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June 2014

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Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar

This dessert is the perfect summer treat!! 
It would be great for any 4th of July get together since you can make these for each individual or you can even place them in small, clear, plastic cups for a large gathering.
They are so easy to make as well! 

Ingredients:
-Angel Food Cake- store bought or homemade
-Strawberries
-Cool Whip or whipped topping
 To Make:
-Either bake or buy an Angel Food Cake.
-Cut the food cake into small pieces along with the strawberries.
-In a mason jar, layer some angel food cake pieces, strawberries, and Cool Whip. Make 2 layers of each.
Serve immediately or keep chilled until ready to serve.

Throw some blueberries in there to make it Red, White, and Blue for the Patriotic Holiday! 

ENJOY!!

allison

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The Handmade Hangout Party #2

Welcome to the second Handmade Hangout party!
If you missed it earlier, check out the Fabulous Features from last’s week party to check out the great ideas that were featured. 
 So happy that you all joined us for our first party last week and I hope you will have just as much fun with us this week as well! 
We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!

 

2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!! 

So let’s get this party started shall we?!
Link up your projects below!

allison

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{Fabulous Features} #1

Last week was the first Handmade Hangout Party and tons of fabulous ideas were linked up.
I hope you will join us for our 2nd party later this afternoon. 
I always love browsing all the awesome ideas and I picked 10 that caught my eye to show off today.

Thanks so much for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button if you’d like! 🙂
See you later this evening!

allison

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What’s in Your Handbag Series: Ashley from My Craftily Ever After

Ashley from My Craftily Ever After is here today showing off her handbag. 
Take a peek inside! 
 
Hi, my name is Ashley and I blog over at My Craftily Ever After. I share a mix of things, but mostly recipes, crafts and home improvement projects. I am a stay at home mom to three little ones so everything I do has to fit into that schedule! I’d love it if you’d come over and follow along as I create my own fairy tale ending!
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When I first heard about Allison’s What’s in your Bag series I loved it! I love getting a glimpse inside other bloggers lives and there is no better way to learn something about someone than a quick glance in their purse! 
 I am a recent purse wearer. After 8+ years of hauling around kids and diaper bags I finally decided to take back my shoulder and start carrying something for myself! So, when my sister came to visit and she was carrying this amazing coral bag I knew that I needed it. Luckily she is pretty awesome and so she just let me have it, aren’t sisters the best! 🙂

my purse

Inside I am embarrassed to say was quite a mess! However, the lack of things I carry in a purse I think really speaks to the fact that I didn’t carry one for so many years! The only thing I noticed that was missing was my little notebook. I carry some sort of notebook with me all the time (I have one on my nightstand, one in my car and usually one in my purse) because my memory has gotten so bad as I’ve gotten older AND had more kids! 
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  1. Chapstick: I keep two different chapsticks in my purse always. One is for me to use (this one from Modern Masters is AMAZING) and one is for my girls to use. If they see my applying “lipstick” they will beg for some unrelentingly!
  2. Pens: These are necessary for writing down all the thoughts I have that I can’t forget.
  3. Keys: I am a minimalist when it comes to what I will put on my key ring. These are my daily keys and it is simply a front door key, a back door key and a car key. I made the key chain myself from one of my favorite wedding photos. When I worked I kept a separate key chain for each job! I hate bulky keys!
  4. Receipts: I keep all my receipts for tax purposes so they float around my purse until I finally move them into my file folder. This doesn’t happen as often as it should and if I were to someday get an accountant to do my taxes I am sure they would shake their head at me.
  5. Gum: because bad breath stinks.
  6. Toy: This toy is both the bane of my existence and a godsend. Both my girls LOVE it, which means it will take them from tantrum to docile in about 10 seconds, but it can also make them both crazy if they don’t share. I should really go get another from the dollar store, but I am lazy.
  7. Trash: This is an old Les Scwab popcorn bag and some candy wrappers from a couple of weeks ago when I woke up with a flat tire and took two little girls to get a new tire with me. This is also evidence of my laziness.
  8. Wallet: I love this wallet an absurd amount. It is a clearance Target find and it’s been my steady for over a year now. Normally I fall in and out of love with a wallet pretty quickly, but this one has had serious staying power!
my wallet
  1.  Health Insurance Cards: because with three kids you are always taking someone to the Dr. for something!
  2. Pockets for Gift Cards: if I couldn’t see them how could I spend them!
  3. Debit Cards and ID: Why I have so many debit cards is a long story…but at least they aren’t credit cards! We don’t have any of those! I also keep my business cards tucked behind these so they are always readily accessible.
  4. Coffee Punch Cards: I am fueled almost exclusively by caffeine!
  5. More Receipts: they are EVERYWHERE!!

