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March 2014

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What’s in Your Handbag Series: Gina from Hiya Luv

Hiya! My name is Gina and I blog at hiyaluv.com
I am a wife, fur mama to 1 pup and 2 kitties, lover of college sports, and runner. I enjoy being physically active, lead a busy life, work 3 jobs, and am always trying to improve myself. I love to learn and am always looking for ways to enrich my life through new experiences.

I am excited to be sharing my messy purse with you today and really appreciate Allison inviting me to partake in such a fun blog series! Purses are typically so private. Nobody wants to go in somebody else’s purse— even a close friend’s or family member’s so this was particularly fun to write!

First, I carry quite a large bag. I am a Thirty-One consultant on the side and have a bazillion bags. The Cindy Tote is my go-to-every day work bag and I love that it holds so much and has pockets for little things and medium sized things like my check book. As you will see when I dump out my purse, I carry a lot around with me on a daily basis.
Complete with a lobster hairclip on the strap, my swiss dot Cindy Tote is ready to GO!
 I typically have my planner, iPad, iPad charger, notebook, pens, pens, and more pens, as well as other things stuffed in this bag! It is a wonder my shoulder doesn’t fall off!

I really try hard to be organized. Sometimes I think I try too hard because I have so much with me at any given moment that is is very difficult to find what I am looking for swiftly.
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1. This pouch carries iPad or iPhone chargers, hand sanitizer, lip gloss, parking validations for the parking garage at work, hair pins, and sun tan lotion. The sun tan lotion is leftover from the summer. I should probably clean that out. hmmm.
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2. This pouch holds all my pens. I like pens and prefer to have them in many colors so I can write with whatever color strikes my fancy. I also carry highlighters with me. There are also a couple of Avon Glitterstick eyeliners in this bag as I forgot to take them out after receiving them. I tend to put things places; again thinking that I am organized, and then forget about them. 
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3. The Fold & Go Organizer has made my life so much easier. Inside, you will find a notepad that holds our weekly grocery lists, pockets full of coupons, and a zipper pouch filled with pens. I’m telling you, I really like pens apparently! Ha! I carry this with me everywhere. I never know when I am going to have some extra time to swing by the store and grab something on our grocery list. I also try to keep sale ads or other important money saving materials such as coupons in this organizer. It is all in one place and keeps me from going crazy trying to find coupons while in the middle of the check out line at the grocery.
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4. My wallet. Nothing exciting. I never carry cash. I go through it waaayyyy toooooo fast. AND I do not remember what I spend cash on. I of course have my debit card, credit cards, loyalty/reward program cards, and business cards in this wallet. It really does hold a lot and often times I feel like it is a filing cabinet because I tend to hold on to receipts. I am trying not to keep receipts as long as I have in the past. When I can, I request an email or text message receipt to eliminate so much paper. 
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5. I used to be a shop-a-holic which made this check book cover fitting. I have always liked it and thought it was cute. Ever since I married a CPA, I haven’t really been the shop-a-holic type. We are on a budget trying to pay off my student loans and credit card debt. We are hoping to be debt free in the next year or so and that would be such an accomplishment!
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6. This white envelope is pretty special! It holds my airplane ticket and trip itinerary for Paris. My grandma and I are visiting Paris for a week and we leave on FRIDAY! I am so excited!
These are probably a couple of my favorite items in my LIFE right now. 
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A. My iPad is just fantastic. I love having it with me so that I can check email, blog, surf the web, engage in conversation over various social media channels, or google something. It really is a great tool to have on you at any given moment. 
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B. Erin Condren Planner. Need I say more? I adore this planner. If anything keeps me organized, it is this beast of a planner. I keep a lot of things documented in this planner. For example, the contents of my planner could range from my full-time job work schedule, Thirty-One parties, blog posts, fitness activities, and even meals to upcoming appointments, date night ideas, and birthday reminders. The Erin Condren planner is worth every penny.
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C. As much as I love pens, I love this notebook by Cambridge Limited. The pages are all marked with a “To Do” section and I enjoy checking things off my list each day. It makes me feel productive!
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D. I always carry a hostess packet along with me wherever I go. You never know when you may run in to someone who loves Thirty-One and wants to earn FREE products! 
Just for fun, I thought I would show you inside my zipper pouch. Pens, highlighters, Avon Glittersticks eyeliner, and 2 containers of Advil. Apparently I am afraid I will get a headache and not have Advil handy. Ha! That is funny! Perhaps I should get it together! 
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Thanks for having fun with me today! I hope you enjoyed taking a little peak at my life through the contents in my purse! A little sneak peak into my purse probably revealed that I am far from as organized as I thought and that I may be even a bit scatterbrained. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my handbag which also gives you an idea of the fast-moving, busy life I lead.

