Wednesday, April 23, 2014

5 Tips for Fool-Proof Gardening #GroSomethingGreater #spon


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Earlier this month I shared how I make Gardening a part of my family life and how we Grow Our Family by Gardening together!  Today I am so excited to share a bit more about this and how we are building and growing relationships with more of my family by gardening!  I am also excited to share my 5 Tips for Fool-Proof Gardening with you!
5 Tips for Fool-Proof Gardening | 5 simple tips to help your garden grow #gardening #spon #GroSomethingGreater
Last year we built planter boxes and we love love love them!  We are excited to be able to plant a garden this year with our family and to continue to teach our children and watch them flourish and grow too!  But we also have the opportunity to grow our family relationships in another way this summer.
Raised Planter Boxes #gardening #spon #GroSomethingGreater
We are currently visiting my family and my mom has been wanting to plant a garden as well!  The deer eat anything in her yard, but she has a place on her deck to place planter boxes that the deer could not touch.  So while we are out here visiting, my husband and I are helping them build planter boxes.  They have a great spot that gets lots of light on their deck and we have been brainstorming the best way to make these useful for my mom and dad.



And the best part is that while we are brainstorming ideas, coming up with a supply list and building these boxes, my whole family is working together and bonding with my mom and dad!  My son and daughter are learning how to work, how to serve and are also getting to know their grandma and grandpa better!  And it is also a great opportunity for my husband and my dad to work together too!  
So we are growing our family relationship within our whole family this year through gardening!  
And to help all of our plants grow, I am relying on a few trusted tips we have successfully used over the last few years:

5 Tips for Fool-Proof Gardening | 5 simple tips to help your garden grow #gardening #spon #GroSomethingGreater


5 Tips for Fool-Proof Gardening
Sun
Be sure your plants get the recommended amount of sunlight.  Plants need shade and sun, so check your plant's recommended sunlight needs and plant in the best locations possible.

Spacing
Plants need room to grow!  So don't plant your plants too close together.  Again, you can find the recommended spacing on the plants or seed packets.

Water
Remember to water as much as needed!  We use a timed sprinkler system, but setting up a sprinkler or a drip system will help keep your plants alive even if you aren't home!

Drainage
Be sure there is adequate drainage if planting in a planter box.  This will help ensure that your plants will not be over watered.

Fertilizer
Use a great fertilizer like Miracle-Gro to help your plants thrive.  We have had great success with Miracle-Gro potting soil and with their fertilizer!  We have literally brought flowers back from near-death using Miracle-Gro!  This stuff literally makes gardening fool-proof!
You can share your gardening stories at their Gro Something Greater website!
Now I want to hear from you, please share your BEST gardening tips with me in a comment below!
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$50 GIVEAWAY + Vote For Your Favorite Design from your Favorite Bloggers


Several weeks ago, myself and a few other AMAZING bloggers were contacted by Expressions Vinyl to design a water bottle for them to give out to Snap Attendees at their booth.  Woot woot!  I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to do this and so I jumped at the chance!  

And since the other bloggers also creating these water bottle designs are FABULOUS...

and since we all are friends...

and we are competitive...

and all headed to SNAP Tomorrow!

We decided to have a little competition to see who's water bottle was the favorite!!!
$50 Expressions Vinyl Giveaway + Vote for your Favorite Blogger's Design | #giveaway #vinyl #bloggers

Here's the choices:

Number 1 : Mandy from sugar bee crafts:
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Number 2 : Mckenzie from Girl loves glam

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Number 3: Ashley from Simply Designing




Number 4: Kimbo from a girl and a glue gun
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Enter here to tell us which water bottle is your favorite and to be entered in to win the winning water bottle (AND because Expressions Vinyl loves you) a $50 gift certificate to their store! (that's a whole lotta vinyl!)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Whimsy Wednesday {112}


I'm so excited for this week's Whimsy Wednesday Link Party!!  Do you know that this the BEST link party around!?  (I may be a little biased...but it is really awesome!)  Thanks for stopping by to link up!  You are what makes this party ROCK!  Your inspiration is amazing!!

Remember that all 4 of our hosts LOVE sharing your posts on G+!  So be sure you are on G+ and follow us so that we can tag you if we feature you throughout the week!


We have been busy this past week!  Be sure you don't miss out and follow me on InstagramFacebookGoogle+, Pinterest and of course by Email!

Welcome to this week's edition of Whimsy Wednesdays!


Did you all know that Whimsy Wednesdays is the GOOGLE+ sharing party?  All of us are active on G+ with over 400,000 people having us in their circles combined.  We are looking to share your posts, which means just a bit of interaction for you, but we can't share if you're not there!  So, to make it easier for us to share your content, use the hashtag #WhimsyWednesdays when you share your content on G+.  We'll be searching the hashtag all week to see who's taking part in the party.

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Before we get started, come and check out these AMAZING features from last week!  I've rounded up 16 Spring Home Decor Projects!  You've got to check these out!!

Please subscribe by email to be sure you know when the party gets started!  Sign up here.

