4456ab62684ae17244d576b2248ea70ce95c1b08c858edf677 Not Just A Mommy
DEAR READERS AND NEW VISITORS....MY BLOG IS HAVING A FEW TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES,THE CIRCLE WITH THE DASH WHERE A PHOTO SHOULD BE. I AM SLOWLY GOING BACK RELOADING THEM!

9.30.2014

Tuesday Tutorial - Fall Button Sign

Whew!  I am back from our amazing vacation to Panama City, Panama.  If you would like to see some of our adventures, head to over to Instagram. I ate a whole fish, went to the Panama Canal and put my boys through culture shock.

But now it's back to business and the business is fall and Halloween.  We are hosting a Wine & Cheese Party Saturday so stay tuned for my inspiration board for Fiesta Friday. I'm part of Design Dazzle's Halloween Bash Blog Hop, going live next week, which means a week of awesome crafts, recipes and freebies.  I've whipped up something super cute and I can't wait to share.

I've got several Halloween challenges and projects coming up, lots of great roundups and all sorts of funsies, plus a giveaway or two.  Need your Halloween fix now?  I would suggest following my Halloween and Fall Y'all Pinterest boards...lots of fabulous ideas from zombie Barbie dolls to Thanksgiving ideas.

Fall button sign tutorial

To get the party started, head over to Moms & Munchkins and learn how to make my easy and fun Fall Button Sign that is perfect for your counter or fall mantel.




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9.22.2014

If You Like Piña Coladas...

photo courtesy of National Geographic 
So...the blog is on hiatus because I'm on vacation...and not pulled together enough to have a bunch of posts all lined up or have guest bloggers and all that, so you, dear readers wouldn't even know I was gone.  I admire people who can do that.  Me, not so much.  I'm busy buying cute clothes, packing them, turning vacation email on, grabbing the passports.  

This gorgeous photo is a clue where I'm at...follow me on Instagram to see where I'm at.

When I'm back and  running sometime late next week and it will be Halloween, Halloween, Halloween...plus my Wine & Cheese Party inspiration board! 



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9.19.2014

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Simple Woodland-Themed Brunch For Fall

Simple Woodland-Themed Brunch for Fall

I think fall is my favorite season...between corn mazes, pumpkin picking, Halloween AND Thanksgiving, it's my busiest time of year. So with that in mind, don't be overwhelmed and miss easy ways to entertain. If nailing people down for Friday and Saturday nights is a scheduling beast, no one can say no to a Sunday morning fall brunch!  And seriously, brunch is so easy to do.


Now if you want to get all fancy with frittatas and bacon and such, check out my Toast In The New Year brunch. If the most work you want to do is fighting crowds at Costco, then this post is for you.

9.18.2014

Fall Themed Treat Bags For Whisker Graphics


It's official...I went from guest posting (remember my modern graduation post) to part of the Whisker Graphics' Design Team! I've been a big fan of them for years (my recent back to school place cards) and I'm excited to be creating fun party and craft ideas featuring their fun products. 

I'm thrilled to be share my first project, easy fall themed treat bags.  They are a fun way to package up your homemade (or storebought goodies, like me) for your harvest themed events!  How fun would a basket full be on your fall party table?


What you'll need:

Middy Bitty Bags in orange honeycomb and red chevron
Solid green and brown Divine Twine
wood grain paper straws (you can get them from Amazon).

Simply fill your bag with treats, insert the straw and tie bag closed with twine and tag!


9.17.2014

Makers + Shakers: Meet Semi Sweet Designs


Last year, over on Seattle Mama, I started a  series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality. It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'.

So, for the next 8 Wednesdays, I bring you the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.  If you know who they are, woo hoo, you are so hot and trendy.  If not, then look at that, you learned something new today.


We are meeting the guy behind the cookies of Semi Sweet Designs,  fellow Seattleite Michael Tamplin.  You shouldn't even call them cookies...but more like edible works of art.  Sadly, he doesn't sell any of his creations; they are made for the love of baking and decorating.

But with his amazing designs featured everywhere from Huffington Post to Parade Magazine, he may have to quit his day job and make some serious cha-ching baking.  Read on as I pick his fantastically creative brains and share a few of my favorite projects of his...


Please tell our readers a little bit about who Mike is. 
MT - Hi! I'm Mike, the blogger behind the cookies at Semi Sweet Designs. I love coming up with unique cookie designs in my spare time and document the process, as well as share tips and tricks, on my blog. I've been a cookie hobbyist and enthusiast for about 2.5 years now.


