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Do You Get Monthly Subscriptions? Here's a Project for All Those Boxes!


Sometimes I do little projects around the house and don't think of them as being creative enough to share here. This would be one such project.

These beauty subscription service boxes are super easy to decoupage and upcycle into stylish storage.


Do you get subscription boxes? I've gotten a few of the Target boxes this year and I couldn't bring myself to throw that sturdy box into the recycling bin. Instead I decoupaged it and turned it into a card box. You know, to either hold cards you get or cards you plan on giving. Either way, it's pretty handy. 

Here's a quick visual and a couple more ways you can use the boxes you might have stacking up from subscription services. Also, remember these boxes can be wrapped, decoupaged and even painted so it's always fun to try to upcycle them before you recycle them.
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Potty Time Races: A Potty Training Strategy


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From one parent to another, here's a potty training strategy that's working for me! Potty Time Races #PottyTrainTogether ad #Collective Bias

“We have done this before; we can do it again.” 


Even as an experienced parent, I have to psyche myself up when it comes to this stage of toddlerhood. Potty training is not for the faint of heart. It may be cliche but, every child develops at their own pace and there is no better example of that then when it comes to learning to go to the bathroom.

This is definitely a time for embracing all the little quirks that make our kids unique and using their personalities to work out a potty strategy. Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® can help you find out which potty training character your child is, just follow this link

Our little Des is such a Squirrel; he’s always flitting about from one activity to another; it can be hard to get him to focus and slow down enough to give the potty a try. He does, however, do well with sensory activities and games that keep him engaged so I decided to get a little creative.  
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Returning Furniture to its Original Elegance with Pure Colors


I received product in exchange for this post, as always, the views expressed are my own. This post also contains affiliate links*.

Another fun project for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest™! This month's theme is Pure Colors, Original Elegance


It's time again for a Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™ entry! This month the theme is Pure Colors, Original Elegance and the sponsor is Pure & Original Paints. Around our house we're always looking for ways to bring the original elegance back to long neglected pieces. For this particular project we went pink, Old Rose to be exact, to redo an old bedroom set. 

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How to Organize Business Cards At a Conference



A Creative way to organize business cards you receive while you're at a conference! #LuvSoFab #SoFabUOTR

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There’s so much information presented at multi-day conferences, from both speakers and the bloggers sitting next to you, it can be extremely overwhelming. So much so, you may end up spending your nights holed up in your hotel room watching “Real Housewives” trying to forget every stupid thing you said throughout the day. Okay, maybe that’s just me. Anyway. 

Here's a little tip, hack, whatever for the next time your at a conference staring at a stack of cards trying to remember who was who! 
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3 Ways to Incorporate Skin Care into an Already Overcrowded Schedule


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There's always time to take care of YOU! Here are 3 Ways to Add Skincare to an already overcrowded schedule. #CeraVeSkincare #CollectiveBias

For as long as I can remember I’ve had dry skin, but up until a couple years ago I never gave it much thought. I am a busy woman, never wear much make-up, and have yet to find time for a beauty regime. I take care of myself; exercise, eat right, drink lots of water, sleep well, etc.. Isn’t that enough?

Somewhere around 38, I noticed the morning pillow creases across my face were taking longer to go away. I know, I know…this was my body saying, “Hey there beautiful! We’re a little parched think you could help us out?” The problem was there was always something else that I needed to do first, and without my realizing it I became one of those women who forgot to take care of her skin.

I’m not an expert but I’m going to guess that one of the top reasons many women (like me) don’t take care of themselves is because of time constraints. But ladies...we have to make the time! So today I’m sharing three ways I’ve found to incorporate skin care into my already overcrowded schedule. 

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Recycled Runway Fashion Birthday Party


You won't believe how creative kids can get until you host one of these!  It's Trashion Fashion at a Recycled Runway Birthday Party!

Recycled Runway; isn't that a clever phrase? I wish I'd created it, but I didn't. Last month my daughter, went to a Girl Scout lock-in (in a mall) and one of the highlights from the night was the recycled runway. 

The girls used miscellaneous materials to create fashionable looks, kind of like the unconventional challenge on Project Runway. I can't even tell you how great a response it got with all the girls; many of them spent over an hour working on their dress and it was so much fun helping them! 