Thanks so much for sharing Ashley!! 

allison

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Yarn Ice Cream Cones

Even though her birthday was a month ago, I still have some fun party decoration ideas to share from Miss P’s birthday party. 
Here is another ice cream cone idea. 
 They are so easy! Again, I have definitely been all about the easy, fast projects lately, and they were a fun addition to the party! 
Here is how to make them.
Supplies:
– Ice Cream Cones
-Yarn in your color choices
-2 1/2 in. Styrofoam balls
-Small Wooden Balls/Beads
-Red Acrylic Paint
-Green Floral Wire
-Low Temp Hot Glue Gun

 Begin by painting the balls/beads red and let dry.
For the ice cream, start by placing a dab of glue on the Styrofoam ball and place the end of the yarn on the glue.
Wrap the ball with the yarn working your way around the ball changing directions to make sure the full ball was covered.
Continue wrapping the ball until the whole ball is covered and you can’t see any more of the white coming through.
Once dry, glue the “cherry” on top of the ice cream.
Then, place hot glue all along the inside rim of the cone to hold the ball. 
Place ice cream ball inside the cone and gently press down to make sure it sticks to the glue.
Take the green floral wire and cut off small pieces using wire cutters.
Then glue the stem to the cherry.
I made 2 single scoop cones in different colors of the party.
I strung the 6 cones together by threading a piece of white yarn through the yarn of the ice cream to make a garland to hang on the shutters. 
I also made 6 double scoop ice cream cones as well. 
And scattered those on the tables around the party.
I love how they came out and Miss P kept going up to them and making noises like she was eating them and saying Yum! lol 
Glad she enjoyed them too!!

allison

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Patriotic Star Wreath

Happy Monday!! 
I have a super simple Patriotic wreath for you all today!
 I actually shared this tutorial on Play. Party. Pin. a few weeks ago and wanted to share it here for all of you as well.
Here is how I made it.
It is so easy and fast! 
Supplies:
 -12 in wreath form (or whatever size you would like)
-Ribbon
– Star Garland (I used 3)
-Glue gun

To start, hot glue the ribbon to the wreath form and begin to wrap the ribbon. Slightly overlap the ribbon and pull tight as you go.
Continue to wrap your wreath until it is completely covered. Just hot glue the end down.
Time to start the garland.
Since the garland has wire in it, just take the end of the wire and wrap it tightly around the garland wire. 
Wrap the garland around the wreath form trying not to overlap any of the stars.
Once complete, you can fluff the stars and move the wire to any areas the look a little sparse.
I then just tied a small ribbon around a few of the wire pieces on the back side for hanging. 
And that’s it!! 
You could always use white ribbon to wrap the form, it may make the stars pop more.
You could also embellish the wreath a little more if you’d like as well. Totally up to you! 

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #1

Hello everyone! 
Welcome to the first ever Handmade Hangout Party!!
I am thrilled you are here partying with all of us! 
If you’ve partied with me at my Catch a Glimpse Party, I hope you will continue to party with me at this party. 
Your ideas will not only be seen on my blog but 4 other blogs as well so your link will be seen by many more people! 🙂
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I have joined up with four other amazing bloggers and we will are very happy to be hosting a new and exciting party! You probably know all of us, but let’s take a second to introduce everyone!

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The Handmade Hangout will start every Thursday at 6pm EST. It will run until midnight on Sunday, so you have all weekend to link up your favorite crafts, projects, recipes, and stories.

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!! 

So let’s get this party started shall we?!
Link up your projects below! 

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party… Cha-Cha-Cha Changes!!!

