Friday, October 24, 2014

Craft Fail book review

We've all had them.
It doesn't matter if you are an expert crafter or someone that doesn't have a crafty bone in their body.
Craftfails are the worst!

It's hard to believe that an expert crafter such as myself would have any craftfails
{please insert your eye rolls and take note of the sarcasm}
but they happen to me all the time.

I get these ideas, usually inspired by pinterest, and think "what could go wrong."
Trust me, things go terribly wrong all the time!

I was laughing out loud while reading this new book by Heather Mann titled "CraftFail When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong." I could totally relate and have even tried a few of the projects that were in the book.

Sharpie mug craftfail?
Been there done that.

Wreath using a wire hanger?
Yep, screwed that up and broke glass ornaments in the process.

My tissue paper pom poms never turn out the way I want them to, 
I've melted iron on heat transfers more times than I would like to admit 
and don't even get me started on the recipes I have tried and failed.

I've even had a few craftfails that turned into happy accidents.
As my mom used to say, you never know until you try.

If you have a crafty friend, CraftFail is the perfect book for them this Christmas.
Or add it to your wish list.
I promise, you will be laughing out loud while shaking your head in total agreement at the over 100 projects featured.

What was your worst craft fail?
C'mon, I know you have one!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dressing up on Halloween isn't just for the kids!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm not one to buy clothing for my dog.
She doesn't wear sweaters in the cold or rain gear when it's pouring.

However, Halloween is a different story!

Sophie, our four year old golden retriever got her first Halloween costume this year.

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My 12 year old daughter snapped this picture and the look on Sophie's face is priceless.
She tolerates us, bless her heart!

The photo of Sophie lion is too good not to share, so I uploaded it to my instagram account.  It was so easy to add the hashtag #DGPETCOSTUME.

Your pet could be featured on the Nestle® featured special Halloween experience on

Simply upload your favorite pet Halloween photo to instagram or twitter and include #DGPETCOSTUME

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If you don't have a costume for your pet yet, don't worry.        
 You can find DIY pet costumes at the Nestle® and Purina® pet experience at


Now if you will excuse me, I am going to go make the 3 for 100 mini pumpkin muffins from the recipe on the site.

Go explore!

You will never know what you will find, but with trusted names like Nestle® and Purina®, you can't go wrong!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A gift for my jr. dog sitters

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

My kids have always been animal obsessed.

We would take in every stray dog we could find, visit every weekend pet adoption clinic and spend time at any and all petting zoos.

It took us three years of convincing my husband to allow us to get a dog as a pet.

It's been nearly four years now since we adopted Sophie and we can't imagine life without her.

Occasionally, we head out of town for a trip that Sophie can't join us on.

I'm thankful that we have trusted pet sitters in my sister and brother in law and their two girls {3,1}.

Our pet sitters were in the same boat that we were in.  
They would desperately love to add a furry member to the family, but at this time in their lives, they know that they are just not ready, which is why the enjoy the occasional visit from our puppy, without the full commitment of pet ownership appeals to them.

I like to thank my jr. dog sitters with an occasional treat for their help in keeping Sophie entertained and fully loved on while we are gone. I recently saw these PAW Patrol Pups at Walmart and think that they would make the perfect dog sitter gift for the girls.

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No job is too big and no pup is too small for these PAW Patrol pups! The hit show on Nick Jr. is a favorite of any animal loving kiddo.  All of the PAW Patrol characters have special features that are ready to be unleashed for an incredible transformation.

Marshall has water cannons
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Skye has wings {and she's pink!}
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Rubble has a digger
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and Chase has super sniffing powers!
Together the team is ready to jump into action while working on missions that will inspire friendship, teamwork and bravery in your children.  

These PAW Patrol Pups may just keep the girls busy and creating their own adventures until they get to have a real adventure of their own when Sophie comes to play. Pick them up at Walmart today.


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12 month onesies custom order

Earlier this month I received an e-mail from a reader who wanted to buy a set of the 12 month onesies that I created for baby shower gifts several years ago.
I don't normally take orders and I don't have a shop,
but I thought I could whip up a set for this lovely lady who was buying them as a shower gift for her sister.

I think they turned out too adorable not to share!
They are gender neutral since the mama to be doesn't know what she is having.
I always love the side by side of the smallest onesie and the largest one.
Those babies grow fast!

Since the mama doesn't know what she is having, I threw in a little gift...
a bow tie for him or a flower headband for her.

I sure wish these were around when my kids were little.
How fun to track their growth each month!
Do you do anything to document each month for your babies?