Thursday, January 31, 2013

{Secret} Message in a Bottle Valentine

I can't wait to share this fun Valentine's Day gift idea with you guys! I found the most adorable vintage game pieces at the craft store, and used them to create a "secret message" for my son's valentine this year.

These wooden game pieces are numbered 1-90....

{Continue reading for the full tutorial, and links to download the free printable tags}

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Build Your Blog Conference {Ticket Giveaway!}

In almost two weeks, Nat and I will be meeting in Salt Lake City for the BYB {Build Your Blog} Conference! A few weeks ago, we shared a sneak peek of the class we are teaching at the conference...  What to Expect the First Year of Your Blog. We are hoping that any new bloggers who are considering coming to this event will hurry and get a ticket! It will be SO worth it! {And we want to meet you!!}

The conference takes place on Saturday, Feb. 16th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, and there are 12 sessions and 18 talented speakers to choose from.... here are a few of the classes we are really excited about:
There are so many great classes being offered... Nat and I will have to split up to get all of the info. we need! We'll also be busy from 11:00-12:00 teaching this class:

We will be sharing our experiences from our first year of blogging, along with the tips and tricks we've learned from experienced bloggers {that have made a big difference for us!} We would love for you guys to be there.... SO....

We're giving away one full conference ticket today!!! 
{A $149 value!}

Whoo-hoo!! The giveaway will be open until this Friday night, Feb. 1st {at midnight EST.} 
The winner will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 2nd.

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We can't wait to see who the winner is!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Heart Art

I've been wanting to make some new Valentine's Day art for my mantel this year, and finally got around to it this weekend. I combined some of my favorite colors... coral, gray, and gold, along with a beautiful textured backdrop to create this lovely heart art.

I used some supplies I already had, along with a few finds from Target. Continue reading for the full tutorial!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Printable Valentine's Day Tags

Do you have any Valentine's Day traditions with your kids? We always make sugar cookies and make valentines for each other. This year I'm going to start a new tradition with these cute little mailboxes (from Target's Dollar Spot, where else?) 

Each day starting February 1st, I'm going to leave a little note/ or treat in each of my kids' mailboxes. Some days it might just be a note telling them something that I love about them, some days a little surprise! I made up a few little tags that are perfectly sized to fit in their mailboxes. I can't wait to start this new tradition!

 Keep reading for the free printable + more mailbox ideas!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2 Minute Valentine Crown

I love quick and easy projects, and this is one you can make is less than 2 minutes! I created this Valentine Crown from materials in the dollar section, and it has been a huge hit with my little girl. She is starting to get into dress-ups and princesses, and  now she can have her own "queen of hearts" crown, perfect for Valentine's Day {or anytime she wants to feel like royalty!}

Monday, January 21, 2013

DIY Sharpie Mug Valentine Gift

Are you feeling the Valentine's LOVE yet?  I really like Valentine's Day. I love making cute little things with my kids and I think it is such a fun holiday! But is it just me, or are guys hard to make things for? You don't want to give them something too "cutesy"!

This Valentine gift is cheap, easy, heartfelt...and can be filled with food! Perfect for the man in your life (or anyone else you want to cheer up) this Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Year's Resolutions: It's Never Too Late!

Do you make New Year's Resolutions? Better yet, do you keep them? (Haha!) As I've thought about my goals for the year, I have to admit I am already a little discouraged. Not because I've already failed...I just don't know if I'm happy with them yet. So I reworked and thought about it over the last few weeks. I wanted at least one resolution that wasn't about me.

Click through to see what inspired my resolution!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Winter Mantel {and Fur Tree Tutorial}

I know I should be decorating with hearts and all that stuff, but I love my winter mantel so much that I can't pack it away just yet! Today I am sharing how I updated my Rustic Christmas Mantel for winter, and showing you guys how to make the faux fur trees I used in both designs.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Felt Snowflake Throw

I know everyone is into Valentine's Day decor right now, but I'm just not there yet. I am still enjoying my winter mantel and the clean serenity of white. Today I am sharing an easy project that has added the perfect finishing touch to my winter decor... A felt snowflake throw! 

I fell in love with this felt lace throw the first time I laid eyes on it:

I have been trying to figure out how I could recreate this lace blanket without cutting an intricate pattern and spending a ton of money on wool felt. Enter my dollar store snowflakes from last year's mantel...

Friday, January 11, 2013

My Favorite Things: Gift Idea + Printable

Last night I went to a "Favorite Things" party with some of my favorite people... our Idaho Bloggers Guild! We each brought 3 gifts, and drew names to find out who would be getting each gift. We all went home with three packages of each other's favorite things! Here are the gifts I brought:

My gift included: 1. Mentha Lip Tint {from Bath & Body} 2. Southwestern inspired bracelet {from Downeast Outfitters} 3. White & gold bakers twine {from Target's Dollar Spot!}

I had fun packaging them up in bags I made from wrapping paper, gold glitter ribbon, and these cute tags :)
I created this set of printable tags a few months ago and now I'm sharing them with you guys! Click through to download the tags and get more ideas for a Favorite Things gift...

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Valentine's Day Projects {from the past}

Before we post any new ideas for Valentine's Day this year, we thought we'd share some of our projects from last year. We created several free printables {including our Instagram Matchbook Valentine}, a whimsical Valentine Mantel and our {somewhat famous} LOVE Yarn Letters. Hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Build Your Blog Conference {We're Speakers!}

Next month, Nat and I will be meeting up in Utah for the Build Your Blog Conference. Some of our  favorite sisters are hosting this one-day event -- the girls from Six Sister's Stuff! We met them at SNAP last year, and have truly been blessed with their friendship and support over the past several months.

We are thrilled to be speaking at the conference, and we're giving you a little sneek peek of our class at the BYB blog today...

While you are there, make sure to check out the rest of the schedule and registration information. The conference will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16th in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Any of you locals who are thinking about going... do it! One of the fastest ways to grow your blog is to network with other successful bloggers, and this will be a wonderful opportunity to make those connections. Also, if you are trying to figure out how to turn your blog into a business, this is the conference to attend! There will be a ton of great information packed into one day of classes, workshops, and Q&A panels. We hope to meet some of you cute people there!!! If you are going, leave a comment and let us know :)

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