Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nivea #SharetheSensation Challenge & Giveaway

Valentine's Day brought the delivery of a dozen roses from my sweetheart, but also the delivery of a challenge from Nivea. They asked me to switch out my usual lotion and try out their Smooth Sensation lotion for 7 days. "If they want to tackle my winter skin" I thought, "bring it on!"

Winter for me means spiky dry legs. I'm being oh so real here. I am known to shave only once a week and with no sun on them for months my poor gams are as white and dry as the desert we live in. No one knows right, I wear pants all the time. Ya, no one knows except for my husband who gets to share sleeping quarters. Poor guy. I even whine to him about how itchy my legs get from not seeing the sun in months.

So I tried the lotion and you know what. It was great. I even shaved my legs multiple times this week. Impressive right?! My skin was smoother, my legs didn't itch and my feet saw a vast improvement. I even noticed how awful our new sheets are (I bought cheap ones because the color was right, but everything else is oh so wrong.) because my feet were so much more sensitive lacking the layer of dry ugliness. I'm rather pleased with the whole experiment and well, so is the hubs! He is all smiles. I even got a foot rub! Woot woo!

Want to try out the "Share the Sensation Challenge for yourself? Enter to win a Challenge kit of your own valued at $225!

Share the Sensation Challenge Kit ($255+ value)
  • 2 bottles Nivea Smooth Sensation lotion
  • $25 Fandango Card
  • Samsung ST200 SMART camera
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: I was provided with the Share the Sensation kit to participate in the challenge.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Disney DIY Collection

We had so much fun with these projects for the last couple of months and wanted to do one final round up of all the tutorials to make them easy to access. Without further adeiu we give you all the projects from our Disney DIY series.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Custom Desk Pad

Hi Friends, this is Aly from Entirely Eventful Day.  I am so excited to be part of the A Little Tipsy Creative Team.  I have a really fun, easy, and inexpensive project for you today: How to make a DIY custom mouse pad.

This beauty cost me about $8 to make and it makes the biggest difference in my office.  My favorite thing about it is when I get tired of the pattern all I need to buy is a new roll of wrapping paper!

Start with a transparent desk pad.  I used this one from IKEA.

Here's how I did it.  
1. I sprayed the bottom of the pad with Elmer's Glue Brand spray adhesive.
2. Then I positioned the pad sticky side up on the ground and rolled the wrapping paper over it.  I made sure to line up the bottom edges for a nice straight line.

3. Next I cut off the roll part of the wrapping paper and flipped the mat over.

4. All that was left to do was to trim around the edges of the mat.  All done!

Note: You might need to add a little more spray adhesive to the corners once you have trimmed.  

I hope you make one of these for yourself.  Mine makes me so happy!  Until next time.

Monday, February 25, 2013

90 St Patricks Day Ideas

Are you ready for a collection of the best St. Patrick's ideas out there? I looked high and low and put together 90 of my favorite idea from crafts to food to printables and everything in between. This is no pansy list. It pretty much has everything you would need for a fantastic St. Patrick's Day!

Framed Luck from Organize and Decorate Everything
Beadboard Shamrock from Lolly Jane
Lucky Scrabble Tiles from Under My Polka Dot Umbrella
Shamrock Specimen Art from Lolly Jane
St. Patrick's Day Banner from The Happy Scraps
Shamrock Bouquet from Simple As That
St. Patrick's Day Banner from Lil' Luna
Shamrock Wreath from The Chalkboard

Lucky Picture Template from Sew Dang Cute
Potted Clover from Pretty Handy Girl
Shamrock Art by The Pike Fam
Shamrock Wreath from Sparetime Sanity
Shamrock Banner from A Little Tipsy
St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Wreath from A Little Tipsy
St. Patrick Banner from A Little Tipsy
Ribbon Wreath from Babs Made It

Leprechaun Lunch from Lisa Storms
Cucumber Shamrock from Eye Likes Food
Spinach Shamrocks from Home is Where the Boat is
Kiwi Shamrocks from Life in Wonderland
Lucky Lunch from Meet the Dubiens
St. Patrick's Food Ideas from Meaningful Mama
Baked Shamrock Nachos from Lisa Storms

Shamrock Macarons from Raspberri Cupcakes
Leprechaun Ice Cream from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
Shamrock Sandwich Cookies from Homemade by Holman
Irish Cream Trifle from Hoosier Homemade
Shamrock Cheesecake from The Novice Chef
Leprechaun Hat Smores from Half Baked

Emerald Mint Milkshake from Musiety
Shamrock Mint Oreos from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Goin' Green Popcorn Balls from Bright Ideas
Chocolate Mint Thumbprints from Betty Crocker
Pot of Gold Pops from Joy in the Jumble
Lucky You Mint Pie from Very Best Baking

