This week was brought to you by: Moments

In the past 7 days I have packed in the excitement, stress, passion, and energy that I normally am able to eek out of a full 30 days. It has been a big week. Filled with so many moments.

On Sunday, I shared 3 fun baby shower games that were played at my sister-in-law’s baby shower the previous day. I wasn’t able to go to the shower, so I sent up these baby shower games, along with a baby shower wreath for the party.

I needed to get some serious yard work done… so I made a plan for what we needed, and then took a trip to the Home Depot with Little Moore. There is some fun video of LM that you’ll want to check out!

On Wednesday, I hosted a fun party at my house for some of my local blog friends to come over and talk about diapers. You’ll be hearing more about that soon… but you may have already seen pictures of the party on Instagram.

After the party wrapped, I loaded up the car, and headed on the nearly 6-hour drive to Salt Lake City to pick up Carissa from Creative Green Living from the airport, and then drove to SNAP Conference, where I am now.  It has been an amazing few days. I presented to a packed room of bloggers on how to use Google+, and there were more glitches and issues in getting that presentation to happen than I can share in this post… but I’d like to thank my years in Toastmasters, and the sense of humor that I inherited from my parents for getting me through that presentation in style. I think the audience even learned a little!

Leaving my boys for so many days hasn’t been easy, and I’m glad I had the Crystal Pendant Necklace I shared earlier this week along. It has been nice to have a little bit of “home” here with me.

I was also able to accomplish one of my goals this week… I launched a fun new site dedicated to obscure holidays… so if you want to find a fun way to celebrate Jellybean day or Penguin day… check out Obscure Holiday Crafts for some inspiration!

There is always more going on around here, and I promise I’ll share more details about my week soon! In the meantime, if you’re on Instagram, you should check out the fun Google Eye Contest I have going on, and if you’re on Pinterest, you should check out the Paid to Pin contest.

One more thing before I head back to the party… last night I was walking back from the last event of the evening, and I saw this… I just had to stop and take a picture…

There was a couple dancing under the lights of the gazebo. Holding each other, and swaying to music that only they could hear.

It reminded me that though weeks seem to fly by … they are made up of individual moments. I’m trying to immerse myself in each experience and each moment as fully as I can.

Shopping for new Tools at the Home Depot

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

We have a joke in our house that although most of the tools in our house belong to my husband, I’m the one who uses them the most. He gets tools for birthdays and Christmas, and then I get to play with them. It works out great for me!

But sometimes he doesn’t have the tool that I need in his well-gifted arsenal. That is the case with gardening. Not being a big gardener, most of the garden tools are those that I have collected.

To get started on whipping our garden into shape, I headed to the Home Depot for some new tools with my son. You can watch a video on how we did… and see my 4-year-old be highly amused as he sticks his tongue out!


I have to tell you a story about the car cart…
When we arrived at The Home Depot, my son immediately asked for a Car Cart. He LOVES the car carts. We didn’t see any in the parking lot, so headed inside. At the door, an employee asked us if we needed help finding anything. My son told him we were looking for a car cart, and the employee (I think his name was Joe) immediately joined our search, and hopped on the radio to ask others for help. I was so impressed. But I was about to be blown away…
Joe told us that all the carts were in use. If one became available, he would snag it for us, and track us down. I thanked him, grabbed a regular cart, and we did our shopping.
About 20 minutes later, Joe found us. And he brought a car cart. My son was so excited. And I was so impressed. I want to stress here that these employees did not know that I was a blogger on a mission to do a series of posts sponsored by the Home Depot. They had no “special” reason to go out of their way for me… except they clearly cared that much. To the team at Home Depot #3324 – you blew me away. And that is NOT an easy thing to do!


We spent quite a bit of time selecting our gardening tools. We needed a rake so that we can return the rake currently in our garage to our neighbor (note to self: still need to bring rake to the neighbor), and some tools to make weeding easier, like the hoe and of course gloves.

I also made sure to get some small, lightweight tools for my son. He loves digging in the dirt, and I want to encourage him to get used to using “real” tools. We found a set of small plastic hand tools, that were lightweight and inexpensive. They are real tools – not kiddie plastic tools – and will last us for years. And I love that, being plastic, he won’t do as much damage if he bangs them against my bricks, sidewalk, fence posts… and whatever strikes the fancy of a 4-year-old boy.

We purchased some weed killer (this weed killer is a combination of weed killer and pest control: score!), for the side yard. I spent the better part of the day fixing up the side yard, I want to keep it weed-free.

