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Friday, September 30, 2011

.:Try This - TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TRESemmé for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

How many of us are busy moms? 

I know that a lot of us are busy trying to balance our time between family, friends, church, and jobs. 

Even though I'm a stay at home mom, I find that between my blogging and etsy shop, along with the responsibilities of being a mother, I don't often have as much time to get ready in the mornings before our whirlwind days begin. 

I have to admit that the thing that I dislike doing the most is my hair. Since I have a shorter cut, it needs to be dried in layers and sometimes I just wish I could do it faster.

Enter TRESemm√© Fresh Start Dry Shampoo.

Dry shampoo is all the rage right now. It allows you to revive your hair from the previous day and night's sleep without using regular shampoo and water. Perfect for those days you're trying to save a little time! This shampoo is formulated to absorb excess oils and remove any odors so that your hair is feeling just as fresh and clean as if you had washed it normally.

If you haven't used dry shampoo before, here are a few tips:

- shake the can vigorously before use and in between sprays

- lift sections of hair and spray at the roots

- don't spray it all over as if you were using hair spray

- spray in short bursts, holding the can 8-12 inches from your head

- leave it in for 1-2 minutes

- use your fingertips or a brush to districbute the shampoo evenly

- for clogged nozzles, remove the nozzle and run it under some warm water before reattaching

The full line includes something for every hair type:

Volumizing Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo

Strengthening Dry Shampoo

Fresh Start Strengthening Dry Shampoo

Smoothing Dry Shampoo

Fresh Start Smoothing Dry Shampoo

Moisturizing Waterless Foam

Waterless Foam Shampoo

With my thin hair, and shorter cut, you can bet I'd be grabbing for the volumizing one! I'm pretty sure this could come in handy this winter after I have my baby and won't be wanting to spend much time getting ready after a sleepless night.

This is a perfect product for working ladies and moms, and also for gals heading off to school. (Top Hair Products for School)

If you're thinking of giving this a try, be sure to check out this video for first time users. 


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

.:Things to Try Thursday - Corkboard Frames:.

Who likes to go thrifting? And who finds lots of killer stuff?

I think I need someone to take me and school me in the art of thrifting, because the few times that I've gone, I never find anything worthy of being taken home and made into something new!

Like these frames.

Aren't they stunning? I love turning them into corkboards to display jewelry, or whatever else you want to display!

Go check out the tutorial at Tea Rose Home.

You'll probably get lost in her blog for an hour or two, just to warn you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Lunch Bag:.

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a Back to School series over at Meremade. I shared how to make this fun lunch bag. And now I'm sharing it again, because I have a feeling some of you may have missed it.

I decided to make something to share with you all that would be practical for school aged kids and moms alike: a lunch bag!

My kiddos are little (one and almost three) so we aren't in the world of school lunches and teachers yet, but we definitely like to get out and enjoy parks, museums, and the zoo. Usually we pack a lunch when we visit these places, so this is a great thing for anybody to make!

Here's what you need:

- reusable shopping bag
- vinyl (I got 1/4 yard)
- sewable velcro
- sewing machine/accessories

Sometimes I'm kind of a lazy creator. And I decided that I just wanted to use the fold that the bag already had as part of my lunch bag. Why do the work that has already been done? So I cut the folded sides and bottom of the bag from the two main panels of the bag.

This is what it looked like.

I decided to make the measurements of my bag 11" tall and 7" wide. So I started off by cutting my folded sides to 11".

Then I cut off one side from the bottom of the bag because I needed to shorten the width of the bottom section.

I cut it to 7". Here are the two pieces that I had at this point.

Next, I cut the two side panels for the lunch bag to 11" x 7" from the large panels of the original bag.

Now you've got four pieces of bag. Cut your vinyl pieces to the same measurements as your four pieces of bag. You'll end up with eight pieces total.

Now it's time to assemble your bag!

A quick tip for sewing with vinyl that I learned from one of my favorite sewing blogs: Me Sew Crazy. To prevent vinyl from sticking to your presser foot, put a small piece of scotch tape on the bottom of it, obviously leaving a hole for your needle to go through. I don't know if the kind of scotch tape matters or not, but I used matte. It totally worked!

First, take your separated folded side, and your other folded side with the bottom attached. Place your vinyl pieces on the wrong sides of your bag. Pin in place, and attach, sewing with right sides together. Yes, you are sewing through four layers now!

Take one of your main panels, coordinating vinyl, and pin those to one folded side.

Then pin the shorter side to the bottom of the bag. This is what it looks like all pinned.

Sew both sides.

Attach the other main panel and vinyl to the other side of the same folded piece.

Attach the bottom of this main panel as well.

Now pull up the other folded side, pin your main panel pieces to it, and attach them.

You should have everything all attached now!

Trim up any vinyl and bag along the seams so that it will be easier to fold, and turn the bag right side out.

Fold down about a quarter inch along the top, and hem all around the top edge.

Crease in your folds to the shape you want your bag to be. It will stay better as you use it more, and once we attach the velcro!

Since I used the fold of my original bag, the fold went in to the middle of the bag quite a ways. So to attach the velcro, instead of doing it in the middle at the top as you typically might, I put pieces on each of the folded sides. It works just as great! Pin your velcro pieces.

Sew them on.

And now you've got a lunch bag!

Here it is all loaded up for our day at the children's museum.

Don't you love it?

