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Friday, June 29, 2012


Okay. So you know how I was supposed to post a tutorial on Tuesday? Yeah, didn't happen. Also didn't happen on Wednesday. Or Thursday. Or Friday. 

I'm sorry. 

We've all been sick at our house, and when we haven't been too sick, we've been out enjoying our summer and friends, and I just haven't quite been able to make myself sit down and write up the tutorial. 

And with all that's been going on, there probably won't be Showcase Saturday tomorrow either. 

I know. Lamespice. 

But I will get that tutorial up next week. I pinky promise. 

In the meantime, I leave you with a completely unrelated (but incredibly cute) picture of Miss H getting her plank on. 

(Because no post should not have a picture!)

Monday, June 25, 2012

.:Giveaway & Review - Lilla Rose:.

I’ve got a fun giveaway for you today. If you’re a lady and have hair, then this one is for you!

Have you heard of Lilla Rose? Lilla Rose is a line of hair accessories, and with three girls and myself all having hair that needs to be done, I was anxious to learn more about these products!

Independent consultant Linda Menke is sponsoring our giveaway today, and here is what she told me about the Flexi-clip:

“I first bought a Flexi-clip last summer and immediately fell in love with it. I have so little time to mess with my hair, it is great that I can put it up in a few minutes and it looks great all day! I can also wear my hair in styles other than a ponytail! I hope you find our product as fun and easy to wear as I have.”

Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? I know we are all busy, so ways that we can look great with little effort are a score in my book!

Linda was wonderful and sent us some flexi-clips to try out, as well as a bobby pin set. The flexi-clips come in a variety of styles, and my girls were excited to see fairies and rhinestones! Doesn’t it look pretty in my daughter’s hair?


Such a unique look, and it held her hair in great!


Since my hair is shorter, I don’t have as much hair to pull back. So the bobby pins are perfect for me! I’ve been wearing these babies all the time! You can’t see it well in this picture, but I’m wearing one of my bobby pins in this picture.


And here are some better pictures of the bobby pin in my hair.


I love a little bling!


Perfect for keeping my bangs out of my face (since I’ve been hacking at them too much on my own lately and they are looking funky!)

Here are some more helpful links:

Linda’s Homepage: www.lillarose.biz/cliptomania
Sizing & Styling: www.flexistyles.com
Email Linda: Cliptomania@ymail.com

Now how about a giveaway?

The winner will win one Lilla Rose item of their choice from Independent Consultant Linda Menke!

If you're in a reader, you'll have to click out to access the Rafflecopter widget to enter the giveway.

This giveaway will end on Monday, July 2nd at 11:59 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 3rd. It will be YOUR responsibility to check back and see if you've won. I will announce the winner in a separate post on the blog. 

**Disclosure: I was provided with items to review, but the opinions are my own. We have loved our new hair accessories!
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

.:Market Yourself Monday - Ruched Bubble Top:.

Happy Sunday!

Did you have a good weekend?

Ours was pretty low key. It involved a trip to Hobby Lobby without kids, which was amazing (have you seen the sparkly striped sweater knit? Swoon!) It also involved a trip to Wal-Mart on a Saturday with my three kids by myself, which is an experience I vow to never repeat.

And now, on this lovely Sunday, we are battling allergies, stuffy noses, scratchy throats, and headaches. All I’d like to do is curl up in a ball and sleep until tomorrow, but I kinda don’t think that’s going to happen.


Anyway, you’ve seen these little tops before when I shared our family pictures. I love them, and will show you how to make one tomorrow.



Let’s get on with the party, shall we? The most viewed link from last week’s party was:

Now I want to see what you’ve been working on! Be sure to visit some of the other links, spread the bloggy love!

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

.:Showcase Saturday:.

You guys.

I had a reeeeaaalllly hard time picking the features for today. There were so many amazing things; I wish I could feature you all! Please be sure to be visiting other links and leaving some nice comments. That makes us all feel good, right?

Remember to click to the original source if you are going to pin any of these ideas!

Be sure the grab a featured button if I showcased your idea today!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 22, 2012

.:My Do-Over Moment (aka my worst mommy moment):.

We’ve all had times where we’d like to have a do-over, right?

Maybe it was a slip of the tongue. Maybe you didn’t take action when you should have.

Or maybe you dyed your hair black, causing you to have to strip it with bleach and get blisters all over your scalp.

