Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weekend Show Off Party!

It is my kids Spring bread this week, so we a had a GREAT week!
  We have been to the Zoo, local fish hatchery, kite flying, and a couple picnics!  I am so happy to have my all my kids home for a week!

Did you see my sweet MIKAROSE giveaway going on?
You could win a $50 gift card to MIKAROSE.  If you are unfamiliar with them MIKAROSE is a company that sells beautiful, modest, dresses, at a pretty great price!  If you have not already enter HERE!

Now I can not wait to see what you have come up with this week!



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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

$50 Mikarose Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

Have you heard about Mikarose?
Mikarose is a clothing company that specializes in modest, elegant and fashionable dresses.
 I am so in love with the above Emma Rose Dress.
 I am seriously considering the Bailey dress for my sisters wedding this summer.  It looks comfortable yet elegant!
 You remember when you were little, and you got an Easter Dress each year?   Why stop? 
I think the Sophie Dress is so fun!


They also have darling skirts and blouses, like this pretty patterned pencil skirt

So would like to win a $50 Gift Certificate?

Who wouldn't want to feel glamorous in one of these dresses!  There are a ridiculous amount of ways you could win below using Rafflecopter, good luck!  This giveaway goes until Friday April 6th!




a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Barn Yard Birthday Bash!

I love to make my kids birthday cakes, the thing is, I am NOT a cake decorator, so my cakes usually end up pretty fun, but not to perfect or fancy!

I made this farm cake for my little man's second birthday.  I am a sucker for barn animals, and I think it turned out kind of fun.

I took the idea from Family Fun.  However I made my barn flat to the ground, because I was nervous it would fall.  I just made a cake in an 8 x 11 inch pan, and cut it into a barn shape.  I used graham crackers for the 'doors' and 'roof', and coconut for the 'hay'. The instructions for the baby animal cupcakes are on Family fun!

Here are some basic Cake Making Tips:
  • Use Wilton Food coloring, it turns out so much better.
  • To coat the bottom of a cake pan, use a paper towel, dip into shortening and cover the ENTIRE inside of the pan.  Then coat with flour.
  • Never refrigerate your frosting... it will become to hard to frost.
  • If you are a novice like me, do not expect for perfection go for cute and fun.  
  • If you had a bad confection mishap, visit Cake Wrecks, it will make you feel better--I promise!
Tomorrow (3/28), I will be sharing how to make a Cake Transfer on Happy Hour Projects, this is an easy beginner tip to make an impressive looking cake!

I like to Link at these great parties!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Show Offs!

I love all of the inspiration from this weeks party!  I features some on my facebook page as well so don't miss them!


My Inner Need to Create, made DARLING back packs for her daughters twin friends... can I just say WOW, and you are invited to my daughters birthday, LOL!
(Before)
Guess what Little Ladybird {fabulous name btw}, changed her wedding dress into?  It is fabulous... and I am not going to tell you! In Show Business Lingo, this is a teaser, you must go to her blog to find out... CLICK HERE
Go check out this pink and green makeover from Totally Lauren Amber, it is so sweet!

And the blog of the week is number 89!
Polish the Stars is making me feel a bit unorganized by having all of her manuals organized in a binder, what a great easy idea!

Thanks for coming to my party, if you were featured feel free to grab a button in the right sidebar!
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Weekend Show Off Party!

Welcome to the Weekend!
Ladybird Ln
(NOTE:  I did not mean to publish this early, so I guess we will have an early party today!)
I think I have the best Bloggy friends ever, thanks for all of your sweet comments about my husbands Grandma last week!  I truly appreciate you all.

This week, I am excited to introduce, Twelve Discovery Drive!  She has such a fun blog, and so many interests, I have had fun exploring her blog!
I am so excited to be featured as the blog of the week for Ladybird Ln!! My name is Tammy and I blog over at Twelve Discovery Drive! Im a recent empty nester trying to discover new and exciting possibilities through the world of blogging.


In a nutshell.


 Ive been married for 7 years and I met my husband on match.com



I have two daughters and a step-son


I work full-time


 I love to travel and see new things


 I used to wear combat boots and shoot guns  
     – I know, this sounds crazy!


I love home improvement projects and gardening around the house


Girls are gone, so now Im trying to find a hobby


Hopefully, there's a little something for everyoneHow did Icome up with my blog name? It waspretty simple. I hope totry Twelve new things toDiscover more about myself and the Drive to complete them

  I hope youll stop by the DRive and stay for a while!   You can follow me through Facebook, Bloglovin (my favorite way to follow other blogs), RSS Feed, email subscription or Google Friend Connect.

  Thanks Tammy, Be sure to go on over to 12 Discovery Drive, she has so many fun posts!





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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Funfetti Rice Krispie Treats!

What could be better than a gooey rice krispie treat?  

How about rice krispie treat with cake mix in it?
I found an intriguing recipe a while ago from the fun blog blog,  Keeping Up with the Cyperts, for Cake Batter Rice Krispe Treats, so I thought I would give it a try.  I used Funfetti cake mix, because it is one of my favorites!

Funfetti Rice Krispie Treats

5 to 6 Cups Rice Krispies Cereal
3 Tbsp. Butter
2/3 Cup Funfetti Cake Mix
1 10oz Bag Mini Marshmallows

Melt butter in a large nonstick saucepan over low heat and then add marshmallows.  Once the marshmallows begin to melt add the cake mix.  Lastly add the cereal.   Put in whatever container you would like I used a 9x9" square pan.
The result DELICIOUS!  A fun twist on a favorite!  We will be making these again and again!

I like to LINK at these fabulous parties!

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Crafting for a Cause March/April!