Rainbow Pancakes from I am Baker
Rainbow Jello from Glorious Treats
Lucky Cupcakes from The Fickle Pickle
Rainbow Waffles from Random Thoughts of a Supermom
Rainbow Slush from Ramblings form the Sunshine State
Rainbow Slice and Bake Cookies from Good Life Eats
Rainbow Rice Krispies Treats from Raspberri Cupcakes
Rainbow Pasta from Quick Dish

Streamer Rainbow from Creative Juice
Shamrock Straws from Martha Stewart
Green Paper Chains from Love the Day via Hostess with the Mostess
St. Patrick's Party Table from Sheek Shindigs
St. Patrick's Table Setting from Fiskars
Green Ribbon Table from Martha Stewart
Irish Napkin from

Rainbow Oreos from Little Sprout Creations via Hostess with the Mostess
Leprechaun Treat Bags from Positively Splendid
St. Patrick's in a Jar from Babble
Kiss Me Treat Box with free printable from anna and blue paperie
Lucky Oreos from See Vanessa Craft
Leprechaun Hat Favors from Paper, Plate and Plane via Canadian Living
Lucky Candy Tubes from Not Just a Mommy
Shamrock Card from Cricut

Handprint Leprechaun from Meet the Dubiens
Leprechaun Costume from Paging Supermom
Kool-Aid Playdough from Rockabye Butterfly
Lucky Shamrock Wands from Smart School House
Bell Pepper Shamrocks from Train Up a Child

Handprint Rainbow from B-inspired Mama
Fruity O's Rainbow from Hand On: While We Grow
Pasta Rainbow from Not Just a Mommy
I am Lucky Shamrock Patch from Lisa Storms
Clover Leaf Lei from Simple as That
Lucky Bingo from Prepared Not Scared

St. Patrick's Day Legwarmers from The Creative Imperative
St. Patrick's Day Bracelet from KarimusBunch
Ruffled St. Patrick's Day Top from Being Brooke
Printable Wearable Shamrock from ellinee
Clover Hair Pin from Martha Stewart
Shamrock Chic Shirts from icandy handmade
T-Shirt Headband from Lisa Storms via Fiskars
Pinch Proof Shirt from Eighteen25

Rainbow Chevron Skirt from Sew Easy Being Green
Rainbow Polka Dot Dress from La Famille via Kojo Designs
Rainbow Shirt from Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Rainbow Rosettes from BabyBirdieBoutique

Lucky Us Printable from Landee See Landee Do
Lucky Pillow Box Printable from Hello, Good Gravy
Rainbow Printable from Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
St. Patrick's Subway Art from Eighteen25
Luck Printable from The Overhaul
Lucky Brew Printable from Benign Objects
We've Been Pinched Printable from I Should Be Mopping the Floor
We Are So Lucky to Have You Printable from The Crafting Chicks

For more great ideas, visit our St. Patty's Pinterest Board!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Shamrock Banner

Valentine's is past and I'm feeling the green! I love St. Patrick's Day not only because it is super fun decor, but because my ancestor had a part in it. No really, he was the guy who kidnapped St. Patrick. Pretty funny right? Anyhow I wanted a project I could do with my 5 year old and this shamrock banner was just the ticket. It has got to be the easiest St. Patrick Craft ever! You need only four supplies.


The Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch is meant to make decorative circles like these, which are awesome and versatile which I love. But, I like to think out of the box and see what else it might be able to do besides paper circles.

I discovered that the punch lines up perfectly with the curves of the shamrock. Tra la, what a day!

I got to work punching the edges of all the plain green shamrocks. I figured the glitter ones were enough on their own.

I adore how the punch adds a more Celtic feel!

Next just get your glue dots and glue the shamrocks to the jute alternating punched and glittered. Be sure to use a few glue dots, or the shamrocks will fall off.

Now just find the perfect place to hang it, below a shelf, on a mantle, on a railing, you decide.

Disclosure: I was provided product from Martha Stewart Crafts as a part of 12 Months of Martha. All opinions and ideas are my own. I am an Amazon affiliate.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

These are a Few of My Favorite Things Giveaway

It's my blogiversary today and you know what that means?! Time to party. Since you won't all fit in my house to celebrate for real, let's celebrate with a humongo door prize! I thought it would be so awesome if I could gather together all of my favorite brand and share with you my favorite craft and decor products that I use here all the time. And guess what, they all came through big time. 

Anyone interested in over $600 in prizes?

So now you've seen a glimpse of the prizes, let me tell you why each one made my favorites list!