Our last watering nozzle for our hose has gone “mysteriously” missing, so I had to buy a new one. You can see the two I purchased in this picture. One is a combo water+feed nozzle. It feeds the plants while watering them, which is great. My son loves to do this part. I knew he would. Which is why I bought the second nozzle. Although the MiracleGro Nozzle has an option to use it without the plant food portion, my son would play with it as if it was his own personal toy. Switching the feeding nozzle out for a standard nozzle when we are not feeding the plants means that he can still play with the different sprayer settings, without me worrying that he is “feeding” our sidewalk.

… stay tuned to see us in action as we #DigIn to get this yard whipped into shape!


It’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need to #DigIn for Spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, they have great values on all you need. They’re ready to help you with renovation ideas and expert advice, too.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Crystal Pendant Necklace

Several years ago, my oldest son picked some simple flowers from our backyard, and presented them to me. It was so sweet that I pressed them and kept them in a frame. The frame has been tucked away in a corner of my craft room… and I wanted to use these flowers for something a that would get a little more exposure. I thought I’d put a dried flower on the back of a crystal and use it as a pendant necklace. And I’m wild about how this turned out!

Supplies:
Large Crystal (I used the clear 2.5″ rectangle from We Got Crystal)
Mod Podge
Paintbrush
Pressed and Dried Flower
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Jump Ring
Necklace

I started by using the Mod Podge to set the dried flower to the back of the crystal. I put down a thin layer of Mod Podge, and pressed down the flower.

I then added a layer of Mod Podge on top. I let this dry overnight.

The next day I added the jump ring to the top of the crystal, and then put on a layer of Dimensional Magic. Dimensional Magic is self-leveling. Meaning that it needs to be on a flat surface. The back of the crystal is flat, but the front is faceted. To keep the crystal flat, I folded up a towel underneath the crystal.

I let the Dimensional Magic dry overnight. Then added another layer, and let it dry again. Then added a third layer. I wanted to really build up the back to protect the flower. Between each layer, I removed any excess Dimensional Magic that seeped through the holes in the crystal to the front. This was easy to do with a sharp knife, it came right off!

The flower was purple, but after the first coat of Dimensional Magic it went brown. At first I was shocked by the color change, but now I love it. It gives it a very vintage look!

… and now I can enjoy this sweet sentiment from my son all the time!

Pinning means winning!

could you get paid to pin 

Are you addicted to Pinterest? I love pinning the fun projects that I find online…and checking out other pins there. Though I pin for fun, I actually know some people who get paid to pin! I got together with my friends, and we want to reward one of our readers with this great giveaway! One lucky winner is going to get $100 Visa gift card just for pinning some awesome pins! We’ve made it super easy, just follow these steps:

 1. Check out this Pinterest board, and repin as many of these pins as you would like (or just repin them all!)
 2. Once you’re done pinning, Click on your image in the top right hand corner of Pinterest, and then copy the URL at the top (this is your Pinterest Profile URL).
 3. Come back to this page and use the rafflecopter widget below to share which of the pins you re-pinned. You just click on the pins you chose, paste your Pinterest Profile URL, and submit the entry (this is so we can verify your entry if you win). If you’re a visual learner, we made this handy video to show you how it is done! Click here to watch the video. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Heading to the Home Depot for some new tools…

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

We’re having the baby’s birthday party in less than 2 weeks, and it is time to get the yard in shape. If you’ve been following along, you know that I worked really hard on the side yard, but still have the yard of shame.

My first step is to get some new gardening tools. We do have some good garden tools… a shovel, a wheelbarrow, a lawn mower, pruning shears… and a rake that is currently on loan from the neighbor. All the tools are stowed away neatly in our garage…

My husband is so optimistic about not needing to mow the lawn that he has tucked it away behind everything else in the garage. We haven’t been camping in over 7 years (I’m sad that it has been that long), but it is easier to reach the camping equipment than the lawnmower. We have a string trimmer back there somewhere, too… we may need to replace it, or at least get new string.

In addition to a new rake, I’ll be checking out The Home Depot for some gardening gloves. I love getting my hands dirty, but chipped nails do not look good in DIY tutorials, and I’m not a fan of blisters. I’ll also want to find some kid-sized tools. I want gardening time to also be bonding time that I can spend with my preschooler. He’s growing up so fast, and learning so much… I want him to do some of that growing and learning by my side with our hands covered in dirt. Gloved or ungloved.

We’ll want to grab a weed killer of some sort for the side yard. Though I put down a fresh layer of weed block fabric, I don’t trust the weeds not to come back again. We might look into an electric pressure washer to clean off the patio and really scrub the stucco walls. My mom has one that she can bring over, so it may be a tool that we just loan from her.

