Monday, September 29, 2014

Dollar Tree Anniversary Event


This post is written as part of a sponsored campaign with Dollar Tree and The Blueprint Social. All opinions are my own.

Is anyone else a big fan of Dollar Tree? I sure am! They always have such great items for holidays, parties, kids and more! And how can you beat the $1 price tag? Well, I wanted to share an awesome event happening…the Dollar Tree Anniversary Event! Celebrate Dollar Tree’s anniversary from Sept. 28, 2014 through Oct. 11, 2014 with tons of new Bonus Buys with up to 58% more FREE for each item! Many of your brand-name favorites are available for a limited time in larger sizes, but are STILL only $1 each. From cleaning supplies and home décor, to health and beauty care, snacks, beverages, and so much more, Dollar Tree stores will be packed with super savings.

Bonus Buy School Lunch/Pantry Essentials include:
        24-oz. Bags of Pagasa® Noodles
        12-oz. Boxes of Loretta® Deluxe Shells & Cheese Dinners
        17-oz. Bottles of Louisiana Supreme Teriyaki or Worcestershire Sauce
        16-oz. Packs of Lil’ Dutch Maid® Cookies
        35-oz. Bottles of Vine Ripe® Ketchup
        3-ct. Packs of Snack Containers
        Boxes of Hefty® Gallon-Size Zipper Bags
        56-oz. Bottles of Sunny D®
        4-oz. Boxes of Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish®
        8-ct. Packs of Snyder’s® Mini Pretzels


Bonus Buy Sweets & Treats include:
        11.25-oz. Cans of Star Snacks™ Peanuts
        14-oz. Packs of Marie Callender’s® Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
        6-ct. Packs of Stars & Stripes Soda Cans
        10-oz. Bags of Brims® Butter Popcorn
        7-oz. Containers of Circus Peanuts
        Bonus-sized Bags of Smarties® Candy

I am personally excited for the Bonus Buy pantry essentials! I always need supplies for school lunches so this will be the perfect opportunity to fill my pantry with lunch items and snack containers. It is amazing how quickly I can use up lunch items. Three little boys sure require a lot of food, and it can get really pricey! I am excited that Dollar Tree will be offering these Bonus Buys so that I can be prepared and have plenty of options every day to pack lunches.


Shop in stores and online for these two weeks from September 28, 2014 through October 11, 2014 but remember — quantities are limited, so hurry in today to stock up on these incredible deals! Happy Shopping!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

share awesome



There are so many special moments in our lives and especially in our children's lives. It is important to me that I capture what is going on with my kids and all the special milestones and accomplishments they reach. There are positive moments in each day and I try to focus on and capture those so I can remember all the fun things we have done together and enjoyed. Sometimes it just comes down to capturing the simple laughter and smiles of my sweet boys interacting with one another.  



It is also important for me to share those moments with family members since we live away from all of our extended family. When I share photos, I also want to make sure that I decide carefully what I will share where and how. I have some social media accounts that I have really locked down on privacy so I can feel safe sharing more personal photos. I have also tried to teach my boys about how the internet is an amazing tool and can offer so many insights and learning experiences, but that it is also a vast tool where care needs to be taken to keep ourselves safe.

Today’s families use digital technology in every aspect of life – from learning and socializing, to gaming and shopping! Broad access and use of technology is awesome – and opens so many new opportunities for so many students. But like any aspect of life, there are things you need to know to make positive, safe decisions. National PTA has partnered with LifeLock to share awesome ways families can create an open, evolving conversation about positive, safe decisions when using digital tools. It’s all part of having a happy, healthy lifestyle. For you, your family, your friends, and the whole world – everyone benefits when you #ShareAwesome! The #ShareAwesome campaign seeks to build an understanding among parents and students that no matter the device, the app or the networking site – the skills we need to be safe and positive online are similar to what you need offline.

Snap a photo of an awesome moment in your day and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #ShareAwesome hashtag!
Students who enter the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will have a chance to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

how to cover a book {tutorial}




This summer I was again asked to be the crafts counselor for our church's girls camp. Crafting is my favorite part of camp, so of course I said yes! We wanted to give each girl a small book of scriptures so we could all read together before bed at night, so each girl got to cover a mini Book of Mormon for one of our crafting activities. It took a little preparation on my part, but it was a hit with the girls and the leaders. Here's my tutorial for how to create a fun covered book, complete with a beaded bookmark. These instructions can be used to cover any book or notebook.

How to Cover a Book

The best material to use to cover books is book cloth, which has a special backing that protects it from the glue seeping through and ruining the fabric. You can find it at places like Paper Source and online, but I found that it is expensive and rather plain--mostly solid colors and not many prints. To save money and give the girls more options, I chose to only use real book cloth on the spine and make my own book cloth from fabric, iron-on adhesive, and tissue paper for the covers, as I learned in this tutorial by the talented Amber of Damask Love. If you want to make your own book cloth, be sure to get the iron-on adhesive and tissue paper listed under Supplies.

