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8.27.2015

Have Breakfast Fun With Parfaits

Have breakfast fun with parfaits

You know my love of parfaits...I'm over on My Mommy Style sharing more tips for having breakfast fun with parfaits.



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8.26.2015

Makers + Shakers - Meet Ollibird


A couple of years ago, over on Seattle Mamas, I started a series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality.

It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'. So, I created the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.

The series was so popular, I decided to continue it with 8 more creatives...and today is our finale.


To say that I'm a huge fan of today's creatives, Mike and Alma Loveland of Olliebird is an understatement.  I love their design work and have purchased many products from their shop Caravan, for parties and fun crafting time, as well as having them as a sponsor for my Party With A Purpose fundraiser.  I am so bummed I missed meeting Alma at Alt Summit this summer.

Anyways, enough gushing...let's find out how they tick!


Please tell our readers a little bit about who Mike and Alma are.
Mike and I met about eight years ago when Mike stumbled across my blog. At the time I had a simple personal blog where I'd write about anything going on in my life, pretty much like a public journal. Mike came across it, started reading, and figured I was everything on his list of what he was looking for.

So he decided to put himself out there and email me. I remember seeing "Mike Loveland" in my inbox, and when I read his email saying that he thought I sounded cool and he'd like to get to know me, I figured, "Well Loveland is actually a pretty cool name." I agreed to meet him—IN A PUBLIC PLACE AND WITH FRIENDS—and it took me all of 2 seconds to figure out that he wasn't a weirdo. Ha.

We clicked right away. It has been a lot of fun being married to another artist. In fact, when we were first dating, I was totally uncomfortable applying the term "artist" to myself. Mike got me very comfortable with it, and after 8 years of working together, I think that we've helped one another to grow artistically so much.

 Besides work, of course, we are parents to 3 wonderful kids. Our kids are an incredible source of joy and inspiration to us as we work. But keeping it real, they are also a source of frustration and stress. I wouldn't want you to think that everything is wonderful and everything is roses. Work is amazing and often it is challenging and stressful. Family is amazing, and often it is challenging and stressful. But the great thing is that in both cases, the positives outweigh any of the negatives!


8.25.2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Paper Straw Goal Post Cupcake Toppers


Fall is coming in fast and so is football season! I'm over on Moms & Munchkins sharing a few easy football party ideas, including how to make these goal post cupcake toppers with paper straws.




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8.24.2015

5 Road Trip Snack Hacks

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Hit the road with 5 road trip snack hacks

My in-laws live a 5 hour drive from us; over the years, we've done a lot of driving there for school breaks and summer vacation and I've come up with clever ways to survive the drive with children. And the dog.

As the boys have gotten older and can fend for themselves in the car, (versus me stopping countless times to address their needs), I've developed five road trip snack hacks that makes it easier for them to do so.

5 road trip snack hacks; snack bin

Create A Snack Bin
I like to purchase as much goodies ahead of time so we can not only save money but create healthier snack options.  Too many greasy foods and sweets can wreck havoc on your system when you are traveling.


Using a large plastic bin that fits comfortably in your vehicle is perfect for creating a snack bin. Head to your local Safeway and stock up on your favorite road-trip supplies. Use snack and sandwich bags for items like pretzels, graham cracker sticks, and popcorn.  Small tubs of peanut butter are great for dipping and a good protein source.  My husband is a big Triscuit crackers fan; I won't even try to bag them up, just sticking the whole box in the bin.

5 Road Trip Snack Hacks; snack cooler

8.21.2015

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Fruity Flamingo Party Table

Fruity Flamingo Party Table + Free Printable

Summer is coming to a close...but not yet. I'm guest-posting over on Shoes Off, Please with my Fruity Flamingo party table that has a free printable to download, perfect for parties this weekend.  Be sure to head over and check it out! 




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8.18.2015

Tuesday Tip - Grab And Go Snack Ideas With Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies

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Grab And Go Snack Ideas With Dannon® Danimals®

Fall is almost here, which means I am back on the sports-chauffeuring hamster wheel. The little one will be back in soccer and my oldest is adding cross-country to our schedule. I'm always on the hunt for post-practice and team snacks that help refuel and keep them healthy.  I'm partnering with Dannon® Danimals® to share how their smoothies are the perfect on-the-go option to pair with good snack options to help fuel kids' adventures.


By creating grab and go snack ideas ahead of time, you can avoid the last-minute snack rush; kids can  grab what they need on the way out to practice. Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies are a great addition because they provide "Only the Good Stuff®" with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, and are a good source of calcium and vitamin D.

Grab And Go Snack Ideas With Dannon® Danimals® pantry bin


With a little prep, you can create refrigerator and pantry snack bins.  No more 'Mom, what can I have for snack?' Kids can choose an item from each bin to enjoy with their smoothies. Not only are these bins great for sports practice snacks, but at-home snacking as well.

