Chillin' wiht my Peeps

FREE file to make a super cute spring shirt

Mini Photo Frame Banner

A cute and simple way to display mini pictures - come find out how to make one for yourself!

Pony Bead Lizards

Learn step-by-step how to make pony bead lizards

Glitter Felt Hairbows

Add a little sparkle to any little girls wardrobe with these DIY hairbows!

Perfect Crisp Lines

Find out the trick to getting perfectly crisp lines on name signs

April 30, 2013

The HONEST Company, and laundry

This is a sponsored post - all opinions are my own.  (It's still Take-A-Look Tuesday - scroll down a post for that fun).

Have you ever heard of The Honest Company??  I have to admit, it was completely new to me.  I was intrigued by the concept behind the company and eager to give it a try.  I mean really, with this kind of packaging, I was already hooked!  (free diaper trial too!  info below...)

April 29, 2013

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Take-A-Look Tuesday - always a fun time!!  After you link up, be sure to check out these awesome giveaways:

$200 in goodies from the Queen Bee Market

Shaklee Starter Kit (retail over $100)

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
  • Please don't link up anything you've already linked before (like something posted on a previous week)
  • Try to visit a few other people at the party  - everyone loves visits and encouraging comments!  
If you're reading this on the main page of my blog, find that "click to read more" button and it'll take you to the full post that contains the link party...

Shaklee - with a GIVEAWAY!

disclaimer - - this is a sponsored post - I was sent the Shaklee Get Clean Starter Kit to review- but all opinions are my own.

Look what showed up at my house... (and could show up at your house!  giveaway below!)

How To Start a Blog

Hey Everyone - - I've taught a class a couple of times on how to start a blog, and it's really basic, but I thought some of you might be interested.  I cut down the info so it's not too long and recorded a video for you - about 15 minutes long.  Enjoy!!  I'm here for questions!

I really love blogging and think everyone should start a blog - share in the fun.  Here's a quick run-down on how to do that, using the Blogger Platform:

Pick Your Plum - - DEAL ALERT

Heads Up!! It's a day of deals and giveaway fun today!

 Normally I only post deals on my facebook page, but this is so awesome that it deserves a blog post...  TONS of great stuff on Pick Your Plum (affiliate link) today to celebrate their 2nd year - AND, you get a 20% off  coupon code HERE on their FB page.- - the code was posted on their page: birthdayplums

Queen Bee Market - Giveaway!!

Have you heard of the Queen Bee Market??  It's like Etsy, in person, and it's awesome.  There was a market set up at SNAP and I was lucky enough to browse and shop, grabbing a few things for myself.  But what about you?!?!

I partnered and some of my blogging friends to give YOU a chance to win some of the hottest items at the Queen Bee Market. And I really mean HOTTEST. Several of these items were sold out before the show was over, and a couple sold out very shortly after it started!
  win 200 of handmade awesome from the queen bee market
One winner will be getting a box filled with all of this!
Be Kind Sign - Evie Ivy Engraved Cutting Board - Alexis Mattox Design Camera Strap - August Blossoms Cupcake liners, straws, and cookie cutter - Bake it Pretty Aqua Bracelet - Hoop-la Crochet Rose - Made by Jewls 3 Bars Handmade Soap - Karol's Handmade Soap White Flower Earrings - Love Stitched Heart Necklace - The r House Couture Moustache Covered Notebook - Ameroonie Designs Leather and Fabric iPad Case - Sage & Harper 3 Lip Balms - Kustom Kissers

The awesomeness of the Queen Bee Market from my view:

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget found below:
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April 27, 2013

Legging from a T Shirt

I've learned that the best way to buy really cool knit fabric is to scour thrift stores for clothing made out of it and then repurpose.  Because I can only seem to find plain knit fabric at my fabric stores.  So it puts me in the mode to always be buying knit items in large sizes at thrift stores...

So even though these pants aren't from a fun print, they're from a tshirt, because I just have in my mind that large tshirts = fabric to use.

I was at goodwill outlet digging through the bins, and I fount the cute green striped shirt for my Kindergartner - then next to it in the pile was an XL men's shirt in a color that exactly matched one of the stripes - I knew it'd be perfect for a matching pair of leggings.  And what'd the outfit cost me, like $0.75 total (you pay by weight at that place).

So I used my Favorite Legging Pattern from Go To Patterns, the Go To Leggings (affiliate link) -   I love that it's so simple and has a good fit - I use it over and over.  This time for the waistband I just used the sleeve from the t shirt - how easy is that?!