Supplies:

Chipboard (find it at craft stores, art supply stores, or online)
Book cloth or Fabric (we tried a decorator’s weight fabric and a quilting cotton and both worked great)
Coordinating fabric or book cloth for spine
Heat ‘n Bond Ultrahold iron-on adhesive
White tissue paper
PVA glue (bookbinding glue–find it at Paper Source or other online retailers)
Foam brush
Narrow ribbon for bookmark
Metal charms for bookmark (optional–find these in the jewelry aisle at craft stores)
Metal embellishments for cover (optional–ours are by Tim Holtz)
Needle and coordinating thread
Scissors, Exacto knife, rotary cutter and cutting mat


First, measure your book. You'll need the height, width, and depth. Now it's time to make your book cloth if you choose to create your own.

How to Make Book Cloth

Using your cover measurements, cut two pieces of fabric twice the size of your covers. Iron them if needed. Next, cut a piece of Heat 'n Bond adhesive about the same size and iron onto the back of your fabric pieces, paper-side up, according to the manufacturer's directions. Peel off the paper backing. Iron the tissue paper onto the adhesive--it only takes 1-2 seconds to bond it. Voila! You have made book cloth!

Covers

Use your Exacto knife to cut two pieces of chipboard that are 1/2" longer than the height and 1/4" shorter than the width of your book measurements. 

Cut two pieces of your book cloth 3" longer and 3" wider than your chipboard pieces. Use a rotary cutter and ruler for the most precise cut. 



Bookmark & Spine

Cut a piece of narrow ribbon 3" longer than the length of the spine. If you want to add charms, thread them on the ribbon and tie a knot at the end to hold them on. We used two ribbons for our books.


Using a little PVA glue, attach the top end of the ribbon to the top of the spine, about 1.5" down. Then tuck the ribbon inside the book so it will be out of your way while you finish the covers. 

 

Cut a piece of book cloth the same height of your spine and twice the width. Spread a thin layer of PVA glue on the book cloth with a foam brush. Center it on the spine and fold it around the cover of the book, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles.



Chipboard Covers

If you want to embellish your front cover with a metal accent, follow these directions first. Center a piece of cover chipboard on the back of a piece of your book cloth. Fold each side over to crease it.


Remove the chipboard and, using the needle and thread, sew the metal embellishment to the front of the book cloth. You could also try hot glue, but I wasn't sure it would be a strong enough hold, and I wanted our books to look more professional.





Next spread PVA glue on the cover chipboard and center it on the back of the book cloth using your fold marks as a guide.



 

Trim the corners of book cloth with scissors in a rounded motion, being careful to leave about 1/8" of fabric at the corner. Otherwise your chipboard will show on the finished covers.



Spread PVA glue on each flap and fold over chipboard, smoothing out any wrinkles. 
 

Repeat for back cover.


Now it's time to attach the covers to your book. Each cover will hang over your book about 1/4" on three sides. This will allow a little of your spine to show. Spread a little PVA glue on the back of the covers, avoiding getting glue on the 1/4" of the three overhanging sides. Press and hold in place until it sticks. And you're done!





Our girls had so much fun making these covered books at girls camp this year. Here are a few more covered book tutorials you might like.  And if you're looking for craft camp ideas, check out my other camp crafts for more inspiration!

Japanese bookbinding tutorial {how to make a book from scratch}


Make Your Own Notepads {from scratch paper and card stock}


LDS girls camp craft
Duct Tape Notebooks {and pens!}




*This tutorial was originally published at Skip To My Lou on July 23, 2014 as a part of their Summer Craft Camp series.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Crock-Pot® Cuisine provides ingredients for a full life

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#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between my blog and Crock-Pot® Cuisine. This could include Crock-Pot® Cuisine providing me with content, product, access or other forms of payment.

Today was the first day back to school for my boys! Now begins the busy life. School events, homework, activities, scouts, sports and more! I feel like we are always on the go and I know you probably feel a lot of the same things. One of my biggest challenges is getting dinner on the table for my family so we can have some time together. I love my Crock-Pot®. It is honestly one of my best friends during the school year. Any day that I can get dinner prepped and cooking before the craziness begins is a good day for me.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LEGO JUNIORS

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I have got three serious LEGO lovers at my house. I loved playing with LEGOS as a kid too and I am happy to see my kids experience the same fun. I think LEGOS are great and offer fun construction play that inspires children to make things at an early age to help build self-confidence and creative thinking skills. Sometimes my older boys get upset at their younger brother for trying to mess with their LEGOS or break what they have built. It is hard because my 4 year old just wants to play, but sometimes in trying to build he actually ends up messing up the older boys' creations.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

naturebox snacks for back to school {special offer!}

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Are you all back to school yet? We have a couple more weeks before we begin but I am already stocking up on everything I need for school lunches and snacks. One of the biggest jobs of back to school is getting back into the routine of making lunches. It is always a challenge of finding healthy options that are also quick and convenient. Life is busy, so I got to make it easy on myself! I want my kids to be able to have variety and not get bored of snacks and lunches.