  There is nothing more comforting than a warm blanket.  For our next Crafting for a Cause project, we are teaming up with Kara of  Petals to Picots, and doing a cyber Blanket drive in conjunction with Project Linus.  You can link up your donated blanket to a combined link up party we are having April 15-30th, for some fun prizes.  Additionally Kara of Petals and Picots has a Blanket Drive album on Facebook where you can comment and add pictures for additional prizes!


Crafting for a Cause


Project Linus is an amazing organization that collects handmade blankets and distributes them to children who are  ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Inspired by Charles Schulz’s PEANUTS® character, Linus, Project Linus's mission is to provide comfort to these children with the help of a security blanket. Volunteers, or "blanketeers" as they are lovingly referred to, from all over the country create, collect, and distribute these handmade blankets.
Since Project Linus began in 1995, there have been over 4 million blankets delivered to children in need, and there are now close to 400 chapters nationwide. Project Linus receives thousands of letters and thank you notes every year from children and their families who are touched that a stranger would take the time to make something for them. You can read some of their stories at Blanket Buzz.
Project Linus accepts all styles of new handmade blankets including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets. If you need help getting started, the Project Linus website offers many patterns to help plan your project. Blankets should be washable and made in child-friendly colors. Many sizes are accepted depending on the specific needs of each chapter. Contact your local chapter for more information and for the current needs in your area.
Local chapters also look for volunteers who can offer their time to collect and distribute blankets and also to organize and participate in blanket-making events throughout the year. Contact your local chapter to find out about current volunteer opportunities.


How we can All get involved.
Let's have a cyber blanket drive for Linus!!
The goal of our project is to donate 50 blankets to donate.  Kara of Petals to Picots is having a blanket drive on her facebook page.  She also has some great
The drive will be held on the honor system. Just add your commitment to the comments  on my Blanket Drive album on Facebook. When you have completed your blankets, contact your local chapter for drop off/pick up information. Let's shoot for a completion date of April 30, 2012.

We would also love to see your pics along the way!!
We can do this!!


Help us spread the word by adding a button to your blog!




Crafting for a cause

I like to Party at these places!
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Weekend Show Off 3-15-12

Welcome to the Weekend!
Ladybird Ln
Sorry I am late, I spent the day saying Goodbye to a wonderful Lady.  My husbands Grandmother, and our next door neighbor passed away.
She truly is a special lady, and we had wonderful day celebrating her life, and visiting family. I know that she is now with her sweetheart, and her son she lost long ago.  We will meet again someday, of that I have no doubt.

Now onto the Party, I am so excited to introduce Kara of Petals and Picots.  Kara makes me want to learn how to Crochet, she has some amazing projects!


I am so excited to be featured as the blog of the week for Ladybird Ln!! For those of you who do not know me, my name is Kara. I am a wife, mommy, and a confessed yarnie. In my free time (ha-ha) I work as a freelance writer and editor to support my yarn addiction. My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was 9 years old, and I have been crocheting ever since. From trying new patterns to designing my own, I always have a crochet project stashed in my bag.

I wanted to combine my love of writing with my love of crochet, so I started a blog is called Petals to Picots. My vision for my blog is to help share my love of crochet by providing crochet tutorials and resources, free patterns, reviews of related books and products, unique and classic crocheted creations, and a forum for crafters to share their projects, ideas, and techniques.


Below is a little sampling of some of the patterns and tutorials that are available on my blog.  I hope you stop by and say hi and come check out my blog!






Plarn Grocery Tote
Hearts
Hugs and Kisses Basket





 Learn to Crochet 
 Magic Ring 
Caring for Your Items
Thank you Kara, be sure to visit her at Petals and Picots!





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Monday, March 12, 2012

Weekend Show Offs!

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.
Hilary Cooper

Well we have had a busy weekend around these parts.  My husbands sweet grandmother passed away on Friday, it was not a big surprise more a blessing really, she had suffered for so long.  I am in charge of making a DVD slideshow of her life, and it has occurred to me how much things change in a lifetime.  I love the sweet picture of her in the school house with the girls wearing their fanciest dress, with the boys in overalls.  It seems almost like a different world.  Sometimes I wonder with all our progression in technology, if we are going forward or backward?  I hope that the generations after me, will still enjoy simple pleasures of playing bear feet outside, watching a seed grow, feeding animals, simply finding joy beyond technology and media.

(Spring City, Utah 9th Grade)


Here are a couple links this week that caught my eye.
Green Acres Hobby Farm made the coolest pirate ship for her sons birthday.  I know this would be a huge hit at my house!

Shugary Sweets was showing off their green with Pistachio fudge!

The Small Fine Print showed off her recipe for homemade dish detergent it looks both simple and frugal!

And the blog of the week is lucky number 12!  Petals to Picots, gives lesson 3 on how to crochet!

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Weekend Show Off Party! 3-8-12

Welcome to the Weekend!
Ladybird Ln
I do not like to dwell on numbers or anything, but have you noticed how painfully close I am to 1,000 followers?  That is so exciting!

I am so excited to introduce the blog of the week this week Noreen of Crafty Journal
 CRAFTY JOURNAL
Noreen has only had this blog for a short time, but already has so many ideas for things to make she can't get them on her blog fast enough! Her grandmother started her doing crafts by teaching her to crochet. And now she loves sharing her craft ideas and enjoys creating crafts that kids can make.

Here are a couple projects she has been working on this week.

I think this garland chick is too cute, and a great sequel to the Garland Bunny!

This Easter Busy bag is also quite fun!

Go visit the Crafty Journal for even more inspiration, thank you Noreen!  Now its your turn to show off!





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