Rules:  Please do not link parties or shops.  Everything else is accepted.  Share the love and visit at least 2 other links.  DO NOT link up photos that you have purchased and do not have permission to share.

Please be aware that by sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays, you are giving permission for your projects to be shared on social media and in round up posts, which may be pinned using a scheduling tool for maximum exposure.  The feature will include a link back to you.

Happy Linking!






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Simple Stenciled Mother's Day Treat Jar Gift


I can't believe how quickly Mother's Day is sneaking up on us!  So I took this opportunity to whip up a really quick Handmade Mother's Day Gift using stencil vinyl, fabric paint and a sponge!  This is a great customizable Mother's Day gift as you can fill it up with your mom's favorite treat.  And didn't it just turn out so cute!?

Handmade Mother's Day Gift | a quick and simple gift that is perfect for mother's day!  Simply fill with your mother's favorite treat! Click on the image to learn how to make this!  | #vinyl #mothersday #handmadegift #gift #crafts


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Monday, April 21, 2014

$3,000 Home Depot Sweepstakes #SpringIntoSavings




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Spring is here and in our house, spring means it's time to start new projects!  Particularly fun outdoor projects!  When we moved into our home three and a half years ago, our home needed a lot of outdoor love and over the years we have worked hard, very hard, sprucing up our outdoors!  And today I am so excited to share the opportunity for you to WIN BIG!  Savings.com is hosting a huge Home Depot Sweepstakes ($3,000 in prizes total!) and this is the perfect way to #digin and get your spring project list completed!

Last summer I  had the amazing opportunity to work with +The Home Depot to create a beautiful Flower Tower!  If you don't remember this, you will definitely want to check it out!  It's one of my most popular posts!
Flower Tower
This project and many other projects I have done like Building our Deck and Pergola and Our Secret Garden with Planter Boxes are all projects that you can build using product from The Home Depot!
I also recently added Wood Plank Walls to my kid's bathroom using all products we purchased from The Home Depot too!

Inspiration, ideas and projects you can create are nearly ENDLESS.  And I am thrilled to tell you about the opportunity to DIY your own project this year!  Woot Woot!


GO HERE TO ENTER TO WIN!

Savings.com is giving away (150) $20 Gift Cards to The Home Depot starting today, April 21, 2014, 9:30 am EST - April 23, 2013, 7:00 pm EST!  That's $1,000 a day in giveaways!  Woot woot!  And every day at 7pm, (50) winners will be announced.  
You can enter the sweepstakes once a day so you have multiple chances to win and the opportunity to win up to $60 per person if you won (1) gift card per day!  Winner will be notified via email.
What project is on your Spring To-Do List?

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Spring Flower Treat Bag + Silhouette Sale


It's one of my favorite times of the month!  It's time for another fabulous Silhouette Sale!!  Woot woot!  This month Silhouette is promoting their heat transfer material!  I love love love all of their really fun heat transfer materials!  I have made my kids so many fun holiday shirts, and many other really fun projects using their heat transfer vinyl!  And today I am super excited to show you this really cute Spring Flower Treat Bag!

Spring Flower Treat Bag | the cutest drawstring flower bag, perfect for giving treats this summer | #vinyl #silhouette #summer #crafts #handmadegifts

This drawstring bag wa0s SO simple to create using my Silhouette and some pretty blue flocked heat transfer vinyl!

If you don't have a Silhouette, now is a great time to buy!  They have put a few amazing bundles on sale!

From April 21-30 2014, you can get:

Silhouette CAMEO
1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics
$269.99 (MSRP: $364.96)

or

Silhouette Portrait
1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics
$139.99 (MSRP: $244.96)

If you are already lucky enough to own a Silhouette cutting machine, don't worry, you can still save 30% off of all Heat Transfer material!!  Woot woot!

Silhouette Sale April 2014 - Save on Heat Transfer Vinyl + Bundles!  | www.silhouetteamerica.com/heat-transfer  code: DESIGNING

I have created so many fun projects using heat transfer vinyl, it is actually one of my all-time favorite uses of my Silhouette!  Seriously, 8 times out of 10, if I am cutting with my Silhouette, I am cutting heat transfer vinyl!!

I'm not sure if I should really admit that or not, but I am truly addicted to this stuff!!  I have had a lot of fun creating fun kids Easter Shirts, School Rock's Shirt and this cool Library Tote!  And many many more ideas!

What would you create with heat transfer vinyl?


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

16 Spring Home Decor Projects


Spring is the perfect time to refresh your home, indoors and outdoors and it's the perfect time to get your DIY on!  I have a few fabulous projects planned for this spring and summer that I can't wait to share with you!  And to get the inspiration flowing, here are a few fabulous DIY Home Decor Projects that were all found at Whimsy Wednesday this week that I simply love!

16 Home Decor Projects Perfect for Spring | these are such simple and fun ideas that would spruce up your home for spring perfectly - I especially love the first idea!!  So cool! | #whimsywednesday #spring #diy #crafts

Click the below links to see the original blog post!


