Thursday, February 28, 2013

1-2 for your number 2

This post brought to you by Cottonelle. All opinions are 100% mine.

Our family of five has some crazy dinner conversations.

Last night our dinner conversation was all about how many flushable wipes you need to wipe with and how you fold them to make the most effective use of your said wipe.  Did I mention that we were actually out to dinner last night?  Don't you wish you were sitting at the table next to us?!

Last week, Cottonelle sent me a package with their Clean Care toilet paper and a box of flushable wipes.

My kids were more excited about that box than they were about their favorite dinner!

You see, when my kids were potty training, I used to buy flushable wipes for them as a way of  "teaching" them how to help wipe up.  I didn't want to be a mom of an elementary school age kid who would scream at me "can you wipe me?"  I know you know a few.

Once they got the hang of their bathroom routine, I stopped buying flushable wipes.

I had no idea that they would be so excited when something as simple as a flushable wipe made it's appearance in our house again!  All three kids wanted to be the first to use them!

Which takes me back to our dinner conversation.

One child accused the other child of using too many flushable wipes during their bathroom routine.

The kids were afraid of running out of "heaven in a box" as my daughter calls it.  One child proceeded to tell us all about how many wipes he uses (general consensus is that you only need one) and how he folds the wipe to get the most bang for his buck.  Apparently, when you describe your folding process, it also requires you to proceed to act out the process in the middle of the restaurant sharing with all how you fold and wipe with Cottonelle flushable wipes!

The kids have all decided that the flushable wipes stay as part of their bathroom routine, and quite honestly, I can't complain.  Especially after watching this (hilarious!) video.

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Our family of five definitely has some surprise talents.
My youngest son can blow air through his eyeball {which sort of makes me cringe even as I write this}.
My husband can do freakishly fast {and accurate} math in his head.
My daughter spends more time on her hands than she does on her feet.
I can say my phone number with my eyes closed.
And speaking of eyes closed...
My oldest son can drum with his eyes closed.
It's pretty impressive that he can move around the whole kit and not miss a beat.
Check it out for yourself.

video

One thing that is not a secret is that our family loves the new Green Giant veggie snack chips.


We all know {and love} Green Giant for their canned vegetables, but now the secret is out.
They make amazing snack chips that you can feel good about feeding to your family!

I don't know about you, but my kids always come home from school ravenous.
I popped open a bag of the new Green Giant Sweet Potato chips and the Roasted Veggie Tortilla chips for an after school snack today.


The smile on her face should say it all!
She didn't even take her coat off before she dug right in!


And guess what?
I didn't even feel bad about serving my kids chips for an afternoon snack.
Know why?

Because the Green Giant Roasted Veggie Tortilla chips are made with real vegetables, have 17 grams of whole grain per serving and are naturally flavored.
The Green Giant Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips are made with real sweet potatoes and have 14 grams of whole grain.  Plus, they contain 40% less fat than regular potato chips.

I showed you my son's hidden talent, now check out the surprise talents that Green Giant has unearthed.

"I am a large man who is very flexible.  So I can do the splits like a gymnast."
Does he not remind you of Chris Farley a little?!
Love that he tried to lean on his elbow and just.didn't.make.it.
Hilarious!

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Winners! Of the 7 days of giveaways! PLUS FREE printable

Thank you again for participating!
It was so fun celebrating my 3rd blogiversary with you!
Here is what you are all waiting for, the announcement of the winners.
Day 1:
Jeni Monroe


Day 2: 
Erin Buente


Day 3:
Kelley Grant


Day 4:
Shannon Kjol


Day 5:
Alison Reynolds Weeks


Day 6:
Michelle Grhamm Unruh 


Day 7:
Brooke Sanders


If you won, congratulations!
Send me an e-mail {rachelteodoro@yahoo.com} with the day that you won and I will forward your information on to the specific sponsor who will set you up with your prize package.

Don't forget that Kari Machal is still offering my readers an exclusive 15% off  your purchase in her etsy shop.  Just enter HOLYCRAFT15 at checkout.

Because all of you are winners in my book, I'm sharing with you one of my favorite things.
Dave Matthews.
Well, not Dave Matthews himself, just his song.
And not really his song, however, you can't read this and not get the song stuck in your head.
I'm sharing my first printable with you.

For free.
Yep, I'm awesome like that.
You should be able to click on the image, save it as whatever you want and print it up.
If it doesn't work, sue me.
No don't...just give me a hand, tell me how to do it differently to make it work, and I will try that.



