Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What I Whipped Up Wednesday + Group Giveaway Winner!

I'm going to jump right into it this week...


Mel from Mr. Fancy Pants showed off a beautiful desk re-vamp:



Katie from Raising Oranges put together a crayon roll tutorial that I love. I know there are tons of crayon roll tutorials out there, but this one allows for 24 crayons, doesn't skip any steps with apologies, and has large easy-to-understand photos:



Heather from Made Famous By whipped up these pretty Valentine's Day cookies:



And Kim from Oh Sweet Joy made these fancy shoe clips:


To link up, you must be a follower of this blog.
You don't need to link-back, give me a shout-out, or add my button anywhere on your posts or site; but remember, the more people that know about the party- the more traffic your links get!
:)

Have fun!!

Oh, and the winner of January's Sponsor Love Group Giveaway is:
#88: Whitney, who said, "I follow the Anderson Crew!"
Look for an email from me this week to claim your prizes, sugar!


Happy Wednesday!
xo


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Monday, January 30, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight + Giveaway: Take the Cannoli

Get to know Natalie from Take the Cannoli!


1. When did you start your blog?
2007


2. What are two websites do you visit when you hop online? (Excluding social media.)
Proverbs 31 devotions & Etsy

3. Name your top three blog mentors. Why do they inspire you?
My sis-in-law Jenn. She got me started on blogging. She started one as a way for all of the family to stay connected with her babies. I started this blog to document my life with Micah and all of our adventures together for all of our family and friends out of state and who we didn't see often enough.Once the babies came along it became more of mommy blog. It is slowly transforming into something more. Molly from the story of us has really been my biggest mentor. Through her design and creativity she has helped transform my blog ascetically to what it is and will become.Her love of Jesus, fam and great style has been inspiring to say the least. Then of course Kimmie. Dear sweet Kimmie. You have opened new doors and created opportunities for me and will forever be grateful for your heart and generosity. I seriously love this girl!

4. Where do you see your blog in five years?
If blogs are still in existence and not some old cyber fad, I envision it being a place of encouragement, A foundation of something bigger to come. I would love it to help promote my love affair with handmade crafts, but also seeing it warp into a ministry of some sort.


5. If you could only have five items in your purse for the rest of your life, what would they be?
I will be honest. I was stumped with this question. I was kind of agonizing over it.HAHA! Then my husband reminded me that it asked what 5 items in your PURSE not what 5 items you can have if stranded on an island with nothing else. So with this new insight, it was easy. 1.) iPhone 2.)lipgloss 3.)Hand Sani 4.)wild berry skittles or Red Vines 5.) Notepad for journaling or making my "lists".

6. What does your blog name mean?
How did you come up with it? "Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli" is my all time favorite quote from the classic film The Godfather. I interpret that as take what's important and move on. Such as in life. It also shows me that even in a tough mafia filled world that Pastries are King! I know what I'm about to say next may seem like an oxymoron when comparing God to a movie such as this. But it really is a daily reminder to see my blog title and know that we have a God ho is so incredibly good. He showers us with blessings beyond measure. Though there will be heartaches and trials I believe God wants us to enjoy the sweet side of life.

7. What is your day-to-day life like?
Right now in this season of baby mania it is pretty much the same schedule everyday. Waking up to take care of the littles while crafting or blogging during naps and bedtime really sums it up. I love it. Though hectic most days it is still pretty simple.


8. Do you have a favorite post that you have written? What's the link? Why is it your favorite?
THIS POST. This is my fave to date because I am so honest with not only my readers but myself. It is hopeful and reminds me of how much I have overcome this past year by the Grace of God.
9. Where is your favorite place to shop for clothing?
Vintage or consignment stores ANNNND Nordstrom Rack

10. Do you know of an online shop that you would recommend to everyone?
For clothes? I'm not a big shopper of clothes online but I'm constantly drooling over the selection at ModCloth. As far as just everyday items. AMAZON baby! I literally buy everything on here. From Record Vinyls to Diapers. Craft Supplies to books. I'm a Prime member which means free shipping on practically everything including the new mattress I just purchased. Booyah!


Awww thank you, Natalie!
I love getting to know you better!


