Saturday, September 13, 2014

Personalized Burlap Activity Mats

We all know what a dance off is but have you ever heard of a craft off?! LOL! Well I contribute over at See Vanessa Craft (have you seen her busy bag events?!) and she had the idea for a friendly "Do Something Crafty Competition."

What's it all about you ask? 5 bloggers. 5 projects. All participants are using the same stencils provided by Vanessa via Cutting Edge Stencils. The winner get a $50 gift card to Cutting Edge Stencils. Next week you will have a chance to vote on your FAVORITE project. When pondering on my project I decided to market to the moms that want a fab meets functional crafting project.

My project deets...I don’t know about you but the endless act of picking up toys can seem like a losing battle for me. So I decided to get creative and use my Cutting Edge Stencils for something that is functional + fab + fun. Our playroom is in the front room of our house so I try my best to make this area presentable at all times because looks matter in this space! I had the brilliant idea to make personalized burlap activity mats for each of my kiddos to motivate them to keep their toys confined to a small area. Once done playing with one toy they must put it away in order to pull something new. Time to make your own right?! 

What You’ll Need:
·       Chalkboard Spray Paint
·       Burlap or Similar Fabric
·       Tape
·       Protective Backing


I opted to use a stencil, chalkboard spray paint, and clear tape for a FAST and functional project. Simply take clear tape and tape down edges of the stencil. 



I sprayed at a downward angle in order to prevent the paint from lifting the stencil too much. I wanted more of a rustic feel…think coffee bean bag so perfectly cut painted edges weren’t necessary. 



IMPORTANT: you will need to put a barrier behind the fabric you are spraying, as the paint will likely seep through onto your working surface. Once dry I cut out the mat to my desired size. Next it was time to PLAY!



I hope this craft project helps you conquer the battle on toys in your house! A GREAT IDEA: this project can be quickly made for a themed playdate or party at very little cost and will make clean up a breeze! What do you think of my craft?..my littles LOVED! Go and vote for me now! 



A special thank you to See Vanessa Craft for letting me participate and to the sponsor Cutting Edge Stencils.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Just Us Three Design - 0% Shabby 100% Chic


Now typically I'm more of a modernish style designer...well who am I kidding maybe eclectic is a better term. I do a lot of different styles...usually whatever the clients wants. But one thing is sure I don't stop until they are 100% happy. Well this little design idea floated into my head and so I finally got "pen to paper" and got it done. But I would say Shabby Chic isn't really my main look...but I still think this turned out cute. What do you think? A little something sweet for you Sunday. Enjoy!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

STAY and PRAY - Ephesians 6:18 NLT


Today I read a story that I couldn't believe. A tragedy. When I hear such stories I'm at a loss of words...the only three are, "I can't imagine!" that come to mind...and that's because I simply can't. I don't know what it would be like to lose family in such a horrible way. I can't imagine my heart crumbling into a thousand pieces. The Stay Family is in my heart and prayers. Please download and share. I only ask that you give to the family's Go Fund Me HERE. I need no credit for this design take...share...borrow...steal...it's meant for just that. I'm happy to email files or do whatever I can to help. It's a small miracle that my entire family was napping at once while I put this together! Prayers to Cassidy Stay + the Stay Family + the Stay Friends + the Stay supporters!


How I heard about the story via @natalienorton on Insta:


Today, I'm asking you to open your hearts as wide as the ocean is deep...to make space for a sweet angel who desperately needs our help. // Imagine being 15 years old, and suddenly alone in the world. You can't? Neither can I. Cassidy Strong needs our help. Aside from the financial burden of managing 6 funerals (her parents and 4 siblings) and all the financial complexities of moving forward without her parents, this beautiful child of God simply needs to know that she is LOVED— that there is still beauty and goodness in this world that has recently been so horribly, horribly cruel to her. Please donate if you are able. I have changed the link in my Instagram profile to include the donation link for sweet Cassidy Strong. It will remain in my profile through the weekend. I'm asking YOU to PLEASE do the same. Repost this image, temporarily change the URL in your profile and petition your friends and followers to do the same. Spread the word. This tender soul needs our love, our prayers and to know that she is not alone. . . #weloveyoucassidy Every one of our prayers is yours.


18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

For an emailed file contact rachel.e.harding@gmail.com


Thursday, July 10, 2014

{Bitty Baby Party - American Girl - House Party}


A while back I hosted an American Girl + Bitty Baby Playdate for Reegan and her little gal pals. We had an amazing time! We snacked and crafted and played and took pictures and had some girl time...it sounds like a perfect time to me no matter the age.




