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Harvest Frame and Printable


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This post originally appeared on Create. Craft. Love. on October 14, 2014

Way back in the day, the 1980s to be exact, we used dried foods in our crafting projects a lot. Let's just say I was feeling nostalgic for that gold, spray-painted, macaroni glued to cardboard picture frame I made in elementary school. So, I decided to pull out some dried beans and get crafty. Don't worry there will be noodle crafting as well; just waiting for the kids to help me with that one.

Fall is a time of harvest so why not celebrate it with a project and a lovely printable autumnal quote. 
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No Ugly Ornament 2015 Announcement


NO Ugly Ornament 2015 with My Very Educated Mother @mvemother

As some of you may know, for the past four years I've been hosting the No Ugly Ornament Challenge and/or Series. Scroll down and you'll see links to each on the right hand sidebar; for more about how the whole thing got started you can follow this link for the History of the No Ugly Ornament Challenge.

Each year I've tried to change it up either hosting other bloggers, making videos, or going it alone. This year I'm switching it up again and moving it over to Instagram!

What does that mean? It means YOU can follow along with the challenge and share you're own creations, family favorites, or even new ornaments you spy while out holiday shopping! 

Just use the hashtag #NUOrnaments to follow along or join in!


#NUOrnaments15 Here's the master list for the No Ugly Ornament Photo a Day Instagram Challenge hosted by @mvemother! It's always fun to see what kind of good, bad, and just plain crazy ornaments are out there!


If you're not already following me on Instagram now is the time!

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{this moment}


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{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, head over leave a link to your 'moment' (over on SouleMama) in the comments for all to find and see.
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Last weekend we finished painting and finally hung up some of our artwork. I've been admiring it all week wishing we would have hung it all sooner. 


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@MVEMother Reviews: Pinblocks


I received this product for review, the opinions expressed are my own.

Holiday Gift Idea for kids who love to Building Blocks - Pinblocks, a new twist on an old idea!


Show of hands, who's finished their Holiday shopping for the year? Yeah, me neither.


I don’t normally share toy reviews but when the opportunity to try out Pinblocks presented itself I jumped on it. My kids love building blocks and Pinblocks feature a new twist (literally) on creating that I hadn’t yet seen. Watch our video review to learn a little more. 
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Stamped Napkin Rings


 Your eyes do not deceive you, this post DOES look strikingly like the last. See, I figured if we're making Stamped Place Cards we might as well make Napkin Rings too. Right?  
This post is sponsored by PSA Essentials, the words below are my own. 

It's easy to make these Napkin Rings using stamps from PSA Essentials for this Thanksgiving dinner!

First off, let me share something about my home. I don't use paper towels or napkins. Instead, we use cloth. That's not to say I don't keep a roll in the house; sometimes the animals have accidents or get sick and there is NO way I'm washing that out of anything

Still, over the last few years we've adjusted to using cloth for our day to day needs. For example, when I make the kids sandwiches, I serve them on cloth napkins, if they grab a pickle they wrap it with a cloth napkin, and when we have spaghetti everyone takes a cloth napkin before they sit down. 

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Thanksgiving Stamped Place Cards


I received product in exchange for this post, all opinions expressed are my own. 

Use PSA Essentials Stamps to create personalized place cards for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Growing up an Army brat we usually opted for trips home during Christmas break, not Thanksgiving. Even though it was usually just my Mother, Father, and Sister I still remember it feeling special due in large part to the extra touches we added to our meal, like place cards. In a family of four (at the time), sure they weren't needed but it still made you feel significant to see your name sitting before your place at the table. 

Place cards are easy to make now and store until the holiday. Heck if you want you could even make a set now and use them again and again for every special occasion! Using Peel and Stick Stamps from PSA Essentials I created a personalized set for our family, here's what you'll need to recreate them for yourself: 
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The Quickest Way to Upgrade Your Cupcakes



Tell me if you've been here at least once in your life; Soccer practice went long, you ran out of eggs, the baby has a fever, and you still have exactly an hour to bake and decorate 24 cupcakes for the oldest's birthday. Those Pinterest perfect creations aren't even on your radar BUT there is still a way to give even store-bought treats a homemade touch - stamped cupcake flags.

As part of the PSA Stamp Camp Design Team I received product in exchange for this post. 
The opinions expressed are my own. 


The quickest way to create Pinterest worthy Cupcakes? You'll have to read the post!

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HipFits: A Must Have Fashion Accessory


Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this review. The opinions expressed are my own. 

www.hipfits.com

Breast Cancer is a disease we all have in common. Whether we know someone who has been effected directly, or indirectly, it has touched many, many lives in this country. With so much about women's health in the news today it is important to show our support for the organizations who are trying to make a change. This month HipFits is doing just that. For every Sweetheart, Cotton Candy, or Taffy dress sold, they will be donating $3 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition, one dollar will be donated for every non Pink Collection dress. 
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Fall Tabletop Centerpiece with CANDY!


Take a bite out of this sweet fall centerpiece made with AdTech! #adtechhoa #spon
This Crafty Hangout was sponsored by Adhesive Technologies 
the opinions expressed are my own. 

It's time to get out your glue guns for some good ole candy crafting!

I can remember back in the day when my mom would take her industrial strength glue gun and create little candy airplanes we'd sell at craft shows. Those days you had to worry about permanently burning off your fingerprints with hot glue. Thankfully things have changed! Adhesive Technologies has an amazing line of glues and guns for nearly any craft project you could imagine.

For this project I stuck with an all purpose gun but if you're worried about melting chocolate or burning fingers you could always use a low temp gun. To make your own centerpiece you'll also need a shrimp ring (yay for upcycling), fake leaves (dollar store), and CANDY! I would say you could raid your kids Halloween stash but, if you're like me, you've already swiped all the good stuff. Yeah, probably should just head to the store and buy a few bags.
Watch the video for more information!
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Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Party 2015: Candy Corn Owl


Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Party 2015: I turned my popcorn box into a cute candy corn inspired owl candy dish!

For the past couple years Laura, of Laura Kelly Designs and Me and My Inklings, has hosted a Halloween Popcorn Box Blog Hop and this year, I'm happy to announce, I was asked to participate! The gist of the hop is that up to 50 bloggers are given a popcorn box and asked to create something...anything, as long as it is uses the box. Before I go into how I turned my plain popcorn box into a candy corn inspired owl box let me share the part of this Hop that includes YOU!
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