Thanks again to all of my participants!
And a huge thank you to all of the amazing sponsors who made this giveaway possible!
It was a ton of fun!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Final day to enter the 7 days of giveaways

Wow!  
What a week!
I hope you have had fun celebrating 7 days of giveaways with me.

Today is the final day to enter any and all of the giveaways.
I will make it easy for you and link back to each day of giveaways.
A winner for each day will be selected and announced tomorrow.

Thank you all for participating and making this a fantastic 3rd blogiversary giveaway party!
Most of all, thank you to all of my sponsors for providing such great prizes.
Please don't forget to show them some love.
Visit their sites, like their pages and order their stuff!
These guys are awesome!
And they won't disappoint!

















Don't forget to check back tomorrow to hear if you are a winner!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Day 7: Kari Machal $50 credit and Almost Gemini prize pack

What a week it has been!
I'm so excited to end the 7 days of giveaways in celebration of my 
3rd blogiversary with a final fantastic prize pack.

Don't forget, if you haven't entered the previous days giveaway's it's not too late.  
You have until Wednesday night to enter any and all giveaways, and a name will be drawn for each prize pack and announced on Thursday.


A few years ago, Kari Machal Designs allowed me to offer one of her prints for a giveaway.  She also graciously sent me a print of my own to keep.  


This picture is hanging in my master bedroom above our little reading chair and I love it!
It's one of my favorite things.

Kari is graciously offering my readers a $50 credit to her shop.
There are so many fantastic items, you are bound to find something {or a few things} that you love!
If you can't hardly stand the wait, Kari is being kind enough to offer Holy Craft readers 15% off of their purchase on etsy!  Isn't she a peach?!  

Just enter HOLYCRAFT15 to get 15% any order.

Almost Gemini is a team of sisters picking some amazing goodies around their home in the Midwest.
Courtney and I went to school together years ago, and I know if we still lived in the same area, we would have the most fun digging for treasures and junk shopping.

Almost Gemini is giving away some sweet treasures!  The sisters Grandma makes some rad Grandma's lotion, and you get this vintage hair flair and coolio headband to go with it.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Day 6: Kids Can Design custom pendant + Creative Memories Fast to Fabulous album

Welcome back!

Hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to jump back in and continue our 7 days of giveaways for my 3rd blogiversary giveaway party!


I was contacted several months ago by Kidz Can Design.  A new company that allows you to send in your child's artwork and in return, sends you back a custom designed pendant made from that drawing.

My kids are all getting older, but I had the best time going through the old artwork boxes that I keep from each of my three kids.  When you have pre-schoolers, you think the art will never end, but trust me, it does! And can I tell you something?  I kind of miss it.  So if your child is 2 or 42, you can still send in your work and create a lasting memento of a special drawing that your child has made.

Also, my long time reader and church friend Terri Campbell, is a creative memories consultant.
She is kind enough to be offering this brand spankin' new 8x8 fast to fabulous scrapbook album to one of my readers.  I gave up scrapbooking years ago because it took so much time, but this album looks like it would be something I could complete quickly and still make it look fabulous!  And if you have been reading holy craft for any length of time, you will know that fast, easy and awesome are my favorite things!



Friday, February 22, 2013

day 5: Third Blogiversary giveaway Mommy MD guide + $20 store credit to Blessed Design Studio

Welcome to day 5 of Holy Craft's third blogiversary giveaway party.
If you missed any of the other days giveaways, take a second and check them out.
You still have time to enter as many as you would like!


Up for grabs today is a fantastic parenting guide book for those early years of parenting called Mommy MD Guides.  While this isn't a phase of life I am currently in {can I get an amen!}, I know that many of you are knee deep in the early years of parenting.  I always say, the best advice is from people who have been there, which is what is so different about these parenting guide books.  These books are written by moms who have kids but what's better is that all of these moms have MD's.  The winner gets to choose one of their three book titles to fit your phase of life.
Also, my friend Cindy from Blessed Design Studio is kind enough to be coming out of her maternity leave {she just welcomed her third baby!} to offer you a $20 credit to her shop.
Cindy is the mastermind behind my blog design {and many others} and if you need some blog design help, she is the gal you should turn to.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Day 4: Jaime Byrdak Designs 75 custom birth announcements

Welcome back to day 4 of my third blogiversary giveaway party!
I hope you are having tons of fun!
I know I am!

One of my favorite things about Facebook is the ability to keep in touch with friends of the past.
I've been able to do this with Jaime and with the magic of the internet have been able to see her amazing work.

Jaime is a sorority sister of mine who has a graphic design business called Jaime Byrdak Designs on the side.
Not only is Jaime amazing at design, she is also a fantastic photographer.

