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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Celebrate Good Times This Summer with Bahama Breeze

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

What is your favorite part about summer? As a Florida girl I love spontaneous trips to the beach, music on a steel drum, palm trees, pineapples, and spending time with friends and family. That's why I love the Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash - you can experience the fun and atmosphere of summer and the Bahamas close to home. (P.S. While you're there order the almond crusted tilapia with asparagus and sweet potatoes - YUM!) The Summer Beach Bash is going on now through August 3rd and it features live Island music on the patio, and great drinks like the Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple. This amazing cocktail is a delicious fruity drink served in a fresh cut pineapple.

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Whether you are celebrating something special with friends of family, or just looking for a fun date night that makes you feel like you're on an island in the Caribbean, Bahama Breeze is the summer destination for good times. On Saturdays, they turn up the live music, and bring out a special Mojito bar. You can watch as the bartenders make personalized Mojitos - you pick the fruit and the rum.

If you visit Bahama Breeze, it's fun and easy to enter to win a $25 Bahama Breeze gift card in the Instagram selfie contest. All you have to do is take a pic of yourself enjoying the Summer Beach Bash and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #myBBselfie and you'll be entered for a chance to win.
If you love summer, the beach, and tropical drinks an music like I do, visit Bahama Breeze before August 3rd to enjoy these things close to home.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

DIY Succulent Pineapple Planter

Do you ever get an idea in your head of something you just have to create, but you don't really know where to start? Sometimes those ideas turn into the most fun projects. That's how this pineapple planter came into creation. I was just sitting around looking at some succulents and noticed how much some of them looked like the tops of pineapples. I thought it would be fun to make a pineapple pot, but I couldn't figure out the best way to make it. At first I was thinking about just painting a regular terracotta pot yellow with pineapple stripes, but I really wanted to make something more. Then I thought of air dry clay. I had never used it before, but I had seen others use it in some really cute projects and I thought I would give it a chance.

I have to confess: I'm a little bit obsessed with my pineapple. Every time I look at it it makes me smile.

What you need:

1. A terracotta pot
2. Air Dry Clay (WHITE)
3. Water and a paper towel
4. Yellow paint and paintbrush
5. White Paint Marker (you could also use black)
6. Potting soil
7. Succulents (I used aloe which was perfect)
8. optional - fine sand paper

What you do:

1. Gather your supplies. Dust off your pot. Get out the air dry clay, a cup of water, and a paper towel.

2. Start putting clay all around the outside of the pot. The clay is very soft and pretty easy to work with, but I had a lot of trouble getting it to be perfectly smooth. I decided to go for a more bumpy (and pineappley look). It can often help to dip your fingers in water when working with the clay.

3. Once you have the shape you want, you can smooth away some of the bumps, wrinkles, and fingerprints with a damp paper towel. Let the clay air dry at least overnight. To see if it's fully dried, press on the sides of the pot. If it is squishy at all, then it needs more time to dry. Optional - you can use fine sandpaper to smooth the pot once the clay has dried.

4. Paint your pot yellow. I used a few coats of yellow paint (with the help of cute little Lyla). Spray paint would also work well.

5. Plan where your lines are going to be. I wanted my pot to have a handmade look, so I didn't measure precisely or use a ruler. I just used the white paint pen to mark 8 evenly spaced dots on the top of the pot.

6. Start drawing your lines with your white paint pen. I did all of the lines going in one direction, let them dry, then did the lines going in the other direction.

7. Fill the pot with some potting soil, then move over your plant. I love how my little aloe plant looks in my pineapple planter.

8. Enjoy! You can even make different sizes, shapes, and colors. I was going to make some shorter pink and orange pineapples, but I ended out loving how they look just as neon pink and orange planters that I didn't add the pineapple stripes. Follow the instructions on your succulent to keep them alive.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monday Funday 78 - 10 Adorable Craft Ideas

Welcome to the Monday Funday Link Party!