And when I cut the pattern out I was sure to use the t shirt hem as the bottom of the leggings so that they would already be hemmed - another check for easiness!

 She loves cozy and bright, so this whole look is perfect. I can't remember how long it took me to make those, but I would guess like 15 minutes - with no hemming or adding elastic at the waist or anything, it really came together quickly.
me: "Can I take a quick picture of you wearing your new outfit"  her "well, I'm eating my snack"  me "that's okay - let's get it in the picture" - - whatever works!!
 Have you discovered the joy of using old tshirts in your sewing projects??  If not, try it!  You'll be hooked!

April 26, 2013

SNAP Recap

What's SNAP?  A super fun blogging conference - in case you're interested, I have a recap for you.  If you're not interested, just skip on over this post - I post a couple times a day, that way if one of the posts doesn't interest you, there's the other one to fall back on.

Head over to the SNAP blog to read tons of recaps from others who were there:
SNAP recap 2013
My Take on Things:

--I love SNAP - - there's just something awesome about being around people who enjoy creating and blogging as much as I do.  You know, when I bring up blogging in real life, and people don't even know what a blog is... --  at SNAP, everyone knows the awesomeness of blogs.

--I am short.  Several people told me so.

--The food was awesome - although I wish we would have gotten some key lime cheesecake dessert with dinner - I'm weak for a dessert that comes with dinner. I love that meals were provided - makes the ticket price for the conference a steal.

--I went with 3 other girls from my area, and that was fun.  Fun to have a safe net of people who I knew to hang around . But I do think I was able to step out and meet new people - I'm still working on that skill though!

--The schedule was jam packed this year - something every minute.  I liked that - having a place to go, event to attend.  I figure that with a ticket, I wanted to get everything out of it, so missing a class wasn't an option - I wanted to get all the info on everything I could.

--I might call you by your blog name - that's how I know you :)   And I wish everyone wore the same clothes for the whole conference, so I can keep track of who you are.  And if you dressed like your headshot you'd get an extra bonus.

--This year there were several classes in the big theater - which was great because you didn't have to worry about getting a seat.  The negative impact was that it was harder to get to know the people around you in that type of seating situation.  When in a class where seating was around a table, I was really able to chat and meet everyone who was grouped at my table.  The one class that my roomies and I took together:

--The sponsors were awesome - tons of great SWAG (random trivia - who knows what SWAG stands for??  I just learned at SNAP!) and interactive booths and more.

--I'll do a recap of the classes and the things I learned in a different post - I'll try to link to those in this post when they're up.  I feel like I didn't learn quite as much this year as I did last year - not because the classes weren't awesome, but because last year I went in as a blank slate and this year I knew a little going in, so not everything was new or life-changing.  Still came out with great info from each class.

--I love Instagram.  So much so, that it was the only social media that I remembered to use on my trip - Instagram rules.

--Pack with extra room - I packed my roller-board inside of my big suitcase on the way there and then came home with them separate - and stuffed!  Like I wore my big shoes and jacket because I had no other place to put them.

--I should have taken more pictures in general.  And I really should have taken pictures with all the people I connected with and met - cause I didn't take any of those!  I never thought to be all "hey, I just met you - and this crazy - but let's take a picture, okay? maybe?"  But here's some fun from the photo booth:

I'll update the following list as posts go live - - thoughts from my SNAP 2013 classes and what I took from them - click the titles to go to those posts below:

--What Trevor learned from SNAP

--What I Wore 2013

--Understanding G+
--Pinterest Power
--Keynote Speaker and Pajama Party

--Keynote - Lisa Leonard
--Advanced Monetization
--Brown Bag with Minwax
--Collaborating with Brands
--Branding for Bloggers
--Queen Bee Market

--Succulents and Terrariums
--How To Make Google Love Your Blog
--Ready Set Create with Lowe's
--Working with Virtual Assistants
--Pattern Drafting
--Keynote and Closing Party

{Contributor Post} Salted Caramel Milkshake

Hi everyone!  Shannah, from Just Us Four, back again this month to share with you a new recipe!

I went out to lunch the other day with a co-worker and had the most amazing milkshake. It was a blend of salted caramel and chocolate...delicious! Of course, I wanted to try and create the milkshake at home so I could enjoy it anytime I wanted. And thus, this chocolate salted caramel milkshake was born. 

