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2.04.2016

Send Adorable Valentines With Minted

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With Valentine's Day on a Sunday this year, you still have time for classroom exchanges and parties to order adorable valentines from Minted with special promo codes...
  • Promo 1: Enjoy 15% off Valentine's Day Photo Cards and postcards with code SENDLOVE (valid through Friday, February 5)
  • Promo 2: Enjoy FREE priority shipping on all stationery gift & art gift orders $75+ with code SHIPGIFTS (ends today, Thursday February 4, 11:59 pm PT)
  • Promo 3: Enjoy FREE 3-day shipping on classroom valentine card orders $35+ with code SHIP35 (ends today, Thursday February 4, 11:59 pm PT)
The hardest part is which ones to choose...there are so many adorable ones with a number of options, from shapes, foil and scalloped edges plus coordinating stickers! Here are a few of my favorites...


I love the gold foil option for Shiny Love...and did you know all valentines have the tic-tac-toe backer option? Attach them to glassine favor bags filled with candy and they are a perfectly sweet idea.

2.03.2016

Pie Box Valentine's Day Labels

Remember last fall, my love for A La Modo's pie slice boxes for Thanksgiving? Well, it has come back for Valentine's Day.  Because nothing says love like pie....at least in my world.  I love pie.  I live nearly several pie spots that I have to resist the urge to eat several slices on a daily basis. Plus, there are enough heart-shaped cookies, cakes and cupcakes out there...

Download my free Valentine's Day labels for A La Modo pie slice boxes

Anyways...since conversation hearts are the epitome of Valentine's Day, I created 8 different colors of labels sized to fit A La Modo's lidded boxes.  You can get your cutie pie on and send a slice or two to a special teacher, co-worker or a single friend who doesn't need to eat a whole one because he or she is sad about being alone on Valentine's Day.  Yes, I said that.


Be sure and head over and order a few of her fabulous slice boxes...they are great for cake slices too!


FREE CUTIE PIE LABELS– Download link: (click the link below to download the high-res pdf. ENJOY!)

Cutie pie labels link




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2.02.2016

Tuesday Tutorial - Upcycled Diet Coke Bottle Flower Vases

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No two people are alike, and with the release of Coca-Cola’s uniquely designed Diet Coke bottles, neither is your Diet Coke. Millions of designs will be released and no two bottles are the same!

Turn your uniquely designed Diet Coke bottles into paper flower vases

I was so excited for the chance to get these bottles last fall before they went on the market. I’m a sucker for fabulous packaging and it always hurts my soul not to keep every pretty bottle and box I come across…I have too much stuff as it is. But these bottles are definite keepers; available for only a limited time, these unique and colorful designs won’t be coming around again.

Upcycled Diet Coke Bottle Flower Vases

After you finish drinking, keep them around by turning the bottles into flower vases. I thought it would be fun to use them to decorate for a just-because get-together. No fussiness here, just a few sweet nibbles, glasses of Diet Coke, of course, and vases hanging over, filled with white paper flowers and greenery.


You know I love my reusable partyware, and paper flowers are always ready to go. You can freehand the blooms and leaves yourself or if you are like me, not the best free hand skills, use the template I used found here.

2.01.2016

Be Inspired By: Pretty In Pink Unicrown


Love is in the air...there is so much pink Valentine's Day stuff out, that I am almost over it...almost, not yet. Because this week, I am seriously party palette inspired by this absolutely adorable, I-could- eat-you-up prettiness that is Splendere's Pretty In Pink Unicrown.

Is it because I only have boys and have to wait many years for a granddaughter to get this for? Or is it the pretty pink felt flowers and gold leaves? Or the fact that it is a unicrown, people!

Check out more color palettes to inspire your party planning and follow my Be Inspired By Pinterest board to keep up with them!




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1.29.2016

A Great Smartphone Plan For Teenagers

I have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias 

My name is Dawn and I am the mother of a 14 year old high school freshman.  He is a child of the digital age, however, he has not been allowed to make the smartphone jump...everyone he knows has a ‘real’ phone and he has a pay-as-you-go no-data phone that keeps disintegrating.


With his increasingly busy schedule of after school activities, he needs a more dependable phone to keep us in contact. But I am a cautious mom, after all, between the 'evils' of teens with smartphones, and not being ready to commit to 2 years of leasing, extra line, data, and everything that goes into it, he might as well have a cup on a string.


