{baby bloom shoes}

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My friend Martha made the MOST adorable baby shoes for her baby girl, and when I saw them, I was smitten. She sent me the link for the tutorial and I couldn't wait to try them. The facts that my babies just turned two, and that they are boys?  Minor details. They literally took less than 20 minutes to make, and I LOVE that they are made from an old tee shirt. One of the cutest ways to recycle that I've ever seen! Using the collar pieces that are already hemmed means very little sewing (just a few hand stitches), and that makes me very happy.  :) Did I mention they were easy?  SO easy! Now don't judge the way the slippers fit the baby in my pictures.  You would really want to … [Continue reading...]

{giveaway and review} psa essentials


I have been having so much fun with the stamps from PSA Essentials.  Their stamps are really fun because they have switchable borders and middles--so you can mix and match leaving you with tons of different options. I was really excited when they sent me some stamps to try out and review, especially because I was able to choose which ones I wanted.  It was a really hard decision--they have SO many fun ones to choose from. I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that I decided on a set of alphabet stamps--to fuel my love for all things monogrammed and personalized.  It's the small touches that make something extra special, and that's what these stamps do. It took just a … [Continue reading...]



It's here! It's here!After literally MONTHS of creating, the "50+ Top Blogs All Time Favorite Recipes" cookbook is HERE!!! You may have seen a sneak peek of this gorgeous recipe book this past month. We hope you have been anxiously awaiting it. :) Now, until the end of August, it's available for purchase. But wait, scratch that, it's not a purchase. The best part is...it's a donation!100% of your donation will go to the American Red Cross to help the many people who have been affected by recent natural disasters around the world.After seeing the devastation in Japan, several top blogs teamed together wanting to somehow make a difference. More than 50 blogs donated one of their favorite … [Continue reading...]

{teacher gift ideas} “mint” to be, an apple for the teacher

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 I love sending a little something for the teacher on the first day of school, and I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite ideas. {an apple for the teacher} Yummy caramel apples are always a huge hit! My kids love to decorate the apple for their teacher, and while they're not perfect, they're totally charming.   It doesn't have to be covered in caramel to be cute though--place a stick in an apple, and add your tag.  SO cute! What about a whole bag of apples? .....  {"mint" to be} Andes Mints are my son's favorite candy, and they were the inspiration behind this yummy idea.I put them in a Crystal Light container--which I LOVE.  The wrapping isn't … [Continue reading...]

{monogrammed window}

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I have a slight obsession for old windows.  I {LOVE} them. My family knows if I see one on the side of the road I'll stop to check it out--no matter where I'm going or how I'm dressed.  I think I have at least 10 windows sitting in my garage right now, and several more in the workshop. I recently came across a bunch of them that had a solid piece of glass in the middle (no dividers), and I was excited about what I could do with them.  I was even more excited when I realized that one of them was the perfect size for a wall I have in my foyer--I have struggled with what to put there for a long time. A monogrammed window was the perfect solution!!! I'm sure you've seen canvases covered with … [Continue reading...]

{giveaway} mixed bag designs


***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Who doesn't love a great bag? (me, me!)Mixed Bag Designs is the place to go to find a bag for any occasion, in tons of different sizes, colors, and patterns.  Each bag can hold up to 50 pounds (some of then over that), and is made from recyclable materials.                                                                  They have department store bags, … [Continue reading...]