Holiday Card Giveaway with Minted!

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It’s my favorite time of year! The time when I plan and obsess and devote a full day to making my family pose for photos so I can send them out on a Holiday Card! Kidding. Kind of. We actually took real family photos last week and I can’t wait to see how they turned out! We had pictures taken a few years ago too so I’m thinking were on the every-third-year-I-will-spring-for-a-photographer plan. Photos are so important to me and I’m not in very many of them so I have to jump in there every once in a while :) You also better believe I have already picked out my favorite Holiday Card options on Minted.com. So, I’ll be ready when my pictures come back! And today is your lucky day because one very lucky TaylorMade reader is going to win a $150 Minted credit toward your Holiday Cards!! (or anything else Minted has to offer)!

I have picked some of my very favorites… Now it’s voting time which one should I pick?MIN-Q55-HYC-001CHRISTMAS_A_PZMIN-2A5-HYC-001JCHRISTMAS_A_PZ MIN-5GH-HYC-001HOLIDAY_A_PZ MIN-833-HYC-001HOLIDAY_A_PZ MIN-AGP-HYC-001HOLIDAY_A_PZ MIN-RH3-HYC-001NCHRISTMAS_A_PZ MIN-X36-HYC-001HOLIDAY_A_PZ MIN-X23-HYC-001JHOLIDAY_A_PZ

If you know my boys… how perfect is this last on?? I have ordered so many things from Minted and I’m always blown away by the quality in the paper and envelopes. And speaking of envelopes, how amazing is it that they will address them for free?! Now its your turn to enter…

CLICK HERE to win a $150 Minted Credit!

now hurry go enter! Good Luck!!

Baby Announcments and a MINTED Giveaway!

I haven’t officially introduced the baby… here she is :)

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Having a baby girl has been so much fun! She is very well loved! A little too well loved, her brothers love to wake her up to see her all day… eek! Because this is most likely our last baby I really wanted to do Birth Announcements because I never have before. I have to check off all of the cliche mom things this time around.

Minted is my go to paperie so I knew I wanted to order from them! Here is a tip… look at the announcements and pick one before you shoot your photo for it because there are so many different layouts and orientations for the graphics. I took my picture first and I left room for her name above her back. Minted has so many options and they are very customizable.

Another huge time saver is the free addressing! (I whited the address out for the photo) I also went ahead and added these little tags in some of the announcements for people that have sent baby gifts. An announcement and a thank you all in one :)

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I love the thickness and quality of the paper, I’m a paper snob.

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minted giveaway

Now for the best part… a MINTED GIVEAWAY for a lucky reader! Minted is offering a $150 online credit toward anything you choose! I can personally speak for their cards, announcements and art prints but they have much more! CLICK HERE TO ENTER 

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Good luck!

(announcements were provided by Minted, all opinions are my own!)

Soap Making and a Giveaway

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I like to think I’m a jack of all trades when it comes to crafting. I might not be good at it but I have almost tried it all. However, I have never taken up knitting, crocheting or soap making… until now! I made soap this week and I loved it. Add it to the list of crafts I love to do! The people at Wholesale Supplies Plus asked if I would want to try out a soap making kit and I couldn’t say no. WSP is a company that sells a complete line of soap/bath and body making products with the packaging materials included. They usually sell to soap hobbyists or small craft-based businesses however they assured me it was pretty much fool proof and even a beginner could do it.

I chose to try the “My Teens Favorite Bar Soap Making Kit“. I was a little intimidated when I opened the box but it smelled so good that I soon forgot all about that. I love that they send everything down to the packaging and the FDA approved protective gear if you do want to sell this! There is a whole list of ingredients that were in my box HERE.

soapmaking kit

soap making kit

I dove right in following the recipe and directions and started making soap! (Excuse the bad kitchen lighting)  First, I had to cut the soap base which was easier than I thought. It cuts like butter.

soap making kit

soap making kit

Once I had all of my soap cut, I heated it up in the microwave. It didn’t say a time but somewhere between 2-2.5 minutes was good for me.

soap making kit

While it was cooking the next step was to chop the oatmeal scrub, I used my food processor. The boys thought I was making smoothies :)

soap making kit

soap making kit

After that, take your soap base out and make sure there are no more lumps. I thought it already smelled good at this point.

soap making kit

Next, it was time to add in the fragrance. I love this smell… Honey Almond, it’s actually why I picked this kit. I am very sensitive to smells and this one said “Sweetened summer honey touched with lemon, lavender, bitter almond, and ginger” I mean come on, YUM.

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Then I added the Kaolin Clay (which I had to Google). Being the soap newbie I am I didn’t know why I needed this but apparently it makes the soap silky smooth and is great for sensitive skin. Sounds like a great ingredient to me.

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Next I dumped in my chopped oat scrub and mixed it all together nicely, it was still warm at this point. This picture is from my first batch. I later learned that I didn’t actually chop the oats enough in this round causing them to stay at the bottom of my bowl and I didn’t get an even oat scrub outcome. Soap newbie.

soap making kit

After a good stir it was time to pour the soap into the mold.

soap making kit

I filled them a little too high in the first batch… oops, trust me when I say my other batches were far more pretty!

soap making kit

I waited a few hours then just like magic, I popped one out and IT WAS SOAP! That I made!

soap making kit

It was silky and pretty and smelled amazing!

soap making kit

The kit came with cello bags and raffia which are very classic and clean looking but I had to doll it up a little :)

soap making kit

soap making kit

soap making kit

I added things like cardstock, bakers twine, colored staples, doilies, sequins, fabric and washi tape. Very simple and all things I had on hand!

soap making kit

 I love this kit because not only is it fun to make but when you are finished you have a ton of great little gifts that are perfect for teachers, b-days, party and shower favors etc. Now for the best part… Wholesale Supplies Plus is giving away a kit to a lucky reader! Woo Hoo! Enter the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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You can check out more info Online, on Facebook or on Twitter

Simple Placemats and a Giveaway

My blog friend Katie, from The Red Kitchen, wrote a book!simple sewing book

I have been following along while Katie went through all of the book writing stages (via instagram) so I was so excited when I finally got my hands on a copy! Just as I expected… I love it! It’s a beginner’s sewing book but I have been sewing for years and I would make a ton of these projects. The pictures are very clean and simple. She has very clear written instructions but they are almost not necessary because there are step-by-step pictures for all the projects. My favorite part of the book is the layout. She has it broken into sections that just make sense. I have a long list of “to-do’s” after reading it :) You can find the book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books & Things.

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For my first project I made some placemats. They were almost too easy to even call a project.

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I used my gold polkadot burlap because I thought it would be festive yet neutral for the holidays.

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I followed Katie’s directions perfectly but for the top stitching I used a zig-zag stitch for extra security for that burlap.

simple placemats

simple placemats

I’m really excited to break these in this week!

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The best part is that Katie is giving away a copy to a lucky reader! Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter Below. Open to US Residents only.

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Be sure to visit Kristen and Caila today to see what they made. Congrats Katie!

*I was given a copy of this book for an honest review :)

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