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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

.:Zulily:.

** I am an affiliate for Zulily, but I LOVE this site, and used it long before I became an affiliate. The deals are incredible!



zulily

Have you heard of a little site called Zulily?

Chances are you have, and if not, well, you’re welcome.

Zulily is a fantastic site, dedicated to providing fantastic deals on trendy toys and clothing for women and children. I have loved using Zulily to do some online shopping for my girls. Zulily has the most darling clothing, and the prices really are phenomenal. We’ve scored big on clothes and shoes many a time!

Let me treat you to a little sampling of what Zulily offers.

I love love love this green and cream sundress. Comfortable for playing all summer long!



The big bow sash on this dress is maybe one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen!



You all know that I love to craft; why not let my kids in on the action?



There are super darling shoes for girls, like these peep toe flats.



Or perhaps you’d like a little bling?



And if bling isn’t your thing, perhaps lace will do the trick.



I’m pretty sure most kids would enjoy something like this for the summertime, right?



I would love this tank for exercising; not too tight over my stomach (hey, I don’t love drawing attention to that area, it’s been stretched a time or three!)



There’s even jewelry,



and shoes for women!



Lots to choose from, and I barely scratched the surface!

So head on over to Zulily today and see what you can find! Refer your friends, and get credit to spend. More shopping!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Nautical Rompers:.

I totally have a thing for rompers. I pretty much think they are adorable on little girls, and make sure my girls always have at least one romper during the summer time. I don’t even care if the romper has snaps, or if I have to pull the whole thing down every time for potty and diaper changes. It’s totally worth it to me for the cuteness of a romper. And better yet, my baby is older this summer which means less diaper changes. So score for me!

This year my girls each have two rompers, one store bought, and one made by yours truly. What do you think about this nautical romper?

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Nautical Romper #sewing

I, for one, think it’s absolutely darling and I’m going to show you how to make one today.


Sunday, May 26, 2013

.:Market Yourself Monday:.

Happy Sunday!

Are you enjoying your Memorial Day weekend? I hope that you are able to have some time off of work to spend with friends and family, as we honor those who have served and serve now!

We’ve been able to spend some time outside, working on the never ending project of our backyard. Someday it will be finished!

In the meantime, hoping to enjoy a little bit of Arrested Development tonite. Are you watching? If you haven’t watched it before, go watch the first three seasons immediately so that you can start watching the newest season. It is seriously my favorite tv show EVER! Hilarious!

Well, let’s get this party started! The most viewed link from last week was:



Now, before we start linking, don’t forget to make sure that you are linking back here! When I choose features, I check to make sure you linked back to me. And I sadly had to not feature a few people last week because they hadn’t linked back!

Get your link on!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

.:Showcase Saturday:.

Another week, another party, another round of features to share with you all.

Click over to the original source before you pin!

Enjoy!




Tuesday, May 21, 2013

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Faux Peter Pan Collared Shirts:.

The Peter Pan collar seems to be super trendy right now, so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon by turning some plain shirts into something a bit cuter with a faux Peter Pan collar.

Faux Peter Pan Collar - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Monday, May 20, 2013

.:Shoe Dazzle:.

** Disclaimer: ShoeDazzle is sponsoring this post. But I wouldn’t share if I didn’t think it was something you might enjoy!

So I think by now, you all know that I’m a mom. (To three beautiful, amazing girls, but that’s besides the point).

Now as most of you mommies out there know, being a mom is not always the most glamorous. There are times when we are in jammies all day, and we call it a success if everyone gets fed all day long. There are times when we’re tired from sick kids being up during the night, and we end up in sweats all day long. Okay, who am I kidding? If I’m home at all during the day, chances are I’ll be in my comfy stretchy pants. Just being honest!

So the idea that there is a resource out there to help me stay up to date on the latest trends and fashion is pretty darn appealing. I’m no fashionista myself; I’ve never really claimed to be. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like to look nice on those occasions that I’m able to get dressed up a bit better than my normal sweat pants look.

Whether it’s a night out with my friends, or a date night with my husband, I’m glad to have ShoeDazzle to keep me – and my fashion – in check.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

.:Market Yourself Monday:.

