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Monday, August 31, 2009

.:Get Your Craft On:.

Check out this link to see a huge list of lots of other creative ladies!

.:Birthday Bash Giveaways:.

Tales from a Shopaholic Mommy is hosting a birthday bash giveaway! There are going to be giveaways for shoes, clothes, Amazon gift cards, and more! Be sure to go check it out!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

.:Back to School Giveaway:.

Remember Stephanie from somewhat simple? She is hosting an amazing back to school giveaway! You get one entry for being a follower, and if you leave her a comment telling her that I sent you, she might pick both of us to pick one thing! How great would that be? Go check it out?

These are just a few of the things you might win:

Sunday, August 23, 2009


I'm headed up to my wonderful home state of Oregon to visit my family and meet my newest niece! So, I won't be posting much - or at all - while I'm gone!

If you decide to place an order on etsy, I won't be able to ship it until Tuesday, September 1st.

While I'm gone, I'll be having a vacation sale - 10% off your order (before shipping). Combine this with The Dress-Up Drawer's 10% off and you've got, that's right, 20% off! So head on over to my shop and get busy!

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

.:Dress-Up Drawer Giveaway:.

Don't forget to head over to check out the giveaways going on at The Dress-Up Drawer! The first day of giveaways is already closed, but that leaves three other days still open. There's tons of great stuff! Check it out!

Dress-up Drawer SUPER giveaways

Friday, August 21, 2009

.:Freaky Friday Blog Swap:.

Hi Sumo Readers!

I am Stephanie, the creative mind behind Somewhat Simple!
I am just your average stay-at-home-mom who loves to craft in any spare time I find! I am married to my favorite person in the world who makes me so happy. Together we are raising 3 great kids that keep us busy and make us smile!

I started this blog because I wanted a creative outlet to share craft ideas, tutorials and yummy recipes! Here are a few of my recent creations:

I love getting to know other bloggers out there who share the same crafty passions as I do! I always have a giveaway going on for some lucky followers of my blog, so jump on over to somewhat simple and you could be the next one to win!

Special thanks to Summer for letting me take over her blog today! (Isn't she so creative?!?)

Have a great weekend!

Isn 't Steph too cute? I hope you all head on over to her blog and check out her great projects and tutorials. She's seriously amazing!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

.:Today is my day:.

Just found out that I won a referral giveaway for Monogram Chick. I am getting a personalized pencil pouch. I picked this one and am having it personalized with Reece's name on it. Yeah, I know she won't be needing a pencil pouch for awhile yet, but it will still be great to keep her other goodies in it!

Thanks Monogram Chick!

.:Winner winner chicken dinner:.

I won this awesome giveaway from Lillianna Marie Designs! Yeah!

Thanks Lilianna Marie Designs!

.:See Kai Run giveaway:.

Pink Nothings is hosting a giveaway for See Kai Run shoes. They are absolutely adorable! Check it out!

These are the shoes I want to win for Reece!

.:New Hair Bows:.

New hair bows have been added to the shop! Perfect for headbands or ponytails!

Don't forget, you get 10% off your order (before shipping) when you use the code 'dress-up' at checkout!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

.:Dress-Up Drawer Giveaway & 100th Post:.

Jaime over at the Dress-Up Drawer is continuing her giveaway week! So far there have been some amazing products offered! Be sure to check them out if you haven't already!

Today she is doing one of my giveaways, and today also happens to be my 100th post on Sumo's Sweet Stuff! In honor of my 100th post, I'm offering $1.00 off any item in my shop (excluding snap clips and shipping) just for today - August 19th! I'm also offering 10% off any item from my shop (excluding shipping) for the rest of August in honor of the giveaway! So take advantage of both and get shopping!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

.:Magelby Rolls:.

This has been a long standing recipe in my family. These rolls are so tasty and make it seem like you did something pretty special when in reality they are super easy! A great addition to any meal!

What you need:
- frozen roll dough (or if you are awesome, unlike me, you can make your own roll dough!)
- 2 T. parsley flakes
- 3/4 c. parmesan cheese
- 3/4 t. garlic powder
- butter (I used less than 1/4 c.)

Thaw your rolls to room temperature.

Mix the parsley flakes, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder together in a bowl or plate.

Melt your butter.
Roll the dough in the butter.
Roll the dough in the mixture.

Set on greased cookie sheet to rise. Cover rolls with greased saran wrap.

Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes.


Monday, August 17, 2009

.:Dress-Up Drawer Giveaway Week:.

Don't forget that this week is the Dress-Up Drawer's giveaway week! She is doing NINE giveaways each day all week long! My giveaways will be on Wednesday and Friday, but don't wait until then to head on over! It's going to be great!