It's no secret that I am a big fan of Cricut. I love my Cricut Mini and also love the people over there. Seriously awesome people. The CEO even hugged me at the end of an event I helped them plan?! So of course they had to be included at the top of my list of my favorite things. They, like me, want you to have a Cricut Mini ($130 value) too! It cuts cardstock like a charm, but I have also used it for magnet material, fabric, heat transfer and of course vinyl. Oh, and did you know their image downloads start at just 99 cents? Rock on Cricut!

I love easy and that is what Elmer's and X-acto make many of my projects. I have used their products to bring countless ideas (3ft present, puppet playhouse, etc) to fruition. When they asked what my favorite things were to include in the prize package I listed like 10 things (no joke). Well, they ran with it and came up with a fabulous prize package worth $100 including: 
·         X-ACTO 12” X 12” Designer Series Self-Healing Mat
·         X-ACTO Designer Series Gripster Craft Knife
·         X-ACTO Designer Series Corner Rounder Punch
·         X-ACTO Designer Series Decorative Shapes Templates
·         X-ACTO Designer Series 8” Scissors
·         X-ACTO Designer Series 12” Rotary Paper Cutter
·         Elmer’s CraftBOND All Purpose Glue Stick
·         Elmer’s CraftBOND Permanent Dot Runner
·         Elmer’s CraftBOND Foam Mounting Tape
·         Elmer’s CraftBOND Glue Spots
·         Elmer’s Mini Bi-Fold Foam Board
·         Painters Sherbet Swirl
·         Painters Metallics

Rod Works is one of those places where you walk in and want to buy everything in the display. They have unique home decor to suit every taste and a walk through the store will give you so many ideas on how to group items or use pieces in different ways. You can see just a few of the items from my wish list above. They want to give you a good start on your wishlist so they are giving away TWO $50 gift cards!

My most recent favorite tool as seen used on my upholstered headboard are stencils and Cutting Edge Stencils has so many beautiful patterns! I love how you can get them BIG so it make large scale projects so much faster. With a little spray adhesive and their simple how-to videos you won't believe how easy it is to get a crisp eye popping pattern! Don't believe me? Try it for yourself. Cutting Edge is giving away TWO $50 gift certificates!

I was recently introduced to Catching Fireflies and love the whimsical and fun things they have to offer. From inspirational home decor to original gift ideas they have a great assortment to make even the pickiest smile. Some of my favorites are pictures above and they want you to choose your favorites with a $53 gift card!

Martha Stewart Crafts is no question one of my favorite brands. If I listed all the projects I have made with her paint, punches, glitter and brushes it would take up this whole post. I recently did a really fun glitter nail post which inspired this prize. I am so excited to be able to give away the Punch All Over Pattern Heartbeat and a 24 pack of glitter!

Pick Your Plum is not only one of my favorites because of the fun crafty and decor swag they have, but because it is a new great deal every day! I love popping in to see what the deal of the day is from burlap baskets to scarves to twine. It's always exciting to see what the new deal is, but even more exciting to have the chance to win a $50 box of swag!

Raise your hand if you love washi tape? I finally got in on the trend just before Christmas and it is awesome. Such a fabulous way to add color and pattern to just about anything. So, the favorites I've found come from Downtown Tape and they are giving away 10 rolls of tape and 25 tags for you to fancy up. Awesomesauce!

So now that I've shared my favorites, 
who wants to win them?!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tie Party Games and Take Homes

I realized that I had never posted the second half of our Little Guy in a Tie Party. It's been a while so please forgive any less than optimal pictures. I've learned a lot since then. I just thought the ideas were too fun not to share. We had a green, black and white theme to go along with all things tie.

We decorated the take home table with a Tiepography ABC print and a picture of our boys in ties. Each guest got to take home some disguise glasses and a little guy in a tie Oreo pop. They also got to fill a little tuxedo box with green, white and black candy from the candy buffet.

Since it was a one year old party with lots of family and friends we just had a few games, but we made them span all ages. We started with pin the tie on the birthday boy. Your local print shop can print a photo poster size in black and white using a blueprint printer for about $4.

We also had guests wear ties and had an ugly tie contest. Boy we had some doozies.

Then, all the guys lined up for a Tie tying contest. It was great to watch and cheer them on.

We closed out the party with Camouflage (green, brown, and white cake) cupcakes with Candy Tie Cupcake Toppers. I got a green candy writer melted it down and went to town drawing ties. Once they dry you just carefully place them on top of the frosted cupcakes. We served them with mint chip and vanilla ice cream.

Our birthday boy had no hesitation with his cupcake. Gotta love a good cake smash!

Want to see more of the party? We had a fun DIY photo booth, Tie Banner, and Green, Black and White themed luncheon (which contained a surprising amount of options). See the part 1 post of the Tie Party here.

Speaking of parties, we have a big one coming up on Wednesday! It is our blogiversary and we're celebrating with an over $500 giveaway! Don't miss it!