In college, we were lucky enough to have her take a few pictures of our baby and some of the first portraits of our family.  For years we had them hanging on our wall and they are some of my favorites!

Jaime is graciously letting me host her first giveaway and is allowing one lucky reader a prize pack valued at over $200!
Included are 75 custom 5x7 baby announcements
full color double-sided on matte photo paper
white envelopes

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Day 3: 3rd Blogiversary giveaway with Jones Design Company

Welcome to day 3 of my 3rd blogiversary giveaway!

Today, I am excited that Emily from Jones Design Company is offering one reader, two art prints.

Emily is another blogger I started reading along with when I started my blogging journey three years ago.
Her design work is amazing, and while reading Emily's blog, you can tell that she has such a kind sweet spirit.


Today, Emily is graciously offering one reader, two art prints from her shop.



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Day 2 Blogiversary giveaway Lisa Leonard Necklace

I can not tell you how many times I have entered a giveaway for Lisa Leonard jewelry and never won.
I felt like I hit the jackpot when she sent me this beautiful gold wildflower necklace!

Getting this package in the mail was so special!
Not only did the necklace come in the most beautiful package, it also came with an amazing calendar!
I know every order you place, you will feel just as special.



 Lisa is so thoughtful, she is letting one of my readers have one of these beautiful gold wildflower necklaces as well.  We can both wear it and pretend it's our bff necklace.  Want to?!

Lisa Leonard has some of the most beautiful custom jewelry pieces available.
I have lots of favorites and I know you will too!


ps-there is still time to enter Day 1 giveaway

Monday, February 18, 2013

Day 1: Third blogiversary giveaway with Four Loves and The Pleated Poppy

I am so excited to be celebrating my 3rd blogiversary with a HUGE giveaway party!
I've never done this before and am so looking forward to 7 days of giveaways!


Each day there will be a new giveaway and each day you will have the opportunity to win new prizes!
The giveaways are open until Wednesday the 27th and the winners will be announced on Thursday the 28th.

I will be using rafflecopter to draw my winners.
Feel free to share this giveaway with your friends!

Are you ready?!
I am!


Today's giveaway is a custom spa wrap from an old High School friend.
Mindy and I shared many hours in advanced sewing together, and I can confess, she is a much better seamstress than I ever could hope to be!

Mindy is a mom raising four boys in Indiana, and has turned her passion for sewing into a part time job selling custom spa wraps and backpacks at Four Loves on etsy.  Mindy is kind enough to be giving away one custom spa wrap in any size!  My daughter was so excited to receive a spa wrap of her own to try out.  

If you win this giveaway today, you will also win a $25 store credit to the Pleated Poppy!
I am so excited that Lindsey is taking part in this giveaway because for as long as I have been blogging, I have been reading along with her on her blog.  Lindsay has so many drool worthy products but my favorite are her bloom pins and her infinity scarves.

Two great prizes just for you!



Friday, February 15, 2013

Money saving tips for 2013

I am really loving infographics this year.
If you remember my teens and technology post {a parents guide}, I used a few in there.
I'm super visual, so I love how easy they are for me to read.

I saw this money saving tips infographic from Quicken Loans and thought that it was relevant to the Living Well on Less series that we have been working through this year.

If you missed any of the Living Well on Less Posts, you can find them here.
Saving money on clothes for the whole family
15 tips to saving money on your food bill
Saving money on your cell phone
How to survive without cable


money saving tips web optimized 13 Money Saving Tips for 2013 Infographic

Do you have any tips you would like to add?
How is your family saving money this year?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Vintage Valentines in a heart cookie cutter

Happy Valentine's Day my sweets!

Today, I want to share with you one of the final Valentine's day crafts that I made this year.
These fun vintage Valentine's!



I found some adorable vintage Valentine's from Tipnut that I resized and printed them off.
I bought these two vintage heart cookie cutters a few weeks ago at a super fun "junk" show called Second Saturdayz for $1 each.


I cut the Valentine's down to size and made sure they fit into the cookie cutter.


I thought they needed some faux moss {from the dollar store}, so I put glue inside the cookie cutter and smooshed the moss inside.


Then I put glue on the back of the Valentine's and smooshed those inside on top of the moss.
Everything is better with a little glitter, so I sprinkled some glitter on top of the Valentine's.


I have them in my den on my fireplace next to my favorite candy, red hots!


And my second favorite candy, conversation hearts {but only the white ones}.

I just love vintage Valentine's.  
How are you celebrating tonight?