Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LLZ LockerLookz

Is it me or does summer seem to be a blur thus far? I feel it slipping between my hands...school starts in less than a month. I can't believe it! With that said the school year is just around the corner, and today's post is sponsored by Blueprint Social and LLZ by LockerLookz LockerLookz is the original brand of high fashion locker decorations with the highest quality products. Can I just begin by telling you how cool the LLZ goodies are??! They offer wallpaper, bling, mirrors, rugs, and lighting...yes lighting...and really adorable lighting at that. The best part of all, is that all LLZ attachs with super strong magnets...no adhesives...which means no permanent damage...or messy clean up at the end of the year.

I loved mixing and matching LockerLookz items, and decorating with my oldest daughter. With the wide variety of patterns and colors, it was so simple to decorate and express yourself.  I was most impressed with the locker shelf...it was so simple to use and adjust! The wallpaper is pretty amazing as well. The patterns are soooooooooooooooo cute and all you need are the magnets, that are included, to hold the wallpaper up...no permanent damage...just measure...cut...and hang. I was also a tad bit smitten over the locker lights...they were motion activated...and added the perfect touch.

I don't know how it was for you in the world of Jr. High and High School, but where I grew up you always had a locker partner. Most likely it was always your BFF. I shared a locker with the same friend for 4 years straight. We did not have fancy lights, wall decor, or magnetic storage for goodies. The best we could do was stalk months worth of In Style magazines for photos of Jude Law, and tape them all over our locker. We also had a locker "shelf" that was completely useless, and clasped almost daily...good times, good times. I really could have used these products back in the day. 

If you or someone you know could use a little locker bling in your life, I hope you will keep LLZ in mind for this coming up school year! LLZ is also offering an Instagram Contest: Grand Prize: $250 Visa gift card for a back to school shopping spree // Secondary Prizes: 1 winner each week will receive their full locker design (8 total winners) How to Enter: 1. Follow LockerLookz on Instagram // 2. Go to LockerLookz.com & create your dream locker design using the “Design your Own Locker” feature // 3. Post your locker design on Instagram using hashtag #LLgirlz and tag @LockerLookz // contest runs July 5th - August 29th // see official contest rules HERE // 

For more info on LLZ check out the following links...Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lockerlookz // Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lockerlookz/ //Twitter: https://twitter.com/LockerLookz // Instagram: http://instagram.com/lockerlookz

Thanks again to blueprint social and LLZ by LockerLookz for sponsoring today's post.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

mod podge molds and a giveaway.

Today's blog post is sponsored by Plaid Craft, Blue Social, and Mod Podge Collage Clay. I was so excited to receive a box of goodies filled with Mod molds, collage clay, Mod melts, and more. I patiently waited for Lyla to go to sleep so I could get to workin' creating some molds with Elisabeth. Speaking of youngsters...collage clay is not recommended for children ages 12 and under, and the product is not edible. Small parts are a choking hazard for children...

I decided to create a few starfish molds to use to for our summer pool goodies. These molds could not be easier to use and it took me about three simple steps to create. Step one: melt your melts // Step two: squeeze melts into mold of your choice...and allow to dry ten minutes. Step three: attach molds to objects of choosing. I mean, holla! three steps and you are done. {you can also check out THIS great tutorial for further instructions} 

I also experimented with ombre style starfish...they turned out great....just cut your melts into sections and alternate colors. Attach these fancy pieces to objects of your choosing. I opted to visit the local dollar store and pick up sunglasses, flip flops, and swim bags. I created molds, and attached them using the melts themselves to hold the items to the objects. 

Next up we decorated flip flops with the collage clay. This was also super easy! Just open the clay and add desired top and start decorating.

The possibilities for the molds are endless. We created sunglasses decor, flip flop charms, hair clips, attached them to lamps, rings, necklaces, charms, photos frames, hair clips holders, and even bags.

In the mood to create? Check out your local Micheals for Mod Podge goodies and enter the raffle below for a chance to win your own Mod Podge set. 
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While I went for a simpler version of molds and melts because I was working with smaller children, you add as many trinkets and goodies as you want...just see the Plaid site and the photos below for inspiration.

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* This is a sponsored post...but ideas and opinions are all mine.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

10 years.

10 years. 10 years ago I married my best friend. Marring him was hands down the best choice I have ever made, ever. I am so thankful he asked. :) It is kind of disgusting how much I truly love him. I tease him all the time, that the more time I spend with other people...the more I really only like him. I am so blessed to go on the journey called life with this fella...

Now I am off to spend the day with this guy...

P.S. My mother in law had a genius idea to take a photo every year of marriage...holding up the number of years we have been married...and then keep a journal about what we did that day.  So  I thought I would ( ten years later) share that idea with you.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

hummus and pita chips.

Homemade hummus and pita chips are one of my favorite things to eat in the summer. Also, it is crazy easy to make...

For the pita chips you'll need pita bread, olive oil, and seasonings of your choice. I like to use oregano, sea salt, a little pepper, and parmesan cheese. Cut your pita bread into triangles and then brush with olive oil. Then sprinkle your seasoning on top of the oil...again the seasonings is really a taste preference on what you use, and how much of it you end up using. Bake @ 375 for 10 mins.

For the hummus you'll need:
a can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 
2 cloves of garlic (peeled)
2 tbls. of olive oil (maybe more if dip seems dry)
1 tsp. of salt, pepper, and oregano (or spices of your choice)

Mix all ingredients in a food processor, and blend until smooth. If dip seems thick add more oil. This can be served immediately, or chilled. Right before serving I like to drizzle a little olive oil and parmesan on top. 

Cost for both: under $3.00 //

Monday, June 23, 2014

birthday play doh.

Joy, from Small Town Joy, is a genius. She posted a photo a while back on Instagram...using play doh to play birthday party. Like any mama looking for new ideas...I gladly stole it and put it to use.

This was hit...you'll need cupcake liners...play doh...candles...and decor...

My kids loved making the play doh cupcakes...signing happy birthday to each other...blowing out the candles (with adult supervision of course) ... blowing out the candles...and oh did I mention blowing our the candles?

Monday, June 16, 2014


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Dear Husband, You are hands down the best dad I know. You are a man who chases after God, loves his kids fiercely, and isn't afraid to lead this family. I am so glad I get to be on this journey with you. Let's face it if you weren't around I would be like THIS everyday.

Dear children, I thought it was so funny when you were talking about places you have NEVER eaten with your cousins. They couldn't believe you have never been to Arby's, Burger King, Taco Bell, and many more.  I thought it was extra cute when you asked them if they had ever been to places like: Big T's, Happy Gillis, and Cupini's.  What can I say I don't like fast food, and we hardly ever eat out. I want you to enjoy good food...not fast food...and on the rare chance we don't eat at home...I want foodie food. 

Dear baby, I am thinking about making a shirt that say: "Yes, I was planned." and "No, we don't know if your a boy or a girl."

Dear self, I like how your on this kick to try really hard to eliminate most processed foods. It is funny how all your convictions seem to escape your mind when you hit up the ice cream isle.

Dear readers, Don't forget to enter the target gift card giveaway!