You know I love creative projects like this, so, we decided to combine the Recycled Runway with concepts from Project Runway to create a fashion themed party for Es's upcoming birthday.

Here's all the details to host your own 
Recycled Runway Fashion Party! 

INVITATIONS

Somewhere, somehow, you gotta go with a dress! Of course I'm going to recommend using origami dresses to decorate party postcards; we've already established they're my thing

DECOR

 I really wanted to dedicate every bit of table space to the creative process, so, instead of traditional decorations I used crafting ribbons/strings/trim/etc., a piece of felt (almost the size of poster board), and a hot glue gun, to create a Recycled Runway sign. 

If you're wanting to dress things up more than a sign I would recommend putting supplies the kids will be using like scissors, tapes, glues, etc. in decorative containers-if they've been DIYed all the better! 

An unconventional challenge like you've never seen! It's Trashion Fashion at a Recycled Runway Birthday Party!


MOOD/SUPPLY STATION

 I am a crafter, therefore I have a closet filled to the brim with supplies I just had to buy or couldn't throw away. I waded through it all and found scraps of fabric, tapes, pipe cleaners, straws, trims, ribbons, etc. and piled them up to create our version of MOOD. 

If you don't have this crazy mash-up of supplies just head to your local thrift store and stock up.

Party Tip: After the sketching process (more about that under WORK TABLE) let the party goers hit the supply pile and give them a time limit, just to make it interesting. Yes, it will get messy and crazy while they throw stuff around so you'll want to put your supply station in another room


WORK TABLE

We used our dining room table and set up each designer's work space with a large white t-shirt, in case the kids need something to build off of, and a DIY sketch pad. To make the sketch pads we folded cardstock in half, stapled it, and covered the staples with a bit of washi tape. 

Get creative at a Recycled Runway Fashion Birthday Party!


While they kept their materials at their stations, there were community items like scissors, glues, paper clips, and safety pins in the middle of the table. 

Party Tip: Use the back of a chair as a dress form! You can slip the t-shirt over it or use it as it. 

Free Printable Alert!!

Free printable for Fashion themed birthday party! Perfect for creating a Project Runway experience for little ones.

I made printables for the sketch books and designer tags! I used silver paper because I hadn't realized I was out of white label paper-don't make this mistake. Ugh, I can hardly read them. 

HAIR & MAKEUP

Depending on your guests you might want to take a break from designing to do each other's hair and make-up! 

She's showing off her creative chops at a Recycled Runway Fashion Themed Birthday Party!


RUNWAY

We used our hallway but any room can be transformed into a runway, this isn't the Oscars-no red carpets are required. We skipped the judging process; it seemed like it might invite hard feelings and take away from the creative process.

FOOD

 Part of me wants to say that you should make everyone salads or pasta, because that seems to be the only thing I remember seeing designers on Project Runway eat, but you should probably just stick with your favorite party foods!  

Host a Fashion themed birthday party with a recycled runway activity!


There are a number of different ways to personalize this party idea, such as time limits or design themes-maybe only use newspaper. Whatever you decide I promise everyone will have a good time!

What would your design look like? 

I'm so excited to once again be teaming up with 100 Directions and other creative bloggers to bring you a collection of fun birthday ideas, click the image below to find more Best Birthday Ideas!

Best Birthday Ideas Blog Hop with 100Directions.com
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One Room Challenge - Week One


One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home
Last month there had been talk in a few blogging groups concerning the upcoming One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. In a nutshell, bloggers share their design process as they work to update one room over the course of six weeks.

Sign me up! It sounded like a great idea, goodness knows my bedroom is in a sorry state. So last week I've been making mental notes of things I wanted to do and taking pictures. 

Then I checked out the official ORC participants blogs. Go ahead, go visit just one of them. I'll wait.
Are you back? Did you see them? Um, nope...not sharing my bedroom! Guys, for real. I'm willing to hang with people out of my league but I'm going to at least wear my best when I do. 
Know what I'm saying? 

So, instead of the bedroom I'll be hitting the craft room. Right now we have to keep it gated off from the toddler because there's just too much stuff and I've yet to find the best way to have it stored away but still easily accessible. Ultimately, my goal is to turn the craft room into a place that encourages and inspires the kids, and me, to get creative. 

The first step in any process of change is to take a good hard look at what your working with. 

Here goes.
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