Thursday, June 27, 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!

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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:

Easy DIY Hair Bows by Little Miss Kimberly Ann

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins by I Got This Martha

How to Make Old Towels Soft Again by Domestic Bliss Squared

Harry Potter Pajama Pants Tutorial by Rae Gun Ramblings

Baby Gender Reveal Scratch-Off + Printable by One Dog Woof

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!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Frisk Family Medical Fund

I've been trying to think of a way to help the Frisk Family for months, and am so grateful for this opportunity to be working with Razoo to start this fundraiser for such a deserving family. The Frisk Family is working to raise money to cover medical costs that are not covered by insurance.

Donate to the Frisk Family Medical Fund

Jenny and I lived in the same neighborhood growing up, and I was heartbroken to hear what her beautiful family is going through. She and her husband, Gary, have three amazing children who all suffer from a rare white blood cell disease called Eosiniphilic Esophagitis and Eosiniphilic Gastroenteritis (also known as EGID’s). All three children also have asthma, eczema, and other aero-digestive conditions they each deal with individually.

The Frisk children can eat hardly anything. The air they breathe makes them sick. Friends and family homes are not safe because of the severe reaction to pet dander all three experience. They have to stress, worry, and prepare for birthday parties, holidays, family parties, every event for school, etc. because the smallest amount of food can either kill them or make them violently sick for weeks. Needless to say, nothing ever feels normal for them.

The amount of medical bills has been catastrophic ending in two medical bankruptcies, and every dime goes straight to medical co-pays, prescriptions, expensive allergy-friendly foods, and medical equipment and supplies. There are treatments, each of child needs and they do not have near the funds they need to cover the costs.

Frisk Family Medical Fund

Jaxen, age 7
Jaxen has had 6 surgical procedures, 2 endoscopies, 6 hospitalizations, and lots of allergy testing along with loads of labs, MRI’s, CAT scans, and x-rays.

His current diagnoses: Eosiniphilic Gastroenteritis, obstructive sleep apnea, lactose intolerance, allergic rhinitis, asthma, Mandibular Dysplasia, and an unknown (at this time) aero-digestive condition.

Allergies:
Outdoor: ALL/EXTREME - all grasses, all molds, all weeds, all spores, all trees, pollens
Pet: dog, cat, horse, and rabbit
Known food allergies: milk, chicken, potato, corn, beef

Frisk Family Medical Fund

Tieler, age 5
Tieler has had 7 hospitalizations, Esohageal dilation procedure, extensive allergy testing, and MANY MANY labs, x-rays MRI’s, CAT scans, swallow studies, EKG’s, EEG’s, etc.

Her current diagnoses: Esoiniphilic esophagitis, food and environmental allergies, GERD, asthma, Carnitine deficiency, seizures, an over-active immune system, and some undiagnosed health conditions.

Allergies:
Anaphylactic: milk, eggs, cashews, pistachios, peanuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
Other food allergies: chicken, oranges, almonds, pecans, hazelnut, black walnut, tree nuts, lamb, watermelon, pear, onion, apricots
Pet: dog, cat, horse, and rabbits

Frisk Family Medical Fund

Boston, age 2
Boston had RSV at 9 months, and had tubes placed in his ears at 11 months.

His current diagnoses: GERD, Eosiniphilc esophagitis, sleep apnea, and asthma

Allergies:
Food allergies: milk, egg, almond, pecan, peanut, rice, tomato
Pet: cat, dog, horse, rabbit
Environmental: ALL

Frisk Family Medical Fund

Not only are three children in & out of the hospital and doctor's offices, but Gary became ill in February 2012 with his first cancer scare. Gary had two tumors and some layers of the side of his bladder removed. He was treated with chemo therapy and is currently cancer free. Bladder cancer has a ridiculously high chance of recurrence, so he will receive bladder scopes every three months for two years, and every six months after for the rest of his life so that it can be caught early and treated effectively.

Jenny has also been very sick the past 18 months. She was diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency, and just had a PICC line of antibiotics for a bladder/kidney Salmonella infection. The only antibiotic that the infection is not resistant to is one that Jenny has an immune system & allergic reaction to. The doctors have things "mostly" figured out and she is finally starting to feel better.


Donate to the Frisk Family Medical Fund

Please consider sharing this fundraiser AND making a donation. As a community, we can make a difference and help a family who is so much in need.

To learn more about Razoo, follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

This post is sponsored by Razoo, as part of a campaign with Blueprint Social. All thoughts, ideas, and opinions are my own.
All photos of the Frisk Family are by Shotz by Chotz

Monday, June 24, 2013

DIY Jewelry Hanger


DIY Jewelry Hanger

I've been working hard on getting my jewelry organized. My current necklace hanger was getting a little too crowded with only three hooks. So, thanks to Poppy Seed Projects, I made a super cute and very functional jewelry hanger.