And guess what, Sugar and Dots readers?
Natalie is offering one of you her one-of-a-kind hoop art entitled, "Celebrate"!
Spend the year celebrating with this beauty displayed in your home.


To enter:
You MUST be a follower of Sugar and Dots AND Take the Cannoli via Google Friend Connect.
Leave a comment below telling me that you follow both blogs.
For additional entries:

1. Visit Natalie's shop and leave a comment below telling me your favorite item.

2. Visit her on Facebook and leave a comment below telling me that you've liked her page.

3. Follow her on Twitter and leave a comment below telling me that you follow her.
Winner will be announced Friday February 3rd.

Good luck!

xo

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sponsor Love: Group Giveaway Day! (+ a winner!)

I love my January sponsors!
This month some of my sponsors are participating in a group giveaway just for you!
One person wins everything below...an $88.00 VALUE!

Up for grabs (US residents only):


Aunie Sauce deets:




Lollipops deets:
Want 20% off of everything in her shop!
Use code: I LOVE SUGAR AND DOTS




Home Is With You deets:






To enter:
You must be a follower of this blog via GFC. Leave me a comment saying that you follow.

For additional entries:
Follow each of the wonderful ladies above however you'd like.
(There are 13 additional ways to enter!)
Please leave ONE comment per entry.
You can enter as many times as you'd like- up to 14 entries.

GOOD LUCK!!

Oh, and the winner of the Lil Noodle Bug giveaway is:
#29: Nancy, who said, "I love the Red and Gold Onesie with Felt Flower and Pearl Necklace for Your Fancy Little Girl. So cute!"
Congratulations!
Look for an email about your winnings, soon!


Happy Friday!
xo

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What I Whipped Up Wednesday DOUBLE FEATURE + Winner

Hello lovelies!

I love a double-feature post for What I Whipped Up Wednesdays!
It's so fun to go through all of the posts for two whole weeks- about 500 links of eye candy!
{swoon}



Let's get to the features!


Jamie from The Letter 4 offered you a happy printable:
The Lawrence Family whipped up some yummy peanut butter french toast:



Heidi from The Craft Monkey put together this blinged-out Valentine's Day wreath:



Emily from Crumbs and Chaos made some fancy pizza roll-ups:



Zoe from Scout's Stitches created this beautiful felt applique artwork:



Brittany from Bebe a la Mode showed off her lovely master bedroom:



Heather from Just Lovely Things gave you a modpodge manicure tutorial:

And Gabby from The...Late, Young Family put together this rad yarn headband:




Thank you to everyone who linked up!
If you were featured, be sure to grab a new featured button off of my sidebar!

Remember, to join the party, all I ask is that you are a follower of this blog.
You don't need to give me any shout-outs in your posts or party links, but it is appreciated.

Have fun!


Oh, and the winner of the Take the Cannoli bow garland is:
#12: Meagan, who said, "I follow Natalie on Twitter"
Congratulations, Meagan!


Happy Wednesday, everyone.
xo


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Monday, January 23, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight + Giveaway: Lil Noodle Bug

Get to know Courtney from Lil Noodle Bug!



1. When did you start your blog?
I first started blogging in 2007 when we found out I was prego with the lil lady to have a place for family and friends to follow our journey J Back then it was strictly a family blog and under DaveandCourtsCorner. I decided to launch LilNoodleBug Fall of 2011 when I went full force with my business!

 
2. What are two websites do you visit when you hop online? (Excluding social media.)
The top 2 most visited sites (excluding Twitter and Facebook) on my browser are Pinterest and Etsy!

 
3. Name your top three blog mentors. Why do they inspire you?
Dana – Dana Made It was the first blog I followed...years ago. I love her heart, her creative abilities, her love for what she does and the way she speaks so highly of her hubs and kids. Her blog was the reason I created Lil Noodle Bug. I was so inspired by her talent, I continue to be awe struck!

Casey Wiegand – her honesty, vulnerability and genuine personality is addictive. I can’t help but feel good after reading every post of hers.

You, Kimmie – I am so grateful to know you. You have inspired me to move forward, you have given me the push that I needed to pursue my dream and you have helped and guided me through it all. I honestly wouldn’t be here answering these questions if it weren’t for you....Thank you!