So when the opportunity came along to check out the newly launched Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan, I was game. It would help dad and I let go a little bit and let him take the next step in independance and see how he would do with a better quality phone and a data plan.



With unlimited talk, text and data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE plus a free movie on VUDU every month for $49.88, the boy is thrilled that his new Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime looks and functions just like ours.  Not a bad start to a little more freedom....


He really loves the front-facing camera aspect, something he didn't have with his last phone...you know kids love the selfie.  But it isn't all just fun and games...from working on his website design assignment to online research, it is a great support to his laptop; he keeps his assignment open and does searches on his phone.

We love the idea of getting a free movie once a month as part of the plan; it will definately come in handy for watching on their tablets on road trips.


Disclaimer: Prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please click here or refer to your local Walmart for current pricing.

I feel a little bit better about my teenager with a smartphone...are you a parent thinking about launching your child into the smartphone world?  We would love to hear your thoughts on the matter...

I have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias 




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1.27.2016

Candy Box Cassette Tape Valentines

I grew up in the 80's. That was the best/worst time in music, food and fashion...I can attest to rockin' some very questionable ensembles, but at the time, I knew I was hot.  I still remember when I got my first Walkman...oh yes, slipping in a cassette and taking your music on the go? Foam covered adjustable headsets?

Turn candy boxes into cassette tape valentines with my free download

The fact that some of you probably had to Google 'Walkman' really hurts but that's ok because I'm kickin' it old school with a free cassette tape download for making cute classroom valentines from candy boxes. I'm so sad this year; with the little one now in middle school, no more classroom valentines.  So, I am living vicariously through all of you!

Turn candy boxes into cassette tape valentines with my free download

This freebie is sized for the .9 oz candy boxes, so be sure and double-check before you buy! To assemble, just click here to download, either on cardstock and adhere to the boxes with dry adhesive or print on a sheet of 8 ½" x 11" printable sticker paper (I use this one) and adhere to the boxes.

Turn candy boxes into cassette tape valentines with my free download

FREE CASSETTE TAPE PRINTABLE– Download link: (click the link below to download the high-res pdf. ENJOY!)

Cassette tape link

Need more classroom valentine ideas?

Color Of Love tags
Candy cane hearts + My Sweet Valentine tags
non-candy valentines




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1.26.2016

Tuesday Tip - Ultimate Valentine's Day Round-Up

Valentine's Day is around the corner and the Social Fabric Community, that I am a part of, has put together the Ultimate Valentine's Day Round-Up to help you prepare for the season of love.

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From tutorials and crafts to parties and delicious recipes, there are over 130 ideas, so there is something for everyone! Be sure and click through and check out a few...or all.

Craft/DIY/Tutorial
Friendly Valentine Candy Jar - Creative Ramblings
Valentine Felt Envelopes - Good Morning Loretta
Valentine's Day Candy Filled Mason Jar - Savvy Saving Couple 
Valentine's Day Love Bug Craft - Maryland Momma's Rambles
Last-Minute Quick, Cute Cut-Out Cards - Our Daily Craft
DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars - Thriftanista in the City 
Valentine Memo Chalkboard - Southern Couture 
Valentine's Day Chalkboard Decoration - Pretty in Pigment 
Flower Vase Craft - Polka Dotted Blue Jay 
No-Sew Ribbon Embellished Cocktail Napkins - Atta Girl Says 
Macaroni Art Lace Hearts - ABCs and Garden Peas 
Cupid's Arrow Valentine's Day Favors - Home. Made. Interest.
Hand Lettered Valentine Notecards - One Artsy Mama 
Instagram Magnetic Bookmarks - Happy Go Lucky Blog 
Birdseed Heart Valentines - Made with Happy 
Valentine's Day Burlap Wreath - The Farm Girl Gabs 
Cute Flower Valentines for Kids - Love, Jaime 
DIY Valentine Flower Corsage - Suburban Wife, City Life 
DIY Valentine's Snowglobes - Woods of Bell Trees 
Valentine Envelop Chair Backers - 2Paws Designs
Reversible Valentine's Day/St. Patrick's Day Banner - Fearlessly Creative Mammas 


