Thursday, July 24, 2014

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. 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!!

READ MORE TO JOIN THE PARTY!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Starburst Strawberry Sorbet Bars


Starburst Strawberry Sorbet Bars Review & Giveaway at artsyfartsymama.com

Starbursts are one of our favorite treats at our house. So, when I heard about the new Starburst™ Strawberry Sorbet Bars, I couldn't get them home fast enough! They are a light treat that is refreshing whether you're enjoying them on vacation, at the pool, or like me - just trying to beat the heat at home.

Starburst Strawberry Sorbet Bars Review & Giveaway at artsyfartsymama.com

Strawberry Starbursts are my absolute favorites, and these sorbet bars did not disappoint. Not only do the sorbet bars resemble the oh-so-popular strawberry chew, but the flavor is spot on! They are packed with flavor and are only 70 calories, so you don't have to feel guilty about taking a break and treating yourself!

"You Are Berry Sweet" Free Printable at artsyfartsymama.com

When I find a new favorite thing, I love to share it! Since these Starburst Sorbet Bars are strawberry flavored, I decided to add a "You Are Berry Sweet" free printable tag for you to print off and attach to a bar (or the box) for you to share or give as a gift!


"You Are Berry Sweet" Free Printable at artsyfartsymama.com with Starburst Strawberry Sorbet Bars

You can purchase the Starburst™ Brand Sorbet Bars in 2.6-ounce 4-Packs for $3.99 and 2.6-ounce singles for $1.49 each. Multi-packs are available in the refrigerated ice cream case at Wal-Mart and select grocery stores nationwide. Follow Starburst on Twitter and Facebook for sweet updates!!

And because you are all so "berry" sweet, I want to give TWO of you a coupon for either a single bar or a 4 pack of Starburst™ Brand Sorbet Bars. Enter using the Rafflcopter form below. Good luck!!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. 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!!

READ MORE TO JOIN THE PARTY!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

14 Homemade Paints for Kids

14 Homemade Paints for Kids at artsyfartsymama.com #kidscrafts #recipes

Painting with kids can be a lot of fun, and making the paints yourself can save money and help you avoid some of those mystery ingredients. Plus, the kids will love getting to help! You can also teach young children about color mixing, a little science, and it makes a great sensory activity! Today I'm sharing 14 amazing homemade paint recipes for kids of all ages that will keep them busy.

14 Homemade Paints for Kids at artsyfartsymama.com #kidscrafts #recipes

1. Homemade Finger Paints from Easie Peasie
2. Scented Homemade Edible Paint from Fun at Home with Kids
3. Frozen Smoothie Paint from Learn Play Imagine
4. 3 Ingredient Homemade Kids Paint from Happy Money Saver
5. Ice Chalk from Reading Confetti
6. Homemade Glitter Glue Paint from Mama. Papa. Bubba.
7. Vibrant Homemade Liquid Watercolor Paint from Happy Hooligans
8. "Magic" Scented Foaming Paint from Twodaloo
9. Glossy Skittles Paint from Mama. Papa. Bubba.
10. Sparkle Paint from Paging Fun Mums
11. 2 Ingredient Homemade Face Paint from Blog Me Mom
12. Edible Paint for Babies (made with real fruit) from Hands On as We Grow
13. Homemade Sidewalk Paint from Come Together Kids
14. Homemade Doodle Paint from Family Friendly Frugality


Friday, July 11, 2014

Easy Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies

Making cookies from a cake mix is one of my favorite things to do because it's such a quick and easy way to make a treat in almost no time at all! With only 4 ingredients, these cookies are the easiest peanut butter cookies I have ever made! They are even easy enough for the kids to help with!!

Easy Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies at artsyfartsymama.com #cakemix #easyrecipe

Ingredients:
1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
½ cup oil
2 eggs

Directions:
  1. Mix all ingredients together until well blended.
  2. Roll into 1 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Press lightly with a fork in both directions to get the criss-cross pattern.
  4. Bake at 350ยบ for 10-12 minutes.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

How to Paint a Garage Door

HUGE thanks to Modern Masters for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

How to Paint a Garage Door from artsyfartsymama.com #ModernMasters

Painting doors can be pretty scary and overwhelming for those of us who have never done it before or are just beginners in the whole DIY/home improvement world. I've been excited to learn all kinds of new tricks and skills now that we own a home of our own, and getting our doors painted - our sad, sad garage door especially - has been at the top of the to-do list. I just had no idea where to start.