In additional to some amazing guests we had some STELLAR swag provided for this special event. Tutus were a must for this doll tea party. Our favorite tutu shop Truly Unique Baby Gifts was our go to for the event! I was so happy with the all pink combo that she made us for this event. Don't mind the crafting mess...they were clearly having an AWESOME time! :)






What girly event and play date would be complete without confetti and LOTS of it!? We used The Confetti Bar for our event. Can we talk about how AMAZING these confetti creations are?! Confetti mixalogist Jess will make your confetti dream come true! She has an online shop that you will just drool over...she even can customize confetti for your event + company + brand + etc. 



Ariel of Until Next Time Notes  provided us with some amazing paper goods. Hello cute banner and paper straws!!!!! The lil gals couldn't get enough of all the pink pretties that day!



I totally had to purchase some doll size cups and plates for the event. I.Just.Can't! With this cuteness! And once I knew we were having this day for the girls I HAD to have paper dolls and coloring books customized and ready! Super messy activities but oh so worth it!



We just had a lovely day! I want to do this again very soon! What do you think of our American Girl Bitty Baby Playdate?!


Bitty Baby Doll and Favor bags provided by American Doll and House Party but my opinions are my own and I'm CRAZY for this Product/Brand/Company! Thank you to all the other vendors (linked) that provided items for this event. It was one these angels won't forget any time soon!

Friday, June 13, 2014

{North Phoenix Moms Blog - Free Father's Day Printable Cards OR Labels}


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Have you check out the AMAZING list of Father's Day gift ideas over on North Phoenix Moms Blog?! Seriously Ryan and our fam WILL be checking these local hot spots out! Well as usual I have designed some free printables as a proud contributor to NPhxMoms. What do you think?!

If you know me you know I would never want to leave anyone out so yeah here are 7 count um 7 freebies! Ha!

I recommend printing this on cardstock as a flatcard OR on label paper and stick onto a kraft paper bag to put the man of the day's gift in. :) Boom Bam BANG! You're all set!

For Dad:



For Grand-Dad:



For Step-Dad:


For Grandpa:


For Papa:



For Pop:


For Uncle:



Phewph! That should cover all the special guys in y'alls life! Hope everyone has the best of days!







Thursday, June 12, 2014

{Happy Father's Day - Free Printable Card & Tags at A Night Owl Blog}


In addition to blogging here on our family corner y'all know I contribute over at A Night Owl Blog. Please head over there see my nifty Father's Day Printables. I think the design is pretty darn cute if you ask me! There are a few more tag designs available for downloading off ANO with tips on what gifts you might pair them with.


I would say what I'm getting Ryan but he is unfortunately on the list to get notified of blog posts so it will have to wait until this weekend. :) Hope all the daddy's have the BEST of days! I know we sure will! Enjoy!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

{Father’s Day Gifts From Years Past with Dollar Shave Club}


Well I was super excited that Dollar Shave Club with that EPIC viral video reached out to me to share about some funny things from Father's Day in years past. You guys being a parent is a pretty funny and humiliating thing at times. Only celebrating our 3rd Father's Day you'd think I didn't have any funny stories. You're wrong there. First Father's Day Reegan was about 10 month's old and I took the time to go to one of those pottery places and had her do a cute little hand print on a glass dish for Ryan. A catch all for at his office. I presented it to him that day and he loved it...knocked it outta the park! I let Reegan hold it...I thought oh she is so young what harm will it do. She somehow managed to chuck the thing like 2 feet onto the our tile floor and it shattered. It being kinda a sore subject I didn't photo it. But here she is around that time. Who knew she had an arm on her at that young age?!


OK lesson learned. Don't have baby handle a breakable gift. The very next year I planned a day out to our fave food truck as they were having a Dad's Day Event. Let's talk about how the weather was so windy and insane that the hubs literally had his meal blown right off the table....I ended up with dirt in my eyes and obviously wore a dress on what felt like the windiest day AZ has ever seen. Good news is we got some AMAZING shots of the kids with dad!



Third times a charm. Last year was pretty successful for me on the gift giving end/weather was perfect. Hubs loved what I/kids gave him...and really everyone did. So much so that one of my BFF's made the very same give for her hubs. Used the same printable and everything. What's the mishap you're wondering?...when he came over at a later date we had the framed gift out on our shelf and her cover was blown! I'm wondering what kind of story will I have to tell from this year. Looking forward to more fun memories made! 


