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Friday, May 27, 2016

My second UNBOXING Video - {Peaches & Petals - April}

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Well, I finally have my April Peaches & Petals Subscription Box to review today! They have three mailing dates that they do throughout the month and I am on the last week, so that is why I am sharing the April box now. This box also ran an extra week behind, because they ran out of stock on one of the items... but, to make up for it, they sent me an EXTRA item! No complaints here!


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Here is the letter they sent me with an apology and their mention of an extra item in the box.

I am sharing ANOTHER unboxing video, my second one with my new Canon Rebel T6i! I am getting a little more comfortable in iMovie and I even color-corrected my entire movie this time. I'm still looking into a mic and a new 'skinny' lens, which may be great birthday gifts for me in August (hint, hint to the hubs!).

I think one goal I want to work towards is cutting down my videos to around 5-6 minutes, instead of my usual 10-13 minutes. I think it'll hold everyones attention more and I'll just try to talk less! And, it'll also make editing more of a breeze with less frames to edit. I also need to stop saying, 'Ummm...', 'Annnnd...', 'So...' and I also tend to call things 'little XXX' a lot. If I could learn to talk a little better in front of the camera, my editing time would be cut in half!

I'd appreciate your support, please watch my video, subscribe to my channel, give me a thumbs up, share if you want and I love comments. I got a lot of comments, like and views on my last video THANKS to all of my supportive readers!!! I appreciate it so much! And, if there is any suggestions you have, leave it in the comments below or on You Tube!

So, here we go...

Peaches & Petals UnBoxing - April

A little about Peaches & Petals... Peaches & Petals is a subscription box and new to me. This is my second box with them. I share what I have received in this video AND in the photos pictured below (if you don't have time to watch the video, or if you want more details). My review on my first Peaches & Petals box can be seen by clicking HERE.

What I like about Peaches & Petals is that they send you a HUGE monthly box. It isn't just beauty products, but a variety of items for women. I already subscribe to Ipsy and it is nice to receive some 'larger' beauty products such as bath bombs and also other non-beauty items, such as mugs, adult coloring books, etc.

So, How Do You Get Signed Up?
You can use my referral code by clicking HERE and use one of these coupon codes for the June box! Please make sure to let me know in the comments if you do sign up, so I can make sure I earn the points for your referral (there has been some trouble with this in the past!).
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Every box after your first box will be $19.99 per month. You can cancel your subscription at anytime.

April Items in Peaches & Petals Box
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Facial Cleansing Brush - I already have a Clarisonic, but this will be GREAT to take on our upcoming vacations. It even includes a pumice attachment, which will be great for my at home pedi's. And, I can't wait to try out the massage attachment!

Shower Gel in a Sponge - This body wash sponge with a pink grapefruit scent will help you exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize your skin for 8+ washes. I gave it a try today and I give it a thumbs up! 

 
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Rainy Day Puzzle Book - I can't wait to take this item with me on the plane when we leave for Italy. I know it'll give me something to do after I get tired of reading on my Kindle.

Rain Cloud Planter - This is so cute and unique, too! You hang this on your wall near a sunny spot and can put a paper towel in the cloud. Pour water in and you'll see 'rain droplets' water your seeds!

 
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Adorable Umbrella Necklace - This is the cutest necklace to wear during the spring when it is storming and raining constantly! I wore this necklace today and I got so many compliments on it.

Rainy Day Surprise - Everyone receives a rainy day surprise in their box... I wasn't sure if it was this Happy bracelet or if it was the detangling shower brush. I'm guessing it is the bracelet. I have a small wrist and it fits perfectly and I love to mix the silver bracelet with my gold bracelets.

Detangling Shower Brush - I have one of these brushes for my daughters hair, but I wanted a larger one for my own hair. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this in my box, because I have been wanting one!

Well, that's it! My May Peaches & Petals box is supposed to arrive via UPS on Saturday... I can't wait! I'm also excited about the June box, because they sent me this sneak peak of a GUARANTEED item in the box:
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I was like... seriously?! A summer-time coverup in an aztec print is included and the total of the box is only $19.99? Sweet!

And, don't forget... if you want to subscribe to the box, you can use my referral code by clicking HERE and by using one of the referral codes listed above to get a discount on your first box!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #63: Back to Summer Basics

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us.