And as long as we are at the Home Depot Garden Center picking up tools, we’ll grab some seeds and potted plants as well. I mentioned before that according to the zone that I live in, I need to get my tomato plants in the ground by the end of April. And I want my kiddo to be able to plant some seeds and watch the plants grow.


What’s on your shopping list this spring? If you need help – you can always ask a Home Depot Expert!

It’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need to #DigIn for Spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, they have great values on all you need. They’re ready to help you with renovation ideas and expert advice, too.

Get over $300 in email exclusive savings each year, sneak peeks on new products, monthly lawn & garden ideas for your region and access to The Home Depot’s gardening experts. Click here to join the world’s largest garden community today! Or go to http://gardenclub.homedepot.com/  homedepot.com/gardenclub to see some of the many benefits of membership.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Three Printable Boy Baby Shower Games

Want some quick and easy games for an upcoming baby shower? Here are three quick and easy games for you to print out. Printable games are great for showers at restaurants where you may not have a lot of room to move around, or for a shower at someone’s home if you’re unsure of the layout. They are also great if you have a big age range in the attendees, because printable games tend to level the playing field.

I put together this combination of games for my sister in law’s baby shower. She’s having a boy! I was unable to go to the shower, but still wanted to help out. I was able to put these together, print them out, and mail them off so that I could still be there in spirit. All that her sister, the hostess, had to do was provide pens and prizes! Super simple, right?

Here are PDF files of each of the games – none are personalized in any way, so you can just print and go! I printed mine on different colored paper for fun… but white would be fine. Each sheet has 2 copies per page, saving on paper. Just cut down the middle.

Boy, oh boy! – come up with as many words as you can that use the word “boy.”

How Handsome! – Does mama-to-be want the baby to have her eyes, or daddy’s? Guess which family tree she favors!

Finish the Nursery Rhyme – A baby shower classic… how well do you know your Mother Goose?

Click on the links above, and print out the shower games!

I sent a shower package with these games, a welcome baby pennant wreath, and of course my baby shower gift! I’d made some 30 minute baby bibs out of some of my favorite boy fabrics!

Here are some more of my Baby Shower ideas… yes, I’ve run quite a few of these!!
Winnie The Pooh Baby Shower
More Baby Shower Games (with Baby Shower Bingo Printable)
Orange and Monster Truck Baby Shower
Duck Themed Baby Shower
Ideas for a baby “sprinkle”

This week has been brought to you by: The Train to Crazy

This past week, in addition to going to see Thomas with the boys, I’ve been doing a lot of preparation for this NEXT week. And the week after. April is a very busy month around here… I’m speaking at SNAP this week, and then I have the baby’s first birthday party the following weekend. In addition to tracking down RSVPs, I’m preparing business cards and other fun goodies, shopping, making jewelry to go with my new outfits (tutorials to come)… and all the other stuff that comes with preparing to leave the house and hang out with a bunch of awesome crafty bloggers… if you want to learn more about SNAP, I summed up What is SNAP on CraftSnark earlier this week.

Here I shared my Busy Day Fajitas, which are super fast and easy to make, especially on busy days like the ones I’ve been having this week. And I finally shared the fat quarter challenge quilt that I’d been keeping secret while the contest was going on (spoiler alert: I didn’t win… but I still love my finished quilt).

On 30 Minute Crafts I shared a recycled Juice Can lid garland. The garland is hanging in Little Moore’s room… he insisted that he wanted to keep it. I also shared a roundup of over 25 quick and easy Duck Tape crafts. Yes, crafting with Duck Tape is a thing. And you can totally make more than wallets with it!

I also shared a roundup of over 25 sewing tutorials that take less than 30 minutes. There is always time for sewing… and this proves it! Some of my favorite projects are in that roundup.

My sister in law had a baby shower yesterday, and I was bummed that I wasn’t able to go. I did send up some of my 30 minute baby bibs. These are still one of my most popular tutorials… and a go-to gift for me to make for baby showers! I sent some other fun stuff as well that I’ll be sharing soon.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I got some happy mail from Art Gallery Fabrics. I have a fun surprise in the works with these… so stay tuned!
I have a LOT of fun things going on this week… and a few announcements! For now, I’ll leave you with this fun out-take from a photo shoot earlier this week. The boys love getting into whatever mommy is doing… and taking photos is no exception.

I hope you had an awesome week!