DIY Jewelry Hanger
DIY Jewelry Hanger Supplies

Supplies:
9 screw hooks
Grey paint
White paint
Sandpaper
2 sawtooth picture hangers


This was my first time working with the photo texture cream. I watched Holly's video tutorials before using it so I knew what to expect. It was really easy to use, and I love that you can do any kind of pattern with it to create texture.

Just dip a light cloth into the cream and smear it on the board. I decided to do a messy diagonal stripe pattern. That way if I messed up, no one would notice. I let it dry for a few hours. You'll know it's dry when the texture cream is clear and not sticky at all.


Next, I added a coat of grey acrylic paint (spray paint would work fabulous, too). I ended up painting 2-3 coats, letting each coat dry completely before adding a new coat.


I waited overnight before painting the board with white acrylic paint. I ended up painting 2-3 coats of this color, too, to completely cover the grey. Make sure each paint coat is completely dry before adding a new coat, otherwise you could mess up your board when sanding.


When the paint is dry, sand the board. The grey will start to show through with the texture. Sand a little at a time. You can always take off more if you think it needs it. Hard to fix if you over-sand.


Here's a view of the entire board after sanding. I love how easy it was to give the board a worn, vintage look. The texture cream is really one of my new favorite products!! I can't wait to create more with it.


Next, I measured out where the hooks needed to be placed. To use up the space better and give it a little character, I moved every other hook higher than center. After marking the board with a pencil, I used my awesome Ryobi drill (that I won at Snap! Conference) to make holes for the hooks to screw in.


Before adding the hooks, I attached two sawtooth picture hangers on the back so the jewelry hanger could hang on the wall above my jewelry stand.

Since the holes were pre-drilled, it was easy to screw the hooks into the board. Just screw them in tight, with the hooks facing up. Easy, peasy.

DIY Jewelry Hanger

Last, but not least, place your jewelry hanger on the wall and hang your necklaces! I am thrilled with how the jewelry hanger turned out, and am now a lot more organized when it comes to jewelry. I have a lot of necklaces, and this jewelry hanger is big enough to hold them all with room to spare.

I received product in exchange for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Petite Lemon Growth Chart

Ever since my daughter was born, I've been on the lookout for the perfect growth chart. I didn't know exactly what I was looking for, but I knew I wanted something cute, colorful, and something that will work with her bedroom decor as she grows.

Just a few months ago, I came in contact with Petite Lemon and absolutely love their personalized growth chart designs. There are 70 unique growth chart designs to choose from, in multiple color combinations for both boys and girls. Each growth chart can be personalized, and is printed on premium poster paper or 100% cotton canvas with aluminum corner grommets to make hanging it on a wall easier than ever!

Petite Lemon Colorful Words Personalized Growth Chart via artsyfartsymama.com Petite Lemon Colorful Words Personalized Growth Chart via artsyfartsymama.com

It took a long time for me to narrow down my choices, but I finally decided on the Colorful Words - Candy design. The bright colors coordinate perfectly with my daughter's bedroom decor, and will hopefully look great in any room as she grows. The fun, descriptive words for each inch are probably my favorite part of the design. Zoey loves that it has her name on it, and is always asking what word she measures up to. "Bright" is a pretty accurate word to describe her right now!

Win a $50 Petite Lemon Gift Card via artsyfartsymama.com #giveaway

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

To see updates from Petite Lemon, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

I received product as compensation from Petite Lemon. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

15 Watermelon Recipes

15 Watermelon Recipes

One of my favorite things in summer is watermelon! Not only is it delicious on it's own (especially seedless), but it makes a great drink, salad, or inspiration for a cute dessert! Today I'm sharing 15 watermelon recipes perfect for any summer party!

15 Watermelon Recipes

1. Homemade Watermelon Slush by Say Yes to Hoboken
2. Watermelon Sugar Cookies
 by Homemaking Fun
3. Star & Stripes Watermelon DIY Fruit Bowls
 by Passion for Savings
4. Watermelon Pie
 by Make and Takes
5. Watermelon Cherry Limeade
 by Kleinworth & Co
6. Strawberry & Watermelon Spring Salad
 by FoodieCrush
7. Watermelon Push Pops
 by Make Bake Celebrate
8. Tangy Watermelon Rice Krispies Treats
 by Dine & Dish
9. Easy Watermelon Lemonade
 by Cheerios and Lattes
10. Watermelon Freezer Pops by Gimme Some Oven
11. Fresh Mint and Watermelon Soda Floats by How Sweet It Is
12. Watermelon Cupcakes with Sweet Watermelon Buttercream by Bakingdom
13. Watermelon Cookies on a Stick by Munchkin Munchies
14. Watermelon Fudge by Cookies and Cups
15. Watermelon Cake by Bird on a Cake


Thursday, June 20, 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:

Customize your Vinyl the DIY Way by Second Chance to Dream

DIY Letter Wall Decor by Pinkie for Pink

Celebration Donut Cake by It's Always Ruetten

Summer Jams/PJ's by Concerning Bugs

Welcome Pops of Color by Life Around the Loop

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!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

DIY Hello Kitty Bubblegum Necklace

DIY Hello Kitty Bubblegum Necklace

My daughter loves jewelry of any kind, especially now that she is old enough to be making it herself. Soon we will need to make a jewelry organizer just for her! These necklaces were easy to make, take minimal supervision (just make sure no one chokes on any beads!), and make great gifts for any little girl. Since there is a bead in almost every color, this necklace matches almost every outfit. What little girl wouldn't want a necklace that looks like it's made of bubblegum AND includes Hello Kitty?

