Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Best Day of My Life...Today's Creative Blog

Holy Mackerel, did I seriously just make the A-list?! I just saw that I am today's feature on Today's Creative Blog!!! I think it's because I recycle. I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing group, even though I don't sew (much)!

Todays Creative Blog

A big thanks to Kim! Who is totally hilarious and shouldn't leave her camera around. Otherwise she ends up with a bunch of pictures like this...


Me, Stacy

She recently hosted a GNO in Utah because you know she loves us Utah girls. It was so fun to visit with bloggy friends and meet some new ones! There are many reasons to love Kim, one being that she calls me skinny every time I see her. I guess it helps that I was pregnant the first time we met.



She hosts a great party! Lucky for you, it's like a party every day over at her place... Today's Creative blog! See you there!

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DIY Under $5

We're combining last weeks party features with this weeks party again. I will be back to doing $5 projects soon...ish. With no further adieu, the highlights.

My faves:

Fabric Button Bookmarks from Little Lovelies


Link with the highest clicks:

$3 Skirt by Suburbs Mama


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Seeing all your projects seriously brightens my day.
More good days to come, let's get the party started!

Now it's time to link up your $5 projects!

Please remember:
  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand)
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit, but please only link each project one time to one DIY Under $5 party. Do not link the same project week after week.
  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured on Saturday!

DIY under $5






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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Clean Green Maid for a Day GIVEAWAY!

I received an email from my friend Emily a couple of weeks ago asking if I would like to review an eco-friendly cleaning service here in SLC called Ecomaids. Um, yes please! Of course I would like someone to clean for me. Little did I know the events that would transpire during the next week making this not only convenient, but practically heaven sent.



I was excited to not only have someone do the work for me, but have a company who uses green supplies eliminating toxic fumes and excess waste. Like these awesome microfiber cloths that hold 11 times their weight of liquid. I also LOVE that they use a different color cloth for bathrooms, kitchens and other areas. I have an aversion to any kind of cleaning cloth or sponge, so I am I love that they are sensitive to cross-contamination. No bathroom cloths in my kitchen!



And let me tell you my house put them to the test. We had been home a total of 7 days out of the three weeks of July that had passed, pretty much to unpack do laundry and re-pack to leave every few days. They did an initial clean at my house which is a bit more extensive than the routine weekly clean (basically adds on cleaning baseboards and doors), though I was shocked at some of the items on the checklist!



For instance, they wipe down every piece of furniture removing every knick knack. They took out every item when they cleaned the shower.



They cleaned chair rails, light switches, and dusted ceiling fan blades! Hoorah!



I was totally loving the Ghostbuster flashback vacuum. They believe in capturing all the dust with their hepa filter vacuums and microfiber cloths, not just pushing it all around with brooms or feather dusters. They also take off their shoes and wear house shoes inside so they never track dirt or pesticides inside.

My favorite thing by far is how they made my son's bed. AMAZING! I can't even get the bedspread to look like that. The mattress is insanely snug in the frame. The bunk beds were made for my husband by his Dad when he was young and the mattresses barely, seriously, barely fit. I was seriously impressed with this one.



Oh, and if you leave new linens they will put them on the bed for you. And they fold the toilet paper in a fancy little triangle, which I love.

I'm happy as a clam. I have very few complaints, but to be fair I will share.
  • I wish they followed up some of the dusting with a damp cloth. Particularly, on my ceiling fans in my great room and blinds in the kitchen where they tend to get a little filmy.
  • The price is a bit high for me to do weekly clean. I would totally do an initial clean like they did this time a few times a year for holidays, spring cleaning, party preparation, moving, etc.
The cool thing is that ECOMAIDS allows you to customize your program to your budget. You can have them come weekly or one time. They don't require you to sign up for any kind of schedule.

Wouldn't you love to see these smiling faces at your door? A big thanks to Chris and Paige for a job well done on a house that started out full of summertime cleaning neglect.


