October 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Advent Calendar & WIN a Cricut Explore!

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I'm not really sure how it's already the holiday season...but it's all of a sudden just...here! It happened oh so F A S T!! So, that means...it's time to put your crafty pants on & make some awesome new holiday decor!



This month, I am back to show you what I whipped up for the Cricut Design Star Challenge! This machine has seriously changed the way I craft. It's pretty much amazing. Just like last month, my team is making some pretty crafty little things with their machines too (so make sure to head over & check theirs out too!). Later in the post, you'll have a chance to WIN YOUR VERY OWN CRICUT EXPLORE!!! Shut the front door. You want need one of these bad boys, trust me.


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You know how I looooove me some Bucket Lists. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. The whole she-bang. This time I decided to make my bucket list for Thanksgiving/Fall into one cute advent calendar! It makes it so much more fun for me to pull out a new "to-do" from each day.


advent calendar
It was SO EASY to just head to Cricut.com and design some little cards to print out. I also made the numbers & pockets with the Explore too. Cricut's Design Space is seriously so easy to use. That's one of my favorite things - ease of use. Because if it's not pretty simple to use, I'm out. ;)


advent calendar


The little pockets hold cards that have different activities or things to do on each day. I can't wait to see Davis pull out each card & get excited as we check off each thing.

cricut design star advent calendar

Some examples of what I wrote on each card: 

PLAY IN THE LEAVES // TAKE COOKIES TO A NEIGHBOR // WRITE DOWN 5 THINGS WE ARE THANKFUL FOR // MAKE A THANKSGIVING-THEMED CRAFT // MAKE HOT APPLE CIDER // DO 5 NICE THINGS FOR OUR NEIGHBORS // SEND A LETTER TO SOMEONE // GO ON A DRIVE TO SEE THE CHANGING LEAVES // etc....

Add whatever is on YOUR HOLIDAY BUCKET LIST!

They are all just simple things that will really get us in the mood for this wonderful season ahead. I think it's even better than getting a piece of candy each day! Even though Davis might not think so... ;) 

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advent calendar

advent calendar


advent calendar

Cricut also has a FABULOUS new feature called Print then Cut! I am now officially obsessed with the Print then Cut feature! You guys. They have over 50,000 (yes 50, 000!!!!) images that you can choose from! You just choose your image, then hit GO! I want to make so many things now!


Now for the giveaway....enter below and you too can whip up some super-fantastical things!!! Good luck, peeps!! :)

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September 15, 2014

DIY FELT BANNER


cricut design star

cricut design star

When I got asked to be a part of Cricut's Design Space Challenge, I was absolutely thrilled! You KNOW I love to get my craft on!! Every month, a group of super amazing bloggers are given a theme, and asked to design something with their Cricut Explore machines! One design is chosen to win each month (and YOU GUYS get to vote on your faves!). How fun is that?? I'm in Group #16 with some pretty talented girls -- you can check out their projects at the end of my post (the competition is stiff, I tell ya)! :)


I didn't have a chance to participate last month, so this will be my first official month of joining in. 

The theme this month was Celebrations. I am hosting a little "Girls Night Craft Party" with some of my friends next week, and I thought this would be a fun project for all of us to do. We are all going to make our own FELT SIGNS. Each one with a different saying!

I wanted to test it out before the party next week, so I quickly got to work designing my first one. This is the one I made, and I kind of (ok..totally) love it! You can really put any phrase you wanted to on it.



Once you have the supplies, you are golden.

I had most of these on hand already. The easier, the better I say.

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WHAT YOU NEED

> Felt (any color)
> Wooden Dowels 
> Hot Glue Gun 
> Fringe or PomPoms (optional)
> Cricut Explore
> Super Stick Mat 


DIRECTIONS

1. Open Cricut's Design Space, go to "open new project", and "add text." Then, simply type out the phrase of your choosing (ie "Celebrate Life"). Play with the sizing, font, etc.. until you get the design you want. 
You can seriously do SO MUCH in that place! 

2. Stick your felt onto the SUPER STICK MAT. I cannot stress this enough - get a Super Stick Mat for Felt. Press and hold that felt on there until it will not budge (you will thank me later)! I found that the bigger the letters you are cutting, the easier it is. 
Hit the "Go" (Cricut symbol), line up your mat & press the Cut/Cricut symbol on your machine. 

cricut design star


3. Once the letters are cut, peel them off the mat and arrange them how you want on your large piece of felt. You can shape the banner into any size/shape you want. I just chose a simple square frame. 


