Friday Favorites – Week 365 – Driftwood Art

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Friday Favorites – Week 363 – Easter Bunny Luncheon for Kids

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Friday Favorites – 357 – Mason Jar Vase for Valentine’s Day

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If you have a single creative bone in your body, then I am sure that you have heard of Cricut®.  The Cricut® machines have been on my wish list for years.  Hubby, finally bought me one last year and there’s nothing like it.  You can go from Mom to the Super Cool Mom just by turning on your machine.  The Cricut Design Space is chock full of all the Inspiration you could possibly need. Now, in addition to that, Cricut® offers an even better Subscription Plan, Cricut® Access .  Do you need ideas for a single project try out the Monthly Plan?  It automatically renews at $9.99 each month, but you can sign up and cancel at anytime.  That screams flexibility to me.   However, if you are always on the hunt for new projects and embellishments the Annual Plan may be more your speed.  It runs you only $7.99 a month, but you make a one time payment of $95.88 and trust me it is worth it.  Cricut® Access boasts of  unlimited access to over 30,000 images, over 1,000 Make It Now™ projects, and 370 fonts.

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And The Freebies… Keep On Coming

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I am always looking for Funky and Fun Printable Calendars for our Family Control Center.  I have downloaded a lot of great ones over the years, so I decided to try my hand at making my own this year.  And, who else would I share them with but my amazing Stage Presents Readers.  It was a doozy of a project.. but, it’s done.  Thank God. Enjoy this freebie from me to you!! Every Day, Every Week and Every Month is an Opportunity for a New Beginning.  Start it Off Right With Your Very Own Free 2016 Printable Calendar.  Download them all, or come back and Download them Monthly!!  It’s simple, Follow the Link for Each Month.  Right Click –> Save–> –> Print!!

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Three… Two…. One… A Friday Series No. 12

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Three Blogs:

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With the end of 2015 in sight, my interest are literally of all over the place. I am feeling the rush to accomplish all the things that I set out to do at the start of 2015.  Tell me I am not the only one who gets caught in that hamster wheel?  Don’t worry, I am not foolish enough to think I will fit it all in the weeks that are left.  But nonetheless, I will give it the good ‘ol college try.  So today’s three blogs are inspiration based, while being relevant to whats going on in my life these days.  Blog #1 is full of Recipes, DIY and Decor Ideas for every Holiday.   Blog #2 is full of ways to Organize your Home, plus much more.   Blog #3 is full of things relevant to a Mom of Teens or Tweens, including an  Awesome SmartPhone Contract.  Follow the links to get a taste of what they each have to offer.  These are definitely worth saving in your Blog Readers.

Echoes of Laughter

Polished Habitat

My Crazy Good Life

Two Faves:

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Toothbrush OrganizerI love the fact that this offers both storage and ventilation and maybe means when we have company, I don’t have to put up the toothbrushes in the guest bathroom, I can just close it and move it out of the way.

Stick Up Weekly Calendar: Super Easy way to stay Organized Stick it In Your Planner, On Your Family Calendar, even the kids can use it to stay on point.

One Freebie:

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We Made It Ya’ll.  Another Week is Over and I am off to Celebrate with My Hubby for his Birthday.  Enjoy your Weekend with the ones you love!!

Three… Two… One… A Friday Series No.2

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Three Blogs:
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Taste Better From Scratch

The Glitzy Pear

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The Easy Herb Mill & Grinder

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One Freebie: Lunch Box Notes

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 Have an Awesome Weekend!!

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Update on my Summer Goals

Summer Goals Update As expected keeping up with my blogging while the kids are at home can prove to be challenging.  But, so far I have managed to maintain.  So, I thought I would drop in to let you know how I am doing with my Summer Goals that I wrote about here.

