Thursday, May 30, 2013

Breathing Space Blogger Retreat

I'm so excited to attend Breathing Space Blogger Retreat this September! I went last year, and it was amazing! Breathing Space was my first ever blogging conference. I met a lot of new friends, and learned so much. I even posted last year about my conference experience. If you are a blogger, I highly recommend coming to this conference September 26-28, 2013!!

Breathing Space Blogger Retreat
Breathing Space is like a full-body massage for your blog. Join us September 26-28, 2013 and nourish your mind, body, and business. Solitude Mountain Resort, near Salt Lake City, offers a relaxing, picturesque venue. Soak it in. Then try to keep your mind from exploding when it's filled with the most up-to-date info you could hope for. Network with incredible fellow bloggers and eager sponsors. It's a miracle mud bath for you and your blog.
This year, not only am I attending the conference, but I am honored to be a speaker! I'll be teaching tips on how making your blog look fabulous, and things to think about when designing your blog. If you have anything you'd like to learn about in the class, leave a comment here or send me a message!

Registration:
   Starts on June 1st, 2013
   Early registration (before July 1st) is $199.
   After July 1st, tickets are $249

What your ticket includes:
  • Full three-day blogger conference filled with all the learning you can possibly handle.
  • Two meals on Thursday, three meals on Friday, and two meals on Saturday (that's all your meals) and a snack per day.
  • Amazing, and I mean AMAZING parties! Be prepared for fun, themed parties and delicious food!
  • Opportunities to network with amazing bloggers and sponsors
  • Lots of fabulous SWAG and gifts from the lovely sponsors
  • Chances to win great prizes from sponsors
  • Friendships and lasting knowledge (you're welcome)

Classes:
  • Classes will be offered more than once, so you don't have to miss out on the class you really wanted or have to choose between two great classes.
  • All classes will be within walking distance of the hotels.
  • Classes will be a mix between business and pleasure - fun classes like hair & makeup tips, as well as business classes to grow your blog or business.
  • Hands-on classes and workshops
  • Amazing teachers and speakers

Accommodations:
The conference will be held at Solitude Mountain Resort. It's a beautiful time of year to be in the Utah mountains! Solitude is offering rooms to conference attendees starting at $100 a night. This means that if you share with three friends, you only pay $25 per night per person!

Don't delay, the best rooms will go fast! Visit the Breathing Space website to make your reservations.


Follow Breathing Space on Facebook for updates, announcements, and to learn more about the fabulous sponsors! Be ready on June 1st to get yourself a spot, and plan on spending a wonderful weekend with talented bloggers September 26th-28th!!


Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to the Artsy Corner link party! I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last week, there were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from last week's party:

Owl Case for iPod Touch by Handmade Frenzy

Mascarpone Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes by The TipToe Fairy

Buttercup Bag by So Sew Easy

Strawberry Chocolate Pudding Pie by The Princess & Her Cowboys

Handmade Kitchen and Workshop by Exploring Domesticity

Be sure to visit Cox's Corner to see more features from last week's party!
Please grab a featured button!

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NOW ONTO THE PARTY!
Link up your recipes, crafts, ideas, projects or fun posts to share!

A few rules:
  • Link to a specific post {not your home page, or link parties please}
  • Please share your own posts or projects, not someone else's.
  • Visit other links and leave some comment love {because we all love comments!}
  • Post the party button {the code is below} anywhere on your blog

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Come back to see if you've been featured next week!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

18 Father's Day Gifts Kids Can Make

18 Father's Day Gifts Kids Can Make

Father's Day is a fun holiday for you, kids to show how much the man in their life is appreciated! Here are 18 gift ideas that are easy for you and/or kids to make for Father's Day!

18 Father's Day Gifts Kids Can Make

1. Super Hero Action Pack by Creative "Try"als
2. Dad's Token Tin
 by Eighteen 25
3. Father's Day Gift Basket with Free Printables
 by Delightful Order
4. "I Love You This Much" Card
 by A Day in My Life
5. Daddy’s Car Wash Kit
 by Inner Child Fun
6. Father's Day Book
 by My Juice Cup
7. Custom Toolbox for Dad
 by BHG
8. Carved Letter Bracelets
 by Lil Blue Boo
9. Fishing Treat Tackle Box
 by emeals
10. Daddy Art by Adventures in PinkSugarLand
11. Shirt Pocket Cards by Holiday Crafts & Creations
12. "Love You to Pieces" Candy Jar by Creatively Christy
13. Stenciled Glass Plate by Crafting in the Rain
14. Necktie Key Ring by Positively Splendid
15. Personalized Photo Drinks by Craft-O-Maniac
16. Monsterized Phone Charger by AlphaMom
17. Father's Day Stache Jar by Artsy-Fartsy Mama
18. Car Play Shirt
 by The Blue Basket


