Not a winner this time? That's ok...we are over 300 GFC followers which mean another giveaway is in the works.
And for all of my new followers who have no idea what I'm talking about, I have a "Every 100 Followers" giveaway open exclusively to my Facebook, email, Twitter and GFC peeps. Oh, and welcome to all of you to the crazy that is this blog. Thanks for sticking around!
I'm honored to receive this lovely award from Latte Mama; we all need a little recognition for everything we do, and it's hard to remember that you are not just a mommy. See how I worked that in there? So here is the fine print...
Hard Working Mommy Blogger Awards:
1. If you are awarded the "Hard-working Mommy Blogger Award" you need to pass on the love to 7 other Hard Working Mommy Bloggers.
2. Accept the award (by leaving a comment on the original award post)
3. Post about the award on your blog (include the image of the award) together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and her blog link.
4. List 7 other Mommy Bloggers that you want to pass the award along to (no backsies). Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
And although I have so many I can only choose 7. And the honors go to....
But does the thought of a bake sale overwhelm you? Think you need to be Betty Crocker, or at least Sandra Lee? To get you inspired, check out this amazing bake sale spread from Bird And Berry; please note the use of inexpensive crepe paper as a tablecloth, cowgirl cookie mix jars, and the simplicity of her treats. It's not about 'the what', but 'the package'....if it looks awesome, people will buy it. Let me tell you, if I drove by this table, I would have bought one of everything, and from the sound of her post, that's what everyone did.
It's Giveaway Scout to the rescue. They are a free giveaway search engine where users subscribe to receive updates on the latest giveaways on the web, promotions with products ranging from coupons and samples to high value jewelry and electronics! I'm always shameless promoting myself so I'm going to give them a try.
So, on to my own version of Giveaway Scout....
Don't forget my own giveaway for an $80 gift card to over +200 CSN Stores is on and rocking, and ends Friday night 11:59 p.m. PT! And did you notice I'm creeping up on 300 GFC followers? So you know that means 'Every 100 Followers Giveaway' is coming up soon...here's a hint...ABC.
AFOMFT is having a giveaway for one of the cutest ideas I've seen on the kiddie circuit...milestone stickers from Stickie Bellies for taking monthly birthday pictures!
Need some awesome party supplies? Bird Crafts is hosting a giveaway for party supplies from Hey Yo Yo! Red striped paper straws are one of the prizes, so you know I'm there!
Need some personalized gear for the kids this fall? The Bragging Mommy is hosting a giveaway for any item up to $40 from Frecklebox.
Even more yummy, a Ben & Jerry's Summer Survival prize pack that includes 10 free pint coupons over at Slice Of Heaven.
What I love about them is they're a step above other online invite companies, because users design and send cards digitally without sacrificing the traditions of classic, custom stationery. The cards have the look and texture of what you would find in a high-end stationery store, but the ease, eco-consciousness, and cost effectiveness of digital communication. They even come with coordinated envelopes!
Don't get me wrong, I love sending and receiving invites through the mail, I feel that it's a dying breed. And BTW, please don't send me emails about the environment, saving it for our kids' future, etc. Go hit up the magazine companies with 13,000 flyers that fall out every time you turn a page.
With postage and paper costs on the rise, it's a lovely option for those who choose the online route. And I do sometimes, thank you very much! I can't wait to give them a whirl; sign up and get your first 25 stamps for free!
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 cup lemonade
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for serving
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1. In a blender, puree the blueberries, lemonade, mint, confectioners’ sugar, and 3 cups ice until smooth.
2. Garnish with mint sprigs.
Make it a cocktail; add 1/2 cup vodka to the blender before pureeing.
I know, I snuck in a giveaway on a Friday, but it seemed perfect for today's ice-cream themed post! Before we get into that...every summer we have an ice-cream themed glorified playdate and it's coming up next week. We invite friends to bring their favorite toppings and we provide the rest.
To get some inspiration, I did some bippity bopping around the blogosphere and here's what I found to celebrate summer's ultimate spokesperson....
Oh, I would so be there if I received this invite from My Time, My Creations, My Stampendence.
The great Amy Atlas always inspires; check out this amazing spread she did for an Electrolux event, so many yummy details, from ice-cream cookies to brownie ice-cream pops.
Confetti pops from Country Living hide a surprise: a soft-in-the-center miniature candy bar.
An ice-cream sandwich buffet from Your Homebased Mom is fun, affordable and crosses age lines...the perfect party activity.
This pretty baby shower has personalized cups and little wooden spoons! It's those little details I heart so!
Oh, more love for this retro milkshake bar from Elizabeth Anne Design; the models built the bar themselves and sewed the backdrop from cloth shower curtains. I knew they looked familiar, I've seen them at Target!
These ice cream cupcakes from Martha won't melt and are just as fun as the real thing.
The perfect party favor, a cotton-candy ice-cream cone, complete with instructions from La*T*Da.
OK, so the following aren't technically ice-cream but hey, it's my blog and I can do what I want. Plus, they were too awesome not to share.
New York's PopBar is handcrafted gelato on a stick...and looks like pure heaven.
Celebrate Today is killing me with her Fakesicles...you know you are heading to the store to make your own.
Inspired yet? I can get you started...the over 200+ CSN Stores has an extensive collection of everything you need, from summer entertaining projects like redoing the bathroom sink to getting your hands on an ice-cream maker for homemade treats. Jason contacted me again to share with one of my fabulous readers
You can use your winnings for your own ice-cream soiree, maybe for a soft-serve machine, a cone holder, a cream whipper, or some fabulous new bowls!
