4.30.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #8



Happy Thursday!  Welcome back to our 7th week of Idea Box. I am super excited to share this week's features and to see what you've all been up to!


In case you're just joining us now:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Now, check out what your hosts have been up to!


Now for the party features!







This Mama Loves:
Pineapple Ginger Orange Infused Water

I've been sick for a week with my annual spring cold. Nothing says spring like citrus, and this infused water recipe is the perfect way to get hydrated when you need your immunity boosted! Check out the full post for details on how to get your yummy water on.


Happy Mothering:
DIY Uplifting Grapefruit Essential Oil Shower Melts

Shower melts are a perfect compromise between a long soak in the tub and ten minute shower. Grapefruit is a cheery scent, and a great wake-me-up. Check out the full post for instructions on how to wake up your morning shower.


Chasing Quaintness:
Through the Looking Glass (Mercury Glass DIY)

Mercury glass is a beautiful trend, and can be tricky to DIY. This post byu Chasing Quaintness is refreshingly honest in that she admits to having to tweak her DIY method before she liked it. Love the honesty! Check out the full post for how she achieved the look she likes.


Make sure you follow your hosts! You may be one of their features.



Mila @ MilasLittleThings
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Carole @ CreativeClementine





Congratulations to our featured guests! Go ahead and grab yourself a fancy feature button:






Features have earned Twitter bragging rights! Click below to tweet your feature loud and proud:




Features are also pinned to our Idea Box board on Pinterest:

  Follow Idea Box Link Party on Pinterest.

Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please, please, pleeease follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please, please, pleeease visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week---please don't link up posts you've shared with us before.

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


Party button:

Idea Box Link Party



Help spread the word about Idea Box on Twitter:



Add your links:








Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by:


4.28.2015

Ahoy Matey: Kids Pirate Party



Hello lovelies!! It's getting to be the time of year where my sister and I get the invitations out for my nephew's birthday, so I thought I would do a little throwback and show you another one of his past birthdays I never blogged about. 

For our little man's fourth birthday, we went with a super easy and tres cute Pirate theme. As usual, my sister had the activities covered, so my photos are of food.  My sister had the kiddos digging up buried treasure and walking "the plank" in the sunshine. Kids got to take home their pirate loot.






At only four years old, it can be hard to say whether you have parents as well as kids to keep entertained. In my family, the ratio tends to be about five adults per kid, which sort of throws things off as far as kiddie treats are concerned. As a result, we added some pirate labels to "grown up drinks" and kept them on ice with the kids' juice.

We served mini hot dogs with sails in them, and pirate ship jello with oranges. It was a hot and beautiful spring day, and defaulting to barbecued food was the best idea we had all year. The cake was admittedly not the highlight (again! lol), but was made with fondant waves at the birthday boy's request. We stuck a gigantic ship on top to distract from the lopsidedness, but it didn't quite work.






It's hard to believe this was almost two years ago already!! It's time to get out the invitations for birthday number six.

Happy Tuesday!


4.23.2015

Idea Box Link Party: Week #7



Happy Thursday!  Welcome back to our 7th week of Idea Box. I am super excited to share this week's features and to see what you've all been up to!


In case you're just joining us now:
Idea Box is a new weekly link party for bloggers to share all of their creative posts---recipes, home decor, DIY projects, gardening tips, good advice... Whatever your creative heart desires. For the first little while, Idea Box will be open from Thursday - Tuesday to give you all plenty of time to link up and tell all your friends.


Now, check out what your hosts have been up to!


Now for the party features!





This kitchen transformation has me dreeeaming about what I can do to spruce up my kitchen. Unfortunately, I have a less interesting space to start with. Ah well. Check out the full post on Wonderfully Made by Leslie. 







Anderson and Grant:
DIY Clipboard made from a Cutting Board

Isn't this a ridiculously cool DIY? Making clipboards out of random things is totally on my to-do list now. Check out the full post at Anderson and Grant.



A Bountiful Love:
Caramel Heath Cupcake

I think this recipe is extra yummy to me because we don't have Heath bars in Canada. But, I will gladly pick a few up the next time I go to the border store if it means making these cupcakes. Yum! Check out the full post on A Bountiful Love.