Saturday, May 25, 2013

How to Make a Box Cake Even Better

Cake is delicious, whether it's made from scratch or from a mix. Personally, I'm a fan of boxed cake mix mainly for convenience and there's so many things you can do with it. I think they taste perfectly fine, but I'm not really a fan of how crumbly they can be sometimes. It's really annoying - especially when a 3 year old wants cake and HAS to hold it. Hello, crumbs everywhere.

With a little research, I found some great tips to take your boxed cake mix to the next level. These simple tips & tricks will work for pretty much any flavor cake mix, any brand (though some brands are better than others), and should work fine for a gluten-free mix as well. You can also make these into cupcakes. (Cupcakes are just cake in a cuter, mini form!)

How to Make a Box Cake Even Better

Follow the directions on the cake mix, but make these substitutions for better cake:
  • Replace the oil with melted butter (salted or unsalted, just not margarine).
  • Use apple sauce, fat-free yogurt, or fat-free sour cream instead of oil to make your cake low fat!
  • Add an extra egg. Use the amount of eggs in the box recipe, but then add in one more.
  • Replace the water in the recipe for milk or buttermilk.
    *To make your own buttermilk (makes 1 cup): mix 1 cup milk and 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Perfect Chocolate Cake - from a cake mix!

Perfect Chocolate Cake (from cake mix)
*Every box cake recipe is similar, but check your mix for specific measurements!

1 Devil's Food cake mix (Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, and Pillsbury are my favorites)
4 eggs (use the amount of eggs in the box recipe, but then add in one more)
1/2 cup melted butter (substitute oil in the box recipe)
1 1/3 cup milk (substitute water in the box recipe)

Mix and bake according to box directions. Baking time and temperatures should be listed for cakes, cupcakes & bundt cakes.

Here's a few tips to help your cake come out beautifully (I'm not a cake professional, but these tricks work for me):
  1. Don't overmix. This will get too much air in the batter and can cause the cake to collapse.
  2. Test your cake for doneness by inserting a tooth pick in the center. If it does not come out clean, then bake the cake for a little longer.
  3. Get an oven thermometer (they are under $10) to check the accuracy of your oven temperature. If the temperature of the oven is too high, your cake could rise too rapidly, then sink in the middle. Too low and you'll have an undercooked cake. Yuck.
  4. I know it's fun to watch a cake bake, but resist opening the door. Checking on the cake before the batter is set can cause the cake to sink.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to the Artsy Corner link party! I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last week, there were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from last week's party:

Little Girl's Summer Nightgown by Handmade Frenzy


$6 Kitchen Countertop Transformation by Craft and Repeat

Little Desk Makeover by Huckleberry Love

FREE "Let's Eat" Kitchen Printable {4 Colors} by Cupcake Diaries

Be sure to visit Cox's Corner to see more features from last week's party!
Please grab a featured button!

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NOW ONTO THE PARTY!
Link up your recipes, crafts, ideas, projects or fun posts to share!

A few rules:
  • Link to a specific post {not your home page, or link parties please}
  • Please share your own posts or projects, not someone else's.
  • Visit other links and leave some comment love {because we all love comments!}
  • Post the party button {the code is below} anywhere on your blog

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Come back to see if you've been featured next week!

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Sandwich Witch

My daughter loves having books read to her and is now learning to read. She loves going to the library and choosing new books to read, and it has been fun watching her want to learn to do it herself. I am planning on homeschooling with her, and am so grateful to find books that combine both a fun story and a way to learn something new.

The Sandwich Witch children's book

Recently, I was introduced to a new book called "The Sandwich Witch". It's a children's book (recommended for ages 4-8, but I think any kids would enjoy it), written in a fun way to help teach children the importance of a eating a well-balanced diet so they can be healthy and strong. A few of my talented designer friends from my pre-working days illustrated the book, so I knew I had to have it for myself. The author, Lee McNeil, signed a copy just for Zoey. She was so excited to get "happy mail" just for herself and thought it was so cool to have her name written inside the cover!