Friday, August 14, 2009

.:Back to School Giveaway:.

Check out this great giveaway from Lillianna Marie Designs! What adorable things!

(Image from Lillianna Marie)

.:New Frames:.

These frames are going to be added to my etsy shop over the next couple of days!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

.:Design Dazzle Giveaway:.

Check out Design Dazzle for a great giveaway!

(Image from Little Love Letters)

.:Purple Princess Tutu:.

I added this tutu to my etsy shop yesterday. It can be made to fit any size! The tulle has a sparkle in it. It is really pretty!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


The gal who does The Dress-up Drawer and her hobby is from my hometown in Oregon. We grew up going to church camp together, and I just recently found out how incredibly talented she is! Well, she is hosting a giveaway week next week in honor of women who make handmade items! She asked me to be a part of her giveaway week, and I was more than happy to say yes! Be sure to head on over there and check back on Monday for the start of the giveaway week!

.:Yummy Rice Krispie Treats:.

My friend shared this recipe on my recipe blog and I gave it a try this week. Let me tell you, it is delicious!

Here's what you need:
3 bags white chocolate chips

2 C Peanut Butter

7 C Rice Krispies

5 C Mini Marshmallows

1 Bag sm chocolate chips

1/4 c butter

I started out with melting my white chocolate in the microwave. You'll notice mine is not all chocolate chips. We had some white baking chocolate laying around, so I decided to be cost effective and use that. Same thing, right? I put it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring it between each interval.

At the same time, I was melting the 1/4 cup of butter on the stove in preparation to add the marshmallows.

Once the butter was melted, I added the mini marshmallows to melt them, stirring frequently.

Once the white chocolate was melted, I added the two cups of peanut butter and stuck that in the microwave for 30 seconds.

When I had that mixed well, I added half a bag of chocolate chips. Again, I put these in the microwave for 30 seconds.

In the meantime, I had put my seven cups of rice krispies in a large bowl.

I added the melted marshmallows...

And then I added the chocolate/peanut butter mixture.

I stirred it all up.

Then I pressed it into a greased pan with a greased spatula.

Once it was all pressed in, I sprinkled chocolate chips on top. Mini chocolate chips would look cuter, but all I had were regular ones.

Let them set and enjoy! Delicious!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


These notepads make a great teacher gift, visiting teaching gift (if you're a Mormon!), or just fun to make and keep for yourself! Plus, they are super simple and super cheap!

What you need:
- 5x8 notepad (At Wal-Mart I got three in a pack for less than $1.50)
- Piece of scrapbook paper
- Glue stick and/or double sided tape (I used both)
- Pen - RSVP pens work best, but they were out when I went to the store so I got the Wal-Mart cheapos
- Scissors/Papercutter
- Velcro
- Ribbon/Embellishments (optional)

First off, I just put the top of the notepad flush with the top of the scrapbook paper, and marked the bottom of it. I cut the paper on that line.

I left the paper the width that it was - 12 inches - but it did overlap a bit. If you don't like the big overlap, you could trim it so when folded, the edges meet up pretty evenly.

I was not being smart, and glued the notepad on to the scrapbook paper before doing the next step. You'd probably want to reverse the order when you do it, although it worked out fine for me! I only put glue stick on the chipboard part of the notepad when I did this - not the top white part.

Then I measured the top part and cut a piece of scrapbook paper to be the same width. It says the notepad is 5 inches wide, but I don't think my paper measured quite 5 inches.

I tucked it in behind the back, where I hadn't put glue on. I cut the paper so that it would fold over the top and cover up the white part on the front. As I said, it would have been easier to do this before I glued the notepad to the paper. Duh! I used double sided tape to glue this paper on.

Next, I folded the sides in. I put the velcro on so that it would hold it in place when closed.

Then I wrapped a ribbon around the back to add a little bit more to the notebook. I just secured it at each end with double sided tape. A glue gun would work well also.

Make a bow out of your ribbon, and attach it to the top flap.

For the pen, you can cut thin strips of your scrapbook paper and wrap it around the inside of the pen so that it matches the notebook. I wrapped it around multiple times, but it was bunching up too much for me to put it back into the pen. Reece was about to wake up from her nap, so I didn't try too long to get it to work. I'm sure you are all much more talented than me! :)

Cut small pieces of velcro. Attach one piece to the front of the notepad, and the other to the pen. Attach the pen to the front. (You can see I opted for a plain pen here since I was having troubles! Oops!)

And you are done! Easy! Cute! Cheap! Doesn't get much better!