9.16.2014

Tuesday Tip - National Play-Doh Day

Disclaimer – I was contacted by a PR agency and provided product and information to share and no compensation was given, real or implied. Others may have a different opinion or experience with Hasbro and Play-Doh products.

Today is National Play-Doh Day! Hasbro Inc. and the Play-doh brand are getting into the back-to-school spirit by sculpting schools and students made famous in pop culture!

#PlayDohDay back to school creations; Clueless

Cher’s iconic plaid back-to-school suit from Clueless.

#PlayDohDay back to school creations; Mean Girls

 The Plastics' infamous Burn Book from Mean Girls. 

9.15.2014

10 Ways To Style A Bar Cart


I love using my bar cart for entertaining; it's from Target and sadly, no longer available.  Did you catch it recently for my Bloody Mary Bar?

Speaking of which,  I've been on a bit of a alcoholic beverage kick lately.  I'm hosting a girls' night out Wine and Cheese Party in a few weeks so I've been collecting a lot of ideas for inspiration, and you know my cart will be making an appearance.

I've been coming across so many great bar cart ideas, so I'm sharing a few today...here are 10 fabulous ways to style a bar cart and other alternatives at your next party.


Perfect for holding sweets, and dressed up with fringe with Rue Daily.


It is the perfect way to host a confetti party with Confetti Sunshine.


I used mine for a confetti bar for a charity event.


Yes, you can talk your beau into having some cuteness at his party; check out this birthday bar cart from Bright & Bold for her husband's birthday.


I love how Shine Your Light repurposed a changing table into a versatile piece for all types of parties.


So you don't have a bar cart? That's ok...make a chalkboard bar with The Every Girl.


A side table makes a fabulous set up with Ruffled.


Hide all the books and use your bookshelf as a bar; via HGTV.


I love how this bar featured on Decor8 utilized wall space for their libations.


Ahhh....to have this fabulous piece in my yard....what an amazing conversation piece; via flower.




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9.12.2014

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - How To Create A Bloody Mary Bar

The DIY bar trend isn't going away any time soon, but it becomes so much fun as a real bar...as in on a bar cart.  I'm always a big fan of anything that engages my guests and a beverage bar is one of my favorite ideas.

When Abigail of Paper & Cake reached out for a collaboration, I was more than game.  I've been a big fan of her printable partyware for years and I've always wondered what they would look like with an adult twist.

Paper & Cake Fire Truck Birthday party kit


How to create a Bloody Mary Bar

If aren't in the mood for printing and cutting out printables, her Party Kits are right up your alley.  It is a party in a box and everything you need for a great...wait for it...party! I used her Fire Truck Birthday Party kit for an adult soiree, a Bloody Mary Bar! Hot and spicy was the perfect way to go with this kit. I loved how everything was all the pieces were ready to play with,  plus they don't feel 'kiddish' like other sets can.

9.11.2014

A Moment Of Silence

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9.10.2014

Makers + Shakers: Meet Lia Griffith

Makers + Shakers 8 Creatives You Should Know Design Eat Repeat

Last year, over on Seattle Mama, I started a series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality. It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'.

So, for the next 8 Wednesdays, I bring you the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.  If you know who they are, woo hoo, you are so hot and trendy.  If not, then look at that, you learned something new today.

Today we are meeting the face of Lia Griffith. Whether you are looking for decorating ideas, a DIY paper flower, or a gift wrap idea, she is the first place to start.  I live for her crafty tutorials, printables and creative inspirations.  When I first spied her fantastical paper couture gowns in a magazine, many moons ago, I was hooked.

Read on as I pick her amazingly creative brain and share a few of my favorite projects of hers...


Please tell our readers a little bit about who Lia is.
LG - My creative background is graphic design which has been the base of my career most of my life. I grew up in a very creative family so making art and creatively problem solving was our lifestyle. My theme of "handcraft your life" which is my blog tagline, is exactly what I do.

On a more personal note, I am a mom of a lovely 20 year old who you will often see modeling in my photos. I am also the adopted "mom" of my 3 year old Italian Doxi, Enzo who you will also see in some of my home tour photos. I am the last of 4 girls in my creative family and my sisters are my best friends which makes me feel oh so lucky!


You were the creative director for Elli.com,  and left to start your own media company. That takes serious guts...what inspired you take this leap of faith? 
LG - With the success of the Elli blog I knew I had finally found my niche. Sadly I was laid off from Elli, which at that time was devastating, but in the end gave me the push I needed to start my own blog and media company where I could be even more authentic and share beyond just paper crafting. When one door closes...