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

Visit our Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board! We will be pinning our top two picks along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our Pinterest board!

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Hi everyone! Today I am sharing these adorable gold and black sandals with you c/o Rhea Footwear. Since we are talking about flip flops, I decided to go back to the basics by sharing one of my summer uniforms with you. A flowing white tee, distressed crops, statement necklace and flip flops!


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I got my hair done last weekend and I had my stylist put more blonde highlights in my hair. I am in love! In fact, these photos were taken after my hair appointment. Because, who doesn't do an outfit photo and plan a date night after getting their hair done? I do!


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Ok, back to the sandals. Rhea Footwear offers non-slip bottoms to all of their shoes! These flip flops are going to be perfect at the pool this summer. Just check out the soles on them in the photo shown above. When I wear my regular flip flops, they don't have a lot of traction on the bottom and I have caught myself slipping before when I've worn them in a wet parking lot or on slick floors. These flip flops from Rhea? I won't be worrying about any slips in these!


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And, not only are Rhea shoes safe, they are also comfortable and stylish! Its a win-win situation!


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Are you ready to try Rhea's non-slip outsole this summer? Be sure to stop by Rhea Footwear, the sandals come in several other colors!

What I'm Wearing:
Duos Black Gold Flip Flops - Rhea Footwear
Bag - Michael Kors
White Top - Banana Republic Outlet (Similar, Similar)
Distressed Denim - Gap Outet (Similar, Similar)
Fringe Necklace - Rocksbox
Earrings - Kate Spade
Happy Bracelet - Peaches & Petals Subscription Box
Renegade Cluster Bracelet - Stella & Dot
Watch - Michael Kors, (Similar)*
(*This post contains affiliate links.)

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This is the outfit I wore when I featured my other pair of Rhea shoes. You can't go wrong with stripes and bright red shoes. You can see this post by clicking HERE.Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Rhea Footwear sent me sandals in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.



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Melissa from Mom with Style is our co-host this week.  Be sure to stop by and visit her if you haven't already!

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We will each select a Top Two every week... visit both hosts blogs to see if YOU were chosen. 
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My pick this week is Ana at Northwest Blonde.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Front Porch Makeover - Before Photos & Ideas {Curb Appeal Blog Hop}

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I am excited to share with you the Curb Appeal Blog Hop that I'll be participating in for the next four weeks! I have joined several other bloggers in this weekly series (every Tuesday, except today's post is on Wednesday since I ran behind- oops!) where we are working to beautify the curb appeal on our homes. In our first post we are sharing before photos of the front areas of our home and our thoughts on how to make it look better. Then, the next two Tuesdays we will be sharing blog projects. The fourth post will be a REVEAL post on how we've added some lovely curb appeal to our homes! We will also have a GIVEAWAY on the fourth post, so you'll definitely want to stop by for that!


Before Photos/How the Porch Looks Now
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This is what my front porch looks like right now. As you can see, the flowers are blooming and I have planted some annuals. I did spruce up my porch last year (see post HERE) by adding some new pillows to the bench and I purchased and monogrammed two urns on each side of our door with the 'A' in our last name.


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The galvanized bucket on the stand says 'Carrie's Garden' and was new to my porch last year. I hung a lavender wreath off of it last year, but I had to throw it out. The porch light by our front door is old and the metal on it looks rather dull. I will be working with Lamps Plus to update our light to something new and on trend.


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I am planning on painting our door white. I think the brown is too dark and our neighbor has the same colored house and I love their white door (do you ever copy off your neighbor???). I also want to get a bigger door mat, this one is just a tad small.

My Plans for the Porch

Once again, here are my plans for the front porch:

New Wreath - I have a summer wreath in our basement, I just need to take our spring wreath down and hang up the summer wreath

New Door Mat - I will either get this at Target or Hobby Lobby. It needs to be bigger to fit the length of the door and I am interested in getting one that is a little thicker.

Paint the Door White - I am planning on working on this over Memorial Day. I may even make a vinyl overlay for the door, such as 'Welcome' or 'Hello'.

Stain the Wooden Bench - Another project I may start over Memorial Day weekend.

Try to Get Mildew Off Bench Cover/Replace - Our bench cover has some mildew on it along the front and I am wondering if I can take a magic eraser to it to get it off. Otherwise, I'll see if I can come up with another remedy. If I can't get the mildew off, we'll be replacing the bench cover. It is an odd size, though and I'm wondering if it'll be possible to replace it.

