forget that you can get $25 off a CUSTOM DRESS (that are reasonably priced - what a deal!) by using the code "MANDYBEYELER" in the "gift certificate" box at checkout.  And they just added a section for Weddings and Events - - off to browse...

--I like vinyl and I normally buy it at Expressions Vinyl.  I have a Silhouette Cameo.  It's awesome.

--I have a booth at our local fall festival this weekend....the kids came for the free facepaint:

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September 28, 2012

InstaFriday - Photo Glimpse

It's been a few weeks since I've done the Instagram Friday thing - - let's see a glimpse...

it seems like I try to balance family pictures with project pictures, and add to that a heavy dose of food pictures...




And random - - love that this kid can mow:

 This kid signed his coloring sheet with the PBS Kids logo:

 An Instagram of Trevor taking an Instagram:

 And yep, I'm going to SNAP:

 Follow me on Instagram so you don't miss the fun!

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Ginger Soy Chicken with Soba Noodle Salad

Hi Sugar Bee Craft readers! I'm Shannah from the blog Just Us Four.  Over on my blog, I love to share recipes, crafts and the current DIY project that I might be working on.

Today, I'm excited to be here to share a new recipe with you:  Ginger Soy Chicken with Soba Noodle Salad

September 27, 2012

Scentsy - Mixing Scents (and giveaway!)

Who doesn't love Scentsy, am I right?  I was sent a warmer and love it!!  I like how it glows like a candle, but has all the features of a Scentsy Warmer.
I get giddy when things come in the mail....

I have been trying to add some decor to my dining room.  I'm good at big projects - painting walls, etc - but when it comes to decor, I struggle knowing which trinkets to put where, etc.  But with that new vase I grabbed at Michaels (I really love it!), I think I've pulled this together- the warmer fits right in.

So anyways, the latest ScentTrend is Pink Pepper, and you mix it in to your other scents - fun, right!

My kiddos had a blast smelling all the scent choices and giving their opinions:

 I was going to do a 3 bar mix, and even took a picture....

 But last minute I changed my mind and went with Paradise Punch mixed with the Pink Pepper - -
 I loved Paradise Punch - it smells just like Koolaid!  But to tone that sweet smell down, I added the Pink Pepper - perfect!

And guess what - you can win a Warmer of your choice and my scents!
Just enter via Rafflecopter below - I will pick a winner next Thursday, Oct 4th, around noon.  Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Large Tile Trivet

I am so excited about this project I just completed -- and I have a tutorial for you - let me introduce the Large Tile Trivet:
This is great for holding a line of hot dishes.  Next weekend we are having a bunch of family over for lunch, and I wanted to get these made before then.  We usually do buffet style, so now we can line up all the hot dishes, like so:

This was really easy to make - I did it! (Trevor cut the trim, but that was it.)  I was sent some Bondera - tiling adhesive and it was perfect for this project.  Basically it is a roll of stickiness that will adhere tile to surfaces.  So instead of messy mastik (the hard stuff you slather on under tiles - weird that I know what it's called) you just unroll the Bondera and cut it to fit.  So easy that I tackled the project myself.

I grabbed a couple of scrap boards from the garage and cut the adhesive to fit.
Then peel the backing off and stick it down.  Then peel the top clear protective off - it's a little tricky to grab, but they provide handy stickers to grab the corners - worked perfectly!

Then just lay down your tiles and press them into place.  It doesn't get easier than that.  We had tiles leftover from our Kitchen Remodel, so these trivets will obviously coordinate with my kitchen quite nicely.

After that, you just need to grout them sometime that day.  Don't be scared by grout - it's just like spreading icing.  You want it to be the consistency of peanut butter - then spread on:
And after it sets a little while (maybe 30 minutes) wipe the tiles with a sponge.  You might need to do that a couple of times.

Then I had Trevor cut me some trim pieces.  I painted them and then used wood glue to just glue them to the sides of my trivet.  Clamps to hold the trim in place while the glue dried - overkill??

I think they turned out pretty good:

Don't forget to put felt pad things on the bottom so they don't scratch your counters - it gives the illusion that the trivet is floating just a little:

I know you're supposed to be able to put hot pots directly on my counters, but it still makes me nervous and I use hot pads.  Now I'll use my pretty trivets.  And on my table as well:

And yeah, the longest part of this tutorial might have been cleaning my kitchen so I could take pictures:

So - have you ever attempted tiling??  Either way, you should give Bondera a try - it was super easy to use and made tiling a project that even I could tackle! You can do it!