I already have ideas for this year what about you!? Look out for my printables (beards will be involved) that will hit North Phoenix Moms Blog and A Night Owl Blog very soon! 


Friday, May 30, 2014

{Perfectly Imperfect Preschool Fashions - The Mismatched, Messy and In Between}


The not so perfect preschool fashions brought to you by Reegan. Because I don't ever want to forget these moments. So many times I wanted my baby to look picture perfect. I tried my best to have her hair done and outfit perfect before I was off to work...ESPECIALLY on days she was going to school. You know because if her hair was styled and outfit mega cute that means that I'm a good mother. Because why would any decent parent send their kids to school looking like the picture below (please note that I had actually put an outfit together that was perfect but she went ahead and modified it and daddy let her.) But now I find that my favorite outfits/pics are those that aren't so perfect. Daddy said, "I am fueling her creative spirit!! Don't judge." I'm thankful for a hubs that did just that...what a humbling moment/statement. And of course this crazy day outfit worn on a non-themed day made it right to the top of my Preschool Fashions post. What a blessing!


I mean how could you not love these types of outfits?! 


The mismatched looks and the dirty knees are too much!!! I love that she proudly poses in her favorite outfits and would even stop at this same spot so often and say, "Mom take a picture of me!" It so easy on Instagram and Facebook and Pinterest to look at perfectly styled kiddos (looking better than their own parents and having better closets too) and think how come my kids don't look like that?! Then I stop and think wait a minute is that what's really important...how my daughter looks?! No not at all. I truly believe comparison is the thief of joy so I try more now to ask her how she wants her hair (Queen Elsa braid all day every day!) or what she wants to wear (Dresses, skirts and fancy shoes ALWAYS.) I still have to reel her in sometimes but I love that she is more involved. Anyways I just wanted to quickly share some more of my favorite parts about PreK and thoughts on what I'm teaching my daughter about her values/the woman she will be one day. I hope she will be comfortable in her own skin and know it's not about the clothes we wear but who we are that mean the most in life.



Not from preschool but I obviously had to include it here! 



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

{Joy Christian Preschool - First Pre-K Picture}


As you all know I'm playing catch up on the blog. This weeks theme is PreK. Seems appropriate with Teacher's Appreciation Week last week and yesterday being Reegan's last day of school.

So this picture.....not totally perfect picture and not a total mess....it's juuuuuuuust right! I love how it turned out. That ponytail curl just kills me though! Hearteyes for days! You better believe the whole fam bam snatched these pictures up. Hehe! Momma is going to have it framed up on the wall soon. What do you mean I don't have all my pictures on the wall yet?! I'm THAT mom. LOL!



Monday, May 12, 2014

{Joy Christian Preschool - Last Day of Pre-K - 3 Year Old's}




Well she did it. Went off and completed the first year of her formal education. ;) I could not be more pleased with our experience with Reegan in school. I noticed changes in her the first week after starting but she continues to make us so proud with the things she is learning everyday. I seriously feel like she is three going on 13...even the dentist said we have a "teen on our hands." Just very mature for her age. I snapped lots of pictures but this little collage is my favorite because you can noticeable see how much she has grown in height standing at the same cabinet as she did the first day of school (top is the last day of school and the bottom is the first day of school.) 


I was thrilled that I was able to attend the end of the end party today. Working as a full time Marketing Coordinator is sometimes difficult for me. I have a strong urning to be there for her at every single event that the school has but it isn't possible. I'm beyond blessed to have a wonderful team of supporters that fill in where I can not. Looking forward to another year of PreK at Joy next school year. Enjoy the pics last day. You KNOW I totally had the teachers sign an Oh the Places You'll Go Book...her college graduation gift. OBVI! :D

Somethings to remember about PreK - 3 Year Olds

  • Best Friends: Arianna and Mia
  • Teachers Names: Ms. Kristi and Ms. Laura
  • Schedule: MWF 8:45AM to 11:45AM
  • Checks in Daily - Moves Name from Out to In
  • Washes Hands Before Free Play in the Morning
  • Does Circle Time
  • Waits at her Spot on the Floor until she is Signed Out by Parent
  • Gets Things from her Cubby
  • Draws Rainbows, Self Portrait and Scribbles (scribbles are her jam)
  • Can Write her Name when Connecting the Dots (we need to practice more at home)



 
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