Tear Out and Replace Dying Bush - On the right, to the right of the pink/white pinwheel you will see a bush that is half dead. I want to hire someone to rip this bush out and then I want to plant a new bush (probably the same kind) in the same spot. It is an eye sore and it started dying last year... 

Replace Porch Light with Newer Fixture - Thanks to Lamps Plus, who is one of our sponsors for our Curb Appeal Blog Hop, I will be picking out a new porch light with something trendier that will work better with our front porch.

Some Decor Items -  I might be working with another sponsor on selecting some decor items for the porch. In any case, I do need a few more items on the porch to tie in everything together.

Some of these projects will be harder than others... but, the reason I decided to jump on board with the other bloggers is so that I can finally get my porch cleaned up for this summer! Yes, it looks ok as is for now... but, it could look a lot better! Next Tuesday I will be sharing an update along with a project I've completed to get my porch looking much better!

Please be sure to stop by my friends’ blogs to check out what they plan for the curb appeal projects. Also, stop by next week to see what I’ve completed for the first part of my project!

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What do you think of my porch? Any ideas you'd like to share?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5 Ways to Appreciate Your Cat This Summer #PawsToSavor

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PawsToSavor #CollectiveBias
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Summer is almost here and I want my cat Rose to enjoy this summer as much as the rest of our family. I always try to do little acts of appreciation to show her that I care about her and to get her excited about the summer like the rest of us! My cat really savors her meal time and I will share how switching to Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® Shredded Blend has made her appreciate meal time even more. I will also be sharing four other ways to appreciate your cat this summer. 

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We stopped by our local PetSmart and went in the Cat aisle to pick up two bags of Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® Shredded Blend in Salmon & Rice and Chicken & Rice.

Take Advantage of this Coupon at PetSmart:
SPEND $15 on any Purina® Pro Plan® product, 5/31–7/5. SAVE $15 on your next purchase of 10.5-lbs. or larger Purina® Pro Plan® Dry Cat or Dog Food or Litter by 7/31.

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PetSmart even welcomes you to bring your pet shopping! We decided to take Rose along with us while picking up her Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® Shredded Blend. She loved posing for this photo with my husband and looking at all of the cat toys!


5 Ways to Appreciate Your Cat This Summer

1. Always Give Fresh Water and Food
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I decided to make the switch to Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend with my cat, because I wanted to reward her with something she would savor this summer. Since we've made the switch, Rose is a lot more excited about meal time. I can tell that she truly enjoys the taste! Rose enjoys fresh water, too and I try to give her more of it in the summer as it warms up outside. I do this by refilling her water bowl a few times a day. This helps Rose savor the moments of summer.

2. Grow Her a Kitty Garden
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In the summer I like to grow Rose her own little cat garden! Here is the catnip I am growing that I like to dry out and put into some of her toys. Cats also really enjoy fresh grass, which can be grown indoors.

3. Provide an Area with LOTS of Sunlight
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I like to leave the screen door open for Rose during the summer, so that she can look out and hear the birds. She also LOVES to lay by the door to feel the breeze and to get her Vitamin D for the day. 

4. New Cat Toys
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You can treat your cat to some new cat toys this summer. I am sure the ones you have now are worn or need replacing and it gives you and your cat something to do together. I enjoy getting the little mice for my cat, a feather or toys you can put cat nip into.

5. Lots of One on One Time Together!
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Some highlights about Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend for Cats:
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  • Exceptional taste
  • Advanced nutrition that helps give your cat a healthy, active life along with a sensory experience that will have her loving every minute of it
  • Real poultry or fish is the #1 ingredient in all dry formulas
  • Shredded blend adult dry formulas feature a combination of crunchy kibble and tender shredded pieces for a taste and texture cats love
  • Over 20 different flavorful wet entrees that are protein-rich, with accents like pasta, rice, cheese or vegetables
  • All formulas provide omega fatty acids for a healthy skin and coat
  • Prebiotic fiber helps promote digestive health
  • Optimal levels of protein and fat help pets maintain an ideal body condition.
    Rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids, as well as vital vitamins and minerals, such as calcium for strong bones.
How do you plan to savor the moments of summer with your pet?


