Monday, November 13, 2017

Gift Ideas for Kids with Cost Plus World Market

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. All opinions are my own.

The holidays are right around the corner, are you ready?! Cost Plus World Market makes it so easy to do all of your one- stop holiday shopping for family and friends. There is something for everyone at World Market! Check out these fabulous gifts for her and gifts for him to get you started!

You could win one (1) of seven (7) weekly $1,000 World Market Gift Cards! 
Watch Cost Plus World Market's "The Performance" holiday video and answer a question for a chance to win a weekly prize of $1,000. There will be a new question each day!

Enter now:

A new holiday commercial from Cost Plus World Market!
See the story of a little boy and his trumpet who finds the inspiration he needs for a Christmas music performance by gathering the support of friendly llamas. 

I love shopping at my local Cost Plus World Market in Cottonwood Heights, UT for fun and unique holiday gifts. Check out the World Market Store Locator page for the location nearest you!

Christmas should be a wonderful and magical time of year, but it isn't always that way. The Rescue Mission Women's Center of Salt Lake is a safe place for women and women with children to find safety from abusive relationships and counseling for addiction. They also provide emergency shelter, food, clothing and access to job placement. I can only imagine how scary it is for little ones to not have a loving home and wonder if and when they will get their next meal.
 It's beyond heartbreaking. 

Some friends and I are putting together gift baskets for the children to give them a little sense of normalcy and a touch of Christmas magic. Plush toys to snuggle with at night, sweet Christmas stories to read, yummy chocolate treats and of course, warm wool hats and mittens. 

I hope these little gift baskets will bring a smile to a child's face and let them know there is good in this world. 

Shop this post:

1. Chunky Knit Pom Hat
2.Radio Flyer Little Classic Red Wagon
3.Vintage Santa Melamine
4. The Night Before Christmas
5.Light Blue Wool Elephant Convertible Gloves
6.Llama Llama Holiday Drama
7.Sweetest Family Plush Mouse
8.Holly Jolly Holiday Coloring Book Activity Tin
9.Lindt Mini Snowman, Set Of 12

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Christmas Gift Idea with Cricut EasyPress

 This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This post contains affiliate links.
Cricut EasyPress

For the past three years, I've have been a part of a fantastic group ladies. We all love handmade gifts and we thought we could put our creativity together and come up with something fun for Christmas. 
Here's what we do:
 Twenty five ladies put together twenty five gifts and now each one of us has a complete advent calendar.  This has been such a fun tradition over the past few years and we look forward to it as the holiday season rolls around. We've had everything from peppermint sugar scrubs and beautiful handmade ornaments to felt garlands and homemade marshmallows. 
It's wonderful to see what each friend creates and I love the excitement of opening up a new gift every morning in December! 

This year we tried something a little different that's sure to be a hit. Each lady picked a Christmas song to go along with her gift. 
This song was the inspiration for my gift this year. 

O Tannenbaum from Vince Guaraldi Trio. 

Since my inspiration was a O Tannenbaum, of course I wanted to create something that had to do with a Christmas tree. I found this darling farm fresh Christmas tree cut file on Etsy and knew it would be perfect! 
We're all crazy busy during the holiday season so I wanted to create something that wouldn't take a lot of time. Making 25 gifts can be extremely time-consuming but with my Cricut EasyPress, I was able to knock out the totes in no time! 
These would also make adorable neighbor, teacher and coworker gifts as well.
Check out below how easy it is to make your own!

What you'll need:


Open up Cricut Design Space , click on templates and choose the tote template. 
Position the Christmas tree image to the desired size over the template. 
Set the machine to cut out the image in green iron on vinyl. Be sure to turn the "mirror" on before cutting your image.

Adjust the EasyPress to the temperature and timer in the reference chart and place it on top of the tote. Press the EasyPress briefly to the tote in order to warm it up.  
Place the cut image sticky side down on top of the warmed up tote and position it where you'd like it to be.
Press the EasyPress down on the vinyl with gentle pressure for the amount of time in the reference chart. 

Slowly and carefully remove the backing sheet from the image.

And that's it! How quick and simple was that?

 Now I have 25 adorable and festive gifts to give away for the advent group. I can't wait to package them up and hand them out!

Thanks to my Cricut EasyPress, I was able to make this huge stack of totes in no time! I love how lightweight and portable the EasyPress is. Since the plate is evenly heated, you'll never have to guess anymore what temperature your iron will heat up to. There are no hot and cold spots and you'll have a consistent finish every single time.