Grab And Go Snack Ideas With Dannon® Danimals® refrigerator bins

If you don't have them, get started with small bins that will fit in your refrigerator and pantry, small, inexpensive plastic containers and resealable plastic bags. Pre-packaged snacks are a great convenience but can be costly; keep costs down by packaging your own snacks.

I like to mix and match both...because I am not making my own granola bars, no matter how hard Pinterest tries to tell me how easy it is.

Use a dry-erase marker on your bins to write instructions or a easy snack-pairing menu.

Tuesday Tutorial - Seattle Seahawks 12th Man Gift Tag

Seattle Seahawks 12th Man Gift Tag

This month's Whisker Graphics Design Team project is perfect for the football lover in your life.  Last week was the first pre-season game for our Seattle Seahawks, and 12th Man Fever is starting around these parts.

In perfect Seahawks colors,  I created this cross-stitch gift tag that can be attached clear bag or box with assorted candies as the perfect treat for your die-hard fan or a fun host/ess gift for the next game party.

Seattle Seahawks 12th Man Gift Tag supplies

What You'll Need:

large colored tag in green
navy solid Divine Twine
Grid Bitty Bag 
embroidery needle
push pin

Seattle Seahawks 12th Man Gift Tag bag template

1. Slide the tag into the Grid Bitty Bag and adjust to where you want the pattern.
2.  Color in the squares to write out the number 12.
3.  Using the bag as a template for the cross stitch pattern, punch a hole into the corners of each colored square with the push pin.

Seattle Seahawks 12th Man Gift Tag cross stiching

4.  Remove the bag, thread your embroidery needle with the Divine Twine.  Using the holes in the tag as your guide, cross-stitch through them.
5. Attach to your box or bag with Divine Twine.

Seattle Seahawks 12th Man Gift Tag




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8.17.2015

15 Sweet Ways To Eat Peanut Butter & Jelly

15 sweet ways to eat peanut butter & jelly

With everyone in back to school swing, I had to share an ode to the classic lunchbox staple, peanut butter & jelly. But oh, it is so much more than sandwich filler! Check out these 15 sweet ways to eat peanut butter and jelly...

one. macarons from Eats Well With Others |  two. marshmallows from Bakerella |  three. rolls from Well Plated  |  four. popcorn from Something Swanky |  five. crumb muffins from How Sweet It Is |  six. cake from Confessions Of A Cookbook Queen  |  seven. dip from Taste And Tell |  eight. smoothie from Fit Foodie Finds |  nine. lava cakes from Baking A Moment |  ten. ice cream sandwiches from Perpetually Hungry |  eleven. limited edition soda from Jones Soda |  twelve. bacon sliders from The Rustic Willow |  thirteen. cookies from Inside BruCrew Life |  fourteen. doughnuts from Baker By Nature |  fifteen. cheesecake from Daydreamer Desserts




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8.14.2015

Fiesta Friday - A Back To School Bash

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Back To School Bash party ideas

Yesterday, I shared stylish school supplies and today, it's stylish party supplies!  The boys are getting older and with their friends' diverse vacation/camp/sports schedules, having our annual Back To School Bash is not a good option anymore...but if I were doing it, I would be inspired by these ideas...

one. wrapping up fun with Oh Happy Day | two. Studio DIY's apple balloons | three. serve lunch on Shop Sweet Lulu's biodegradable lunch trays | four. upcycle chip cans into pencil containers with my tutorial | five. create cute invitations with library cards from Knot & Bow | six. non-traditional colors rule with Minted's Fractions Party Decor | seven. clever drink stirrers from The Sweetest Occasion 


My chocolate alphabet cookies are a great, no-bake snack to serve.


Take a peek back at my other back to school bashes; Back To School Bash 2010, Happy School Year 2011, Aloha To Summer 2012 (not a school-themed party, but another great theme), Back To School Playdate 2013.

If you are looking for a more grown-up feel, check out my geek chic party ideas.

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The 36th Avenue




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8.13.2015

Stylish Back To School Supplies

Stylish back to school supplies

From preschool to college, everyone wants to go back to school rocking the coolest gear. As new  middle- and high schoolers, no one knows more about what's cool than my boys. In fact, they have given everything on this round-up the 'that looks cool, Mom'...except the pink backpack.

one. Spencer Bento Box Container from Pottery Barn Kids | two. Yoobi pretzel erasers available at Target | three. Paper Source's Stay Focused Spiral Journal | four. green fuzzy pencil case from Yoobi | five. Blue Traveling Techie Teen Pack from Yoobi | six. International Arrival's Dandy Candy scented markers  | seven. SwissGear Plum Pass backpack available at Staples | eight. Fiskars soft-grip scissors available at Staples | nine. MollaSpace's butterfly sticky notes


personalize school supplies with  Duck Tape®

Looking for a way to make your own stylish school supplies? Check out how we personalized a sketch pad and pencil box with Duck Tape®.




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