Earlier this year, I learned more about Modern Masters and how easy it is to use. I knew right away that their door paints would be the perfect solution to our garage door problem. I'm so excited to show you how easy it really is to paint a garage door - and how you can get it done in just a day!!

How to Paint a Garage Door from artsyfartsymama.com #ModernMasters

The picture really says it all, but garage door used to be such a huge eyesore and, honestly, kind of embarrassing. It was incredibly faded, and it just looked sad. The paint on the trim was peeling off, and I had my doubts that the garage door could even be fixed with just paint.

How to Paint a Garage Door from artsyfartsymama.com #ModernMasters

To keep the same look to our garage, but just *better*, we went the color Ground from their Front Door Paint product line. Modern Masters Front Door Paint comes in 24 colors, all based off of an "Emotional Color Wheel", so there really is a shade for every personality! If you aren't sure what color will look good on your home, you can try out the free app (available on both iPhone and Android) to instantly see how Front Door Paint can transform your door!

How to Paint a Garage Door from artsyfartsymama.com #ModernMasters

To prep your garage door, you'll need a ladder, a drop cloth, a paint tray, a paint brush, and a foam roller. The night before, we sprayed the door down and got it as clean as possible. We started earlier in the morning when the sun wasn't directly hitting the door.

It helps to have more than one person painting in the beginning - one with the paint brush to get in all the cracks and edges, and the other with the roller to paint the larger areas. The drop cloth will help prevent the paint from dripping onto your driveway, and it helps a TON if your ladder has an area to hold your paint tray while you work at the top of the door.

How to Paint a Garage Door from artsyfartsymama.com #ModernMasters

We painted the door from right to left, top to bottom. Once the door is painted, it helps to open the garage about halfway and then do any touch ups on areas you may have missed in the creases. It took about 2 hours to get the first coat on the door. We took a lunch break, and the paint was dry enough by the time we got back to get the second coat on.

How to Paint a Garage Door from artsyfartsymama.com #ModernMasters

The Front Door Paint should cover in two coats, and dries to a beautiful satin finish that will NEVER fade. I can't believe the difference the paint made to our garage door and our home. I also painted my front door, so come back soon to see how great it looks!

You can purchase Modern Masters Front Door Paint in selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardware stores. It's also sold on Amazon.com and on the Modern Masters Website. They've been adding retailers to their Pinterest Map, so follow them to see if there will be a location selling the paint near you!


Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. 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!!

READ MORE TO JOIN THE PARTY!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Orange You Glad" Free Birthday Printable

Birthdays are such a fun holiday, even when it's not your own special day. I love giving creative gifts to friends and family on their birthdays. Once in a while, you meet a new friend or neighbor, or just forget that it's someone's birthday and you need to throw something together last minute without it looking like a last minute gift (we all know the kind).

"Orange You Glad It's Your Birthday" Gift Idea and Free Printable Tag at artsyfartsymama.com #birthday #birthdaygiftidea

The gift pictured above was around $5. Yours could cost more or less depending on where you shop. If you have no idea what to buy, just stick with the orange theme, and you'll easily come up with a special gift that your birthday friend or loved one will adore!

Things like candy, gum, mints, pens, and other orange foods will be the cheapest items, where other items like nail polish or accessories and the tumbler can cost you a little more. A gift bag would be even less expensive for packaging, and would look really cute, too!!

"Orange You Glad It's Your Birthday" Gift Idea and Free Printable Tag at artsyfartsymama.com #birthday #birthdaygiftidea

Once you have your gift together, simply download the "Orange You Glad" printable tags below (available in pink or blue), cut, and attach to your gift by punching a hole at the top or sticking it on with tape.

Download "Orange You Glad" Printable Tags:


Are you ready for some inspiration? Join in on the BLOG HOP! Over 100 talented bloggers have joined with Kristen Duke for her Birthday Celebration Week to share 101+ inexpensive birthday gift ideas with coordinating free printables!! Kristen will sharing birthday tips and giveaways all week on her blog, so be sure to check out her party!!