I would love to see what’s in YOUR purse! What do you carry around with you every day?

Thanks so much for sharing your handbag Gina!!

allison

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{Feature Friday} #141

Happy Friday everyone!! 
I hope that your week has gone smoothly and you have some fun plans for the weekend ahead. 
It is going to be absolutely gorgeous here this weekend so we are looking forward to enjoying the nice weather outside, and hopefully wear out a certain 22 mth old in the process. 😉 
You guys sure know how to impress a girl with your great ideas. 
Here are just a few that caught my eye this week. 

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button!!
I hope you all have some gorgeous weather this weekend and that you have a great one! 
See you Monday!! 
 

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party #175

Let’s PARTY!  

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What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:
1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!
5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!

allison

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Wooden Monogram Plaque

I have a super easy project for you all today. 
My mom’s birthday was Sunday and this is what I created for her as part of her gift. 
 Again, it is SOOO super easy and doesn’t take long to create at all. 
Here is how I made it. 
Supplies:
-Wooden Plaque (I bought this and the next 2 items at Michael’s)
-Wooden Monogram
-Wooden Swirls
 -Paint in your choice of colors
-A Good Glue that bonds wood

 Start by painting the plaque and let dry. 
You can give the plaque a coat of Mod Podge if you would like to give it a finish. I chose to leave it as it. 
Paint the swirls.
Paint your monogram.
Let everything dry completely.
Once dry, glue the swirls to the plaque.
Then glue the monogram in place. 
I added a small ribbon hanger on the back so if she chose to hang it she could.
And it’s done!! 
I told you it was super easy! 
My mom really enjoyed it so I am looking forward to seeing where she decides to place it in her house. 

allison

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Floral Stenciled Pallet Art

This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts via The Blueprint Social. I received materials for this project and compensation for my time, but as always: all opinions are most definitely my own! 

 I have a fun project for you today using the new Ed Roth’s Stencil1 line and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint from Plaid Crafts. You will soon be able to find the stencils at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.
The Stencil1 stencils have large formats that are perfect for walls, floors and furniture. They are also very durable and made from reusable mylar which is very easy to clean with soap and water.  
FolkArt
Multi-Surface paints are great on any surface, including both indoor
and outdoor applications. They are even dishwasher safe! How great is that?!
 Our bedroom was the only room that didn’t have ANY sort of art on the walls. How sad is that?! 
So I asked Travis to built me a pallet from all the wood we had and I wanted it in an oval… well it turned out to be more like a football shape but that’s ok, and got to work with my new stencil. 
If you are someone that has never used a stencil before and is nervous to try it out… Don’t be!! It isn’t as scary as you think it may be! 
Here is how I created my stenciled art.
 Supplies:
– Ed Roth Stencil1 stencil (I received this Cherry Blossom stencil)
-Wood Pallet
-FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint
-Stencil brushes
-Paper Plate

