Monday, June 25, 2012

Kids Summer Camp at Home - Letter Writing Day


For letter writing day, I picked up a few supplies at the dollar store: decorative printer paper, envelopes & stickers.  We started with a list of friends & cousins that the kids wanted to write to.  Then they got to work.  Claire told me what she wanted to say, I'd write it out & then she'd copy it onto her own paper.  We had a little lesson on where the address, return address & stamp are placed on the envelope & they were good to go.  We may do this again before the summer is over.  :)




I hope some of our letter recipients write us back!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Weekly DIY


Sharing some of my favorite DIY projects found this week via pinterest!


1. Wooden necklace
2. Chevron painting
3.  Painted wood bowl
4.  Printable weekly to do list
5.  Etched mason jars
6.  Painted wood magnets
7.  Maxi skirt tutorial
8.  Cardboard stackers
9.  Embroidered notebook

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kids Summer Camp at Home - Box City


Other than swimming lessons, I don't plan to put my kids in any other classes or camps this summer.  So I'm hoping to fill their summer days with lots of fun & inexpensive activities around the house.  The type of activities that will keep them engaged & off of the computer.  :)

I saw this amazing box city on pinterest & knew my girls would have fun making their own.  So we pulled all of the saved shipping boxes out of the closet & they got to work.  They spent a whole afternoon building it & I helped with the glue gun.  We finished it around bath time & I really had to work hard to pull them away to get ready for bed.  They were so happy with their creation & they just wanted to play!




I think that if my girls were a little bit older they would have spent more time building their city & adding details.  They were just so very excited to get this thing made. 

Thumbs up for this activity.  They are still playing with it a week later! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Paper Bag Skirts


I was asked to make skirts for 4 little girls (my two + two cousins) for my sister-in-law's (Dylan's sister's) wedding this past weekend.  Did you catch all that?  Anyway.  They turned out super darling!


It was a really busy day with a jam packed schedule & because Dylan & I were passing the baby back & forth throughout the day, I totally forgot to take photos until we were tearing down all of the decorations.  These girls had danced so hard!  They were looking a bit worn out at this point!



So I used a tutorial that I had pinned on pinterest a while back.  It's the Paper Bag Skirt pattern from Make it and Love it.  The tutorial was so easy to follow.  I just adjusted the measurements to make the correct sizes for all four girls.  I'm so happy with them.  The great thing is that the sash hides most of your sewing.  So it's a very forgiving pattern.

I love how they turned out & I'm happy that my girls each have a cute new skirt to add to their wardrobes.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hooray For Dads


Happy Father's Day! 

We gave Dylan something that he's been wanting for some time, but they've been hard to find in stores....Hulk hands!  Yep.  We have a fun Dad.  :)

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Styled by Tori Spelling

I am super excited to share a new product line with you today!  Styled by Tori Spelling is a brand new interchangeable jewelry collection.  I was lucky enough to receive a package last month that contained the Boho & Glam collections.  It was like Christmas for me & I couldn't wait to start playing with all the pieces.

It's super easy to combine the individual components to create your own custom jewelry look.  There are necklace tops, necklace bottoms, pendants, bracelet builders, & earring danglers.

I thought that I'd show you a few of my very favorite pieces.  These are the ones that I've been wearing around lately.  And you can see from my photos that they are super easy to assemble.  No tools required & it takes just a few seconds.


I love this long necklace & those knots at the top are super cute.  (Makes me think nautical, which is a trend that I have totally fallen for.)  I wore this necklace on our anniversary date last month.  :)


Aren't these earrings cool!  You just have to slide them onto earring findings of your choice.  Super easy!  I wore these to church a few times.


There are lots of variations of these multi strand bracelets & they are all super cute!  This was the first thing I made & I put it on while I was barbecuing dinner.  :)


While I didn't completely love every piece that I pulled out of the box, I will say that I fell in love with SO many of them, like 75% of the pieces.  They are really pretty & really stylish.  Tori did a great job designing these!  And there is something for everyone, from teenage girls to much more mature women. 

Styled by Tori Spelling is available at Jo-ann & Michaels stores.  Pieces may vary by store. 

Check out the Styled by Tori Spelling facebook page for lots more photos. 

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Darice and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Check it Out: Thirty-One

Have you heard of Thirty-One?  I just found out about it recently when my friend, Brandee, became a consultant & invited me to a home party.


Thirty-One carries lots of really cute storage & organizational containers & bags.  A few months back, I bought the Large Utility Tote, to use for holding packages when I make post office runs.  Wouldn't you know, it's the special for this month!  When you spend $35 you get the Large Utility Tote for only $10!  That's a great deal.

If you'd like to check out the catalog, or place an order, please visit Brandee's site.  When you go to place an order, you can choose my name to have it added to my party, or select any other name if mine is no longer there.  Hope you have fun looking through the catalog!  :)
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