Chris, Keith {owner}, Paige

To celebrate their grand opening, ECOMAIDS is offering their full-house Initial Service cleaning for just $79! For more details, check their Salt Lake specials.

*UPDATE: ECOMAIDS currently has a deal running on KSL for $49 for a limited time!!

Now, on to the GIVEAWAY!

ECOMAIDS is giving away a $100 gift certificate! You must live in Salt Lake county or have a friend/family member that can use this credit, within SL county limits. AND you can use your gift certificate toward the current grand opening special! Which includes:

  • Kitchen
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Entryway
  • Stairs
  • One bedroom
  • One bathroom

For only $79.00! (Add additional rooms for $15 each) Did I mention that includes baseboards, doors, and ceiling fans?!

So if you don't want to wait, and need your house cleaned ASAP, you can get in on this offer right now! Tell them we sent you.
If you WIN, you can use your $100 towards the special and use the rest of your credit towards another bathroom or area in your home! Awesome right?!

To enter:

Leave a comment telling me the biggest mess you’ve had to clean in your home. Was it a 3 yr old loose with a marker in the playroom? Or a fridge line that broke flooding your house while you were out of town?

For extra entries, you can...

(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.)

This giveaway closes on Tuesday, August 2nd. Good luck!


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Monday, July 25, 2011

Make a Memory {Family Camping Trip}

Here we are, week 8 of the Make a Memory series. Each Monday now through the end of August I will feature a special family tradition from one of my favorite bloggers. It is so important to create lasting memories with our families and this will be a fun way to get ideas for fun traditions we can start with our own families. So let's dive right in and see how Amanda from Every Creative Endeavor and her family make a memory!



I am so excited to be here for Make a Memory Monday! What a fun series and I love that I get to participate! It is so important to make memories with your family and I am thrilled I get to share one with you! I grew up in a family with five girls – but that never stopped my parents from taking us camping each summer. In fact, we looked forward to it each year and grew up loving the outdoors!

I have so many memories of packing up our car – sometimes dragging a U-haul behind us – and exploring Utah, Wyoming and Nevada! I loved laying out underneath the night sky and watching satellites and wishing on shooting stars, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, rowing across lakes and down rivers, waking up to the fresh smell of the trees, tin foil dinners, Dutch oven dinners and Shasta sodas – but my very favorite thing was always sitting around the campfire!

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As my sisters and I have grown up and started our own families we have still made camping a priority – each year we have a family camping trip and are still making memories to share with our kids. I want my kids to love camping and the outdoors as much as I did growing up so my husband and I try to get up to the mountains as much as possible with our kids. We want them to get used to the idea because it will be happening each summer for many many years to come!

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So far – they both loving going for rides up to the mountains, playing under the trees, s’mores and snuggling up in sleeping bags! Let’s hope it stays that way so our little family can make lots of fun memories for years to come.

Thanks so much, Michelle, for letting me stop by and share some fun memories!

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I loved camping with my family growing up too. Though now that we are all older with families and babies of our own we usually "rough it" by renting a cabin. Though with over 20 of us in one cabin it can get crazy! Thanks Amanda for sharing another great way to make a memory!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

DIY Under $5

Instead of sharing a project I did this week, I will be sharing the features from last week. Our recent family tragedy has reinforced to us the importance of time with and taking care of family so I may not have a lot of new projects to share for a little bit, but that doesn't mean I don't want to see yours!

Link with the most clicks:

Washer Necklace Tutorial from Creations by Kara



My faves:

Coffee filter lamp from A Law Student's Journey


Sunburst Mirror from Meijo's Joy



roses, limes, floral arrangement, wedding, centerpiece

Anyone else notice that my features are nearly completely devoid of color? It is a sickness my attraction to neutrals. Now on to the party!!

Now it's time to link up your $5 projects!

Please remember:
  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand)
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit, but please only link each project one time to one DIY Under $5 party. Do not link the same project week after week.
  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured on Saturday!