Happy Sunday!

Have you had a nice weekend! I sure hope so.

We were home for most of it, but were able to sneak away for an impromptu date nite last nite. We stuffed ourselves at Olive Garden, and then did a little looking to decide what plants and flowers we want to plant in our yard. Any Utah locals wanna share some favorites? We’ve been working on getting our backyard in, and I would really like to get our front yard looking decent as well! This whole yard business is new to us!

Anyway, let’s get to the party! The most viewed link from last week was:



Now before we get to linking up, I just want to nicely and gently remind you to please link back to here. It can be a text link, or the button link – I’m not picky! I’m just going to start being a little more strict about who I feature, depending on whether you’ve linked back or not. I’d hate to pass you up for a feature because you forgot to link back!

I’m not trying to be a meanie, I promise. But this party is supposed to be beneficial to all of us, so let’s be sure to share the linking love!

Now let’s see what you’ve been up to!

Get your link on!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

.:Showcase Saturday:.

Are you ready to see some inspiration from this week’s Market Yourself Monday?

Click over to the original source before pinning anything!

















Grab a featured button if I showcased your idea today!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad - Love Grows Wild

Hello again! I'm Liz from Love Grows Wild, and I'm back with another delicious recipe to share with you! After last month's decadent Apple Turnover recipe, I thought I'd lighten things up a bit and show you the salad I've been obsessing over lately: Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad. It's fresh, flavorful, and perfect for Summer!

Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff #salad

I have to admit, I LOVE food, and it's not always the healthiest of things I'm eating. Pizza, pasta, ice cream... you get the picture! So to try to avoid that muffin top that keeps sneaking up on me, I eat pretty healthy most of the time. Salads are an easy healthy meal option, and I love adding lots of fresh ingredients with different flavors and textures. Who wants just a plain iceberg lettuce salad when they can have all this?

Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff #salad

For this salad I use romaine lettuce and toss in green onions, mouth-watering strawberries, and a crunchy topping made from walnuts and broken ramen noodles browned in butter. It may sound strange, but I'm telling you the crunchy noodles and walnuts are the star of this salad! Aside from the strawberries of course. Is there anything better than fresh strawberries this time of year? They're almost too pretty to eat!

Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff #salad

Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff #salad

For this salad I also make my own dressing, which is super easy if you've never done it before. It only uses 4 ingredients, and you probably already have them all in your pantry! The dressing has just the right amount of sweetness and pairs perfectly with the strawberries. 

Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff #salad

This salad is great to take to parties! It looks so pretty with all the bright colors, and you can prepare all the ingredients ahead of time and simply toss it together when you get there. 

Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff #salad

Each bite of this salad has an amazing variety of textures with the soft, sweet fruit, crunchy walnuts and noodles, and crisp romaine lettuce. You'll never get bored with this salad!

Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff #salad

Who knew eating healthy could look (and taste!) this good? 

Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff #salad

Click HERE for a printable version of this recipe!

Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad
1 package ramen noodles
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
8 cups torn romaine lettuce
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

Discard the seasoning packet from the ramen noodles (or save for another use). Break the noodles into small pieces. In a large skillet, cook noodles and walnuts in melted butter over medium heat for 6 minutes or until golden brown. Make sure you stir frequently so they don't burn! Remove from the heat and cool. 

For the dressing, in a small bowl whisk together the sugar, oil, vinegar, and soy sauce until well combined. Just before serving, combine the romaine, green onions, strawberries, and noodle mixture in a large bowl. Drizzle with dressing and toss gently. 

Recipe originally from Taste of Home

Enjoy!

Whether you are watching your waistline or simply want to enjoy the fresh taste of Summer, this salad is sure to become a favorite! I'll be back next month with another delicious recipe, but I hope you'll come visit me at Love Grows Wild and check out all my latest projects and recipes!


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

.:Pick Your Plum Steal:.

** Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Pick Your Plum, but I wouldn't share this deal unless I really thought it was great. And it is!

Pick Your Plum is having a deal on something all of my seamstress readers will love: THREAD! I am loving the fun colors you can snag today for such a great deal. 