The Sandwich Witch children's book

She immediately sat on the couch with the book and flipped through the pages. I read it through to her once, then we talked about the importance of eating healthy and making good choices when it comes to snacks and treats. I catch her reading the book (in her own words) to herself all the time, and she knows what's happening in the story because of the thought-out illustrations.

Lunch with The Sandwich Witch

To help her learn a little more about healthy eating, I decided I would let her help make lunch. Of course, the Sandwich Witch came up in conversation, so we made a turkey and cheese sandwich and cut it out with a witch shaped cookie cutter. Zoey was a little worried that the Sandwich Witch was going to steal it. We talked about what kind of healthy snacks could go with the sandwich, and she picked strawberries. It's so fun to see how much she has learned, and hopefully I can continue to teach her to make healthy habits as she grows.

The Sandwich Witch

Because I love this book so much, I am working together with the creators of The Sandwich Witch to share it with all of you! They have been so generous as to offer 10 readers their very own copy! The giveaway ends at midnight on May 26th. If you can't wait until then, you can also purchase the book from Amazon.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:
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I was given The Sandwich Witch book shown in this post as part of this review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Purse Organization Made Easy with Grace Adele

Don't you love that feeling you get when you find that perfect purse? I sure do! Ever since my daughter was born, I have been on the lookout for a purse that was a decent size, lots of organizational options, and most of all high quality while still being affordable. I've tried more than a few purses thinking that purse was "the one", but then I was given the chance to review one of Grace Adele's handbags. I can honestly say that I have been impressed with this one.

Purse Organization Made Easy with Grace Adele

In case you aren't familiar with them, Grace Adele is a part of the Scentsy family of brands. The Grace Adele Style System™ makes fashion work for you by using a step-by-step process using mix-and-match accessories based on color. I am not what you'd consider a fashionista, but with a selection of stylish colors, bags, clutches, jewelry, clip-ons, and fabulous accessories to choose from, they make it easier than ever to create a look that suits you best.

I love that everything is so different, but they all coordinate! Even the keychain matches. So fun! What's even better is that the clutch fits inside the front purse pocket (leave the top flap out) so everything fits in the purse and gives the bag a whole different look! Carrying your clutch with you also makes it easy to transition your bag from day to night.

Purse Organization Made Easy with Grace Adele

Not only are the bags and accessories super cute, but most women know that the inside of a purse is just as important (or more) than the outside. I added everything from my previously over-stuffed purse into this new one, and I still have tons of room for more! Every bag, clutch, and wallet features an Intelligent Interior™, which means that everything in your bag has a place. There are multiple pockets, zippered sections, and pen slots to hold everything you need and keeps your purse organized.

Grace Adele bag with Dahlia Clip-On Grace Adele bag with Marguerite Medallion Clip-On

The accessories and clip-ons that are available give your bag that little extra something to make it fun and unique. My bag has the Dahlia flower clip-on on the purse strap, and the Marguerite Medallion clip-on on the clutch. I love how they are so different, but coordinate beautifully. The clips are high quality and hold on nicely.

Grace Adele Marguerite Medallion necklace and earrings

Want to really coordinate with your bag? Grace Adele even offers coordinating jewelry! I absolutely love my Marguerite Medallion necklace and earrings. They have so many colors and styles, and even carry bracelets, rings, and scarves.

Purse Organization Made Easy with Grace Adele

So, if you're in the market for a new handbag and in need of some organization, seriously take a look at what Grace Adele has to offer. I couldn't be happier with my bag and jewelry. To make things even sweeter, Grace Adele is going to give one of YOU the same bag, clutch, wallet, and accessories as me (yay twins!!)!!

Giveaway ends on May 23rd at midnight MST. Good luck!

Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below:
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I was given the Grace Adele purse and accessories shown in this post as part of this review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Allergy Night with University of Utah Health Care

My husband is allergic to almost everything that grows. He has a good attitude about it, but it's hard for me to watch (especially when spring and summer start) the things in the air making him feel awful. We are always stocked up with different allergy medications and emergency items, and have visited doctors trying to find a way to help him with minimal success because his allergies are so bad.

Allergy Night with University of Utah Health Care

On May 28th, the University of Utah Health Care is having an Allergy Night. If you are in the area, and you or your children (ages 5 & up) suffer from allergies, you should plan on being there. Dr. Kevin Wilson, an allergy specialist, will teach how to get relief, share the latest treatment options, and ways to treat your allergies at home. This also includes a FREE allergy test (skin prick) for 14 antigens.