To begin, place your stencil where you would like it started or placed on your surface. 
I began at the edge of the bottom left side. 
You can use painters tape to hold the stencil in place, you could spray it with repositional spray adhesive, or you can just hold it down with your hands.
Dip your stencil brush into the paint and then dab it on a paper plate to remove the excess paint so it won’t bleed under your stencil. 
Then just apply your brush onto the stencil and pounce it along the stencil. 
Continue pouncing the brush along the whole stencil.
Continue pouncing until the full stencil is covered. Remember to remove the excess paint whenever you refill your brush.
Once complete, you can just remove the stencil to reveal what you just completed.
I relined my stencil and then grabbed a smaller stencil brush to do the flowers.
You could always continue with the same color but I decided to do yellow for my flowers. 
I chose to use blue for the center of the flowers.
To continue the stencil, decide where you want the placement to be and place it over the area.
I did give my first stencil a few minutes to dry but luckily, the paint dries quickly. Also, before placing the stencil down, I did wipe the back down so any paint that was wet on the back wouldn’t transfer onto the wood.
I continued around the pallet until I had a design that I was happy with. 
I used different parts of the stencil each time depending on the placement.
Before hanging it up, I decided to add some highlights to the branches and flowers. I just did this freehand so the image wouldn’t be so flat.
I then had Travis hang it above our bed and it looks great. 
I’m thrilled with how it came out and so happy that we now actually have some art up on our walls. 
You can find the whole line of Ed Roth’s Stencil1 at Plaid Crafts Online.
And for more inspiration from Plaid Crafts, connect with them via their social media channels:

The Plaid Palette Blog ~ Pinterest ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ YouTube

allison

If you would like some other fun ideas on how to use the Stencil1 line, check out the links below.
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Free Spring Printables

I am so thrilled Spring is finally here! 
I can’t wait for it to actually show itself here in CO but unfortunately that won’t be until another month or so. 
But to encourage the warmer weather to stick around and those pretty flowers and trees to bloom, I created some printable for all of you. 
I created these as 8x10s but you should be able to print them smaller if you would like. 
Not positive how clear they will be if you make them larger. 
You can choose your print to download below.


allison

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{Feature Friday} #140

After 2 weeks of being gone for work, Travis finally came home last night and I am thrilled!!! 
Even though we had a relatively decent time, Miss P was starting to get really frustrated when I would try to go wake Miss S up in the morning and I think it was because she was missing the extra attention from her daddy. She is SUCH a daddy’s girl! 
And I have been sick twice since he has been gone so I am definitely looking forward to being able to relax a little and hopefully finally get rid of this cold that is now lingering. 
ANYWAYS… you don’t want to hear about that do you? 
You want to see some great features from this week’s Catch a Glimpse party don’t you?! 
Well, here ya go! 
 

 
Thanks for linking up to this week’s party everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!! 
Happy SPRING!! 🙂  

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party # 174

Let’s PARTY!  

 Catch a Glimpse Button
What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:
1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!
5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!

allison

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What’s in Your Handbag Series- Rachel from Holy Craft

Rachel from Holy Craft is here today to share her handbag with all of you. 
Take it away Rachel! 
Hello Glimpse Inside readers!  My name is Rachel and you can find me over at Holy Craft, a home and family blog, written by me, a stay at home mom of three in the Seattle area.  
I love to share my tips and tricks for living well on less and creating and crafting on a budget.
Speaking of budgets, 
check out my spring purse.
I picked up this bad boy for $1 at a garage sale two years ago.
I have gotten so many compliments on it!
I think it was well worth the dollar.

You caught me just a few weeks after I switched my purses,
so lucky for me I’m not super embarrassed about the nastiness I would be sharing with you inside my purse.
Give me a few weeks and I will have far more trash, wrappers and unused coupons.

O.k. are you ready to take a peek inside?

1. I like to stash various store coupons inside my purse because I never know when I will find myself out at the mall or in the area of a store that I have a coupon for.
There is nothing worse {for me} than knowing that I have a coupon but not having it on me.
Grrrr…I hate that!
2. business card holder
{you never know when you will need them!}