The EasyPress has been a complete game-changer for me. I've gone a bit crazy making t-shirts, totes and other personalized items for family and friends. Here's an adorable shot of my darling niece wearing shirt at Disneyland I made using the EasyPress.  The possibilities are endless! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a happy holiday season!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Golden Llama Treasure Hunt with Cost Plus World Market

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. All opinions are my own.  

Cost Plus World Market is kicking off the holiday season with a fun in-store program!  The Golden Llama Treasure Hunt

Golden Llama Treasure Hunt

Find a Golden Llama and receive a coupon valued at $20, $50 or $100! 
Over 1 Million in total rewards! 

How to Play

  • Every day beginning Wednesday November 1st, through Wednesday November 22nd, your local Cost Plus World Market store will hide 5 golden llama pieces throughout the store.
  • Each day, we'll share the daily clue in-store, via email and on our social media channels. Use the clue to help you find the golden llama and you could receive a reward. 
  • Locate one (1) golden llama piece and bring it to the nearest store associate to exchange for a reward coupon valued at $20, $50 or $100. Reward is valid only on the day it is rewarded. 

Limit one (1) reward per person throughout the promotional period, regardless of store location(s) visited. EMPLOYEES NOT ELIGIBLE. See terms of participation for complete details.

For full rules go to: www.worldmarket.com/hunt

I love shopping at my local Cottonwood Heights Cost Plus World Market location for beautiful and unique holiday gifts.  Check out the store locator to find the nearest Cost Plus World Market to you.

I will be sharing a clue every day for 22 days on my Instagram page at 10am MST so be sure to follow along to receive the daily clues!

Here is your first clue:

Speaking of llamas, if you're looking for adorable and unique holiday gifts, check out these darling stuffed llama gifts!

The holidays are fast approaching and will be here before you know it! Today I wanted to share with you a roundup of my favorite holiday items from Cost Plus World Market.  From dinnerware to candy, Cost Plus World Market has it all! 

My absolute favorite color combo is red and aqua and I'm loving all the holiday products in these colors. The Scandinavian inspired mugs and plates are another huge favorite of mine. The patterns are just beautiful! Don't they make you want to curl up by the fireplace with a giant mug of hot cocoa? Me too. 
We all have friends and family that are hard to buy for but I found these darling ceramic gnome cookie jars that I'm pretty sure will melt the hearts of everyone. Fill them with delicious peppermint bark and you've got an adorable and charming gift! 

Shop this post:

  1. Red and Blue Retro Felt Garland
  2. Red Legendary Cross Stitch Mugs Set Of 2
  3. Red Felt Snowflake Placemats, Set Of 4
  4. Red Scandinavian Inspired Ceramic Baking Pan
  5. Jolly Santa Melamine Plates Set Of 4
  6. Ceramic Gnome Cookie Jar
  7. Red Jolly Hearts Plates Set Of 4
  8. Nordic Santa And Reindeer Wrapping Paper Rolls Set Of 3
  9. Peppermint Bark Tin

Monday, October 16, 2017

Cricut Maker Machine Product Review

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. This post contains affiliate links.

I am a HUGE fan of Cricut and this past August I had an incredible opportunity to be a part of something pretty amazing. The Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon was held at the Grand American in Salt Lake City, UT and the conference was filled with some of the most talented and creative people I have ever met.

The most exciting part of the conference was the unveiling of the new Cricut Maker! This is a game changer, people! The Maker can cut through a variety of materials from the thinnest tissue paper to thick burlap and balsa wood. Just think of all the possibilities you can make with this new machine. From jewelry to quilts, there is something for everyone and the Maker makes it SO easy to create in a fraction of the time! The Maker cuts through over 100 materials so you're bound to create something fun.

Here are a few exciting features the new Cricut Maker boasts:

The Maker is 10x stronger than the Cricut Explore and uses an adaptive tool that automatically controls the blade pressure and direction.

If you need a project done fast, the Maker has a Fast Mode which enables you to cut 2x faster without losing precision. Your cuts will come out perfectly every time, even the most intricate of designs!

Cricut Maker Review

The machine hooks up to your computer, tablet or phone. There is a docking station on the machine that holds your tablet or phone with ease. The Maker comes with Bluetooth technology so you don't have to mess with cords...a feature that I love!

Cricut Maker Review

Cricut Maker Review
 The Maker cuts fabric without backing material. The new rotary blade makes this all possible with its precision cutting. You will never have to worry about tearing or snagging because the rotary blade ensures perfect accuracy every time.