Mini Bubblegum Machine Valentines - Bubbly Nature Creations 
DIY Button Heart Picture Collage - Our Piece of Earth
Kids' Valentine's Day Gift with FREE Printable - A Cowboy's Life 
Easy Mesh and Ribbon Valentine's Day Wreath - My Pinterventures 
Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub Recipe - Sunny Sweet Days 
Valentine's Day Verse on Burlap - Life with Captain Fussybuckets 
12 Days of Romance Scavenger Hunt - The Mama Zone
Candy Kiss Ring - So TIPical Me 
Valentine's Day Hand Print Craft - As Cute as a Bug's Ear 
How to Make a Valentine's Day Ribbon Banner - Aprons and Stilletos 
Date Night with a Romantic Treasure Hunt - The TipToe Fairy 
Chalkboard Gift Box - Organized Island 
Easy Valentines Felt Pillow Cover - Creative Southern Home 
Polar Fleece Ruffle Heart Wreath - Joy's Life
Making A Valentine's Day Rag Wreath with Fabric Scraps - Third Stop on the Right 
Washi Tape Bubble Valentines - Moneywise Moms
Homemade Candles in 5 Easy Steps - Lemon Peony 
DIY Felt Ornaments for Valentine's Day - 3 Little Greenwoods 
Butterfly Valentine's Day Craft - Sarah in the Suburbs 
Epsom Salt DIY Valentine Candles - A Day in the Motherhood 
I "DOVE" You Printable with Candy - Newlywed Survival 
Rainbow Heart PomPom Garland - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Wishes
Valentine's Day Printed Burlap Subway - Occasionally Crafty 
Pom Pom Cupcakes Valentine Craft - Cute as a Fox 
Valentine's Wooden Door Hanger - We Got the Funk 
Hearts Aplenty: Valentine's Day DIY Decor - Woman in Real Life 
Love Letters Simple Valentine's Day Craft - Craving Some Creativity 
Valentine's Day Coffee Cup Sleeve - Craving Cynchronicity 
How to Make a Great Loves Print - My Sweet Sanity 
Cross Stitch Heart Pillow - Cutesy Crafts
Free Valentine's Day Cards Kids Can Make - Happy and Blessed Home 

Recipe
Valentine Cupcakes - Home Maid Simple 
Valentine's Day Cakes - Charleston Crafted 
Red Velvet Pudding Cups - Mostly Homemade Mom 
Blood Orange Panna Cotta - Mooshu Jenne 
Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts - Drugstore Divas
Cranberry Bliss Bars - Swanky Recipes 
Valentine Rice Crispy Treats - Midwestern Moms 
Chocolate Valentine Sandies - Cindy's Recipes and Writings
M&M’s® Red Velvet Brownies - Julie is Coco and Cocoa 
Nutella Filled Conversation Hearts - A Million Moments 
Conversation Hearts Martini - JVKOM Chronicles 
Valentine's Day S'mores Dip - Our Mini Family 
M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies - The NYC Talon 
Valentine's Day Cheesecake Brownies - West of the Loop 
Red Velvet Cheesecakes - Houseful of Nicholes
Chocolate Kiss Valentine's Day Cookies - Moscato Mom
Chocolate and Candy Valentine Popcorn - Made by a Princess 
Easy Valentine's Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies - Janine Huldie 
Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe - Scrappy Geek
Coeur a la Creme with Raspberry Sauce - Graceful Order
Love Dipped Wafers - Sparkles to Sprinkles
Valentine's Day Bento Lunch - Diana Rambles 
"Blackened" Seafood Medley for a Low-Calorie Valentine's Dinner - Broken TeePee 


Sweet Salty Fudge - Foody Schmoody Blog 
Valentine's Day Covered Pretzels - Texas Type A Mom 
Valentine's Popcorn - Mommy's Bundle 
The Easiest Valentine's Day Fudge Recipe - Young at Heart Mommy
Valentine's Day Butter Cookies - Ilona's Passion
Valentine's Day Blondies - Saving You Dinero 
Super Healthy Pomegranate-Cranberry-Almond Smoothie - Easy Cooking with Molly 
Brownie Cut-outs - Tramplingrose 
Puppy Valentine's Day Cookies - Staying Close to Home 
Valentine OREO Brownie Bar Recipe - As Mom Sees It 
Strawberry-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie - Johanny's Kitchen 
Strawberry Filled Chocolate Cake - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks 
Chocolate Raspberry Truffles - Food Lovin Family 
Honey Bee My Valentine Cakes - I Don't Have Time for That 
Red Velvet Valentine's Day Parfaits - Living a Sunshine Life 
Homemade Strawberry Syrup - Day by Day in Our World 
Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies - Momma DJane 
Red Velvet Donuts - Frugal Family Tree 
Strawberry Mocha Granola - Strength & Sunshine 
Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - Tales of a Ranting Ginger 
Chocolate Shot Glasses - The Bewitchin' Kitchen
Chocolate Pretzel Kisses - Just 2 Sisters 
Valentine's Candy Bark - Life with the Crust Cut Off 
Chocolate Kiss Shooter! - Housewives of Frederick County 
Super Simple Valentine's Day Candy Hearts - My Real Food Family 
Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies - Meatloaf & Melodrama 
3 Ingredient Strawberry Brownies - Fun Things to Do in Central Mass 
Nutella Baked Brie - Basil and Bubbly 
Easy Cupid Crinkles - Creative Southern Home
Valentine's Day Edible Tic Tac Toe Game - A Frugal Friend
Valentine's Day Ombre Sweet Treat - Tastefully Frugal 