(What? That hasn’t happened to you?)

Well, my biggest do-over moment came in the form of my oldest daughter, Reece. This happened when she was about 19 months old, and right after I had had Remi. We were shopping at one of our favorite stores, and instead of making her sit in the front of the shopping cart, I figured, hey, why not let her stretch out in the big part of the cart with her snack as I do my shopping. Doing so meant that Remi’s infant carrier went where Reece would normally sit. Which also meant that it was a little difficult to see over.

We went on our merry shopping way, and each time I checked on Reece, she was happily snacking away while seated in the big part of the cart.

We stopped on an aisle, and I was looking at something and then I heard a horrible sound. And I knew immediately that Reece had fallen out of the shopping cart. It was the worst sound ever, and I’ve never felt like a worse mother! Of course, she started screaming, and her lip was bleeding from biting it. I could see that her eye was already starting to swell up, and I knew that she had landed right on her head. She continued to scream as we left the store, and for the entire drive home from the store. Not that I could blame her! I felt horrible.

I was frantically calling my sister who is a nurse, my friend’s husband who is also a nurse – anyone – to find out what I should look for in case she had a concussion or something like that. Basically, everyone told me to just watch her; even the Instacare that I called.

We made it home and I was able to get her settled down, and to sleep for a nap.

When she woke up, she was totally fine! No tears, didn’t seem to be bothered in the least. And that’s how she was from there on out.

Her eye? Not so fine. Here’s what it looked like that first day.


And a little bit later in the day.


And I thought that was bad. (It was). But I had no idea that it was going to turn into this the next day,


And then this the day after that,


And basically just continuing to get worse throughout the week.


She would poke it and it wouldn’t even seem to phase her. I think the black eye was just there to serve as a reminder to my mommy guilt to never, ever do that again!

It started healing; look at all those colors!


Oh, and did I mention that this all happened right before Remi’s baby blessing?


Sad, right?

So I’m sure it’s obvious that my do-over would be to never, never, ever put my kids in the big part of the shopping cart where they could fall out again. Those straps on the seat are there for a reason, people! Strap your babies in!

It’s now become kind of a family threat.

“Don’t do XXXX, or you’ll get a black eye like Reece.”

It's the lesson that keeps on giving.

What’s your do-over moment?

From Frigidaire: The Frigidaire Gallery™Dishwasher gets dishes fully cleaned the first time, so there are no dish do-overs. Nearly half of adults admit to re-washing and/or re-drying dishes after the dishwasher cycle has been completed. To prevent dishwasher do-overs, Frigidaire® is stepping in with its new Gallery® Dishwasher featuring the OrbitCleanTM Wash Arm, ensuring dishes are cleaned right the first time.

I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


I don't know about you, but I love to get a good deal. Especially on things that would normally be out of my price range, or close to it (or at least according to my husband's standards!) Luckily, GroopDealz is there to help me on my quest to be more frugal (and keep my marriage in tact!)

(On another sidenote, I already purchased some things from GroopDealz last week for my Christmas gifts for my friends! Boo-yah!)

GroopDealz is an online deals boutique that offers the greatest variety of on trend jewelry, accessories, home decor, party trends, children's goods and so much more all at a fraction of the retail price!

Every day GroopDealz features a variety of great limited finds that have been hand picked for a great shopping experience! Be sure to come and see what great deals are waiting for you today and sign up for their daily alerts so you never miss out on a great buy!

GroopDealz is also all about the giveaways! Be sure to check out and sign up for the latest giveaway going on now!

Are you signed up for GroopDealz? If you're not, you should be! Go do it now, and get shopping! (And saving!)

** Disclosure: I am being compensated for this post, but the opinions are my own. I really like saving money!

Monday, June 18, 2012

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Diet Coke Glitterblast Sign:.

My name is Sumo, and I’m a Diet Coke-a-holic.

We all know I’m a lover of the D.C. But until now, it’s just been words. (Okay, and maybe actions as professed by my drinking habit). Now, it’s something physical. And displayed proudly for all who enter my home.

And let’s face it. The sign is only speaking truth. Well, I could probably add candy in there somewhere, too, but it didn’t really fit on the sign.

Someone posted this graphic to my personal Facebook page awhile back, and once I saw it, I knew it had a place in my house. (I don’t know the original source – but if you do, let me know!)

diet coke

I think my husband is a little embarrassed by it, but you know, he still loves me.