Space at the event is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible by calling 801-585-3223. The Allergy Night will be held at the South Jordan Health Center: 5126 W Daybreak Pkwy (11400S) in South Jordan, Utah.


Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to the Artsy Corner link party! I hope you all are ready to link up what you've been working on!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last week, there were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week.

Here are a few of my favorites from last week's party:

Pin Cushions That Sharpen by Pink Polka Dot Creations

DIY Poppy Teapot by La Gang á Nat

How to Stencil a Shirt by JoJo & Eloise

Summer Fun Activity Calendar by The Benson Street

Nail Polish Pendant by NorthShore Days

Be sure to visit Cox's Corner to see more features from last week's party!
Please grab a featured button!

artsy-fartsy mama

NOW ONTO THE PARTY!
Link up your recipes, crafts, ideas, projects or fun posts to share!

A few rules:
  • Link to a specific post {not your home page, or link parties please}
  • Please share your own posts or projects, not someone else's.
  • Visit other links and leave some comment love {because we all love comments!}
  • Post the party button {the code is below} anywhere on your blog

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Come back to see if you've been featured next week!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hello Sunshine

After a few freak snowstorms, I'm so happy that this beautiful spring/summer weather is here to stay! There's nothing quite like feeling the warm sunshine on your face and the way a beautiful spring day can lighten your mood. It has been wonderful to play outside, and do a small amount of gardening (I'm not that great at it yet, but I'm going to try!).

I designed a printable to bring a bit of that sunshine into my home. I love the bright colors and the cheerfulness it brings into the room, and I wanted to share it with all of you!

Hello Sunshine Free Printable

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may not modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits and copyright.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama and linked back to my blog.


On the top left under "File", click the "Download Original" option. A pop-up window should appear.
Make sure the "Save File" option is selected, then click OK to download.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

36 Homemade Popsicle Recipes

36 Homemade Popsicle Recipes

It's getting warmer and warmer outside, and we all know what that means: it's popsicle season!! Not that popsicles are really ever out of season, at least at our house. We go through them like nobody's business. Today I'm sharing 36 homemade popsicle recipes that you (and/or your kids) can make this summer!

36 Homemade Popsicle Recipes (1-18)

1. Rainbow Pudding Pops by Sandy Toes and Popsicles
2. Raspberry Limeade Ice Pops
 by Poofy Cheeks
3. Orange Julius Popsicles
 by A Night Owl
4. Banana Split on a Stick
 by Damy Health
5. Mango Popsicles
 by Katy She Cooks
6. Root Beer Float Pops
 by Erin Cooks
7. Pineapple Coconut Cilantro Popsicles
 by Keep Your Diet Real
8. Blackberry and Lime Popsicles
 by Baked Bree
9. Chocolate and Salted Caramel Pudding Pops
 by Endless Simmer
10. Lemonade Stand Popsicles by Somewhere Splendid
11. Cereal and Milk Popsicles by The Little Foodie
12. Pomegranate Yogurt Pops by The Kitchn
13. Easy, Creamy, Lemon Dream Popsicles by Whipped
14. Fresh Fruit Popsicles by PopSugar
15. Peanut Butter Oreo Popsicles by Pass the Sushi
16. Berry Yogurt Popsicles by SkinnyTaste
17. Peaches and Cream Popsicles by My Baking Addiction
18. Frozen Smoothie Pops
 by Culinary

36 Homemade Popsicle Recipes (19-36)

19. Boston Cream Pie Popsicles by Something Swanky
20. Homemade Frozen Jello Pops
 by For the Love of Food
21. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles
 by Chocolate & Carrots
22. Sunshine Pops
 by Martha Stewart
23. Chocolate Kiwi Popsicles
 by ShowFood Chef
24. Lemonade & Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles
 by Eat Good 4 Life
25. Honeydew Popsicles by Pass the Sushi
26. Watermelon Pops by Kraft
27. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Popsicles by All Day I Dream About Food
28. Cookies and Cream Popsicles by Just Baked
29. Nutella Fudgesicles by Daily Waffle
30. Mango Orange Yogurt Popsicles by 6 Bittersweets
31. Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles by Bakers Royale
32. Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Pops by Babble
33. Piña Colada Popsicles
 by Becoming Bettty
34. Double Rainbow Quick Pops
 by Zoku
35. Ice Pops
 by Bakerella
36. Samoa Popsicles
 My Baking Addiction


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