Party 
How to Throw a Budget Friendly Valentine's Day Party - Amber Nicole Blogs
Valentine's Day Party for Tweens - Soiree Event Design


Love is in the Air Valentine Table - Not Just a Mommy
Valentine's Day Tea Party - The Peanuts Gang

Printables
Easy Valentine's Printables - I am the Maven®
Printable Valentine's Day Lunch Box Notes and Coupons - Gluesticks Blog
"I Love You Like" Valentine's Free Printable - C'mon Get Crafty
4 Free Valentine's Day Coloring Pages - Saving More than Me
Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt Clues - Mom on the Side
Valentine Gift for Kids {Free Printable} - Fun on a Dime
Crayon Valentines Printable - Mom's Messy Miracles


Tic Tac Toe XOXO Valentine with Free Printable - Housewife Eclectic
Valentine's Day Activities for Kids - Simple Living Mama
2 Free Printable Valentines (Owls) - Altamonte Family
Love is in the Air Valentine Card - Making of a Mom
Matchstick Valentine Free Printable - Frenchie
Valentine's Day Lunch Box Notes & Jokes - Coupons are Great
I "Wheelie" Like You Car Valentine Printable - Artsy Momma

Round-Up
Valentine's Day Guide - The Ranting Latina!
24 Frugal Valentine's Ideas - Real: The Kitchen and Beyond



7 Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day - Downshifting PRO
5 Perfect Valentine's Day Gifts for Bloggers - That Chic Mom
Top 5 Romantic Restaurants to Eat at in East Greenwich, Rhode Island - Mama Luvs Books

Other 
War Room Movie Night - A Beautiful Exchange
Pairing Chocolate with Wine & Spirits - In Good Taste


Valentine's Day Make-up Tutorial - Glam Hungry Mom
Valentine's Day Dinner at Home - Natasha Byrd

With over 130 ideas, this Ultimate Valentine's Day Round-Up has something for everyone!

Can you feel the love tonight with all these great Valentine's Day inspired activities?  Need even more ideas? Be sure and check out my Valentine's Day pinboard.



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1.25.2016

Be Inspired By: Painted Mason Jars

Be party palette inspired with painted Mason jars

Valentine's Day is creeping up fast and I've been working on lots of party posts to get you all ready! This week, be inspired gby both the color palette and craftiness of painted Mason jars from Better Homes & Gardens.  I love the glam of the glitter...

Check out more color palettes to inspire your party planning and follow my Be Inspired By Pinterest board to keep up with them!




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1.22.2016

6 Fun First Birthday Party Themes

Is your little one celebrating his or her first birthday this year? I am over on Moms & Munchkins sharing ideas for my favorite first, the First Birthday party.  

6 fun First Birthday party themes, from party animals to garden fun

Get the party started with a fun invite, and then seal the deal by sending guests home with an equally appropriate party favor. I have so many but I've narrowed it down to 6 of my favorite themes...




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1.20.2016

The Easiest Way To Celebrate Everyday Moments

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Is one of your New Year's resolutions spending more quality time with that special someone? Are you looking for the easiest way to celebrate a everyday moment, from finishing a big project on time to celebrating the A on the worked-hard-and-studied-for test to It's-A-Tuesday-And-Everyone-Is-Home?

With a few easy ideas, I'm sharing the easiest way to celebrate everyday moments!

Using Bertolli's new family-sized skillet meals available at Kroger and their banner stores, keep reading on how you can create a fabulous Italian meal with no real cooking involved, which means more time for bonding and having a great evening!

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