Friday, March 29, 2013

Getting Ready for Easter!

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I think this is the FIRST year we've actually taken the time to color & dye Easter eggs with the kids.  We've done other projects with them over the years, of course, but this was a completely new experience for us as a family!

The kids loved doing it & it's definitely a tradition we'll continue.
Hopefully our eggs next year will be more Pinterest-ish. 

We are very much looking forward to a family, food & chocolate filled weekend!
Have a very Happy Easter, friends!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Purple Dinosaur Smoothie Recipe

Here's an easy & delicious smoothie recipe you and/or your kids are bound to love!
Best part.... you don't even need a dinosaur!  
sorry, had to say it... the kids get a kick out of that!

Psssst! I also added ONE more 200x300 ad space to my sidebar...
the first person to use promo code EASTER will get it for 50% off

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Classy Not Trashy

For whatever reason, I'm becoming more & more aware of the ugliness of the internet.
Duh, right?

I guess I've been comfortable in my family-friendly blog bubble that I have been pretty oblivious to what really goes on out there.  Thankfully, my kids are too young to be using social media... how do parents of teenagers sleep at night?

The language and photos being posted online by teenagers & young adults is ridiculous.  Young girls showing way too much... if you know what I mean.  Beach day bikini pics are one thing.... these pouty-lipped, duckface, cleavage-baring, provocative shots are quite another!

I don't mean to come off as a prude.  There's nothing wrong with showing a little skin... heck, if I was 10 years younger and a few pounds lighter, I'd love to rock a cute mini skirt.  But these young women need to respect themselves first & foremost, if they want to be respected by others!

I'm all for self-expression.  My own daughter is only 5, and already has a style all her own... That should be celebrated... but I will be sure to teach her it's okay to be modest too.  You can be all covered up & feel just as pretty or sexy as the one who is leaving very little to the imagination.

In all honesty, it makes me sad. Sad that these girls feel like they have to be ''that'' way to get attention.  Ladies, THAT is not the attention you want!  Am I right!?
You ARE beautiful no matter what... YOU have to believe that before anyone will too!

Sorry for today's little rant, it was a full moon last night and I think I'm still in a mood.
Don't even get me started on the language young people are using nowadays.
Man... I must be getting old if I'm using terms like "young people nowadays..."
Have you visited the Facebook or twitter page of a teenager recently? Ouch.

Dress: Modcloth // Boots: Sears

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Coloring, Cool Leggings & Little Critters

This is my Ruby and a little glimpse into what makes her... her.
In a nutshell:
Messy hair, cool clothes (she puts most of her outfits together herself) with a mad passion for coloring and her brand new hamster, Cutie.

She loves to color so much her hands are stained with marker & ink all.the.time.
Our fridge is full of her masterpieces and she has at least half a dozen coloring books on the go!

She's our little artist & free spirit!  A total diva!
She brightens our day & is so full of life... she's one of a kind, that one.

Ruby's outfit:
Old Navy long sleeve tee (old)
Leggings: TheMeasure 
Little Miss socks

Linking up with Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles for her new Trendy Little linkup!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Essie Polish Giveaway

Sooooo... I have a little obsession with nail polish.  And I aboslutely LOVE Essie polish!
2 of my faves of the bunch are Essie's Bikini So Teeny  & Over the Edge... I wear those 2 shades all the time!

That's why I was so pumped when I got word that Courtney was putting together this giveaway... I wanted in! 


Today is a very special Mani-Monday! Some of my very favorite ladies in blogging have joined together to give one very lucky reader a complete Essie Nail Wardrobe featuring 13 gorgeous colors, a base and topcoat and the millionails nail treatment ($135 Value)!  This is one giveaway you don't want to miss out on, so max out your entries!  For a close-up of the gorgeous colors with their swatches and details on the other products being given away, you can visit our Essie Giveaway board on Pinterest.

Good luck & share on!!

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sassy Sox

 Anyone else feel a little sassy when they wear over-the-knee socks?
They feel like the perfect blend of naughty & nice, no?

Extra points to anyone who knows what movie Ruby is watching! Ha!

And can I tell you how much I love my new Cents of Style earrings?  Ruby calls them my pineapple earrings... so sweet!  They come in turquoise & gray too... hurry on over & grab a pair here!  Use code 0512 for 10% off + free shipping in the US.  I adore that shop... they have everything from shoes to scarves, bracelets & more!