DIY under $5







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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Online Support




Thank you to Yahoo! Mail for sponsoring this post about staying connected. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

As many of you may know, the last week or so has been a difficult time for our family. My husband's 15 year old sister, one of a set of twins, was killed in a tragic accident involving a clogged culvert that caused the road to give way and create a 40 foot hole. She and my Father-in-law had taken the same road just 30 minutes earlier to take a friend home and could not see the hole in the dark of night. By some miracle, their SUV made it over the hole and hit the grill of the car on the other side with enough force to push them up on to the road. We are so blessed and grateful that my Father-in law survived and is doing well.

Our family has been truly touched by the overwhelming response to our loss. Not only have people shown support through visits, calls and bringing food, but we have all received so much support online. Email boxes are filled with people showing their support and love for our family and our beautiful sister. The pain is real, but becomes more bearable each day as we feel the concern and special thoughts of our family and friends near and far.

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{ twins visiting us in 2008}

It has been such a great thing for our surviving twin sister to be able to hop online to find endless messages from all those who love her and want her to know they are there for her. I am so thankful for the technology we have today who help us connect with those across the country who cannot be here, but can be here for us.

Things may be sparse around here while we spend quality time with our family, but I will be back. Thank you to everyone for the love and prayers. It means the world to us.


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Monday, July 18, 2011

Make a Memory {Homemade Ice Cream}

Here we are, week 7 of the Make a Memory series. Each Monday now through the end of August I will feature a special family tradition from one of my favorite bloggers. It is so important to create lasting memories with our families and this will be a fun way to get ideas for fun traditions we can start with our own families. So let's dive right in and see how Mandy from Sugar Bee and her family make a memory!



Hi everyone!! So excited to be here on A Little Tipsy!! I'm Mandy, from over at Sugar Bee Crafts:





Here's the whole gang on our recent vacation:


I enjoy all things crafty and have lots of DIY and tutorials on my blog. I even have a link party on Tuesdays so I can see your craftiness - then I show off a bunch of you on Wednesdays. You might know me from a few of my fabulously popular posts (click picture to check them out!):




You can see more projects in my new Tutorials Page, so check that out as well.


Don't you just LOVE the Make a Memory Series - - such a great idea!!




Today I'm going to talk about a great tradition that I married into - - my husband's family is always making homemade ice cream - yum!! So this year when we visited his family on our vacation, I was sure to pay attention - -


First off, their ice cream is always so smooth and creamy - - some homemade ice cream is kind of crunchy, but not this. Turns out you need a good thickening agent, and there are 3 choices (I hadn't heard of using any of these - where have I been?!?!)


--Eggs - you know, frozen custard has eggs in it. So can homemade ice cream. It's best to use eggs when making something like chocolate ice cream, since you have to melt the chocolate on the stove, that way the eggs get heated.



--Jello - - you know, jello thickens up itself, so it will thicken up ice cream. This is best for fruit-flavored ice cream. For example, they made raspberry ice cream with real raspberries and raspberry jello as the thickener.


--Junket - I had never even heard of this stuff, but it's made specifically for making ice cream:


There are tons of homemade ice cream recipes out there, and they love trying lots of different varieties. Once it's made, you pour it into the machine's cylinder thing:




Put the top on, surround the cylinder in ice, and let it go! Then voila, ice cream - takes about 40 minutes - -


The kids all LOVE making ice cream at home - - and all the adults remember growing up eating homemade ice cream, so it's for sure memories in the making....


What is is about food that makes for such great memories?!?



I should have taken lots of pictures of everyone enjoying the ice cream - but let's face it, I was busy eating my own delicious portion - -but here's a few I happened to capture:


Enjoy making your own summer memories!! - Hope to see you over at www.SugarBeeCrafts.com!


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Mandy is so right! Many of my memories are tied to great family recipes: fondue, Rocky Road Brownies, Pierre Armondd Crepes. I had no idea you needed a thickening agent, but that totally makes sense. Our ice cream is delicious, but always a little runny. No more! Thanks Mandy for another great way to make a memory!


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