Hi everyone! 
I bet you are here looking to link up your ideas right?! 
Well….
 There are big changes happening here with my Catch a Glimpse Party. 
Good, FUN, Changes!! 
Before I get into all the details, I want to thank every one of you that come and link up your fabulous ideas with me each week. You are totally the best and I love browsing the ideas. 
Want to know what the changes are?! 
Of course you do! 🙂

 I have teamed up with 4 other blogging friends for one large Group Party! 🙂 
So my Catch a Glimpse Party with now be known as the Handmade Hangout Party
The party will start Thursday nights at 6 pm EST and run through Sunday night. 
You can still come link up at my blog but your idea will then be seen on all of our blogs. So good news for you- You get more exposure with no extra work! WOOT! 
Plus, each of us will be doing our own feature posts so you have a greater chance at being featured as well! 
SO, I totally hope you will continue to party with me and meet some new friends in the process!! 
Come back tomorrow evening at 6 pm EST/ 4 pm MST to link up your fabulous ideas!! 
If you don’t know the other hostesses, stop by their blogs and say hi! 
See you tomorrow night!

allison

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What’s in Your Handbag Series- Karly from Paisley Roots

Welcome Karly from Paisley Roots! 
She is sharing the contents of her handbag with you all today. 

Hey! I’m Karly from Paisley Roots and I’m here to show what I keep in my handbag.

I’ll start with my bag. It’s a Jo Totes Gracie that I won competing on Project Run and Play.
It’s a camera bag but it is soooo big!

I have 3 dividers at the bottom, as well as 2 inside zippered pockets on each side.
Then it has two pockets and a zipper pocket on the front and one open pocket with another small zip pocket inside that on the back.
TONS of space!

So down to the nitty gritty.
First up is my cameras.
I have my Nikon D3100 (not pictured cause I’m using it to take the pictures), my extra lense and battery charger. I also have my smaller Nikon CoolPix.

My Dayplanner, notepad, sketchpad, checkbook and phone holder that I don’t have a phone for. I have Hansons autographs as well as Alex Boye’s autograph on it.
Can’t leave out a writing utensil. Although, I think someone has found my stash cause I’m down to 1 pen….

And now that leaves us with personal.
I’ve got the sunscreen and Benadryl Gel, hair clamp, chapstick, makeup bag.
Then for Jude I have some diapers and wetwipes.

So that is what I keep in my handbag!
Thanks for having me Allison!

Thanks so much for sharing Karly! 
Love your bag! 🙂 

allison

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Giant Lantern Ice Cream Cone Decorations

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While searching for party decoration ideas for Miss P’s party I ran across these on Pinterest and had to hunt down the full idea. Finally found them on Pottery Barn Kids and kept the idea in my head but wasn’t sure if I would use it.

Once I fully had the theme pinned down, I decided these would be super cute to create and rather fast to make as well. 
I love how they turned out and they were so fun for the party!
Here is how you can make some for yourself.

Supplies:
Scrapbook paper– I bought Wood grain paper from Michaels
Paper Lanterns– Bought a pack of Martha Stewart ones at Michaels as well
-Dried Beans
-Shredded paper strips
-Small vases or glasses
-Hot glue gun
To start, preroll your paper into a cone shape.
Don’t roll it too tight because you will need it wider at the top to support the lantern, especially if you use the large lanterns.
Unroll the paper and then place double sided tape along one edge.
 Then reroll your paper into the cone and press the tape down. 
You will have to close off the bottom of the cone because a small hole will be left so just be sure there is tape there and squeeze closed.
Cut off the top of the cone so it is even along the top.
Next, take some of the shredded paper and place it into the bottom of the glass or vase. 
I bought this vase at The Dollar Tree and then used a few vases and glasses I had already.
Place the paper cone inside the vase and fill with dried beans. 
You don’t need TOO many just enough to make the cone heavy so it won’t tip over.
Now you will want to glue the shredded paper along the top of the cone to make it look like the ice cream smashed on the cone.
Add a little and then you can go back and add more if you want it fuller. 
Place glue along the inside rim of the cone and place the lantern on top.
Shot of the full cone. 
Lastly, glue a cherry on top! 
The cherry is a wooden bead painted red with green floral wire glued on it for the stem.
And that’s it!! 
I scattered them around the party
Placed a few on the mantle, one of the beverage station, and then more on the food table. 
I LOVE them!! 
Here are more party ideas: 

https://www.aglimpseinsideblog.com/2014/06/ice-cream-birthday-party-decorations.html

allison