Linking up with Plane Pretty for Sunday Style
and with The Foley Fam for Sunday Funday 

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spray Painted Space Art

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Hello, my name is Joanna Marie, a 22 year old artist/crafter in the beginning stages of blogging and selling on Etsy. As a current sponsor, I've been invited to guest post on Lena B's blog, so I'd like to share a tutorial on how to create spray painted space art!

I have done about 10 of these paintings myself, and they are very fun and easy!
BE WARNED: you WILL get some paint on your fingers!
Unless you wore gloves, but of course, I didn't think of that beforehand. 

Supplies Needed:
1. Glossy Poster Paper 2. Spray Paint (two colors each for the planets, as well as black, blue and white.) 3. Packaging Tape 4. Stiff Poster board, larger than the poster paper 5. Magazine pages 6. Tin Stovetop Covers or plastic tub lids 7. Paintbrush or wooden stick of some sort 8. GLOVES! 

You can either watch a video tutorial I made

Or continue below and find photos and text explaining the process.


The first step, of course, is to get some shiny poster paper and mark out the size you want your finished painting to be. I did 12"x16" because it fits well on this paper and is a nice, standard size.  


 I ended up with about 4 extra inches on either end, so I'm cutting it down to about 1 inch. You may need to do the same. Now, take your packaging tape and secure the poster paper to the board, following the lines you made for the edge of your picture. This way, there is a nice, clean edge when you take the tape off at the end.    


Here are the supplies as I'm about to use them. I am using a bridal magazine because I have 2 or 3 laying around, and I never read the pages about dishes and home decor. :-D There are 4 lids here, 2 large and 2 small, because it's nice to have different sized planets, and these sizes fit well. Usually I use tin stove covers, but I could not find mine, so I had to use ice cream and butter tub lids.  


My array of spray paints.

First, you need to lay down your base planet colors. Paint a large circle where you want your large planet to go, making sure to lay the paint on thick, since you want the colors bright!


Here are my two planet base colors, red and pale blue. Let your base colors sit for 3-5 minutes to dry a bit before continuing with the planet colors. This will ensure that they are vivid and eye-catching when finished!


 Now, you are going to paint a second color on top of the base, for the red planet, I chose black. 

 Lastly, you will spray white on top of the second color. 

Now, after spraying the white on, crumple a magazine page, then uncrumple it. Lay the page on top of the wet paint, and run your fingers lightly over it.


Tear the paper off, and you are left with a nice texture for the planet!  


Spray some black on the side of the planet for shading. 


Place the lid/tin cover on top of the planet. 


Now, repeat the same process for the second planet. Spray on second color, in my case, dark blue.

White on top of the second color. 


Crumple a magazine page, lay it (uncrumpled) on top of the wet paint and run your fingers lightly over it.


Tear the page off to reveal the texture.  


Spray black around the side of the planet.

Place the lid on top!

Now, begin the sky. I've done some purple as well as a strip of yellow. Make sure to spray very thoroughly around the lids, that way you will get a very sharp planet edge. 


 Now, add some blue for the majority of the sky.


Lastly, spray on some black, wherever it seems appropriate. 

 For the stars, you will need a stick, or the end of a paintbrush.
Spray some white directly onto the end.


As quickly as you can, spatter the paint from the brush/stick onto the painting. This will create tiny white droplets resembling stars.

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You may need to repeat the spattering several times in order to achieve a good amount of stars.
 Spray Paint Space Art easy DIY 

Now, take the lids from on top of the planets, and you can see the finished painting!


And here is my finished painting!
It may take a few tries to perfect, but it is a simple project, and pretty kid-friendly! I did it with my siblings and nephew ages 6, 10 and 11, and they loved it! If you try this project, send me a pic - I'd love to see what you come up with!  


Thank you so much, Joanna, for stopping by & sharing this tutorial.  Your finished piece is amazing... My husband thinks it rocks and might even attempt to do it himself!!

Go visit Joanna's shop & blog... and say hey from Lena B!
She can also be found on Twitter & Facebook too!

Joanna is also one of the lovely sponsors rockin this month's group giveaway! Don't miss out... enter today!

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