Monday, October 29, 2012

Tuesday Confessional Link Party

Welcome back to the Tuesday Confessional link party! If you are still looking for Halloween costumes check out last weeks features here. Last week's party was amazing and the giveaway was a huge success. The winners are posted on last week's party and have been notified by email.
Now to this week's party: Please link back with a button or link and follow me on Google Friend Connect.
To those of you on the East Coast, you're all in my thoughts. Be safe!!
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Hooo's Out of Candy Printable

It is almost Halloween! Are you ready?? In our house Halloween goes one of two ways: We have too much candy left over at the end of the night, or we run out of candy and have to turn down trick-or-treaters. In case of the latter I made a fun little sign to hang outside our door to let those sugar-crazed munchkins know that they will need to get their fix elsewhere.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Top 10 Halloween Costume Features

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you've all had a great weekend. With Halloween just a few days away I am featuring my 10 favorite costumes from the last 3 link parties. Hopefully these can serve as inspiration for those of you still in need of costumes.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Puberty: The Prequel. Mothers of daughters BEWARE!

When I had my first child I knew infancy and sleepless nights would be difficult. I knew all about The Terrible Twos. My mother warned me about the horrors of the Teenage Years and puberty. What no one told me about was the 6-7 year old attitude explosion.  Or as I like to call it..."Puberty: The Prequel".

I have several friends with daughters the same age as mine, and I have heard the same complaints from all of them. The same complaints that escape my mouth on a daily basis: She won't listen! She talks back! She yells at everyone and everything! It is like she has constant PMS...but she isn't even 7!! I don't think this phase would have been so difficult if I had been properly prepared. When I pictured my first grader I imagined sugar, spice, and everything nice. Instead, I got spit, vinegar, and a dash of sarcasm. Why didn't anyone warn me?? Would a heads up have been so hard? Thanks a lot, Mom!

That is why I am here today: To warn the mothers of the world. Don't relax just because your daughter is out of the toddler phase. Prepare. Stock up on Chardonnay and Prozac. Learn to crochet so your hands are busy when you want to throttle that adorable little ball of attitude. Here is a public service announcement I have created just for you. Share it with your friends. Awareness is the key to survival!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cookie Treasure Hunt

Yesterday while my oldest was in school I had a fun day in with my boys. It was the first snow of the year and it is tradition to bake cookies the first time it snows.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tuesday Confessional AND Handmade Holidays Giveaway

Hey everyone! I'm so excited you are here tonight because not only is it the Tuesday Confessional, but tonight is the Handmade Holidays giveaway! Christmas is coming soon and I would like to encourage everyone to buy your gifts from small businesses and shops instead of large chain stores. To help encourage you to "Think Small"Crafty Confessions is hosting a give away  of handmade goodies from 11 different shops, PLUS ad space on 4 great blogs. This will be split into 3 different Rafflecoptors so you have a chance to win 3 different times!

Goodie Package number 1 includes:
1. A stunning silver curved bar bracelet from Yameyu
2. A $20 shop credit to M3 Boutique
3. A custom digital card from Simply Printable
4. Fun printable Christmas craft paper from Cole and Co. Designs
5. A darling blue and yellow crochet beanie from Quilted Euphoria

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Handmade Holidays Giveaway Sponsors

Something big is coming...

Ad space on 4 different blogs:
We Like To Learn As We Go -- 2 months
Love Grows Wild -- 1 month
Crochet Happy -- 1 month
Crafty Confessions -- 3 months

AND goodies from these 11 sponsors:
M3 Boutique
Crochet Happy
KB Wreaths
Cole and Co.
Binge Crafter
Quilted Euphoria
The Shop on Pooh Corner
Sarah Escamilla Designs
Simply Printable
Kayla's Kreations

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rainbow Sprinkles to the Rescue!

Sometimes as a mother you do what you have to do to get by. Earlier today my 2 year old was screaming hysterically from teething. I retrieved the Children's Tylenol, but for some inexplicable
 reason the lid would not budge. His screams were piercing and my sensory sensitive daughter was at her limit. I panicked, and I am not proud of what I did next. I grabbed the bottle of rainbow sprinkles from the Lazy Susan and gave him a handful. He stopped crying immediately as he enjoyed his colorful, sugar-laden snack. This bought me another few minutes to pry the Tylenol open and prevented a household melt-down.


Bags of Love Review

I'm crazy about personalized photo gifts. I just love the idea of having pictures of my family to show off wherever I go. I have an adorable family, so I can't help but want to show them off! You can imagine my excitement when I found Bags of Love .