 
4. Where do you see your blog in five years?
Oh goodness – I will be almost 35 in 5 years and both my kiddos will be in school. In all honesty I just hope it brings me the same joy and happiness it provides me with now. It is my place where I write, where I vent, and where I share my joys.


5. If you could only have five items in your purse for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Oh my goodness, this is a good question!!!! Burts Bees Chapstick, My Erin Condren Life Planner (which contains pics of my hubs and kids), My license, My debit card and feminine products J

 
6. What does your blog name mean? How did you come up with it?
Lil Noodle Bug is actually my daughters nickname. I wanted something meaningful and since my kids inspire me the most I thought it was fitting to name my business after my leading lady.

 
7. What is your day-to-day life like?
Pure Craziness. I have actually written a post about it (BLOG POST HERE). I am a wife and a mother of 2 young kiddos that works full time and is pursuing my craft business. There is not enough time in the day!


8. Do you have a favorite post that you have written? What's the link? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite post is one I just posted. I was honest with myself in dealing with weight issues and I am actually doing something about it!!!! (BLOG POST HERE)

 
9. Where is your favorite place to shop for clothing?
This is a hard one for me – I love H&M, Kohl’s, Modcloth and Target...but if I had TONS of money to spend I would shop at Anthropologie and Nordstroms.

10. Do you know of an online shop that you would recommend to everyone?
I LOVE Splendor. (SHOP HERE) I have the HOPE bracelet and wear it almost everyday. I was able to get a couple of my close friends/co-workers a Christmas present and I bought everything from Splendor and they were all smitten!!! And to top it off, Laura is so Amazing and inspirational!
 
 
Awww thank you, Courtney!
I love getting to know you better!
 
 
And guess what, Sugar and Dots readers?
Courtney is offering one of you a Valentine's Day Wreath!
 

To enter:

You MUST be a follower of Sugar and Dots AND Lil Noodle Bug via Google Friend Connect.
Leave a comment below telling me that you follow both blogs.

For additional entries:

1. Visit Courtney's Shop and leave a comment below telling me your favorite item. 
Visit her on Facebook and leave a comment below telling me that you've liked her page. 
Follow her on Twitter and leave a comment below telling me that you follow her. 
Follow Courtney on Pinterest and leave a comment telling me that you do.
Follow her blog via Blog Lovin and leave a comment telling me that you follow.
 
Winner will be announced Friday January 27th.
Good luck!
xo

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What I Whipped Up Wednesday + Take The Cannoli Giveaway!

I would LOVE to tell you that I have finished the new buttons that I mentioned last week, or that I have a zillion features to shout out right now, but those things have to wait.
Today, my first born turns 8.
She is currently up past her bedtime and scarfing down pieces of pizza like it's her job.
I'll miss the days when her feet reach mine at the dinner table.
The evenings when she lightly taps my leg with her foot and smiles as she eats her meals.
She told me I could put together a quick blog post for you, so I'll be doing a massive double-feature next week.
(I know how much you all love those...*sarcasm*)
Instead of awesome links and photos from the party last week, I will be offering a lovely giveaway from one of my new favorite shops!

Natalie from Take the Cannoli has opened a shop, and I am smitten!


She is offering you ONE Felt Bow Garland!



Item Description from Nat herself:
"8 ft. of cuteness is what this is! Mustard colored felt is what makes up these bows, strung securely on jute. String along your mantle, windows or even office desk too add some flare."

How adorable is that?!
I know, I want one, too.
:)

To enter:

You MUST be a follower via Google Friend Connect of this blog.

1. Follow the Take the Cannoli blog and tell me that you follow in a comment below.
2. Visit Natalie's new shop and comment below with your favorite item.
3. Follow Natalie on Twitter and comment below telling me that you do.
4. "Like" Take the Cannoli on Facebook. Tell me that you did.
Thank you so much for linking up!
I cannot WAIT to feature you next week and announce the winner of this radtastic giveaway!
Happy Wednesday.
xo


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Friday, January 13, 2012

It's okay. Really.

Last night I got an email from a reader about my pregnancy.
I've actually gotten a LOT of emails lately.
I'm still not caught-up with December's emails.



