Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Blogiversary Giveaway still needs SPONSORS!

Just a reminder...

My one year BLOGIVERSARY is coming up in January! I already have some AMAZING sponsors for the giveaway, but there is still time to get in on it if you have a shop and would like to be part of the giveaway. Remember...you get 2 months of FREE advertising for your shop when you participate (That is a $60 value). If you have any questions please leave a comment, or email me at Macy@craftyconfessions.com.

Have an awesome rest of the year!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Here's To Less Cancer and More Birthdays!

I am posting this video for my grandma. She was the most generous, loving, and spunky woman I have ever met. She was beautiful on the inside and out. She passed away from cancer 2 weeks before my first child was born, but I know she was there when my daughter took her first breath. I love you, Grandma and I miss you every day!

This post is sponsored by American Cancer Society.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Looking for Blogiversary Giveaway Sponsors!

My one year Blogiversary is coming up in January! I can't believe I have been doing this for a whole year now! In celebration of this I am hoping to do a mega-awesome giveaway, but I need sponsors!

If you have an Etsy shop, store, or service that you would like to advertise through a giveaway then this is your lucky day.

What do you get for participating in this giveaway? FREE advertising! Aside from the advertising you will receive from the giveaway, you will also earn yourself a spot on my sidebar for 2 months. That is a $60 value!

If you are interested please send me an e-mail at Macy@craftyconfessions.com

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tuesday Confessional Features: Top 10 Link Ups

There were some really great link ups last week, but these are my 10 favorite. In no particular order...

Way to go everyone! Please feel free to grab a brag button and I hope to see you all at this week's Tuesday Confessional.

Time Capsule Ornaments

This Christmas will be the 8th Christmas I have spent with my husband and my daughter's 7 Christmas. It seems like just yesterday my husband and I were sitting in a booth at Denny's on Christmas night. We both craved pizza and mozzarella sticks were the closest thing we could find. :)
With time speeding by so quickly I decided it was time to start documenting the holidays a little better. I found some clear ornaments on sale at Michael's and brought them home for the family. We all wrote down (or dictated) our ages, our favorite things, and what we were the most thankful for this year.

The pieces of paper were rolled up and placed inside our ornaments along with a few small things that symbolized each member of the family. Ryan added a USB to his and I put a small spool of thread, yarn and a button in my ornament.

Samantha added a pink feather, doll shoes, and a sequin to show off her fancy side.

Dax added a battery, a crayon, and a Cars 2 logo.

We couldn't find an Elmo small enough for Phil so we clipped a piece off of his baby blanket and added it to his ornament along with a little yellow star.

Finally, I wrote every one's name in glitter on their ornament and hung them on the tree.

It will be so wonderful to look back in 10 years and see how things have changed and how they have stayed the same. One thing that will never change is our love for one another. That is the true spirit of this season and the greatest gift of all.

Happy Holidays!

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Gracie's Gift: A Review of a Beautiful Book

I love having my own blog. It gives me a creative outlet, the ability to inspire others, and it presents some great opportunities. The most exciting opportunity I have had so far is being able to review a new and adorable book by an up and coming author.

The book is called Gracie's Gift and it is the heart warming story about a little girl named Gracie who isn't very happy about having to wear bows all the time. One of her mommy's "Golden Rules" is "No bow? No go."

On the day of her birthday party Gracie awakens to find a bow placed beside her beautiful party dress. She is upset that she has to wear a bow until her mommy points out that all of her gifts are topped with bows. Gracie's mommy explains that, "A beautiful bow on your sweet head it sits. That's how I celebrate my amazing gift."

With the understanding of her mother's love Gracie wears her bows proudly in the end.

For anyone with daughters this book is an absolute treasure and a beautiful reminder of the bond a mother and daughter share.
I read this book with my own little bow-adorned gift and she loved it. We have read it almost every night before bed.

This book is so heartwarming, but what makes it even more amazing is the story of the author. Andrea Trosclair is a mother of two little girls living in Baton Rouge, LA. She worked as a registered nurse until 2005 when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
I am so inspired by this woman. Instead of dwelling on the negative she celebrates and gives thanks for her children who are her own little gifts. We could all take a page from Andrea's book.
I would like to say a big Thank You to Andrea Trosclair for giving me the privilege of adding this beautiful story to our family library.

"Like" Trosclair Tales on Facebook for information on future events, upcoming books, and giveaways.
You can also click HERE to go directly to the author's website.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Girls' Night In

Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There's no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On! www.duncanhines.com.

I love the holiday season. There is something so magical about Christmas lights glistening off the white snow, while the aroma of peppermint and cinnamon floats through the air. Unfortunately, that magic is all too often lost in the hustle and bustle of shopping, preparing for guests, and the need for everything to be perfect. Sometimes you just need to take a break with a relaxing girls' night in.

I'm not talking about a girls' night in where you get dressed in your best, sip wine like sophisticated ladies, and try to prove who has it together the most. That is not relaxing! I'm talking about getting together in your jammies or sweats, drinking hot chocolate from mismatched mugs, and gorging yourself on yummy homemade treats while watching a sappy Christmas movie. My favorite is Love Actually.

Well hello, Colin Firth....

If you want to make it even easier on yourself you can bake up a  batch of Duncan Hines oven-ready brownies and skip the dirty mixing bowls.

After you have recharged your batteries, take time to remember what the holiday season is all about: the people you love. In twenty years you won't look back and remember that your house was a mess or your wreath wasn't perfect. You will remember the laughter, the smiles, and the magic of the season.

Who needs perfection when you have this?

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday.

Remember to check out Duncan Hines' website www.duncanhines.com to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Teacher Christmas Gift: Spool Ornament

Lately I have been mulling over what to make for my daughter's kindergarten teacher for Christmas. She is such a wonderful teacher and has really made Samantha love school. This is what I came up with:

This was such an easy project. I started with a vintage wood spool and an old dictionary.

Cut out the definition for "teach", size it to the spool and mod podge it on.

These are a few others I made

Place a trinket or bead onto organza ribbon and thread it through the hole of the spool. Make sure the bead is larger than the hold in the spool. This keeps the spool on the ribbon. Tie the top of the ribbon and voila! You have a beautiful ornament that your child's teacher can hang on her tree or near her desk.

Happy Crafting!
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