Bags of Love is a personalized gift company that uses your photos and designs to create special and unique products. They make everything from cards and canvas prints to photo bags and home furnishings. Most of the gifts can be made in under 2 days!

Tuesday Confessional Link Party

Good morning and welcome back to the Tuesday Confessional link party! Have you noticed the new look of the blog?? I am just crazy about it! The design is by Sarah Darr of Span Tag Designs.

She is absolutely amazing at what she does and very affordable! Check out her site for custom design prices. She also has adorable pre-made templates. She runs occasional specials through Twitter so be sure to follow her HERE.

Now on to the party! Be sure to link back here with a text link or button, and follow me on GFC.

P.S. next week I will be hosting a big Handmade Holidays Giveaway, so be sure to check back then!
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Get the Baby Jesus Out of Your Diaper!

Becoming a parent opens up a whole new world of emotions and experiences. You always hear parents say things like, "I never thought I would feel this way about someone until I had a baby." You also hear, "I never thought I could be this sleep deprived until I became a parent." In my experience becoming a parent also means saying things you never thought you would say. Ever. For example...

"Get the Baby Jesus out of your diaper!"

This is what came out of my mouth when I caught my son smuggling 1/5 of my little Nativity set in his diaper. I'm just grateful it wasn't a poopy diaper...

Oh parenthood! What will you come up with next??

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pick Your Plum Vinyl Sale

Good morning! Pick Your Plum has specialty vinyl for $2.49 each today! Better grab them before they're gone!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Tuesday Confessional Link Party

Welcome back to the Tuesday Confessional link party! Last week's features can be found HERE.

I can't wait to see what you have in store this week. Remember that all Tuesday Confessional features are also pinned to my Tuesday Confessional board on Pinterest, so you can be twice as famous!
Please link back here with a link or button and don't forget to follow me on Google Friend Connect.
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tuesday Confessional Halloween Features

Thank you to everyone who linked up to last week's Tuesday Confessional link party. We are one week closer to Halloween and here are my favorite Halloween themed projects from last week's link party:

Thrifty Crafty Girl made these clever faux candles.

Horrorgami Book Review

By now it is no secret that I absolutely love Halloween. It is such a fun holiday to for decorations and crafts. I'm always looking for new spooky projects to work on this time of year and I was so excited when I got my new Horrorgami book in the mail. Horrorgami is a step-by-step instruction book of 25 spooky paper projects.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

PicMonkey Monster Makeover Tutorial

Halloween is right around the corner and is in the spirit of things with their Halloween photo themes. There are __ themes to chose from: Vampire, Zombie, Witches, Demons, Day of the Dead, and Trick or Treat. The first 4 themes in that list are the ones we are going to focus on for the purpose of this post. These are going to help turn that boring old profile pic into a frightening photograph.

Monster Makeover Instructions:

1. Go to and click Edit a Photo

2. Crop your photo if desired.

3. On the bottom left select Halloween Edits and chose your theme. I chose witch.

4. Start by changing your complexion. I used the Witch theme for this part.

Using the brush, go over your face with the color of your choice. You can use the eraser to remove the complexion change from your eyes and lips.

5. You can add bruises, pock marks, gashes, etc., depending on which theme you are using. can use any theme at any time. Mine was a mix of Witches and Vampires.

6. To change your eye color use the Vampire or Zombie theme.

7.  To add decoration click on Overlay and select an image or three.
8. To add a spooky background/texture to your photo click Textures.

Sorry for the change in photos. I didn't screen shot the rest of the witch face. Oops!
To remove the texture from your face/hair select the paint brush. On the screen that appears select Original. Paint over the area where you want the texture removed.

Wasn't that fun?? Here are a few variations of the same photo:

This one is my personal favorite :)
Happy haunting!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Yours Truly HUGE Giveaway!

Have you read Yours Truly?? It is a great blog and they just hit 1000 followers! To celebrate Chelsea over at Yours Truly is hosting the giveaway to end all giveaways. Package 4 includes Crafty Confessions ad space and my a credit to my Etsy shop! Check out what she has to say...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tuesday Confessional Link Party

Hi everyone! Is anyone else as thrilled as I am that it is finally October? It is my absolute favorite month! What better way to start off the month than with a great Tuesday Confessional link party? I feature my favorite posts each Sunday as well as Pin them to my Tuesday Confessional Features board on Pinterest. You can check out the features from last week's party HERE. Ok..let's get started!
Please make sure to follow me on GFC and link back here so others can come play, too!

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