Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Old Navy Summer Shorts Party

Have you ever heard of Crowdtap? I recently discovered it and I'm so glad I did! You can earn money for yourself & charity, and even get sponsored events! Head on over here to join Crowdtap and start earning. It's very easy. They have something called "quick hits". They are questions and by answering them, you earn points. As you level up, you get the opportunity to possibly get sample events. So far I've seen them for jeans, accessories, dresses, workout clothes & shorts, all from Old Navy!

I was lucky enough to get selected for the Old Navy Summer Shorts party. I was SO excited when I got the email!! Myself and three friends got to hang out in Old Navy, trying on all the cute clothes! We each got a pair of shorts, a top and an accessory of our choice. Aren't these shorts cute? My friend chose the plaid ones on top.

I thought these shirts were very cute too. And the shorts as well!

And I cannot believe I'm posting this, I hate photos of myself! But this is the shirt I ended up with. Not the shorts. The shirt isn't something I'd normally pick, but I thought it was cute, and so did my friends that came along. It looks much better in person! Thank you Old Navy & Crowdtap for this opportunity!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Been Busy!

Sorry for not being around much. It was my intention to stay up with my blogging since Christmas, and I've been doing pretty good until lately. It's been a busy few weeks. Last weekend, Blake went to a football camp put on by Max Starks from the Pittsburg Steelers. A whole group of us went so we decided to stay in Orlando for the night, even though it's only 45 minutes or so away.

Mainly because we wanted to stay at Coco Key! Photos of that in a second.

But first, check this out. We had two beds in our room, yet look where the kids ended up. Yep. In my bed!

This is one of the three pools at Coco Key. This one is more for the little kids. It's only 3 feet deep in the deep end. Then there is another (no photo) that is 5 feet deep with a bigger slide. Both of them are covered by a roof. Plus there is another pool & a hot tub in a seperate area with no roof.

The kids, especially Morgan, loved this area! There are several slides here, including some for the really little ones. The water is ankle depth and it's dripping & pouring from everywhere!

Then you have the 3 large slides. We went on all of them, but I didn't much care for the red one in the center there! Very scary! Layla loved the yellow & the blue/orange one. The red one freaked her out a little, too. And it turns out she wasn't even supposed to be on it due to her height. But she survived.

Here is my nephew & a friend chilling in water. Waiting for something...

This!! A huge bucket at the top dumps out a ton of water! The kids love it.

Here's Layla going down one of the slides in the 3 foot pool.

And Blake coming down one of the slides.

We ended our trip by visiting the World's Largest McDonalds.

It was a great weekend! And I hope to get back in to some crafting & blogging. What have you been up to lately?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Art Party Goody Bags

I know it's been awhile since I shared anything about the art party, but I still have a few things I wanted to blog about. So next up are the goody bags. I started with white glassine bags.

The goodies included a painted pencil, a glitter glue pen, a mini chalkboard, some white chalk, a piece of sidewalk chalk, a lollipop, a piece of Painterz gum, a stamp and some fun dough.

I found these little chalkboards at Michael's. They are adhesive backed, so they can be used as stickers, but I decided to punch holes in them and string them from some yarn. I wrote "thanks for coming" on each one before putting them in the bags.

Since the white bags are pretty plain, I decided to add some color with paint chips from Walmart.

I chopped off the more pastel colors, so they would be more vibrant and also so they would fit the bags better.

And in the corner of each paint chip, I used a punch to create a decorative "splat".

I didn't want the leftover paint chips to go to waste, so I dug out a round punch and created some confetti for the tables.

To close them all up I folded the tops over and attached the paint chips with some hot glue.

And there you have it! I think they turned out really cute. I like how they're colorful and match the theme, but are still simple.

Linked to: Friday Favs at Naptime Crafters, Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Delicately Constructed Friday at delicateCONSTRUCTION, Friday Favorites at Inspiring Creations, Show & Share Day at Just a Girl, Catch-as-Catch-Can at My Repurposed Life, Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Teacher Gifts

Today was the last day of school! This year went by so fast. I can't believe I'm going to have a 4th grader & a 2nd grader! I took them to Rita's Italian Ice after school and we started planning a summer list. I'll post about that later. First up is teacher's gifts. I've seen these around the 'net and decided we'd give it a go.

I'm sorry for the bluriness of this photo, but it's the only one I have. I found these guys at Michael's with the dollar toys. Layla's teacher likes tigers, so we went with a lion. Close enough. Blake wouldn't pick so I chose a dinosaur.

Using a sharpie I drew an oval for where I would cut.

Then using a razor knife, I cut along the lines. The cutting was definitely the hardest part!

After cutting I gave them a coat of primer.

And finally spray paint. Layla's teacher likes green, and I let Blake choose from our spray paint stash.

Then we headed to Lowe's to find some succulents. I think these were $2.98 each.

And then just stuff the plant in. This was kind of tricky too, only because the space is so small. But I got them in. I did add a few small pebbles first to help with drainage.

I think they turned out pretty cute!

Of course we also had to have a card. And thankfully, Tiny Prints had a promo code that gave you 5 free cards & free shipping, so that took care of both teachers & Father's Day. The one above was for Blake's teacher.

And this was for Layla's.

To make it easy for the kids to carry to school, I picked up to plastic bins from the dollar spot at Target. Added some colored tissue paper & they were done.

What did you do for your kids teachers?

Linked to: Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table & Dreaming, Sundae Scoop at I ♥ Naptime, Market Yourself Monday at Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog, Monday Link Up at Dimple Prints, Too Cute Tuesday at Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Talent Tuesday at Vintage Wanna Bee, Friday Favs at Naptime Crafters, Friday Favorites at Inspiring Creations, Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Firecracker Slush

With summer pretty much here, I've started thinking about the 4th of July. I never really decorate too much, but I always do something food related. Every year I make a Snicker's Cake, and last year I also did one that looked like a flag inside when you cut it. Even though it's not the 4th yet, I decided to give something new a try. Something inspired by the Rainbow Slush.

You need the same ingredients. Frozen ice pops (something with white), dishes to put them in (these are single serving size), a bowl & a fork.

Freeze the pops, then seperate your red, white & blue colors.

I forgot a picture of just the blue, but crush your pop in the bowl and then add the blue to your dishes. Then repeat with white and red. If you pops are soft enough, you may be able to just pour them straight into the dish. But then you also run the chance of the colors blending.

Here is it after the addition of the red. Isn't it cute?

Then if you like, you can add your choice of garnish. Here I used a lollipop stick & a pompom.

Now kick back & enjoy! (I wonder if the adults could add vodka to these? LOL!)

Do you have any projects or recipes planned for the 4th?

Linked to: Creative Bloggers Party at Homemaker On a Dime, Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table & Dreaming, Sundae Scoop at I ♥ Naptime, Market Yourself Monday at Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Monday Linky Party at Dimple Prints, Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog, Tasty Tuesday at 33 Shades of Green, Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife, Too Cute Tuesday at Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Idea Sharing Wednesday at Women Who Do It All, Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, Show & Tell at Blue Cricket Design, Inspired By You Wednesday at Eisy Morgan, Hookin Up With HoH at House of Hepworths, Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage, Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, I'm Crafty Party at So You Think You're Crafty, Catch-As-Catch-Can at My Repurposed Life, Delicately Constructed Friday at delicateCONSTRUCTION, Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots & Jello, Show & Share Day at Just a Girl


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