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1. Visit one of the CSN stores and tell us what you need to help with your summer entertaining.
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Giveaway ends Friday, July 30 11:59 p.m. PT. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and contacted by email. If you do not have an email contact in your profile please leave in your comment. Winner has 24 hours to respond, otherwise an alternate will be chosen. Sorry, open to U.S./Canadian residents only!
A wonderful friend of mine has graciously agreed to sell a few tasty treats in her used-bookstore. I know, coffee, books and cupcakes, it's a match made in heaven. Here is what I made up for last week, jumbo cherry chip cupcakes with fancy frosting....
My plan is to alternate different treats each week; jumbos, regular sized ones, some type of brownie concoction and something else...don't know what yet.
Up for this week, thanks to the Gospels According To Hello, Cupcake! and What's New, Cupcake? I'm combining two of their bug cupcake ideas, and here is a sneak peek...
The bug template is from Hello, Cupcake!, some fire ants, a few beetles and a centipede or two will become fun cupcake toppers. They are just a combo of different sized M&Ms and chocolate candy melts.
I can't find candy covered sunflower seeds locally to make some of the other cooler critters like the scorpion, but that's ok. My party OCD will kick in and I will figure out an alternative. I'm going for a 'Bugs At A Picnic' feel. Part 2 will come from What's New, Cupcake?
To the great Tip Junkie for showcasing my Silly Socks party as a Creative Birthday Party Theme.
Next up, one of my favoritest places to find lots of party inspiration, Creative Party Place shares the love too!
Over at another premiere party site, Catch My Party, the little one's Cars party and Silly Socks were Party Of The Day!
A party rockstar who has been featured on HWTM and Amy Atlas, Bird Crafts loves it too!
Now it's time for a Crazy It Forward award, to Helen Clyde of Lady Helen. She was one of the first to jump on the felt owl train, and since I didn't have a button back then, here it is now! Helen, if you are out there, email me for the code to display the crazy proudly!
Some popcorn, M&Ms, Chex Mix, Cheez Its crackers and voila! 10 treat bags ready to roll!Love the sandwich bag toppers? I found it from amongst all the other amazing freebies at Executive Homemaker, from the makers of Tip Junkie!
Speaking of amazing freebies, check out this absolutely fabulous tutorial from The Paper Pony for a whale applique!
Doesn't it look all professional and store-bought? Once again, note to self, learn to friggin' sew already! Go take a visit, she shares great tips and graciously shares the template for you to make your own.
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
3 oranges and 3 lemons, juiced
8 oz crushed pineapple
3 bananas, cut into small pieces
garnish: mint sprigs
1. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool.
2. Transfer to an 8-inch square dish and mix with the juices from the oranges and lemons, the crushed pineapple and banana pieces.
3. Freeze 3 hours (or up to overnight). Remove from freezer about 20 minutes before serving (mixture should be slightly slushy).
4. If desired, mix with a lemon-lime soda like 7-Up and garnish with the mint sprigs.
She has so much to share, it takes several posts to contain it all...a fairy bower and a grotto, pretty food details down to the butterfly cutouts on the straws, fairy costumes, making pixie dust, whew!
A full tutorial on the super cute flower fairies! Run out and make some, it's a great rainy-day activity.
Her lovely favors include her own homemade playdough. You know I love me some homemade playdough, really love me some playdough, really really love me some playdough. Ack, how did I make this about me?
Thank you Jennie for sharing with us your party, love it all! Go check out her posts, I barely covered all the details.
Keep On Truckin' at The Pleated Poppy's party for her son's second birthday, complete with personalized trucker hats. Git 'er done!
A cute car themed baby shower at How Does She? Lovin' the straw labels, well, mostly because they are attached to paper straws.
Whimsy Celebrations' Art Party even has a Mona Lisa cutout for a photo op.
How to get to Cydney Lane is easy, via her Sesame Street themed bash at Lemiga Events; so much to see, so many details it takes two posts!It's Smurfirific! There are even how-to's for party stuff! Yes, you like the radish mushrooms? Thank you Paper Pony for the nostalgic walk down memory lane. No children, it was on before it came on Nick At Night.
Oh, the orange stand place settings? Eye-popping colors? Goggles as decor? Paper straws? I'm in love with Simply Creative Insanity's Under The Sea party.
A lovely red wagon first birthday from Magnolias, Marriage and Manhattan. I'm so lovin' the wagon cookie favors with personalized labels.
Puppies and pinwheels from This Is Me Inspired, does it get any cuter?
Another sea themed party, 'Under The Sea And Turning Three' from Pink Tea for her little munchkin, and this hard working mama even has party freebies to share.
This carnival wedding is full of yummy details!
Lions and tigers and bear, oh my! Little Miss Momma's circus baby shower.
Utterly Engaged's very cool homage to The Hangover.
Oh, how I heart this Hazardous teen party from Party Starters! The printables are available for purchase in her shop.
And super cute details in her Mickey Mouse party.
I'm squealing over this absolutely lovely bunny party and....red and pink party from Mrs. A In The Cove.
A fabulous and pretty chocolate and turquoise party from My Life My Loves, and look, more paper straws! Didn't I predict they would be hot?
Everyday Obsession's green and white bridal shower is so fresh and clean, and has all my favorite treats, from brownie pops to pretzel rods. And do you see how pretty the spoons are presented?
Boom! Boom! Pow! from Send In The Clowns.
A color combo I haven't seen in a long time, but works fabulously in this pink and blue wedding from Amorology.
Need even more inspiration? Check out Fiesta Inspirations #1, #2, #3, #4, #5.