And the ribbon. Who doesn't love a little ruffle to their ribbon? 


Be sure to snag this deal before it's gone; thread is always a hit! And really, who couldn't use some pretty thread laying around for that perfect sewing project? 


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

.:Knock It Off - GAP Lace Eyelet Dress:.

How often do we see something in stores, fall in love with it, but then immediately fall out of love with it because of the price tag? I think that part of that with a DIY community is that often we realize and understand that it wouldn’t be too tough to re-create the look in our own way for ourselves without having to spend as much money. I’m totally guilty of that!

I love that Heidi from Elegance & Elephants is doing this fun Knock It Off Series, and am thrilled to be participating.


Elegance & Elephants

Here’s a quick look at what I decided to re-create.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress


It all started with this dress from Gap.




Totally darling, love the lace-ish top fabric with the pop of color peeking through. It’s a simple cut of dress, which I like so that there’s not too much taking away from the details of the white fabric.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

- fabric: one solid color for underneath and some sort of lace-ish fabric for the overlay
- button
- skinny elastic
- ribbon
- sewing machine/accessories
- iron
- bodice pattern (optional)
** The bodice pattern I used is from this pattern. A free option is from this pattern from The Cottage Mama.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Start off by cutting the pattern pieces. You’ll need two of each fabric cut; one of each for the front and one of each for the back. Place the wrong side of the colored fabric facing the right side of the lace.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Cut a slit down both layers of the back pieces. You want a decent sized slit so that the dress will easily fit over your little gal’s head. Do not make a slit in the front!

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Sew along the arm holes, shoulders, and neckline of the front and back bodice pieces.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Clip the corners – being careful not to cut the seam – flip right side out, and press.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Measure from where the bottom of the bodice will hit to where you want the bottom hem of the skirt to be. Add on half an inch to this measurement for your length. Measure the bottom edge of the bodice piece, and double this measurement for the width. Cut two solid colored pieces of fabric to this measurement and two lace pieces of fabric to this measurement. Place the lace piece’s wrong side to the right side of the colored fabric. (You might wanna run an iron over your fabric. Clearly I did not).

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Hem up the bottom of both of the skirt pieces, hemming up both layers together.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Run a gathering stitch along the top, raw edge of each skirt piece.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Gather the skirt to the width of the bodice pieces. My favorite way to gather is to put the right sides of the bodice and skirt facing each other, pinning in the middle of each piece. Gather evenly on one side, then gather evenly on the other side.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Sew the bodice and skirt together, finishing the edge with a zig zag stitch or serger.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Turn right side out and top stitch.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

When you have completed this for both the front and back of the dress, place them together with right sides facing in. Sew along each side seam, finishing the edges.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Next sew along each shoulder seam. Don’t sew the neckline shut!

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Press open the shoulder seam.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Turn the dress right side out, and use a seam ripper to make a small hole in the back slit of the dress, near the top of the slit. This is where you will insert the elastic.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Pin a small loop of elastic in place where you made the hole.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Top stitch along the entire top of the dress – you will go around the neckline, across the shoulder seam, around the arm hole, back across the shoulder seam, the back neckline – including the slit. This will catch the elastic and sew it in place. I also like doing it this way so that the top stitch keeps down the shoulder seams that were pressed.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Hand sew a button on to the back of the dress.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

The dress is a little bit of a boxy fit – which can definitely be cute – but the original dress had a decorative ribbon along where the bodice and skirt meet, so I wanted to do that as well, and make it functional by turning it into a sash to give the dress some shape.

Pin the ribbon along the front of the dress, only from one side seam to the other. Be sure to leave ribbon on each side of the seams for tying the sash in back.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Sew the ribbon in place along the front of the dress only.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Now you can tie the sash in back and give the dress some shape!

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Try it on a darling girl, and totally fall in love with the knock off dress – and it’s price tag!

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

This dress went together SO easily! And quick!

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Now I just need to make two more in different colors.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress

Yes, I said need. Don’t laugh. We like our matching around here.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Lace Eyelet Dress