Herringbone Plank Wall from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body



Envelope Pillow from Becoming Martha



Indoor Tabletop Garden from One Krieger Chick



Old Deck Wood Laundry Crate from My Love 2 Create


DIY Monogram from Carrie This Home



Flower Centerpiece from Casual Craftlete



Pom Pom Pillow Cover from View from the Fridge



Chalkboard Lettering Tutorial from Poofy Cheeks Blog



Chalkboard Painted Pots from Tiny Sidekick



Sunburst Medallion from The Gathered Home



DIY Floor Pillows from Real Inspired



Tiered Flower Pots from New Mrs. Adventures



Seed Starter Cups from Poofy Cheeks Blog



Flower Tower from Simply Designing



Ruffle Flower Spring Topiary from Simply Designing






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You're a STAR {Gift Idea with Free Printable} #DuckTape #spon

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It's that time of year again.  It's spring time.  And spring time means the end of the school year is approaching, graduation, teacher appreciation, mother's day, father's day and of course, don't forget recitals and end of the year programs!  It is a crazy busy time of year!  And also a time when I often find myself in need of a simple, quick and affordable gift idea!  So I created this really cute Quick and Simple Gift Idea: You're A Star!

Quick and Simple Gift Idea: You're A Star with FREE Printable | perfect quick gift idea for graduation, teacher appreciation, mother's day, father's day, recitals or end of the year programs! | It's really simple to put together and is so cute and customizable too!  | #DuckTape #HandmadeGift #Gift #Printable #spon

And this would be perfect for ANY of the above situations!  Because let's face it, whether your son is performing a solo in the choir concert, your niece is graduating from high school or you simply want to thank an amazing teacher, everyone is a STAR and this is the perfect way to let them know you think the world of them!

Supplies: Quick and Simple Gift Idea: You're A Star with FREE Printable | perfect quick gift idea for graduation, teacher appreciation, mother's day, father's day, recitals or end of the year programs! | It's really simple to put together and is so cute and customizable too!  | #DuckTape #HandmadeGift #Gift #Printable #spon

Here is what you will need:
  • Medium Glass Jar
  • Starburst or Starburst Minis (you can find my unprofessional opinion on these HERE on Instagram) or any other candy
  • Duck Tape®
  • Baker's Twine
Duck Tape® has amazing new styles and colors perfect for spring and I knew this pretty glitter tape would be perfect this project!  But I got creative and created this same design using a variety of Duck Tapes too!
Ok, ready to see how simple this is??
  1. Place candy in jar.
  2. Put a strip of Duck Tape® around the middle of the jar for simple and cute decoration!  (*Or get creative and see below!)
  3. Print out your free You're a STAR printable HERE.
  4. Use baker's twine to attach tag to your jar.
Quick and Simple Gift Idea: You're A Star with FREE Printable | perfect quick gift idea for graduation, teacher appreciation, mother's day, father's day, recitals or end of the year programs! | It's really simple to put together and is so cute and customizable too!  | #DuckTape #HandmadeGift #Gift #Printable #spon

I know...a tutorial was hardly needed it was so simple!  But isn't it so cute!!  I love how I can use the fun new Glitter Duck Tape®'s to add a bit of fun and sparkle to a project!  My kind of project!  Simple, cute and sparkly!

FREE PRINTABLE: Quick and Simple Gift Idea: You're A Star with FREE Printable | perfect quick gift idea for graduation, teacher appreciation, mother's day, father's day, recitals or end of the year programs! | It's really simple to put together and is so cute and customizable too!  | #DuckTape #HandmadeGift #Gift #Printable #spon


Quick and Simple Gift Idea: You're A Star with FREE Printable | perfect quick gift idea for graduation, teacher appreciation, mother's day, father's day, recitals or end of the year programs! | It's really simple to put together and is so cute and customizable too!  | #DuckTape #HandmadeGift #Gift #Printable #spon

 Like I mentioned before, I also got a little more creative and combined a thin silver, thin neon green, thin neon pink and silver glitter Duck Tape® to get a fun and funky 80's inspired gift!!

Quick and Simple Gift Idea: You're A Star with FREE Printable | perfect quick gift idea for graduation, teacher appreciation, mother's day, father's day, recitals or end of the year programs! | It's really simple to put together and is so cute and customizable too!  | #DuckTape #HandmadeGift #Gift #Printable #spon

You will simply cut your Duck Tape® to the desired length and then layer them.  I layered mine first, and then applied the whole thing to the jar.  But, you could also layer them directly onto the jar.  Either way works!

Quick and Simple Gift Idea: You're A Star with FREE Printable | perfect quick gift idea for graduation, teacher appreciation, mother's day, father's day, recitals or end of the year programs! | It's really simple to put together and is so cute and customizable too!  | #DuckTape #HandmadeGift #Gift #Printable #spon

 Isn't this just so fun!?  I love how bright and fun it is! 

There are lots of ways to customize this to make it truly your own!

You can find Duck Tape here!  Oh and be sure to follow Duck Tape® on Pintereston Facebook, and on Twitter!

Who will you give be giving gifts to this spring?

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