The Monday Funday party is hosted each week by 8 amazing blogs! You can link up your latest craft and diy projects, even recipes to be seen on all 8 blogs. What a perfect way to discover new blogs and get new followers.

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This week's features were chosen by Trish and Bonnie from Uncommon Designs. You can follow along with these two sisters-in-law on...

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Hey Y'all! We are excited to show you our picks from last week's party! We are true crafters at heart so we are happy to feature these 10 Adorable Craft Ideas for you...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

40 Fun and Fabulous Shoe Makeovers

Do you have boring shoes? I certainly know I do! There are so many ways to take plain, boring, and even damaged shoes and turn them into a fun, stylish, fashionable pair. Whether you are adding glitter, sequins, fabric, paint, studs, gems, or something else, you can often update your old shoes in just a few simple steps. I've gathered together 40 different DIY shoe makeovers to help you solve the serious problem of boring and plain shoes that is facing so many of us today.

1. Cover your converse with gold studs via Trinkets in Bloom.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Make a Triangle Stamp from a Pencil Eraser

I've been wanting to try doing some kind of pencil eraser stamps ever since I posted this collection of DIY stamps 2 years ago (wow, how has it possibly been so long!?). This is my favorite kind of craft - free, fast, and full of possibilities. For this project, I decided to make just one triangle stamp, use only a black ink pad and plain white paper, and see what kinds of things I could come up with. I ended out having a ridiculous amount of fun and playing with this one little stamp for a couple of hours.

How to make your stamp: 

1. Pick out a pencil with a flat eraser that hasn't been used.
2. Sketch out your shape on the eraser with pencil.
3. Use an X-Acto knife or box cutter to cut along the lines, and then to cut along the sides to remove the extra pieces of eraser.

Play around with this simple triangle. See what kinds of fun patterns you can create. Make words, spell out your name, see if you can make shapes that look like animals. It's like doodling with a stamp, and it ends out looking really cool. I especially loved creating some geometric animals. Some were definitely a challenge (and maybe even a little difficult to identify), but they are really fun. I'm planning on enlarging a few of the animals and printing them on cardstock as high contrast pictures for my 3 month old son to look at.

What would you create?

Monday, July 14, 2014

10 Tips for Picky Eaters

My 4 year old son Benjamin is especially picky. When he was a baby, I tried really hard to introduce him to all sorts of new foods, and he was a great eater. However, the older he got the more picky he seemed to become. Fortunately, he loves a lot of healthy foods and generally dislikes foods that are greasy or sweet. He hates all kinds of sauces from syrup on pancakes to ketchup with his chicken. He won't even eat most desserts like cupcakes, ice cream, or some cookies. He hates peanut butter, eggs, sandwiches, soda, and even bananas. The list of foods he hates goes on and on, and yet I feel like he ends out eating healthy balanced meals, because he does love enough healthy foods (like Lifeway Kefir Cultured Milk Smoothies) and because we work hard to make sure that such a picky boy eats well. 

Monday Funday #77 - 10 Outdoor Crafts and Activities

 Welcome to Monday Funday! This past weekend I got the pleasure of hanging out with some amazing bloggers at Haven Conference in Atlanta. I had 3 month old Oliver tagging along with me, so it was definitely a different experience. I was still thrilled to hang out with old friends, make new ones, and learn a thing or two about blogging.

Monday Funday Link Party at thatswhatchesaid.net
The Monday Funday Link Party is a 8 blog party where you can share your latest creativity... diy projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all 8 of the blogs below, pretty awesome, huh?!

This week's features were picked by Jamie of C.R.A.F.T. and Really Awesome Costumes!
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Hi y'all! With summer in full swing, I thought it would be fun to feature 10 outdoor crafts and even a few activities for the kiddos to beat the heat outside! Speaking of outdoor crafts, be sure and check out my tic tac toe game board made from a cutting board and 11 more fun outdoor crafts!

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