I whipped up this cute no-sew banner using the Cricut Maker in under 10 minutes.  You will find yourself wanting to cut EVERYTHING and having a ball doing so. I created an entire Halloween party cutting everything from party hats and goodie bags to party decor and banners in under an hour!
Cricut Maker Review

One of the features I love is that with the Cricut Maker, you can download patterns from  Cricut Design Space and not have to cut out fabric and pin them to the pattern. This machine does it all for you! You can even upload your own patterns as well.  Talk about a huge time saver, right? I think I just may pick up quilting!
Cricut Maker Review

If you've been on the fence about getting a new cutting machine, I have to say that the Cricut Maker is a life changer. You will want to create non-stop!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pastel Pumpkin Party

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading and Cricut to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Welcome to the Oriental Trading and Cricut Halloween Blog Hop! Scroll down to see all the cuteness and be sure enter the AMAZING giveaway!

  We are giving away a Cricut Maker and a $75 gift card to Oriental Trading!!

 Today I'd love to share an unconventional Halloween party...pastel pumpkins!  When you think of All Hallow's Eve, you probably don't think of soft pastels.  Why not mix things up a bit and throw a pastel pumpkin party for the kids! This is especially fun for a not-so-spooky Halloween party for little ones. 

Pastel balloons came to life by adding happy jack o' lantern faces cut out of  black vinyl using my Cricut Maker. Aren't they just the cutest?

Kids and slime go hand in hand. Who doesn't love to squish that ooey gooey sludge between their fingers? I think it's the perfect Halloween favor and the kids certainly agree!  I made some pastel slime and put them inside clear round favor containers. Making the cute jack o' lantern faces out of vinyl was so easy using my Cricut Maker.

DIY Decorative Ceramic Pumpkins were painted in pastel blues and pinks and topped with a sprinkle of confetti. Did I mention I made the confetti using my Cricut Maker? It was so quick and easy to cut out hundreds of tiny tissue circles in the color palette of the party.

Leigh from Baby Gabey Cookies made the sweetest pastel candy corn cookies that delighted the little guests. And if you're ever wondering if they taste as good as they look...yes, yes they do! 

Pastel favor pails were filled to the brim with candy corn and mini pink lollipops. I found a cute ghost image in Cricut Design Space and cut them out using silver glitter vinyl.

These holographic pumpkin canvases took minutes to put together and I love how they turned out! I used DIY canvases and cut out jack o' lanterns using Cricut Design Space. The holographic vinyl adhered easily to the canvas and it removes easily in case you'd like to reuse the canvases for a future project. 

Put on your dancin' shoes! How fun is this shirt?
 Make easy and inexpensive t-shirt favors for the kids that will get everyone in the party mood! 
I found plain white t-shirts at Michaels for a few dollars and used my Cricut Maker and Design Space to cut out the foil iron-on images. The images transferred flawlessly using my Cricut Easy Press and took seconds to make.  Don't forget to make one for yourself! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you've enjoyed the Oriental Trading and Cricut Halloween Hop!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Little Light for Halloween Night

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

A little light for Halloween night!

If you're looking for non-candy ideas for classroom parties or Halloween night handouts, Oriental Trading has got you covered! 

These darling candy corn flashlights will light the path and make trick or treating safer for those little ghouls and goblins that come your way. Simply attach the free printable (found below) with bakers twine and you've got fun and functional Hallowen handout. 

What you'll need:

Be sure to check out Oriental Trading for all your Halloween needs!

Halloween Handouts

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided the sample free of charge by Oriental Trading Company to provide my honest review. No other type of compensation was received. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Halloween Handouts

Today I have some fun Halloween handouts to share with you! 
Halloween season is jam packed with fun events all throughout the month of October. School parties, trunk or treating, trick or treating at the zoo and various Halloween parties with friends. That is A LOT of candy before the big day!

If you're looking for handouts that don't involve candy, here is a cute idea that all the little ghouls and boys will love. 

Halloween Handouts

Halloween Handouts

This is an adorable yet quick and simple handout that you can put together in no time.

Here's what you'll need:                                              


Print out the joke printables on white cardstock and cut out.
Punch a hole in the top corner of the tags and thread a strand of bakers twine through the hole.

Halloween Handouts

Tie the jokes with bakers twine to the tag that's attached to the plush emoji.
And that's it! Quick, simple and super cute!

Check out all the silly jokes below that will have your little punkins giggling with delight!
Halloween Handouts

Halloween Handouts

Halloween Handouts

Halloween Handouts

Halloween Handouts

Halloween Handouts

Halloween Handouts

Halloween Handouts

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a spooktastic day!