I recently tried NatureBox and was really happy with it. NatureBox delivers a world of carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door. Talk about convenience!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

swiffer big green box

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Anyone else have a hard time keeping up with your house cleaning? I know I do! I love a clean house, so that's not the issue. The issue is finding the time to get everything cleaned up and keeping it clean with 3 boys in the house (4 if you count the husband)! It's just a reality of having kids, they are messy! I try to deep clean as often as I can, but often times there is just time for a quick clean up.

Enter my friends at Swiffer. Have you seen their big green box commercials? I love them. I love seeing people get those boxes and get so excited about some simple tools to clean their homes. I am a big fan of Swiffer products. And lucky for me...I recently got my own big green box!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Gummy VItamins in Disney and Marvel Shapes {NatureSmart}

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This post was sponsored by NBTY through their partnership with Circle of Moms by POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by Circle of Moms by POPSUGAR to write a post about NatureSmart Vitamins, all opinions are my own.

With three boys in my house life can get pretty hectic, especially in summer. We are often out having fun at the beach or pool and playing for long hours each day! Sometimes I am too exhausted to cook dinner on those nights, or we are rushing off to another activity so we grab takeout or I whip up something really quick. I always try to include some fruits and veggies but let’s be honest, sometimes it is just hard to ensure my kids are getting all the vitamins they need. My doctor has recommended giving vitamins to my boys and then when they are picky about certain foods I can still feel good that they are getting what they need.

Vitamins can be kind of yucky tasting though and it can be hard to get your kids to eat them! My boys love Disney and Marvel so when I saw Gummy Vitamins in Disney and Marvel shapes, I was super excited to try them out!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Q's race to the top game {emotional intelligence}

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EQtainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #Qsracetothetop http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

One of my family's favorite things to do is play games together! We love it and I love that it really bonds and we have so many great laughs and fun times when we play. I got to try out a really fun game recently called Q's Race to the Top and I am excited to introduce you to this great game company.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

muppets party hats {tutorial}

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This post is written as part of a sponsored campaign with The Blueprint Social and Disney.


 
My boys love the Muppets and have anxiously been awaiting the release of the Muppets Most Wanted movie. I decided it would be fun to throw a little movie party and have the kids help make some crafts to celebrate!

These party hats were really easy to make and the kids love them! You just need to get some party hats, construction paper and embellishments.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

starburst sorbet bars {and a giveaway!}

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It is summer and what is one of the best parts about summer?! The BBQs! We always love having BBQs in the summer and spending our evenings with friends. It is fun to cook outside and enjoy the lovely weather. I am always on the lookout for refreshing treats to serve up to my guests that both kids and adults will enjoy and that are also easy! I heard about these new STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bars and I had to try them out!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Montagne Jeunesse Renew You Sleep Spa Masks {giveaway}

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Does anyone else feel like your skin takes a real beating in summer? I sure do. I try to take good care of my skin by washing every morning and night and staying well hydrated. That can get even harder in the summer months because it is really hot and I am on the go so much. I also feel like with all the sweat and sun and applying so much sunscreen all day can really take a toll on my poor skin.

I had the opportunity to try out Montagne Jeunesse Renew You Sleep Spa Mask which is a 100% natural bamboo mask. I was really excited to try the sleep mask because face masks offer a deep-down action that helps nourish, cleanse, remove impurities, keep skin healthy and vibrant as well as adds essential nutrients to your skin. I really need that!! I tried the fruit enzyme mask which let me tell you...smells amazing! Depending on the mask you choose to use, it can help to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores so toning, hydrating and protecting products work more effectively.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Extraordinary Kid {make your own video!}

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In a few weeks I am going to have a 10 year old! I cannot believe my oldest will be in the double digits. That makes me feel pretty old, but at the same time I am so happy with how much he has learned and grown over the years. It is something extraordinary to watch your kids develop and mature and see who they become.


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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

easy & delicious sugar cookie bars {recipe}

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I've been waiting for an event to make these amazing sugar cookie bars for so I could post the recipe since I cannot be trusted with a whole pan of these in my house! My darling niece was baptized this weekend, so I offered to bring a dessert. This dessert. The easiest, most delicious sugar cookie dessert ever. Without all the rolling, cutting, frosting that make regular sugar cookies an ordeal. My mom's to-die-for sugar cookie bars.


After mixing a few ingredients together, you simply spread the dough out in a jelly roll pan and bake them. Then frost the entire pan and cut into squares. How much easier does it get? I added little sour cherry balls to this batch, but they are just as pretty alone with soft pink frosting.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

slimfast to swimsuit season

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Slimfast, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #14daystoslim http://mydisclosur.es/OBsstV

Are you all ready for Summer? I am! I am excited to get out to the beach and have some lazy sun-filled summer days. You just cannot beat Summer in the PNW. It is gorgeous and the weather is perfect. Which means I will be spending a lot of time in my swimsuit. My swimsuit and I are not really the best of friends. I mean, I love it because it means it is time to go to the beach and lounge in the sun, but squeezing myself into it and checking myself out in the mirror is not so fun.

With only about a month or two until I am wearing my swimsuit almost full time, I decided to gear myself up. Enter Slimfast.

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