Be sure to check out Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® Shredded Blend on: FacebookTwitter, Instagram

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monogrammed Fabric Pots {Summer Craftacular Blog Hop}

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Today I am excited to bring you our Summer Holiday Craftacular Party once again! I am sharing these Monogrammed Fabric Pots with you and four other bloggers (see below!) are sharing their Summer crafts as well. 

I've been wanting to try mod podging fabric on terra cotta pots for awhile! With floral being such a popular fabric right now, I decided upon two different floral fabrics at Hobby Lobby along with a spring green chevron fabric. I've also been really into HTV (heat transfer vinyl) lately and I was curious if I would be able to apply my monogram onto the fabric and then mod podge it to the pot without any wrinkles. Well, you know what? It worked and it was SO easy!
I used Pro World's Siser EasyWeed Vinyl By The Yard 15" in the Lilac colorThese pots would make great gifts for a special friend in your life, Mother's Day, teacher appreciation, etc.

Here are some more photos of the Monogrammed Fabric Pots:

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How to Add a Monogram to Your Fabric Pots:
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For this project, I used Pro World's Siser EasyWeed Vinyl By The Yard 15" in the Lilac color for the heat transfer vinyl material. In the Silhouette Studio, you'll want to create your monogram. I purchased this monogram set awhile back, it is called the 'Ellipse Monogram'. You'll want to size your monogram to the correct print size. Then, don't forget to select Object, Mirror and Flip Horizontally. After that, you are ready to print! On the cut screen, I selected Cut Edge and Heat Transfer Vinyl. It says to set your blade to '2', but I had to bump it up to a '4' to get it to cut through the vinyl. My blade isn't particularly dull, I just think sometimes you need to figure out what works for your machine with the different mediums you load into it. That is why you may want to do a 'test' cut first.


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After it is done printing, you'll want to remove the excess vinyl around your monogram. Your design will be on a clear backing after you do this and will look like the photo above.


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Lay your design on top of the fabric you want to iron it onto so that it is face side up. Put a thin piece of fabric on top of it (so the iron doesn't burn it) and apply the heat from the iron. This may take a little time as you'll want to apply a lot of heat to it to adhere it to the fabric. Once you're done, pull up the plastic of the design and you'll see the vinyl will stay adhered to the fabric. If it doesn't, you'll need to apply for heat from the iron until it does.


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Once the monogram is on your fabric, you are ready to mod podge it to the pot. As you'll see in the photo above, it looks great on the pot! I share the mod podge directions below, so keep reading!
How to Make Fabric Pots with Mod Podge:
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You'll need three 4" terra cotta pots with lids, fabric, mod podge (I recommend the outdoor kind) and spray paint. You'll also need heat transfer vinyl if you plan to monogram them (not pictured).


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I took the lids outside to spray paint them white. You can get creative with this and spray paint them an accent color or whatever you want to do. I purchased some little 'footies' at Lowes, which I put under the lids to hold them off the scrap paper while I spray painted them.


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Measure your pot to see how how much fabric you need. I added an inch of fabric for the top and bottom, since you'll be wrapping the fabric over the top and bottoms of the pot.


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Cut your fabric to the size you need for each pot. Don't forget to iron your fabric, so you don't have any creases or wrinkles.


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Mod podging the fabric onto the pot is easier than you'd think! I did a little section at a time and would add some mod podge to the pot with a sponge brush and then roll the fabric on top and smooth out any wrinkles. When you're done, add some mod podge on top of the fabric that overlaps at the end so that it is sealed and won't come open.


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You will have some overlap of fabric on the top and bottom of your pots. You'll want to take some fabric scissors and cut the fabric every 1" or so, otherwise it won't lay flat when you mod podge it to the top/bottom of the pot.


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This is what your pot will look like when its done.

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I hope you enjoyed this summer project! These are going to be so pretty out on our patio this summer!

Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Pro World sent me vinyl in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Make sure you check out the other great posts by my fellow craft bloggers. They have great project ideas and beautiful Summer Crafts to share with you. Take a look below!

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Monogrammed Fabric Pots from Curly Crafty Mom.
Modern Rose Bloom Wreath from Beautiful Living.
An Organized Bedroom Closet from Mom Home Guide.
DIY Watermelon Plate from Momma Lew.
Tea Cup Garden Bird Feeder from Bella Home Goods.