1.  Reading for Fun.  Well, I actually checked out two physical books from the Library.  It has been forever since I read a physical book.  I figured that the real book would keep me from being distracted by all the buzzing, and beeping going on while reading on the iPad.  That hasn’t really gone too well.  I have already had to renew the books once, and I am literally on page 89 of the first book.  Hmmm…. I am honestly struggling with just giving up on that one and moving on to the other book.  Blah!! Once I get through these two I am going o start on this Reading List.  Maybe it will be a little easier.

2.  Handwritten Cards & Letters.  I still have not done this one yet.  But… I did order Personalized Photo Father’s Day Cards for the girls to give to Hubby, does that count?  Interested in doing this too, check out the Card Store.

3.  Connect with Family & Friends.  I did good on this one.  One of my oldest friends and her Mom came into town, and I was able to go and hang out with them for a couple of hours, without the kids.  That is major!!

4.  Romantic and Mushy TV – I watched the Fault in Our Stars which I loved.  Still working my way down the list…  Anyone have any suggestions for me?

5.  Trying new Recipes with the Kids – Check Us Out Making Memories in the Kitchen.

6.  DIY Projects – During the winter I bought an old Lazy Suzan, it was wood adjacent, lol, well I thought it was real wood when I bought it.  Once I started sanding it, I realized that wasn’t the case.  But, after applying several coats of paint, it almost looks usable.  I plan to put it on my kitchen table, to hold napkins, etc. etc. (Pics to Follows)

7.  In preparation for the Fairs we plan to attend in the Fall, we have been stocking our Etsy Store with Printables.  Right now they are digital, but we plan to offer the Physical Prints when selling in person, and hope to add this to the Etsy Store as well.  I am still hunting for a good printer in the Metro Atlanta Area.

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Even though it really feels like it has been a while.  We are really only in the second week of Summer Break.  What are your Summer Goals for this year, consider leaving it in the comment section below?

Ready to Start Blogging – User Friendly Resources to Get You Started

Ow User Friendly Resources for New Bloggers Congratulations!!  You have decided that you are ready to start blogging, and open up your little corner of the world to others.  You want your blog to be a reflection of who you are and what is important to you.  You have picked out your blogging platform, Blogger, WordPress, etc.  And, you have maybe even picked the Theme/Layout for your site and secured your domain and or blog name.  Now what!!

Well, if you decided to blog, I am pretty sure that you want people to both read and receive what you have to say.  In order to do that, you have to make sure that the first visit that they make to your blog is a memorable one.  You want them to return over and over again.  Even, if you are not blogging for profit, you still want to  develop a community, (a following of sorts).  If people are returning to your site, they are interested in the information or the opinions that you are imparting.  So, content is the most important part of blogging.

Style/Design is a very close second and equally important. I am by no means a professional Graphic Designer, but I have taught myself a thing or two or three(wink).  People are visual by nature. So, a relevant well placed photo to accompany your blog post goes a long way.  In addition to that, a well placed font over your photo draws attention to the pictures on your site.  They can even make them Pin Worthy (Pinterest), which in turn will bring traffic back to your blog. Whether you are using pictures that you have taken from your own camera or pictures that you find around the web,  Photo editing software can make all the difference.  Most people swear by PhotoShop and I use this software religiously, but it’s quite an investment right out the gate.  So, I’ve listed a few more economical options.  Lastly, the Fonts you use can be just as important as the picture.  Think about how many times the words and font draws your eye to an advertisement or a picture. See The Quote Below as an example – Note the Use of Different Fonts, as Well as Different Sizes.

Style - Rachel Zoe Quote

Here are a few resources that I think will start you on your way, at least they did for me.

Places to find free images:

Freepik.com

iStockphoto.com

Fonts –

Dafont.com

Myfonts.com

1001freefonts.com

Photo Editing –

Fotor.com

Picmonkey.com

Layouts/Templates – 

luvly.co

templatemonster.com

There you have it.  Jump in and get started and if you find anything else that you think should be added to this list, let us know.  Each one – teach one. Comment below.