Three Kids and a Fish:
Mini Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

I've tried really, really hard to kick my nutella addiction to the curb. It's way too hard. I officially give. And let's just talk about how amazing these nutella cinnamon buns look, shall we? I'm drooling! Check out the recipe over at Three Kids and a Fish.


Make sure you follow your hosts! You may be one of their features.



Mila @ MilasLittleThings
Google+ || Bloglovin' || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Hometalk

Carole @ CreativeClementine





Congratulations to our featured guests! Go ahead and grab yourself a fancy feature button:






Features have earned Twitter bragging rights! Click below to tweet your feature loud and proud:




Features are also pinned to our Idea Box board on Pinterest:

  Follow Idea Box Link Party on Pinterest.

Now, onto this week's party!

Simple Party Rules:
1. Please follow your hosts.
2. Only link up personal content-- there are no rules about the content, as long as it's family friendly!
3. Please visit at least three other links and leave comments/make new friends. It isn't a party if you link and run!!
4. Please link back to one of our blogs or grab our button below.
5. You can add up to three *new* links each week---please don't link up posts you've shared with us before.

Remember that by linking up, you are giving the hosts permission to use your images/content on our blogs and/or social media. Proper credit and links will always be given. The link up starts every Thursday at 6am EST, and closes the following Tuesday.


Party button:

Idea Box Link Party



Help spread the word about Idea Box on Twitter:



Add your links:








Idea Box is a weekly Link Party that opens Thursdays at 6am ET and ends Tuesdays at 6am. Idea Box is hosted by:


4.21.2015

Kindness by Design #4: Start Christmas Early



I don't know about you, but I always feel awful if my Christmas gifting is on-the-fly. It shows. I like to give myself time to think gifting through, and go homemade wherever possible. But when stress starts to kick in, I hit the gift card rack with my tail between my legs.

Some of you are probably thinking I'm an oddball for thinking about Christmas as early as April. But some things are worth planning in advance--whether to gain extra prep time, or to gain extra sale shopping time.

Here are five things you can do or make well in advance of Christmas to reduce your holiday scrambling, and to increase your holiday thoughtfulness. And a big perk?? They are big money-savers, too!

Five Christmas Gifts to Start Early


1. Grow a plant.
Have a green thumb?? Use it to turn cheap seeds into beautiful plants. If you start now, you can use summer to your advantage. All you'll need to do is keep it alive, and pot it in something pretty.


Source ideas: Mini Herb Garden Kit; Bamboo Planter (8")



2. Start a stash of natural cleaners.
Turn a few dollars of vinegar and the discarded peels from citrus fruits into a custom scented vinegar. If you're feeling fancy, add some rosemary or other herbs for an extra scent infusion. After a few months of infusing, strain and bottle it with a cute label. Presto.

{via theyummylife.com}

Source ideas: Spray Bottle (240ml); Mini Jar Set (30ml)




3. Collect and print photos.
Family photos are always a sweet gesture. In my family, we have a million photos but rarely swap any with each other outside of Facebook. You even have enough time to plan some discrete photo shoots over the summer if you want that extra flair. Either way, framed photos are a timeless gift and can be quite effectively sentimental. If you want to kick it up a notch, you could even plan out a gallery wall display and provide the frames.


Source ideas: Vintage Inspired Family Tree Photo Album; Modern Umbra Hangit Photo Display




4. Make homemade vanilla extract.
Whether you bake or not, homemade vanilla extract is super easy and a really useful gift. It also helps that tutorials for this are all over the internet, and staff at liquor stores are so used to it that they're starting to know which alcohol to recommend! (True story.)

{via ruffledblog.com}

Source ideas: Mini Jar Set (30ml); Glass Bottle with Stopper



5. Shop sales.
Take advantage of the seasons changing! There are still sales galore on cozy mittens and scarves, and some stores even have Christmas and Valentines decor still on clearance. And even if its not seasonal, browse the clearance aisle while you shop--wherever you shop. There are a million possibilities for Christmas gifts if you have your eye out all year long! You can even go the lazy route and shop online deals, like the Amazon Deals Store. This is probably something you tell yourself to do every year, and then forget. So here I am, telling you to do it. Shop those sales!


What gifts do you give yourself a head start on (Christmas or otherwise)?




The objective of the Kindness by Design series is to build thoughtfulness into your day to day life and make random acts of kindness an easier thing to accomplish.