3. I was on jury duty last week.  I had my favorite {o.k. one of my favorite} candy with me, cinnamon fire jolly ranchers.  I could suck on them and not make that same noisy smack that gum makes.
4. More coupons…these are Auntie Anne’s book coupons.  I love these!  My kids read a lot and what better incentive for a trip to the mall than a pretzel.
5. Sermon notes
6. bobby pins, not because I pack them because I need them, but because I stash them after I put them in my hair and they fall out driving me nuts after about 20 minutes. It happens every time.
7. my red bag with pens, lipstick and other goodies
{see middle picture below}
I even have a smaller wallet inside my red bag.
I was wondering where that one was.  It’s my travel wallet and I used it on a recent trip to Maui with my girlfriends.  Looks like it never made it’s way out of my purse.
8. my wallet
{see bottom right picture below}
I have far too many loyalty cards! I’m obviously not very loyal!
I bought this wallet at a garage sale for a dollar and am ready to replace it.
It’s just not working for me
9. swatches from my master bedroom re-do.
The dark swatch is from a couch we just purchased {for $25!!!} and the light swatch is from the headboard.
It’s a downward spiral when you decide to go from a queen bed to a king bed.
Everything needs replaced!
Here’s a closer look at my business cards, red wallet and my regular wallet.

 

There you have it!
A little glimpse inside my handbag.

Grab a cup of coffee {it’s what we do in Seattle} and head on over to my blog for a visit.

I would love to have you!

You can also find me on pinterest, instagram, facebook, and twitter.

Thanks for having me Allison!

Thanks so much for sharing your handbag Rachel!!

allison

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Ice Cream Cone Party Decor Tutorial

My friend Amber over at Crazy Little Projects is having a big ole birthday bash for her birthday and her blog’s birthday this week. She is sharing ideas and having some big giveaways.
I am helping her celebrate by sharing a party decor idea and a round up of ice cream parties ideas. 
I am already starting to think about Miss P’s 2nd birthday. AHHHH! How crazy is that?! 
I thought that since her birthday is at the end of May that an ice cream themed birthday party would be a fun idea. 
I came up with this idea that could be used for either centerpieces or just scattered around the party on the food table, etc. 
Here is how I created it:
Supplies:
-Styrofoam Balls
-A small pot
-Smooth and Finish
-Paint
-Styrofoam tools (optional)
-Beads

Begin by cutting the bottom off of one of the balls. 
If you have the Styrofoam tools kit, there is a knife just for this purpose but you can also use an exacto knife.
I just cut it straight across so it sat flat.
I then slightly hollowed out the inside of the bottom of the ball so it would fit nicely on top of the other ball. 
I used the other two styrofoam tools for this job but you can again just use your exacto knife. 
I dry fit the balls together until I liked how the top ball sat on the bottom making any adjustments needed.
Time to pull out the Smooth Finish.
This is pretty much just like wall spackle that you use on styrofoam to make it smooth or in our case, add some texture. 
I used a plastic knife that I had to spread the Smooth Finish on the ball.
I didn’t bother making it smooth because I wanted it to look like an ice cream scoop.
No need to cover the entire ball, the bottom will be hiden inside the pot.
I also added a little more toward the bottom of the ball where it would sit on the pot to make it look like the ice cream was pushed into the cone.
I then covered the second ball and set both of them aside to dry.
Depending on how thick you put the Smooth Finish on the ball, will depend on how quickly it will dry.
I let mine dry overnight to make sure it was completely dry.
While the Smooth Finish was drying, I painted my pot brown.
I pounced the paint on it to add a slight texture like a cone.
Once the balls were dry, I glued the top ball onto the bottom ball. 
I then took the Smooth Finish and filled in the gap between the balls. Again, making it larger in some areas to make it look like a scoop of ice cream pushed onto the top of another scoop.
Let dry.
Once the finish was dry, I painted the bottom ball a mint green.
I then added some brown dots to make it look like chocolate chips for Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.
I then used a few different shades of pink and mixed them to make the top scoop look like Strawberry ice cream.
I pulled out some beads I had and found some of the long ones and glued them on top to make it look like sprinkles.
Once the sprinkles are dry, the ice cream is done! 
You could always add a cherry if you like or any other topping you would like. 
Granted I only made one for this shot, but I think it would be super cute to have a grouping of cones together as decor. You can do one scoop cones, three scoop, whatever!! 
Just have fun! 🙂 
Here are a few ideas that I thought would  be super cute for an ice cream party. 
5.) Ice Cream Cone Cake Balls… I found this on Pinterest but the link to this seems to be broken.
Be sure to stop by Amber’s blog, Crazy Little Projects, to enter her daily giveaways and to see fabulous party ideas from other bloggers.
Happy Birthday Amber!

allison