April 25, 2013

Painted Frame - Mother's Day Craft - with LIVE video

Yep, I'm at it again - - video crafting!!  I know some of you love it.  Today I'm talking all about the Mother's Day Craft I whipped up - a painted frame.  Using paint from DecoArt that was sent to me for a project:

And my daughter made a Glass Swirl Vase:
Blogger in Training for Take-Your-Child-To-Work-Day:

I {heart} Missouri!!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Missouri Division of Tourism for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I think most of you know I'm from the Kansas City area.  In Missouri - - love it!  Not only is Missouri great to live in, it's also great to visit - really!  We take mini-vacations inside of Missouri all the time.   Missouri will surprise you with it's variety of options and things to do.

We are 4-5 hours away from Branson, which is an awesome vacation destination.  Have you ever been??  There are shows on the strip (think mini Vegas, but more country, and family-friendly) - live music show capital of the world! -  and theme restaurants and of course Silver Dollar City -- LOVE that place!!  My favorite amusement park for sure.  Awesome rides, awesome food (really!!), awesome atmosphere.  If you've never been , put it on your bucket list!  A few pics from our trip last month, where we were able to experience the new one-of-a-kind roller coaster, Outlaw Run (of course, I can't find a picture from that roller coaster, but it's awesome and the world's only wooden coaster that goes upside-down).
We also Vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks - it has more shoreline than the entire coast of California - how abuot that for a fun fact?!  We enjoy water fun the most at the Lake, and skiing is one thing I can do better than Trevor:
We like to vacation to St. Louis as well.  Trevor and I have gone as a getaway before.  Speaking of, did you know that MO has bed & breakfasts, over 100 wineries, and over a dozen casinos, if that's your thing.  We actually got married in St. Louis and enjoy spending some of our anniversaries there:
We have also taken trips to St. Louis with the kids - - they have an awesome zoo, and it's FREE - really!  Along with the Science Center.  

We also took the kids to the Arch - Gateway to the West.  If you haven't been up in the Arch, add that to your bucket list as well.
And of course we enjoy the spoils of Kansas City - - we've been trying to do a BBQ tour, hitting various different BBQ joints.  KC tops lots of the "bests" lists for BBQ.
Kansas City also has the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kalidescope for the kids, Worlds and Oceans of Fun amusement parks, and tons more.  Including Crown Center and the Plaza:
Oh, and Kansas City is know for it's Jazz as well
What would my itinerary be for a 4-day trip to Missouri??  Well, Trevor's sister and her family just visited for Spring Break, and they did everything I would do.  A couple of days in Kansas City - eating out, seeing historical sites and museums, then a couple of days of fun in Branson, soaking in Silver Dollar City and the town itself.  I'd also want to swing up and go to the Arch in St. Louis if I'd never been - how can you not if you're so close!
Planning your itinerary??  I know you want to come - it really is a blast!  You can check out all the Missouri Trip Ideas HERE.
Be sure to like VisitMO on Facebook and follow VisitMO on Twitter .  I know you'll love Missouri like I do!
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April 24, 2013

Showing Off - Reader Feature

Hello everyone!  My name is Jessica, and I blog at Cutesy Crafts where I show off all of the fun things I make for my family and home.  This week I linked up my Rock Garden Markers done in vinyl with free cut files.

I had so much fun looking through all of the great projects at this weeks link party.  Here were my favorites:

This DIY Bubble Fountain from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom is now on my list of things to make.

I am loving this Saucy Pencil Skirt from So Sew Easy.  Modest and a little sassy at the same time.

This blazer from Sew Jereli is ADORABLE!  I think I need to make one.

I'm a sucker for a cute mobile, and I'm loving this airplane one from Cook & Craft Me Crazy.

I also love strawberries!  This Strawberry Cake from Todd & Lindsey is making my mouth water!

These Paper Doily Decoupaged Bottles from Craftiments are so pretty!  I will now be adding paper doilies to my craft store shopping list.

What little girl wouldn't want to wear this Rainbow Outfit from A Jennuine Life?  I love the colors and fabric!

Check out this Thrifted Lamp Upcycle from The Happy House.  It looks so much better than it did before!

What a fun and simple pattern on this Chevron Canvas Tote Bag from Artzy Creations.

This Upcycled Crate Table from Girl in the Garage is so cool!  Must find a crate like that!

Well, that's it.  Thanks for having me Mandy!  Doesn't she have the best link party?! - Jessica