It's overwhelming, really.
But last night's email subject was titled, "Bye Kimmie".
I opened it, intrigued by what may be written.
This lovely woman explained her personal struggles about infertility and miscarriage.
She told me that she found my blog a little over a year ago, and that she felt so comforted reading words from someone she could relate to.
She said she comments often.
She reads every new post.
She was loyal.
She was also telling me that all of that was about to change, but she didn't want to leave without saying goodbye.

I know that some of you are here solely because my stories of loss may have been relatable to you.
Or maybe my post about "never having another two year old" made you feel like you weren't alone.
And like this particular reader, I know that you may cringe every time I mention this new pregnancy.
We never thought we could have more children.
I don't expect you to be excited for me.
I am not asking for compassion, understanding, support, or anything else.
I have been there- I have burst into tears at the mere sight of a pregnant woman.
I have thought mean things when I saw a glowing expectant woman.
I understand.
If you can't handle the posts, the updates, the tweets- I understand.
If you have to stop reading, it's okay.
Really.
I have been there.
My heart was shattered.
I know the ache.
Truly.
Thank you to those of you who have asked to send gifts.
Thank you to those that have offered prayers and kindness.
Thank you to those that won't leave my side.
But if supporting me or reading about another pregnancy/baby is too difficult for you; all I ask is that you say goodbye before you leave.
I still know the feeling of feeling broken.
Things may be going smoothly for me right now, but trust me, if you email me about your struggles, I still feel your pain.
I still pray for your heart to heal.
I still wish you every happiness.

Today I have been blogging for exactly two years.
In that time, I have come across the most incredible people- women, families.
For two years I have written back and forth with women who have endured suffering and sadness.
My compassion for you will never change.
Two pink lines on a piece of plastic does not change my heart.
I am still me.

I guess I just want to say that I know it's hard to be happy for others when you're feeling blue.
I just want you to know that every shade of blue is welcome here.
But like I said, if you have to leave, please say goodbye.
I hate to see you go.

<3

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What I Whipped Up Wednesday

Did you see the Best of 2011?!
There are lots of features in that post!

Ready to link up?
Good, because I don't think I have ever been this tired before, and it's not even 7:00 PM.
Awesome.

Oh, and be sure to check out the FACEBOOK page for additional shout-outs throughout the week!
As always, to join the party, you MUST be a follower of this blog via GFC.
Please link to your specific post.
You do not need to link your post directly to my blog, but adding a "linky party" page with a link to my blog, or a button of mine somewhere on your site, is very appreciated. The more people that know about the party; the more traffic YOUR link gets!

Have fun!
Happy Wednesday!
xo



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What I Whipped Up Wednesday: The Best of 2011

There are so many great links that I come across every week.
2011 was a fantastic year for What I Whipped Up Wednesday!
Below I have categorized links by type, and I have featured my favorites from 2011.
Come see what made me swoon!


 
Room Transformations:

Laura Beth from A Step in the Journey's beautiful bathroom.
 

Kristy from Hyphen Interiors' gorgeous family room.

Natalie from Beach House in the City's amazing basement


Desiree from The 36th Avenue's lovely mud closet.


And Kristy from Hyphen Interiors' stunning Craft Room.


 

Recipes:
 
Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life's Salted Caramel Mocha Brownie Cups


Stephanie from Lady with the Red Rocker's Cheesy Tatertot Casserole:


Marge from Joyful Homemaking's Mini Boston Creme Pies


Julia from Stars and Sunshine's Creamy Avocado Pasta:
Katie from Paper From Heaven's Strawberry Crumb Bars
 
 

Tutorials:
Sarah from Welcome to the Good Life's 8 second skirt tutorial.


Elizabeth from Sew Chatty's Toms' tote bag:

Erin from The Two Story Cottage's  little reading nook.


Alyssa from Sweet Sewn Stitches' dress tutorial.


Justine from Kerr-afty Creations' iPhone Case:




DIY Projects:

Aimee from It's Overflowing's little table into a kitchen cart.
Musings of a Glamourpuss'  beautiful twine balls.:


Dana from The Wonder Forest's  natural vase.


Maggie from Midwestern Sewing Girl's sweater pillows.


Tonia from The Gunny Sack's magnetic memo chalkboard.


If you've been featured as a top link for 2011, be sure to grab a button off of my sidebar!
(New buttons will be added this week!)
Thank you for all that you contribute to this little blog!
xo

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