Birthday Blog Hop: Over 100 Birthday Gift Ideas and Free Birthday Printables! #birthdaygiftidea

Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable closer, along with instructions on how to make them! I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin my favorites for later. Don't forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board as well, to save future great ideas.

**Just FYI, Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or Google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their gift post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible**

Birthday Blog Hop: Over 100 Birthday Gift Ideas and Free Birthday Printables! #birthdaygiftidea

1. Birthday Balloon Gift + Matching Free Printable by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
3. Buckets of Fun Gift Idea + Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional
5. Have a Flippin' Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later
6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl
8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon
12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three
15. {You} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots
16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom
17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let's Eat Grandpa
18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft
19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints
20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

  Birthday Blog Hop: Over 100 Birthday Gift Ideas and Free Birthday Printables! #birthdaygiftidea

21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms
23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase
25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain
26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes
27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun
28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs
29. Have a Coffee On Me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors
30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life
31. DIY Cocktail Napkins by kojodesigns
32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality
33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie
34. Paparazzi - The PERFECT Friend Gift by Sugar Bee Crafts
35. "Latte" Fun Birthday Gift by Our Thrifty Ideas
36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch
40. "Orange You Glad" Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Artsy Fartsy Mama

  Birthday Blog Hop: Over 100 Birthday Gift Ideas and Free Birthday Printables! #birthdaygiftidea 

41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence
42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days
43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu
45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets
46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative
47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade
49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five
51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley
52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework
53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha
54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple
56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries
57. You're A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe
58. Happy Birthday Jar {Free Printable} by Kiki and Company
59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop
60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After

   Birthday Blog Hop: Over 100 Birthday Gift Ideas and Free Birthday Printables! #birthdaygiftidea 

61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew
62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine
63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True
64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage
66. Have a "Berry" Happy Birthday by The Contractor Chronicles
69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane
70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling
71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young
72. Wishing you an E"straw"dinary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts
73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits
74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY
76. Go-To Gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun
77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess
78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter
79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street
80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

 Birthday Blog Hop: Over 100 Birthday Gift Ideas and Free Birthday Printables! #birthdaygiftidea 

81. Birthday in a Jar - Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess
83. You are the Bee's Knees by Love the Day
84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life
86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam
88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl
89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C's Designs
90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste
91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal
92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More
93. A Latte for Two + Printables by One Krieger Chick
94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I'm Topsy Turvy
95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore
98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About
99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise
100. Manicure in a Jar by That's What {Che} Said...
101. UBER Lucky to Have You in My Life by Maybe I Will
103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs
106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

Did you have a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and let them know you love it!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared every week and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. 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!!

READ MORE TO JOIN THE PARTY!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Asian-style meals are one of our favorites, but we don't get to go out and eat it very often. Even though that's very sad, I've been able to hold us over between date nights by making easier and less-expensive Asian-style meals at home. It might be a bit more work than ordering take-out, but it's definitely worth it!

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken at artsyfartsymama.com #easyrecipe

This slow cooker teriyaki chicken couldn't be simpler to throw together. Just toss it in the slow cooker in the morning, and you've got minimal work at dinnertime! My family loved it. Even my picky four year old approved!!

Ingredients:
3-4 chicken breasts
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons corn starch

Directions:
  1. Add chicken to slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, mix together chicken broth,teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, and garlic powder until combined.
  3. Pour teriyaki mixture over the chicken.
  4. Cook on Low 6-8 hours, or on High for 3-4 hours.
  5. When chicken is cooked through, cut into pieces or shred. Add corn starch to teriyaki sauce and mix in slow cooker to thicken sauce. Serve chicken and sauce over rice.

Tips:
*If teriyaki sauce does not completely cover chicken in slow cooker, turn chicken halfway through cook time or cut into pieces so the chicken will not dry out and will absorb more of the flavor.
*Chicken can be placed in slow cooker thawed OR frozen. Cook time should be about the same.
*For even more flavor, marinate chicken in teriyaki sauce in a Ziploc bag for a few hours or overnight.


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