Fat Quarter Challenge Quilt

I finished this quilt weeks ago and am finally able to share it with you! I pieced it and quilted it myself, and then washed it to get that beautiful crinkly look that I love…

It was part of a contest at my local quilt shop. Dozens of quilts were entered.  Here is a picture of it when I had it out on the floor to baste before quilting…

No, I didn’t win… but I did get a finished quilt that I LOVE! This is going upstairs in the playroom, on the couch right under my Dr Seuss wallhanging

Busy Day Fajitas

this is a sponsored post


If you’re a mom, you have busy days. Which means you rely on quick dinner recipes, like I do. Yesterday was one of those busy days. We spent our morning hanging out as a family (more on that later this week), and then after we came home I had work to do, projects to get done… and then dinner to get on the table.

On days that I have to, I’ll run through the drive-through to make sure we all eat, and that I can still get the kids to bed somewhere close to bedtime. But I don’t like it. I wasn’t raised on drive-through food, and I like being able to sit down at the table as a family. Having fast dinner recipes prepped and ready to go is important to me – and that is where the new Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts come in. The marinated chicken breasts come pre-seasoned in flavors like Smokey Steakhouse and Southwest Pepper Trio, you can find them in the frozen section at Walmart. For my busy day Fajitas, I grabbed the Southwest Pepper Trio flavored chicken. You can check out my complete shopping trip on my Google + album here.

I love filling my recipe box with ideas like these – easy chicken recipes and healthy chicken recipes!


This is an obvious meal to turn to for those nights where I need easy dinner recipes. One thing I love about this recipe is that you can chop your onions and bell peppers ahead of time, and put them in the freezer alongside the frozen chicken. If you don’t normally keep tortillas on hand, you could pop those in the freezer as well and have a full meal waiting for you in the freezer!

Another great thing? These Tyson individually frozen chicken breasts cook in the oven. I can come home from my busy day, toss the chicken breasts on a cookie sheet and throw them in the oven for 50 minutes. No defrosting needed. While they cook, I can give the kiddos a bath and get them ready for bed. 40 minutes later, I sautee the onions and peppers, chop up the cooked chicken… and dinner is ready with only 10 minutes of hands-on time!

If cutting onions makes you cry, here is a great tip: light a candle. It doesn’t have to be a scented candle or fancy candle, but lighting a candle and having it burn close by cuts a lot of the eye-ouch. Plus, it adds ambiance.

Ingredients:
Tyson Flavored Chicken – I used the Southwest Pepper Trio
One red bell pepper
One green bell pepper
One medium white onion
Olive Oil
Flour tortillas
Optional toppings: guacamole, sour cream, salsa


Put 3 chicken breasts on a cookie sheet and cook as instructed on the back of the package.
Chop up onion and bell peppers into strips.
Sautee onion in a pan until softened. Add bell peppers and continue to cook until soft.
Serve with flour tortillas and optional toppings.

These seasoned chicken breasts are available in stores starting tomorrow… I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots more Tyson Chicken Recipies and Low Fat Chicken Recipes using these supplies in the future!

For more ideas check out Tyson online and Tyson Foods on Twitter.
 

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and Tyson Foods.

This week was brought to you by: Leftover Easter Candy

It seems I bought an insane amount of Easter Candy… which is what fueled this week… Here is a little of what we’ve been up to…

On this blog, I shared what we did for Easter.
Thanks to the Home Depot, I shared my yard embarrassment (with a commitment to get it fixed up!)
We’re preparing for Baby B’s first birthday… so I shared my thoughts on Birthday Invitations.

Over on CraftSnark, I shared my weekly inspiration on crafting.

Earlier this week I got my ears re-pierced. The back of my holes had closed up, and I want them to be earring-ready by SNAP conference in less than two weeks! To celebrate my soon-to-be earring-ready ears, I made the Easiest Earrings Ever over at 30 Minute Crafts. If those are too easy, I also shared the Second Easiest Earrings ever on that same post.

Today on 30 Minute Crafts, I shared a Flower Pin Corsage Brooch. It is a corsage that will last for more than a few days… and has some pretty CZ and crystal sparkle!


Speaking of Sparkle… If you missed my {{awesome}} April Fool’s Prank, I made a fictitious conference! Some friends helped me come up with the perfect speaker list, and I created a whole website of funny conference info… go check out SparkleCon when you have a minute!
(bonus points to those of you who got the “pun” of it being a “Con”!)

In my non-online life, I voted in our city elections on Tuesday, and yesterday the kiddos and I went on a bouncy playdate, played soccer, and got stranded in the parking lot with a dead car battery (and an expired AAA membership). Our membership has been updated, and we were stranded for less than an hour… so all-in-all things could have been MUCH worse.

One more exciting bit of news… this week it is official… I’m THE crafts expert on Answers.com! In related news… I really need a new headshot photo.

I hope you had a fun and busy week!