DIY Hello Kitty Bubblegum Necklace

First, glue a bail to the back of a Hello Kitty cabochon with E6000 glue. Let dry for a few hours or overnight.

DIY Hello Kitty Bubblegum Necklace

Supplies:
Hello Kitty cabochon (found at WholePort)
Multicolor Round 10mm Beads (found at WholePort)
Stretch Magic (1mm)

DIY Bubblegum Necklace

Measure your child's neck or measure a necklace that fits well and add a couple of inches. Cut a piece of Stretch Magic to the length you measured. Tie a knot or two, or clip a clothespin to the end of the Stretch Magic. If you tie a knot, be sure to pull it as tight as you can so it doesn't come undone. I highly recommend pouring the beads into a small cup or bowl so they don't roll away while your child is working.

If you haven't used Stretch Magic before, it is a strong, opaque, plastic cord used for jewelry making. It makes necklaces and bracelets stretchy, which is perfect for creating children's jewelry. It also doesn't fray, so it's easy for small hands to use.

DIY Bubblegum Necklace

We weren't sure how many beads we would need for the necklace, so I came up with a solution that worked great. Especially since my daughter loved threading the beads. Thread the beads on until you have an inch or two on each end. Then, count out the beads and find the middle. Remove half the beads, then add the Hello Kitty charm. Re-thread the remaining half of the beads.

DIY Hello Kitty Bubblegum Necklace

Bring the ends of the necklace together, and tie a square knot and pull VERY tight. Tie about two more square knots, pulling as tight as you can through each knot. Stretch Magic is a slippery thread, so knots can easily come undone. A trick to keeping the last knot from slipping is to pull the knot tight, then add a drop of super glue (you could use E6000 instead, but it needs to dry longer). Let it dry, and your knot should stay put.

DIY Hello Kitty Bubblegum Necklace

Trim the ends to about 1/4 inch long, and you've now got an adorable Hello Kitty bubblegum necklace!  

I received some of these craft supplies as compensation from WholePort. All opinions are my own.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Melty Beads Princess Magnets

Melty Beads Princess Magnets

Are your kids bored this summer? With just a few supplies and minimal adult supervision, you've got a great kid's craft that will keep the kids busy and creative for hours. My three year old had a lot of fun, and can't wait to make more!

Princess Melty Beads from CraftProjectIdeas.com

Melty Beads from CraftProjectIdeas.com are an inexpensive and fun way to keep kids busy and creative. Kids can follow the pattern designs on the packaging, or they can create their own! There are five different Melty Beads packs to pick from, so there is something for everyone. Of course, my daughter is always delighted to create anything princess.

Melty Beads Princess Magnets

To prep, find a clean, flat area to work on. Remove all the materials from the packaging and lay out on the table. Pour some beads into a cup or bowl to keep them from rolling away while you work. Place the box in front of your workspace to reference the pictures if you're going to create the patterns. We made all three designs on the packaging, then made a "Z" all on our own. You can also find pattern ideas and instructions on the Craft Project Ideas site.

Using your fingers (or tweezers), start creating your design by placing beads one at a time on the peg board. Be careful not to knock the other beads over while you add more.

Melty Beads Princess Magnets

Once your design is finished, carefully carry the peg board to a safe, flat area for an adult to iron. When moving the design be VERY careful!! If you bump into something or even when putting the design down, the beads could fall out of place.

Melty Beads Princess Magnets

ADULT STEP: Preheat your iron to cotton setting, no steam. Place the wax paper (provided in the Melty Beads kit) over the design. Keep the iron level and apply even pressure. Gently iron the beads in a circular motion for 30-40 seconds or until you can see the beads melt together.

Let the design completely cool, then peel the wax paper away. Remove the design from the peg board and flip the design over. Put the wax paper back on top of the design and repeat the ironing step until the beads melt together. Now both sides of the design should look the same (and will hold together better).

Melty Beads Princess Magnets

Once the designs are completely cool, apply some E6000 glue to a magnet and attach to the back of the designs. Let dry for a few hours or overnight. Now you have some fun & unique magnets to hold your artwork or to just decorate your refrigerator or magnet board!

I received some of these craft supplies as compensation from CraftProjectIdeas.com. All opinions are my own.

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