You could also add a handle, or do a fold over velcro closure if you prefer.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

.:Market Yourself Monday - Lunch Bag:.

Happy Monday!

Did you all have a good weekend?

Ours was BUSY.

We had fun Friday nite, grilling pizza with our friends. Once kids were in bed, my bestie and I had a sewing party at my house while our husbands watched football at her house. It was pretty much perfect.

Saturday was a whirlwind! I frosted about 50 sugar cookies and 40 cupcakes for my daughter's princess party. I got it all set up during their nap time, and then the festivities began. We got the best surprise ever: my mom showed up to the party! She drove from Oregon, which is a 10-11 hour drive, with her friend, just so they could be there for a day and she could come to my daughter's birthday party. I'm pretty sure that has earned her grandma of the year award! She already had it in the bag, but that really sealed the deal if you ask me!

The princess party was lots of crazy fun, and my daughter now owns almost every Disney princess barbie that there is. Combine that with her Rapunzel dress up dress, and she's pretty much on cloud nine.

I don't know how three years have passed since this sweet babe

turned into this beautiful little girl!

Time just keeps going faster and faster!

Since it's birthday time for her, and half birthday time for my one year old, we're spending some quality time with our pediatrician this morning getting shots. I've got my bag loaded with mini M&M's and suckers, so hopefully the fallout won't be too bad.

While we're suffering at the doctor this morning, I'll leave you with my project to share this week. I made this lunch bag few weeks ago, and we've made good use out of it on our outings to the children's museum, parks, and aquarium.

I'll show you how to make one tomorrow!

Why don't you go ahead and get linking now? Let's see what you've been working on. Tutorials, projects, recipes, giveaways, shops - let's see it! Just link back here, pretty please? Grab a button, or a text link; either works for me!

Also, if you are interested in being a Feature Friday (either guest post or feature), or if you'd like to sponsor a giveaway here on the blog, PLEASE email me at sumossweetstuff@gmail.com. I'd love to have you here!

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

.:Showcase Saturday:.

Wow! I honestly think this week was our biggest party to date!

How fantastic is that!

I hope you are all having a great weekend. I'm busy getting ready for my daughter's princess party that is later today. I can't believe I'll have a three year old tomorrow!

Anyway, let's get on to some features.


Long sleeve teal girls ruffled onesie with rose size 3 months

Grab a featured button if I showcased your idea today!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and come back on Monday for another par-tay!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

.:Things to Try Thursday - Ruffled Felt Pillow:.

Did you all think I'd forgotten about Things to Try Thursday?

I hadn't forgotten. I've just been lazy.

Well, let's just say I was enjoying my summer and wasn't putting as much time into the old bloggy blog as I normally do. But now that fall is here, it is time for me to get back on schedule!

We've had our couches for about five years. And said couches have not only been abused by our kids, but they have never had any pillows on them.

Enter these adorable ruffled felt pillows from Persia Lou.

I think they'd make a big impact, plus they are pretty simple! It would be fun to have a few different colors!

Go here for the tutorial.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Whimsical Onesie:.

Yesterday I promised I'd show you how to make this fun, whimsical onesie. I also told you that it started out with one idea, but a craft fail turned it into another. Now, I obviously didn't get a chance to see what my original idea would have looked like, but I have to say, I am pretty happy with what it looks like now.

This all came to fruition because I was contacted to receive a coupon for some Clorox bleach to create something with. I started thinking, and this is the result of that.

Let's get started.

Here's what you need:

- onesie (or t-shirt if for older kiddos)
- Rit dye
- freezer paper
- Silhouette (don't worry, I hadn't forgotten about poor Lucy, she was so happy to be used!)
- iron
- tulle
- needle and thread
- fabric paint
- Clorox bleach

Start off by dyeing your onesie according to the dye instructions.

Here's what mine looked like all washed and dried. Don't you love the color?

I originally wanted to cut a stencil, and use the bleach to stencil the design in. Well, I tried that, but apparently I used too much or freezer paper just doesn't like anything too wet stenciling on it, because the bleach spread all over.

So, instead of crying about it (I didn't, I promise), I decided to see if I could salvage it.

I let the bleach dry, and decided I kind of liked how it looked on the one side. So I decided I could still do my stencil idea, just a bit differently that I originally planned.

I cut out this flower stencil using Lucy and freezer paper.

I ironed the freezer paper on to the onesie where I wanted the stencil to go. Put a paper plate, or piece of cardboard or something underneath so that your paint doesn't leak.

Use a sponge brush to stencil the flower on using fabric paint.

Pretty cute, right?

But I didn't want to stop there.

I used some of my rhinestones from Silhouette, and ironed them down around the curves of some of the stencil. Once it was dry, of course!

Then I cut a little wad of tulle and hand stitched it in the center of the flower.

I love it! I can't wait to get baby girl's little bod in this with some baby legs and a cute headband.

I was glad for the opportunity to try out the Clorox bleach. I've got some other ideas in mind of how I can use it to create some more fun things for my girls! Wouldn't it be cute to dye a onesie/shirt and dab a necklace on using bleach and a q-tip?

Alright, I've gotta go find a q-tip and a colored shirt now!

I received a coupon for Clorox® Bleach from The Clorox Company at no cost to me.

PS - I'm over at Every Creative Endeavor today as part of Amanda's Fall Festival! Go check it out, and catch up on the ideas that have already been shared all month long. Lots of good stuff!

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