4. Get out that hot glue gun, and glue your little heart out until all of the letters are stuck on there good! 

cricut design star

5. Wrap the felt at the top of your project around the dowel, and hot glue it shut. Tie some string at the top, add pompoms or tassels or whaetever you want to make it yours! And voila! DONE!


cricut design star



cricut design star

cricut design star


I hung mine up right in my entrway...and I love that little reminder to me every time I walk past it!

So what do you think? This is just the beginning! Get ready for even more beautiful projects coming up in the next few months!!



Now head on over to my other team members sites, and check out their fantastic projects!! I mean...they're kind of genius, right!? Can you believe it was all done with a Cricut!!?




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July 21, 2014

Family Pics

If you are already sick of seeing these pictures on my Instagram, click away now. Cause I'm about to blow up my blog with even more of our family pictures.

Cause, people. I. AM. OBSESSED. No really, I can't stop looking at them!!

Our friend, Michelle Cluff, took these for us...and oh man...she did SUCH a good job!!!!
If you EVER need a photographer in UT, she is your girl!!
She also did Henley's Newborn pics (which I was obsessed with too). 

There is just something about my little family RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT that makes me so happy. We are in such a good place, and I so wanted to remember this exact time in our lives. Plus, these are our first pictures as a family of FOUR, which is so crazy to me!!

I will cherish these pics forever and ever.











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June 24, 2014

All Things Pineapple

I'm not only OB-sessed with eating pineapples right now, I'm totally obsessed with anything and everything pineapple! It's might be a disease, actually. Pineappleacidosis? Yup. I've got a major case of it.

So, behold...my current fave PINEAPPLE PICKS...straight from the grove to you.

pineapple
Yup, I've already bought those shorts for Henley. They're from my friends shop, This Freckled Girl...and are currently on GroopDealz for just $22! I mean...score!




Tell me, are you as in love with all things pineapple right now as I am?

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June 16, 2014

30 Cool Things About Turning 30

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I remember back in elementary school, my favorite teacher EVER happened to be 30. She had red hair, a fun job, dressed super cute and I thought she was just so cool. I thought, man when I'm 30...I'm gonna be cool just like her. 

Well, today is my 30th Birthday!!!!!!! So, the big question is - do I feel COOL, now??

turning 30


Maybe I just really loved that teacher, but I just don't know if I feel all that "cool." Maybe more like when I was 19-24, I did. Back then, I KNEW I was just so dang awesome. Now, it's a different kind of cool. I'm cool in the sense that I cut Davis' sandwiches into dinosaur shapes. I'm cool in the way that sometimes I get to buy makeup from a department store. Cool in the sense that I make homemade chocolate chip cookies for my neighbors & they love me for it.

turning 30

turning 30
Cool just doesn't have the same meaning to me as it used to. And I'm totally ok with that.
I've learned to embrace a different kind of coolness.

30 COOL THINGS ABOUT BEING 30!

1. Being able to afford nice furniture, instead of hand-me-downs.
2. Being a Mom is actually really awesome.
3. You're suddenly very comfortable with who you've become.
4. Finding your happy place.
5. Not dwelling on the stupid stuff.
6. Loving watching your kids accomplish things.
7. Owning the sexy that comes with knowing who you are. (Yes, the sexy. We all have it.)
8. Being content to just stay home on a Saturday night.
9. And being totally fine with going to bed at a reasonable hour.
10. Loving your parents even more, because they watch your kids for you.
11. Having 5 really good friends, instead of 30 sort-of good friends.
12. Having WAY more confidence than you ever did in my 20's.
13. Owning things, instead of renting them.
14. Finding your style.
15. Finding your VOICE.
16. Not taking crap from anybody like you did in your 20's.
17. You really find out what you're passionate about.
18. You really find out what you hate in life. And learn to avoid it, instead of just sucking it up.
19. Change isn't such a bad thing anymore.
20. Realizing how hard your parents worked to keep you alive, and actually appreciating them.
21. You don't have time for drama anymore.
22. And the drama you do have, is small stuff like being late for preschool dropoff.
23. You realize that no, you're not going to live forever. So you seize the hell out of each day.
24. You like feeling more grounded.
25. You've learned to treat your body better.
26. Actually liking exercise.
27. Because your body doesn't stay young forever either.
28. You've finally found a place to rest & be happy.
29. You can have your cake AND eat it too.
30. You're not dating anymore. Phew.


turning 30

Those are the things that are cooler to me than anything. Maybe it's not exactly what I thought it would be at 30...but it might be just a little bit better than I even imagined.

30 cheers to being 30, my friends!! It's gonna be a great year!!!

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