Here’s what you need to make your own sign – professing love of your beverage of choice:

- particle board (or any piece of wood or really, whatever surface you want!)
- Krylon Glitterblast paint in your color of choice
- vinyl
- digital cutting machine (Lucy was excited to be involved!)
- acrylic paint
- paint brush
- Krylon sealer spray
- transfer tape

I started off by giving the front of my particle board a quick coat with some silver acrylic paint.

While that was drying, Lucy (my CAMEO) and I got to work. I designed the sign using the dimensions of my board. I also imported the Diet Coke logo so I could have that part in a true Diet Coke font. I’m hardcore.

I cut the design out in vinyl, and peeled off the negative space. You see two colors here because my original piece of vinyl started sliding around and the Diet Coke part (the most important part!) got messed up. It doesn’t matter what color of vinyl it is – you are just using it as a stencil! In fact, you could probably just use contact paper or something so you don’t waste your vinyl!

Apply transfer tape to your vinyl.

Rub your transfer tape with your vinyl, onto your board. Make sure the paint is completely dry first!

Peel off the transfer tape. Your vinyl should stay on your board.

Now take your sign outside and glitterblast that baby! Be sure to get the sides of your board!

Let the paint dry slightly, and carefully peel up your vinyl. If you try to do this too soon, the paint will scratch very easily! But you also don’t want your vinyl to be permanently painted down on your board either!

Spray your sign – once it’s dry – with the sealer. This will make that glitter stay put!

And there you have it. A sparkly, lovely sign.

Of course, you could do this with any type of paint. We’re just a house full of girls over here, so the more glitter, the better.

Ah…..Diet Coke.

Speaking of. My mug is empty. Time to go get a refill!

What would your sign say?
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Sunday, June 17, 2012

.:Market Yourself Monday–Diet Coke Glitterblast Sign:.

Happy Father’s Day!

I hope you are spending the day celebrating the special dads that are in your lives! I know we are!

We started off our morning with a highly caloric meal, just for Daddy. The girls gave Daddy his gifts and the cards they made them, and I think those cards might be his favorite part! My four year old is just starting to draw people, and it’s basically the cutest thing ever. For Daddy’s card, she added his spikey hair – the first time she’s done hair on a picture! Super cute.

We had church, and then we’ll be off to a family dinner in a bit here. Which usually means I don’t have to do much with my kids because their favorite person – their Aunt Em – will be there and she pretty much takes them off our hands at any family function. (This might not always be willingly, but she does it regardless; they adore her!)

But in the spirit of Father’s Day, I just have to share how blessed I am to have this guy as the father to my girls. He works long hours every day, and still comes in the door ready to play with them and help with them. And the reaction of squeals and excitement that he gets every evening when he comes home is an indicator of how they feel about him! He’s such a hard worker, and a great example to our girls, and we’re all pretty happy (and smug) to call him ours!

Baby Sister

(With each of our girls as brand new babies! Harper is on top, Reece bottom left, Remi bottom right).

On top of an amazing husband, I’ve got an amazing Dad. He’s the one who taught me what was important when looking for a spouse. He cherishes my mom, and was always there for each of us growing up. My dad is a pretty important and busy guy, but he always made sure to be at our games and recitals. He has always put family first,  even though he somehow got stuck with our crazy family, (We’re slowly turning him over to our weirdness!) My girls love their Grandpa Paul, and we all love PSTEW!



I’ve also been blessed with two fabulous father in laws, and I’m grateful to each of them for the parts they played in shaping who my husband is. They are great grandpas, and my girls adore them both!

Okay, okay. Mushy, mushy, I know, but it’s okay to get a little personal on here sometimes, right?

Well, let’s get partying, shall we?

This week, I’m sharing this Diet Coke sign that I made. We all know that I have a love of Diet Coke. Bordering perhaps on addiction, but that just makes it sound bad, so we’ll call it love.


I’ll show you how I made it tomorrow!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

.:Showcase Saturday:.

Another week, another fabulous party, and another Showcase Saturday post! 

Let's not waste any time. 

Mixed Metal Jump Ring Bracelet by Rena Klingenberg

Be sure to grab a featured button if I showcased your idea today!

See you on Monday for another rockin' party!